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Back from a break

Hello world! As you might have noticed, I haven’t updated my blog much over the last week. There’s a good reason for that, though: I was busy enjoying one-and-a-half week of vacation, starting with a long weekend in Berlin, and ending yesterday with a massive amount of sushi. My batteries are re-fueled now, and you will hear more often from me again.

To start, I want to give you a quick newsflash of what I’ve been up to, and what you can look forward to:

  • I’ve started making YouTube videos. My first video can be found here, and the next one will be up later this week (say…Thursday). It’s completely new to me, but I really enjoy making these. You can look forward to other kinds of videos and podcasts in the future!
  • I decided to drop the Strange Sunday column for good, noticing that I don’t have enough strange ideas to write about every week. I will compile an overview of all the past editions this week.
  • More Courage is on the way!
  • I have to really catch up with my writing for Camp Nano. Where’s the drive and motivation I had back in November?
  • Talking about on the way: Neverwinter will be released at the end of this month, and I will surely check it out. Maybe I should use that as an excuse to get into livestreaming?
  • Oh, and I’m surprised by how cool Warframe is. Didn’t expect too much of it, but I’ve been playing it over the weekend with Dee, and it’s actually pretty rad. If you like co-op third-person action akin to Mass Effect, check it out!

So yeah, that’s what’s been up so far. It’s great to be back, and thanks for visiting this blog even while I was lazy updating it. You guys rock!

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Actual Play – Courage Chapter III

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Wow, it’s been a while since one of these, but the wait’s over: click below for the third chapter of Courage, a solo Exalted chronicle. We’ll meet a Solar in this one, and find out that Courage’s secret are not as secret as he thinks they are. Want to know more? Well, stop reading this and dive into the three-and-a-half pages of RPG goodness. Have fun!

Courage – Chapter 3

What’s the Chin been up to?

As I’m preparing to go wild and crazy at a local club tonight, I feel like it’s time for one of these really general posts, in which I tell you about all the little things that I’ve been up to lately, but that don’t really deserve their own post. So, dear readers, what have I been doing? Well, click past the cut, and find out!

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Actual Play: Courage – Chapter II

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And we’re back with the next chapter of the Courage chronicle. In this installment, we’ll meet two important NPC’s: one being the Lunar’s love interest, the other one being her future husband. Isn’t that just unfortunate, little shapeshifter kitty? Anyway, click below for the PDF. Once you’re done reading about what transpired in the underground baths of Whitewall, please leave your feedback, criticism or oaths of fealty below in the comments. Happy reading!

Courage – Chapter 2

Actual Play: Courage – Chapter I

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Our feline shapeshifter is back in chapter one of our Exalted Actual Play! Though the play might not be so actual anymore, it’s still fun to read it again after all this time and sharing it with you. In this chapter, we get to know one of Courage’s closest friends, the businessman and all-round good guy Five-Coins Yvor. So, what are you waiting for? Click below to read the five pages of the first chapter.

Courage – Chapter 1

If you have any comments or feedback, hit me up in the comments section below. Also, feel free to share this Actual Play with your fellow gamers and friends!

Actual Play: Courage – Prologue

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Courage – a Lunar solo chronicle! Before you scroll all the way down to fetch the PDF of the prologue, let me get a bit deeper into the background of this campaign.

It all happened in the fall of 2011. I had left my hometown behind to live a bit closer to my university, and that was really cool and all. The drawback was that I was away from my role-playing troupe now, which caused me to play about zero hours a week. This started to annoy me, but my friend (who I will call Dee for the sake of privacy) proposed that we might play something online. He had this cool concept of a shield-using Lunar, defending a city he loves, and I had an urge to see how Google Wave fared when used as a RPG tool, and so we had ourselves a little solo chronicle. That night, Courage was born.

But what is Courage? Well, you should rather ask who Courage is. Shield of Feline Courage is a young Lunar, who works as a male escort and dancer during the day, and slaughters the corrupt and frees the weak at night. His adventures take place in the city of Whitewall, and together with a whole team of colourful individuals, he will witness some great changes in one of the largest cities of Creation.

The chronicle never really ended, so I will only post AP’s up to one of the dramatic peaks of the story. Even though we never wrapped it up, I have to admit that running a solo chronicle is a lot of fun. Doing it online on Wave also felt like an exercise in cooperative writing, which is something both Dee and I really enjoyed.

The transcripts you will find here are mostly unedited. The only things I removed were the most obvious / obnoxious spelling errors and the dice rolls. I hope that you will have fun reading these, and if you have any thing to say about them, feel free to drop me a line.

With that said… click below to see the seven-page long prologue!

Courage – Prologue

Why White Wolf got me all hyped again

To be frank with you, dear readers: I owe my fascination for tabletop role-playing to the guys who brought us Vampire: the Masquerade and many more gothy titles. I’m talking about White Wolf, and these times are once again exciting times to be a White Wolf fan.

Basically, I love every game this company has published. Though I haven’t played all of them, if you would kick in my door and ask me to play in a Wraith chronicle, I would please ask you to fix my door and then grab my ten-sided dice. It’s something about the style these guys (and probably gals) have, and every rule and sourcebook from their writing forges is like a little masterpiece. Yeah, I’m exaggerating here, but that makes my point: White Wolf is the beginning of my role-playing career, and it will be my end. But not just yet, ’cause these heroes and their “daughter company” Onyx Path have a lot in the oven when it comes to feeding my gaming ADD:

  • First and foremost, Exalted 3. I freaking love Exalted. It’s not so much the clunky and often problematic rules I love, but the sheer proportions of the setting. When it comes to high, epic fantasy, Creation is my homebase, and there’s always some corner of the vast world that’s worth discovering. With Ex3, the rules and setting get a major overhaul, and I’m more than curious to see how the Chosen are put into a new, divine light. The Kickstarter for this should drop this month, so I’m holding on to my money!
  • Next up, the new World of Darkness is getting some major love with Mummy: the Curse and God-Machine Chronicles. The former brings a new splat to the nWoD, while the latter combines a kind of “1.5” rules update and chronicle in one for mortal characters. The other lines are getting re-worked books as well, so the entire world gets a fresh breeze of air.
  • Finally, there’s the ever-continuing support for the old WoD. After releasing the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vampire: the Masquerade, White Wolf / Onyx Path continue to publish re-worked and new books for the world that revolutionised role-playing games.

It’s hard to describe how pumped I am about all this, but you will surely hear more about all these new titles on this blog. In the mean time, I’ll be off to the drawing board to plan a Solar chronicle to dive right into Ex3 when it hits!