Æthursday: Distopian Horror in the Iron Age!

Today’s setting is an Iron Age setting with Gunpowder technology set in a Dystopian Horror.

Alexander’s soldiers and men scoured the corners of the earth in search for artifacts while the young general set out to conquer the known world. Each time a new people was found little parts of their culture was rolled into Alexander’s view of the world, whether he borrowed bits of their mythology, their social structure, or their technology. Alexander was poised to bring into being the most powerful and most advanced civilization since Atlantis before his untimely death.

However, all of that knowledge, all of that science and alchemy, and all of that technology came at a terrible price. In their hubris, the general’s men had not listened to the guardians of ancient cairns and temples in the far corners of the world. These people were the protectors of many, keeping ancient evil at bay and making sure it still slumbered. With their warnings unheeded, the ages-old wards were broken and the evil was set loose upon the world.

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Product of the Week – Camp Wicakini!

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Have you ever been to a summer camp as either a counselor or as a camper? Ever wanted to get even with your fellow campers or counselors but couldn’t find a socially responsible way to do it? Are you a huge fan of 80’s slasher movies but were just never really satisfied with the ending? Do you like zombies but are angry you never got to role-play as one after your character was turned? Pick up Camp Wicakini today and murder three birds with one stone…er…tomahawk!

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Æthursday – Random Setting of the Week!

This week’s Random Setting is a Dark, Age of Exploration Steam Opera. Enjoy!

It’s 1584. The skies and seas are filled with great ships as they go to explore the world, moved by gigantic steam engines. Fire and Iron control the skies and sea and air. Great steam driven caravans dominate the land as they stretch from Calais to Shanghai. But with new technology and new travel comes new dangers.

A group of pirates and slavers known as the Ivory Band are waging a war against commerce, travel, and explorers over Africa and the Americas. With resources running thin, England and France set aside centuries of uneasiness and they form a military league. Prussia is considering joining, as is Spain and Italy, due to massive losses in the New World. The few colonies established in the Western Hemisphere are turning less into money making endeavors and more into fortified military posts. The Native Americans are also having some serious run-ins with the Ivory Band, as are several nations within Africa.

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Wellstone City Wednesday – The Shadow of the Blackhand

Yesterday morning, the Chief of Police was captured by a rogue cell from within Blackhand Security. They car jacked him and kidnapped him outside of his home while he was on his way to work; this was part of an ongoing series of hits between the police and Blackhand in the Battery. The carjacking and kidnapping is by far the boldest move, but the police are worried about escalation. The media has been made aware of this, but so far, they are managing to keep a lid on it.

The PCs hear about the incidents from a rogue member of Blackhand Security; he just wants it all to stop before things turn to an all-out war between the private security force and the police. A duo of Albanians has also been tapped; they are fresh upstarts that want to gain a little influence by helping, but they know they are horribly out-gunned here, and they promise to give a little support to the PCs as needed.

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This Week’s Product Spotlight!

For this week’s Product Spotlight, we are highlighting Death of the Prophet, a freebie for Wellstone City!

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This fun little adventure is available for Savage Worlds as well as Æther and it revolves around the firebombing of the Wellstone City Prophet, a self-published conspiracy newspaper. Are the PCs the arsonists, are they working for the cops, or are they private investigators? This little freebie hits the set up from multiple angles so it fits better with the group of PCs!

Get it today for Æther and/or Savage Worlds

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Happy Friday!

There’s been a lot going on with us lately! Kevin is coming out of his writing slump as his gaming store is starting to normalize, and he’s already churning out some content. We’re prepping to go to Genghis Con put on by the Denver Gamers Association, and we’re excited for that! It does violate our prohibition on travel during January and February, but for this one, we feel it’s worth it! It’s put on by the same group that put on TactiCon in the fall, and we had an amazing time out there and decided we’re going back!

We’ve got some freebies lined up on deck that are just waiting for some art. We’ve got some progress on the art for Æthermancy which is now very overdue. Kevin is working on a few other things as well, and you can expect us to resume our normal release schedule very soon!

For the time being, we invite you to check out Drive Thru RPG’s Walking Dead sale. They’re taking several of their most popular titles and taking 20% off the price, but only until February 9th! We are pleased to say that we have several titles available on the list! Hit the link and see what you can find!

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Æthursday – Random Setting!

For our setting today, we came upon a Renaissance age setting that had discovered cold fusion technology that is deep into a Classic Noir setting.

In 1490, a man named Alphonso Buccelli had been working with Leonardo Da Vinci in Rome and he made some discoveries about the fundamental laws of the Universe itself and had discovered a way to create Cold Fusion. He kept this secret largely to himself, sharing it only with fellow genius, Da Vinci. Being both deeply religious and having a profound respect for the power of the Church, he kept his invention quiet, referring to it as his Engine of the Angels. However, almost three years to the day after his discovery, it had not only been made public, but had transformed the way of life on the European continent. In those three years, Buccelli had been busy and had developed an arc light that gave off a profound amount of light and his Engine could supply all the energy they needed to do so.

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Wellstone City Wednesday – Jimmy’s

Jimmy’s was an average place on the outside. One of those mom and pop corner joints that’s been there since forever; a greasy spoon diner that was built in 1928 and it still clings to the era it was built. The waitresses wore more modern uniforms, looking like they belonged to the 1980’s rather than the 1920’s. It’s a family run place, but the average clientele makes a less-than-family friendly atmosphere.

For the past 20 years, Jimmy’s has been a mix of undercover cops, uniforms brandishing their shields, local thugs, and information brokers. There are other folks that eat there, too; you can’t stay in business for almost 100 years without doing actual business.

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