RPG Net Chat Tonight! (13 April)
7 months ago
– Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 08:26:04 PM
I’m supposed to be talking with Dan Davenport over at RPGNet Chat tonight at 2030 EST. The calendar says 1930, but yesterday Dan asked for a delay, so I’m pretty certain it’ll be at 2030. I’ll be there to answer questions about Sword’s Edge or any of my games . . . or just stuff in general.
The schedule is here: http://tinyurl.com/rpgnetschedule
The chat will be here: http://tinyurl.com/rpgnetchat
Hope to see you there!
Modern Sword's Edge
7 months ago
– Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 05:51:04 PM
This is the final in a selection of examples from different genres I’ve run using Sword’s Edge. This time, let’s look at the present day.
The second game I am running right now with Sword’s Edge is a modern actioner in which the PCs are members of Canadian Special Operations Force Command who have been called into a central African nation due to the disappearance of a CANPER (Canadian Person) of political value. So far, it’s been mostly investigative, but fireworks have been promised and they will happen.
Hear that guys? Lock and load.
The rebel fighters, the official militia and the government paramilitary are all basically the same, and these are the minions our boys will be crossing as some or all of them attempt to impede the rescue of that CANPER.
They turned to a local fixer who had connections with most of the dominant cultures of the region, and she’s got them audiences with some bad people who nevertheless might be helpful. You’ll notice she’s not a standard Regular, and I find that sometimes one needs a Regular+ when the character isn’t necessarily expected to be boss (or Hero) level.
Finally, the team has not yet started along the trail that will lead them to the CANPER, but one of the obstacles they will have to overcome is a notorious mercenary, someone who could challenge them when the bullets start to fly but isn’t too dangerous.
So those are a few modern NCs one might find in many of the world’s hotspots. I hope this has helped to give you some idea of how easy it is to adapt Sword's Edge to meet a variety of genres. Thanks for your interest and your support.
8 months ago
– Fri, Apr 07, 2017 at 05:26:59 PM
I have been posting examples of different genres using the Sword’s Edge rules. This time, let’s look at a more recent historical period.
"The Nor’Westers" was a campaignI just finished with one of my home groups. The story is set in 1810 in Canada and focuses on an uprising along the fur trade route used by the North West Company. The PCs were trouble-shooters linked to Angus Shaw, one of the partners in the North West Company and brother-in-law to NWC head William McGillvray. After the kidnapping of the daughter of Alexander Turnbull and shooting of Turnbull, the PCs are sent to track down the kidnappers and free Turnbull’s daughter, which drops them right in the middle of the action.
The minion in this case is just one of the Thugs used by the uprising.
The regular is one of the townsfolk in Wrightsville (what became Gatineau, across the river from Canada’s capital of Ottawa) and an ally of the PCs, Ezekial Wright.
The hero is one of the first villains the PCs faced, a quiet murderer who went by the name Tom River.
Half Way Point
8 months ago
– Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 12:50:59 PM
We have passed the halfway point in the campaign and are at 67% funded. Projections on where we will end up are good, but if the pattern of pledges remain steady for the next 15 days, we are unlikely to hit the stretch goal. That goal is still possible if the burst during the last two days of the Kickstarter follows the same pattern as those in my previous efforts, so we’ll see.
I’ll post a couple more examples of narrative characters in different genres in the coming days, but I think from the previous examples you can see the ease with which different genres can be represented.
Thanks again for all your support.
Face ‘Splosion on a Sword’s Edge
8 months ago
– Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 04:02:50 PM
I’ve been sharing some of the genres in which I’ve used Sword’s Edge, and these are generally outside, or at least different, from those provided in the text. This time, it’s kind of sci-fi, but really it’s a computer game adaptation.
This is cross-posted to the Sword's Edge Publishing website.
One of the adventures I’ve written for Sword’s Edge is a science fiction actioner. I’ve been a fan of Borderlands for quite some time, as referenced here. I had developed a simple system to replicate the shoot ‘em up style of play, but it didn’t really work as I wanted. Sword’s Edge is one way of doing it, so here are some of the narrative characters I created to mess up PCs in Face ‘Splosion
The Assault Bots are the cannon-fodder, sent in to get blown up real good by the PCs. They’re minions, so one shot is one kill, but at Average, they aren’t complete push-overs.
At another point, the PCs will need to crack a secure program, and instead of just having “intrusion countermeasures electronic,” the system has an actual AI providing the security.
Near the end, the PCs face up to the underboss, a kind of boss fight but not the big boss. It’s Helmut, the brain of the big bad’s bodyguard put into a robot’s body. He’s definitely tuned up to ruin someone’s day.
So those are three of the characters that the PCs on Anesidora will run into in my own little version of Borderlands.