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7
Jun

Practical Effects: Creating Props for Star Wars and other Sci-Fi Games

A guest article by: Jynx001

My gamer friends and I have a kind of competition going, wherein we try to out-nerd each other with various gimmicks.  It started with a pirate’s map burnt onto a piece of leather and eventually escalated to manila folder evidence bags containing NPC dossiers and a custom made USB drive full of world lore and digital game books!  When it once again became my turn to run a game, I had to try to reaffirm my place in the game-geek hierarchy by creating some interesting props – and for bonus points: at least one per game session.

The challenge was threefold.  First off, we meet weekly – only a handful of hours could be allocated to the creation of props.  Secondly, I’m broke – I would have to rely on dollar store finds and my limited collection of office supplies.  Thirdly, we were playing Star Wars Saga edition.  Any time I could hand over a code cylinder or a vial of alien toxins rather than just describing them, I would try to do so.

25
May

Tabletop Tidbits: Gaunt Brad Pitt and the Slippery Slope

One of the primary elements that influences how something is perceived is the tone in which it is presented. Even the most serious of content will be taken more lightly if it’s delivered between giggles. As the GameMaster, the responsibility of maintaining the campaign’s intended tone falls to you. Players, being in a largely reactionary role, take their cues from you, and respond based on the manner in which you run the game. Unfortunately however, they also grease the slippery slope towards a campaign that can be far different from what you’ve envisioned.

16
Feb

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month December 2017 – The Last Parsec

What does it mean to be human; a part of mankind?” I sometimes wonder about how much simpler a question that must have been for people before. Before we made the grand voyage of interstellar flight. Before we terraformed countless worlds, and allied ourselves with intelligent lifeforms from beyond the black. Before the genetic modifications, the implantations, the symbiotes. Before we began to twist who and what we were in exchange for more expedient settlement.  Sometimes I think that we as a race are already gone, that humanity has reached The Last Parsec – December’s Campaign of the Month! If anyone can truly answer that question, it’s Maksim_Kotelnikov, the GM of this interstellar campaign. So come with me on a journey to to the stars and beyond!

2
Feb

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month November 2017 – The Gaelean Chronicles: Heroes 4 Hire

The village of Hellespont needs you! Recent disappearances have prompted the Elder Council to seek out adventurers to investigate! Viable candidates are hereby invited to assemble at the River Bend Inn for consideration! Let you and your company’s tale be the next one written in The Gaelean Chronicles: Heroes 4 Hire – November’s Campaign of the Month! Sharpen your swords, ready your most potent magics, and prepare to test your mettle – DM_Mike awaits…

20
Nov

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month October 2017 – Blood & Bourbon

The Big Easy’s really something, wouldn’t you say neonate? Yes, I know what you are. Oh, don’t look so defensive. We’re very much the same, you and I; “kindred spirits” you might say. That said, you do look a bit fresh-faced to be out and about by yourself. What’d you do? “run away from home”? Hey, I get it. My sire was a bastard too. I’ll tell you what. Let’s get some refreshment. I know this great little club where we can get some Blood & Bourbon – October’s Campaign of the Month! Nourish yourself, and then I’ll take you to  Calder_R so you can present yourself properly.

5
Nov

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month September 2017 – Profane Legacy

Welcome child, do come in. You are wise beyond your years you know; seeking out this holy place. For it is faith that keeps the wickedness of the world at bay. Without our faith, Ahlim would surely fall to barbarism and madness. That is why we must be ever-vigilant, furthering divine enlightenment, and staving off the evil that awaits us should we falter… our Profane Legacy – September’s Campaign of the Month! Now, take these holy texts and study them well. TheOriginator should arrive momentarily. Then the real training begins.

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