July 27th, 2007

Rastan Kill Monsters

Reaper Making Prepainted Plastics

Reaper Miniatures, currently one of the top (if not the top) manufacturers of metal minis for RPGs, is getting into the pre-painted plastics business, starting in early August. The first wave of releases is a pretty generic batch of fantasy monsters -- and I'm annoyed 'cause I bought the unpainted metal version of that ogre chieftain just a few months ago! (Grr!)

Oh well. :) Any good source of reasonably cheap, nonrandom, prepainted minis is a good source in my book!

-The Gneech
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Sword-and-Sorcery SAGA: Setting

In between fits of art and spurts of work, I've been working steadily on my conversion of The Star Wars Roleplaying Game SAGA Edition to a sword-and-sorcery campaign. I will probably finish the core classes this weekend, which theoretically would be all I'd need to start running actually, but I want to have a bit more of the magic system and a few other details hashed out first -- including statting up miscellaneous NPCs, animals, and equipment.

I also decided sometime over the past week (don't remember when exactly) to set the game in Ethangea, specifically in good old Khaldun. I have a couple of adventure ideas already, so assuming the character group gels well, this could be a great campaign. I'm doing this for two reasons: first, because I think it's a good setting and lends itself to the kind of adventures I have in mind to run, and second, because it will hopefully give me a reason to flesh out and concretize (is that a word?) more details about the setting, for my post-SJ writing career.

(I have mentioned, I believe, that one of the things I want to do after the strip ends and before the comic book starts, is to write a few books. One is Brigid and Greg, one is Michael Macbeth, and I have three ideas vying for prominence in Ethangea.)

I haven't decided exactly if (or how) I'm going to deal with things like the old race or werefoxes in the S&S SAGA campaign; these are established parts of Ethangea in my mind, but are intended to be such rarities that I don't want to just toss them in casually. I may just leave them out to start with and fold them into the game gradually as the dictates of the campaign require.

-The Gneech

PS -- Note to myself: "Black Flame" has too many specific real-world meanings. Change that. How about "Black Fire" instead?
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Totally Random Observation

Most of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is fairly weak -- doubly so for any scene were Kate Capshaw is important in any way. However, it does have one really great moment:

A mining cart is being pushed by slaves, who are being manhandled by one of the Thuggee, er, thugs. The light from this mining cart gradually reveals Indy, who has the most "You are SO gonna get your ass kicked!" expression anyone has ever seen.

And then the thug gets his ass kicked. ;)

That's a great scene.

-The Gneech
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