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Maelstrom

The elevator pitch: Adventure and intrigue in the time of the Tudors, with MAGIC! In the mid-1980s the Fighting Fantasy phenomenon kicked off and caught the attention of gamers and newcomers alike. The concept meant that you could enjoy fantasy and science fiction adventures with more interaction than simply reading a book, but you didn’t…
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September 25, 2017 0

Maelstrom Beggars Companion Appears

A year ago, I set about writing a Beggars Companion supplement for Maelstrom. Having struggled to write PARANOIA: The Underplex, a process that seemed to span a whole year and still turned out a product that felt a little wayward, I wanted to set myself a clear goal. At a minimum of 1,500 words a…
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November 28, 2011 0

Getting It Write

I wish I could say that I had nothing to write about. In truth, I have a lot to talk about, however I seem to lack the inclination to write much about it. I have a lot of other things to write that I’m not spending enough time on, so I wouldn’t precisely say I’m…
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November 7, 2011 0

Our Lady’s Mantle

Available: Su, Au 60% Preparation: none Cost: 1s. 6d./3s. Uses: 2 Effective: 65% / 30% A perennial plant, with rounded leaves and small green flowers growing in loose clusters. Found in damp places, such as meadows and shady woodland. The clean, fresh, green leaves of the Lady’s Mantle may, if taken as a tea, settle…
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May 15, 2011 0

Maelstrom Herbal Overview

Not the most exciting post for many, but I don’t care. I have compiled a ‘complete’ herbal overview for Maelstrom, and uploaded the result at Scribd.com. I did say this would very likely not excite many people. The herbal overview includes all the information from the original rules, broken down into a succinct and common…
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May 1, 2011 0

A Challenge

Ever the one to chase a challenge, I’m wondering whether I have the energy to not only complete my Beggar supplement this weekend – AND complete a first draft of the Labourer overview I’ve completed half of. That and consider the possibilities of using the Human Occupied Landfill setting (HOL) with some like Fudge or…
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April 8, 2011 0

The Anvil

An adventure for Maelstrom, or other fantasy/historical games, featuring the supernatural. The following represents an overview only and requires some work by the Gamemaster to flesh out characters, expand plot threads and map out locations. While currently very linear in plotting, the Gamemaster should attempt to be as flexible as possible in supporting the characters’…
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April 4, 2011 0

Mechanical Breakdown

I approach any new game with considerable caution, even the simplest ones. I have this habit of deconstructing mechanics without even taking the time to try them out. This might be a good thing. Given my desire for crunch, it might be bad as well. I do what I can to stop this, but given…
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February 28, 2011 0

Stupid House

I’ve been watching a lot of House. Both my wife and me have been working througgh some cheaply acquired box sets. Up to Season 3, we watched them without prior viewing; but now, we’ve started into the territory that overlaps the programmes on TV we’ve seen over the last couple of years. Sometimes, I’ve forgotten…
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January 26, 2011 0

Improbable Leaping Flames

I watched “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” last night and a bunch of the Special Features, and while I can’t rate the film much beyond Disney eye-candy with paper thin characters, dumbed down plotting, and far too much pointless expositional mumbo-jumbo about aspects of magic, I did enjoy some bits. One moment that stands out for me…
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January 21, 2011 0