Æthursday: Random Setting of the Week

Today’s setting is a Prohibition Era Action Epic with Space Technology. During the search for more and more profit during the Prohibition Era in the US, the emerging maffias and crime syndicates come across an interesting possibility: space flight. Inspired by the significant rise in air travel and the luxury that it embodied, they wanted to push the envelope, going higher and faster than the airplanes could at the time.

Eventually they made it into space.

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Wellstone City Wednesday: The Adventure Deck

One of the original intents of the Encounter Deck was to not only spice up encounters in Wellstone City, but it was also hoped to use it to create full adventures on par with the Wellstone City Chronicles. Although it uses a card draw mechanic instead of dice, it was also intended to be used for both Æther as well as Savage Worlds.

It does what it was designed to do very well. However, it is woefully in adequate for designing an entire adventure. An effort can be made, but without a lot of extrapolation on the part of the GM/Narrator, it’s hard to make sense of everything and link events together.

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Rock and Role: Magic and Technology

Mixing tech and magic can be a rough combination in a setting. There are a few settings that do it markedly well; Shadowrun from Catalyst Labs (and formerly FASA) is among a rare few that do it in an exceptional manner. Sometimes the mix is off-putting to players and GMs alike. It turns into a contest of “You got magic in my technology!” “No, you got technology in my magic!” In the end, perhaps it’s just not a good match for some game groups.

However, for those that want to try it, it can be done to great effect, but there have to be a few ground rules.

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Year of the Gamer T-Shirt Update

Those of you who pre-ordered a Year of the Gamer t-shirt know that the deadline to sign up was two days ago. By now, you’re curious as to when you’ll get your shirt!

So, here’s an update on how things stand.

We’re still waiting to get payment from a few people who signed up on the CustomInk site, but didn’t pay for the shirts through our store. Once we get all of those in, then we’ll order the shirts. After that, it will be about two weeks for us to receive the shirts and then ship them out to you all.

Those of you who live outside the United States may have to wait a little longer for your shirts, depending on  international shipping times.

If we need further information from you to complete your order, we’ll be in touch.

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