Saturday, November 21, 2009

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin



I woke up this morning and my kids were watching this movie on T.V.! At first I thought it was Heavy Metal, but after watching for a minute I was like "What is this?!!!" I can't believe I've never heard of this movie before! The animation looked very Ralph Bakshi in Wizards or Fire & Ice.

It's got a sort of swords and planets feel to it, and is made of the stuff of great RPGs! I didn't leave the movie on for too long because the violence was pretty graphic and there were some language issues. The mandroids were kind of creepy, they were a sort of zombie cyborg type being. Keep in mind my kids are 5 and 3 years old. I'm going to check out this movie in it's entirety later.

Check it out on Youtube!





















Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I won the Wargames Soldier and Strategy/Wargames Factory contest!!!



I just got an email from Tony Reidy of Wargames Factory today! I'm so stoked right now! I won a years subscription to WS&S and 5 packages of WF minis of my choice!

Here's a pic of my conversion of a numidian warrior into an orc!

Monday, November 9, 2009

20 Years Ago Today...

...the Berlin wall was torn down! The shadow of soviet totalitarianism/communism has been dead for 20 years. it's hard to believe it's been that long, if feels like almost yesterday that I was in highschool German class discussing it's impact. I had planned on going to Germany to study art, but that never happened. I did make it to germany about 1 1/2 years after the wall came down.

Feiern de Mauerfall!



This one was interesting. Communist holdouts protesting against freedom.



And the speech that put things into motion.

New Wave or Used Wave

In the last 3 or 4 years or so, we've seen a resurgence of music that copies the style and sound of the eighties. Pop culture seems to remake the past, usually being nostalgic for twenty years ago. I'm not complaining, this is one of my favorite eras of music! Although it makes me wonder if someone is going to try and bring back grunge, one of the worst genres of music? Here's a few videos from some newer bands that play what I like to call Used Wave music.

Here's a Swedish band called The Shout Outlouds, this song reminds me of The Cure's "Inbetween Days".





Bloc Party reminds me of the Police, a little bit anyways...



Interpol seems to have it's roots in the music of Joy Division.



Speaking of Joy Division, check out the Killers cover of Shadow Plays.





Even though these bands aren't really breaking new ground, this is a welcome change from the complaint rock and bad r and b of the 90's and 00's.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

That Rat Bastard Necromancer

Sorry for the re-post, I had this in my MRRPG blog but wanted to bounce ideas off of people on this blog as well.

This is a sandbox campaign that has been ruminating in my mind for quite some time. I've decided I'll be running it next week, hopefully some people will show up. I've decided to use Tunnels & Trolls, mainly because of the humorous nature of the world, and T&T is great for that!

Here's what I have so far...

Imadjupoor is a port city full of all sorts of culture and character....although most of it is bad character! Think of Chicago in the 1920's only as a fantasy setting. Illegal substances, prostitution, gambling, murder, political corruption, evil sorcery...you name it. The inspiration for the setting comes from hardboiled fiction of the 30's and 40's, film noir, exploitation films, gangster and horror movies. And with just enough Terry Pratchett inspired humor to get through the dark bits!

Ju Ju Jones is the main crime boss of Imadjupoor. He owns much of the city, including the mayor. So he's pretty much untouchable. Oh, and by the way, he's a necromancer. He's got plenty of undead doing his dirty business.

Cederic - "I saw Bill's got a job finally, he's working for Ju Ju now."
Fred - "What do you mean, Bill has been dead for 3 months.
Cederic- "I did mention he's working for Ju Ju."
Fred- "Right, I forgot. Well I suppose that if Bill didn't do any work in life, he might as well do it afterwards."

Gangsters rule the streets of Imadjupoor, and most of the gangs are split along ethnic lines. There's Ju Ju's undead, the Drek Elves, Gutter Dwarves (thanks Dr. Gremlin), Goblin followers of the Cult of the Rat (murderous followers of the cult are known as "Terrorats"), plus an overzealous Wizards union that uses strong arm tactics that would make Jimmy Hoffa cringe.

The underground sewer system (The Underdrek) will be a source for delving, it's filled with cutthroats, the dreaded Drek Elves, wandering monsters, and unspeakable horrors created by discarded magicks.

On the outskirts of town live a community of Hillbilly Hobbits (Hobbillies), in their mobile home park (basically dilapidated wagons on cinderblocks). They are the source for illegal hoosegow that the local speakeasies in Imadjapoor carry. The local crime bosses are none too pleased with this because it undercuts their profits, so that throws another conflict into the mix. (Thanks to Toad-Killer-Dog for that one)!

As far as PC's go, I think I'll have 6 types... roll 1D6

1. Imadjupooran local - You know who not to cross and you know how things work in this town, but know very little outside of Imadjapoor.

2. Outsider- You're new to town and ignorant of the way things work here. Watch your step! Although you do have a lot of outside knowledge that will help.

3. Criminal - You're wired into the underground of the city, and you make things work behind the scenes. You could be an enforcer, street criminal, hooch runner...etc.

4. Gumshoe/Vigilante - You're also wired into the criminal community but you're also not very well liked. You have your ear to every door and every informant knows how to contact you.

5. Seadog - You're a salty sailor of the salty sea, but not necessarily the salt of the earth! After months on the open sea you need to raise some hell. What better town to do that in than Imadjupoor?!!!

6. Highwayman - You make an honest dishonest living robbing people to and from Imadjupoor! And then head into town to spend your hardly hard earned money on the finer things in life!

I'll keep posting as more ideas come to light!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Colour Of Magic



I've no idea how I missed this one! But Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic was made into a movie back in 2008! I recently started reading the book and came across it quite by accident while searching for an image of the book cover. I just started watching it and it's pretty good so far. And Sean Astin and Tim Curry are in it no less!

It you're not familiar with the series, I won't give away much. But if you are a fan of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy you'll like this story too!

Trailer



You can find a link to the movie here!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Pics!

Just some pics of my kids on Hallow 'een!





Lars Vader





Jette-o-Lantern



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Conan: Red Nails?



Alright! Red Nails has been in production since 2007 and the website hasn't been updated since. But according to IMDB it's still in production. I really hope they get this one right! It would be great to see an animated movie create an accurate portrayal of Conan rather than the movie that's being cast right now.

I think Ron Perlman as Conan is just a perfect fit! Not to mention Clancy Brown (Olmec) and Mark Hamill (Tolkemec)! And the fact that they are using the classic Robert E. Howard story as the script rather than rewriting the Conan story.

From what I've read this will more than likely be a straight to DVD release, but that doesn't mean it'll be bad.

Crossing Fingers.......