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Tuesday Magic Item – Emancipation Key

19 June, 2018

For opening locksVoddick wedged his stout blade and twisted it to shatter the lock holding the gate chained.  “So much for that.  You have the key?” he asked quietly.

“Of course,” said Gollaon, keeping watch as Voddick slipped into the compound.  After a moment he followed.

“It seems they are not expecting people to break into the slave pens,” muttered Voddick.

“An error that will cost them . . . if we succeed.”

Emancipation Key

These keys are unremarkable, usually made of iron or brass, whichever is in common use in the area they were made.  They are faintly inscribed with magic sigils which cannot be easily seen but can be felt.

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Dark Future Ahead 27 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

14 June, 2018

Which new technology will go horribly wrong?  Join me in reviewing some inspiration for cyberpunk gaming culled from my many trips into the worldnet.  Enjoy the news:

Go see the full sized oneHurricane Electric Internet Services has a lovely visualization of the global internet backbone.  Very visually pleasing and interesting.

The Australian Defense Force used a DroneGun (really an anti-drone gun) to disable drones around the ASEAN summit.  Here is more information on DroneShield the company that makes the DroneGun.

Just in time?  As the US Army is starting to assign microscout drones to its units.  It will be interesting to see how tactics evolve using tools like this.  More information on the Black Hornet drone direct from it manufacturer.

We can now watch the evolution of language in real time.  Be on fleek for the future.

A company is retrofitting cargo containers into mobile hydroponic farms.  What would you do if you stole one of these instead of your intended target?  More information on the company, Local Roots, behind them.

What visions of the coming dark future have you seen recently?

Notes: Image from Hurricane Electric Internet Services but do go look at the full sized one.

 

 

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Tuesday Magic Item – First Principle Ring

12 June, 2018

Does it have a ring of truth to it?“Philosophers,” Voddick almost spat.  “Prattling about the nature of reality and how we know what we know.”

“Well, at least it keeps them out of trouble and usually out of our way,” said Gollaon, refilling his friend’s mug.

“Still, reality it straightforward, it is this floor,” he stomped on the ground, “or this ale.”  He took a drink.

“”For us, yes, but we are practical people.  Now drink up.”

First Principle Ring

These rings are always plain and unadorned, lacking even marker’s marks.  But they are immensely durable and difficult to damage.

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Shadowrun campaign updates, Podcasting thoughts and a new Seattle Scream (#56) prop

7 June, 2018

Shadowrun continues to be played, not least monthly with introductory games at Tyche’s Games (every first Sat, feel free to join us), and the occasional game as part of our Thursday night rotation both the NorCal game and occasional one-shot adventure in Seattle.  The NorCal campaign, that I am a player in, has seen some more play and remains great fun and moving forward (latest report from that here).

I am plotting a short Shadowrun podcast that would be split half in-game/in-character advice to shadowrunners and half “how you do that in the game”.  Would that be of interest to people?  And if so, what would you like advice on?

The latest news from my campaign here in Seattle Scream #56, the troll town murders are from the last Saturday session, where the player found out how scary spirits are when you only have limited magic support.

Now, be careful out there in the shadows my friends.  The world is cruel and dangerous place.

Photo “dark city?” by twak is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

 

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Tuesday Magic Item – Peacock of Fidelity

5 June, 2018

PeacockGollaon was chatting away to the beautiful spouse of the governor and them seemed to be hitting it off quite well.

Voddick caught his friends attention as he move to get more wine.  “You are wasting your time if you are after more than pleasant conversation with that one,” he said.

“Yes?  I thought we were getting along quite well,” replied Gollaon picking up two fresh wine cups.

“Among the many pendants, note the peacock,” said Voddick with a nod towards the person in question.

“Oh bother.”

Peacock of Fidelity

This pieces of jewellery can come in many forms but broaches and necklaces are the most common in any case they portray a watchful peacock and sometime have actual peacock feathers worked into the piece.  This item can only be used by one who is pledged to another (or anothers, depending on the culture) and  it is sometimes used out of fear and sometime out of caution but usually some mixture of both.

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Summer Approaches, Welcome June, Goodbye May

30 May, 2018

JunoJune is named from the Roman month Iunius, or Junius, is named in honor of the ancient Roman goddess Juno who is the wife of Jupiter and oversees marriage among other portfolio.   The first half of Iunius is a period of religious purification and was considered the most favorable time to marry by the Romans.  It will also be the anniversary of this journal, so I may try and do something special for that.

Summer officially starts this month, so, any thoughts on a theme, readers?  Send me your suggestions and I will try to act on them.

May, 2018, saw the following posts on the design journal:

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Tuesday Magic Item – Marisol’s Butter Churn

29 May, 2018

Butter Churn“Buttered bread is the very best,” said Gollaon, spreading the butter thickly on the dark bread.

“It has its place,” agreed Voddick.

“But you prefer beer,” finished Gollaon.

“Over bread, yes.  But buttered beer . . . does not work so well.”

Gollaon laughed.

Marisol’s Butter Churn

This butter churn is well made, though with brass fitting rather than iron, and usually decorated with carving of spring, birds, flowers, butterflies, that sort of thing.

The butter churn is well made and easy to use.  In normal use, that is all there is.

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