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Baby it’s cold outside. Let’s roll dice


So I’m getting ready for a new gaming con. I will be running Into the Nexus at the Midwinter Gaming Convention in Milwaukee in January.

If you are in the midwest and want a fun diversion from the cold I suggest looking at the Midwinter Gaming Convention. It’s at the downtown Hilton and whole place is being used for games. Larp, Tabletop and boardgames. This is a smaller con than I usually do but I like it because we can get into some more storytelling aspects of Nexus that usually gets overlooked at bigger shows.

Anyway, if you want to get tickets or rooms or whatever. Click on the links and register.

That being said I will be making some changes to the Darkmore missions and games for this years Gen Con and any future cons that will see their first light at the Midwinter. It will now be all Darkmore adventures. We will start with Darkmore Besieged the game of choices and consequences. Do you figure out who is the spy but not stop the reinforcement of troops? Do you ignore a powerful Magical artifact in lieu of getting better siege equipment? The choice is always yours, especially the really bad ones.

In 2018 Gencon we ran Crash Landing. a prototype of a style I wanted to try. Where in Darkmore Besieged you have time to figure out what you want to do and execute it. In Crash you were on a clock and the clock was unforgiving. By the end “More are Coming” were the words that made my players scream in frustration and terror.  It had some good moments and some tedious ones. So I decided to make a change.

This year we will continue Darkmore the next night with Darkmore Strikes Back. If you played the night before (and didn’t die) you will keep your character and keep going. New players will jump in and you will have to deal with the consequences of the night before. Did you kill the baroness? Well her captain of the guard is pissed and coming after you. Did she escape? Yeah she ain’t happy. Did she have unknown allies who are unhappy with your little coup? You’ll just have to find out.

 

More will definitely be coming.

 

Ta Ta

J

 

 

 

Opening the Flood Gates!


Gencon Registration opened for the games and we sold tickets like crazy. It wasn’t Infinity War numbers but it was pretty great all the same.

Darkmore is sold out.

Crash Landing still has 9 seats left so if you are interested go get you some.

We WILL be taking generics at the table so if you can’t get a regular ticket you can use those instead. (FYI you will need ten hours worth for each session)

Crash Landing will be a very different experience this year as we will be adding some multimedia environment variables to the action. It should be a lot of fun and hopefully a thrill ride for all involved.

I want to send thanks to my regular players who keep coming back year after year. (looking at you Kincaids). You all are the best and I’m happy you enjoy it enough to keep playing.

I’ve got some cool stuff for this year and some great surprises.

 

I am really excited and can’t wait to show you.

See you all in August.

Ta

J

 

 

 

 

Polishing things up and undoing Disney Programming.


I have made some adjustments to characters and classes. I added the Anarchist and the Aristocrat (Not Aristocat like I kept typing over and over again)

Anarchist

Aristocrat (Not Cat)

I’ve polished up some descriptions and made the menus a little easier to navigate through. Take a look and checkout the fantastic artwork and basic descriptions of the classes.

Ta

 

J

Worked on the Nexus story today…..


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Kobayashi Maru and Tyler too


So GenCon games are live and kicking. I thought I’d give people interested a little idea of what is in store for them if they choose to play.

We are doing two games this year Crash Landing and Darkmore Besieged.

Crash Landing will be a fast paced survival game. You and your group will be expected to make fast decisions and not all of them will be good choices. Lots of action with a multimedia environment to add to the experience. FYI the players in this game  will be randomly assigned to breakout groups in the beginning so be warned you may be playing with new people for a while. All the players (surviving that is) will be brought back together for the games thrilling conclusion.  It should be exciting and a lot of fun with some scare/surprise elements.

Darkmore Besieged. A GenCon tradition for 8 years running. You will be members of insurrectionists working to overthrow a tyrannical ruler. You will be given a list of possible missions to choose from then break into smaller groups and attempt to complete them. Be warned, all the missions are vital and not all can be chosen. So you will have to see what consequences you can live with. The evening will conclude when all the players will join back up for a final winner take all castle siege. Lots of action and chaos, but the good chaos. Not the kind that causes dinosaurs to get loose on the island….

Or maybe that too….

Both games are Pathfinder based with a custom Magic system and all materials will be provided.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Ta

J

 

 

 

 

Midwinter Gaming Convention Schedule


Hello all

I’ve been busy with a new gaming campaign and oh my new daughter! Margaret Katherine Daniel came into the world on December 7th. All pink and screaming. Healthy and happy.

Back to the gaming. We will be at The Midwinter Gaming Convention in Milwaukee this weekend and are running two games. The ever popular Darkmore Besieged and a new one Crash Landing will be delighting and murdering players. We are play testing Crash Landing to get ready for Gen con this year. If you have ever played Darkmore, you know it is a long game of tactics, choices, and rampant destruction. The new on will be very different. Quick thinking will be the name of the game with this one. Survive. Whatever it takes. Survive.

We’ve submitted two games for this year’s Gen Con. Darkmore and the new Crash Landing. both will be 40 player games! 5 GM’s this year for all the fun and mayhem players have come to expect.

That’s all for now. I’ll give a debrief after the weekend.

Ta

J

Gen con decompression and New Gaming Sessions


Hello one and all

Home from Gen Con and have re-acclimated back into daily life. Our gaming sessions went very well. With a small exception. I kind of phoned it in on the ending of the last night. It was 4AM I was exhausted and I kind of just TPK’d everyone so I could sleep. If you played in that session I apologize. I should have given you my A game and I didn’t. I hope you give me another chance next year. We have a new game we are adding and I hope you will all come see.

The Cortex+ games were well attended and I got some really good feedback on the different characters.  I love the dice pool for small plot driven games and I get really good Role Playing out of my groups. One group never got off the dock but we all had such a good time I don’t think anyone cared. It’s the journey ya know.

Our long D20 games went very well (Except for my above mentioned copout). Slave Ships was changed this year to split the ships and boy did it improve the game play. Three GM’s Enter one ship survived. And they weren’t even against each other! Ended the night with a huge fight against a Dwarven Pirate ship. Some players even lived. Others didn’t. Lots of others didn’t. One player even summoned Andy Griffith. So there ya go.

Last game of the con was Darkmore. A fan favorite. We even debuted a new GM, the fantastic Lex! She was great and gave our gamers a fun time in the sewers. Matt and AA had there own long mini adventures that ended successfully even if it went longer than planned. Then came the assault. They had a plan. It didn’t last through take off. They met an opponent they didn’t count on. They killed an opponent I thought would murder them. And they lasted a really really long time. I was super proud of how they all played but man was I tired… and I botched that ending…. Again. My bad.

 

Next year will be better. We always learn from our gaming mistakes and make improvements the following year.

 

Thanks again to all that played and we hope to see you at some of our next gaming sessions.

 

Update:

We have been asked to run some Into the Nexus games at the Midwinter Gaming Convention ! So we will be running an old favorite, Darkmore Besieged, and a new one that we plan to add to Gen Con 2018 – Crash Landing.

Both of these will be the large gaming groups that run late into the night. If you are jonesing for a game and don’t want to wait until August you should come up to the cheese state and give it a go.

 

That is all for now.

Ta

J

 

Gen Con Book first printing! 


I have the D20 version printed up and ready for the editor.

Will be ready for the two long games I’m running at this years Gen*Con

Darkmore Besieged and Slave Ships Revolt.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

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Gen Con Players! Get those Dice hands a-ready


Hello my lovelies! We are back at Gen Con this year as a Premier Gaming event! (No extra cost, just extra awesome)

We have rooms to ourselves for a nice and quiet madhouse of death.

I hope you are ready for the undeniable joy the tables share when you roll a 1

And without further ado

Flashpoint Games (Pathfinder system)

The year is 2998. Thanks to the discovery of Flashpoint technology (which manipulates dark matter to perform instantaneous jumps through space) the species of the Milky Way Galaxy have experienced a never-before-seen period of interconnectivity and prosperity. With such a level of access to the galaxy, comes also exposure to the horrors that lurk in its darkest corners.

The space-faring civilizations of the galaxy have formed an emergency coalition under the direction of their founding species, the Celysians. The coalition’s purpose is to repel an advanced race of beings known as the ‘Nhilus’.  Little is known about this race of humanoid cephalopods aside from their driving hunger to consume sentient biomatter.  All efforts made to communicate with them have ended in a massacre.  They do not speak to, nor reason with their enemies.  They simply feed.  Their advanced technology appears to be alive and their physical resilience has rendered conventional methods of combat all but useless.  

For the past century, the galactic coalition has slowly and steadily lost countless star systems to the Nhilus.  Now, little remains of the coalition’s once proud fleet.  Only a handful of civilized systems remain hidden and free from the Nhilus’ hunger.  With galactic society on the precipice of its end, desperation rules over reason………..

Hold Out:  (1pm-5pm) Thursday

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(Part 1 of 4)  These missions are designed in order for new players to enter at any point in the story.

You are part of a squad of soldiers on a military base on Earth when the Nhilus begin their surface invasion of the planet.  You are tasked with defending a crucial scientific installation from the Nhilus hordes in order to protect the data within.  Your success here is imperative to the coalition’s war effort

Evacuate Earth: (7pm-1am) Thursday

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(Part 2 of 4)  These missions are designed in order for new players to enter at any point in the story.

You are a member of an elite squad of operatives tasked with penetrating the blockaded skies of Earth in order to reach an overrun scientific facility.  Little is told to you other than you are to extract 3 surviving scientists from the facility and return to the orbiting fleet.

The Maw: (1pm-5pm) Friday

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(Part 3 of 4)  These missions are designed in order for new players to enter at any point in the story.

You are a crew member onboard EarthJAV -a hub of mass galactic transit and commerce- employed as station security when the Nhilus arrive in sol system.  Not long after, you and your squad begin noticing bizarre behaviors from your fellow crew members.  The situation becomes worse as reports begin to come in about Nhilus onboard the station.  The coalition fleet’s only hope for escape is to keep the station operational.  You have to send a distress signal.

Jump to Wayward Station: (7pm-1am) Friday

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(Part 4 of 4)  These missions are designed in order for new players to enter at any point in the story.

You have extracted key scientists from an overrun scientific facility on Earth. While returning them to the fleet, you and your squad barely have time to exhale before you are given a new mission.  The coalition needs the JAV station orbiting earth to be operational to facilitate a flashpoint jump away from the now-doomed solar system. It is no secret that the Nhilus hordes fill the station’s every corridor.

Your squad must make the station operational for just one more jump.

Into the Nexus Games

Sometime, in what was called The Age of Aquarius, certain people began having abilities to “See the Possibilities”. This has to be the most disappointing naming of magic ever. These gifted souls were called Q’anics and were able to see the other Earths and what could have been. It only took a score of years before they figured out they could bring forward that reality into our own. According to what written works survived, the Q’anics, began trying to make our world better.

In the history of everything, that intent, has always worked out for the best.

Needless to say, thought I felt the need to write it, they failed. In roughly the year 1989, the most powerful of these Q’anics chose to bring the best of all the “Other Earths” into our reality. Creating a utopia.

It

Didn’t

Work

What remained were islands of rock and earth floating above an unstable gravity core. Most of the island nations remained intact, more or less. With the loss of most of the land mass Hybris developed a planet sized storm system called Raiu. Raiu covers more than half the remaining islands most of the year.

The surviving races; Human, Dwarf, and Elf, live in what we call The Nexus. A cluster of floating islands that never leave the eye of Raiu. Here they try and eek out survival.

Here is where our story truly begins.

Cortex+ System

A Hybris Theory: (1pm-5pm) Thursday

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You’ve docked on an unfriendly foreign port. Your captain is dead. Can you & your crew survive & get flying again?

(Without burning the entire town to the ground again)

Very Huge Saga: (1pm-5pm) Friday

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Your crew has been given a strange box. Your job is discover what is contained inside & unlock its secrets. But look out, others want that box too.

Pathfinder System

These will be large group games that will be separated once all players arrive to complete smaller missions before joining together to complete the final task. The games run long with multiple breaks. Multiple GMs will be on hand to run the games and answer questions during game play. It’s a fun time and a little chaotic.

Slave Ships Revolt (6pm-4am!) Thursday

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Freedom or death! You will have to escape captivity aboard airships before they dock. Will you convert the crew or kill them and attempt to fly the ships yourselves? Did they get a distress signal off before you attacked? There will be some PvP both intentional and accidental.

Darkmore Besieged (6pm-4am!) Friday

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You are a group of resistance fighters who have banded together to overthrow a tyrant. Multiple mini missions that have both positive and negative effects on the campaign. You will have to choose which ones you do and which ones you skip. Will you ferret out a spy or steal a powerful artifact instead? You will then get together and siege a stronghold. This will challenge your gameplay skills and your ability to work with others.

The game ends when either she dies, or you do.

Did I mention she likes to throw fireballs indiscriminately?

See you in August

J

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