Tag: rpg

  1. I now pronounce you nerd and nerd.

    03 April 2010

    Lyssa and I are really married now - we've combined our collections of gaming books into a single bookcase.

    Here's the end result:

    In descending order, the most represented gaming systems in our library are Mage: the Ascension, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Vampire: the Masquerade, and Werewolf: the Apocalypse. The two shelves of miscellaneous games stand unto themselves.

    I'm not counting these in the duplicates category because it really does help to have multiple copies of the core book for a game you're running. Nevermind the fact that we have four copies of second edition and two of third.

    These are …


  2. Saloncon, unashamed gamers, and a beacon in your pocket.

    23 February 2010

    Word has come down from the state of New Jersey that Saloncon, the first known neo-victorian convention in the United States, is no more. Following the tribulations of 2009, including the economy floating upside down in its fishbowl, the organizers are not able to set the wheels in motion for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, the organizers have branched out in new directions in their personal lives and do not have the time or energy right now to put on a convention as a result. saloncon will certainly be missed; I know I shall miss the yearly trek to …


  3. Eclipse Phase: The Brown Jenkin

    11 February 2010

    Biomorph: Brown Jenkin
    Concept: Horde of malevolent ferrets with distributed intelligence. Optimized for havoc, mass extermination, and piecewise theft.

    Aptitude Maxima: 20
    Durability: 20
    Wound Threshold: 4

    • Limber (level 2)
    • COO +5
    • SOM +5
    • Climbing +5
    • Fray +5
    • Freerunning +10
    • Infiltration +5
    • Palming +5
    • Tactical Network software (designed to coordinate swarms of semi-autonomous units)
    • Small, nimble targets (-20 to hit)
    • Low Pain Threshold (small mammal)
    • Neural Damage (dysfunction) (hyperactivity)
    • Basic Biomods
    • Basic Mesh Inserts
    • Cortical Stack
    • Cyberbrain (puppet sock)
    • Cyberclaws
    • Enhanced Senses
      • Direction Sense
      • Electrical Sense
      • Enhanced Hearing
      • Enhanced Smell
    • Grip Pads
    • Multitasking
    • Poison Gland (BTX)
    • Prehensile …


  4. Two press releases, on behalf of people who didn't ask for them.

    30 January 2010

    While I try to figure out what to write about, here are two press releases which will probably be of interest.

    First of all, 2600 Magazine has has announced that pre-registration for The Next HOPE has opened. Held every two years at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan, the Hackers On Planet Earth conference draws hackers, crackers, cypherpunks, makers feds, and as many other sorts of people as you care to mention to present, attend presentations, get in trouble, and bounce ideas off of one another. The cost to attend HOPE is $75us in advance (paid through Yahoo's online store …


  5. Eclipse Phase: Bitenic squid

    24 October 2009

    One of the possible characters can be played in the RPG Eclipse Phase is an uplifted octopus; of course, when you bring tentacles into the equation I go off in weird (and safe for work) directions. In the shared universe Orion's Arm there is an uplifted species called the bitenic squid, originally written by the gifted and talented Anders Sandberg.

    This text is released under the terms of the Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike license, as specified here.

    Morph: Bitenic Squid
    Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Bioweave Armor (light), Cortical Stack, Chameleon Skin, Claws, Grip Pads, Skin Pocket, Vacuum …


  6. Eclipse Phase NPC: Lt. Colonel Alprentice Higgins

    11 September 2009

    One thing I've noticed about Eclipse Phase is that the system makes it easy to develop very detailed, very powerful (which stands to reason, when you think about it), and sometimes very quirky characters. It isn't often that a game system will let you design a character that has stats that cover a high degree of skill in a hobby as well as a profession, say, Zen calligraphy or tailoring.

    As with all Eclipse Phase stuff, this character data bears the Creative Commons v3.0, Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike, unported license.

    Character name: Alprentice Higgins
    Gender: Male
    Apparent age: 25
    Character …


  7. Eclipse Phase NPC: Victor 242

    05 September 2009

    For the past week or so, a new tabletop role-playing game called Eclipse Phase has been eating most of my spare time. If you're not familiar with it, it is best described as transhumanist hard science fiction combined with a style of horror which is almost Lovecraftian in nature. I find that the best way to learn a system is to sit down and generate a character for it, so I decided to build a couple of NPCs for other gamers to use if they wish and release them onto the Net under the same license as the game: Creative …


  8. Catching up before I go.

    14 July 2008

    Work's had me running around a bit more than usual lately, which has put a serious crimp in my time to write, let alone keep up with current events. I don't know how much time I'll have this week because I have wedding-type running around to take care of, on top of getting ready to travel to the city that never sleeps - good old New York City to attend what could be the last HOPE conference organized and thrown by 2600 Magazine. As one might expect, available time allocated to sleeping, resting up, or getting other stuff done has been …


  9. I nearly forgot to put a title on this post.

    19 May 2008

    The way the last couple of weeks have been going, it's a safe bet that you can guess how Friday went. If you guessed 'more dental work', then you hit the nail squarely on the head. It has been two weeks (now a bit more than that) since my root canal, and I had gone back to Family Dentistry to get the molar in question cleaned out, built up, and have a temporary crown installed. Ordinarily, this isn't such a big deal because once the nerve's gone (i.e., post-root canal) you can pretty much dig around inside the tooth …


  10. Another weekend in the nation's capital.

    14 April 2008

    Aside from a few bouts of tenderness in the new dental work on Saturday, the pain and infection in that one particular molar are gone. Praise be to the gods of dental medicine. I go in on Friday morning to get fitted for the mounting post and temporary crown. Whether or not I'll be able to afford them is a different matter entirely. Time will tell, as it always does.

    On Saturday, Lyssa and I meet up my mother and Judy, who happened to be in DC taking a bus tour of the nation's capital. Even though they were staying …


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