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Review – Three Sorcerous Arts for D&D 5E

21 April, 2017

Three Sorcerous Arts: Three Sorcerous Origins for Firth Edition provides some excellent options for sorcerers in 5E and expands the range of choices for that class.  Everything seems well balanced and if you like playing sorcerer, or using them as rivals to the players, give this product a look.

Three Sorcerous Arts: Three Sorcerous Origins for Firth Edition for Firth Edition by Brandes Stoddard and published by Tribality Publishing is just that, three new Sorcerers’ origins (or bloodlines as they would have been called in some other sources) and some supporting magic items.  The layout is clear with thematic color photographs for illustrations.

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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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Now it is April, March is Away

2 April, 2017

April began yesterday, various reasons prevented me from posting then, for that, my apologies.  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.

If you have suggestions for a theme for this month please let me know.

March, 2017, saw the following posts here:

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

23 March, 2017

To 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 Twenty Seven: Grabbed

Guest Starring: Clawz and DD

Pizza is friendship!Glitter is missing!  She was last seen walking home but she did not make it.  Someone saw her talking with someone in a van.  Everyone is all a tizzy, thinking that she has been kidnapped.  The rest of the team splits up looking for her and searching for clues.  So, lots of traditional cartoon schtick as they look for her.  But it just turns out that Glitter met an old friend and she forgot to call and her battery ran down, so none of the calls to her made it through (cue scene of Glitter looking at her newly charged phone “1,812 missed calls?!”) and they find her having pizza with her friend.  Discussion among the friends about how it is important to keep in touch so that people do not worry.  Yes, it is a very PSA episode.

What really happened:

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As February ends, let us March on

28 February, 2017

With the start of March, the Equinox and Spring move near.  March gains its name from the Roman month Martius which in turn gains its name from Mars, the Roman god of war who is much more a soldier god than his Greek counterpart, Ares.

So, the theme for March will again be the military and things martial.  As usual, if there is anything in particular you would like to see let me know.  I will try to do something, spell or item, for the Equinox as well.

February, 2017, this journal saw the following posts here:

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Rokugan SRIU Episode 12 “Northern Spirits” (L5R Campaign Report)

28 February, 2017

Having survived the Phoenix Winter Court, making only one (known) enemy, things are looking good for the unit as spring begins to arrive as does Mirumoto Daremo, having traveled up the coast in terrible weather to bring news to the unit and a promotion for Hida Kenta, who is now a nikutai (lowest ranked officer) in the Imperial Magistrate’s Office and officially in command of the unit.

Looking forward to a swift return to the capital, their hopes are dashed as Togashi Shisõ sends them  into the new lands to the North, when an Imperial road has gone missing, except for the Otoku and the Tonbo who are dispatched to deliver some vital messages to the Dragon lands.

Rough terrainThey travel north with the spring thaw, the the edge of Pheonix lands, and the old Empire, and then beyond.  The shugenja notice it almost physically, as if the quality of light shifted, it does not seem dangerous just . . . different.  As they travel further, first through Phoenix managed lands, the lands become less like Rokugan and less Rokuganized.  The older buildings are of a distinctly different architectural style, the peasants do not converse in a proper language and this are just not right, not entirely unfamilair but not proper either.

After some weeks of travel, they cross into Iron Mine Valley, a Lion holding ruled by Matsu Terumoto, where they are met by Ikoma Koji and his patrol who route the unit to the work camp, which is comprised primarily of impressed local peasantry, near to the road way.  They investigate and talk to people about the missing road, a mile stretch of which just vanished one night, was replaced and then -even though it was guarded- vanished again!  No one can explain it and the peasant and none to keen on doing the work again and the local quarry has been exhausted so a new source of stone must be found.

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

15 February, 2017

To 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 Twenty Six: Clean Up

Guest Starring: DD, Double Up and ToraIt the viper!

Some of the local student find they can make money working after school working as cleaners, Pink steps in and starts organizing them into Sunnyshine Cleaners.  Hilarity ensues as the cleaners deal with all sorts of ridiculous problems and messes, chocolate sauce spills, mermaids in tubs and so on.  But Pink and the cleaners becomes more and more corporate as they become more successful, to the point where she almost turns her back on her friends . . . but then realizes that friendship is more important than money, even clean money.  Sunnyside Clearer downsize back into nice after school jobs and Pink takes everyone out to ice cream to apologize.

What really happened:

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