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The newest episode of our ENnie-nominated podcast, Fear of a Black Dragon, is here! In this one, +Tom McGrenery and I are thirsty to hunt down Acererak, the biggest trap queen of them all, deep in the heart of the Tomb of Horrors!

If you love this show, please consider voting for it at this link (ranking us #1 would be very nice indeed):

http://ennie-awards.com/vote/2018/

Enjoy!
Tomb of Horrors
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We had a fun thing in last night’s f2f Blades in the Dark session. It’s set in Duskvol and we’ve had at least a couple dozen sessions, probably more at this point. They’re Hawkers, a group of circus performers gathering stray members into this new crew.

Anyway, I also ran a dozen sessions of Blades set in Iruvia for the Gauntlet. From time to time I’d drop details from one over to the other. The Iruvia game ended with a major, major change in the world. Essentially one of the four Demon Pillars of U’dusasha shattered and, more importantly, a beam of light appeared from the sky. It has remained and slowly grown larger.

That’s important because in Blades in the Dark, there is no sun. It got broken. That whole thing caused chaos and we ended the Iruvia game with most of the PCs hijacking a flying vessel and fleeing to the north, in particular Duskvol.

Anyway last night we took up with the F2f game and I introduced hints of the changes—and the first suggestion of the strange light across the lands to the far south. I had lots of portents, including suggestions that the Leviathans are being drawn there. The group dug down and spent resources on investigation and on finding places for refugees, especially those from Iruvia (since three f2f PCs come from there).

Anyway, I connected the two with the Iruvian crew arriving and one of the f2f PCs spending effort to create an asset and set them up as a temporary cohort for the crew. They plan on working to make them permanent members—they like the Vizier, Mirage, Raksasha, and others (especially the friendly ghoul-loving dog, Lucky). Anyway it was a nice bit and a fun coda to the Iruvian game. Unfortunately +Fraser Simons PC trauma'd out in the last session and +Darren Brockes character stayed on in U'duasha to unionize the demons.

I have more impressions about Blades and Iruvia and +Johnstone Metzger's excellent playbooks that I'll write up in a post soon.
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History of Universal RPGs (Part Nine: 2016-2017)
After delays, false starts, and convention-borne illnesses, here is the final part of my Universal RPG history series. This one swings wildly between greatness and pain, innovation and rebuilt wheels. Make of that what you will.

I hope you've dug this series. After this I'll be putting the Patreon on hold. I plan to move to a new venue in the near future and continue with these there. When I have the full details, I will post them. Please reshare and comment on the list-- especially if you have impressions of any of these recent games.

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History of Universal RPGs (Part Nine: 2016-2017)
After delays, false starts, and convention-borne illnesses, here is the final part of my Universal RPG history series. This one swings wildly between greatness and pain, innovation and rebuilt wheels. Make of that what you will.

I hope you've dug this series. After this I'll be putting the Patreon on hold. I plan to move to a new venue in the near future and continue with these there. When I have the full details, I will post them. Please reshare and comment on the list-- especially if you have impressions of any of these recent games.
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ENNIES VOTING PRO TIP: Don't give low rankings to anything you don't want to win. No points is the best thing to give bad stuff. Giving them a 5 will actually help them.

ONLY GIVE POINTS TO THINGS YOU WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE WIN
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Question for Creatives--when you book a match for X Wrestler to win via a DQ, do you have the wrestler roll their finisher as normal? Are there any flourishes or changes you make for that kind of finish? I just realized it was a sitch that hadn't yet come up for me.

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Tales from the Loop
I have three sessions of TftL on the calendar for Sunday mornings in August 10AM EST. General RSVPs open 7/12/18.

In TFTL you play teenagers in the late Eighties, solving Mysteries connected to the Loop. You play archetypical kids (Weirdo, Jock, etc) joined together as friends (complete with a hideout). Everyday Life is full of nagging parents, never-ending homework and classmates bullying and being bullied. But in The Mysteries the characters encounter the strange machines and weird creatures that have come to haunt the countryside because of the Loop. The kids get to escape their everyday problems and be part of something meaningful and magical - but also dangerous.

https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-LGewGThntz5IvoF77TY
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Gauntlet League Wrestling
I have put up four sessions of World Wide Wrestling for Wednesday evenings in September. This is part of Gauntlet Quarterly and wraps the season. Come and learn this PbtA action-melodrama game and secure yourself a place in history.

https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-LGWM9yJ7lyYcghIcoQS
https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-LGWMPifATIQGEtXyeLs
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I have added four sessions of Scum and Villainy to the calendar for Thursdays in September. As part of our new member incentive, this game will be only open to new Gauntlet patrons who joined in 2018. I will open this up to old hands after one week.

Scum and Villainy is a Forged in the Dark game about a spaceship crew trying to make ends meet under the iron-fisted rule of the Galactic Hegemony. Work with the members of your crew to thrive despite powerful criminal syndicates, warring noble families, dangerous aliens, and strange mystics. Explore the ruins of lost civilizations for fun and profit. Can your motley crew hold it together long enough to strike it big and insure your fame across the sector?

https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-LGVPlQmpPVgCBH7qAiV
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