So: GURPSDay! This week overlaps big news in GURPSdom, which is that SJG has decided to release GURPS PDFs by DriveThruRPG, which includes a ton of associated digital publishers. I’ve had customer numbers for my own Dungeon Grappling which indicate that there are over 1.4 million folks who have come through those doors; Robert Conley has done some digging and shown similar large (and growing) numbers. This is a good step for GURPS (and hopefully a good step for GURPS authors, as well, since those of us with multiple outlets for our works can see knock-on effects. Looking up Douglas H. Cole or Peter Dell’Orto now shows work for multiple systems, which is fantastic.

I wonder if they’ll offer up individual issues of Pyramid one day? In any case, big news, and good. Without further ado, here’s the pull for this week.

We’re currently drawing content from 95 blogs. We added two to the rolls: n-Body Politics by kreios, and Daydreams of a Dragon, by Dragondog. We’re still picking up some feed issues with them, but once they’re solved, we’re that much closer to having 100 GURPS blogs.

We still need your help. And if you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list! With the advent of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS, there’s even more reason to write.

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
Continue reading “GURPSDay Summary Nov 24 – Nov 30, 2017”

Dramatis Personae

Kamali Blackshear (18): Kamali is a young man in his late teens. He is healthy and is of mixed ethnicity of Caucasian South African and native South African. He is a determined youth who believes in a justice of his own, likening himself to the knight of the round table whom he has read deeply into. Just as they stood against the darkness of their age so too does Kamali seek to do the same. For his sister, for his friends, and for the world.

Tag: “A knight without a sword wielding freaking Excalibur carrying a faith nobody believes.”

Lorenzo DeModouco (18): A man with movie star looks and a voice that belongs on the radio. Slowly coming to grips with the fact that he isn’t exactly human, but a “Lupus Dei” – “Wolf of God” – otherwise known as a Benandanti. He’s still cheery and always trying to make others happy, but has become a shrewd student of human behavior, which he uses for the benefit of the rest of his team. Lorenzo’s recently joined the Boston Fire Department as a volunteer as a means to get access to places he normally shouldn’t be able to go as well as medical gear and information that might not be available to the public. He’s become a master of spear fighting and like the rest of his brothers is a highly capable combatant.

Tagline: “You can take me to the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down and I won’t be turned around.”

Amos M. Humiston (20): The Linguist and Librarian. He is the brains to the rest of the group’s brawn; but by the same token, he’s slow and cautious compared to the other Orphans, preferring not to charge forwards until he has the answers that he’s looking for. Those same answers that he more than happily provides the rest of the group when they turns to him about the more esoteric aspects that they’re working with and against. Recently Amos has nearly completed his double Masters in Library & Information Science Archives and History and has also managed to get a rather special job lined up. He has also learned from others that he hold the potential to be a Sorceror which if unlocked would be able to enhance his already considerable talent with ritualistic magic.

Tag: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

Gabriel MacAlister (18) – Built like the natural athlete he is, he is tall, strong, and solidly good-looking, but deeply scarred from much combat. He’s missing his lower leg, which he lost fighting zombies. It is capped by a carbon fiber prosthetic that doesn’t seem to interfere much with his activities. A quiet and hard-working man, always ready to lend a hand with any work, which he will do without complaint or obligating the other person to respond. He is an expert martial arts teacher, and has been following in the footsteps of a carpenter for some time now. Emphatically not a pushover or weak personality, but also not one to purposefully show off. Has been in many horrible places and seen many horrible things; he’s a bit of a compulsive planner as a result, as well as always feeling that most folks don’t really know how lucky they are. He was cursed to carry a magical sword for a while, and gave into its Wrath before it was parted from him magically. He’s since given it up, in exchange for unknown burdens.

Tag: “To serve others is the highest calling; to protect the meek the noblest endeavor, and our works are judged by the effort that went into them”

Hunting Hunters

We pick up in media res. We’ve been preparing for our assault on the final Babel stone location. Kamali went off in a direction after getting a hold of a little black book from Myriam – containing names of other hunters. Because where are they? This is a big question.

Gabe, Lorenzo, and Devin have about 8 hours to kill; Devin is going to try and help Amos tap into the ley lines more effectively and spend most of that time in his workshop. Gabe decides to try and lay some false trail, pointing a few allies and friends at what we know is the wrong spot. We’re basically trying to cause enough havoc to get folks to think we’re going there. We’ve been underestimated all along, and we use that to our advantage. We lure some of the bad guys into an ambush, with some seelie allies taking out about 40 vamps and some unseelie knights. They bought the ruse hook, line, and sinker, and that helps us quite a bit.

Around 7pm rolls around, Kamali lets us know that he’s found a few other hunters, who have been working but quiet. Amos comes back at the same time with a friend.

Friendly Sorceress

Christopher ix-nays Annia’s plan to ride into the scene on a pet Nemean lion. We are all disappointed by this, but we get over it.

Amos wants to give a powerpoint. He introduces Yannay one of the folks he was translating the books for, about 2 days ago. She helped him take care of one of the piles of Babel stones – we all read the map while he was gone, right? – and took care of the ones down in Duxbury. The ones in Nadick, however, will still be quite nasty. There were all these cute dogs, and the mist just ate them. Continue reading “Ceteri S1E10: Why did it have to be snake?”

Dramatis Personae

Kamali Blackshear (18): Kamali is a young man in his late teens. He is healthy and is of mixed ethnicity of Caucasian South African and native South African. He is a determined youth who believes in a justice of his own, likening himself to the knight of the round table whom he has read deeply into. Just as they stood against the darkness of their age so too does Kamali seek to do the same. For his sister, for his friends, and for the world.

Tag: “A knight without a sword wielding freaking Excalibur carrying a faith nobody believes.”

Lorenzo DeModouco (18): A man with movie star looks and a voice that belongs on the radio. Slowly coming to grips with the fact that he isn’t exactly human, but a “Lupus Dei” – “Wolf of God” – otherwise known as a Benandanti. He’s still cheery and always trying to make others happy, but has become a shrewd student of human behavior, which he uses for the benefit of the rest of his team. Lorenzo’s recently joined the Boston Fire Department as a volunteer as a means to get access to places he normally shouldn’t be able to go as well as medical gear and information that might not be available to the public. He’s become a master of spear fighting and like the rest of his brothers is a highly capable combatant.

Tagline: “You can take me to the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down and I won’t be turned around.”

Amos M. Humiston (20): The Linguist and Librarian. He is the brains to the rest of the group’s brawn; but by the same token, he’s slow and cautious compared to the other Orphans, preferring not to charge forwards until he has the answers that he’s looking for. Those same answers that he more than happily provides the rest of the group when they turns to him about the more esoteric aspects that they’re working with and against. Recently Amos has nearly completed his double Masters in Library & Information Science Archives and History and has also managed to get a rather special job lined up. He has also learned from others that he hold the potential to be a Sorceror which if unlocked would be able to enhance his already considerable talent with ritualistic magic.

Tag: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

Gabriel MacAlister (18) – Built like the natural athlete he is, he is tall, strong, and solidly good-looking, but deeply scarred from much combat. He’s missing his lower leg, which he lost fighting zombies. It is capped by a carbon fiber prosthetic that doesn’t seem to interfere much with his activities. A quiet and hard-working man, always ready to lend a hand with any work, which he will do without complaint or obligating the other person to respond. He is an expert martial arts teacher, and has been following in the footsteps of a carpenter for some time now. Emphatically not a pushover or weak personality, but also not one to purposefully show off. Has been in many horrible places and seen many horrible things; he’s a bit of a compulsive planner as a result, as well as always feeling that most folks don’t really know how lucky they are. He was cursed to carry a magical sword for a while, and gave into its Wrath before it was parted from him magically. He’s since given it up, in exchange for unknown burdens.

Tag: “To serve others is the highest calling; to protect the meek the noblest endeavor, and our works are judged by the effort that went into them”

To the Firehouse

The group heads back to the firehouse with Amos screaming across the sky wondering why he thought it was a good idea to ride the Manticore back to the firehouse. The boys finally get some rest and wake up to the smell of food but not enough for the manticore to share. Moving immediately towards collating the information that has accumulated. Blood on the map has managed to wander around the map showing where vampires have congregated. Continue reading “Ceteri Campaign S1E9: Pulling Strings”

So: GURPSDay! This week overlaps big news in GURPSdom, which is that SJG has decided to release GURPS PDFs by DriveThruRPG, which includes a ton of associated digital publishers. I’ve had customer numbers for my own Dungeon Grappling which indicate that there are over 1.4 million folks who have come through those doors; Robert Conley has done some digging and shown similar large (and growing) numbers. This is a good step for GURPS (and hopefully a good step for GURPS authors, as well, since those of us with multiple outlets for our works can see knock-on effects. Looking up Douglas H. Cole or Peter Dell’Orto now shows work for multiple systems, which is fantastic.

I wonder if they’ll offer up individual issues of Pyramid one day? In any case, big news, and good. Without further ado, here’s the pull for this week.

We’re currently drawing content from 94 blogs. We added two to the rolls: n-Body Politics by kreios, and Daydreams of a Dragon, by Dragondog. We’re still picking up some feed issues with them, but once they’re solved, we’re that much closer to having 100 GURPS blogs.

We still need your help. And if you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list! With the advent of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS, there’s even more reason to write.

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
Continue reading “GURPSDay Summary Nov 17 – Nov 26, 2017”

This post is for errata reports for Lost Hall of Tyr. I’ll post an ever-expanding table of what the suggested change is, the potential correction, and other notes.

Page From This To This Notes
1 target and 2d20 target-and-2d20 hypenation should match “target-and-3d6” format
1 target-and- 3d6 target-and-3d6 remove extra space between hyphen and 3d6
1 Open Game Licence v 1.0a Open Game Licence v 1.0a All bold for the formal title of OGL and SRD
1 Swords and Wizardy Complete Rules, Swords and Wizardry Complete Rules remove comma at end to keep format like all others
1 5.1 5.1 5.1 is part of the SRD title, bold it
1 Dungeon Grappling (small caps) Dungeon Grappling this is maybe the only place where titles aren’t in small caps; bold regular text only
1 Matthew J. Finch Matthew J. Finch. Period after Finch in both cases it appears
2 Ferth (FERTH) FERÐ (ferð) We use the funky th thing Ð for other places, let’s do it here, too
3 Unbookmarked Use TOC as basis for bookmarks; add bookmarks in PDF for all tables and box-text PDF has great hyperlinks and TOC, but no bookmarks
3 The Ridge Path, Dread River, Goblin Valley, The Domstollinn The Ridge Path, Dread River, Goblin Valley, The Domstollinn Bold section titles, as they’re higher level than chapter heads but lower than topic heads
5 Find/Replace 5e in bold regular with . . . 5e in small caps Keep all book and edition titles consistently formatted in Bold/Italic/Small Caps
5 The product introduces the “control” damage type. Each monster in the scenario is detailed in its Bestiary, complete with stats for grappling attacks (and the equivalent of a hit point maximum for grappling) that will be instantly familiar to even novice players of the game in any edition.
Grapple by making a normal hit roll (adding your bonus if you are proficient in Athletics, the 5e grappling skill), and if you exceed the Grapple DC— think of it as ‘Armor Class for grappling’—you roll damage, based on the hit die for your class and your Strength modifier. The more control damage you accrue, the more restrained the foe.
Grapple by making a normal hit roll (adding your bonus if you are proficient in Athletics, the 5e grappling skill), and if you exceed the Grapple DC— think of it as ‘Armor Class for grappling’—you roll damage, based on the hit die for your class and your Strength modifier. Dungeon Grappling introduces the “control” damage type. The more control damage you accrue, the more restrained the foe.
Each monster in Lost Hall of Tyr is detailed in its Bestiary, complete with stats for grappling attacks (and the equivalent of a hit point maximum for grappling) that will be instantly familiar to even novice players of the game in any edition.
I suspect that the phrasing in the book currently was edited beyond recognition; it really makes no sense as it reads. The rephrase is all the same sentences in a different order. Flows better, I think.
5 conttrol control typo
6 Incapacitated means incapacitated Incapacitated means incapacitated italics for emphasis
6 web web all spell names should be in italics unless they’re in titles
6 space – endash – space emdash This is fixed in all other chapters but the preface, which I rewrote. This is my GURPS training showing, as SJG doesn’t really use emdashes.
6 Dragon Heresy and Dragon Heresy RPG format in bold/italics/Small Caps book titles
7 Lost Hall of Tyr format in bold/italics/Small Caps book titles
7 modified ability score modified ability score. missing period
7 space – endash – space emdash This is fixed in all other chapters but the preface, which I rewrote. This is my GURPS training showing, as SJG doesn’t really use emdashes.
8 see Alternate Settings see Alternate Settings italics to emphasize that it’s a box title/topic header
9 freeman freemen
9 , and axes, they left , and axes, the hobgoblins left clarity
9 Without warning, ice exploded Without warning, winter exploded ice gets repeated in the next sentence, so tweaked
10 Elunad, a High Lady of Elunad, High Lady of too many “a” in this paragraph
11 Moving the tower and hall . . . Let’s make this a 4th bullet? It could stay the same; if we change it, I’d move the “Moving the tower” sentence between what are currently the 2nd and 3rd bullets, since the 2nd one is terrain, the dungeon is sorta terrain, and then we talk about gods
11 There is also a great deal of both rumor and fact . . . The Hall . .. , A mystical . . ., and There were several pathways are all bullet points, and should get the shield treatment This may break layout, and so we can forget it if needed
14 monsters and other things with hyperlinks bold them? I’ve seen this in OSR modules, where you might see: the hall is guarded by four kobolds, who are sleepy” or something like that. It might be useful to indicate, as we do with hyperlinks, that there’s more information in the back of the book. We can use underlines as well.
15 See Wilderness Survival for See Wilderness Survival for italicize the reference
15 the following table the Alternate Travel Plans table the table is no longer following in the layout!
16 Sploosh Sploosh italicize the reference
16 1d8-1×10 (1d8-1)x10 parens around 1d8-1
16 x10 ×10 use multiplication symbol for this, not “x”; occurs a few times on this page
17 jump, feather fall, levitiation, etc spell names should be in italics if they’re not in titles
19 Rewards. REWARDS. Rewards is actually a run-in caps title
19 awakened tree awakened tree (or another emphasis) as with line 29, some call-out of monsters that appear in the bestiary seems right to me here
19 greater invisibility greater invisibility spells in italics
21 hob and hobgoblin hob and hobgoblin monsters indicated by emphasis
21 inflicting control damage an athletics test control damage is “legacy code” and doesn’t apply anymore
21 a t wizard suffers a wizard suffers extraneous bold t
21 100′ per round (a mile every five minutes) 100′ per combat round (a mile every five minutes). differentiate between combat rounds and nebulous rounds in next section
21 dire wolves dire wolves monsters indicated by emphasis
24 x10 ×10 a careful execution of find/replace will catch this one too
25 see Alternatives, below see Alternatives, below italicize the reference
25 node stage I changed the lingo to be less esoteric in a rewrite
25 Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 bold them? secondary run-in title?
26 runes are mentioned show the actual runes in graphics, so players/GM can visualize? This might be a layout challenge, but if we could fit the blue runestones with the actual runes in them here, I think it would be cool.

I hope y’all have been waiting for this day as I have. But I have locked down those who responded to the survey (all but 17 of y’all) and distributed files to those folks. I will next examine those that have not filled out their survey . . . and if it looks like things are in order for the transfer from Kickstarter and that each of these folks will get what they asked for during the campaign proper, I will release those as well.

As such, 225 people should have received their digital files, or at least an email saying that they’re ready for download. Some of the files are very large, as one would expect from such graphically intensive work.

So, the countdown begins. Please read, inspect, and ask questions, and post your comments in this blog post.

Yes, this one, please!

In any case, read it, play it, let me know what you find. If there are errata (and there always are), please post them to the blog thread, and Todd and I will see what we can do.

Note that an erratum is something like a typo or grammar error. Things that are preferences or suggestions can only be entertained if they don’t break layout, and will be given a somewhat gimlet eye even then: the purpose is to finish the work, after all!

Thank you so much for coming along with me on this journey. I appreciate your faith, trust, and pixie dust.

Douglas Cole

Gaming Ballistic, LLC

Just a very quick update.

Todd rocks. He’s done everything that needs doing for the prelim release. This means three things.

  1. I will be locking down everyone that’s submitted their survey between 3pm and 5pm on November 24th.
  2. Everyone that has ordered digital files – Lost Hall, Dungeon Grappling, The Manor Collection, and Bogie’s Map Pack should be able to download it that day. All files that will be distributed have already been uploaded to Backerkit’s digital distribution hub.
  3. I submitted Lost Hall for a preliminary proof hard copy a few days ago. The files are in prep; hopefully I’ll be able to order the hardcopy Real Soon Now, or receive word of changes.

What might those changes be? Usually something with bleed (stuff that runs over the place where the pages are trimmed) or Total Ink Coverage. If the colors in an image are too dark, they can flake or not stick. That happened to me before with CreateSpace (which is why I’m not going with them at all this time around).

But if the files are approved and the proof looks good, I’ll let y’all know and then start a 10-day countdown clock. That’s when you guys can read your digital files and let me know if I missed anything.

Then Todd and I will make final changes, submit those files to the two printers, and start the clock ticking on orders. I find it likely – but not certain – that folks will start to get physical copies of Lost Hall and Dungeon Grappling in January. February at the latest.

Ironically, because printing through DriveThru/Lightning Source through the UK has a lot of print volume behind it, my international backers are very likely to get their product before my domestic backers. I will keep everyone informed of exactly where we are in the process though.

Again: mad props to Todd, John, Juan, Gerasimos, Michael, Rick, and Cornelia for meeting or beating all deadlines laid before them, which allowed production to go as smoothly as it has (to date, anyway). We’ve done very well, schedule-wise, and that kind of performance requires a great team.

What is GURPSDay?

GURPSDay is something that started as a bit of a lark in February 2013. I somewhat off-the-cuff decided that Thursday is “GURPSDay” and from there, started ensuring every Thursday, I had a GURPSy post going on.

Other folks got in on the act (or were already posting lots more than me about GURPS, but joined in on the Thursday thing).

Later – much later – Phil Reed apparently got wind of the GURPSDay thing, and wondered out loud about it. That resulted in this Daily Illuminator post (and to be fair, Sean and I are long-time friends, and since he was one of the first interviews I did on Gaming Ballistic’s Firing Squad, he knew about the blog and my Thursday thing).

Then Jeffro Johnson helped me out, and wrote a PERL script that trolled RSS feeds and pulled in and formatted different posts, including a nifty Precis feature that allows commentary to be embedded in the post. Merlin Avery then improved the script in ways that are beyond my ken, but made it much more likely to successfully import RSS feeds from various platforms. He is a ridiculously accomplished code Jedi.

In any case, that’s where GURPSDay really took off, since the import and formatting of the content was automatic. To date, I now have 92 blogs on the roll, and we pick up one every few weeks.

Everyone Can Play

GURPSDay includes some real ringers. Christopher R. Rice (Ghostdancer on the GURPS Forums) effectively owns Pyramid magazine, he’s published there so much (deposit a thousand dollars, and the bank owns you; deposit a billion dollars and you own the bank). Peter Dell’Orto, ToadKillerDog and the author of GURPS Martial Arts and winner of the Dungeon Fantastic prize for elucidating the Principle of Conservation of Ninjitsu is there too. Lots of other GURPS authors – such as the inimitable Hans-Christian Vortisch (High-Tech, Tactical Shooting, Gun Fu) are on there.

Some aren’t (or aren’t yet) GURPS authors, but post amazing content nearly every day. Some post less frequently . . . but the script doesn’t care. If you post that week, it gets scooped up.

How do you get on the list? Just email me and ask. The note in every GURPSDay post says:

If you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.

That is sincerely meant. If you write about GURPS, or want to, start up a blog and have at it. Or contact me or one of the others known to host Guest Posts until you’re comfortable doing it on your own.

Is all I need is your blog name, the name you want to be credited under (some, like myself, use their real names; others use pseudonyms), the RSS feed for your blog, and the blog address.

The two most common blog platforms are Blogger (a bit more editing-friendly) and WordPress (less WYSIWYG, but can more easily be turned into your own domain and can host eCommerce natively). The script likes both of them pretty well.

Write Here, Write Now

GURPS is resurgent these days. From the Dungeon Fantasy RPG boxed set to now being available to millions of customers on DriveThruRPG and other affiliates, there has never been a better time to investigate and play the system.

The community is vibrant if occasionally fractious . . . pretty much like every internet community everywhere. There are some truly helpful folks on there, who if approached with any reasonable degree of civility will bend over backwards to help you out.

Oh, did I mention those people include the Line Editor, Sean “Dr Kromm” Punch, and his plucky sidekick Jason “PK” Levine, the Assistant Line Editor? That some of the most prolific authors will engage in nearly any constructive conversation on powers, world-building, how to run a “rules-light” GURPS game, or how to prune away the monstrous amount of material that could be used into just the right amount of material that you need?

It’s a great group of folks, for the most part. And if you have something to say about GURPS on any sort of regular and constructive basis . . . I want to include you in the blog roll.

And to the existing 92 bloggers: WRITE MORE. 

So: GURPSDay!

Welcome to the second year of GURPSDay, and here’s the pull for this week.

We’re currently drawing content from 92 blogs. We added GURPS Mega Dungeon, by John Morrison to our rolls today! As always, the new blogs are listed first. Only 8 more to go until we’re pulling from 100! But we’ll need your help. And if you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list!

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
Continue reading “GURPSDay Summary Nov 10 – Nov 16, 2017”

What Happened Before

The team had tracked down a whole mess of stuff in order to sort out who was perpetrating all the badness over the last three days. We figured out that someone was likely using Babel Stones to help naturally force the Mist to help provide cover for the supernatural activities and even the mundane ones. We tried to take the fight to the enemy, but Kamali fell down a well or something and broke stuff. We healed him up, but discovered we were adjacent to the Labyrinth, the extra-dimensional space that The Conclave uses to test their members and also keep Bad Guys in jail. We meet the Lady of the Lake . . . or one of them, anyway . . . and trade in some of our problems for others. Including giving up the cursed sword to a lady with long experience in caring for magic swords. And Amos gave up his slingshot. He’s still long in the face about.

Dramatis Personae

Kamali Blackshear (18): Kamali is a young man in his late teens. He is healthy and is of mixed ethnicity of Caucasian South African and native South African. He is a determined youth who believes in a justice of his own, likening himself to the knight of the round table whom he has read deeply into. Just as they stood against the darkness of their age so too does Kamali seek to do the same. For his sister, for his friends, and for the world.

Tag: “A knight without a sword wielding freaking Excalibur carrying a faith nobody believes.”

Lorenzo DeModouco (18): A man with movie star looks and a voice that belongs on the radio. Slowly coming to grips with the fact that he isn’t exactly human, but a “Lupus Dei” – “Wolf of God” – otherwise known as a Benandanti. He’s still cheery and always trying to make others happy, but has become a shrewd student of human behavior, which he uses for the benefit of the rest of his team. Lorenzo’s recently joined the Boston Fire Department as a volunteer as a means to get access to places he normally shouldn’t be able to go as well as medical gear and information that might not be available to the public. He’s become a master of spear fighting and like the rest of his brothers is a highly capable combatant.

Tagline: “You can take me to the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down and I won’t be turned around.”

Amos M. Humiston (20): The Linguist and Librarian. He is the brains to the rest of the group’s brawn; but by the same token, he’s slow and cautious compared to the other Orphans, preferring not to charge forwards until he has the answers that he’s looking for. Those same answers that he more than happily provides the rest of the group when they turns to him about the more esoteric aspects that they’re working with and against. Recently Amos has nearly completed his double Masters in Library & Information Science Archives and History and has also managed to get a rather special job lined up. He has also learned from others that he hold the potential to be a Sorceror which if unlocked would be able to enhance his already considerable talent with ritualistic magic.

Tag: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

Gabriel MacAlister (18) – Built like the natural athlete he is, he is tall, strong, and solidly good-looking, but deeply scarred from much combat. He’s missing his lower leg, which he lost fighting zombies. It is capped by a carbon fiber prosthetic that doesn’t seem to interfere much with his activities. A quiet and hard-working man, always ready to lend a hand with any work, which he will do without complaint or obligating the other person to respond. He is an expert martial arts teacher, and has been following in the footsteps of a carpenter for some time now. Emphatically not a pushover or weak personality, but also not one to purposefully show off. Has been in many horrible places and seen many horrible things; he’s a bit of a compulsive planner as a result, as well as always feeling that most folks don’t really know how lucky they are. He was cursed to carry a magical sword for a while, and gave into its Wrath before it was parted from him magically. He’s since given it up, in exchange for unknown burdens.

Tag: “To serve others is the highest calling; to protect the meek the noblest endeavor, and our works are judged by the effort that went into them”

Hey . . . Where Do These Stairs Go?

Dates: Starting Date: May-4-2000 (2030 hours) ends on May-5-2000 (0030 hours)

After we gaze at the Lady of the Lake’s departing . . . back . . . a set of stairs opens up and we follow them down into a very large cavern that seems to be made of natural-ish crystal formations. There are random objects here and there. Ancient stuff, mostly weapons and jewelry, armor and other wearables. We look around and get the feeling we shouldn’t be there.

We added another player today. Rob, playing Devin Broadhurst. We realize that he’s actually been there our entire lives. But our memory of him goes away as soon as we stop looking at him. Apparently we’re all either Dory or Fifty First Dates, Ceteri version.

Kamali calls out for Vivien, the “good” Lady of the Lake. She comes around the corner and her eyes are wide. “You shouldn’t be down here – you need to leave before she comes.”

Yeah, that’s the sister we want to avoid. Time to Bomb Squad this locale (“if you see me running, you want to be ahead of me). We beat feet out of there. Vivien follows us up the stairs . . . and a wooden old-style chest is, well, following her along. Bobbing and floating. She walks over to us, chest in tow, and Devin asks “what’s with the chest?”

It opens, and Devin peeks in. Swords, and all sorts of things. She reaches in, pulls out a sword, and hands it over to Gabe. And then she hands me a shield, made of all white metal, with a red cross decorated on it. It bears an uncanny resemblance to blood. “Ma’am, the last time I handled a weapon coated in blood, it didn’t end well for me.” “This is the shield of Josephus – the Shield of Evalach.

She pulls out the sword from the scabbard, and the blade is also white. “What’s it made out of ?” says Devin. “Faith,” says the Lady. “How do you make a material object out of faith?”

“With faith. This is Arondight, the sword of Lancelot du Lac.”

Kamali says “Devin, if you keep interrogating the nice lady with the weapons I’m gonna roundhouse-slap you to the face.”

She pulls out another sword, and dubs Kamali a knight with it. And hands it to Kamali. He looks at it . . . one side says “Take me up; the other says Throw me away.”

Oh. My. It’s Excalibur.  Continue reading “Ceteri Campaign: S1E8 – A Simple Wooden Cup”