Scum and Villainy 2: Rocks Freefall

 

A trandoshan alien stands with a gun pointed off cameraThe crew of the Artful Dodger get a tip about a juicy piece of Imperial tech just drifting in space, ready to be picked up. It’s never really that easy though.

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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GenCon Exclusive Interview with Vincent Baker about Otherworlds RPG and Spellslingers

OTherworlds logo text with an image of an elf conjuring a spell in her hands

We sat down on the last day of the convention with Vincent Baker, the designer of Otherworlds and the recently kickstarted card game Spellslingers, to talk about his games and a forthcoming project. Otherworlds is a fantasy adventure with a mix of sci-fi elements while Spellslingers is a fast-paced card game for up to ten players. Plus exciting news about a new Otherworlds kickstarter!


GenCon Interview with David Reid of MetaArcade

MetaArcade logo across a hex grid

We spoke to David Reid about his company’s new app Tunnels & Trolls Adventures. Available now on Android and iOS with plans to come to Mac and Steam, this new platform aims to provide players a means of playing through RPG scenarios in the classic choose your own adventure format, including stories submitted by the community for sale, complete with stock art and sound effects. We get to see how the Adventure Creator works and what a finished adventure looks like on the PC. Their initial release brings players digitized versions of some of the first choose your own adventure modules from the venerable Tunnels & Trolls RPG, from veteran writers including Michael Stackpole. The Adventure Creator is expected soon.

You can download Tunnels & Trolls adventures for free now on your mobile devices! Apple Store. Google Play.

Aser and Megan go to GenCon50 2017

Another Gencon is behind us, and with the return to the everyday routine comes an opportunity to reflect on all we did and experienced in four glorious days of gaming, interviewing and walking: you would not believe how much walking, or maybe you would…. We arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon and flew out on Sunday evening. In between, we ran five games, played in one, attended two panels, and for the first time, conducted six interviews that are being posted throughout the week.

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GenCon Interview with Ben Loomes of Syrinscape

syrinscape logo

At GenCon, we spoke with Ben Loomes to discuss the history of the Syrinscape platform and how GMs can use the service to bring customized sound effects, ambient soundscapes and background music into their games both around the table and online. We learned about pricing for the new Starfinder sound sets and a new feature that will allow you to trigger effects on other devices anywhere around the world.

You can learn more about Syrinscape here!

GenCon Interview with Chris Birch from Modiphius

people on the bridge as it is in battle

We had the chance to interview Chris Birch from Modiphius at GenCon about the the new Star Trek Adventures RPG. He describes how the game duplicates the character-based narratives of the franchise by encouraging players to challenge their characters’ values and build their own crew of familiar faces as they explore the unknown. We also get updates on Achtung! Cthulhu and some details about the forthcoming Fallout Miniatures game.

GenCon Interview with James Sutter of Paizo on Starfinder

In this interview at the very beginning of Gencon, when you could still find Starfinder for sale at their booth, James Sutter from Paizo answered some questions about how the rules in this new science fantasy role-playing game have been simplified to speed up play. He also explains how starships have been integrated into the game, the level of backwards compatibility designed into the system and some of the evolutionary developments that led from Pathfinder to Starfinder. Lastly, he also doesn’t not announce something you might be able to look forward to in before too long by way of an iconic adventure path.

What’s Cool on Kickstarter

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

The Props of Nyarlathotep: New York and Kenya
Someday I hope to run Masks of Nyarlathotep, and I wish when I ran it I could have these gorgeous props. I’ve previously been very jealous of their Sedefkar Simulacrum props for Horror on the Orient Express, and this new set is just as perfect. The options of what to get include temporary tattoos of the bloody tongue sigil, a makeup prosthetic of the bloody tongue sigil, a fly whisk, Bloody Tongue statuette, and Mask of Hayama. If interested you can also pick up the props they created in a previous kickstarter for London and Cairo. I really love the temporary tattoos, I can just imagine reaching across the table to hand something to a player, and suddenly there’s a mark on my arm. Unsurprisingly, these props are expensive, but if you’re playing a game in person, then you should think about investing.

“If you intend to run a campaign or if you already played the Masks of Nyarlathotep, you probably already know why you are here. Maybe you will enjoy running it again with quality props, if you don’t and you intend to do it, you should be aware that their may be some SPOILERS AHEAD, but maybe you could be interested by doing it with your current keeper and tell him about our Kickstarter.

We wanted to propose some sculptures that could help Keepers to enhance the gaming experience. The Sculptures created have for most of them never been proposed before, but we mainly thought about what they could bring to the narrative. They are designed to help the keeper to move the story forward and to help the keeper to give to the vilains something memorable, that will trigger the investigators to fear them.”
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GenCon Interview with Monte Cook about Numenera 2 and Invisible Sun

Covers for Numenera Discovery and Numenera Destiny

While we were at GenCon last week, we had the chance to sit down with Monte Cook and get some more details about Numenera and Invisible Sun. In this interview, he discusses what the three new character types in the forthcoming Destiny will look like and how they might interact with the types from the core book, whose new incarnation will be called Discovery. We also asked him about how the cards in Invisible Sun will be used and hear about some of the other new products MCG brought to the convention.

Official Numenera 2 Announcement

Image TM and © 2017 Monte Cook Games, LLC

Scum and Villainy 1: Smash and Grab

A large brown freighter, the WIld Karrde from Star Wars

We start playing in the Star Wars universe as the crew of a perfectly legitimate salvage ship attempts to recover components from a wrecked Trade Federation battleship. There’s just one problem, someone lives on top of it.

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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