Disney+ Looks Amazing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 15, 2019 by boccobsblog

Disney+

Recently Disney released several details about their upcoming streaming service, Disney+.

According to a Disney press release:

Disney+ will offer ad-free programming with a variety of original feature films, documentaries, episodic and unscripted series and short-form content, along with unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of films and television series. The service will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Frozen 2, and Star Wars: Episode IX.

Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on November 12, 2019 for $6.99 per month. The service will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs. Visit DisneyPlus.com to register your email and be kept up to date on the service.

I’ve combed through the entire lineup and highlighted a few nerdy shows and movies:

Live-Action Series

The Mandalorian – The first ever live-action Star Wars series, is written and executive-produced by Emmy®-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, with Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) directing the first episode. The highly anticipated series features an all-star cast including Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, the series follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Timing: Available at launch

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Anthony Mackie will return as Falcon and Sebastian Stan will reprise his role as Winter Soldier in the new Marvel Studios series. Timing: Year One

Loki – Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki in the new Marvel Studios series. Timing: Year Two

WandaVision – Elizabeth Olsen will return as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany will reprise his role as The Vision in the new Marvel Studios series.
Timing: Year Two

Marvel’s Hero Project – The series, produced by Marvel New Media in partnership with MaggieVision Productions, reveals the remarkable, positive change several young heroes are making in their own communities. These young heroes have dedicated their lives to selfless acts of bravery and kindness, and now, Marvel celebrates them as the true Super Heroes they are.
Timing: Available at launch

The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new series. Each episode is centered around something we all love – like sneakers or ice cream – as Jeff pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a whole lot of surprising big ideas and insights.
Timing: Available at launch

Marvel’s 616 – An anthological documentary series from Marvel New Media in partnership with Supper Club that explores the intersection between Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters and creators and the world outside your window. Each documentary will dive into the rich historical, cultural and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe.
Timing: Year One

Animated Series

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Emmy® award-winning animated series will be returning with twelve all-new episodes exclusively on Disney+. This will mark the return of classic characters Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, as well as fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.
Timing: Year One

Marvel’s What If…? – Marvel Studios’ first animated series, taking inspiration from the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.
Timing: Year One

Films
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Iron Man
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated series)
The Sword in the Stone
Thor: The Dark World
Tron (1982)

Television Series
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series)
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series)
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series)
The Simpsons

Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on November 12, 2019 for $6.99 per month.

 

 

20 D&D Sorcerer Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder with tags , , , , on April 12, 2019 by boccobsblog

Sorcerer Quest Ideas

This week our guest writer is Dan Abbott, and he has crafted 20 D&D sorcerer quest ideas.

The sorcerer, imbued by fate with powers beyond the ken of mortals, inspires envy and suspicion in equal measure. Their strange, intrinsic connection with arcane force can be a blessing or a curse, and each sorcerer must come to grips with the fact that they are fundamentally different from everyone else they know, whether they like it or not. Whether they learn to accept their curse or embrace their gift, sorcerers can tap into the power of the multiverse and shape it to their will. Yet another reason to not pick on the weird kid at lunch….

1. Racial tensions rise when the beornings raise the price of honey at market day, blaming the human village for a mysterious illness among the bees.

2. A boy with unexplained powers is blamed for the village’s misfortune, and will be burned at the stake at first light if no one intervenes.

3. An important bridge across a misty ravine has collapsed, and the work crew sent to rebuild it has disappeared, leaving grisly clues behind.

4. A bitter nobleman hires the party to help spy on his romantic rival, who has dark secrets he will do anything to conceal.

5. At an orc-dwarf treaty signing brokered by humans, a high-ranking officer of the dwarvish iron mining guild is found murdered, threatening a fragile peace.

6. A wealthy merchant’s impetuous and spoiled son craves adventure, and wants to investigate an abandoned keep rumored to be haunted. The merchant will pay the party handsomely to see that the boy stays out of trouble.

7. A rash of unexplained murders at the university is causing panic, as construction begins on a new campus library.

8. Dark dreams plague an aging duke, even as, one by one, his rivals die mysteriously in the night. The duchess hires the party to watch over him, in case he is next to be killed.

9. The old hermit in the hills was once a renowned healer, they say. Perhaps he will know how to stop the strange fever that began near the crypts.

10. A dangerous relic of the Old People is found in a tunnel, awakening an eons-old evil that could end the world a second time.

11. During a lightning storm, a castaway from another world appears, wielding strange weapons and arcane powers. But her troubles have followed her to your world, and sending her back requires the party to make some dark choices.

12. A new prophet has arisen among the human population, preaching a fanatical religion of blood and fire. But who… or what… are they really worshiping?

13. Passing by an ancient circle of standing stones, you are stricken by excruciating pain, and the knowledge that something terrible is slowly clawing its way into your world.

14. The newly pious king outlaws magic and other “heresies”, upon pain of death. Help smuggle a small group of elderly wizards out of the kingdom before the king’s inquisitors can find them.

15. You are approached by an old adventurer who says they are your future self, and asks you to commit a seemingly horrific crime to change future events for the better.

16. One of the king’s most trusted advisors is discovered to be a vampire, revealing a terrifying plot centuries in the planning.

17. When an artificer is arrested by the crown’s inquisitors, a device which detects beings of magical nature falls into the hands of the authorities.

18. A powerful wizard from the Academy challenges you to a magical duel, seeking to prove once and for all the superiority of academic magic over sorcery.

19. An old friend of the party, who retired from adventuring after losing a hand, is framed for a murder he could not have committed.

20. The recent crop blight and plague of strange monsters is traced back to a glowing object, which exudes magical energy too deadly for mortals to approach. The local baron is determined to possess it for himself.

About the author:
Dan Abbott is an author, musician, performer and real-life adventurer with over 20 years experience behind a DM screen, and even more on The Endless Road. Gaming and music frequently melded together in his bands, Thee Hobo Gobbelins and Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, and as the co-founder of the Geekfest punk festivals of the mid-90s. Trained in anthropology and journalism, Dan toured with the 999 Eyes Freak Show and was story editor for the definitive punk rock documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. He is a professional Dungeon Master serving the West Coast with Random Encounters Metadimensional Travel Agency. You can follow him on Twitter and see his latest creations on Patreon.

 

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Download Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Free!

Posted in Video Games with tags , , on March 27, 2019 by boccobsblog

Download Morrowind for free

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Elder Scrolls, Bethesda is giving away free downloads of Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. I have such fond memories of this game. The spell creation and weapon enchantment mechanics took this game to the next level. You could fight any NPC in the game and interact with every item. To this day the citizens of Balmora can’t eat soup because my wizard Ticklefingers stole every single spoon in town.

According to their website:

On March 25, 1994, Bethesda Game Studios invited players to embark on a journey to the fantastical world of Tamriel.

25 years later, we still walk the path of The Elder Scrolls – now joined by tens of millions of incredible fans like you.

This week, we invite you to join us in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Elder Scrolls and the community that has made Tamriel their home with a whole quest log’s worth of special gifts, sales and more!

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind — Log in or sign up on Bethesda.net to redeem a free PC copy of Morrowind with the code TES25TH-MORROWIND. Act fast – this offer is only through Sunday, March 31! Visit here to redeem.
You can see the other deals and download your free copy of Elder Scrolls III: Morrowwind HERE.

Want more of the world of Tamriel?

The Elder Scrolls Online – Volumes I & II: The Land & The Lore
Elder Scrolls Map of Tamriel Poster (24×36 inches)
Elder Scrolls Online Mud Crab 17″ Plush

 

Spoiler-Free Captain Marvel Review

Posted in Films, Movie Review with tags , , on March 20, 2019 by boccobsblog

Spolier-Free Review Captain Marvel

Today I offer you a spoiler-free review of Captain Marvel. In true B3 fashion, here is the Good, the Badass, and the Ugly.

Details:

Directors:

Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

The Good

  • The Stan tribute is touching and deserved.
  • The 90s nostalgia is enjoyable.
  • The dialogue is funny.
  • Captain Marvel kicks ass
  • A female MCU female lead was overdue

The Badass

  • The film has an amazing mid-90s soundtrack.
  • The 90’s nostalgia
  • Brie Larson is funny and effortless on screen.
  • Ben Mendelsohn is hilarious and cool as Talos

The Ugly

  • The plot is beyond weak, to the point of being ludicrous (see below, minor spoilers).
  • Samuel L. Jackson is fun to watch and amusing, but it isn’t Nick Fury. He isn’t even close to the badass we see in the other MCU films. A badass that was carved over a lifetime, not after an adventure in the mid 90s.
  • Sorry, but Goose is doofy and over the top.
  • Captain Marvel seems too little too late to be considered a victory for feminism/diversity. The African American actors are still relegated to support roles. I’m not trying to downplay the first female MCU lead role, but it should have happened years ago, not weeks before the story wraps up. Marvel could also have risked the nerd rage to present a more diverse actress.

Don’t get me wrong, Captain Marvel is a fun excuse to eat popcorn; but a lazy plot and the campy over the top comedy makes it just another superhero flick. It feels like a hastily constructed attempt to cram Captain Marvel into the MCU before Endgame. If Captain Marvel is a triumph for feminism/diversity, then we have set the bar very low. Despite my criticisms, I had fun watching this movie.

Mild Spoiler Section

  • Ronin literally uses faster than light speed to reach Earth in minutes. Why do we need slow (by MCU standards) light speed?
  • Why wouldn’t Fury have summoned CM when Earth was invaded the first time? The more movies you add to the MCU the more plot holes you’ll create.

Want More Captain Marvel?
Marvel’s Captain Marvel: The Art of the Movie
Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel The Official Movie Special

 

20 D&D Wizard Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder with tags , , , , on March 15, 2019 by boccobsblog

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Today’s guest blogger is Jacky Leung from Death by Mage, and he has delivered 20 D&D Wizard quest ideas. Be sure to check our Jacky’s latest hit, Journey into the Feywild on DM’s Guild.

The wizard, ever the seeker of knowledge and arcane spells. The mightiest of their kind endured many hardships, battles, confrontations, and disasters. A wizard early in their career can still be potent, but they still suffer the fate of mortality. Only mighty archwizards who have mastered the arcane arts become juggernauts of mystical powers and wield reality at the palm at their hand. But like all adventurers, a wizard will embark on a quest in their search for power, knowledge, and truth. Maybe they’ll learn something more along the way.

  1. A local alchemist is indeed of reagents and ingredients for a new potion. They are willing to share the results with you, but the location of the ingredients lead to an abandoned mine.
  2. An experiment has gone awry, you must search for clues to learn what happened to the missing arcanist’s research and their location.
  3. A group of renegade mages is causing havoc across several villages, innocents have been harmed, and some have declared themselves de facto rulers in these townships.
  4. There is a village that appears once every 50 years, today is the day it returns again, and possibly your last chance to break the curse that binds the village and its people.
  5. Strange occurrences have happened near a small city, stories of creatures made of fire and rock are said to roam in the countryside, the party is hired to put a stop to the creatures and whatever is causing them to spawn.
  6. You found a piece of a broken gemstone with odd markings, further research concluded that it was part of a larger stone that would unlock greater powers if combined.
  7. You are hired for your arcane skills to help escort an important dignitary across hostile territory, utilizing your cunning and magical spells to pass undetected across open road.
  8. Stories of ancient runes have peaked your interest to a remote mining town in the mountains, some believe that the writings dictate the location of a hidden tomb.
  9. You were recruited by a former colleague to identify and possibly discover the properties of a recently discovered relic, but you learn that dangerous thieves seek to acquire the item.
  10. You and your former colleagues from the academy meet for a class reunion, and you learn that one of your members was recently murdered at the function.
  11. Your party has been hired as militia for a small kingdom, you are tasked with providing tactical assistance from anti-infantry measures to covert operations.
  12. Legends speak of a mighty and powerful dragon that resides within a misty vale, said to possess ancient knowledge from ages past, the journey alone is treacherous enough.
  13. You have been challenged to a magical duel by a rival wizard you’ve met across many years, the day before the fateful match, you learn that your opponent was murdered and the first suspect.
  14. You have been commissioned by a local blacksmith to decipher a series of runes etched on a recently acquired suit of armor, but you realize the runes are from a dead civilization many assumed to be a myth.
  15. Your party has been hired for an expedition into a dangerous ruin full of ancient traps and deadly arcane wards, but the area makes magic unstable when cast.
  16. An odd curse has befallen one your party members, causing them to age younger with each passing day, soon they will cease to exist unless you can find the source and reverse it.
  17. You seek entry to an acclaim library said to house the world’s knowledge but in order to enter, you must present a book or piece of written work of near priceless quality.
  18. You found a skull inhabited but a spirit of intellect that possesses massive stores of knowledge, during your inquiries, you hear of a mystical tome that belonged to a powerful archwizard that has been deceased for centuries.
  19. In your studies, you learn that certain stars and constellations align once every few hundred years that bring results in calamity and destruction, and that the event was approaching within one week.
  20. A coalition of sheep herders hires you and your party to help prevent more missing sheep at night, some have suggested for you to use magic to disguise the sheep.

Jacky Leung grew up in sunny South Florida and continues to reside in the land of eternal sunshine. He started playing tabletop RPGs with D&D 3rd Edition back in the early 2000s. Since then, he has played various other RPGs and continues to enjoy discovering new systems. He enjoys writing about RPGs and discussing about different approaches to improve storytelling. He can be found on his blog at deathbymage.com, and can also be found on his Twitter. He also writes for Encounter Roleplay covering RPG reviews, news within the community, and Kickstarter features. Jacky has written products on the DMsGuild and DriveThruRPG and creates original concepts on his Patreon.

Jacky has also been featured for his iconic D&D 5th Edition Santa Claus, and you can read more about it:

Geek and Sundry

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Stranger Things D&D Starter Set

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2019 by boccobsblog

Stranger Things D&D Starter Set

We should have seen this crossover coming! WotC is set to release a Stranger Things themed D&D Starter Set on May 3rd. According to the Amazon preorder page:

The stranger things Dungeons & dragons starter set contains everything players need to embark on a stranger things adventure including the essential rules of the roleplaying game. It’s a great way for new as well as seasoned dungeon & dragons players to experience the D&D adventure stranger things character Mike Wheeler has created for his friends. Pick your character — will you be will the wise or Dustin the dwarf? Get your fireballs ready as you investigate the mysterious castle and battle The ferocious Demogorgon. Prepare for just about anything, because the game just Got stranger.

The Stranger Things D&D Starter Set will include:

 

  • Stranger things themed of Dungeons & Dragons: embark on an exciting dungeon & Dragons adventure, hunt for the thessalhydra, “created” By the character Mike from the Netflix original series, stranger things
  • Great game for new dungeon & Dragons players: whether players are new to D&D, or looking for a new adventure, This stranger things themed roleplaying game includes everything a group needs to PLAY
  • Detailed rules, adventure book and game dice: The exciting adventure book and colorful rulebook contain tons of information on how to play the game, strategy, and tips for players to advance a character beyond the Fifth level, plus 6 Polyhedral dice so you’re ready to play
  • Stranger things character sheets: play as a favorite stranger things character
  • Includes 2 Demogorgon figures: the game includes 2 Demogorgon figures, one that players can paint and customize

 

Stranger Things is set to return to Netflix on July 4th, 2019.

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Can’t wait until Stranger Things Season 3 on July Fourth? Grab the first Stranger Things novel, Suspicious Minds. The novel was written by Gwenda Bond.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code-named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.

Want more Stranger Things?

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion

Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things

 

20 D&D Paladin Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , on February 22, 2019 by boccobsblog
Paladin Quest Ideas

Paladin Quest Ideas

Today’s 20 paladin quest ideas come from Andrew of Cawood Publishing. If you enjoy these posts and would like to see more like it, consider subscribing:

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  1. An orc war band has made camp near the capital city. You then learn the Chief of the Town is making a deal with them.
  2. An angel sends you to the Underdark to retrieve an ancient celestial tome.
  3. The Thieves’ Guild steals your mount from the stables. You realize you have to shut them down!
  4. After returning from an adventure, you find your castle is overrun by constructs.
  5. The king asks you to watch over his castle while he’s away. His floating castle!
  6. Undead creatures have overrun your hometown and your mother is missing.
  7. Your allies suspect a large ship in the harbor is being used by slavers.
  8. You must travel to Hell and rescue a stranded group of knights.
  9. You learn a vampire has secretly become the leader of a large city.
  10. The love of your life has made a deal with an arch fey. You must travel to the land of the fey to deal with the situation.
  11. You are tasked with protecting a caravan through an area overrun by undead.
  12. You must escort a dangerous prisoner to the king’s dungeon.
  13. Your child runs away and joins an evil knighthood.
  14. A silver dragon asks to be protected from an evil adventuring party.
  15. Your deity sends you on a journey to another plane to retrieve a legendary magical item.
  16. A priest at your temple disappears during the full moon.
  17. You find out a spy has infiltrated a local jousting competition.
  18. The local Fighters’ Guild is accused of working for an evil lord.
  19. Your deity has found the ‘chosen one’. You must escort the young apprentice across the kingdom to the Great Temple.
  20. Merchants complain that a cult of devil-worshippers are stealing their business.

Andrew Cawood is a storyteller, former teacher, and counselor. He runs Cawood Publishing, an Indie RPG company based in Vancouver, Canada. The company has made over 30 5E products, including 20 bestsellers for DriveThruRPG and the DMs Guild. Their product catalog includes the Monsters of Feyland handbook and the World of Myrr campaign setting.

www.worldofmyrr.com