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
RSVP now so we know you're coming!

Visit Saturday Night Space Opera now for more details. Come join us--and remember it's BYOP (P = polyhedrals)!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BY GRABTHAR'S HAMMER! A Galaxy Quest TV series!

It's entirely possible that Galaxy Quest is the best Star Trek movie ever made. It wasn't a huge draw in theaters but it reveled in Trekdom's greatest assets--it's fans. What seems to be satire on the surface is also a love-letter of sorts to nerds of every stripe. Now Paramount has plans to turn the 1999 film into a regular series:

I wonder if they could get Tim Allen to be the show's Shatner and Tony Shalhoub to be the groovy-with-himself engineer again? I'm not sure they could get Alan Rickman, but that would pretty much be the necessary trifecta.

One of the things I loved about the film, was it relished its exploitation of Trek, but also every other TV trope in fervent detail--right down to making a mockery of meaningless plot devices (Beryllium Sphere? Omega 13, anyone?). With successful scifi comedies like The Venture Bros., Futurama, Danger 5, and Archer, the show's producers would have their work cut out for them, but they have the potential to really make something wonderful.

More details:

All images: Paramount Pictures

TRAILER: Some real chemistry going on in Fantastic Four

Somehow they snuck this one in over the weekend, amidst all the Star Wars and Bats v. Capes trailers out there. This looks much improved over the previous trailer that really didn't seem too connected to the famous quartet.

This new trailer though has some real spark to it--and while I won't say it makes me think of the comics, the characters seem to have something driving them, other than scenery this time. Maybe going younger with the main characters wasn't such a bad idea after all.

We get a glimpse of their powers, the Thing in full rocky-regalia, and finally a peek at Dr. Doom!