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Star Wars RPG Kickoff, More RPG Writing – Week in Review 8/30/2020

Welcome to The Alfred Effect Week in Review for the week ending August 30, 2020. Blog News The Elder Minion and I kicked off our Star Wars RPG mini-campaign this week and had a blast rolling some dice in a galaxy far, far away. Double Tome Studios Our third title, The Serpent’s Shadow, is now live on both DriveThruRPG and Open Gaming Store. We are now live on the Open Gaming Store so go check us out! Work is continuing to progress with my first module. I’ve got a solid outline that I’ve refined a bit more this past week.

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Star Wars RPG Part 1 – Setup

Background West End Games released the Star Wars Roleplaying Game in 1987. It was followed with a second edition in 1992 and a revised/expanded second edition in 1996. The game uses a d6 dice pool mechanic and is famous for truly capturing the spirit of Star Wars in the gameplay. The sourcebooks written by the WEG team were well researched and detailed. Even non-gamers could appreciate the sheer amount of Star Wars lore being presented in one of the earliest product lines to build out the expanded universe. For this mini-campaign, the Elder Minion and I will be using the

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Shadowrun Sixth World Part 4 – Campaign Wrap-up

The Final Battle Approaches? Our fourth, and final, session of Shadowrun 6e saw us working our way through the final pieces of the “Free Seattle” scenario. I endeavored to stay fairly close to the gist of the final runs, but I found myself departing more and more from the scenario as it really felt like the political intrigue and behind the scenes action was a bit more than we wanted to tackle. As mentioned last time, I was using Erika Hoffman as the group’s point of contact for the missions. The angle was that the governor and secretary of state

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Shadowrun Wrap Up, RPG Writing – Week in Review 8/23/2020

Welcome to The Alfred Effect Week in Review for the week ending August 23, 2020. Blog News We wrapped up our fourth and final game session for the Shadowrun 6th World mini-campaign as part of the Tabletop RPG Sampler project. This week saw the finale of the Free Seattle scenario and saw pretty hairy moments of intense action plus role-playing. The Elder Minion and I will be kicking off the next game in our series this coming week. The new system will be West End Games Star Wars RPG. This is a system that I have many fond memories of

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Shadowrun, Solo RPGs, and Star Wars Imperial Assault – Week in Review 8/16/2020

Welcome to The Alfred Effect Week in Review for the week ending August 16, 2020. Blog News We wrapped our third game session for the Shadowrun 6th World mini-campaign as part of the Tabletop RPG Sampler project. This week we kicked off our playthrough of the Free Seattle scenario and had a blast role-playing through the first few missions. I did have to completely rework one mission due to the mature nature of the content, but we were able to continue making some solid progress. I kicked off a new page on the site dedicated to cataloging resources for solo

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Announcing Double Tome Studios and The Ember Gate

Greetings everyone! I’m proud to announce that my wife and I are diving into the world tabletop rpg publishing with the launch of Double Tome Studios.   We are kicking things off with a new series of system neutral supplements called Items of Adventure. Each of these TTRPG supplements will add an engaging new item to your game world. Included is a detailed description along with 3 story hooks and 3 plot threads to mix and match. These provide ready-made ways to introduce the item and plots to further the story. Our inaugural title, The Ember Gate, is now posted

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Shadowrun Sixth World Part 3 – Mid-Campaign Recap

The Adventure Continues Our second session went much more smoothly as I was able to pin down some of the rules that had been causing headaches previously. Special shout-out to the Shadowrun 6th Edition Chummers Facebook group for all of the support. This session saw our group continuing their shoot out with the gangers who had captured the NPC-in-distress, Erika Hoffman. With Rude providing cover fire from the rooftop of the store, Yu was able to lead Zipfile and Frostburn across the street to engage the gangers more directly. A combination of sniper fire, Yu’s pop-shots, some epic ice spells

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Field Commander Alexander and Peloponnesian War

Getting Started with Solitaire Wargames

My very first wargaming purchase was Warzone: Mutant Chronicles back when I was in ninth grade. I had just recently moved to a town that had a dedicated game store, something that was a completely new experience to me. My eyes were naturally drawn to the wall of shelves holding a cornucopia of Games Workshop offerings: Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer 40k, Necromunda, Epic 40k, Warhammer Quest, and more. I pined over those sets for weeks, but they cost much more than I could afford and just felt out of reach. The store owner noticed my obsession and gradually steered me

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Shadowrun Sixth World Part 2 – First Session

First Session With our starter set characters setup and tool cards distributed, we kicked off our first session of Shadowrun: Sixth World. Starting off our playthough, the Elder Minion will be running three of the pre-generated player characters and I will be running the fourth as well as handling gamemaster duties. As a reminder, we will be starting with the adventure from the beginner box set entitled “Battle Royale”.     Something that really struck me as we got setup for this session was the organization of the pregenerated character packets. The booklets for each character contain the character sheet

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Shadowrun Sixth World Part 1 – Setup

Background Shadowrun: Sixth World is a science fantasy roleplaying game set in the year 2080. The sixth edition of the game is published by Catalyst Game Labs and was released in 2019. Shadowrun as a setting has long intrigued me. The mix of cyberpunk and fantasy elements makes for a truly unique setting. My first exposure to the world was via the Sega Genesis game, released in 1994. The local card and comic book store had a selection of NES, SNES, and Genesis games for rent and was always a better deal than the video store because you could keep

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