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Games and Money

Monopoly: Cheaters Edition

A few years back, researchers ran a series of social experiments involving Monopoly. Some players started with twice as much cash, while their unlucky opponents started with the standard amount. The Poors were further hobbled by being limited to rolling only one die instead of two. You’d think that when the advantaged players inevitably took the lead, they’d chalk it up to those advantages. That’s not what happened.


Unknown person in a space suit holding a rifle. Behind him is a person with a ruptured helmet sneaking up on them (I think).
Unknown person in a space suit holding a rifle. Behind him is a person with a ruptured helmet sneaking up on them (I think).

Roleplaying Games

10 reasons to dump high fantasy for sci-fi horror

To the first-time or newly-minted gamer, D&D is considered the default RPG. That shit needs to stop. As I’ve said many times, Dungeons & Dragons is the conservative oligarch of roleplaying games.

Mothership is one of a…


Promotional image for TSR Games.

Cardboard Hollywood

Sometimes bad press is bad press…trademarks are a bitch

A few months ago I went looking for an absolutely ancient nerd game called The Hunt. It’s basically Crash TV as a board game. When I found it I was shocked to learn it was reprinted by a company calling itself TSR. I was further shocked to learn that this new TSR had also made a new edition of Top Secret. Later I found out that THIS TSR had little to do with the original publisher of D&D, and that the new Top Secret had little to do with that classic espionage RPG.


The cover of the Marvel Multiverse Role-playing Game Playtest Rulebook. The image shows, from top right to bottom left, Iron Man, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Storm, Captain Marvel, Groot, Rocket, Thor, Black Panther, Wolverine, Captain America, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and an unnamed character that looks like a void to be filled in. It might represent the original character the player can introduce to the Marvel universe. The faces of Galactus and Kang the Conqueror are in the background.
The cover of the Marvel Multiverse Role-playing Game Playtest Rulebook. The image shows, from top right to bottom left, Iron Man, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Storm, Captain Marvel, Groot, Rocket, Thor, Black Panther, Wolverine, Captain America, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and an unnamed character that looks like a void to be filled in. It might represent the original character the player can introduce to the Marvel universe. The faces of Galactus and Kang the Conqueror are in the background.
Where’s Doctor Doom!?

Superheroes

Predictions on the Marvel Multiverse RPG. Also, where is Doctor Doom?

Marvel is developing a new tabletop roleplaying game in-house. We don’t know much about it. We know that it will use a new “D616” system, which is a reference to Marvel’s prime universe designation. We know it will have six stats: Might, Agility, Resilience, Vigilance, Ego, and Logic. We know it will be designed by Matt Forbeck. We know a Playtest Rulebook will be out next year. We know the full game will be out in 2023. We know that Doctor Doom was not mentioned in the press release.

Since we don’t know anything else, I’m going to speculate a…


Promotional banner for Warhammer Plus. Includes the tagline More Warhammer, More Often. The image is black and white. A space marine carrying a bolter rifle and wearing power armor with helmet is on the left side. A fantasy warrior with a warhammer and wearing metal armor, with runes tattooed on his forehead, is on the right. Imperial drop pods are landing in a desolate background. Lightning streaks the sky.
Promotional banner for Warhammer Plus. Includes the tagline More Warhammer, More Often. The image is black and white. A space marine carrying a bolter rifle and wearing power armor with helmet is on the left side. A fantasy warrior with a warhammer and wearing metal armor, with runes tattooed on his forehead, is on the right. Imperial drop pods are landing in a desolate background. Lightning streaks the sky.

Cardboard Hollywood

and Other Warhammer+ Predictions

About two and a half years ago I wrote ‘Warhammer 40,000’ Is Not Ready for Hollywood. Apparently Games Workshop agreed. They’re launching their own streaming service, with blackjack and hookers, featuring a lineup of formerly fanmade animated shows.

Warhammer+ (or Warhammer Plus) was announced with a messy presentation a few days ago. The highlight of was 7-minute clip from ‘Angels of Death’, which looked amazing. The rest was just soundbites from the other shows and little else. The details are still sketchy, but more info was promised on June 23rd.

WH+ is GW’s attempt to apply Apple’s “walled garden” logic…


5 Games and their Aesthetics…Table Presence Is Everything…Board Games are the New Black


A meme poster that reads, Disguise. You neva see dem comin. Shows models of six obvious orcs. One  is holding a big drawing of a space marine in front of him. One is in a dumpster with a rocket launcher sticking out. One is covered in leaves, but you can see his face, hands, feet, and guns clearly. One is wearing three tires. One has an oil drum over him, his legs sticking out the bottom. One is hiding in an oil drum, peaking out the top.
A meme poster that reads, Disguise. You neva see dem comin. Shows models of six obvious orcs. One  is holding a big drawing of a space marine in front of him. One is in a dumpster with a rocket launcher sticking out. One is covered in leaves, but you can see his face, hands, feet, and guns clearly. One is wearing three tires. One has an oil drum over him, his legs sticking out the bottom. One is hiding in an oil drum, peaking out the top.
A 40K meme borrowed from 1d4chan.

Wargaming

You don’t have to use GW’s rules


An off-white five point star in a circle with four points. The symbol is on a pitch black field. The image is actually sideways from a filler page in the book. Otherwise the image wouldn’t center on all the various platforms.
An off-white five point star in a circle with four points. The symbol is on a pitch black field. The image is actually sideways from a filler page in the book. Otherwise the image wouldn’t center on all the various platforms.
Page 12 form Days of Fire. I put it sideways so it would center correctly on other platforms. Because the internet sucks!

Roleplaying Games

They’re not making a ‘Demon: The Fallen’ show, but they should

A few days ago Paradox Interactive announced it would give Hollywood another shot at the World of Darkness. The previous attempt to bring WoD to the masses was Kindred: The Embraced in the 90s. It wasn’t great, and the star of the show died in a motorcycle accident so a revival wasn’t likely.

Vampire: The Masquerade will probably be the focus on any new TV show or movie, but vampires have been done to death! Starting with Demon: The Fallen would be WAY more interesting, if only because watching Conservatives shit themselves is fun.

In Hollywood terms Demon: The Fallen


Even Ultimate Cap never decapitated a downed enemy.

Superheroes

Cliches are(n’t) tropes and the government screwed John Walker

I felt the need to stat up John Walker, the new-then-former Captain America from ‘The Falcon and the Winter Solider’.

I got into comic books through roleplaying games. And since the Marvel games were better than the DC games, I glomed on to Marvel more. But they’re all out of print, so my go-to Marvel system is Risus: The Anything RPG. It works for emulating movies and books and such because characters are built purely with Cliches. And TVtropes is a great source for Cliches. …

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