January 13th, 2006


One strike, one hopeful...

I mentioned my talent for rooting out people and talking to them about potential deals, as well as tracking down the Games of Yesteryear.

Well, something to report on that score...

1. I have managed to make contact with Norley Tucker, who SOME of you might recall as the co-author of one of my favourite role-playing games of all time BLOOD! The Roleplaying Game of Modern Horror. Originally by Norley Tucker and Stephen Osbourne, illustrated by Paul Campion (who has done very well for himself.

So, we're in discussion over some sort of potential licensing or redevelopment of Blood!

Blood! Had a fairly simple percentile system, and interesting split between hit points/blood points a tacked on 'level' system that never really came into play and the most gloriously gory critical hit tables to ever grace a game. So, it was sort of a bastard hybrid between AD&D, Call of Cthulu and Rolemaster, but it actually worked. It revelled in the horror cheesiness and the combat system was actually pretty bosh and brutal.

I loved it.

2. On whim I contacted Piers Anthony about the Xanth series, since I'd been wondering for a while why they'd never been made into an RPG. He's fairly amenable to the idea it seems, however, the Xanth rights are tied up with the film options and not his to negotiate any more.

Fucking film companies. I guess they snaffle up all the subsidiary rights in order to better market and merchandise their product. I can certainly understand that when it comes to things like this but it also causes complications with public domain properties from time to time, though my shelved Barsoom project takes heart from the fact that Spielburg didn't sue either the independent film companies doing their own interpretations of War of the Worlds, nor many of the game supplements and sourcebooks based on it that came out around the same time. Or Disraeli's Scarlet Traces for that matter.

Maybe I'll look at Barsoom again, after some other things that need doing.

The Elephant in the Room

So many people, it seems, are afraid of a good argument or attacking big complex and emotive problems. So they simply don't get dealt with and they remain, causing problems that go quietly ignored...

...and get worse.
...And Get Worse.

Where did this fear of involvement, discussion or argument come from?

It isn't a purely British thing either (before Tiffany pipes up) I'm noticing it all over, particularly on the net. People just don't want to get into any discussion that could get heated or impassioned.

What the hell is wrong with caring about things or wanting to fix them? Is everyone so mentally and verbally neutered they don't dare forward an opinion?


Bush Protecting Against Terrorism

Talk elsewhere about Bush's effect in preventing further terrorism on US soil reminded me of this old joke...

A guy is walking in the park when he sees a crazy old tramp with a tinfoil hat on, whirling his arms around like a demented hellicopter.

"What the hell are you doing?" He asks as he wanders up.

Reeking of day old burgers eaten from the trash bin the tramp turns to him and says in a very crazy-man voice. "Keeping the UFOs away!"

The guy looks up into the sky, squinting, shading his eyes. "But I don't see any UFOs."

The tramp laughs and shouts triumphantly. "You see! It's WORKING!"

Real World Adventures?

@ctiv8 is my game of modern conspiracy, effectively you play people who are part of a do-gooder international conspiracy who do their best to ammeliorate or right the various wrongs of the world.

I just put out my first scenario book taken from news stories over the last five days.

Just wondering what people think...

Poll #651470 Current Affairs and RPGs

Are RPG scenarios based on real world events problematic?

Its all good baby. Its just a game and relevance adds a kick.
I have some reservations, but its generally OK.
I couldn't give a tinker's cuss either way.
Why would I want to play in the real world?
That's sick and wrong, not to mention ghoulish.

Before I forget

Finally got around to watching the first half of the Dawkins thing.

Given his opening statement on his intention, goal and so on I didn't think this half of the program came across as very 'preachy' from his quarter. He did target the larger faiths and American Evangelism does make an easy target but then look at the effect it is having nad just how many people were in that steel tent!

I share many of his fears, this should be a century of progress and rational thought and instead it is turning out to be one of fundamentalism (both religious and political). I couldn't really fault him and I thought his tactic of letting the crazy religious types dig their own hole was rather telling.

In his position I think I've have punched that smug cunt of an evangelical in the face. Which, come to think of it, would have made better television.

I wish he had been preachy, we need passionate rationalists now more than ever.