By now you've likely heard about STARFINDER Paizo's approaching foray into space opera set in the faaaaar future of the Pathfinder universe. The artwork is pretty amazing. And while I'm not a Pathfinder player myself, I definitely see making use out of some of their books.
Here's a look at all cool stuff you can pre-order from them after the launch at Gen Con this August, including a massive 560 page, hard cover rule book, pictured above.
More than 12 years after his last appearance in theaters, KING KONG will return to the silver screen in KONG: Skull Island in 2017!
I'm actually a fan of the 2005 Peter Jackson film, set in the 1920s (like the original it pays homage to). It has some exciting sequences with all manner of monsters. And the battle atop the Empire State Building takes the original concept to an unprecedented level. But it's also slow as shit, especially in the beginning.
KONG: Skull Island, from the producers of the latest Godzilla effort, looks AH-MA-ZING, by comparison with it's Apocalypse Now-meets-monster-movie approach to the story.
Set during the Vietnam war, a group of soldiers is tasked with mapping an uncharted and mysterious island in the South Pacific (the eponymous scrap of land from the title). The best way to do this? Drop bombs on it! I love movies that just lean in to their ridiculous premises. :-)
Kong, of course, is not happy about that:
But the best part? An all star cast--many of them from the Marvel family of films:
Brie Larson - Captain Marvel
Tom Hiddleston - Loki (Thor, Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok)
Sam Jackson - Nick Fury (Like, so many Marvel movies!)
John C. Reilly - Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Yep, it has Steve Brule in it! And by the looks of it, he's the island "expert" laying down, uh..."rules" for survival, if you will excuse the reference.
The only one not from the Marvel movie-verse is John Goodman, who plays the seedy, money man who gets the group into trouble in the first place.
In short: ALL OF IT. Looks like plenty of fodder for an Isle of Dread type of adventure or maybe a prelude to Apes Victorious? Either way--the trailer alone has enough game inspiration for an adventure hook, as it is. I'm sure the full film is chocked full of more monster mayhem than you can throw a helicopter at!
So if you're doing a mini-campaign set mid-century (read: 60s-70s) I think you've got a bunch of options:
Wartime mapping/recon mission (soldier heavy party with lots of incendiaries/explosives)
Big game hunt turned disastrous (non-professionals,no explosives, but armed with stun guns, gas grenades, tranq darts, nets, cages, etc.)
Petroleum excavation crew (Heavy on science and exploration, few weapons)
National Geographic documentary crew (cameras and machetes only!)
Or a mix of any of the above
And you've got a great set up for NPCs and possibly foes:
Lost tribe of humans who worship/fear the island fauna
Stranded "guide" looking to get off the island
Greedy entrepreneur looking to make a buck
Mercs/henchmen, looking out for their boss
Foolhardy scientist/journalist who gets too close
Skeptical/grizzled colonel who's trying to keep his troops alive
That's a full-on military campaign, but it's MUCH more hard-scrabble for the humans than any of Godzilla's movies. We're talkin' street-level skirmishes against a kaiju--lots of fun! Oh and definitely check that comic out, the art is incredibly detailed and inspirational!
This video, taken from Watch Dogs 2, looks like it might hint at a secret space opera-esque project. The art production is like a candy-colored goulash of acclaimed science fiction artists Chris Foss and John Harris spaceship art!
Plus, the twangy soundtrack brings me back to Cowboy Bebop.The big question--when is it coming out? (If ever?)