Nov
13
2017
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Steve Jackson Games puts GURPS 4E on DriveThruRPG…

…at least, it looks like just GURPS 4e here on DriveThruRPG.  Specifically, it looks like the GURPS 4e titles I’d put on if I was getting ready to offer them as a Bundle of Holding; at first glance, the only items missing from DriveThruRPG are the ones that involve licensed properties. Which probably means no In Nomine any time soon, dammit. Still: keep watching the skies.

Nov
13
2017
1

In the Mail: Ogre Miniatures Set 1.

Shiny.  Well, actually, no, they’re plastic.  But: shiny anyway.

You can still get Ogre Miniatures Set 1 from SJG, by the way. The basic set has everything that you need to play.

Nov
07
2017
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Hypezokos, Impudite of Fate [GURPS IN NOMINE]

Ah, I remember this one. To explain the joke: the Archangel of Flowers for In Nomine is called Novalis, and she is a happy-shiny, sweet, hippie kind of Archangel. Her angels, are in fact, required to avoid committing any acts of unnecessary violence.

But there are so many complexities inherent in the term ‘unnecessary.’ I regret that the line effectively stopped being supported before it was her turn for a full write up; I had such plans for that Archangel.  Especially the part where I wrote up Novalis to be the most avowedly anti-Communist Archangel in Heaven. It would have been a glorious battle in playtest.

Alas.

Hypezokos (Impudite of Fate) – Google Docs

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Nov
06
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Daisy, Habbalite Archangel of Cheerfulness.

Once upon a time, there was a contest on the In Nomine List to come up with the single most horrifying and horrible Demon Prince that we could possibly think of.  Something… foul, and squicky. Something thoroughly vile.

This was my entry.

Daisy – Google Docs

 

Daisy

Habbalite Archangel of Cheerfulness

The world is just so sweet and lovely that I could just hug it and hug it forever! It’s full of puppies, and pretty flowers, and fuzzy sweaters, and oh, all sorts of fun-fun things! Of course, there’s a lot of icky nasty-poo things too, like bugs and frowns, and smelly old people, but we’ll get rid of them all, and then we can all get together and sing happy songs for the rest of eternity!

Don’t you think that’s just swell?!?

I knew you would…

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Nov
05
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Epimetheus Group

Epimetheus Group – Google Docs

The Epimetheus Group

No, actually, being forgotten is precisely how Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus, likes it.  His organization does not want to be known, which is why they’re camped out in the Far Marches of the ethereal plane, mostly safe behind multiple layers of obscurity.  There will be plenty of time for fame and renown once the celestial invaders are sent back to where they belong.

Purpose and Goals

To find some way to break the stranglehold that the inhabitants of the celestial plane have upon the ethereal.

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Nov
05
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Innsmouth Look.

Since I haven’t been putting up any creative work, because of NaNoWriMo, I thought that I’d pull some of my old In Nomine stuff and put it up.  Terrifyingly, some of it’s almost twenty years old. Yikes.

Innsmouth Look (Celestial) (3_level) – Google Docs

The Innsmouth Look (Celestial) (3/level)

Well, to begin with, don’t ever use that name in front of Lilith, Human Princess of Freedom. Or anyone who owes Lilith a favor. Or anybody who’d like to be owed a favor from Lilith. You get the idea.

The condition is unique to Lilim: it’d be normally considered to be a less severe form of the Ugly Discord (-1 to reaction rolls per level), except for two things.  First, it’s a Celestial Discord, which means that it both manifests on all three planes and interferes with Essence gathering.  The act of spreading rumors that Lilim afflicted with this Discord can circumvent the latter problem with somewhat disturbing activities is, of course, frowned upon by the Game.  Bright Lilim never manifest this Discord, by the way. Obviously, neither has Lilith.

The second distinguishing factor is that this Discord always manifests in the same way. The symptoms are  differently greenish (and later on, scaly) skin, protuberant eyes, webbed and/or splayed extremities, and a gradually accelerating loss of hair. There’s also a definite personality change as well.  Lilim with higher levels of The Innsmouth Look tend to be distant, emotionless, absently ruthless and fond of swimming.  It’s hard to say: once the Discord reaches a certain level, Lilim suffering from it tend to fade from the public eye, unless of course they happen to serve Lust (Andrealphus apparently is fond of the look — or at least doesn’t seem to care).

This particular Discord is not encountered much. It’s very rare, and apparently untreatable except via Redemption.  It’s also not publicly talked about, either, as the Princess of Freedom has her little ways of demonstrating her disapproval of certain conversational topics.  For that matter, so does the Archangel of Judgement: Dominic hasn’t exactly forbidden that the topic be ever brought up, but the Inquisition will take an interest in anybody taking an interest.

Note to GMs: Springing this Discord on players really does depend on somebody in the party being familiar with the Cthulhu Mythos. If you’re really lucky, said person is also playing a Lilim (which could be good for a bit of existential horror-fun).  I suggest that you just casually describe the physical effects without emphasizing them or making them seem particularly noteworthy.  Eventually somebody will put two and two together and come up with SAN loss…

 

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Nov
05
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Oddities in the Lightning Organization Chart.

Jean’s Odder Groups – Google Docs

I make no apologies for stealing that one joke. I never have, and I never will.

Oddities in the Lightning Organization Chart

 

Lightning’s Lunatics

Well, in official correspondence this group is merely called the Creation Trusteeship, but nobody calls them that except Jean, Archangel of Lightning, and his stuffier peers. Aside from everything else, the name is no longer completely accurate: certain angels serving Lightning have become not-quite-official members of this not-quite-official group — usually with a not-quite-inaudible sigh of relief by everyone involved. Mavericks can be a bit of a problem in a properly-organized laboratory, after all. Letting them go to where their eccentricities are not only tolerated, but cherished makes for a serene organizational chart and cuts down on the Falling rate.

Lightning’s Lunatics are where the odd theorists (to orthodox Servitors of Jean, anyway) hang out; savants working with obscure and arcane scientific theories, engineers specializing in unusual technological pathways, and roughly half of Jean’s social scientists. They also tend to have a good number of angels who simply have difficulty fitting into Lightning’s traditional categories. Anyone who can make a successful career at thinking outside the box will find him or herself being gently but irresistibly guided to this group. Most tend not to complain, as the funding remains constant and the company congenial.

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Nov
03
2017
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Tweet of the Day, Guy’s Lucky It Wasn’t A Throwing Axe edition.

Mess with the PC, you get the Snap Shot Attack.

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Oct
31
2017
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In the e-mail: Delta Green: Handler’s Guide.

Delta Green: Handler’s Guide is the GM guide for the Delta Green RPG itself; and when you’ve been a fan of the game for as long as I have, the updating of the backstory alone is going to be worth it. A lot of stuff has gone down in the Delta Green universe since the 1990s.  And, as would be appropriate for a Cthulhu Mythos game, things have gotten worse.  I have some fun Halloween reading to look forward to.

Oct
30
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Necronomicon, v2.3.

I’d apologize for all the puns in this one, except that I don’t like lying to you fine folks.  There may be a few people out there who still haven’t forgiven me for this, a decade later.

Necronomicon, v23

The Necronomicon, v2.3

It’s interesting (if not particularly surprising) that Jean, Archangel of Lightning, is absolutely personally prosaic about naming his creations. If it’s a gun, he calls it a gun. If it’s a particle accelerator, he calls it a particle accelerator. If it’s a computerized mechanical tool designed to resemble a corporeal life form, he calls it a computerized mechanical tool designed to resemble a corporeal life form. Jean prefers things to be clear. However, the Archangel does recognize that his non-Elohim servants tend to favor more ‘colorful’ names, so he lets them indulge themselves. It may not add anything to a particular device’s utility, but it doesn’t take anything away, either, and the boost to morale is slight but measurable.

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Oct
30
2017
2

Item Seed: Tim Burton’s Scary Christmas (1993).

Tim Burton’s Scary Christmas (1993) – Google Docs

Tim Burton’s Scary Christmas (1993)

Description: A standard movie DVD and case, apparently printed in 2003.  The full title is Tim Burton’s Scary Christmas: Tenth Year Anniversary Edition.  The cover shows an animated Santa Claus wearing a skeleton mask; beneath is the legend “Boo Boo Boo.”

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