Dinotopia for Fate, part 2

Last time I came at you with some Fate rules for Dinotopia, I took the broad approach to making characters. This time I’m drilling down on something that’s very important for all characters and a little different from other Fate games: species. Characters’ species in Dinotopia likely affects nearly every facet of the character. Mechanically, it comes up in two ways: the character’s skill array and their species aspect.

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Dinotopia for Fate, Part 1

When I started writing about Dinotopia I had some strong ideas about how I’d approach it with different gaming systems. I’ve been percolating the ideas ever since and I thought I’d share the first part of running Dinotopia in the Fate system.

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Races of Osten Ard

After moving and finding old books packed away on shelves, I’m rereading Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams and loving it even more than when I read it in middle school. I also learned that Tad Williams has been putting out more books in the setting so now I’m even more jazzed to get back into the world of Osten Ard. What better way than to create an RPG?

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Active Session Zero for Red Markets

I love starting off campaigns with things already in motion but sometimes you’re starting something new and you need to take it slow. My preferred compromise is the Active Session Zero, a “pre-campaign” session where your gaming group can build characters together but also actually play the game. Today, we look at an Active Session Zero for Red Markets, the game of roaming zombies and cutthroat capitalism.

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Dark Horizon: Dupalan Species

In my post on character creation in Dark Horizon, I explained that your character will have the descriptor, type, and focus common to all Cypher System characters but also a Species and Culture that will make them more unique with more options for abilities. This is the first of those options, a Species template for the octopus-like dupalans. There are five more of these in store so let me know what you think of this one before I get too off base!

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Martial Arts Flavor

The character focus Needs No Weapons (Cypher System Rulebook, p. 153) represents a master of martial arts, someone whose entire character concept is based around their ability with unarmed combat. Some campaigns, though, might want everyone to have some martial arts ability which is where this flavor comes in.

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Alignment Alternatives

About a month ago, I finally started a regular campaign using D&D Fifth Edition. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s prompted me to think about what the creators have changed in the game for this edition and how it plays out. Something that wasn’t changed, and I don’t think it needed to be, was alignment. But, my id started to whisper to me, what if it was?

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More Nouns for No Thank You, Evil!

After hanging out with my son on Father’s Day last weekend, I thought I’d put some thought into games built for kids. The one I’m most excited about playing with him when he’s older is No Thank You, Evil!, a Cypher-system game for children using the same engine as Numenera and The Strange.

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Mutant Year Zero: Character Creation, Part Two

Well, at this point I have my Ark and I have my first player character, so it’s time to fill out the ranks a little more. I’m going to spare you a drawn-out process and just throw three more PCs at you with some thoughts and then dive into relationships and big dreams.

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