Episode One Hundred And Seventy Four – Courtly Submarine Warfare

To My Esteemed Undersea Colleague – Beneath the ice of Europa, isolated Mecha Pilots on long patrols stay in touch by writing letters back & forth

Aquapastoral – Flooding can be expected after a storm, but nobody expected the water to be 30 feet above the farmhouse roof, and they certainly didn’t expect the water to politely stay outside of the house itself.

Jousting ‘Neath The Waves – Once the submarine battles between the sea-dwarf & human kingdoms came to an end, the various rulers needed to find something to keep their combat-ready & easily-bored warriors from breaking the peace.

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Episode One Hundred And Seventy Three – Pastry-Fu: Crouching Cruller, Hidden Donut

Donuts & Crullers – Ben starts to make a game about a TV Genre he hates, and ends up inventing a card mechanic for cooking competitions.

24/7 Coffee & Questions – Craig tries to come up with an explanation for the “high-level adventurer running a tavern” trope, and ends up with a mystery hiding in plain sight.

The Bangers & Mash Are Coming! – The International Food section of the Grocery Isles is under threat from the Anglican Food Empire, and the East Asian Pastries are all that stands to protect them from an endless beige buffet.

Kiwi RPG Week 2022

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Episode One Hundred And Seventy Two – An Unusual Amount Of Elvis

Presley Event Overload – The timeline is fracturing under a cascade of divergence events, splitting faster than they can be investigated, let alone dealt with. There’s no clear pattern to what’s happening, though a certain 20th Century musician seems to be affected by more of the changes than mere coincidence would permit.

The Mystery Of The King Beyond The Stars – In the far future, at a multi-species gathering of devotees of Elvis, someone who clearly does not have Elvis in their heart (or hearts) (or decentralised circulatory system) has stolen one of the most treasured artifacts of The King.

Elvis: The Legendary Tours – Wandering Hero Elvis & his friends encounter more and more Elvis impersonators, people who heard rumors of the death of The King & have decided to take up the Sequined Mantle. Clearly his evil half-brother Abbot Costello is involved, but what other tricks does the pretender to the throne of Graceland have lined up?

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Episode One Hundred And Seventy One – It’s a Mad Max Utopia!

Be Our Guest? – Ever since the actual apocalypse, the Hosts at the Apocalypse World park really haven’t had a lot to do. Now that some Guests in dire need of help have arrived, a group of ‘wasteland marauders’ and ‘besieged remnants of civilization’ have to figure out how to bypass their own programmed scripts so that they can keep those Guests alive & get them to SOME kind of safety.

When The Wind In The Willows – Cute animals in their V8 Interceptors & War Rigs travel in search of a possibly mythical better place, with clean water and non-radioactive food.

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Max World! – With his last breath, Max pointed everyone at the utopia somewhere over the mountains. Now the race is on to get there & claim it.

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TTRPGs for Trans Rights in Texas!

In response to Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Attorney General Office’s transphobic declarations, we have brought together all of these games in support of trans rights. 

itch.io have a bundle in support of Trans Rights in Texas.
Here’s the link: https://itch.io/b/1308/ttrpgs-for-trans-rights-in-texas
And here’s the itch.io description of the bundle & the reasons for the bundle:

In response to Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Attorney General Office’s transphobic declarations, we have brought together all of these games in support of trans rights. 

Trans children are extremely vulnerable, and the actions of the Texas government will put them and any supportive loved ones in danger. Providing funds to trans advocacy groups and support networks helps keep trans folx afloat in Texas.

Proceeds from this bundle will be split between two organizations: Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) and Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT). TENT supports gender diverse equality in Texas through educational efforts on an individual, community, corporate, and legislative level. They also provide emergency relief fund grants to trans people in need.

Organización Latina de Trans en Texas is a trans-centered, trans-run nonprofit that focuses on creating safe spaces for trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex Texans. They provide shelter space, both long and short term residences, gender and name change legal aid, and other community building services for trans people.

This bundle is also being offered in partnership with Hit Point Press: If you purchase this bundle, send a screencap of your receipt to support@hitpointpress.com to receive a game file from their library!

Solarian Games would also like to offer some of their Top Secret products for folx who purchase this bundle! Email EqualityTexas@solariangames.com a screenshot of your receipt to receive download keys.

Thanks to Jess and Mo of HuetopiaTV for helping organize this bundle!

itch.io – https://itch.io/b/1308/ttrpgs-for-trans-rights-in-texas

There are things in this bundle that I/we had heard of ( Noirlandia , A Dirty World , Wanderhome ), and there are some that are unfamiliar ( Jonathan Frakes Wants Your Attention, And You Must Not Give It To Him )
As I type this, there are 493 items in this bundle, with a regular-price value of $2823.
They’re asking for $5 or more.

Episode One Hundred And Seventy – Mad Science: Don’t try this at home kids

Mad Science. Don't try this at home kids. Episode 170.

The Heroes are defeated, ground down by a controlling society. As the last remaining bastion of ‘otherness’, Mad Scientists reach out to children through the medium of educational television, trying to spark a sense of rebellion in the only people who can still hear them.

Educational Television in a world of Science Heroes, Supergenius Villains, and Pulp Adventurer-Explorers!

For any problem, there’s a technical solution. Even the problems caused by the previous technical solution.
And sometimes the people coming up with those solutions need to be reigned in, before their backyard nuclear reactor contaminates the whole neighborhood.

Alien scientists simultaneously guiding & observing ( and occasionally running from the catastrophic actions of ) the human scientific community.

(Episode updated with actual audio! Apologies, the mad science is strong with this lot. I hope you didn’t strain yourselves trying to hear the absent data. ~ T. Jones )

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Episode One Hundred And Sixty Nine – I Set The Filter To “Adventure”

A safe but dull utopia has an unexpected need for people who can go outside of the norm and venture into dangerous situations.
They’re a bit light on those, as a society, but by relaxing the constraints a bit on the psych profiles, they’ve got some candidates who are within a few standard deviations of ‘Adventurous’.

Oneironauts journey into a patient’s psyche to guide them through constructed scenarios to a better mental state.
Unfortunately, pushing on one part of a personality has a tendency to make it push back from somewhere else, …

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Episode One Hundred And Sixty Eight – A Big Red Christmas

Craig tries to combine A Christmas Carol with Solo Shifts on a Spaceship, and fails, but Ben recovers the idea

Ben pitches the idea of a Clip Show Holiday Episode of an RPG campaign, as a way to look back on the game so far & a sneaky way to see which bits the players remember the most

The regulars at a dive bar are called upon, at Christmas Eve, to make a Christmas Miracle occur. It’s not going to be easy, the situation is probably already out of control, and it all has to happen by Christmas Morning

With Christmas looming, inexplicable anonymous helpful acts are being performed. Is it Elves? Kindly House Spirits? Or is something leaking through from the Gigantic Research Facility next to the town?

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Actual Play 1 – Wanderhome

Ben, Craig, & Special Guest Terry attempt to get to grips with the “pastoral fantasy” RPG Wanderhome, and probably succeed, in our first approximate actual play episode.

Wanderhome, by Jay Dragon, can be purchased from Possum Creek Games.

Wanderhome is a pastoral fantasy role-playing game about traveling animal-folk, the world they inhabit, and the way the seasons change.
It is a game filled with grassy fields, mossy shrines, herds of chubby bumblebees, opossums in sundresses, salamanders with suspenders, starry night skies, and the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine.

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