January 20th, 2010

C7 to Release New Lord of the Rings RPG

Holy, mackerel folks!

cubicle7 and angusabranson have just announced that Cubicle 7 will be publishing a brand new Lord of the Rings roleplaying game, to be called The One Ring: The Lord of the Rings Role-playing Game!! You can read about the announcement here on the Cubicle 7 LiveJournal entry or on the Cubicle 7 website.

This is absolutely incredible and terrific news, and to be honest, vaults the Cubicle 7 folks into the forefront of gaming circles right now, as they have also released the recent Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space roleplaying game to critical acclaim.

Looks like this is the game publisher to watch for 2010, folks! :)
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Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!

For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans...

Tom Baker, the actor who portrayed the Fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his 76th (!!) birthday today.

While I will always remember William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as the Doctor in the series (I grew up with the series, after all), Tom Baker was, for many, the definitive Doctor in the series, due to the length of time that he played the role.

And now, here's some Trivia about Tom Baker on the occasion of his birthday:

1. An image of him appeared on the episode of "The Simpsons" (1989) shown on 26 November 1995.

2. He is the longest-serving actor to have portrayed the Doctor in Doctor Who, having played the role for seven seasons from 1974 to 1981. In second place is his immediate predecessor, Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor for five seasons from 1970 to 1974.

3. With the death of Jon Pertwee on May 20, 1996, he is both the oldest and earliest surviving Doctor from Doctor Who.

4. Tom was a largely unknown, unemployed actor who had actually written to the BBC seeking work shortly before he was cast in his most famous role, as the star of Doctor Who. His appointment as Jon Pertwee's successor came after series producer Barry Letts had already considered for the role more famous actors Jim Dale, Richard Hearne, Michael Bentine, Graham Crowden and Fulton Mackay, all of whom had been discounted for various reasons.

5. He has performed with the National Theatre, the Bristol Old Vic, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

6. He has two children with his wife, Anna Wheatcroft, Daniel and Piers.

7. He is a voice-over artist for television commercials in the UK.

8. He has been mistaken by members of the public for Jon Pertwee.

9. Trained at Rose Bruford Drama School, Sidcup, Kent, UK alongside Freddie Jones. Later members include actors Ray Fearon, Gary Oldman and Stephen Armourae.

10. His mother, Mary Jane Fleming Baker, was Irish.

11. He was a monk for six years before becoming an actor.

12. After Jon Pertwee, he is the second longest-lived actor to have played the Doctor in Doctor Who.

13. At 6'3" tall, he is the tallest actor, along with Jon Pertwee, to have played the Doctor in the series.

14. Documented in books about the Doors rock group, Tom Baker was a friend of and used to "hang out" with Jim Morrison prior to his career as Doctor Who.

15. He is a voracious reader of books.
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Friday Night's DW: AiTaS RPG Session

Yes, I know, I have fallen behind on a few things. *sigh*

One of the things I forgot to do was to post up the write-up and blurb of my most recent session of the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space rpg campaign. You can read about the second session of the game by following the link. And here, without further ado, is the next session.

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And that was the wrap-up of the second session of actual play. The players had a terrific time once more, and all agreed that the game system is rather good at emulating the style and feel of the Doctor Who tv series. Since they also wanted to continue watching the serial that we had started the week before, we took about an hour and watched the third and fourth episodes of the William Hartnell story, The Dalek Invasion of Earth. A good time, and a good gaming session.

Can't wait for this Friday's game session! :)
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