Trailer Tuesday: Pandorum (2009)

Many movies have slipped by over the years where I’ve said “hey, I should see that” and then never managed to get there. Pandorum (2009) has been one of those for a few years. I’ve seen it is on Netflix and even added it to my queue a couple of times, but somehow never managed to take…

Trailer Tuesday: Prospect (2018)

Some days you just stumble on inspiration gold. Prospect is a gold mine starring Pedro Pascal — and it appears he’s playing a villain again, like he did in Equalizer 2. I first noticed him on Game of Thrones as Oberyn Martell, but since then he’s appeared in quite a few other films like Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Great…

Trailer Tuesday: Pathfinder (2018)

This Week’s Trailer: Pathfinder (2018) This time we have an oddball out of China — the movie Pathfinder (2018) seems to be “in development” according to IMDb, though I found a few details about the film on Asian Movie Pulse. Their summary is: “The film, with a cast that includes Song Yang (Wrath of Silence,…

Wormholes in the Sky (Eclipses)

As this total solar eclipse darkens the sky over most of North America today and the next one isn’t for another 7 years, I thought it might be a good time to explore some ideas around eclipses in fantasy and science-fiction settings for RPGs. In our own world, there are many traditional myths and legends…

Real Estate in the Universe

The universe is a big place. As Douglas Adams once wrote, mindbogglingly so. But the thing it doesn’t lack is space. The commute may kill you, but there’s an infinite number of places to hang your hat if you look hard enough. Here on Earth, we’re running out of room in a lot of the…

Religion in the Dominion

It was once said that there are no atheists in foxholes and I suspect the same might be said of being a spacefaring race. Though Aliens & Asteroids may be set a couple of centuries in the future, I suspect that our need to call on a higher power in a time of need may…

Aliens & Asteroids

Though we initially intended Aliens & Asteroids to be based on the Old School rules of Mazes & Perils, we changed course after several long design sessions and decided to make a new system that was more flexible and less cumbersome. The new system for A&A relies on more speedy mechanics using one or two d20s and a…

The Trick is to Keep Breathing

The title of this post comes from a great song done by the group Garbage back in the 1990s, but definitely applies to dealing with certain conditions in a science fiction setting. Breathable atmosphere is one of those things most creatures require to survive. In the human case, we tend to like a good mix…

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