Posts Tagged ‘news’

New Year, New Post, New Forums

Happy almost 2013! The new year will be the Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar, it’s the 400th anniversary of Galileo discovering Neptune, my birthday falls on a Tuesday and NASA’s MAVEN Mars orbiter will be launched. And while we at Catalyst have tagged 2013 as The Year of Shadowrun, there’s another Cosmic Patrol book on the way!

The Moon Must Be Ours!

In keeping with out general schedule, The Moon Must Be Ours (TMMBO) should publish around late July and be available in time for Gen Con and is a new type of the book for the game. Where Cosmic Patrol was the core rulebook and Into the Cosmos a setting expansion/sourcebook, TMMBO is a plot book taking players through the Patrol’s invasion of the moon.

If you’re familiar with the Cosmic Patrol universe, you know that our nearest neighbor is the home of advanced humans, the Moon Men. These guys are mysterious, super intelligent and possess the power of dynamo-psychism (mind powers). They’ve also forbidden any human landings on the Moon, claiming it as their own private world.

With no other choice, the Patrol had to accept the ban and went about its business exploring the cosmos at large. As more threats to human existence were encountered, it also drove home the fact of a major, mysterious threat right at humanity’s doorstep. For Cosmic Patrol Director Dyson, that won’t stand. And let’s just say the ensuing invasion doesn’t go well.

TMBBO takes a choose-your-own-path structure that I’m excited to put together and playtest. I’ll get more into that mechanic in a later blog post. For now I just want to get back into the habit of blogging every week or so.

FORUMS!!!

Yes. They’re new, stronger and prettier. Go sign up now!

The last iteration of the forums was based on phpbb, and it was a headache to maintain. Then it broke during the busiest time of the year and I finally just wiped the thing out. The new version is based on Simple Machine Forums and should work much better. For now, new memberships have to be admin approved (there’s still an issue with emails and the hosting service, working on that) but that shouldn’t be a big hassle.

So there we have it! New year, new forums, new book!

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12 2012

Blast Off from the Past – Shuttle Retires

The excellent sci-fi website io9.com has an fascinating series of photos showing Space Shuttle Discovery’s last flight. I remember drawing the shuttles when I was a little kid and it’s just amazing to see them retired. I realize it was probably a good thing they weren’t armed with ray gun cannons…but it would have been cool.

One Other Note

The forums are having issues. I’m usually able to fix it quickly, but I just haven’t been able to get to it due to a massive amount of work to do ahead of convention season. Since this is a recurring problem, I’ll likely ray blast the whole thing and install something better, I never really liked PHPBB anyway…

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04 2012

Rayguns Charging!

Welcome to 2012 everyone! I hope you had a great (and not too crazy) holiday week and a fun New Year weekend!

The new year is only two days old and it’s already crammed with great Cosmic Patrol news, starting with this wonderful review from Reviews from R’lyeh. Check it out, Pookie goes in-depth and even creates his own Patrolman, Reginald Mulligan.

And now the really big news: the winners for the Mission and Rocketship contests have been notified! As soon as I get replies, I’ll let the world know who won. Don’t get discouraged if you didn’t win though, all the entries were amazing and we have some ideas in the works…but that’s all I’ll say for now.

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01 2012

Event Horizon…and an Atomolink!

There’s some supercharged news coming soon about Cosmic Patrol! Stay tuned, faithful reader!

I’ve become a huge fan of Decoder Ring Theatre since a friend showed me the light a few weeks ago. DRT produces pulpy audio dramas like the radio shows popular in the 1940s-50s. While their two main shows – The Red Panda and Black Jack Justice – are excellent to listen to, they’re not quite Atomolink material. No rayguns? No robots? Sorry, gotta pass.

However, DRT also showcases other audio dramas beside their main features. One of those I just discovered: Deck Gibson, Far Reach Commander!

Deck Gibson is everything you could ever want in a retro-space audio show. Atomic cannons, space fighters, damsels in distress, arch rivals and vicious aliens to say the very least! The show is full of things you could use in a Cosmic Patrol game session, and I can’t recommend it enough. Check it out, you won’t be sorry!

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08 2010