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13th Age 1.1: Everything is New

We had the first full session of the 13th Age campaign last weekend. It was great fun. It had some encounters, some revelations about the ancient, pre-history of the settings, including the revealing of The Ancient, the Icon that was left unexplained during the pre-game discussions. We also had some …

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Swashbuckling in the 13th Age!

There are two blog posts coming out of the first session of the Arabian 13th Age campaign, this was supposed to be the second one, but since I’m being hassled for them, and this one doesn’t involve a bit of image editing, it has hit the web first. One of …

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Great 13th Age of Arabia Campaign

It’s true to say I’ve been in a gaming funk due to a combination of factors. I’ve not felt fully engaged with a campaign as a player since the Promethean Institute campaign ended back August 2012. I was enjoying running Fate Fading Suns but that got cancelled back in May …

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Almost Human, Almost Great

Almost Human was a show I wasn’t aware of at all. I had no idea it was in development. The first I heard of it was when people started commenting on the pilot episode on Twitter. A near future cop show in the mould of late eighties and early nineties …

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Small Town USA Western

It was probably to be expected that someone would eventually realise that a Jack Reacher TV series might be a good idea. A badass with issues walks into town and rights wrongs often through being capable of extreme voilence with his own sense of justice. You’d have to tweak the …

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Gumshoe Spy Thrillers

I got two things over Christmas (other than spending the holiday sunning myself in Fuertaventura): 13th Age and Night’s Black Agents. These games are what you would call my first serious ‘post-Fate love’ purchase. I still adore Fate, but finding other systems that might appeal to me is always good, …

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Bullets, Money & FPS Disorientation

A number of weeks back I came across Borderlands 2 for £12 in in ASDA. Spontaneous purchase. I figure you can’t go too far wrong for that much even if you just play it sporadically? The same weekend I put it into the PlayStation, tried to play it and promptly …

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The Life Logging Thing

A while back I read a couple of paragraphs somewhere on life logging and an app called Saga. Then I forgot completely about it. I’ve even forgot what directed me to the idea again, I’ve downloaded the Saga Android App and began an experiment in life logging. It’s probably worth …

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Catching Fire…Caught Fire!

Catching Fire is a difficult book as it is, in many ways, a structural repeat of the first book. This is magnified by the fact that the novels are written in first person so we only get to experience what Katniss directly experiences. If you compound this with the fact …

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Holy Old School Crunch!

There are numerous things that where acceptable in the 80’s: mullets, stone washed jeans, mad perms, wearing odd-coloured fluorescent socks, loafers, skinny trousers a tad too short and numerous other fashion mistakes. In terms of RPGs, what was also acceptable in the 80’s, was ridiculous, epic crunch often with different, …

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