Wolverine and Rogue for Strands of Fate

20 January 2018 | 8:30 | Stats, Strands of Fate | No Comments

Wolverine for Strands of Fate Of the characters I’ve written up, only Superman has more Physical Stress boxes than Wolverine, and Wolvie heals faster. When Wolvie Charges and uses Crippling Blow with his claws, he’s looking at WR +11, which is almost as much as Superman’s Galaxy-class Strength gives him. If you count in extra […]



Witchblade and Superman for Strands of Fate

13 January 2018 | 6:52 | Stats, Strands of Fate | No Comments

Witchblade for Strands of Fate Sure, Witchblade is one attractive, skimpily-dressed heroine, but that’s not the main reason she’s in the writeup queue. She’s one of my wife’s favorite heroes. Witchblade is one of the few really good heroines out there that isn’t just a knockoff of a male hero, and that is still really […]



Batman for Strands of Fate

6 January 2018 | 7:09 | Stats, Strands of Fate | No Comments

A few notes: If you haven’t figured it out, the Wealth Optional Stress Track rule is in effect. Most of these characters have appeared in many different versions in a variety of media. I’m going to try to present a well-rounded, “classic” version of the character. I’ll admit to a certain bias towards Bronze-Age/80s versions, […]



Spider-Man for Strands of Fate

3 January 2018 | 9:52 | Stats, Strands of Fate | No Comments

One of my favorite multi-genre RPG systems is Strands of Fate, by Mike McConnell of Void Star Games (also makers of the transhuman cyberpunk RPG Nova Praxis). It’s the only version of FATE that ever really clicked for me. Over the New Year’s holiday, and while sick the last few days, I’ve fooled around with […]



Twenty Quick Questions for your Space Opera Campaign Setting

3 December 2017 | 15:52 | Ponderings, Wormholes & Waystations RPG | No Comments

  Many space opera games have a built-in or implied setting, but some don’t. The original Traveller LBBs existed before the Third Imperium, and the Frontier in Star Frontiers is at best a sketch before Zebulon’s Guide to Frontier Space. Based on the inestimable Jeff Rients’ blog article, Twenty Quick Questions for your Campaign Setting, […]



Welcome to the Waystation

17 November 2017 | 10:27 | Earth-Omega Setting, Five Free Cities Setting, Metagene RPG, Old School Gaming, Personal, Ponderings, Wormholes & Waystations RPG | No Comments

To make my wife less nervous about apex predator lawyer-enabled megacorporations, my space opera game is now renamed to Wormholes & Waystations. As before, it will include appendices for kitchen-sink fantasy gaming in my Five Free Cities setting, in an appendix called Advanced Bugbears & Ballistas. It’ll also have a four-color supers setting, based on […]



The Viskani and their Blasphemous Beliefs

8 April 2017 | 15:43 | Five Free Cities Setting, Old School Gaming | No Comments

Viskani, the Fallen Sorcerous Slave-Lords “I have the thing you requested. But don’t seek me here again, for I won’t be this way again in your lifetime. What’s that? Now that your need is met, suddenly you have questions, you worry and distrust? Don’t let it trouble your mind, for it troubles mine no longer. […]



Adventurers of the Five Free Cities

1 April 2017 | 8:36 | Five Free Cities Setting, Old School Gaming | No Comments

So, murderhobos, right? In any society, you’ve got your caravan guards and monster hunters, wandering merchants and clerics, and your scholars looking for lost lore. If they work together, there’s usually a reason; they were brought together by one of the cities to explore some ruins, or they’ve been commissioned to investigate some threat, or […]



Religions of Eparra

25 March 2017 | 8:49 | Five Free Cities Setting, Old School Gaming | No Comments

About Religions The (Relative) Importance of Religion Religion is important to many people of Eparra … but not equally important. The Way of Nature makes few demands on its adherents, other than that they accept that they are part of a grand telluric cycle, the cycle of the seasons. The people of the Five Free […]



Life in Gwaethyr and the Five Free Cities

18 March 2017 | 8:13 | Five Free Cities Setting, Old School Gaming | No Comments

The Five Free Cities are a traditional kitchen-sink fantasy setting, with influences from many D&D settings and Appendix N sources. It’s a post-apocalyptic mishmash of Bronze Age culture meeting invading aliens struggling to keep at least an Iron Age level of development. Magic is rare but powerful, and monsters are rare enough to be noteworthy […]