Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Free Post Apocalyptic Wargaming Rules

I was checking out some free wargaming rules the other day and came across 2085 Warlords of the Wastelands.

I haven't played any post apocalypse games before, unless you count Twilight 2000. But this game looks like a lot of fun, and it's not set for a particular world so you can get creative with it. You can use practically any brand or genre of miniatures you want, and getting creative with some converted minis adds to the enjoyment.

Check out these photos:

Characters from Thundarr The Barbarian!

And Mad Max!

It's a great site, so if you get the chance to check it out, you'll be in for a treat!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Halloween Costume circa 1977

I came across an old picture of my brother and I. I'm the one in the home-made Luke Skywalker costume. I think this establishes me as an original Star Wars geek! (LOL)

Filmation Sci-Fi Boxset

I can't believe I found this for $9.98! I've seen the individual series box sets, but until yesterday I didn't know they collected all of them!

These programs bring back a lot of memories, especially Jason Of Star Command!

If you don't know anything about these shows, here's a very short synopsis.

Jason of Star Command is a sort of Buck Rogers style adventure show. He lives in a secret section of The Space Academy, and is constantly called on to defend the galaxy from Drago (played by Sid Haig from House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects) who is always attacking the Academy. James Doohan (Scotty from Star Trek) is also on this show!

Space Academy is a school for kids in space. It takes place in the same universe as Jason Of Star Command. The kids have a lot of adventures while they learn about life and the universe. Jonathan Harris (Dr. Smith from Lost in Space) plays the main instructor, I find this a little creepy.

Ark II was really interesting. After Earth is devastated by environmental abuse, scientists send a team of highly trained young people to travel and make contact with people living on the scorched earth. They help humanity to thrive and prosper as the earth is starting to heal. It's probably one of the first environmental shows.

All in all these are really fun to watch! If you don't mind the cheesy 70's special effects, you're in for a treat!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

10 Favorite Film Characters

After reading Retrospace'sFilm Character picks, I thought I'd do my own.
So in no particular order, I give you my picks.
(I'm not ripping off the first one, honest it was the first character that came to mind!)

1. Riff Randell from Rock 'n Roll Highschool. It's one of my favorite movies, with my all time favorite band The Ramones. And don't forget P.J. Soles! GIGGITY!

2. William Miller from Almost Famous. Yeah, I know it's based on Cameron Crowes life but I still can't help but think that he's the luckiest boy in history!

3. George Taylor from Planet of the Apes. Chuck Heston really plays up the scientific curmudgeon really well. He's one of my all time favorite sci-fi characters. I love the line when he's talking about finding intelligent life in another world, "There has to be something better than man out there. There's just has to be!"

4. R.J. MacReady from The Thing. Kurt Russell was great in this! Tough as nails as usual, I think that's the only character type that he plays.

5. Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany's. As far as I'm concerned, Audrey Hepburn was the most beautiful actresses of all time! Holly Golightly was a great character. She seemed to have it all figured out, and had everyone wrapped around her finger. But inside she was a mixed up, vulnerable person.

6. Henri Cherrie're from Papillon. Steve McQueen is so cool in this film! It's based on a true story about a man falsely accused of murder and sentenced to live in a French penal colony. He makes several attempts at escaping but is recaptured.

7. Jim Stark from Rebel Without a Cause. When you think of James Dean, you think of this movie. It's the be all and end all to juvenile delinquent movies!

8. The Man With No Name, aka Blondie, aka. Manco from Fistful Of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad And The Ugly. He's gotta be the coolest cat in the west! Nobody could out think him or out shoot him. Definitely my favorite western series!

9. Shaft from The Shaft series. Just because he's the baddest mutha'!!!

10. Dracula from the original Bela Lugosi version. This performance is what all other vampire movies are measured by!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Classic Star Trek ephemera

When I was a kid, I would eat, breathe, and bleed science fiction! I had tons of Star Trek toys knick-knacks. I would go everywhere with my Spock style blue shirt!

It's really depressing to look at ebay and see what it would cost to buy back some of the toys I had.

I had Mego's Bones and Spock along with the bridge of the Enterprise.

And some ST Communicator Walkie Talkies.

Along with a huge die cut image from the first movie. Makes me kick myself for ever getting rid of this stuff! Oh well, the new movie looks awesome and so does the toy line that will support it. I'm one Trekker that is in favor of the direction the new movie is taking!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Warp War

Back in the late 70's and early 80's, several gaming companies such as Steve Jackson Games, Metagaming, SPI, TSR and Task Force Games produced "micro games". They were smaller, portable, and more affordable wargames (although part of what killed off the microgames was that they cost more to make than what they sold them for.)

I found these to be very attractive as a gaming newbie and a pre-teen with limited spending money. I really got into the pocket editions of Car Wars and it's supplements, and also enjoyed Task Force Games Ultra Warrior. As I was cleaning out my garage this week, I came across Warp War by Metagaming. I'd forgotten about it and decided to read through the rules again.

This was such a great game! It was very inventive and for a 17 page rulebook. It had enough in it's content to create a whole campaign using it's rulesystem. What was great about this game is that it was diceless, so chance wasn't a big factor. You had to use strategy to out wit your opponent. You get to design your own starship and pit it against your opponents ship. The goal was to capture as many of your opponents star bases as you can.

Microgames sure packed a huge punch for the limited size of their format. I'd like to see some of the old school wargaming/roleplaying companies look into producing products in the microgame style. I think it could be done cheaper and I think they would be well received.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Greatest Fantasy Album Covers: Budgie

Budgie - Bandolier

This Welsh prog-rock band never really got a lot of attention in the U.S., but they had some decent songs. They've been described as a cross between Rush and Black Sabbath, but I also hear a bit of Hawkwind in them too. Either way, you've got to admit this is a pretty neat cover!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mighty Men and Monster Maker

I've been cleaning out my garage today and came upon my Mighty Men and Monster Maker! I'd forgotten how fun this thing is!
I got it for Christmas one year (I think 1979 or '80), man I loved playing with this thing!
I showed my son how to use it, and he's been doing it for about 45 minutes now. It's almost completely intact except for it's missing 2 head plates the pencils and the crayon holder.

If anyone knows anyone who has a couple of head plates laying around, let me know!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Swords & Wizardry with my 4 1/2 year old (take 2)

Okay, so we played a short, very rules light game. Fred the Barbarian and his henchman "Pac-Man", went into a small orc infested dungeon. They were able to kill 3 orcs pretty easily, but ran into some trouble with the orc chieftain. During the melee, Pac-Man was knocked unconscious but Fred was able to overcome his foe.

Altogether they amassed about 350 GP and a magic Ring of Fire Resistance. Not a bad game for a first try, and Lars really seemed to get into. In fact he wanted to keep playing but his sister, Jette woke up and wanted to eat. Maybe we'll forage into the dungeon again soon!

Swords & Wizardry with my 4 1/2 year old (take 1)

I was planning on running a short first game with my son Lars today. We were driving home from the zoo, and my daughter was asleep, so I was talking to Lars about the game.

I asked him what he wanted to be, and explained all the character classes to him. At first he said he wanted to be a wizard, but then thought about it a moment and said "But aren't wizards not very strong?" (It's really fun listening to him reason this out)

I told him that they weren't but if he used a wizard for a while he could learn powerful magic spells.

He didn't seem interested in any of the races other than human, although when I brought up Hobbits (Halflings) Lars said, "Aren't Hobbits really cute?"

I said, "Sure."

So he opted for a fighter/barbarian named "Fred".

After we came up with his character idea he decided he was too tired to play. So we'll give it another shot later.

Monday, April 6, 2009

AMC Pacer

This is a response post inspired by Trapped In The 80's Moms blog.
When I was a kid, my parents bought a Pacer in the early 80's. Even before we owned one, I always thought they were the coolest car! My brothers and I used to pretend it was a space ship, and would climb in an out of it via the hatchback (cockpit).

It was a dependable car, and had a wide wheel base for safety. But because of all the glass, they tended to be heavy and would guzzle up a lot of gas for a smaller car.

This picture looks a lot like the Pacer we had. One of these days I'm going to buy and restore a Pacer!

If your interested in Pacers, check out this awesome website!