Thursday, March 05, 2015

17 to 01: Journey to Babel

This week we're watching "Journey to Babel" in memory of Leonard Nimoy. Derek doesn't let me dwell on it and I finally find my ur-example of Star Trek's telepathic doors. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Star Trek: Taiwan: The Crew

So I've been talking about The Star Trek RPG (and related endeavors) for a while now.

I've never really laid it all out here. We've actually been playing it. Interest is low, bordering on dead, but it's still happening. There is the primer I handed out to my players, but that's forty pages. (It's here.)

So, it's 2404, twenty-five years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis and twenty years since the human race vanished. It's no secret that the human race did a lot of heavy lifting in Starfleet and (for our purposes here) the rest of The Federation. The resulting power vacuum brought known space to the brink of total war and a sham Federation was propped up by the usual suspects (Klingons, Romulans, Ferengi, and Cardassians) to maintain a peace while everyone sharpens their best knives.

Monday, March 02, 2015

FATE Inspired by Battletech, Canon Examples

So I've been doing the Battletech-Inspired FATE Mecha system over the past couple of weeks and the best way to cap it off is with examples.

The interesting thing about this system is that versions of 'mechs aren't so important. What's the difference between the single-heat-sinked, SRM 6-ed Thug and the double-heat-sinked, SRM 4-ed? A small amount of firepower and some heat dissipation? Notable, but not significant.

Tech Level: 7
Skill Points: 7
Skill Maximum: 3
Equipment Points: 7
Aspects: 3

Ruggedness: 3
Maneuver: 1
Accuracy: 3
Electronics: 0 - As in FATE, a skill of 0 doesn't mean an absence of a skill, but an average level of it.

High Concept: Definitive Zombie 'Mech
Trouble: Not as scary as advertised - 
The Thug is a venerable 'mech, but it really isn't a killer. It's a tough chassis that can dish out moderate damage with a complimentary weapons array.
Aspect: Classic Design
Aspect: Medium Range
Aspect: Lasers

Friday, February 27, 2015

It Would Be Impossible to Explain without a Common Frame of Reference

So Leonard Nimoy just died.

I'd heard that he was taken into the hospital a few days ago. At 83, I imagine that's always pretty serious, but I didn't want to really talk about it. If I lived to be 83 and famous, I wouldn't want people whispering about my trips to the hospital, with my death hanging unspoken above the conversation like a crash at a NASCAR race.

io9 has the best obituary. They have the right blend of biography, relevance, and flattering quotes to make the entire affair as calming and respectable as a funeral. That's the point, after all.

Superficially, I liked Spock because I identified with him. For the same reasons I liked Data and Odo. They were clearly outsiders with a narrow emotional range. Eventually, I came to appreciate the differences between Spock's suppressed emotions and real personality, Data's unique, but very real emotional range, and Odo's hard-shell exterior that should never let him be mistaken for someone who doesn't feel. Good actors slice those thin hairs.

Playing Skyrim with Terry

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Been a little sick and a little busy lately

Sorry for the lack of updates. If I do get ahead of things in the next few days, I'll be getting audio processed first, then working typing up new blogs.

That's the plan anyway.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Hits of 2012

2012 is my favorite year of these. If MCR is never going to be on one of these lists, this is what I'll settle for.

Fun is here with two songs (one of which can make me cry), Starships, Set Fire to the Rain, Titanium, Blow Me One Last Kiss. There are some fine songs on the 2013 & 2014 list, but this one is just solid*.

*Not literally solid. Thanks, Beiber. Getting punched by Michael Madsen helps, but not as much as it could have.