Monday, 21 May 2018

Warhammer Adventures

Warhammer novels for the 8-12 bracket, for Age of Sigmar but also Warhammer 40,000, which seems more of a stretch to me because AoS has, you know, good guys in it. Nice to see non-white and female main characters in both series, and a disabled character in the 40K book.

Thanks to Tumbleweed on for the news.

Drop-in settings

MMM suggests this:
Something I would love to see more of on #DMsGuild is locations that I can drop into a campaign. Local village, remote monastery, abandoned fortress, mining camp, farmers market, etc. Describe the location, add in half a dozen interesting NPCs, & a handful of story hooks, done.
I’ve been thinking about something similar for Storytellers Vault. D&D parties typically travel around more than Vampire: The Masquerade coteries, but there are plenty of classic locations like the dingy Rack nightclub, the police station, and the Tremere chantry.

Animated game maps

Dynamic Dungeons and other similar systems look fantastic if you have a screen on your table.

Sunday, 20 May 2018


The finale episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer first aired fifteen years ago.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Stand By Me

That was a very nice touch, one of several in fact, like the sermon and the converted electric Jaguar.

Crusader Kings: The Boardgame

Paradox Interactive has announced a move into boardgames as well as RPGs, with Free League adapting Crusader Kings. It’s a big one - 70 miniatures, 306 tokens, 289 cards, 10 family and 5 dynasty boards as well as the main board. The Kickstarter page includes a link to the rules beta.

Best of luck

Royal Wedding related plot hooks on the Whoblog, from the last one.

Did this just become a LARP?

The Edinburgh International Film Festival screening of Blade plus opening scene style rave seems to have acquired an attached immersive game, with rules and sides and all.
To be in with a chance to take home a replica of Blade’s Sword, you can take part in the venue-wide interactive game, decoding ancient vampire scrolls and Escape Room-style puzzles. Trust no one.
Not my fault, I swear!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Casting by The Watch House, 2018 edition

Yes, that’s William from my Buffy game about young Watchers playing the tweedy English adviser to a group of chosen ones in the reboot of Charmed ten years later. When I typecast, I typecast HARD.

Masquerade violation in the magazine aisle

Hitting on Twitter, flagged up by Justin Achilli and Steve Dee among others, a reminder that we take some very high Weird Level for granted.

Revealed! When Ghost Hunts Go Wrong

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ten O’clock Monster update

... The last blog post is now number three on a Google search for the phrase, behind two different meanings and above one of the articles I was referring to. I may have overestimated its ubiquity.

A few more hits with 10 instead of Ten, but not that many.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Time For The Ten O'clock Monster

I’m really surprised that there doesn’t seem to be a LARP book, blog or podcast called Ten O’clock Monster.

It’s a common phrase which I’ve heard from gamers and seen in MET and Nordic LARP essays and elsewhere, though I wonder where it originated. It’s pretty self-explanatory - something plot-related comes in and possibly starts a fight a little after halfway through a session where not much else is happening. A plot development engineered with NPCs works as well.

It’s something I was thinking about for the Storytellers Vault MET section - a look at ways to use external threats and different options to liven up a slow game. As a tabletop GM I can use Chandler’s Law whenever I like, but LARPs need people to play the guys coming through the door with guns in their hands, and unless the GM’s doing it they’ll need to be briefed ahead of time.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Next, on Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. ...

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is go for a half-length sixth season. Having run three and then two mini-seasons in the last two years, they can do this.

The bigger issue may be fallout from Avengers: Infinity War...

And Coulson will be getting a boost when he appears in the (at least partially) 1990s set Captain Marvel.

And now a joke.