Mar
15
2017
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Second call for Fall of Delta Green playtesters, this Saturday night.

8 PM Eastern time, this Saturday; we’ll be doing it via Google Hangouts. No prior experience with GUMSHOE or Cthulhu required, but bear in mind that it’s a horror game.  You’ll be provided with characters, one-page summaries of how to roll and whatnot, and playtest copies of the rules.  GUMSHOE uses six-sided dice, so make sure you have some.

Usual contact techniques: here, on Twitter (@ogiel23), or moe-at-moelane-dot-com.  Those of you who have already signed up should get an email from me tomorrow.

Mar
14
2017
3

Adventure Seed: Abernathy and Weekes, General Grocers.

Abernathy and Weekes, General Grocers – Google Docs

Abernathy and Weekes, General Grocers

This Connecticut company first starts appearing in tax records a decade before the War of 1812.  A general grocers with sidelines in transport and warehousing, Abernathy and Weekes persisted as a private corporation until 1935, when it was dissolved by the state of Connecticut after the death of Blaise Abernathy, intestate.  Mr. Abernathy had been sole proprietor of the company after the death of his business partner Oscar Weekes in the First World War; neither Abernathy and Weekes had any other listed family, or other heirs.

Which is a sad story, but why does anyone care? Because of the advertisements that Abernathy and Weekes placed in various newspapers, journals, pamphlets, and other publications during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.  The company regularly announced that they had a wide and comprehensive stock of items that are today on secret government occult watchlists: and not ‘eye of newt’ or ‘toe of dog’ stuff, either.  We’re talking about the hardcore materials that gets used to blight counties and sway towns.  The ingredients that black-bag sorcerers try to weaponize before the NSA finds them and then no-knocks a silver-and-steel team right through the wall.

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Mar
13
2017
2

New Bundle of Holding: Changeling: The Lost.

I dunno. I liked White Wolf’s first edition Changeling, not least because it was really more (as somebody in my gaming crowd put it) World of Insufficient Light than World of Darkness.  I assume that Changeling: The Lost ‘rectifies’ that ‘error.’ Which makes it less appealing to me. Perhaps not to you folks, though.

Now, if they want to give me first edition Mage: The Ascension, we can discuss that further. I always wanted to run that Technocracy-as-good-guys game…

Mar
13
2017
1

Item SEed: the Strategic National Ontological Weapon (SNOW).

Strategic National Ontological Weapon (SNOW) – Google Docs

Strategic National Ontological Weapon (SNOW)

 

SNOW is a suitcase-sized product of early Cold War Weird Science, and it shows: everything about it is glass and dials and a steel casing that can absolutely shrug off a bullet. It was ‘invented’ in 1946 by the State Department’s Interim Research and Intelligence Service (IRIS).  More accurately, it was invented in 1942 by a tame mad scientist seconded to the Office of Strategic Services’ Research and Analysis branch, who then got transferred over to State in 1945, along with the rest of what would become IRIS.  Once that happened, the State Department felt comfortable officially telling Harry S Truman that he happened to have a single-use cosmic reset button.

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Mar
13
2017
2

[Other] Tweet of the Day, Get My Patreon Up To $150/Month By Tomorrow And I Run This At A Con edition.

I am totally serious.  If my Patreon gets up to $150/month by this time tomorrow, I will run this sucker at a convention.  Presumably Washingcon – which means I’d be running two games there, because if I sign up to run Honey Heist at that con then I’ll do another one.

Your move, Internet.

Mar
12
2017
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Roadshrine America [Unknown Armies]

This is an example of what they call ‘gutter magic’ in Unknown Armies. Not adept-level, not avatar-based, all kind of coincidental, but works all the same.

Roadshrine America – Google Docs

 

Roadshrine America

[Unknown Armies]

You’ve seen the shrines on the highways, right?  Sometimes it’s a bunch of flags on the overpass, or cups stuck in the chain link fence there that spell out a message. And sometimes it’s a forlorn-looking cross and flowers against a tree or some other landmark. You see them, you drive past, you maybe wonder a little about why people do that sort of thing. Well, the answer of course is: “Some people are passionate/obsessed” (depending on whether you agree with the sentiment being expressed, or not). And that original passion and/or obsession has nothing much to do with anything that the occult underground does. Oh, there are plenty of patriotic or bereaved occultists out there. No question about that: but when a roadside shrine is put up, it’s generally magically inert.

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Mar
10
2017
4

Call for playtesters for Fall of Delta Green (second play-through).

This one will be for next weekend: Friday or Saturday night, whichever one I can get players for.  8 PM Eastern time, probably a three hour session.  I ran it once already last weekend – all hail Constant Readers Brian Swisher and nicklevi86 for participating – and I’d like to get at least one more session in before the March 31st deadline.  I will supply character sheets and cheat sheets: people unfamiliar with GUMSHOE rules are welcome. It is a horror game, so fair warning there.

Contact me via comments here, on Twitter, my Contact link, or at moe-at-moelane-dot-com.

Mar
10
2017
2

Johnny Cyclops And the Radioactive Boars [IN NOMINE]

People kept emailing me about the radioactive boars.  So… all right. I’ll write about them.

Kinda.

Johnny Cyclops And the Radioactive Boars – Google Docs

 

Johnny Cyclops And the Radioactive Boars

 

This is the hot new band in the Eastern European scene — at least, it will be, as soon as the final adjustments and tweaks get made.  “Johnny Cyclops and the Radioactive Boars” is technically a British rock band with heavy punk influences and an attitude to match, but lead singer Johnny Cyclops (so named because he only has one eye) is of Greek ancestry, and apparently has the knack of writing and belting out songs that resonate with quite a bunch of people in the Balkans. Doesn’t hurt that they’re all fairly multilingual, either.  The region is going to love these guys.

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Mar
09
2017
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Tetrachromancy [GURPS 4e]

Tetrachromancy [17] – Google Docs

Tetrachromancy [17]

 

This particular magical advantage seems to be linked to places with higher than average levels of interdimensional travel.  Basically, it’s an occult mutation of the rods and cones of the human eye that allows someone with this advantage ‘see’ Gates – more specifically, it allows them to see the lingering radiation that’s produced as a by-product from the imposition of a Gate (magical or otherwise) onto the landscape. The ability only works in areas of low mana and above, and anybody with Tetrachromancy is already a mage, albeit a very basic one.

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Mar
09
2017
3

Pelgrane Press’s “The Yellow King RPG” Kickstarter to start soon.

Today in Shut up and take my money, damn your eyes:

Pelgrane Press is terrified to announce that The Yellow King Roleplaying Game is coming soon to a Kickstarter near you.

Written and designed by GUMSHOE master Robin D. Laws, YKRPG takes you on a brain-bending spiral through multiple selves and timelines.

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Mar
08
2017
1

Adventure Seed: Avenging the Cores.

I’ll be honest with you: I have no idea why somebody would flat-out steal an entire research facility.  Fortunately, when you have the right kind of players, you don’t need a reason. You just pick the one that your players like best and run with it.  This is Secret GM Knowledge: feel free to feel honored by it.

Avenging the Cores – Google Docs

Avenging the Cores

Somebody has kidnapped the Austin Core Research Center. For those that don’t know, said center is a part of the University of Texas’s Bureau of Economic Geology; it’s a storage / research facility for core samples taken from well drillings.  Which is a very useful resource for geologists and engineers to have, yes, but it’s not exactly something that you’d expect to be kidnapped.  And ‘kidnapped’ is the right word: the entire building has been removed, right down to the foundation (fortunately and oddly, the cleaning staff was left behind).

Why, yes, it would be nice to know how that trick was handled.

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Mar
07
2017
1

Creature seed: Bloodworld Vampires.

This concept intrigues me.

Bloodworld Vampires – Google Docs

Bloodworld Vampires

 

The ‘Bloodworld’ being, of course, ours.  The vampires are only somewhat from this planet: the rest of them comes from the dark, cold, and dry depths of space.  Bloodworld Vampires are a terrifying combination of infectious agent, spy, and harvester.  But they’re not here to invade, any more than the farmer invades his orchard.

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