Sep
11
2018
2

Adventure seed: The Kaminsky Retrieval.

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The Kaminsky Retrieval

Well, it’s like this.  There’s a pseudo-saurian race in the next Galactic Sector called the sirothnok.  They kind of dominate their Sector, in fact. The sirothnok are not exactly awful, per se: but they are somewhat touchy, fairly over-proud of their dignity, and have a certain reputation for pushing a quarrel farther than might be wise.  They’re not an existential threat to humanity and our friends, but nobody wants a war with the sirothnok.

Fortunately, they get along well with humans, for the oddest of reasons: twins.  Sirothnok tend to have twin births at about the same rate as humans have singleton ones, and that of course has affected their entire culture.  It turns out that most Galactic species don’t really have twins at all; and while many species do have reliable cloning techniques, the sirothnok typically find clone-twins from other species to be a bit grating.  Human twins don’t provoke that reaction, though. In fact, human twins find it much easier than other humans do to navigate sirothnok society; they can just get the ‘feel’ for the cultures more easily than singletons can. (more…)

Sep
10
2018
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Doc Grue [GURPS 4e]

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Doc Grue [250pt]

 

Attributes [132]: ST 10, DX 12 [40], IQ 14 [80], HT 11 [10]

HP 11 [2], Will 14, Per 15 (Perception includes +1 from ‘Extra Perception’), FP 11

Languages: English (Native) [0]; Helltongue (Accented) [4]; Latin (Native) [6].

Advantages [109]: Devotion (1) (Autohypnosis; Exorcism; Meditation; Religious Ritual) [5], Extra Perception (1) (Affects Per) [5], Fearlessness (2) [4], Healer (2) [20], Legal Enforcement Powers (1) [5], Magery 0 [5], Occultist (2) (Alchemy; Anthropology; Archaeology; Exorcism; Hidden Lore; History; Linguistics; Literature; Occultism; Research; Ritual Magic; Thaumatology) [20], Rank: Police Examiner (2) [10], Reputation (“Guy who knows about this spooky crap”) (2) (All the time; Almost everyone; Large class) [5], Security Clearance (The Weird World) (”Need to know” access to a narrow range of secrets) [5], True Faith [15]
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Sep
09
2018
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Back from @WashingCon.

It went well, I think. Five people for the GURPS Dungeon Fantasy game, four for the In Nomine one; I had one person in each game who had played the game before, so we did a bunch of on-the-fly teaching and I streamlined a lot. The important thing was for the players to have fun, and I’m pretty sure that they did.

But dear Lord but con games take a lot out of me.  I was conked out by 10 PM last night, although the beer certainly helped.  For there was beer. I’ve finally figured out the Georgetown on-campus bar hours.  I had to maneuver through endless construction zones to get there, mind you — but that was a minor matter, and easily navigated.

Moe Lane

PS: I should possibly try to get to know the WashingCon staff a bit better; this is, like, the third con of theirs I’ve run games for and I doubt any of them would recognize me if we met on the street.  Which is my fault, sure.  I’m just so worn out after running one of these that I feel little urge to socialize further.

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Sep
07
2018
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Sorry, folks. Con games this weekend.

…And they’re eating up all my bandwidth.  I had to do a bit more physical prep for both than I expected; for the In Nomine game I needed to go through three iterations of character sheets before I found a format that would help people understand what all that junk meant on their sheet.  The Dungeon Fantasy stuff was easier, because it was pre-printed — but I realized yesterday that there was no way I could fit that entire sourcebook into a four hour game, so I had to decide which bit to concentrate on. I think that we’re going to be good with what I picked, but who knows?

Anyway, that’s why it’s been sparse the last few days.  I want to run good games, here. Things will get back to normal on Sunday.

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Sep
06
2018
2

The ‘DRAGONLOCK Ultimate: GM Screen of DOOM’

A friend of a friend does 3D-printing templates for RPG purposes — and, in passing: 3-D printing is proving to be a boon for people who like RPG miniatures — and he’s just put up DRAGONLOCK Ultimate: GM Screen of DOOM up at RPG.net.  Looks pretty sweet, people.  I don’t have a 3-D printer because I don’t have room for one, but if I did I’d be printing out stuff like this for as long as the feedstock held out.

…’Feedstock.’ Probably has a tank for it, too.  Dang, but I love the future sometimes.

Sep
06
2018
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Reminder: @WashingCon this weekend.

I will be running two games at WashingCon: Hall of Judgment on Saturday (GURPS Dungeon Fantasy) and The Great Cow Race of 2018 on Sunday (In Nomine).  The second one will definitely have seats, but I suspect that the first one isn’t as sold out as it says it is.  There’s always somebody who doesn’t show.

Will be doing a lot of prep for these tomorrow: character sheets for the In Nomine game, more review of the GURPS one.

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Sep
05
2018
3

Snow-Wooded Grand Rapids. [The Day After Ragnarok]

Snow-Wooded Grand Rapids

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Population: 30,000/150,000

Controls: a small portion of central Michigan

Government: Democratic

Problem: Monsters

Heroic Opportunity: Trade goods / Bounty

City Aspect: Mercantile.

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Sep
04
2018
1

Veklumph [GURPS 4e]

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Veklumph [35pt]

 

Advantages: 360 Degree Vision [20], 3D Spatial Sense [10], Absolute Timing [2], Improved G-Tolerance [.5G] [10], Veklumph Talent [5].

 

Veklumph Talent: Climbing, Navigation (Space), Piloting (All types), Tactics (Space). Bonus: Other species’ pilots. 5 points.  (Note that this is not the same as Hot Pilot [GURPS Space, page 220].  The two Talents stack, but the bonus to Gunner means that Hot Pilot is very rare among Veklumph.)

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Sep
03
2018
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Reminder: WashingCon is this weekend, and I’m running games.

GURPS (Hall of Judgement) and In Nomine, to be specific. I have some hopes of getting people for the Saturday GURPS game but I am preparing myself for the possibility that nobody’s gonna show for the Sunday In Nomine game. Or even probability. Sunday morning is often not the best time to run a con game, and WashingCon is a board game convention in its heart. The gaming pool may be, ah, small.

Guess we’ll see!

Aug
31
2018
1

Motorless City [The Day After Ragnarok].

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Motorless City

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Detroit, Michigan

Population: 100,000/600,000

Controls: Wayne County and parts of the Great Lakes

Government: Machine

Problem: Factions/Fuel Shortage

Heroic Opportunity: Trade Goods

City Aspect: Divided  

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