What’s Cool on Kickstarter: Numenera 2

I try to love all of the kickstarter projects I fund equally, but nothing is like a new release by Monte Cook Games. Numenera 2 is an expansion to my personal favorite RPG that enhances character creation and adds a means for your players to build a better future. Discovery and Destiny are looking like two beautiful books and a great continuation of the system. However, it’s not a second edition. Numenera: Discovery will replace the Numenera Corebook moving forward, but pretty much everything that’s been published will be 100% compatible. If you have a player at your table who only wants to use the original corebook for character creation, and one who only wants to use Numenera: Discovery, that’s ok! All of the supplemental books will be compatible, though both Character Options books will be retired to make room for all of the updates to character creation in Numenera 2.

I’m incredibly excited for this campaign. Not only will we get more then our value from pledging, the whole campaign is interactive in building a town as a community, and that community will become part of the Numenera 2 release in the Trilling Shard supplement. So if you want to be part of the Ninth World you should jump on board!

They’ve already reached their funding goal, and first stretch goal of Building Tomorrow, a supplement that will give you even more options for crafting materials, NPCs, and communities. The next goal is for an all new Player’s Guide, and then who knows! But I’m sure it will be wonderful.

The kickstarter is running until October 27, so head over and pledge now!

How to be a Good Roleplayer, part 2

Maybe you play Dungeons and Dragons. Maybe you play Delta Green, Numenera, or any of the other amazing tabletop role-playing games given a spotlight by Megan, Aser, and the rest of the cast of The Redacted Files. Whatever game you play, I hope you’re having fun. I also hope you read my piece on etiquette for the gaming table. In it, I highlighted what I consider the cardinal rules for anyone who wants to play these types of games. Even more than the actual rules laid out in any game’s rulebook, these rules will guarantee that, even if you struggle with the rules from time to time, or you’re just learning a game, the other players and the DM/GM/whatever they choose to be called will appreciate the effort you put into it and show you an appropriate level of respect.

But TTRPG’s are about more than the rules.

I play these games because they allow me to escape, to step out of myself, with all of my neuroses, anxiety, and other issues, out of a world that is often unpleasant. When I play in any of the countless game settings out there, I get to take on the role of the hero (or, occasionally, the villain) and live the fantasy of being an important figure to the shape and future of the worlds in which I play. I get to, for a couple of hours at a time, be somebody else, and forget about everything that is going on in my real life.

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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.

Tiny Dungeon 2e
Tiny Dungeon is releasing a second edition of it’s quick set-up and easy to run game. The game is simple, with a ton of options for setting, written by a list of amazing creators. I love how much the system is able to do with really simple mechanics. The micro-settings look like a lot of fun as well, I want to play in Marie Brennan’s setting as a dungeon dweller trying to keep waves of adventurers out of my home.

“Tiny Dungeon uses a simple, fast, and dynamic ruleset to handle actions. The game uses up to three six-sided dice as part of action resolution. If you roll a “5” or “6” on a die, your check succeeds. Most checks are made with two dice. However, if you are deemed to have “advantage” on a roll, you gain a third die to roll. If you have disadvantage, you lose a dice (rolling only a single die).

Characters are made quickly and easily. You will select a fantasy race (such as dwarf, salimar, goblin, human or more), three traits, and write down some basic information and you are ready to play!

Micro-settings are unique, small “example settings” specifically designed to be used as a tool, resource, or spring-board for your own campaigns. All of the micro-settings come with some story and some fluff that is designed to be unique to that particular micro-setting. The core book comes with some very different micro-settings, written by professional authors, industry veterans, and fans of the genre. ”
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Mysteries of the Ninth World 23: Back to Hell

Green slime with bones and arrows filling it opens it's maw toward the viewer

Heading into the last arc of this campaign, the party begins to make their way to Hell, hoping to finally stop Dagon and the threat he’s brought to the Ninth World

Note: Some of the imagery in the episode might be upsetting for those with PTSD.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Chuck, Landan, Michael, and Shaunna.
System: Numenera

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

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How To Be a Good Roleplayer, Part 1

Did you watch Stranger Things when Netflix released it last October? I did. I didn’t even know what it was going into it, I just happened to see it pop up in my “Recently Released” queue and put it on as something to have on in the background as I edited some audio. Nine hours later the sun was coming up, I hadn’t slept, and I was a weeping, emotional mess (to be fair, I’m often a weeping, emotional mess) having just watched all 8 episodes of what would go on to be one of the most lauded, award-winning shows, in any format, of 2016.

Even more unexpected than this gem of a show that I just happened to stumble across was the sudden interest many of my more mainstream Hollywood friends developed for Dungeons & Dragons, the game that formed the basis for so much of the lore of the show. It was a very welcome surprise because, as I’ve mentioned before, I have both played and run D&D games for a very long time. A year later, as I await season 2 with eager anticipation, I’m playing more than ever on both sides of the DM’s screen.
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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.

Mighty Dice
Dog Might Games has another beautiful game accessory. The hero sleeves are small, well-built cases for you to store your favorite set of polyhedrals in. Need a new favorite set? They’re also selling all kinds of gorgeous new dice, including an amazing transparent rainbow striped set. Or you can get your reward with metal dice, if you like a more substantive sounding roll. The Bone Box stores five hero sleeves, but also can be used as a rolling tray. The acrylic screen can be used in the game as well, and there’s even a spot to store a dry erase marker. If you can’t afford the boxes, you should at least give yourself the chance to ogle all of the beautiful options.

“Our new Hero Sleeves and Bone Boxes offer all gamers a sturdy, sleek, and beautiful way to elevate your game. They are available in a number of exotic hardwoods and we will be releasing new woods and sculpts based on your feedback so visit our comments section and let your voice be heard.

All of our wooden boxes are made by our small group of passionate woodworkers in our shop in Ann Arbor, MI. and every piece that we make comes with our Lifetime Guarantee.

Our new Hero Sleeves are sleek and sturdy. Each side is cut from a solid piece of fine hardwood and lined with an aesthetically matched lining. The Hero Sleeve is held together with super strong neodymium magnets that keep it firmly closed for transport. Each one comes with one set of dice of your choice from the PEARL, SWIRL, or LAYERED styles.

The Bone Box is an all in one dice storage and rolling system. It features 5 individual Hero Sleeves, a rolling tray, dry erase marker storage, and a removable acrylic screen that you can write on. Each Bone Box is crafted in Black Walnut with Wenge banding and features a gorgeous sculpted lid.”
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Scum and Villainy 4: The Saga of Bob Star Wars

the icy landscape of hoth with some ruined structures

The crew of the Artful Dodger travel to an old battlefield in search of a lost treasure and end up confronting one of Aser’s arch-nemeses.

Scum and Villainy and Blades in the Dark are available on DTRPG! We had a blast with this system, and highly encourage you checking it out.

GM: Aser
Players: Jonn, Landan, Megan, and Patrick
System: Blades in the Dark, Scum and Villainy Hack

Music by Audioblocks, “Return to Naybala” (audioblocks.com)

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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.

Deluxe Constellation Dice
I’ve gotten my set of constellation dice in the mail and they’re gorgeous. I’m very excited to use my star fate dice for our current scifi campaign! But now there’s even more options. The Nebula finish is so beautiful, a dark blue with dots of silver that makes it look like the night sky. I wish I could just buy a set of fate dice in this new KS, but they’re all bundled in different ways. Reaching stretch goals is going to add more dice to your bundle!

“This will be a three weeks “deluxe” campaign (quality over quantity) as most rewards will also include the few left remaining glow-in-the-dark and “silver” painted dice announced on the last days (or after the end) of the original Constellation Dice – Voyager Edition campaign.
As you can see from the pictures, those turned out to be the best of the bunch… but very few people on Kickstarter had a chance to find out about them.

Being hand painted, the glowing dice (and the “silver” painted ones) are extremely detailed and worth the higher manufacturing cost. In consideration of this, this campaign will also offer a new “silver” painted version of the blue Voyager d10 couple (planets d10% / moons d10).

But there is more! 1000 Fudge/FATE Desired Constellation d6 will be reprinted in a translucent mixed color version (blue and black, with tiny silver glitter) resembling a night sky: the Nebula Desired Constellation d6.”
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Scum and Villainy 3: No One Breaks INTO Prison

 

AT-ST from star warsTasked with recovering someone from an Imperial prison, the crew takes inventive steps to accomplish their goal.

GM: Aser
Players: Jonn, Landan, Megan, and Patrick
System: Blades in the Dark, Scum and Villainy Hack

Music by Audioblocks, “Return to Naybala” (audioblocks.com)

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September Release Schedule

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What are we playing this month?

September 3, 2017Scum and Villainy 3: No One Breaks INTO Prison
Tasked with recovering someone from an Imperial prison, the crew takes inventive steps to accomplish their goal.

September 10, 2017Scum and Villainy 4: 
We haven’t recorded this yet. Hopefully it’s good!

September 17, 2017 – Mysteries of the Ninth World 23: Back to Hell
Heading into the last arc of this campaign, the party begins to make their way to Hell, hoping to finally stop Dagon and the threat he’s brought to the Ninth World

September 24, 2017Mysteries of the Ninth World 24: Mungrun Revisited
As they descend into Hell. the adventurers encounter enemies and challenges from scenarios past.