Monday, July 18, 2016

TRAILER: Star Wars Rebels Season 3 preview

Star Wars Rebels continues to be one of the best parts of the franchise. The trailer for the third (and final) season premiered at Star Wars Celebration Europe this past weekend and it looks like it's upping the ante in all directions. The beginnings of the Rebel Alliance are finally taking root--including the introduction of a well-known Rebel pilot!

And Ezra's talent with the Force has finally matured into a dangerous asset, sought by Jedi and Sith alike.  

Finally, I'm sure you've heard by now about the Expanded Universe character that's making a canon-universe debut. In case you haven't I won't spoil it--just enjoy the clip!

If you haven't seen the first two seasons, correct that mistake now!

Friday, July 15, 2016

VIDEO: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, behind the scenes!

While a new trailer didn't fly out of the first day of Star Wars Celebration for  Rogue One, we did get a great look behind the scenes. Oh, and a shiny new movie poster--the first official one!

Here's the video which seems to be comprised of both BtS shots as well as what looks like new, finished footage.

Dianoga-eyed viewers will spot the actual data tapes with the plans for the Death Star at 1:22. And TONS of new aliens, hardware, and Stormtrooper types we've not seen before! I'm really pulling for director Gareth Edwards. He looks like a kid playing with his Kenner figures in the backyard sandbox, having so much fun on set.

Here's hoping that attitude translates to one heckova Star Wars flick. May the Force be with us!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Rad Astra in playtest

It's been a while since I gave an update here, but things are humming along with Rad Astra. I'm working on a revised draft of the rules, which (at this point) are no longer just an X-plorers-based setting. It will be it's own game. Though, I will do an X-plorers version and I'm talking to a few interested parties in converting for other systems as well.

In truth, I've been testing various rules over the course of the last 6 years or so. I've messed with enough of under the hood that I began rewriting the underlying mechanics. Once that started, it was hard to stop. I will say that having all of those house rules in one document--and easily accessible just for my own sake--makes me just a wee bit giddy.
Next week, my regular gaming group (made up of almost all game masters) will dip toes in to some of the classes and basic mechanics, such as how abilities and skills will operate. There's more over at the official development site if that stuff interests you. To be honest, I'm more a fan of setting than I am of rules--unless the two can be combined in some interesting way...

Stay tuned for more Radness!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

VIDEO: Vintage VHS treatement for this new X-Men Apocalypse ad

This viral ad for X-Men: Apocalypse is an inspired piece of marketing. It appears as a warped VHS recording of "In the Footsteps Of..." a fictional supernatural TV documentary program, in the style of real ones like In Search Of--which I used to watch with rapt elation/horror/wonder as a kid. Heck, they even got George Takei as a stand-in narrator, a la Leonard Nimoy.

This one gives a glimpse to the background of the new film's main big-bad, Apocalypse himself, En Sabah Nur. 

Advertising can be a lot of fun, when cleverly done!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

TRAILER: Doctor Strange brings magic to the Marvel Universe

For years--the better part of this decade--I've been DYING to see how Marvel would add the arcane elements of the Sorcerer Supreme to their cinematic universe. Doses of the scienc-y "magic" were dropped with the Thor movies and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Avengers films had a pinch of that old Kirby Krackle, as well.

Strange even had a passing mention as a possible "threat" by SHIELD (we all know how that went!) In Captain America: Winter Soldier. The set up has been a loooong time coming.

And he's not just one of my favorites--he's long been one of Stan the Man's favorite characters.I was psyched way back in 2009 when Stan Lee said Strange was on Marvel Studios' radar to be made. I'm cannot properly communicate my elation at it finally happening!

By the look of this trailer Doctor Strange is gonna be serving up the MAIN COURSE! Finally we're going to experience the full-on comic book wonder that Marvel is famous for. I suppose instead of the Krackle, we'll be getting some "Ditko Dazzle!"

By the Eye of Agamotto, behold the psychedelic visions of Dr. Stephen Strange in this origin-focused teaser! Enjoy!

Doctor Strange hits US theaters November 4, 2016

More details:
If you're not up on your Strange lore, now's the time to dive in:

Images and video courtesy Marvel and Disney