The Trilogy Meter

One can argue with the particulars, but this is one succinct set of infographics: The Trilogy Meter.

Blather Oddities

Anti-Valentine Cards

Discovered this a month too late, but these are still cool: Be My Anti-Valentine cards

Valentine’s Day is like herpes: just when you think its gone for good, it rears its ugly head once more. No wonder some people prefer to call it VD.

Fat. Naked. Dangerous.

Oddities Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Cabinet of Curiosities

Jack Womack is guest-blogging at William Gibson‘s blog about his collection of oddities, such as this wonderful lung remedy:

Produced during that brief moment in American history when heroin, chloroform, alcohol, and North Carolina pine tar pretty much took care of anything that ailed you.
That, and radium.

[heads-up via Paul McAuley]

Oddities Roleplaying

Ultraviolet: The RPG

Remember Ultraviolet, the feel-good movie of the decade? Here’s a reminder:

Ultraviolet Trailer

Now via Story Games, I learned that someone has written an RPG that perfectly captures the film experience:

When fighting faceless, roll 2D6. That’s how many of them die. No, they don’t get to try to hurt you. You just kill them.

When fighting bosses, roll 2D6. If you roll doubles, the boss dies. If not, keep rolling until you do. no, they don’t get a chance to kill you either. Just keep rolling.

NOT FIGHTING: If you decide to ride a motorcycle up a building or something, roll 2D6, and then succeed.

If you ever roll doubles for any action, you must change both your clothing and hair colors.

The best part is a random plot twist table: whenever the players think they know what’s going on, roll 1D6 – with results like You’re completely wrong about what’s going on, or The boss shows up and has some stymied dialogue about how you’re all going to fail..

There’s even actual play, god help us all.

Resources Science Fiction and Fantasy

Eight is not enough


A catalog of 300 or so extra-solar planets, with statistics and orbital animations, all ready for someone’s space story or science fiction RPG campaign. [via Paul McAuley].