Saturday, 7 February 2015

Phonograph Time : the inaugural "Critical Hits"

Dear Readers--

Inspired by Tim Brannan's Friday Night Videos this Journal's Aetheric Phonograph will present "Critical Hits" - a chance to bring Inspirational Music to Players of Games of Imagination and Storytelling.

Let us begin with a couple of songs upon the topic of Gaming.

The first has been on the Journal before, but is brought back for thematic reasons: "Roll a D6" a parody of Far East Movement’s “Like a G6” by Connor Anderson and Zac Smith. An interview with Connor Anderson is available HERE.

The next song is Mississippi Bones playing the Southern Rock "Dungeon Hustle".

Hope you enjoyed these musical Stylings,
Your Humble Author.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Existential Star Wars (in French)

"Help me Obi Wan Kenobi. I exist, and I find it nauseating"

Boing Boing:

As the video notes say, the effect of this Sartre/Star Wars mashup will be somewhat ruined if you actually speak French. But for those of us who are just reading the subtitles and hearing serious-sounding gibberish, it's pure comedy gold.

The Art of Cosplay: K-A-N-A Cosplay

Gentle Readers--

In a new weekly feature, When History Still Wore a Rose , would like to present a talented practitioner in the art of Cosplay, a practice frequently associated with Games of Imagination and other forms of Geekery.

Mandy, otherwise known as K-A-N-A, is from the Land of Bismark, Castle Falkenstein and Oktoberfest; and loves computer games, horror, anime, manga, comics and movies.

Here is her excellent version of the Spider-man villain/aquaintance Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy):

Black Cat Cosplay Preview by K-A-N-A

These paws are made for scratching
by K-A-N-A

Black Cat is following you by K-A-N-A

Black Cat thinking about Spidey by K-A-N-A

Black Cat Raid by K-A-N-A

Black Cat Stalking by K-A-N-A

Readers wishing for more from K-A-N-A can go to her Facebook | DeviantArt | Instagram |Tumblr.

Your Humble Servant,

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Space:1889 News

Dear Readers:

Here are an assortment of recent Space : 1889 news:

  • 2015 will see a Kickstarter for a new version (in German and English) of Sky Galleons. (From Raum 1889 via Paleotechnic Press)
  • Speaking of Sky Galleons, Paleotechnic Press has some supplemental rules for GDW's Sky Galleons of Mars from James L. Cambias
  • Scott Rhymer of Black Campbell has a small review and comparison of Space: 1889 (Clockwork/Chronicle City) & Leagues of Adventure (Triple Ace)

Your Humble Servant,
Mercurius Aulicus.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Resumption of this Journal under a New Title.

Dear Long-suffering Readers--

Strange Aeons have come to pass, and like Cthulhu in Ryleh, this Aetheric Journal has risen from its unnatural quietude to spread Madness, Terror and Unholiness throughout the Ether. That or tedious musings on Games of Storytelling and Imagination (and its Milleu) will once again be inflicted on the unsuspecting Reader - Beauty (and Horror) being in the eye of the beholder. And it will do so under a new Title, inspired by the wonderful swashbuckling motion picture of 1937, The Prisoner of Zenda (HT Stately Frey Manor)

In any case, this Journal will shortly resume with a rather untimely "A to Z of the 'Verse". It should be noted that in this particular Cortex Original version of "the 'Verse" only the events of the Firefly TV Series (with a few exceptions) will be Canon. The events of Serenity the Movie (and any other comics, supplements or gaming books) will not have happened. Unlike many other people, while I found Serenity the Movie to be a tolerable adventure scientific-romance moving-picture, I found it wanting in its resolutions to the Firefly Television Series. For example the origin of the Reavers in Pax I found deeply unsatisfying, and the idea that River Tam who was made emotionally unstable by surgery to improve her Psychic ability was then given highly advanced combat training I found ludicrous. I only hope that Readers find my efforts to fill in the gaps left by the fourteen episodes of Firefly to be of interest.

Your Humble Servant,
Mercurius Aulicus.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

A Miscellany of Firefly Links

Gentle Readers--

There are, I hope, many of you who appreciated the sadly short-lived televisual series "Firefly". Here are a motley miscellany of Aetheric Links that may (or may not) be of interest to you:

* How would you like to read the script of an unaired Firefly episode, that would have been 15th episode of Season One? (HT Saffy the Geek)

* Topless Robot's Firefly's 15 Best Chinese Curses and How to Say Them- Probably better pronounced than by the actors.

* An animated map of the Firefly 'Verse created by Koen Hendrix.

This is Blue Sun Cigars by ~emptysamurai. The artist goes on to say that "The Mandarin text is a poem about cigars which coined the mandarin word for cigar."

With fondest Regards,
Mild Colonial Boy, Esq.