Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dorkland! Roundtable with - Steve Kenson

Mutants, Masterminds, Icons, Wild Cards. 4 out of 5

Dorkland! Roundtable with - Jeff Dee

Via Christopher Helton, on V&V history and current projects. 4.5 out of 5

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

TSR Marvel Superhero Actual Play - Roll For Initiative

With a hero called the Cat Lady. Genius. She turns people into cats! And has a police whistle. 4.5 out of 5

RoleplayDNA U - Shane Hensley

"Today’s visiting faculty member is Shane Hensley founder of the Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Today Shane discussed his gaming background, ordering Dungeons and Dragons from the Sears catalog, Deadlands Noir, the Kickstarter for Weird Wars: Rome, his upcoming scheduled appearances at Gen Con and TactiCon, and which team of superheroes he would GM for." 4 out of 5

Optics tricks to image and study habitable exoplanets - Olivier Guyon

A Seti Institute talk. 4.5 out of 5

Monday, August 12, 2013

Khan of Mars 1-2 - Stephen Blackmoore

"“Khaaan!” Professor Khan loped down the Grand Hallway to the sound of Bulls- Eye’s voice. There was a tremendous crash, a splintering of wood, the sound of shattering glass. “Here,” the professor yelled. The adrenaline pumped through him, making him feel powerful, alive. The sound of jungle drums thundered in his ears. The great ape covered the distance quickly, his massive knuckles slamming into the marble floor like hammers, jungle blood thrumming in his ears. He doubled his efforts as he heard another crash. He sincerely hoped Bulls-Eye was all right. The Texan was a recent addi- tion to the Century Club and seemed to have little regard for his own safety. Khan wondered sometimes if he was suicidal, but the cowboy always seemed to come out of his many scrapes with nothing but bruises." 4 out of 5

The Origins of Dice Notation - Jon Petersen

"The Players Handbook (1978), however, suddenly makes liberal use of dice notation, without any preamble, as if players were expected to recognize a "d20," and more significantly, qualifiers like "5d20." This strongly hints that dice notation had been in use long before TSR embraced it, and we can in fact trace its origins to the very dawn of D&D fandom: as we see above in Alarums & Excursions #1, in an article by Ted Johnstone on "Dice as Random Number Generators."" 4.5 out of 5

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex - Charles Stross

"The first three Laundry Files novels all had a somewhat troubled commercial gestation, but were easy enough to write. Not so with "The Apocalypse Codex", where the commercial side of things went through smoothly but the writing was hard " 4 out of 5