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Soth Ep 4: Absothlution Pt 2

With pressure mounting from increasingly trigger happy authorities, Armand, Dorothea and Ralph struggle to complete the final rituals to summon Soth. Whether they’ll kill each other before the authorities get to them is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for certain… Ashland MA has a lot more to worry about than Commie UFOs.

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You can find more of Josh’s shenanigans through the highly amusing improv group Roll for Intelligence, or keep up to date with Monique’s projects through her Twitter.

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More of The Game Formerly Known as Karma in the Dark

Back to our Twitch stream with a slightly different team and a brand new setting, ready to take the shiny new edition of Cass K’s Crossing Worlds, which had up to this point been called Karma in the Dark.

Join us at 8:30 AEST this Sunday for the very best of magic cyberpunk action!

As always, this stream is in collaboration with Whimsy and Metaphor, the fictional alternate reality sculpted largely by Lee’s tireless work.

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Coober Pedy Harry by Werner Bayer on Flickr CC A

Planescape Ep 11: Epic Undead Castle Pt 2

With the terrors of the Demiplane of Dread surrounding them, brave adventurers Carson, Urdan, Domingo and Hompet press on into the forlorn ruins. And then run into probably the worst people that they could possibly run into. Yeah. Those pricks.

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This session was powered by Dungeons and Dragon’s Fifth Edition, distributed by Wizards of the Coast.

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Planescape Ep 10: Epic Undead Castle Pt 1

Occupied by their usual state of mingled confusion and hangover, Carson the half-elf gunslinger, Urdan the wood elf ranger, Domingo the anthropig mathematician and new arrival Hompet the stone skinned (and super jacked) earth Genasi decide that its time to get some moolah by dragging an escaped bountyhead back to Sigil. From Ravenloft. Surely its not as grim as everyone says…

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Soth Ep 2: Soth by Soth West Pt 2

Struggling to gather the necessary sacrifices for the Sounding of the Bell ritual, hapless cultists Armand, Dorothea and Ralph unleash a crimewave the likes of which Ashland, MA has never seen. But kidnapping attempts and heavy drug use don’t make the best of bedfellows… do they?

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You can find more of Josh’s shenanigans through the highly amusing improv group Roll for Intelligence, or keep up to date with Monique’s projects through her Twitter.

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Pic is Whispers of the Past by Ajay Goel on Flickr, CC A.

Soth Ep 1: Soth by Soth West Pt 1

With the help of shiny guests Josh and Monique, Liberation Industries takes its strange stylings to Soth, Steve Hickey’s game of murderous small town cults.

For all of you who have ever fantasised about murdering your neighbours, then dysfunctional disciples Armand, Dorothea and Ralph are living your dream the streets of Cold War Ashland, MA. At this stage its hard to tell whether it will be the trail of evidence they leave or their own instability that spells their doom.

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You can find more of Josh’s shenanigans through the highly amusing improv group Roll for Intelligence, or keep up to date with Monique’s projects through her Twitter.

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Pic is Whispers of the Past by Ajay Goel on Flickr, CC A.

Flying Circus Ep 5: Into the Woods Pt 2

Reunited again after a tense romp through the Striges’ woods, somewhat battered pilots Francesca, Geneve and Zelig make a daring moutainside takeoff, get shortchanged by supernatural high-rollers, and brawl with the crew of muscle daddies who run the local slaughterhouse over a rent dispute.

Life in Maralto sure keeps you on your toes…

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If you feel like there just isn’t enough aeropunk fantasy adventure in your life, Erika Chappell is working her heart out to get Flying Circus ready to print. While you wait, check out her other games at Newstand Press.

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Flying Circus Ep 4: Into the Woods Pt 1

With their rookie’s plane going down in tatters and the capabilities of their rotted adversary still unknown, Zelig and Francesca make a rough landing in the wooded glade. Things get complicated when Geneve and her crashed plane aren’t in the same place…

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If you feel like there just isn’t enough aeropunk fantasy adventure in your life, Erika Chappell is working her heart out to get Flying Circus ready to print. While you wait, check out her other games at Newstand Press.

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Pic is MM00005148x by Florida Keys Public Library on Flickr, CC A.

Making a Monster: The Striges

Sorry for broadcast delay folks, its been the traditional cavalcade of family weddings and sickness. In recompense, here’s some design notes regarding the last little arc of our Flying Circus game.

Though Flying Circus obviously draws very heavily from historical sources when it comes to how its planes operate, the setting has been from the beginning plugged as, I suppose, a kind of diesel-punk laced high fantasy. Now we were operating in an odd place here, as a lot of the setting info is not yet published and we had adopted a slightly alternative setting anyway. Not wanting to jump straight to dragons, I decided to bring in an alternative airborne creature.

Naturally, the solution came in the form of a strange multilingual pun.

Now, our setting Maralto draws heavily on Italian imagery, and the Italian word for witch is strega. We can trace the route of this word back to the Latin strix, for screech owl, and its distant cousin strige does in fact parse as “a bird of ill omen”, which could be seen as equivalent to the bad reputation that crows and ravens have in English speaking countries. So naturally this gets thoughts of psychopomp birds stirring around in my brain.

The Striges then, within our setting, are a kind of revenant. When a strong-willed witch or sorcerer dies and that death cuts short the great work of their lives, the screech owls of the ghost world may offer them a choice. Rather than carrying them on into the great unknown beyond death, the owl may bring their spirit back into the world, repairing the body in their own image and fueling it with a hunger for blood, vengeance and the shadowy magic of the netherworld.

With this flickering magic surging through their skeletal frames and between their grey feathers, the Striges are given a near immortal chance at vengeance or, more rarely, closure. Their shadow wings carry them as fast as a fighter plane, and the long claws on their fingers can tear horrific gouges in steel plate and flesh alike. Perhaps most alarmingly, these avian horrors seem beyond the reach of death; though they can most certainly be wounded and broken in the manner of mortal things, the shadows will knit them back together in time. There are rumours that only burial with full funerary rites in consecrated ground will spell a true end to these creatures, but given the rarity of priests willing to cooperate with such actions this remains speculation.

So there you have it. Our terrifying owl-channelling sky witches were based on an old Italian play on words and some bits of James O’Barr’s The Crow, with perhaps a smattering of the Strix from Vampire the Requiem. But ain’t it funny how inspiration works that way…?

Good hunting to y’all.

Paddy

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Sacrifice by Paul aka howzey on Flickr, CC A N$ ND

Flying Circus Ep 3: Birds of Ill Omen

After a bender culminating in some ill advised purchases, squadmates Francesca, Zelig and Geneve find themselves once again on the wrong end of debt collector’s attention. Despite not really understanding how the homeless mystic will pay them, they decide to take Drifty’s offer to clear the skies over the mountain pass… and run into the horrors of both Maralto’s magic, and its past.

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Flying Circus is a roleplaying game currently being developed by Erika Chappell, who has created a great many quirky and fun indie-games to date under the umbrella of Newstand Press. Check ’em out!

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Pic is MM00005148x by Florida Keys Public Library on Flickr, CC A.