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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8. RPG Superstar 6 Season Dedicated Voter, 7 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,535 posts. 14 reviews. No lists. No wishlists.


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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Greylurker wrote:

New episode of Grimgar, just brutal. Between this and Erased it's been a heart crushing week (new episode of Konobusa can't come fast enough I need some light hearted fun)

** spoiler omitted **

(yeah I really need a new Konobusa right now)

Agreed (and really enjoying this Winter Season).

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One way to play a lot of games at a con is to run a lot of games. I really enjoyed running a game at last year's PaizoCon and I'm itching to run some more. I also have a bunch of other RPGs that I never get to play that I'd like to run.

I definitely plan on submitting the Terror in the Colonies adventure I ran last year (a 3rd level Pathfinder adventure set in the Shadows over Vathak campaign setting).

Beyond that, I'm also interested in submitting as an event 2-3 of the following games.

Silhouette of a Shadow (my 1st level Pathfinder SoV adventure published by Fat Goblin Games).
Against the Cult of the Bat God (my 5th level Pathfinder adventure published by Raging Swan Press)
Shadows of the Demon Lord RPG (either one of the many scenarios I have have or an original adventure).
The Strange RPG (probably one of the two con adventures I have).
Ryuutama RPG (a light Japanese RPG about journeys and explorations)
Kuro RPG (cyberpunk horror set in Japan).

These games will be submitted as lottery events. Just curious to see what interest is out there for games and what people would like to put in for.

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Looking forward to this. I was fortunate enough to contribute to It Came from the Star and that book came out beautifully (and also hitting Endzeitgeist's Top 10 list for that year).

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I'm happy to hear that everyone's enjoying their Raging Swan Patreon. I've had the privilege of writing for Raging Swan for close to 5 years(!) now and I'm very proud of the work I've done under Creighton's tutelage. Glad to know it's making its way to peoples' gaming tables.

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WormysQueue wrote:
And the fun shows. Great Work, John.

Thanks for the review and I'm glad you enjoyed it! As you mentioned in your review, I definitely strive to not only make the village interesting and flavorful but also to provide the GM with enough seeds/plot hooks to easily expand into full adventures.

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This one was a lot of fun to write. I got to use some of the material I wrote for Occult Adventures in it. There's some interesting mysterious and problems for players to interact with in this village.

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There's a certain Rise of the Runelord mini- forget the name (a roguish human male dualwielding a rapier and dagger) that Snaps just loves to grab and carry off with her. Luckily, he is fairly common in the set.

Snaps has also trained my gaming group to feed her treats. She's shy, so the vet recommended giving her treats when strangers came over. Well, my friends come over every other week and always sit in the same place. Since Phil was closest to the treats, I had him give them to her. Now, when they show up, she comes over multiple times for treats and, of course, gets them. She does let people pet her a little bit, so it's working.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Drank some Sebago (out of Maine) Bonfire Rye Ale the other night- very good rye IPA style.

Shipyard's (out of Maine) Prelude Ale is also quite good this time of year if you like those darker, holiday spiced beers.

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Wyrmwraith, I'm so proud to see how far you've come *sniffles*

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Nightterror wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
I've seen a couple people mention the bone ship so I'm glad people are digging it. Along with the death coach, can't go wrong with some vehicular undead.

Those two + the Wraithwyrm and Polong are probably my favorite undead in the book, i'm glad you kept away from the more humanoid undead!

Cool and thanks- those are all ones I designed!

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I've seen a couple people mention the bone ship so I'm glad people are digging it. Along with the death coach, can't go wrong with some vehicular undead.

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Glad to be a part of this. As someone who worked on It Came from the Stars for Zombie Sky Press, I was hired for this job because I have a very particular set of skills, skills I've acquired over a very long career...

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Go wyrmwraith!

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
T-10 minutes until the new Ghost in the Shell movie starts. :D

Thanks for the reminder!

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The contest is still going! Enter to win a free copy of the forthcoming Shadows over Vathak Player's Guide!- Shadows over Vathak

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We are closing in on the half-way mark. If you liked Zombie Sky Press's "It Came from the Stars," you'll dig this. Were the former was a toolkit, Aethera is a fully fleshed out sci-fi fantasy galaxy! I was a designer on ICftS and I'm looking forward to contributing sci-fi goodness to this project.

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Also, some Crunchyroll guest passes-

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I started rewatching Chihayafuru on Crunchyroll- great slice of life anime and I learned something about Japanese culture I never knew- karuta.

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Freehold DM wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Found this older article about Rightstuf and their Gundam releases. I'm very happy to read about Zeta- Netflix didn't have the last ten episodes so I watched the movies which have a different ending. ZZ is interesting as I haven't read good things about that series even though it's set in the UC. Reviews say it's such a different tone (more light-hearted). But UC Gundam, so I'll get it. I hope they'll eventually do Char's Counterattack.

ZZ was...is...*sigh* a special series...

I do wonder if tomino made it to end gundam in such a way that noone would ever make another one.

Is Victory any good? My only familiarity with it is two characters from the Gundam Warriors 3 video game.
victory is also weird. I haven't watched it in full, but I have it on good authority that tomino was a bit down when working on it and it shows in the horrid deaths some(80%) of the cast suffers during the show. Also, there were some budget woes- not quite to the extent of gundam wing reusing shots, but close.

Cool, thanks for the info.

One of Gundam model kits came with an advertisement for a bunch of newly released blueray boxed sets that seem to line up with what Rightstuf is releasing (Zeta, Victory). Also, it mentions Stardust Memory, so I'm hoping that comes to the US as well.

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I think people are really going to dig this project. Robert and his core team did a great job of creating the initial concept and making a world that feels both sci-fi and the classic RPG you know.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Be immortalized forever! (Until you are consumed by the Old Ones...)

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Freehold DM wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Found this older article about Rightstuf and their Gundam releases. I'm very happy to read about Zeta- Netflix didn't have the last ten episodes so I watched the movies which have a different ending. ZZ is interesting as I haven't read good things about that series even though it's set in the UC. Reviews say it's such a different tone (more light-hearted). But UC Gundam, so I'll get it. I hope they'll eventually do Char's Counterattack.

ZZ was...is...*sigh* a special series...

I do wonder if tomino made it to end gundam in such a way that noone would ever make another one.

Is Victory any good? My only familiarity with it is two characters from the Gundam Warriors 3 video game.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Found this older article about Rightstuf and their Gundam releases. I'm very happy to read about Zeta- Netflix didn't have the last ten episodes so I watched the movies which have a different ending. ZZ is interesting as I haven't read good things about that series even though it's set in the UC. Reviews say it's such a different tone (more light-hearted). But UC Gundam, so I'll get it. I hope they'll eventually do Char's Counterattack.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Freehold DM wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Rented Mobile Suit Gundam Origins II this weekend. It was pretty good but I liked 1 better. This one focused on Artesia/Sayla primarily, so less action- felt more like a filler episode between 1 and and 3 (which I'm guessing based on the the timeline, will definitely have more action). Lots of little cameos in this 2, though. I also hope we get a lower priced State side DVD or Bluray instead of the $100 "collectible" one.

it's true gundam.

You are going to pay through the nose.

Yeah, still haven't seen Char's Counterattack cuz the prices are crazy and Netflix is spotty with the Gundam they have in stock (and half the time the discs I get are old and cracked). I did get a good price on the Zeta movies but looks like the price has gone up on Amazon. UC isn't so bad with the DVDs but the blurays swing from expensive to crazy expensive.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Rented Mobile Suit Gundam Origins II this weekend. It was pretty good but I liked 1 better. This one focused on Artesia/Sayla primarily, so less action- felt more like a filler episode between 1 and and 3 (which I'm guessing based on the the timeline, will definitely have more action). Lots of little cameos in this 2, though. I also hope we get a lower priced State side DVD or Bluray instead of the $100 "collectible" one.

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop.

Thanks for the review and glad you enjoyed it! Creighton and I both wanted it to have a classic pulp feel to the empire as well. I read a complete Howard's Conan collection before even attempting to write this.

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Krensky wrote:
Both light novel series are published by the same company.

Ah ha! It was kind of funny to see.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka John Benbo

Congrats!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

John Benbo wrote:
For those of you with Netflix streaming only- it recently added Durarara!! and the 1st half of Durarara X2!!. It's got quite a bit of everything in it but I enjoy it quite a bit.

I lied slightly- Netflix has the 1st cour of Durarara x2!!. Cour 2 just finished and I didn't realize there is a third cour airing next year.

For some reason, the van of some minor characters has the characters from The Irregular at Magic High School painted on the side. Not sure w hat the connection is. There's also a cardboard cut-out in the beginning that looks suspiciously like Holo (I think there's also some other in jokes by the same two otaku characters).

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Some write horror to exorcise their demons, but Pett writes horror because he is a demon :).

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Go, wyrmwraith, go! You can do it!

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For those of you with Netflix streaming only- it recently added Durarara!! and the 1st half of Durarara X2!!. It's got quite a bit of everything in it but I enjoy it quite a bit.

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My friends and I really enjoyed playing the Strange at GenCon. I have a majority of the books and am hoping to run it in the future.

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop. Cheers!

Just saw this! Thanks for the review and kind words. This one pulled from a lot of childhood memories and experiences spent on a certain fogbound island where I did pace the widow walks, visit whaling museums, and read books on the local hauntings. And thank you to Raging Swan Press for letting me write something with such a heavy dose of New England horror in it.

Also, I'm glad you pointed this out-

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indeed, its concise presentation and flair render this essentially a sandbox module that tells you to just fill in the blanks - its potential is that pronounced, this can be run as a more than inspired backdrop. More seamlessly than in most pdfs in an already glorious line, this one can be used for a pretty neat experiment in GMing I like to engage in time and time again:

Take this village. Throw your PCs in. Watch.

I've been meaning to do a blog on designing for the village backdrops but you hit the nail on the head- one of the key elements to a good village backdrop, for me, is to present at least 2-3 complications with the appropriate NPCs and locations so that a GM could essentially use the village as a short adventure.

A lot of my approach now to these village backdrops is based on reading a lot more "rules-lite" and story driven, narrative RPGs where the GM is encouraged to wing it and develop the plot based on the PCs actions and what they find interesting. So, I'm very happy you picked up how I tried to incorporate that design philosophy into the village (which means I did it right!). My next village backdrop is very much not horror but keeps the same design principles in mind.

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Nice, looking forward to this! Running a Barakus campaign right now and my players seem to be gravitating more towards the urban side of the sandbox than the actual, huge dungeon filled with treasure.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

An indie film company is slated to do a Colour Out of Space adaption-

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/39090/lovecraft-s-color-out-of-space-gets- adapted

What Lovecraft story (besides Guillermo's maybe someday At the Mountains of Madness) would you like to see adapted for the big screen (if any)?

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Happy birthday, Raging Swan! Looking forward to many more years!

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Even though my Kingmaker campaign is on the last AP volume, yeah, I'm going to have to throw one some templates or class levels on this monster and send a bunch of them after the PCs. Love the imagery and the feel of this one- kind of like a lower-CR wendigo (a nice monster but at its CR, more than likely won't get as used as a hollow one). Nice job!

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This one reminded me a bit of one of the monsters from RPG Superstar 2012- the abandoned one- an undead monster that seeks to isolate its prey from others. However, I think the mechanics in the tatterghoul are bit more streamlined and sound, making the idea of an isolating undead work.

This is a super creepy monster that reminds me of Japanese horror films. Good work on this!

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Congratulations to the Top 16 and looking forward to reading your monsters!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

I think Durarara!! would make for a really great FATE game especially with the World of Dew city building rules.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Greylurker wrote:
John Benbo wrote:

Looking for assistance in identifying an anime I watched a few years ago- I think through streaming on Netflix. I don't remember it being a series, so maybe it was OVA or movie...? I'll spoiler the details below if anyone wants to assist me. It involved vampires.

** spoiler omitted **

Thank you to anyone who can tell me the title! I'll probably feel stupid when I learn what it is :).

I know I've seen that....recently too

it was a flashback in a larger series..

AH

FATE/Zero... it was Kiritsugu backstory

Yep that's it and thanks! And wow...I've seen Fate/Zero and I completely disassociated that one episode from the whole series. Must have made an impression on me!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Looking for assistance in identifying an anime I watched a few years ago- I think through streaming on Netflix. I don't remember it being a series, so maybe it was OVA or movie...? I'll spoiler the details below if anyone wants to assist me. It involved vampires.

Spoiler:

It started off on an island in Japan. A father who was a scientist was experimenting with vampire DNA. Something happened and the community was infected. This female vampire hunter showed up and killed the vampires, including the scientist and her daughter who become infected (I think). The vampire hunter rescues the scientist's son, who is the main protagonist of the story.

The protagonist goes to live with the vampire hunter who is cold and distance but she teaches him how to fight vampires.

In the present day, the female vampire hunter kills a powerful vampire lord on an airplane. However, he was carrying something so that when he died, he started affecting people. The rest of the movie involves the protagonist and female vampire hunter fighting off this outbreak. It ends, I think, with the female vampire hunter sacrificing her life to crash an airplane into the boat. I think...

Thank you to anyone who can tell me the title! I'll probably feel stupid when I learn what it is :).

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Awesome! I hope people enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it. Based on many summers spent on Nantucket.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka John Benbo

Great item and congrats, Kalyna!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka John Benbo

Congrats, Taylor!

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Congrats, Kiel!

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Congrats, everyone! I recognize a lot of names this year- past contestants and 3PP freelancers. It's going to be quite the season!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka John Benbo

Congrats, Jeff!

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I want to see a mutation mind Rasputin- it even rhymes- "mutant Rasputin" and then he goes all Tetsuo on the PCs!

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Krensky wrote:
It's on Hulu, which is where a lot of the stuff Sentai Filmworks licenses shows up.

Awesome! Good to know and a reason to not drop Hulu (have a subscription but haven't used it in awhile).

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