Wellstone City Update – Economics of Crime

Wellstone City needs crime to function. It needs corruption in order to work on the governmental level and it needs street-level violence in order to maintain itself on the lower levels. The city needs it on an economic level, on a social level, and even on a tourism level.

The simple fact is the crime means business for the city. It means that the police and fire departments are able to justify their existence and perform much needed services for the city on a consistent and regular basis. It means justified bonds, sales tax, fund raisers, and so on that generate more money specifically for peacekeeping than those efforts require. Not only that but the number of licensed Freelancers in the city pump revenue into the city’s coiffeurs every time a license is renewed or a gun permit is bought. It means more money every time a background check is run.

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I’m going on an Adventure…and I need a Translation Guide!

I have a bit of wanderlust and I have traveled to a number of places in my life. My map says I’ve been to over 18% of the world (It sounds like more when I list the places out) and to far flung parts of the globe. Traveling is fun, but one of the first things I’ve discovered is you need to be able to ask for the things you need and expect that they are understood…. and that you can understand the responses in return.

Like other countries, hobbies and communities have their own words, phrases and dialects. Words that I thought I knew or understood have taken on new meaning and there are many times I still sit in on a conversation feeling like I should have a translation guide. Communication is key.

If I gave you all of the words I’m learning at one time this would turn into a very long post, so I’ve decided to make this a recurring topic. Once my list is long enough, we’ll make see about getting that turned into something you can download as a cheat sheet. Your own little translation guide.

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Rock and Role! Stealing the Spotlight – the cons

Last week I talked about what happens when you have a player who begins to steal the spotlight in a game, either through role playing or good decisions. As I said then, it can be a positive experience for everyone involved and it can get other people to elevate their game and their role playing style.

However, there is another side to it, and it is one that happens all too often. Good game masters need to be on the lookout that these things are happening, and then address the issues before they get to be too big.

  • Other players get bored quickly when one character/player consistently steals the spotlight.
  • Other players feel that they aren’t contributing and good ideas that they have are going unheard.
  • The whole experience may make other, especially new, players feel that role playing is not for them.
  • It may give newer players the impression “they can’t do this” because of the funny accents or the quick thinking of the spotlight stealer

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Knights of the White Fox

Sable, a fox passant argent.

Rekellian society is marked by the presence of a strong nobility. It has been plagued by war in various forms since its inception; indeed, Rekellia was born from war. With so many noble-born youths with a martial bent, it’s no wonder that the old empire has given rise to so many knightly orders.

One such order is the Knights of the White Fox, a fraternal brotherhood of knights devoted to the protection of travelers and traders and to the service of Irtu. Though they have small outposts in several places in western Rekellia and eastern Redami, their main temple is located in Summerfort.

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Happy Friday!

It has been a while since we’ve had a nice Friday update, and there really is a lot going on behind the scenes here!

We’ve got another adventure that we’re cooking up, and you’ll be hearing more about that for the next days on Facebook, and of course, through our Newsletter and on our G+ Community for news on that and for news on everything else!

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Wellstone City Update – Smuggler’s Tunnels

Buried under the north end of the island, under Little Italy, are a series of tunnels that have honey combed themselves through the limestone bedrock and around the wellstones that the city takes its name from. The Ishekiowa tribe knew they existed and used them to take shelter from Europeans and Americans that were invading their island. After the tribe all but vanished, the knowledge of the tunnels was not shared, and they were not discovered again until 1910.

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I’m Going on an Adventure…and I’m Bringing…

Well, wait, what AM I bringing?

That was my first question. What do I need? What equipment, what stuff? What do I get to buy? Surprisingly, not all that much. It’s a VERY reasonable hobby, and one that takes very little start up.

Imagination seems to be the one thing everyone agrees is going to be very helpful for this. Thankfully, I’ve already got one of those. I grew up in a family that valued books and stories of all kinds so this is going to be great!

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Rock and Role! Stealing the Spotlight

Rock and Role: Stealing the Spotlight, the Pros

Let’s face it, there’s a gamer we know that always has an over-acting problem. Sometimes, it’s hilarious and adds a ton of flavor to the game, sometimes it’s just annoying. Truely great over-actors will encourage others to jump in and do the same thing, the bad ones will run rough-shod over the entire group no matter how big the group is.

Part of Role Playing is that Role part…the character part. If it weren’t for that, it would just be playing, or Roll Playing, and that has a cold feel to it, because you’re just throwing dice and using game mechanics. It turns it from a game of skill into a game of chance and odds. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but that’s not what, in this writer’s opinion, table-top role playing should be about.

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Birthed from Stone – Gargoyles in Eiridia

Gargoyles have been touched in a number of RPGs as a playable race, but for the most part, they’ve been treated as a one-off entry in a supplemental book. Eiridia changes that. Gargoyles are a core race, and important to the lore of the world.

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Wellstone City Chronicle – Burning Crosses has been re-released!

One of the first Wellstone City Chronicles, Burning Crosses has been completely re-worked to make it longer and better, with more text, more plot, and more maps! Kevin completely re-wrote it and added more investigation, added features that are found in our other Wellstone City Chronicles! Check it out today and see what we’ve done and what you’ve been missing!

Pick it up for the Æther system at The Silver Gryphon Store, or at DriveThru RPG

Or for Savage at The Silver Gryphon Store, or at DriveThru RPG

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