Sandbox Brainstorming: The Ikati

This past weekend, me and the boys got together for our last sandbox brainstorming session prior to starting the game…

Aron Head (left) and Aaron Murphy (right) discuss the Ikati.This past weekend, me and the boys got together for our last sandbox brainstorming session prior to starting the game we’ve been working on since last fall.  We’re using the Savage Worlds system for our homebrew science fiction setting, This Empire Earth.

In our previous session, we considered the empire, developed a new player character race, and discussed what the players want out of the game.

Saturday night, we gathered to brainstorm another character race and to begin character generation (which will be featured on tomorrow’s blog).

When I first came up with the idea for the TEE setting, I knew I wanted to include a race of cat people.  Every group – including ours – has someone that wants to play a big cat-guy and I wanted to meet that need.  Initially, I was pretty much set on ripping off Niven’s Kzinti. He’s done all the hard work and who doesn’t love the Kzin?

Donde Esta Fairy Quest?

Back in December 2006, probably my favorite living comic book artist, Humberto Ramos, announced a project that he and Paul…

Fairy Quest

Back in December 2006, probably my favorite living comic book artist, Humberto Ramos, announced a project that he and Paul Jenkins (one of my favorite comic writers) were working on together called Fairy Quest.  Now, like I said, I’m a HUGE fan of both of these guys, and absolutely have loved everything they’ve done together – a run on Peter Parker: Spider-Man, starting up Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 2, and finally, and most importantly, Revelations.

Purely Speculation: Th3rd World Studios

Somewhere out of the blue the other day, I came across Th3rd World Studios, an independent comic book publisher started…

Th3rd World Studios

Somewhere out of the blue the other day, I came across Th3rd World Studios, an independent comic book publisher started in 2006 that, to be honest with you, I had never heard of.

Checking out their website, it looks to me like they have some great comics.  Here’s just a sampling of some of their titles:

The Crap You Should Buy This Week 2/1/2009-2/7/2009

Why waste hard earned cash on a series that you’ve been collecting for a year, but really don’t like?  You…

Why waste hard earned cash on a series that you’ve been collecting for a year, but really don’t like?  You can take that 3 or 4 bucks and buy something new and exciting!  DVD’s, Video Games, Comics, the occassional book…check here for your one-stop listing of all the stuff you should add to your collection this week!  Note that I’m not going to list all of the stuff coming out…just the good stuff!

Paul’s Horror Flix: King of the Hill

I don’t know…maybe it’s just me, but I’d never think to call 911 if I didn’t know where I was.…

King of the Hill

I don’t know…maybe it’s just me, but I’d never think to call 911 if I didn’t know where I was. I mean, if it’s from a land line, no biggie, but from a cell phone? That just seems pointless. Yet it happens so often in movies.

Oh well, I digress…by the way, MILD SPOILERS for anyone still planning on seeing this flick.

Dissenting Opinions: Super Bowl Commercials

Hey IOM’ers! Just like most of you, yeah, I watched the big game. Every second of it! But whether you…

Hey IOM’ers! Just like most of you, yeah, I watched the big game. Every second of it! But whether you watched for the game (which unbelievably topped last year’s) or the commercials, some of those 30 second nuggets were treasures, while some were just awful. So one has to ask: “What does it take to make a good/funny/memorable Super Bowl ad?” I have to admit, I tend to focus more on the good ones, whether they be funny, entertaining, or just plain memorable, as opposed to the bad or boring ones, which I tend to just block out of my mind. With that being said, here are my choices for the winners, those that successfully entertained, made me laugh, or just plain stuck in my mind. Also, as a note, I left out the movie spots…that’s a whole other deal. Enjoy!

Bud Light – Cutting Costs

This one was good, made me chuckle pretty well, and I’m a Miller Lite drinker! If you’ve ever been in these types of meetings, how many times have you thought to yourself how great an ice cold beer would be, and there it is…and this idiot dares to suggest getting rid of it to cut costs?!? He deserved his trip out the window. Hell, most people in those meetings do!

Why the hell haven’t I read about this somehere? TMNT 25!!!!

Seriously?  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn 25 this year.  Why the hell haven’t they made a bigger deal about…

Turtles Turn 25!

Seriously?  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn 25 this year.  Why the hell haven’t they made a bigger deal about this?  I mean…the Turtles are a phenomenon!  Well, were.  I still think their current cartoon is pretty popular.  Check out www.tmnt25.com for all the latest news on the upcoming planned events for the Turtles’ anniversary.

The one thing I’m looking forward to the most is the TMNT Road Trip, where the Turtles (yes, the real ones…duh) travel the country in their party van and do performances!  Heh…just like in the latest movie where Michaelangelo performs at kids’ birthday parties.  The tour starts at the end of April in New York and ends in July in San Diego.  Sadly, it’s not coming anywhere near Virginia, but in June it’s coming to Dallas, Texas!  I’m going to make Aron go to it.