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Archive of Marketplace Items / Free - Assorted RPG Books
« on: February 26, 2018, 10:06:42 PM »
I was going through my old collection of RPG books and I've decided to give away some of the books that I know I won't use anymore.  Since all the books I plan to give away are from older versions of existing RPG games, and are not the current editions, I don't see the point of selling the books.  I'm looking for a good home for these books.

I plan to do an inventory of the books over the next couple of days and will post the complete list here.  Anyone interested in some or all of the books can PM me to set up arrangements to pick up the books.  The books will be first come, first served.  The books will be coming from the following RPG systems:
  • Shadowrun
  • Battletech
  • Pathfinder
  • DnD 3.x

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https://globalgamejamregina.ca/

What is the Global Game Jam?
The GGJ brings together talented individuals from within your community. It is a unique opportunity for people to push their skills and challenge their way of working. Participants work concurrently with developers around the globe; we rally around a central theme, and then have 48 hours to create a game. It's our hope that we will see some very experimental realized prototypes that you can continue to work on after the jam. Many games developed in previous Game Jams have become fully realized games. The GGJ is open source, hardware & software agnostic and all projects are protected under a Creative Commons license. We encourage people to try out new ideas and push themselves, within reason. We also strongly encourage participants to remember to eat and sleep, to stay at their best!

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Saskatchewan Game Design and Products / Tabletopia
« on: December 01, 2016, 11:04:22 AM »
https://tabletopia.com/

This site can be used to demo and play board games with people around the world.  I've created a basic gamer account for myself (just links to your Steam account), and will likely try out Planetarium through the service.

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Everything Else / Tour to a Con
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:39:37 PM »
Good day everyone,

My father is a travel agent that runs Easter Tours to Europe for High Schools.  Recently he is opening up his business to provide Historic Tours to other groups such as Military Units.  I proposed to him that a Convention Tour to one of the more Historic places in the States may appeal to Gamer groups like us.  Is there interest in organizing a tour that would focus on a Convention as the cornerstone of the tour, but would also include additional day trips to Historic sites?

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Terminology
  • Organic: This is a species that uses biological evolution.  While these species can (and mostly do) use technology, it is not a part of who they are.
  • Cybernetic: This is a species that uses a combination of biological evolution, and technology.  This covers all species that embed sentient technology within themselves in order to participate within their societies.
  • Synthetic: This is a species that is completely made up of technology.  These species may or may not have a physical form.
  • Uplift: This is a species (either organic or cybernetic) that was given sentience by another species, and did not use evolution or technological progress to become sentient.
  • Technological Singularity: This is a point when the development of technology by an organic species is eclipsed by the technology's ability to develop new technology.  After most singularities a Synthetic species is born.

Overview
In quantum mechanics there is the phenomenon of quantum entanglement.  This is where two particles are connected by some unknown force that transcends time and space.  I took this idea and expanded on it.  In Nexus all particles in the universe are the same particle, just presented as a different aspect in different places.  As societies become more and more advanced they first learn the ability to send energy through a particle and have it exit through another aspect somewhere else in the universe.  With more advanced technology, a civilisation can transcribe their particles so it replaces the aspect of the particles somewhere else in the universe.  These are known as Nexus gates and they are the only form of FTL travel in the universe.  The last empire to have this knowledge was the Forerunners, but they went extinct over 100 million years ago, and no civilisation in travel distance of the Nexus gates have discovered even the secret of quantum communication.
In the 21st century humanity experienced their technological singularity.  Most times through out history this lead to a war between the biological species that started the singularity, and the synthetic species spawned from the singularity.  Humans were blissfully unaware they had transcended.  The FAI (First Artificial Intelligence) caused a huge explosion of technology for humanity, eliminating war, and bringing a new standard of living unseen in all human history.  With this technological explosion, quantum communication was discovered, and with it the presence of the Nexus Gates.  Humanity now enters into a new age of exploration.  What awaits them?

Concepts introduced in Nexus
Definition of Sentient Life
In Nexus there are several ways that a species can be come sentient.  Here are the scenarios:
  • Evolution: Through biological evolution, a species discovers tool use, and the methods to refine tools into better tools.  This leads to a more complex brain designed to communicate better, and solve abstract problems.  All evolved species are generalists and are able to fill many different niche environments on their home planets.
  • Singularity: After every technological singularity a synthetic species is born.  At first this species exists in that networks and has no physical form.  Over time the synthetic species will develop drones, and synthetic bodies so it can expand and discover the physical world.
  • Uplift: Every species in the Universe has an ideal environment they can survive in.  Adapting technology to survive on hostile worlds just to gather the resources needed for their empires is not logical, or efficient.  As a result many species choose to find primitive (ie non-sentient) species on these hostile worlds, and uplift them to become sentient life.  These species are usually integrated into the empire, and are destined to colonise specific worlds for the empire.  Most Uplifts are specialists and thrive in only one or two niche environments on their home planets.  These species are usually selected as it prevents uprisings within an empire.  Uplift technology can either involve biological manipulation, or cybernetic implants.
Evolution of Sentient Life
The process of evolution does not stop after a species becomes sentient.  There are higher levels of evolutionary success.  Type I species are species that have mastered the creation of Nexus games, Type II species have discovered how to create Nexus Portals (temporary Nexus Gates that will allow the civilisation to freely travel anywhere in the universe), and Type II species have the ability to transcend the universe itself and see what lies beyond.  Here are paths:
  • Win a Singularity War: In this scenario the organic species wins their singularity war and forever reject synthetic technology.  The species forces on unlocking the potential of biology.  This is what happened to the Forerunners.  Their empire established and refined the Nexus Gate system used today.
  • Lose a Singularity War: In this scenario the synthetic species wins their singularity war.  Most of these synthetic species will then try to go into hyper development and use up all the resources available to them.  No synthetic species has ever reached Type II status as they tend to burn through all their resources before achieving this.
  • Technological Integration: If no singularity war occurs, the organic species will tend to incorporate more and more technology within themselves (becoming cybernetic).  Through this process they become more and more synthetic until the need for organic evolution is necessary.

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Terminology
  • Pawn: Player Character (generally term used by the forces of Good and Evil to describe creatures with Free Will)
  • Avatar: Gamemaster
  • Story: A game session, or single instance when a group of players play Pawn

Overview
Pawn is a horror based RPG game with no predefined campaign settings.  It also is unique in that it includes the use of to Avatars (ie GMs) where most game just have one.  The core concept behind Pawn is that the forces of Good and Evil have been fighting a war for all eternity.  Neither side can win because the forces of Good and Evil always act in predictable manners.  Then Good created Eden, an alternate reality where Good souls could be filtered, refined, and utilised to boost the forces of Good to the point that Good would win over Evil.  Evil found out about Eden and introduced Sin, corrupting Eden and everything inside.  This created Free Will and sparked Armageddon.
You are a Human living in a world where people aren't even aware that Armageddon is waging all around them.  Your actions have dire consequences though in the battle  between Good and Evil.  Never before was the end of the world neigh.


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I was at Leopold's Tavern (East) on the weekend, and did a quick inquiry about their party room.  There is enough room there to host several games.  If Sask Games is interested in hosting a games night there, here is the information:

http://leopoldstavern.com/party/

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Good day everyone,

I'm currently in the production of my own Pathfinder Campaign setting.  I've finished enough to get to my first playtesting sessions.  I need RPG groups that are familiar with Pathfinder or D&D 3.5 that would be willing to complete one gaming session, and answer some a questionnaire.  I've set up the playtest so that it can be done either by myself, or by your regular game master.
Any interested parties can contact me via these forums and we'll figure out the details.  There is no limit to the number of playtesting groups, as the more the better. 

Thomas Boxall

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Good day everyone,

I've entered a contest to create a new Roleplay Game System.  My entry is called the Quad System.  I encourage everyone to create an account on En World, and vote for my Game System.  The winner will have their System go to market, and receive $1000.

http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?336688-The-7-Day-RPG-Contest-Voting-Booth!

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Archive of Marketplace Items / FOR SALE: Various RPG Books
« on: March 30, 2011, 11:49:09 AM »
I've decided to free up some of my shelf space and get rid of some of my old RPG books that I will never touch ever again.  I still need to do a catalogue of everything I will get rid of, but the books will be from the following RPGs:
* Shadowrun (mostly 3rd edition)
* Battletech (mostly MW:RPG 3rd ed)
* D20 Modern (I know I will be selling off all but my guns book (I love curling up with that one from time to time))
* D&D (3.0 and 3.5 editions, I know I will be selling off all the core books except the Monster Manuals as I still use them for Munchkin D20)
* Other RPG related games.

All the books are in used but decent condition, and no unreasonable offer will be rejected.  Also I will consider selling off some old Shadowrun Clixs if the price is very good (I still like them, I just never get a chance to play with them).

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Archive of Marketplace Items / Giving Away: Toolboxes *GONE*
« on: September 05, 2010, 04:14:48 PM »
I picked up some caring cases from Michael's yesterday ( http://craft.artbin.com/scrapnrubstamp_supersatchels.asp#6982ab ), and as such the two tool boxes I used to store my minis are empty and I need to get rid of them.  I don't want to throw them out as they are still great condition (the one as significant artwork on the outside of it).  I'm willing to give them away to anyone who can find a use for them.  PM me and we can make arrangements.

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Archive of Marketplace Items / Wanted: Miniature Foam Trays - Wanted
« on: August 23, 2010, 10:43:03 PM »
I have a substantial Mechwarrior: Dark Age collection that I want to protect (currently it is being stored in 2 toolboxes, 1 nuts and bolts case, a shoe box, and some original packaging).  I was thinking of picking up a large Rubbermaid bin to store all the figures in, but I want to put them in foam (or an equivalent material) to prevent them from getting more banged up and damaged (currently I have to glue together at least 1-2 figures each time I use them).  Is there a place that sells foam for cheap (I'm on a shoe string budget with my hobbies at the moment) that will work out?

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