Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays, readers! I hope you’re doing just what you want tonight. For me that’s being slightly cold with a warm fire and a board game so hopefully that’s true! As I write this, though, I’m taking a look back at 2018. Like a lot of people I have mixed feelings about the events of the year but I’m pretty happy with how things have gone with my blog. I joined the writers at Continuing Mission and have been writing up a storm on both sites, not to mention starting RPGs with my oldest and gaining a second kid!

I wrote a ton of posts that I’m proud of here as well, some of which I’ve listed below in case you need something to read. I’m taking this week off of writing but here’s to new posts in the new year!

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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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Anna Rose

I’m back with more City of Mist inspiration! Here’s another member of Alexis Liddel‘s crew, the book-loving veterinary student Anna Rose. I have to say that hiding little Easter eggs is a big part of the fun in making these characters. Sometimes they’re super-obvious and surely you’ll find some of those here. I wasted a lot of time covering my tracks on some, though, so if anyone can tell me why Anna’s father’s hospital is named “St. Vedast’s” or why her father left her a prototype energy core then you get ten Mephit points (redeemable at your local Mephit James Sandwich Emporium).

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It’s My Birthday, Bashers!

This year my birthday falls on a day when I’d normally be posting content here,  so I’m giving myself the day off instead. Rather than write up something long reflecting on my life and how lucky I feel, I’m keeping it short and sweet with some suggested sources you should check out in lieu of Mephit content today. These are some amazing podcasts, blogs, and artists who I think everyone should be checking out so go see them and I’ll see you all on Thursday!

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The Mephit Family Has Grown!

Hello Gentlefolk,

Today was a very exciting day in the James household: Dr. James and I, as well as big brother Little Mephling, welcomed Baby Grue into the world! We’re both exhausted but also really happy and ready to take on this new challenge. Of course, this means I’ll have my hands full for a bit so the site is going on hiatus for the next two weeks. If I get back earlier then so much the better but for the mean time check out the archives and I’ll see you all on the other side.

Lady’s Grace, cutters.

Gamer Resolutions

Happy 2018! Hopefully this year is a little better than last year and at the moment it is full of possibility… Full disclosure, I’m writing this in 2017 so I’m a little nervous that something is going to happen between now and then but in the mean time I’m focusing on ways that we can all improve our gaming experience in the new year.

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Mephit is Joining Continuing Mission!

Hey, everybody! Today’s post is actually an announcement that I’m really excited to share. I’ve been invited to be a regular contributor on Continuing Mission, a gaming blog specifically aimed at exploring the Star Trek Adventures RPG from Modiphius. The team on this site includes some folks from Marvel Plot Points and well-known creators from around the net like Jester David (whose work I talked up here). It’s a cool opportunity for me, but what does it mean for you? Well a few things.

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Finders Keepers Review

After reviewing a few adventures by Janek Sielicki for the Cypher System, I’m excited to start in on one for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition. The adventures, Finders Keepers, has an interesting premise: an epic story for 20th level characters that you could use as a starting adventure. That’s a tall order, let’s see if he can pull it off!

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Dark Horizon: Human Species

We’ve discussed two alien species so far for Dark Horizon: the Jurganna and the dupalans. Both of these are strange and unfamiliar creatures, though their motivations and cultures might have familiar aspects. Now let’s flip things and look at humans, a species we all know pretty well but which sees the galaxy in a very strange way…

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