Wonder Woman: Swords & Submission

Having seen DC’s Wonder Woman film, I naturally have thoughts and feelings about it. To avoid spoilers, I’ve put them up here behind a cut for those who want to read them. Read no further if you are avoiding spoilers! I’ll say up-front that it’s an excellent film and does the director, actors, production—and its subject—credit. I hope that its success influences DC’s further creative choices when it comes to its film franchise, but also realize that’s a big ship that takes a lot of time to nudge in a different direction.

All that said, the movie did have a few things that bothered me, the overall theme being that I don’t think it embraced the character enough, in some regards. Naturally, these are all matters of taste that, for me, kept an excellent film from being a near-perfect one. So, for a moment, I’m going to the That Comic Book Guy™ (gender pun intended). Spoilers ahoy!

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Giant-Size Icons: Rise of the Phalanx

phalanxcoverAd Infinitum Adventures is proud to announce the release of Rise of the Phalanx, an epic adventure series for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying, taking a group of novice heroes and making them heirs t a noble—and tragic—heroic legacy. Written and illustrated by Dan Houser, the book feature features five complete adventures suitable for hours of game-play, including:

  • Flight of the Nova-1: When supervillains hijack an experimental space shuttle, it’s up to the heroes to bring it and its crew safely back to Earth.
  • Cold War Conundrum: A stolen nuclear warhead leads the heroes on a world-wide chase to thwart the schemes of the Arsenal.
  • The Nemesis Crisis: Heroes and villains are pitted against each other by the Cosmic Justicar with the fate of the Earth in the balance.
  • The Metaskulk Invasion: An old foe conducts a campaign of misinformation against the heroes, culminating in an alien invasion.
  • Reign of Chaos: The climatic battle to save the Earth from the master-villain behind it all … Reign!

Rise of the Phalanx also offers a rogues gallery of villains—two complete teams, invading aliens, cosmic beings, and evil masterminds—along with complete write-ups of the original Phalanx team and the opportunity to play them!

Originally released as five stand-alone adventures, this “Giant-Size” Icons product makes the complete 200-page Rise of the Phalanx series available on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow in both electronic and print editions: Just $12 for the PDF edition, $35 for the softcover, and $40 for the hardcover (with the PDF edition included).

Re: Animated • Young Justice “Bereft”

This blog takes a look at episodes from the Young Justice animated series from a tabletop roleplaying game perspective, both in terms of game design and game play.

Obligatory Spoiler Warning: I will be discussing the events of the episode in the post. If, for some reason, you’re interested in the show and this blog and have not seen the show, go and do that first. The blog will make much more sense, and you won’t have your enjoyment of the show spoiled. You Have Been Warned.

“Bereft”

Miss Martian awakens in the desert with no recollection of how she got there—or how she even arrived on Earth, for that matter. Suddenly, she’s attacked by a feral, out-of-control Superboy, who bounds away into the desert after Megan manages to hold him off, leaving only the torn remnants of his shirt and “S” shield behind.

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Re: Animated • Young Justice “Downtime”

This blog takes a look at episodes from the Young Justice animated series from a tabletop roleplaying game perspective, both in terms of game design and game play.

Obligatory Spoiler Warning: I will be discussing the events of the episode in the post. If, for some reason, you’re interested in the show and this blog and have not seen the show, go and do that first. The blog will make much more sense, and you won’t have your enjoyment of the show spoiled. You Have Been Warned.

“Downtime”

The team goes up against Clayface and things do not go well. Batman arrives in the nick of time to take down Clayface with a couple of explosive weapons and a taser, then gives Aqualad a dressing-down at the cave for not having “his head in the game.” He gives Kaldur’ahm some time to make up his mind: “Either you’re here one-hundred percent or you need to walk away.”

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“Brothers of Thunder” SPLC Fund-Raiser

botcoverI designed The Brothers of Thunder PDF for Icons as a part of a fund-raiser bundle for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Founded by civil rights lawyers in 1971, the SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Artist Dan Houser and I created an all-new Icons product, a 7-page PDF on the neo-Nazi group called “The Brothers of Thunder” including background, adventure ideas, stats for their rank-and-file members and the Brothers two super-powered agents, the twins Donner and Blitz! Pit your heroes against the forces of hate and support a great cause in the process!

Now that the fundraiser for the bundle has ended, I’m making the stand-alone Brothers of Thunder PDF available as a pay-what-you-want product, and all profits from it will continue to be donated to the SPLC. Thanks to all of the heroes who offer and will offer their support, and to those who do the heroic work for fighting for real-world justice every day!

Fight Nazis and Support the Southern Poverty Law Center!

botcoverOrganized by Mike Lafferty of Fainting Goat Games, the Southern Poverty Law Center Charity Bundle contains over $250 worth of gaming PDF products, for a mere tenth of the cost, with all proceeds going to support the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Founded by civil rights lawyers in 1971, the SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

As part of this bundle, artist Dan Houser and I have created an all-new Icons product, a 7-page PDF on the neo-Nazi group called “The Brothers of Thunder” including background, adventure ideas, stats for their rank-and-file members and the Brothers two super-powered agents, the twins Donner and Blitz! Pit your heroes against the forces of hate and support a great cause in the process!

The Terror of Tiki Pterodactyl!

A Trip to Tropical Terror!

It was supposed to be a relaxing island cruise to get away from it all: the city, crime, would-be conquerors… but the best-laid plans…

When the cruise ship is pulled off course and attacked by strange dinosaur men, the heroes are marooned on an uncharted island and thrust into an ancient conflict between mystical forces. Can they survive the island’s hazards and save the ship’s passengers from the sinister Temple of the Spirit of Fire and overcome The Terror of Tiki Pterodactyl...?

This adventure for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying is suitable for any group of heroes and makes for a fun, off-beat change-of-pace. Give your heroes a “vacation” from the ordinary they won’t soon forget!

The Terror of Tiki Pterodactyl, written and illustrated by Dan “The Man” Houser, is now on-sale and available for download on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow!