Saturday, April 30, 2011

Simian Saturday : Return to the Planet of the Apes

Why don't they show cartoons like this on Cartoon Network????

I'm ashamed to admit it, but I had actually forgotten this POTA cartoon series existed. I only got to see some of it back in the day. Guess I need to track it down on DVD. Has anyone noticed how alot of the cartoons and shows we grew up with are no longer shown on T.V./Cable? I mean yeah Thundarr is back and I've seen some Johnny Quest which is awesome, but when was the last time you saw an old He-Man cartoon? or Flash Gordon, Thundercats, G.I. Joe?? I said to my teenagers the other day, "Knowing is half the battle," with a wink and they looked at me like I was nuts! Course they usually look at me that way anyways...
And where's my Three Stooges??!!!! ok rant off...
: )

Monday, April 25, 2011

Round House Modular Dwelling Design Sheet

Just learned about this little gemThe Round House Modular Dwelling Unit Design Sheet over at Drive Thru RPG and its Free!  It's a neat little item designed for the Metamorphosis Alpha RPG in particular, but I can see being able to readily using it for other P.A. Games.  Have a few of these filled out and on hand in your GM Binder for when your band of excavators/scavengers stumble into an area that you hadn't quite prepared for. 
-Good Gaming

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, and a Pathfinder Sunday to you

 I hope everyone has a Great Easter, taking a break from gaming today but here are a few random pictures of last Sunday's Pathfinder game.

   Sneaking a peek behind the DM's Screen...drat all the good stuff is on his computer!
Ahhh what's this? A peek into the DM's tacklebox of Doom...looks like an action filled afternoon!
Yes, Mr. DM...I'm back on my side of the table...see I've got my dice, my pencil and my I wasn't looking behind your screen, while you were out of the room...not at all.
Oh No the evil Wizard has cast Bigby's Gigantic Crushing Hand of Destruction..oh wait that's just the DM.
Hofud Hellhammer (that's me!) charges the evil Wizard!
The cowardly wizard fled, now to rescue the damsel in distress...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Simian Saturday : Rise of the Planet of the Apes!

Here is some concept art I found from the soon to be released new PotA's movie: Rise of the Planet of the Apes!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mutant Moth!

Here's a quick non-gaming related post. This "beastie" was hanging out on the window screen of my house. Just had to take a quick picture and share.

Picture doesn't do it justice, you can see my reflection in the window to get an idea of size.  It was one of the largest and prettiest moths I've ever seen.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Yor; Hunter from the future

Ok... I'll admit it, some things from the 80's...had...issues...  : )
Although this does give me some inpiration for an Encounter Critical Campaign!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thundercloud Galaxy

I recently posted about Palladium offering a sneak peak of a new Heroes Unlimited supplement Armageddon Unlimited.   Well they've got another preview out for a soon to be released book; Thundercloud Galaxy. It is for their Rifts setting, but if it's like some of their other space setting books (Phase World, Anvil Galaxy etc.) it should be useful for non-Rifts gaming purposes.  I'm hoping to pull stuff from it for my eventual Stars Without Number Campaign. Who knows I may even eventually talk the guys into playing a Space based Heroes Unlimited Campaign.  : )

Monday, April 18, 2011

Trap Jaw (for The Mutant Epoch)

 I'm continuing to read/study The Mutant Epoch RPG that I recently picked up.  One thing I like to do with a new game is test its versatility for character creation.  Readers of this blog know that I love to convert all sorts of stuff to my games.  So I figured what better way to test out the ropes of The Mutant Epoch than to try and stat up a particular favorite bad guy of mine from a certain 80's cartoon.  A certain metal-Jawed, cyborg limbed, blue-skinned...ok on with the good stuff!

Trap Jaw!

Sorry if its a bit hard to see, I used a bonus character sheet available on the website.  For purchasers of the core rules, there is a code that gives you access to a TON of additional content, character sheets, maps, NPC's etc!.
For this write-up  I used the optional Mutant Cyborg rules, and adapted the Gaping Maw mutation into a cybernetic implant, but I'm pleased with the final results, I only did him to Rank 3, but if he gets the drop on the players and is fully charged up and packing... Yikes!

Artwork from The Mutant Epoch

Here's a quick YouTube video that Outland Arts put together featuring some of the great artwork from The Mutant Epoch.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

More Mutant Epoch...

A few days ago I mentioned I had received a new Post Apocalyptic RPG : The Mutant Epoch.
I wanted to provide a bit more info about it, as several of you have emailed me asking for more information.  Specifically how it compares to Mutant Future or Sorcery and Super Science.
     First I must confess, I had several email exchanges with the author during the games late development and he specifically worked in the Bestial Humans race based upon my recommendations so I definately have a soft spot for this product.
     My initial impressions are very positive. You can tell its a labour of love from the author/artist. Each page is packed with art. Everything is illustrated. In fact I'm having a hard time keeping focused on reading it because I keep getting distracted by the cool art, I will oftentimes stop and realize I'm flipping pages drooling over the artwork and not actually reading the material. The art style may look familiar to some of you because the artist did alot of the art for some of the Goodman Games Dungeon Crawl Classics line back in the lines 3.x days.  : )

   It is a packed book, not just with art but with details, way more detail than Mutant Future. If you prefer a rules lite OSR game like Mutant Future, you may find The Mutant Epoch to be more than you want in a system. As for comparing it to Sorcery and Super Science, (I have S&SS but haven't had the chance to play it yet) The Mutant Epoch doesn't have any magic/sorcery references/elements in it.  Also character generation for S&SS looks to be quicker than TME character generation.  That's not to imply that TME (The Mutant Epoch) is like Rolemaster or similar games ( I once spent 4 1/2 hours making up a character for Rolemaster and still wasn't done sheesh), or to imply that it is overly complicated, it just has alot more to it than say Mutant Future or similar game systems.  As readers of my blog know I'm a big fan of Mutant Future, and up until very recently was running a Mutant Future Campaign, so that is the main system that I compare TME too when I'm reading/studying this new system. Oh and another question that someone asked me...does it have rules for androids and Plant based characters?  Androids are in the book but not as PC's, however the author has indicated that Android and Plant based PC races will be included in a future expansion.  Woo Hoo!
     I honestly haven't had time to playtest the combat mechanic in TME yet, combat is percentile based with the attacker having a Strike Value minus the defenders Defense Value... factor in some modifiers based on circumstances (cover, called shots, etc.)...the number left is what the attacker has to roll in order to hit.  Doesn't sound too complicated to me. The called shots sound cool and feature things like shooting out your opponents kneecaps!  OUCH!
    I'm going to show it to my group and try to get them to try it. I sat down and rolled up a character to test out the system, I did everything by random rolls even gender and handedness (you don't have to do this, but the option is there if you want to do it this way), it took me about 30 minutes and about 30+ rolls, but I had an interesting character that I will be keeping to use as an NPC.
      "Mugly Tusker" (working name) Mutant, pregame caste: Logger, strong swimmer, skilled with axes, Ugly as heck (Appearance : 1... the lowest appearance score allowed in game), green hair, golden eyes,  creepy carapace hide, tusks, telekinesis, he can fire a piercing blade appendage-tendril (Thrust Spike) from his gut that if others see him use it they have to save vs. nausea cause its so gross!, has the Dodge skill (no doubt from dodging falling trees), quite poor and owes the logging guild money,  has some ordinary basic gear, hatchet and a double-headed woodsman's axe (that he's a weapons expert with), an iron helmet, spiked shield and spiked leather armor.
More to come!
 Good Gaming! -B

The Savage Swords of Elephantmen

I don't know anything about this, but man does this cover look cool! Gives me some cool ideas for a Conanesque Labyrinth Lord Campaign!

Simian Saturday: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Here is the trailer for the upcoming New Planet of the Apes movie.  I'm holding off my verdict until I see more.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

So begins The Mutant Epoch!

 Been working out of town all week, but this was in my mailbox when I got home today!

The Mutant Epoch ; it's a brand new Post Apocalyptic RPG that I've been waiting to come out for a bit now.
I haven't had time to read it yet, but it is FILLED with great art! I'll post more info about it when I get the time. Gotta go, have a bit of reading to do!  : )

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cornelius, Ookla, Kamandi We Ride!!!

P.A. Crossover of Epic Proportions!
Found this today, How cool is this!! Thundarr! Kamandi! Planet of the Apes!  WOW!!

The artist is synthezoide, you can check out his gallery here.  I'm gonna have to print this out and put it on my GM Screen!

Simian Saturday: Getting caught up on your reading!

Trey over at From the Sorcerer's Scroll blog recently did a great post on a couple of excellent resources for POTA fans.  If your interested in the POTA setting you may want to check out his post.  I wasn't aware there was a POTA timeline book or a Lexicon available.  Hmmm... more things to buy!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Why didn't they make toys like this when I was a kid?

I'm an adult, past 40 years of age, and yet whenever I can, I journey down the toy aisles at the local stores.  My wife humours me, she'll give me a grin and say "I'll catch up with you later" when we enter a local Target, Walmart etc... I feebly claim I'm shopping for the grand kids, well we both know we don't have any grandchildren and our kids are not of age to even have kids yet, but they are past the "playing with toys stage".  Sooo what does this mean? 
I'm a big kid, I suppose.  I can get away with Legos, there are a ton of AFOL (Adult Fan of Legos) out there, but today I picked up a decidedly non-lego, non-adult product, heck I can't really claim its for my tabletop gaming, its well beyond 28mm scale gaming.  I spotted this guy on the shelf and just couldn't resist picking him up...

When did Playmobil start making cool looking fantasy figures?  He is dubbed the Ghost Knight, pretty cool and appropriate in a Green Skeleton Guild sort of way.  I told my wife he was for my cubicle at work.  : P about those Wolf Knights?!

Simian Saturday : More pics of the POTA Comic!

I found some more pictures from the upcoming Planet of the Apes Comic that I mentioned last Simian Saturday. I hope the interior art and story matches the covers of these, cause I gotta say they look sweet!
Hope to use them for inspiration for my Mutant Future/PA games.
Here's the cover of issue #2.

Love the look of that guy! Oh err I mean Ape!  : )
Here is the blurb about this issue,"An assassination tears through the fabric of both Ape and Human societies. In the chaotic aftermath Ape forces begin arming themselves. Prepare yourself for the explosive results as Ape and Human forces clash!"

Here is the cover of issue #3:

 Oh yeah, can't wait for these, I'm dangerously optimistic!  ; )