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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1967 – Issue 2 – Robot Raid and Supernatural Spook

1 July, 2020

Following up from the first issue of the Freedom Five:

IBM HQ c. 1967Cover: Split cover with a robot tearing a hole in a wall on one side and a bat-winged man with burning green eyes on the other.  “Can our heroes overcome threats from super-science and magic!?”

Opening page:  Our heroes outside of IBM headquarters in Armonk, NY, where a huge hole has been torn in the side of the building.  “Well, we know the thief isn’t subtle,” says Shadowfist.
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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Haunted Junkyard” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

6 June, 2020

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.

Trash or treasure?Episode Forty Five: Haunted Junkyard

Guest Starring: Clawz, DoubleUp, Gimmick, and Tora.

Glitter asks the gang to find some special parts for a classic vehicle that she is working on restoring.  The only place that seems to have it is the S. Pektor’s Auto Wrecker out at the end of Really Not Spooky Road.  The main building looks like the mansion from the start of Scooby Doo with the junkyard behind.  Classic setup meeting with the owner leading to warning about the Ghost of the Junkyard.  They venture in to find the part, high jinks and chases ensure as the Ghost of the Junkyard tries to chase us away.  Finally, the ghost is caught using a Rube Goldburg-esque trap and he is revealed to be a former government agent who knew that a shipment of gold was hidden in the yard, somewhere, and needed to keep people away while he searched for it.  Yes, classic Scooby Doo homage.

What really happened:

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Shadowrun Campaign News for mid-2020 and two new Seattle Scream Props (#65 & 66)

1 June, 2020

Seattle UnderpassJust as my monthly Saturday learn to play / open campaign game of Shadowrun was getting back to an even keel, the Situation happened.  So, we have been trying some gaming via the wonders of the proto-Matrix  (supported by Tyche’s Games our local game store).   We have now played enough of  the Sixth World Edition of Shadowrun to add some minor house rules to match our play style.

To support that ongoing campaign, we have two new scream sheets: Seattle Scream 65, the missing mob informant was related to one of adventures (and is a nod to my casual friend, Sean Patrick Fannon) and Seattle Scream 66.

Photo “Underpass” by Allen McGregor is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1967 – Issue 1 – Crimes and Crashes

27 May, 2020

With the current situation, our regular gaming has gotten quite disrupted.  We have been moving things online via Discord and Roll20, Google Hangouts and such.  It is trickier playing online and I feel that much of the ease of role-playing is lost but it is better than nothing.

We did our character creation session about three months ago, so now the first issue of the Freedom Five:

Cover: The team in dramatic poses with a silhouette of the NYC skyline behind. “Introducing America’s newest heroes!” is emblazoned across the bottom.

Opening page: Vulpix and her uncle, le Renard Noir, are looking out over Central Park from the family’s penthouse.  “So, Vulpix, you need to get your new team organized.  Show people what they can do under your leadership.”  Luckily le Renard Noir cannot see Vulpix’ expression of pure panic.
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Of Souls and Seals – A Petrichor Campaign Report

23 March, 2020

Having fought demons and been rescued by Erishum, a guardian shedu, our heroes have agreed to explore the depths of the ziggurat temple and find out what is going on in the depths.  Erishum being too large to venture within.

The first expedition involves dealing with traps and robed humanoid creatures that are just shells of people animated by strange worm like beings.  It is a standard dungeon crawl but not much more.

When we return to play, its starts in media res in the lowest level of the ziggurat, everyone wounded with Elsbeth unconscious.  Pedr uses a healing potion to get Elsbeth back to her feet and sends her back up.  (Elsbeth’s player could not make it.)  They advance further down the tunnel and find a shattered door behind which is a looted and destroyed armory . . . except for a massive bronze reinforced maul surrounded by a circle of black ash.  Pedr finds fragments of black bone and a feather in the ash.  Lorrend just grabs the maul and adds it to his arsenal, mentioning that he had read about such a weapon belonging to a hero who slew demons back before the Sundering.

Pazuzu of famines and locustsThey continued down the corridor where it became hotter, dryer and brighter as it fell away into a bright orange desert-scape.  They discuss what to do and hear a voice from the other side commenting blackly upon their options.  They venture into the portal and find, just around the corner, a black tree filled with crows, one, the largest, has four eyes and has been the one talking with them.  Its name is Gon and it offers to guide them to the master of this realm.  They set out across the dusty wastes seeing occasional ruins of different styles of buildings in the distance before arriving at an impossibly tall tower made of brass and iron.  A cage is lowered on a long chain and they ride up, Pedr finding it disconcerting and vomits on the way up.  Arriving near the top they see an ogre like creature with small legs and massive arms operating the winch and then pulling the cage into a safe spot to disembark from.  From there, they moved deeper into the tower, which is hollow and on a platform suspended in the center, is a throne, upon which sits the demon lord, Pazuzu.

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Once Upon a Time in 1967 – What is Happening in Earth-H

18 March, 2020

Since we cannot meet to continue our Masks campaign at the moment, I thought I would put together some resources for the setting to share.  It is Fall as we begin the campaign and this is to present some context to the world around the young heroes.

Politics:

UN HQLyndon Baines Johnson (“LBJ’) is the President of the United States, following the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963 and his victory in the 1964 election.  Hubert Humphrey is Vice President.  LBJ has tried to get more superheroes to back the US war effort in Vietnam with little success.

John Linsay is the Mayor of New York City, where are campaign is set, and who is still deciding if having New York City be the “Superhero capital of the US” is a good thing or not.

The Six-Day War in June sees Israel capture and occupy the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria.

Anti-War Protests are increasingly common in major cities.  Race Riots, usually triggered by violent police actions, roll across the US causing great disruption and doubt. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Adventure Report – Storybooks and Witches

17 March, 2020

So, every three to four weeks, I run D&D at my local game store (Tyche’s Games in Athens, GA, come by and visit) as part of our Friday Night Initiative program to let people try roleplaying games.  This last game was just really fun so I wanted to write it up so that other people could enjoy.

We had nine(!) players, four returned, five new to the game (of those three new to D&D entirely) and the campaign is Sea of StarsPetrichor, the hexcrawl part of the world.

Crystal MountainsThe existing group was on a mission to find a missing cousin who was last seen heading for the crystal mountains, the new group was venturing to the crystal mountains in search of (surprise) valuable crystals.

The original group was just coming out of the village of Yarrow when they were spotted by the new arrivals.  A few members of each group had noticed that the horizon low looked like a painted backdrop, like a stage set or an illustration in a book.  They meet and talk.  A raven lands on one of their shoulders.  Just in time to hear the thump, thump, thump of heavy steps as a two-headed giant approached the village.  He (they?) is not armed and is here only to collect butter from the village, they two heads are Nog and Tog and they are quite chatty.  Before leaving, with his butter, he drops a bag with a loud clank saying “You will need these.”  Inside were nine pairs of iron shoes, matching the size of the characters feet . . .  The original group took the new members to the place where (last session) they found a blood trail leading to a body which Kron, giantblooded barbarian, decapitated and the body turned to paper and blew away.  The blood trail then turned to a narration of the event.  No one knew what to make of this.

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Down and Out in Taren Kost – Campaign Report Episode 15 – Under the Dome

12 March, 2020

This takes place directly following Episode 14.

Our cast for this episode (for more information on the game background, see here):

Reed Greenbottle and Skathfka (with Mercutio is a GMC for this episode.), introducing:

Natya Gefeltewulfa, brave if none too bright scion of a noble family, trained in the arts of the eldritch knight and assigned to a desolate border region to keep her out of trouble. (Fighter – Eldritch Knight, played by B2).

Episode 15: Under the Dome

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Down and Out in Taren Kost – Campaign Report Episode 14 – Road to Ruins

22 February, 2020

This takes place following Episode 13.

Our cast for this episode (for more information on the game background, see here):

Reed Greenbottle and Skathfka, later joined by Agrippa.  (Mercutio is a GMC for this episode.)

Episode 14: Road to Ruins

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1967 – Getting Started

16 February, 2020

SuperheroineSo, we got together for our first session of Masks in the 1960s (see campaign outline here) unfortunately, we only got through character creation and not onto the first issue but soon.

Character creation for Masks is fairly involved, even more so than most Powered by the Apocalypse games, as it aims to tie the characters together as a coherent group who have already come together and defeated their first big bad.

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