Roundup: Books-to-TV, Critical Role’s Animated Series, and a Book Award

Grad school is pretty hectic at the moment, so I don’t have time to write a long post. But I figured I’d mention a few recent geeky news items, and a personal update.

1. Have you guys heard about the Lord of the Rings TV show coming to Amazon? I’ve just found out it will be set before all of the action in the original trilogy and The Hobbit–which is super exciting, because I really want to see new plotlines and characters in fantasy TV.

2) Speaking of book-to-movie adaptations, Leigh Bardugo’s stories are going to have a Netflix adaptation, though I’m still confused about exactly what is being adapted. There’s been talk about both of her first two series, which have different plotlines, different characters, and take place on different continents. So are there going to be two Netflix series? Once series combining both stories? What’s going on?

Either, anything that adapts Six of Crows’ amazing fantasy heist is worth keeping an eye on.

3. Critical Role will be making an animated series. They put up a Kickstarter last week that became fully funded within an hour of launching, blew through every stretch goal (forcing them to come up with new ones), and is currently somewhere around $6.7M. Because that’s the power of a dedicated fanbase. (I backed the project too, especially since some of their rewards will be available to everyone, not just backers.)

This is pretty cool, because the format for the regular show is esoteric enough to be a bit of a barrier towards viewers who aren’t already familiar with or interested in tabletop RPGs. But an animated series will create a new possible entry point.

4.  Chains Carried on Wings is a finalist for The Wishing Shelf Book Awards! It’s in category 4: Books for Teenagers. Maybe I should have led with that, instead of burying it at the bottom. But when it comes to this self-promoting nonsense, even mentioning it is already an improvement.

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New York Comic Con 2018 and Critical Role Live

This past week I attended both New York Comic Con and the live show for Critical Role in New York. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling well enough to make the most of it, but it was enjoyable all the same. There are my highlights:

Critical Role Live: The weekly session of voice actors playing DnD that I keep talking about. (The above animated sequence was widely cheered by the audience.) This turned out to be a good time to catch the live show, because there were apparently a bunch of problems with the audio online. The first hour was fantastic, the energy in the room infectious, but I did get a progressively larger headache as the night went on. I actually remember thinking, ‘well, this is still good, but I’d probably have caught more of what’s going on from home.’ Nope, turns out the live show was still the best place to be. Continue reading “New York Comic Con 2018 and Critical Role Live”

Critical Role Campaign 2: An Ostentatious Blood Hunter/Circus Performer with a Hidden Moral Code

Part 2 of my going through all of the characters of Critical Role’s second campaign, a fantasy RPG web series/podcast (depending on how you choose to experience it). Part 1 is here.

I’d probably best get on with talking about Molly’s character.

Continue reading “Critical Role Campaign 2: An Ostentatious Blood Hunter/Circus Performer with a Hidden Moral Code”

Critical Role Campaign 2: A Bunch of Loners Starting to Open Up, and a Sweet Wizard/Rogue Friendship

Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: An assorted group of adventurers meet, solve a zombie crime, and decide to keep traveling together. But they don’t all want the same things, and trust is hard to build. Will they be able to find some common ground, or will their collaboration blow up in their faces? Continue reading “Critical Role Campaign 2: A Bunch of Loners Starting to Open Up, and a Sweet Wizard/Rogue Friendship”

The Finale of Critical Role, as the Epic Adventure Closes with Just the Right Amounts of Tragedy and Laughter

A party of adventurers, arrayed in front of a forest clearing.
Image: Geek and Sundry

Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: A party of adventures called Vox Machina has achieved near god-like power towards the end of the campaign–so it’s only fitting they must save the realm from an actual god. The story is brought to life by a cast of professional voice actors, and the ever-present chance that bad planning or bad dice rolling will end their journey forever. Continue reading “The Finale of Critical Role, as the Epic Adventure Closes with Just the Right Amounts of Tragedy and Laughter”

Miscellaneous Roundup 2

The personal intersecting with the science (AKA Work/life balance): I’ve been sick this past week, which isn’t great timing when I literally cannot miss a day of lab without risking over a month of work. So that’s been fun. For those interested, I’m knocking out a gene of interest in cell lines, isolating single cells, and growing populations from those single cells. When enough cells grow, I can store some as back ups–but I’m not at that stage yet. If any of them die out now, they’re gone forever. Continue reading “Miscellaneous Roundup 2”

Critical Role: Changing Party Dynamics and Uber-Powerful Spells

Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: A party of adventures called Vox Machina must make their way through a changing world, facing ever more powerful enemies and their own personal demons. The story is brought to life by a cast of professional voice actors, and the ever-present chance that bad planning or bad dice rolling will end that journey forever. Continue reading “Critical Role: Changing Party Dynamics and Uber-Powerful Spells”

Critical Role, and Never Knowing What’ll Happen Next

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Image: Geek and Sundry

Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: A party of adventures called Vox Machina must make their way through a changing world, facing ever more powerful enemies and their own personal demons. The story is brought to life by a cast of professional voice actors, and the ever-present chance that bad planning or bad dice rolling will end that journey forever. Continue reading “Critical Role, and Never Knowing What’ll Happen Next”

Assorted Adventures of Critical Role

I know I’ve been talking about the Critical Role cast a lot lately, but they keep doing things! I’ve got to make an extra post just to keep up with all the cool stuff they’ve put out recently.

First, there’s the main Critical Role series, which airs live every Thursday and is prolific enough on its own that I’m probably overdue for another post on it. Then their crossover with Kinda Funny. And the stint they did on No Survivors, playing Paranoia alongside Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. Continue reading “Assorted Adventures of Critical Role”