A few DVD buys this week, including Doctor Who's The Claws of Axos Special Edition, Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death, and The Best Red vs. Blue DVD Ever. Of All Time. (on the promise of new material for less than 5 bucks).
Diary of the Doctor Who Role-Playing Games #9 is the Historical Issue, and goes into good detail about how to run historical and pseudo-historical adventures in Doctor Who RPGs, and offers a number of such scenarios for your characters to play through, using events such as the American Revolutionary War, the sinking of the Titanic, the Gold Rush and the Chernobyl Disaster. The purely historical among them do highlight the difficulties associated with such adventures and doesn't quite manage to address them. The Titanic module, for example, leaves me wondering how the players will know that history is off-track in the first place. Setting "future history" on the right track is also given some space, with a Firefly crossover scenario that should be fun for Whovian Browncoats (yet still work within the Whoniverse for non-fans). The issue also encourages you to make your own history, with articles on staging period photos of your character and advice on running games with first-time players (and includes those players' reactions). Unrelated articles include toy and magazine reviews, suggestions and recipes for gaming food (some with a Who element), some sound advice on creating building maps, a critical failure table for diplomacy in the FASA system, and some short, unusual and picture-filled event reports. Come for the well-researched scenarios, stay for the advice columns and the rest.
Hyperion to a Satyr posts this week:
III.iv. The Closet Scene - Kline '90
Your Daily Splash Page this week features a splash from every DC title, alphabetically, from Checkmate to Conqueror of the Barren Earth.