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Peter Kisner
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Moebius tips to artists.

These do tend to focus on visual art, but some of them seem good advice toward getting focused and in the mindset for other creative work as well.
Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, was a comic book artist who combined blinding speed with boundless imagination. He shaped the look of Alien, Empire Strikes Back and The Fifth Element. He reimagined the Silver Surfer for Stan Lee.
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So, bit the bullet and backed Metamorphosis Alpha: Epsilon City.
My second go with a Kickstarter, so we'll see how this turns out.

Here's hoping the author's health improves enough to enjoy the fruits of his labors.
Goodman Games is raising funds for Metamorphosis Alpha: Epsilon City on Kickstarter! A 40th anniversary expansion for the world's first sci-fi RPG!
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Don't think I shared this before.

Awhile back I started compiling a list of military paranormal movies with a more or less creepy or horror bent.  Added one book to the list as well.

If you think of any others please share in the comments and I'd be happy to add them.
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Paranormal Military MoviesNote: This list tends toward media where the paranormal is dealt with on a small scale, but is overwhelming, little understood, and a threat. So films like Star Gate and Independance Day, more focused on humanity coming to understand and overcome the paranormal on a more or less permanent basis ar
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Wyrms & Warrens is the Swords & Wizrdry derived homebrew I've been working on awhile now.  Finally got the PHB pretty much done maybe.

Normally I wouldn't cross post this to O5R, but spellcasting is inspired by the 5E Warlock, so thought it might generate some interest.

I'd very much appreciate any feedback on rules content, formatting, and legal stuff anyone here as to offer.
Wyrms & Warrens is the primary fantasy heartbreaker I've been working on for awhile now, based largely on the Swords & Wizardry SRD with significant modifications. I've broken it into a Player's Handbook (PHB) and a Warren Keeper's Guide (WKG). Altough the WKG is still in its infancy, ...
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Update note:  I've added a v0.2 today.  This gives the Fighter class a few more options.
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Internet archive of scifi story readings.
This series out of WHA Radio in Madison, Wisconsin ran from the mid 70's until the mid 90's.  According to Michael Hanson the series host, there were 169...
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Beautifully crafted little tome makes a great systemless setting. Hard to believe I've never seen it before.

Thanks to +Claytonian JP for pointing it out.
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So ran a first session of Wyrms & Warrens last night.  Character creation took longer than I'd anticipated.  Still managed to run the party through about half of +Tim Shorts Mini Manor: Faces Without Screams, and they apparently had a hoot.

But as Wyrms & Warrens is heavily derived from Swords & Wizardry, I pose the question to you, dear Referees:

Do you actually use the rules for declaring casting before rolling initiative?  How's that work for you?

I ask because I left that in the rules and had the darndest time remembering to enforce it.
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I just have them call it out when it's their turn in the order.  Glad your party is having a good time with the adventure.
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Mutants, humans, and androids pretending to be human!

Epsilon City is going to be a new hardcover for Metamorphosis Alpha. Jim Ward has detailed the legendary city on level 14 of the Starship Warden for your use, complete with pirate-themed Wolfoids and a lot of extra stuff if we get the stretch goals going. If that's not enough, this Kickstarter also has a $25 pledge level for a deluxe softcover version of (most of) the oversized MA hardcover - a table-ready copy.

This is going to be chock full of science fantasy goodness, designed by Jim Ward, with +Michael Curtis, +Jim Wampler, Jon Hook and +Jobe Bittman all listed as contributors. MA is really one of the greats as far as old school gaming. Also, I really think it's important for us as a community to help support Jim Ward, who is one of the nicest guys in the business and has been going through some significant health problems.

But guys! Get in this, it's going to be chock full of awesome!
A 40th anniversary expansion for the world's first sci-fi RPG!
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Recent musings on how the CYPHER system could be simplified by switching d20 to d6.

+Blue Tyson , +Michael Wolf  or other folks recently acquainted with the system have any thoughts on the subject?
Reading through the first couple chapters of the Monte Cook's Cypher System, and it is pretty neat. The only thing that seems a bit odd to me is the requirement to multiply a Difficulty rating (1-10) to a Target Number rating (Difficulty x3) which is actually rolled against.
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Whoops!  Forgot that detail.

To get close to the 5% chance you'd have on a 1d20 roll:

Roll 1d6.  If you roll a 1 then reroll.  If the reroll is 1 or 2 then bad things happen

(1/6 * 2/6 = 5.556%)
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Love this image.

Via +Paul V.
dark-drifter: “One reason why I love Japan in one picture. An actual JASDF pilot and her Helicopter. ”
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"we had to kawaii the village in order to save it"
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Pursuant to avoiding inconvenience to those with a particular interest in mind, I almost never do Public postings.  Instead most posts will be go to one of the following circles:

* RPG Discussion - Posts of anything even marginally role-playing game related.

* General Interest - Personal updates, pop culture, cultural or scientific curiosities, stuff about my kids or family (not related to RPGs), etc.

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If you don't then I'll assume you want the RPG circle if you've ever posted anything gaming related in your own profile.  Otherwise I'll assume you want General Interest if I know you.

If I can't remember you (I'm sometimes bad at this) and you haven't posted anything RPG related before, then I won't circle you back.

Note:  I typically attempt to practice Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition.  I also tend to feel that maybe people in general have a responsibility to look out for each other's well being in some ways that good governance might help facilitate.  So it's not inconceivable that religious or political topics might show up in General Interest.  But for the most part I'm pretty loath to bring up such things, as I'm trying to curb my own epic attempts to fix something wrong on the internet.
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