Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 3, The Village of Barovia

I’ve finished a journey as part of a quest/vow (come to the aid of the village), so I’ll also mark progress. Since it’s a Dangerous quest, every ‘mark progress’ move fills two boxes. Now then, the village. Tall shapes loom out of the dense fog that surrounds everything, even in mid-afternoon. The muddy ground underfoot […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 2 – the Maiden and the Corpse

In the last ‘session’, Brigitte set out toward Barovia by way of the Old Svalich Road, made it to the gates of Barovia and (thanks to our second journey roll) found out things were going to take a bad turn. BUT FIRST, I need a bit of information for an NPC we’re about to meet. […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 1 – The Old Svalich Road

So now I envision my character’s recent history – Brigitte doing the farwarden thing, which boils down to the Unappreciated Rangers of the North Job ™ – helping small communities with beasts and monsters, informal roadway patrols, whatever – but all the while she’s got her ear to the ground for word of farwardens who’ve […]

Ironsworn Solo Play – Ravenloft (0.2)

So, last time we did a bit of world building. This time, character. Envision – Our hero is a member of a freewarden order known as the Overwatch. She’s a younger warrior, mentored by several of the senior members. She’s a classic kind of armored warrior: heavy sheild, at least chainmail armor, whatever weapons come […]

Ironsworn Solo Play – Ravenloft! (session 0)

With the holidays looming, my schedule was basically nuked from orbit and much of my normal online/offline tabletop gaming (which wasn’t a LOT to begin with) was disrupted, to put it mildly. Then one of my Monday-night players linked Adam Koebel’s first look into Ironsworn – and reminded me of the game, which I’ve actually […]

Masks PA: Session 18, Part 2 – 2019-12-23 – It’s Comfort AND Support!

The team finally frees Colin from the Invictus addiction, drives back Cephalos, and learns more about the terrible psychic squid’s history. (And there was, as the title suggests, a LOT of comfort and supports.) http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Masks-PA-Session-18-Part-2-2019-12-22-It_s-Comfort-AND-Support_.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks PA: Session 18, Part 1 – 2019-12-22 – It’s Comfort AND Support!

The team finally frees Colin from the Invictus addiction, drives back Cephalos, and learns more about the terrible psychic squid’s history. (And there was, as the title suggests, a LOT of comfort and supports.) http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Masks-PA-Session-18-Part-1-2019-12-22-It_s-Comfort-AND-Support_.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks PA, Session 17, “My Head Hurts from Screaming – 2019-12-01

The team has had several months to track down clues bout Invictus. Ember does science. Palacine works on Colin. Sil makes connections in school. Everyone fights some invictus-powered criminals. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Masks-PA-Session-17-2019-12-01-My-Head-Hurts-From-Screaming.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

The Smartwood Kids: Session 5 (Halloween, pt 2)

We (myself, Kaylee, Sean, and Zoe) continue the adventures of Marzipan, Kenilworth, and Zoology Smartwood, as they defend the town from alien invasion on Halloween. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-11-29-Smartwood-Halloween-pt-2.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks: Phoenix Academy – Session 16 – Invictus Sucks / Tater Tots in Space!

The group argues about what to do about Invictus, and finally settles on sunbathing, snacks… and blowing up a space ship. The image for this session goes with events at around 2:15:00, give or take. Also, check out 2:20:45 for a preview of Masks: Phoenix Academy – The Musical! http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-09-15-Masks-PA-Session-16-Screw-Invictus-Tater-Tots-in-Space.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window […]

Masks: Phoenix Academy – Session 15 – Regroup, Fail, Repeat

Intro Video! It’s Kaylee’s birthday, and the end of the first week of REAL LIFE high school for our players, so between birthday cake, rehashing school, decompression, and half the team needing an early bedtime for marching band practice the next morning… … and introducing some totally amazing character art I got commissioned for the […]

Hogwarts RPG

Spent the afternoon playing Hogwarts with the kids. Elici Davies (fifth year Hufflepuff), Emma Quinn (1st year Gryffindor), and Will Finnegan (third year Ravenclaw) are ‘siblings’ fostered by the same magic-friendly muggle family. I asked them for something weird that happens on the train ride (while will studied “A New History of Hogwarts” and ate […]

Working on a Thoughtful Representation of Drug Addiction for Masks

Hello! Things have been a little quiet on the Masks RPG front lately, because the end of summer is bananas for all my players. We haven’t been able to play face to face, but each player is getting a little Play-By-Post action in (which I’ll figure out how to share), and in the meantime I’m […]

More on the Adventures of the Smartwoods

The kids and I played the aforementioned Bikes and Books game a couple times over the weekend and Monday night, getting the Smartwood kids ever closer to figuring out how and why the Assistant Principle is trying to change the town’s history to make an entirely different list of people the heroes of Fayville’s illustrious […]

The Smartwood Children (a Lasers and Feelings hack for my kids)

This weekend has been chock-a-block with face to face gaming goodness with cool kids. Friday was the 14th session of Masks: Phoenix Academy game with Kaylee and the Jamies and, I think, possibly one of the best sessions so far. (Which is good, because we’re not going to be able to play again until something […]

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 14 – “Personally, I Vote for Monotone Screaming”

Intro Video! The team has a LOT of stuff going on. A LOT. So much happens, you guys. It’s one of those sessions where the most common roll is Take a Powerful Blow. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-07-06-Masks-PA-Session-14-Personally-I-Vote-for-Monotone-Screaming.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 13 – Fifty-five Minutes

The team plays super-powered musical chairs. Amazingly, no one dies. Many chairs were harmed in the filming of this episode. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-21-Masks-PA-Session-13.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 12 – Meet the Parents

The team members each have a sort-of date… to meet their boyfriends’ parents. Oh, and it seem like Vanquish is sneaking secret soldiers onto the planet or something. Whatever. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-09-Masks-Session-12-Meet-the-Parents.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 11 – Whoop Whoop, Whoopity Whoop

The team gets ready for homecoming, deals with adults being adults, faces off against Ember’s mom and, FINALLY, make it to the dance. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-05-29-Masks-PA-Session-11.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 10 – Midterms Meltdown

The team deals with midterm drama. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-05-28-Masks-PA-Session-10.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 9 – Stop Trying to Cauterize My Wounds!

The team faces off against Alias and his crew, INSIDE their base. Also, Palancine pretends to be Ember. It’s goes SUPER. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-04-27-Masks-PA-Session-09.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Psi*Run – Oneshot Actual play

Palacine’s Jamie is out of town, so we can’t play Masks. Instead Kaylee, Ember-Jamie, and I blast through a one-shot session of Psi-Run, by Meguey Baker. It delivers. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019-03-16-Psi-run-Oneshot.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

A Potentially Gaming Heavy Weekend

Tonight, the first proper session of Apocalypse World: Ironwall with Kate and Kim and Amanda. Sunday, Masks: Phoenix Academy with Kaylee and Jaime and Jaime. Monday, Scum & Villainy: The Fast Buck, with the regular crew. (Also possibly boardgame night with coworkers on Saturday.) I’ve got a leeeettle bit of stress about all this, since […]

Masks – Phoenix Academy – Session 6 – Date Night in Cloud Cuckoo Land

The team faces off against Oversight’s disapproval, then (finally) gets their date night with the bois. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-02-18-MasksPA-Session06-Date-Night-in-Cloud-Cuckoo-Land.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Looking Back at a Remarkably RPG-heavy Week

I’ve been lucky enough to have a regular gaming group for Some Time Now (thanks, #Roll20 !) – I don’t have the hard numbers, but I think we’re averaging ~48-50 game sessions a year in the main Monday night group. The weekend just past was a bit of a jackpot. On Friday night, I ran […]

Actual Play: Masks Phoenix Academy, Session 5 – Snaking My Way Downtown

The team is in Belize. Ember melts Belize. Palacine snakes one of her palace guards out of a crater. Silhouette bleeds to protect the team. Repeatedly. Also she’s really bad at comfort & support. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-02-02-MasksEG-Session-05-Snaking-My-Way-Downtown.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Apocalypse World, Ironwall – Session 00

Kim, Kate, Amanda, and I get together to build an Apocalypse We’re using the new Burned Over playbooks that Vincent’s releasing for “PG13 Apocalypse World. (I don’t care about the rating, I DO care that the moves and playbooks feel more elegant and match much better what I’m looking for out of our relationship with […]

Masks Phoenix Academy, Actual Play – Session 4 – Skip Day

Everyone deals with some aftermath from Alias’s attack on the P.E. class. Some handle it better than others. Ember talks with her brother, gets frustrated, takes an unauthorized skip-day with her chem-lab partner, who has… real chemistry. Silhouette and her mentor are not getting on. With anyone, or each other. Palacine is making friends with […]

Masks Phoenix Academy, Session 3 – Why I Hate Gym Class (or: The Secret of Jack-toast)

The team deals with the most horrible of school challenges – a Tuesday morning after a bad Monday. Ember’s mom hates all supers, Palacine is being asked to explain human behavior, and Silhouette may have just told Jack Monday she’s copying his breakfast preferences. Oh, and Alias tries to kill them during gym class or […]