|Thursday, June 9th, 2016|
So it's three years since I broke my arm and it still doesn't feel entirely right. Yay.
|Sunday, December 27th, 2015|
With a couple things left to come in but everything here opened:( Collapse ) Current Mood: pleased
|Friday, December 25th, 2015|
|Thursday, December 17th, 2015|
|The Force Awakens at play?
We already have a Resistance era X-Wing
starter set from FFG, and now individual fighters
... hoping for more. A lot more. An Armada
set for the big ships seems likely. A miniatures skirmish game like Imperial Assault
could be great, especially with single miniatures and vehicles. The other eras have had various 25/28/30mm miniatures lines, and the IA miniatures are very nice and look great painted up
, albeit by a better painter than me...
And RPG material? Fingers crossed... and I don’t even like their system.
(Their latest RPG launch, this week, is a book on Jedi Guardians, featuring Kanan and the Ghost from Rebels
In other tie-ins we’ve had a lot of bridging stories, and some looking back connecting to Rebels
in particular. Now I expect to see Resistance era stories start to appear. Some of our new heroes have had adventures already, so they could star in books and comics easily. Current Mood: hopeful
|Wednesday, December 16th, 2015|
|Return Of The Jedi
Return Of The Jedi
is probably the most “normal” sequel of the series, expanding on familiar elements, kind of the same but bigger and better. Its big innovation is emotional...
Three dot ellipsis...(.)( Collapse ) Current Mood: relieved
|The Empire Strikes Back
I will get to a point with these sometime, I swear. But anyway.
The guy who finds Luke and Han on Hoth gets killed. Harsh!( Collapse ) Current Mood: shocked
|Tuesday, December 15th, 2015|
(Episode IV: A New Hope
When I was a kid, I thought that Stormtroopers and TIE pilots were Darth Vader’s guys while the regular soldiers were Tarkin’s. Nothing about this film shows I was wrong.
Other observations - rambling alert.( Collapse ) Current Mood: good
|Monday, December 14th, 2015|
|Star Wars, Episodes I-III
As I noted almost four years ago in a post about prequels in general, the Star Wars
prequels are a sore spot for a lot of genre fans, and this remains true as Episode VII is days away. There have been many rewatching the existing films articles... This one is mine.
I bought the Art Of books long before the films. They’re great. Highly recommended.
The timing of West End Games losing the licence after ten years of at-times-great work meant that the d20 RPG got to cover the prequels, poor misbegotten thing. (This did lead to a system where Jedi had to be balanced with non-Jedi, but it did so across levels.)
I may have fast forwarded some Jar Jar, some podracing, some committee talk, some midichlorians...
First, some positivity: If the new non-episode movies get Ewan McGregor back for more Obi-Wan adventures I’d happily go for that. His affable, world-weary, sometimes snarky performance helps immensely.( Collapse ) Current Mood: okay
|Friday, December 11th, 2015|
|Thursday, April 23rd, 2015|
|Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
left me giddy, and also exhausted. The shawarma scene at the end of the first film? That was me. I ate and went to bed and then got up again to talk about it. My thoughts, which I can safely predict are going to be a bit rambling:
The Avengers are shown being awesome from the get-go - complete with one of those massive fight scenes in one shot that made a standout moment in the first film, lots of fun banter, and honestly if the film had just been the pre-credits sequence I would still have been pretty happy.
Hawkeye gets to ask and answer “why is the archer here?” as well as redressing the balance of spending most of the first film mind-controlled.
Lots of Hulk. Scary hulk, funny Hulk, badass Hulk.
“I’m glad you asked that because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan.”
How weird the Vision is - and the Vision is really weird
- gets played off neatly by everyone acknowledging how weird the Vision is.
Saving people remains an absolute priority. It’s what gets the twins on side, and establishes that they are, and becomes key to the final battle. Current Mood: good
|Friday, February 6th, 2015|
|Recycling from my blog. Because why not?
Vampire: The Miniatures
Nosferatu-type Ghouls here
. In hoodies (like Hunters in Left 4 Dead
) and clambering out of sewers. Found while searching idly for Buffy
miniatures, through here
Not that I use miniatures (a) more than about once every five years or (b) ever for World Of Darkness
games, but I still likes the toys, I does...
Nosferatu are the trickiest clan to get suitable figures for, of course, although there are plenty of original Nosferatu
Orlok himself. Mantic Ghouls
are lovely multipart figures for less modern examples.
The other clans can be represented by regular miniatures painted with an undead pallor and dark clothes
- trenchcoats and katanas optional.
Ral Partha actually produced official classic World Of Darkness
miniatures, most of whom seemed to have their arms in the air for some reason. I got the Tremere two-pack and never got around to painting them. RAFM meanwhile produced the, er, not dissimilar Fantastique Noir: Vampyre
line - the Nosferatu gangster inspired a character in a game a while later. For the new World Of Darkness
there are only the clan miniatures for the boardgame Prince Of The City
based on the first edition Requiem
Were I so inclined, I’d start with this list
(And for the record, Hasslefree, Artizan and Character Options provided miniatures for The Watch House
...) Current Mood: alive
|Thursday, January 1st, 2015|
|Monday, June 9th, 2014|
So, this time a year ago today, I was breaking my arm.
|Friday, December 27th, 2013|
|Wednesday, December 18th, 2013|
"Just tell me when the camera's ready and I'll look up. Hope you like the book!"
Just hanging out with Col. Chris Hadfield. Current Mood: good
|Monday, December 16th, 2013|
|The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
If you ever want a demonstration of what effect a different GM can have on a game...
Starting with Sir Peter Jackson's most obvious cameo following concerns his last one was invisible, this rampages generally entertainingly through a mostly familiar story, throwing in subplots and new characters and tie-ins and gags.
Didn't like the song over the credits, but never mind.
Bonus: A sneak preview of C7's Hobbit Tales storytelling card game
. Current Mood: alive
|Sunday, August 18th, 2013|
I've been avoiding mentioning this, but now it's visible in public... I'm in the process of writing a potential chunk of modern setting information for the Trinity Continuum core rules.
Don't worry, I'm not writing the rules. ;)
|Friday, July 19th, 2013|
|The World’s End
Like S P A C E D
? Like Shaun Of The Dead
? Like Hot Fuzz
? Like Scott Pilgrim
? Like the quiet English village SF apocalypses of John Wyndham and their influence on Quatermass
and Doctor Who
? You'll probably like The World's End
Also probably the only film where the end credits soundtrack is split between the Housemartins and The Sisters Of Mercy. The soundtrack
does rather reflect my life...
And I hadn't heard the term "whitey-ed" in years. Not since my own high school days.
... Yikes. Current Mood: pleased