Friday, November 30, 2007

Flash back Friday - The Travelling Guy visits Hawaii

My journey into Cyber space began almost ten years ago. One of the first groups I hooked up with online were a bunch of guys from a list called Action Heroes. The AH guys were into action figures, specifically the 12" GI Joe action figures. Through the group I was able to re-connect with my childhood love of GI Joe and other nostalgia. One of the projects we had was the "Traveling guy". One of the guys in the group volunteered a figure to make it's rounds with each member of the group. "TG" as he was known travelled from Washington state across the country and even to Europe and Australia. I happened to be living in Hawaii then so when TG made it to the islands I was responsible for showing him a good time. After his inspection of my GI Joe team,I took him to Waikiki, the Arizona Memorial, and of course to a luau beach party on the North shore. I even hooked him up with a local gal. Good times.

Here is the Hawaii team during the field evaluation.

After action report, TG gives a few tips and suggestions.

Back to the barracks for a night on the town.

Out front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.

Aahh Paradise!
Diamond head in the background.

At the Arizona Memorial.

TG and Lani "Island love.

Time for some island fun and suna at the beach. Colonel Teddy (in the background) has had bit too much to drink.

Colonel Teddy and Major Ike with some of the girls from the finance department.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pulp Thursday

Galactic Central
Here is a great repository of pulp magazine covers

Cool Blog Alert! With a touch of Russian SF art! Just the thing for some retro –pulp sci-fi inspiration. Thanks Kenny!

And that post led me to this website. I don’t know what the hell they are saying but this guys stuff rocks on ice for Pulp inspiration.

Fu Manchu & Shang Chi
One of my desires for the Mission: Adventure! project is to run a pulp game using the story line ideas from The Master of Kung Fu series that Marvel Comics did in the 70's. Here is a nice site for everything you wanted to know about Pulpdoms most famous Oriental Villain.

Here is another Chronology of the Master of Kung Fu series

Octopus pulps…no really Octopus pulps
There’s more of them than you would think.

Need a map of the planet Mongo? Who doesn’t?
Try this cool Flash Gordon site.

And, as I’ve said before my idea of Pulp extends beyond masked Crimefighters, Barbarian kings and two fisted sailors. I find many a pulp character in a variety of settings.
Two fisted action?
Larger than life characters?
Thrilling escapes?
Huge Afros?
You can find it all here in SOLID!
I don’t really play D20 games but some D20 stuff is just too original to pass up. SOLID turned out to be a fun read and provided inspiration and fodder for several ideas I’ll be stealing in the near future. And the price is right at $5.99

Free holiday stuff!
While gathering info on SOLID! I ran across this freebie from Evil Hat and Atomic Sock Monkey. I haven’t had a chance to check it out, but I hear only good things about both companies. Plus its pulp and it’s free!

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year… For EVIL!
The miserly villain Doctor Scrooge hides behind legal technicalities as he steals from the pockets of the impoverished… explorer-gone-mad Jacques Frost preys upon the peoples of the north with his resurrected prehistoric murder monsters… the immortal Baroness Blackheart quests for the Elixir of Life, threatening to destroy all foundations of happiness for mankind…
… and it’s up to Nick Saint — Codename: Secret Santa! — his Reindeer Men, and you to save the holidays from their vile clutches!
Spirit of the Season is a holiday treat from the minds of Evil Hat Productions and Atomic Sock Monkey Press. Featuring characters and new rules compatible with both Spirit of the Century and Truth & Justice, Spirit of the Season is your ticket to two-fisted holiday pulp adventure!”

And thats your Pulp Thursday Report!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

50,000 hits!

We reached 50,000+ hits! Not too shabby for an off the cuff effort. As Blogs go I’m not exactly shaking the pillars of heaven. No deep morale or political rants, no great insight on my life or the workings of my psyche, no long diatribes on roleplaying theory. The Lair of The Evil DM was created as a place for me to post some photos of my action figure kit bashes, write about the games I’m working on, and gather together a lot of the crazy stuff I see on the net every day.

Occasionally I post opinions and reactions to trends in the hobbies that I find interesting but mostly it’s become a place to hang out for a few minutes, check out some links, have a chuckle, and catch some eye candy. I’m okay with that and from the looks of things, folks out there like the formula as well.

Someone once remarked that my Blog is “like a Maxim magazine for gamers”, I liked that description so much I use it as the Mission Statement here. Thanks for stopping by, leaving comments and hanging out with me for awhile.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Friday Foto dump

Time to clean out the misc. Photo file again.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Pulp Thursday

Have you noticed that Pulp Thursday hasn’t exactly been coming out on Thursdays?
Well it’s not you, it’s me. I have lots of irons in the fire at the moment both professionally and personally, so for the time being please bear with me. One day we’ll bet back on schedule, and with that said:

Dial “P: for Pulp!
It’s that time again. Time for you to get over to the Dial P for Pulp! Site and download the latest episode!

My buddy Paul Schultz presents: The serial Squad.
Paul Schultz is an illustrator and a friend of the Lair. His latest project- Serial Squad looks very promising

I’m looking forward to this. Paul, please keep me in touch on your progress.

Young Indiana Jones
It’s out! It’s on the shelves! It’s at my Amazon store! (*wink, wink nudge, nudge*)
No more downloading pirated episodes on EMule only to find out it’s a dubbed episode from Russia. You can actually, honestly own a copy of your very own!

Now if they can just get a DVD set released for "Tales of the Gold Monkey" and the "Conan the Adventurer" cartoon series, I’d be a happy geek!.

Solomon Kane
The Solomon Kane movie is moving along nicely. James Purefoy is aboard to play the grim Puritan. I enjoyed the hell out of Purfoy’s portrayal of Mark Anthony in the awesome HBO series Rome, so I have only happy thoughts for this film. *fingers crossed*

"Night Calls the Green Falcon"
Robert McCammon is a wonderful writer of horror and suspense. He has stories about aliens that terrorize a small town in West Texas and an OSS agent who just happens to be a Werewolf. One of my favorite stories from Mr. McCammon is a short story of a former serial movie star who has on last adventure hunting a killer in modern day Hollywood. It’s a great story and it’s on the web for free. Invest a few minutes and read about the final adventure of the Green Falcon – you wont regret it!

Crimefighters RPG
Call of Cthulhu is generally regarded as the Granddaddy of the pulp RPG genre. There is no doubt that it is a classic. But did you know that in 1981 in a gaming magazine called The Dragon, a young game designer by the name of Dave Cook came up with the first “Two–fisted” Pulp RPG? Before Spirit of the Century, before Hollow Earth expeditions, before Justice Inc, and Daredevils, there was – Crimefighters! Check it out and let me know what you think.

And THAT is your Pulp Thursday report!