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Support this Kickstarter – Shadowfist: A Better Tomorrow

2 November, 2017
The Warrior

Join the fight!

As I have posted before, Shadowfist is my favorite among the collectable-ish card games.  Sharing its HK action movie sensibilities (along with its background) with the superb Feng Shui RPG.

Inner Kingdom Games has an ongoing Kickstarter for the new Shadowfist: A Better Tomorrow expansion.  Like all card gamers, I like new cards and hope that you do too.

If you are new to Shadowfist, you can include various starters products as part of your pledge at a very good price.

Please take a look and consider joining us for some equal opportunity buttkicking!

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As All Hallows Eve ends October, Tomorrow is All Saints Day and November

31 October, 2017

NovermbreWelcome to All Hallows Day and Eve all!  Tomorrow is All Saints Day and the beginning of November, the ninth month of the Roman calendar, and -in the traditional Irish calendar- the start of Winter.   Tomorrow also sees the beginning of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which I will be participating in, as usual, though casually mostly as an additional spur to writing.

In light of that, and seeing no obvious theme to November I will just write about whatever inspires me.   However, if you have any requests, anything you would like to see or any theme you would like me to expand upon, please let me know and I will try to fit it in.

October, 2017, saw the following posts here:

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Review – Shadowrun: the Complete Trog

24 October, 2017

SR: the Complete TrogShadowrun: The Complete Trog is a runner resource for Shadowrun and this makes it unusual at it is a player facing book in many ways, providing world information to make playing orks and trolls deeper and more tied to the setting. It provides considerable, if scattershot, information for ork and trolls and how they fit into the Sixth World. For any campaign that features orks and trolls (and their struggles) prominently, it will prove to be a vital resource.

Shadowrun: The Complete Trog, is the first of the Shadowrun Runner Resources for the 5th edition of Shadowrun, this particular book is all about how orks and trolls, and their variants, fit into the Sixth World of Shadowrun.

After a short introduction to what is in the book, we get two fiction sections, and then starts with a section entitled What Are You? Which is an in-game look at being a trog with commentary from others. This gives an interesting, and fairly nuanced, view on what life is like in the Shadowrun world, at least the American section, for those who are orks and trolls.

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A Cat Shaped Hole in My Heart

16 October, 2017

Normally, I only post about gaming related things here, but this is about my personal life.

Proud Princess

Aeolif in happier times

Our oldest cat, we have . . . had three, Aeolif the Jungle Princess went west today.  She was fifteen and a half and had fought off cancer four years ago but not this time.  She was eased into the next world by the kind people at the Animal Wellness Center with myself and my wife standing as honor guards.  I will miss that little kitty.

We found Aeolif in a tree overhanging our driveway, she was just a tiny kitten and we never found out where she had come from but she was there.  I got a chair and stretch up to rescue her from the branch and she was purring as soon as she was in my hands.  Laura took her off and bathed her, saying the water looked like weak coffee sprinkled with black pepper afterwards.  We confided her to the bathroom and started trying to find if anyone had lost a kitten.  It was a little later that same day that we received news that out dear friend Jess Hanna and her two children had been killed in a car accident.  Since no one claimed her, we poured our love and sorry into the little kitten who we named Aeolif after one of Jess’ D&D characters who was also very good (metaphorically speaking) of getting into but not out of trees.

Goodby sweet kitty

Last photo of Aeolif at the AWC

Several years later, Aeolif managed to get treed by a local dog, ending up at the very top of a forty-ish foot tall pine.  Even after the dog’s owner, our neighbor, confined the dog (who was just being a dog, no malice there) we could not coax her down but we could hear her sad meows for hours until she finally just showed up at the door again.

After her cancel treatment, she became more withdrawn, and was usually down in the basement only coming up to ask for food and occasionally company.  But we loved her and visited when we could.  And now she is gone and there is a cat shaped hole in my heart whenever I think of her.

Go with my best wishes and love, wherever you end up, my dearest little cat.  Goodbye and fare the well, Aeolif.

 

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

11 October, 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 Thirty One: Rat Trap

Modern CafeteriaGuest Starring: BB and Double Up.

Pink and Glitter are in the cafeteria when a scream rings out from the school kitchen, they run it to see it overrun by debil rats (like devil rats but cuter).  The school wants to exterminate them but the Environment and Vegetarian Clubs want to save them.  Pink and Glitter volunteer to try and humanly capture them.  Cue increasingly Rube Goldberg-esque traps to capture the rats who become increasingly militant and the school janitor (Mr Carl, a off-kilter veteran ala Bill Murray’s character in Caddyshack) who gets involved wanting to exterminate the rats.   It ends with all the debil rats loaded up in a contained that is then dumped on an abandoned desert island.  Pink and Glitter end the episode in the school’s pool where they watch a debil rats in water wings swim by.

What really happened:

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Kickstarter – J E Shields Stock Art and Paper Minis (with Update)

11 October, 2017
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Some of his work

The artist J.E . Shields (whose work I mentioned here) is having a Kickstarter for stock art and paper minis made from that stock art.  For $10 you can get the complete set of fifty paper minis while stock art packages start at $25 with a commercial license included!  You even get to suggest artwork (or get a guaranteed piece at the higher levels) that will be included.

And if the project raises its first $1,000 by Friday (less than $200 to go), James will add another five pieces of stock art to the collection at no extra cost!  UPDATE: This was met!  Next goal is $2,000 by end of Monday for five more extra illustrations.

So, if you are in need of stock art (like I am) or paper mini, consider signing up!  And please do so soon so we can get those extra five pieces of art.

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Into October! With a glance back at September

30 September, 2017

October begins tomorrow, the eighth month of the Roman Calendar, that whole Oct part of the name.  I cannot find any special associations that the Romans had with October beyond Autumn, but in the modern world have Halloween, so  this month the Sea of Stars Design Journal will have Monsters as our theme.

If you have ideas for Monsters, let me know and I will try to make it happen.

This September saw the following posts on the journal seeing:

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