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Mapping the Lost Lands

5 April, 2014

On Wednesday, one of my RPG groups meets and we play a variety of things, including most recently AD&D and playtesting some systems being developed by the various members.  But, as we have had some unscheduled disruptions to playtesting, we generated Rolemaster characters and started an exploration based game with the game world being defined by our choices and the crazy random tables of Rolemaster.

You can read about our first adventure here:

Mapping the Lost Lands

Which is a site put up by our GM.  I am playing Orlyn the warrior, and (from my perspective) the only one of the group with any common sense.

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Dark Future Ahead 5 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

12 February, 2014

Taking bets on the future, the BBC looks to the next 150 years.  Where are you placing your bets for the future?

Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3) looks to the challenges of 2020, interesting to see what the EuroCops think the future of technology will look like and the dangers it will pose.

French artist Vincent Fournier has seen the future of evolution, in which humans design animals for their own uses.  You can see more at his own galleries.

These augmented reality glasses take us another step closer to cybereyes.  And the TrackingPoint targeting system is a proto-smart gun system, currently undergoing field trails by the US military.  Technology marches forward.

And for some humor, sustainable kidnapping!

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D&D 40th Anniversary Questions in one Big (Blog) Hop

1 February, 2014

D20 Dark Ages is hosting a daily Blog Hop in honor of the 40th Anniversary of D&D.  But as I am not up to doing this on a daily basis (like Tales of the Rambling Bumblers) I will do it in one big post and wish the others well in their blog hopping.

1: First person who introduced you to D&D? Which edition? Your first Character?

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Greenwheel Carnival – Ivorysmile’s Mobile Apothecary and Medicine Emporium

18 January, 2014

As my contribution to Role Play Craft‘s Green Wheel Carnival collaboration:
Sign of Quality

Ivorysmile’s Mobile Apothecary and Medicine Emporium

Ivorysmile’s wagon is large and heavy, taking four unhappy looking oxen to pull it from place to place.  The green paint scheme on the wagon is enhanced by various plants growing in window boxes and climbing up the sides of the wagon which is painted with stylized herbs and plants, the real and unreal intertwining.

When open for business, there is a canvas awning set up and straw mats placed on the ground.  Tables of gathered herbs, bottles and jars full of plants, seeds and odd powers and are stacked up and small boxes contain the more exotic materials back with Ivorysmile has a set of scales, mixing bowls, pill makers and more, all ready to “cure any ill and treat any ailment” as he puts it.  Any common medicine or cure, along with a variety of common nostrums for those who will not take his advice, is available along with some more exotic remedies which he keeps close at hand and away from sticky fingers.

Aurson Ivorysmile is tall and thin with heavily-lidded dark eyes.  His fingers are long and dexterous and most have rings on them.   His skin is pale and -in some lights- has a slight green cast.  He wears simple robes with pockets everywhere and often covers his bald head with a tightly wrapped turban.  Ivorysmile happily plays up his foreign and exotic appearance, making obscure comments on occult subject to confer an air of otherness about himself.

Ivorysmile is an amazingly competent apothecary and alchemist, his current focus is tailoring cures and potions to various species.  As part of this he is willing to offer potions to people at highly competitive rates if they promise to report back to him on the effectiveness of the various mixes and tweaks.  He is always interested in acquiring potion, alchemical items and -most of all- research and formula of such, for those he will offer a fair price in coin but a very good value of trade.

Ivorysmile is distantly related to snakemen or dragons or both, even he may not know, but he is able to speak with snakes and reptiles and is near immune to their venom.  He has access to a variety of occult and secret alchemical techniques that he has gained in his travels and researches, all of his notes and journals is kept in his personal cypher.  Among the things that Ivorysmile keeps in his wagon is a wide variety of poisonous snakes, that are all very friendly to him.  But uninvited guests are likely to have a rude surprise.

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Dark Future Ahead 4 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

4 January, 2014

Get away from it all in a semi-underwater hotel that will become an artificial reef.  Looks like a great place for a secret meeting . . . or an extraction.

Interested in how the Magacorps work in the developing world?  See this report on Chinese companies in Africa.

Or perhaps visit a slice of the Soviet Union in the modern world, wonderful Transnistria.

Need a mission?  What about repossessing commercial aircraft?  Grab the airplane and go!

They can use radio waves to stop your vehicle!  Best invest in some electronic shielding (or go really low tech).

“Invisible” bicycle helmet, the Swedish-designed Hövding, implies some interesting options for protection and defense.

And for some randomness: Lorem Gibson, Website filler text based on the works of William Gibson.  (Hat tip to Adam Jury.)

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Dark Future Ahead 3 – More News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

18 November, 2013

What about a not so dark future, with glowing trees instead of street lights?

Be fashionable and bullet resistant thanks to Garrison Bespoke (as I am not sure how bullet-proof these suits actually are), more information here.

Tired of soy and algae-based food, what about some nice protein-rich insect flour?  Yum yum.

Another step towards a viable powered exoskeleton, the Titan Arm.

Remember 90% of everything is shipped by water there most be some potential plots in the shipment of goods and manipulation there of.   Hackers and drug smugglers have already been active in highjacking port computer systems to slip shipment through.

And from the gaming side of the spectrum, Rob Donoghue discusses the place of Ethical Cyberpunk in roleplaying.

And a blast from the past, cleaning up some old files and found this gem by Victor Brueggemann clipped from a net discussion (c 1997):

Then there are the “Immortal posers”. They wear trench coats, and skulk around, have cordial conversations in abandoned churches and then kill each other the next time they meet . . . and they all carry swords.

“Hey, chummer. That guy over there just gave me 20 cred to tell you ‘There can only be one’. Does that mean anything? Well, see ya . . .”

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Putting my time and talent where my mouth is – for the Great Way kickstarter

19 October, 2013
Let us travel

Let us travel

One of the new stretch goal for the Great Way Kickstarter is YOU or in this case, me.  If the Kickstarter hits 1,200 people, enough to get the expanded Voidcallers setting for FATE, I will write a Twenty Palaces fanfic piece set in the trenches of the Great War and include FATE stats for the main character, villains and monsters (and maybe even Pathfinder states for the monsters too if I am feeling bold).

Visit the Great Way Kickstarter page and show your support and see my earlier post today for more information on the great deal this is.

Edit: And we did it!  Thank you very everyone who helped.  Guess I had best get started on that story . . .

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More FATE for The Great Way – A Fantasy Fiction Kickstarter LAST CHANCE

19 October, 2013
Let us travel

Let us travel

Harry Connolly, author of the superb Twenty Palaces series of urban fantasy stories, is Kickstarting his new epic fantasy series the Great Way, which has weird magic, politics and an invasion by otherworldly beings, what more could you want?  Well, at $30 you get a FATE supplement for the Great Way setting.

But even better news:

[T]he folks at Evil Hat have promised that, if we reach 1200 backers, they will create an expanded Voidcallers game. That’s where I point people who want a Twenty Palaces role-playing game, because they used the FATE ruleset to capture the spirit of the setting and the especially the predators much better than I could have. If you want to roleplay Ray Lilly, that’s the stretch goal you want us to hit.

The Kickstarter drive has been going really well and look at what you can get: Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits – a Japanese Yokai Kickstarter

1 October, 2013

Support the Kickstarter!Matthew Meyer has proven his talents with The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: a Field Guide to Japanese Yokai.  Which illustrates one hundred yokai (monster or creatures) from Japanese myth and legend.

Now he is working on a companion volume, The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits, an illustrated bestiary of monsters and ghosts from traditional Japanese folklore which (like the Night Parade) he is financing through Kickstarter.  It should be an amazing resource for any Japanese horror game and an interesting read for anyone interested in myths and monsters.

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Dark Future Ahead 2 – Cyberpunk News

20 September, 2013

Is a CreepyDOL network watching you?  Researcher show how easy it is to spy on wifi devices.

Another step closer to cybereyes, the Argus bionic retina.  While the Smithsonian looks at the current state of bionics and what is on the horizon for replacement parts.

Perhaps you would like to work for an Alibi Agency or crash into the schemes of one?   Or visit the Lebanese party town of Faraya, there are certain missions that can easily be set here and Ricky is perfect to model a contact after.

Travel by Aeroscraft (the modern successor to the zeppelin) or at least see it deliver cargo.

Chinese architect Ma Yansong imagine a future of curves and greenery, a different sort of future building.  For a more ground up way to build -temporary- addition to cities, what about a container park?

While the movie may not be perfect, I still have to yet see it, but some of the concept art for Elysium by Aaron Beck is quite inspirational as is that done by Ben Mauro.

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