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Ran my first game of The Dungeon, a mashup of classic D&D tropes and The Office. I'm using InSpectres for the ruleset. We were down by about half of the usual group, so we gave it a go. Everyone enjoyed it, and would like to play again!

I used random name generation to determine both name and gender. I used names from Behind the Name filtered for most boring and most simple in both feminine and masculine. I made my own chart for surnames. Our three protagonists ended up being:

Phil Bloodskull—an orc working in Humanoid Resources who takes improv classes and has made a commercial.

Ronnie Redboyle—a zombie working in Engineering and head of Workplace Safety.

Frank Headburg—a cynical bugbear accountant who hates corporate bullshit.

The job was to form an interdepartmental team to investigate the lack of progress on the bottomless pit in the Welcome Center (aka Dungeon Level 1). Shareholders were expecting a pit of infinite depth by the end of the quarter in hopes that the hazard would attract risk-seeking clients to adventure in Undermine, Inc.

The game was funny, with my favorite part being when Ronnie declared that the bottomless pit was designed with safety and handicap accessibility as the primary concerns.

The job was short, and only took 2 hours (real time) to complete. In the end, they filled the pit with blood, found an ancient artifact, and summoned an Earthquake Dragon (???) which ultimately finished that pit. Awesome!

The confessional mechanic is fun, and the shared narrative makes prep almost unnecessary. The InSpectres system is really worth checking out as an alternative to your regular game.

BehindtheName.com: http://www.behindthename.com/rating/

My Surname Chart: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_8LAXcNh9wPMXBFlVv2EDOwFV16JXaght9EfXSapD-0/edit#gid=0
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A couple reskinned Inspectres character/franchise sheets.
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I'm tossing around some ideas for a D&D/The Office mashup using Inspectre rules. Making art for it always helps to get the ideas churning.
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Two weekends ago, my daughter (10) asked to make a character for D&D. We made her an elf druid (who "was literally raised by wolves"). She enjoyed it so much that she copied down the entire elven alphabet for the PHB so she could write her character's name. I asked her if she'd like to have a D&D party with her friends. She wasn't so sure.

This last weekend, she asked me to teach her how to PLAY D&D. I did, and ran a short scenario where she rescued a Wolf-mama—did I mention that she loves wolves?—and her pups from an O.R.C. (Ornery Robotic Creature). I went with golems/mechanical foes because I'm going to emphasize defeating foes rather than killing them. I want her to consider all solutions in her gaming career. Afterwards, she said, "I've thought about it, and I would like to play D&D with my friends."

I think we can even pick it up where her short solo adventure left off!

I'm so excited.

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Conversation with my non-Star Wars-fan S.O. after seeing* the movie:

"What was your favorite part?"
"The little robot with the human-like qualities. BB...8?"
"Yes."
"Good. I was about to say BB-40."
"You were thinking about UB40 weren't you?"
"Yes."


*She fell asleep halfway. I can't even...

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So glad that despite being a band geek and not a gamer geek, my wife is also s Star Wars nerd.
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For my Dragon Age RPG campaign.

The PCs are special agents of the Inquisition tasked with finding ancient artifacts and keeping them out of the hands of the Venatori. I call them: Agents of the Requisition.
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"What do you do there?" "Murders and executions" "What?" "Mergers and acquisitions"
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Just a random musing:

Gwendoline Christie confirmed that Captain Phasma will be in episode VIII. Assuming she has a bit more screen time, it would be great to see her in a role similar to that of Inspector Javert from Les Miserables.

How awesome would that be? She's not just after Finn; she's obsessed with bringing him in no matter what. Heck, she's already calls him FN-2187, just as Javert calls Jean Valjean only by his prisoner number: 24601. 
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I think someone did that with the saga.
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A BBEG for my Cortex Plus Star Wars game: Tarbaac, the cyborg wookiee bounty hunter. That's a big-ass Force hammer strapped to his back.
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Making characters for my Star Wars game using a Cortex Plus hack. Here is my chart to help the players.

I'm using the hack made by +Rafael Ferreira​ as a jumping off point. 
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