Re: Animated • Justice League “A Knight of Shadows” – Part 2

jl21This blog takes a look at episodes from the Justice League 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.

“A Knight of Shadows” – Part 2

Part 2 the episode opens with J’onn apologizing to an injured Batman, explaining how, in spite of the illusory nature of Le Fey’s temptations, “I would do anything to embrace my loved ones again.” Now we get some idea of the sympathy Batman feels for J’onn’s plight. (Subtle references to Batman’s motivations are common in this first season, with the viewer well aware, but Batman never acknowledging them.)

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Re: Animated • Justice League “A Knight of Shadows” – Part 1

jl20This blog takes a look at episodes from the Justice League 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.

“A Knight of Shadows” – Part 1

The Justice League series is full of homages to the late, great Jack “The King” Kirby, and perhaps the most prominent in the first season is “A Knight of Shadows” featuring one of Kirby’s enduring DC creations: Etrigan, the Demon.

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Re: Animated • Justice League “Legends” – Part 2

jl19This blog takes a look at episodes from the Justice League 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.

“Legends” – Part 2

After a fairly whimsical beginning, the homage to the Golden Age of Superheroes is off to an ominous start in Part 2: Hawkgirl has seen the grave sites of the members of the Justice Guild, the very same heroes the Justice Leaguers are now working with! Something is very wrong in Seaboard City…

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Re: Animated • Justice League “Legends” – Part 1

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“Justice Guild… roll call!”

This blog takes a look at episodes from the Justice League 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.

“Legends” – Part 1

One of my favorite staples from the Silver and Bronze Age DC Universe was the semi-annual Justice League/Justice Society crossover so, naturally, I’m a big fan of this episode. Unfortunately, not so much DC Comics, which disallowed the use of the Justice Society characters after reading the script, which they apparently felt was “disrespectful”. (My own impression is just the opposite, actually.)

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Re: Animated • Justice League “Fury” – Part 2

jl17This blog takes a look at episodes from the Justice League 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.

“Fury” – Part 2

Things get rolling (quite literally) as the Justice Leaguers leap into action to help people endangered by the chaos caused by Aresia’s allergen as it spreads throughout the city.

There’s some interesting interplay as Batman pushes Wonder Woman out of the way of an out-of-control bus. She then has to deal with a collapsing radio tower while Batman chases the bus and manages to stop it in the nick of time. Batman’s “spotlight” time is over right after that, however, as he succumbs to the effects of the allergen as well.

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Re: Animated • Justice League “Fury” – Part 1

jl16This blog takes a look at episodes from the Justice League 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.

“Fury” – Part 1

The Injustice Gang is back with a couple of new members, and making short work of the security at a Gotham biotech company. In fact, most of this introductory segment could be called “short work.” The villains take out guards left and right: Copperhead by ambush, Sakuri deflecting gunfire with her blades and taking down guards with her martial arts prowess and Shade … well, making things dark for no apparent reason, other than demonstrating his power. Likewise, once Batman is on the scene, he begins taking down the Injustice Gangers quickly: Shade and Copperhead with a single surprise attack, Star Sapphire with a reflected energy bolt, and Grundy with an electro batarang. Sakuri poses more of a challenge: she initially knocks Bats for a loop, they trade blows for a bit, then she seems to get the upper hand, but Batman sends her flying into a wall, leaving her stunned. It’s the Gang’s mysterious new blonde-haired leader who proves to be a surprise.

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Re: Animated • Justice League “The Brave and the Bold” – Part 2

jl15This blog takes a look at episodes from the Justice League 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.

“The Brave and the Bold” – Part 2

Following the dramatic disappearance of Central City in Part 1 of “The Brave and the Bold” the rest of the Justice League takes notice when a midwestern U.S. city up and vanishes! Interesting to note that, although the dome started expanding from the lab on the shoreline (riverfront, most likely) it appears centered in the middle of the city, rather than on its outskirts.

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