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Lucky 13

In all the excitment over 5th editon, we were introduced to a small press Fantasy RPG called 13th Age. Loosely based on 3.5, and borrowing more than a little from just about every other popular RPG at the moment, 13th Age captured our imagination with it’s creative blend of some of the best gaming elements introduced in the last 5 years. While not nearly as rules light as something, like, say, FATE, it is way stripped down from something like Pathfinder or even the new 5th Edition. Character generation goes fairly quickly and is actually highly entertaining in it’s own right. The books are written in a very conversational style – it really feels like a game made by players and GMs FOR players and GMs, with a ton of side notes, alternative rule suggestions, and some game mechanics with much humour potential. The magic items “quirks” mechanic alone is worth a read. The thing I like most so far, is I really come away from the books feeling like the writers want to help us tell the story we want to tell, rather than being overly focused on game balance or how to best thwart potential munchkins.

This past weekend was purely character gen and laughing at all the ridiculous possiblities presented in the books. Next session we will actually see how the rules play out on the game table. So far, I think it has a lot of potential.

In other news, I’ll be running the first session of my DGS Vampire Conclave game, Sunset Cove, this Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. I think there is still one spot left. I’m having way too much fun creating NPCs, locations, and potential plot threads for this one, so hopefully things will go well. I’ll report back on that one next week and hopefully have some pages up for it on this site by then.

I have also started a little Twitter project for Halloween. I’m posting a different Halloween themed song every day under the hashtag #SpookySongOfTheDay Feel free to follow me, or the tag, and maybe discover some new music just in time to put together the ultimate Halloween party playlist.

Songs posted so far:

1 – “This is Halloween” – Nightmare Before Christmas

2 – “Living Dead Girl” – Rob Zombie

3 – “Black No. 1” – Type O Negative

Thing I am geeking out on this week:

Harley Quinn – Futures End issue

As a general rule, the actual comics arm of DC has just been making one bad decision after another since the “New 52” launch. This week was no exception with both a heartbreaking Lobo reboot, and a hilarious snafu involving a ladies Batman shirt. As a long time DC fan who is trying to rebuild her collection of 90s era Vertigo trades, this breaks my heart. Especially that awful art in the current Constantine run. Just stop. Or get a better inker so that every panel doesn’t look like a sketch. Something!

Anyways. There is one shining ray of hope in the current DC line up – Harley Quinn has been delightfully silly, dark, and subversive. Although the book is technically part of the 52, the writers seem to be writing a Harley off in her own little corner of the DCU, free to do her own thing and get into her own misadventures with a terrific cast of supporting characters worthy of Gotham, but set in Jersey.

I highly recommend checking out the book if you are any fan of Harley or miss the old days was DC had a sense of humor. The latest issue is much fun, but I couldn’t possibly review it without spoilers, so suffice to say I was highly amused. This was a story that would have been right at home on the Batman Animated series.

 

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