I would… start rethinking any current dependencies on PRC manufacturing products.

This isn’t political, per se: it’s just an observation that current geopolitical events may have an effect on a variety of American industries in the very near future. This absolutely includes the gaming industry, which has become extremely reliant on cheap PRC manufacturers and printers. There may be disruptions in the near future.

Note the repeated use of May. I have no insider information (those links are cold, and dead). I could be imagining things. But I wouldn’t recommend counting on the PRC not to lean on the USA by mucking about with American retail supply chains.

The BROKEN TALES dark fairy tale RPG Kickstarter.

The premise of BROKEN TALES is you’re playing a former villain of a classic fairy tale, made good by a young boy’s wish. And do we know what happens when you wish, in a fairy tale? Yup: everything promptly goes to Hell. Guess what happened to all the heroes of the fairy tales?

Anyway, BROKEN TALES looks fun, and I checked with the publisher: they’re working under the expectation that it’ll be ethically sourced (i.e., not printed by the PRC). I have having to ask about this stuff, but what are you gonna do? It’s never going to get any better if we don’t make it clear that some costs can’t be honorably cut.

Got in a game of FENG SHUI 2 today.

Via Discord: the GM was my best man at my wedding, and I was his at his. I’m playing the Killer archetype, heroic version. Which means, apparently, that I’m not killing mooks and am at least trying to convince the named bad guys to reform before I shoot them in the head.

I also informed the GM that I didn’t care what my character sheet said: no self-respecting Killer Feng Shui character would ever use any autoloader handgun besides Mr. Browning. I mean. The very idea.

Bundle of Holding now offering permanent starter RPG packs.

These are PDF starter packs, mind you: and Bundle of Holding seems to be offering them at a 25% discount from list price, instead of their usual super-sale. But the offers don’t expire, either. I recommend NIGHT’S BLACK AGENTS and TRAIL OF CTHULHU, obviously. Fourth Edition CHAMPIONS… actually, I’m not sure about 4th ed. I think I skipped between Second and Fifth editions, there. Certainly it’s been a while since I did any Hero System games…

The end-of-April Patreon posts are up!

This month we have:

  • THE ELMERITE ORDER, PART 8 AND LAST: A new campaign world starts next month. Haven’t decided what it’s going to be, yet. Anyway, this month is the last installment, discussing campaigns in this Mage-but-the-Technocracy’s-not-horrible-esque campaign world.
  • PICKMAN’S MODEL: My shameless companion piece to the original! Edited, expanded, and improved for… something. Something to be discussed soon. Keep watching the skies!