Thursday, 26 April 2018

Star Wars Resistance

From Dave Filoni and various other makers of Rebels, Star Wars Resistance, the animated series. Pilots! Speed! Poe! BB-8! Phasma! Set just before The Force Awakens! Probably some useful worldbuilding as a result!


Of course now I want to run a supers game.

Avengers: Infinity War

I have seen it.

I will update this as a spoiler post next week.

For now...

Edinburgh plays Edinburgh, and the geography is pretty accurate. It’s quite a short sequence, early on, but fairly hefty on the action.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

You have to include these three elements

Tonight I got to meet the founder of the 48 Hour Film Project. For those who don’t know, it gives filmmakers a deadline and some other limitations as a spur to creativity, as well as a chance to win prizes up to a screening in the international meetup and a trip to Cannes.

Like Iron Chef, and indeed Iron GM, you get three elements to include - a character name and job, a line of dialogue, and a prop - and a genre to work in pulled out of a hat. These can set you off coming up with ideas you might never have thought of otherwise.

Monday, 23 April 2018

World Book Night

It’s World Book Night. Read a book. It doesn’t have to be about night. Necessarily.

Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition

Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition is due at Gen Con. Coming in shiny limited edition versions, and distributed by Modiphius, which should mean decent availability for retailers and quality control.

And new publisher Black Chantry is bringing back Vampire: The Eternal Struggle.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is really good. It would also be rather difficult to do in RPGs because so much comes down to speech and to talk through descriptions and then not talk in dialogue would be tricky. A monster that hunts by sound, sure, but just occasionally. The awkward family dynamic would be hard to sustain as well.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


Action Comics issue 1000 came out today, marking eighty years since Superman essentially founded the superhero comics genre. There had been some recognisable prototypes like the Phantom, but Action Comics was the defining moment.

He’s always been around for me, even before Superman: The Movie came out when I was four - at the halfway point in that eighty-year run, so he’s had that John Williams theme half the time he’s been around. (That comic is a mockup, the Daily Planet wasn’t the Daily Planet then, but I always wondered why they didn’t use the original Action Comics cover.)

And all those stories over all those years, all the inspiration and hope creators have brought to him, it’s all worthwhile.

This one page alone would make it all worthwhile. You know the one, from All-Star Superman.

Or consider how Superman broke the Ku Klux Klan. A true force for good.

All-Star Superman would be my recommendation if you want one comic collection.

Superman: The Animated Series is my suggestion for other media. Like Batman: The Animated Series from the same crew, it adapts decades of material into a cohesive and fun series. It includes the only version of the destruction of Krypton that ever made me cry, as well as the theme by Shirley Walker being for me the best non-William theme he’s ever had.

And the current Supergirl TV series is absolutely worth a look too.

Up, up, and away!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


DC gets my interest with a new movie... possibly about WWII pilots... with Steven Spielberg directing. That might qualify as cheating.

Proxima Midnight

Casting news from Avengers: Infinity War continues despite it being ten days until it comes out. Proxima Midnight, one of the Black Order of space supervillains working for Thanos, is played by Carrie Coon, of The Leftovers, Fargo, Gone Girl, and... my V20 game, where I cast her as the de facto leader of the local Brujah. Even there, she rarely used her superhuman strength and never attacked anyone with a spear.

Monday, 16 April 2018

How to run a con quiz the Craig Oxbrow way

Other ways are available.

Apparently this will go to (a) the quiz team of DEATH and (b) the Conpulsion organiser how-to guide.

Short version:

Keep RPG, board card and war game, film and TV, and book and comic questions recent or evergreen - you can go a bit more obscure in the This Year’s Theme round. If you are going obscure, consider multiple choice or True Or False. Either the picture round or write-in round should be game-related if not both. Be prepared to give half points and be corrected, but don’t let them see you sweat. Have a funny question at the end of every round or two.

Long version:

... is three pages.