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As for gaming the past week...

My new indie/story-game RPG group met for the first time! We ran a Session Zero for Monster of the Week. I'm planning this to be a 6-8 session miniseries. We did worldbuilding and character creation. The set-up: The PCs will be members of a world-spanning cabal of occultists called "The Invisible College" that was originally founded by John Dee circa 1500. The College is a Gnostic organization comprised of many Orders—The PCs are members of an arm that goes out into the world to deal with supernatural threats and to protect the "mundanes" from learning of the supernatural. To that end, the College has a separate order comprised of undercover agents who monitor media, civilian authorities, and the Internet to learn of such threats. The College has rivalry and opposition with other supernaturally-attuned organizations, including covens of vampires, hedge witches, and the US government's secret PSI Bureau.

I love this set up!

It was entirely player-generated. I asked a few leading questions, but all of these details came from the table!

I absolutely LOVE that aspect of "Powered by the Apocalypse" games!

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*grumbles about five hours of sleep*

I mean, it was my own fault. So I’m grumbling about myself.


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I've been Googling "easy karaoke songs," and Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' has come up in nearly every list.

It turns out 'Undone - The Sweater Song' is a great choice.


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I've been Googling "easy karaoke songs," and Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' has come up in nearly every list.
It turns out 'Undone - The Sweater Song' is a great choice.

My karaoke go-to songs are "Friend of the Devil" by the Grateful Dead, and "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen.


I don't karaoke. I learned a long time ago a man has to know his limitations, and my singing voice is so bad it could curdle water. So that's right out.

What's the plan this weekend? I have a game tomorrow night and I hope it's not a repeat of two weeks ago when I got so violently ill 2 hours into it. One of the guys who drives from Memphis to get here (2.5 hours away) lost his Mom Wednesday night but said that he and his son are still planning on attending. It might be a somber gathering, especially when combined with the death of an NPC they'd grown quite fond of in the last session. We shall see.


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This past week went well in gaming!

Session 1 of "Monster of the Week: The Invisible College" went swimmingly! The PCs are professional supernatural investigators who work for a mysterious arcane cabal. They just flew into the city of Portsmouth, NH to investigate what local authorities think was a simple assault/attempted murder, but the PCs know is some kind of undead creature. Poor die rolls throughout the investigation drove the narrative to an unexpected shoot-out with the creature inside the assault victim's apartment. After kicking the party's collective butt, he teleported away, just as the PCs hear converging police sirens in the distance...

Our Pathfinder 2e group just finished "Age of Ashes: Hellknight Hill." The player of the party thief needs to take the next two months off of gaming, so I just re-worked my dwarf wizard to take the Rogue Dedication so as to become the party's expert on locks and traps. I think it's a good fit! I still need to level him up to 5th as we start Book 2. (Yay! 3rd-level spells!)

The GM of the PF2e page is out of town for the next two weeks. I'm going to try to organize a couple of one-shots for that time-slot.


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Aiymi's birthday today. Zelda and I are taking her to see The Naked Magicians tonight. As for the rest of the weekend, I have no idea what's in store.


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Aiymi's birthday today. Zelda and I are taking her to see The Naked Magicians tonight. As for the rest of the weekend, I have no idea what's in store.

Tell her happy birthday for us!

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Friend of mine cancelled on plans this weekend. No gaming. :( After lots of stressful, hectic nonsense this week torn between chilling/going somewhere to clear my head, and doing stuff that needs to be done like clean my kitchen.


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We'll play something this weekend, as we're not supposed to get any snow whatsoever and it's actually supposed to climb up into the 40s at some point this weekend.


My game took place. That's about all that I can really say about it...lol. Two of the players kept falling asleep and one, who is on the autistic spectrum and is usually the closest thing to a rules lawyer we have wouldn't pay attention at all. And Skype kept dropping out or freezing up so my the player who we use that with had to finish out the game via the speaker on my phone. sigh..... We reconvene on March 14th. I think I may kill one of them to get their attention...

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Got about an hour before we pick up Skull and Shackles. Nowhere near prepared, but that's nothing unusual. Hopefully they don't decide to fight the dragon...


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I'm working on my Monster of the Week game at the moment. Right now, I'm taking a break from last week's session write-up. I should get that out within the hour.

Once that's done, I'm going to finish up outlining the mystery. I hadn't really left myself enough time to fill out the full mystery worksheet before last week's game, and just kind of shot from the hip and let the game play out as it would. It worked out fine: I let the players' decisions and dice results (particularly the "misses") tell me what was happening, and we spun a pretty exciting initial session. That's the thing I love most about Apocalypse-Engine games: The game mechanics support and encourage collaborative emergent storytelling. We're currently at a place I hadn't counted on, and I'm super-excited to find out where it's going next!

We're adding a new player this week, so we'll also need to figure out how the new person gets involved: I have a few ideas, but we'll need to figure that out at the table. I'm not worried: He's one of the best and most innovative role-players I've ever had the pleasure to have at my table.

After I finish up the prep for Tuesday night's game, I'm then going to work more on the Incursion I'm writing for The Gauntlet's Trophy Gold incursion design contest. My idea is that the treasure-hunters are sorting through the former encampment of a recently-broken-up ring of shipwreckers and their magical false lighthouse. The hunters will find out the hard way why the Royal Navy left in such a hurry...

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They fought the dragon.

Only two PCs escaped.


Howdy, all! What's the plan for this weekend? My group is out until March 14th because of scheduling conflicts so no gaming goodness for me for a while. On the upside the plumber finally got my tub to drain and also unclogged the drainpipe outside. I can finally take a shower (it's been a few days. Whew) I've been battling the clogging bathtub and the slow draining for a very long time but it finally needed a professional to get the job done.

Hopefully, none of you have a clogged drain this weekend! Game on!

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Working through the weekend, got a new user to setup for Monday. Hopefully I can buckle down on some documentation in the spare hours.


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Not a ton of gaming planned for the weekend, as usual. I am hoping to get more work done on my Trophy Gold incursion for a writing contest over at The Gauntlet.

My wife is home for the weekend, and we're planning to go out to dinner tonight to a local New Orleans-style restaurant that has the best bloody Marys and the best raw bar in town. I think we might go see a movie tomorrow as well, but we haven't picked one yet.

I saw Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey last night by myself while waiting for her flight to arrive—the theater is near the airport. Fun movie. The tone was a little weird: At once extremely comic and very dark.

I'm quoting NPR film critic Glen Weldon, but let us take a moment to mourn the metric ton of fresh celery stalks that gave their lives in service to the foley of this film. SO much bone-crunching.

Next week, my Pathfinder game is still on hiatus. We're moving my Monster of the Week game to that game's usual night so that I can take part in an epilogue session for the 9-month-long Night Witches online game I had taken part in. The GM ran the entire Second World War for that game. 48 sessions. I was only in 10 of them. This epilogue game is going to be in the format of a 1998 Ken Burns-style TV documentary about the Night Witches squadron, with interviews with surviving pilots. All of the players were invited to attend the session. It looks like we'll have about 10 players in the video conference. I don't think that the GM is going to run any game mechanics, although I suppose he might pull something from Primetime Adventures, the TV series simulation RPG.


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Nothing planned tonight.

Savage Tide tomorrow afternoon.

Possibly finishing a one shot from back in January tomorrow night, if weather doesn't keep me from attending.

No plans for Sunday, I think.


No game this weekend. GF is coming down to visit. My son's GF showed up last night without my knowing she was coming and is planning to stay the weekend. That pretty much ruins my weekend right there. No one but he likes her. Not me, not his mom, not my GF, no one. It's going to be a really tense couple of days. And I'm nearly out of Xanax.

So, what about the rest of you guys? What's the plan?

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Well, I get to watch the captain and first mate pick up the pieces with their remaining crew members. Where do they go from here? Oh wait, that's my job...


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I only played one game this past week.

The Night Witches retrospective was a whole lot of fun: The format was an hour-long documentary called Women at War: The Night Witches, which was an episode of the (fictitious) 1991 History Channel series "Women at War".

Here is a video of our wrap session for this campaign.

Let me tell you about my character:
Lt. Marina "Mina" Darchiashvli hadn't been a major player: She joined the Night Witches in November 1942 and mustered out due to injuries sustained in a crash in March 1944. We described the low-budget dramatization of her one big heroic moment from 1944: Taking out a German machine-gunner from the top of a half-track during take-off by leaning behind her and emptying her TT-30 pistol at him. It also dramatized her crash at the Soviet airbase at the end of the flight. This session was recorded.

[That was also the last session of the game that I was able to attend, so that was Mina's exit from the storyline.]

Mina's story after the war:
While the cause of the crash was determined to be enemy fire severing two of the support struts of her Po-2 biplane's landing gear, she was charged with misuse of Soviet property while she was recovering her injuries. She successfully defended the charges, but that cast a pall on her military career. Between that and her injuries, she never flew a plane again. After the war, she settled in Kalingrad. In 1954, in the midst of Stalin's purges, she saw that they were going after anybody who had ever been suspected of counterrevolutionary activity... and that probably meant it was only a matter of time before they came for her. She slipped across the border into Poland, and from there bribed her way onto a freighter bound for Norway. She defected in Norway and immigrated to the United States in 1960. She settled in the Little Russia neighborhood of Chicago, where she opened a corner grocery store. She never married.

In 1991, at the time of the filming of the documentary, Mina was 71 years old, and retired. She still lived in the apartment above her former store, which was now a Rite Aid drugstore. While Mina was not a particularly major figure in the Night Witches, she featured prominently in the documentary because she lived in the United States and spoke fluent English.

* * * *

I had a terrible bout of insomnia on the night before this past week's Monster of the Week game, and I didn't think I'd have the mental acuity to run, so I cancelled it. Our PF2e game was on hiatus because our GM has been on vacation.

Looking ahead to next week: My Monster of the Week game is off again because I'm having minor elective surgery on the usual day, and I doubt that I'll be up to running a game that evening. Our PF2e Age of Ashes game is scheduled to resume this week.

I am trying to get on the schedule to either play in or run a one-shot online game of Bluebeard's Bride this Thursday, with a few people on the Magpie Games Discord. We'll see if that pans out.


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Our Pathfinder game got cancelled because our GM may have been exposed to COVID-19. He isn't showing symptoms and isn't under official quarantine, but he is self-sequestering. We're going to try running the game remotely via Roll20 next week.

My attempt at putting together an online Bluebeard's Bride game didn't pan out this week, but we're looking at a possible game on Monday the 16th.


No game this week for us either, one player is absent due to bday party for her kiddo and a second is hit or miss with a busy IRL schedule and a newborn en route, and missing two players is where I draw the line for session cancellations.

On the other hand me NWN DMing is returning with the resumption of Dwarfquest! The dwarves are clearing out dangers in the Thunder Peaks region so they have less to watch their backs for before delving into the ruins of Thunderholme. This session will be dealing with the notorious White Mountain kobold tribe.


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No plans at this time. Aiymi may or may not be driving to Chattanooga to work with a client. That's a bit up-in-the-air with obvious concerns.


We're gathering Saturday. I could have spent the last 3 weeks working on the game, but nooooooo. I'll end up brainstorming and fretting until right before game time to put something together. You know, like always.


Insomnia last night, so to have something to do while listening to the rain and staring at the ceiling, I came up with an idea that will make this next adventure part of a story arc I can bring back around in the future. Go me. Now if I can stay awake to write it all down.


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Got my weeks mixed up, Savage Tide game is go this week =D


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I'm switching my Tuesday night Monster of the Week game to online play until further notice: We now have confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county.


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My group are my wife and kids so we'll actually get to play more than we would otherwise.

We'll be playing Extinction Curse this week, possibly some Starfinder as well, though everyone is excited to join the circus, so we'll probably get wrapped up in that.

So far we have a Monk that will multiclass with sorcerer to model Spider-Man and a Gnome Ranger with a chicken (bird of prey) animal companion.


Sweet.


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I've also recently purchased Assassin's Creed Origins and it is a lot of fun!


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So far everything is on for 5e game this Tuesday. But that could change literally any minute depending on how the health news goes.


After some serious thought and discussion with my group, our gaming will be on hiatus for the immediate future. Online gaming isn't an option for anyone in the group except for one person, so I'm going to focus on being a complete ass to the people in my house. My son's best friend (who is a complete loser) got kicked out of his apartment and showed up on my couch yesterday morning. My lease only allows for someone not listed on it to stay 15 days. I'm going to do my best to cut that crap short. Then I find out my son's gf is coming to spend a few days. I'm not happy about this AT ALL. I could go on with reasons why this is another bad idea, but it'll just start me on a rant.

To top everything else off, my son lost his job Monday, his band's gigs are all canceled for the next two months, my ex-wife's (we're still very good friends) beloved German shepherd had to be put down last night, and right now I'm physically feeling like shpoop.

So. No games. But there may be blood. I hope you guys get to do some gaming in some form or another!!!


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Less than a day after I posted that our in person game was cancelled, and the proposed online replacement didn't happen that week due to complications.

We shouldbe good this week for both Saturday and Tuesday games, as it's not like any one will be otherwise occupied.


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Due to the governor's announcement about us going on shelter-from-home and everyone who can work from home should, our office executive finally gave in. So I worked about 14-15 hours yesterday and been at the office since early this morning to get stuff ready for sending people home as early as possible Monday-Tuesday.


No gaming goodness here. Anyone remote gaming? Working on things for when we're able to rejoin our merry bands? I've been working on making a pair of intelligent swords for the new story arc in my campaign. The party doesn't know it yet, but the sword they found in the last game is a long lost Holy Avenger. It chooses who will wield it and absolutely none of the fighters even wanted the "shiny, magical sword"! The party rogue took it and it immediately imparted into him the proficiency for using it. It's also whispering to him but he can't make out what it's saying. AND THEN someone does an alignment check on it and reveals it's lawful good. There were regrets.


No savage tide this weekend or next, as one of my players will be busy with visiting grand/parents.

5e Tuesdays online version is still good to go, though.


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The nice part of playing with your wife and kids is now they have no choice.

They can either game, or go insane.


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We will be playing Starfinder this weekend.

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Work weekend for me. They have one person in the office and everyone else working from home. As the 12 hour shift, I get to be the lucky one.


I'm one of five techs on call for the entire company for the next two weeks. I expect this to be a busy work weekend.


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Remote gaming extravaganza for me, all run over Zoom, or Zoom + Roll20.

We took a week off of our regular Monster of the Week game and I ran a one-shot of Lasers & Feelings instead.

I'll be playing in our PF2e "Age of Ashes" game in about an hour.

And on Saturday, I'll be in the first session of a D&D 5e game, GMed by my old college roommate. We haven't played an RPG together since our AD&D 2e campaign finale in 1991. And he lives in China.


Happy Friday, everyone! What's everyone up to this weekend? Still in isolation here with games on hiatus. I'm not like some folks and going stir crazy because this is actually my preferred lifestyle...lol. By myself, the vast majority of the time interspersed with gaming every two weeks and no one to bother me any other time. Except for the fact that I'm actually quite terrified by the situation that's causing America to have to hunker in their bunkers I'm doing really well. The only glitch is my son. He lost his job at the start of the shelter in place stuff a couple of weeks ago, has done nothing to look for another, hasn't bothered to apply for unemployment, and refuses to stay home where not only is he safer but the chances of passing this crap on to me or his mother are reduced. He is, at least, not here right now. He went to his gf's last Sunday, came home briefly yesterday and showered then left for "isolation" with the rest of the guys in his band to write songs. But even then he's not taking any of the situation seriously.

Anyway, enough of that. What are you guys doing?

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Submitted my change of rank to VL this morning. I know my VA will do fine as the new VC. But it's really official now.

This weekend is my three day weekend, which is even better as it's Wrestlemania weekend. Even though Wrestlemania is weird this year due to the quarantine situation. It's pre-taped with no audience, so they have a lot of freedom to do things we can't normally see. Whether or not they take advantage of it remains to be seen.

Maybe I'll pull together a Roll20 session of something.


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That Saturday D&D 5e game was a whole lot of fun! 5e isn't my favorite system, but I know it well enough, and it was SO MUCH FUN to be playing with someone I hadn't played an RPG with in over 25 years. It was in a homebrew setting that was adjacent to both Greyhawk and Ravenloft, with pre-generated 5th-level characters. I'm playing a wizard (conjurer) who was the former apprentice of the evil wizard ruling the land. She's now the leader of a group of "Robin Hood"-style bandits. We're plotting the overthrow of the government.

The GM is intending to run this as an old-school tournament adventure in the future; we're playtesting the adventure, but if we're all having fun, we'll keep going when the adventure is over.

In other gaming, I'm currently writing a flashback adventure for my "Monster of the Week" game: At the end of the last session, the PCs confronted the Big Bad of the adventure: The revenant of an occultist who died in 1893. The player of The Monstrous character used her ability to Manipulate Someone on monsters, and rolled a full success: She asked him to tell them his story!

So... next week, I'm going to run a flashback story, where the PCs are the the monster (while he was still human) and the rest of his coven on their final adventure. I'll be using the game system Trophy Dark for the flashback. Trophy Dark is a fantasy-horror RPG of desperate tresasure-hunters seeking fortune in forest that does not want them there. I'm tweaking the system a bit to set it in 1890s New England. It's also one of those "play to lose" RPGs, where the players all know going in that they're probably all going to die in the end.


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So... next week, I'm going to run a flashback story, where the PCs are the the monster (while he was still human) and the rest of his coven on their final adventure. I'll be using the game system Trophy Dark for the flashback. Trophy Dark is a fantasy-horror RPG of desperate tresasure-hunters seeking fortune in forest that does not want them there. I'm tweaking the system a bit to set it in 1890s New England. It's also one of those "play to lose" RPGs, where the players all know going in that they're probably all going to die in the end.

That sounds really fun!

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Man, kineticists really make early scenarios an easy time.

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