October playtesting

Dice imageIf you are interested any of these games, please email me with the game you wish to playtest in the subject line.

 

 

The Mysteries of Interpretative Dance

System: The Gaean Reach

Author: Jim Webster

Duration: One to two sessions

Deadline: December 31st

Description:

For reasons entirely of his own Quandos Vorn does occasionally need to be contacted. He also wishes to keep open lines of communication to his past. Thus and so, chance has placed at his disposal Tris; performance artist, poet, and artist. Could Tris be the way of getting to Vorn the players have been looking for?

The Strangling Sea

System: 13th Age

Author: Robin D. Laws

Duration: Two to three sessions

Deadline: December 31st

Description:

In this 13th Age adventure for a party of 4-6 1st-level adventurers, our heroes attempt to retrieve the enigmatic engineer Inigo Sharpe from his unfortunate imprisonment in the Stranglesea. This fantastical equivalent of our world’s Sargasso Sea traps wrecked ships, strands castaways, and supports an array of dangerous animal life.

Shards of the Broken Sky

System: 13th Age

Author: ASH LAW

Deadline: December 31st

Description:

Imagine YOU are the Archmage. A big part of your job is eliminating terrible threats that could destroy the Empire, or at least severely damage big chunks of it. But some of those threats can’t be destroyed, only suppressed. So what do you choose?

Option A) Stash the suppressed threats in hiding places all over the map, each protected by smaller wards.

Option B) Create one super-powerful warded area and dump a steady pile of the threats you can’t quite deal with under that ward, damping them down and keeping them hidden from everyone else.

If you answered Option A, you are not this campaign’s Archmage, good luck in all your future endeavors!

If you answered Option B, welcome to Shards of the Broken Sky!

This sandbox adventure for characters of all levels dumps the player characters into the mess left by the destruction of the Archmage’s super-ward. What was a peaceful valley is now a conglomeration of resummoned monster armies! What’s left of the Archmage’s wards falls upon the valley as half-ruined magical dungeons! Are you going to clean up the mess, or just loot it? And will the plots of the evil icons give you enough time to decide?

Shards of the Broken Sky contains multiple adventures and dungeons for every tier. Depending on how much of the material you decide to use, and when, you should be able to use it twice in separate campaigns and face all-new adventures.

 

Playtest note: Playtesting in a straight shot through every adventure probably isn’t possible during a normal campaign because some of the choices are meant to lead away from each other. Choose your path, play as you like, use as much as you can and tell us about the path you chose.

 

 

 

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October playtesting

Dice imageIf you are interested any of these games, please email me with the game you wish to playtest in the subject line.

 

 

Ashen Stars Character Builder

DC has been working on an Ashen Stars version of the free Black Book character generator. It will be fully ready for testing next Monday. It will include Groundside and Warpside assignments along with an indicator as to how suitable your character is for the job – Techo with Systems Repair 2? Fine! Consider it a roleplaying opportunity. It’s also starting to show signs of a visual overhaul, something that should be complete by the end of the month – feedback and testers always welcome.

Just register as a new user or login with your existing details to test it out.

 

Mythos Expeditions – Mother of Malaria

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Robin D. Laws

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 15th November

Description:
Professor H. C. Kelston of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine both loves and hates anopheles mosquitoes. Every day he wakes up thinking about the damnable creatures, so perfectly designed by evolution for fecundity. Kelston seeks a better way to end the disease’s reign of terror—by learning to control, and eventually exterminate, the mosquito itself. After expeditions to Egypt, Panama, and Greece, Kelston now trains his angry scientific eye on the British colony of North Rhodesia, in whose Busanga Swamp is said to fester the Mother of Mosquitoes. The investigators prepare to join him on that quest.

 

Mythos Expeditions – The Jaguars of El-Thar

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Tristan Tarwater

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 15th November

Description:
Professor Henry Rutherford Stapleton of the Miskatonic Department of Anthropology is just west of Chichen Itza, working with local Maya people and a few university students at what he calls the Cenote of El-Thar. He is loath to leave his work behind as he has fostered a relationship with the locals and reports he is on the verge of making a very important discovery. To the northwest, ethnolinguist Galina Avenirovna Prokhorov is studying glyphs found in the Temple of the Jaguar King, suggesting it has some connection with the cenote Stapleton is studying. Hurricane season is drawing to a close and Stapleton has requested several more students to aid him in investigating and dredging the cenotes, ruins, and vibrant villages on the Yucatan peninsula.

 

Mythos Expeditions – Whistle and I’ll Come

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Emma Marlow

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 15th November

Description:

Dr. Tyler Freeborn at Miskatonic University has acquired a strangely carved whistle taken from Stone Age tribes in the New Guinea jungle. He has persuaded Dr. Armitage and the Derby Foundation to fund a small expedition to find the source of the whistle. They will journey to New Britain, Papua New Guinea, provision and hire guides, then venture into the unmapped rainforest to find the tribe who carved the whistle.

 

Mythos Expeditions – A Load of Blarney

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Lauren Roy

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 15th November

Description:

On December 11, 1937, the steamship Annagher sank off the coast of Ballymacormick, Ireland. The Court investigation attributed the sinking to “a movement which was rendered inevitable by the peculiar quality of the cargo and its distribution.” The wreck report also expressed puzzlement that, although the time between intial list and capsizing was quick, the crew should have had ample time to make use of the Annagher’s lifeboats, lifejackets, and lifebuoys, and yet did not. Nine of the ten-member crew died in the wreck. In the early spring of 1938, a lump of iron recovered from the hold is sent to Miskatonic University for examination. Where the salvage crew saw nothing but scrap iron, steel, and lead, a scholar at Dublin’s Trinity College thinks she might have stumbled onto something unusual. She has sent it to Dr. Armitage for study, and has invited a team to cross the Atlantic and accompany her as she ventures into the graves of the kings and queens of Erin.

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October Playtesting

October brings new playtesting opportunities, in particular Owl Hoot Trail, but we are shy of a few takers for the Esoterrorists adventures.  Anyone signing up for those will get a sneak peak at the latest iteration of GUMSHOE – Esoterrorists 2.0

  • Each playtest has its own email link. Please click the link to send the email.
  • You can playtest mulitple games, as long as you can make the deadlines. Send one email for each playtest.
  • Please ensure you have a group and first date lined up before you email.

Owl Hoot Trail

System: New

Number of Sessions: 2

Last Delivery Date: 1st February

Short Description: Clinton R Nixon’s game of fantasy meets the Old West with a neat, rules-light system. It’s easy to play and to play test.

Please email if you want to participate.

Coffins – Sopwith Camels vs the Mythos

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Number of Sessions: 2

Last Delivery Date: 1st January

Short Description:  Over the Western Front, pilots battle German aces, but are faced with an even more terrifying foe.

Please email if you want to participate.

The Worm of Sixty Winters

System: Esoterrorists

Number of Sessions: 4-8

Last Delivery Date: 1st January

Short Description: Set in the UK, ranging from Manchester to North Wales and Scotland, the OV must foil a world-spanning Esoterrorist plot.

This is the follow up to Albion’s Ransom: Little Girl Lost, but you don’t need to have played that one to participate. Email to participate.

Operation Prophet Bunco

System: Esoterrorists

Number of Sessions: 1 or 2

Last Delivery Date: 1st January

Short Description: When a crackpot preacher’s apocalyptic predictions rage through the worldwide media, the Ordo Veritatis dispatches a team to his hometown of Sequoia City, CA. The mission: curb the damage their doomsday perorations will surely do to the membrane.

It’s an introductory adventure, and we’ll accept applications from people who have never played GUMSHOE or Esoterrorists, as well as experienced players. Email, letting us know if you own Esoterrorists already.

Station Duty

System: Esoterrorists

Number of Sessions: 2-4

Last Delivery Date: 1st January

Short Description: Station Duty presents a new campaign framework for The Esoterrorists. Instead of sending the player characters on missions across the world, Station Duty encourages them to delve into the mysteries of one small town over the course of several investigations.

This book is designed for sandbox style adventuring, with a short introductory adventure. Please email if you’d like to test it.

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