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Ken Burnside
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Game designer. Purveyor of recreational mathematics. Writer.
Game designer. Purveyor of recreational mathematics. Writer.

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Final cover and back cover text. I send the files off to the printer tomorrow -- countersheets are already en route to the die cutter.

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The Lucasian Cluster balances on the knife edge of war. The Fisher Queen tries to rally the Seven Realms before the YENSIDI HEGEMONY grows too strong to resist.

Throwing the Hegemonic forces off her trail are the brave Knights Orbitale, piloting heirloom fighters from a bygone age, striking where the Hegemonic forces are weakest, moving on before reprisals target the innocent.

The Dark Lady K’thleen marshals her most feared lieutenants in a hunt from star to star for the Fisher Queen, leading fighter patrols seemingly beyond counting.

Numbers alone are no match for chivalry, or the mystical powers of “Élan”....

This product has box miniatures for space fighters, special rules for tailing in combat, Knightly Orders, and Élan powers. In addition to the Squadron Strike material, it also has a semi-cooperative game about the Fisher Queen’s campaign against the Hegemony!
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I got my proof copies of these:

https://www.wargamevault.com/product/241742/Squadron-Strike-Material-Condition-Vasey Cards


They turned out awesome -- there's a very very tiny (about 3 pixels) clipping of the Squadron Strike logo at the top of the card on the backs, but the fronts are perfect.

What do these do? They replace a table lookup with a custom deck of cards.

For every 20% of your squadron's endurance you've used, you draw one card.

If you choose to accept the card, you choose which ship it effects. If you choose to contest the card, make a Crew Rate check using the Squadron Leader's Crew Rate value.

If it succeeds, the card goes away. If it fails, your opponent chooses which ship it applies to.

Cards are color coded by the kind of fun they deliver, so you can easily sort out the ones that don't work for your game. The deck is 70 cards, and I recommend buying the acrylic case for them.
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It looks like the Warriors have found a repeatable exploit in the rules of basketball. Clearly, more development work is in order.
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Are you a fan of alternate history? Want to see an alternate WWII timeline you haven't seen before?

Want a protagonist who acknowledges that the world makes no sense, but you should roll the dice anyway?

Check out the Falcons of Malta, by Scott Palter

http://store.genreconnections.com/the-falcons-of-malta-the-reich-without-hilter-volume-1/

Or on Amazon at:

https://smile.amazon.com/Reich-Without-Hilter-Falcons-Hitler-ebook/dp/B07D34G53H/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526509103&sr=8-1&keywords=palter+the+falcons+of+malta

If you're one of the people who's a serious fan of SM Stirling's end notes on alternate history, check out the free supplemental materials:

http://store.genreconnections.com/the-falcons-of-malta-orders-of-battle/

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Learn more about the Squadron Strike Virtual Table Top here! $5 access gets you early access to a way to play Squadron Strike online with players from around the world.
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Building off of yesterday's post, here's a Traveller Scout-Courier in the system described earlier.
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Wherin I tackle one of the Great White Whales of RPG gaming:

Making a space combat scene that doesn't suck for 3/4 of the player characters, and maintains dramatic potential.
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Lots of you have asked for "how to play" videos for Squadron Strike. Enjoy!
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It's May the Fourth, the day when everyone raises a toast to the Fisher Queen and her Knights Orbitale as they strive to defend the Seven Realms against the Yensidi Hegemony!

This is "space fighters" as individual ships for Squadron Strike with two sets of interlocking special rules: Tailing (putting the pursuer's nose on the target's tail for a movement advantage) and the powers of Elan, which give pilot-specific abilities that alter the rules of the game.
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https://medium.com/@ken.burnside/of-incels-and-their-apologists-af52d1929ea0

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If you click on their "claps" thing or comment, I supposedly start earning money from writing on Medium.
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