Don’t Cross the Stream

Don’t Cross the Stream: Video Game Movies

With the recent release of the Detective Pikachu movie trailer, I have realized that video game movies have come a long way since the days of yore. Back in the 90s, quite a few video game movies were made, but they were….not good. In this episode, we discuss everything from what Pokemon would do to various RPG settings to Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.

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Song: Guile’s Theme by the Mad Gear.

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Don’t Cross the Stream: Diner Scenes

We’re trying something a bit different for this episode. Instead of focusing on one movie or show, we are talking about a type of scene in many movies and shows: the diner scene. I got the idea from watching Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories on Netflix. Bridget, Fae, Thad, Kat, and I discuss how we can take this scene and create an interesting storytelling game about it.

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Song: Dont say a word by Idealism

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Don’t Cross the Stream: Blade 1 and 2

For our spooky October episode, we head back to the late 90s and early 2000s for a double dose of Blade, the vampire hunter. Wesley Snipes looked very cool in his sunglasses and leather trench coat as he murdered the World of Darkness, one bloodsucker at a time. Birk, Richard, and newcomer Kat from Best Pal Brigade joins us as we figure out what kind of fun games we can make from the first cool superhero movies.

Song: Assault by PERTURBATOR

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Don’t Cross the Stream: Speed Racer

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!

Song: Speedracer Theme ’08 (TheBloodyBeetoots Remix)

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Don’t Cross the Stream – VENGEANCE: Using Drama to Fuel Combat

Bridget wrote some new rules compatible with all RPGs, based on our discussion of Gantz: O to help bring more drama to the game!

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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.

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