The Pull List, Release Date 7/11

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Yes, Superman and Nancy Drew are coming out, and I can’t say for sure that I will even pick this up, but it has potential.

 

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What Happens Next, I HAVE THE POWER!

img_2926For the month of Guly, celebratinj the birth of the most significant figure in jaminj, we will focus of items related to the original Dunjeon Master, Gary Gygax.

I have had this “discussion” with a friend about various versions of D&D across time. The point is that in some versions of the game, fightery characters are primarily defined by their magic items.

Go back to the AD&D, what made two fighters different? Likely, their magic items. Yes, there could be lots of other things, but…. if the fighter with the +5 Vorpal goes down, I am guessing the character with the +2 longsword will pick up that Vorpal and start cleaving heads. They will become known for the weapon.

13th Age gives all magic items quirks, so, when this happens, yes, the new character will pick up some of the quirks, which is super-flavorful.

But, at the end of the day, are characters defined by their items?

 

RPG Saturday, Cyborg Commando

For the month of Guly, celebratinj the birth of the most significant figure in jaminj, we will focus of items related to the original Dunjeon Master, Gary Gygax.

Dragon Magazine #127I would call this the Jackie Brown of the Gygax oeuvre, but there are many folks who love Jackie Brown.

This is not a good game. It prides itself on the d10x mechanics, which are quirky, but workable, I think. Where it fails it everywhere else as a game.

The art is high school level (that kid in yor class who was really good at art). The writing and layout are a mess.

Thankfully, it has a Basic and Advanced version, so, I was able to do just the Basic.

Long ago, I thought of doing a Gygax-related minicon, where every game had tohave a connection to the man, and I considered running this. Having gone through this process, I will pass on this.

Does anyone play this?

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RPG Saturday: 7th Sea

On this date of July 7th, we delve into 7th Sea, 2nd edition…

I backed this one, and was super excited to play it at GenCon the year it came out, I had tickets for Mad Dog and I, even though pirates are not necessarily his jam. On the 13 hour car ride, I was looking forward to dicing into the book, of which I had skimmed in pdf form. But…. my book did not arrive in time, which should have happened, and really soured me for a time.

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I am liberally recreating a character from 1e. I have concerns about the gameplay, specifically, the reliance upon dueling schools. I find the stories element intriguing, but speaking truthfully, usually when I start a campaign, I like to go into it without having a playbook of things I want to have happen, and even if there are some broad strokes, usually, as I get comfortable in the skin of my character, my goals change. I still hope to run and/ or play this, maybe even this year at the GenCon with the Mad Dog. So, if you are playing The 7th Seas (sic) maybe we will find each other looking for drama and adventure!

Friday Refresh, D&D Cartoon

For the month of Guly, celebratinj the birth of the most significant figure in jaminj, we will focus of items related to the original Dunjeon Master, Gary Gygax.

The D&D cartoon featured kids who got dropped into a D&D world. D&D is kind of a big deal, with youtube D&D channels being not insignificant, and the lure of D&D has been proclaimed publicly by famous persons who might be seen as nerdy and those seen as not.

356e554f3bc34f3c8ec18611a7326ecc---cartoons-dungeons-and-dragonsHere is my pitch: a mixed animated/ live-action or straight up live-action+CGI CW style TV show featuring young people drawn into the world of D&D. And, it is true that the recent Gumangi film did something similiar, this one would focus more on the teens and on the D&D brand and property.

And, starring as Warduke, none other than Joe Manganiello. Episodes tie-in to classic and upcoming D&D releases.

Make it fun, angsty, action-packed, and chock-full of D&D references.

Wow or Woe, Release Date 7/4

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The wedding issue.

Spoilers were released awhile back, they shouldn’t be hard to find.

Recently, Geoff Johns stepped down from being at the top of DC Comics, leaving Didio and Jim Lee atop the Distinguished Company.

I think that means we will be getting more storylines like this one. Why?

This seems to be the Didio brand of storytelling.

I heartily agree with some of the choices in this book. I am not a big fan of the face-turn of some of the Bat-villains, and this addresses that. But, in terms of a direction for a company to go in, this feels like the poor storytelling I’d argue Marvel has been churning out.

Gotta give this a big ole WOE!