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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

Thank the Maker (Game Maker that is)


Cam Banks. Cortex deity has purchased the license from MPW

https://margaretweis.com/blogs/news/cam-banks-acquires-cortex-license

To be honest I was very worried when I found out that a lot of the writers for the announced Cortex Plus kickstarter were no longer working on the project. Hopefully this also means more regular announcements about the game system than what I have been getting in the past.

I am psyched!

 

Back to reworking the Shaman for the next testing session. Got  lots of good feedback and Needs to alter its direction a bit,

Ta Ta for now

 

J

 

 

Why not both?


So It’s been a while. Life is funny and fun sometimes but I am back with an update for all couple dozen of you Into the Nexus fans

Gen Con 2016 was great fun and we had a raucous good time at our gaming sessions.

Slave Ship and Darkmore both sold out  and we even had extras come in and ask to play. Large scale games that went on into the wee hours of the morning. The cortex games we smaller but still just as fun. Nice easy 4 hour games that I think ended quite well. Feedback was positive and some of the changes made to both types of games really worked well with this years players.

 

That being said I have made a decision. We will be releasing both a Cortex+ and a d20 version of the Into the Nexus. Both books are pretty much done except for editing and I think they offer strengths to different gaming styles. I hope to have copies of both ready for Gencon 2017.

I have made some serious changes to the web site. I have added all playable characters and races and I had added both gaming system character sheets. Both character sheets samples are now available  here

https://misdirectedawesome.wordpress.com/roleplaying-worlds/races/character-sheets/

So take a look at the new cast and crew of Into The Nexus. All illustrations have been done by Justin Graham and are fantastic. The Walker and Ayan are my personal favorites.

I know I’m not the best at the constant posts but I hope to get better at it in the next few months with more content to announce and hopefully more gaming sessions to talk about.

What are you waiting for? Go take a look.

Ta

 

J

 

 

Gen Con Gaming Schedule!


Alright alright alright….

Misdirected Awesome Games has all of our gaming sessions online!

Here are our Into the Nexus games based off the Cortex Plus system.  The world was destroyed through a gross misuse of magic. Our players will have to make their way through an alternate 80’s Earth that has been forever altered by magic, betrayal, and Aya
Into the Nexus: A Hybris Theory

https://www.gencon.com/events/84092

Into the Nexus: Very Huge Saga

https://www.gencon.com/events/84102

Making their debut with Misdirected Awesome games is Flashpoint. A thrilling science fiction space horror d20 game.

For the past century, the modern civilizations of the Milky Way Galaxy have been slowly losing solar system after after system to a mysterious, all-consuming, and seemingly invincible race of beings known only as the Nhilus. In desperation, many races have consolidated their strength to their home systems to brace for the inevitable.

Flashpoint Part 1 of 2: “Evacuate Earth”

https://www.gencon.com/events/84448

Flashpoint Part 2 of 2: “Jump to Wayward Station”

https://www.gencon.com/events/84453

Flashpoint: Infinite – Survival of the Fittest

https://www.gencon.com/events/91715

And of course our time honored classic Pathfinder Into the Nexus adventures Based off the books The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Slave Ship Revolt

https://www.gencon.com/events/84081

Darkmore Beseiged (Already Sold Out but we will accept generics if we have no shows)

https://www.gencon.com/events/84082

Looking forward to a great Gen con this year and hope to see you all there!

Ta

J

Assets, Complications, and Triggers… oh my!


Gen Con games are accepted and will go live on Sunday.

Print book is progressing nicely and I will have intro copies ready for sale at the convention.

I have been working on signature assets and triggers for each of the Archetypes. I have quite a bit of the artwork done for each of them including the cover page.

Looking forward to doing both the new Cortex+ games and the Original Pathfinder version.

I have added new missions and puzzles to the Darkmore Besieged adventure so it should be an interesting time for returning players.

Looking forward to seeing new players and returning ones.

83 days left to go!

J

 

 

 

 

GenCon 2016! 4 games Submitted


Holy Toledo I’m back from a too long absence. Not much new to report. Have been doing some play testing with the new Cortex+ game system and so far I really like it. I will get a real test at Gen con this year when I run it for strangers. I hope to have comment cards to I can see what People liked and didn’t like about the game mechanics.

So Here are my games for Gencon this year

Game ID Event Title Start Time Duration Actions
RPG1684092 A Hybris Theory – Into the Nexus Thu @ 1:00 PM 4 hrs Duplicate
Cost: $4
RPG1684081 Slave Ship Revolt – Into the Nexus Thu @ 6:00 PM 10 hrs Duplicate
Cost: $10
RPG1684102 Very Huge Saga – Into the Nexus Fri @ 1:00 PM 4 hrs Duplicate
Cost: $4
RPG1684082 Darkmore Beseiged – Into the Nexus Fri @ 6:00 PM 10 hrs Duplicate

 

I have decided to keep my big games using the Pathfinder system and the Death Gate Cycle Material. Disappointed as I am that MWP decided on a different direction. It doesn’t stop me loving the series or the games I built around them. It is what those game players have come to enjoy and I do love running them.

As for a game I want to publish. Into the Nexus will be all original material.

Speaking of that. New logo and Webdesign on the blog. New artwork will be posted soon and I should have a pre-release book for sale by gencon.

 

That is all for now. Someone broke their monitor and I need to see how the hell they managed that.

 

Ta

J

 

Unsocial Media 2 – The Legend of Curly’s Gold


It’s been 30 days since I decided to fast from social media. I didn’t abstain as I would have liked due to my use of it for social gathers but I didn’t post daily (or even weekly) to Facebook. I unfollowed everyone on my friends list and unsubscribed to any group that I had not actively participated in.

It is a joy. I took me about a week to not look everyday to see what new info wasn’t going to show up. Took a few more days to figure out what to do with my time. I wasn’t spending my nights reading over peoples constant complaining about the life they themselves chose. “News” that was fake but they were too lazy to check before posting. Preaching about their faith they love but don’t truly follow because they can’t give up bacon. The nonstop barrage of meaningless crap people post to seem funny or pious or happy being alone or happy being in the relationship they are in.

e.g.  Post #1 “Today I will not be around negative people” Post #2 “Fuck the haters” (this second one seems negative) or

Post #1 “Kicked him to the curb! I don’t need a man to be happy. The single life for me” Post #2 a week later “Found a real man. He is so perfect, we are moving in together”

Now I myself was a contributor to this. I bitched endlessly about whatever was annoying me. I thought it was cathartic. It wasn’t. It was making me angrier and angrier. I wasn’t helping myself with these I was just spouting vile. And thanks to Facebook’s “On this day” I discovered I was repeating myself!

So did I take this time to work on Nexus? Nope. I used my time to spend with family and friends. I talked on the phone, sometimes for hours. I texted people and had actual private conversations. I played games with friends. I cooked. I played Zelda. I had long conversations in the kitchen with my wife.

I enjoyed my life.

I didn’t watch what others were doing and either get angry at them or jealous of them. I just didn’t care. I focused on my own and I feel better for it.

Will I stay off of Facebook? I don’t know. I hope so. Maybe use it to share photos of my family for people who don’t get to see them as much as they’d like.

Now if you’ll excuse me. I have a newly modded Commodore 64 to play Might and Magic on.

TaTa

J

 

P.S. Next post will be Nexus game related. I have run a couple of sessions with the Cortex+ rules and am liking its new direction.

 

 

 

 

 

Unsocial Media and the Letting go of the familiar D20


Last Saturday I ran my first Into the Nexus game using the Cortex+ system. It was kind of nerve wracking. I have been working on this game for so long in the familiar D20 system that I was worried it wouldn’t go well or that my players wouldn’t be able to enjoy themselves as much. My fears were unfounded. It was a great night of gaming. I made some notes and will have to make some adjustments but I think this system will really work for the game. We had craziness abound and the the complication/opportunity mechanic adds some real depth and unpredictability to the story without it being as random and unruly as the D20 mechanics could be. Being able to add a D8 complication of Warrant for Arrest to each players dice pool is much cleaner than just having tons more encounters and fights that just take up the gameplay.

I think my favorite part of the Cortex+ conversion has been the Talents. No longer bound to tons of unnecessary math that feats and skills of D20 can yield, I was able to add some really fun and entertaining Talents for each of the Archetypes and some good generic ones that anyone can use. I was able to crank out 10 pages of Talents in about 3 hours and my players really enjoyed using them in game play.

One issue, and I hesitate to use the word “downside” , but it is kind of sad for me is that the dice pool mechanic does not lend itself to larger groups. I need to set a cap on players and I’m not used to having to do that. It will take some getting used to but I feel I will get a more robust game experience if I don’t have more that 6 players.  This will cause me to make some adjustments for the Con but I have some great GM’s that help me so I don’t think it will cause too many problems.

I ran a very small test mission after character creation and it went longer than expected but I fell that was due to too many players and some people still figuring out how to use the dice pool mechanic. I will adjust accordingly for the next session and see if the flow improves.

Lastly.

Monica Valentinelli, author of the Firefly RPG, wrote in her blog about taking the month of September off of social media (Facebook and Twitter) to focus on her creative works. I have been letting that idea rattle around in my head the last few days and I feel it is a really good idea. I am not a huge Twitter user but I do sometimes get lost in the mindlessness of Facebook. I feel my time would be better spent doing…almost anything. Facebook has devolved into a bunch of angry whining and protestations (without actually doing anything about it). I am guilty of it myself and have been finding myself more and more angry about something someone posted. Angry to the point of it ruining my day because of the shear stupidity of it.

I don’t need that in my life. I am a curmudgeon to begin with. I don’t that particular fire fueled. So, For the month of September I will not access Twitter at all and my Facebook will only be used for my game page and game related posts. I have unfollowed all of my friends and groups so my newsfeed is blank. I was going to deactivate the account to just have my wife change my password and not give it to me until a friend of mine reminded me that we only talk on Facebook Messenger. So I will keep the account active for that purpose and Nexus related material. My friends have my phone number, they know how to find me. I don’t need to spend my days yelling at gun nuts and people who take that toupee’d Presidential candidate seriously. My hope is that this will let me focus my time and needs on more creative pursuits.

My game needs to be finished…and that Commodore 64 won’t be modding itself.

Ta for now.

J

 

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