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Jabberjaw as a campaign setting for Cyberpunk2020 RPG. The band are of course the Rockerboy character class, possibly using the later Cyberpunk RPG underwater dweller tribe rules for worldbuilding.

Or the Jabberjaw band making their way through the first Bioshock video game settting.

Related from Infocult, here are the ruins of Jacques Cousteau's undersea colony. Maybe the abandoned colony was bought for nothing by Bioshock undersea city founders.
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Introduced a friend to Pandemic for Table Top Day. Almost lost the game by two of four widespread infections: four epidemic cards, five outbreaks, three chain reactions, and reached a cure for all four with no time to spare.

Considering a hard variant of the game where one has to clear the board after solving all four cures. Might not add anything but a few turns of cleaning up with no real chance of losing so will consider options.
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Considering for International Tabletop Day Saturday a "be someone else" theme: people can come over and create a character in any of the archives of RPGs I have on the shelf. An incomplete list of the less mainstream ones would include the following: Amber. Arduin Grimoire. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Doctor Who (the one from FASA). The Morrow Project. Stalking the Night Fantastic/Bureau 13. HOL (Human-Occupied Landfill). Millennium's End. Kult. Stormbringer. Tales From the Floating Vagabond. Empire of the Petal Throne. TSR's Top Secret, Boot Hill, Gamma World. Cyberpunk 2020. FGU's Bushido and Aftermath. SPI's DragonQuest. Over the Edge. Unknown Armies.

HOL

Mar. 23rd, 2013 10:36 am
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Found behind a bookcase after years of dust-gathering, the first edition of the Human-Occupied Landfill RPG. Maybe for Tabletop Game Day next weekend I'll have people create characters for this. And stop there.

HOL

gaah

Mar. 5th, 2013 11:55 pm
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Day started waking up from a bad dream. Took notes on the dream as first thought on waking was "Well THAT was miserable. It'd be a great Fiasco game scenario, though."
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When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets. - the Hell's Angels

Mostly when we hear about the CIA it's because they made a mistake and made the papers in that order: espionage, like comedy, is hard. However, back in 1980 the CIA sneaked six Americans from the US Embassy in Tehran out of Iran by making up fake identities for the Americans as Canadians working on an imaginary movie production of Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light with concept art by Jack Kirby. Argo is the fictionalized drama of that caper. Affleck is outstanding as a director, excellent as the lead role in the film. Everyone in this movie is great. Argo is one of the best movies I've seen this year. Strongly, strongly recommended.

Not a Fiasco RPG, but a perfect Leverage RPG scenario.

links:
http://www.lordoflight.com/cia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_Light#Film_version
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Mendez
http://www.themasterofdisguise.com/bio_Antonio.html
http://www.amazon.com/The-Master-Disguise-Secret-Life/dp/0060957913/

trailers:

* Life of Pi - Thanksgiving.
* Cloud Atlas - Oct 26.
* Flight - Denzel Washington. Nov 2.
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Went with friends to a local chain cineplex to see Seven Psychopaths. We all, all loved it as a consistently funny and inventive film. If you liked In Bruges, see this. If you like the trailer, I can say the trailer does _not_ contain the majority of the funny of the movie. It surprised us throughout. I'm pleased to report Tom Waits has more than a cameo as The Man With the Bunny. Walken is fantastic. Farrell, Rockwell, Harrelson, are all great. Again, a great Fiasco RPG.

Hard to discuss this film without spoilers so I'm stopping here. (Spoilers may be present in comments, though.) Strongly recommended.

Side observation: Music, especially the finale sequence, was very close to the main theme music of The Way of the Gun.

trailers:

* Killing Them Softly - More lowlife criminal idiots, looks good for Fiasco RPG.
* Promised Land - Matt Damon as local rep of a tracking company sent to buy up land in a drying-up farming community.
* Alex Cross - Detective, serial killer, you know the rest.
* Hitchcock - Biopic. With Helen Mirren as Mrs. Hitchcock. Music in the trailer was Michael Nyman's "Requiem", better known as the main theme music for Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover.
* Identity Thief - Nice normal guy has his identity stolen by low-class person in another state. He goes to confront her. Comedy. Looks painful.
* Cloud Atlas - We're already there.
* Parker - Jason Statham. 25 January.
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Went to Carolina Theatre tonight to see Killer Joe, William Friedkin's film adaptation of a play. Described as a "southern Gothic dark comedy", Killer Joe is a thoroughly brutal Texas noir that I don't believe can be simply edited down from its NC-17 rating to an R without becoming nonsensical as there's too much narrative delivered in ways that would require reshooting.

Reminiscent of the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple by way of American Psycho, Killer Joe is recommended if you enjoy films like Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, Jim Thompson's novels, or think Joe Lansdale's stories would be better if his characters were less likable people. Would make an outstanding Fiasco RPG scenario with almost no effort.

Ends Thursday, 9:20pm screenings only.

trailers:

* On The Road - Kerouac.

* A Late Quartet - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken are three fourths of a New York classical string quartet.
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If this doesn't qualify as a bibliomancy major charge in Unknown Armies, I don't know what would.

"Lord Byron’s copy of Frankenstein, autographed by Mary Shelley, will soon be auctioned by Peter Harrington."

http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/pages/events-and-fairs-ph/lord-byron-copy-of-frankenstein/

(Seen on File 770 http://file770.com/?p=10152 )
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So I met a hawk and her falconer this afternoon:

hawk

This is one of those answers to "What did you do today?" that [livejournal.com profile] maegwynn classifies in the "only happens to [livejournal.com profile] badger" category. If my life was written as an RPG the Random Encounter Tables might need to be pretty random and wide to be a reasonable model.
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My friend JJ recently co-authored a book Low-Tech Hacking: Street Smarts for Security Professionals, which I have, and recommend to infosec professionals as well as to RPG enthusiasts running games such as Leverage or Fiasco.

tangents

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