So the New Legends of Monkey

Since people keep on asking me about/recommending Netflix’s The New Legends of Monkey, here’s my brief mention that’s going in the bibliography of Monkey the RPG (which gets in because I’ve had to do a complete layout tweak, pesky margins!)
The New Legends of Monkey (Netflix 2018)
A complete retelling of the tale, to make it an action-packed if somewhat duller version of the epic. Not recommended if you want to watch a version that is 100% faithful to either the letter or spirit of the novel*
*which is where I stand on it (since people keep on asking me). Watched 1st episode and about half second and then gently dozed off. Much rather spend my time watching all of the 1986 China TV Journey to West series, that is on YouTube, or even the old 80s Japanese TV Monkey, which is available in box set. It reminded me of the BBCs Merlin series, aimed fairly and squarely the teen audience. Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West films (Conquering Demons/The Demons Strike Back) is much much more fun and faithful to the source material if you want a quick introduction to Monkey.
 
As for The New Legends… I’m going to go away and forget it ever exists. My damning with faint praise mention is my last word on it! 😛
But behold you can make up your own mind, here’s the official Trailer!

Wondering the streets of Western Heaven

Today while writing for the Mandate of Heaven, a mega scenario pack for Monkey that also an expanded location guide for three locations in the Monkey-verse, I have wondered the streets of the Western Heaven, a city made of Jade and other precious gems and metals, inhabited by Chinese Immortals who run the universe.

I have visited the grand palace of the Jade Emperor, the magical residence of the Queen Mother of the West, her magical peach garden, the Forge of Lao Tzu, the Ministry of Thunder (responsible for dealing with supernatural criminals on Earth) and ended up in the Ministry of Records (where you can find the answer to any question as long as you don’t mind sifting through endless piles of scrolls). And any time I got lost I merely closed my eyes and found myself back at the Fountain of Dancing Phoenxies 🙂

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Monkey Morning 15, Half time on the Kickstarter!

We’re now officially half way through the Kickstarter and in a very healthy position indeed.

Main Rulebook funded on day one, followed by Stretch Goals 1 +2 which provide extra content for that book + a separate quick start rule booklet which will be be free in pdf form and low cost in print. Stretch goal 3, The Ministry of Thunder funded yesterday, and this will be a 5 scenario book. I’m quite  chuffed about this because I’ve wanted to do this for years and now have the funds to get it done properly.

We’re now funding the Monkey Companion (which I’ll blog about in detail tomorrow).which is basically a book of short articles and adventures. One of these feature hopping vampires from Chinese Kung Fu movies, and Peter Frain has done a cracking job on illustrating one of them.

Chinese Vampire by Peter Frain

Chinese Vampire by Peter Frain

Monkey Morning Day 14, Stretch Goal 3 hit !

Earlier this morning we hit the Stretch Goal 3 The Ministry of Thunder! Now onwards and upwards towards the Monkey Companion!

Also some good news if you are backing at the Silver Monkey level (or are considering it). I’ve upped the reward package to include eight art prints; the piece you sponsor or suggest (which you’ll also get as a print quality electronic image for your own personal use) + 3 pieces by Peter Frain (The Monkey Triptych which includes the banner image on this site) + Dan Barker’s interpretation of the Four Pilgrims.

Read more on this Kickstarter Update

Talking of Dan, he’s still working away at his illustration for the scenario “If you See Buddha on the Road”

Here’s the latest work in progress showing the scale of the piece (its missing Monkey and co.)

If you see Buddha on the Road, work in progress by Dan Barker

 

Monkey Morning Day 11 More Art!

Campaign had a great day yesterday with more backers jumping on at a slightly higher rate than anticipated, pushing us over the 50% line for Stretch Goal 3. The Ministry of Thunder gets closer to opening its doors to us 😉

In the mean time late last night, Peter Frain delivered this awesome Skeleton Warrior who will live in the Defenders of the Dragon Empire chapter, providing bone-kicking opposition for the mortal characters who live there 🙂

Skeleton Warrior by Peter Frain

Skeleton Warrior by Peter Frain

Morning Monkey Day 10 ART ATTACK!!!

Yesterday was a good day for pledges which is meaning that we are still on for funding the Ministry of Thunder (Strectch Goal 3) either at the weekend or shortly afterwards, and certainly by the end of week two of the campaign.

Witht main rulebook funded, I’ve given the green light to artists Peter Frain and Dan Barker to get started on the illustrations. Both are working excitedly away and Dan has just submitted this rather wonderful piece of the monk Tripitaka and on his Horse who’s real nature, as a dragon, is revealed by his shadow on the cave wall.

Tripitaka contempatles the illusionary nature of reality by Dan Barker.

Tripitaka contempatles the illusionary nature of reality by Dan Barker.