I’ve got some catching up to do… Monday Mashup #13: Silence of the Lambs I’m combining this with Nobilis. Lecter is a captured excrucian, gone from cannibal to destroyer-of-bits-of-creation. Because he has been captured by the PC’s and they have no proof that he’s actually done any harm, they’re stuck with either keeping him under […]
WISH 73: Player-Driven Shifts What’s the biggest PC-driven shift you’ve ever experienced in a campaign? If you were a player, what made you feel like you could successfully change the GM’s world? If you were a GM, was this planned or something the PCs surprised you with? I’d probably have to give the golden screw […]
WISH 71: Unwritten NPCs For GMs : when you plan or play your NPCs, do you intentionally leave out some of the story for each? Do you hold something back and let the Players imagine the rest or do you present NPCs from the core of who they are? What I generally try to do […]
WISH 72: Character Interruptus Talk about a few characters you had to stop playing before their stories felt finished. Where do you think they would have gone? Sara Parker, a.k.a. Bombshell, was a pretty cool Supers character. A leader who didn’t want the job, a secret identity, a second-layer of secret identity, a dark secret, […]
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Entrances to Hell in the UK, updated fairly frequently, and complete with site history, maps, and photos. Great stuff and a fun read, worthwhile at the least for Nobilis and Unknown Armies.
So, we’ve had a few players cross-over from one Nobilis game group to the other now, and someone asked one of the ‘crossers’ which one of the groups stayed on track better. His answer, to say the least, surprised me a bit, so I set about the Saturday session with the goal of getting the […]
Halloween tomorrow night — some folks are coming over and I think I’ll run a one-shot for something or other. I’m concidering using (1) Genre Division’s Ghost Stories. Very cool game and nice easy rules to learn. Short version of the rules: Roll 2d6. Try to roll low. Let me know if you roll a […]
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A one-year-old boy has been bitten 30 times by a group of more than a dozen other babies at a nursery in Croatia. Frane Simic was covered in a series of deep bite wounds all over his body, including his face, attacked after the class nanny stepped out of the room to change another baby’s […]
Current schedule, through November Oct 25, Saturday: Chrysalis C (Presuming Dave and Margie can get away in the later afternoon.) Oct 27, Monday: Chrysalis A Oct 31, Friday: Halloween Nov 1, Saturday: Cry Havoc Nov 2, Sunday: OA Nov 3, Monday: OA Nov 7, Friday: DnD Nov 8, Saturday: Chrysalis C Nov 9, OA Nov […]
Things go awry in discussing a one-shot JL supers game with Randy on the phone. [Warning, mention of sexual paraphenalia follows.]
Perverse Access Memory: WISH 69: Non-RPG Games for Gamers Recommend three non-RPG games for RPGers. Why do you recommend these three?
Sunday, we had our first ‘guest star’ in the ongoing Nobilis game. Hmm, before I get into that, though, let’s lay a little background out.
Perverse Access Memory: WISH 68: Multiple-GM Games Have you ever played in or GMed a game with more than one GM? What was your experience with it? What were the strengths and weaknesses of having multiple GMs? Was it positive or negative? Would you do it again? If you?ve never tried it as a GM […]
Okay, I’ve added more stuff to my “sell” list. The complete list of game books is below: [Normally I wouldn’t list the prices I’m asking, but some folks said they wanted first dibs, so if you’re reading this and you want something listed below, email me and I’ll take it off Amazon and send it […]
I’ve been dumping some of my unused RPG books on Amazon in the last week or so. I’ve still got Creature Collection, Relics & Rituals, Hunter: The Reckoning, Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars), and The Transporter DVD out there, but things have moved off the shelf pretty well, which I’m pleased about: I’ve sent off […]
Arrowflight‘s magic system is… Well, it reminds me of something. I attempt to create a Wall of Earth spell from the Elementalist “Wall” template. To make it a literal wall, I have to add at least an Armor Value of 1. That adds 1 to the base difficulty of 2. But that’s only an AV […]
Perverse Access Memory: WISH 67: Storytelling How do you tell stories in your games? Are there character stories, overarching stories, and/or other kinds of stories? Could you tell a coherent story from games you’ve GMed or played in? Does it matter to you? Why or why not?
Ran the ‘Chrysalis A’ group last night (the first time with the full group), and got things rolling with the patented “throw sixteen problems at them at once and let them sort that out… by the time they do, the group dynamic will have gelled.” One notable quote from the game last night that I […]
Grey Ghost Press is going to use the Fatigue Rules I wrote up for Fudge (and Swift) a few years ago — incorporating it as part of the magic system in their upcoming Deryni RPG. I’m pleased about this — I’m not a big Fudge-gamer (through I’ve picked at it off and on for years […]
Just for reference, this is the game schedule for Casa del Testerman for the next two months. It is… not to put it too bluntly… fucking insane, due mostly to an effort to wrap up several long-running campaigns in the next two months.
Sunday: Finished up the second serial in Dave’s In Deo Confidemus :: Spycraft campaign in a blaze of gunfire (mostly not ours, surprise surprise) and a couple of fine moments for [self-centered] my own character[/self-centered], the most married man in the entire intelligence community, ever. (Crap, Dylan still needs to call his wife.)
Saturday: First half of the second session of the second story-arc in Nobilis (which of course would be designated Session 8C… don’t ask). Four players who have never gamed with each other as a gestalt (or, in some cases, at all), so I’m really still working on getting the group to gel and build some […]
Friday: DnD. Talked about what we might like to do as a sequel game with a smaller group of players. Beat the crap out of everyone (killed the party thief, in fact), for which they earned a measely 2k in xp. To get big xp at that level of power, you have to pull out […]
While talking about something else, Bryant mentioned something called the “No Myth meme”, which sounds vaguely interesting, especially when combined with task resolution: The No Myth meme rejects preplotting altogether; a No Myth GM doesn?t know anything about the world other than what the players have seen; a failed task resolution check doesn?t mean the […]
OGL, D20 compatible CROSSGEN Campaign setting? Hmm.
Hi-res, printable Monopoly money. It’s uses in various board and rp games should not require explanation.
Evil Animal Minion Generator. (via, I am given to understand, the hidden Djinn)