Category: Zerosage

10-09-17 – Cascade – Spinning Plates

CascadeCan’t the world stay saved for just five minutes?

 

It has been six months since the events of Panicnookie.   The city’s been quiet, and life starts to mend. Our heroes take some much needed time off, attempting to rebuild their lives, destress, upgrade, and gain some measure of control over their lives.  The day is October the first, and already thoughts turn to last year, and the disastrous event known as Devil’s Night. The city has barely recovered from the rioting, looting, and arson.  Even now it struggles to show that it can stand on its own two feet.  The matter is made worse after an Irish mob shootout attacked a one-time nemesis of the heroes of Cascade, The Bones of Utu.   The heroes start to dig up a trail that leads them further away from the crimes on the surface…to the things happening below.


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2017-09-25 – Robotech – Shallow Victories

khyronsendFor the glory of Khyron!  Victory!

 

It has been a huge investment of life and heartache.  The Zentradi Control Zone is aswarm with malcontents.  And yet those hostages lurk in the grounded ship.  It doesn’t take long to realize that something is desperately wrong with the situation, but with the Kill-Bunnies’ command structure now in pieces, can they avoid making a fatal mistake while trying to anticipate the mad warrior Khyron’s final assault?

 

 

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2017-09-08 – The Paragons – The Wyold Times

luccaBeing an incomparable genius, and the savior of the masses is certainly a lot of hard work, I’d just be happy if I got the credit I deserve…

The Paragons receive an urgent message regarding a kidnapped princess, but there’s only two of them available to look into the matters.  So one of the resident outfitters for the team, the incomparable Lucca Ashtear, (yes from that game, don’t judge me), joins up to take her GK-009 armor for a field test.  But when the Black Dog robber knights demand the King of Midland abdicate his throne, there’s surely something hidden at work here…

 

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Lady Mournblade – Cityrat turned Sword Mage

Lucca Ashtear  – Greatest Genius of her time, Savior of the masses, Caster down of the Gods themselves, and occasionally deigns to make things for people.  What?  A girl’s got to make a living.

Cinder – Dwarven superweapon with an evershifting power structure.

Ran by Zakk, who also ran the Cascade game ‘The Secret of the Magnum Opus’  (a good listen, give it a go!)

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2017_09_05 – The Paragons – Of Fools and Floating Rocks

shipNot the type of cruise I was hoping for

The Paragons snuck in an extra game on Labor Day.  Join Cinder, Rina the noble Palladin, young Ashton the Ice Knight, and Guardian Iatos as they explore a mechanical island in search of stone-man raiding pirates.  The Paragons have certainly met their match this time, so may the cards be ever in their favor.
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2017_09_04 – The Paragons – 20 Year Grudge

dracoI feel like I missed an integral part of the plot…

 

The Paragons of Palladium have returned for another trial run.

 

Cinder     Cinder – Fiery superweapon made during the Elf-Dwarf War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(not played today) Black Arrow Iatos – Elder archer, granted a tiny sliver of supernatural skill from the creature simply known as ‘The Archer’

 

Ashton – Elven Noble with exceptional Ice powers.  Fanboy of the Paragons

 

GiGi – Goblin Cobbler who made a deal with a Deevil.  Informant for the Paragons

(not played today) Rina – Raised as a Barbarian, skilled as a Paladin, with the blessing of her Pantheon.

 

 

The Paragons, or perhaps a second string of them, find themselves investigating a theft, that ends up having the thief beat a path to their door.  Literally.

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2017_08_27 – Robotech – Meltdown

1640158-khyron_03Nothing so satisfying as scratching names off of a list…

 

 

Miriya
Gerao
Grell
Azonia
Khyron

The final battle of the Killbunny Squad draws ever closer.  In the heart of the Zentradi Control Zone, the possibilities of ambush are insanely high.  With only the Zentradi expatriot Grell to lead them, the Killbunnies seek to ID Khyron’s home base without awaking the hornet’s nest.


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2017_08_14 – Robotech – Just One Last Mission

NalideThey sent me to die, but I’ve been dead for years.

The war ended.  We won.  That should’ve been it.  We should’ve gotten to go home, cast off those uniforms, and just try to return to humanity.  But an attack on New Macross City has trailed back to the Zentradi Control Zone in South America, proving exactly that we need to keep pushing this fight.

Nalide Nakamea is now a single mother; addicted to Zone, the combat drug that helped her survive that last battle.  She and her team have been ordered to finish this fight in South America, by hunting down the dread figure known as Khyron…also known as the Butcher of Mars.  The same place, the same battle in which Nalide was the sole survivor of…

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07-16-17 – The Paragons – Welcome to the Paragon Age

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High Action and Adventure in a whole new game concept, with Cards!

 

We’re back after a few weeks off.  The Paragons of Palladium takes place in a slightly-altered timeline, which may or may not be the real events of the Elf-Dwarf War.   As it stands, the Elf-Dwarf war has been stopped by the might of a collection of 100 individuals of great strength and power.  Whether or not this tenuous unease returns or not, depends largely on the actions of this free company.

The elder bowman, the Dwarven powerhouse, the ancient monk and his apprentice, and the flirty assassin.  Together they compromise a team of the Paragons, intent on keeping the world at peace.

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The cards played, will be presented to Kevin Siembieda at Gencon in hopes of stirring a new fun side game for the Rifter’s publication.  .pub docs may be made available upon request.

06_18_17 – Silver City – Stop

silver cityEveryone grab an oar, and start paddling.  Doesn’t matter which way.

 

The Silver City Survivors are in a hard place.  They’ve learned exactly what some of their kin are up to, and have rediscovered that mysterious creature that has harmed many in the city.  The police aren’t up to catching it, and yet with nobody willing to lead this group of young students, what can they hope to accomplish?

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https://archive.org/download/20170618SilverCityStopPart2/2017_06_18%20-%20Silver%20City%20-%20Stop%20-%20part%202.mp3
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The Guides to the Megaverse(tm) recommend…The Esoteric Order of Role Players!

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One of my two favorite podcast Actual Play groups is the Esoteric Order of Role Players.   Its a smaller group with a cast of role play intensive gamers, who bring to light some more thoughtful, and deep characters in their games.  Mostly focusing on telling a story than winning, tEORP plays a lot of Call of Cthulhu, and most noteworthy in my eyes, the full King Arthur Pendragon campaign.

I’m on my third trip through KAP as I find myself engrossed in the long running story, and characters that feel familiar to me now.  The ever bold and victorious Sir Cynrain, Sir Wulfram the zealot, the long suffering family of Sir Pace and Newton Tony, and Sir Virgil who kept great secrets even from his dearest companions.

I’m not 100% sold on KAP, I find that I both enjoy and hate the trait system simultaneously as it robs character agency but also promotes more in character decisions simultaneously.  The idea of a person notably valiant, fleeing from battle because he failed his Valorous roll, is indeed the sort of tragedy that KAP is noted for.   Character death in the game is extremely high, but not in a way that is detrimental, but in a way that tells its own tale, for you play a lineage in KAP, not simply a single knight.  Those legacies echo on throughout life, and that is a necessary aspect to a living world.

The cast of players and GM are obviously well at ease with each other, and great friends.  Even if characters come to blow with each other, its eagerly played out to see exactly how the scene must play out.  They are indeed storytellers, and as I listen to them, I learn more about my own game.

Currently the podcast has been playing Horror on the Orient Express, for the newest edition, as well as a full Deadlands campaign.  I highly recommend this cast, and am lucky enough to have half the cast reserved tickets for my game at Gencon 2017 this year.  Let us hope I do not disappoint!

You can visit them at

https://esoteric-rp.blogspot.com/