A few DVDs this week: From Japan, Ichi the Killer; from Indonesia, The Raid: Redemption; and from the Land of Awesome, all three seasons of Arrested Development at a low, low price.
In the last few days before going back to work, I was determined to take a bite out of what I call the Oscar Pool Project. See, last year, I won our annual Oscar Pool, which meant I scored a bunch of DVDs, many of them terrible (whatever is put in the box that I don't already own, essentially). According to my own rules, I MUST flip each of those DVDs by the next Oscar Night. And again, according to my own rules, I can only put back ONE of those DVDs. Of the 17 I had to get through, I had 9 left, including some of the worst. So I watched the three at the very bottom of the pile. This is their story, as it turns out, in ascending order of terribleness...
Diary of the Doctor Who Role-Playing Games #12 is a "Gazetteer Issue" that presents a number of different locations (i.e. planets) with a variable amount of detail, with relevant plot seeds or fully-developed scenarios. The centerpiece is Tlirr, a Dalek-controlled planet from the FASA game into which the author incorporates various other elements from FASA as a way to counter the "never return" limit of Doctor Who locations. Tlirr is a bit deeper as a result, and the article includes not only stats for various FASA-created alien species whose members found their way to Tlirr (in all three supported systems), but those of Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer, who features in a Tlirr adventure module. While the next adventure (on a freezing outpost) really needs stats for its monster, the other planets gazetted are, in my opinion, more evocative than Tlirr, with strange ecologies and societies. Only one of these has a full adventure detailed, Lumos, and it's an interesting murder mystery I'd like to run. The issue continues the "locations" theme in its other features, like a review of GURPS Humanx (a useful gazetteer itself), pictures from the Doctor Who Experience, and an article on vacation episodes. Outside the theme, we get FASA stats for Adric, a feature on handling Total Party Kills, and a less-relevant plea for embracing one's nerddom that really needed more of a Doctor Who hook. So a good issue overall, with plenty of material one can use and adapt not only for Doctor Who games, but other science fiction RPGs as well.
Hyperion to a Satyr posts this week:
Other Hamlets: Swing with Scooter
Your Daily Splash Page this week features a splash from every DC title, alphabetically, from Doom Patrol to Eclipso.