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Henry de Veuve
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History buff, role-player, miniatures wargamer, and generally interesting/odd fellow.
History buff, role-player, miniatures wargamer, and generally interesting/odd fellow.

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Over the Edge is back, baby...
Many many years ago I wandered into the bookstore at the Palouse Empire mall in a little town with a big name.  The manager at the time, who was a fellow member of the Palouse Empire Science Fiction Association, spotted me, grinned ear to ear, and said some...
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Just a little signal boost, because every kid deserves to have heroes who look like them.
(Also, a h/t to the iamelemental folks for giving us female superheroe action figures who aren't Barbie dolls.)
My son received a big set of Marvel action figures for Christmas today, and I was just thinking how cool it is that three of them — if you count Zoe Saldana as Gamora, since that is the only way my kid has ever experienced her — are POC. That mostly did…
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The John Carter of Mars update post
Okay, so there's this new tabletop RPG called John Carter of Mars that's out (at least in PDF) and which of course I backed because my Inner Child took one look at the KS campaign and promptly went running amok in nothing but a gladiator costume, flip-flops...
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To counteract the clear and present state of manchildean asshattery currently dominating the airwaves, I give you...awesomeness with cellos.
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This just plain tickled my funny bone. Signal BOOOOOST!
Spacebound and Down: A Star Wars Story

Black Sun hires the Porg Chop Express to run a juvenile rancor from Jakku to Tatooine before that shoulder-padded bastard Dash Rendar does the same for Crimson Dawn.

All the players were really into it. Once I mentioned Dash Rendar, Kass Nanto the Muscle jumped at the idea and started incorporating Sally Field's lines from Smokey and the Bandit into how Dash had jilted her once. She actually spent a cred right then and there to sic bounty hunters on Rendar (acquire asset, gets a 6) - unleashing the indefatigable duo of 4-LOM and Buford T. Zuckuss.

I ran the race with this idea of accumulating Lead, like a tug-of-war clock. The Porg Chop started in the hole, but if they pushed their position to desperate as they made their hyperspace hops they could catch up. I gave them a choice whether to arc around the inner rim (safer, slower) or cut through the Core (more Imperials would notice their Wanted Level 2). They chose the Core, obviously.

Milo had the rancor and its keeper/veterinarian ("Oh no, I'm an animal enthusiast!") Malakili put on the Express. Malakili was played by my worst Dom Deluise impression. We never found out why he wore that stupid leather hat. He'd be around to both not help and to tempt Kass with pharmaceuticals.

Then I sprung the Entanglement I'd rolled last game. Their hyperdrive cuts out. Crash the Mechanic gets it patched up fairly quickly, but 1) I start a "She'll Hold Together" clock and 2) they lose another tick of Lead. This clock's a possible consequence of any failed Helm rolls and it kept Dorifto the Pilot and Crash working together.

You Sumbitches Couldn't Close an Umbrella
After several hyperspace hops (Jakku -> Corellia -> Vandor), they caught up to Dash Rendar in an ice field. Vandor's Imperial garrison launches fighters. 4-LOM and Zuckuss were in hot pursuit, somehow having lost at least one of their stabilizers along the way.

Kass doesn't wait for Dorifto to close before she opens fire. She eats shit on her roll and Leebo, Dash's droid co-pilot, shoots up the Express. The rancor starts to wake up, there's a hull breach in the cargo hold, and they're in a dogfight in an ice field. It doesn't look great, but then, like a friendly semi truck convoy, the sixes come to the rescue.

Crash tackles the hull breach first and crits, fixing quietly and insuring that
Akkol Cha the Mystic has a controlled position as he soothes the rancor back to sleep with the Force, all while
Dorifto makes the Imperials look like a bunch of inept state troopers.

Akkol Cha seizes on the idea of soothing the rancor with the Force and reverses it, reaching out to wake the rancor inside Dash Rendar's hold. Kass adds her nascent abilities to the roll and they crit again:

"Leebo, that wasn't laser fire! We hit something - and I never hit somethings! Go back and check it out!"
Dash's Outrider leaps into hyperspace and is not seen for the rest of the session.

Double or Nothing
After that, the handoff at Jabba's palace goes smoothly and the crew head to Mos Eisley for some downtime - and to wait for Dash Rendar in case the scoundrel shows up. The Porg Chop Express goes to +3 status with Black Sun, which would technically trigger the endgame and they have enough cred to boost their crew quality to tier 2. The idea of a big finale doesn't feel wrong to me, but I'm not sure it's time just yet?

In the end I mostly ignored the Lead clock. The players were going full throttle without me needing to track it. The "She'll Hold Together" clock was the main source of stress, as different characters took turns resisting the ticks on the 4-segment clock as those early 4-5 results piled up. I think that worked well. Buford T. Zuckuss is the best Star Wars pun we'll ever have and has taken the crown from Casey Fucking Dewback.
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Phil Marlowe, Sam Spade, and the Nameless Continental Op walk into a bar...
⚡FINAL 36 HOURS OF THE "NIGHTS OF PAYNE TOWN" KICKSTARTER!⚡

Check out all the unlocked items (MC Screen! Slipcase Edition! Dice!) and tons of Bonus PDFs for all pledges $20 and up!

SHARE with your friends to unlock more social achievements!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sonofoak/nights-of-payne-town-a-new-story-arc-for-city-of-m

#Kickstarter #RPG #Tabletop
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Mister Archer to the white courtesy phone. Mister Archer? Phone call for Lew Archer...
Last hours of the amazing Nights of Payne Town Kickstarter!
In 10 minutes, Amit will begin our live finale stream, in which he will answer questions, and talk about City of Mist RPG plans for the future. Join us!
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This is the weather the cuckoo likes...and looks like we'll have rain before the week is out. But if you'll excuse me, I have an appointment in Four Points to see a guy about a pet baboon.
Over the Edge Kickstarter Reaches Final Days

Our crowdfunding effort to release an all-new edition of the groundbreaking tabletop RPG of weird urban danger has already blown through our targets and several stretch goals, and it ends on August 14. Atlas Games together with Al Amarja tour guide and scribe +Jonathan Tweet invite you back to the island with your choice of Digital, Core Print, or Core Luxe formats.

As an added incentive, we've been unlocking the EdgeWork fanzine from the 90s as a bonus PDF for all backers at the Digital level and above. With articles and ideas from across the panoply of game designers of the era, EdgeWork has never been available in digital format — until now.

If this post gets at least 50 +1s or reshares, the third issue of EdgeWork joins the first two in being released to the hungry masses. Your participation in this State-sponsored enterprise is appreciated.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlasgames/over-the-edge-a-roleplaying-game-of-weird-urban-da?ref=57zhqv
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Happy (?) International Whoops! Day, folks. This is the anniversary of the day Great Britain joined in on a general European scuffle that started because some emo Serb punk shot the wrong Austrian Archduke, thus ensuring that whatever followed was not going to be over by Christmas. If anyone needs me, I'm off to bingewatch Blackadder Goes Forth and make my customary pair of ecumenical toasts for all the poor bloody bastards on all sides who never made it home again.
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Boom! There you go, kids. Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta go see a guy at the diner about this falcon statuette...
We just unlocked ALL the Relics in the Nights of Payne Town Kickstarter. Which one do you want the most? Grab it: https://buff.ly/2LrseV7
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