Jun
24
2017
0

Ooh. They got Rachel Kahn to illustrate the Yellow King RPG.

I just noticed that.  Rachel Kahn is, of course, the artist behind By Crom!, whose “Then you must go and GET some” print would be up on my wall if there were any prints available for sale.  In fact… oh, excellent: it is.

Anyway, she’s doing some of the art for the Yellow King RPG, and she certainly deserves the work, so check it out.  …Some more, I guess.  Sorry. I’ve been reading through the pre-release files, and this is really going to be something special in terms of a multi-layered RPG campaign. Also, I’ve been playing Secret World Legends all day, and my brain is kind of fried. So everything is awesome and cool and that sort of thing, savvy?

Jun
23
2017
0

Just got word an old friend died.

I don’t know how much fuss they want to make about it in public – I saw it on Facebook – so I’m not going to get into it. I feel bad about it not just because the person was an old friend, but because I got involved in some stupid drama when I was younger and said a couple of things that I wish that I had apologized for. Nothing horrifying, but in retrospect I was definitely a mild jackwagon. I regret not saying that I was sorry when I had the chance.

So don’t be like me, hey?

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Jun
21
2017
8

Tweet of the Day, This Is A True Thing edition.

And there’s only one decent way to get around it:

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Jun
15
2017
1

I’m second-guessing my possible @WashingCon games again.

The Dragon Age RPG makes sense, given that it’s a world that I already know (having played the video games obsessively) and can easily improvise. And doing Timewatch is tempting, because I think that a convention is a perfect place to run a madcap, nigh-incoherent time-travel scenario. But now I’ve been thinking about a Day After Ragnarok dungeon crawl.  Seed: somehow the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store survived the tsunami that wrecked the East Coast. At least parts of it did. The loot from that lost world could make the people who salvaged it rich, rich, rich.  Just mind the flooded parts. And the monsters. And the cannibals…

I can’t run three games, though. I may be too ambitious to run two. It’s a puzzler.

Jun
15
2017
1

Bioware’s Drew Karpyshyn writing for Anthem.

And if Bioware is smart, they’ll do what I originally wrote in the title and make Drew Karpyshyn lead writer for Anthem.  Why? Because these are his writing credits:

  • Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn
  • Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal
  • Neverwinter Nights
  • Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Jade Empire
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Jun
14
2017
5

Tweet of the Day, AS WELL JOEL SCHUMACHER SHOULD edition.

But I have to be a better person than that.  Joel Schumacher straight-up apologized for Batman and Robin, he owned up that ego was involved, he took responsibility* for his actions. I believe that he is sincere, so I’m kind of obligated to accept his apology.  I mean, it’s not like he killed my dog, or anything.

 

*Well, a finger was pointed at studio executives, but I can’t argue with that.  They deserve a seat at this table, too.

Jun
13
2017
1

‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light.’

OK, technically this is from 1977. But it just IS what I think of when I think of MTV. So it goes in the rotation.

Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Meat Loaf

Jun
13
2017
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Television of the Week: The Complete Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated.

Look, Season One and Season Two of Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated was just excellent television. I wouldn’t have believed it if you had told me beforehand, but it was and I’m grateful my children decided to watch it over and over and over again. After a while, the adults in the house would watch it even if the kids weren’t. So there’s that.

And so, adieu to Universal Monsters: the Essential Collection.

Jun
11
2017
9

Games and rumors of Games: E3 starts this week.

EA/Bioware started the spectacle with their sneak peek at Anthem, coming out next year*:

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Jun
10
2017
4

‘Alone.’

I sometimes wonder what long-term effects will accrue from me steeping myself in 80’s music like this.

AloneHeart

Jun
02
2017
3

Amazon opening… physical book stores.

Sometimes I think that Amazon seeks to have the same relationship with the Sherman Antitrust Act as a matador does with the bull.

Amazon’s first physical bookstore in New York, located in the high-end shopping center at Columbus Circle, was quietly bustling when I visited on a recent muggy spring day around lunchtime. …The biggest thing you’ll notice when you walk into an Amazon Bookstore (there are six others around the country, and Amazon plans on opening another six) is that all of the books are displayed with their covers facing the customer, as opposed to the traditional spine-out presentation on the bookshelves of most bookstores. It has a certain charm, but it also feels like you’ve wandered into a bookstore that’s suddenly run very low on inventory and is trying to take up space.

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