Last Week’s Gaming Moments

Burning Skype: Hateful, Hateful Orcs

    Jim’s Orc feeding the poisonous platitudes to the Dragon in what might be the best or most suicidal double-cross ever attempted.

    Rich’s Orc talking about the difficulties of ruling with a captured Dwarven King.

    Burning Sands

      Kat’s scientist PC making a 10 obstacle Alien Tech roll in order to figure out how to fold space without Salt/Spice, using only a machine that is made in the likeness of the human mind after she agreed to surgery so that she could get a device in her skull that allows the AI to learn what she learns.

      Jeff H.’s oddly humane dinner with the Ur-Baron’s Matron Mother Auntie.

      Bob’s sword vs. knife just after dinner. Sword wins but it could’ve gone either way for a second there. I out-scripted his ass.

      Reign of Rum & Bones

        Jim’s swordsman taking the head of a mook in such a fashion so that all other witness mooks ran in fear and horror, all by the rules.

        Storn’s dashing pirate walking arm in arm with his fated love.

        Jeff’s haunted fiddler talking with his angry, angry ghostly patron.

        Aaron’s knife vs. flinklock pistol. Knife to the head wins. But more than that, just Aaron’s no-nonsense mercenary being an all around likeable bastard.

Thread Explosion

I had internet access at home but didn’t want to be entirely rude and sit there and check all of my shit constantly. So, this thread just turned into an 800 pound gorilla before my eyes. I wasn’t willing or able to sit down and cultivate the thread or respond to any one post in any meaningful manner.

I posted a response to the overall vibe.

But man, from getting called a weak and lazy GM to getting outright dismissed as attempting to be some kind of rebel. Jeez. Wild.

Myth of the GM as a Ruling Caste

Started a thread on with the above title.

Check it out, if you have some time.

NOTE: It appears that when I edit something it comes up again in my RSS feed.  I went looking for this because the latest Brilliant Gameologist episode sounded awfully familiar to me.  We also recorded a more solid form of this idea on Sons of Kryos, episode 25.  Hopefully, I can get those episodes up sooner rather than later.

‘He who can destroy a thing…’

“Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.”
Orange Catholic Bible

It is the firmest law of the Dune universe – NO THINKING MACHINES!- and yes, tonight our group broke it over our knee. Half a dozen rolls into the game and the Duke bought an A.I. Fucking awesome.

AP Thread Link

It is also funny that this morning, Jeff, Storn and I just recorded a Sons of Kryos episode and discussed settings and cannon and making worlds our own.

Blood & Ink

Inkjobs (inspired by Toonpunk)

The sidewalks are stained with blood and ink.

The out of work Anime girls work the corners, watched by their zoot-suited Wolf and Jackal pimps and black-and-white madames.

Saturday Morning Cartoons beg for change, looking for a score.

And the classics, the Big IP’s sip refined cel chemicals in their skyscraper fortresses, guarded by corporate goons, getting computer-generated touch-ups.

Humanity is basic human empathy.

Sorcerers are those who manipulate inkjobs for their own benefit.

Demons are inkjobs.

When Humanity = 0, if you are a human, you fall off of the face of the earth, a total fanboy, obsessed with inkjobs, toys to their will. If you are a toon, your original cel becomes damaged and you fade away, never seen again.

Yes, Sorcerers can be either humans or toons but demons are always toons.