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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

“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.

Mothership is one of a…


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

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

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…



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

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. …


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

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

“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. …


Exterior map of The Deep from Gradient Descent.

Roleplaying Games


Winning the Uncertainty Game. Turning Strategic Intent into Results with Wargaming by Daniel F. Oriesek and Jan Oliver Schwarz. The cover features a close-up image of what looks like a blue-on-black radar screen.
Winning the Uncertainty Game. Turning Strategic Intent into Results with Wargaming by Daniel F. Oriesek and Jan Oliver Schwarz. The cover features a close-up image of what looks like a blue-on-black radar screen.
Cover of Winning the Uncertainty Game.

Wargaming

“Tabletop games are exposed engineering: they don’t just let us see their nuts and bolts, they let us touch them; rearrange them. Change them.” — Brett J. Gilbert

Absolute certainty is unknowable. People can be 70% or 90% certain of a thing, but anyone that’s 100% certain of anything other than physical phenomena, like gravity, is either lying or just wrong. That said, the want for complete certainty is what sustains business book publishers. So here we are.

Winning the Uncertainty Game is written in dry-as-toast business-y language. The book is meant for execs, or at least middle managers. Gamers…


The box art for D&D Gamma World. Features a red-ish octopus woman in black pants, boots, and jacket. He holds a pistol in one tentacle while using two more to fire an energy weapon at a three-eyed rat-like creature. Her back-up is a muscular rabbit-man with a sword and armor made of street signs. They appear to be fighting in a junk yard.
The box art for D&D Gamma World. Features a red-ish octopus woman in black pants, boots, and jacket. He holds a pistol in one tentacle while using two more to fire an energy weapon at a three-eyed rat-like creature. Her back-up is a muscular rabbit-man with a sword and armor made of street signs. They appear to be fighting in a junk yard.
D&D Gamma World boxed set

Roleplaying Games

“You are playing a male Demon AI. He has curving black horns and seams where the parts all connect. He owns a cellphone earpiece, a package of fruity gum, and jumper cables. He dresses in a naval officer hat and pool noodle armour and wields a pistol.” — Gamma World Bot

This game has gone by a few names. Officially it’s D&D Gamma World, but it’s also been called “Gamma World 4e”, and “Gamma World 4th edition” because it shares D&D 4e’s rules. It’s also been called “Gamma World 7TH edition” because it’s the 7th incarnation of the game.

Gamma…

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