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2019-03-21

FASA Games, Inc.Ha’Penny Pie Comic 83

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Mixed Signals GamingClassic Rigged Statue

Often used to protect something, this trap appears as the bust of a large person or god, made entirely of stone. It will radiate magic, if looked for. The bust only shows this figure from the waist up, but it is nonetheless gigantic. Its head is raised to the ceiling or sky, while its hands clenched in prayer. Upon activation, the figure will animate, and slam down its huge clenched fists in a particular spot directly before it. Anyone there may roll against their AC, Dex, or get a Saving...

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  • trap
  • gaming

2019-03-20

Lampblack & BrimstoneTales from the Sodden Reach – Session I

Five brave (or perhaps foolhardy) souls ventured forth into the unknown last night. You can observe their exploits here: After our session zero a couple of weeks back, my homework as Judge was to flesh out some of the details that the players created or rolled up. I really enjoy prepping a game setting, especially […]

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Mixed Signals GamingThe Addamses

Recently the entire series (er, both seasons) of the original Addams Family TV show made its way onto archive.org. I knew very little about the Addams Family, aside from the fact that there were two movies in the 90s about them, and that as a younger bloke those movies resonated with me because of the topsy-turvy view they took of the "normal" world. So I decided to watch an episode of the original show, expecting to find a tepid sit-com about a bunch of cartoonishly morbid oddballs stuck in...

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  • halloween
  • independent

2019-03-19

Arcandio's Mad RavingsAcrobat Rage

This is about desktop publishing, not a Bard/Barbarian build. Oh my god I hate Acrobat. I know that I say that I don't like ragging on things, and that I want to reduce worldsuck, but I really need to get this rant off my chest. Wow. So I guess every single publishing and print company on earth is basically beholden to Adobe. They have an utter monopoly on the tools you need to get content into print. I wonder how press and prepress/preflight companies feel about this. Probably okay, but still.

Tearless RetinaSpielleitungsloser Dienstag: Classic Traveller versus Sign in Stranger.

Classic Traveller Auf einer kleinen Welt mit dünner Atmosphäre folgt die Gruppe einem Flusslauf. Ein Wurf auf der Tabelle für Tierbegegnungen auf solchen Welten und um Flüsse herum führt zu dem folgenden Eintrag: 77 Grazers 50kg 19/ 2 cloth-1 5 horns F4 A8 S3 Die Gruppe trifft also auf 77 Tiere, die ihre meiste Zeit mit Essen verbringen. In diesem Fall scheint es sich um eine Herde zu handeln. Als Erden-Beispiele dieses Typs nennen die Regeln Antilopen oder Elche. Hervorgehoben wird noch die …

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  • Classic Traveller
  • Sign in Stranger
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The Indie Game Reading ClubThe Perils of Running One-Shots

Several years ago, I wrote an essay about introducing the intensity of one-shot play to your ongoing home campaign/season/whatever. It’s a good essay, I still stand behind it, but my good intentions are coming back to bite me in the ass in our new Urban Shadows campaign. A couple bits, for context:  First, I’m still […] The post The Perils of Running One-Shots appeared first on The Indie Game Reading Club.

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  • Apocalypse World
  • Forbidden Lands
  • Urban Shadows

Black Armada48 hours left to back Bite Me! on Kickstarter

We have been running a Kickstarter for Bite Me! – a game of werewolf pack dynamics here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackarmada/bite-me-a-game-of-werewolf-pack-dynamics and we are down to the last 48 hours. As you know I love Werewolves and werewolf packs especially and this is a labour of love which I’ve talked about before on the blog.  I wanted a game which … Continue reading "48 hours left to back Bite Me! on Kickstarter"

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  • Bite Me!
  • indie rpg
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  • pbta
  • rpg
  • werewolf pack
  • Werewolves

Stargazer's WorldRPGSmith

A couple of days ago, David Sumner, co-founder of RPGSmith got in touch with me and told me about his free web application. RPGSmith is – in a nutshell – an interactive character sheet with additional features like item, spell and ability management. The current application is meant for players, but they’ll be launching a … Continue reading RPGSmith →

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  • Advice
  • Call of Cthulhu
  • FATE
  • Freebies
  • Other Systems
  • Pathfinder
  • RPG
  • RPG tools
  • Savage Worlds

Mixed Signals GamingPoisoning Cup

This is either a tool of assassination, or a horrid curse, depending upon how it is used. This item appears as a somewhat battered copper drinking cup. It will radiate magic if tested for. This cup looks somewhat old, but in reality, it is quite ancient, hailing from a time when political intrigue and quiet assassination among elite members of society were distressingly common. Many items with similar powers were in circulation back then, but this cup, in specific, was created by a nervous, c...

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  • curse
  • gaming

Stormforge Productionsd100 Recipes: Bacon & Egg Slice, Mum’s Apple Tart

What’s better than having a night with your friends, enjoying each other’s company, and immersing yourself in a fantastical adventure? Doing so with some good comfort food. This time we’ll show you how to make a good and filling meal in the bacon & egg slice, and a tasty desert with my mum’s apple tart … Continue reading d100 Recipes: Bacon & Egg Slice, Mum’s Apple Tart

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2019-03-18

Tearless Retina[English] Cyberpunk city maps

are something I regularly struggle with and then quickly forget again. Here is where I'm at. If anything, I'll be able to refer myself to this post the next time:  1. The detailed style This would be pulling a real city map off, for example, http://maps.stamen.com and editing/relabeling it. Two super polished examples: http://neuralarchive.blogspot.com/2018/06/2-maps-4-u.html https://www.artstation.com/artwork/588nwWThis can be done with old maps, too. See this example of a Cyberpunk'd 1851 map.

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  • Cyberpunk
  • Mapping
  • Random Tables

Arcandio's Mad RavingsWatching myself on loop

The weird experience of feeling comptetent for once Last week I finished a cool commission. Fire Priestess Illustration The client loved it and left a glowing review, and the community loved it too, at the time of this writing it's my highest rated post on my Pixelfed.Social Sketchblog. That's awesome. Then I made a timelapse video, sort of to try out using Kdenlive and compare it to Resolve. It didn't take long to make the video and I had it uploaded to Youtube later that day: What's weird …

The Indie Game Reading ClubBy Aecer’s Light! Back it!

My buddy Jahmal Brown is running his first ever Kickstarter as part of their Zine Quest promotion, an adventure/campaign/culture booklet for Burning Wheel (and Dungeon World, via stretch goal by Johnstone Metzger) called By Aecer’s Light! It’s a setting, a cultural writeup, and a campaign frame all in one. The cool angle to the whole thing, […] The post By Aecer’s Light! Back it! appeared first on The Indie Game Reading Club.

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  • Burning Wheel
  • Dungeon World

AttercapWhy You're Here

The standard adage is that it's the players' responsibility to see the adventure hook and take it. This is not an unfair thought. I'd argue, however, that the introduction of why the characters would be there at all is the task of the scenario. The players have a responsibility to take the hook, but the GM has the obligation to ensure the hook makes sense for the characters. Sometimes the GM needs to lay out a map to say, "You Are Here... And Here's Why."

watergoesredcovenant dark

For a while now, I’ve noodled on designs for an RPG about powerful mages that combine forces for mutual benefit. This is inspired by Ars Magica, not to emulate its system or political game, but to explore the idea of a covenant (as an oath, a place, and magical protection) and troupe play, where games […]

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  • RPG
  • 14Days
  • CthulhuDark
  • HackWithoutAHome
  • Undying

Take on RulesBetter World Books Closing Goshen Store

My daughter, my mother, and I sorting books for the kids section at Better World Books first Goshen location On Tuesday, March 12th 2019, during our commute home, I learned from a carpool buddy that Better World Books was closing its Goshen Indiana retail spot. The news stunned me and my local community. Eleven years ago my children, my mother, and I were one of several volunteers helping get the store ready; Everyone chipping in some labour to help nurture a much needed bookstore. Better World …

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  • not-quite-gaming
  • role-playing-game

Mixed Signals GamingCloak of the Nameless

A lavish cloak, embroidered with runes and patterns of great, old, and forgotten households of the frozen North. It is unnaturally comfortable and protective, providing +1 to saves against environmental effects. However, while in possession of this cloak, a player cannot recall their own name, even if someone reminds them or writes it down on a sign in front of them. This causes a -4 to all Charisma-based checks, and a general sense of mistrust among everyone they meet. Digital pa...

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  • curse
  • gaming

2019-03-17

Tearless Retina[English] d10 Activists

to play in Remember Tomorrow or other Cyberpunk rpgs. 1 You fed paint to windolls across the Hub, making skyscrapers ooze blood for days. Now everyone wonders what other dolls you got to. 2 Since a young activist vanished from a maglev stopped and raided on Solidarity Bridge by Railway Police, you have organised multiple thousand-strong vigils at the Ministry of the Interior. A spokesperson said they're still searching the river. 3 Anti-warzone protest has always been limited to small towns and …

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  • Cyberpunk
  • Random Tables
  • Remember Tomorrow

Tearless Retina[English] d10 Couriers

to play in Remember Tomorrow or other Cyberpunk rpgs. 1 The use of any kind of skin-analogue on dolls is a serious crime. Of course there's a flourishing black market. You move customizable, high-tech dollskin into the city disguised as patented insulating foil for Rostock Aerospace. 2 Sympathy is an occupied hospital tower on the outskirts. You get patients, drugs and medical equipment in despite constant harassment. The government claims that since it's disconnected from National Health …

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  • Cyberpunk
  • Random Tables
  • Remember Tomorrow

The Indie Game Reading ClubSoth is an amazing game

And Soth creator Steve Hickey is doing something awesome during the Kickstarter for the reprint. Update #9: Soth will support the people of Christchurch. The post Soth is an amazing game appeared first on The Indie Game Reading Club.

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FASA Games, Inc.1879: Stuff That Wouldn’t Fit: Everyday Poisons

1879: Stuff That Wouldn’t Fit: Everyday Poisons We did a section in the 1879 Gamemaster’s Guide about poisons, but didn’t…

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  • 1879
  • London
  • mechanics
  • poison
  • steampunk
  • Victorian

2019-03-16

Daniel/HighmoonTHE PLAYLIST: A Game of Soundtracks and Feelings

The star-crossed lovers meet in secret. The former best friends meet at dusk to duel. The college friends meet at a bar after years apart. Lives clash together, and drama is guaranteed. Hit play, find your theme song, and let the music guide you. THE PLAYLIST is a roleplaying game for a gamemaster (GM) and one to […]

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  • Gaming
  • Highmoon Press

Wilhelm's Games… but with a bang.

Google+ is going away. I can’t overstate the role it has played in my life over the years.  So many gaming friends made and so many games I first learned about on G+ and then came to love. The game design community over there has been amazing. It might not be the end of the […]

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  • While the World Ends

2019-03-15

Arcandio's Mad RavingsThe Lazy DM and Me

I recently finished Sly Flourish's The Lazy DM. This isn't a review so much as some reflections and a bit of unasked advice. Though I was introduced to #ttrpgs through D&D, I didn't have the same “upbringing” that a lot of other 2nd Ed grognards had. Yes, D&D was my first rpg, but in reality we weren't exactly playing D&D, not at first at least. Story time I'll keep it short. My best friend and I had a mutual friend who lived close to our school, so after school we'd go hang out with him. I …

Stormforge ProductionsSigil Casino Games: d100 Slots

Last time on our Casino Games series, we showed you the grand table of the casino: Roulette. This time, however, we’ll talk about the everpresent game that lights up the casino: the Slots d100 Slots Slots are the easiest of the Sigil Casino Games to play, as there is just one roll to do and … Continue reading Sigil Casino Games: d100 Slots

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Take on RulesFinding Cartographic Inspiration

A matte-white painted tin ceiling tile One of the painted tin ceiling tiles at Soapy Gnome Earlier, I was working in the upstairs loft at Soapy Gnome, my spouse’s retail store. In a moment of contemplation, I looked up and saw the above tile. My first thought was Now that would be a cool campaign map! With mind adrift, I surveyed the other tiles within line of sight. Seafaring adventures, ports of call, land of lakes, the pocked crater, commerce, and trade. Small river craft and nimble vessels …

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  • role-playing-game

FASA Games, Inc.Ha’Penny Pie Comic 82

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imaginary hallwaysHacking everything in the world

I've been thinking about systems that would let you hack everything you can see. Partly inspired by Graverobber's Guide's latest about a cyberpunk dystopia. Here are some Powered by the Apocalypse style rules I'm noodling around with. It's really easy to make hacking this weird mini-game which takes everyone out of the world, makes 1 player the Special Time Person, etc. I think Shadowrun's move to wireless hacking is maybe a try at getting away from this, but I haven't actually read anything …

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  • cyberpunk
  • powered by the apocalypse
  • science fiction
  • system

imaginary hallwaysI believe women

I posted this all over my social media, but it's worth stating here: I believe women. I believe Mandy. Jennifer. Hannah. Vivka. There's no room for abusers in this hobby. In the past I've linked to things Zak has written; not anymore. Other people have written this up and written up the write-ups. I should've stood up more for others when Zak was charging at them, and did not. It was easier to avoid him, which was pretty much by design. It was easier, but it helped enable him to do what he did. …

2019-03-14

Arcandio's Mad RavingsFate Issues: Too much separation between player and character

A continuing series on the #CommonComplaints of #FateCore This is one that I do agree with, in some ways. Fate Core treats the PCs like characters in a story that the players are telling, rather than the avatars of players in the world of the game. A page from Oubliette Second Edition In Oubliette Second Edition, I had a whole section on handling this disconnect. In that game, I specifically and intentionally backed off from that extreme player vs character separation. On the other hand, I do …

Stormforge ProductionsZ-LAND S3 Chapter 1 “Reunions” Part 3

As the sun sets on the first day back at the reserve trouble arrives with howls on the wind. Not caught up yet? CLICK HERE to watch all the apocalyptic action. And get your hands on the Z-LAND corebook now by CLICKING HERE. If you want to chat about Z-LAND with other players and the … Continue reading Z-LAND S3 Chapter 1 “Reunions” Part 3

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Spouting Lore42 magic swords

the truth We did some brainstorming on the DW Discord a little while back. 30 magic swords, no more than two sentences each. We came up with 30 in just under an hour. Then folks kept going. Enjoy. A singing sword, floating in the darkness for ages, guarding this now-empty ruin from intruders yet so, so lonely. Jeremy StrandbergA sword carved from the thigh bone of a Nephilim. Bane to both demons and angels, bleeds in the presence of either. Jeremy StrandbergShifter's Demon, this scimitar is …

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  • magic items
  • resources
  • worldbuilding

2019-03-13

The Indie Game Reading ClubRecalibrating

Has it really been a month since I last posted? I swear, there’s something about running the Indie Game Reading Club Slack channel that consumes whatever bandwidth I used to have to make longer posts. By the way: if you’re riding out the GPlus diaspora along with the rest of us, drop me a line if you […] The post Recalibrating appeared first on The Indie Game Reading Club.

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  • Apocalypse World
  • dreamation
  • Forbidden Lands
  • Legacy
  • Night Witches
  • Sagas of the Icelanders
  • Scum and Villainy
  • Space Wurm vs Moonicorn
  • The King is Dead
  • Urban Shadows

UFO PressMysthea: Legends From the Borderlands is now live!

Montara was shattered by war. Once the jewel of the Borderlands, it now bears the scars of occupation. Will you lead it into a bright new future, or only enrich yourselves? Mysthea: Legends From the Borderlands is a game of politics, adventure and discovery in a geomantic fantasy world. You’ll […] The post Mysthea: Legends From the Borderlands is now live! appeared first on UFO Press.

PretendoPlaying RPGs to win

“‘Winning’ and ‘losing,’ things important to most games, do not apply to D&D games!” declares Tom Moldvay in the especially influential Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook. The concept of “winning” doesn’t appear at all in the original “little brown books” released years before. And so we’ve told ourselves in the years since that you can’t really … Continue reading Playing RPGs to win →

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FASA Games, Inc.Ha’Penny Pie Comic 81

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Stargazer's WorldMore Modiphius News: Grimmerspace

It seems the folks at Modiphius are on a roll right now. Recently I shared news about their upcoming Fallout RPG and the new Achtung! Cthulhu edition for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition. They also just released a huge number of miniatures and books for their new John Carter line. So it’s probably no surprise … Continue reading More Modiphius News: Grimmerspace →

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  • News & Reviews
  • Other Systems
  • Pathfinder
  • RPG

2019-03-12

Take on RulesLet's Read “Codex of the Black Sun” - Seeds of Stranger Fruit

A part of my Let’s Read “Codex of the Black Sun” series. Go grab your copy of Codex of the Black Sun and join in. Codex of the Black Sun’s second chapter, Seeds of Stranger Fruit, shambles through a history and meta-physical explanation of magic as though a scientific paper in which the author had to hit a specific word count. Mercifully, the short chapter is both optional and positioned (via call out texts) as one possible explanation for magic. The chapter introduces the concept of Shadows; …

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  • lets-read
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  • stars-without-number

Stargazer's WorldColonial Gothic: Grim & Perilous RPG

If you have been following this blog for a while you might already know that I love the old Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Game from Games Workshop. It was basically the first RPG I played for an extended period of time, and back in the day I immediately fell in love with both its setting and … Continue reading Colonial Gothic: Grim & Perilous RPG →

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  • Other Systems
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Stargazer's WorldAchtung! Cthulhu for 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu

A few days ago I was surprised to find emails from DriveThruRPG in my inbox with links to free copies of three new products. As it turned out Mödiphiüs had just released an updated version of their Achtung! Cthulhu game for 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu, and as one of the original backers I was … Continue reading Achtung! Cthulhu for 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu →

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  • Random musings
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Stormforge Productionsd100 Recipes: Cheese Twists and Dirty Lemonade

We don’t just want to bring you great games, mods and adventures. We also want to make your gaming sessions amazing. And to help with that, we’re starting a new series on the blog: d100 Recipes. Over the next year or so, we’ll be showing you 100 recipes that are easy, tasty and filling. Even … Continue reading d100 Recipes: Cheese Twists and Dirty Lemonade

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2019-03-11

blue collar spaceweapons technology in d&d

Recently I did a little Twitter thread on D&D weapons technology spurred by someone elses. Let’s summarize and expand! The question was simply “firearms in D&D yes or no” and expanded to “how to model”. The most popular was of course tinkering with hit and damage and crit and advantage and so on because those […]

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  • design
  • wacky shit

Dungeon WordsKult - Divinity Lost - recensione - My 2 cents

Il nuovo Kult ha un look decisamente più mistico del precedente Parliamo oggi della nuova 4a edizione di Kult - Divinity Lost (scaricabile qui) ma prima è doveroso accennare alla storia di quello che è sempre stato il mio gioco di ruolo, anzi ambientazione (vedremo in seguito il perché della scelta di parole) preferita. La prima edizione, svedese, di Kult è del 1991 (wikipedia) ma

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  • Kult
  • My 2 cents
  • PbTA
  • recensione

AttercapReconstruction

No RPG-focused column this week as I've been spending my normal writing time planning a redesign of Attercap.Net for better readability, mobile usage, and ADA-compliance.

Take on RulesLet's Read “Codex of the Black Sun” - Black Stars Uncounted

A part of my Let’s Read “Codex of the Black Sun” series. Go grab your copy of Codex of the Black Sun and join in. Codex of the Black Sun’s first chapter, Black Stars Uncounted, discusses mixing sorcery into sci-fi. The opening paragraph frames the entire conversation of the book: What are the considerations for adding sorcery to your Stars without Number’s campaign? There has always been a strain of sorcery in science fiction. Whether the thinly-veiled magic of space monks with laser swords, …

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  • lets-read
  • role-playing-game
  • stars-without-number

LudoverseSorcerer Actual Play: Session 1: My Cell Phone is Possessed

We moved into Session 1 of a campaign of Ron Edwards' Sorcerer. For the recording and further discussion of the game, head over to Ron's Adept Play site by clicking here.  The game is challenging for me and the players: We are novices to the game, and Sorcerer demands much of everyone at the table. We've got an understanding of the basic roll mechanic, and now we are trying to get a firm handle on the abilities of the demons and various subtleties of the game. I continue to enjoy the way that …

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  • actual play
  • James V. West
  • Ron Edwards
  • Sorcerer
  • The Pool

2019-03-10

Pass Without TraceThe Search for Kwalish

The Search for Kwalish  Thia The first thing we saw after vanishing from Manshoon’s hideout was a grinning Urstil Floxin, arms crossed, looking pleased to see us. As we began to materialize at the Gralhund Villa, we could feel ourselves being tugged away. We instead appeared in our tavern. The scene was all wrong. Yagra was stiff as a board on a couch. Mirt and Renaer sat looking sheepish. In front of us was a beautiful woman sipping wine. She thanked Lif for his service, dismissing him. The …

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  • 5E
  • D&D
  • Dragon Heist
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Waterdeep

Observations of the FoxWinds of Change

Wow, time flies. I used to update this blog at least twice a week. There were even periods when I'd update it daily. But now I look at it, and it's almost been a month since my last post. At this stage I'm still acclimating to a new world. This is a place that exists far from any city, it almost feels like the apocalypse would come in the cities while the regional centres would feel a slight blip on their radars, and the country towns like my new home would just go on existing... ...I'm meeting …

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  • Inspiration
  • Walkabout

Bjørn JagnowMy Play Style? I am a Bonding Story-Dweller!

A couple of days ago Christof Heimhilcher blogged about his style of play (in German) and it resonated with a couple of observations I made over the years. Roleplaying games allow for a broad spectrum of interests to overlap and being catered within the same game. Not all combinations work well though. So, what is my style of play and how does it affect the games I play and write?

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  • Roleplaying

Lampblack & BrimstoneTales from the Sodden Reach – Session Zero

On Thursday I ran “session zero” of a new Freebooters on the Frontier campaign. We’re creating the world from scratch and hoping to play every two weeks, for fun and for playtesting. I’ve run four or five Freebooters campaigns in the past, but this will be the first one using the 2nd edition rules. Useful […]

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2019-03-09

Geir's EverythingTo the Castle (music)

It’s been a few years since I created music. I decided to get into the creative mode again and here it is - “To the Castle”. Inspired by fantasy movies and the Amar Role-Playing Game. Every other week I am hosting a Role-Playing session for eight inspirational youngsters. It’s great fun and it opens up some interesting creative paths. Like the urge to create some music. Enjoy :) Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/03/Castle.html

La mazmorra del cronistaBirthright (9).- A través de las redes de Spiderfell.

A medida que se adentraban en las profundidades del bosque maldito de Spiderfell cundía entre los valientes expedicionarios una creciente sensación de amenaza.

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  • Campañas
  • Crónica

Pass Without TraceInto the Tyrant's Lair

Into the Tyrant's Lair Davian struggles with inner demons Davian “How fortunate, we finally found your intellectual equal.  Mr. Muffins would make a great conversation partner for you.” “The way I see it, you are the equivalent of Mr. Muffins.  Isn’t the staff the same as the stick Mr. Muffins sits on?”  My self-satisfaction lasted all of about 2 seconds before… “In this scenario, that makes you Flutterfoot Zipswiggle.  That’s an apt comparison.” Through the mental equivalent of gritted teeth, …

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  • 5E
  • D&D
  • Dragon Heist
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Waterdeep

2019-03-08

Dungeon WordsKult - Divinity Lost - EP 6 - La morte negli occhi degli angeli

Cosa c'entra Aleister Crowley con Kult? lo scoprirete a breve... Sesto episodio della campagna di Kult - Divinity Lost - "La mela avvelenata". Sessione rapida ma non senza rivelazioni inaspettate, questa volta sulla natura stessa della realtà. Potete trovare tutti gli episodi della serie nella pagina dedicata alla 4a edizione di Kult. I protagonisti sono: Broken (Alice Draper) -

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  • AP
  • Kult
  • La mela avvelenata
  • PbTA

2019-03-07

Burn After RunningMetaplots of the Apocalypse – one-shot structure in PBTA/FITD games

Last weekend I was at Revelation, the convention for Powered By The Apocalypse (PBTA) and PBTA-adjacent games in Sheffield. I ran Fistful of Darkness (FoD), an in-playtest Blades in the Dark hack, over 2 slots on the Saturday, and faced some challenges as the game has a fairly baked-in metaplot. I’m going to share what […]

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  • advice
  • blades in the dark
  • conventions
  • fitd
  • pbta
  • prep
  • rpg

2019-03-06

AttercapBag of Nails Issue 1: Baby Back Ribs

I ran my first Down Darker Trails session on Saturday for my new campaign, Bag of Nails. The scenario (or "issue" in dime novel terms), titled Baby Back Ribs, was intended to get the characters together and help shake the dust off my long-unused Call of Cthulhu GM skills. The following is both the scenario as I wrote it, a session summary, and lessons learned.

2019-03-05

Hex Culturethe khagan of soil

The Khagan of Soil was so slow that if he invited you over for supper, not only would you be done eating by the time he finished grace, but you would be hungry for breakfast by the time he swallowed the last bite of his meal. In his dotage, he became slower still, until his … Continue reading the khagan of soil

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  • short
  • writing

2019-03-04

blue collar spaceexpensive toys

My business, the VSCA, is in a very privileged space. It’s not for me to talk about whether someone elses pricing scheme is good or bad, just or unjust. It is certainly all those things. So let’s just look at some things that are certainly true and wonder how much we care. You get to […]

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  • art
  • commerce
  • community

AttercapCyber Seeds

I've been thinking about Shadowrun again, but my foreseeable future is urban and western horror/fantasy. This means my time spent to flesh out adventures is limited to what I'm going to run. Here are five adventure seeds for your Shadowrun (or, with some tweaks, any cyberpunk genre) game. You may grow them and tend to them as you see fit.

Fictive FunBlog Update – March 2019

Back on the last day of 2018, I made this post about my 2018 year in blogging.  In that post I mentioned that I would be producing even more content in 2019 and I would keep that momentum going for a whole year.  I guess it's fair to say that my 2019 on this blog has been...well, pretty weak. Read More...Blog Update – March 2019 The post Blog Update – March 2019 appeared first on Fictive Fun.

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Dungeon WordsKult - Divinity Lost - EP 5 - Le cose segrete

È il momento di un faccia a faccia con Madam D Quinto episodio della campagna di Kult - Divinity Lost - "La mela avvelenata" - In questa sessione i personaggi getteranno uno sguardo nell'oscurità. Potete trovare tutti gli episodi della serie nella pagina dedicata alla 4a edizione di Kult. Oggi Ivan è assente, quindi i protagonisti sono: Broken (Alice Draper) - Francesca Deceiver (

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6d6 RPGHot Picks from Highmoor Dungeon Expo – Part 10

Windful Windmills I found these being sold from a concession stand tucked into one of the through corridors. A little old lady called Nanna Vulpa in a bright green cardigan was selling them to children for only a ducket each. I’ve no idea what magical laws apply but the more The post Hot Picks from Highmoor Dungeon Expo – Part 10 appeared first on 6d6 RPG.

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LudoverseRon Edwards' Sorcerer: Novice Test Flight

I've taken a big plunge and have started up a campaign using Ron Edwards' Sorcerer. I'm excited about the game and the players (most of whom are completely new to me). I've decided to put my full Actual Play write-ups over at Ron's Adept Play site, where they are likely to meet a larger audience and to generate some comments, so if you are interested, please head over there! As a bit of a teaser, the grounding statements for the game are: "Demons are social media junkies""The most magical …

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PretendoDesign Diary: Grave Knave

I recently wondered aloud whether I’d be better off rethinking my soulslike game Exhumed as a Knave hack, especially given that my earliest pre-playtesting version of Exhumed unwittingly looked quite a bit like Knave. (I ended up using much of those rules in in a Fallout hack instead.) Now, I know the smart move is … Continue reading Design Diary: Grave Knave →

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2019-03-03

blue collar spacetrusting the ref too much

Here’s a thing that happened in a game once (many many years ago — we may have just cracked open the box on a the freshly published Twilight:2000) that I never ever want to happen again. The characters were captured by some bad guys. Insert cool imagery here (I think it was a beached supertanker […]

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Black ArmadaReflections on play: Pasion de las Pasiones

I was recently lucky enough to get to play Pasion de las Pasiones by Brandon Leon-Gambetta. Pasion is a (currently ashcan-only) PBTA game based on telenovelas. If you haven’t come across telenovelas, my totally uninformed layperson’s summary is: overwrought, over-the-top Latin American soap operas. Now you might be thinking “why would I play a game about that when … Continue reading "Reflections on play: Pasion de las Pasiones"

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2019-03-01

blue collar spacesebastien mixed density region

If you build a map you pretty much have to do something with it. I was looking at maps the other day — nautical maps showing depths as contours — and thought I’d like to try a new technique or two and make a similar map for a science fiction game. So what would the […]

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UFO PressGuilds of Mysthea

It’s 11 days until we open up the #MystheaRPG kickstarter! Last week, I talked about the different heroes you might play in this game. This week, I’ll talk about the factions those heroes might come from. While I’m talking about these, Legacy 2e fans might spot some changes. First, we’ve […] The post Guilds of Mysthea appeared first on UFO Press.

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6d6 RPGHot Picks from Highmoor Dungeon Expo – Part 9

Fake Foot Roller Say you’ve found yourself a lovely large tree to hide in. There’s no way the guards are going to spot you up here, but you’ve left a trail of footprints right to base of the tree. So what you do is set this gadget to your foot The post Hot Picks from Highmoor Dungeon Expo – Part 9 appeared first on 6d6 RPG.

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2019-02-28

James Mendez HodesInterview: Clio Yun-su Davis and RPG Convention Racism

I’m back from Dreamation. It went well, really, but damn was there a lot of racism. My hero Clio Yun-su Davis graciously agreed to talk with me about their intense, exhausting experiences with racism at this convention and elsewhere. Content warnings: racism, elder abuse.

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Spouting LoreOn Learning to Run Dungeon World

Over on Google+ (in it's last, dying days), Tom Pleasant said this (across a couple different comments): I’ve done a reasonable amount of storygames but am struggling to grok GMing *World.... Played a dozen different *World games and read up on how to run it. All the agendas and things just make me panic. I've heard that sentiment before and I totally get it. It seems like you're supposed to constantly keep about a dozen different principles in your mind and make sure that anything you say …

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2019-02-27

Black ArmadaThe League Presents – Actual Play with a difference

We’ve started a new Actual Play podcast where game designers play each other’s games! This is the first series: we’re playing Bite Me!, our game of werewolf pack dynamics that’s currently on Kickstarter. The game is being GM’d by me (Josh), with an august group of designer-players including Becky Annison (the designer of Bite Me!), … Continue reading "The League Presents – Actual Play with a difference"

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Detect Magic20 Questions x2

Jeff Rients started this off with his 20 questions about your campaign. Then Necropraxis followed up with 20 more. Here are my responses to both lists for my City of the Crepuscular Queen campaign. Rients https://jrients.blogspot.com/2011/04/twenty-quick-questions-for-your.html What is the deal with my cleric’s religion? You’re a cleric of Our Lady. Spider goddess of beauty, associated, […]

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6d6 RPGHot Picks from Highmoor Dungeon Expo – Part 8

Sticky Note Scrolls 7Q say that the future of spell casting is yellow. And adhesive. 7Q’s team of research wizards have made some remarkable breakthroughs in rune ministration. By printing these on pale yellow paper, spells that would require foot long scroll can now fit in the palm of your The post Hot Picks from Highmoor Dungeon Expo – Part 8 appeared first on 6d6 RPG.

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2019-02-25

6d6 RPGHot Picks from Highmoor Dungeon Expo – Part 7

Insult Crabs Do you find yourself in need of an insult to provoke an enemy but at a loss for words? This miniature crustacean is what you need. Bred and enchanted from a land crab of the Darker Darkmist jungle, the tanks of the Pipa Brother’s booth were full of The post Hot Picks from Highmoor Dungeon Expo – Part 7 appeared first on 6d6 RPG.

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2019-02-23

Tomes of TomesSmall Game Hunter Ep03: For The Queen

Did I forget to mention that I’m a co-host on a new podcast? Probably. Jim Sandoval and I are co-hosting Small Game Hunter, a new podcast on the Happy Jacks RPG Podcast network. (Thanks Stu and crew!)For the third episode, we decided to cover For The Queen, the soon-to-be-released story game by Alex Roberts (produced by Evil Hat Productions). I have blathered on about this wonderful game for about a year now, and you can read my earlier thoughts over on the blog here.At the time of this …

PretendoWIP: Down Town

One more hack for my backlog of works in progress: Down Town, inspired by Chuck Wendig’s Blue Blazes and Joel Priddy’s Underground. To be honest, this one’s low on my list of priorities because I don’t need to create it in order to run the campaign I want to run. After all, Underground’s 4 pages already offer … Continue reading WIP: Down Town →

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2019-02-22

PretendoWIP: Agents of the O.D.D.

Here’s a glimpse of another work in progress on my 2019 to-do list: Agents of the O.D.D., an Into the Odd hack inspired by the Hellboy and BPRD comics, among other weirdness. Characters are occult and fringe science consultants, law enforcement academy washouts, and unfortunate individuals marked by the odd, conscripted to investigate the paranormal. I actually … Continue reading WIP: Agents of the O.D.D. →

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Twisted CitiesOi, What’s That Shop?

I’m not much for making lists of things, but let’s try my hand and see what comes of it. Below you will find a list of d6 strange shops found somewhere in Rivage. Clegulo’s Waxes and Oils. Famous for their high quality mustache wax. Clegulo has massive, shaped, and ever-changing facial hair, with a large […]

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2019-02-21

Aggregate CognizanceFound Some Hidden Treasure

I reinstalled Evernote on my phone last night to take a look at its ability to search handwriting in an image and I discovered a note from several years ago regarding the magic system for my setting. It’s kind of a testament to how my brain latches on to concepts and recycles them without me […]

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2019-02-20

UFO PressHeroes of Mysthea

Hey folks, There’s three weeks to go until the Mysthea Kickstarter launches! Today, I thought I’d give you a tour of the Heroes: the main characters of your story in Mysthea: Legends of the Borderlands. About Heroes Your Hero is your main avatar, and your tool to push the city’s fate in […] The post Heroes of Mysthea appeared first on UFO Press.

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2019-02-19

Burn After RunningCSI: Tenth District – Ravnica Pregens

Following my post about Ravnica, I’ve been doing some prep for a game I’m going to run at Airecon in March (and probably a few other places, if it goes well). It’s for 3rd level characters loosely serving the Azorius Senate (the law-keeping guild in the game) and involves them chasing clues to try and […]

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2019-02-18

Observations of the FoxTongala

When I moved to this part of the world, I tried to find out how to get in contact with the local indigenous community. The first few people to give me an answer generally told me... "we don't have any". That rang alarm bells for me, because I'd seen from a few sources that I'd moved into traditional Barapa Barapa lands. Here's an example website that shows this. But I've also seen images of indigenous massacres since colonialism, and there's a notable marking in this part of the country. I'd …

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The Playmaker Awards#thankyourplaymaker

This week please think of someone in your life who makes or has made play possible for you - an organiser, a club admin, a GM or a good friend - and say thank you to them. Do it however you want, in person, over email, on social media. Right now, this hashtag has no hits on google or twitter. Let's see how many we can all get by the end of the week.

The Playmaker AwardsWinner - Scratticus Academy

Nomination “Scratticus Academy (@Scratticus_) Twitch channel actively looks to provide play-space for new and returning roleplayers and provides gaming sessions almost every day. They're passionate about helping others and their core values focus on inclusion and safety at the table for everyone.” -- The Playmaker Awards zine kickstarter is running through February 2019 and will be a unique look at the creation of public play in the world of tabletop roleplaying today. Back it today! -- …

Tomes of TomesFor The Queen and Moonhaven Witch Academy at Orccon 2019 Games on Demand - Kids Edition

Games on Demand: Kids EditionOne of my favorite parts of the Strategicon weekend (and also one of the most exhausting) is running Games on Demand for KIDS ONLY on Sundays. I’ve been doing it now for almost 2 years, and it’s definitely built up a bit of hype. We had over 17 kids show up.I had three GMs total: Andy, Rob, and myself. Andy was originally going to run Legend of the Elements (the unofficial Avatar the Last Airbender RPG), but pivoted and ran Rob’s own in-playtest Moonhaven Witch’s …

2019-02-17

Alles Ist ZahlSharing the cognitive load

PictureThis is a re-post of a blog article I wrote for The Gauntlet Blog. It's an article for online game facilitators and how they can structure the social aspects of a game session: how to discuss the game, bring in safety tools and eventually how to share the roles which usually all seem to automatically fall into the facilitator's lap with other players. I provide a template I created for your convenience. The final paragraphs are dedicated to how to end a sessions, namely how to do a …

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Tomes of TomesHJRPG Podcast live at Orccon 2019 Saturday 8pm

As always, the Happy Jacks RPG crew ran a live session of what is normally their weekly advice show. For Strategicon, they do a live show in front of whomever comes, a live studio audience! Discussion is made about the games that have been played, both by the those that have run them, as well as anyone there who has played. Come, have a listen! Or watch the video version below:

Tomes of TomesXas Irkalla at Orccon 2019 Saturday 2pm

Xaz Irkalla is a game with evocative art about some dark-ass world, that is apparently based on the Strain survival-horror system (I don’t know what that is). I did back a copy on their Kickstarter way back in the day, but haven’t looked at or played it yet. It came up as an option at Games on Demand, and it was also an opportunity to play with some new friends.Brendan, Adam, and Heather were out from Arizona, and part of the Full Metal RPG crew. Adam was our GM and had pitched the game. There …

2019-02-16

Alex SchroederOSR & Indie

I’m interested in seeing whether we can bring indie or story games and OSR or DIY RPG games back together again, now that one of most divisive people in recent years has been unmasked. I knew Zak S was abrasive online but heard that he was nice in one-to-one conversations. I wrote it off as him being socially awkward and I needed the shocking, detailed accounts of his victims to wake me from this magical slumber. See I stand with Mandy by @linkskywalker for some links if you haven’t seen them …

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Jennifers Hobby-blogIt's a silly place

Ik probeer eens in de maand een film over/ met Koning Arthur en de ridders van de Ronde Tafel te bespreken en voor de maand mei bespreek ik Camelot (1967). Deze film is geregisseerd door Joshua Logan (Paint Your Wagon) en met belangrijke rollen voor Richard Harris (Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Vanessa Redgrave (Cars 2), Franco Nero (Django Unchained, Cars 2) en Laurence Naismith (Jason and the Argonauts). Het is een verfilming uit 1967 van een musical (ook …

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Jennifers Hobby-blogLegend of King Arthur (1979)

Mijn plan om eens in de maand een film over King Arthur te kijken, loopt flink achter. In Januari keek ik Parsifal, in Februari The Knights of the Round Table, in Maart Lancelot and Guinevere, in April Merlin and the Sword, in in Mei Camelot, in juli Prince Valiant en in Augustus Excalibur. Dat betekent dat ik nog films moet kijken voor Juni, September, Oktober, November en December. En daar heb ik nog twee maanden voor! Opschieten dus. Voor de inhaalfilm van Juni kijk ik dan The Legend of …

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Jennifers Hobby-blogPrince Valiant (de film!)

In juni lukte het me niet om een film over Koning Arthur en de zijnen te kijken. Dus ik zal dat later dit jaar in moeten halen. In ieder geval, in juli keek ik de film Prince Valiant (1997) van Anthony Hickox en Stephen Moyer als Prins Valiant, Katherine Heigl als Prinses Ilene, Ron Perlman (Drive, De naam van de Roos) als Boltar, Udo Kier (Iron Sky, Melancholia) als Sligon, Edward Fox (Shaka Zulu) als Koning Arthur en Joanna Lumley als Morgaine le Fay. Aangezien ik eerder deze maand …

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Jennifers Hobby-blogLegend of the Sword

Om het oude jaar uit te luiden keek ik met de kinderen en wat vrienden de film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017). Een mooie manier om een jaar voor Koning Arthur films af te sluiten. Erg grimmig King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is een film van Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) met Charlie Hunnam (Crimson Peak, Queer as Folk) in de titelrol. Er waren andere belangrijke rollen voor Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), Eric Bana (The Time Travelers …

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2019-02-15

Twisted CitiesThe Planarch Cantos: Core Themes

Out in the blogosphere, Tristan and Dan are posting about what truly makes their setting work at its core. I’ve decided to do the same. Below you will find the six primary themes that make up The Planarch Cantos – the omniversal, reality hoping, infinite spanning setting I try real hard to run games in. […]

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Observations of the FoxThe Gaming Desert

I have moved to a literal and metaphorical "gaming desert". A fortnight of days over 40 degrees celsius, roaming kangaroos and emus, eagles with two metre wingspans (or more), fish weighing over 100 kg are known to be caught in the nearby river... ...and I literally live adjacent to a region known as Thule. (I'm at the blue dot) The local general store has a limited range of warhammer figures in it, but is selling them out cheap because the last wargamers left town months ago. Other nearby towns …

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James Mendez Hodes“May I play a character from another race?”

I get this question more frequently than any other in my professional and gaming life. I get it almost exclusively from white folks, since gaming’s Eurocentrism requires people of color to play outside their race most of the time. My answer is emphatically yes, but please study how to do it. Here’s why and how.

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2019-02-14

Dungeon WordsKult - Divinity Lost - EP 4 - Le relazioni pericolose

Ogni movimento lascia una traccia Quarto episodio della campagna di Kult - Divinity Lost - "La mela avvelenata" - In questa sessione i personaggi si avvicineranno sempre più gli uni agli altri e scopriremo come le relazioni possano essere croce e delizia dei nostri eroi. Potete trovare tutti gli episodi della serie nella pagina dedicata alla 4a edizione di Kult. Oggi Jacopo è assente,

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Observations of the FoxNothing further to be said.

I believe women. I believe Mandy Morbid. I believe Heather, Jennifer, and Vivka. Their abuser cannot debate, intimidate, or manipulate me into silence. There is no place for abusers among us. #AbuseIsNotAGame #OSR