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RICH REVIEWS: Something is Killing the Children # 34

First Comics News - Sat, 11/04/2023 - 15:59
Title: Something is Killing the Children # 34 Publisher: BOOM! Studios Written by: James Tynion IV Illustrated by: Werther Dell’Edera Colored by: Miquel Muerto Lettered by: Andworld Design Cover by:…
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Doctor Who 60th Target Books: Cover Reveal!

Blogtor Who - Sat, 11/04/2023 - 12:00
You’ll be able to read the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary novelisations just days after broadcast!

The BBC have unveiled the covers for the three Target Books adapting this year’s 60th Anniversary specials. The art comes once again from Anthony Dry and Stuart Crouch. In honour of the diamond anniversary, though, there’s a twist this time, with each one set against a dark blue starry background rather than the traditional beige. They mostly uses images now familiar from promotional photos and trailers. But they do add at least one new bit of information. Harking back to a tradition begun in The Runaway Bride, it looks like Wild Blue Yonder will feature the Doctor and Donna adding another madcap form of transport to their list.

Meanwhile, for the first time ever, each episode’s novelisation will be available as an eBook the Thursday after it airs.

  • The Star Beast: 30th of November
  • Wild Blue Yonder: 7th of December
  • The Giggle: 14th of December

Physical copies of the novelisations will be on bookshelves from the 11th of January 2024.


The physical copies of the 60th Anniversary books arrive on the 11th of January (c) BBC Books The three authors tackling the new novelisations have been responsible for some of the Doctor and Donna’s greatest adventures

Gary Russell has adapted The Star Beast. Russell is the author of no less than 20 novels set in the Doctor Who universe. These include novelisations of the 1996 TV Movie, and of four stories from The Sarah Jane Adventures. He also wrote Beautiful Chaos, featuring the Tenth Doctor, Donna and Wilf which many regard as a high point of the New Series Adventures novel range.

Mark Morris adapts Wild Blue Yonder, having previously written five Doctor Who novels, including Tenth Doctor and Donna book Ghosts of India. The Fourteenth Doctor’s final adventure, The Giggle, will be the twelfth Doctor Who novel by James Goss. He’s particularly celebrated for his Target Books novelisations of Douglas Adams’ TV stories City of Death and The Pirate Planet. The two have been some of most warmly received Targets of modern times. Meanwhile, among his countless scripts for Big Finish, he also wrote the Tenth Doctor Adventures Death and the Queen and No Place, starring David Tennant, Catherine Tate, and Bernard Cribbins.


Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials,The Star Beast, The Doctor (DAVID TENNANT), Donna Noble (CATHERINE TATE) Rose (Yasmin Finney),BBC STUDIOS 2023 ,Zoe McConnell and Alistair Heap Doctor Who returns on the 25th of November with The Star Beast on BBC One in the UK and Ireland, and Disney+ worldwide


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Dead Man’s Bounty

Ten Foot Pole - Sat, 11/04/2023 - 11:11
By Ben Thompson 99c Adventures OSR ... and 5e ... Level 3

Deep in the unforgiving bayous of Chaumont, a weathered journal found among the bones of a long-forgotten officer hints at solving a tantalizing, decades-old mystery — the final fate of the notorious Bloodsail Rovers. The lost treasure of these cruel pirates was rumored to be immense… but perhaps some ghosts are best left undisturbed. Twenty years ago, a vicious group of pirates known as the Bloodsail Rovers terrorized the coasts and inlets of the Kingdom of Chaumont. Under the command of the fearsome Captain Jacques de la Rouge Beausoleil, these pirates earned their fame with the daring capture of the royal galleon Navarette, which at the time was carrying a huge payload of gold and gems from the Frontierlands… as well as a mysterious artifact imbued with powerful dark magic. The Bloodsail Rovers disappeared from history not long after capturing the Navarette, and were never heard from again. No coins from the galleon’s treasure hold were ever recovered, leading to wild speculations ranging from deadly sea monster attacks to buried treasure hoards on remote desert islands. Perhaps there was no Navarette at all, and the entire thing was just an old fisherman’s tale, made up to fill childrens’ imaginations with dreams of fantastical wealth. Our heroes are about to discover the truth.

His 62 page adventure features a ruined swamp fort with nineteen rooms. Long italics, overwritten DM text. First person narrative. Mary Sue. It’s all in here, waiting for you. To mourn the death of modern world. Down progress and up the wild tyrannies of barbarism!

Ohs Nos! Pirates! Better go get em! Or, maybe, you find a coin from a long lost pirate treasure. Anyway, you travel through the swamp to a little town. Inside you pick up Mary Sue and go to an abandoned fort five days away. Grrr! Bugbear pirates! Better kill em! Ohs Nos! Then a pirate skeleton comes to life and attacks! Yeah! Adventure! 

This resembles the late 1e and 2e era, with massive amounts of DMs text and a loose plot line to hang shit off of. As you travel towards the swamp town you see a rowboat sailoverhead, full of skeletons. Turns out there’s a necromancer and a swamp giant fighting in the swamp up ahead, on the way to the town. I guess he lives, like, 80 feet from the town? There’s no scale on the map. Anyway, whatever, there are eight or so encounters on the way to the town, the majority somehow related to this necromancer/giant fight. No doubt because “a rowboat in the sky full of skeletons!” would be cool. 

Inside the town you get attacked by the local tough. Your group of level threes is attacked by the local tough. Your group of level threes.  It is at this point that the text reminds the DM to remind the players that killing people in the streets is illegal in this town. Uh huh. In a dark alley. Behind the inn. With that being the only real building in town. Uh huh. Don’t worry though, the Mary Sue show sup to save you. A LONG text block describes the bard in the inn and how everyone masturbates over him. He’s a level six illusionist. A level six. Hanging out in the inn. SInging like a bard. Saving your ass. And ready to join your party! So, yeah, the Mary Sue is coming along! How fun for all the players! 

The text, both the read-aloud AND the DM text, are in first person. “You pick your way through the swamp …” or “He’s the leader of the group that’s going to try and beat you up in section 2-2 …” or “He tells you that the guild …” This is so fucking basic, in terms of adventure writing, that it is beyond me how it still shows up in 2023. Oh, the read-aloud. The LONG read-aloud. That no one will pay attention to. That is in italics, so it’s hard to fucking read. That’s full of “it appears to be” padded out shit. And that goes for the DM text also. Full of appears to be. And long. LOoooooonnngggggg. Like, two pages for a simple encounter long. “What appears to be a lone man … You mean, a lone man?

You want some XP? How about 750gp worth of it. That’s your loot.

This thing is just garbage, front to back. 63 pages for twenty encounters in the dungeon. Fucking christ. It amazes me that people do this shit. Put together a whole adventure. Manage to get it all down on paper. Make it look like one of those fancy pants formats and even stick some fucking art in it. But there is no attempt to actually figure out how to do it well. How to avoid the most common mistakes. It’s the same shit now for forty fucking years. Pople thinking this is how you do it. 

This is $1 at DriveThru. You get to see the first seven pages, which includes the first few wilderness encounters on the way to the town. So, you do get to see the quality of the writing. Good preview. 


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Review & Commentary On Cha'alt X-Cards (Free) By Venger Satanis For Cha'alt or Any OSR Campaign

Swords & Stitchery - Sat, 11/04/2023 - 05:43
As a player, have you ever wanted to influence the game to make it slightly more gory, tentacled, bizarre, ridiculous, or the kind of late-night movie where cannibal nuns start giving the Kool-Aid Man a lap dance? As a GM, have you ever wanted more player participation… and helpful suggestions to prompt spontaneous improv?" Cha’alt X-Cards aren’t for safety. They’re the next generation in Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Humble Bundle - Everything for Your Adventures - A Roll20 Exclusive

Tenkar's Tavern - Sat, 11/04/2023 - 02:03

I am a long-time Roll20 user and fan. Heck, I have a Lifetime Pro account, as I was a backer of the Roll20 Kickstarter back in the day. In all that time, I've never bought, let alone installed, a ruleset or rulebook within Roll20. That may change with the current Roll20 Bundle on Humble Bundle.

Gather up your role-playing group (wherever they are!) for some epic online adventures with this treasury of resources for Roll20! This bundle for the world's most popular virtual RPG tabletop features:

  • Compendiums to play Pathfinder 2E, Dune: Adventures in the Imperium, and more containing rules, art, lore, adventures, and more resources for use in Roll20.
  • Additional Roll20 expansions and resources like Deep Magic, filled with new spells adaptable for multiple systems; maps and tokens; and more.
  • 1-month Roll20 Plus subscription, unlocking additional features such as more upload storage, upgraded Compendium sharing, and an all-access character vault.


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Review & Commentary On The New Marvel Phile Issue #82 Curtis Horror By Steve Jolly, with Andrew Goldstein, & the Whole Merry Marvel Super Heroes RPG: The Unofficial Canon Project Crew

Swords & Stitchery - Sat, 11/04/2023 - 02:01
 "Happy Halloween everyone! I hope everyone survived... I apparently didn't do so well, as I forgot to post this yesterday! ""We are excited to present this year's Halloween issue (a day late), featuring characters from Curtiss Magazines - a Marvel imprint, featuring some classic horror characters we know, and some new ones we've never seen before in the RPG! Thanks to Andrew Goldstein for Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Awake & Asleep - James Ward's Tainted Lands & Cultclassic Eighties Movie Mixed With Castles & Crusades A2 'Slag Heap' by Davis Chenault.

Swords & Stitchery - Fri, 11/03/2023 - 20:10
 " The Tainted Land's corruption & madness is no longer contained! The horror spreads into the world of the waking.""The hunt is on! Agents have hired out the infamous Redcaps to raid along the Hruesen River and Baron Botkin wants them brought to justice. A mad run by the goblins left a trail of ruin along the river road but the time to act is now, beforre the trail goes cold. the evil doers Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The Daleks… in Colour! Doctor Who 60th Marked with Special Edition

Blogtor Who - Fri, 11/03/2023 - 20:00
The Daleks is invading televisions again… but this time like never before!

The Daleks return… and this time in COLOUR! It’s time to encounter the Daleks once again, but this time in a way you’ve never seen them before. As part of Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary celebrations, one of the show’s most famous serials is undergoing an out of this world update. The Daleks receives a new edition, including a brand new colourisation of the original black and white serial.

Originally transmitted in December 1963 to February 1964, The Daleks introduced one of the Doctor’s most formidable and enduring foes. The TARDIS lands in a petrified forest on an alien planet. Determined to explore, the Doctor (William Hartnell) leads his companions into the metal city, where they discover danger at every corner and what will become his deadliest enemy, the mutant Daleks.


The very first scene between the Doctor and the Daleks – soon in colour! (c) BBC Studios The new feature length colour edition of The Daleks will air on BBC Four on the 23rd November 2023

These seven original 25 minute episodes have now received a cosmic makeover. They’ve been dazzlingly colourised by Rich Tipple, Kieran Highman, Scott Burditt, and Timothy K Brown. Benjamin Cook has also weaved them together into a 75 minute blockbuster to appeal to today’s modern audiences. With brand new sound, a brand new score created by Mark Ayres, The Daleks has been gloriously updated. But it remains as thrilling as it was when it began in 1963. And, whilst viewers can enjoy watching the colourised version of The Daleks when it arrives on 23rd November on BBC Four, it will also sit within The Whoniverse where viewers can also watch the seven part story in its original form.

It’s all been brought together by Executive Producer Phil Collinson. “It’s been my absolute pleasure,” he says, “to spend this past 12 months working with such a talented team to breathe new life into this classic adventure – a story that is literally the foundation stone of all that Doctor Who has become.  The original is a masterpiece of 1960s television drama and this new version stands on the shoulders of the pioneering spirit of 1960s Doctor Who.”

This special episode is one of the many highlights set to commemorate Doctor Who’s outstanding 60 year anniversary,– shortly before David Tennant takes back the reigns of the TARDIS for three highly anticipated specials.

Watch The Daleks in colourisation on BBC Four on the 23rd November 2023, Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary!

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First Comics News - Fri, 11/03/2023 - 17:15
> A new anthropomorphic murder mystery, presented by Dark Horse Comics! MILWAUKIE, Ore., (November 3, 2023)— Dark Horse Comics presents a fantasy detective thriller where each secret leads to more thrills,…
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Underground Comics Go Global — BAD IDEA Invades the World With Three New International Publishing Partners!

First Comics News - Fri, 11/03/2023 - 16:28
November 3, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) BAD IDEA, the last and greatest underground comics publisher, is going worldwide!  For the very first time the impresarios at BAD IDEA have allowed…
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First Comics News - Fri, 11/03/2023 - 15:11
Everything must come to an end. But for Calie Liddle, her story is just beginning…again. Trapped in the form of an infant, and being raised by her daughter Violet, the…
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Medioxumate Devils

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 11/03/2023 - 11:00


Art by Ske Bozic
Zeniba Goll, called Zeniba the Shrewd, self-anointed Mayor-Prefect of  Wollusk is the leader of gang known as the Medioxumate Devils. It is through this group of cutthroats that she maintains her hold on the town and resists overthrow by the faction led by Sodmos Thalur the Vitner.

Pictured here: Kro, Skeesik Two-Knives, Zeniba, Chult Angmox, and Olma "Silence" Mondark.

I've been reading the rules lite rpg Grok?! recently, so here are Zeniba's stats in that:


Traits: Aging, former bodyguard, gang boss, "The Shrewd", wants to run Wollusk

 Assets: Power Rod, leather armor, goon entourage, [+4 slots]

Why Are Comic Themed Slots Becoming More Popular at LeoVegas Casino

First Comics News - Fri, 11/03/2023 - 08:29
The digital landscape of online casinos is in perpetual flux, continuously adapting and introducing fresh themes and innovations to enthrall its vast audience. As casinos strive to differentiate themselves in…
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How Can You Enhance Your Lifestyle With THC Gummies

First Comics News - Fri, 11/03/2023 - 08:27
Are you looking for a new way to improve your lifestyle? If so, THC gummies may be the answer. With their versatility and convenience, they can be used in various…
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Wayne’s Worlds: The Marriage of Writing and Art

First Comics News - Thu, 11/02/2023 - 23:13
What makes a great comic? The perfect blending of scripting and artwork! WHY DO I ENJOY READING COMICS? I often get asked this question, especially around the upcoming Free Comic…
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Kickstarter - Even More Isometric Mapping Content for MapForge

Tenkar's Tavern - Thu, 11/02/2023 - 21:25

Developing great new content to better support isometric mapping in MapForge in various genres.

I'm a huge fan of map-making software and apps for my fantasy RPGs, largely due to my love of maps and my lack of artistic ability. Ah well, you can't win them all.

MapForge is one of the more interesting mapping apps I've found that works on both PCs (WinDoze) and Macs. Yes, as a Mac user, that is a huge selling point for me. You can also give the software a spin for free.

MapForge is easy-to-use software for Windows and Mac OS that makes high-quality maps for printing or for use in virtual tabletop software (e.g., Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, Foundry VTT, etc.).

It can be used for free (no license required for low resolution output).

Comes with 52 free content Add-Ons (covering a variety of game genres and mapping styles).

You can download and try the software out for yourself, to evaluate it and see if the program is what you want/expect it to be.

MapForge is from the same folks behind the BattleGrounds VTT, one of the first VTTs that I got my hands on. Heruca is second to none when it comes to supporting his customers (I've reached out in the past and he's been golden). The current Kickstarter is for Isometric Mapping Content, but you can also grab a license for MapForge itself if you are new to the app. 

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Comics Illustrated, a new monthly Indie Comics Magazine

First Comics News - Thu, 11/02/2023 - 21:07
PORTAGE, IN, November 2, 2023 – On October 1st, 2023, Divinity Comics successfully launched the first issue of the stunning, comic-sized, collectible news magazine, Comics Illustrated. A second successful month…
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First Comics News - Thu, 11/02/2023 - 20:14
Following the death of Moon Knight in next month’s MOON KNIGHT #30, Jed MacKay and Alessandro Cappucio’s launch VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT #1 in January. New York, NY— November…
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