Monday, June 4, 2012

Wizards Allows DnDNext Playtesting Online

From their (newly revised) FAQ:
Can I run an online game via email, Skype, Google Hangout or a play-by-post forum?

Yes, you may run online games via Skype, Google Hangout or play-by-post forum provided you to do not post or upload any transcripts from your playtest, upload any playtest materials and make sure that all members of your group have signed up to playtest through the official playtest sign up process.
Well, woot! Who's looking for another player in their DnD Next playtest? I'm up for experiencing it from the other side of the screen, for once.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 30 Years Old Today

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. release of the best of all the films in the Star Trek franchise; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

It's such a superior film to it's predecessor that a direct comparison isn't really possible. It really relaunched the Trek franchise, and its echoes still reverberated through the other movies and television series. Everything from the plot-- direct, but with enough twists to make it unpredictable-- to the acting-- Ricardo Montalbán's over-the-top performance was only matched by Shatner's-- to the music-- the score really put James Horner on the map-- to the costumes -- you still see the "monster maroons" showing up in flashbacks in the TV series as late as Voyager-- just everything is perfect.

This was one of the highlights of 1982, when I was an impressionable 16 year old, my life stuffed full with Trek, and gaming, and science fiction in general. It was a great watershed, and a film I will still watch whenever it comes on.