In 1997, John Woo, Nicolas Cage, and John Travolta created a unique cinematic experience called Face/Off. It’s on Netflix and we haven’t done a Nic Cage movie yet, so I thought we should dive into it. A full roundtable of Aaron, Bridget, Richard, Caleb, and I discuss how to gameify some of the elements in the movie. The games we come up with may surprise you!
The 2008 movie version of Speed Racer is a trip and a favorite of many of our cast members. Bridget, Noah, Richard, Thad, and I discuss how the overly-saturated visual chaos and splendor of this movie can be translated into gaming fodder. From civilization building games that explore the cost of building the tracks used in the movie, to using slot cars in a RPG, we have it all!
Netflix released Reboot: The Guardian Code, a new series based on the cult classic 90s CGI cartoon. Renee, Noah, Aaron, and I talk about the new series and how to gameify it. Who needs acting when you can just randomly pick your emotions?
VENGEANCE is a set of optional rules that you can inject into basically any other Table-top Role-Playing Game system.
VENGEANCE recreates that feeling of characters having an emotional breakthrough during a tense battle, gaining a second wind and re-entering a fight as a formidable opponent. You’ve likely seen this hundreds of times in your favorite anime or action movies: despite mounting wounds, the protagonist fights to protect their friends and gains a surge of power, even though moments ago they were near death.
Sci-fi films can be about big ideas, but sometimes that isn’t enough. Infini tries to be about some big ideas but the execution leaves much to be desired. Bridget, Caleb, Fae, Thad, and I discuss the movie and our ideas for mining gaming fodder out of it. Things like random tables for doing stupid things in space, to mini games about pretending to be human even when you’re secretly a goo alien!
Gantz is a hyper violent sci-fi battle royale series popular in Japan. It started as a manga, became an anime, then two live action movies, and now a CGI movie. Gantz: O adapts a story arc deep in the story, appearing over halfway through the main plot. Bridget, Fae, Thad, Richard, and I discuss what we thought of the movie and how it could be turned into a game.
As we discussed in episode 2 of Don’t Cross the Stream, a game about surviving a blockbuster movie as a secondary character seems way more interesting than playing as the main hero. Bridget actually wrote a draft of that game and it includes lots of random tables. Enjoy!
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe is a weird movie. It is ostensibly a Chinese summer blockbuster sci-fi action movie, but it’s more like 3 or 4 movies in one. There’s aliens, kaiju, the Chinese Red Army’s secret archeological unit, an Elvis impersonator who sings about Genghis Khan, dramatic shifts in tone, and undead werewolves (I think).
As we discussed in our first episode of Don’t Cross the Stream, Steven Seagal can appear in his movies at any time. Thad wrote up a series of tables to aid GMs if they want to use Seagal in their own game.
I think we will write a special PDF for every episode of Don’t Cross the Stream to help distinguish it from other movie review podcasts. Enjoy!