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Michael Bolam
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Post-apocalyptic DCC meets Car Wars meets Fury Road!!!
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This is the start of something really awesome, I'm sure of it.
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Thanks Jim!
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53 PCs (and probably close to 40 unique players) entered The Hypercube in Pittsburgh, which ran from noon until 5 PM today. Wen we wrapped at 4:50 PM the 5 remaining were teleported to Lake Geneva in 1975. Turns out there was some magic in those shoes on little Jane Johnson's feet. Our winners had 9, 8 and 6 survived encounters. I'll post some pictures when I get them off my buddies camera.
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The turn out was awesome! The judge was in flux amd kept the flow and it was a helluva time.
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Reminder (plus pictures of the trophies) - This Saturday!  Hypercube of Myt in Pittsburgh for Free RPG Day! We've got the stamps! We built the trophies! We're gonna kill a whole mess of villagers!

Saturday, June 20th at Phantom of the Attic Games! 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Stop by if you're in the area.
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Glorious plunder!!!
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Has anyone tried to make patrons from the wizards in +Harley Stroh's Fate's Fell Hand? My players took Erodiade's (red sorceress) bait, and retrieved the other tiles for her. She offered to spare the life of the thief who came to "rescue her" after getting her note from the rat, and gave him the option to argue for the lives of the rest of the party. She accepted his plea for their lives, figuring they might come of use in the future, even if it's only to keep the thief alive. She insisted that one of the wizard's patron bond with her, then bind the thief, giving him the proper incantations and components to perform the ritual.

Just seeing if anyone else is using any of the three as patrons before getting started on working on something with the player in question.
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No but the 7 Al hazreds across the multi verse have become a pretty big antagonist for the party. Each are different levels and the most powerful is supposed to be a patron but I haven't written any if it up yet.
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Weird dice acting extra weird today during my Road Crew Game at Phantom of the Attic in Pittsburgh. Should have come up with a weird mechanic for this on the fly, but was so confused it didn't happen. 
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I've had a D5 end up like that when using a dice tray for rolling in. If the die gets jammed up against the wall by another die. For that matter one of my gamescience d4 caltrops has done that too. 
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Is there a "public" character generator that outputs the 0-level characters for the Funnel Tournaments (with space for note/stamps)? I've see the sheets at GenCon and GaryCon, but I couldn't find anything on Purple Sorcerer. May have failed my Int check to spot it, though.
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+Jim Wampler That right there save my butt for Meggacon!
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Playing that #WardenCrew  game +Taylor Frank put together with his wonderful work to support James M. Ward. EDIT: +Eric Fabiaschi has been sharing this all over the place, and I mistakenly listed him as the creator. He definitely deserves a lot of credit for helping to get the word out, though!

My cool story was getting to play MA with Jim at North Texas RPG Con last year. He was running the adventure that appeared in last year's Goodman Games Gen Con Program. Basically, you're sent into a death-trap/cave to prove your worth to the tribe. I was bound and determined to have some fun, risk my character and push some buttons (and thereby allowing Jim to have some fun, too), but still walk out the door. Things got touch and go for a while, and most of the party never saw daylight, but three of us, with a little skill and a lot of luck, managed to walk out in to the sunlight. I got my (intact) character sheet signed! #TrueHuman  
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There was plenty of that going on. A couple of us just managed to avoid it.
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Some Photos from the Pittsburgh Hypercube of Myt tournament at Phantom of the Attic Games.
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It's been a few years since I made it out to this Phantom of the Attic. I may have to correct this oversight soon.
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Right place, right time third place trophy for the DCC tournament! Must have made my luck check. 
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I'm pea green with envy!
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Hypercube of Myt in Pittsburgh for Free RPG Day! We've got the stamps. We're working on modifying the trophies. Saturday, June 20th at Phantom of the Attic Games! 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Stop by if you're in the area.
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Pretty sure the Panther Hollow Inn just closed. 
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This didn't really interest me much, but if I were to play it, I'd probably up the storytelling aspects. I think requiring players to "tell the tale" of how they came across interesting discoveries, could make it more fun. Something similar to the Baron Münchhausen RPG.
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