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Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Here's the super geeky cake my wife made me.
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That is one sweet cake.
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PVP Combat Idea

In one of my games, I'm fairly certain the PCs will come to blows. Has anyone seen player-vs-player (PVP) combat executed in Alpha 2? If so, could you post the link so I can read it too?

So my thought is to make the following Obstacles available:

Attack PC: 2 cards
- You try to attack another PC!
- Strong: The target PC must defend or receive three "Recover from Wounds" goal cards. [They would move without cards against a "Defend Yourself" obstacle to take this option.]
- Weak: The target PC can counter-attack without defending first.
- Uncertain: Narrator could require defense at lower stakes or interrupt the fight.

Defend Yourself: 1 card
- Defend against the attack or counter-attack of another PC!
- Strong: You avoid injury and may end the fight peacefully or attempt the Counter-Attack obstacle if you have cards left to play.
- Weak: You will receive two "Recover from Wounds" goal cards. How did your opponent beat you?
- Uncertain: Narrator gives one "Recover from Wounds" goal card and ends the fight.

Counter-Attack: 2 cards
- After you strongly defend or your opponent weakly attacks, you may counter-attack the PC that attacked you!
- Strong: The target PC must defend or receive three "Recover from Wounds" goal cards.
- Weak: You receive one "Recover from Exhaustion" goal card and it's a stalemate...for now.
- [Uncertain: Narrator could require defense at lower stakes or interrupt the fight.]

Break Up PC Fight: 3 cards
- Stop PCs that have started a fight. Play whenever a "Defend Yourself" obstacle has been attempted.
- Strong: You end the fight and the scene. How did you separate them?
- Weak: You are injured attempting to stop them and the fight continues. Receive one "Recover from Injury" goal card (each participant).
- Uncertain: Narrator can interrupt the fight, introduce a narrative complication to attackers, or give PCs involved in the "Break Up PC Fight" attempt one "Recover from Exhaustion" goal card each.

As narrator I would make more obstacles available as the fight goes on. With the three card limit, two PCs could duke it out or multiple PCs could gang up and clobber someone good or work together to pull them apart.

Any thoughts on tweaks or additional cards?
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I haven't seen it myself yet either, but according to the instructions finishing a subplot forces you to make a new one.

But it doesn't matter because the narrator cannot give players subplots and characters only have one subplot at a time. So it has to be goals or assets and goals make more sense to me for this.

I didn't think through the fact that finishing a goal would give you a bonus, but I actually like it. That which does not kill you should make you stronger! Also, rewarding failure which encourages good play/storytelling.
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Pathfinder is WAY Better as a Card Game
You may have read my post on my recent experience playing a Pathfinder Society (PFS) roleplaying game at local event. Well, my negative feelings towards the Pathfinder RPG (which is really just D&D 3.5 which I used to run/play all the time) do not extend to...
You may have read my post on my recent experience playing a Pathfinder Society (PFS) roleplaying game at local event. Well, my negative feelings towards the Pathfinder RPG (which is really just D&D 3.5 which I used to run/pla...
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I Should've Done This Sooner
Welcome to my blog page. From now own I'll post my gaming related stuff here and it will show up on G+. So if you are reading this on G+ you're already there. But this will let me keep this stuff in one place for my own reference and yours. Here's a list of...
Welcome to my blog page. From now own I'll post my gaming related stuff here and it will show up on G+. So if you are reading this on G+ you're already there. But this will let me keep this stuff in one place for my own refer...
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I have to figure out how to share stuff from twitter/hootsuite/wordpress to G+ automatically. Also, good luck! :)
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Anyone have a good resource on how to set up and run an RPG Design Challenge at a convention? I'm thinking of those events I've heard of where random people get together and create an RPG in a day. Thanks!
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+David Hill Yes, please!
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So here's the new slate of Marvel movies:

http://kotaku.com/marvel-s-phase-3-movies-will-be-its-riskiest-most-impo-1651936332

Pretty awesome. I'm sure they can do a fantastic job on a Civil War story because they are all about characters and story and the comic was about ramming politic opinions down my throat and over-the-top superhero fights. So no worries there - actually totally psyched about that one.

Captain Marvel is a great character now, but her origin is too steeped in Marvel backstory and she doesn't have a solid conflict because she's highly competent. She's a great team character, like Captain America, but she doesn't have his man-out-of-time or I-used-to-be-weak kind of issues to go to. I'm sure they'll do a great job, but I think it's a tall order. I'm sure she'll have some big differences from the comics, but like Starlord's changes I'm sure they'll make the character even better.

Black Panther. Good character, don't know him all that well but I've had no complaints. He's being called Cap plus Batman but really he's more like Namor plus Batman. But none of that is a problem. Ruling a super wealthy, isolated country in Africa is the problem. Made some sense in 1966, but now the questions are, "Why didn't you help anyone else in Africa?!?" "How can you be ultra wealthy and a monarchy without being somewhere between Saudi Arabia and North Korea?" "What is the difference between you and Doctor Doom?" How are we supposed to admire Black Panther when we hate monarchs and isolationist countries? I can buy a talking Racoon that's best friends with a walking tree but I'm not sure I can buy a wealthy monarchy in Africa that isn't disgustingly corrupt in this day and age.

I'm not really that worried, just a bit dubious that even Marvel can pull that off.
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Relationship Cards

If you've been on the Storium feedback system, you may have seen that the request for Character Relationship Cards has gotten a lot of community traction. C David Dent came up with a smart way we can have relationship cards right now.

Step-by-Step

1) The Narrator creates a relationship "asset" card for a player to give to other players (yes, they can do this!). This could be done in coordination with the player. ex: "Mike's Best Friend"

2) The Narrator gives the asset to the player, setting the number of cards in that stack. (Yes, they can do this at any time!) ex: Narrator gives 3 "Mike's Best Friend" cards to Mike.

3) During the course of play, the player gives cards to other characters. ex: Mike gives 2 "Mike's Best Friend" cards to John.

Ideally the cards would match the personalities of the givers and would be given when it makes sense in the story. And when the cards are used against a challenge the player using the card would narrate how the relationship aids in completing the challenge.

I'm going to try this in my games, please post about it if you do the same!
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+Benjamin Hinnum Let us know how that goes! I do think the benefit of the wild card is attractive, but I'll the characters giving each other assets. Certainly could be room for both, but I think the initial experiments should control the variables.
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Rumble in the Rockies - Actual Play Summary
This is the summary of my group's third "With Great Power..." session. Here are parts one and two . We played this session about a month ago. I'll follow this up soon with a post about the overall experience. After the Correlator's narrow escape, we find hi...
This is the summary of my group's third "With Great Power..." session. Here are parts one and two. We played this session about a month ago. I'll follow this up soon with a post about the overall experience. After the Correla...
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I'm selling my car. If you know anyone in Colorado who might be interested, please let them know. Thanks!
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Here's the summary of the second session of our ongoing "With Great Power" game. First session linked below.

After the capture of Jimmy C (The Jester's DJ friend) in the last issue, we wanted to get right back to that. Our villain, the [0r314t3r x |)319H1 (Correlator of Delphi), took Jimmy back to his backup secret lair under Balancing Rock in Garden of the Gods. There he corrupted Jimmy C's playlist so he could control the DJ through digital subliminal messaging. He then dropped Jimmy off at his next gig (surprisingly early) before he regained consciousness.

In the hospital, General Norman Lee and Senator Sarah Barton are visiting Eric Barrow (aka Rockies Draconis). The General is worried that Eric may need to give up his superhero identity after 65 years of service. Eric agrees to an MRI which reveals a brain abnormality. The doctors recommend removal of the alien suit.

The Jeremy Edwards III (aka The Jester) finally tracks down Jimmy at the gig, but realizes that something is up; Jimmy is always late! He probes Jimmy's mind a discovers the location of the Correlator in Garden of the Gods. The Jester reaches out telepathically and attacks! One of the Correlator's autonomous apps detects the psychic attacks and the Correlator uses Jimmy's music to counter attack. False images flash into The Jester's mind that cause him to believe that the Correlator is working for General Normal Lee.

Desperate for help controlling his suit, Eric returns to Jeremy's office looking for a phone number to contact his "doctor". Instead he finds a faltering illusion and a file filled with classified information on the supers program.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wright has taken his battered and (he believes) unconscious wife to the Correlator's hideout. He's distraught over his accidental attack on her during his mental battle with The Jester, but is terrified that she will turn him in to the police and divorce him. While the Correlator and Mr. Wright argue over what to do, Mrs. Wright manages to dial 911 on her cell phone.

Jeremy also returns to his office looking for more info on the General. Eric confronts him and Jeremy reveals that the file is his own - he's AWOL from the program! Just then, General Norman Lee steps out of the shadows like he's been there the whole time. Eric thought he was the only super, but the General reveals that lots of technology has been derived from the Roswell wreckage and he is just the first of many. When Eric refuses to be benched, the General also reveals that thanks to the Correlator's hacking, program scientists have discovered how to interact with the alien suit's computers - and he shuts off the suit! The General tries to talk them both to coming in, but The Jester manages to put the General into a catatonic state of self delusion. They leave him there go to confront the Correlator.

When they arrive at Balancing Rock, there is no visible entrance and the police have tracked the cell phone signal here as well. One of the cops is Leah Fulton, Jeremy's crush. Eric tries to talk his way past the police, but one of them remembers him as Senator Reginald Barton - long dead Senator Barton!

In the cave below, the Correlator has been alerted by his AI servants and Mr. Wright attempts to subdue his wife. She manages to start their car and throw it into reverse. The car bursts up through the pavement and knocks Leah's partner aside as it goes careening out of sight. Mr. Wright knocks out his wife and manages a clean get away as the revelation of the underground lair distracts everyone at the scene.

The Jester trades fisticuffs with the Correlator and then charges into the cave to smash his computers before they can upload to the Delphi microsat. This impresses Leah who though Jeremy was all talk.

Outside, the Correlator confronts Rockies Draconis who has briefly regained control of his suit. Unfortunately, the Correlator is live UStreaming from his Google Glass at this point and the world is left wondering why someone who looks like the late Senator Barton has magic dragon armor. When Eric's powers fail him again, the Correlator manages to escape into the woods using active camouflage.

In game terms we have a card on Act 4 and Rockies Draconis has one devastated aspect - his powers.

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Check out this Colorado Flood Relief RPG Bundle! There's a ton of material in the bundle for a wide range of systems:

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/119932/Colorado_Flood_-Relief-

And all the proceeds go to the Red Cross for Colorado flood relief:

http://faintinggoatgames.blogspot.com/2013/10/colorado-flood-relief-bundle.html

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I grew up in south Florida and am now permanently transplanted to Colorado. Married with three kids. Gamer, engineer, scifi fan.
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