Game Dream 4: Dude, read this book

Game Dream 4: Dude, Read This Book!
What is the role, if any, that movies and books play in your campaigns? When entering a new genre, how important do you feel seeing (or reading) a good genre example becomes? Have you ever been assigned a “mood” book to read by the GM, or gone to a group movie viewing? How do you feel about game-based fiction, whether “pulp” novels or movie attempts?
I’m with Arref on the fact that books are a big part of why I AM a GM.

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Mask of Fu Manchu

The other day, the Mask of Fu Manchu played on TCM. The Olsons graciously TIVOed and then burned a DVD of it for me to watch.
As you will recall from this entry. Arref casts Fiona in the ATEC Amber universe from this movie: Myrna Loy as the cool brilliant daughter of the dangerous Fu Manchu.
The movie dates from 1932 and it shows. Its pre-Code, and a little more explicit than movies from the late 30’s through the 40’s. There is a definite layer of racism and political incorrectness in the movie (at least by modern standards). The threat of the Yellow Peril is a card played hard in this movie.
OTOH, despite these detractions, the movie does have Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy in it, and they make it more than watchable. Myrna Loy’s Fa Lo See is a femme fatale of the first order.
The various perils of the protagonists as it seems that Fu Manchu’s diabolical plot will succeed is the classic pulp material that Indiana Jones would mine a half century later.

Game Dream 3:Is it Me or is it Memorex?

Doc’s Third Game Dream asks us our motivations.
Some people play RPGs to enjoy a viewpoint or way of acting that they just couldn’t do in real life. Others seem to play characters whose motivations are more their own. And some folks do all of the above and everything in between 🙂 What character of yours was most like you “in real life”? Which of your characters is the least like you? Which did you find more fun to play, and why?

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1001 Entries

Although I didn’t intend it to be such, and I didn’t even recognize it at the time, the previous entry that posted the text of the Declaration of Independence was the 1000th entry of Blogging, dating back to the beginning of BJS as a blogger-constructed web log.
Thus, this is the 1001th Entry, although I am no Schezerade.
I don’t have many readers, either directly or via Syndication, but I do thank each and every one of you who comes to my quiet corner of the Blogosphere.

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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Gardens of the Moon

Finally available widely in America is Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon.
Faithful readers will recall, of course, that I reviewed the book and highly enjoyed it.
Powell’s Books has an extensive, spoiler-free review. While I don’t care for some of the Tolkien bashing, it is rather illuminating about where Erikson is coming from.
And of course, you can buy it on Amazon:
Gardens of the Moon : Book One of the Malazan Book of the Fallen (Malazan Book of the Fallen)