What Happens Next: Saving the Galaxy…. or Not.


The most amusing part of the The Last Jedi was the fuel subplot.

I had that happen in a game I was running.

The players became obsessed over their fuel and fuel consumption, something I did not care about. At. All.

The campaign ended when they decided not to care about the aliens destroying planets.

Because, the answer was, what happened next was a simple TPK.

Maybe not right away, and maybe I should have made them play it out, and maybe i should have warned them it was coming, let them be space-murder-hobos and then, halfway through a session, describe the light, and the smell, and then…

Theirs and billions more voices cried out, and were suddenly silenced.

And then, I sit there.

Maybe I let them make new characters.

Think about your actions and how they affect the campaign, and how your decisions affect the campaign, as well as the hard work your GM puts in.




Black Panther: Petulant Heroism?


There will be spoilers, so please be forewarned.

There is an interesting article here about Killmonger. My take is slightly different, and nuanced: part of the reason for his attacking women is also because of the prevalence of literal ass-kicking female characters.

I want to talk about the ritual combat, and how it relates to the plot, and heroism.

The elder Black Panther killed Killmonger’s father. Worse, he left child Killmonger to be an orphan. This is a pretty crummy thing to do. This is somewhat addressed.

Black Panther loses in ritual combat. Don’t tell me because he didn’t die he didn’t lose, because that is a load of crap. He lived because he had assistance, we are to believe assistance is not allowed. So, yeah, without assistance he is still in a coma.

The conflict in the film, the battle between good and evil is because those closest to the Black Panther we know and love, refuse to accept the rule of someone who won the right to rule fair and square.

How much more interesting would the film had been if Black Panther had come back to life and accepted the rule of Killmonger.

Set up a different villain.

There are parts of Killmonger that are sympathetic. There are other parts that are horrific.

I am not suggesting changing any of them…. however, if Black Panther had accepted Killmonger’s rule, the two of them could have stood back to back against a greater foe, and then Killmonger’s death could have been even more tragic and significant, because, if you were not moved by his request to have his body laid to rest in the ocean, you’re cold as ice.

Instead, our hero, does some pretty ignoble things because he doesn’t like the way something turned out.

Imagine Hillary Clinton wearing that awesome suit of hi-tech armor.

This isn’t meant to be political, but the analogy is appropriate here.

Black Panther acts like an petulant child, accepting the rules only when it suits him.

And, that is a shame.

I also would have loved if Shuri was blasting some Nadia Nakai.


RPG Saturday, Meddling Kids

medkidscover-430x687The unofficial Scooby-Doo RPG

Or, the unofficial Jabberjaw game.

Or any number of HB properties that was about a gang of kids and a wacky sidekick.


Archetype: Jock

Strength: 6

Moves: 7

Smarts: 4

Health: 7


Sporty (Str+3)

Drive (Mov+4)

Fearless (Sma+1d6)

Sneak (Mov+3)

Level-Headed (Hea+3)

Strong Willed (Hea+5)


I think this would be a fun game, the mechanics and character balance are not really an issue, I would be curious to see how it handled conflict and chases, but definitely something for a one-shot. Choose from the Jock, The Fluff, The Brain, The Goof, or The Temper, The Sidekick, or The Innocent. The sidekick mentioned above, in game terms is called the Wild Card.

Friday Refresh, Brenda Starr

bstarr1The character of Brenda Starr is in a general consciousness, but is the comic strip. The last strip was published in 2011, and my guess is, it was about time. Here, at Friday Refresh, we believe in breathing new life into properties.

Brenda Starr, written for today’s audiences, with modern sensibilities.

Sexy, sassy, and social media savvy.

Comic Covers Week 8

Comic Covers looks at comic book covers and give a brief examination of them through the years.

“It was a question of trying to find something that sold, and if one issue came out and it happened to sell, then immediately they would follow that type of story. Now, it didn’t necessarily follow through that they were going to sell. Now, I know Jack Schiff, when he was the editor of Batman, he followed sales very well. When he found that a gorilla on covers sold, then you could be damn sure that in an issue or two you’re going to have another gorilla story.” Sheldon Moldoff