May
21
2019
0

Ananeosi [GURPS 4e]

Ananeosi

This mid-level medical corporation provides fertility assistance, primarily in the field of in vitro fertilization and embryonic implantation procedures.  Ananeosi also does cutting-edge research into genetic engineering (as much as any research can be said to be ‘cutting edge’ on Homeline, these days). In terms of operations, the company is not particularly unusual or controversial, for its type.

However, in terms of raw materials, Ananeosi is very avant-garde indeed.  The company specializes in acquiring out-time genetic material for its customers.  It’s not exactly ‘designer babies:’ Ananeosi is at the same TL 8/9 safetech paradigm as the rest of Homeline.  But they can and do accommodate special requests, to the best of their ability.

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May
20
2019
0

Princeton Army Air Force Forward Base [The Day After Ragnarok]

Princeton Army Air Force Forward Base

[The Day After Ragnarok]

Location: Princeton, West Virginia

Staff: 30, 800 Dependents/Civilian Staff/Support

Commander: Lt. Ruth Tolley Gwinn, USAAF

Runway Size: 2,000 feet

Capacity: 5 planes (Piper J-3 Cubs)

Elevation: 2,400 SF

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May
20
2019
2

3.5 hours left on the Song of Fire and Ice Bundle of Holding! (#fixitfiction)

The Song of Fire and Ice Bundle of Holding. If you’re inclined to, you know, make Game of Thrones come out right after all, or something*. Certainly waiting for the author to finish it isn’t exactly a viable long-term plan…

…OK, OK, I’ll be good. I was kind of upset myself that we’re never getting an actual ending to War Against the Chtorr. I should be nicer to people who are in a similar bind now.

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May
19
2019
1

Item Seed: The Iquique Mount.

The Iquique Mount

Description: A fairly gruesome-looking taxidermy full body mount.  The mount itself is humanoid (not even remotely coincidentally resembling a ‘Grey Alien’) in form, with well-preserved skin and glass eyes; the manikin is polyurethane foam over a not-particularly-accurate internal armature.  The Iquique Mount is affixed to a wooden base, with the date “July 18th, 1980” inscribed on it. There is no obvious sign of any sort of fatal wound.

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May
18
2019
2

Adventure Seed: Hearthfire Agricultural Genetic Solutions.

Hearthfire Agricultural Genetic Solutions

Background: Hearthfire Agricultural Genetic Solutions is a biotech corporation operating primarily in the United States and Canada, with offices in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Chile.  It specializes in practical, low-level applications of past biological discoveries after the patents run out (or become available). To give one example: Hearthfire would not have been involved in the creation of something like Golden Rice, but the company would be actively trying to make a variant of the finished product that would be available to as many people as possible, and as widely as possible.  

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May
16
2019
0

Necroman [450 pt] [GURPS 4e]

Necroman

Attributes [226]: ST 12 [20], DX 14 [80], IQ 14 [80], HT 12 [20], HP 13 [2], Will 14, Per 14, FP 20 [24]

Social Background: TL: 8 [0], Cultural Familiarities: Western (Native) [0], Languages: Arabic (Native) [4]; French (Accented) [2]; Greek (Accented) [2]; Hebrew (Accented) [2]; Latin (Native) [4]; Old English (Native) [4]; Spanish (Accented) [2].

Advantages [155]: Charisma (2) [10], Combat Reflexes [15], Empathy [15], Language Talent [10], Magery (3) [30], Magery 0 [5], Sage (3) [30], Single-Minded [5], Very Fit [15]

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May
15
2019
0

Ooh: Werewolf the Apocalypse video game to be shown at E3.

Pretty much what we know right now is that it’s going to be showcased at E3 this year, the game is subtitled Earthblood, and it’s going to be a RPG. Presumably it’ll be more in your face than the Vampire: the Masquerade video games were, too. That article gave rumors that the game would involve a Rage mechanism, which makes sense for a Werewolf: The Apocalypse game.

This is cool news, but I want a Mage: The Ascension video game. …I am never, ever going to get a Mage: The Ascension video game that doesn’t suck, though. Unless it was a reverse-polarity MtA game where the Technocracy are the good guys*, but I don’t see that happening, for different reasons. Heck, we’d be lucky to get a good Changeling video game. Not that I’d object if we got at least that, of course.

Moe Lane

*I loved that supplement. And dang but this Amazon link is a rabbit hole. A lot of deceptively reasonably-price stuff there.

May
15
2019
2

Item Seed: Gravesdigger.

Gravesdigger

Description: varies.  Gravesdigger usually appears as a pistol, revolver, or submachine gun, chambered to fit whatever ammunition is reasonably available in the area.  Like most esoteric firearms, Gravesdigger doesn’t jam, corrode, or misfire; on the other hand, the artifact radiates evil strongly enough that prolonged exposure to it can curdle milk.

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May
14
2019
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Group seed: The Department of Destandardization.

Department of Destandardization

Purpose: the neutralization of dangerous metaphysical concepts, procedures, and paradigms via the process of imposing collective cognitive decoherence.

Scope: possibly worldwide.  No permanent offices.

Personnel: unclear, but probably less than 500 total.  It is unclear how many members of the Department of Destandardization are fully human, in more than the strictest legal sense.

The great secret of our world is that there is no actual unified, universal system of rules and physical laws that define ‘reality.’  It’s ad hoc consensus all the way down; and pretty much anything can be added to the mix, given enough willpower and force. Unfortunately, just because something can be jammed into reality’s operating system doesn’t mean it’s going to stay there.  Most of the really esoteric stuff can’t, in fact.  That’s why magic and psionics and super-powers and Mad Science and the rest of it aren’t universally practiced; it just takes too much energy to make all of those things work everywhere, so Those Who Handle These Sorts Of Situations keep the usefully weird stuff bubbled off away from the rest of ‘reality’ so as to still get what benefits can be gotten.

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May
14
2019
13

25% Tariff proposed on Chinese RPG/gaming pieces. Also: is that stuff coming out of a concentration camp? Could you confirm that ‘No,’ please?

This is grey zone at best, I know. Sorry. – ML

So. They’re talking about a potential 25% tariff on Chinese goods used in the RPG and board game industry. Tabletopwire:

Board games and dice are included under the subheading: 9504.90.60. “Chess, checkers, backgammon, darts and o/table and parlor games played on boards of a special design and parts thereof; poker chips and dice.”

Toys are under 9503.00.00. “Toys, including riding toys o/than bicycles, puzzles, reduced scale models.”

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