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Just an RPG and Doctor Who geek who hangs out on the internet too much.
Just an RPG and Doctor Who geek who hangs out on the internet too much.

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Great Pendragon Campaign, year 480. The player knights fought with King Aurelius in the Battle of Salisbury. They defeated the saxons, but the king fell.

Also, Sir Alistair slept with two different ladies during the courtly section of the season. Will he marry one? Will a bastard or two be born?
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I’ve been reading a lot of English and Welsh history and mythology in preparation for my #Pendragon game.

Since I’ve never been to the UK, I put together a comparison to help give myself a sense of scale. (Physical size, not population.)

England (including Cornwall) = Louisiana
Wales = New Jersey
Scotland < South Carolina
Ireland = South Carolina

The whole mess could be squeezed into New Mexico, although of course Great Britain is taller and skinnier.

The distance from Salisbury to London is slightly further than the distance from Corvallis to Portland.
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I have begun my Great Pendragon Campaign. Over two sessions they created characters and played the intro adventure to finalize their squire training and become knights. One player has opted to play a Lady, although a pagan one who is skilled with a great axe. She's already earned her Lusty reputation and birthed her first bastard.

One of the tools I'm using to track the game is a utility called Gramps. It's an open source tool for creating family trees. I'm using it to track the various families in Salisbury, adding connections and children as they arise in play. It will be interesting to see the web that is created after a few generations.
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How can the internet have a zillion pictures of King Arthur and Uther Pendragon but no good fan art for Aurelius Ambrosius?

#PendragonProblems
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This game looks amazing. We need more games written by and about other cultures.

I am so, so excited for the launch of Nahual today, the first full roleplaying game from my good friend and collaborator, +Mike Espinoza. It is an incredible accomplishment, a game of Mexican urban fantasy in which you play a shapeshifting pack of nahuales who hunt down angels, all while trying to stay alive and pay your bills.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1971035968/nahual-a-tabletop-rpg-of-mexican-urban-fantasy

tl;dr: BACK THIS PROJECT. The book is beautiful, the game is sharp as hell, and the creator is one of the most talented visual artists I know.

Okay, now let me talk a little bit about this project and what it means to me. <3

I met Miguel when I first published the ashcan for Cartel. He reached out to me to let me know that he was excited... but that I got a few things wrong about Mexico. I was really excited to talk to him, but I had no idea that our relationship would become what it is today.

Flash forward (almost) five years. Miguel has been an important part of Cartel's development, did a ton of layout for the award-winning Bluebeard's Bride, and so, so much more. He's an incredible part of the Magpie team, and we were so honored to have him join us as a Magpie Fellow this year! He is an amazing creator, artist, and game designer.

And his game. Nahual. A Mexican RPG. ANOTHER Mexican RPG. One based on the cult hit comics of the astounding Edgar Clement. I've always said that I wanted to write a "werewolfy" game that would capture the spirit of my old games of Forsaken with my crew here in Albuquerque. but here is something even better.

In Nahual, you play the nahaules who were almost wiped out by the angels who came with the Conquista. Now poverty-stricken and isolated from your heritage, you hunt those same angels, selling their flesh and bones to stay alive. It's gritty, fantastical, and brutal... and a ton of fun.

But even more importantly for me, it's another answer to the question "What does a Mexican RPG look like?" It broadens our world when folks like Miguel step up and answer that question, when they build on the momentum of Cartel and +Brandon Leon-Gambetta's Pasión de las Pasiones to help create a canon of Latinx titles, all different views of our same world.

Back this project because it's a great game, filled with great art, by a great new talent. But also back it because it's a strong voice from a part of the world that is often voiceless when it comes to games. Nahual will challenge your views, make you think about what you don't know about Clement's work, about angeleros and nahuales, about Mexico itself.

In ten years, I think we're going to have whole shelves full of Latinx RPGs, board games, and card games. We're going to have so many that kids who grow up playing them won't have to ask what a Mexican game looks like. They will know and they will want to make their own contribution to that shelf.

Help Miguel make that happen. Back this thing to the moon. Spread the word. Let's show him that our community is eager to hear what he (and every other LatinX creator) has to say.
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Had a great start for a playtest of Hana Academy, a game of high school hijinks. Character and setting creation took a session, which was expected. Our crew decided to be members of the Community Service Club. Next session they will try to discover who has been graffitiing around campus, and maybe find dates for the Homecoming Dance.
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This is an adorable RPG, great for kids.
Nighty Knights the RPG
Nighty Knights the RPG
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This is awesome, check it out.
ORUN is a project I'm immensely proud of being a part of and it fills me with joy to say that we funded in around 5 hours. Not only did it combine the minds of +Misha B, +Jerry Grayson, and myself, but also brought in a bunch of amazing new writers who I see going on to great things in the future. It's been my pleasure to mentor the design team and be a power for positive change in the industry.

With all that said, if you would like to check out ORUN's kickstarter, please click the link. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/newagendapubs/orun/
Also, there's a special "Buy 1, Give 1" tier where we will donate a copy to gamers from marginalized communities who wouldn't have access otherwise. This is something I will be doing in ALL of my kickstarters going forward as well. Come be a force for good and back ORUN.

Thank you for your time.
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I’m very sad to hear about Greg Stafford’s passing. I’ve been gearing up to run a Pendragon campaign, so he’s been in my thoughts lately. I never got to meet him, but I know many people who did. At least I’ll have the written works he left behind to guide me through my Arthurian adventures.
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In the quest for a new social network, since I feel I should be at least semi active somewhere besides Facebook, I've started poking around at pluspora.com. Here's my profile if you want to follow me over there.
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