After enjoying so much Elmore Leonard on TV and movies, it's about time I bought a book of his. I'm easing in with the collection of short stories that includes the basis for Justified, Fire in the Hole. Otherwise, it was all DVDs this week: Battlestar Galactica Blood & Chrome, Argo, Robot & Frank, Game of Thrones Season 2, Skyfall, The Man with the Iron Fists and Doctor Who's The Reign of Terror.
15th issue of Diary of the Doctor Who RPGs, dubbed the "Chess Issue", because no avenue of Doctor Who-related gaming will go unexplored, apparently! So there are enticing reviews of a couple of Doctor Who chess sets, including homemade ones, paper miniatures to make your own, an article on chess tropes in Doctor Who, and two very good chess-related adventures (including one that features the deadly Live Chess seen in A Good Man Goes to War). It's not all chess, all the time though, and you'll also find a few gaming-related news briefs, a review of Wil Wheaton's Just a Geek, gamer etiquette regarding dice rolling, complete FASA stats for Peri, Time Lord stats for Bessie and the Whomobile, two Gazetteer articles that introduce new planets, a bit on H.G. Wells' wargame (possibly the first ever), instructions for a craft/four-point yarn TARDIS, a non-chess adventure module on an ice planet, a short event report only marginally related to Who, an article on starting sessions which I found a little bewildering (I guess it's useful for large groups that cross in and out of the game, but found is strange for most small-knit group games), and some interesting mechanics to handle those pocketfuls of props that seem so handy on the show. Overall a very strong issue that follows its theme admirably, but also offers great variety.
Hyperion to a Satyr posts this week:
Act IV, Scenes 1-3 - Hamlet 2000
Your Daily Splash Page this week features a splash from every DC title, alphabetically, from Green Arrow to Green Lantern.