Jul
16
2018
0

The Fire Ant Corsairs of Mobile [The Day After Ragnarok]

Fire Ant Corsairs of Mobile – Google Docs

 

 

The Fire Ant Corsairs of Mobile

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Mobile, Alabama

Population: 3,000

Controls: Mobile, and some of the coastal waters

Government: Squatters (various corsair groups)

Problem: Unrest

Heroic Opportunity: Mercenary Work

City Aspect: Lawless and Murderous

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Jul
16
2018
1

In the Mail: The Prince Valiant Storytelling Game.

Perhaps an indulgence, but when virtually every RPG Name you follow is praising this game to the skies, you start kicking in on the Kickstarter.  The Prince Valiant Storytelling Game is certainly very pretty, but I don’t know how it plays. I’ll have to flip through it first.

Jul
15
2018
0

Item Seed: Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23.

Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23 – Google Docs

Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23

 

This video record will appear in whichever format is most convenient for the campaign, except as something streamable; there are various government restrictions against reproducing Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23 (hereafter just called ‘the Video’) in a manner that would make it easy for it to be released on the Internet.  It could be done, of course. It’s just that somebody would have to work at it, and then most likely go to federal prison for ten years. It’s happened at least once.

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Jul
14
2018
2

Creature Seed: Ghrups.

Ghrups – Google Docs

Ghrups

Description: basically, a mini-shoggoth (8 lbs); only it glows faintly blue, and doesn’t try to eat you.  Ghrups absolutely look slimy, but they’re not. They smell like various metal ores; Dwarves at least find Ghrup-scent pleasant and comfortable.  The species generally makes no sounds on its own.

Ghrups are what you get when you take a slime mold that lives in caves and expose it to High Magic for a while. The result is a slime mold that’s amorphous, boneless, active, mobile, and mildly curious.  Ghrups generally eat plant matter, lichens and fungi, and whatever insects they can catch, by a variety of methods. Some Ghrups spread themselves out into a thin film and wait for prey that way; other Ghrups construct long tongues out of their bodies to target flying insects, or turn themselves into intricate webs.  Food is absorbed through the ‘skin’ and dissolved, in classic gelatinous fashion. Inorganic residue is usually excreted every few days.

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Jul
14
2018
0

Ten hours to go on the Hall of Judgment Kickstarter.

Hall of Judgment has been funded; now they’re trying to run up the score.

 

I’m now debating whether to run this adventure at WashingCon. I’ve already submitted an idea for a game, but this might make for a reasonable substitute.  I should think about it more.

Jul
09
2018
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Item Seed: Molotok.

Molotok – Google Docs

Molotok

This aluminum and glass gavel was constructed in 1862 by the House of Faberge at the behest of Czar Alexander II.  As far as anybody can tell, Molotok was not imbued with any sort of supernatural or esoteric power; it was meant as a highly expensive gimcrack commemorating the Czar’s program of judicial reform, and it largely languished in obscurity for the next sixty years. It certainly did not have a True Name until the Russian Revolution.

However, Molotok did start generating significant occult power (and its Name) during the Bolshevik takeover, starting with the judge who used it to pulverize a Communist assassination squad sent to purge him and his family.  That judge went on to wield Molotok throughout the entire Russian Civil War, to admittedly great personal effect (use of it eventually got himself and his family out of Vladivostok and into Japan, back in 1922); but its ability to do tremendous amounts of kinetic damage to Communist-aligned villains could not turn the course of the war. Molotok is strictly a tactical weapon.

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Jul
09
2018
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The “Delta Green: the Labyrinth” Kickstarter is live.

Finally. And I’ve already signed up for the Kickstarter, of course. Having John Tynes write Delta Green: The Labyrinth is something that I can really get behind.

Jul
08
2018
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One week to go on the Hall of Judgment Kickstarter.

As you know, Bob, the Hall of Judgment – a Dungeon Fantasy RPG Supplement Kickstarter is a bit of an experiment to see whether Powered By GURPS third-party content can spark some interest. There’s a week to go, and it certainly funded.  So no worries there.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2101297466/hall-of-judgment-a-dungeon-fantasy-rpg-supplement

But it might be helpful if it overfunded a lot.  Helpful to me,  in the long term.  Nothing concrete, nothing even really explored, but it’d be nice if this window got jammed open a little more, you know what I mean?

Jul
08
2018
1

Creature Seed: Freemason bees.

Bees came up a lot today.

Freemason Bees – Google Docs

Freemason Bees

(Apis mellifera futurae)

Description: Freemason bees are easily distinguished from the European honey bee via the distinctive design on its abdomen (which really does resemble the Freemason’s Eye in the Pyramid).  Freemason bees are slightly larger than other honey bees, rarely stings, can sting without killing itself, and their venom has a mildly euphoric and analgesic effect on most humans. Research as to whether the venom is addictive to people is ongoing. Freemason bees are infertile with any other species of bee.

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Jul
07
2018
5

Location Seed: Atras, Nevada.

Atras, Nevada – Google Docs

 

Atras, Nevada
Population: 523

This small town is located two miles north of Parrot Peak, Nevada, and it excels in not being noticed.  Then again, there’s not much there to be noticed, honestly. Atras is a rural town that’s dominated by a factory that makes metal frames for a particular type of Air Force electronics console; the design hasn’t changed in forty years, the design probably won’t ever change, and the contract is automatically renewed. And, to be fair, the contract is also both fair, and scrupulously adhered to.
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