Journal of the Emerald Specter 78: My Version of the DCEU

Many moons ago, I posted an article stating reasons why the DC cinematic universe would fail (now known as the DC Extended Universe). I mention something along these lines a couple other times on this website, but I wanted to address what I’d have done with the DCEU if I were the one running things…

So, why don’t I write about it?

Rather than storytelling, this one really deserves to be under “movies,” since I’m talking about building up the DCEU on the big screen.

First, the rules. I am proceeding as if the DCEU has failed, meaning the releases of the already slated movies after Justice League are no longer going to be released… or already have been and have had little success. Since I’m not worrying about release dates, I’m just going to list them in the order I’d release them, with a little explanation here and there.

So, without further ado… the first movie.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow

This is not exactly an origin story, since we don’t need to worry about origin stories. Why? Well, with Superman: The Movie and Man of Steel, I think another origin, “proper” origin, is unnecessary. The tale of this movie would be Lex Luthor fighting to rid Earth of the last Kryptonian. His new mechanized suit of armor, in conjunction with aid from Brainiac, would be an epic team up against Supes on screen. There would be easter eggs galore in this one, mentioning Wayne Enterprises, the Lantern Corps (plural), Themyscira, Mars, and more. One of the most important hints will be that there is more going on in Earth’s history than we know.

Stinger at the end of the credits? You bet… this is a big plan, and that means setting things up properly. The end credits scene is the planet Apokalips moving out of orbit.

Wonder Woman: Warrior

Not a period piece like Wonder Woman was, this one is all about Diana coming back to Themyscira to fight off an assault on the once hidden island… led by Giganta, or so we all are led to believe. The real brain behind the assault is actually Gorilla Grodd, who is after a very specific artifact hidden in the island’s vault (the Cosmic Rod). Giganta doesn’t manage to escape but Grodd obtains the item and absconds with it to places unknown.

Our stinger shows Grodd passing the Cosmic Rod over to Devilance, who takes it through a portal.

The Fastest Man Alive

Barry Allen… AND Wally West (the Flash and Kid Flash) are pitted against Reverse Flash, who came from the future in order to stop “something terrible” from happening. The terrible thing is the Earth splitting in two from an attack, but Reverse Flash’s solution is to remove the “Speed Force users” from the equation, including himself. On top of this bombshell future villain, Captain Cold is busy trying to steal a special key… which would unlock Mr. Freeze’s prison cell in Arkham Asylum, but he fails when Jesse Quick and Bart Allen (Impulse) foil the attempt.

The stinger on this one reveals to us that Granny Goodness turning from a spaceship monitor showing Apokalips and states that “he’s coming.”

In Brightest Day: Green Lantern

Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and Guy Gardner convene on OA to plan a reunion on Earth but are forced to deal with a direct threat to OA when Atrocitus and Sinestro lead the Red and Yellow Lantern Corps on an assault, where the main focus is trying to get into OA’s vault to liberate the Book of the Black. The attack doesn’t succeed… but while Sinestro makes a second, more intense “last ditch” run at the vault, he cracks open a cell holding Larfleeze, who wreaks havoc in the aftermath (escaping, eventually, with the Book). Jordan decides to stay on OA to help fortify the planet, Stewart heads towards Earth to investigate the other oddities happening, and Guy Gardner tries to follow Larfleeze to wherever he’s heading.

We have two stingers in this one, the first one is “mid credits” revealing Saint Walker (the Blue Lantern) is also headed towards Earth after Sinestro, who received a message from Earth. The second stinger, at our traditional end again, is Larfleeze towing a trapped Guy Gardner towards Apokalips.

Shadow of the Bat

Batman is plagued by a new threat, the Court of Owls, terrorizing Gotham and trying to rid the city of their self proclaimed Dark Knight. When Bruce Wayne can’t handle the onslaught of the sheer number of Owls, he enlists the help of Robin, Nightwing, and the Birds of Prey… together, they rid Gotham of the Court but unfortunately releases some Arkham prisoners (Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, and Mr. Freeze among them).

The stinger? Yeah, it’s got just one… and it’s Lex Luthor on the phone saying “I think we need to form a Legion.”

Justice League United

Well… we got to this one in a similar fashion to Marvel, but the point isn’t to do something different, the point is to do something big. Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Cyborg are enlisted by Flash to help stop the future disaster from happening, one step which occurs “now.” The Legion of Doom (Lex Luthor, Solomon Grundy, Brainiac, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Sinestro, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta, Scarecrow, and Riddler) unleashes their fury on the world, which causes the Justice League to fully form (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Green Lantern John Stewart) to fight them back into submission. The fight causes a tear in spacetime, which unleashes Bizarro, allows Sinestro to flee through it, and shows the League the impending threat of a fiery world heading towards the Solar System.

There are three stingers in this one… the early credits scene stinger has the League giving the “watch” over to Martian Manhunter while the rest of them go to deal with the repercussions of the Legion of Doom. The mid credits scene gives us Nightwing and Robin talking about heading to deal with a new threat, hinting at the “Titans” coming soon. The end credits scene gives us a full on view of Darkseid demanding that he deal with the threat personally… that threat being the Justice league.

From here, I’d introduce the Titans as a team, head back for some sequels (Wonder Woman darling with Cheetah and Giganta, Batman figuring out his legacy by recruiting Terry McGinnis as a trainee against Riddler, Flash going up against Captain Cold or Savitar, Green Lantern Corps dealing with the Blackest Night and Black Hand, Superman facing off against Bizarro, Aquaman and Black Manta going at it, and introducing characters that really need to be introduced to blow the doors off the DCEU like Shazam, John Constantine, Green Arrow, and Doctor Fate… just to scratch the surface).

And Darkseid hasn’t even gotten to Earth yet! He’d be the Justice League sequel villain, or maybe even the third one.

In just my tiny little run of movies, though, I’ve introduced a slew of characters that can either be expanded upon in other movies or ignored for other introductions all together. Hell, “mini-DCEUs” could spring up following each character (a-la Sony’s Spider-Verse).

What do you think of what I would have done?

The Specter Show 047: The Perfect Drug

A little bit of talk about BuJourneyRPG, a little bit of talk about the new podcast studio, and a lot of talk about the subset that currently exists and what’s going to be there in the near future.

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Theo Rossi

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Journal of the Emerald Specter 77: Life Strikes Back

Things are not going as well as planned… hell, I can’t even plan at this point. When life gives you lemons, you’re supposed to make lemonade. Unfortunately, I have no water or sugar, so I’d just be squirting sour juice into my eyes and that’s already what it feels like, so I’m not really digging that idea.

That, and I’m not big on lemonade.

The biggest thing to suffer in the attack on my free time is the BuJoRPG.

There is, in place, a plan for me to accomplish a certain series of things by certain points in time to complete the thing that everyone is really waiting for: BuJourneyRPG. I’d really, really like to get moving forward on that and I’m continuing to spin my wheels trying to just get through work.

So, I’m anxious to unveil SOMETHING about BuJourneyRPG, so I’m going to drop the “cover” of the BuJourneyRPG book… revealing, also, the “logo” for the new system.

Are you ready?

I chose to go with a library look and that lends to the idea that the system will be the basis for a slew of options. That means the “templates,” which are the “splats” that you’ll be somewhat familiar with as a concept if you’re an RPG fan, and those will help build the “library” of content.

This past weekend was supposed to be my “long weekend,” but I was denied one day of that and I had another project which HAD to be started/completed and that limited my ability to do a lot of extracurricular activity.

The time is being scheduled, though.

Without getting fancy, here is the first ever “ESCC Banzuke” (rankings) from the first ever Emerald Specter Basho (previously called the Winter 2018, though shall also be known as the January 2018):

Sapphire Adept #1 (East): Alexin2
Sapphire Adept #1 (West): Nikbasketball12
Sapphire Adept #2 (East): Sim_zama
Sapphire Adept #2 (West): dukenukem123
East #1: tom36adams
West #1: pantheon-67
East #2: AlCzervik
West #2: ANTE1990
East #3: OlegMalikov1965
West #3: mancroft
East #4: EmeraldSpecter
West #4: bespaly

As you can see, I placed second to last (since this is literally just a finishing listing from top to bottom, which the first rankings was always going to be)… and we had one player, bespaly, break’s fair play policy and forfeit all of his games. Other than that, I think things went swimmingly.

Now, we see whether or not anyone returns to compete in the Emerald Specter 2018 March Basho, which is scheduled to begin as soon to the spots are full. There are still only 12 slots available, and since bespaly is out, the first one to join who wasn’t re-invited is welcome to join the fray. If some others don’t rejoin (allowances will be made for keeping their rankings if new people join first), then the experiment grows with a wider array of possibilities.

I’m curious if anyone would be interested in hearing a solo RPG actual play podcast? The idea crossed my mind that I’d like to publish the results of my solo RPG adventures (which I haven’t started playing, yet)… but I would need to know something: is the interest (if there is one) in the actual play part, or the story being unfolded as play continues?

The actual play would be me, on mic, playing the game of choice vocally and you’d be privy to all the rolls and mucking about. Unless you’d rather hear the results (moreso), and then the focus would be on the results of the story and I could more work out a sound effects option in line with the narration that would be part of the production.

Which would you rather hear? Would you like to hear anything of the sort?

In the end, I’m playing the game. Whether or not anyone else hears what goes on is entirely up to the potential audience.

So the Greatest Show appears to need a re-envisioning. Not a reboot, I’m not starting numbering over or wildly changing anything, yet. There is going to be a few more shows with (at least) myself and one or both of the Kevins. If I can’t get the rest of the cast to come back on, then I’ll be working on the changes that need to be made.

As soon as I get a chance to actually work on guest scheduling, I’ll do that, too… but work is a problem.

Let’s end with a few things regarding “work.” Ideally, especially outside of the peak season I’ve referenced so often, work would be a long day on Mondays and Tuesdays, then a crap shoot for shorter days the rest of the week, leaning shorter most of the time.

That is not what has happened.

I won’t get into the logistics or the specifics of what is causing the problem, know that I’m a side effect of a personnel shortage on certain days and the problem is actively being corrected, though not for at least another week or two.

What I do want to get into is the fact that I’m being too flexible. My wife will tell you that I give in too easily and I’m about ready to stop being so nice about things at work. I am not on the “special over time list” at work, so I shouldn’t be getting near the amount of over time I currently am… mainly because I don’t want it.

I’m going to fix that by waking up a little later in the morning. I’m going to be rushing in the morning because strolling in early enough to hang out isn’t what I want to be doing anymore. That means I can stay up a little bit later at night and, you guessed it, means I can work on things after work.

Wake up, get ready, work, supper, prep the next day, watch a little TV, and work on BuJourneyRPG… days off, get a little house stuff done and work on BuJourneyRPG.

Time is coming and it’s because I’m going to make sacrifices on how I operate to get them done. That shouldn’t be how things work.

The Specter Show 046: Erased, Over, Out

DJ is in the new podcast studio, live broadcasting on YouTube on Emerald Specter Channel 2 at the same time, and runs down on some things to pay attention for in the Emerald universe in the coming months. BuJoRPG, BuJourneyRPG, and Emerald Specter Originals are discussed as well!

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Theo Rossi

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Some Quick Points

No column again today… yeah, you figured that out. Why not? Well, things are starting to smooth out except the weather crapped on us here a little and now once that rolls away, things should return to normal. I’m going to provide some quick tidbits to keep the site from being completely devoid of content this week.

I honestly would have thought we’d have had several episodes up and running by this point in the year. With a quick cast round up, I’d like to explain where we’re headed.

Bob’s work schedule, for all intents and purposes, sucks. Getting him on at the Saturday night recording time is nearly impossible lately… and I’m not sure getting him on other times is much better.

Saurabh is much in the same situation, though his is more of an on call situation.

Kevin Couick (or Stabby as we’ve taken to calling him) has a life now and Saturdays aren’t optimal.

Rachel has a job… where she works nearly every Saturday (weekend).

Metal Jesus, Tricia, and I seem to have the most availability on the standard recording times but we’re having issues getting on track with returning to the normal shows.

That means that one of two things will end up happening: 1) we either have infrequent shows or 2) we re-invent the show, again.

The show has been reinvented before, a few times, and in order to keep the show rolling. I won’t speak on what the show will need to be at the moment, so just know things are changing… I still want to have on Dirk Manning, Dan Berry, Pete Fitz, Eddie Webb, and a couple of the other guests I’ve been working on getting on, so that will still happen.

I used to write multiple columns on multiple subjects… then I condensed them all into the Journal of the Emerald Specter. I’ve been keeping this version rolling for awhile and I like the concept of the column, I am not entirely sure about the follow through.

The idea of the column is to put out updating content that keeps all the readers informed and allows me to stretch my writing muscles a little… with the intent of writing other stuff in the background that has a little more structure.

I want to write but I want to write a little more structured a lot more often. Hopefully that leads to much better content rather than “just” content.

A podcast originally about “nothing.” I wanted to have a show where I could talk about all kinds of the stuff that interests me. That, in turn, would interest some others and spur on conversation about other things that might be discovered in the process.

This has, however, turned into the “what’s up with BuJoRPG” show.

I am going to continue recording as normal until episode 50, then I’m hoping to have my new “podcast studio” set up for more of a “live broadcast to recorded” show running, meaning I’d be recording at a set time (or times) per week and the show will have at least some hint of a format.

Like Journey Into Mystery, Tales to Astonish, or Tales of Suspense, the show will continue on with the numbering (or I’ll change to using actual dates instead of episode numbers like Rebel Force Radio does).

I have gotten some software that will allow me to “live stream” my audio without buying time on a service (like Mixlr, though I’d really like to be able to be on Mixlr at some point in the future), and that should allow me to set up a schedule to broadcast on along with having a chatroom and other ways to interact with me… 

Specter of the Galaxy?! Where the hell has THIS been?

Like a network with “unproven” television series these days, I had Specter of the Galaxy run as if it were an inaugural TV season. There are currently seven episodes in “season one” and I knew I’d have to have a short run like that due to the Christmas peak season at work. Now that the peak season is over, I want to get back into exploring the galaxy.

There have been a few updates since the last recording I made of the show and I’m hoping that if I take an episode to do most of the “exploring the new content options” wouldn’t be too out of line. Then, like everything else, I’ll return to live streaming my content and posting it on a regular basis for Season Two.

Which leads me to my newest bit…

Guess who purchased EA Sports UFC 3?

Way back when UFC 2 came out, I broadcast my career mode as “Specter of the UFC.” I created myself and ran through an entire career (it is no longer available online).

I’m planning on doing something like that again… a little different, though.

I used to play Madden and keep track of the “franchise career” I played through way back when you couldn’t stream video games online. I utilized the game’s “in universe” franchise mode and had a hoot of a time doing it. Rather than use the career (or G.O.A.T.) mode within UFC 3, I’m going to create myself and broadcast a story… of myself, going through an MMA career.

This should, though I’m not going to guarantee this yet, include non-fight “story” videos telling the complete story. This means I won’t be using the UFC 3 career mode, I won’t be live streaming every second of the story, and I can tell a particular story rather than be at the mercy of the game (as my fight skills are not necessarily the greatest. I’m trying to get better, though.

No promises on when this will start, I’ve only owned the game for five days as I write this and I’m still getting used to the controls.

Speaking about all this video game streaming, my wife and I usually play Final Fantasy together (she runs the game and I run the “strategy guide” helping to guide the expedience of completing the game)… and I think we’re going to stream this, too.

Unlike the above two items, this one will be 100% streamed and be on a schedule. We would pick a day and broadcast regularly. Hopefully that would be interesting enough to follow along, though I understand that lots of people do this type of thing. I’m pretty sure we’d have commentary.

That’s all for now… see you soon.

The Specter Show 045: The Beauty of Being Numb

BuJoRPG? Check. BuJoRPG2 is now BuJourneyRPG? Check. Bringing you all the greatest as far as what is coming and what is being done behind the scenes on your favorite bullet journaling role playing game? Yeah, there’s a lot of that…

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Theo Rossi

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Expecting a Journal of the Emerald Specter?

With the re-release of BuJoRPG and my diligent work on the next version’s “base,” I was unable to get a column written up. I’m hoping that the new BuJoRPG book is sufficient for this week and I’m also hoping that I’ll have something similar to release NEXT week, as well as a proper journal entry… or two, since I am not entirely sure I want to fall behind on this one.

Stay tuned!

BuJoRPG Info, Version 1 “Re-Release” and Update

I didn’t know what to title this one, so I apologize for the heading.

After working to “smooth out” the rough edged BuJoRPG (V1, henceforth referred to only as BuJoRPG), I wanted to re-release the instruction booklet. I also wanted to update anyone who is using the systems to understand what will be happening over the course of the rest of the year.

First and foremost, welcome to the BuJoRPG update:

There isn’t an enormous amount of changes, in fact, you’d probably be hard pressed to see most of them if I didn’t point them out. That is a good thing. I added a “cover” to spice up the look and the file is formatted into two columns instead of one big “page wide” format, which I personally think is easier to read.

Next, the UPDATE portion of this post.

Just as I did with BuJoRPG, I’m going to reformat the BuJourneyRPG (what I’ve been calling Version 2) to be similar in design, AND I’ll be doing everything humanly possible to have the earliest working version of BuJourneyRPG done before 2018’s “peak season,” when I’ll be out of time to do anything interesting.

I will also be doing what I did for the Emerald Specter Chess Club and creating a static page that will house all of the BuJoRPG, BuJourneyRPG, and any related items to as they get released. This will help not only people looking for it but will also help me locate the place to put the updates IN, because I have a problem finding the post almost every time I need to update it. I’ll make an announcement when the page goes up.


The Specter Show 044: At the Heart of It All

We focus ourselves toward the bullet journaling, the BuJoRPG, and what will be happening into the future!

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Dirk Manning

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PRO Chess League Podcast 004: The End

First and foremost, I mislabeled the show as episode 5 in a couple of places… shouldn’t matter.

This is the end.