Only War, We Got This! 11: The 1054th Vostroyan Void Shrikes

The squad receives desperately needed reinforcements. Unfortunately, so does the enemy, and theirs are bigger.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, John, Mike D., and Zack.
System: Warhammer 40k: Only War

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Killers” and “Fife and Drum.” (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

A Woman with Hollow Eyes

The One Shot podcast is launching a dramatic new twitch stream featuring Invisible Sun from Monte Cook Games. They have Darcy Ross on board to GM and have gotten access to some of the IS materials early in order to start this really awesome new project. In order to help the players have the time they need to immerse themselves into this world, they’re planning on paying everyone involved, which is what this kickstarter will help support. What’s cool is if you contribute you can help direct the direction of the story. You also get access to a bunch of campaign information from Darcy and from the ideas everyone helps contribute. I’m really excited to see this project come to life, and you should check it out.

“We’re taking full advantage of Invisible Sun’s player-driven system by inviting some of Chicago’s most talented performers to join us. Fans of our L5R, Mustang, and Dogs in the Vineyard episodes can look forward to being immersed in a rich surreal setting, replete with suspense, danger, and secrets.

We’re working with Monte Cook Games to bring you A Woman With Hollow Eyes. While this is not an official MCG production, we have the company’s permission and support to launch this unofficial series ahead of the release of Invisible Sun. And our GM is none other then Darcy Ross, the Community Relations Coordinator for Monte Cook Games.

In addition to an early look at many of the innovations in Invisible Sun, viewers of A Woman With Hollow Eyes will be our confidants and co-conspirators, learning secrets and receiving materials about this living setting created between the cast and backers. Higher-tier backers also have the ability to directly impact the story of the game with their ideas. These unofficial materials and secrets can be used alongside canon Invisible Sun lore, or may simply serve as inspiration for your own creations! Together we’ll create a truly beautiful, dramatic actual play that will change the way you play Invisible Sun before you even open The Black Cube.”
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Only War, We Got This 10: Daemon Engines

The squad just needs to make it past a few more war machines to reach their objective. Unfortunately, these things have a little more flesh and blood than your average walker, and seem to be somewhat angrier too.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, John, Mike D., and Zack.
System: Warhammer 40k: Only War

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Killers” and “Fife and Drum.” (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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December Release Schedule

What are we playing this month?

December 3, 2017Only War 10: Daemon Engines
The squad just needs to make it past a few more war machines to reach their objective. Unfortunately, these things have a little more flessh and blood than your average walker, and seem to be somewhat angrier too.

December 10, 2017Only War 11: 1054th Vostroyan Void Shrikes
The squad receives desperately needed reinforcements. Unfortunately, so does the enemy, and theirs are bigger.

December 17, 2017Only War 12: Don’t Tase Me Bro
The squad has the enemy outnumbered. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to concern the enemy — a Chaos Tech Marine — all that much.

December 24, 2017Kringle Force: Christmas Special
We haven’t recorded this yet, but we’re sure the crew behind A Rune Awakening are sorry nonetheless.

December 31, 2017Curse of the Masked Jackal 4: Red Tide
As with many adventures involving our intrepid heroes, this one involves a great deal of blood. Unlike most however, the blood seems a whole lot more ambulatory than usual.

Review: Forthright Open Roleplay

Forthright Open Roleplay logo, blue with a circle angled to encompass the words

As the name suggests Forthright Open Roleplay is a system that is meant to be shared. That idea is suggestive in the mechanics which make the stakes clear before any roll takes place; the art selection, which is both beautiful and diverse; and even in the developer’s choice for licensing. While these things are not unique, it is a very rare combination even with more modern role-playing games. What I do find unique that really set Forthright apart is how the book is written. It forgoes the typical format of selling you on an image which more times than not the GM needs to provide independently of a ruleset. What it does do is presents a framework, supporting tools, and guidance on how to make use of the system using clear and precise language. Forthright takes the approach that is more like instruction manual like you would look for when developing a new skill like HTML, or using Git or some other set of a software tool.

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Only War, We Got This 9: It’s a Trap!

The squad reaches the heart of the space fortress and need only cross a corridor to reach their objective. What could possibly go wrong?

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, John, Mike D., and Zack.
System: Warhammer 40k: Only War

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Killers” and “Fife and Drum.” (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Not So Strange Thanksgiving Special: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Finn wakes up in a car to find that Jamisia and Lu-Gal are taking him on a road trip home for Thanksgiving.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at TRF. We are so very grateful for all of you!

GM: Aser
Players: Matt, Megan, Mike
System: The Strange

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Failing Defense.” (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Apocalypse World 3: Introspection

Our heroes (?) return home but discover that they are not yet safe. They must (try to) work together to save their friend(?).

GM: Matt
Players: Aser, Megan, Mike D, Mike G
System: Apocalypse World

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “In a Heartbeat”(incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Apocalypse World 2: Touched by an Angle

flames in a bonfire

Having discovered the nature of their enemy, our heroes(?) take the fight to the cannibals where they live.

GM: Matt
Players: Aser, Megan, Mike D, Mike G
System: Apocalypse World

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “In a Heartbeat”(incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Apocalypse World 1: Into the Wild

Armored Ambulance with off road tires

A settlement that has managed to survive despite all odds sends out their best (?) and brightest (?) to investigate a threat on their territory.

GM: Matt
Players: Aser, Megan, Mike D, Mike G
System: Apocalypse World

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “In a Heartbeat”(incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/