Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hong Kong Cavaliers, Random Tables, and Hammer Horror

Anyone coming here based on the title along is probably going to be disappointed. There will be more actual, y'know, content later in the week, but right now, it's hot and sticky and I my brain is starting to drip out my ears, but before I check out completely for the evening:

1. This was just announced. I'm not sure when it's coming out, exactly, and I'm pretty sure I won't be able to find anyone interested in playing it with me near my zip code, but I'll be buying it anyway like the monkey-boy I am.

2. Random tables-- really useful ones anyway, are a lot trickier than they seem. This may be obvious to those of you who've been at this a while, particularly in the OSR community, but I've been looking at a lot of random tables and reading posts like this lately, and it's had the effect of a) Making me want to crank out a bunch of random tables and b) Questioning every decision along the way. Is it too complicated? Too long-winded? Can I make it more simple and elegant? How generic can it be and still be interesting? How specific and flavorful and still useful for others? Then again, I could simply be hot, tired, and overthinking this thing way too much.

3. Thurday night means horror movies at the Carolina, and this Thurday, it's a Hammer film, which I enjoy like other people enjoy fuzzy slippers and hot cocoa. They'll be showing The Kiss of the Vampire (1963).

Because If you've already got Evil Science, you're pretty much obligated to breed a race of the living dead with it.

And now to bed.