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Setting Ideas I'll Probably Never Run, but Still Think About

Sorcerer's Skull - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 11:00


I've posted a lot of setting riffs on this blog over the years and others on various social media platforms. Most of these are just ideas. All of them I think would be cool, but some definitely speak to me as something I would want to run more than others.

Here are a few that I have definitely considered running but for various reasons have never got around to and honestly, probably never will.

Talislanta: Planet of Adventure: Using Talislanta's world as a Planetary Romance setting for the players would be crashed space travelers.

Wuxia-fied Fantasy: Not in way of the old OA, more creating a secondary world with a number of wuxia traits. For added fun (or madness!), I'd like to use a fairly heavily modified version of MERPs Middle-Earth as the setting.

Solar Wars: Star Wars set in our Solar System, either pulpy or more hard sci-fi. Actually, it's a toss up between which I'd want to run more: Solar Wars or Solar Trek.

Cold War Planescape: A bit like a combination of Planescape, White Wolf's Mage, and some John Le Carre novel, with an appropriate dosage of William S. Burroughs.

Spelljammer by way of Flash Gordon: Spelljammer that feels a bit more like early sci-fi or Sword & Planet fiction.

How to Stay Safe and Have a Blast at Online Casinos

First Comics News - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 08:09
The online casino and gambling industry was created to entertain you. Online casinos are an extremely popular form of entertainment among many adults across the world. However, it can also…
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INKWELL AWARDS CELEBRATES DAVE SIMONS WITH TRIBUTE AUCTIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 04:32
(New Bedford, MA – May 28, 2024) June 9, 2024, marks the 15th anniversary of the passing of artist Dave Simons from cancer while he was active as an Inkwell…
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Splay - a 200 word RPG

The Splintered Realm - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 01:21
I just discovered 200-word RPGs, and had to try one. Here's my kitchen-sink game, Splay (exactly 200 words). GURPS needed 200 books, but I only need 200 words. So THERE.
I like this a lot, because the game automatically scales to all power levels. If your game is cosmic superheroes doing cosmic-superhero things, then the challenges are relative to you. If you are military insects, then you're facing the kinds of challenges military insects would face. 
I presume you will be facing comparable challenges and traveling among comparable allies. There is an internal balance that comes from the scenarios, and nothing needs to be balanced against a larger background. The game doesn't have to balance Superman with Robin, because they just aren't in the same league at all. There's no point in trying.
If you are a wizard who wants to cast a spell to open a locked door, this is probably moderate. If you are trying to disintegrate a bridge, this is probably difficult (unless you are an apprentice, then you cannot try yet). I would think that players and GMs will quickly agree on what is the relative power of the setting and their characters, and make decisions from there.

No Fleeing from Fate in a First Look at THE DISPLACED #5

First Comics News - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 00:51
In a world where no one believes you exist, what would you do to be remembered? LOS ANGELES, CA (May 27, 2024) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look…
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Tomb of Myriad Horrors

The Splintered Realm - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 00:12

The Tomb of Myriad Horrors is now available as a PWYW download (pro tip - you can choose to pay NOTHING. BWAHAHAHA). I went with a 'death by a thousand papercuts' sort of approach; very few things will kill your character outright ('no distegrations'), but everything will eat away at your soul. I like the slow grind of watching your character wither away with nothing you can do about it. The design should basically force you to slowly deal with the hopelessness of getting out alive. I also created 11 pregens, taking the starting characters from the core rules and advancing them to level 5. I envision even endgame characters as relatively 'item light', so even these characters are more 'LOTR' than 'D+D 5E' in terms of their power and items. They still rely heavily on their traits and tags.  

Stuck in an Impossible World in UNCANNY VALLEY #3

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 18:07
Discover Whimsical Mayhem from Tony Fleecs and Dave Wachter in June 2024 LOS ANGELES, CA (May 27, 2024) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at UNCANNY VALLEY #3,…
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Making Things Harder

The Splintered Realm - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 14:33
Here is a short snippet I'm adding to the Tomb of Myriad Horrors, and it's a game changer:

Note: Recovery of any kind does not work within the tomb. Healing spells will fail, and healing potions are inert. Spells cannot be recovered. Rest is useless; this place is utterly consumed with rot.

This changes the ENTIRE adventure. Now, I can scale the damage way back, and minor threats are really significant. ANY damage you suffer is a huge setback. You lose a point of mana? Uh oh. Hack'D, by design, makes it pretty easy to recover after an encounter is over. You can generally go from one encounter to the next relatively fresh. A trap that deals 10 hits may not seem like a big deal to a character with 35 hits, but is awful when there is no way to get those points back. That one change truly turns this adventure into the meat grinder it is supposed to be. Now, I don't have to do anything to the lich at the end - he doesn't need special things to make him extra difficult; the place, and the dangers the players face before getting to him, makes him difficult enough.

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN ON MEMORIAL DAY

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 07:02
The staff of First Comic News remembers the fallen on Memorial Day… Alex Wright, Barry Gregory, Ben Herman, Bill Black, Bob Almond, Christopher Watts, Dærick Gröss Sr., Matthew Pulido, Miguel…
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SUPERHEROES OF MEMORIAL DAY

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 07:01
Captain Freedom -AC Comics Don Wright, a newspaper publisher who adopted a costumed identity to fight agents of the Axis. He was assisted by Young Defenders, four kids who worked…
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TCAF 2024: Doug Wright Awards 2024 (May 11th)

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 06:23
  2024 Doug Wright Awards (1:28:54, 203mb) Introduction by Brad Mackay, hosted by Dustin Harbin. Winners are in bold The Doug Wright Award for best book: Val-d’Or Neon by Olivier Ballou (Self-published)…
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TCAF 2024: Deni Loubert Spotlight

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 06:21
Deni Loubert Spotlight (54:37, 125mb) Deni was interviewed by Dr. Rebecca Sullivan about Starting Renegade Press, coming into comics and her challenges, her turning down working for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…
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TCAF 2024: Laugh Riot – Humour in Comics: Parody, Satire and Commentary

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 06:20
Laugh Riot – Humour in Comics: Parody, Satire and Commentary (55:24, 126mb) Creators Jade Armstrong, Mitch Lohmeier, Thom, Rick Altergott and eventually Keith Knight talk to Robert Sikoryak. They discussed what…
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TCAF 2024: Keith Knight Spotlight

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 06:19
Keith Knight Spotlight (58:11, 133mb) Keith spoke about his upbringing and how it changed his work, coming up with (th)ink and why he did it, talk about American History, doing a…
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TCAF 2024: Paneled Rheum – Art, Comics and Sequential Narrative

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 06:17
Paneled Rheum – Art, Comics and Sequential Narrative (55:03, 126mb) Moderated by Jessica Campbell, the panelists were Thijs Desmet, Kit Anderson, Aiden Koch and Kristen Hatfield. Among the topics they spoke…
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TCAF 2024: Ask a (Comics) Librarian

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 06:16
Ask a (Comics) Librarian (57:03, 130mb) On the panel was Natalie DeJonghe, Tina Coleman, Lindsay Gibb, Scott Robins, Fatma Faraji, Dr. Lucia Cedeira Serantes and Amie Wright (moderator). They all introduced…
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TCAF 2024: Joe Matt Tribute

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 06:15
Joe Matt Tribute (50:27, 115mb) Panelists were Chris Oliveros, Adrian Tomine, Seth, Chester Brown and Jeet Heer. Among the topics the group spoke about was Matt’s impact on comics particularly in…
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TCAF 2024: Raeghan Buchanan – Drawing History out of Obscurity

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 04:59
Raeghan Buchanan – Drawing History out of Obscurity (51:18, 117mb) Raeghan talked about obscure history is harder to research, with it you will find misconceptions and need dispel them, the types…
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TCAF 2024: Gene Luen Yang Spotlight

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 04:58
Gene Luen Yang Spotlight (45:18, 103mb) Gene and moderator Mark Askwith spoke about when he first began drawing, his first comic books, making comics as a kid with a friend, getting…
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TCAF 2024: Gleem: Freddy Carrasco Spotlight

First Comics News - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 04:57
Gleem: Freddy Carrasco Spotlight (55:53, 127mb) Ho Che Anderson interviews Freddy Carrasco about his book Gleem and other topics including learning to draw, how he started making comics and doing short…
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