Don’t Cross the Stream

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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Don’t Cross the Stream: Infini

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!

Song: Atonement by Quine

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