League of Extraordinary Felines: Crimean Tom!

Here’s the newest member of the League – Crimean Tom!

Creimean Tom

More information on Crimean Tom can be found here.



League of Extraordinary Felines: 1856

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For this year’s League of Extraordinary Felines game at Big Bad Con, I am looking to switch systems.  While I really like M&M, I find it difficult to teach and run in a four hour timeslot, so I am looking for something easier.

My first attempt at doing the game with the same characters in a different system is “Marvel Heroic Roleplaying”.  I just finished taking a run at all the characters so I thought I would put them up here for perusal and critique.

A few notes on the design:

Every character has the “Feline” powerset, which consists of six powers.  Generally, three of them are at d6 and three of them are at d8, though in a couple of instances I have reduced one down to a d4 to boost another to d10 (could have boosted a d6 to a d8 instead, but it never worked out that way.)

Almost every character has a second powerset with three powers, normally rated at d8, though in some cases I dropped one d8 to a d6 and improved another power to d10.  In cog cat’s case I gave the character 1d10 and a bunch of d6s for extra powers.

Each powerset got one SFX and one limitation.  There were two reasons for this – the first was because the characters are supposed to be closer to super agents than superheroes, and the second was because the character sheet template would have  required me to write in 6-point font if I used more than one.

Specialties either went for 1d10 Master and 1d8 Expert or three 1d8 Expert specialties.

Because I want one of the issues of the game to be infighting amongst the League*, pretty much everyone has some sort of milestone that brings them into conflict with others in one way or another.  There will be a couple of milestones pertaining to the adventure as well, so the conflict averse may dump their more contentious milestones in favor of something more story driven if they want.

Because I had requests from Tabitha Twitchet’s players to make the character less complicated, I evolved the Cog Suit so she can be the League’s equivalent of Iron Man.  I also added wings to the Dinah picture this year.

So – here they are:

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New Year’s Resolutions



After toying with the New Year’s Resolution concept for the better part of a month, I have decided that I do actually want to do some, more as reminders of stuff I want to get accomplished this year than as actual promises.  Life gets in the way a lot these days, and of course some of them will get shot down, but it’s good to have a plan even if it never works quite right.

Pretty much all of my initial resolutions are about gaming, because I think those are going to be the easiest for me to keep.  So we’ll start with the easiest.

Easy Resolutions

  1. Run a FTF game, one-shot or mini-series, once per month minimum.
  2. Play a board game once per week.
  3. Play “Blades in the Dark” at least once
  4. Find a new, more user friendly system for “League of Extraordinary Felines” and use it at this year’s BigBadCon

Moderate Resolutions (backsliding expected)

  1. Work out a Tribe 8 conversion that is easy (so hopefully I can run Tribe 8 next year).
  2. Have at least one project for the gaming industry going.
  3. Finish “Land of 10,000 Gods”.
  4. Finish cleanup of back and front yards.

Hard Resolutions (it would be nice if)

  1. Exercise several times per week
  2. Socialize weekly in-person

In Regards to Disrespecting Veterans

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James Brown

Died in custody while serving a two-day sentence for DUI. Left naked on the floor of his cell for hours after complaining of trouble breathing. Video shows him begging for medical attention prior to his death.


Say his name

I am thoroughly tired of the drama around the NFL and #takeaknee. The sanctimony and self-righteousness spewed by those against the protest against police violence towards people of color have reached the point where they make me heartbroken. Opponents continue to wrap themselves in the flag in rather the same way that Kid Rock did when he cut a hole in one and used it for a poncho – they wear it like a magical cloak to disguise themselves while at the same time committing acts of fundamental disrespect to it and what it stands for,.

Parminder Singh Shergill

Shot 14 times and killed by police, after they were summoned to assist with transporting Shergill to a VA hospital. Police claim that he lunged at them with a knife. Family claims he had his hands in the air and shouted “Don’t shoot!”

Diagnosed with PTSD

Say his name.

“Disrespect for the flag” and “disrespect for veterans” are two of the fundamental arguments that opponents use to discredit the movement. Athletes, they claim, are showing disrespect for the flag by not standing for the National Anthem, and are by extension showing disrespect for to all those who served their country by disrespecting that flag,

but there is something that these Sunday morning patriots are forgetting when those athletes take a knee against police violence: there are two groups that are disproportionately targeted by police when using lethal force – people of color, and individuals with mental illness.

Veterans are prominent in both of these groups. As of 2015 Blacks and Hispanics made up approximately 29% of active military personnel. Blacks in particular serve in the military in higher numbers than their representation in the general population.

And veterans are much more likely to suffer PTSD or major depression than the general population. It is estimated that 300,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD or major depression – that’s 20% of Iraq/Afghanistan vets, twice the rate of PTSD and major depression in the general population of the US.

Stanley Gibson

Shot and killed by police while sitting in his car. He was unarmed.

Diagnosed with PTSD

Say his name.

Veterans of color exist in the cross-hairs of two groups that police target for violence more than any other – people of color and people with mental illness. Unarmed PoC are shot and killed by police 5x more often than white people relative to population. This is a huge disparity. One quarter of ALL victims of police violence are mentally ill.

Jose Guerena

Shot 71 times by police who entered his home on a highly questionable warrant. Guerena, who was asleep at the time of the raid, believed that his home was being broken into and armed himself, but never fired his weapon. Later analysis showed that the safety was still on.


Say his name.

NFL athletes have attempted to bring the disproportionate police violence against PoC to the attention of the wider US populous through their protests at the beginning of games. You don’t have to agree with their methods to understand that the problem is real, and that it’s a vital issue, both for those who are concerned with social justice generally, and those who are concerned about veterans issues. People are literally being shot down in the streets or killed through police misconduct or neglect, and many of those targeted are, in fact, veterans.

Those who purport to be angered by these protests because they are not respectful miss the larger issue. Which is more disrespectful – to shoot unarmed people down in the street with little or no consequence, or to take a knee at a football game? Which do veterans need more – better mental health treatment and a system that won’t kill them for the scars they suffered in service, or forcing some guys to stand up at a sports game?

So I am done listening to arguments by these so-called patriots who bitch and moan about disrespect for the flag or for veterans. Our flag symbolizes freedom and equality, and it is not disrespectful to bring attention to institutional failures to live up to these ideals. Our veterans, particularly those who are people of color, are themselves victims of this institutional failure. They are literally dying because of it. Those who are kneeling are kneeling in part FOR veterans. They kneel to bring awareness and justice to those who have been killed, and hopefully to save future veterans from the same fate by changing the institutions that are killing them.

Johnathon Montano

Killed by police. After waiting for four hours for dialysis at a VA hospital, Montano announced his intention to travel to a different facility, with a shunt still in his arm. Nurses called VA police who tackled Montano, beat his head against the floor, and stomped on his neck, causing a stroke which killed him.


Say his name.

You self-styled patriots are doing no more than deluding yourselves and wallowing in your own sense of self-importance if you think that kneeling at a sports event is disrespectful to veterans. It may seem disrespectful to you personally, but not to the families of James Brown, Parminder Singh Shergill, Stanley Gibson, Jose Guenera, and Johnathon Montano. Not to the literally hundreds of thousands of mentally ill vets who live every day with an increased risk of police violence. To them it is you who are disrespectful, because you have forgotten them, you have left them behind. But the athletes of the NFL remember them, and those who kneel are doing so to make the United States safer for them.

So feel free to sit and watch your NFL games (or boycott them – whatever), to sit in the stands and munch your hotdogs and beer, to sit on your couches and snack on chips. And when the athletes kneel, feel free to express yourselves (because we all know that while kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful, screaming “BOO!” until your face turns purple during the National Anthem is perfectly OK, right?) But once the anthem is over and the game starts and you settle into your seats or lounge chairs…

…say their names.

Fate Accelerated Ehdrigohr

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After running a test game and getting feedback from the players, I decided that converting Ehdrigohr to Fate Core was a bit too complex and confusing, so I took a look at the simpler and easier to teach Fate Accelerated.  That seems to have worked well, though I have yet to playtest it.  I modified the Fate Accelerated system somewhat to make it better fit with my vision of Ehdrigohr:

  1. Increased base Refresh to 4
  2. Added one “2” stress box to all characters
  3. Developed a magic system to fit the setting

#3 was the most time consuming, and I confess that I didn’t make a comprehensive attempt, but only got some generalized ideas and worked out the mechanics for each character individually.  In Ehdrigohr magic is highly differentiated based on the Mysteries (Elements, Essences, Natures, Principles), each of which is subdivided into four “Ways”.  Finally there are traditions of magic that personalize the way a given character performs magic.  All in all it is a very colorful system with a great deal of variability even for casters within the same Mysterious Way.  But it did require a bit of modification to fit in with the streamlining design theory of Fate Accelerated.  Here’s what I came up with off the top of my head.

  • The various Mysterious Ways are generally taught only to a relative few (though of course among PCs it’s pretty common).  It requires a Stunt dedicated to learning to do any sort of magic.  This is usually combined with membership in one of the many Societies of Ehdrigohr (like Crow, Dove, Jay, Owl, etc.) but doesn’t have to be.
  • Each of the Ways is a specific form of magic, and is based on one of the character’s Approaches.  If I was going to expand on this I would list the Approach needed for each Way, but for this I just picked one that seemed appropriate for the character and their magic.
  • The Mysteries determine which characters can Help others in casting magic.  Any character who knows one of the Ways of a given Mystery can Help another character in casting their spells.
  • Characters who know magic get one use of their magic for free each episode.  Paying one Fate Point allows a character to use their magic for the remainder of the scene.  (I’m not sure about this one – it’s something I really want to playtest to make sure that the spellcasters have enough juice.)
  • Failing a Magic roll costs Stress equal to the difference between the Difficulty number and what was rolled.
  • The various traditions modify how an individual casts magic in some way (reducing stress, specifying who the character can and cannot Help with their magic, etc.)

Overall I think that despite being a lot simpler than the Fate Core version the Fate Accelerated version will work quite well.

RPG-a-Day: Day 30

What is an RPG genre mashup you would most like to see?

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This was originally a setting for a minis game.  The genre mash was “Aztec Empire” and “Mecha”.  It was a wonderful idea.  I’m sorry that it didn’t make it.

The premise was that there was a big proxy war going on between advanced star empires.  Every so often they would utilize some primitive culture to fight in this war.  One such culture captured a bunch of Aztecs, took them off into space, gave them big-ass mech suits (that they could not understand or repair) and sent them off to fight.  It was a really great setting.