The Book of Passion: An interview with the authors

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With all the love and lust going around last week, on account of it being Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, you might have missed a new Kickstarter from Christina Stiles of Misfit Studios, The Book of Passion. The project is seeking support to publish a book about love and sex for the OGL 3.75 ruleset.

Regular readers who’ve read some of my older posts will know I don’t shy away from adult themes in my games. I believe there is a time and place for these topics, with the right group, and of course if everybody is comfortable with them. I would never try to alienate or hurt the sensibilities of my players. At least I try not to! Perhaps I’m lucky in that I play with my close friends, and since most of us have known each other for so long, we know where and how far we can go.

A project such as this will of curse be compared to the Book of Erotic Fantasy. I own a copy of it, and remember the controversy and hoopla around it. Much ado about nothing if you ask me! As you can tell I am definitely the target market for this new project. Not to brag, but I was the 2nd backer of the project. Fully believing that there should be a place for a product that tackles these subjects responsibly and respectful, and in my desire to spread the word about the book, I contacted Christina Stiles, the editor and publisher; she told me how to contact the authors. Margherita Tramontano and Will Wells were kind enough to grant me an interview, and over FB Messenger we had a LONG discussion about the book they have written together and may other topics. I thank them both for their accessibility and time. Continue reading The Book of Passion: An interview with the authors

First Look: Kaigaku by Jacob Ross

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UPDATE: Kaigaku Premium Edition is now available in print from DriveThruRPG!

A while ago Jacob Ross contacted me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing his game Kaigaku. Kaigaku is a roleplaying game based on the Black Hack mechanics and set in a pseudo-Japan setting. From what I’ve seen so far, most Black Hack hacks are only a couple of pages long, but Kaigaku has actually 72 pages. What it sets apart from other games of this kind is the setting included in the book. If you want to experience adventures in a land inspired by feudal Japan and its myths, Kaigaku includes everything you need to delve right in.

Kaigaku, as the other Black Hack games, uses a very simplified version of the OD&D rules. If you’re familiar with any edition of D&D you should get into the rules pretty quickly, especially if you have played any other retroclone or D&D 5th Edition recently. Kaigaku (and I suppose other Black Hack games as well) even borrowed the IMHO ingenious Advantage & Disadvantage mechanics from D&D 5th Edition. Kaigaku also adds a Honor and Dishonor mechanic to the mix, which makes a lot of sense considering the setting. Continue reading First Look: Kaigaku by Jacob Ross

RIFTS: A Mind Melter and a Juicer meet in a bar…

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Last week we finally started our RIFTS campaign! Yay! While we all had a lot of fun, the Palladium managed to get into our way a couple of times. But let’s start from the beginning.

The group consists of four adventurers: a Mind Melter, a Ley Line Walker, a Combat Cyborg, and last but not least a Juicer. I could have made things easy for all of us by just declaring the player characters already know each other, but this time I wanted them to play out their first meeting.

When the game began the Combat Cyborg was escorting a truck caravan to a remote town somewhere near the ruins of Indianapolis. The town is called Sycamore (like the trees) and has made good profits in the past by supplying adventurers who wanted to explore the ruins or venture further into the Magic Zone. But recently a local gang has taken over the city and started taking slaves and killing locals who were not willing to pay the “protection fee”. Traders and other outsiders are usually not bothered because they bring in the money.

Before the Combat Cyborg and the caravan could enter town, they made a stop near the ruins where they stumbled upon the Ley Line Walker who was overjoyed to meet people to talk to after being in the wilderness for quite some time. The Cyborg grudingly agreed to let her join the caravan on the last leg of their journey.

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