October 30, 2009
Frankenstein vs. Frankenstein vs. Godzilla by James DiGiovanna
Can’t talk long, have to flee.
Last night I watched, for the first time, something I wrote staged. It was an experience I’m having trouble putting into words at the moment. The Figment Theater cast and crew are amazing. All I can say is “It’s alive! It’s alive!“
If you’re in NYC this week or next, treat yourself to Monster Uprising.
Frankenstein vs Frankenstein vs Godzilla by James DiGiovanna
Raymond Carver’s Dracula by Epidiah Ravachol
Transylvania is for Lovers by Jason Ellis
380 Broadway, 4th Floor NYC
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at door
Show dates & times:
October 29,30,31 — 8PM
Nov 1 — 2PM
Nov 4,5,6,7 – 8PM
Nov 9 — 2PM
There will also be delicious vegan baked goods for sale!
On Halloween any audience member wearing a costume gets a free treat!
There will be ASL interpretation for our Nov 6th Performance.
October 27, 2009
Once again, I have a limited number of Time & Temp: Unbound Edition available.
If you’ve got PayPal and want a copy, e-mail me (address to the right) for availability. $20 plus $3 shipping and handling for those within the continental United States. Talk to me about shipping elsewhere.
You’ll get a numbered manila file jacket containing:
- The complete rules on six 8½ x 11 card stock handouts;
- The Browne Chronometric Engineering, Inc., Employee Handbook;
- The General Management Policy;
- A letter to the prospective employee from Marigold Staffing;
- A sheet of Incident Reports;
- And access to free PDF updates in perpetuity.
October 26, 2009
The Monster Uprising is upon us Oct 29th- Nov 8th at Access Theater NYC. Get your tickets here.
October 26, 2009
Well, no. Time’s not literally running out. There’s much debate as to whether time even has a beginning or an end. But the the amount of time left on the chrono-economics offer is dwindling.
Time & Temp: Paperless Office Edition will still be available after this Saturday, but the offer to discount it against a future purchase of the Unbound Edition does end after Halloween.
Here’s your $10 impulse opportunity:
- Click to purchase the Time & Temp: Paperless Office Edition PDF.
- If you do so before November 1st, 2009, and then later decide to purchase a hard copy of the Unbound Edition from me, I’ll deduct the price of the Paperless Office Edition from your purchase.
October 25, 2009
For the podcast enthusiasts among you, the latest episode of The Game Master Show is a recording of a Time & Temp game in which they attempt to thwart the machinations of a time traveling . . .
Well, no spoilers. You’ll at least have to click on the link to find out.
Soon now, I’m going to be chatting with them about the episode, but if you haven’t heard it yet, they chatted with me at GenCon about the ins and outs of the game.
October 23, 2009
There are many clear inspirations for Time & Temp, such as Doctor Who, Quantum Leap, Primer, etc. But there’s a little known, tragically short-lived, TV show from the early 80s that probably had more influence on Time & Temp than all the others.
For one brief, shining season, Voyagers! was my favorite show on television. The formula was simple but satisfying. A mysterious and somewhat bumbling time traveler is forced by circumstances to team up with a kid just about my age to set right a history that keeps going astray. There was adventure and derring-do, the occasional romance, and a lesson in history at every turn. (more…)
October 21, 2009
There are a couple of events on my horizon that I wish to share with you. The first is not particularly gaming related, but that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying it.
At the end of this month and for the first weekend of November, Figment Theatre here in New York will be producing Monster Uprising, a collection of three original plays based on classic horror monsters. And one of the plays was written by yours truly.
Having see a read-through of the other plays being presented, I’m profoundly flattered to have mine share the stage with them. Figment Theatre has a cast of immensely talented and downright charming actors, directors & producers. A guaranteed good time for all who make it out of this. Get your tickets here.
Then, in the second weekend of November, I will be at JiffyCon in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where some lucky attendees will get a chance to playtest Swords Without Master, a sword and sorcery descendant of MonkeyDome that I’ve been fiddling around with.
But that’s not all! Emily Care Boss and I will also be playtesting Dread House, a host-less version of Dread designed for pre- and early teen crowd. There’s an age limit on this one, folks. No grownups allowed.
October 20, 2009
Continued from Rolling With the Temps
It’s looking grim for Colin and Sylvester as our previous, and rather literal, cliffhanger has left them clinging to the door of their time machine some 30 feet in the air. But more importantly, Mr. Hartnell has slapped Misters Baker and McCoy with a verbal Incident Report each. That’s two on the table, which means if they get one more before they can get rid of these, it’ll be a written report. And nobody wants that.
Mr. Hartnell: Well, gentlemen, what do you intend to do?
Mr. Baker: I fully intend to hang here. It’s a lovely day, the air is brisk, and the exercise could do me some good.
Mr. McCoy: Well, if you’re not going to get us out of this mess, I certainly will.
Mr. Baker: I should hope so!
Mr. McCoy: Can I swing over to the cliff face and get a foot hold?
Mr. Hartnell: You can certainly try. Are you setting the effort here or the effect?
Mr. McCoy: Oh the effort, yes. It seems to be a major one at that.
Mr. Hartnell: Yes. The effect will leave you on the cliff face, where you’ll likely be able to climb down, I suppose. Minor, definitely. So you should be rolling d10s.
Again, by crossing referencing the minor and major on the effect and effort chart, Mr. Hartnell has cleverly sussed out the die to use.
Also worth noting, since our temps have not, so far, really interacted with other, and have only just been affecting their own lives, Mr. Hartnell has consistently been setting the effect to minor. Though he can change what that exact effect could be–everything from getting down safely to crawling back into the time machine to ending up clinging to the cliff wall–the level will still be minor until they start interfering with the lives of others.
October 16, 2009
And now a special treat with those of you who have access to one of those calculating engines that are all the rage these days: the Matrix, in digital form!
This Excel spreadsheet designed by my friend Miguel . . .
- Prevents illegal placement of numbers in the Matrix;
- Automatically checks off numbers in the Anachronometrics;
- Highlights synchronic sets when you get them;
- And records the number of synchronic tokens you’ve earned.
It’s pretty damn handy, especially for those of you who are trying to achieve a truly paperless office.
(When using the Temporal Villainy Index, GMs can check off the higher numbers in the Anachronometrics by recording those numbers in some lonely corner of the Matrix.)
October 15, 2009
Posted by Epidiah under Time & Temp  Comments
Of course it does. Temps, for example, are like us all composed of matter, matter that is of the universe as it is in it. As the temps meddle in time, then so does the universe.
But as it turns out it might be more literal than that.
A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.
-Dennis Overbye for The New York Times
So what are the temps’ roles in all this? Are they to protect the collider from from its future enemies? Or are they the saboteurs, agents of the natural order? Perhaps it’s not out of fear of the Higgs boson that the universe conspires against the projects, but out of greed. If the collider could be stymied, then the first man-made Higgs boson will not come into existence until December of 2012–an event in history that a rogue time tourism company has billed as the end of the world and sold a lot of tickets to. So many tickets that they have to deliver.
Spoiler Alert: If you’ve not read Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan and wish to do so, you might want to not read the second to last paragraph in that article.
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