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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1967 – Issue 3, Part 2 – the Menace of Computo

13 August, 2020

"We are ready to go."Part two following directly from Part One:

Opening page of Part Two:  The cockpit of a B-52 somewhere above Alaska.  “We are go.  I hope this is just a drill.”

Next page: The team as steel plates slam down and seal off the building.  “You have forced me to accelerate my plans,” echos the voice of Computo through the room.

“What are you doing?”

“It is time for the age of the computer to begin, within fifteen minutes, a global nuclear war will begin and the age of humanity will end,” announces Computo.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Cat’s Eye Bracelet and Collars

11 August, 2020

Is it your favorite too?Gollaon idly stroked the cat.  “The Baroness and Baron seem very well informed.”

“Well placed spies, I shouldn’t wonder,” said Voddick shooing the cat away from his ale.

“That seems likely.  They seem the cunning sorts.”

Voddick nodded, picking a bit of cat hair from his drink before taking a drink.  “But more importantly, are their allies or enemies?”

“That is an excellent question, we will have to find out.”

Cat’s Eye Bracelet and Collars

These useful items consist of at least two pieces, a bracelet, often a silver chain with cat charms, and one of more cat collars which, while well made, do not -usually- indicate great value.  There is almost always a subtle connection in the design between bracelet and collars.

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New Magic Item – Crystal Shield Staff

7 August, 2020

Crystals have powerCreated by the dwarven wizardress Aramasia Diamond “the Crystal Shield” before she left on her last adventure, it is believed the staff was lost when she did not return.  It is a flawless length of hexagonal crystal, so transparent as to be nearly invisible except as light catches on its edges.  As the magic of the staff is used, the crystal become increasingly cloudy.

Crystal Shield Staff

Staff, very rare (requires attunement by a sorcerer, warlock, or wizard)

This staff can be wielded as a magic quarterstaff that grants a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with it and you can choose to deal force damage rather than bludgeoning damage. While holding it, you gain a +2 bonus to Armor Class and saving throws.

The staff has 20 charges for the following properties. The staff regains 2d8 + 4 expended charges daily at dawn. If you expend the last charge, roll a d20. On a 1, the staff retains its +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls but loses all other properties. On a 20, the staff regains 1d8 + 2 charges. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday Magic Item – Rossum’s Useful Toolkit

4 August, 2020

Everything a working person needsVoddick squinted, trying to get a better look as the tinker worked on repairing the inn’s mantle clock.

“Something the matter, my friend?” asked Gollaon returning with fresh drinks.

“Yes, I cannot say why but I find the tinker’s toolkit . . . troubling.”

“Troubling?”  Gollaon sat down and looked over at it.  “Did it just move?”

“Yes, it shifts to make certain that the tinker never has to stretch too far for a tool.”

“Fascinating.”

Rossum’s Useful Toolkit

These toolkit are always large enough, often battered and stained, but always holding together.  Indeed, they are nearly impossible to destroy and difficult to steal from.

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August begins, July passes

31 July, 2020

August, named after the Roman first citizen (or Emperor if you prefer) Augustus Caesar, will be a month of personalities from the Sea of Stars (and possibly other places).  If there is someone -or something– in particular you would like to see, write a comment or otherwise let me know.

I am really missing GenCon, I know GenCon Online is going on but it is just not the same though I wish it well and hope that everyone has a great time.  Honestly, missing face to face gaming and interaction overall.

July, 2020, saw the following posts published in the journal:

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Shadowrun: Shadow Stock – Ingentis Athletes

30 July, 2020

Shadowrun: Shadow Stock: Ingentis AthletesShadowrun: Shadow Stock – Ingentis Athletes provides ten non-player characters, all trolls, sharing a sports theme and information on the troll meta-variants (cyclops, formorians, giants, and minotaurs). More useful for Game Masters than players, it would have been supported by providing more context for the role of trolls in sport in the Sixth World and a few examples of shadowruns where sports were directly (or indirectly) involved.

Shadowrun: Shadow Stock – Ingentis Athletes, is the first of the Shadow Stock resources for Shadowrun, Sixth World Edition, providing NPCs organized around a theme and new character options, trying to be something for everyone.

It begins with a brief in game introduction which boils down to “here are a bunch of athletes and ex-athletes who are operating in the shadows.” Then on to the characters!

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Tuesday Magic Item – Honorary Colonel’s Uniform

28 July, 2020

Dressed to command“I am not sure if I approve of military command being given just because of royal ties,” said Voddick quietly.

“The Lieutenant-Colonel handles most of actual command,” replied Gollaon.  “They are more here for inspiration and as a sign of royal favor to both the noble and the soldiers.”

“Well, I can see a willingness to risk the dangers of battle being somewhat inspirational,” agreed Voddick.  “As long as they do not take too many risks.”

“The Lieutenant-Colonel will make sure of that, believe me.”

Honorary Colonel’s Uniform

These uniforms are always of the highest quality, with the finest fit and exquisite tailoring  They are modeled on the uniform of the unit that the honor colonel is technically in command of, but better and more stylish in almost every possible way.

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1967 – Issue 3, Part 1 – Robots in the City

23 July, 2020

Following up from the second issue of the Freedom Five:

Cover:  A looming computer bank formed into a face, lights shining from its “eyes” pin our heroes.  “Can our heroes overcome the Menace of COMPUTO!”

Opening page:  Roboto getting punched by a bigger, meaner robot.   “Crash!  Bzzzzt!  Spark.”
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Tuesday Magic Item – Ring of Inclination Insight

21 July, 2020

I see

“That Countess is sharp tongued and perceptive,” said Voddick quietly, “I would steer clear, my friend.  She might see right through you.”

“Do I hear a challenge,” said Gollaon with a smile.

“No, just a warning,” replied Voddick, taking another cup of wine.

Gollaon did the same and sipped at it.  “Very well, for the moment, I will just observe and learn.”

Ring of Inclination Insight

These rings are usually decorated simply, never garishly, but are obviously valuable and well made.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Revolution’s Crimson Banner

14 July, 2020

To the fight!Gollaon looked out the window.  “The crowds are gathering and they do not seem happy.”

“Time to take our charge and leave,” said Voddick as he finished packing.  “It will not be a good time to be a noble in this city if I am reading the political winds correctly.”

“I fear you are correct, best to flee the storm rather than try and weather it,” Gollaon grabbed his cloak and bag.  “Shame, I was enjoying the theatre here.”

“We can find other theatres.”

A hue and cry when up from the not to distant crowds.  “Right you are.”

Revolution’s Crimson Banner

These banners are often roughly made, and contrary to their name can be of any color or design, but they usually express a desire or concern of the people who made it.  The banner is deigned to inspire and support those seeking change or redress of wrongs.

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