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Scion 2nd ed?!

Over the weekend came the announcement that Onyx Path is a new RP company that has licensed White Wolf products and that they have purchased Scion and will be doing a new edition.

Yes thats right a NEW EDITION of SCION.

You have no idea how much this excites me and I’ve been trying to work out whether I’m more excited about 3rd ed Exalted or 2nd ed Scion.

On the one hand I LOVE Exalted and from what hints the writers have been giving on the forums I’m really interested in seeing what they’re going to do with it. Plus hubby has been telling me that a lot of the setting information given in 2nd ed is just not that good compared to 1st ed. There’s no real mystery as everything is codified and structured and 3rd ed should have a bit more mystery. Also it sounds like they’re going to make quite a lot of changes to some of the rules to simplify/make somethings easier.

On the other hand there’s Scion, a game which is set in the present day and you play the children of gods (Norse, Greek, Japanese, Aztec etc). Seriously how cool is that as a setting?! In theory its a sort of simplified version of Exalted. Except they took all the stuff that didn’t work in Exalted and combined it together to make a game. I remember the very first game we played, we stumbled upon a Toad Demon which tried to eat us. We quite quickly discovered that we were too dexterous for it to ever be able to hit us, and while we could hit it with no problem we would never be able to damage it because it was so tough. It was a stalemate. Eventually one of the other players let himself be eaten so that he could kill it from the inside. It was a boring and very annoying fight and resulted in hubby re-writing an awful lot of the rules to get us something that would actually work. These rules worked for the low levels of Scion and then fell apart as we hit the higher tiers.

So there is the big potential for a playable version of Scion, a game line that was only ever supposed to be a one off. A game line that is a big favourite with a lot of people. I am very excited! 😀

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along

As some of you may have noticed in the last few weeks I took part in a read along for The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, we are now going to be moving on Red Seas Under Red Skies. (or RSURS – I may have to switch to this abbreviation as I keep wanting to call it Red Skies Under Red Seas which is a) wrong and b) thats quite a long title!). Anyway further details can be found at The Little Red Reviewer and if you let her know you want to take part you’ll get the discussion emails that come out on Thursdays. We’re starting later this week so  if you haven’t read the first one you’d better get that done quickly!! (It’s really good! Full of twists and turns and a lot of unexpected things!)
Here’s the schedule:

Start reading on or around April 21st. . .
Week 1 – beginning thru End of Chapter 3, discussion questions go out Thurs April 26, posts go up Sat April 28
Week  2 – Reminiscence “The Lady of the Glass Pylon” through end of Chapter 6, discussion questions go out thurs May 3, posts go up Sat May 5
Week  3 – Chapter 7 thru end of Chapter 10, discussion questions go out May 10, posts go up May 12
Week  4 – Chapter 11 thru end of chapter 13, discussion questions go out May 17, posts go up May 19
Week  5 – Chapter 14 to the end, discussion question go out May 24, posts go up May 26

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Apocalypse Girls!

I meant to post this a while ago but for some reason it kept slipping my mind, or at least I’d think ‘I need to write a blog post about Apocalypse Girls’ only I’d be in the middle of something else and so couldn’t post. But it’s time to put those poor excuses aside!

Back in November I joined the Girls Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse Blog (GGSA). (Although we also tend to refer to ourselves as the Apocalypse Girls.)  A group of fabulous ladies posting about all things Apocalypse related, and particularly how you might survive.

The other week I went to an apocalypse themed event called appropriately enough The Event – it was a lot of fun and and I meant to post here simultaneously with my write up, I’m a bit late but better late than never right? So here’s the link. 🙂

http://apocalypsegirlsguide.blogspot.com/2012/02/event.html

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Portal 2 Song

So I guess I quite like songs by Miracle of Sound.. seeing as I’ve posted the Commander Shepard one (I will go listen to that again) and the Dragon Age one.

Also I suppose I should review Portal2. Here it is: its awesome, go play it. NOW.

(warning spoilers in song if you’ve not played the game.)

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Warstriders!

A friend sent a link to this video over Facebook, as an example of what warstriders are like  (from Exalted, if you don’t know what I mean then think Mecha instead). Anyway it’s really good and pretty funny!

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Knitted Video

Saw this on someone else’s blog and I had to share, is it not awesome and very cute? It’s all knitted and its won an award. Enjoy.

 

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A weekend of horrors from the beyond

Ok so the title might sound a bit more dramatic than my weekend actually was, which was a weekend of roleplaying but still, it is apt. The weekend just gone was a bank holiday and we spent a fair chunk of it at Shadow Con V. To be honest this was more of a large gathering of roleplayers then an actual convention like Conception but still it was good. We (and by we I mean myself, C and a few other friends) were all signed up to the Deathwatch game in the morning, and were then playing different things in the afternoon.
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Dragon Age 2 Song

I currently have the following song stuck in my head, it’s been there since last night. The first time I heard it, once it got past the first bit, I wondered why it sounded so familer, and then I saw who had made it. Miracle of Sound. The same guy who did the Commander Shepard song thatI also like. 🙂

I tried to embed the video but doesn’t seem to want to work (can’t find it on YouTube) so here’s the link

Dragon Age 2 Song

tis totally awsome 🙂

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Conception 2011

So for the last few days I have been at my very first role playing convention, Conception http://www.conceptionuk.org/ a friend of ours went last year and persuaded us to go this year.  Because we booked ‘late’ (it wasn’t really that late, but we didn’t book in the 2 mins after midnight when booking opened) we ended up in a caravan.  Yes that’s right a caravan at the end of January. It was alright on the first day but I think it must of got colder day by day (yes I suppose the weather did mention something about that, and the ice on the car on Sunday may have been a hint of that) but brrrr yes damned cold, we ended up having a second duvet over the end of the bed to keep warm. Luckily we weren’t in the caravan most of the time, as we were busy roleplaying.

So we met up with our two friends (who can both thankfully drive) and I’d like to especially thank P for doing most of that. The convention isn’t too far from Bournemouth so it didn’t’ take too long to get there from London, and once there we drove straight to the site in order to put our names down for games on Thursday. Only then did we drive to the site where we were staying (3 miles away) to get our keys and dump our stuff. We had to get our priorities straight after all, games first, accommodation second.

How Conception works is that they effectively take over a holiday park for 5 days. It’s a win win situation, means the park gets fully booked in January, when they’d normally have barely any visitors, while the con doesn’t have to pay to hire out the main hall/pub etc to have the tables in. Additionally as gamers pay money for the games (£3) much money is raised for charity.

So what follows is further information on the games I played in, there were 3  four hour gaming sessions a day, and I had said I wouldn’t play in them all…. Yeah I ended up playing in every session from Thursday morning till Sunday morning. That’s a lot of gaming time and meant everyone was extremely tired, a little argumentative but we all I believe had a lot of fun.

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Review: Tron Legacy

So I went to see Tron Legacy the other day with friends, and I do think that having to pay extra to see it in 3D wasn’t really worth it. Some scenes (the ones in the real world) aren’t in 3D at all, which does make sense, but the scenes in the Grid, which were in 3D, didn’t really benefit that much from it. There were a few bits where a person would ‘pop’ out slightly but not really that many. So far Avatar is the only other movie I’ve seen in 3D and to be honest, even though the plot is very silly in that, the 3D was much much better, you got the foliage and the holographic computers popping out at you.

I also think in terms of plot it wasn’t great, it is just a story about a boy and a girl. Not nearly as intricate as the plot for Tron.  It also wasn’t really that funny, there were bits where it was clearly trying to be funny, but wasn’t.  The original Tron is a lot sillier and funnier in places. There were a few homages to Tron, but I must admit I didn’t get them until afterwards when we were eating and discussing the movie.

Saying all that I did really enjoy it! Tron really benefits from modern graphics and it was just fantastic to see all the tanks and bikes and such with good graphics. I also love the fact that the suits they used actually had lights in them, they weren’t computer generated. I think it’s definitely a movie that people who have seen and love the original Tron will enjoy. As I walked into the toilets after the movie, and I’m pretty sure someone said ‘So who wanted to see that?’, I don’t think they were old enough to have seen the original.

I think I had more to say on this but it is now half 12am on New Years Day and I’m tired.

So I’m going to give this movie 3.5/5.  I don’t think it’s quite worth 4 but  it’s Tron and it’s Pretty!!!

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