1) Urban Shadows
I was too late to join in on the Kickstarter for this (I was actually pretty skint at the time anyway), but after reading up about it online and watching some actual play recordings over on +Richard Rogers's Youtube channel, I decided to put myself down for preorder copies of both the Urban Shadows core rulebook and the Dark Streets supplement which compiles all the city guides for the game together. I'm a big fan of urban fantasy like Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dresden Files, Lost Girl, Supernatural, and most recently Grimm. I also like what I've heard about its take on the Apocalypse World system, with mechanics like Debts and Corruption which really reflect the genre. It's a game I'd love to play as a PC, but I don't think I'll mind running it too much either.
2) Hannibal Season 3
This is just of those shows that hooks its viewers over the course of a season and then leaves them reeling with a gut-punch of a cliffhanger at the end. I won't say what the cliffhanger for either season was, in case you've yet to watch it, but let's just say I'm pretty anxious to see what happens next in the show. And yes, I realise I'm probably going to be left gutted by another brutal cliffhanger next season, but it's suck a good show, so I'll just grin and bear it.
3) Agents of SHIELD - Season 2, Part 2
I had faith that Agents of SHIELD could become a great show despite its shaky start, and my faith has been rewarded big time. It went from being an 'okay' show in early season one, to a good show in the latter half of that season (especially after Captain America 2 happened) and it has been pure awesome since it came back for season two. They stopped mid-season with a reveal that makes me wish the second half would air sooner than March 3rd. But that's okay, because in the meantime we'll have...
4) Agent Carter
Peggy Carter, founding member of SHIELD! Watching the Marvel One Shot by the same name, it's not hard to see how they decided it had potential as a series. Besides having a kick-ass heroine getting her hands dirty with some post-WW2 espionage action, it also has a social conflict built-in with Carter fighting for her right to contribute to the greater good despite the sexist attitudes of her superiors who seem to think she's better kept at a desk than out in the field. Looking forward to seeing how it works out as an hour-length series.
5) Avengers: Age of Ultron
The last couple of Marvel movies have been pretty amazing, so I'm looking forward to seeing the gang get back together for the second Avengers team-up movie. Hopefully we'll get to see more development of Hawkeye's character because, besides being a badass with a compound bow, he didn't really get to do much in the last couple of films he appeared in.
6) Worlds In Peril
And since I'm talking so much about superheroes, there's this superhero-themed Apocalypse World hack due to be released in the New Year. I've been searching for a superhero RPG that works for me as both a GM and a player for almost as long as I've been a roleplayer. But AW is one of my favourite systems, so I figure if anything is going to click with me, it'll be a supers game based on that.
7) The Devil's Only Friend
I finished off the first John Cleaver trilogy earlier this year and now Dan Wells is kicking off a new trilogy about the teenage would-be serial killer turned demon slayer. There were rumors that the new book, The Devil's Only Friend, would be narrated by one of the surviving support characters from the previous series instead of John but there's nothing in the blurb to indicate that. It would be cool to see John from an outside perspective, but even if we don't get a different viewpoint it'll be good to return to the world and see how John is adjusting to the events of the previous book.
8) True Detective - Season Two
Season one was pretty solid. Writing, acting, direction, all top-notch. Can they pull it off again with a second season? Well, we'll just need to wait and see. If nothing else, I love my detective fiction, so I'll check it out just to satisfy that itch if nothing else.
9) Terminator: Genesys
I haven't really been that psyched about new Terminator stuff since Terminator 3 (I did watch Sarah Connor Chronicles, but I mostly just liked the music by Bear McCready), but I've been waiting to see Emilia Clarke play a role other than Daenerys Targaryen so I was pretty intrigued when I heard she'd be playing Sarah Connor. While I was initially skeptical about the plot when it was revealed, the trailer did look quite fun. Even if Arnie is way too old to pull off his old action movie shtick at this point.
10) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Again, I haven't really been excited about anything to do with Star Wars since the Phantom Menace came out, but I'm gonna give this a chance for old times' sake. Hopefully it won't be terrible.
Constantine: Season 1, Part 2
The show's been good so far, but I'm being a bit reserved about it because it doesn't seem to be doing so well with the network. They didn't get picked up for the back 9 episodes to make it a full 22 episode season, so this first season will be limited to the first 13. That doesn't bode well for it getting picked up for a second season. Based on the better episodes of the series (Non Est Asylum, The Devil's Vinyl, A Feast Of Friends, Blessed Are The Damned and Saint Of Last Resorts part 1) I'd love to see the show get continued, but...we'll see.
Student Nationals 2015
I'm always kinda looking forward to this at the end of each year (if I've signed up to go) so I didn't want to make it one of the main ten entries. That said, this year sees the return of Doctor Who as an RP category, as well as the addition of categories for Anime and TV/franchise tie-ins. I put in all three as my options for the category I'll be playing in this year so, whichever one I get, I'm sure I'll have fun with it.
Tears of a Machine: Tales of the Arx Jericho - Season Two
Not only will I be rejoining +Misha Polonsky and our group from the previous season of this teen mecha drama RPG, but we'll be joined by two new players, one of whom is the game's designer, +Russell Collins. It'll be interesting to see how things progress from last season as our characters head into space to take the fight to the Mayzor invaders on their home turf, and it'll be handy to get Russell's input on the system as we play. The first session starts this Sunday at 7pm GMT and I'm looking forward to it a lot, not least because it gives me a chance to actually play rather than run a game again.