Some ways back, I dove into Owen K.C. Stephen’s Anachronistic Adventures line for Rogue Genius Games. All in all, a satisfying method of importing pulp-style heroes in a fantasy world. However, the classes as written lent themselves to a “strangers in a strange land” kind of game. If you wanted a “A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court”, the books were just for you. While the rules basis is made for pulpy heroes, you can easily modify the rules to fit this day and age. Back then, this line of books was teased as a pulpy supplement to make your PF games more modern. Or at the very least, you could play as Ash Williams from Evil Dead/Army of Darkness! However, the creator himself admitted that the game relied on core PF rules and needed more to be its own setting and world. Thus, over the next couple years following release, mini playtests and other bits were released and the final version was originally brought to the public via a large bundle pack. However, it wasn’t till several updates cropped up till the content was more suited for its own independent game. A couple of weeks ago, the revised book was released in a bundle pack for the observant and lucky few to dive into. Fortunately, the book was later released in online stores like RPGNow for all to purchase. So, with fresh eyes and a better understanding of pathfinder, how does this updated book hold up? Especially considering it’s made with games independent of Paizo’s fantasy setting in mind, does it hold up on its own? Let’s roll some dice and find out!
Over ten years ago, I was an awkward and geeky teen like many others. Among my many hobbies was collecting all sorts of Japanese animation (or anime) titles. Granted, this was the turning point from “crack is cheaper” to anime being readily available at a decent price. Some time during ’03/’04, a program on G4TV/TechTV announced a new movie by the director of AKIRA (Katsuhiro Otomo) which takes place in a dystopian Britain. Here, a young inventor must protect a secret experiment from greedy businessmen and power-hungry bureaucrats after losing his father and nearly losing his grandfather in an industrial accident.
At the time, I was slightly new to the emerging “steampunk” fad, so I was coloured intrigued! Upon watching the movie, I found it to be an enjoyable action picture with a cool protagonist I related too. Now, it’s over a decade later and I’m a fair bit different from my slightly younger self. So, how does this picture hold up today? Let’s turn some valves and let loose some steam as we discuss “Steamboy”.
Man, there are NOT ENOUGH games within the “Weird West” hybrid genre. With potential for a Deadlands series, I’m hoping to be proven wrong. In the meantime, I talk about Darkwatch!
“Saddle up, cowboy!” – Tala, Darkwatch Operative.
Today we take a trip through an undead infested Weird West straight out of Deadlands! (Spoilers ahead)
Fantasy at its core embraces both the improbable and the impossible. In the realms of fantasy, almost anything can be achieved through the right means! This can be through belief or a bit of ingenuity. It was our dreams that invented both possibilities for the past and present that helped to forge fantasy in the first place after all. But when people hear fantasy fiction, we tend to think of a select few items. These are typically castles, ancient warriors, classic melee weapons, and royal societies. On top of that, fantasy usually takes a Euro-centric turn towards societies from the Dark Ages through the Renaissance. But surely, there’s a lot more to fantastic fiction than this, right? Of course!
I won’t deny it, the BioShock games have been among my favorite games ever created! I’m a super fan on many levels! So many factors have lead to the appeal for me; dystopian settings, failed utopias, political/social intrigue, fascinating settings, beautiful set design, wonder art aesthetics, and of course retro-futuristic punk settings! But, there’s a lot more to the series to that! A mix of wonderful moments and pitfalls as well. So, let’s go somewhere beyond the sea and into the sky with the BioShock series!