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.
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!
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.
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!
In our first episode, Tom, Aaron, Shaun, and special guest Thad examine one of Steven Seagal’s more recent efforts: Force of Execution. It’s about, uh, crime? It’s on Netflix, if you dare want to watch it.
If you are missing Wod The Heck, I recently wrote a blog post about why we are switching shows.
Thad stopped by Springfield for a visit so he guest stars in this episode of After Hours! We review Rifter #13, Palladium’s own magazine about their games. We also talk about headcanon, which is the idea of making your story behind a fictional story – like the cop wizards of Payday 2.