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The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years DVD Boxset Released June

Blogtor Who - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:43

Fans of the Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor may be very interested in this new DVD box set released in June. ‘The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years’, introduced by the voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs and Producer Keith Barnfather (Downtime) contains a definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the second Doctor’s era […]

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Pin ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:00


My Favourite Articles and Links This Week This essay was wonderful- a woman who was fat shamed tracked down her trolls and confronted them: “By just blocking and deleting when someone makes an abusive comment or when someone sends an unsolicited portrait of their genitals, we’re tacitly saying that’s acceptable. No one sits around the

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First Comics News - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 08:22

(March 9, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – John Louie has been named Senior Vice President, International for Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP). Louie joined the team on February 27, 2017 and reports directly to Pam Lifford, President, WBCP.

In his new role, Louie will be responsible for the strategic development and overall management of Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Canada across all categories of business, including top line revenue and P&L. As Senior Vice President, International, Louie will implement and execute global and regional strategies, working with global and regional leaders across various departments to drive revenue growth and benefit long-term brand building.

“Louie’s strategic business acumen and experience in managing international territories will be instrumental in growing our business globally, which continues to be a priority for the division,” said Pam Lifford, President, WBCP.

Louie joins WBCP from Mattel where he held positions both domestically and internationally. During his tenure, Louie served as Vice President and General Manager of Mattel Australia / New Zealand based in Melbourne, Australia, leading the commercial subsidiary through a turnaround to record financial and operating performance. He most recently held the role of Vice President, Strategic Development / M&A based in El Segundo, California, helping lead the strategy and execution plan for data analytics and mobile apps and gaming.

With more than 20 years of experience, Louie’s previous positions include roles at The Walt Disney Company, Bain and Company, Goldman Sachs and Company, and McKinsey and Company.

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Game of Thrones Season 7: Official Tease: Sigils

First Comics News - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 08:19

#GoTS7 begins 7.16.17 on HBO.

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Television & In-Theater Advertising Coming For Your Favorite Marvel Comics!

First Comics News - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 07:56

New York, NY—March 9th, 2017 — The greatest heroes, the biggest creators and the can’t-miss comic titles of 2017 are coming to a big screen and a small screen near you. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce an ambitious spring advertising campaign that will see several key Marvel Comics releases advertised ahead of blockbuster films and airing on broadcast television channels with the key goal of exciting and mobilizing TV & Film fans into local comic book shops and retailers.

First, Marvel Comics are coming to a theater near you! Beginning this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for special pre-trailer advertisements before some of 2017’s biggest releases! Including ads promoting Marvel’s highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE event ahead of select screenings of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

Then, Marvel Comics come to the small screen with dedicated TV advertising and promotions. To be featured on ABC and other broadcast networks nationwide, fans can look forward to dedicated spots, on-air interviews, and more devoted towards Marvel’s biggest comic book launches this spring – SECRET EMPIRE and Marvel’s upcoming slate of X-MEN titles and more!

This year, Marvel continues to bridge the worlds of graphic fiction with all new audiences and now, with extensive advertising activations, the House of Ideas is set to reach entirely new audiences in 2017 and invite them directly into local comic shops! The biggest characters and creators are waiting for you at your nearest comic retailer!

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1d6 Random Ancient Minor Treasures of Clark Aston Smith's Forbidden Places & Vaults Table For Your Old School Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 06:45
There are minor treasures that have been left behind in the wake of ages past in the vaults & tombs of ancient & vastly dangerous peoples. These items are tinged with the irony of ages past & wreathed in the mystique of forbidden history. “Stern and white as a tomb, older than the memory of the dead, and built by men or devils beyond the recording of myth, is the mansion in which we dwell.”Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The one where I get interviewed.by Brendan Davis

Bat in the Attic - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 05:16
I been doing maps for  Brendan Davis of Bedrock Games for a couple of years. As part of the process we get together online to various reviews of the work in progress. More often than not we wind up chatting afterwards and discuss all thing roleplaying.

So when Brendan started a podcast, I was happy when he invited me on for a episode. We talked about the early days of gaming, sandbox campaigns, and gaming in general. Also I talk up what +Tim Shorts  of Gothridge Manor is doing. Along with a mention of the stuff that +Dwayne Gillingham has been working on with 3d6 based Crit System.

You can find the podcast here.
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Looking For Group - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 05:00

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Greyhawk update/designer's notes

Greyhawk Grognard - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 03:05

So back in January I announced that I was working on some 5E Greyhawk products on the off chance that Wizards of the Coast would eventually open up my favorite setting to designers on GM's Guild. No, this isn't some announcement that they have done so. I just want to give a quick update and let you know about the approach I'm taking.

Specifically, I've been working on what was the Players Guide to Greyhawk, because the rest all hinged on having Greyhawk-specific 5th edition material to make it all work. Unfortunately, that turned out to be too large a task for a single book.

So now, what was the Players Guide to Greyhawk is going to be three different books.

Most of the crunchy bits will be in the Player's Guide. The class options, the backgrounds, the spells, factions, etc. There will still be plenty of color, but this will be where the majority of the rules-heavy stuff will be found. All new, but a lot based on things from the earliest days of Greyhawk and the 1st Edition rules. Because I'm a 1E nerd, and proud of it.

The DM's Guide, on the other hand, is going to feature the new monsters (mostly drawn from the Greyhawk Adventures book and the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk volume) and new magic items (again, mostly from the GA book). But the majority of it is going to give history and the current state of the Flanaess circa 576 CY; the same era as the original Folio and Gold Box editions. It will have all the information in those books, plus a lot more gleaned from all the other products that have come after; history, NPCs, etc. from various adventure modules, sourcebooks, boxed sets, articles, and some more outré sources that I think you'll find pretty cool.

I was going back and forth between just having a brief entry for each country, and going on a full-bore in-depth recitation based on the sources, and have decided to go with the latter. It won't be completely comprehensive (the book would be a thousand pages) but it'll cover everything the DM needs to get things going in 576.

And the third will be something I've been writing about for years; the Great Greyhawk Campaign. It would have all the information a DM needs to take the Greyhawk setting forward in time up to 591 CY, a full fifteen years of game time. And in so doing, it would allow the DM to set his or her game in those other periods that have been extensively covered in the past; 585 CY (From the Ashes), or 591 CY (Living Greyhawk Gazetteer).

So anyway, that which was one is now three. It's really no more work for me than I had originally envisioned (other than maybe the GGC book), but as I go through the sources, it's really just a question of putting the information in the right place.


And hey! Don't forget that the GM's Day sale is still going on, and you can find almost everything from BRW Games on 30% off; if you ever wanted to check out Adventures Dark and Deep, Castle of the Mad Archmage, or nearly anything else, now's the time!
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Podcast - Hobbs & Friends of the OSR

Tenkar's Tavern - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 02:46

I had emergency uncle duties today (sick niece home from school) so I was finally able to catch up on some podcast listening. On the ride home I listened to the first episode of Hobbs & Friends of the OSR, and I must say - I was impressed.

It was a nice, relaxed conversation between Jason Hobbs +Jason Hobbs and +Eric Hoffman  and it felt like I was sitting at the local watering hole with them.

Much of the episode was spent talking about USR 2.0 (Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying), a game I've followed from a distance. Its intrigued me enough to decide to give it a look. Heck, its PWYW, so why not? ;)

Its also made me curious about The Treasure Vaults of Zadabad (S&W version - there is a DCC RPG version too) An island sandbox and more.

Hey, even I got a mention along with SWL, but more in the context of a recent discussion over whether or not less rules / text / etc is viable as well as useful. I think much of the viability depends on the goals of the product in question, but that's a whole 'nother discssion.

In any case, enjoyable episode. Now I need to catch up :)
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Aikido Blogs - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 21:25
I have had the good fortune of experiencing nearly perfect Aikido as uke.
This was too long ago, the teachers that showed me that Aikido are no longer alive.

Now there is no-one. There are plenty of interesting things to study with a lot of teachers, but something is missing. I study. I train. But something is not there.

I want to study the techniques that beginners train. No fancy stuff, simple ikkyo, because that simple ikkyo is missing something essential. No fancy stuff, just simple irimi, because that simple irimi isn't like I felt.

Erik doesn't matter
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TEEN TITANS GO: 200th Episode + INJUSTICE 2: Dr. Fate

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:48

Teen Titans Go! will soon debut its 200th episode…which really makes us feel like high school underachievers. But in today’s new episode of DC All Access, we’re celebrating the milestone anyhow and getting the goods on this landmark episode from the cast and producers. Plus, we look at some of the Injustice 2 news coming out of GDC, unbox the latest offering from the Legion of Collectors, look at some of this week’s new comics and more!

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THE FLASH: Reverse-Flash Haunts Kid Flash

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:48

Kid Flash is one of the fastest heroes alive… so what’s keeping him from moving forward? In this DC All Access comics clip, we talk to Flash writer Joshua Williamson about “Sins of the Father,” the dramatic new storyline that kicks off today. Confronted with the truth that his father is a super-villain, Wally West seeks him out behind the bars of Belle Reve. But what will the Reverse-Flash’s time on the Suicide Squad mean to his son looking for answers? And how will these events set up the upcoming Batman crossover, “The Button”?

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INJUSTICE 2: Everything We Know So Far

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:47

Injustice 2 is out in May, and while the game’s story is still largely a mystery, there’s plenty of exciting news that we do know. In this DC All Access games clip, we look at everything we’ve unearthed about Injustice 2 so far, including playable characters, the game’s central villain and how the highly touted new customizable suits affect gameplay. Gear up, gamers! The battle’s about to begin…

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SUPERGIRL: Can Kara’s Dad Be Trusted?

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:47

Things are rarely simple when it comes to family. Especially when your father may be an agent for an evil underground organization. In this #DCTV clip, Hector finds out whether Jeremiah Danvers can be trusted from someone who should know—Chyler Leigh! (Plus, maybe she could put a good word in for him to her sister, eh?) Also, we ponder some Savitar secrets on The Flash and discuss whether it gets any more awesome than when super heroes tangle with dinosaurs!

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Stanley Pranin Passes Away

Aikido News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:45
Stanley Pranin Passes Away
From: Jun Akiyama posted on 9. Mar 2017, 08:45pm
URL: http://https://www.facebook.com/aikidojournal/photos/a.145774785480361.29655.117079708349869/1401091119948715/

Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal passed away on March 7, 2017. There is more information in this Facebook post. My condolences go to his family, friends, and loved ones.

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    Not all heroes wear capes – but some carry tubes (Pi Day 2017)

    First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:44

    “My whole life has been…people telling me what I can’t do. Now I’m doing it.” – Riri Williams (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #15 ).

    3/14/17 at 6:28PM ET.


    2021s are happening.

    More: http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/…

    * Starring Ayomide F. ’18 as Riri Williams
    * Featuring Stu Schmill ’86 as himself
    * Produced by Cowboy L. ’20 and Loren S. ’17
    * Directed by Chris Peterson SM ’13 and Selam G. ’18
    * Based on characters and concepts from the Marvel Universe
    * Score: “L’estasi dell’oro (The Ecstasy of Gold)” by Ennio Morricone
    * Inspired by fanart from tumblr
    * Ironheart model modified from “Iron_Man” by TurboSquid user Dipu_1
    * Drone filming by DronePros.net
    * Thanks to the Center for Bits and Atoms, the MIT Wind Tunnel, instructor Simona Socrate, and more for filming locations.
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    Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series’ Cast Revealed

    First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:25

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Mar. 9, 2017 – Award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment, Telltale Games, along with Marvel Entertainment, today shared the world-first screenshots and cast details for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, set to premiere digitally this Spring on consoles, PC, and mobile devices.

    Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

    From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience.

    This week at PAX East in Boston, MA on March 10th at 6pm in the Albatross Theater, join the team from Telltale Games as well as Marvel Games Creative Director, Bill Rosemann, to hear more about the series as they discuss the creative process behind this stellar new adventure. The panel will also be streamed live on Twitch. For more information on the panel and PAX East, please visit http://east.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/telltale-games-interactive-storytelling-in-2017 One week later on March 17th at SXSW in Austin, TX, be the first audience in the world to Crowd Play an early version of the first episode at a one-of-a-kind premiere event at the Paramount Theater, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Audience members will be able to control the story from their seats using their mobile devices to help decide what happens on the big screen! The event will be open to all badge holders of SXSW or SXSW Gaming on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information on SXSW Gaming and how to obtain badges, please visit https://www.sxsw.com/exhibitions/gaming-expo/ The series will feature a star-studded cast of voice talent, including Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord, Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket, Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax, and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot. Premiering this Spring, the series will also be coming to retail as a special season pass disc, which will include the first episode in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. Specific platform details are yet to be announced. Revealed in December on stage at The Game Awards 2016 in Los Angeles, you can watch the announcement teaser trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Koy_e_ipwng

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    Exploit kits: Winter 2017 review

    Malwarebytes - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:08

    A few months have passed since our Fall 2016 review of the most common exploit kits we are seeing in our telemetry and honeypots. Today, we take another look at the current (bleak) EK scene by going over RIG, Sundown, Neutrino and Magnitude.

    There haven’t been any major changes in the past little while and exploit kit-related infections remain low compared to those via malicious spam. This is in part due to the lack of fresh and reliable exploits in today’s drive-by landscape.

    Pseudo-Darkleech and EITest are the most popular redirection campaigns from compromised websites. They refer to code that is injected into – for the most part – WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal websites and automatically redirects visitors to an exploit kit landing page.

    Malvertising campaigns keep fuelling redirections to exploit kits as well, but can greatly vary in size and impact. The daily malverts from shady ad networks continue unchanged while the larger attacks going after top ad networks and publishers come in waves.

    In the following video, we do a quick overview of those exploit kits; if you are interested in the more technical details please scroll down for additional information on each of them.

    Most used vulnerabilities

    Internet Explorer

    • CVE-2016-0189
    • CVE-2014-6332
    • CVE-2013-2551

    Information disclosure

    • CVE-2016-3351
    • CVE-2016-3298
    • CVE-2016-0162


    • CVE-2016-7200
    • CVE-2016-7201


    • CVE-2016-4117
    • CVE-2016-1019
    • CVE-2015-8651
    • CVE-2015-7645


    • CVE-2016-0034
    RIG EK

    RIG EK remains the most popular exploit kit at the moment used both in malvertising and compromised websites campaigns. Its primary payloads are ransomware (Cerber and CryptoShield).

    The landing page structure (URL and source code) hasn’t really changed, but it is now using a pre-landing page to filter bots and other non-legitimate traffic.

    Payload here: Dreambot

    Gate (browser check)

    Landing page

    Sundown EK

    Sundown EK keeps on changing its URL patterns, mainly for the Flash exploit and its payload URLs. Sundown is a lot more quiet than RIG EK and for the most part contained to some malvertising campaigns.

    Payload here: VenusLocker

    Landing page

    Neutrino EK

    Neutrino EK seems to be the weapon of choice for special malvertising attacks that are difficult to reproduce. It features its usual pre-filtering gate that includes several checks against VMs and security software.

    Payload here: Neutrino bot

    Filtering gate (fingerprinting)

    Landing page

    Magnitude EK

    Magnitude EK is a very geo-aware exploit kit being restricted to Asia at the moment. It uses decoy finance or bitcoin websites with a special referer to lead to its gate.

    Payload here: Cerber

    IE exploit

    Landing page

    Wrap up

    There are more exploit kits than just those mentioned in this blog, but some were not included because they were simply copycats or because we have only seen them very sporadically.

    Some EKs are indeed quite difficult to reproduce without a proper setup and some previous knowledge of the various traps affiliates and traffers are putting in the way. In other cases, they may fall off the radar until a new campaign (i.e. malvertising) is put in place.

    While there hasn’t been a big focus on getting newer exploits integrated, we can note that exploit kit authors are investing some time into better bot detection and evasion, essentially trying to optimize the leads they are getting.

    However, we should still be aware that this situation could change as new and powerful exploits can be discovered at any time and come with a ready-to-use proof of concept. For instance, CVE-2017-0037, a vulnerability that affects IE and Edge, is something attackers are likely to integrate soon.

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    ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 Recruits Superstar Writer Charles Soule!

    First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 19:15

    The Most Iconic X-Men Series of the 21st Century Comes to ResurrXion!

    New York, NY—March 9th, 2017 —You asked for it! You got it! The hardest hitting mutants. The biggest villains. The best creators. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce that chart-topping writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhumans vs. X-Men) will headline the all-new ASTONISHING X-MEN #1. A new prestigious ongoing series from top-tier creators, the new series is set to unite some of the most popular, fan-demanded characters in the X-Men mythology for an epic story that will redefine the mutant landscape in the Marvel Universe!


    “If you’re going to relaunch a book called ‘Astonishing X-Men,’ it had better live up to the title,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Charles and his soon-to-be-revealed collaborators are about to unveil a story that touches every corner of the X-Men mythology, and the first issue alone will have massive ramifications for the Children of the Atom.  We can’t wait to tell you more about this book.”


    Old Man Logan, Archangel, Mystique, Rogue, Gambit, Bishop, Psylocke and Fantomex. Together, they are the Astonishing X-Men. But what brings this eclectic collection of heroes together? A familiar menace has once again reared its ugly head – reborn, renewed and resurrected. To defeat one of their greatest foes and rescue one of their own, the X-Men’s greatest will assemble for a mission that will take them places you never thought they’d go!


    “The book is designed to tell a very focused, specific story, with a few cool main villains,” says series writer Charles Soule. “I’m writing it like a puzzle box, with new layers and reveals opening up every issue. So, you’ll never know exactly where it’s going to go next – but the structure is built in such a way that almost anything from the long, incredible history of the X-Men can pop up. If you think about these characters, they’ve been present or involved for virtually every major era of X history, all the big events. That’ll play a role in a big way.”


    As deadly forces await, will the Astonishing X-Men’s first mission also be their last? Find out this summer, in the blockbuster ASTONISHING X-MEN #1!



    Written by CHARLES SOULE


    Cover by JIM CHEUNG
    On Sale in July!

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