Last spring Free League announced they were working on a tabletop RPG set in the gritty, neon, rain-soaked, vaguely Japanese Blade Runner universe. They ran a Kickstarter last spring and proved there was demand, puling in over a million dollars on its first day. But if you missed that campaign, the RPG will be available to purchase for regular folks very soon.
Man, there was a time when getting any continuation of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner beyond the 1982 original was a mere pipe dream. Now there seems to be no end to the procession of Replicants, Turing Tests, and the Runners who hunt robots down rain-slicked, grungy urban streets. You can thank Blade Runner 2049 for this; the sequel was considered a risky gamble at the time but it paid off and now suits have confidence in the concept.
Free League’s latest crowdfunding campaign is one of their most successful yet — the Blade Runner RPG was put up for funding just this morning, with a humble goal of $10,000. It knocked that down in the time it takes to microwave a Hot Pocket and it’s still climbing, as of this writing somewhere past $700,000. It’s an easy bet it will generate a million before its first day is through.
Last year tabletop game makers Free League announced they had acquired the Blade Runner license and were doing something with it: a new game, set for a 2022 release. It’s 2022 now and we’re about to learn a lot more. The Kickstarter campaign for the Blade Runner RPG has been given a launch date: May 3.
We write about tabletop game maker Free League a lot around these parts, and based on what they just announced, we don’t expect to stop anytime soon. They’ve acquired the Blade Runner license, which is basically printing money even if the game is bad (but that probably won’t be the case).
I go back a long way with my next interview subject’s work. I first saw Joanna Cassidy in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which I saw at the age of 5 with my family at a drive-in double feature with Big Top Pee-wee. Ms. Cassidy’s work in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Dolores really made an impact on me. As I grew older and my 80s fandom blossomed, I would see her work in movies as diverse as Blade Runner, Under Fire and Club Paradise, and find her to be a unique and outstanding presence in each film. I met Ms. Cassidy at the Chiller Theatre convention in April of 2018, as shown in the cover photo, and it was great to meet her. I’d always hoped to interview Joanna, and last month she took some time to speak to me about her long and wide-ranging career. I hope you all enjoy reading this interview.
If you’re reading this, you’re among those who lived to see a new decade…unfortunately, Syd Mead can’t say the same. Passing away this week at the age of 86, Mead was one of the most influential artists in all of Hollywood.
Dawna Lee Heising, my newest interview subject, is a busy and versatile performer who has been acting since the 1980s. Starting with small roles in 80s cult classics like Blade Runner and My Science Project, Dawna, who is also a trained dancer, really came into her own in the 00s and has continued making a wide variety of films from comedies and dramas to action movies and horror films. We spoke about the many facets of her diverse career on Monday, October 7th. I hope you all enjoy getting to know her.
Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of Cowboy Bebop, has announced his next big anime project….an adaption of a Western property. Blade Runner: Black Lotus will take place in the world established by the groundbreaking 1982 motion picture and its 2017 sequel.
Back in my RetroJunk days, many of my articles were list articles, and many of those lists pertained to the pop culture of the 1980s. As a lot of these articles were written in the 00s, they were part of the first wave of 80s nostalgia, probably best exemplified by VH1’s I Love The 80s trilogy. There were three installments, those being 2002’s original I Love The 80s, 2003’s I Love The 80s Strikes Back and 2005’s I Love The 80s 3-D. I was puzzled as to why they called it I Love The 80s when so many of the commentators were snarky and sarcastic about it, lacking the love of the title, but I watched all three installments anyway because of the topics covered. You can preface this article’s title with the words 10 Big Ones because these were big movies not covered on VH1’s I Love The 80s. Surprisingly, there were a lot of movies they never got around to, movies that spring readily to mind when you think of the decade. Whether it was clearance issues or just the fact that each episode was only an hour long, with an episode for each year in all three series making for three hours on that year, there was a lot they could’ve and should’ve covered. Prepare to be surprised.
Guy-Roger Duvert has delivered an award-winning sci-fi experience with his film 2047 Virtual Revolution. In my recent review I found Duvert’s take on the morality of virtual gaming to be quite unique, while at the same time evoking the look and feel of the Blade Runner universe in an expertly executed homage. I decided to pick the brain of this talented French composer, writer and director for more on how his vision came to be.
Let get right to it, I really enjoyed 2047 Virtual Revolution. I’ll also admit that Blade Runner 2049 was one of my favorite films of 2017, despite its lackluster box office performance and theatrical run time.