Where to Find me at Gen Con Online 2020

26 Jul

Online tabletop gaming is booming as people look for new ways to connect and socialize while weathering the global COVID-19 pandemic in lockdown. I’ve already run many roleplaying games using platforms such as Zoom, Discord, Slack, Google Meet, and the ultra-simple whiteboarding tool Jamboard.

And now the mighty Gen Con itself is going virtual! I’ll be participating in two online seminars this year—here’s where you can find me:

DramaSystem RPG: Darke and Stormy Nights

Game ID: RPG20187084
Event Type: Role-Playing Game
Start Date & Time: Friday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Length: 4 hours
Company: Pelgrane Press
Description: DramaSystem is a game of emotional conflict and interpersonal drama between player characters. In this episode, inspired by the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, two conniving families of American aristocrats—the Storms and the Darkes—seek to control the fortunes of the coastal New England town of Storm Cove. But a terrible, centuries-old curse is about to once again make its presence felt…

Dramatic Interaction in RPGs Masterclass

Event ID: SEM20184248
Event Type: Seminar
Start Date & Time: Sunday, August 2, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Length: 1 hour
Company: Pelgrane Press
Description: Robin D. Laws and guests teach RPG structures & techniques to turn emotional confrontations between PCs from frustrating roadblocks into rich moments of human drama.

13th Age Monster Workshop

Event ID: WKS20184253
Event Type: Seminar
Start Date & Time: Sunday, August 2, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Length: 1 hour
Company: Pelgrane Press
Description: Join seasoned 13th Age designers to build a brand-new monster that takes advantage of the game’s mechanics to deliver some nasty surprises at the table.


I’ll also be at the ENnie Awards and the Black Book v2 Launch Party (w/ Lovecraft Virtual Tour). The Black Book is a phenomenal GUMSHOE roleplaying system character creation tool and I strongly recommend it if you GM or play Night’s Black Agents, Trail of Cthulhu, Fall of DELTA GREEN, and other GUMSHOE games.

See you at Gen Con!

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

Terminator-2-judgement-day.jpg

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

%d bloggers like this: