A while ago, Modiphius released a “beta version” of some rules entitled Red Alert. This is a rules supplement for the Star Trek Adventures RPG that (probably) is a preview of something they are rolling out in their upcoming Operations Division Supplement. It’s a more tactical version of the combat rules in STA and it doubles as a miniatures wargame. I’ve been interested in dissecting it for a while but haven’t had the chance. Well, today’s the day!
Last time we looked at the world of Bloodlines and Black Magic, an engaging combination of worldwide conspiracy and urban magic. At the center of all of this (unsurprisingly) are the bloodlines that rule the world, the seven sources of arcane power that we’ll be looking at today.
The game engine called Powered by the Apocalypse has spread far beyond it’s original form as a post-apocalyptic game of sad struggle. It’s even changed beyond the logical extension of Dungeon World which took those powerful stories and placed them in a fantasy world like D&D. Given the storytelling focus of the game engine, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the game would eventually iterate into film genres but the level to which it gels with noir film is amazing. Allow me to outline for you the amazing game called Noir World by John Adamus.
Some of you might recall that I interviewed the folks over at Storm Bunny Studios a while back to talk about their new project, Bloodlines & Black Magic. Well, it’s available now and you should check it out! For a quick look at what you can expect here’s a first take on the setting for B&BM. (I just made that abbreviation up and I don’t know how I feel about it).
Like Starfleet, the characters of Star Trek Adventures are divided into three major divisions: command, operations, and science. To support character development in the game, Modiphius has three supplement books planned, one for each division, and the first one is out now! Like the four quadrant books that are planned (you can read a review of the first one here) there is a lot of setting material and game inspirations in these books. The Quadrant books, however, are full of NPCs and plot hooks while the supplement books are full of new Talents, rules expansions, and crew templates. Ready to see what the command division is all about? Let’s get started!
Ryan Chaddock has been a subject on this blog since its very beginning. Mostly of the time that has been because of his Cypher System products, but today I want to talk about his second foray into adapting D&D 5e to a different genre. With his gaming label, Scrivened LLC, Chaddock has taken on cinematic spacetravel with Hyperlanes but now he’s coming out with a new book all about the apocalypse.
The first major sourcebooks for Star Trek Adventures are out! The game has seen a core book, adventures, pregenerated characters, and custom dice but not much in the way of official expansions of mechanics and options. There are two books releasing next month but if you have the PDF Collection then you’ve already gotten links to them. The first one (alphabetically) is a sourcebook outlining the Beta Quadrant, home to the Klingons, Romulans, Orions, and other nasties. What is the book like? Well read on and find out.
Last time we looked at Kids On Bikes we focused on characters and collaborative worldbuilding. This is how things look from the players’ side of the table and is an important part of the game, but today we want to look at the other half of the equation. What tools does the game provide for GMs (on or off bikes)?
Kids getting in over their heads with some crazy adventure is a genre that has too many classic examples to really list: Stand By Me, The Goonies, E.T., Jumanji, Zathura, and Home Alone just start the list. Then, of course, there are the recent series Stranger Things, The OA, and Runaways which all combine the kid/teen model with the sort of obsessive binge-watching we all know and love today. If you want to harness that sort of power at your gaming table, then Kids On Bikes is the game for you.
I’ve always been on the outskirts of 7th Sea. Before I even knew it was a campaign setting, I bought Swashbuckling Adventures and mined it for material in a 3.5e D&D campaign with lots of ships and pirates. Reading through there, it was clear that the authors had a whole world that they were working with and so I started poking into the original system (which uses a roll-and-keep mechanic) and discovered a fun, semi-familiar world to enjoy. I never ran a game with the first edition (or d20 edition) but the newer Second Wave edition I’m back into it again. I’ve played in a few short scenarios with the new edition but the release of The New World has me racing to find a more substantial connection.