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BJ Recio
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The d20 rolling, Fourier Transforming, dragon chasing Filipino dude.
The d20 rolling, Fourier Transforming, dragon chasing Filipino dude.

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Everyone wants to pin Carmella to get a shot at gold.
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I am running a Demon: The Descent game in September!

The plan is to set it in Manila, where everything that's new is just an ivory-glutathione facade. Underneath, the foundations of the city are run by the same archaic and rusted angels of the God-Machine.

(Art by +Bianca May Canoza) #RPGSEA
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We kicked off our playtest sessions for Alamat ng Astig last night! It's a Tagalog-language Tabletop RPG with characters that are inspired by over-the-top local action movies of the 90s.

We'll be continuing our playtests every Wednesday, for the entire month of August! It's also "buwan ng wika" (language month) in the Philippines, so we felt that celebrating our Tagalog game would be thematic.

Alamat ng Astig is written by +Chris Fabon, and will be disttributed by +Nosfecatu Publishing!
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A bit of a throwback, this, but from time to time I hold workshops about how to make RPG monsters from the perspective of our local culture. Here's the site that I use for the presentation part.

Should I work on this more? In particular, I feel like the second half (where the monsters are actually worked on) feel a bit lacking. Is there a desire for creating new Filipino-themed monsters in our RPG tables?
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At some level, I am jealous of the people in the stretch goals, especially since I've also been trying to inject more Southeast Asian cultural bits in RPGs.

$28,000: OSR rising star Mabel Harper gives us some monsters from Filipino folklore.

$35,000: Zedeck Siew on rituals and south-east asian folk magic.

But on another level, I am quite excited to see this gorgeous product, and see Southeast Asian influences in general. I am watching this!

Now do I have $60....
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Current mood: Maximum
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Best graduation pic.

Para sa mga binuhat ko translation: For the people I carried.
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Random rambling ahead

Work on The Diwata Codex is proceeding apace. Soon, I will have something tangible to show to an editor.

Patreon aside, +Nosfecatu Publishing​ hasn't published a full RPG product since 2010. Back then I came from a high of releasing the aswang product for D&D 4th Ed. roughly a year after I did a Tikbalang product, and naively I thought, "I will do a supplement on the diwata next!"

But the deeper I delved into it, the more I realized how hard it was to fit our old beliefs into the Greco-polytheist framework of traditional fantasy RPGs. Yes, we had multiple gods too, but ours was more animist-syncretic. (Big words, I know.) There was also no unified "Philippine pantheon" to speak of - and we have so many iterations that it's probably a lifetime of work to try and catalog them all.

So I had to do something different. I studied, I dismantled, I rebuilt. Rinse and repeat.

And now, 8 years and an entirely new edition on, I finally think I have something workable. It is a bit high-minded though, and I worry if it will be appreciated by D&D players in this new, golden age of AL. So the work now is in simplifying the language, making it sound like a game, while still maintaining a prose that works for people who just like to browse fantasy worlds.

I got to get back to work.

(Image from a page of The Soul Book.)
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Manila Wrestling Federation knows how to do promos.
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Relocated some members of my dragon brood so that they can act as book guardians.

From left: Baby Tia, Tiamat, Hatefire, and Azula.
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