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Nora Blake
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First Thoughts: The Republic
Recently I was given word of a new tabletop game called The Republic, an RPG about "social justice, elemental bending, and piles of dice." I'll compile my feelings about what I saw below, but right up top I just want to say that this game looks really fun a...

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Introducing: Mahran
One of the only good things to come out of Dark Disciple was the Mahran, a weird venomous fox alien species. I decided to take that species and adapt it for play in Edge of the Empire by changing that little detail about them killing themselves with their o...

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Introducing: Myconidians, a Homebrewed Star Wars Species
I've never done any homebrew for Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPG before, but I'm quite fond of it and wanted to see my favorite part of Star Wars, the oft-reviled Yuuzhan Vong, represented in it. Now, don't worry. This isn't actual Vong. What I did was sit d...

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Hello, heroes! I've never done any homebrew for this system before, but I'm quite fond of it and wanted to see my favorite part of Star Wars, the oft-reviled Yuuzhan Vong, represented in it. Now, don't worry. This isn't actual Vong. What I did was sit down and decide what it was that I actually liked about the Vong. The two biggest things I decided on were:

1) Biotechnology
2) Empathic connections to other organisms

I took these aspects and created my own new species, Myconidians, based on plant-sculpting rather than flesh-sculpting. I didn't include any examples of their plant-based technology, this is this for the species itself. But I won't describe these fun guys too much here, as that's covered in the file itself, but I wanted to know if anyone here had any feedback on it, whether mechanical or not.

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Introducing: Fireteam Omega
Over the past week I have cobbled together my first attempt at RPG game design, and the fruit of that labor is...well, it's an rtf and a pdf of that rtf that messed up some of the formatting during the transfer. It's an Apocalypse World hack, not a full gam...

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Star Trek, Tarzan, and Ghostbusters: A Red Hot Take
Lately I've been seeing a lot more movies than I usually do. That's one of the perks of having someone who wants to go see movies with you. The three I've seen this summer have been the newest works in the Tarzan, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek franchises/inte...

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Back At Last
It's been a while! I took last week off blog posts and used my writing time to work on a Secret Project. Hopefully I can share some details soon, but I'd like to get it into a more stable state before talking about it at length. I can assure you that it is ...

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Domo Arigato, Rami Malek
Recently, Amazon had its now-annual Prime Day, where a bunch of stuff went on sale. While not as hyped as, say, a Steam sale, I heard enough buzz to check it out. Picked up the new Brandon Sanderson graphic novel and DOOM (PS4) for decent enough prices. But...

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Some Thoughts On Roleplaying
I follow somewhere around a dozen podcasts, most of which are about video games or tabletop games. One of these, Never Tell Me the Pods , is about Star Wars. Hosted by Pranks Paul and featuring the cast of the renowned Campaign and One Shot podcasts, it's b...

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Star Wars: The Phantom Characters
When playing RPGs, sometimes you die. It happens. When it does, it's good to have a backup on hand so you can jump right back into the game. Some groups prefer to wait until the next session to introduce a new character, and you can always play a nearby NPC...
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