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Rob Garitta

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Omer G. Joel

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It sometimes bugs me (so to speak) that almost all of the insectoid aliens presented in sci-fi are depicted as hive-type social insects, such as termites, most ants, or some bees, but not as other interesting models in the insect kingdom.

Look at the humble cockroach, for example. Roaches have neither a king no queen, and they are not divided by caste unlike their relatives - the termites. But they are social and love congregating together, for example in your sewer cistern. From there they emerge at night to forage. They have a society based on anarchistic opportunism - they do have some type of shared decision making, it appears from relatively recent research, and they prosper better in the presence of other roaches. Of course, they are also opportunists, capable of adapting to a huge variety of environs.

This is one of the reasons why I like my insectoid aliens to be anarchistic scavengers and scroungers living in seemingly disorderly - though quite egalitarian - groups, rather than the ordered ranks of a hive.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17839642
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Remember that praying mantis-like crimelord from Babylon 5?
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Venger Satanis

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Universal Exploits is live (PDF only... for now):

http://vengersatanis.blogspot.com/2016/08/universal-exploits-pdf-is-live.html
Only three months ago, I launched the Kickstarter for Universal Exploits, the 2nd sourcebook for my sleazy sci-fi RPG Alpha Blue (1st sourcebook was Girls Gone Rogue). It successfully funded awhile ago. Now, the first exploi...
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E.T. Smith

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The fuel consumption system of Traveller makes barely any sense from a scientific perspective. Fusion just doesn't work by consuming dozens-to-hundreds of tons of liquid hydrogen over a few weeks as if it was literally burning it to heat a boiler, and the harvesting of deuterium and tritium just isn't as hard as the refinement rules treat it. Is Traveller's weird approach to fuel mainly because its trying to invoke the limitations of coal-powered steamships, where coaling stations were crucial for keeping up lines of communication? Or is it more about directing play by forcing players to ttravel in steps?

[I read somewhere that most of the "fuel" is actually used to inflate the pocket of real space the ship needs to survive in hyperspace during the jump, but that sounded like a later-day justification of the existing system]
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For what it's worth, I have always assumed the use of the fuel occurred when the Jump Drive was activated, with the drive tearing a whole through space via the (specifically-not-describe Jump technology).

All of the fuel is used in the moment the Drives generate the power required for this amazing feat. I never saw it as consumed over time or love the distance of the jump.
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Omer G. Joel

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Doing research for a Cepheus Engine (and 2d6 sci-fi OGL)-compatible sci-fi setting called "Visions of Empire", which is under development by Stellagama Publishing. The original star data we used was a bit outdated so I started researching exoplanets - and was amazed by the vast amount of plants - and even whole new stars complete with planetary systems - discovered since I began writing my first sci-fi RPG book, Outer Veil, in 2008!

This is an enormously exciting new universe opened before us by modern science!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_exoplanets
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Eric Fabiaschi

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Ancient relics,tales of adventure,  dream encounters, and temporal science fantasy ghosts!
1d20 Random Quantum Temporal Ghostly Encounters Table For Your Old School Campaigns
http://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/2016/08/1d20-random-quantum-temporal-ghostly.html
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Rob Garitta

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The passenger is always right! When they travel low passage.
http://twilightgm.blogspot.com/2016/08/amenities-for-fun-and-profit.html
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I think the prevailing attitude among merchant captains is 'not how much money am I earning?' but 'how much /could/ I be earning?' it is a difference of several thousand credits.Also according to canon you can trade one of the passages in for 9,000 cr. which makes TAS a great retirement package. Most pensions only bring in 10K a year and many much less.
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E.T. Smith

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In which I broach the notion of a Microlite-version of Traveller and take a stab at what the minimized systems of such a game would look like.
Microlite20 is pretty amazing. Back during the heyday of D&D's 3rd edition, Robin V. Stacey accepted the permissions granted by the Open Game License to flense the D20 System Reference Document, pitilessly cutting away every ...
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+Adrian Romero Good to hear from you again!
Because the goal is minimalization, I'll probably change the core concept of FTL to jumplines, which turns the map into a abstraction of links rather than a representation of actual space, cuts down the process of space travel into fewer steps, and nicely avoids all the justifications Traveller's flat hyperspace map requires. It also funnels potential character movement, which makes things easier on the GM.
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Venger Satanis

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Girls Gone Rogue (1st sourcebook for sleazy space opera RPG Alpha Blue) just made it to "Best Silver Seller" on DriveThruRPG, so I'm offering a sale on both the PDF and softcover for the next 3 days:

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/177326/Girls-Gone-Rogue
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Oculus Orbus

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Damage Control: Here's the link to the TSP Lulu page. Again, sorry for the fuck-up.

http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/john-stater/tales-of-the-space-princess-rpg-e-book/ebook/product-18868294.html

Anybody know anything about Tales of the Space Princess? I stumbled across this while poking around for H&H stuff, never heard of it before today. Lucky for us it's available for free, so I'll be checking it out later, but if any of you have already read it, I'd like to know what you know.

Also, could we get something like an "Other" category, to catch all those games that fell off the radar, like this and H&H? Thanks! ✨🚀

PS- TSP is a whole different thing from Machinations of the Space Princess.
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+Brian Isikoff Noting, of course, that "Space Princess" in the game is defined as "the thing you need to get".
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Eric Fabiaschi

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Well your Uncle Eric is back with some Saturday morning retro OSR goodness! Saturday Morning OSR Campaign Fodder - The Land of the Lost 1974 Television Series As Old School Campaign
http://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/2016/08/saturday-morning-osr-campaign-fodder.html
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Oh don't tempted me +Oculus Orbus because it would be a very easy shift over to that sort of a campaign.
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MoonSylver

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Could be used for more than just WS.
 
Pushing this again: 31 character sketches; 6 each of Aristocrat, Pulot, Mercenary, and Star Knight, 2 Alien Mystics, 2 Alien Brutes, and 3 droids, perfect for character sheets, and all for under $4.
Space Opera Character Stock Art - Space Opera Character Stock Art is a collection of stock art images for use in your personal or commercial role-playing
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Eric Fabiaschi

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Last night I received my copy of Universal Exploits adventure book. Here's my break down & review of the book for #AlphaBlue.
Review & Meditations On The 'Universal Exploits' O5R Adventure Resource Book By Venger Satanis For The Alpha Blue Rpg System & Your Old School Campaigns
http://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/2016/08/review-mediations-on-universal-exploits.html
Good morning I haven't been around since last night & woke up with 'Universal Exploits' sitting in my e-mail this morning. Well let's start at the top, Universal Exploits was clocked in at sixty pages on Venger Satanis's Kick...
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Oculus Orbus

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Since it seems to have been overlooked here, I thought I'd attempt to generate some interest by throwing out a link to the Basic Black (read "free") edition of Hulks & Horrors

Mostly, I'd like to find out just why it was overlooked. It got good reviews, it seems like a solid game and it has an interesting premise. Wha' happen? Go download it and let's find out.

Go ahead. I'll wait.
Hulks and Horrors - Basic Black Edition - We are not alone in the Universe, but we have few friends. As we emerged on the galactic stage, we found a universe stri
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Kuseru Satsujin

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Raymond McVay

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Official Post from Ray McVay: Located in a collapsed lava tube, this secret base has room for a pair of freighters to unload and refuel. There is also a dump for supplies and contraband and several pre-fab buildings for rest and recreation that are powered by a stolen ship generator. The open ceiling is defended by a pair of a
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Rob Garitta

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