Archive for May 6th, 2009

Trek Effect?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I haven’t been following news on the new Star Trek film hitting theaters this weekend primarily to keep myself in the dark so I can see the movie without having formed an opinion of it ahead of time. I’m not a trekkie. I don’t watch the television shows. I have enjoyed most of the movies, however, and was definitely planning on giving this new spin on the franchise a shot. Today, I saw something that’s almost guaranteed I’m sitting in an uncomfortable chair for a couple hours this weekend.

Does this screenshot, or does it not, seem like it could have come right out of the Xbox 360 game Mass Effect? Mass Effect was the game that got me to love games again. It got me wanting to try more RPG titles, which was a genre of game I’d abandoned quite some time ago. Even if this is the only scene that looks like this in the entire movie, I’ll enjoy myself. Also, it brings to mind there needs to be a Mass Effect movie. Period.

Re: I Will Take You Back

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

As the D&D game I’ve been waiting a year to run is starting to gear up to its first session, I’ve had it on the brain a lot. In fact, a long time friend of mine has been engaging in quite the debate on the merits of D&D in regards to roleplaying. A lot of the topics we touch on can be found in THIS THREAD on the Story Games for Everybody boards about playing D&D 4th Edition like a tactical board game.

When deciding on today’s strip I realized I’d need to make some props, and scale became important. I’d never really taken the time to figure out the scale at which we do things here at Amu’s World. I measured Ninja’s height and worked my maths to come up with 1/16th scale. This is an odd number for a couple of reasons, but primarily because it didn’t seem to work out. In the photo above I’ve placed a normal sized dime into the fray to give a sense of proportion. This is the tiny nature of our work here.

I’m thinking the stocky nature of the amigurumi characters is requiring slightly larger props. We use Re-ment occasionally, which upon doing research I find has a scale that shifts slightly depending on when the pieces were made. Any piece I’ve used leans towards the ‘too big’ side anyway, so I’ll probably have to sit down one day and make a bunch of props at varying scales to see what does and doesn’t work. I need to work all this out, because sometime this summer we’ll be having our first set to shoot on, and I want everything to be just right.