Jan
17
2018
0

Item Seed: Mad Al’s Homemade Tank Guide.

Mad Al’s Homemade Tank Guide – Google Docs

Mad Al’s Homemade Tank Guide

This ‘book’ actually consists of a three-ring binder with about four hundred pages of fairly compact type and severely plain illustrations, separated (via colored cardstock pages) into ten chapters. There is no publishers’ information; and the contact information on the last page gives a PO Box located somewhere in “the Michigan Freedom Zone,” plus a set of CB and shortwave radio frequencies. Mad Al’s Guide gives off that unmistakable aura of being something from the 1980s, based on everything from the font, to the tone, and to the oddly surreal stock illustrations.

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Jan
16
2018
3

The ‘Car Wars’ Bundle of Holding.

Bundle of Holding: Car Wars.  Hmm.  This one I might pick up, despite the fact that of course I have all of this stuff.  Heck, I had the Autoduel America map up on my wall, much to the resignated chagrin of my long-suffering wife.

…Wait.  Where is my Autoduel America map? I seem to have misplaced it.

:pause:

Anyway, the Car Wars stuff is kind of scattered around the place. Having the PDFs might be handy, at that.  Must consider.

Moe Lane

PS: I gotta go see if it’s in the craft room closet.  A lot of geekstuff hides in there now.

PPS: No luck, but I did find two music stands that my wife was looking for (and didn’t think could be in the craft room), so we’ll score that as a success anyway.

Jan
16
2018
0

Location Seed: Cormorant Lake Station.

Cormorant Lake Station – Google Docs

Cormorant Lake Station

“Gateway to the Hollow Earth”

 

This town doesn’t appear on Google Maps; and when the aboveground portion does show up on the Internet, it’s usually mislabeled as Cormorant Lake Lodge, which is a Manitoban hunting fishing lodge about a mile to the southwest. Cormorant Lake Station definitely exists, though. Aboveground, it’s about twenty or so buildings, including a small hotel, a general store, and an auto repair garage that is far too large for the business it now gets.  The town mostly stretches along the northwest shore of Air Force Bay; the only real way to get there is via lake ferry to the lodge. The locals are polite, friendly, and not particularly prone to secrecy.

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Jan
15
2018
0

Item Seed” Artifact # 20180105-BRA-23-17(b)

Blame this.

Artifact # 20180105-BRA-23-17(b) – Google Docs

Artifact # 20180105-BRA-23-17(b)

 

Description: a coat/overtunic, sized for an adult male between 5’3” and 5’6”.  The coat is made from natural plant fibers found in the Amazon river basin, and is fastened with a single sharpened wooden stick, thrust into on the left side.  The coat is covered with blue, orange, and green feathers, facing downward and woven into the plant fibers.  There is considerable water damage; the coat was taken off of the drowned corpse of a man found floating in a tributary of the Amazon. No identification or other artifacts were found on the corpse, but based on teeth, facial and body features, and general health at time of death he was likely a member of one of Brazil’s uncontacted tribes.

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Jan
15
2018
1

Item seed: The Staff of Memphis.

Staff of Memphis – Google Docs

Staff of Memphis

(The Mesmeric Phrenological Induction Stimulator)

([MEMPHIS])

 

Typically called “The Staff of Memphis,” this fine piece of Victorian pseudo-engineering combines the dubious theories of mesmerism with the dubious practices of phrenology to create a highly dubious, but frustratingly functional, short-range mental dominator.  To use, simply point the Staff of Memphis — ah, the “Mesmeric Phrenological Induction Stimulator” — at the victim, concentrate on the emotion that one wishes to induce, and the gem on the Staff will focus a mesmeric ray that can be trained upon the portion of the brain that governs that emotion.  There’s even a faint green glow as the gem does its work.

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Jan
15
2018
3

Hey, Pelgrane’s doing a playtest for The King In Yellow: Aftermath.

That’s the King In Yellow (reality-decaying horror) setting where a Carcosa-infected dictatorship has been overthrown, and the PCs are all playing former revolutionaries in that world.  Anyway: is anybody interested in doing an online playtest? If I can get three or four people to sign up, I’ll email Pelgrane and try to get in on it.  It’ll be like the Fall of Delta Green playtest we did: we’ll do it all as a Google Hangout and whatnot.

Lemme know in comments if you’re interested.

Jan
14
2018
0

In the mail: A bunch of Delta Green books.

I may have gone a bit overboard.

To be fair, these are all print versions of the Delta Green Kickstarter PDFs that got made; they were originally supposed to be just available in PDF, but I guess Arc Dream figured out how to print them cheaply enough. Anyway, they offered five bucks off per book, so I just started grabbing. And wasn’t it a fun exercise in getting them, too. Long story, and it got resolved to my satisfaction, so I’m not gonna tattle on anybody.

Jan
11
2018
0

Mejnowoita [100pt] [GURPS 4e].

Mejnowoita [100pt] – Google Docs

Mejnowoita [100pt]

 

Well, that’s what the artifact (which looks pretty much like what it is: an elk mask, carved from an elk skull) calls itself, anyway. Maybe. Probably.  None of the superheroes who have worn it in the past can speak whatever language it is that Mejnowoita speaks, although they all quickly learned that Stawo! meant ‘Stop!’ and Eimi! meant ‘Go!’  The artifact isn’t much of a conversationalist otherwise.

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Jan
10
2018
0

Adventure Seed: Operation ENDOSCOPE PARLAY.

Operation ENDOSCOPE PARLAY – Google Docs

Operation ENDOSCOPE PARLAY

 

Good morning. As you are all aware, spell-casting using anagrams was the go-to occult discipline of the Seventeenth Century AD, and continued to retain some nostalgic popularity until the first half of the Nineteenth. Unfortunately, with the rise of modern linguistics the power available to linguistic magic skyrocketed, with typically horrific results.  The dirty war conducted between rival magical circles of semioticists need not be reviewed here: suffice it to say that the extermination of the last holdout Fascist and Soviet deep-penetration doomsday linguistic cults in 1953 was a close-run thing. Sufficiently so that the esoteric world’s subsequent tacit abandonment of Latin was deemed regrettable, but necessary in order to prevent future breakdowns in language, perception, and local space-time.

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Jan
09
2018
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Item Seed: Ghost Coins

Ghost Coins – Google Docs

Ghost Coins

 

Many kinds of magic withered and died in the 20th Century; Ghost Coins, in contrast, blossomed in power. It’s one of those ‘power in contradiction’ things; it used to be that even when a nation fell apart its coinage would still have some inherent value. After all, a Byzantine gold solidus still had precisely the same amount of gold in it the day after Constantinople finally fell as it did the day before.  But with the rise of paper money and coins made out of non-precious metal, well, once the country was gone then so was the value.

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Jan
08
2018
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Bright-Lit Tupelo [The Day After Ragnarok]

Bright-Lit Tupelo – Google Docs

Bright-Lit Tupelo

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Tupelo, Mississippi

Population: 4,000/27,000

Controls: Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc Counties, Mississippi

Government: Strongman

Problem: Hostile City

Heroic Opportunity: Technology (Electricity)

City Aspect: Covert and Militaristic

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Jan
08
2018
1

In Nomine Revisited: Forbidden Books: The Elvis Wars.

Yeah, I did a lot of these, but five from the old days is probably enough. Happy birthday, Elvis.

Forbidden Book_ The Elvis Wars – Google Docs

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