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Full-time freelance writer and data miner, part time gamer. Wishes to reverse that.
Full-time freelance writer and data miner, part time gamer. Wishes to reverse that.

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The Bloody-Handed Name of Bronze looks pretty intriguing, at least on concept, as players take on the roles of Namedealers and Fated Champions serving and thwarting the wills of the Great Names. Design is by Josha A.C. Newman (Shock: Social Science Fiction, Mobile Frame Zero: Intercept Orbit), and art by Jabari Weathers (Bluebeard's Bride Tarot of Servants) Shel Kahn (Six Ages, By Crom) and Simon Roy (Habitat, Prophet).

Still looking for more detailed rules reviews, but this looks kinda ace.
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Bags packed, supplies set out, adventure materials printed, all that's left now is ~4 hours of sleep before a 24hr gaming marathon convention where I'm running The Quiet Year and a mega-adventure for The Nightmares Underneath with +Erich Lichnock and +Shao Han Tan !
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[Infinity] Whenever you see a Catholic priest in an SF story, it seems like it's invariably a Jesuit. Not that I'd talk shit about them coming from a Jesuit-run school m'self, but it gets kind of same-y. This Black Friar of the Dominican Order is an amusing change of pace. Serving under the reunified Neovatican Church and attached to the PanOceanian Military Complex, Father-Officers of the Order of Preachers take on an internal security role, using multispectral and biometric visors, high powered firearms, and a perverse pride in the perjorative name "Hounds of the Lord" (Domini canes) in ferreting out spies and infiltrators, and other enemies of humanity. Pretty happy with this guy and the OSL glow effect from the blade. Now, to finish up with something for the base before I paint up the fire arc.
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4/14/18
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Shaking the dust off neglected hobby painting skills! Inspired by the "Crysis suit" colors of the cover art for Infinity's new Uprising book, I decided to copy the scheme on an old Oniwaban sculpt I had lying around. Doing the glowing orange suit fibres was a fun exercise, and I decided for a glowing green monoblade to break up all that black and red. I got lazy on a lot of other details, hoping that the strength of the striking colors and effects carry it.

That makes for a nice proof of concept, and I'm ready for the Oniwaban resculpt that comes with the Japanese Secessionist Army bundle.
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3/17/18
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Current tabletop project: Assembling an image reference board on Pinterest for a run of Greg Stafford's King Arthur Pendragon RPG and the Great Pendragon Campaign. Hoping to have an easy picture reference so I can easily bring something up and say "this is a motte-and-bailey castle" or "this is what a Saxon heorthgeneat looks like". (Also, found a really nice "Historically Wrong Women Warriors" series by DA user Gambargin that draws women warriors in period appropriate or inspired wargear, with 'nary a chainmail bikini or boob plate in sight.)

It's an interesting exercise, and pretty fun, as Pendragon compresses centuries of military, technological, and cultural evolution into 80 years of game time, while also wholeheartedly embracing anachronisms and literary elements.

Here's the "Early Phase" board, which in game corresponds to the era from Uther to the Anarchy and Arthur, while paralleling sub-Roman Britain to the Anglo-Saxon invasions and migrations, all the way up to the Norman conquest.
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So after picking up Pendragon a while back on Bundle of Holding and obsessively boring into the books, I finally got to start up a campaign with a new gaming group. Spent session 0 talking about game expectations (looks like they want to play the estate management and magical mysteries aspects, as well as the default wars and epic sweep) and setting, as well as character generation and the Salisbury Knights' family history rolls, and I like the cast of characters we've come up with.

-Sir Cadwel of Wylye, an open and Honest knight with a gift for the hunt and handling animals. Owns a magical cat that always gets its rat. (Cymric Pagan)
-Sir Owain the Lustful, a small man with a big mouth and even bigger appetites. (Cymric Pagan)
-Sir Heledd of Newtown, a fair lady knight known for temperance and moderation, and who has an eye out for Sir Madoc ap Uther, the King's Bastard. (Cymric Pagan)
-Sir Morien the Vengeful, who has inherited a complex network of hatreds and feuds thanks to a badass grandfather (picked up the passions of Hate [Irish], Hate [Picts], Hate [Vortigern] and Hate [Saxons]!). Secretly Eleri, a woman who took up leadership of the family when all her siblings died from feuding. (Cymric Pagan)
-Sir Cervidus the Roman, an Energetic Romano-Briton equites who is clearly more sophisticated then thou, and has a dangerous talent for the Law. (Roman Christian)

We ran through the first half of the introductory adventure, the hunt for the man-eating bear stalking the village of Imber. The young squires were surprisingly reasonable about things, ceding leadership of the hunt to Cadwel (Prudence!) instead of jousting for it. They accept hospitality from Father Wat, the village priest of Imber, who owns a surprisingly valuable falcon. With a little snooping, Cervidus deduces that the peregrine probably flew off from nearby Woodhouse Castle, home to Sir Madoc ap Uther, the King's Bastard and lays the screws on the priest (Cruelty check) with blackmail. The next morning, Heledd charms the hunters and foragers of the village, learning as much as she can about the beast's habits and range. With this information, Cadwel manages to score a critical success on his Hunting roll, allowing them to catch the beast unawares. Morien and Heledd rush the bear, impaling it on their spears to control it, while Cervidus and Owain close in to finish the job with swords. The squires decide to take the bear's pelt and claws, and share its meat with the villagers. As they prepare to carry off the bear carcass, they see a knight in green and gold ride into the clearing, asking them about a missing falcon. Father Wat carefully hides behind the squires.

We had to end the session there due to time constraints, but hopefully, we can jump in and finish the intro with Sir Madoc, as well as formally knighting the squires in the year 485CE.
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TLDR version of the Hundred Courts legal system in Appendix D of Pendragon's Book of Uther:

"Six months pass, nobody is happy, and the county sheriff becomes a richer man."
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"You can't stop consenting adults from being stupid," Marler said. "But, we should at least try."
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Impromptu archery session with cousins and family friends. Gain +1d6 archery skill for the Winter Phase.
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My usual source of SF video gaming fiction entertainment is reading about the backstabby shenanigans of EVE Online, but cool stuff also pops up in other places. In Elite Dangerous, a team of pilots is on a daredevil mission to rescue a pilot stuck in the void between galaxies.
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