Aug
17
2018
2

Item Seed: Caseus Belli.

Caseus Belli – Google Docs

Caseus Belli

 

Judging from the old records, Caseus Belli was not particularly dangerous.  Name aside, it was simply a hard cheese made using a particular strand of bacteria; people who ate the cheese were slightly stronger, more vigorous, and could function for a full day at full capacity before exhaustion.  Making it was finicky, which is why the only people who could do so were the Arval Brethren (a priestly college of the Roman Empire). When the Arval Brethren disappeared from history, so did Caseus Belli.

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Aug
16
2018
0

Grounded Earth Kung Fu [GURPS 4e].

Grounded Earth Kung Fu (20_25) – Google Docs

Grounded Earth Kung Fu [20/25]

The first thing that people do when they hear that there is a martial art designed for people with psionic powers is to be mildly surprised that psions would need a martial art in the first place.  The second thing that people do is assume that said martial art must be about building willpower and improving mental discipline and only incidentally about combat.  That is only a half-safe assumption, as many a person has painfully learned after encountering a Grounded Earth adept. Those who follow this style are not typically brutal in their personal lives (brutality is not a good reproductive strategy for someone with psionic powers), but they are usually unsentimental,  and often in a hurry.

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Aug
15
2018
0

In the Mail: The Unspeakable Oath 25.

I must have ordered the Unspeakable Oath 25 (Arc Dream Publishing’s semi-regular Call of Cthulhu gaming magazine) in both print and electronic forms.  It’s great that it showed up in the mail, actually; I wanted to read it somewhere besides the computer screen, and it’s a bit of a pain to transfer files from computer to phone sometimes.  Besides, the letters are bigger this way.

Yeah, that’s more of a consideration than it used to be.  Time marches on, alas.  Time marches on.

Aug
15
2018
0

Incense-Drunk Cleveland [The Day After Ragnarok].

Incense-Drunk Cleveland – Google Docs

Incense-Drunk Cleveland

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Cleveland, Ohio

Population: 80,000/420,000

Controls: Parts of Lake Erie and northern Ohio

Government: Despotism

Problem: Hostile Cities (most of the rest of Ohio)

Heroic Opportunity: Mercenary Work

City Aspect: Militaristic and Religious

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Aug
14
2018
0

Spell seed: KEEP MAGIC CIG AM PEEK.

KEEP MAGIC CIG AM PEEK – Google Docs

KEEP MAGIC CIG AM PEEK

 

It’s a minor little bit of palindrome magic: if you have the raw power to do it, light a cigarette and mutter this while you stare at the burning end.  The esoteric result is that while you do it you get at least a little resistance to anti-magical effects or attacks. It won’t save you from a powerful draining spell for very long, but if you’re running across a magically-drained area, you can get to the other side with no more than maybe the thaumaturgical equivalent of chapped lips.  If you have magical ability, of course. And can run while staring at a burning cigarette, which not everybody can do. Still, it’s a useful enough bit of hedge magic, normally.

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Aug
14
2018
2

My 2018 WashingCon RPG schedule. (Dungeon Fantasy and In Nomine)

WashingCon is on September 8th and 9th: I will be running two games.  On Saturday (2 PM) I will be running the Hall of Judgement adventure for GURPS Dungeon Fantasy — yup, the one from the Kickstarter.  All official-like, too; by which I mean I told Doug Cole I’d run it at WashingCon if he liked, and Doug liked.  Which is hardly surprising, of course.

The second game is on Sunday (10 AM), and will be The Great Cow Race of 2003.  What’s that?  I’m giving away the adventure with that link? Folks, read the write-up again.  It’s not an adventure: it’s four hours of applied Chaos and Old Night.  I never ran that adventure the same way twice; shoot, I never ran it the same way twice from hour to hour inside the adventure itself.  I fear nothing from having my players know ahead of time what the adventure might be; in fact, I welcome their growing madness.

:pause:

MADNESS!

Aug
13
2018
1

Corporal Joe Jones [GURPS 4e].

Corporal Joe Jones – Google Docs

Corporal Joe Jones [250 pt]

Race: Human


Attributes [65]: ST 11 [10], DX 12 [40], IQ 10, HT 11 [10], HP 11, Will 10, Per 14 (Perception includes +4 from ‘Extra Perception’), FP 11, Basic Speed 6 [5]

Advantages [195]: Charisma (1) [5], Danger Sense [15], Destiny (Great) [15], Extra Perception (4) (Affects Per) [20], Luck (Ridiculous) [60], Military Rank (2) [10], Reputation (Lucky) (4) (All the time; Large class [the military]) [10], Serendipity (4) [60]

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Aug
13
2018
0

OK, fine, I’ll back the new Over the Edge Kickstarter.

 

Have the funds to cover the new edition of Over the Edge: A Roleplaying Game of Weird Urban Danger, so I guess that I will. Only because I keep getting nagged to do it by all the game designers that I follow, or respect, or take seriously.  Makes it kind of a hint.

Moe Lane

PS: Can’t do this and Reign, though.  Tough call, too.

Aug
12
2018
1

Mortar Geckos [The Day After Ragnarok].

Mortar Geckos – Google Docs

Mortar Geckos

(strophurus igenti amicae)

[The Day After Ragnarok]

Imagine a gecko with a golden spine and grey-black mottled scales.  OK? Now make it as big as a horse, and give it the ability to shoot sticky mucus from its tail.  And there you have it: the mortar gecko. All Mortar Geckos are descended from zoo specimens in North America and Europe; the various parent species are all from Australia, and are resolutely free from mutation.  Oddly, while the species was clearly mutated by the Serpentfall, it shows none of the usual signs of Serpent taint.

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Aug
11
2018
2

Item Seed: Skunk Urine.

Skunk Urine – Google Docs

Skunk Urine

 

Description: …it’s urine. From a skunk.  And no, this is not the chemical mix that Terran skunks spray as a defensive tactic.  Many a would-be intergalactic drug smuggler has made this mistake, often with hilarious results.

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