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General Chaos / Re: Image Thread
« on: October 15, 2015, 03:20:06 AM »
Excuse the link but it's an 8000px X 8000px photo of Pluto.

I wanted to give my gaming group a little taste of Stokes goodness before we dive into a Red Markets playtest so we're doing The Dangers of Fraternization and it's been a hit so far.  They're loving the ADW system and the horrible people their characters are. 

RPGs / Re: Game Fodder / Story Fodder
« on: August 27, 2015, 02:18:51 AM »
This sounds like a Delta Green scenario just waiting to be written.

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General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: July 17, 2015, 10:05:42 PM »
I can't stop playing Duck Game, please send help.

It's a fantastic 16 bit side scrolling platform shooter (what a mouth full) that reminds me of Joust on the NES.  Just with quacking ducks and loads of guns and explosives and a non-stop pace.  It's really fun!  If you've got an Xbox or PS controller hooked up to your PC, I'd very much recommend it.

My time off has finally been confirmed and I've gotten tickets to a few specific games plus a handful of generics.  I'm really excited for my first GenCon!  At least one friend and I are getting in some Delta Green for the first time for both of us, hoping it'll be a blast.  :)

Watching True Detective has me gnashing my teeth for A Dirty World involving drunk, knife wielding, suicidal, burned-out cops.  I certainly appreciated the Lovecraftian weirdness of season 1 but I'm falling for the corrupt industrial wasteland of season 2.

"I turn towards the kid and I go 'Twelve years old, my ass. FUCK. YOU.', is that Cunning Selfishness?"

RPGs / Re: Anecdote Megathread
« on: June 09, 2015, 08:38:11 PM »
My group just ended an Apocalypse World campaign that started nuts and just kept running full-steam ahead. The setting was an isolated space station that had been cut off from Earth for decades and decades due to a wormhole collapsing. Cannibals, tribal warlords and 'proper folk' all fighting each other in a crumbling space station for dwindling resources. One of the moves players can use in AW is to 'open their brain' to the psychic maelstrom of the world. This is usually used to discern new information about things as the characters interact with the world in their own quasi-spiritual way. You can advance that move and if you do that and then roll a 12+ on 2D6+stat, something new happens. To quote the game text "You break through to whatever's on the other side". Freaky, right? One of our players did just that and simply declared:

"I see the Devourer for what it truly is."

This was the first mention of any such thing and cryptic enough to make everyone wonder aloud as to what it meant. The Devourer would eventually become a shadowy antagonist, the cause of all the anarchy and chaos on the station, for two characters to rail against, recruiting gangs and cults to their cause, infiltrating rival tribes and gangs, all kinds of crazy shit. Most of the other characters thought it was all tribal bullshit.

One day, a ship came into radio range. An ark ship carrying 180,000 people in cryostasis (and all the supplies needed for such a sizable group to start a colony) was returning after not finding any habitable planets and running low on reactor mass. The ship carried its own wormhole generator for a one-time-only use when a new colony was established and the craziest characters decided that they needed to get on the ship and get the generator to finally defeat the Devourer.

Queue every PC boarding a ramshackle torpedo and flying towards the ark ship as quickly as possible to beat the station gangs from tearing it apart first. Among the PCs was a psychotic cannibal by the name of Puff who really, really hated gluttonous and greedy sinners. Puff was sane enough to not tip his hand at every opportunity but at least one PC had seen him with a bloody mouth and a dead corpse at his feet. He was, in essence, an agent of the Devourer and had a psychic connection to it from spending years in cryo but no one else knew that. Another PC was an obese scientist named Dr. Raskolnikov, who kept a briefcase of wondrous inventions and oddments known only to him, and had a habit of talking down to everyone that was dumber than him (which was everyone).

The party was split up multiple times as they tried to simultaneously warn the ark ship sailors of the other station gangs, find the generator, and murder (and sometimes eat) people. Things came to a head when half the party was at the generator and the other half was in sickbay. One of them had been thoroughly ventilated by cannibals from the Flycatcher gang and was getting patched up. Dr. R was hiding behind the Marines that were keeping the place secure and Puff was there because Dr. R was there. There had been a one-sided firefight between a PC cult leaders group of fanatics and the Marines. The doctor in charge had been wounded, causing lots of panic and confusion so in the interest of never wasting an opportunity, Puff fell upon Dr. R, stabbing him in the back (literally) and then proceeding to bite his face off (literally).

There's blood and screaming and confusion and sheer fucking chaos and then the generator gets flipped on. Fade to white. Everyone rolls+weird.

10 years go by.

Dr. Raskolnikov had his face eaten and was already cooling when the generator went off. RIP.
The cult leader was never seen after that moment, lost in wherever exists inside a wormhole. Probably Hell. (Failed the roll completely)
The psychic-researcher that triggered the generator was on the moon, watching space and trying to start a cult around his messianic complex. (Partial success)
The badass merc was teaching a women's self-defense class and keeping a low profile. (Partial success)
The witch that had been shot to pieces survived somehow and became a hermit in the mountains. (Partial success)
And sometimes, in London, bodies would turn up missing body parts after a man listened to the tiny, hungry voice in his head. (Complete success on the roll)

It's really amazing to me that the climax of the entire campaign came from a single line spoken months beforehand and really speaks to improv GMing as none of it was planned in advance.

RPGs / Re: Red Markets at GenCon/Upcoming Beta
« on: May 13, 2015, 09:33:12 PM »
I'd be interested in both options A and B!

My group just finished an Apoc World campaign and we're trying to decide what to do next so that's 5 dedicated people (2 of whom have years of experience as freelance writers for a tabletop RPG) that play every weekend.

General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: February 08, 2015, 01:04:19 AM »

I've been having fun with Besiege.  It's on Steam (about $7) and still in alpha development and the gameplay is, in essence, all the crazy war machine doodles you did in 3rd grade come to life. You build your machines, piece by piece, to complete certain tasks. Destroying buildings, murdering knights (or sheep), retrieving things, navigating a minefield, whatever! It's hilarious fun and really allows one to exercise their blood-soaked creative muscles. Try it!

I'm re-listening to the 2013 & 2014 Gencon wrap-up episodes as the stars have finally aligned and I'll be able to get to Gencon for the first time this year.  Thanks for the tips!

General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: April 28, 2014, 09:41:39 PM »
Oh good.  If you think shit is hard, wait until you get a rank of Infamy.  Running around in a suit with basically all your primary weapons locked away and no skill trees makes for a real interesting time!

General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:55:42 PM »
Ross, what platform are you using for Payday 2?

General Chaos / Re: Image Thread
« on: December 19, 2013, 06:32:56 AM »

General Chaos / Re: Potential FTB Minecraft Server Up
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:50:01 PM »
Cool, the first Nuke is hot and fresh out of the reactor.  ;D

EDIT:  That was underwhelming.  Mckma, I think you need to enable them.  Otherwise, no 'splodey.

General Chaos / Re: mmmm hotline Miami.
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:12:27 AM »
Not at all, it's one of the best game soundtracks I've ever heard.

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