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Rach Shelkey
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Podcaster. Writer. RPG Event Organizer. RPhT by day.
Podcaster. Writer. RPG Event Organizer. RPhT by day.

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Hey Gauntleteers! It's Rach here with some hot and exciting +1 Forward content.

+Richard Rogers and I are preparing a follow up to last year's +1 Forward episode "Playing the Apocalypse". This episode explored questions from the community about playing PbtA games. Topics we covered last time included strategies to help other players succeed, how to best engage interPC mechanics and the differences between being a player in a PbtA game verses other systems.

Do you have any new and fresh questions about playing Powered by the Apocalypse games? Let us know here and your question might get featured on the show! I can't wait to see what important topics and ideas you all suggest.

Please note that these questions should be tied to being a player and not an MC.

Hey friends! I'm here with few more PbtA questions related to an upcoming +1 Forward episode.

What's the longest PbtA campaign you've run or played in? What did you learn about long-term PbtA play that you wish you knew before that campaign?

I think the longest games I've played in have been all Apocalypse World campaigns and each were about a dozen sessions or so. The biggest lesson I learned is "Create a second character to play" is an amazing advance. I tend to play characters who can be a bit self-destructive, so having a second PC is a refreshing release valve.

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I should totally share this over here... Hey friends! It's holiday card time and I would love to send you a card! You are totally cool enough to get a card from us.

+Rob Deobald and I have a handy little form for sharing holiday card mailing info. Please fill it out and a card will come your way!
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Halloween is done, on to Metatopia this weekend!
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I’m running an alpha of my quilting-inspired game at Metatopia this weekend! Mostly this is me tossing ideas at a wall and seeing if they stick - you should totally join me on this endeavour!

R282: [ALPHA TEST] "Into That Dark Night" presented by Rach Shelkey. A stranger is found on the edge of town, the last scraps of a fallen civilization clenched in their frail hands. The banner is a beautiful piece of art beyond the skills of your own people; bright pieces of fabric reveal scenes of joy and sorrow, although the deeper meaning is lost without the stranger's guidance. In this post-apocalyptic story game of quilting and oblivion, players will reveal the stories the stranger carries in their heart and the secrets crafted into the banner. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

R457: [ALPHA TEST] "Into That Dark Night" Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

R560: [ALPHA TEST] "Into That Dark Night" Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; There are 3 seats left.

https://www.dexposure.com/m2017roleplay.html
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‪Coming to Metatopia and bringing a PbtA game to playtest? I want to hear about it for an upcoming +1 Forward episode! ‬

Let’s talk about games in the pipeline: your ambitions, what brought you to PbtA as a design choice and what about PbtA lights your brain on fire.
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Local to Toronto? Got a free evening tonight?

I’m facilitating +Joanna Piancastelli‘s fantastic Before The Storm this evening and still have spots available!
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It's Gautlet Con Eve! I'm so excited and debating if I should go to Hot Topic tonight and see if they have Lisa Frank t-shirts.

Anyway, I needed to share this silliness that came out of the Discord server last night. Feel free to steal! OR laugh, laughing would be good.

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Hey Gauntleters! Rach here with another community question post inspired by the Apocalypse!

MC Principles. How much attention do you pay to that list in the MC section? Do you reference it often? What's the most useful lesson you've taken from the MC Principles in a PbtA game?

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+Rob Deobald wrote a recap of the Warrior-Poet game I hosted for +Toronto Area Gamers Monthly Meetup!
In the heartbreakingly beautiful and decadent Empire of the Moon, four courts vie for superiority through love, loss, sorcery and blood.
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+Rach Shelkey, +Agatha Cheng, +Erica Stevenson and I played +Grant Howitt's Warrior-Poet tonight at the +Toronto Area Gamers's August monthly meetup, and it was freaking amazing!
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I very rarely write recaps of games, but I couldn’t help myself but want to write about this one. It completely captured my imagination, and there was something really thrilling reading the poems back and forth and feeling the table Ooo and gasp at each lovely turn of phrase, or twist of the knife.
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We ran a little short on time at the end, but even only doing the three seasons we had no trouble reaching a satisfying conclusion. It was tragic and beautiful and everything the game promised it should be.
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My character was Summit Thunder, the Swan of Paradise, scion of the Skyward Peaks and the Court of Air.
Like those that came before him, once a generation, a Swan of Paradise hatches from the egg of a giant eagle and learns to fly before they can walk. Summit Thunder’s voice is the most beautiful thing about him, with all the range from a lovely bird song to the fury of a mountain storm.
His robes were perfect white silk, embroidered so perfectly as to fool the eye to believe they were feathered wings wrapped around him, until you felt them under your hand.
He wields the Hollow Bone Sword, which floats with neutral buoyancy in the air, and strikes with the precision of a bird of pray. His pistol fires bullets which grow wings and talons in flight and dive at their target no-matter the distance.
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In Spring, Summit Thunder, came to the Palace of the Immortal Ghost Emperor, to convince him that the Court of Air should be granted lands all across the empire to build terminals for their recently invented Sky-Ships; improving communication and transportation for the good of the all in these trying times.
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Flowing Current, the Shadowspeaker for the Court of Water could not let this stand; she worried for the sovereignty of her people, and barged into the private meeting, beseeching the Emperor to modify the proposal. … and then we began to write.
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A CLARION CALL;
AIR FEATHERS PARTED BY STEEL.
THOUGHTS BACKED BY THUNDER.
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When backed into a corner by Summit Thunder’s superior arguments and rapport with the emperor, Flowing Current sliced a piece of Summit Thunder’s robe, without seaming to draw her blade.
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A storm erupts within the Emperor’s chambers, and the winds carry Flowing Current out into the palace courtyard. The winds whip the impressive fountain into storm clouds, which gather behind Summit Thunder as he flies out of the palace. Lightning flashes, and the clouds rumble as the two warrior poets square off; but the Emperor has heard enough, and sides with the Court of Air, granting the lands that the court had sought.
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Spring turns to Summer, and Summit Thunder’s thoughts turn to love. He has fallen for Frozen Dream, the Heart of the Mountain at the Court of Earth. She is cloaked in a robe of obsidian darkness, and she has the most beautiful gem-like eyes. She has a brilliant mind, and is a talented engineer and artisan. Summit Thunder loves Frozen Dream because of the sense of tradition they share; once a generation a volunteer travels to the crystal caves deep within the Palace of Earth and communes with the dreamlike crystals that grow there. Those who survive are champions of the Court of Earth, but must merge and grow with the crystals within as winter melts into spring.
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Frozen Dream has caught more than Summit Thunder’s eye. Drifting Ember, the Gilded Sun of the Court of Fire had already called upon the Palace of Earth, but was rebuffed for not proving her worth. As they wrote:
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MODESTY REWARDS
AND SMILES ON THE VALOROUS
THOUGH NO MORE THAN THAT.
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Flowing Current sought to make her own alliance through marriage, and laid out a proposal to Drifting Embers at a summer festival. While initially rebuffed, Flowing Current wrote many love letters, but Drifting Ember couldn’t see past Flowing Current’s ambitions. As they wrote:
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FILTHY, NAKED GREED
FRACTURED WORDS SPEAK OF THE HEART
FIRE’S LOVE BURNS BRIGHT.
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Meanwhile, Summit Thunder considers the fate of his Court. The Pillars of Wisdom are impossibly tall stone towers. It is said that atop the pillars, the walls between worlds are thin and the ancestors whisper to those who meditate there. Ownership of the Pillars of Wisdom is causing conflict between the Court of Air and the Court of Earth, and one court will fall come winter if this conflict continues unabated.
Summit Thunder arranges a meeting with Frozen Dream, and arrives on a carpet held aloft by the summer winds. … and then we began to write.
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EMPTY CLAIMS BRING NOUGHT,
BUT WHERE WE FIT TOGETHER
OUR SOULS SING OF HOME.
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The two tour the empire discussing the challenges facing them. Summit Thunder is sure to include all of the technical marvels involved with the recently constructed fleet of flying machines. He is sure to point out the engineering challenges and problems that have yet to be solved. Frozen Dream challenges the ingenuity of the Court of Air. “This is not glorious; these are not worthy!” Summit Thunder is prepared for this remark. “I give you something I would share with no one else. I want to be vulnerable to you.”
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Frozen Dream and Summit Thunder are wed atop the Pillars of Wisdom, witnessed by all of their ancestors, living and dead. Their courts are joined, and the Emperor names them Prince and Princess of the Court of Winter Air.
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Fall arrives, and Frozen Dream is feeling equal parts joyous and doomed. She is with child, but her compact with the Crystal Caves at the Palace of Earth will come due before her heir will be born. Undeterred Frozen Dream begins a project pushing the limits of engineering, artistry and magic to construct a crystal chamber atop the pillars of wisdom, where the ancestors can watch over her child until it is ready to be born in the new year.
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Flowing Current cannot let this stand. She feels this child will be an abomination who will upset the natural order of things, and must not be allowed to be born. Sensing Flowing Current’s arrival at the Pillars of Wisdom, he arrives to aid Frozen Dreams in her struggle for the fate of their child. … and then they began to write.
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NEW LIFE, GLORIOUS.
OLD LIFE, POISONED AND ROTTING.
GROW STRONG MY SMALL CHILD.
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The battle at the pillars ensues, Frozen Dream using the very earth itself as a weapon against Flowing Current who manipulates the landscape to flow like water. In the end, Flowing Current lands a blow with her poisoned dagger, hidden in a wooden case shaped like a pistol, ensuring Summit Thunder does not have long to live. Frozen Dream runs Flowing Current through with her crystal sword, delivering a near fatal blow. Tragically, due to injuries sustained from Flowing Water, Frozen Dream loses the child.
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It is fall, Summit Thunder, slowly dying from Flowing Current’s uncurbable poison, travels across the shimmering desert with Frozen Dreams. They arrive at the Bone Temple where Drifting Ember sits upon a throne, wielding the Scythe of Judgement she acquired while banishing Akira the God of Wrath, once the god had been declared apostate by the Immortal Ghost Emperor.
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Summit Thunder and Frozen Dreams beseech Drifting Embers to pass judgement on the Court of Water for their crimes against the Court of Winter Air; but Drifting Embers does not think it is her place to intervene. … and then we began to write.
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FALL, THE END HAS COME.
WATER STAINED WITH MY CHILD’S BLOOD.
SLEEP AND WAIT FOR SPRING.
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Despite the Emperor’s full support behind the Court of Winter Air, Drifting Embers stands firm that she is not the God of Wrath, and this is not her place to pass judgement. The Court of Fire will not be involved in the coming war.
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The conflict between the Court of Winter Air and the Court of Water is brutal and apocalyptic. all is left in ruins, and few survive.
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As fall fades to winter, and winter melts to spring, Drifting Embers the Gilded Sun of the Court of Fire watches, from her throne in the Bone Temple amidst the Shimmering Desert, as her empire turns itself to ash. And then, she slowly begins to crumble, breaking apart into the sands from which she was made.
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