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Subject:Is it just me...
Time:09:55 pm
...that wonders why nobody is writing EVIL!Sirius Black fanfic?

Or is there a lot around that I've just missed? Given all the people who write evil Dumbledore, Ron, Ginny etc. you'd think that the canon alleged murderer might really be one in one or two stories, but I've never seen one.

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Subject:Another milestone...
Time:05:55 pm
...on the trek to increasing decrepitude.

Had an ultrasound scan today to check if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm and am about to drop dead. Relieved to say that the answer is probably not - it all looks pretty normal. Apparently all British men are invited to get this scan around age 65 now - not women, because they are much less likely to suffer from this. God knows if the NHS will continue to offer this service for long - it probably costs quite a bit and our beloved leaders are mean gits.

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Car Wars
Time:07:57 pm
Well, not exactly RPG, this is a classic combat game of duelling weaponised cars. A lot less blurb than usual, since for some reason there isn't a full promotional page for reviewers etc:

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/CarWars

Drive offensively! This Car Wars Bundle features Car Wars, the classic autoduelling board game from Steve Jackson Games. On the highways of the future, the right of way goes to the biggest guns. Custom-build your car, motorcycle, trike, truck, bus, helicopter, or boat -- load it up with arms and armor -- then take to the open road to see who's King of the Highway -- and who's roadkill.

For just US$17.95 you get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $55) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the authoritative 1998 Car Wars Compendium Second Edition rulebook with all the Deluxe Edition counters, maps, jump-start rules, and play aids -- plus the comprehensive equipment book Uncle Albert's Catalog From Hell and all four sets of City Blocks modular road sections.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $28.15, you'll also get our entire Bonus Collection with six more supplements worth an additional $49: all three AADA Vehicle Guides from the American Autoduel Association, as well as both Classic Arenas sets and the huge Autoduel America Map.

Learn more about our offers at our official blog, Beyond the Bundle. "Car Wars," "AADA," "Autoduel," and "Uncle Albert's" are registered trademarks of Steve Jackson Games Incorporated. All rights reserved.

The Good Fight

Ten percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) will be donated to a charity that figures prominently in the history of Steve Jackson Games, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

There's also apparently going to be at least one extra added after launch, as with all of these offers I can't say what or when. Usually anyone who buys before it is added gets it added to the other items.


Car Wars is a game I've had a lot of fun with over the years, and this looks like a pretty good deal. I'm not going to be buying this collection because I already own everything in it in dead tree format, but if I didn't I'd be very interested indeed. Recommended!

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Subject:Oh well, back to the drawing board...
Time:12:38 am
I think that everyone who runs RPGs has had a session like the one in today's Flaky Pastry strip...

http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/

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Subject:Can someone check this site?
Time:12:30 am
I'm getting some sort of errors when I look at this site, though it isn't actually down so downforeveryone doesn't help - what it ought to be is the Oolite bulletin boards. What do you get when you look at it?

http://aegidian.org/bb/

I'm getting this message on two computers

Catchable fatal error: Argument 7 passed to phpbb\template\twig\environment::__construct() must implement interface phpbb\event\dispatcher_interface, array given, called in /home/aegidian/public_html/bb/cache/production/container_4335734bbdd20f586549a504dff5f80c.php on line 3472 and defined in /home/aegidian/public_html/bb/phpbb/template/twig/environment.php on line 62

Anyone know what this means?

Update: [personal profile] history_monk confirms this so it isn't a problem with my ISP or firewall or something, it's a coding error at the site. Why it suddenly decided to do this after years of working normally is a bit of a mystery...

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Subject:Another two RPG bundle offers - Hellfrost
Time:07:01 pm
Hellfrost is a Savage Worlds game setting with an emphasis on arctic adventures.

500 years ago:
From the frozen far north, beyond the civilized lands with their rolling hills and forests, arose a mighty army of frost giants, ice devils, Hellfrost dragons, and fearsome orcs, all servants of the ice god Thrym. So began the Blizzard War and the downfall of the mighty empires of man.

Today: The races of the southern lands won the war, but they suffer its legacy. For five centuries the winters have grown longer and colder. Much of Rassilon is permanently covered with ice and snow, and even the temperate lands endure failed harvests, deadly winters, and the dreaded Hellfrost wind.

There are two bundles for it, one a revival from 2015, the other all new:

Hellfrost Essentials

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Hellfrost2017

"Hellfrost is an epic campaign set in a frozen land where winter threatens the world. Designed by the prolific Paul "Wiggy" Wade-Williams and published by Triple Ace Games, Hellfrost is one of the most admired and popular third-party settings created for Pinnacle Entertainment's bestselling Savage Worlds RPG rules. Revived from September 2015, this is one of two Hellfrost offers now in progress. This collection includes the core books and vital supplements; if you're new to Rassilon, start here. The all-new companion, Hellfrost Atlas, includes the giant Atlas of the Frozen North and other recent supplements.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two Hellfrost offers' designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$137. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all five rulebooks and sourcebooks in this offer's Player Collection (retail value $54) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Hellfrost Player's Guide (retail price $15): The ideal introduction to the world of Rassilon and its many menaces. Includes the free Savage Worlds Test Drive rules.
  • Matters of Faith (retail $11): Two dozen major cults, 70 minor cults, and over 90 major festivals, plus a tour of Godsheim, realm of the gods.
  • Arcane Lore (retail $9): Druidic pacts, the Magocracy's famed schools of heahwisardry, elementalists, lost dwarven runes, song mages, and more.
  • Heroes & Villains Compendium (retail $10): Dozens of Novice-level characters fully described for nonplayer encounters or as ready-made player heroes.
  • Organization Guide (retail $9): The military, political, and mercantile powers that exert continent-wide influence.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Gamemaster Collection with six more supplements worth an additional $73, including the Hellfrost Bestiary and Creature Guide, the Gazetteer, Encounters Book 1, and (new in this revival) Legendary Endeavors, with rules for creating super-powerful relics and weaving their legends.

After launch at least one more title will be added. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased that offer automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early. Note - anyone who previously bought this bundle will automatically get the surprise item(s) too.

Hellfrost Atlas

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/HellfrostAtlas

"This Hellfrost Atlas offer is a companion to the original September 2015 Hellfrost Bundle, now revived and revamped as Hellfrost Essentials, with the core books and vital supplements; if you're new to Rassilon, start there first. This all-new second collection presents the fabulous Atlas of the Frozen North and other titles funded in Triple Ace's July 2014 Kickstarter campaign.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two Hellfrost offers' designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$153. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get all six supplements in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $75) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the Adventure Codex (retail price $30), a massive 554-page compendium of two dozen scenarios for heroes of all levels; and five Hellfrost City Books (total retail $45), five in-depth guidebooks about cities large and small, including Cities of the Freelands, of Magic, of the Crystalflow, of Royalty, and Freetown, City of Crime.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $27.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with three more major supplements worth an additional $80, including the spectacular full-color 386-page Atlas of the Frozen North (retail $40), its companion book of color Map Sheets (retail $25), and the new Second Edition of Hellfrost Resource Management (retail $15) that lets you build your legend for millennia to come.

At least one more title will be added after launch, terms as above for the main bundle.


This is unfortunately another system I don't particularly want to play - I really don't do much with fantasy settings any more, and on the whole an ice apocalypse isn't the sort of setting I'd want to GM. But as usual with these bundles you do get a lot for your money, especially if you get in early before the prices start to rise.

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Subject:Anyone know The Archers fandom?
Time:11:28 pm
I've created a Fanlore page for The Archers - I'm not very knowledgeable about the fandom, if anyone knows more or spots something I've got wrong please amend it or comment below so that I can revise it:

https://fanlore.org/wiki/The_Archers

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Chronicles of Darkness
Time:10:07 pm
This is the first bundle offer of the year, another bunch of stuff for White Wolf's horror systems:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ChronDarkness

"This offer presents the 2004 First Edition World of Darkness rulebook from White Wolf Game Studio, together with many of its "blue book" supplements. These general-purpose books underpin all the Storytelling games in the Chronicles series, including Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Mage: The Awakening, and others.

Chronicles of Darkness, formerly known as the "New World of Darkness," was the 2004 reboot of White Wolf's sprawling "Classic World of Darkness" Storyteller line. Vampire: The Masquerade gave way to The Requiem; Werewolf: The Apocalypse was replaced with Forsaken, while Awakening was the counterpart to Mage: The Ascension. With a streamlined rules system and a metaplot-free approach, the new line favored a tone of dark mystery versus the apocalyptic "Gothic-punk" of the Classic WoD. For background behind the changeover, see the August 2007 Escapist article "World of New Darkness."

In December 2015 Onyx Path Publishing and White Wolf announced the 'new' WoD would be renamed Chronicles of Darkness. "On a creative level, they deserve to be distinct and different in order to grow as they need to," wrote Onyx Path founder Rich Thomas."On a communication level we have found folks confused by which lines go with which WoD, to the point of walking away as we try and explain. And on a licensing level, garnering interest outside our hobby has been a nightmare. One kind of Hollywood type has a 3.5-second attention span, by and large, and you have to hook them right away, while another type Googles everything as you're talking. The first will be gone before you can explain the N in new WoD, and the second will find page after page of info that sounds similar but is different and is all coming up under 'World of Darkness.'"

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, All Hands Volunteers.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$133. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get all four titles in our Player Collection (retail value $66) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • World of Darkness First Edition rulebook (retail $15): The 226-page core rulebook (2004) of modern urban horror -- foundation for all the Chronicles of Darkness settings. [Previously presented in several of our White Wolf offers.]
  • Armory and Armory Reloaded (retail $18 apiece): Every kind of weapon and fighting style to battle the horrors in the shadows. [Armory was also in our January 2017 Hunter: The Vigil offer.]
  • Skinchangers (retail $15): Play the unique and mysterious human skinthieves who achieve animal transformation.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $27.95 to start, also get our entire Storyteller Collection with five more titles worth an additional $67:

  • Antagonists (retail $15) and Urban Legends (retail $15): Foils, adversaries, and jump-scare frights for your Storytelling characters.
  • Urban Legends (retail $15): The real skinny about sewer alligators and kidney thieves in the Chronicles.
  • Tales From the 13th Precinct (retail $15): Cops and the legal system in the Chronicles of Darkness.
  • Dogs of War (retail $15): The horrors of warfare, which can outdo the worst supernatural creatures.
  • Ruins of Ur (retail $7): A complete Storytelling Adventure System scenario beneath the deserts of Iraq.

At least one more title will be added at some point after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

I'm afraid that this is where I cop out and say that this isn't something I particularly want but it nevertheless looks like good value. I'm really not doing horror much any more, and I'd probably use Forgotten Futures if I wanted to run something. But it does look like good value; as usual I need to emphasise that since I don't pay for this stuff if I want it I may be biased, your mileage may vary, etc. etc.
 

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Subject:Changing Charity Donations
Time:01:28 am
Last year I stopped accepting user registrations for Forgotten Futures, and asked supporters of the game to make a voluntary donation towards web site costs instead. This year I've decided to change the percentages I donate to charity from user contributions. In future I will be donating 50% to Cancer Research UK until site costs are covered; once costs are covered, 100% of the money donated will be paid to Cancer Research UK. I'm doing this because the original rate wasn't raising much for charity, this will make sure that it gets more.

Apologies that the site redesign hasn't happened yet, I'm still trying to come up with a way to do it which won't break all of the links from other sites - for example, there are a large number of links from Wikipedia - and won't require the creation of hundreds of extra files which would have to be tested. Hopefully I'll get it sorted this year! Also posted at https://ffutures.dreamwidth.org/2110153.html, where there are comment count unavailable comments. Please comment here or there using OpenID.
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Subject:Stupid WiFi question
Time:10:01 pm
I forgot to mention that I picked up another iMac G4 just before Christmas, a 17" 800mhz model. A bit slow and can only be upgraded to OS X 10.4 (Tiger) but I should be able to make a modest profit on it since it's actually boxed, the first I've ever seen with the original packaging.

For some reason this has an old Airport card, the original Wifi 11b type. It can't use the later Airport Extreme card which does 11g. I would sell it without Wifi if it didn't already have the card, but since it's there I'd like to make it useful. The snag is that it appears not to support modern encryption properly - it works OK with the "BT With Fon" unencripted service, but won't connect to the router otherwise. Not a problem if I connect it with a cable, of course.

What I was wondering was if anyone has come up with some sort of software patch for updating these cards to modern standards. Anyone know? Or am I wasting my time?

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Subject:Fanfic - Buffy - A Special Gift
Time:04:11 am
This is a slightly late Christmas story for Twisting the Hellmouth's Christmas challenge. Comments please before I post to archives:

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Subject:Obvious fanfic thought...
Time:12:32 am
Why is nobody writing fic where Bill Potts is related to Pepper Potts?

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Subject:Twas the night before Christmas...
Time:11:20 pm
...and I have just packed presents for my sister and her husband, two nieces and a nephew, significant others, and five grand-nephews - it would normally more, but eldest niece was in town last week and got presents for her family then. I won't say it took a long time, because I wasn't actually going all out for speed - I took my time and watched Spiderman: Homecoming and Wonder Woman while I was doing it. Pleasantly surprised by both of them, though there were a few minor plot holes in Wonder Woman.

Tomorrow lunch with family and presents. If I can avoid spreading my cold to everyone it should be fun...

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Subject:Two more RPG Bundle offers - Dark Heresy
Time:09:05 pm
Ending the year with a game universe I unfortunately really don't like, the Warhammer 40k setting with added chaos death spiky bits because the characters play inquisitors who are supposed to be rooting out heresy etc.

Dark Heresy 1E Essentials

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/DH1Essentials

In Dark Heresy, the RPG of Imperial Inquisitors in the Warhammer 40,000 setting, you become an Acolyte, a trainee investigator in the service of a powerful Inquisitor. You, out of the countless billions, have been chosen to play a part in a war so great and terrible that ordinary men must never learn its secrets. You and your fellow Acolytes struggle to hold back the many threats that face humanity. Power, fame and grandeur will never be yours -- but you do not fight for these things. You fight because failure will mean the destruction of the Imperium and of all mankind. The longer you last and the stronger you become, the greater the foes you will be asked to face. The war for the soul of mankind is unending, and even should you live long enough to become an Inquisitor, you will never know peace until the cold embrace of death.

Dark Heresy was originally published in 2008 by Black Industries, a subsidiary of Games Workshop; soon after the game's debut, Games Workshop closed Black Industries and transferred all its WH40K RPG properties to Fantasy Flight Games. In August 2017 Ulisses Spiele acquired the Warhammer 40K license and, with it, the backlist of WH40K RPGs: Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, Black Crusade, Only War, and the first of them all, Dark Heresy.

This Dark Heresy 1E Essentials Bundle is one of two offers now in progress that together present the entire First Edition product line. This offer has the core rulebook and many of the most important supplements; if you're new to the game, start here. The companion offer, Dark Heresy 1E Judgements, has the rest of the line, including the acclaimed Radical's Handbook, one of the best DH supplements.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) is split evenly between the two charities designated by Ulisses Spiele, Doctors Without Borders and Bärenherz, a local home for terminally ill children in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$167.50. Customers who pay just US$18.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $85) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Dark Heresy First Edition core rulebook (retail price $30): The complete full-color 402-page corebook, originally published by Black Industries and now by Ulisses Spiele. Includes the free Edge of Darkness quickstart rules, all three Apocrypha files, and the hard-to-find fan-produced supplement The Calixis Sector Encyclopedia.
  • Inquisitor's Handbook (retail $25): The indispensable rules expansion.
  • Purge the Unclean (retail $20): Three adventures for Acolytes of any level.
  • Dark Heresy 1E Game Master's Kit (retail $10): Useful charts plus a complete adventure, "Maggots in the Meat."

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $34.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $82.50, including Disciples of the Dark Gods (a sourcebook of cults and conspiracies, retail $25); the Creatures Anathema bestiary (retail $20); and all three adventures in the Haarlock's Legacy series (Tattered Fates, Damned Cities, and Dead Stars, total retail $37.50).

Dark Heresy Judgements

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/DarkHeresy1Judgements

This Dark Heresy 1E Judgements Bundle is one of two offers now in progress that together present the entire First Edition product line for Dark Heresy, the RPG of Imperial Inquisitors in the Warhammer 40,000 setting. The main offer, Dark Heresy 1E Essentials, has the core rulebook and major supplements; if you're new to the game, start there first. This companion Judgements offer has the rest of the line, including the acclaimed supplement The Radical's Handbook. Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders and Bärenherz, a local home for terminally ill children in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$167.50. Customers who pay just US$18.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $85) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including several books about Inquisition factions: Blood of Martyrs, about the Adeptus Ministorum (retail price $20); Daemon Hunter -- the Ordo Malleus and the Grey Knights (retail $20); and Book of Judgement -- the Adeptus Arbites (retail $20); plus the sourcebook for high-level play, Ascension (retail $25).

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $34.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $82.50:

  • The Radical's Handbook (retail $25): The agents of the Golden Throne who would turn the darkness against itself. One of the most admired Dark Heresy sourcebooks. Includes Salvation Demands Sacrifice, an "overflow book" with material cut for space from the main book.
  • The Lathe Worlds (retail $20): The red-robed tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Includes the overflow book The Lost Dataslate.
  • The Apostasy Gambit (total retail $37.50): The complete adventure trilogy The Black Sepulchre, The Church of the Damned, and The Chaos Commandment.

 

Dark Heresy resources


Might as well be honest, I have no interest in this at all. But for those of you who are, it looks a reasonable deal provided you don't mind it being the first edition.
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Subject:This year's Online Xmas Card...
Time:08:24 pm
...is here

http://forgottenfutures.co.uk/album/xmas2017.pdf

For best results print it double sided on card with short edge binding, and fold it so that the bigger picture is the front of a "tent" style card.

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Subject:There's Always One...
Time:06:30 pm
I'm going to give my ebay sales a rest until the new year - I really don't want someone buying something that means I have to go to the post office on New Years Eve or something.

Needless to say there is one customer who hasn't paid me for his last two purchases - he's had plenty of warning and I've just opened an unpaid item case, if he pays me this week I'll send the stuff, otherwise I will be closing it and cancelling the sale on Christmas Eve, with a hearty "BAH! Humbug!"

Update Thursday 21st - paid! VERY relieved, means I've hopefully got everything sorted until the new year.
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Subject:Two more RPG Bundle offers - The Strange
Time:08:59 pm
This is a rather recursive idea - a game about entering game worlds, fictional worlds, etc. - which I don't know at all. There are actually two offers, one a repeat from 2015, the other all-new material.


The Strange Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/TheStrange-2017
"Revived from October 2015, this Strange Bundle is one of two offers now in progress featuring the Cypher System rules set from from Monte Cook Games. This revival runs in parallel with the all-new Cypher System Bundle with the universal-system rulebook and two campaign settings. In the recursion-spanning The Strange RPG, recursions -- limited pocket dimensions with their own laws of reality -- are seeded from human fiction and mythology. A recursor might discover Atlantis, Oz, the Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes, and places even more bizarre. You can go absolutely anywhere, to any fictional setting or imaginary realm -- including any of your favorite roleplaying worlds.
We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity chosen by Monte Cook Games, Doctors Without Borders.
This revived October 2015 collection, with a total retail value of US$95, includes everything you need for a complete campaign across the Chaosphere. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all four titles in this offer's Player's Collection (retail value $41) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • The Strange (retail price $20): The beautiful full-color 418-page rulebook with character creation, sample recursions, and the complete Cypher System. Includes the free recursion Ohunkakan: The Living Myths.
  • The Strange Player's Guide (retail $8): Create characters, explore the setting, and learn how to play with this 96-page extract from the complete rulebook. Includes six pre-generated characters.
  • In Translation: The Strange Character Options (retail $10): More than 50 new abilities for paradoxes, vectors, and spinners -- moves, revisions, twists, descriptors, and foci.
  • Swordbreakers (retail $3): These elite operatives in the Ardeyn recursion can be an affiliate organization for characters who want to expand their horizons.
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Gamemaster's Collection with seven more titles worth an additional $54:
  • Worlds Numberless and Strange (retail $17): A 226-page guide to nearly 70 new recursions.
  • The Strange Bestiary (retail $15): 140 bizarre and imaginative creatures encountered on Earth, Ardeyn, Ruk, Crow Hollow, and Atom Nocturne -- all compatible with Numenera.
  • The Dark Spiral (retail $10): Investigating the drug Spiral Dust, the operatives fight the malign alien Dustman. These linked adventures make an ideal starting campaign.
  • The Estate Dossiers (retail $2): Realistic handouts for new Estate Operative recruits.
  • When Worlds Collide: Converting Numenera and The Strange (retail $4): A guide to moving seamlessly between these two Cypher System games.
  • Plus The Strange GM Screen (retail $2) and the introductory adventure Eschatology Code (retail $4).




Cypher System Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Cypher

"This offer features the Cypher System RPG rules from Monte Cook Games -- the system that underpins Numenera and The Strange. This new collection -- a companion to the revived October 2015 Strange Bundle now in progress -- includes the complete Cypher System rulebook, two world settings, and other titles funded by the successful February 2016 Worlds of the Cypher System Kickstarter. It's everything you need for multiple campaigns using the easy and flexible Cypher System. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$89. Customers who pay just US$11.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $41) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Cypher System Rulebook (retail price $20), the Expanded Worlds rules expansion (retail $18), and the supplement Cults, Factions, and Syndicates (retail $3).
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $48:
  • Gods of the Fall (retail $18): In a dark age after a divine realm's destruction, you carry the spark of godhood. Can you claim a place in the heavens?
  • Two Gods of the Fall supplements: the complete adventure After the Nightfall (retail $3) and the conversion guide Gods Beyond (retail $2), which lets you bring these fallen gods into Numenera or The Strange.
  • Predation (retail $18): Time travellers and their genetically altered dinosaur companions duke it out in the Cretaceous Era.
  • Two Predation supplements: the adventure The Cawdor Complex (retail $5) and the Way of the Dinosaur conversion guide (retail $2).
At least one title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.


Cypher System resources

 


I've taken a look at this and it's very pretty, but I get the feeling that it's occasionally trying a little too hard to be clever. The central idea is one I've used myself for RPGs and fanfic, and I can't help wondering if the level of jargon used is really essential - there are much easier ways to set up a campaign envolving multiple worlds with different natural laws etc., such as throwing the players in without warning and letting them figure things out for themselves. Having said that, you do get a lot of interesting stuff for your money, and I think it could be mined for gameable ideas for other multi-world systems such as GURPS, Forgotten Futures, etc.  Recommended subject to all the usual provisos - I don't pay for this stuff and probably wouldn't be looking at it if I wasn't being asked to blog about it, if you have to pay for it your mileage may vary, etc. etc.

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Subject:Two more RPG Bundle offers - The One Ring
Time:08:05 pm
Two offers for The One Ring, Cubicle 7's Lord of the Rings RPG. One is a repeat, the other is all-new:

The One Ring

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2017OneRing

"Revived for a second time from its spectacularly successful October 2015 debut, this large collection is one of two offers now in progress featuring The One Ring Roleplaying Game from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The all-new companion, The One Ring Bundle +2, presents five recent TOR supplements. These two offers run in parallel and end together Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Francesco Nepitello's The One Ring Roleplaying Game is set in the Wilderland five years after the Battle of Five Armies. Wilderland is the region both Thorin's Company and the Fellowship traverse on their journeys. This land is filled with instantly recognizable locations (Mirkwood, Thranduil's Halls, Lake-town, the Lonely Mountain, Dol Guldur) and characters (Radagast the Brown, the Elvenking Thranduil, King Bard of Dale, King Dain of Erebor).

Of several licensed RPGs over the years based on Tolkien's works, The One Ring has drawn high praise for its effective evocation of Tolkien's themes and atmosphere. The journey rules give the players the feeling their characters are embarking on an epic trek across Mirkwood or down the Anduin. Inventive Fellowship rules in the style of King Arthur Pendragon and Mouse Guard provide Heroes with the opportunity to rest and recuperate, to practice their skills, or pursue a noble undertaking. But in every adventure there lies the insidious threat of Shadow -- the corruption of spirit and the destruction of hope. With its rich and detailed background information, character types unique to the world, and a setting that changes as the Tale of Years progresses, The One Ring Roleplaying Game lets you really feel you're playing in Middle-earth.

We provide each title complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two One Ring offers' designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this revival is US$129. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $45) with both the complete RPG The One Ring (retail price $30) and its companion Loremaster's Screen and Lake-town Guide (retail $15) as DRM-free .PDFs. And those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more supplements worth an additional $84:

  • The Darkening of Mirkwood (retail price $23): Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan's massive months-long campaign against an ever-growing Shadow.
  • The Heart of the Wild (retail $20): The companion gazetteer for The Darkening of Mirkwood presents extensive details of the entire Wilderland region.
  • Rivendell (retail $23): Expand your campaign with this regional guide to eastern Eriador and the Last Homely House of Elrond.
  • Tales From Wilderland (retail $18): Seven complete scenarios set in Mirkwood, the Misty Mountains, Erebor, Lake-town, and other locales across Wilderland. Play each separately, or combine them as an epic campaign spanning years.

 


The One Ring Bundle +2

"This is a companion to the revived October 2015 One Ring Bundle featuring The One Ring Roleplaying Game from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This all-new companion offer presents five recent TOR supplements for a bargain price. (And yes, it's strange to think the One Ring would ever need a +2 bonus.)

We provide each supplement complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two TOR offers' designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$102. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get both supplements in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $38) as DRM-free .PDFs: the Adventurer's Companion character guide and the travel supplement Journeys and Maps. Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $64: Horse-Lords of Rohan (retail $23), Erebor - The Lonely Mountain (retail $18), and the Ruins of the North scenario collection (retail $23).


There don't seem to be any surprise extras for either offer this time.


My feeling on this is that it's a lot for the money, but isn't something I particularly want. I don't really play fantasy games much any more, and I'd rather think of the setting in terms of the fiction than as something to be gamed. If you want to run an RPG in Middle Earth (and don't mind it being set after The Hobbit and before the main events of LoTR) this is probably the best choice at present, it just isn't for me. Additionally, I suspect that many enthusiasts will have bought much of this stuff as it came out and may find that it's cheaper to fill the gaps than to buy it all again. As usual your mileage may vary.

 

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Subject:That's Snow Good...
Time:03:36 pm
My plans for today have been somewhat derailed by London's first snow of the winter - I'm pretty sure that there won't be much happening at either of the car boot sales I meant to go to, and my sniffle is still bad enough that I'd prefer not to get too cold. So since I've got no pressing need to go out I'm taking the day off.

Snow fall on a London street

Snow fall in a london garden

More pictures here:

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Subject:Trumpton
Time:03:07 pm
There's a petition asking the government to cancel Trump's visit next year. It has 100,000 signs since yesterday. If it gets a lot bigger the government might possibly take some notice, if only by making some sort of conciliatory gesture.

If you're in the UK please think about adding to it.

https://38d.gs/trump-petition-sign

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Dracula Dossier
Time:11:14 pm
Another day, another bundle, this time a game setting I understand to be fairly good, or at least to contain some interesting ideas:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/DraculaDossier

"This new offer presents The Dracula Dossier, an epic improvised horror-espionage campaign for Night's Black Agents, star designer Kenneth Hite's GUMSHOE System tabletop roleplaying of burned spies vs. vampires from Pelgrane Press.

In 1893 a visionary spymaster in the British Naval Intelligence Department tried to recruit the perfect asset: a vampire. Operation Edom contacted Count Dracula in Transylvania, set up a safe house and headquarters in England, and arranged transit. Then it all went wrong. Dracula betrayed his minder and double-crossed NID. British intelligence hunted him down on his home ground and terminated him with two knives and extreme prejudice -- or so they thought. Dracula lives. Now it's up to you to finish the job.

Funded by a spectacular November 2014 Kickstarter campaign, the Dracula Dossier series follows in the fully improvisational path of the award-winning The Armitage Files campaign for Trail of Cthulhu. Players follow up leads in the margins of Dracula Unredacted, a rare edition of Bram Stoker's masterpiece that reveals the terrifying truth behind the fiction. Players choose which leads to track, which scarlet trail to follow. The Director, using the clear step-by-step techniques in these ebooks, improvises a suitably blood-soaked thriller in response to their choices. Together you create your own unique story -- and you learn why Ben Riggs at Geek & Sundry called The Dracula Dossier the greatest RPG campaign of all time

(Pelgrane Press has a great eyes-only page of Dracula Dossier resources.)

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, V-Day.

This comprehensive offer presents the entire Dracula Dossier line, with a total retail value at launch of US$112. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get all three titles in our Agent's Collection (retail value $54) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the Night's Black Agents core rulebook (retail price $25), Dracula Unredacted (retail $20), and The Edom Field Manual (retail $9).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $26.95 to start, also get our entire Director's Collection with three more titles worth an additional $58, including the indispensable Dracula Dossier Director's Handbook (plus the Dracula Deck of nonplayer character cards); The Edom Files scenario collection; and The Hawkins Papers, with over 30 beautiful player handouts.

At least one additional title will be added later. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

Dracula Dossier resources


I mentioned this to a friend who is more familiar with the system who tells me "Good stuff too, if you don’t mind the system and a whole lot of improvising" - my feeling here is that this will appeal especially to those who are already familiar with Night's Black Agents and/or Gumshoe, or are prepared for a fairly steep learning curve (or can adapt it to systems they prefer on the fly). On the whole I probably won't be running this - one of the campaigns I outlined for Forgotten Futures IX was a military vampire-hunting setting based loosely on Dracula and I'd probably go back to that if I wanted to do more with vampires. But it looks like a reasonably good deal, depending on how much of it you already own, if your interests go that way. Recommended, but all usual cautions and disclaimers apply

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Subject:Crud...
Time:11:47 pm
I was looking forward to running an adventure at Dragonmeet, so of course I've come down with a really bad cold yesterday and can hardly talk today. I doubt that anyone really wants me dribbling snot at them for three hours, so I've had to cancel. I might go in for a while if I feel up to it, but I don't think I'll be up to running anything.

And of course this also rules out the party that I might have gone to on Saturday night if not for Dragonmeet, it'd be like Pestilance turning up on the doorstep.

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Subject:Two more RPG Bundle offers - Dying Earth and Stone Skin Press
Time:06:14 pm
More RPG offers, both repeats with more stuff added:

Dying Earth Compleat Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/DyingEarth2017

"Originally presented in January 2014 and revived in March 2015, this Dying Earth Bundle offer returns for a third trip, now greatly expanded and rechristened Dying Earth Compleat -- because the offer now encompasses the entire DERPG line. And all purchasers of the two previous runs also receive all the new additions (a US$65 retail value) on their Wizard's Cabinet download page. (The new titles are Primer of Practical Magic, Demons of the Dying Earth, Day of the Quelo, Gomoshan's Tomb, The Creep of Inaccuracy, and Excellent Prismatic Spray issues 2-6.)

Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories portray the exploits of characters ranging from vat-grown beauties to wandering scoundrels to vainglorious magicians, who eat, drink, gamble, explore, and cheat their way through what is widely presumed to be the final era of history. Above them, the sun has reddened and grown spotty with age; all assume that it will soon extinguish itself. The cities of the Dying Earth are places of exotic and decadent beauty. Strange foods and bizarre clothing are commonplace. The world is littered with forgotten ruins and plagued by dangerously effective predators. Only the foolhardy or powerful venture far from the safety of their communities. The latter group is intimately familiar with arcane secrets of magic, which, though wondrous and impressive, are mere shadows of the achievement of previous ages.

Published in 2001, The Dying Earth RPG was the first official tabletop RPG based on Jack Vance's work and one of the earliest releases from Pelgrane Press, which has since published 13th Age, the GUMSHOE line of games, and many more. (Trivia: Bundle of Holding operator Allen Varney laid out the DE rulebook and designed the original Pelgrane Press logos.) Designer Robin D. Laws (Feng Shui, HeroQuest, Hillfolk) captured the essence of Vance's stories through an ingenious rules system that downplayed combat in favor of intricate social rules of persuasion and rebuff. The game text anatomized many of the elements that mark the Dying Earth stories: odd customs, crafty swindles, heated protests and presumptuous claims, casual cruelty, weird magic, strange vistas, ruined wonders, exotic food, and foppish apparel.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity designated by Pelgrane Press co-owner Simon Rogers, V-Day.

This is one of the largest offers in Bundle history, with a total retail value of US$182. Customers who pay just US$18.95 get all seven titles in this offer's Essentials Collection (retail value $76) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • The Dying Earth core rulebook (retail value US$10): The complete original 192-page game by Robin D. Laws (GUMSHOE, Hillfolk), plus the The Dying Earth Revivification Folio (retail $12), Robin's 2012 update that adapts the Dying Earth setting to his fast-playing Skulduggery rules system (itself an evolution of the original DE rules).
  • Primer of Practical Magic (retail $10): The DERPG spells adapted to the d20 System. (You knew the Dungeons & Dragons/d20 System is based on the Dying Earth stories, right?)
  • The Compendium of Universal Knowledge (retail $20): A huge, passably accurate, incessantly entertaining encyclopedia of the Dying Earth setting.
  • Cugel's Compendium of Indispensable Advantages (retail $6): Worthy adjuncts for wayward wayfarers like the protagonist of Eyes of the Overworld and Cugel's Saga.
  • Kaiin Player's Guide (retail $9): Robin Laws's all-encompassing guidebook to a city perfect for long-term play at all levels. Includes the bonus "Old Town" chapter.
  • Scaum Valley Gazetteer (retail $9): An exhaustive travelogue of the ideal starting region for new characters.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $36.95 to start, also get this offer's massive Compleat Collection with fourteen more supplements and adventures worth an additional $106 that amplify any Dying Earth game at all three levels of play:

  • Turjan's Tome of Beauty and Horror (retail $9): For the brave and adventurous seekers of the Last Hundred Spells, as seen in Jack Vance's first Dying Earth book.
  • Rhialto's Book of Marvels (retail $10): Powerful magic for the fractious arch-magicians of Rhialto the Marvellous.
  • Demons of the Dying Earth (retail $10) and Tooth, Talon, & Pinion (retail $7): Denizens of this mundane world and its unspeakable subworlds that will ruffle your most blase characters.
  • Three introductory adventures (total retail $15) for Cugel-, Turjan-, and Rhialto-level play: The Day of the Quelo, Gomoshan's Tomb, and The Creep of Inaccuracy.
  • Fields of Silver (retail $10): An epic Turjan-level campaign.
  • "In the Footsteps of Fools" (retail $40): All five installments of Ian Thomson's panoramic campaign -- All's Fair in Azenomei, Strangers in Saskervoy, Lords of Cil, Beyond the Mountains of Magnatz, and And Thence to Almery.
  • The Excellent Prismatic Spray issues 2-6 (total retail $20): The authoritative Dying Earth RPG periodical, with contributions from many gaming luminaries.

Stone Skin Press Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/StoneSkin2017

Where genre meets literature, where geek culture meets the mainstream, there is Stone Skin Press. With a series of literary anthologies to challenge the boundaries between genres and creative scenes, Stone Skin (the Pelgrane Press fiction imprint) gathers writers from such disparate fields as gaming, literary fiction, F/SF, film, YA, comics, and podcasting. Its eclectic author rosters bring colliding perspectives to bear on themes that combine the classic with the surprising.

"Stone Skin Press is a new fiction imprint from roleplaying game publisher Pelgrane Press," Simon Rogers wrote at the start of the August 2012 Kickstarter campaignthat launched the line. "We set up the imprint because of my enthusiasm for genre-crossing writing, including Michael Chabon, Iain Banks, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin and Adam Marek. I already know how to publish, and there is a wealth of talented writers, both mainstream and genre who enjoy writing to a challenging brief. We want to inspire all-new fiction and take our writers and readers in new directions."

We provide each ebook complete in ePub, Kindle (.mobi), and .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity selected by Pelgrane Press co-owner Simon Rogers, V-Day.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$40. Customers who pay a mere US$3.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $16) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including The New Hero Volume 1 and Schemers -- a total of 28 stories both heroic and insidious by Tobias S. Buckell, Monte Cook, Julia Bond Ellingboe, Chuck Wendig, and more -- plus both collections of the avian webcomic The Birds by Robin D. Laws.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at just $9.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more star-studded fiction collections worth an additional $24:

  • Shotguns v. Cthulhu (retail $6): Double-barrelled action in the world of HP Lovecraft, featuring Kenneth Hite, Dave Gross, Larry DiTillio, Rob Heinsoo, and others.
  • The New Hero Volume 2 ($6): Fourteen original takes on the heroic ideal by Emily Care Boss, Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch, Greg Stolze, John Scott Tynes, and fellow heroes.
  • The New Gothic ($6): A dozen tales of terror, including an original, never-before-seen story from the godfather of modern horror, Ramsey Campbell.
  • The Lion and the Aardvark ($6): Seventy new Aesop-style fables for our time by Greg Stafford, Sandy Petersen, Ed Greenwood, and many (many!) more.

At least one more title will be added later. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle -- even during this offer's original October 2014 run -- automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.


The Dying Earth is one of the classic RPGs with a lot of interesting ideas and a huge amount of material for the money. The fiction has some interesting stories, though I tend to find single-theme collections like these a little repetitive. And it has The Birds, which I liked but apparently missed quite a few installments, it's nice to see them collected.

My recommendation is a definite YES! for Dying Earth, if you know Vance at all you probably want to role-play this setting, and this is the kit of tools to do it. The fiction is more of a MAYBE, for me at least, I think I'd probably want to browse one volume at a time rather than buying them in a lump. As usual I have to stress that I'm not paying for this stuff so your mileage may vary.
 

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Subject:This Weekend's Charity Shop Bargain...
Time:07:38 pm
...Came from Oxfam's Black Friday sale - a 100-300mm Cosina lens in Canon AF fitting - for £15 plus postage, and I bought three items (the others for selling on eBay) so the postage worked out at a pound or so. It's not an appalling lens, but it's not as good as my Nikon zoom which covers the same range and more so I'll probably end up selling it on. Some test pictures here, very familiar subjects:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868539@N02/sets/72157690232845205/with/26929723729/

My boot fair bargains this weekend were a couple of Pentax lenses, a Pentax-A 50mm f2 and an SMC Takumar 55mm f2, plus an Apple keyboard with the special key tops for the Final Cut photo-editing suite. Total £23, which I think is pretty good.

Update - I've belatedly realised that the white balance of the camera was set for tungsten lighting for some reason, which is why some of the shots look a bit blue. This is why I really ought to RTFM before I play with new toys...
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Subject:Heil Hydra again
Time:12:58 pm
 The energy company I switched to, Octopus Energy, are offering a £50 reward to anyone who switches to them and to the person who refers them (e.g. me) between now and 23.59 on Monday. If you've been thinking of switching it's a bit of an incentive, but I haven't checked the current prices to see how they compare to others in the longer term. I also don't know how big an area the offer covers - obviously UK only, but possibly a smaller area.

If you're interested use the link below to make me a small amount of money...

 https://share.octopus.energy/cute-owl-376/ 

Update - this has been extended to December 1st.

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Indie Cornucopia +5
Time:07:44 pm
This is another games bundle, and one that is very interesting to me - a collection of games by independent publishers, including at least two I know are VERY good.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Cornucopia5

 

"This is the all-new fifth annual installment in our Indie Cornucopia series, which launches each year on or near the Thanksgiving Day holiday in America. Each Cornucopia presents recent high-profile small-press tabletop RPGs. The original November 2013 Cornucopia offer, the one with Dungeon World and Apocalypse World, was a record-breaking success. This time out we have very recent titles (Blood and Bone, vs. Stranger Stuff), the 2016 Second Edition of the classic Puppetland, and a Pelgrane Press collection of fascinating one-shot story games, Seven Wonders. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$107. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $42) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • MASHED (Brabblemark Press, retail price $15): Apocalypse Engine drama at a US Army hospital near the front lines of the Korean War.
  • vs. Stranger Stuff - Season 2 (Fat Goblin Games, retail $12): Finished binge-watching that Netflix series? Try this brand-new Second Edition vs. Monsters game about goonie 1980s kids facing the supernatural.
  • Daring Comics RPG (Daring Entertainment, retail $15): A Fate Core toolkit for comic-book superheroics.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $65:
  • Puppetland 2E (Arc Dream Publishing, retail $20): The 2016 Second Edition of the pioneering story game of grim make-believe. (We presented the First Edition in our July 2014 Indie Initiative offer.)
  • Blood and Bone (Arcana Games, retail $15): A new system for gritty fantasy in a violent setting -- "Game of Thrones meets D&D."
  • The Sprawl (Ardens Ludere, retail $15): Mission-based cyberpunk intrigue Powered by the Apocalypse.
  • Seven Wonders (Pelgrane Press, retail $15): Seven short and bracing story games.
At least one more title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

This is one I can strongly recommend just for Puppetland and Seven Wonders - the others look interesting too, but I'm less familiar with them. It looks like a very good deal, but as usual I have to stress that I'm not paying for this stuff - if you already own some of it you may be better off buying individual titles, and if you're only interested in kicking down doors and looting dungeons it's probably not the droids you're looking for...

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Subject:Monorail!
Time:04:51 pm
Paging [personal profile] feorag ... Disneyland Disney World monorail

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Subject:Good Grief
Time:09:30 pm
Just had to send a DMCA Takedown Notice for a site that has pirated copies of Diana: Warrior Princess and Elvis: The Legendary Tours. Not Flatland though, so I'll be charitable and assume that they didn't upload it because it's a charity product. Unfortunately it's more likely that they simply weren't interested. I think this is only the second time I've had to to this, let's hope things don't come in threes.

Taken down in a little over an hour - I think last time it took a couple of days, but that was a more complicated situation where there were a lot of magazines I'd written for that were pirated.

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Subject:Elephants
Time:06:44 pm
There's a petition to reverse Trump's idiotic ruling on ivory. So far a tad under half a million people have signed, but more would be nice

hrefhttps://www.change.org/p/ryan-zinke-ban-elephant-ivory-and-tusks-from-being-imported-into-the-u-s

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Subject:Idle fanfic thought
Time:12:49 pm
Harry Potter / Culture crossovers really don't work very well because the magic doesn't work rationally, but Young Wizards magic would fit into the Culture very nicely - just another set of natural laws and a new way of manipulating them. I'd imagine a Mind would be VERY good at it...

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