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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Heather Dunbroch

I’m back today with another character in my City of Mist series. The story and the gang are getting more involved (as things are designed to go) and this character is a barista working for Alexis and a confidante of Anna Rose. She’s also the first real vigilante I’ve done in this series and making someone really badass is fun in any system. Without further ado, here  is Ms. Heather Dunbroch.

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Interview with A Far Off Land Author, Megan Bennett-Burks

The upcoming Fate game, A Far Off Land is a modern take on fairy tales with characters spanning both the magical world and the mundane. This is similar to games like City of Mist and Bloodlines & Black Magic but it hits that nice sweet spot that so many Fate games do. It’s straightforward and accessible for an alternative jaunt but rich enough for a deep campaign if you want to go that route. A Far Off Land is available right now as a pre-order on DriveThru RPG and us Kickstarter backers have already gotten our copies, but I’ve got a sneak preview for all of you right now with the book’s talented author, Megan Bennett-Burks.

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Power Creep in Star Trek Adventures

Since it was released, Star Trek Adventures seen a number of different supplements. I had some earlier posts about how to create adversaries and NPC starships in Star Trek Adventures (links below) but I thought I’d revisit the subject and see how things have shifted with the Beta Quadrant Sourcebook, the Command Division Supplement, the Operations Division Supplement, and the adventure compendium These Are the Voyages… Read on to see what tweaks have happened in the game’s first year!

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No Thank You, Evil! with Woodland Creatures

Once again, I’m shamelessly stealing drawing inspiration from Little Mephling for some RPG outlet. We’ve been starting on the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, one of my favorite set of books from when I was little. It’s an enchanting story, an action-packed adventure, and a richly-built world with lots of different cultures and histories. Needless to say, it’s a goldmine in terms of roleplaying.

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Random Tables in Dark Horizon

I’ve posted before about random tables for generating star systems in Dark Horizon: first on political systems and then on political stances. These are all part of a long section for creating compelling systems on the fly which provides one hundred different hooks for a star system. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though.

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