We all know the kind of player who constantly gets into rules discussions with the GM. These players are often called rules lawyers. But I recently stumbled upon a YouTube video by a guy called Ben who argues that there are actually two kinds of rules lawyers, and while the one kind just wants to play the game rules-as-written, there’s a second kind who bends the rules to fit their wishes.
What are your thoughts on rules lawyers? Please share your comments below. I also highly recommend to check out the other videos on this channel. Some of the D&D stories are hilariously funny!
Recently I have been contacted by Ron Newcomb. He let me know about The Fantasy Network, a new SVOD (subscription-video-on-demand) service focusing on fantasy movies and series. It’s a joint venture of Arrowstorm Entertainment (The CW’s The Outpost), The Forge Studios (The Rangers), and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (JourneyQuest). In a way it’s a kind of Netflix for independent fantasy film makers.
The subscription costs $5.99 per month or $40 per year. With a subscription you get access to all the content, but there’s also free stuff on the site. I haven’t had time to give it a closer look, but since Zombie Orpheus Entertainment is on-board I am definitely excited.
One of my fondest gaming memories is the playtest of Chris McDowall’s Into The Odd. Into The Odd is a very unique game which feels a bit like OD&D, but it’s extremely streamlined and comes with an awesome setting. The Odd world is a place filled with strange places and even stranger creatures. It’s littered with alien artifacts that are either magic in nature or so advanced that they are indistinguishable from magic. Exploring these weird places is the focus of this game, not necessarily killing monsters and taking their stuff.
Electric Bastionland is the “sequel” to Into The Odd. It takes place in Bastion, the last city of humanity. Since ITO some time have passed and with it technology has advanced as well. But the game is still about exploration. This time you explore the deep places beneath this city because your last career was a failure and adventuring is the only viable way to get out of debt. It may also lead to your early grave. But what is life without risk?
In this video, Chris talks about characters in Electric Bastionland, which should be released in 2019. Enjoy!
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