Wednesday, August 19, 2015


We're seeing the resurgence of quality hard, sci-fi and it looks fantastic. Great action and plot set-up, but it also looks very character focused, which is something that's been missing from previous efforts about the goal to explore Mars.

In the story, astronaut Mark Watney and crew make their way to Mars aboard the Hermes, the large spacecraft outfitted to endure the years-long-trek to the red planet. It's recognizable design is patterned after the very real International Space Station. Here's a look at the Hermes from the film:

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A while back, the studio released a viral video to show off some of Damon's character and the interior of the Hermes.

Looking forward to October 2, 2015!

Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Next Saturday Night Space Opera: Charles Stross' Laundry Files!

We've got another new spin on the Cypher System! Regular SNSO player and awesome gamemaster in his own right, Matt Towle will be running DARK SIDE OF THE MOON based on Charles Stross' Laundry Files.

It takes the world of Stross' books (think Lovecraft meets an underfunded Ministry of Magic) and mashed them with the Cypher rules (of Numenera and The Strange) from Monte Cook Games.

The result is a spy-fi thriller through the lens of an overburdened British bureaucracy. Players take up the role of a special agents sent to investigate supernatural on the moon...but without the resources of a well-funded special ops ministry. As Matt puts it:
Space:1969. While NASA spends millions on cutting-edge rocket technology, your cash-strapped ministry just gave you a wetsuit and a subway token. Next stop: the moon!
6:00 pm / Saturday, September 5
Source Comics + Games
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  • BYO dice (d6, 2d10, and d20)
  • Character sheets provided
  • No prior experience with Cypher rules necessary

Monday, July 27, 2015

It's the new Cypher system for August Saturday Night Space Opera!

I'm so excited for the August SNSO--we've got another new GM running the barely-out-of-shrink-wrap Cypher system from Monte Cook Games. It's the same story-driven rules as Numenera and The Strange, which I've played and LOVE. In fact, our June Numenera game has taken off as a regular campaign on a different night.

Now one of the players in that game--and a GM herself--Jennifer Doll, is running an original hard sci-fi space adventure called RUNNING COLD.  

On a moon orbiting a gas giant planet, workers mining a rare and valuable element used to initiate cold fusion begin to go missing. You're part of a team of investigators sent to determine the truth. Dive into a rich world of interstellar mystery, action, and suspense! 
6:00 pm / Saturday, August 1
Source Comics + Games
  • BYO dice (d6, 2d10, and d20)
  • Character sheets provided
  • No prior experience with Cypher rules necessary

Check out this free preview of Cypher rules

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Join the Cosmic Patrol at Free RPG Day this weekend!

Calling all Patrolmen! Come explore and protect the solar system in a retro space game this Saturday at the Source. I'm running "The Doomsday Protocols," a quick-start adventure for Cosmic Patrol by Catalyst Game Labs.

The particulars:
  • 6pm - close at Source Comics & Games 
  • Pre-generated male and female characters will be provided 
  • BYO polyhedrals

Seal your space helmet and buckle your jet pack for some ray-blasting pulp adventures!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

June Saturday Night Space Opera: NUMENERA!

One week from Saturday we'll be back at it again at the Source to jump into the Ninth World: Numenera! This is your chance to check out this gorgeous game, which is big on story and light on rules crunch (it uses the Cypher system, the same rules as The Strange).

This is the first Saturday Night Space Opera where I give the gamemaster duties over to another capable captain, so I'm really looking forward to being a player, for once!

6:00 pm / Saturday, June 6
Source Comics + Games
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Visit Saturday Night Space Opera now for more details. Come join us--and remember it's BYOP (P = polyhedrals)!!