Gateway 2019: 13th Age and Night’s Black Agents

9 Aug

I’ll be running 13th Age and Night’s Black Agents at Strategicon Gateway 2019, which goes from August 30 to September 2 in Los Angeles!

Game sign-ups open Friday, August 10—here are my sessions:

13th Age: Assault on the Dungeon of the Pogonomancer!

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The renegade dwarf wizard Owlbeard and his evil hordes have launched an attack on his former clan. Your mission: find the wizard’s secret lair deep in the underworld, and assassinate him before the dwarves are defeated! 3rd level pregens are provided, and at the start of the session you’ll personalize them with backgrounds, relationships, and a One Unique Thing. Those choices then shape the adventure!

Night’s Black Agents: The Van Helsing Letter

Sunday, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
You are covert operatives waging a bloody shadow war against Dracula and his minions. Now you’ve discovered a letter from Van Helsing himself that reveals the existence of another powerful undead horror. Can you find and destroy the creature before Dracula brings it under his control? A supernatural spy thriller adventure powered by the GUMSHOE investigative system.

I hope to see you there!

T-800 Terminator: Foe Stats for Lords of Creation RPG

18 Jul

I recently ran Lords of Creation, an Avalon Hill tabletop roleplaying game from 1984, for my gaming group. The climax of the adventure’s first act was the opening of a wormhole that connected our reality to the alternate future Earth of the Terminator movie franchise—or at least, one version among many in the multiverse. Here are my stats for the T-800 Terminator, for which the Terminator Wiki and the Internet Movie Firearms Database were invaluable resources.

(Note: in Lords of Creation a Foe’s XP= (LP + lO -A+3) x (D+l0 + Sp + 2), where XP = Experience Points, LP= Life Points, A= Armor, D = Damage , and Sp= Special powers or abilities. I am not great at math, so the XP might be wrong!)

T-800 Terminator

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ATTACK: 18
DAMAGE: wpn +1
INITIATIVE: +2
ARMOR: -5 Ballistic
LIFE POINTS: 46 (17)
MOVEMENT : 60′
LUCK: 7
NUMBER: 1-6
EXPERIENCE: 9
POWER: 2

The Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Terminator is a mass-produced killing machine in a futuristic Earth timeline where an artificial intelligence called Skynet eradicated most of humanity with nuclear weapons. In order to infiltrate and destroy pockets of human resistance, a T-800 can be made to appear human with living tissue over its hyperalloy endoskeleton. A T-800 can also perfectly mimic a human voice, including the voice of any human it hears speak.

Without its covering of living tissue, a T-800 appears as a humanoid robot with a metal skull and glowing red eyes. If a mission requires specific skills, Skynet can add them to a T-800’s programming up to the unit’s Personal Force limit of 17. A T-800 can be reprogrammed using Computer Level 5.

Power: Electrosensing
Distance: 500’
Time: 8
Use: 3/day
Because every object or person radiates some kind of electromagnetic field, electrosensing allows the T-800 to see under conditions where sight is normally impossible. The T-800 can also sense a creature’s emotions and detect lies by noticing changes in their electromagnetic (EM) field, and can determine its own approximate position on the planet to keep it from getting lost.

Weapons (Future):

General Dynamics RBS-80 Phased Plasma Pulse Gun
Range: 700’
Damage: 3-30
Defense: Energy
Ammo: 2

Weapons (20th century):

AMT Hardballer .45 Longslide pistol with laserlock sight
Range: 700’
Damage: 2-16
Defense: Ballistic
Ammo: 3

IMI Uzi
Range: 100’
Damage: 2-20
Defense: Ballistic
Ammo: 5

Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun
Range: 100’
Damage: 3-18
Defense: Ballistic
Ammo: 2

Free RPG: Lunch Hour Dungeon

17 Jul

Lunch Hour Dungeon is a simple tabletop roleplaying game I designed to run during lunchtime at work, where my players might include both experienced gamers and people totally unfamiliar with RPGs. It’s inspired by and hacked from World of Dungeons: Turbo—Breakers by John Harper.

You can download Lunch Hour Dungeon from the Free Games tab on this site, where it’s licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. I hope you enjoy it!

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