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June ’23 Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#87)

2 June, 2023

Getting this ready in time for the weekend’s live game at Tyche’s Games this month (usually every first Saturday, come and join us in you are in the area, new players welcome).

May is a tricky month here as school and Uni is ending, so game organization can be difficult.  Actually played some Shadowrun as my DJ/Hacker DJ Hazy which was fun.  But the only games I CHed was one online game and the monthly Tyche’s game.

How about some news from Seattle and beyond in the Seattle Scream (#87)!  Nothing directly relating to things played out this time.

Notes: Image Fish processing barge Atlantis by Sdm9093, from Wikimedia Commons and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


To June and Summer, fare thee well May

31 May, 2023

Welcome to SummerAs long-time readers know, the month of June is named after the Roman month Iunius, or Junius, which is named in honor of the ancient Roman goddess Juno who is the wife of Jupiter and oversees marriage among other portfolios (and is associated with the Greek Hera).   For the Romans, the first half of Iunius is a period of religious purification and was considered the most favorable time to marry.

June is also this journal’s anniversary month, so I may try and do something special for that.

Summer officially starts this month, so, any thoughts on a theme, readers?  Send me your suggestions and I will try to act on them.

May, 2023, saw the following posts here:

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May ’23 Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#86)

5 May, 2023

Virtual World DisneyThis is a little later than I wanted but what can you do?  Still in time for the live game at Tyche’s Games this month (usually every first Saturday, come and join us in you are in the area, new players welcome).

Played the second story arc for the Songs in the Key of X campaign!  Tying up some loose ends from several years ago and revealing the fate of a (forcibly) retired player character.

How about some news from Seattle and beyond in the Seattle Scream (#86)!  The Horizon/VWDisney story ties into the last game at Tyche’s.

Perhaps you can find some inspiration from the latest Dark Future Ahead installment as well.

Notes: Image cyber disney land castle By NeoGzus on DecviantArt and is owned by them and used without permission.


April (and the A to Z Challenge) ends and into May

30 April, 2023

Join the danceThis night signals the change from Spring to Summer, Beltaine in the old Celtic calendar.  In the Roman calendar May (Maius in Latin) and was named after the Greek goddess Maia, perhaps, who is associated with Spring.  So, what theme would you like to see for May?  Spring and nature?  The fae and faerie?  Something else?  Let me know and I will do my best to work it in!

As should surprise no one at all, April’s writings were primarily for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, which I am pleased to say I completed, again and for Petrichor 365.  So, the posts for April 2023, are:

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Dark Future Ahead 32 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

17 April, 2023

Power!As usual, I have been following interesting technology and culture-related stories that might be interesting to remix and use in Cyberpunk and near future (or even proper science fiction) roleplaying games.  Most are not dark in and of themselves but some of the uses they could be put to perhaps are.

Are arcologies possible?  This article is doubtful about it but it accepts that megastructures are here but just not an entire city contained in a single building. Read the rest of this entry ?


April approaches as March leaves

31 March, 2023

April begins with its usual day of sleight of hand. clever tricks and (hopefully) artful misdirections, such tricks are not my specialty, do not expect anything clever from me.  But I hope to enjoy cheerful cleverness from others.

April is named after the Roman month Aprilis though it is unclear where the Roman name comes from . . .  It may refer to the opening (aperire) of buds and flowers as Spring arrives or in some unclear way to the goddess Venus, to whom it is a sacred month, or something else.  We just do not know, such is the way of history.

As is usual, I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for April, the theme will be “Port Imperial“, yes, I am just folding it into my Petrichor365 plans and why not?   But if there is anything you would like to see, let me know and I will try to fit it in.

March 2023, saw the following posts here: Read the rest of this entry ?


Concluding this month’s RPG Blog Carnival: Taverns, Bars and places to meet

31 March, 2023

A toast to our fine RPG Blog Carnival contributors!Here we wrap up the RPG Blog Carnival for the Month of March, 2023, on the theme of Taverns, Bars and other places to meet.

Thank you everyone who participated!

We saw:

Of Dice and Dragons dig through the archives for Add a little flavor to your tavern, with ideas to do just that!

Clark Timmons looking at the trope of You Meet in a Tavern, where it comes from and it has become so deeply enmeshed with fantasy gaming.

At the Seed of Worlds, they look back over a long-running campaign and the role of the Bars and Taverns of Thenya.

Plastic Polyhedra provided us with a Seedy Sci Fi / Cyberpunk bar generator, which really is the random generator we all need.

While I did some fantasy places in Port Imperial: The Crossroad CoffeehouseHope’s Hearth, The Quill and SwordThe Saucy Seadragon tavern, and The Silver Horse.

I also looked at some of the Bars and Clubs in my Shadowrun campaign.

Hope that you enjoyed the contributions and found them useful!  (And later entries are welcome!)

RPG Blog CarnivalNotes: The RPG Blog Carnival for April is Creating Elements for a Setting hosted by Codex Anathema.

And a late entry from Vile Envoy!, the Green Gland in 13 Stages, looking at a pleasure district.

Image found on the Mirriam-Webster page and its licensing status is unknown.


April(ish) ’23 Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#85)

31 March, 2023

Getting this up at the end of March for April as the monthly game at Tyche’s Games (usually every first Saturday, come and join us in you are in the area, new players welcome) on April 1st!  Not a lot of time to fit things in before the game if I actually wait for April to start.

Finally finished the first story arc for the Songs in the Key of X campaign forward!  Revealing the nasty technology that Dr. Shipson leveraged to get her early position and build the foundation for what would become ManaWave Technologies.

How about some news from Seattle and beyond in the Seattle Scream (#85)!  Nothing directly relating to player activity this time around.

I also did a little write-up about some of the bars and clubs from my campaign’s Seattle.  Come and have a drink with us.

Notes: Drawing by my lovely wife, of some Shadowrunners but it was done long enough ago, we are not sure who!


Bars and Clubs, Shadowrun Seattle (c.2080) Edition

26 March, 2023

My Shadowrun campaign has been running, off and on, for about thirty years, with a move from the West Coast to the East and lots of player turn over but it is still the same campaign world to me.  Naturally, a lot of bars and clubs have shown up in my version of Seattle.  So here are a few of them, feel free to borrow or remix them for your games. Read the rest of this entry ?


Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1969 – Issue 16 – Grasp of the Black Hand

19 March, 2023

Vampires!This story follows Issue 15 (and its B-Story) relatively soon thereafter, but how much time has passed or the exact date is not stated but it is definitely still winter in New York.

Cover: Our team caught in a massive clawed black hand (it is symbolism) with the cityscape in the background  The bottom is emblazoned with “How will our brave teens escape the Grasp of the Black Hand!?”

Opening page:  Three vampire-like creatures and six wolfmen charging out of the panel.  A city street behind them.  “What have our teen heroes gotten themselves into?  Turn the page to find out!” Read the rest of this entry ?

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