Monday, November 19, 2012


Now that my work for Acthung! Cthulhu has moved to the layout stage I'm ready to get the ball rolling on the playtest for Battle Royale!

The playtest is going to be completely open, anyone who wants to can get onboard and help me out, just make sure to let me know how it went. The playtesting packet includes the rules for Battle Royale's "default" Power Level: Cinematic, suitable for action-movie style martial arts. I've also included an optional short, intro adventure and a collection of pregenerated martial artists.

If you want to take part and help move the game one step closer to completion then you can go to my website and download the playtesting material and get started. If you've got the time feel free to keep me updated via your social media of choice.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph

Just saw Wreck-It Ralph last night. That was a hefty shot of nostalgia, pointed right at the arcade generation (which I definitely am), I'm sure somewhere on the internet someone is already hard at work detailing and cataloging every single cameo and game reference in that movie. Because that's what the internet is for.

However, Ralph is more than just nostalgia bait fortunately, and it's actually quite a good movie. Although it probably sets the record for the highest licensing fees (or product placement depending on who's paying who) and it's not just video games. However, almost all of the fanservice (no, not that kind of fanservice) can be found within the first quarter of the movie and the rest of it focuses on Ralph's story with original characters and game worlds. So you get your nostalgia hit to start you off, then you can ride that through the movie's pretty visuals and great humor. I'll avoid spoilers and not go into details, but I will say that I loved it all and it had a great sense of humor and a story that was interesting (but also surprisingly dark at times.)

The voice-acting casting choices were probably the high point of the movie for me. Casting Kenneth from 30 Rock as Fix-it Felix was absolutely perfect (and no, I don't mean Jack Mcbrayer, Felix is clearly being played directly by Kenneth). Sarah Silverman was another great pick for Venelope Von Sweet, a character who could have been really annoying but ended up being terrific. Ralph himself was great, but was almost outshone by the really colorful and insane characters he's surrounded by, but he makes up for it by being extremely likable.

Of course, the high point of the movie for NJ was at the very start: the Paperman animated short thrilled the hell out of her. She's a big fan of 2D animation and hopes to see more 2D (or quasi-2D as the case may be) stuff from Pixar in the future. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Social Media Blitz

So, elections are over and after months of following everyone on every single social media site out there I think I know what my readers want...more social media!

In preparation for finishing Battle Royale I'm getting ready to take my place in the internet as one of thousands D-list creators in a niche hobby on the internet. And that means a twitter feed, a facebook page and for good measure a google+ page. I'll be using these for announcements and updates on my work with Battle Royale (and future RPG projects) and you can use them to let me know what you think, heckle me or ask for muffin recipes. This blog will be used mainly as a personal website so it'll remain informal and poorly organized.

More news will be coming soon as I get my act together.