Been awhile team, sorry I haven’t made anything lately – summer got weird. So I want to finish off the year with some fun ones! The first is the Fantasy Game Generator. Let’s try stuff like: Battlements and Ballistas Bows and Bravery Courage and Castles Explorers and Enchanters Hellspawn and Halflings Paladins and Plots Prophecy […]
Lost in Translation 223 – When is an Adaptation Not an Adaptation?
Last week’s look at Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future led to a questions – “When is an adaptation not an adaptation?” On investigation, Captain Power wound up being a parallel development. Gary Goddard had an idea for a TV series and Mattel had a technology they wanted ...read more
Lost in Translation 222 – Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
Toy manufacturers know that a successful TV series based on one their products leads to better sales. Deregulation in the 80s allowed toy makers to fund what were essentially half-hour toy ads masquerading as cartoons and live-action shows. The key issue is getting the target audience to watch, which means ...read more
Hey gang, sorry some of the blog feeds didn’t appear. Looks like it was a kind of cache issue, which I since sorted out (literally by turning off and restarting the cache, go figure). Additionally, I hope to have a new generator out soon, sit tight and catch up ...read more
Lost in Translation 221 – The Hercules & Xena Roleplaying Game
For television, the Nineties were the age of syndication. Streaming and the thousand-channel universe were still just beyond the horizon, but cable channels and local stations had time to fill. First run syndicated series filled in the hours, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and its spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess. Hercules ...read more
Magic, Technology, And Worldbuilding is Out!
It’s out! The latest of the Way With Worlds miniguides, this one on Magic and Technology – because for the sake of worldbuilding, they’re usually the same! Each book contains 50 questions on the specific subject, plus a bunch of extras, to help worldbuilders think, ponder, and design. Think ...read more
Lost in Translation 219 – A Second Look: The A-Team
Some time back, Lost in Translation reviewed the A-Team movie. However, the years since then has broadened the definition of adaptations and what it means for one to be successful, so it’s time to take a second look. In 1982, television was going through a renaissance. Many of the ...read more
Lost in Translation 220 – Remaking The Black Hole
There are many movies that could have been done better. Not just in the realm of B-movies, where budget is often the limit, but also in movies from the major studios. The more interesting films are the near-misses, the ones that just missed the mark. The effort is there, but ...read more
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