FRAUD, n. The life of commerce, the soul of religion, the bait of courtship and the basis of political power.
— from The Devil’s Dictionary
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.
“Final report, the commercial star-ship Nostromo. Third officer reporting. The other members of the crew — Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas — are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier within six weeks. With a little luck the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”
— Ellen Ripley, “Alien”
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.
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.
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…
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…
SATIRE, n. An obsolete kind of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author’s enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness. In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic. …
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…
“What’s with all the knives!?” — John Walker, aka ‘Captain America’
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. …