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All Quiet on the Hommlet Front

Hommlet is a sleepy little village. Aside from the orcs burning down the 'bad part of town' 6 months ago, the elf cultists burning it down again yesterday and another elf 'oracle' prognosticating words of doom to all who would listen, it is quite a lovely place to pass your days.

Four brave and perhaps highly expendable adventurers have been summoned to the sinister home of the town cat lady.

Our characters:


Burbank, the Hobbit Halfling Paladin and local Folk Hero
Princess (S)Elfie, the Elf Bard and Princess of Hommlet
Airaborne the Half-Elven Ranger and former urchin
Axel, the Goblin Rogue and wanted criminal

The cat lady has lived in Hommlet as long as anyone can remember, and has demonstrated preternatural insight into threats to the village as well innovative veterinary techniques.

Stepping bravely into the home, the party is greeted by a ravishing young woman sitting in a rocking chair petting a cat... Princess and Airaborne both note that some of the cat's flesh appe…

Traveller 2nd Edition Character Creation

Well I find myself with time on my hands, so I’m going to go through the lifepath generation of the new 2nd edition of ‘Mongoose’ Traveller.

For those not in the know, Traveller is to science fiction rpgs what D&D is to fantasy. Traveller is interesting in that you may start with a character idea, but you play through various stages of the character’s life, so what you may anticipate at the beginning may not reflect where you end up at ‘game start’.

Perhaps a bit close to real life?

At any-rate, let us meet our future adventurer:  Hillary Sanders Trump.

Hillary is from Earth, around TL 10 (Tech Level 10, which means jump drives are available, but recently, we will say for the last 50 years or so.) This would be a fairly… disruptive time, as every person, corporation, religion and other organization will be rushing to carve out ‘their’ own piece of the cosmos, and many current governments will struggle to maintain control.

The first step in character creation is to roll 2d6 six times an…

COVERT OPS: SPECTRUM

--SECTOR SIGINT---EYES ONLY-
Actor Summary:
Codename White: Dr Augustus Freemind, former SECTOR operative burned after -REDACTED-, believed to be one of the current ‘Primaries’ of SPECTRUM Codename Red: Chandra Guile, Unknown Military Background Codename Green: -REDACTED PENDING NOTIFICATION OF NEXT OF KIN-
TRANSCRIPT follows:
<WHITE> I would call the San Diego operation more than a mere setback Green, what was supposed to be SPECTRUM’s triumphant emergence onto the world stage has become an embarrassment of global proportions.
<RED> I haven’t been briefed on the operation…
<GREEN> We used the Broker’s auction to lure in a number of organizations that have so far… resisted our efforts to absorb their operations. Unfortunately some SECTOR operatives infiltrated the auction, uncovered the location of the bomb, and disarmed it.
<RED> Do we have their files? I’m assuming we are going to eliminate these agents, their families, friends… The usual?
<WHITE> We know who the…

About Reign

Digging things up from ages ago, here is an overview of Reign (specifically the Enchiridion) by Greg Stolze. Now that Ive actually run a ton of differnt systems over the past four years I would like to revisit this at somepoint with 'lessons learned' since that time.
The Enchiridion is the 'setting neutral' version of the fantasy rules found in the RPG Reign by Greg Stolze.
The Enchiridion provides the usual tools needed to run a typical sword & sorcery or high fantasy campaign, but it is VERY well suited for play as the 'movers and shakers' of the world... Why just be the humble Paladin when you can run an entire Knightly Order?

Mechanically, the system uses a die-pool of d10s, at its most simple, you roll the appropriate number of dice, and look for sets: width indicates speed, height indicates quality.

What this means in play is that EVERYONE rolls once for an action, and that roll determines degree of success/failure as well as who goes first which is proba…