#CaptainAmerica #CivilWar review (no spoilers)

As with Guardians of the Galaxy Civil War has a lot of story, a lot of character moments and character development, a good stand alone story and some scene stealing breakout characters.

It’s not a spoiler any more that Spider-Man is in this film but more impressive is the centrepiece fight involving Ant-Man… And the knockout gorgeous version of Aunt May!

This movie has quite a lot of cerebral moments in between story driven explosions and battles, and the denouement is as powerful and has as much heart as Guardians.

This is Avengers 2.5 as much as it is Captain America 3 and is a fantastic cinema experience.

The Grandest Usurpation – President Obama and Angela Merkel Talk Trade and Immigration…

Mordor vs Gondor. Men of the West, it is time to fight or die.

Jupiter Ascending film review

640_jupiter_ascendingJupiter Ascending is an interesting film.

It lacked a lot of energy when it needed it most, and Mila Kunis was cosmically miscast as the protagonist, but the basic conceit of the film is wonderful.

It reminded me very strongly of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, refracted through the prism of the CG Society’s most gifted artists. No bad thing.

It’s definitely a science fiction film, and not fantasy in trade dress – the high concept and apparently science fantasy elements are in fact all extremely ultra high tech, and the concept is pursued thoroughly. To that extent it is not only somewhat like Kirby’s work but also like Phillip Jose Farmer’s World of Tiers series – not least due to the amnesiac reincarnated protagonist and the circles within circles of the universe in which it is set.

It isn’t a popcorn film, and it isn’t preachy. I expect it didn’t do well mainly since it offers neither pablum nor simple fairy tale. But it has a detailed world setting that is beautifully rendered on screen.

FORESEE ALPHA – print copy first edition

I have eight copies of the print edition of Foresee Alpha (first edition) left for sale. Once they’re gone… they are gone forever, it will never be reprinted in this format although it’s on sale as a digital book and free updates are on the left hand side bar.

Foresee Alpha adapts the 4C FASERIP rules to fantasy gaming, especially fantasy animated adventures type gaming.

The print edition is full color covers and interior art, black and white text, quality printed paper and card covers.

Price is $30 each including postage so if you buy one be sure and tell me where to post it…

To buy, CLICK HERE.

 

Empire of Lies

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is… in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

Theodore Dalrymple

Zombienomicon TM

Zombienomicon (TM) was an outgrowth of my 2004 RPG Eternium, which is a superhero game set in a world as close to our own world as possible in terms of the corruption, evil scum in power, corrupt and incompetent police and so on. All that is altered is the publicity and frequency of Charles Fort’s “Wild Talents” – superheroes, supervillains and super powered randoms – who try and do the best they can in a world where as the tagline says “heroes are villains and the real villains are the rulers”.

Zombienomicon took the same basic material, already expanded in the teen-hero themed Silence Is Golden and ran with the idea of a world where predominantly supernatural powers flooded out after a single event – presumptively the finding and reading of a book of evil magic – the Zombienomicon.

Zombienomicon itself was followed by Gordian World right at the point where my game design and publishing activities entirely ceased. As of 2015 when I returned to this milieu in a small way I also thought adapting Zombienomicon into comic book form would be good, and certainly it lends itself to a bewildering variety of stories.

Gordian World added non-supernatural superpowered people and places to the Zombienomicon world, with the only possible supernatural or Fortean element to the technology being that perhaps before the Zombienomicon was read most of the technology wouldn’t have “worked” – the same shift in probably physics outcomes that permits the supernatural ecology to flourish also permits very unlikely technology to prosper.