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How would you pronounce the word "Nagaina"? (From The Devil's Spine)

Is it....Nuh-GAIN-uh?


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I have been going with "NAH-gey-NAH"
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Oh heck yeah! This game is AWESOME. If you are a fan of old school fantasy RPGs then you really need to check this out. I pledged for the Silver Foil Real Leather edition. 
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I haven't run a game of Pathfinder since I resigned my Venture Captain (regional coordinator) position about two years ago. My weekly group needed a one-shot tomorrow night (we normally play DCC RPG) so I'm running We Be Goblins Free, Paizo's 2015 Free RPG offering.

I'm knocking the dust off the minis and battle mat, looking up spells I don't remember, and prepping for a wild night of slaughter and mayhem at the hands of 4th level goblin PCs.

When I stopped playing Pathfinder and Pathfinder Society I was so burnt out that I thought I'd never touch this game again. I'm actually a little excited to do this. Funny how things change. :-)
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I hate to say it but I might be getting burnt out as well. I've only been playing PF for a year and half. I've been an ADnD 2nd Ed. DM for 30 years. With the huge amount of character options and my Players looking to me to answer questions about those I find it very tedious and it's slowing the game down. Makes me feel like I've abandoned kids alongside the road when I keep telling they have to learn that stuff themselves; that I can't keep up with it.
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RPG Secret Santa?

Would an RPG Secret Santa be of interest to anyone in this community? (If this is already a thing here just let me know!)

If there is enough interest we can make this happen! It would be cool to stalk a fellow DCC fan and then send them a care package of geeky gaming stuff.

I'm just looking for feedback to see if there is interest. I'm willing to handle the administration if others are interested.

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Seems like there is enough interest to give this a shot. Within the next day or two I'll create a new post with some proposed dates and method of drawing names. Then if there are no major road blocks we can put a plan into place. Thanks for all the feedback so far. I think this will be fun! 
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One can never have too many dice. I might have to get one of these!
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I've never owned metal dice but I was thinking along those lines. Plus, I would cry if I dropped a $50 die off a table and a tentacle broke off!
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Hold my calls for the next hour or so. I'm busy!
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I'm finalizing prep for this afternoon's game at my FLGS. It's going to be a swell time filled with love, hugs, and adorable bunnies. I'm listening to Happy by Pharrell Williams while I print out these lovely motivational art pieces and game aids. Trying to get in the right mood, ya know! The players are in for quite a treat! I just hope I'm able to accurately convey the inspirational message and pure joy I experienced while reading this adventure.

#BlackSunDeathcrawl
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This was a wonderful one-shot. James, I love the Hope mechanic. I've always been a fan of the Sanity mechanic from Call of Cthulhu, and the gradual loss of hope throughout is a very neat implementation of that sort of thing for DCC, and so very much in the general spirit of the DCC game. Although no one reached 1 during our session, there was some hope stealing going on. Plus, the setting is very compelling. Nice work, +James MacGeorge . +Craig Stokes did a nice job of communicating the feel, and did your adventure justice.
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Perfect explanation!
 
One of my favorite songs of all time is The Devil Went Down to Georgia, because it's hilarious. 

The devil is down on his luck, pop culture having turned people away from selling their immortal spirits, and he's slumming somewhere where he assumes people are rock-dumb witless marks ready for the eternal harvest.

The very first person he meets is some yokel with a fiddle and he's like "Oh shit, I got this." He rolls on up, all swagger and brimstone and is like "I guess that's good fiddle playing, idiot mortal. Not like the music of the spheres, which I was present for the creation of, but you're okay, you know?"

And this dude, Johnny, is like [EYEBROW RAISE].

So Lucifer Morningstar, thinking he's baited this trap, literally hops up on what is essentially a sales podium and gets all "Look, you dumb-diddle fiddle-frick. I, the actual devil, challenge you to a jerkhole farmhand rap-battle. I win, you suffer eternal torment. You win, this tacky but expensive doorstop." The devil rapidly adds: "It looks a bit like a fiddle, doesn't it? Yeah? Pretty cool, huh?"

This is the god-actually-damned Lord of Lies with the most suspicious prize on earth and this yabba-dabba-dork doesn't even consider his options. There's no bargaining, no questions, no moral quandry. Johnny's just like "That is so metal! Frick yeah, Satan. Buckle your boiling ass to that tree-stump, we're going for a ride!"

So, the devil, one of the angels who pushed his hands into the stuff of darkness and brought forth the building blocks of creation, who successfully defied a vengeful omnipotent space-dad, is like "I got you now, fiddleprick." And busts out a gnarly tune on his fiddle, which may or may not be the golden one, the song isn't terribly clear. 

Johnny listens patiently, but the second the devil is done he's like: "Yeah, not bad. For an angel." And then breaks right into the kind of fiddling that Mathias Fiddlius, the Roman Fiddle Despot* himself, would weep with joy to hear.

The devil doesn't try to weasel out of his loss. He doesn't throw a fit. He's like, wide-eyed. He mouths "holy frick" in a breathless gasp and just... holds the fiddle out. He's been beaten and he knows it. He doesn't understand how, but he knows he'll never fiddle on earth again.
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This is the funniest thing I've read all week.  I would absolutely watch this a short film.
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My newest RPG acquisition and tonight's reading material: Riders: A Game about Cheating Doomsday by +Caias Ward

I've had the PDF for a little while now but decided to wait on the print copy before diving in.


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So?
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This is "next"...right after I finish "Ill Met in Lankhmar" by Leiber. 
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this is probably the most inappropriate cover in history of SF/F publishing
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It's a rainy Sunday afternoon and I have a decent sized PayPal balance burning a hole in my virtual pocket. What to do? Catch up on my DCC RPG zines, that's what!

I just ordered dead tree copies of the following: 

Crawl! #9 and #10
Crawling Under a Broken Moon #6-9
CrawlJammer: Weird-Worm Ways of Saturn

I'm caught up on all the Stormlord Publishing stuff and have a copy of Dungeon Lord #1 sitting here that I'm about to read. I also have all the Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad zines. 

Am I missing anything? 
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Yeah, I've heard great things about the that one. And that cover! Wow!
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Yesterday I ran +James MacGeorge's  Black Sun Deathcrawl at my FLGS.  A couple of folks were interested in hearing how it went so I’ll share some of my thoughts here. 
SPOILERS beyond this point. If you are planning to PLAY this adventure, don’t read any farther



I wanted to set the mood for the game as quickly as possible so I passed  around printouts of the adventure art and read The Cursed Creed aloud. I followed that by reading the flavor text at the beginning of  _The World_. From there we dove into Truths. I passed out blank character sheets and we quickly rolled level 1 Warriors. 

I continued reading aloud until we got to the Corruption page. Each player rolled on the Black Light Corruption table and then I explained how the Entropy Rolls work. Each 30 min of actual game play, players roll again on the Black Light Corruption table. This was a very popular mechanic with the players, especially when they gained new corruptions during a fight. 

I was a bit confused about the Entropy Rolls. Page 36 states that “each player rolls a cumulative 1d2…” and on the next page it says “During the Entropy Roll, if the die comes up 1, gain a level.” Since players are rolling an increasing number of 1d2s every 30 minutes (e.g. 1d2, 2d2, 3d2, etc.) there are a LOT of 1’s being rolled. The rules say “die’, not “roll” so I let characters level up during each Entropy Roll if they rolled a 1 on any of the d2s (I let them gain only one level per Entropy Roll though). I'm not sure If I interpreted this mechanic correctly but it worked well for us. The players enjoyed leveling up (I capped their max level at 6). I did have to tweak stats on some of the adversaries to make things a little more challenging. 

After dealing with the initial Black Light Corruption role, we briefly talked about the Hope mechanic and then finished up the rest of the Truths. PCs took advantage of opportunities to steal Hope from each other a few times. It was fun watching them plot against their comrades. 

The game play itself went smoothly and we had fun with it. I just couldn’t leave the appearance of Oblitus Omega to chance like suggested in the adventure so I inserted him in whenever I felt the time was right. The PCs killed him quickly the first time, before they even knew if he was friend or foe. It wasn’t until their third meeting that the PCs learned who he really was. 

The PCs lost a couple of limbs in Silverside during the Black Thoughts attack but that was taken in stride. They escaped into the cave system as the city fell. The encounter with the injured dwarven family provided a great opportunity to drive home the desperation of their situation as they were forced to make some difficult choices under duress. 

During the encounter with Stirner the players all chose scale mail armor and upgraded weapons. The fight with the Terrible Thought drug out a little longer than I wanted. I could have tightened that up a bit. I was rolling well so it was several rounds into that fight before the Terrible Thought missed an attack and punched a hole in the wall. When the players finally decided to use the hole as a means of escape I couldn’t think of a good reason to deny them from taking most of their gear with them. The book says they can’t take their gear through the hole but if the hole is big enough for a person it is big enough for a sword and some scale mail to be pushed through. The final scene provided a satisfying end to the adventure. 

The whole session took about 5 hours, including the rules discussion at the beginning. Everyone said they enjoyed the game. The combination of depressing setting, Hope, and the Black Light Corruption made for a unique and enjoyable experience.
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you could x-men them to the past to the time before the black sun or maybe send them to the another universe BUT THEN BLACK SUN FOLLOWS THEM THERE!
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