Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hilarious new series - SuperMansion



I Just caught this via  CBR News . Funny as hell. It's a preview episode of a new series on  Crackle  streaming video coming out on October 8th. It's definitely  Not Safe For Work  or for viewing around the kids. 



Thursday, September 03, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Dicey Tales Playtest. We still have Openings for European players



I want to thank everyone for their response to our Dicey Tales  playtest request.
Our U.S. playtest is full. 

We still have two spots open for our European playtest group. If any of you are interested it will be on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon Pacific Time (that’s 8:00pm London time).


Please PM me if you are interested in joining us.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Eeenglaaand!





That was one very funny part from an otherwise very forgettable movie.  I thought of it instantly when I saw the following trailer for a new BBC America series- The Last Kingdom.

I've been enjoying the abundance of historical and quasi-historical shows that have been popping up since the overwhelming popularity of  HBO's Game of Thrones.  It's just another fountain in the  "Geek Renaissance" to splash around in.



From the BBCA site:

The Last Kingdom premieres Saturday, October 10 at 10/9c. It is a contemporary story of redemption, vengeance and self-discovery set against the birth of England. This historical drama comes from BBC America, BBC Two and the Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning producers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films.

Adapted from Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of books “The Saxon Stories,” by BAFTA nominated and RTS award-winning writer Stephen Butchard, The Last Kingdom combines real historical figures and events with fiction, re-telling the history of King Alfred the Great and his desire to unite the many separate kingdoms into what would become England.

Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story) heads up the international cast from eleven different countries. Emily Cox (The Silent Mountain) stars as Brida, David Dawson (Peaky Blinders) as King Alfred, Rune Temte (Eddie the Eagle) as Ubba, Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) as Lord Uhtred, Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) as Ravn, Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire) as Beocca, Tobias Santelmann (Point Break) as Ragnar the Younger, Peter Gantzler (Italian For Beginners) as Earl Ragnar, Adrian Bower (Mount Pleasant) as Leofric, Joseph Millson (Penny Dreadful) as Aelfric and Henning Valin Jakobsen (The Bridge) as Storri.

Set in the 9th century AD, many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, only the great Kingdom of Wessex stands defiant under its visionary King Alfred the Great (Dawson). It is the last kingdom.

Against this turbulent backdrop lives Uhtred (Dreymon). Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is orphaned by the Vikings and then kidnapped and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he — Saxon or Viking? On a quest to claim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.

The Last Kingdom is a show of heroic deeds and epic battles but with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people combined their strength under one of the most iconic kings of history in order to reclaim their land for themselves and build a place they call home.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Victor Frankenstein | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX




This looks really interesting. I love movies set in the late 19th-early 20th century. For bonus XP see if you can catch the "Young Frankenstein" reference in the trailer.  From what I have read some of the folks involved in the movie worked on the Sherlock Holmes movies, which I enjoyed.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Adventures on the 7th sea – Campaign specifics Part I

In any rpg campaign there will be "home rules" reflecting The flavor and tone of the campaign, the specific rule changes and, (of course) a Dungeon Masters preferences and prejudices- Adventures on the 7th sea is no different.  here are a few of the notes I have jotted down (all subject to change of course).


 Character Races
The races I chose for the campaign reflect what I consider to be the more “down to earth” races available in 5th edition (The exception being the Genasi). In my campaign the Elves stay in the Fey realms, though they do cross the veil from time to time and seduce the occasional maiden (Which accounts for the inclusion of the Half-Elf).

The Races available to PC’s are
Dwarf
Halfling
Human
Genasi
Goliath
Gnome
Gnome, Deep
Half-Elf
Half-Orc

Character classes remain as they are. however, the gods that clerics and paladins serve are of the Deities represented in the area.

Deities
The lists below are a sampling of the deities used in the 7th sea campaign. these are deities that were not covered in the current 5th edition of the players handbook.  As the player characters come into contact with other peoples I expect this list of Deities to grow.

Sumerian Gods
God
Alignment
Domain
Symbol
Enlil, Ruler of the gods
NG
Tempest, War
Pickaxe
Enki, God of Rivers and Oceans
LN
Nature
Ibex
Inanna, Goddess of Love and War
LE
Life, War
Shepard's staff
Ki, Goddess of Nature
N
Nature
Iris
Nanna-Sin, God of the Moon
CG
Light
Jet black axe over the moon
Nin-Hursag, Goddess of the Earth
N
Nature
Blue-white diamond
Utu, God of the Sun
CG
Light
Radiant sun disc


Babylonian Gods
God
Alignment
Domain
Symbol
Anu,  God of the sky, Ruler of the gods
LN
Tempest, Nature
Gold sun partially blocked by a gray cloud
Anshar, God of darkness and the night
CE
Trickery
Black Sphere
Duaga, Ruler of the devil world
LE
Death
Ruby Mace
Girru, God of fire
LE
Nature
Fire enwrapped axe
Ishtar, Goddess of love and war
N
Life, War
Female hand grasping a blue crystal rod
Marduk, God of cities and storms
LN
Knowledge, Tempest
Blue-white diamond
Nergal, God of the Underworld
NE
Death
Dark-skinned man holding a jet black shield
Ramman, God of Storms and Thunder
N
Tempest
Lightning bolt through a storm cloud



Aegyptian Gods


God
Alignment
Domain
Symbol



Anhur, God of war
CG
War
A cord
Apshai, God of Animals
N
Nature
Praying Mantis
Geb, God of Earth
N
Nature
Earth Hieroglyph
Seker, God of Death
NG
Death, Light
Hawk headed mummy with an Ankh in his right hand
Serket, God of venomous creatures
N
Life, Trickery
Scorpion tail
Shu, God of the Sky
LG
Nature, Light
Female hand grasping a blue crystal rod
Tefnut, Goddess of storms and flowing water
LG
Tempest, Life
Lioness Head
Konshu, God of the Moon
NG
Life
Crescent Moon


And coming soon...







Monday, August 17, 2015

The Bastard Executioner - New show coming to F/X September 15th


It looks interesting. Definitely some filler for my DVR at least.









Sunday, August 16, 2015

Adventures on the 7th Sea - Origins of a campaign



I've been itching for a while to try a different type of fantasy adventure campaign than the standard western flavored campaigns I've run in the past. I've always loved the Sinbad stories so I figured I would try using the Middle East as a starting area for my campaign. Taking a further step I decided to incorporate the  Changa's Safari stories by Milton Davis.


Looking though my gaming library I pulled out my copy of Gary Gygax's Epic Aerth supplement for his Dangerous Journeys RPG. Epic of Aerth gave me a great starting point as it's basically a fantasy Earth set in an alternate reality. Many of the names and locales are the same but with just enough of a difference for the players to know that they are not on a historical earth, this also allows me the freedom to ignore earth history when convenient for me and silence noisy players when they whine about some nit-picky fact from actual ancient history.


My system of choice has always been Dungeons & Dragons, and with the recent release of the 5th edition I decided to take a stab at this new campaign using the new rules. For a campaign name I decided of "Adventures on the 7th Sea" since I expect most of our game time spent adventuring in the Indian Ocean region.




I'm hoping to run a campaign where the heroes are a combination of merchants, adventurers, and explorers.  Though there will be dungeon crawls and tomb raiding I want there to also be a bit of commerce going on as well.  I plan on giving the characters a Dhow and a crew and allow them to manage their crew and ship as well as how many torches and iron rations they are stuffing into their back packs.


I realize that this type of campaign isn't to everyone's taste but for a group that's interested in this type of gaming I'm hoping it will prove fun. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sword Coast Legends


Nerdgasm time.

My thanks to Bert for giving me the heads up on this. This will definitely be on my "Must buy" list for 2015.

Looks like it's 5th Edition and has the official D&D stamp of approval!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Now I get it (sort of...)



I knew that back in the day Marvel sold off a bunch of movies rights to several studios, but I never completely knew who got what. I found this today and it helps simplify things a bit. Also take into account the various studios got not only the heroes in those titles but also the villains (like Doctor Doom), titles (like Mutant), and associated non-super characters (Franklin "Foggy" Nelson).  and ,as with everything in life,  there are notable exceptions to these rules (like Quicksilver, who is a Mutant and an Avenger).

An online friend just sent me a more updated graphic.




Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Star Frontiers /5th Edition D&D conversion




I just ran across a 5th edition conversion for the TSR Star Frontiers game. Star Frontiers has always been a favorite of mine. Unfortunately I've only been able to play it a handful of times in the last 30+ years that its been around, but thats about to change. Thanks to Micheal Long a blogger on Tribality who wrote a great series of articles on converting Star Frontiers to 5E D&D. The articles have been gathered up, expanded on, and published in issue 11 of Frontier Explorer.

Star Frontiers /5E is a perfect mini campaign for my players to explore when we are ready to take a break from slaying dragons but still want to stay with the same ruleset. Many of the old modules are online and there has been  a great deal of fan support for Star Frontiers over the years in the form of at least two publications that I'm aware of - Star Frontiersman and Frontier Explorer.

 I really hope Micheal continues the series and adds more support for his 5E conversion. For now, a hearty thank you Micheal Long for your efforts!