Jan
09
2019
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Item Seed: Liber Florum.

Liber Florum – Google Docs

Liber Florum

 

The would-be reader of the Liber Florum is well advised to not touch any copy of this book with their bare hands.  This includes modern facsimiles, although it’s apparently safe enough to handle individual pages that have not been not bound in any way, up to and including sheet protectors in a three-ring binder.  That’s how people know that the book is magical, by the way. And apparently actively malevolent.

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Jan
09
2019
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Flipping through the Sword of the Serpentine playtest files.

It’s ambitious (very Conan-y).  It’s also pretty big.  I expect that I may have to do an actual physical playtest in addition to the online one I was planning.  Of course, that may just be an excuse on my part; I haven’t run a physical game since WashingCon.

Moe Lane

PS: End of January/beginning of February for the online session.  Will let people know.

Jan
08
2019
6

Item Seed: Project APPLESAUCE KINETIC Cache #5.

Project APPLESAUCE KINETIC Cache #5 – Google Docs

Project APPLESAUCE KINETIC Cache #5

 

Description: a crate containing ten ‘books’ filled with microfiche sheets, with a manila folder containing the index.  The crate has an opened envelope attached, containing a standard US Archives document (dated 10/15/1967) indicating that the contents of the crate are not to be declassified before 12/31/2018.  The signature is illegible.

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Jan
08
2019
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Looks like Swords of the Serpentine playtesting will be a go.

Shoot me an email or reply here if you’re interested in signing up for a video gaming session.  It’ll probably be on a weekend night, and everything has to be done before February 28th.  Also: the files are proprietary, so they will NOT be given out except as part of the actual Swords of the Serpentine playtest process. I’ve had a good relationship with Pelgrane Press in the past, not least because I take this stricture seriously.

Hope to hear from enough of you folks soon!

Moe Lane

PS: I don’t expect any of my readers are the sort to pirate the files, but better safe than sorry.  Also: Emily Dresner from the old In Nomine days co-wrote this book, and I’d rather cut off my left pinkie finger than have to explain what happened.

Jan
07
2019
2

Two questions about upcoming video playtests.

Basically:

  1. Pelgrane Press is doing a call for playtesting their sword-and-sorcery GUMSHOE game Swords of the Serpentine. Any of you folks interested?
  2. I’m giving serious consideration to running a session of The Day After Ragnarok at WashingCon.  I’d be using my one-shot Song of the Siren for it, but will need to check to see if it works as a four-hour.  Anybody interested in playtesting that?

Jan
07
2019
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High-Tech Field Alchemy Kits [GURPS 4e]

High-Tech Field Alchemy Kits – Google Docs

High-Tech Field Alchemy Kits

Alchemy (and Herb Lore) in GURPS Magic assumes, at best, a TL of either 3 or 4.  This is reasonable; but both skills are fundamentally scientific ones, which means that there’s no reason that they cannot benefit from advances in chemistry, biology, and metallurgy.  Below are improved alchemical equipment for higher TLs, based on the information on pgs 210-212 of GURPS Magic.

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Jan
06
2019
6

Ever have a project that you wanted to do…

…but you weren’t sure if it’d sell?  I got one of those, for the Day After Ragnarok RPG: I have this idea, and it fascinates me.  And I think that it’d work as a impetus for campaigns (heh).  But I don’t know if I can sell it.  I’d like to decide that, quick, because the campaign idea keeps making me take notes for it when I could be working on stuff that people might buy.

Yeah, yeah, that might be diagnostic, but then there hasn’t been any new Day After Ragnarok stuff lately anyway.  Which is a shame.  It’s real easy to create material for that game world.

Moe Lane

PS: I’m not mentioning the idea for a reason.  Trying to keep it as undeveloped in public as possible.

Jan
06
2019
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Creature Seed: Epiphany Dryads.

Epiphany Dryads – Google Docs

 

Epiphany Dryads

Description: Essentially, it’s a dryad zombie.  Resembles a regular dryad, except that the bark/skin is visibly rotting off, the eyes are pure white, the hands are extended to nightmarish lengths, and what needles still remain attached are black and oozing.  Epiphany Dryads never speak.

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Jan
05
2019
1

The Malakite [GURPS In Nomine 4e]

Malakite – Google Docs

Malakite
Race: Malakite of War (Angel)

Attributes [260]: ST 14 [40], DX 14 [80], IQ 15 [100], HT 14 [40]

Basic Lift 39, Damage 1d/2d, Basic Speed 7

Social Background: TL: 8 [0], Cultural Familiarities: Western, Languages: English (Native) [6]; French (Native) [6].

Advantages [506]: Alternate Form (Celestial Form) [87]*, Alternate Identity (Legal) [5], Appearance (Attractive) [4], Cannot Fall [5], Combat Reflexes [15], Damage Resistance (3) [15], Danger Sense (No Roll Required) [25], Detect (Celestial Disturbance) (Common) [20], Doesn’t Eat or Drink [10], Doesn’t Sleep [20], Essence Control (9) [24], Immune to Trauma [20], Non-Reciprocal Damage [30], Power Investiture (Celestial) (3) [30], Power Investiture (Corporeal) (3) [30], Power Investiture (Ethereal) (3) [30], Regeneration (Slow: 1HP/12Hr) [10], Resistant (Disease) (Occasional) (Immunity) [10], Rites (2) [4]**, Symphonic Knowledge (Honor) [30], Temperature Tolerance (10) [10], Trained By A Master [30], Unaging (Can still appear to age) [15], Very Fit (Doesn’t Fatigue) [15] (more…)

Jan
04
2019
2

Condor Studios (The Day After Ragnarok)

Condor Studios – Google Docs

Condor Studios

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

It all started when Kirk Douglas ran into Ronald Reagan in late 1945. Douglas was on the beach twice; first from getting medically invalided out of the Navy, then secondly when the abrupt end of the Pacific War after the Serpentfall made any hope of rejoining the military futile.  On the other hand, Reagan was now head of the Screen Actors Guild, thanks to the Macarthur regime (and later, the Warren administration): Douglas was interested in acting, and hoped to get in on the civilian-military heroic propaganda industry.

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