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21/August/2019 Posted by Freddy

Heroes of RPGs: Sandy Petersen

        It's been quite a while since we did one of these, but welcome back to heroes of RPG's, a series not about the heroes you play in the game, but the amazing people who created the games we play, and this time we'd like to speak about Sandy Petersen.
        Carl Sanford Joslyn Petersen better known as Sandy was born in St. Louis, Missouri on the 16th September 1955 and is an American game designer.
He is a well-known fan of H. P. Lovecraft, whose work he first encountered in a World War II Armed Services Edition of The Dunwich Horror and other Weird Tales found in his father's library. In 1974, Dungeons & Dragons brought his interest to role-playing games.

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20/August/2019 Posted by Freddy

        So, we finished running through the Marvel Comics Star Wars Series. However I'm from the United Kingdom where we got a slightly different version of the comics, Star Wars Weekly (later Empire Strikes Back Weekly, and Empire Strikes Back Monthly). With it being a weekly comic, they tended to split the stories from the US comic over several issues, however the higher release rate meant that there were more comics than splitting the stories could cope with. So they reached out to other Marvel publications and published Star Wars stories from there.
        The magazine also published various non-Star Wars sci-fi stories from Marvel, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Lord, Deathlok, Killraven and War of the Worlds, but we'll not cover those stories, concentrating on the various Star Wars stories not seen in the US releases.
        So today we start with Star Wars Weekly 47: The Keeper's World Parts 1, 2 + 3, and based on that comic we've made a couple of additions to the site.
        Today we've added, The Keepers World to the Star Wars D/6 Planets Section, and Unidentified Rebel scout craft to the Star Wars D/6 Starships Section of the Site.


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19/August/2019 Posted by Freddy

Retro RPG: Vampire the Masquerade

        Vampire: The Masquerade is a tabletop role-playing game (tabletop RPG) created by Mark Rein-Hagen and released in 1991 by White Wolf Publishing as the first of several Storyteller System games for its World of Darkness setting line. It is set in a fictionalized "gothic-punk" version of the modern world, where players assume the roles of vampires, who are referred to as "Kindred", and deal with their night-to-night struggles against their own bestial natures, vampire hunters and each other.
        The game uses the cursed, vampiric condition as a backdrop to explore themes of morality, depravity, the human condition (or appreciation of the human condition in its absence), salvation, and personal horror.[citation needed] The gloomy and exaggerated version of the real world that the vampires inhabit, called the "World of Darkness," forms an already bleak canvas against which the stories and struggles of characters are painted. The themes that the game seeks to address include retaining the character's sense of self, humanity, and sanity, as well as simply keeping from being crushed by the grim opposition of mortal and supernatural antagonists and, more poignantly, surviving the politics, treachery, and often violent ambitions of their own kind.

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17/August/2019 Posted by Freddy

        Well, I did say that I'd try to cover some Hutts during this week, so here we go we've added Ziro Desilijic Tiure & Jabba Desilijic Tiure to the Star Wars D/6 Characters Section of the Site.
        So, I'll be back on Monday with some Marvel UK stuff.


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16/August/2019 Posted by Freddy

Old and Wrong Star Wars Theories

        While theories fly around about Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, I want to talk about old theories, the ones which we had between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and between the Original Trilogy and the Prequels, even ones we had during the Prequels themselves. However, these are the theories which were 100% wrong, and have now been long forgotten.

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