Friday, January 29, 2010

WOTC Discontinuing Star Wars

The announcement has come out that WotC is not renewing the Star Wars license.

From WotC's Director of Marketing"
There have been several questions lately regarding the future of the Star Wars Miniatures and Roleplaying Game and until now I haven’t had definitive answers to give you. After a lengthy evaluation, Wizards of the Coast has decided not to renew the Star Wars license with Lucasfilm. We’ve had a long and fantastic run, but with the economic downturn, we have made the tough decision to discontinue our Star Wars lines.

WotC did a good job of cranking out product to support Star Wars but did a poor job of hyping that product. And while I am disappointed, there really isn't much left to do. The only real period that hasn't been covered is from after the Battle of Endor through the Second Galactic Civil War, and while there may be plenty of fluff material from this time frame, I don't see much more crunch.

Hopefully some fans will compile indexes of feats, talents and powers that appear spread across the multitude of books. That would be useful.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dresden Files RPG Out At Origins

When I first saw the Dresden Files on tv, I thought that it would make a great RPG setting. This was reinforced later when I read a couple of the books. It looks like I'm not the only one that thought this, as a Dresden Files RPG is coming out this summer.

Check out the official site.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Odds of Alien Contact > Odds of Girlfriend?

Stealing the Wolowitz Coefficient (see the comments in the linked article), a variation of the Drake Equation used to predict the odds of contacting an alien civilization, a British mathematician has estimated that there are 26 women in the UK he could date.

You can see his math in the article here.

Of course, he leaves something out. What are the odds any of those 26 will be interested in him?


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tilted Kilt > Hooters

Shallow male time! :)

We need a Tilted Kilt on the north side of Indy, preferably within staggering distance of my house.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Whedon on FX and Push series?

A couple of little bits from io9:

Whedon may launch a series on FX...


...series based on the movie "Push" is in the works.

What I think would be a stroke of brilliance? Have Whedon do the Push series.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

So much for that idea

I'm mentally declaring my idea for a post-apocalypse/fantasy campaign setting dead.

As with most of my ideas, it was shiny while it was new, but it didn't hold my interest.

My next abandoned idea is a setting that is 50% cinematic Sherlock Holmes, 25% Charles de Lint, with the rest varying dashes of Steampunk, Harry Potter, Dark Materials, Van Helsing, Sleepy Hollow, Dresden Files and various folk/fairy tales from the British Isles.

The basic premise would be a an English secret society accidentally broke the Milesian Accords trying to influence the Revolutionary War. As a result magic and things unseen began leaking back into the world.

This of course means I would get to play with history. Or I will until I get bored.

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Kick-Ass Trailer

Check out the trailer after the jump. I'm going to start putting videos, especially larger ones after the jump to speed up the loading of the main blog page.


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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Twenty SF movies in 2010

Io9 list the movies in this article as the 20 SF movies coming out in 2010 that they are most excited about.

Half the list makes me go "eh."

I'm only interested in Kick-Ass and Iron Man 2, though Book of Eli might join my short list. I'll probably see Predators hoping Rodriguez does them right but the last couple of movies left me unenthusiastic about Predators or Aliens. Jonah Hex might be worth a look, but I don't know much about the source material... supernatural Western plus Megan Fox in a corset might be worth sitting through a bucket of popcorn.

And how much of the list of twenty strikes you as "been there, done that."


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