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Fate RPG Report - The Dark Star Prince
At a convention called Megaplex I ran a Fate Accelerated (FAE) RPG session with a lot of players, around 6. A few people were already familiar with the system. I used "It's Not My Fault!", a system of cards for rapidly generating FAE characters... and adventure setups. I gave the party several cards each from three decks, to pick one or two from each, to decide what was going on. They decided they had woken up bound to some sort of evil altar, being harangued by the dark priest, and were about to have the Cage of Blood descend on them.
The party rapidly got their way out of their bonds by lockpicking and by bribing the nearest guard, while fast-talking the priest about the reason they were there: another card saying "The princeling you were supposed to protect has wandered off." The priest agreed to let the PCs go for now if they could find the lost prince within a day.
So, the party was released into the city, whose name I made up on the spot as something like Mireport. They soon deci
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Journey To Atlentis
[Disclaimer: This is not my usual style. =) ]
"At last, Atlentis lies above!" Rago holstered his scuba gear and checked the computer one last time before diving from the *Mantle Ray* onto the Atlentic Ocean, where he alone had found the ruins. The water splooshed all over the explorer as he deepened his pace into the dark water.
Ahead below, Rago found mashed ancient pillars of the Atlentean civilization! He dove Into the dungeon entrance where there was a whole city, waiting to explore. First there was a shark but he shot it with his revolver. He climbed past it into an underwater dome that was lit with crystals. There were murals everywhere. Rago took out some paper and made rubbings of the designs. He'd be rich with his discoveries! What had wrecked this place so bad, though? He swam up past the fish to the top of the dome, which was cracked like something big.
He looked around but there were only statues. Mer-man statues with tails. So the people here were mer-men! Or maybe statue
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Fin Problems
The first sign of trouble was the fact that someone had cut a hole in Mike's chair. He came back to Florida from his first semester at Penn State to find that his parents had left his room untouched, except for the good swivel chair he'd failed to bring with him to the dorm. There was a vertical slit crudely cut in the back.
Mike went down stairs to grab lunch -- it was already afternoon -- and ask. There was a note from his mom saying, "We've been called away all weekend for an extra sales shift. Christmas shopping blitz, y'know. but we'll have a little reunion on Sunday night. Help yourself to anything in the fridge."
In the fridge was a lot of seafood. Mike blinked at the shrimp and trout and lobsters on offer. The spicy catfish smelled really good, and they were out of milk. He shrugged and tried the fish. It was great! Something was a little off about the kitchen, though, and he eventually noticed it: the same kind of slit had been cut into every chair in the room.
Something was j
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The Queen of Nowhere (2)
The hotel room was ordinary considering where and what she was. The bed had a mint on it, the wall had a poster from her favorite anime series (Revolution Wrench, about a colonial American gadgeteer) and the desk held a sheaf of tourist pamphlets. She leafed through these. Ultimate water park. Dinosaur adventures. Earn your degree! Robot operators wanted. Kinky's Brothel. Pip thought back to the time she went to Disneyland in Toyko, where there were all kinds of ridiculous Western culture compressed into a sort of cartoon singularity. It was awesome.
So this was a virtual world, huh? She studied her hands and looked in the bathroom mirror. Nothing had changed that she could see. Then she noticed that the bathroom literally just had a shower, sink and towels. That was jarring; if she was a digital ghost then presumably this world didn't model normal biology. She blushed and stripped off her clothes to find that she still had everything.
Pip dressed again and went to
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Liberation Game Excerpt - School Duel
Robin went to the school. The village had outgrown its one-room schoolhouse. Instead of building a larger structure next to the clinic as planned, they'd picked out a low hilltop, poured a new concrete slab, and had the kids help lay the dirt bricks of the walls. The new structure was bigger than it had to be, and strangely laid out. Instead of classrooms where Misses Grindle, Grendel and Grumble would run students through the assembly line of History and Math and Science, Grades One through Twelve, there was a giant square tent ringed by small rooms for music, quiet discussion or storage. The corners had reinforced walls and a second-story balcony each, giving the school the look of a castle.
This was not entirely for whimsical reasons.
When Robin arrived, most of the students were in the main room under the weatherproof canvas that let a hint of the sunlight through. On a big screen, a flotilla of boats was approaching an island with a gently-sloping beach.
A boy was standing in fron
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Reasonable Workplace Accommodations
Calvin got a call way too early on Monday morning. He sat up groggily in bed and fumbled for his phone.
"Calvin?" said his boss Irene. "There's a situation, so you should probably stay home today."
"A... situation." Did she always have to be so obscure?
"An office furniture situation. We're rearranging so much stuff that it's going to be tough to accomplish much. So just work remotely today, okay?"
Calvin didn't mind that. It was nice not to have the commute. He slept in for a little while and logged into his work computer, which let him start working even before getting dressed. There was a new circuit design that a customer had come up with, that worked perfectly in his lab. Unfortunately the inventor didn't understand that mass production was not the same as throwing together something in your garage, and that the circuit needed rethinking to make it practical. Calvin poked at the blueprints and hammered away at the problem all day.
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The next morning he came into the office and sto
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New book by *ahem* somebody: "Shifting Tales". www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBG1MB5 It's a set of TF stories on the theme of reality shifting in addition to the characters themselves changing.
At a convention called Megaplex I ran a Fate Accelerated (FAE) RPG session with a lot of players, around 6. A few people were already familiar with the system. I used "It's Not My Fault!", a system of cards for rapidly generating FAE characters... and adventure setups. I gave the party several cards each from three decks, to pick one or two from each, to decide what was going on. They decided they had woken up bound to some sort of evil altar, being harangued by the dark priest, and were about to have the Cage of Blood descend on them.

The party rapidly got their way out of their bonds by lockpicking and by bribing the nearest guard, while fast-talking the priest about the reason they were there: another card saying "The princeling you were supposed to protect has wandered off." The priest agreed to let the PCs go for now if they could find the lost prince within a day.

So, the party was released into the city, whose name I made up on the spot as something like Mireport. They soon decided to talk their way into inspecting the missing prince's room for clues. Given the evil altar business, I said that it was decorated black, with sorrowful clothes and a lute and candles.

Then, the orc/barbarian/vampire PC decided to "interrogate the lute". He paid a fate point to help define a detail of the story, so I agreed that this is an enchanted lute that can talk. I had it speak of sorrow and hatred and the band known as the Dark Stars, in which the prince performed. I suggested that the heroes track them down to their swampy lair, which would be some kind of dungeon crawl in which they would find that the prince had been talked into coming along with a shadowy cult for their edgy rituals.

The party decided instead that they would impersonate the prince and put on a heavy metal concert to lure him and the Dark Stars out of hiding. There was the little problem of making a suitable impersonator. No problem, said the players, and worked together. They got the Amulet of the Weeping Eye and a black cloak from the prince's room, gave the goblin artificer the evil lute, and had her build an elaborate mechanical disguise with automatic string-strummer. Unfortunately the lute's influence hit her with a Depressed aspect.

The concert started well, but then a demon got summoned in the audience area by the cultists who'd infiltrated it. The heroes fought them while the fake prince dueled with the real one, causing the lute to explode and slam the goblin into a wall. The imposter used that chance to slink away, which conveniently left the real prince in full public view. The heroes were set free, making off with the Weeping Eye for the thief.

It was a fun session! I tried to do some voices this time but don't recall if I did much gesturing. So much of my roleplaying/GMing is online that I don't automatically think to do physical acting at the table. The players came up with some ridiculous ideas that made the improvised session more fun. I only ran one real fight, and with my very limited selection of tokens/markers I couldn't do a detailed description of the battle zones. I had an evil mob that was probably too powerful, a base power of 5, but it did force the players to stack up advantages to defeat it -- and the demon. Doing improv GM limited what I could prepare, but in hindsight I should have had some sketched-out dungeon rooms/zones that I could use for whatever purpose I needed. Maybe an antagonist or two I could re-skin as needed, using the Adversary Toolkit. I had more players than I'm good at giving attention to, so next time I'd like to limit it to 4-5. (As a Pathfinder player this week I was in a group of 7 and didn't feel like I could do much.)

FAE lent itself well to running something that relied on character interaction and encouraging players to do things besides hit the enemy. The players figured out teamwork using the Create Advantage action and did some cinematic fun stuff that I tried to play up in narration, like leaping off the concert stage with a big sword.


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Fate RPG Report - The Dark Star Prince
Here's how my GMing experience with the Fate Accelerated game system went down at Megaplex!
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I have just had my first personal encounter with professional censorship. FurPlanet has decided within 24 hours of getting a negative review of "Dogs Of War II: Aftermath", that they should retroactively erase my story from it.

I reject the review's characterization, I disagree with the editors' decision, and I warn other writers that they're next. That is all.

Durin's Hall has been rated the #3 Worst Workplace In Middle-Earth.
"I'm honored to get to serve the Underking, and the entry walkway is really cool. But what do you do for bathroom breaks? It's a little inconvenient to walk back out."
"Oh, just go over the side."
"What's down there, anyway?"
"Fire demon, I think. It's probably fine."
www.amazon.com/dp/B07FVG28KJ/ -- A new novel by a friend: "Ursa Major", an alternate history fantasy involving people signing up to be transformed into wizard familiars.

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I'm a writer, studying computer science and with a background in many other things. Currently at work on writing and polishing short stories. Check out my novels "Everyone's Island" and "Striking the Root" on Amazon!
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I love your books! Bought every thousand tales ones so far!
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By the way, a new one is out: "Liberation Game".
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Getting them as soon as I next get money on amazon! Still love this series a lot
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Thank you!
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Thank you! A preview of "Crafter's Passion" is up on kindlescout.amazon.com/ right now (probably published in a month or so) and I'm just about to publish a short one called "Fairwind's Fortune" in the next day or two!
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