Building Characters in Eclipse Phase, Second Edition

Posthuman Studios just sent out the second edition core rulebook of Eclipse Phase and I decided to take it out for a spin. There are so many awesome aspects to the setting but the one that’s most important is what we’re going to be creating today: the characters.

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Alpha Quadrant Review

I’ve been looking forward to this one, folks. For many science-fiction settings the geography of the setting isn’t so critical but the quadrants of Star Trek are as integral as transporters and phasers. The Alpha Quadrant sourcebook is a great opportunity to delve into that setting, then, and this awesome sourcebook.

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Fateforge, Part 3: Backgrounds and Classes

I’m back with more about the fantastic 5e setting of Fateforge by Studio Agate. Last time I talked about character species and before that I gave a generalized introduction to the setting. Today, I want to talk about the other parts of the character equation: background and class.

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Character Backstory Guide for Other Genres

Since getting a copy of The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide for my birthday, I’ve turned to it again and again for experience deepening my games. Its exercises are fun, diverse, and well-written so it’s a joy to do even if you feel your character is pretty deep already. I think it’s universally useful but it is written with a fantasy setting (particularly a D&D game) as the default so here are my thoughts on using it with some other genres.

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Debt for Ferengi Characters

Continuing with my effort to expand your campaign options in Star Trek Adventures, I’m here today with a new mechanic for Ferengi characters! Sure they’re one of the goofiest species in Star Trek, sure they were a failed attempt at a nefarious enemy in The Next Generation, but if you watched Deep Space Nine and don’t have a soft spot for these big-eared weirdos then you’re dead inside.

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Signs of Sorcery, Part 1

Today I’m here to talk about the new sourcebook for Mage: the Awakening 2e: Signs of Sorcery. There’s a lot packed into this book so I’ll be splitting it into two sections, first the character options and then the cosmological stuff. Let’s start on this journey!

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Fateforge, Part 2 – Character Species

Welcome to part two of my look at Studio Agate‘s new 5e setting, Fateforge. Last time I took a high-up view of the project and noted things that set it apart from other D&D 5e settings. Today, I’m getting a little more in the weeds to look at what character choices are opened up in Fateforge.

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Fateforge, Part 1 – Introduction

Right now on Kickstarter is a campaign by Studio Agate, the producers of my favorite grimdark RPG Shadows of Esteren, is a new D&D 5e setting called Fateforge. To say that the 5e marked is overcrowded is an understatement, but the folks at Studio Agate have produced some great games and settings. What will they do with this system? Let’s find out together.

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Automatic Generators for Star Trek Adventures

Today I want to show off a gaming resource you might not have seen. Chartopia is a user-friendly website for making automatic generation tables, making those handy randomizing tables in your DMG or other RPG sourcebook even easier. With just the click of a mouse you can have inspiration popping up on your screen!

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