Happy Birthday, Gary Gygax!

“You are not entering this world in the usual manner, for you are setting forth to be a Dungeon Master. Certainly there are stout fighters, mighty magic-users, wily thieves, and courageous clerics who will make their mark in the magical lands of D&D adventure. You however, are above even the greatest of these, for as DM you are to become the Shaper of the Cosmos. It is you who will give form and content to the all the universe. You will breathe life into the stillness, giving meaning and purpose to all the actions which are to follow.” ― Gary Gygax (July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008)

GARY GYGAX DAY

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Nine Crowns

Nine Crowns of Willen

Welcome

Some preliminary world-building on our next campaign world, slated for a January 2017 launch which should coincide with the 4 year anniversary of out reunion game.

It’s a little more Martin than Tolkien at the onset as I’m looking to make things, particularly magical things, have a bit more value, be a bit more wondrous and awe-inducing.

D&D, and Pathfinder, by and large, have been huge, high fantasy, super-hero romps and I think it’s high time for our group to get a little dirty. I want to see more wheeling and dealing. I want consequences for their actions. I want to smell the market and feel the sting of the sword cut…

Here’s to hoping we can pull it off.

Addendum: Someone asked about “the Great Ice Shield”, wondering if it was akin to “The Wall” in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice & Fire.

The answer is ‘no’. The Great Ice Shield refers to two things. 1.) the “wall” of cold that grips the north making habitability a dicey proposition; and 2.) the shield wall of the northern barbarians who have carved out an existence in that brutal landscape.

A Star Trek RPG coming from Modiphius

MODIPHIUS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING STAR TREK ADVENTURES, A NEW ROLEPLAYING GAME & MINIATURES LINE

Starfleet Academy Intake 2016 Launches August 4 at Gen Con with Living Campaign Playtest Registration, Free Capt. Kirk and Picard Miniatures

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LONDON, ENGLAND (July 21, 2016): Modiphius Entertainment, publisher of the Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Infinity and John Carter of Mars roleplaying games, is excited to announce today the development of Star Trek Adventures, the first new official Star Trek roleplaying game to be produced in more than a decade. The news comes as Star Trek fans worldwide celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016.

Fans of the legendary Star Trek television series’ and films will not only boldly go to the final frontier, but they will shape the voyages and missions through the Star Trek Adventures living campaign playtest. Each player will experience the game differently based on the ship they are assigned to and attendees of Gen Con will have the exclusive North American opportunity to choose their ship, as well as claim a free Captain Kirk or Captain Picard miniature, while supplies last, when they register for the playtest. Registration will take place daily at the Modiphius booth #2737 in the Gen Con exhibit hall August 4 – 7, 2016.

Additional sign-ups will launch online from late August at www.modiphius.com/star-trek and fans in Europe will have their chance to claim Kirk or Picard at the Modiphius booth at Essen-Spiel in Germany in October and at Dragonmeet in the UK in December. The living campaign playtest will launch in the fall.

“Since I was a kid I dreamed of sitting in the captain’s chair and boldly going on my own voyages,” says Modiphius Entertainment’s publishing director Chris Birch. “With Star Trek Adventures we can all explore our own stories in the worlds of Captain Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, Archer and many others.”

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Star Trek Adventures will use the Modiphius 2d20 game system (Mutant Chronicles, Infinity, Conan, John Carter of Mars) designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, X-Wing Miniatures Game). Modiphius is also sculpting an accompanying Star Trek miniature figure line, the first to be produced in 17 years. Resin and metal 32mm-scale hobby figures will feature classic Star Trek characters and crews, boarding parties and away teams. Geomorphic tile maps of burning Federation ships, mysterious colonies and embattled Klingon cruisers will set the scene for dramatic new voyages in the Final Frontier.

Under license by CBS Consumer Products, Star Trek Adventures is slated for a Summer 2017 release and the playtest crews will be listed in the Star Trek Adventures book manifest. Sign up for Starfleet now at www.modiphius.com/star-trek

™ & ©2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Star Trek Adventures Miniatures

There will be a wide range of Star Trek Adventures miniatures including many of your favourite characters as well as generic crew, away teams, boarding parties and aliens. Accompanying the range will be geomorphic map tiles of Federation, Klingon and other ships, space stations, lost colonies, ancient ruins as well as dangerous and mysterious worlds to explore.

The figures will be single piece and multi-part, and available in collector’s blisters as well as crew packs giving you whole away teams or bridge crews from different eras. As you can see from the scale picture example above they are 32mm iand made in a soft resin. These two initial figures of Captain Kirk and Picard will be available to those signing up for the official playtest at the Modiphius stands at GenCon, Essen Spiele and Dragonmeet and later as part of various sets.

Call the Banners!

Work on a new campaign world for my Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club mates continues. They’re all nearing 20th level after more than two years of play and I have stated my desire to start afresh in a new world, so I’m building it from the ground up.

I figure I have about 5 months to pull it off, so no worries… yet.

I have found myself needing a way to track Houses and their Lands, as this next campaign I intend to run with fewer ‘dungeon crawls’ and more intrigue oriented adventures. From a TV correlation, think ‘more Game of Thrones‘ and less ‘Shannara Chronicles‘.

Anyway, I threw this House Sheet together this morning. There is, admittedly, a healthy influence from some custom Song of Ice & Fire RPG sheets I tracked down on the internet, but I gave it some of my own flavor.

It has everything I think I’ll need for a quick, cursory glance as a DM, but playtesting will tell the tale.

House Sheet