Google+ The Geeks Menagerie: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Well its the last day of October and my son cashed in on candy while rockin a kick ass Green Lantern costume! It was a fun night. Its been a busy week since my last post and I havent had much time to get caught up on my comics, but never fear i should have more coming soon. Plus I'll have some updates on my RPG projects.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Comic stuff! Not just DC!

So I am reading some comics other than from DC, but not much. From Marvel I'm reading :

Secret Avengers - This was a fun book..... until Fear itself happened. Stupid Tie-in issues that make absolutely no sense if you havent been reading the mini series. Not sure if I'm going to keep getting this book. Marvel just need to bring back Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.!! I miss you secret warriors!!

New Mutants - Issues 29-31 Tie-in to Fear itself, but unlike secret avengers it makes sense! It feels like a  classic Chris Claremont New mutants story. Dani Moonstar (Dark Valkyrie for Hela (Asgardian god of the dead)) travels to HEL (Norse version of Hell) to enlist help from Hela, only to discover Helas body impaled! Mean while the rest of the new mutants decide to head over to Hel to lend Dani a hand. Doug (aka Cypher) miss reads a spell transporting them to Mephistos Hell! Its a fun read.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - This series continues where the original one left off. I have to admit I never read the end of the old series but after I read the free comic book day offering I had to pick this up. Solid stories and great looking art.

StarWars - The Old Republic: The Lost Suns - This is the second Old republic mini series from Dark Horse comics. Nothing spectacular but it was still a fun story. It follows Republic spy Theron Shan as he tries to destroy the Sith's star-killing Sun Razer mega-weapon.

StarWars - Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness - This continues the previous Dark Times series where it left off. Following the adventures of the fugitive Jedi Dass Jennir, the coolest part of issue #2 there is a Verpine Jedi!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Usagi Yojimbo reaches 200!

I have been reading Usagi Yojimbo for many years, it feels like forever (in a good way). The story of a Ronin samurai (usagi) and his adventures in the Tokugawa era japan. Lets face it, any description I can give you wont do this book justice. So If you haven't read an usagi comic, you really should go out and find one of the many trade paper backs that are out on store shelves. Local comic shops, Barnes and Noble stores even half price books stores. Check out the official Dark Horse Comics Usagi page for a detailed history of the character from his creator Stan Sakai. If you can find a copy go out and pick up Usagi Yojimbo #141 - Sept, 2011

Also do me a favor and head over to the official Usagi Yojimbo Dojo on Facebook  
and the Usagi Yojimbo Dojo Forums, there are alot of great guys and gals over their that can help answer all of your questions about Usagi. Plus Stan is on the board all the time answering question! How can you not like that?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thundercats HOOOO!!

So after posting last I decided to roll up the Thundercats (1980's version) using the Palladium system. Here is PANTHRO, its not complete but its very close. Take a look:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

gaming projects

Gaming! I love RPGS! I cant get enough and I'm at it again. As some of you know I have played D&D (ad&d) since the mid 80's and the adventures I had spawned a world, a world that I have been adding to for 20 years. As I was going through my back log of papers, characters and world notes, I discovered my 1st edition AD&D players hand book I created was messed up. So I decided to remake a players book for my world for 1st, 2nd and 4th edition D&D.
The central theme has always been an order of knights, founded by my Cavalier. I would like to note that My friend who ran most of our games, hates Cavaliers more than ogres! As much as he tried I lived through a lot of campaigns and as the games changed so did the character(s). My Cavalier spawned 3 generations of decedents, currently two brothers adventure together in 4th edition.  But I degrees...

So after looking at my Knight Class I discovered that I had combined ad&d 2nd and 3rd ed. together, it didnt make much sense. So with the help of the guys over at OSR Gaming I'm starting over. I've decided to go with creating an order of knights for multiple kingdoms and making each unique to its location on my world map. Using existing Player Classes (Fighters, Paladins, Cavaliers and Clerics), as the playable classes for each Order. I'll have more on this as I get closer to completion.

Other Projects:

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs - I love this comic(Xenozoic tales) and I love this game! We have played one session so far and I had to make a new GM screen to help decipher the rule book. Hopefully I can run this game again soon.

ICONS - Super powered Heroes - About 4 months ago I started a World War II super hero game and it was awesome! Scheduling nightmares have kept this game on hold, but I'm hopeful that we will get it running again this winter.

TMNT and Other Strangeness (Palladium Books) - I ordered a couple After the Bomb supplements from the palladium website and after reading them I really want to play again! So I think im going to run a Robotech game on an alternate earth where Humans don't exist! Bring on the Mutant Animals! wait... are they still considered mutants? perhaps not.. lol

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mutants & Masterminds Gamemaster's Guide Pre-Order & PDF

The Mutants & Masterminds Gamemaster's Guide is now available for Pre-Order through the Green Ronin Online Store!Pre-order the book and buy the PDF for $5.00! Game Master Guide $32.95

Thursday, October 6, 2011

what i'm getting caught up on

Ok im getting caught up on the new 52 and I read a few books at work today, so lets jump in!

Batman #1 - I really like this book, nice art work, decent story, love that batman is doing detective work again!

Detective comics #1 + #2 - This is one wicked book! =)

Hawk and Dove #2 - ......I think i'm done, the story went from interesting to lame with the intro of Condor and pigeon? seagull? How many freakin entities or in the DCU now? CANCELED

Black Hawks #1 - Very nice art, cool story, this might turn out to be a good book. Fast paced dynamic characters and a cool ending that makes me want to pick up issue 2

Savage Hawkman #1 - I want sure about this book, the art was quite different than what I was expecting but it grew on me by the end of the book. Story isnt very strong but it does leave you asking questions about his Nth Metal (new costume). I'll read #2

More to come

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Miniature Mayhem!

So I was working in the garage this afternoon and spotted the castle I built. I thought to my self, self you need to set this baby up and unleash the miniatures! I designed this as a modular set up, so I could build multiple types of castles for D&D sieges or encounters. So here's a few pics: