Jul
23
2016
0

Empire Games (Charlie Stross, Merchant Princes series) out in 2017.

This should be… entertaining. As I recall, the first series got kinda shut down at the end partially for stuff beyond Charlie Stross’s control – and partially for stuff that was, such as a fundamental misunderstanding of… well.  Let’s not skate too close to the edge there, huh?Anyway, the Merchant Princes series started well and I actually wouldn’t mind him trying to salvage the good bits for something new.

Guess we’ll see?

Moe Lane

 

Jul
22
2016
0

My equally belated look at the Open Bionics / Deus EX trailer.

My reaction to this Open Bionics / Deus EX trailer was weird.

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Jul
22
2016
1

My belated look at the EA Mass Effect: Andromeda video.

A little weird that I missed this at the time, but it happens.

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Jul
22
2016
10

Out of curiosity: who here goes to Gen Con?

Or Origins, or San Diego Comic-Con, or one of the various PAXs (PACES?), or another of the really big gaming/comic book cons? It’s far too late for me to arrange to go to Gen Con this year, of course – no, really, the scheduling the family’s done for August is assuming that I’ll be manning the Command Center* – but next year I need to be thinking about this stuff, particularly if I want to, you know, professionally network and so forth. (more…)

Jul
22
2016
0

Book of the Week: Our Lady of Darkness.

I’m using the Tor Bundle edition of Our Lady of Darkness because the other book – Conjure Wife – is extremely good, too. Which you can reasonably expect from Fritz Leiber, of course.  In this particular case, Leiber wrote a crackerjack horror story about how a city itself can be the Monster: HP Lovecraft would have loved it, when he was done being totally scandalized.  Seriously. The man might have even had a cardiac event.

And so, adieu to Earthrise.

Jul
22
2016
6

The American Gods trailer.

That’s… exactly as I imagined Mr. Wednesday looking. Or, at least, now that I’ve seen Ian McShane in the part I’ve retroactively decided that that was how the character always looked. The point is, that’s inspired casting*.  Reassuringly so, in fact. (more…)

Jul
22
2016
0

New Martial Art (Supers): Lock-On [GURPS 4e]

I’ve been kicking around various versions of this style in my head – and possibly have put an earlier version online: I can’t remember. But, wow, that Luke Cage trailer. That trailer is what reminded me of this style. Bricks who know how to fight skillfully; yeah, I’d watch that. Or play that.

Lock-On (20 pt)

This is a martial art designed specifically for ‘bricks:’ that is, superheroes with lots of strength and damage resistance.  It does not specifically teach how to punch or kick harder, however.  Teachers of Lock-On instead teach their students how to use their strength and bulk more effectively, plus how to subdue normal criminals without breaking them.  This style also encourages thinking in terms of three dimensions: students learn how to use heights and cover to their best advantage.  A well-trained Lock-On adept is not necessarily a ninja, but she would be taken seriously by one. (more…)

Jul
22
2016
3

This Justice League Action trailer reminds me of Batman: the Brave and the Bold.

I mean this as a compliment, of course: I made damned sure that my children’s first introduction to Batman was that series. Between it and the Lego DC Superhero stuff they should be inoculated somewhat against other, lesser DC fare. Anyway, this looks fun:

Fun and light-hearted and it has Plastic Man in it which makes everything all right. Plastic Man is one of my touchstones for a DC offering; if he’s there, it’s not likely to be too dark. It almost can’t be.

Jul
21
2016
5

…Also, Marvel’s bringing Iron Fist to Netflix.

2017, because… well. Because they apparently cannot … because it’s… because I don’t know how they’re doing it, man. Oh, I know the basic reason: it’s because Marvel keeps winning. But that doesn’t explain the why. Still, they’ve earned at least a look-see:

Jul
21
2016
5

Hey, do you want to see the Luke Cage trailer? …Say “Yes, Moe.”

Because… yes. Yes, this will do nicely. Wow. Yeah.

YES.  YES, THAT IS HOW YOU PLAY A BRICK. A SMART BRICK. ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS HOW TO CLEAR A ROOM.

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