So last night we played Ten Candles, a tragic horror RPG, with 3 MCs and 1 DJ. From my perspective, as a player, it was great. The ritual of the game really helped build the atmosphere and tension.
We started by each recording an audio message for posterity. An unconventional start, but I thought it helped cement who our characters were and what was important to us. The room was lit only with 10 candles. Whenever we faced adversity and failed, our dice pool would dwindle and a candle would be extinguished.
On occasion, it was possible to call on our character traits to get a reroll, or if we had a moment of hope, gain a bonus dice. But any respite was fleeting… the route to the scenario’s conclusion was a downward spiral of doom. Which is what we signed up for!
After our characters died a grisly, lonely death in the dark, we too were sat in the dark and our audio messages were played back. They seemed to have acquired an odd resonance… shaded with our knowledge of the fate that befell those poor souls.
I played ‘Dozer’ MacGarret, a selfish mechanic who got what was coming to him. R.I.P.
How’s this for a special delivery service? A Mk IV Maxim on a quadricycle!?! It was invented in 1898 by British Inventor F. R. Simms. I could see this being a bit of fun in The Men Who Would Be Kings!
Had a great time at Tabletop Scotland earlier this month. If you missed out on the tabletop fun, there’s always next year!
Mantic are releasing a skirmish game called Vanguard that focuses on small warbands. In a nice touch, Vanguard ties in with their big battle game Kings of War. It’s currently available on pre-order for half price (that’s £12.49 folks) until October 27th. See the following link for more info:
Thanks to The Men Who Would Be Kings I’ve developed an insatiable fascination for the North-West Frontier. Recently I’ve been compulsively reading Khyber by Charles Miller and have been thoroughly captivated by the farce, tragedy and international intrigue of the Great Game. Khyber’s sub-title in the front pages of the book is “The Story of an Imperial Migraine”… says it all really! I got my copy of Khyber for £2.78 and I would happily have paid ten times that for the riveting read. If you’re looking for an entertaining traverse through the NWF then do pick it up.
Anyhoo as luck would have it, I stumbled across Pax Pamir on Kickstarter. It’s a boardgame I’d never heard of before, but it looks like it captures the spirit of the shenanigans of the Great Game in Afghanistan. If this sounds like your bag, you can find out more about it here:
During the last session of Epées & Sorcellerie, one of the PCs stripped off his armour to try and rid himself of an infestation of bugs. It struck me that it’d be useful to have a place on the character sheet for unarmoured Armour Class and Movement. So I’ve altered those areas and uploaded a new version of the E&S character sheet to the Downloads page.
Texas man nearly dies after being bitten by severed snake head…
FREE PDFs of Black Powder, Pike & Shotte, and Hail Caesar are available from Warlord Games for a limited time. Just sayin!
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