Archive for the ‘random glory’ Category

Over at Nascent Librarian, I posted my thoughts about the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie being based on the excellent Tim Powers novel On Stranger Tides. As I learned about Powers from the truly amazing RPG Unknown Armies, I’m quasi-cross-posting it here, too. Check it out.

In addition to the admonition to buy Tim Powers’ books that the NL readership gets, this crew gets the added command to go buy Unknown Armies. I ran a short campaign of it over the summer, and damn if it doesn’t hold up and then some. I recommend it without reservation.

…the propagation of which I totally owe to Judd.

And now, it’s shown up in Hell Yeah, Gamemasters. Craziness, but a really fun thing to see on a Friday.

So this weekend, let tie-in novels provide canon NPCs no protection from your wrath. Lay low imaginary empires and grind their useless reams of demographic information to dust beneath your boots. Change worlds that didn’t really exist until you showed up anyway, and have some damn fun rolling dice.

Because that’s what I’ve got on an early Saturday morning.

Enjoy the weekend, y’all.

Or at least, a mailbag full. Behold what I’ve received over the last 24 hours:

That’s both of the 4e Dark Sun books, the hard copy of Apocalypse World, and the hard copy of Delta Green: Targets of Opportunity. Truly, my cup runneth over with grim and terrible joy.

Been running a really great UA game, and even worked in a one-shot of Dogs in the Vineyard a few weeks back. But this post isn’t about that. Their time will come (hopefully; both are well worth a post or three).

This post, however, is about revelation. It came to me with the burning light of truth that they should adapt Planetary as a BBC series, with 2-4 of the tight six-episode seasons that they do so well. And Elijah Snow must be played by Kevin McKidd:

Bask in the glow of verity. Discuss as you will.

While Blizzard and WotC did their part this year to make geekdom’s April 1 amusing, for the first time in years a joke product was announced that I would buy in a millisecond were it to truly become available: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: America 1988.

But while we will almost certainly never have the chance to read such a work of genius, we could always run it. So, what would we use? SotC could work, or a PDQ variant; high levels of abstraction strike me as a must, such that MacGyver’s improvisation, B.A.’s badassitude, and Jack Burton’s… well, his je ne sais quoi can all operate on the same playing field.

Of course, I’m also just tempted to do a LoEG: America 1988 Oracle for In a Wicked Age.

EDIT: Dear WordPress, please stop suggesting “possibly related posts”. You do not seem to be very good at it.