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The Thursday Thing #65, September 22nd, 2022

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A few years back RPGGeek ran an online gaming con called Virtuacon. It stopped when it became too hard to organise with not enough attendees. However, Patrick thinks (and I agree) it is time to resurrect this fantastic event. We are all a lot more savvie with online conventions and meet ups, Discord provides a lovely centralised platform on which to run it, and it was always a blast.

I've sat in the online tavern and kept people chit chatting when they were waiting for games, or couldn't dedicate to a game but wanted to be part of the event, or didn't know what was available so popped in to see what GMs would swing by to recruit. I've also played in Doctor Who, Call of Cthulhu, and several others.

Whatever I did in the event, I had fun. I was never able to help organise/run it, due to work commitments, but I helped with the graphics and such. Let's all rally behind Patrick and Virtuacon 2023. Go to the link in the very next segment to show support and let's get this moss-covered boulder rolling down the hill, gathering momentum and rubbing off the moss till it's shiny and new!


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Bundle Watch - September 20 - STLs, Mutants & Masterminds, & Apocalypse Engine

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It's another Tuesday, and I guess that means more bundles. This week we have an entry that's NOT Bundle of Holding or Humble, and while I'm not sure if it's time limited or not, it felt like a good fit to me.

Outside of the bundles, I'm heads down preparing for Gamehole Con (look me up in the Paizo Organized Play area!) and enjoying the cooler weather.

I'm also trying to wrap my head around what to do in 5e, since a friend wants to run it (and you never say "no" to a willing GM). Oh, WotC, why don't you do bundles? Maybe someday...but probably not.

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Drive Thru has one this week! I mean, they frequently have bundles, but they're not always bundley bundles with loads of content for a pittance. This week there is! I think this launched on Friday, September 16, and I have no idea how long it goes. It might be an evergreen option, as I also see it on Green Ronin Publishing's webstore.

Find the books at Green Ronin or Drive Thru RPG.

Included for the $30 USD price are 56 PDFs from Mutants & Masterminds (1st Edition) and Mutants & Masterminds Second Edition. There are no tiers. Seven books are from first edition (and are newly available in PDF, according to Green Ronin's tweet). The remaining 49 are second edition.

I won't list them out as I'm not going to list 50+ items and try to describe them. Links are below. (Whew, done! I am sorely tempted after putting all these in. This is a neat collection.)

Bundle of Holding
Only one again from Bundle of Holding. Allen must be busy with other things!

Monday, September 19, saw the launch of their fifth Apocalypse Engine bundle, which runs through October 10, 2022. You can find it here.

The basic tier includes Last Fleet (BSG with the serial numbers filed off), Pigsmoke (sounds like Hogswart with the serials again missing...), and three preview ashcans - Crossroads Carnival: One Night Only Edition, Passing, and Rapscallion - Ashcan Edition.

Tier 2 is similar, but moar stuff. The Between and The Between: Season Two bring that horror genre to the bundle, while wuxia is present in Hearts of Wulin. Taking inspiration from both Apocalypse World and Rhapsody of Blood (which I still need to get to a table...) is Voidheart Symphony where you venture to a demon controlled maze and gain new powers from those you encounter (I think). Finally, go wild with Bite Marks.


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There are a couple of RPG adjacent Humble Bundles. There's WFRP audio books and 3d printing files.


That's it! Have fun and see you next time.
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This Week in Geek History September 18-24

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1851 - New York Times begins publication (2 cents/copy) Microbadge: New York Times reader
1905 - Swedish actress Greta Garbo Microbadge: Greta Garbo fan
1970 - Jimi Hendrix dies of asphyxiation at 27 Microbadge: Jimi Hendrix fan
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1911 - English author William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
1928 - American actor Adam West Microbadge: Batman fan
1948 - English actor Jeremy Irons (Dungeons & Dragons)
1975 - 'Fawlty Towers' premieres on BBC2 Microbadge: Fawlty Towers fan

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451 - Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun, halting the Hun invasion of Gaul Microbadge: Huns fan
1885 - Jazz piano player Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton Microbadge: Jelly Roll Morton fan
1934 - Actress Sophia Loren Microbadge: Classic Italian film fan
1941 - Sculptor Dale Chihuly Microbadge: Dale Chihuly fan
1948 - Author George R.R. Martin Microbadge: George R. R. Martin fan
???? - Stelio

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1645 - Louis Joliet, French-Canadian explorer of the Mississippi River Microbadge: Mississippi
1866 - English author and historian H.G. Wells Microbadge: H. G. Wells fan
1874 - English composer Gustav Holst Microbadge: Gustav Holst fan
1902 - British publisher Sir Allen Lane (Introduced the low-priced Penguin paperback) Microbadge: Penguin Books fan
1931 - Actor Larry Hagman Microbadge: Dallas Games Marathon participant
1937 - JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' published Microbadge: The Hobbit is the best thing Tolkien ever wrote!
1947 - American writer Stephen King Microbadge: Stephen King fan
1950 - American actor/comedian Bill Murray Microbadge: Bill Murray fan
???? - Narl

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1290 (Shire Reckoning) - Bilbo Baggins Microbadge: Red Book of Westmarch fan
1791 - English chemist and physicist Michael Faraday Microbadge: The New Science fan
1957 - Singer/songwriter Nick Cave Microbadge: Nick Cave fan
2011 - CERN scientists announce discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light, but later they retract Microbadge: Subatomic: An Atom Building Game fan
2021 - Equinox Microbadge: I Love SpringMicrobadge: I love Autumn

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63 b.C. - 1st Roman Emperor Augustus (Octavius) Caesar Microbadge: Augustus enthusiast
1215 - Mongol Emporer/Yuan Dynasty founder Kublai Khan Microbadge: "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree"
1869 - 'Typhoid Mary' Mallon[/c][/b] - 1st known immune carrier of typhoid, infected at least 51 in New York City Microbadge: Pandemic fan
1897 - Belgian surrealist painter Paul Delvaux Microbadge: Paul Delvaux fan
1926 - American Jazz Giant John Coltrane Microbadge: John Coltrane fanMicrobadge: Saxophone fan
1930 - American soul singer and pianist Ray Charles Microbadge: Ray Charles fan
1949 - American rocker Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen Microbadge: Bruce Springsteen fan
2002 - Mozilla's Firefox debuts Microbadge: Firefox user
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1725 - Irish brewer Sir Arthur Guinness Microbadge: I love Guinness!Microbadge: Guinness drinker
1870 - French chemist Georges Claude (Inventor of the neon lamp)Microbadge: Neon Knights: 2086 fan
1896 - American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald Microbadge: F. Scott Fitzgerald fan
1936 - Muppet Creator Jim Henson Microbadge: I'm a grouch
1948 - Canadian actor/comedian Phil Hartman Microbadge: Saturday Night Live fan
1991 - Nirvana releases Nevermind Microbadge: Nirvana fan
2007 - The Big Bang Theory premieres on CBS Microbadge: Bazinga!

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What's New September 16, 2022: Cypher System, WFRP4e, D&D5e, 13th Age, Cepheus System, Cyberpunk RED, Generic, LotFP, and Retro-clones

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I will include everything that I missed upon my return!

New releases at your FLGS (sourced by Leisure Games)

The Cypher System
Ten Years of Adventure - Monte Cook Games

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (4th Edition)
Empire in Ruins - Cubicle 7 Entertainment
Empire in Ruins Companion - Cubicle 7 Entertainment

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Amazing Encounters & Places - CZRPG
Book of Ebon Tides - Kobold Press
Tales from the Shadows - Kobold Press
The Theory of Magic - The Gorilla Of Destiny

13th Age
Drakkenhall: City of Monsters - Pelgrane Press

Cepheus Engine System
Orbital Platforms - Zozer Games

Cyberpunk RED
Cyberpunk RED Easy Mode - R. Talsorian Games, Inc.

Generic / Universal
50 Impractical Magic Items - Atelier Clandestin

Lamentations of the Flame Princess
The Curious Conundrum of the Conflagrated Condottiero - Lamentations of the Flame Princess
Just a Stupid Dungeon - Lamentations of the Flame Princess
The Obsidian Anti-Pharos - Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Retro-clones
A Selection of Slimes - Philip Reed Games
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The Thursday Thing #64, September 15th, 2022

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On "Retro"
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I've always loved my Amstrad CPC464 and my Amigas. I have a A4000 (desktop) which long ago was towered up and expanded to the max. It's been in storage for quite some time and it appears to have become extremely disgruntled by that as it now refuses to work. I've stripped her back to just the plain old motherboard but she appears to be dead.

I am going to an Amiga user group meeting on Saturday (my first in over a decade) so I am hopeful someone with PCB/electronics know-how can take a look at her and fix it. She's an expensive piece of equipment, especially with all my add-ons, and I'd hate to part ways.


I have one particular RPG set much the same as this. AD&D 2e. I own a good handful of the books. I've played in it a few times, way back when I first joined RPGGeek (before I got those books!) but have never run it, never fully read the books (only browsed through) and they just sit there looking pretty.

I could use them with Castles & Crusades, which is very similar in many ways. Will I? Who knows. But I hope to get a use from them at some point. At least with books you know they will still work when you come back to them a decade later!


(I could have tied something in about the Queen, but I didn't want to add to the already extensive library of stuff out there.)



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