A PROPER tribute to Leigh Brackett. (I could comment endlessly on some of the latest, but I’ll not sully her 100th birthday memorial with any of that idiocy) (mucho props to Stephen Haffner and the work he’s done with the Leigh Brackett Centennial)
Tomorrow (12/14) the SyFy channel will air both the opening episode of their adaptation of Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke’s tour de force) (8 pm) and the opening episode of The Expanse, (10 pm) a new series based on James S.A. Corey’s space opera series of the same name.
Today is Wold Newton Meteorite Day. Hmm. Geminids…Meteorite. Could be we’re in for another dosing of superhero mutations!
*The Police: So Lonely
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (see full text below)
Harlan Ellison Books; RPG Net #33
Internal US fight over climate change confuses the rest of the world (well, duh! you’d be confused too if you assumed all US politicians were familiar with reality)
Slap Kirk! (What’s next? Mind-meld Spock? Find a new Profession for Bones? Take the shirt off Sulu? Give Chekhov a new accent? Stop Scotty fixing the Warp drive in time? Give Nurse Chapel more lines? Change Yeoman Rand’s hairdo?)
Debunking the Pseudo-Profound (or the fine art of snake oil salesmanship)
China’s SF History (via SF Signal)
Darth Trump (not your usual The Donald Star Wars mashup)
Sexy Beale Reading by Kowal (kleenex only needed to mop up the tears from laughter)
The Etruscans are Coming (no, not a meteor shower)
Penis Transplants for Troops (we won’t ask the obvious questions)
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
RPGnet Newsletter #33
December 8, 2015
We’ve got just a bit more than a week left on the 2015 RPGnet Membership Drive. Though we’re up to 63 backers, we’ve slowed down in the last week. Lend the site a hand so we can successfully close out 2015 by becoming a member.
As we’ve told you before, all members will be getting 8 free PDFs. This week we want to draw attention to Legend from our friends at Mongoose Publishing. Legend is essentially RuneQuest 5.1 (or if you prefer Mongoose RuneQuest II.1). Since RuneQuest has gotten very hot in recent weeks, this is a great chance to see what all the fuss is about!
First, RPGnet’s own Shannon Appelcline continued his Advanced Designers & Dragons history column with “The RuneQuest Mafia: 1989-Present”, a look at his own longstanding gaming group.
Brent Dedeaux of Tales from the Rocket House takes the percentile resolution system that he developed in last month’s column and fills out some additional game mechanics in “Wrapping a Game Around that Percentile System”.
And, last but not least, Christopher Cecil completed another edition of Fuzzy Thinking: “Critical Miss!”.
RPGnet had another very busy week on the reviews front. All of these are worth a read:
- kafka’s review of “Liberation of the Demon Slayer” (OSR supplement)
- Edward Kabara’s review of “Pathfinder Society Scenario #6-22: Out of Anarchy” (Pathfinder supplement)
- kafka’s review of “Clement Sector Player’s Guide” (Traveller supplement)
- Antonios S’s review of “Terralith Metal Dice (battle, purple and brass)” (Accessory)
- Antonios S’s review of “Shadowrun Steet Samurai Dice Set” (Accessory)
- Antonios S’s review of “Legendary Metal Coins (Greek)” (Accessory)
- Antonios S’s review of “Amphipolis” (Board/tactical game)
- Edward Kabara’s review of “New Dawn” (Board/tactical game)
- Shannon Appelcline’s review of “No Thanks” (Card game)
- Antonios S’s review of “OMG” (Card game)
Threads You Might Have Missed
The first thread up this week is a great example of the helpfulness of your fellow RPGnetters: “[Fallout 4] Things I wish I knew…” If you play the game, the usefulness of the thread is pretty obvious, but it’s worth a read even if you don’t: the stories of how folks came to know the things they wish they knew earlier are pretty entertaining.
“What ifs” have a long and storied history in comics. For all their faults, they can be a great way to get to know a character better. A thread going on in Other Media is a great example of this possibility: “What If: Superman Born In Poverty? The thread reaches even beyond the Big Blue Boyscout into examinations of how changing their socioeconomic state could affect other characters.
Speaking of interesting character examinations, “Bennie from Rent, Michael from Reality Bites, and other Yuppie “villains” who are totally in the right” is definitely worth your time to read through. There is interesting discussion of culture, perspective, and the nature of “villainy” in media sprinkled throughout this entertaining thread.
Happy holidays, everyone!