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Shane Ivey
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This is great news! My friends and I helped playtest these adventures. +John Marron ran the games and I had the most fun being a player out of my looong gaming career.* Get this terrific book.

(* You can follow some of the adventures of Kester Proudfoot and friends in detailed RPG.net threads.)
 
We’ve got some fantastic news for you all this afternoon – we’re opening pre-orders for the hardback, revised edition of Tales from Wilderland. Tales from Wilderland is a critically acclaimed anthology of seven adventures, written by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan. This new edition is fully updated to the revised edition of The One Ring Roleplaying Game.

The print version is available to pre-order from our webstore, and the PDF version is available to buy from RPGNow. Pre-orders both on our webstore and at participating Bits & Mortar retailers come with a complementary PDF copy too.

If you’ve already got the PDF version, you can download the revised edition for free by logging into RPGNow/DriveThruRPG and going to My Library.

Our original anthology of adventures for The One Ring Roleplaying Game, Tales from Wilderland, has sold out! We thought we’d take the opportunity of a reprint to make a few changes to it: we’ve updated all the page references to the latest edition of The One Ring; we’ve changed and tweaked some of the rules – most notably hazard episodes and preliminary rolls – to match how they now work in the game.

The biggest change is that, by popular demand, we’re reprinting Tales from Wilderland as a hardcover, complete with maps of Wilderland in the endpapers.

Now, if you’ve already bought the PDF version and just want the updates, you don’t need to buy it again to get them – just log in to RPGNow/DriveThruRPG and go to My Library. Click on Tales from Wilderland and you’ll be able to download the updated PDF, absolutely free.

If you want to get your hands on the new hardcover version, you can pre-order it from our webstore, or in your local gamestore.

Find out more: http://www.cubicle7.co.uk/tales-from-wilderland-hardcover-edition-preorder-now/
Tales from Wilderland Hardcover Edition – Preorder Now! TalesHCFeaturedImage. We've got some fantastic news for you all this afternoon – we're opening pre-orders for the hardback, revised edition of Tales from Wilderland. Tales from Wilderland is a critically acclaimed anthology of seven ...
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It's good. It teaches one by example how to construct scenarios for The One Ring. I bought the softcover a couple of weeks ago. :)
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The Internet allows for live tabletop games with people from anywhere in the world. That sparked an idea: a lottery campaign of GODLIKE, the high-casualties World War 2 superhero game (think "Band of Brothers" with superpowers).

We start with say five players, one character each—and a roster of players who want to join when there's an opening. If a character dies or is maimed or has a mental breakdown, that player is out of the game and one of the replacement players steps in with a new character assigned to the same unit. If a player can't make it to a session, a replacement player steps in for that session. If the GM has to withdraw for scheduling reasons or whatever, a replacement GM takes over. We keep playing until the end of the war. We maintain a web page with character bios and statuses. We record every session for YouTube.

Thoughts?
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Yeah, never heard of the spy movie.
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About to record the new episode of our Cthulhu Mythos gaming podcast UNSPEAKABLE! with +Ross Payton, Adam Scott Glancy, and +Oscar Rios of Golden Goblin Press. Should be fun! Tune in when it goes online and hear Scott yawn. It's 9 am on a Saturday for him.
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Starting to sound like an intro to Top Gear, nice styling!
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Casing the Red Sashes tonight. 
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Every one of our crew showed his or her face to the Red Sashes during the caper except Miles.
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Play Wild Talents or Godlike in Portland: http://www.arcdream.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=396
I'm looking for Godlike or Wild Talents players in the Portland area. I'm a 33 year-old-guy with good personal hygiene and social skills. :D If you've got a group going or want to form one, let me know! EDIT: Other games of interest include Dogs in the Vineyard, Polaris, Lacuna, Reign, ...
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My review of Guide to the Pacific Front for Achtung! Cthulhu

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Want to use REIGN's company rules in D&D? Here are 5 examples of different scales at which the Company rules work, from city politicking, to sandbox adventuring, and straight on through to the multi-planar Blood War!
Reign. Layering Rules from Other Roleplaying Games is a little past-time of mine with regards to Dungeons & Dragons, because it's often easier to get people to play the big-boy on the block and take all those other books I've been buying over the years and pull out the best parts.
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Attention Role Playing GMs -  (please reshare liberally. :-) ) 
Envoy is recruiting people to run the following games at conventions, in local game stores and for area meetup groups:

We are willing to arrange for teaching sessions, online at least. 

Genesis of Legend Publishing: 
Spark

Arc Dream Publishing:
GODLIKE: Superhero Roleplaying, The Kerberos Club (FATE Edition), Monsters and Other Childish Things, Wild Talents

Brooklyn Indie Games:
OmegaZone Instant Setting

Eschaton Media Inc.:
Dystopia Rising: Tabletop series, CHRONOS: Universal LARP System, Project Paradigm: The World Shift Experiment

Adept Press:
Sorceror, Trollbabe, Circle of Hands, Spione, Elfs

Hero Games:
Champions Complete

Pantheon Press:
Fortune's Fool

Pelgrane Press Ltd:
Night's Black Agents, Trail of Chulhu, Ashen Stars, Hillfolk, The Esoterrorists

If you have questions, I'm available to answer them. 
If you'd like to sign up, visit this site and complete the form to let us know you're interest:
http://dexposure.com/envoy/envoyheralds.html
Double Exposure's newest endeavor, the Envoy Program, is a system of structured play for any company we represent, allowing us to tie the resources of the gaming industry together - companies, conventions, stores and meetup groups.
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For a long while now +Paul Mitchener (Blood of the Gods; Age of Arthur) has been working on a campaign setting book for REIGN. It's for a new setting, THE NINTH LEGION, with the descendants of a lost Roman legion living and struggling in cities they've built in a magical Celtic otherworld. 

It's far enough along that we want to start playtesting. I expect we'll playtest it for a couple of months starting April 1st.

If you're interested (AND if you have a group of interested players -- please ask them first!), please email shane@arcdream.com. Please include "Ninth Legion playtesting" in the subject header for my reference. As usual we don't have any particularly onerous NDA requirements, only a "please don't talk about the details in public while they're still in development" honor system, which nobody has abused yet.

Thanks!
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For a long while now +Paul Mitchener (Blood of the Gods; Age of Arthur) has been working on a campaign setting book for REIGN. It's for a new setting, THE NINTH LEGION, with the descendants of a lost Roman legion living and struggling in cities they've built in a magical Celtic otherworld. 

It's far enough along that we want to start playtesting. I expect we'll playtest it for a couple of months starting April 1st.

If you're interested (AND if you have a group of interested players -- please ask them first!), please email shane@arcdream.com. Please include "Ninth Legion playtesting" in the subject header for my reference. As usual we don't have any particularly onerous NDA requirements, only a "please don't talk about the details in public while they're still in development" honor system, which nobody has abused yet.

Thanks!
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Wish I knew Reign better to participate (I have the digest Enchiridion, but never played or ran it).  Whenever this Kickstarts, I will probably back it however, being nuts about anything Roman.
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So excited! I finally got to run PRIVATEERS & GENTLEMEN, the crunchy old Age of Sail RPG.

Congratulations are due to Lt. Sir Alexander Langstrom, master and commander of the sloop-of-war HMS Dolphin, 18 guns, in the capture of the French privateer le Moineau, 10 guns. Lt. Langstrom recovered the collier Two Brothers, which le Moineau had captured, but Two Brothers was subsequently lost to fire due to an accident in the coal stores.

The capture of le Moineau occurred as follows. The Dolphin was hove-to overnight in heavy fog when Lt. Langstrom distinctly heard a pair of pistol shots on the wind from not far away. There being no vessels nor land known nearby, Lt. Langstrom sent his first lieutenant, Lt. Aloysius Appleyard, with six Marines and 34 men in the ship’s cutter to investigate. After a brief search Lt. Appleyard discovered an unknown lugger hove-to in the fog. Closing to investigate further, Lt. Appleyard found it to be le Moineau, a privateer commanded by Capt. Claude Chapelle. 

The crew of le Moineau were distracted by celebrations on the larbord deck, where they bid farewell to another vessel, and so Lt. Appleyard purposed to board and capture her. He led Marines and men into the bow of le Moineau by stealth, and more than half were aboard before Capt. Chapelle chanced to turn and see them there. 

Capt. Chapelle cried out the alarm and Lt. Appleyard shot him with a pistol. As Capt. Chapelle fell, Lt. Appleyard ordered a man in the cutter to send a signal-flare to warn the Dolphin of action. 

The crew of le Moineau, already armed from having captured a British vessel that day, turned and attacked the boarders. But the French could not bring their greater numbers to bear in the narrow bows of the ship, and the firmer training and discipline of the Royal Navy soon told. After a short, sharp melee le Moineau struck its colors. 

Of the cutter of HMS Dolphin, 4 Marines and 4 seamen killed and 8 seamen wounded.

Of le Moineau, 12 seamen and Capt. Chapelle killed; 7 seamen and Lt. Alphonse Girard wounded; and 80 seamen and officers captured.

(GAME NOTES: Appleyard was the only player character in the cutter, so for the boarding action I had the other two players take temporary characters, a sailor and a Marine. Using the boarding rules from Heart of Oak, they secured “lodgement” in the first turn of battle and expanded it in the next three turns, capturing the foredeck, the middle, then the aft. They had only three “crew factors” of sailors and one of Marines; but those counted as nine of sailors and six of Marines for a boarding action because of their good training. The French had 100 men aboard for 10 crew factors, but could only bring 4 crew factors to battle in the narrow bows of the ship. And those counted as only 4 “boarding factors” because they were poorly trained and ill-disciplined.

(In the battle the British lost 2 crew factors—half their men!—and so did the French; but the superior discipline and zeal of the British sailors carried the night. On the fourth turn they captured the last part of the deck and the French ship surrendered. I guesstimated the numbers of dead and wounded from the lost crew factors, weighting in the victor’s favor. 

(In each turn of the battle, each character fought a round of combat with a random enemy. The temporary Marine, Pvt. Burgen, wounded one foe and was uninjured. The temporary sailor, Able Seaman Barry, took a savage wound to his right arm from a boarding-pike. He survived but the arm had to be amputated. Lt. Appleyard killed the French captain with a pistol shot (Appleyard carried a pair of unusual double-barrel pistols), wounded the French first lieutenant with another, and crippled a sailor with a sword-thrust through the leg.)

At dawn, Lt. Langstrom sent Lt. Appleyard with a prize crew to deliver le Moineau to Portsmoth. About noon, the Dolphin overtook the collier Two Brothers, which a prize crew from le Moineau was attempting to bring to France. The unarmed collier immediately struck its colors. 

Lt. Langstrom’s second lieutenant, Lt. Donald Strickland, led a crew to take possession. Aboard Two Brothers they discovered the captured British crew of 20 almost all dead below decks. The only survivor was the bosun, who had two pistol wounds and would soon perish of them. The dead all lay in their hammocks, apparently succumbed to poisoning, perhaps from fumes from coal improperly stored. 

The Dolphin’s surgeon came aboard and recommended quarantine. Lt. Strickland disarmed the French prize crew and took the parole of their officer, Lt. Dumas, then had hatches opened to ventilate the hold and hoisted the cutter aboard for the journey to Portsmouth. 

As the day wore on the sailors saw a glowing spark of fire in the hold. Lt. Strickland ordered water pumped in, which caused a great gout of smoke and steam but which preserved the vessel until it reached the harbor. At Portsmouth the British and French disembarked on the cutter for a quarantine ship. Within hours the Two Brothers erupted in a coal fire and was destroyed.

The Admiralty took possession of le Moineau and began proceedings to condemn it as a prize, and Lt. Strickland and Lt. Appleyard returned to HMS Dolphin for further service under Lt. Langstrom.
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That was actually the first RPG I ever played. : )
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Writer, editor, webmaster, tabletop game designer
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  • Arc Dream Publishing
    Publisher, writer, editor, webmaster, tabletop game designer, 2002 - present
  • The Birmingham News
    Copy editor; 2003 - 2005 and also..., 2010 - 2014
  • Avalanche Press
    Webmaster, editor, page designer, 2004 - 2009
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Magazine editor, 2001 - 2003
  • RevolutionSF.com
    Webmaster, editor, publisher, 2001 - 2008
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Editor, page designer, publisher, tabletop gamer, family man.
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I run Arc Dream Publishing, a boutique publisher of tabletop roleplaying games and the magazine The Unspeakable Oath. At night I'm a copy editor with The Birmingham News.
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Awesome wife. 3 awesome kids. Four of my company's books just got nominated for industry awards.
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  • Brooklyn Law School
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