Another British series, this one ran for four extremely-abbreviated seasons beginning in 2011. I admit it, I watched this because two of the actors from the BBC’s Life on Mars are in it: Philip Glenister and John Simm. Anyway, fourteen episodes over a total of four “seasons.” That’s like half a normal TV season, stretched … Continue reading Review: Mad Dogs (UK)
Life on Mars Life on Mars was a two-season UK show from 2006. I had seen the US version from 2008, but I wanted to check out the original since I’d heard it was much better. Spoiler, it is. So much better. It’s a science-fiction premise where a contemporary policeman has an accident and abruptly … Continue reading Review: Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes (UK)
Abraham Merritt was an author who became well-known in the early years of the twentieth century. In his novel The Face in the Abyss, written in 1923, the protagonist refers to Mankind's progress over the prior hundred years (so, 1822-1923). The character he’s just enlightened is impressed, and muses over what they'll achieve in the … Continue reading Our Past Hundred Years: Did We Meet Expectations?
What a year, eh? Pandemic pandemic pandemic. But progressively lessened restrictions, because the populace is restless. We don’t have an inoculation for immunity, we don’t have an inoculation to make it less contagious, and we don’t have a cure, and now we have virus variants that are worse. But in spite of all that the … Continue reading 2021, We Bid You Adieu. How’d It Go For You? A Look Back.
Way back in 1975 TSR published a “game” that was actually just a variant of Dungeons and Dragons. It was called Empire of the Petal Throne (EPT) and it was set in Prof MAR Barker’s world of Tekumel. It was an expensive product and Barker could be difficult to get along with, so after a … Continue reading Converting an Adventure for Tekumel Roleplay
Back when I was eleven or twelve I picked up a paperback collection of Conan stories. This is the cover. And here are the contents: The Hyborian Age (Howard); The Thing in the Crypt (de Camp & Carter); The Tower of the Elephant (Howard); The Hall of the Dead (Howard/de Camp); The God in the … Continue reading Robert E. Howard’s Conan Tales, and D&D
Unbelievable, right? D&D was released in 1974, sparking a new hobby that had become quite corporate by the year 2003. Let’s review what things were like for role-players in that third decade. For a brief refresher, here’s a link to the summary of the first decade, and here’s a link to the second. It sure … Continue reading Part Thirty-Eight: Looking Back at the Third Decade of Modern RPGs. A Historical Overview of Role-playing from the Trenches
This is a review of the British series from 2013, which consists of only twelve episodes. The concept sounded interesting: a comic book has hints to actual real-world conspiricies. I was also in the mood for a British production. Overall the first six episodes are shot with a very bleak color palette while the second … Continue reading Utopia – A Review
No spoilers. Colony debuted in 2016 and had three of today’s typically short seasons. I just finished watching it through and I thought I’d write up a review. First off, it’s always fun for me to see a show set in Los Angeles since that’s where I live. Sadly this kind of “SF” show is … Continue reading Colony – A Review
If all you know of this period is what you read on my blog, then things may seem pretty bleak at this point. Rants about edition wars, the coup against Gary Gygax, and corporate takeovers can really get you down. (Like a pronoun. Common cultural references… ah hell, you don’t know what I’m referring to … Continue reading Part Thirty-Seven: 2003, Bring Me to Life. A Historical Overview of Role-playing from the Trenches