Games I Want Run

“Hear the stories fancy free.

Hear these tales of fantasy.

No real journeys, no real pain,

No understanding left to gain!”

The Circus At the End of the WorldAbney Park

I own a hell of a lot of TTRPGs. I have many I’ve never played or run. I currently run Mutant Crawl Classics (MCC) and Viking Death Squad (or I will as soon as I get it going on my Discord server in a play-by-post format). And I play in D&D 5e, Call Of Cthulhu, and Delta Green campaigns. This is a short list of games I want to run (or play) when I get a chance.

Icons – Super Heroes

I picked up Icons a long time ago and have wanted to try it for a while. I’ve tried to get into a game of it at a con a few times but it has never pan out. I love superhero games but they are hard to balance. I ran and played a lot of Champions when I was younger and it was a lot of fun. I hope that Icons or Mutants & Masterminds can scratch that itch.

Mutants & Masterminds – Super Heroes

See my comments above.

Art of Wuxia – Kung Fu Fantasy

I love kung fu movies from China and Hong Kong. I love the fantasy of the east. I think it would be fun to run or play a game set in those stories and myths.

Paranoia – Science Fiction Comedy

I ran the 1st edition of Paranoia when I was a kid (ok, a teenager). I didn’t totally get it then, but I have a much better understanding of the game now and how to run it I have played it a few times now. I supported the Kickstarter for the latest edition and ended up with two copies of the game that are collecting dust. I look for to playing and running it again. Paranoia if done right will be fun, crazy, and mess with your head.

Weird Frontiers – Weird West

I discovered Weird Frontiers when it was still going by the name Dark Trails and was just about to go on Kickstarter. I supported it at a ridiculously high level. I’ve played it three times at conventions and have loved it. There is something fun about horror, especially cosmic horror, mixed with the wild west. Weird Frontiers is DCC (Dungeon Crawl Classics) compatible which is currently my favorite fantasy RPG. 

Mothership – Science Fiction Horror

Started as a way to play space truckers versus galactic horrors, Mothership is the original Alien rpg. I’ve played Mothership once and will play it again at the upcoming Gary Con 2022. It is fun and has great mechanics for handling the stress of the horrors of space.

Death Divers – Science Fiction Horror

A setting for the Heroic Dark system, Death Divers is described as The Expanse meets Doom. I supported Death Divers on Kickstarter. It looks awesome and I look forward to checking it out as either a player or game master.

SCP – Horror

A game about hunting for and helping to contain and protect anomalies and monsters. I liked the idea of it so I supported it on Kickstarter. I tried to get into a game of this a GameHole Con a couple years back but it didn’t work out. Looking forward to checking this game out. 

Alien – Science Fiction Horror

The official Alien franchise RPG. I played it once at a virtual con. It was a blast even though I got killed.

Hulks and Horrors – Science Fiction Horror

An interesting RPG set in an era after a great plague has wiped out most of the life in the galaxy filled with ruins of alien civilizations. I played Hulks and Horrors once at a convention. The GM was terrible as was the adventure, but I liked the system and concept.  

Barbarians of the Ruined Earth – Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy

I have to admit that I bought Barbarians of the Ruined Earth based on the cover art but it looks awesome. It is based on the world of Thundarr the Barbarian and looks like an epic post-apocalyptic fantasy game.

Cepheus Deluxe – Science Fiction

I picked this up recently because it was on sale on Drive Thru RPG. It looks like fun.

Movies, Movies, And More Movies

Found myself on the run again but my motorcycle crashed into a barbed wire fence

I could’ve sworn you were following me in a run away soviet submarine

I saw your face in the rearview mirror, I turn around and your not there

Now I’m trapped in a building and I’m tied to the top

An I’m trying to make it out before the bomb goes off

I think I know, its like id seen it all before

And I think I know

So please keep quiet don’t spoil the ending”

Stuck In A MovieThe Aquabats!

Here is a list of some of my favorite movies. It is not exhaustive, but it is extensive. I decided to put them in release order. I’m going to keep it to only one or two sentences for each movie due to the length of the list. I hope you find this interesting. Enjoy!

The Wolfman (1941) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034398/ – Classic Horror

In my opinion, this is the best werewolf movie ever made. Even better than The Howling (1981) which is a great film as well. 

Forbidden Planet (1956) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049223 – Classic Science Fiction

The best science fiction film ever made in my humble opinion. It has action, drama, and a strong message.

Green Slime (1968) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064393 – Science Fiction Horror

Crazy science fiction fun. I watch it whenever I just need a good escape.

Star War: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080684 – Science Fiction

The best of the original trilogy. Some much happens in this film.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082971 – Action Adventure

The first of the Indiana Jones films. Saw it in theaters. I still watch it every chance I get.

The Thing (1982) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787 – Horror

This movie freaked me out and grossed me out at the same time. I love it.

Strange Brew (1983) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086373 – Comedy

I love The Great White North and Bob and Doug McKenzie. This movie is awesome.

Ice Pirates (1984) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087451 – Science Fiction Comedy

A great cast. Lots of fun action. Worth a watch if you can find it.

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089907 – Horror Comedy

Punks vs the undead. There is no better zombie movie.

Night Of The Comet (1984) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087799 – Science Fiction Horror Comedy

Two military brats vs a world of mutants and evil scientists. What could be better?

Big Trouble In Little China (1986) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090728 – Action Fantasy Comedy

Best spoof of Kung Fu movies ever made.

Little Shop Of Horrors (1986) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091419 – Musical Comedy Horror

Technically a remake of The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960), but far superior in every way as far as I am concerned.

Prince Of Darkness (1987) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093777 – Horror

Although it is heretical to the Christian faith, I love this movie. It is a thinking man’s horror.

Die Hard (1988) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016 – Action

Bruce Willis’ big breakout movie role. It’s not Christmas without a viewing of this film.

Tremors (1990) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100814 – Action Horror

Best American giant monster movie and series. Love the whole franchise. Great cast.

Hudson Hawk (1991) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102070 – Musical Action Comedy

Bruce Willis as a singing thief. What could be better?

Deep Rising (1998) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118956 – Horror

A great sea-borne horror movie. It stars Treat Williams and Kevin J. O’Connor, how could that be better.

The Matrix (1999) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093 – Science Fiction

Keanu Reeves best film after Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). No spoilers. Just watch it.

Hellboy (2004) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167190 – Action Horror Comedy

Ron Perlman is one of my favorite actors. Him as Hellboy is a dream come true.

Hot Fuzz (2007) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425112 – Police Comedy

Simon Pegg’s and Nick Frost’s second movie as a team. This is my favorite police comedy.

The Avengers (2012) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848228 – Super Heroes

There is something magical about this movie. None of the other Marvel films eclipse it. 

The Cabin In The Woods (2012) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259521 – Horror

Best horror movie ever made.

Dredd (2012) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343727 – Cyberpunk Action

Judge Dredd as he should be done. Great Movie.

Hellboy (2019) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2274648 – Action Horror

Although it does not have Ron Perlman in it, it is still an awesome film. Great cast and story.

A Circus Every Saturday Night

“Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the circus at the end of the world! Tonight, for your pleasure, we will laugh, and cry, and dance, and sing, but don’t worry! None of it means a thing!”

The Circus At the End of the WorldAbney Park

I sit in my living room in my comfy chair watching Revenge Of The Creature (1955) as I write this. Am I watching TCM or FXM? Nope. I’m watching Svengoolie.

So what is Svengoolie? Svengoolie is a horror host. More specifically, he is a character on a TV show that shows classic (and not so classic) horror and science fiction movies. The show, of the same name, is currently aired nationally on MeTV and locally in the Chicago area

What is a horror host? Well, a horror host is a TV personality that hosts horror movies. They usually introduce the film then break-in before or after the commercial breaks and give you info on the film or make fun of it or both. Other examples of horror hosts are Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs.

I’ve loved horror hosts and classic horror films since I was a child. I watched many classic horror and science fiction films on the Vegas Vampire’s show growing up. I still love horror hosts and the classics of horror and science fiction. Hence watching Svengoolie every week.

I could type all night about classic horror films and horror hosts, but instead, I’ll point you at good sources for information on the topic horror hosts:

And finally, I’ll leave you with the Trailer for American Scary: