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Elite: Dangerous kickstarter needs pledges!

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Only 9 days to go in the Kickstarter funding campaign for "Elite: Dangerous" - additional backers are still needed to reach the funding goal.

Some £20 options are available again due to people who increased their pledges - your last chance to get the game at a fraction of its retail price.

Lots of new pledge rewards are available, too! Join the community!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangero...



I Loved Elite:Frontier on the Amstrad CPC464 and Amiga systems as a kid. Now we have a chance to get the latest and best possible version of Elite created.

There is now 9 days left to pledge to this Kickstarter project (£280,000 needed!)

Please pledge guys, I'm sure many of you want this as badly as I do!

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AD&D 2nd edition EBay purchases

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All: I've just gone a bit mad on EBay.

I already had the AD&D2nd Players book (two version of actually), plus the Monstrous Manual and Legends & Lore. I also already had the complete Fighter's handbook.

(all given to me for free)

I was bidding on the complete Priests handbook and saw he had a number of the other ones for sale too so went a bit fruit-loops and just won:

The Complete Psionic's Handbook
The Complete Paladin's Handbook
The Complete Book of Dwarves
The Complete Book of Humanoids
The Complete Priest's Handbook
The Complete Thief's Handbook

All for just £21.88 plus whatever postage he says for all 6 items together mawhawhaw...so if any of you need info from those books once they turn up...!
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Lady Blackbird Derailed!

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Right well, I started to GM a game of Lady Blackbird over on a different site (purely because I'd played in one here so thought it would be good to use a different medium for this one).

Things started out swimmingly. We had a sixth player who grafted together a new character, Alistair Pyke, who the Imperials already had locked up in the brig when the Owl's crew and hires were brought on board.

Interactions went well but then things got, er, interesting!

Lady Blackbird is a bossy authorative figure and ordered Kale about a bit, while Kale - who only takes orders from Vance, spat out a few verbal stings and barbs.

The situation escalated once they were out of their two jail cells. Kale nabbed a number of items from the unconscious guards (taken out by Naomi) including some Imperial Code/Message/Map tubes. Lady B turned army major type and told him to hand them over "spit spot" to her. Kale, in his flippant way deferred to Captain Vance and said "they may be rigged to explode, or to trace us where we go. I'll hand them over but she needs to know the dangers".

At which point, because Kale had not done her bidding, Lady B cast high magic and created a bubble around Kale and proceeded to suck out all his air for a bit. She did let him go, attempting to gloss over the situation by directing her verbals to Vance telling him to ensure his crew knew their place and that she was Noble born etc etc.

And then Snargle (being played as a female goblin) took umbridge to Kales punishment and jumped onto her head, acting like a spickey plastic bag, taking her air away but also giving her a small "life story". Snargle explained that she was much like Lady B and had been stripped of her position in life because of it and was now doing penance. She had a choice - play nice, or die.


So now I await Captain Vance (having internet problems so may not post till Sunday) to react and post and Hopefully defuse the situation before Kale kills Lady B or vice versa. And also to stop that happening any time in the future of the story....

And so far we are still in the brig of the Hand of Sorrow....Imperials pounding down the hallway to see what the commotion is.....and the crew and hires bickering and fighting each other.

So we are very close to having a complete derailing of the story, with possible deaths caused by PvP.

Anyone else ever seen a Lady Blackbird game go south? I'm both curious to see how this turns out and also wanting a complete game reboot! lol :}

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RPGs Owned:

Legend;
Exalted 2nd Ed;
A|State;
AD&D 2nd Ed;
Big Eyes, Small Mouth Revised 2nd;
Lady Blackbird;
GURPS Lite;
TriStat dX

and more freebies and cheapies.
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Books Received for free! :)

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Have just been given a load of books that were not wanted:

BESM - Big Eyes, Small Mouth (Revised 2nd Edition;

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition: Player's Handbook (2101)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition: Player's Handbook (2159)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition: Legends & Lore (2108)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition: Monstrous Manual (2140)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook, Rules Supplement: The Complete Fighter's Handbook. (2110)


Any good????
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Legend: Ancient Stones - Week 2

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Week two went very well - totally no fighting it was all investigative and talking based.

There Could have been fighting...but the NPC bad guys distraction and time-wasting initiative worked much better than I expected! I actually gave the players a 20 minute minute deadline (didn't tell them that of course!) and after those 20 minutes were up his boys completed their task and he didn't need to try to delay the players any more so got up and left!

Basically one engaged in the dice game with the bad guy and didn't even question him hard or get any suspicions. And the other two decided to pretend to stay asleep the entire time!!! I gave them plenty of opportunities to wake up and do something but they didn't.

1-0 to the bad guys!

My session report is late in the coming - but it will get done

This weeks session (last night) has been postponed until Saturday due to one of the guys having had a long day at work and being knackered. That's the only problem with a three-player game - lose one for the night and it has a huge impact so safer to just re-arrange IMO.

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Legend:Ancient Stones - Baby comes first....

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There I was, looking forward to Gming my second scene of Legend:Ancient Stones. But Poppy, my four month old daughter, gets all sick and pucky (stomach bug me'thinks - nothing major as no temp etc, but still worring and not nice!!).

So Legend:Ancient Stones is on hold for a week. Priorities and all that. She comes first before anything. And that's how it should be.
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Legend: Ancient Stones - Week 1.

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So Tuesday saw Ancient Stones hit the ground running. I enjoyed Gming for only my second ever game, and all three players had a great time getting to grips with their new characters.

I still need to hone up on the mechanics, but one of my players knows RuneQuest pretty well and another sort of knows the basics of Runequest. Both of which are a great help!

Story wise they jumped in, made mistakes, made successes, made progress and caused a stir! Especially the Shaman with his talky talky, getting angry easy attitude! He's going to provide me with some fun social combat scenes, I can see it now. hehehe

I actually want next Tuesday to roll around asap! Bring it on
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Creating a Legend: Part III

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So on Tuesday we created the third and final character for Ancient Stones, my Legend based game.

I have a NPC witch called Corinth who at his current stat levels is a young (and quite weak!) adventurer himself. My plan had always been to age and improve him as though he'd done his stint out in the field and was now the communities Wise Witch.

I had hoped that Alex would want a more magic based character than the other two players (who went for a travelling carter and a tracker) and I wasn't dissapointed!

The way his character was developed and rolled out made him into a Shaman - so a fair bit more talky-talky and influence through fear rather than my nature based witch. He has become my successor and trainee.

Which has worked out nicely from a character development point of view.

So. I have until Tuesday to hone up on the mechanics of Legend and to create the basic homeland that they are all in.

The setting isn't crazy hard however as it is set in a version of medieval Wiltshire (England), but I need to locate streams, standing stones, hills, chalk carvings, place leylines, villages, gypsey caravan routes and all of that sort of thing!

Better get to it then.....!!!

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Creating a Legend: Part II

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So, my time to put Ancient Stones into practice is drawing near.

We have char gen'd two of the three characters:

- We have a wanderer who grew up in a "civilized" area then left due to a nasty step-father and then travelled with Gypsy's and became a carter.
- We also have one half of a twin, who was his father's favourite and aid in work and battle and was due to get the inheritance but was done over by his brother and left to look after the other seven children. He now wants to go adventuring.
- I will ask the third person if he minds being a more magic based person - in tune with a local god or deity. Totally his choice if he says no to that though.


I have already explained to them the basics of the version of England they live in but I want to hand them a nice "back history" leaflet cementing things a bit more. So how does this sound (first draft!! Open to suggestions and changes!!!)

Think of this text as a shamanic teaching around a camp-fire to the people's of the tribe.

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Ancient Stones.

What history there is lies in carvings. In stone, in wood, in the earth itself in some cases. Ours is an insular culture with oral histories and religions take precedence.

Some people have learnt to write and use things like bark and stone to etch their words but it is a work and a half to do so and therefore is than popular.

We praise the Gods of the stream, of the trees, that rock over there. We call on the deities of the Eagles, of the otters, the bears and the salmon for help and guidance. We revere nature in all of its forms and thank them for their bountiful harvest and for allowing us to feed off of them.

Our histories tell of a time before magic became every-day. We know this time as the time of 'Pre-enlightenment'. Those were dark days and even darker nights when life was a major toil. Our calendar starts at EN:0. Or Enlightenment Day 0 to give it the full name.

The Solar Eclipse lasted a week.

During that week any person walking in the half-light could, if they so put their minds to it, see the Gods and Deities of the local lands, skies, waters and animals. They could walk the leylines of the land and feel power and become refreshed and enriched.

If talked to those Gods would ask the person what he did and then might have offered to teach them to find their internal magic to help them with their tasks. Some asked nothing for these teachings, knowing that to aid the people would mean less waste in the hunting and gathering of things they needed and therefore ensure natures overall survival and grace.

Some, in return for their teachings asked that they may have their devotion, either to nature as a whole or to themselves only. Our cults were born in that week.

Yet others, in their greed and self-importance, demanded more of those Gods and Deities and in the process corrupted some of them and killed yet others. The Dark Cults and magics were also born then.

Yet still others saw the power in the land and animals and felt a place within themselves awaken. They saw others harness power via the Gods and Deities and then devote themselves into slavery. In that seeing they decided that they needed not the help of others to harness and use this power. They delved deep inside themselves and the successful amongst them drew forth power and butchered it unto their own ends. Sorcery was born, but it is no natural thing.

This is but a fragment of the histories of that time. Most has been lost to time, even though we pass our histories down through the generations. The time will come when you too must pass on that which you know and and have learnt. Never forget!

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How does that sound to all of you??

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