Aug
03
2017
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Could… could DC be planning to NOT screw up the live-action (Teen) Titans show?

Mayyyyybe:

EXCLUSIVE: Australian newcomer Teagan Croft has landed one of the leads, the series regular role of Raven, in the new live-action series Titans, from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV. The series is slated to premiere in 2018 as one of the first series that will launch a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.

Here’s the thing: Teagan Croft is 13.  Which is compatible with a Teen Titans show, and it also suggests that we’re going to get something that’s, you know, family-friendly and whatnot. Because I don’t care if it’s direct-to-consumer, people are going to start screaming if they sexualize characters being portrayed by nigh-literal tweens.

Also, Teagan Croft’s facial features just kind of looks right for Raven. They’ll need to dye her hair, of course. But that’s easy enough.

Jul
28
2017
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Hey! I have a Patreon!

Just your semi-regular reminder:

 

Jul
18
2017
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So, Big Hero 6 is coming to Disney XD.

I tentatively have hope for this Disney series.  Big Hero 6 was an excellent cyber-prep flick and I’m a sucker for Better Super-Heroing Through Applied Chemistry.  A television series might serve to get my kids more enthusiastic about science and technology and so forth — OK, OK, I want to watch it on my own.  Sue me. (more…)

Jul
07
2017
4

In the Mail: The Arte Mephitic.

The Arte Mephitic started out for me as being an indulgence – a tale of the Cthulhu Mythos, told in verse form and then bound in a book, complete with woodcuts – but it could actually be helpful in a gaming context.  Hand the book over and let the players try to puzzle out directly what’s the wheat, and what’s the chaff.  Not that that would be entirely fair, given that your players are probably not as versed in occultism and research as their characters are, but it’s still cool to have props. (more…)

Jun
30
2017
1

Hollywood actor hires another black dude to play him at Hollywood premiere…

…and guess what happened?

Hannibal Buress portrays Coach Wilson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he apparently wanted to skip the premiere so he hired an imposter instead. I’d like to say it was a look-alike, but that was definitely not the case here because the guy looked nothing like the comedian…

For the most part, it seems that nobody noticed, which is strange because [hired impersonator Joe] Carroll looks nothing at all like Hannibal Buress except for the fact that they are both black and have shaved heads.

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Jun
24
2017
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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
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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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