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.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Playing D&D by S J Tucker

"Playing D&D" -- SJ Tucker

From The Victorian Adventure Enthusiast

Dear Readers,

In a recent excellent interview in The Victorian Adventure Enthusiast with Phil Masters, a GURPs guru, there was a rather interesting discussion regarding an alternate dieselpunk world called Brittanica-6 for GURPS Infinite Worlds.

This then is that discussion:

VAE: In more a steampunk vein you've written GURPS Infinite Worlds: Britannica-6. Despite its late 19th century setting Britannica-6 is *not* Victorian setting. What makes this different than other steampunk and Victorian settings out there?

PM: The origin of that was a typically brilliant one-paragraph note by Ken Hite in his GURPS Infinite Worlds, which I initially took as inspiration for a convention demo game, and then expanded into this publication. It's an alternate history in which Queen Victoria was never born, because a rather peculiar incident in early 19th century history turned out differently (and if you look, Victoria was only born as the result of some quite strange political stuff!), and a very different British Empire has got into internal squabbling involving some weird-tech super-weapons and gadgets.

So I took the absence of Victoria as the key. It's not a Victorian era! And the easy replacement for Victorian society is a continuation of Georgian/Regency society, which has the right flavour of dynastic squabbling, too. (I think that this is what Ken had in mind from the first, actually.)

Then, I decided that the technology, having had 70 years to run away with itself, could have got beyond steam. Dearly as I love steampunk, it's become a bit of a cliche; I wanted something a bit different. And Ken's paragraph had mentioned things like "the Electrical Terror".

Right. Electricity! Let's go for a post-Victorian feel here. After all, diesel power and electrical gadgets can give these crazy science- loving aristocrats and royals a bit more credibility to their mad science. Steam is a bit too cumbersome for a society with the dial
jammed on fast-forward, let's face it.

So it's diesel-electric rather than steam, and Regency rather than Victorian.

VAE: The fashions of Brittannica-6 are strikingly different than the buttoned up conservatism of the Victorian era. How do you sum them up for people?

PM: The tag line I sometimes use is "Georgette Heyer with glide bombs". A player in one of my demo games pointed to a bit of unconscious '70s/'80s cop show influence, too - fast cars and garish nylon clothing.

It's all a bit decadent, in a very Regency way. (Remember, the Victorian era was in many ways a reaction against the Regency. There's not been any reaction on Britannica-6.) Technology is running away, and while a lot of people seem to be having fun, if you want a dark undertone, there's a sense that the whole thing may run into a brick wall at some point

I thought that this seems wonderfully inspiring for anyone looking for an alternative to Victorian Steampunk adventure - a Regency Dieselpunk expedition anyone?

Your Humble Servant,
Mild Colonial Boy, Esq.