Finally, got my copy of Chicago and spent last night reading of most of it. Overall, not a bad book. The major feature is tons of NPC’s but I could have done without the freaking Catgirl mage. I’m running a Mage campaign right now and this is going to save so much time by just renaming NPC’s and there you go. Of course, White Wolf has continued their stupid idea of using illegible fonts. I can’t even tell really what some of the characters are named.
The book is broken down into four sections. First, an overview of Chicago. Then there is a section detailing each of the major Supernaturals (Vampires, Werewolves and Mages) and a storyline for each. There aren’t that many new crunchy bits. A new Merit, a couple of Devotions, Theben Sorcery and Curac Rituals are presented. There some nice magical items, intresting spirits and ghost. Some Rotes for the Mages and Werewolves Gifts would have been nice but instead you just get Loci and Sanctuaries.
I would have hoped for more crossover type stuff. At least some official tips and ideas for running the different types of characters together in the same campaign but it’s set up as an environment to run any of the campaigns individually.
White Wolf has maintained their usual standard of editing. One of the Vampire NPC’s is missing half their stats. And the Mage chart in the back is Icons only no names. Don’t worry they already released the first errata and corrected that.
Don’t get me wrong. I like the book. I even recommend it. It’s worth it just for the NPC’s, the adventure hooks and Storyteller ideas.
On the first day of Christmas, I said I’d go shopping tomorrow
On the second day, I was too busy
On the third day, stupid office party
On the fifth day, something came up
On the sixth day, Yeah may be later
On the seventh day, I rested
On the eighth day, no parking spaces
On the ninth day, Oh crap need to go shopping! Later
On the tenth day, I know I forgot to do something
On the eleventh day, Need to shop, need to shop.
On the last day, I spent three hours at amazon.com
Some times it’s hard to schedule a game. And such was it for our next session. Most people take it well. But then th3 d00d never really did take anything well including rejection even if it was from a transvestite Sailor Moon cosplayer ”My God! Bill’s not going to be here! We’re going to get our butts kicked!” We all looked at him with our usual amazement.
”What the hell are talking about? His character is pretty much useless,” said Rod. The looks of amazement refocused on Rod.
Th3 d00d’s eyes twitched in fear. ”We all get a bonus when he’s here.”
”You mean that lame bard bonus?”
”Yeah, we’re going to our asses totally handed to us”
The best thing about d30′s is that really hurt when you throw them at someone. And we played and we didn’t get our butts kicked.
And through the gates of Hell, walk the soulless damned. Searing unnatural light, burns away the flesh to reveal the depths of the human soul. The mind is numbed and the soul is drained. From the space beyond the ether, an iron fist reaches forth and crushes the beating heart. Darkness and despair fill the air and choke the angels of creativity. Their screams are silenced by the soulless music of the unholy choir. Rotting cadavers stagger in single file through the valley of dread to receive largess from the overlords of darkness.
Real Goths work retail.
Despite the lack of a prescreening for critics, Aeon Flux is a pretty good movie. I has some reservations and have been watching some of the originals. The action sequences where nice. The plot actually made some sense. The design had the feel of the original but just didn’t the same sexual overtones. OK, so the original had obvious sexual overtones. The relationship between Aeon and Trevor was like a cat and mouse game. Each torturing the over and never explaining their relationship. I kinda wish it was more faithful to the original. Overall, worth the price of a mantinee or even a rental. I probably won’t buy the DVD unless it’s real cheap but may pick up the orginals.
So far this week, I started the Gamer’s frappr map and the LJ Community. As I said then I may have opened a honey coated can of worms and I still don’t know what that means. Today, Chris the Writer/Director posted a big thank you on the Gamers’ Blog.
You’re welcome Chris. And we want to see your movie.