Aug
31
2016
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‘The Funniest Joke in the World’ through the Cthulhu Mythos lens.

It occurs to me that virtually every scheme I’ve ever seen in gaming that involves somebody trying to weaponize or commercialize some aspect of the Cthulhu Mythos (or other horror concept) effectively takes this skit as its template for a successful weaponizing or commercialization. This is how it’s always supposed to work. And it never, ever does.

Aug
31
2016
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New Perks from Nuka World!

I don’t agree with all of the analysis, but I didn’t realize that they added perks to Fallout 4 with Nuka World. It’s interesting, but mind the language.

Aug
31
2016
3

“I want your Excalibur on my desk!”

Well, this should be a different take on the Camelot legend. Called – creatively – Camelot:

“When an ancient magic reawakens in modern-day Manhattan, a graffiti artist named Art must team with his best friend Lance and his ex, Gwen — an idealistic cop — in order to realize his destiny and fight back against the evil forces that threaten the city.”

(more…)

Aug
31
2016
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Aug
31
2016
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I crashed. Sorry.

I had deadlines, a new David Weber novel, Fallout 4 content, and a distinct lack of sleep last night because of lingering reaction to the playtest. It’s funny: I probably slept worse because the playtest turned out well than I would have if it had turned out poorly. At any rate, it was stressful, I slept very little, and the day got away from me.

Shorter Moe Lane: No, I did not fall down a well.

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Aug
30
2016
1

Looks like my BubbleGUMSHOE game playtest went well…

…I’m feeling good about the basic concept for the Bubblegumshoe con game and now I have a useful baseline for how long each individual part of it will run. The players all seemed to have a good time, too, which is of course the most important part of it. I had fun myself, but dear Lord but this stuff is enervating. Gonna load up the dishwasher and go to sleep.

Aug
30
2016
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‘Fight of the Living Dead.’

As near as I can tell, the primary objective of this YouTube video series is to provide YouTube commenters with an opportunity to lustily cheer the sight of YouTube ‘celebrities’ being ‘eaten’ by zombies. …Which is an amazing idea, honestly. I’m kind of in awe.

That being said, I haven’t watched all of this episode yet. For all I know, ‘Fight of the Living Dead’ will not live up to its inherent promise. Fair warning.

Aug
30
2016
1

Who’s playing “No Thank You, Evil!” with their kids?

Does No Thank You, Evil! live up to the hype as a good way to introduce kids to roleplaying games? I assume that I’d be able to buy a copy of it at Washingcon, which is – yikes! – in less than two weeks.  Is it worth the price?

Aug
30
2016
3

Reminder to my playtesters…

…8:30 PM Eastern Google Hangout BubbleGUMSHOE playtest tonight. Also, it’s going to be a bit of a proof of concept for video roleplaying for me generally: if it turns out that I don’t have a problem with the format, I might consider running an online game session or two.  Might. There’s the problem of regular game dates to consider.

Aug
30
2016
2

Jessie Graff gives us a baseline for player-character athleticism.

Saw this on Facebook just now, and I have to say: if you’re wondering what your ‘trained athlete’ PC is capable of, this is a pretty good approximation. Or at least that’s what you should be telling your GM.  Who knows? He might buy it.

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