Ophelia Calame-Harris

Today we’re rounding out the band of City of Mist characters that I’ve outlined previously. So far there’s been Alexis Liddel, Anna Rose, and Heather Dunbroch, all of them inspired by various female characters from Disney films. Today is no exception since Ophelia is very much inspired by her Disney counterpart but, I think you’ll agree, with a pretty different take on things.

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System Roundtable: Jurassic Park

Welcome to a new feature here on Mephit James’ Blog! The System Roundtable is a discussion of how to run a particular game using the many RPG systems out there. In the inaugural post we’re looking at one of my favorite movie series of all time: Jurassic Park!

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Sample Scion Band

In my review of Scion Origin I could only fit so much detail in there but there’s so much more to say! I’m going to try to make a three-person band for a Scion game and see how it turns out. I’ll be trying to break the system a little here so we’ll see what limitations crop up in the process. Join me!

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Review of Scion Part 1: Origin

Years ago, White Wolf Publishing released Scion, an RPG about playing the children of gods with the chance to grow into a god yourself. I loved it, despite the flaws, and will heartily defend it even while acknowledging it’s issues. It’s like that friend from middle school: they were sort of a terrible person and they’ve grown up to be a person you sort of can’t stand some times but there are so many good memories that you share that you will always love them.

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Numenera Survey

Dear readers, I want to know what you’re up to. Since writing about the new Numenera core books, Discovery and Destiny that one (in three parts), I’ve been mulling over the extra options that were added to the Ninth World. Do they work? How have campaigns shifted? What are people playing now? After my recent review of Building Tomorrow I was talking with a friend and decided to try and get a handle on that. Behold! A survey!

Review of Building Tomorrow

With the release of the new “edition” (I think it doesn’t exactly count but ymmv) of Numenera and the twin rulebooks of Discovery and Destiny, the Ninth World has been headed in new directions. Among these really exciting options are numenera crafting and community building which enrich the possibilities for your Numenera campaign. The latest Numenera release, Building Tomorrow, promises to build on those possibilities. The reasoning behind it is they “had more to say” on these topics and boy do they!

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Alien Species Generator – Beta

Hello, loyal readers! I’m back with a little more information about Dark Horizon and this time I need your help. Previously I described the random tables in the game and how they can help you to generate content for your game. Some of that content is for stellar systems (which I posted about before) but today I want to offer the chance to stress-test the alien species generator. This is for throwing together species on the fly, coming up with a new species quickly for your players to interact with, and overcoming that pesky GM writers block.

Go ahead and download a copy below and try it out. Post your thoughts (good and bad) in the comments below or shoot me an email at mephitjames {at} gmail {dot} com.

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Good Society Review

I’m so excited about the game I’m reviewing today, Good Society. I helped to Kickstart this game after being completely won over by the tone and look of the game. This Jane-Austen-inspired game is both wholesome and tactical, it’s robust but straightforward, and it’s got a team of creators who are so enthusiastic and determined to make your game succeed. There are lots of different types of games out there and this one so excellently does what it sets out to do that I want to say up front that I think anyone even remotely interested should go out and get it.

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Interview with Lex Arcana Publisher

I’m just a sucker for anything Roman, something I’ve written about more than once. As a result, I’ve been excited about the ongoing Kickstarter for Lex Arcana a best-selling RPG from Italy that is now coming to the English-speaking world. Full disclosure I’ve backed this myself but I also figured other people would want to hear about it before the Kickstarter ends Thursday of next week. That’s why I reached out to Quality Games for some more info!

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Esper Genesis, Part 2

Hoo, it’s been awhile! When I took my brief hiatus following the birth of Baby Grue I had promised a second look at the rest of the Esper Genesis core rulebook. An attentive reader pointed out that I didn’t come back to this, so today I’m coming back to it! If you missed it, last time we looked at races, classes, and backgrounds in this game. Today we’re looking at setting, stuff, and aliens!

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