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In an ongoing series titled “Dreams,” Chinese sculptor Wang Ruilin creates surreal animals that don’t act like animals at all. Their backs, and sometimes their antlers, function as arcs that carry monumental elements of nature like lakes and mountain cliffs. It’s like an animal-version of
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Looking For Group, or seeking other people who are currently Looking For Group.

I have a pretty large ambition right now. I would like to put together both an Actual Play Podcast, and an Actual Play video cast series on YouTube. I would love to be both Dungeon Master and Editor for the series, but that might be a little too much weight to carry on my shoulders. Ultimately, I would like to form a group a players who take turns being Dungeon Master for different RPG system or the same one if they choose. I would still like to DM every now and then, just not that often. 

 

Would you like to be both player and DM?

 

Preferably I would like to play a session once every two weeks for 4 or more hours, weekends hopefully, I guess that is going to depend on the people who join this group. I would like to be accompanied by travelers who are good public speakers and have an excellent chemistry with the rest of the cast members.

 

Are you good at speaking? Do people stop what they’re doing and pay attention to what you have to say?

 

There will be a few things that will be needed but not right away. For the way I plan on recording the podcast and video cast (not sure what to call this, so I just threw together video and cast, lame) of sessions, it will require a headset, and some sort of mic. It could be a mic you already own, or a mic on a headset. It will also require a web cam, unfortunately not a built in web cam or mic on a laptop, as their quality is usually poor (Unless you happen to have a built in web cam and or mic of good quality).

Without getting to detailed the way I plan on recording the sessions is by having myself and all players, DM, record their audio and video on their own computer/laptop instead of one person trying to record everything from their own computer. After a session is complete, everyone would transfer their recordings to me (I’m looking into an efficient way to accomplish this without risking corruption to data). By recording this way it ensures the best quality that we can manage with limited resources. I’m currently researching and will begin testing of recording software on the 30th of this month. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.  Now admittedly, I’ve edited audio together but I’ve never edited together audio and video, and I’m very aware that this is going to start out as a hard task for myself. But by the powers of the Computer Gods I’ll get ahold of it, form my own techniques, and get much needed practice. I guess I’m saying that it’ll be a few weeks before the first video and podcast is ready for public consumption as I’m looking to created something of a higher production that what I’ve listed and watched online. In the future after I’ve found the right people to be a part of this core group, I would love to incorporate recording with camcorders along with webcams to get multiple areas of coverage of players and DM faces for video series, but this will not be something that I’ll employ right away. I’ll also be attempting to teach myself very crude animation techniques to add into the video cast. I know this sounds like much, I’ll have the details worked out for everyone else.

 

Are you interested in this challenge and are looking for a chance to be a part of something? And what skills do you have that could contribute to this project?

 

Well travelers, foremost, I love playing RPGs, and I love watching; listening to movies, online videos, and podcast.  I want to challenge myself on a technical level and make some new friends to enjoy laughter and a happy moment with. I started playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons when I was 12 years old in 1994 and it was a core foundation in my teen years throughout Jr High and High School. I joined the Army in 2001 and played my first system outside of Dungeons & Dragons universe with Vampire: Masquerade and my eyes were opened to the possibilities of my imagination, and I explored even further to other various RPG systems.

 

What do you love about RPGs?

 

If you currently have a group already, and are interested in this opportunity, please say something, I’m open to ideas and am willing to sit in or step in for a session to see how the group chemistry is.

 

Are you ready?

 

I bid you well my fellow Travelers
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So here is a mind map layout of the Bralian government as taken from the Rock of Bral supplement. There are a few small entries that are added from our home campaign (i.e. all the House Seven Stars stuff). 

Enjoy!
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The Sawsnark Cruiser is a type of Boojum, or Deep Space Swimmer. They resemble vast spiny fish to the earth-adapted eye. Their sides are lined with gasbags filled with hydrogen; and covered with vanes and wings. Their kind ev...
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If you like Spelljammer, you may be interested in my review of the Endless Quest book set in the Spelljammer universe:
https://spelljammerblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/review-of-endless-quest-wildspace-a-wild-ride/
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By now you have likely seen the posts about the Internet Archive site hosting 2400 MS-DOS games. Guess what. Pirates of Realmspace happens to be one of them.
Published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. Developed by Cybertech Released 1992 Platform DOS Genre Role-Playing (RPG), Strategy Perspective ...
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I've tried playing it and there is a security feature after the intro, asking me to type a specific word from the manual. It's easy to find though: http://www.replacementdocs.com/download.php?view.6992
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Not sure if this has already been posted here, but thought you might find the nautical history interesting.
 
#onthisday  in 1860, HMS “Warrior”, the first British seagoing ironclad warship, was launched at Blackwall, London.

“It certainly was not appreciated that this, our first armourclad ship of war, would cause a fundamental change in what had been in vogue for something like a thousand years.“ (Admiral of the Fleet John “Jackie” Fisher)

The advent of steam power was supposed to change everything in seafaring. By and large, steam-powered ships were faster than rag wagons, more manoeuvrable and, of course, quite independent from which way the winds blew, close to dangerous lee shores as well as in the doldrums of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. However, the large paddle-wheels necessary to propel a vessel were highly vulnerable, diminished the space a warship needed for her broadside mounted guns considerably and, on a strategic level, required large coal bunkers around the world to keep an ocean-going fleet going that was supposed to rule the waves and protect the sea lanes of a world-spanning empire. The British admiralty had thus every reason to remain conservative and commission further wooden sailing ships-of-the-line and frigates, but a generation after the Battle of Trafalgar, the industrial age came at the Royal Navy with a vengeance and a few groundbreaking inventions made the old wooden walls useless almost overnight - screw propellers that superseded the paddle wheels, explosive shells, the armour necessary for protecting a ship against them and the possibility to construct iron hulls. 

And while Admiralty still pondered the impact of the new-fangled inventions on naval warfare in general, the French had the cheek to launch a steam-powered, oceangoing, ironclad warship, the “La Gloire”, in 1859, had two more of them laid down and British supremacy on the high seas was threatened in earnest. Questions were asked in parliament, the Queen was not amused and something had to be done and rather quick. The result was a radically new design, an iron-hulled, screw-propelled, very fast and heavily armed and armoured frigate built along the lines of HMS “Mersey”,  the largest wooden warship ever designed, twice the size of Nelson’s old “Victory”. And even if she froze in the slipway in Blackwall on the day of her launch in 1860 during the coldest winter England had seen over the last 50 year and had to be rocked and tugged free, HMS “Warrior” was commissioned just eight months later in August 1861 and the Royal Navy was back into the game. The “Warrior” and her sister ship “Black Prince” commissioned half a year later were the fastest and strongest warships afloat in her day and no contemporary artillery was able to pierce her armour. Nonetheless, both ships were not meant to stand and fight in a line-of-battle, but control an engagement with their superior abilities. And then a seemingly insignificant duel between two ironclads in Chesapeake Bay in March 1862 during the US Civil War launched the next round in the international arms race. Actually, “Warrior” and “Black Prince” were already outdated as soon as they were put to sea.

By the end of the 1860s, all sea powers operated ocean-going ironclads and HMS “Warrior” never had to fire a shot in anger anyway. The lessons learned from USS “Monitor”, solely steam-driven and with her main armament in a rotatable gun-turret instead of the centuries old broadsides led to a complete new design of warships that had almost nothing in common with the old wooden sailing ships-of-the-line. Steel began to play another pivotal role in shipbuilding and when HMS “Devastation” was commissioned in 1873, the Royal Navy had her first ocean-going stell-hulled capital ship afloat that did not carry sails and had her whole armament mounted on top of the hull instead of inside it. Ships like “Warrior” had become almost completely useless and she suffered a rather ignominious fate after she was finally decommissioned in 1881. Ironically enough, “Warrior” was saved from the knacker’s yard in the 1920s when quite a surplus of scrap metal from outdated pre-dreadnoughts like the successors of “Devastation” and dreadnoughts was on the market, broken up after the Great War, while the world was already preparing for the next arms race and global war. Lovingly restored since 1979, HMS “Warrior” survived them all amd now lies in her berth at Portsmouth as a museum ship to be wondered and marvelled at, a witness from a bygone age, when steam had become all the rage and 400 years of maritime history became a thing of the past all of a sudden.

Depicted below is HMS “Warrior”, photo taken in 2011 by Editor5807, found on http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:HMS_Warrior_(ship,_1860)?uselang=de#mediaviewer/File:HMS_Warrior_at_sunrise.JPG

And more about HMS “Warrior” on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Warrior_(1860)   
  #history   #europeanhistory   #navalhistory   #ageofsail   #militaryhistory   #engineeringhistory   #steampunk  
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I posted this to a couple of groups I follow. I have no idea how accurate his posts are, but they are good enough for roleplaying ideas!
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The more I think about it, this would make a GREAT setting to convert to Spelljammer using Pathfinder.
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I have contemplated a multi-system crystal sphere recently, though using Firefly as the base model did not occur. Personally, I would rather say that such an endeavor was "inspired by" the firefly setting. 
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Could be a Spelljammer scene.
illustration for Kirk Gilliam book, minotaur and elf assault ship...
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that's very cool and yes it is! :)
funny thing is I was planning on doing the two minotaur characters in my novel in 3D soon :p
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Kendori?
Here is my last art guys, I`m really happy with the result. I discovered that I love to draw whales making this one Hope you guys Like it o/.
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Dean Overlin

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Hey everyone, I'm currently looking for players, Dungeon Masters, audio editors, Indie RPG developers who would like to be involved in a podcast focused on Indie RPGs. Below is a sample promo that I put together showcasing the potential quality of the podcast. Please forgive the sibilance
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Kendori hunt.
I just ran across a post showing a preview of the upcoming SF movie “The Leviathan.” The art is striking in its own right, but for me it really hits home since this parallels one of my original concepts for the World of Calid...
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Based on a dream I saw some years ago. It was about this bird-like airship thing... no one knew who built it or when, but it had been gliding around ever since. I was probably influenced by Miyazak...
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Should have known you'd be right on this, David. :)
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A neat idea to turn the Iron Gods AP into a Spelljammer Campaign. I suggested making the scifi aspect into Steampunk like Space: 1889 stuff.
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Ah, now I see. I don't play pathfinder so I researched this "AP" too late.
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Take a look. He mentions inspiration from Spelljammer. +Louis Porter 
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Another Kickstarter that has some Spelljammer implications.
Adam Meyers is raising funds for Skybourne: A Pathfinder Campaign Setting on Kickstarter! Pathfinder meets Firefly in a world of airships, planeswalking and high adventure!
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Looks to be Spelljammer in style.
A world of high magic, adventure and dragons! Visit the scenic and mystical Sea of Stars. A campaign world for Pathfinder and more.
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Great find!  I'll add it to the Wildspace Fanzine.  Thanks!
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Dale “Xorial” Norman
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Converting the Verse into a Spelljammer setting. I mean actually adapting it as a Crystal Sphere. It wouldn't have to be a one for one redo, either.

The Alliance: Some sort of Human dominated empire.

Reavers: Thinking along the lines of werewolves. Ships are packs & the captain is an Alpha Male.

Browncoats: They were an organized resistance of other races that wanted to be left alone. They can include some humans.

Tech: The Alliance has most of the new toys. Their ships are the ones with canons. They have greater access to gunpowder & clockwerks.

Rim: Some guns, but while they have single shot weapons, the Alliance has revolvers & repeating rifles.
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Hell, thinking about it...
The werewolves where the vodooni soldiers and shock troops, and are created using magic/science and a specific normally non-propogating strain of the lycanthropic curse.
In cannon, the Vodooni empire was delt a crushing blow by "the heroes". Perhaps what happens in the aftermath becomes your campaign setting? After enough time passes, I could see the Vodooni Breeders (basically elite humans) becoming something like the Aliance, and the surviving Vodooni werewolf-soldiers somehow repropagating the curse and becoming like the reavers.
Dosen't that make the reavers, the Aliances' dirty little secret, once enough time passes so that people have forgotten about the old Vodooni Empire?
I don't want to spoil the old module, but there's also a very good excuse for all the worlds in the old Vodoonispace to have been supernaturally "teraformed" due to the reason behind he fall of the old Vodooni Empire.
Who's to say that your crystal sphere has actualy been vodonispace, which has been only vaguely described in the original TSR product, all along? If you rename the sphere and leave no hints, if there's ever a big reveal, spelljammer lore geeks like me would nerdgasm.
Disclaimer; I'm probably going to use this idea myself. I hope someone enjoyed reading this though.
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Hey look! It's the Republican party!!!!
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Hh, nah...that's more like the Wall Street/bankers/Rupert Murdoch/Kochs etc !

The "Republicanoids" are more like low level daemons: dumb, greedy, unprincipled MTFers :p
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