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GenCon Notes: Lights! Camera! Action!
I had a great GenCon. So did most of my friends, both old and new. I’ll post a couple highlights, now and maybe later. Lights! Will Jobst and I left the exhibitors’ hall  on Saturday  night and went upstairs to watch the  13 th  Age  and GUMSHOE games in th...
I had a great GenCon. So did most of my friends, both old and new. I’ll post a couple highlights, now and maybe later. Lights! Will Jobst and I left the exhibitors’ hall on Saturday night and went upstairs to watch the 13...
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I just love the image of Dancing Lights and a Disco. Not having a video is better, lets my imagination run wild. 
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Lords of Death: Big Trouble in Little China preview
I was gonna write my next preview about the two versions of the Three Thunders, but I don't have time to tackle that topic today. Instead, here's a henchman. The Lords of Death seem like a bunch of low-lifes with awesome sunglasses, but nobody ever wants to...
I was gonna write my next preview about the two versions of the Three Thunders, but I don't have time to tackle that topic today. Instead, here's a henchman. The Lords of Death seem like a bunch of low-lifes with awesome su...
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One and the Same Person, Jack: Big Trouble in Little China preview
I'm happy about managing twelve new schemes in this Big Trouble set! One of them is a riff on a scheme from an earlier Marvel set by Devin Low. A couple others restructure familiar ideas. The rest of the schemes create experiences that haven't been played b...
I'm happy about managing twelve new schemes in this Big Trouble set! One of them is a riff on a scheme from an earlier Marvel set by Devin Low. A couple others restructure familiar ideas. The rest of the schemes create experi...
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Hah! I'm optimistic that the main show lives up to the trailers . . . and I've been trying not to give too much away so that there are plenty of surprises waiting. Let me know later if it works for you.
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ENnnies Shout Out
This morning I made the time to poke around on the ENnies voting site for introductions to cool games and websites I hadn’t looked
at before. It was painless, informative, fun, and quick, and given the hassles
I went through earlier this week coping with ot...
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Done and done.
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Hero Buddies & Extra Hero Cards: Big Trouble in Little China Preview
Marvel Legendary uses Team Icons that match some iteration of the comic book universe's affiliation web. Teams are another fun way to create combos as you build your deck, but they didn't feel like a natural part of the Big Trouble in Little China story. In...
Marvel Legendary uses Team Icons that match some iteration of the comic book universe's affiliation web. Teams are another fun way to create combos as you build your deck, but they didn't feel like a natural part of the Big T...
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My Book of the Year: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
I've gasped out loud while reading one book. This book. Twice. I don't want to say too much about the story. Surprises exist. I'd rather not hint. It's a blend of the brutal and the mythic and the humane, glowing in unforgettable language that's often worth...
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+Steven Schend Glad I'm not the only one.
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Doubling Up on the Three Storms: Big Trouble in Little China preview
I'm headed to GenCon soon, where previews will no longer be necessary, though an occasional design note may still be relevant. Today's quick show-and-tell introduces the two versions of the Three Storms. Upper Deck's original card list called them, for exam...
I'm headed to GenCon soon, where previews will no longer be necessary, though an occasional design note may still be relevant. Today's quick show-and-tell introduces the two versions of the Three Storms. Upper Deck's orig...
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Legendary: Big Trouble in Little China from Upper Deck. A deckbuilding game using the same system as the Marvel Legendary games by Devin Low.
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My GenCon Schedule, 13th Age, & Glorantha
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next week!! I’m going to be spending most of time at the Pelgrane booth, 419.
Chaosium is in booth 423, so the two places in the exhibit hall you’re likely
to find me are actually a single space with a blue curtain in the middle. I
missed last year’s...
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Fight in spirit, Steven, fight in spirit.
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My Favorite Monsters: Big Trouble in Little China preview
Working on a bunch of 13th Age stuff today, so this BTiLC preview is going to be quick and self-indulgent, introducing two of my favorite villains from the set. They really are Monsters, the villain group associated with the worst of the Masterminds, Ching ...
Working on a bunch of 13th Age stuff today, so this BTiLC preview is going to be quick and self-indulgent, introducing two of my favorite villains from the set. They really are Monsters, the villain group associated with the ...
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I can see how you have somehow still managed not to acquire one despite putting it on all your birthday and gift lists. I'll do what I can in the future.
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Green-eyed Brides with Killer Kung-Fu: Big Trouble in Little China preview
Towards the end of Big Trouble, the evil sorcerer David Lo Pan orchestrates a prenuptial kung fu exhibition and magical survival ritual for his two green-eyed brides. Am I the only one who thinks that when Gracie Law and Miao Yin float down from the burning...
Towards the end of Big Trouble, the evil sorcerer David Lo Pan orchestrates a prenuptial kung fu exhibition and magical survival ritual for his two green-eyed brides. Am I the only one who thinks that when Gracie Law and Miao...
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Nosy Lawyers & Catacomb Monsters: Big Trouble in Little China Preview
Upper Deck is going to have  Legendary: Big Trouble in Little China out at GenCon. That's less than a month away so it's time for some previews!  One of my design goals was to create a set with a lot of player interaction. I wanted moments that made players...
Upper Deck is going to have Legendary: Big Trouble in Little China out at GenCon. That's less than a month away so it's time for some previews! One of my design goals was to create a set with a lot of player interaction. I...
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The Pristine City
The Pristine City is a fun 57 page 13th Age-compatible adventure for 4th or 5th level characters from Stacey Janssen and David Noonan of Dastow Games. While reading the adventure and framing my response, I realized that my gaming experience is probably diff...
The Pristine City is a fun 57 page 13th Age-compatible adventure for 4th or 5th level characters from Stacey Janssen and David Noonan of Dastow Games. While reading the adventure and framing my response, I realized that my ga...
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Good! Hopefully your PCs will be able to sully the pristine urbanity.
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Co-designer of 13th Age and 13 True Ways from Pelgrane Press & Fire Opal Media. Design team member on Shadowrun: Crossfire from Catalyst. Designer of Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre from Cryptozoic. Former lead designer of 4e D&D and Three-Dragon Ante, among others. 
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