In response to yesterday’s post about adapting the original D&D alignment-as-allegiance to FASERIP games set in our Ascension Epoch universe, Judd Goswick writes: In the AE, wouldn’t the Good vs Evil battle be the axis that mattered? Law and Chaos are just stand ins for Good and Evil in the Western canon. What leads to […]
Alignment as originally conceived, based on Appendix N sources and D&D’s wargaming origins, was meant to convey factional allegiance rather than describe habitual behaviors or explain a character’s moral compass. Certainly this isn’t the only way to use it, and even D&D eventually adopted another dimension (the Good-Neutral-Evil axis), but it is this “Whose side are you on?” aspect of alignment that this essay focuses on. Most modern players have lost sight of this completely, but if you are running a game that involves a titanic struggle of powers greater than the players — whether that means warring empires, feuding gods, or opposing ideologies — then you’re missing something important by omitting alignment.
Howdy, folks! We know quite a few of you fine readers are also RPGers, so we’re whipping up a special section of the website just for you. As Mike mentioned, I’ve been doing work for Bexim’s Bazaar magazine. Part of that now includes doing profiles and adventure prompts for medieval fantasized versions of our Ascension […]
In my last post, I mentioned that we had some Ascension Epoch stuff for tabletop role-playing games. The first of these is an adventure set in a particularly dark and sinister corner of Torrent and Corona’s Pittsburgh. The House on Lambeth Street pits adventurers against a gardinel, man-eating house that, if you’re subscribed to our […]
Christmas comes in three days and the year 2016 will soon be behind us. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. ‘What, no new books??’ Obviously we will not be putting out any new Ascension Epoch titles in the waning days of this year. Shell and I actually have six in progress, plus a comic, but […]
I just wanted to remind everyone that House of Refuge is available for free today until Monday on the Kindle. That’s “free” as in beer. It was always “free” as in Linux. If you want to know more about our award-winning short story of life and death on the seasteads of the South Atlantic, you […]