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Don't miss out on what the amazing +Meguey Baker is creating!
 
I am making a thing! A whole cycle of things! And you can be part of it if you so wish.
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This is the second in a great set of games inspired by songs you might find on a mix tape. They were designed to help support folks in need. With games by +Jackson Tegu, +Alexander Cherry, +Mo Jave, +Stras Acimovic, +J. Walton and many more. 
 
Indie Mixtape: Volume 2 is now available on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow just in time to help us raise money for some folks over the holidays, in addition to offering 11 short games by veteran and up-and-coming indie designers on the seasonal themes of darkness, complex relationships with relatives, and being amazing. Check it out!
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On the third day of #Epimas....

In the Ghost of Epimas Present bundle is the game Serial Homicide Unit (http://ipressgames.com/serial.html) by +Kathryn Miller and  +Michael Miller. Serial Homicide Unit is one of those games that captures a genre you don't see often in rpgs: the police investigative procedural. In it, you hunt down a serial killer, but the story flashes back and forth between seeing the lives of the targets of the serial killer and the police investigating.

The mechanics create a countdown to see if you will catch the criminal before they kill again. Add to that a format that should set the standard for the industry. Kat and Michael have created a beautifully engineered game here. +Russell Collins narrates the rules of the game, allowing you to sit down and learn how to play right off the bat.

Kat and Michael are two of the little-sung heroes of the indie game community--two hard working, sharp and insightful designers who helped create some of the most vibrant gaming communities we have. They worked with +Vincent Salzillo to start the Indie Games Explosion at Dreamation, which has grown and with the help of Vinnie and +Avonelle Wing fed into new events like Metatopia. And IGE lead to Games on Demand at GenCon and now Origins, which are smashing successes. Serial Homicide Unit is a pearl of a game, from a great duo who have helped create the pearl of great price we all benefit from: a prospering small-press community of design and play. 

Looking at the Ghost of Epimas Present bundle, it has two more games about compelling, dramatic situations which you just don't see often in rpgs. All three take the very human shortcomings of want and ignorance and turn them into truly novel games. 

Together with Serial Homicide Unit are:
High Strung by +clash bowley (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/141182/High-Strung) a game about trying to make it big in a rock band. clash talked on G+ about how the game is about the struggle for greatness--and how hard you have to work for it. (https://plus.google.com/102379872249007844449/posts/VuLw2JdoX3M)

Burning Opera by Giacomo Vicenzi (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/118016/Burning-Opera), is just what it says on the tin. You play an opera company performing their last show as the opera house literally burns down around them. Take that sturm und drang

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http://www.worldswithoutmaster.com/epimas-bundles/ghost-of-epimas-present
A bundle of games set in the here and now. Well, at least the contemporary now, if not the immediate here and now. Includes: * Serial Homicide Unit a game about murder and investigation by Kat and Michael S. Miller. The whole game is on an audio file that teaches you how to play while you play. * High Strung a game about rock-n-roll bands from the mid-70s to mid-90s by clash bowley. * And Burning Opera a ga...
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I never thought my game was kicking Sturm und Drang in the balls until you said it +Emily Care Boss​​... But you're damn right! 
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*On the first day of #Epimas *...

It's that time again, for gaming bundles to spread joy and delight on Epimas morn. This year, in the Winter's Bitter Struggles bundle (http://www.worldswithoutmaster.com/epimas-bundles/winters-bitter-struggles), +Seth Ben-Ezra is offering his new game Showdown, a game for two players, where you play out the final, desperate struggle between two epic characters dueling to the finish. Seth is an always cutting-edge independent rpg designer who influenced may with his Legends of Alyria (http://www.darkomengames.com/alyria.html), and wrote one of my favorite freeform larps: A Flower for Mara (http://www.darkomengames.com/mara.html).  Seth writes about the game, and his process of designing it at his blog, linked below.

Showdown calls to mind the roof-top chase of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or the struggle between Leon (Jean Reno) and DEA Agent Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman) in Luc Besson's The Professional. And in the game, you play out flashbacks--other moments in time between the dueling characters, showing how they have come to this place and time. To struggle, to conquer or to die.

Together with Showdown are:
Fate's Fickle Wind by +Nathan Paoletta,(http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=623893), a gorgeous game about taking hold of destiny and prophecy--also a two player game!
Watch the World Die by As If Productions (http://asifproductions.com/watch-the-world-die), a game where you collaborate to create a share apocalypse, and destroy the world together.
Worlds Without Master Issues 1 & 4 with Enter the Avenger by Rafu (http://www.worldswithoutmaster.com/bazaar/worlds-without-master-issue-1), a game of bloody vengeance in a sword & sorcery world, along with all the stories and comics that make up Worlds.

Hope you and a friend enjoy these bloody and destructive tales of wonder and woe! 

http://www.worldswithoutmaster.com/epimas-bundles/winters-bitter-struggles

(Thanks to +Epidiah Ravachol for carrying the Epiclaus torch once more!)
 
It's Epimas!

My new game Showdown is for sale during Epimas, so if you’re interested, you can check that out. But what is Epimas? It’s a celebration of giving! You purchase one or more bundles of RPG PDFs ($10/bundle, with a discounted rate for buying multiple…
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Magic, necromancy and danger in the darkness, in the latest Worlds without Master!   http://worldswithoutmaster.com/
 
Issue Six of Worlds Without Master has just been released! More sword & sorcery treasures to behold! More "Oh the Beating Drum!" comics by +bryant johnson! Gorgeous cover art by +Jeff Brown and wonderful interior art by +Eric Quigley, +Ed Heil and Delfino Falciani! And a game for two people that gives adults an excuse to play with matches by +Renato Ramonda and +Flavio Mortarino! A tale of necromancy and redemption by Evan Dicken! And epistolary tale from myself, which you can read for free here: https://medium.com/words-without-master/the-pebble-ballad-1ab34970b4a4  
That's a lot of exclamation points!

#WorldsWithoutMaster   #AScoundrelInTheDeep  
A-22 page PDF including: * "From Salted Earth," a tale of necromancy and redemption by Evan Dicken. * "The Pebble Ballad," an epistolary tale of century-spanning sorcery by Epidiah Ravachol. * Illustrations by Delfino Falciani, Ed Heil, and Eric Quigley. * Yet another episode of "Oh, the Beating Drum!" a comic by Bryant Paul Johnson. * A Scoundrel in the Deep, a game of darkness and fire by Renato ...
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...guess who has a new desktop background!

Pity the 1080p, 16:9 format means I had to cut the rider :-/

I might go back and figure something out.
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Storium, documentation of a larp called The Nighttime Tales of Xiros, and an analysis of card games in the latest issue of Analog Game Studies.
 
The new Analog Game Studies issue (Volume I Issue IV) is out:

http://analoggamestudies.org/

Analysis
The Playing Card Platform – +Nathan Altice
(A must-read for design theorists too!)

Documentation
A Nighttime Tale of Xiros – R. Adam Lazaroff
(Larp documentation – intense!)

Experimentation and Design
Storium‘s Analog Heritage – +Lillian Cohen-Moore
(An examination of the workings of Storium and their tabletop RPG roots)
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The article on playing-cards is very handy for me right now, as I've been using them in games a lot lately.  +N. Phillip Cole might like it for the same reason. :-P
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JiffyCon East (MA) in Boston, November 15, 2014

This Saturday, we'll be getting together for another JiffyCon! If you can make it to Boston on Saturday and want to play some great indie and small press tabletop rpgs, or all and sundry board games, please join us! RSVP at the Google Event linked to below, and check out the details at jiffycon.com

It will be at a beautiful, new location, for those who have attended in the past. It will take place at 63 Melcher St in Boston proper. Very close to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, halfway between there and South Station. Easily accessible by train. 

Schedule
Doors open at 8am.
Sign up for Games: 8:30-9am.
Morning Session: 9am to 12:30pm.
Lunch Break: 12:30pm to 2pm.
Afternoon Session: 2pm to 6pm.
Done by 6:30pm.

And if you'd like to run a game, there may still be room. Sign up here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18HSI7QDm043l9P8qdHOLPYFL1l7qDPJ2z7v9RzZbNn8/viewform

Hope to see you around the gaming table!

For more info contact the organizers: +Tresi Arvizo +Christopher Corbett +Chuck Henebry 


https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cu6ojr7ttpvv1hfmtc37cvl8gms
http://jiffycon.blogspot.com/2014/11/jiffycon-east-is-saturday-november-15.html
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My schedule is a little up in the air, but I'm shooting for the afternoon half.
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On the twelfth day of #Epimas ...

Happy Epimas Eve, everyone! Tomorrow is the day itself. Epiclaus, the Epimas Elves, the Chief Epimas Elk and the Solstice Faery will be busy sending game bundles to all and sundry. (Well, maybe most of that work will actually fall to Epiclaus this year...)

But there is one last bundle I've not yet talked about. It is the Ghost of Epimas Past bundle, with Fortune's Fool, Corruption and my game Misericord(e). Each takes you on adventures set in the past. Two use Tarot cards--both in completely different ways. 

In the Ghost of Epimas Past bundle:
Corruption by  +Josh Mannon is set in the near past. It deals with Las Vegas mobsters in the '60s. This is a fascinating era to play in--after the revolution in Cuba eliminated Havana as the primo gambling spot for US citizens with money to burn. And the empires built by various gangs, creating a very different place in the desert than had been. But also a time of losses and conflict with Howard Hughes, and eventually the law. (A good summary is here:http://the-mafia.weebly.com/mafia-in-las-vegas.html)  In Josh's game, you play a dangerous balancing game: between succeeding and failing at the whim of the Boss (your GM), and taking risks that if you fail increase temporary Corruption. But this Corruption can become permanent, and as it does, your loved ones learn more about the terrible things you do, leading you deeper and deeper down a dark and dangerous road to destruction.

Fortune's Fool by +Rob Trimarco, +Jay Stratton and +Jason Keeley of Pantheon Press (http://www.pantheonpress.com/fortunes_fool/what_is_fortunes_fool) takes the standard fantasy setting--medieval Europe--and steps it forward a bit into the future; instead you have magic, elves, dwarves and all, set in a might-have-been Renaissance Europe. The designers draw on fairy tale and story for adventures:   on I played at a con was a re-working of the story of Pinnoccio--with the puppet appearing as a maddened wooden golem! Fortune's Fool uses Tarot cards instead of dice to determine the outcomes of conflicts--with differences in effect based on who your character is, as well as unique effects coming from each card drawn. Some of the card meanings are listed in a review in The Examiner by +Michael Tresca, such as:

"Ten of Swords: The medusalike visage of this card brings a curse that only the fates card or a deity can remove. The -1 penalty on all saving throws is otherwise permanent.

"V. The Hierophant: The magic weapon granted must be one usable by the character. It suddenly appears out of nowhere in the character’s hand."
http://www.examiner.com/review/role-playing-game-review-of-fortune-s-fool

Misericord(e) (http://www.blackgreengames.com/shop/misericorde-pdf) is a game that I wrote, as part of +Mendel Schmiedekamp's Shortest Month, Longest Game contest in 2013. The game is set in a fictional town (variously spelled Misericord or Misericorde--a decorative seat in a church or a dagger used to deliver the killing blow) at the crossroads of Europe and Asia in a fantasy version of our world--where magic is real, gods show their faces and magical creatures walk the Earth. It's a storytelling/role playing game inspired by +Meguey Baker 's 1,001 Nights. Players take turns casting each other in a tale told by one of the 13 Guilds of the town during the midwinter Solstice feast. The Guild whose member tells the best tale gets glory for the rest of the year. The Tarot cards are used to generate a story seed for you to play out, get pulled for turning points and generally tell you whether the story is heading for a happy or tragic outcome. 

For both Fortune's Fool and Misericord(e), there are many Tarot apps that can be used easily on mobile devices. But if you want a deck, Samuel Weisers/Red Wheel has an extensive selection:

http://redwheelweiser.com/category.php?id=31

+Epidiah Ravachol 
http://www.worldswithoutmaster.com/epimas-bundles/8y1eppjo3zndwpko1qqdxzere76scp
A bundle of games about the years and decades that have come before. Includes: * Misericord(e) a game where members of the 13 Guilds vie for the boldest adventures to tell on the Midwinter Solstice nights' feast by Emily Care Boss. Uses tarot cards! * Corruption a game about the Las Vegas mob in the 1960s by Josh Mannon. * And the Fortune's Fool Mega Bundle from Pantheon Press, including the core rul...
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On the fourth day of #Epimas...

In the Naughty bundle for Epimas this year, you can get +Anna Kreider's new game Sexy Time Adventures.  Anna is a super-sharp designer and feminist game critic, whose insightful critique of games and gender issues can be found on Gaming as Women (http://gamingaswomen.com/) and her blog Go Make Me a Sandwich (https://gomakemeasandwich.wordpress.com/).

Anna's game design chops are deep. With Thout Art But a Warrior (http://theunstore.com/index.php/unstore/game/95), she adapted +Ben Lehman's Polaris (also found in Epimas this year in the Cold Polar Nights bundle http://www.worldswithoutmaster.com/epimas-bundles/cold-polar-nights), to the Reconquista period--skillfully taking the end-of-an-era ethos and pathos of Polaris' melting polar starlit fae Otherworld, and transposing it to the crumbling of the heights of Iberian Islamic cilivization. 

In Sexy Time Adventures, Anna takes us to Sexonia, much like your run of the mill dungeon adventuring land--with a twist. In these adventures you go on quests and have epic adventures, as one might while playing, say Dungeon World (Sexy Time Adventures is a complement to and hack of DW)--but all the while being sexy, saucy and perhaps--as the bundle promises--a bit naughty. 

Together with Sexy Time Adventures is:
kill puppies for Satan and the cockroach souffle supplement by +Vincent Baker (his first broadly published game, actually). A game so naughty, I really just have to assure you that the name is absolutely no exaggeration. An extreme and extremely funny game, with it's tongue as firmly in it's cheek as is Sexy Time Adventures.

Chez Marcel by +Loris Gianadda (http://www.legrog.org/jeux-amateurs/chez-marcel) for the French speakers in your life, a game about getting toasted and toasting the past deeds and misdeeds of a circle of friends--which you make up as this brief, 1 hour rpg plays out. 

Randomocity issues 1 & 2 (Horror https://gumroad.com/l/UDlH and Lust https://gumroad.com/l/lustd) edited by Stacy Dellorfano, to round out the vices in your celebration of Epimas-tide. 

+Epidiah Ravachol 
http://www.worldswithoutmaster.com/epimas-bundles/naughty-list 
A bundle of games for those who have no desire to be on the Nice List. Includes: * kill puppies for satan and its supplement cockroach souffle by D. Vincent Baker. * Sexy Time Adventures, a Dungeon World supplement in which men are men and women are sexy by Anna Kreider. * Chez Marcel a French game about drinking and recounting tales of past adventures, entirely in French, by Loris Gianadda. (It's in French...
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On the Second Day of #Epimas ...

One of the games in the Winter Wonder Lands bundle is a game freshly minted this year by Hannah Shaffer called Questlandia (http://questlandia.com/). This is Hannah's first published game, and she worked through the tricky & often discouraging process like a champ. Creating a game that take fantasy worlds and makes them places where players can grapple with our ideas about what our society is and could be. Here in western MA, Hannah founded a community center that has become a collaborative game development site. She brings her commitment to making the world a stronger, better, more peaceful place into her approach to design.

From the text of Questlandia:
"Questlandia is a cooperative game about personal shortcomings, the cost of courage, and the challenge of enacting meaningful change."

Hannah worked on the game with +Evan Rowland, whose illustrations draw you immediately into this world in the midst of change. I hope Epiclaus helps many more people enjoy Questlandia in the coming year.

Together with Questlandia are:
The Veil by +Josh Mannon, a game about saving humanity from enslavement in a virtual world, an Apocalypse World hack inspired by The Matrix Trilogy and +John Harper's Ghost Lines
Spark by +Jason Pitre (http://www.genesisoflegend.com/products/spark/), a world building game that centers on the passions, beliefs and motivations that are at the heart of the stories we all love.
My Fantasy by Giovanni Micolucci, a heroicm dungeon fantasy game focusing on the drama and adventure of these tales. (http://quanteidee.blogspot.com/2014/12/my-fantasy-rpg-epimas-bundle.html)

+Epidiah Ravachol 

http://www.worldswithoutmaster.com/epimas-bundles/winter-wonder-land
A bundle of games that take you to new worlds. Includes: * Questlandia a game of ill-fated kingdoms by Hannah Shaffer. * The Veil by Josh Mannon. * My Fantasy a game of epic heroic adventurers by Giovanni Micolucci, which is making its English debut at Epimas! * And Spark RPG a game about creating worlds and exploring ideas by Jason Pitre.
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Oils on primed illustration board.
Approx 18" x 24"

Interior Illustration for theDungeon Master’s Guide, 5e..

Original artwork for sale.

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Intercon Signups Tonight

Tonight at 7pm is the witching hour for Intercon O! This is a larp convention held in Chelsmford, MA, USA (Feb 26-Mar 1, 2015)

If you have registered, you can take part in the first round of sign ups. Many games fill up fast, so this is an important deadline to know to get into the larp of your choice. 

For example, this year they are offering Across the Sea of Stars (http://home.comcast.net/~diewald/across_the_sea_of_stars/home.html). This is an influential and highly regarded larp from the New England Interactive Literature community. Signing up tonight is your best chance to play.

If you are GMing, you can register for that game at any time, they hold a slot for you. And if you are running, you or the lead GM may be able to register you for free. 

Here is the schedule for rounds of signup:

Thurs. Nov. 13, 7:00pm EST 
- 1st LARP signup period begins.

Wed. Nov. 19, 7:00pm EST
- 2nd LARP signup period begins

Tues. Nov. 25, 7:00pm EST
- 3rd LARP signup period begins

Mon. Dec. 1, 7:00pm EST
- LARP signups fully open. You can sign up for as many LARPs as you can fit in your schedule

http://www.interactiveliterature.org/O/Schedule.php
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I'm in Seas/Atlantis. It's one of theirs I haven't played. I heard ..Deceive the Deceiver.. in the same slot (with a few slots left) is interesting. Being a musical LARP, some of those roles have librettos and mp3s.
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