In case you haven't been listening to the radio arm of Geek Public Radio, or if you have been living under a rock for the past 6 months, there has been some shows that have appeared on the station without much fanfare. We have talked about them in passing on the facebook page, but nothing really in depth. Well, now that they have gotten settled and everything seems to be going good it is time we let everyone know what's up.
Well for GenCon50, we decided to do something that we haven’t done for many years, and that was to actually go for fun and not get press passes. I do have to say that, without the need to see what is there and setup/do interviews, I didn’t see anything near the whole con. Not just that, but I didn’t even get to see all the vendors in the hall.
So you may ask, what was it that you did do? We walked (of course) and played games (like the battlepods), went to the arcade room, hung out in various places in the vendor hall, and ate some really good food. For the most part though, honestly, there isn’t a lot that I remember.
With the Release of Star Trek Adventures and Demos of Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, Modiphius Entertainment Announces Plans for Gen Con 50
LONDON, ENGLAND (August 10, 2017): Modiphius Entertainment, award-winning publisher of the Star Trek Adventures, Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Infinity and John Carter of Mars roleplaying games, announces today the line-up of activities planned for the historic Gen Con 50 convention (August 17 – 20, Indianapolis), including the launch of the highly anticipated Star Trek Adventures: The Roleplaying Game, the first new Star Trek RPG to release in more than a decade.
With an all-star design team behind the bridge, Star Trek Adventures uses the Modiphius 2d20 game system (Mutant Chronicles, Infinity, Conan, John Carter of Mars) designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, X-Wing Miniatures Game). The accompanying Star Trek miniatures line features 32mm-heroic scale resin figures of classic Star Trek characters and crews, landing parties and away teams, all of which will be on display at Gen Con. Attendees will be able to purchase the Star Trek Adventures core rulebook, along with custom Q-Workshop Star Trek Adventures dice, at the Modiphius booth in the Gen Con exhibit hall (2461).
So, as with any recasting of the Doctor, there is a segment of the fandom who are displeased with the choice. The internet has been buzzing with pro-new doctor calling anti-new doctor people names and vice versa… Apparently if someone disagrees with your opinion you are automatically a snowflake. Let’s breakdown why someone would have a disagreeing opinion about the newest Dr.
Psychologically speaking, some people are comfortable with the way the show has been cast for the last 50+ years... and to change that makes them feel that what they internalized about the show and what they love will be taken away. Some others (it may overlap with some of the former as well... I can't do Venn diagrams in text... lol) feel that the decision was more of a stunt than an organic casting choice. Third camp feel it was lazy casting, as witnessed by the fact that Chibnall (who headed Broadchurch as well) just picked an actress he already worked with instead what would be the best choice for the new Doctor.
So, let’s explore some of these reasons. Being a member of a fandom means that someone has invested a lot of time and emotions into a character. With a character that has been around longer than 50 years, had 36 seasons, and 12 Doctors, there is a lot of room for people to internalize these characters. So, for someone to be upset that there is a change in the dynamic with a new incarnation of a character that they have spent time, money, and vested with some sense of emotional ownership over, is only natural. In fact, every time there is a new doctor, there is this argument. “Oh no, they will be a terrible Doctor.” I know several that didn’t like Matt Smith, and even more that didn’t like Peter Capaldi.