The “Big Book of Kaiju” is many things. It’s a collection of giant monsters culled from the annuls of movie history. Any fan of the genre will be able to recognize a favorite monster here. It is also a game master aid for the “Mecha vs. Kaiju” game, powered by Fate Core, offering statblocks for[...]
Optimus Prime Optimus Prime is the largest, strongest and wisest of all Autobots. Once a peaceful worker on the alien world of Cybertron, he was nearly destroyed when the Decepticon Megatron began his war of conquest. Due to his purity and nobility, the dying machine was gifted the Matrix of Leadership and reborn as Optimus Prime.[...]
King Ghidorah Motivation: Three Faces of Evil Instinct: Destroy Everything Skills: Fight +6, Physique +5, Shoot +5, Athletics +4, Notice +4, Provoke +4, Will +3 Attack Forms Gravity Beams: Blast (use Shoot to attack targets 2 sectors away), Area-Cone (may attack all targets within 3 adjacent sectors; reduce damage -2 shifts), Knockback (anytime Ghidorah succeeds[...]
AV-98 “Ingram” from Patlabor In the future, monstrously large robots are called “labors” and do a variety of heavy construction jobs. As a result they are also used in criminal enterprises. To combat this new threat the police create “Special Vehicle” units, and the mecha of Tokyo’s SV-2 unit is Shinohara Industries’ Advanced Vehicle Type[...]
On this momentous day in 1954 Godzilla first set foot in Tokyo, setting in motion a chain of events that would change the shape of popular culture.
Mecha vs Kaiju allows GMs to create any kaiju they can think of, and what better creation to begin with than the original king of the monsters Godzilla! Tune in next week for another great example. Godzilla Motivation: King of the Monsters Instinct: Fight the Toughest Foe Skills: Physique +6, Fight +5, Provoke+5, Athletics +4,[...]
On this day in 1998 Roland Emerich’s Godzilla film was released. I was in the theatre, having bought special event tickets with a little folder and soundtrack CD. After the first appearance of Godzilla I knew there was a problem. It wasn’t the design, it was the direction. In my favorite Godzilla movies there’s a[...]
Today the new Godzilla movie is in theatres. In the name of Ishiro Honda please let it be good.
On this day in 1972 the first kaiju mercenary, Gaigan from Nebula-M, appeared on the screen, alongside King Ghidorah, squaring off against Anguirus and Godzilla, appearing as a good guy for the first time.
I was interviewed tonight on the Fate Points RPG podcast! I talked with Jacob Poss about the history of kaiju in film, the difference between mecha before Gundam and after, and details about the new Fate rules I’ve included in MvK. Check it out! Fate Points Episode 13: Unlucky Kaiju