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The year is 1348. The place is southern France.

The heat of August refuses to give in to the cool rains of September. The grass is yellowed, wells run dry, and even though storm clouds often darken the sky no rain falls.

The heat that we have to worry about. It's war. It's plague. And now people are talking about demons stalking the woods …

That's the basic outline for my Year of Flies setting that I cobbled together when I wanted to try the AGE system (haven't played any of the Dragon Age computer games, and I've got poor patience for reading up on settings).

I wanted the chaotic elements of the plague (civilization stagger, sometimes failing), Warhammer style beastmen to fight, and a reason to use medieval French names because I'm quite fond of them. Francois Bourgeons "The Twilight Companions" is a big influence.


I think the basic Year of Flies campaign isn't about fixing what's wrong (it's probably due to an astrological phenomenon a few years earlier - something that some doctors in Paris actually blamed IRL), but rather just enduring the month or so until the rains finally come.

Since I switched settings I used some house rules. Basically I replaced Backgrounds with a freer system and I omitted Magic as a basic stat. Here's my list for character creation (I'm translating back from Swedish on the fly so some things may get the wrong names):

1. Distribute 9 points on you stats.
2. Choose one weapon group in addition to Brawling.
3. Choose six Foci. Up to two of these may be exchanged for additional weapon groups.
4. Choose three Talents.
5. Equip your character.
6. Calculate derived statistics.
7. Give your character a name.
8. Give your character goals and ties.

I redid the armor list as but it seems that was only in my head because I can't find any notes. I think it was something along these lines:

AR 2: A metal cap, thick leather jerkin, or padded armor
AR 4: A metal cap/helm AND a thick leather jerkin or padded armor, mail with no helmet
AR 6: Mail AND helmet
AR 8: Full suit of armor (mail, brigandine, vambraces, rerebraces, greaves, helmet)
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And I thought mad geniuses were extinct. This feels like something Doctor Octopus would put together if he felt like getting into industrial music.
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Sooo … this may be old news or whatever, but SPACE ZOMBIE!
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Notice how she uses the correct international vocal sound for firing lasers: “pew pew”.
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Best. Blog. Ever.

Well, that I know of, in this specific field. There might be more really nice blogs on medieval crafts (mainly woodworking) out there, with nice images, an interest in connecting furniture names across languages and so on, so if you know any post links!

In the newest post they look at the chests in German convent, Kloster Isenhagen. I have no carpentry skills, but I'm sorely tempted to try my hand at building a chest anyway sometime.
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Time to put some efforts into my circles. I'd be very happy if you gave this a minute!

I've got 1200+ people in my circles now, and those circles are starting to feel way too blunt.

Here's how we'll fix it:
1. I'll post some statements below.
2. +1 the ones that suit you.
3. I'll add you to the appropriate circles!
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I wore shorts at work today.
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I wear shorts at work since June.
But, alas, Italy...
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Sometimes when I listen to music I would like to say: “Music, I love you. Marry me, stay with me forever and wrap your divine vibraions around me every moment of every day until I must leave this world.”

Such was the case just now, when I listened to this live version of Charlie Darwin.
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Don't worry, it'll make your games better in the end!
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For some reason we celebrate Saint Lucy's day here in Sweden, but not the saint. No, it's the day when we traditionally (well, since the 1920s) have let popular young girls wear the candle-lit crown and lead a band of maidens (and later on other assorted characters) on a slow caroling-spree. This year I decided I'd be Saint Lucy as well. At least on the internet. Thank you +Frida Ullenius and +Wilhelm Person for making that possible!
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And what fantastic candelabras they are...! Hadn't heard of this before so now I've learned something new. Thanks!
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Seems the lovely woodworkers in the St. Thomas guild are fielding an ambitious textile project – a 1,2 × 2 meter tapestry. They're not sure what kind of wool thread to use for the embroidery – maybe someone here has a suggestion for them?
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Maybe someone who does laceweight handspun wool could work with them? That's roughly the same gauge as DMC crewel wool....
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Christmas songs 100 % free of sugar coating.

No Bing Croby. No Mahalia Jackson. No children's choirs. The most traditional christmas song on this playlist is Jingle Bells, sung by dogs.
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Apparently Vincent and Meg got the kids into the car and did the only sensible thing: went to the museum to see Jerry's map! If you haven't heard of it before, you're in for such a treat! There's a short film about it on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/6745866

It's being displayed at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) until October 14th. If you're anywhere near there, go se it! And tell me how it was so I can be jealous!
 
Jerry's Map!

At Mass MOCA with +Meguey Baker , +* , and the kids.
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Man, I want someone to publish this game. A fantastic video.
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Apparently someone wrote upon a wall in Pompeii that “On April 19th, I made bread.” Well, I made bread on August 2nd, and I'm sure we were both just as proud of the bread we had produced.
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A librarian / musician / guide / bookstore clerk, groovin' on roleplaying and '70s rock
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I’ve studied library and information science, music and graphic design, play roleplaying games (pen & paper + the occasional larp), and love books as objects, books for reading, comics, almost anything ’60s and ’70s, wool, corduroy, Adobe Jenson Pro, good food, hugs, etc. etc.

You might know me as DeBracy on story-games.com or rollspel.nu