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Visit D&D’s Known World!

24 May, 2017

A Grand DuchyWizards of the Coast have put up an amazing Known World bundle up at RPGNow, it includes the D&D Rules Cyclopedia (the compilation of the Basic, Expert, Companion, and Masters rules) as well as all 14 (!) Known World Gazetteers giving you an entire fantasy world to explore (and/or steal from).

Not only is the D&D Rules Cyclopedia an amazing resource for early D&D, the Known World is a delightful setting rich with ideas to use and borrow to make your game world more fun.  At it is priced at an amazingly good price of $15 for all this gaming goodness!  Get it now before WotC realizes that they are almost giving this product away.

Note the above link is an affiliate link and I will gain a small amount of money if you buy using it.

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Creative Sunday – Moria Mining

7 May, 2017
Apartments

What is happening in the apartments?

It has been a while since I did one of these but some of my old gaming group back in Portland, OR, finally have their Moria Mining site up for their miniature building, diorama construction and gaming.

There is a fun selection of dioramas for a variety of genre along with information on how they were built.  The Glom Co section references a long-running Call of Cthulhu campaign we all playing in back in the day.

If you like miniatures and building fun things, CoC or dwarves, of all of them, check out Moria Mining.

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Help out Cats and enter a fantastic Raffle

5 May, 2017
Give for the catsDavid Baity is running a charity raffle for Kits n Kats Rescue which includes many, many fabulous prizes including a beautiful DDC-themed wooden bound book by Ken Campbell which you can see in the photograph here, you can find out more about the raffle here.
I have tossed in some money for a good cause, won’t you join me?  And you may even get rewarded for your good deed.
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Dark Future Ahead 21 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

12 April, 2017

Searching the net for weird and wonderful ideas and inspiration for cyberpunk gaming:

Rockers and music are, or at least should be, an important part of cyberpunk, here are some crazy ways various bands have released music that are bizarre or collectable, usually both.  Recovering and freeing the only copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin to release into the infostream sounds like a great adventure to me.

Is your sex toy spying on you?  Could you ask for a better cyberpunk headline?

Solar powered skin for your cyberlimb!  Because, it turns out, you need a way to power all those sensors in the new skin.

Cory Doctorow talks about How can we make technology that frees us, rather than enslaves us?  And how our current laws make criminals out of people just trying to use and improve the things they own.

Need to contain a riot?  Bozena of Slovokia has the vehicle for you!  The remotely operated Bozena Riot deploy an mobile armored screen complete with water cannon, cameras and loudspeakers to deal with any riot!  Just do not lose control of it.

Bozena Riot

Photo from the Bozena corporate site and used without permission.

And for a more friendly robot, Marble is testing out food delivery robots (though drone would work as well) in San Francisco.  You can read more of their plans at the Marble corporate site.

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

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Things Out in the Dark

30 March, 2017

This month’s theme for the RPG Blog Carnival is Things in the Dark, hosted by Mobius Adventures.

There is considerable darkness beyond and between the islands that compose the Sea of Stars, the space between the stars is all around, above and below the islands.  And some things both fantastic and terrible live in that darkness.

UmrayOne type of such creatures are the Umrays which haunt and hunt in the spaces between the islands.  These manta ray like creatures move through the space between the stars as though it was water but are not confined to the flat plane of travel that starships are bound to.  However, they almost never venture on or above the islands for reasons unknown.

Other creatures live and hide away in the dark from the gaze of mortals and -more importantly- dragons, beings from the lower and higher realms trapped when the gods were slain.  These beings have found places to avoid the dragons that hunt any traces of the divine, some of these being plot revenge, others just . . . wait.

There are also the ghosts, spirits and damned souls of those who have perished by plunging into the dark between the stars.  The subject of many a chilling tales by sailors upon the Sea of Stars, all new travelers upon a starship will be subject to multiple stories of sinister and bloodthirsty ghosts.  Fortunately these revenants are exceedingly rare but excessively destructive when they do appear.

Lastly, there are the strange and unknowable creatures that are native to the depths of the space.  Most who encounter these creatures do not survive to tell about it.

Notes: A very late entry for the Blog Carnival but I wanted to contribute.

Photo for the Umray is a slightly modified version of “Flower Garden Manta Ray” by NOAA’s National Ocean Service is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Dark Future Ahead 20 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

14 January, 2017

Let’s jack in and see what the futurewatch brings us this time.

Sailing the sea on a massive container ship, the time-lapse of the port is especially inspiring, but there is a considerable amount of useful information in this fairly short article.

Vanguard RoadsterVanguard is a new company producing a premium motorcycle (in NYC no less).  Now, not only is this a very cyberpunk looking machine. but it was primarily digitally designed.  The Economist has a good article (may require registration) about how the new digital processes allow for small firms to enter markets that have been dominated but the huge vehicle corporations.  Now there is a ton of cyberpunk adventure ideas to exploit from there.

Power from organic waste!  What could go wrong with producing massive amount of methane from organic matter?  Hopefully not much as it is a great way to turn garbage (and less pleasant matter) into electricity.

Feeling lonely?  What about a ‘virtual wife’ to manage your house?  A Japanese company, Vinclu, has developed a hologram linked to an expert management system, who could need more?

And what will your virtual wife have prepared for dinner?  A light article form Gizmodo looks at 8 Foods of the Future, maybe.  Still some good ideas for setting color in a cyberpunk world (“Fried grasshopper anyone?”).

New ways to fix your teeth!  King’s College London is developing a chemical to encourage cells in teeth to heal them.  No more fillings!  If it works.

And the US Department of Defense is looking into spent casting from training ammunition that grows plants!  Guess they are seeking to be more green than olive drab.

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

Note: Photo from Vanguard and used without permission.

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Dark Future Ahead 19 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

31 October, 2016

Still sifting the feeds for news to apply to your cyberpunk games and writings.

It seems the Pentagon has been reading cyberpunk, one of their latest conference video spots sounds like a dystopian cyberpunk view of the future of megacities.  Certain good inspiration for the likes of us and you could see a megacorporation issuing a similar video before touting its technological solution to the problem.

An American company, Bloom, is making plastics from toxic algae and (hopefully) reducing the risk of dangerous algae blooms.  Lots of uses for bioplastics and the environmentally friendly part is great too.

MeyGen is moving forward with commercializing tidal power in Scotland.  So many people want to to succeed, surely others want them to fail.  Which side will hire you?

Meanwhile in Switzerland, the Cybathon challenges teams to show what their cybernetics can do.  It seems likely that technological competitions like this will continue with all sorts of opportunities for spying and sabotage (and protection from such) one has come to expect in the dark future.

An interesting article on bodyguarding celebrities which incudes a multitude of inks to various security provides (such as The Shadow Group -warning automatic audio on the site- which has its own branded apparel!) which should be useful for designing scenarios from either side of the security equation.

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

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