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Tuesday Magic Item – Cloaked in Crowds

15 August, 2017

Shy or stealthy?

“Are you sure they went this way?” asked Voddick, trying to spot the person among the flowing marketplace crowds.

“Yes, but between the mass of people and the skill of the one we are, were following, I fear they are lost to us,” answered Gollaon.

“I suggest we search the taverns.”

“Capital idea.”

Cloaked in Crowds

This poetically named item is in fact a rather unassuming cloak, though made of the finest cloths, in muted colors and its platinum claps appears at pewter to those who do not inspect it closely.  Around other worn clothing, it gradually shifts to match them in cut and appearance, blending into local styles seamlessly.

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Finding me at GenCon

9 August, 2017

GenCon 50!Hello Friends,

This year, I will again be at GenCon and again, working for AEG doing game demos.

If you want to drop by and say hello, I will mostly be in the AEG section of the Events Hall in the ICC.

Every day, from 10am to Noon, I am demoing Istanbul, which is a fantastic board game and if you have time (and generic tickets) come by and I will fit you in if I can and teach you how to play.

Then on Thurs, Fri and Sat, from 2pm-6pm, more game demos in the events hall (with the 4-6 shift being more Istanbul).  Friday night, I will be working, somewhere in the crowd, at AEG’s Big Game Night.

And my last game demo of the Weekend will be Lovecraft Letter from 1-3pm on Sunday, the new madness and horror themed take on the classic Love Letter game.

Other than that, I will be wandering around and taking it all in.  May have a dinner with some L5R friends on Saturday but that is still up in the air, so drop me a note if you want to meet up!  Love catching up with and meeting new friends.

Also, you can check out my general GenCon advice here.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Watchful Circlet of the Cat Monarch

8 August, 2017

Circle of Cats“I know the symbol of the kingdom is a leopard, but do there need to be cats everywhere in the palace?” asked Voddick, shooing a kitten away.

“Keeping in a good relationship with the symbolic animal of your house as not the worst plan,” answered Gollaon.  “You never know who is watching, after all.”

“I do, dozen of little bright eyed cats,” muttered Voddick.

Watchful Circlet of the Cat Monarch

These circlets are usually understated copper or silver inlaid with gold and a few gems or enameled designs showing a crest displaying a cat of some sort.  The circlet is very comfortable to wear and never accidentally falls loose.

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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Bad Science” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

6 August, 2017

Let's go up to the labTo understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members.

Episode Thirty: Bad Science

Guest Starring: Clawz, Double Up, and Toru.

Pink get word that one of the local labs in doing cruel animal experimentation and sets about mobilizing the school’s clubs to protest against such, easy for the environment club less so for the programming group.  The student groups include a variety of fan and supporter created characters, PinkCat has her own channel for Running the Shade and other projects and this is a good chance to thank them for their fandom.  The organized protest include pickets, virtual and actual, media and blogging offensives, really a light introduction to activism.  The lab tries to fight back with experts, their own media offensive and bribery.  But exposing the bribes finally turns the tables on the lab and they knuckle under and agree to treat their animals humanely.  The protestors retire, but keep the pressure up via blogs and the media.  Trust by verify.

What really happened:

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Review – Shadowrun: Book of the Lost

3 August, 2017

SR Book of the LostShadowrun: Book of the Lost is a campaign book for Shadowrun and provides a considerable amount of potential adventure for a GM. But is it necessary? Not really, unless your group is already intrigued by the Sixth World Tarot, you do not have to prioritize this book, it is pretty and has quite a bit of fun stuff but all of it will need to be adapted to your campaign. But if a tarot hunt sound like it would be fun for you and your players, then pick this up.

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Sean’s GenCon Advice 2017

2 August, 2017

GenCon is about two weeks away, so, I thought I would (again) share my hard-earned experience and try and help out people who are going.

Preparation:

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Tuesday Magic Item – Harvest Crown

1 August, 2017

So regal, so cuteVoddick grabbed another mug of ale as the platter went by.  “It is lovely to actually get a chance to enjoy a festival.”

Gollaon played a short tune on his flute and then said, “Indeed.  Good to be able to enjoy the fruits of our work for once.”

“So true, the town is safe, the beer is tasty and the music is good,” said Voddick with a broad smile.

“A welcome diversion before we return to work.”

“I will drink to that.”

Harvest Crown

These crowns are made of woven plants newly harvested and woven into patterns traditional to the community making them.  Sometimes there is only one awarded, sometimes two, but almost never more than that.  The crowns remain fresh and strong for a year and then suddenly become dry and brittle, breaking apart at the slightest touch.

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