Nov
19
2019
0

Russell Johnson and the Cult of John Frum [The Day After Ragnarok.]

Russell Johnson and the Cult of John Frum

[The Day After Ragnarok]

The Cargo Cult religious movement is not very well known outside of its home base of Melanesia; anthropology is one of those disciplines that has become horribly underfunded since the Serpentfall.  To sum it all up very briefly, there is a religious movement running through much of Oceania that believes that a god or culture hero named ‘John Frum’ would appear and provide Western goods to the faithful in the form of ‘cargo.’  This belief was reinforced during World War II; the American military funnelled vast amounts of equipment and materials through that part of the world, giving credence to the belief system. Many adherents went so far as to build replica airstrips and bases out of local materials, in hopes that this would result in ‘cargo’ deliveries.

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Nov
19
2019
1

Tweet of the Day, When A Player Crit Fails His Driving Roll And It’s Late edition.

Yeah, this is when you say “Let’s break for the evening.”

Nov
14
2019
0

The Vaesen Nordic Horror Roleplaying Kickstarter.

Vaesen is from the same guy who did Tales From The Loop. Nordic Gothic horror roleplaying. Looks real fun, in that horror RPG kind of way.

Nov
13
2019
0

Item Seed: Resolute Sword.

Resolute Sword

Description: 1845 Pattern Royal Navy cutlass, with leather grip and iron cupped guard.  The sword suffered slight rust damage in the past, but is currently clean and in good repair.  The blade is single-edge and very slightly curved.

Powers: Anyone fighting with the Resolute Sword can never accidentally harm either a British subject or an American citizen.  Even deliberate attacks require an act of will for each strike, unless the target is a known, confessed traitor to either the United Kingdom or the United States.  It is also an extremely sharp sword.

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Nov
11
2019
1

Item Seed: Soil of the Tarnished Bounty.

Soil of the Tarnished Bounty

Description: about a pound or so of soil, reddish-black in color, stored in a bag made from a dubious leather.  It is perpetually damp to the touch, leaving an unpleasant smelling stain that cannot be removed by any kind of cleanser.   Any stain that comes from casual contact with flesh will eventually fade away as new layers of skin form, but long-term users of Soil of the Tarnished Bounty can end up with a mark that goes all the way down to the bone marrow.

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Nov
02
2019
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Hershey World [The Day After Ragnarok].

Hershey World

[The Day After Ragnarok]

City: Hershey, PA

Population: 5,000

Controls: Hershey Industrial School, Hershey Park, Hershey Plant

Government: Strongman

Problem: Food Shortages

Heroic Opportunity: Legendary Treasure

City Aspect: Wary

Hershey almost did not survive the destruction of Harrisburg during the Great Collapse. The town survived, ironically, because of the plagues that ripped through Pennsylvania; while most of the town died, including Milton Hershey himself, they did considerably better than their neighbors.  Hershey and Derry Township reorganized itself under Hershey President William Murray’s rule, and strove to hang on.

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Nov
01
2019
1

The Explorers of the Fantastic Kickstarter.

The Explorers of the Fantastic Kickstarter looks like it’s Alt-history Atomic Age roleplaying involving action science and Atomic-tech and big monsters. So far, so good…

…and there’s this from the pitch, too:

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Oct
30
2019
2

Item Seed: Bat Prime.

Bat Prime

Description: A wooden Louisville Slugger baseball bat.  Anyone who sees it will immediately recognize it as being the most Louisville Slugger of a Louisville Slugger possible.  Seriously, it is the Platonic Form of a Louisville Slugger; staring at it for too long makes all the shadows sharper, the air take on an awful, pitiless clarity, and your nose bleed.  Generally, the wielder of Bat Prime keeps it covered with a cloth, which has to be replaced after a week because the fabric tends to crumble.

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Oct
29
2019
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Item Seed: Exo-Osseins.

Exo-Ossein

Description: an intricate and delicate-looking exoskeleton made out of human bone.  The Exo-Ossein covers the body, ears, and eyes, but leaves the nose and mouth free. The chest features a large green gem that provides absolutely no esoteric powers or benefits whatsoever.  There is typically a faint aroma of ozone. Exo-Osseins are surprisingly durable, in more or less exactly the same way that Undead skeletons are.

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