Christmas is upon us, and I've already scored some gifts. Let's start with gaming buddy Furn's because it's the gift of a good story to tell. Context: At last year's Oscar Pool Event, I won a pile of DVDs people were getting rid of (it what we do). Among them were two copies of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, one of which I was now forced to own AND watch, as per my own Oscar Pool rules (the second copy went to the "lucky" runner-up). My hate for the film is well documented in another Geekly Roundup. Since then, Furn and I have played a game of secretly returning the DVD to one another. I've re-gifted it, he's sneaked it into my bathroom, I've hidden it under furniture, then found it in my mailbox, back to his DVD collection, and now it's apparently in my home again (I'm not actively looking, would YOU?). So when I opened his Christmas gift last night, I only jokingly guessed it would be my copy of Indy 4. What it actually was, was a classic westerns collection. An unusual choice, but not a bad one. Then I made my regular disc check.
Gifts to myself: For future Kung Fu Fridays, Kill 'Em All, Johnnie To's Vengeance and Triangle, and not for KFF, Girls Season 1. However, I'm most excited about the Time Traveller's Companion PDF for the Doctor Who RPG. It's LOADED with stuff. I'll have to let you know just how much once I get a chance to really plumb its depths.
Diary of the Doctor Who RPGs #11, the "GenCon Special". Normally, I'm not too keen on event reports, but the Diarists keep it mostly relevant to Doctor Who with features on the actual Who (and Primeval) games played, including one full adventure module that "Time Storms" the PCs to a parallel world (though I feel like we've seen its basic plot structure in another module quite recently). Other adventure scenarios in the issue include a Quark and Dominators story complete with stats, a Torchwood/Weevil scenario, and one about an unusual boy. Always appreciated are "pure" RPG articles, and there's plenty here. Gamer Etiquette looks at breaking character, healers are given a strong article that may well redeem them in your eyes, how to use miniatures in Doctor Who gaming (with a relevant miniatures review), thoughts on using Story Points, and a short article on crossovers with comic book universes. #11 also describes a Time Lord and companion from the Diarists' campaign, which provides an interesting template for your own characters; complete FASA stats for Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough (underevaluated in the official game itself); and a fun random adventure matrix - roll to see where the TARDIS lands! So in all, far more than a GenCon report.
Hyperion to a Satyr posts this week:
III.iv. The Closet Scene - Classics Illustrated
Your Daily Splash Page this week features a splash from every DC title, alphabetically, from Deathstroke the Terminator to Detective Comics.