18 Mar 2004 11:33 pm

I’ve waxed poetic about Big Eyes Small Mouth d20 before, and its Trigun d20 supplement. Now, I’ve found that the Guardians of Order, with ADV Films, have acquired the license to publish a role-playing fan guide to Evangelion. Coupled with its upcoming BESM 3rd Edition, I forsee some good Evangelion gaming action ahead.

Imagine the possibilities: now you too could play a withdrawn depressive with unresolved father issues, or a fiery redhead with seriously misplaced anger complexes and a penchant for violence, or an emotionless doll created to usher in the apocalypse! Fun for the whole family!

Or you could spin it into Love Eva (as Karmaburn’s fond of saying).

Shinji cutting Rei's hair

Shinji and Rei, quiet time

Thinking outside the box, you could bring in zany non-Eva characters for a crossover. I’m already dreaming up the eventual Naota / Shinji confrontation. Or an Atomsk / Eva 01 cage match. Oh yeah.

BONUS! I’m rather shocked and pleased to discover that the Guardians of Order are a Canadian bunch. Woot!

18 Mar 2004 12:34 am

The ever resourceful Rick has sent me a video link of some Japanese arcade gamer with some of the fastest hands I’ve ever seen. He’s playing some bishi bashi-esque game, but with a style and speed that needs to be seen to be believed.

I wish I could identify the name of the song that’s being played; damn my lack of a classical music education! (I make up for it by having an impressive repertoire of Canadiana music, as well as a frightening memory for video game and anime soundtracks…)

16 Mar 2004 3:32 pm

Golly-gee technical whiz-bangery may be all well and good for the devloped world, but if you’re looking for technical solutions for various community resource issues in the developing world, you’d probably want to aim lower.

For example, take the Play Pump, currently deployed in South Africa. It harnesses the motion of a merry-go-round to pump water from underground sources and up into a raised water tank. Gravity takes care of subsequent distribution. This has tonnes of knock-around effects; for example. the local women and female children don’t have have to walk great distances for water anymore, freeing up time that they use to go to school. Read more about it in the The World’s article on the Play Pump.

Similarly, in Nigeria, a low-tech refrigerator is helping its economy improve, bolstering the lives of its rural citizens. Basically, the refrigerator is composed of two pots, one inside the other, and the space between filled with sand. Water is poured into the sand, and as it evaporates (as it must in such warm temperatures), it takes heat with it, cooling the inner chamber. As a result, food can be preserved longer, farmers don’t have to rush their produce to cities, the exodus of said farmers to cities for better jobs is slowed, women children don’t have to hawk produce all day before it spoils (and thus, as in the previous example, now have time to go to school), and so on. Really damn cool. Thanks to Futurismic for that link.

16 Mar 2004 2:04 pm

Fun for the whole, um, blogroll! Rate your friends! Rate yourself! Much more accurate than the political compass!

Pirate / Ninja + Elf / Dwarf spectrum

The Pirate/Ninja + Elf/Dwarf Spectrum

Thanks to boingboing and plasticbag.org for the link.

Note for RPG’ers: No prestige classes, no splatbook races please.

15 Mar 2004 11:09 pm

I’ve been watching a lot of imported Gun and Kung-fu movies recently. I suppose I have Orion to blame for showing me Jet Li’s newest movie “Hero” during last winter’s cold and snowy semi-annual group anime viewing evening.

Swordplay in white

Hero

The fights, the cinematography, the sheer richness of the colours that tinted each scene (watch the movie for a while and you’ll notice that each major scene has a dominant colour that works strikingly well with the theme of that scene), and the skillfully interwoven plot all served to get me jonesing for more movies of the same quality.

My resulting search has been somewhat mixed, but nonetheless rather pleasant. I ended up getting a copy of Versus, which, while short on in-depth characterization, and shot in a b-movie-esque style, contains all the functional necessities for gun and kung-fu happiness: ancient wizards, swordplay and gunplay, a fair amount of kung-fu, yakuza, and a forest full of frickin’ zombies. Thankfully, this movie oozes enough style to cover up its aforementioned shortcomings (though, in certain respects, those shortcomings are actually quite charming for a movie of this type; ie, the actors playing their stereotypes down to a T, but still having fun with their characters).

Versus -- challenge mode!

Versus

In a similar vein, I’ve been eyeing Casshern with some amount of geeky glee. It reminds me nothing so much as The Matrix meets Tezuka’s Metropolis in terms of visual style, but Karmic reminds me that it’s actually based on an old manga called Casshern Robot Hunter. The trailer rocks pretty hard, and it’s cool to see someone slice a giant robot in half with his fist, or punch through a robot’s chest at hypersonic speeds (if you’re looking for translations of the trailer, The Moviebox has one on the bottom of its Casshern trailer list page). Hopefully it’ll be across the water to this side of the ocean soon, but ’til then, I can probably survive with the fansub.

Casshern's giant airship

Casshern