Kickstarters For Dungeon Masters: Emissary Tabletop RPG

Kickstarter Project: Emissary Tabletop RPG
Creator: Edward Little of Shrike Studio
End Date: March 21, 2016
Kicktraq Progress: At time of posting, Kicktraq puts Emissary at a projected 190% funding by project’s end.
Funding Needed: £5,000 (roughly $7,159).

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Product: Emissary the RPG is a 280-300 page, full color, hardback book that details the setting and unique ruleset. You can snag a preview of Emissary here, which includes many of the Gods and factions of those worlds.
Quality: High quality; though the creator is a new name among RPGs, they have poured many of their own resources into developing the product itself, enough so that the artwork is of a professional quality – possibly on par with popular titles such as Dungeons and Dragons.
Tagline: None.
Estimated Delivery: August 2016
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Tabletop Haiku

So, I’ve always enjoyed poety. In my angst-ridden, teenage past, it was pretty much all I did before I was introduced to role playing. There was even a writing contest when I was in college; I tried to write a lengthy poem about a clumsy adventuring group told from the point of view of their harried Bard healer. I didn’t finish it, unfortunately, but there have been a few (horrible and possibly a little tipsy) instances where I’ve scribbled out a rhyme at the gaming table. And why not? Role playing is incredibly inspiring!

So, just for fun, here are a few absolutely gods-awful haiku, inspired by many different role playing games. For those who don’t remember 7th grade English, haiku are composed of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third.

EXP Bonus
Natural twenty
My battleaxe roars through flesh
I’ll loot you later

Well, You Said Anything…
Character write ups
So many dice to choose from
Yup, another Bard

Ode to My DM
Flipping through pages
Now where was that new rail gun?
My players hate me

Another Fine Day in the Multiverse
Dog-Boys on my left
Spiderwalkers on my right
Lets roast some casters

Bring This Poster and Waive the Application Fee
Want a bright future?
Do change and monsters scare you?
CS sign ups now!

Another One Bites the Dust
What, are you kidding?
My dice roll hit my notebook
I worked hard on that

How Do You Spell “Diabolical”?
Assassin again?
That’s five different characters
Try a Paladin

Your Name is Not Seymore Butts
It’s really not hard
Just pick a damn backstory
That’s it, you’re a slave

Poor, Deluded PCs
Who needs a healer?
We’ve all got the first aid skill
What do you mean, “crit”?

Power Attacks Cost 2 Melee Actions
I load my pistol
“Cool, but you’re out of ammo”
I throw my pistol

My Plea to Kevin
Spending all damn night
Doing math and rolling dice
No generators

Happy Haiku-ing,
TheDungeonRat

I do not own any referenced or inspiring materials. The haiku in this post are my own, however.

Toon Tuesday: Redcloak the Freeborn Dog-Boy Wilderness Scout (Rifts)

After the past three months, we’ve finally settled into some semblance of a routine with our children – that is to say, I’ve been getting more sleep at least. So I’ve pieced this together in what little spare time I have before allowing myself to pass out at an hour that a younger (childless) me would scoff at.

I was inspired to write up another Dog-Boy by Brian Fields, AZ_Rune on Twitter, who hit 200 followers and randomly selected two of their followers for a free art piece to celebrate. I was one of those lucky winners, and I decided to go back to where it all began; my first ever RPG experience with a Freeborn (Malamute) Dog-Boy in Rifts. She was called Cinder, and that campaign and character are still spoken of around the table by my groups. Featured below is the phenomenal piece Brian worked up for me, and you can find more of his artwork on his deviantArt. Check out that badass “head count” on her shoulder and the Triax wrench! Please note that this character post is not the character in the artwork, merely inspired by it.

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This particular character also has a disability: Deafness. As a result, her language skills have been altered to suit, with spoken language taking a -20% penalty, and Sign Language “replacing” the skill percentage of their native language. I’ve also raised base skill percentages regarding her other senses, like smell (+30%) and psychic tracking (+10%), to allow for their increased usage/proficiencies. I’ve also deigned to lower Prowl by -10%, as she can’t as easily judge how noisy she is, and a -3 to Perception Rolls (but +3 regarding smell.)

Game: Palladium Books’ Rifts RPG
Books Needed: Rifts Ultimate Edition and Rifts World Book 13: Lone Star.
Recommended Setting: Well suited to any starting to lower-mid level adventuring group that is not of CS persuasion. Very useful in traveling, wilderness type skillsets.

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'Well, bears have a very distinct smell. Even if they didn't, I know what signs to watch for, should we approach their territory. Besides, it's not the bears you should worry about in these parts.' - Redcloak

General Information
Nickname: Redcloak
Exp. Level: One
Experience Table: Dog-Boy
R.C.C.: Freeborn Dog-Boy (Rottweiler)
O.C.C.: Wilderness Scout
Alignment: Anarchist
Invoke Trust/Intimidate: None
Charm/Impress: None
Health Points: 33 (+1D6/lvl)
S.D.C.: 113
M.D.C.: Not applicable.
P.P.E.: 9 (permanent)
I.S.P.: 54 (+10/lvl)
Chi: Not applicable.
Horror/Awe Factor: Not applicable.

Stats
IQ: 10
ME: 14
MA: 12
PS: 30 (Lift/Carry: 60,000/30,000 lbs, see Mutations.)
PP: 15
PE: 33
PB: 10
SPD: 39 (Run: 28 mph, Digging: 2 mph.)
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