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Thursday, September 22

Capitol City Crime Report, part 2

This is part two of this three-parter. Side quests galore and multiple GM's in this campaign. First time I have tried this and so far working out great. Find all the episodes recorded for your listening enjoyment on my podcast The Vanishing Tower.  



Monday, September 19

CyberPunk 2020 Fast, Dirty, Expendables & Lifepath Generators

 I stumbled onto this on-line generator just now, and wow, does this have utility for any of my sci-fi, science fantasy games! Looks like it is from the publishers of the original Cyberpunk 2020 game as well. My recent explorations with running these "vintage" science fiction games has made me quite comfortable with a range of these old-sometimes-clunky-but-fantastically-fun games. Space Opera, Traveller, Cyberpunk 2020, Star Wars, Ring World, Hawkmoon, Universe, Gamma World, Star Frontiers... for what it is worth I can run any of these in short order. Yeah, to bad none of this expertise has practical applications in the job market, but I do take a certain satisfaction in being able to love and utilize these arcane weapons in sophisticated ways.

Generators like these make using these games even easier! Access to many different random generators help keep interesting content flowing at the table by these in-genre deflections of thought to hit the right note, idea, or genre trope on the fly mid-session. 



Wednesday, September 14

Madison Hut Received BFRPG



 It was wet, it was steep, it was a typical hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I started out like this, 


under some sun and 80% humidity on the valley floor. And then you end up here,


After the slog I collapsed in my bunk at Madison Springs Hut and surveyed the map for on the morrow we would assault the summit of Mount Washington.


But till then there was coffee to drink and spaghetti to eat and an evening cigarette to smoke. When the Croo finished the dishes and the thru-hikers fought over the left overs before they had to camp on the sodden ground I presented the Hut Master Trevor with the hand made slip case containing BFRPG, Castle by the Sea adventure anthology, the Field Guide to Monsters, and of course Purging Woth N’Rld Oakwyn’s Muddy Hole.



Trevor was taken aback but quickly grasped the nature of the gift. When I showed him the Dice bag tucked into the slip case he thought the whole package was an amazing gift for the cabin and its revolving Croo.

 Thanks to all the donors who helped fund this dream of mine. Only seven more remote mountain huts to go!

Sunday, September 4

Capitol City Crime Journal - The Red Report

The Even Heroes Bleed supers campaign continues to be a new, dynamic experience for me. Once again I turned over the Game Master reins to Mettle's player Mike to run an adventure of his own devising. When I get a chance to play instead of run I use my favorite vigilante-NPC of the game, Ultra-Rosa. A gun-toting, martial arts master and gadgeteer wizard with red body armor, an array of firearms and a specially modified red 2018 Chrysler 300. Paid off. A female version of the Punisher basically. 

Today she got to team up with our newest PC hero, the Olympian. He is a flying brick from another world, a human enhanced alien. Straight up Superman vibe except he is way cooler than the Man of Steel, just saying.

We, as a group, took this detour because the PC hero Mr. Zozo couldn't make it. In a couple of weeks I can't play, so then we are looking at the Olympian and Mr. Zozo teaming up. Making me pay attention to the campaign calendar. With all these side quests going on where everything begins to occur has meaning. Since old-school gaming encourages emergent play the game group is getting a wider world to play in and everyone at the table (including the two co-GMs here) do not know where this all leads and what dramatic outcomes await. My strategy is now no matter who can make the game session we have episodes/issues which can always be played.

To keep the story threads in order I've broken the run so far into several "comic book" series. The main comic line is Even Heroes Bleed. All other story lines have to acknowledge this story line as the main story of the campaign. Every PC hero in the game has had to walk the stage in this blockbuster line. Bug, Mettle, Red Runner, Ultra-Rosa, Olympian, Mr. Zozo.

Mike took us on the campaigns first side quest with the Capitol Point Casino Adventures. These adventures (and today's session) are going to fall under the Capitol City Crime Journal: The Red Report. We have had 10 issues now of this vehicle for Ultra-Rosa's exploits when she is being run by me as a player. The Olympian has had a single issue. This was the episode where I ran just him in an adventure against some visiting galactic bounty hunters.

Now, since I cannot make next session we are going to try and continue the adventure we started today (investigating the New Revelations Church and a string of murders) in Mr. Zozo's own comic book, Road to Redemption, featuring the Macabre Mr. Zozo. Pretty nifty. The game is getting really dynamic and all the PCs feel their efforts make a notable difference in the campaign world. The only thing the game suffers (and this is common in all ttrpgs) is how long it takes to play involved adventures. There are so many potentials and intriguing avenues for rich drama, we will never see them all played out. Ah, the frailty of an rpg world. Only so much of the game world gets told, only so many tales will be spun before life changes our real destinies. And we don't know yet what those will be!