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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


DAMAGE: wpn +1
ARMOR: -5 Ballistic
LIFE POINTS: 46 (17)

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

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

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

Gen Con 2018: Where to find me!

31 Jul

It’s that time of year again: tens of thousands of tabletop game enthusiasts are descending uponScreenshot 2018-07-30 16.39.43 Indianapolis for Gen Con! If you stop by Pelgrane Press booth #1317 (our neighbors are Green Ronin, Upper Deck, Steve Jackson Games, and Palladium) you might find me skulking about there; otherwise, I’ll be here:


Pelgrane GM Huddle 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: ICC 241-242 If you’re running a game as part of the Pelgrane Press team, I’ll see you at the GM huddle along with Cat Tobin, Simon Rogers, Rob Heinsoo, Jonathan Tweet, Ken Hite, Robin Laws, Ruth Tillman, and others!


13th Age Adventure Design Seminar 11:00 a.m. – noon

Location: Lucas Oil : Mtg Rm 1 Rob Heinsoo, Jonathan Tweet and I will answer questions about adventure design for the 13th Age roleplaying game, and—if we keep to the tradition of past years—work with the audience to brainstorm a new adventure.

RPG: Ragnarok (DramaSystem) 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: ICC : 241–242 : 11 You are the gods of Asgard, your starships roving the galaxy in a desperate search for a new home. But even the universe’s death can’t quench your fiery passions, or heal the bitterness dividing you.

RPG: Blood Coda (Night’s Black Agents) 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location:ICC : 241–242 : 6 Take the fight against Dracula to the Royal Opera House as you confront one of his brides & her ballet company. Can your Edom team stop the British art scene falling under the master vampire’s sway?


13th Age Monster Design Seminar 11:00 a.m. – noon

Location: Lucas Oil : Mtg Rm 5  Rob Heinsoo, Jonathan Tweet and I will answer questions about monster design for the 13th Age roleplaying game, and perhaps we’ll work with the audience to create a new monster!

RPG: Perveniet Calix (DramaSystem) 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location:ICC : 241–242 : 13 Working within MI6, Operation Edom works to use Dracula and his network to fight the global War on Terror. The vampires aren’t just killing terrorists, but Edom still protects their assets, and covers up the trail of corpses. As a sleeper cell of Edom agents, your secret life of danger and supernatural horror takes its toll. Rivalries, resentments, and desires grow stronger under the pressure of the job, until they threaten to tear you apart. Can you keep your cell intact, and survive the terrible ordeals to come? Is the cost worth it?


Fall of Delta Green: Operation ALADDIN’S CAVE 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: ICC : 241–242 : 7 It’s 1968, and your team of DELTA GREEN operatives has been assigned a mission in war-torn Vietnam—and a confrontation with cosmic horror. U.S. Marine Corps recently captured a Viet Cong tunnel complex in Quang Tri province near the DMZ. It is believed that they removed something from that tunnel complex, not least because the unit photographer died from an “accidental firearm discharge” two days later. That was three days ago. Your mission: investigate this possible outbreak of the unnatural, and prevent it from damaging the war effort, or the world, any further.


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