Mar
16
2017
2

In the Mail: “You.”

You is a book by Greg Stolze that’s set in the Unknown Armies RPG universe.  I got my copy via Kickstarter, but the book itself is now available for sale. I look forward to reading it this afternoon.

Also: as is hopefully obvious, I am an Amazon Associate: clicking that link and then shopping on Amazon gets me referral income at no cost to you, even if you don’t buy the clicked item. So if you’re looking for an easy way to support the site, there you go. And if you don’t want to support the site, well, the sites that you do want to support probably also have referral links, and they probably wouldn’t mind the extra income, either.

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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Feb
18
2017
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The ‘You’ Kickstarter. (Unknown Armies)

You,’ by Greg Stolze: it’s probably going to fund, but every little bit helps. It’s definitely an Unknown Armies book, but you don’t need to be up to speed about the game*, apparently. I kicked in…

Moe Lane

*You really need to be up to speed on Unknown Armies, though.

Jan
24
2017
1

Item Seed: Winston Churchill’s Walking Cane.

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Winston Churchill’s Walking Cane

 

This is the walking cane that Winston Churchill carried throughout World War II. As you might imagine, it can have a certain resonance, in the right hands. And if it ever ends up in the wrong ones, well, the pyrotechnics could be entertaining.  Also, messy.

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Dec
30
2016
2

Monotony Money [Unknown Armies]

monotony-money-unknown-armies-google-docs

 

Monotony Money [Unknown Armies]

 

It’s sometimes referred to as ‘Meta-Money’ by those members of the occult underground who know something about roleplaying games (a surprising number of them don’t).  It typically takes the form of a piece of fake $20 currency from a certain board game, suitably inscribed with an increasing number of sigils and mystic runes; the only rule for the writing seems to be that it also has to involve the number 20 somehow.  Nobody knows who started the first one; but you just know when a proffered piece of Monotony Money is the real deal.

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Nov
01
2016
2

New Skill: Fried Rice Divination [Unknown Armies].

I am not currently sure if this will even work in the new edition of Unknown Armies, but I will be sure, hopefully, by the end of the week. (more…)

Apr
20
2016
2

Ooh, Atlas Games is going to allow fan-published Unknown Armies material!

If they can get this retweeted 333 times, that is.

Between this and John Wick also opening up 7th Sea for commercial fan-based materials, this looks… promising. Unknown Armies and 7th Sea are both game lines that I am familiar with; it’s always easier when you don’t have to translate your game concepts into Specific Rule-set. Plus, I want to write stuff for these game lines anyway. Getting paid for it sounds pretty freaking sweet.

Apr
18
2016
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Please force @CUnderkoffler to have to write for Unknown Armies.

The Unknown Armies Kickstarter is so close to being able to force him to do that.

So, so close. Just five hundred bucks more.

Mar
31
2016
4

…Annnnd the Unknown Armies Third Edition Kickstarter.

THIS one I knew about, starting yesterday. THIS one I knew I wanted, no question. THIS one I logged on to back. Unknown Armies is an amazing game that never generates enough content to satisfy me. I can’t wait to get these books.

Oct
05
2013
1

The Unknown Armies Bundle of Holding.

If you have not yet bought Atlas Games‘ excellent and insanely good urban magic occult underground game Unknown Armies yet, the current Bundle of Holding will give you a ridiculous amount of good gaming material in PDF form for about fourteen bucks. I already own all of these and I still picked it up, largely because it’s nice to have this stuff on the iPad and the price is very attractive (a little over two bucks a book).

It is my hope that this may presage them bringing back the game line. Which would be AWESOME.

Apr
01
2013
1

Attention, Unknown Armies fans: new FREE supplement (Order of St. Cecil).

OK, real fast: Unknown Armies (from Atlas Games) is a roleplaying game for playing “postmodern magick” and street-level sorcery: it’s very Tim Powers-y, and if you need me to explain who he is then I can only suggest that you go read at least On Stranger Tides, Last Call, and Declare RIGHT NOW and thank God later that you did.  In the meantime, think ‘hedge magic in a modern urban setting, as practiced by people at high risk for OCD.’  It’s a fun game and a really fun game world.

Anyway… Chad Underkoffler (smart guy; good game designer) has written a FREE sourcebook for one of the groups mentioned in the game (The Order of St. Cecil: Vatican magick-busters with a distinct lack of body-hugging armor and vaguely blasphemous weaponry).  It’s technically unofficial, except that it’s showing up on Atlas Games’ website: I assume that it’s officially unofficial so that they can determine whether there are people out there are still willing to pick up new material for the game.  You can get a free download copy at Steve Jackson Game’s e23:  you can also pick up a PDF of the core rules and supplements there, and NOT for free.

You should do all of that.  If you game tabletop.

Nov
04
2011
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Emergency Gaming Book Recommendation!

I’ve written three posts so far and deleted them all for being nasty.  So let me stop and regroup: see this book?

It’s a great supplement for a great roleplaying game (Unknown Armies (2nd Edition)). You get to play postmodern magicians whose cover is working for a certain fast food restaurant chain (the largest hamburger fast food restaurant chain in the world, in fact). It’s a fun supplement, and not particularly political.

Plus, I know one of the guys (Chad Underkoffler) who wrote it. He’s all right.

Moe Lane

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