There are borders everyone sees: the looming fence with its sporadic observation platforms, the tags claiming this block or that in the name of a local gang or drug cartel, and the wrought-iron fences surrounding gated communities.
There are borders that are real only in our minds, like the imaginary lines that divide country from country, or one race from another.
But in this little southwestern town, another border reveals itself to those gifted with the power to see it: the veil between the worlds. Even today, the old ways of magic are still taught; spells, curses, visions and transformations are still practiced, and opposing clans are locked in a daily battle that no policia would ever understand.
If you're on Google+, you might be interested in joining my new community: UBIQUITOUS. It's a place for discussing the future of Ubiquitous Computing, its trends and potentials, as well as our hopes and concerns about it.
What will life be like when we have RFID chips inside every product and sensors in every environment, when even paper and fabrics can be made "smart", when our personal devices speak with us (and each other) continually, and when artificially-intelligent computer networks surround us in all our social, commercial and personal spaces? Let's talk about it.
THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE! DayTrippers Golden Age Adventures is now available in PDF format for your science fiction campaigns!
GOLDEN AGE ADVENTURES is an anthology of 16 roleplaying adventures based on "Golden Age" stories by famous science fiction writers of the 1930s-50s. Each adventure comes with three scenarios, allowing them to be easily dropped in to any science fiction roleplaying campaign.
There's a new group on Goodreads.com, devoted to RPGs & Storygames. This group discusses books, rules and play aides written for GMs and Players of tabletop roleplaying games. We happily straddle the blurry line between RPG designers and GMs, so you don't have to be "pro" to join, but you do have to have an interest in writing or reading RPG rules.
"This is a book I would recommend to any GM that wants to cultivate great ideas and find useful suggestions on how to further develop their GM skills."
Keith Mageau has written an in-depth review of the DayTrippers GameMasters Guide on the RollingBoxcars blog. He dives in and summarizes the main contents of each section of the book, letting you know what you will find there, which I think is very useful for any prospective Player or GM when considering a new system.
On 12 Dec, I ran an exhibition game of DayTrippers for the Rolling Boxcars blog, authored by Keith Mageau. In this 3+ hour session via Google Hangout, characters played by Keith Mageau, Tesla Ranger and Lloyd Gyan risk their fictional lives, appearing in the top-rated surreality show of 2115: HyperSurvive! Here's the video.
Games Onboard is an alternative online game store, featuring the finest in roleplaying games, tabletop boardgames, dice, miniatures and card games for all ages.
The site began as an OpenCart installation, but we fixed that by migrating the database to Drupal 7 and implementing a suitable theme. The website features an array of state-of-the-art e-commerce modules, including Wish Lists, shipping quotes, an Affiliate program and downloadable PDFs - all powered by the Ubercart module.
On October 21st, DayTrippers designer/author Tod Foley (that's me!) was the guest on the Legends of Tabletop podcast. The conversation included some of the "hybrid" techniques used in the game, including the YES/NO/AND/BUT action resolution system, progressive character generation, and the stance of the DayTrippers GM midway between trad and narrativism. Also discussed: the game's influences, from Star Trek and Car Wars and Itras By to Kung Fu and Buckaroo Banzai and Heavy Metal magazine.
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