Archive for March, 2015


Almost April, Ending March

31 March, 2015

April begins tomorrow with a day of tricks and misdirections, as deception is not my specialty do not expect anything clever from me on the morrow.

The origin of the name of the Roman month Aprilis is unclear, it may refer to the opening (aperire) of buds and flowers as Spring arrives or in some way to the goddess Venus, to whom it is a sacred month.  Not much to build a theme around, but it is also Blogging from A to Z Challenge Month, which I will be using to do bits and pieces of the Sea of Stars.

Work continues on the Sea of Stars Campaign Setting, let me know if you have any questions.

March, 2015, saw the following posts here:

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Tuesday Magic Item – Massacre Blade

31 March, 2015

Evil deeds make evil weaponsVoddick turned the corner, stopped suddenly and slowly backed away.  “Golloan,” he whispered, “we need to find another way.”

“What is it?” his friend asked, quickly peaking around the corner.  A man stood there, framed by the light of an open door, blood dripping from the blade of his sword into the pool of it around his feet.  His head jerked around as if he hear something.

“Don’t let him see you,” hissed Voddick.  “He is in the midst of blood madness, he will try and kill anything he comes across.  I have seen it before.”

“But he will kill everyone inside.”

“True,” sighed Voddick.  “We should try and stop him then.  If we can catch him by surprise, it will go easier.”

Golloan quietly unsheathed his sword.  “The life of a hero is not an easy one.”

Massacre Blade

While it is possible to create such a weapon deliberately, they usually are formed by being used in terrible acts against the innocent but one who enjoys such cruelty.  At first glance, they seem to be normal weapons, but a closer look shows that the blades have been stained by the blood they have shed.

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Dark Future Ahead 11 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

30 March, 2015

Generating power from water mains, clever.   Not surprised that Portland, OR, is in the lead installing these but they could show up all over the place.

And speaking of power generation, in the fragmentation of Lebanon, people are hostage to the “generator mafia” for power.  Useful for understanding what life might be like in the abandoned areas, barrens and under-cities.

How the Disney MagicBand system works and the implication it has for the future.  They know where you are, where you and going and what you want (probably).

So, Prince has a secret vault full of unreleased songs.   Someone will certainly want those songs.

Are we approaching the end of farming?  Could factories replace factory farming?

Japan is constantly rebuilding and remixing the America of the past.  There has to be some gaming potential there.


Review – Shadowrun: Run Faster

26 March, 2015

Shadowrun: Run Faster provides a wealth of options and tools for character development and customization, broadly expanding the choices available for metatypes, qualities and more while also provides background information on the world that can be used to enhance roleplaying.  While it is a little disorganized, overall Run Faster is an immensely useful sorcebook primarily for players but GMs will find much to use as well.

Shadowrun: Run Faster, is a Core Player Handbook for the 5th edition of Shadowrun, so what does that mean?  It means that this book is full of character options, discussions and variant systems to all for greater customization and understanding of the character and their role in the Shadowrun world.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Forward Lightning Chakram

24 March, 2015

Sort of like theseThe trio of elite Tiger Guards worked in precise unison, their chakram leaping from their hands to wound the bandits before flying back to be caught and used again.

When the bandit leader finally appeared, the Tiger Guard moved from harassment to all out assault.  With a shout they threw their chakram which flew with great force into the warriors surrounding the leader and then, in a flash of light, the Tiger Guard appeared gripping the chakram!  Taken by surprise the warriors were cut down and the bandit leader threw himself to the ground, begging for mercy.

Forward Lightning Chakram

These hardened steel chakram are decorated with magical glyphs and stylized representations of lightning in copper and gold.  When handled, they will occasionally spark with electricity.

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Campaign Pitch – Rokugan SRIU (L5R RPG)

21 March, 2015

A potential short campaign I am seeing if people are interested in.  Using a variant of my campaign statblock.

Rokugan – Special Road Investigation Unit

On the road againYou have . . . made mistakes.  Fallen now from your once noble place in the Celestial Order.  There is a flaw in your characters, one you could not overcome before but you will, this time.  You must.  Someone in your Clan has decided that your are worthy of one last chance, but only one.  If you fail here, you will have to shave your head, walk Exile’s Road or perform the three cuts.  This is your final chance to redeem yourself.  Will you?  Can you?

You are now under the authority of an Imperial Magistrate, Doji Akira, the infamous Cat.  Who know what favors were exchanged for your post as his yoriki?  You must serve and serve well, the alternative is unthinkable.

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Shadowrun 2070-71 Campaign Report and New Seattle Scream (#47)

18 March, 2015

This update seem to be running about quarterly recently (the last one was in October) , sorry about that.  At least I have been fairly good about keeping up with the adventure of PinkCat (latest one here) in NorCal.   Shadowrun gaming has been continuing here, though the shared campaign has slowed considerably, with just the NorCal branch regularly advancing (though we got in one game in Chicago).

Turnout was been fairly good for the monthly game, except for January when only one player showed up (and thus no game).  Had some new players and some good adventures, both the Seattle Scream articles in the left hand column reference recent games, while the Moonshadow one in the lower right references the latest NorCal game (will link the report when it is up) and so on to the latest issue of the Seattle Scream (#47)!  Enjoy.

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