REGULAR BLOG POSTS: This week, I look at Watchmen, the classic deconstruction of the superhero comic! Last two weeks: I start with a review of Girl Genius, the long-running steampunk MAD SCIENCE romance webcomic; the rest of this week was devoted to setting up and preparing to support my Patreon! Previously, in Game Balance OR World Trumps Rules, I talk about running tabletop RPGs and my own philosophy of gaming, and in Effects VS Causes, OR Why I Hate Champions, I dig farther into what makes a game world WORK for me!
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Alan Moore and David Gibbon's Watchmen is, justifiably, a landmark in the comic-book universe, a carefully-planned attempt to analyze and deconstruct the standard superhero universe while, at the same time, staying true to some of its most powerful tropes. Watchmen was also made into a movie, which in my view managed to stick fairly close to the original miniseries/graphic novel, but of necessity had to cut out some rather important elements (discussed below). If you don't want spoilers galore, [ Continue reading... ]
Soldier: Herr Baron! We need you! All the experiments have either been let loose or turned on!
And everything's on FIRE!
Baron Wulfenbach(facepalming): Unbelievable.
Agatha Clay is having a bad day. In the steampunk city of Beetleburg, where she's a not-very-good student at Transylvania Polygnostic Institute, she encounters a strange electrical anomaly, runs from that, is robbed by two out-of-work soldiers who steal the locket that's her only memento of her parents, and arrives – [ Continue reading... ]