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Sep 16

What Has Choson Ever Done For Us?

What Has Choson Ever Done For Us?

From the TV series the Hero Hong Gil Dong on KBS2

Revisiting and working through Choson – a role-playing game set in historical Korea – is a more likely outcome than working on Pandora Excess (needs new name) – a tabletop RPG inspired by Borderlands – because Choson would be closer in philosophy to Centurion and Nefertiti Overdrive. Chosoncould be a streamlined, simple system rather than a…

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Sep 12

Remembering Choson

Back in 2008, I made a game called Choson to run for the crew from Fist Full of Comics and Games. It was set, as might be guessed by the title, in Choson era Korea. Looking at it now, I am not impressed. It’s not that I think it was a horrible design, it was just that there is too much to it that does not follow directly from the purpose or philosophy of the game. Some of it did, but not all of…

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Sep 09

Skiffing the Sand

I mentioned on Google Plus that I am playing in the Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty downloaded content for Borderlands 2. I mentioned this because that part of the game includes sand skiffs, similar to what we saw in Return of the Jedi. But my initial excitement at seeing these vehicles wasn’t due to that connection, it was due to a connection to an Old School Hackgame run by Kirin…

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Sep 04

Uniquely Visited

WordPress is telling me that I have about 250 to 300 unique visitors per month to this site. That has remained constant since I started tracking numbers in 2013. That is not a large sample period, but it does include some quiet months and some very busy months. Case in point, August was very busy, with two to three posts every week whereas April was spotty at best, with only one post in the first…

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Aug 29

Mr. Fancy Pants!

A Guy This Fancy, You Call Mister

Nefertiti Overdrive Quickstart has been sent to layout and my crew in Ottawa has settled in to A Team of Losers Pulp Edition, so I have no more pressing design issues. There is work to be done on Nefertiti Overdrivesince I want it to be 90-100% complete before the Kickstarter (trying not to contemplate what happens if it fails to fund again), but this is not…

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Aug 28

Accidental Survivors 97: Gen Con and D&D

This episode, Chris (the bastard) talks about his Gen Con experience, and then Chris, Rob, and Fraser discuss the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook, now released.

Accidental Survivors 97: Gen Con and D&D

This episode, Chris (the bastard) talks about his Gen Con experience, and then Chris, Rob, and Fraser discuss the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook, now released.

Aug 27


My latest thing, as anyone who follows this blog will know, is Borderlands. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last bright, shiny object. The world is so full of inspiration – especially in the entertainment media – I can’t help but constantly consider adapting an idea or property to RPGs.

For me, it all started with the Lord of the Rings(the novels). I was into LotR before I even started…

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Aug 25

Pandora Quirk

Okay, first off, I need a better title for the game than Pandora Excess. Just doesn’t do it for me.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about (the game that will soon not be called) Pandora Excess.

In most of my published games, I’ve used Pivots or something similar as a way to provide advancement, to improve characters. Borderlandshas an experience point system not unlike the most famous…

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Aug 22

Mandarins of Manchukuo - the Supernatural Opponents

Mandarins of Manchukuo – the Supernatural Opponents

A supernatural adventure is no good without supernatural opponents. The PCs encountered a few of these in “Mandarins of Manchukuo,” but rather than being based on actual mythic lore, these were based on mass media adaptations.

The first of these, and the one that the PCs heard the most about before encountering, were the White Water Witches. These twins – Susu and Qingqing – were based on the…

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Aug 20

Mandarins of Manchukuo - the Supernatural Allies

Mandarins of Manchukuo – the Supernatural Allies

The pulp A Team of Losers campaign on which my Ottawa group has embarked is going to be a kind of The Losers/A-Team by way of Raiders of the Lost Ark/Supernatural. Maybe a weird melange, but it turned out well enough for the group to vote for it over Starship Commandos and a planned Borderlands/Guardians of the Galaxy homebrew.

In the first adventure, the group encountered a few creatures – some…

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