Magick vs. Ghost, Who Wins?

Now that we’ve covered a little bit about magick (What is Magick?) and ghosts (Ghosts in an Insubstantial World), let’s talk a little bit about using magick and how a character might go about using magick (and a little practicality) against a ghost with an attitude problem. First, let’s set the stage and say that…

What is “magick”?

If you ask ten people to define “magic,” you will probably get ten different answers like: Casting a spell like Merlin or Gandalf. Performing illusions and sleight-of-hand tricks. Mesmerizing a crowd with a song or story. A saint performing a miracle of faith. The funny thing is that they’d all be right. Like art, magic…

A New Playtest Begins…

We began playtesting Tattered Magicks on the first Tuesday in September 2019, which is more than two years since we started playtesting Aliens & Asteroids at the same place — our FLGS Petrie’s Family Games. In that back room we’re going to be playing a brand new adventure featuring ghosts, faeries, and magick in a…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Third Public Playtest, Pt 4

So to recap our third session: We gained a new player! Yay! And our brave heroes were called by the Drs. Roberts on Luna, who had found what they thought was some sort of hidden Grey Man base on Mimas, a moon of Saturn. (Part 1) They arrived on Mimas, were taken prisoner by the…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Third Public Playtest, Pt 3

Once the heroes were freed from their cells in the weird prison of the Grey Men, they plotted ways to escape. But first, they released the lizard alien down the hall. They learned his name was Bob, he was a Skaali, he could read galactic, but couldn’t speak it. And within moments they were off…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Third Public Playtest, Pt 2

In the last post, we talked about adding a new player to the mix, Shannon, who created a new Medic character for the unit. And they were headed to Mimas, one of Saturn’s moons where some data recovered from the abandoned Grey Man asteroid belt hinted at a Grey presence there. The dropship dropped them…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Third Public Playtest, Pt 1

So when the second session ended (the summary post is here), John’s Technician and Vernon’s Commander just had basic wrap-up to finish up. And when we started the third session, Vernon couldn’t join us, but John brought his girlfriend Shannon to play. And I’ll start off by saying it was definitely not my finest session,…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Second Public Playtest, Pt 6

So after all of that with the mission to the grey’s abandoned asteroid base… Starting with a new Character Entering the Base Getting Past the Entrance Deeper in the Base Exploring the Lab and Android Fight! What did I take away from this playtest session as a designer and referee? It was very easy to scale…

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