Tales From the Loop Review – Part 3

In earlier reviews I went over the setting and character generation of Tales From the Loop and now it’s time to look at this game from the GM’s perspective. What sort of dangers and obstacles can kids expect to run into in the area around the Loop? Read on and find out.

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Introducing Dark Horizon

When I announced that Star Trek: Cypher wouldn’t be part of the site anymore, I told you all that I was planning on focusing that energy into reviving an old sci-fi setting that I have been playing around with for years. Called Dark Horizon, it was among my first creations for roleplaying games and I’m really excited to give it some new life.

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Star Trek: Cypher is Now Private

Hey everyone. I have some sad news: I’ve decided to pull all of the Star Trek: Cypher content from the site. This might seem abrupt, and it definitely is, but I got an advisory email from Monte Cook Games that made me think critically about the implications of using this much copyrighted material.

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More Undertakings for AME

Like I’ve mentioned previously, the material for The One Ring RPG is a great boon for the DMs running Adventures in Middle-earth RPG. In particular, I’ve been making frequent use of all the extra undertakings listed in the Adventurer’s Companion and in a previous post I converted the common undertakings to AME. I’m back now with some more from the area around Rivendell. My players have been dealing with that location a lot and I want to extend their options when visiting. They also have been splitting up nearly every Fellowship Phase so I’ve expanded the list of individual tasks they can try. Now you all get the benefits of my labor!

Individual and Eriador Undertakings

All of these are inspired by the undertakings from The One Ring RPG. I take no credit for their originality.

The Bridges We Burn Review

The Bridges We Burn is a five-part adventure series for Numenera written by Janek Sielicki intended for Tier 3 characters. It’s a Cypher product, meaning that groups in other Cypher games might find a lot to use in here, but it should be most exciting to Numenera fans. And excited you should definitely be.

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Book Review – One Summer

I’ve been a big fan of Bill Bryson for years, ever since I read his amazing A Walk In the Woods in middle school. He’s hilarious and interesting and he makes topics that would otherwise be very dry (from the history of English to a drive through the American Midwest) into page-turners. One of his latest book is One Summer, the story of June, July, and August 1927 in America, and it’s not only a great read but it’s a resource waiting for your early-twentieth-century campaign.

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Holiday Hiatus

This will be my last post for 2016 and it feels pretty weird! I started this blog this summer just wanting to share my thoughts with people and maybe generate some feedback. The connections I’ve made and the support from people has felt pretty good but I also know that I’m mostly doing this for myself. I make stuff that I’d want to play and I think that’s the beauty of RPGs. You can easily design and modify things more than you can with a boardgame and certainly more than with a video game or (shudder) real life.

I’m open to suggestion, though. If you are reading this and there’s something in particular you’d like to see on this blog then write me a message here and let me know. It’s a whole new year in 2017 and I’m willing to go in new and strange directions.

See you in the future!

Fiasco Scenario for Meathab

I think this will be my holiday tradition on here. As I said last timeFiasco is a great holiday game when you’re going to be around a big group of people.With Christmas coming up on Sunday I think that’s going to be the situation for a lot of people and you might want to get some gaming in. At the same time, you probably won’t always have a group of RPG fans to rope into a quick one-shot, but Fiasco works as a bridge between traditional party games and roleplaying games. If this works, maybe they’ll be into trying something new!

This scenario is set in the world of Eclipse Phase in the crazy messed-up location of Meathab. My Titanian scenario tended toward the dramatic and transhuman; this one tends toward the bizarre and ridiculous. Try it out this holiday season and let me know how it goes!

What Happens at Meathab, Stays at Meathab
A Scenario for Fiasco

Active Session Zero for Numenera

I’ve been (belatedly) listening to the One Shot Podcast‘s episodes of Numenera and it inspired me to create a new Session Zero contribution. Like my last outline, this is an active Session Zero which combines the first narrative bit of the story with creating characters for an extended campaign.

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Fellowship Undertakings

The Adventure’s Companion came out for The One Ring RPG and it’s really awesome! I’m planning on a full review in the near future but in the meantime I’m looking through the helpful list of all the Fellowship Phase Undertakings in there for use in my Adventures in Middle Earth game. The next session is tonight and they’ll be ending an Adventuring Phase so this is very timely.

The link below shows a short section of undertakings converted for AME. I hope you find them as useful as I did and keep an eye out for the next installment with even more.

Common Fellowship Undertakings