Blog Posts - System Specific



[7th Sea] Lessons from GMing My First Session

On Friday I ran my first session of 7th Sea from the GM's side of the table. I felt I was fairly prepared, having been doing little but thinking about GMing 7th Sea since it came out, and participating in various discussions. Still, as anyone wh...
by Reality Refracted on Sep 5, 2016

[7th Sea] Building a Villain To Build an Adventure

We had a bit of bad news in our gaming group. The GM for our 7th Sea game won't be able to join us around the table for the foreseeable future. Their life is just swimmingly busy. In an effort to keep the group together I volunteered to take over GMi...
by Reality Refracted on Sep 2, 2016

7th Sea: Core Resolution vs. Dramatic Sequence

On Monday we talked about three of the big things involved in GMing 7th Sea. Today I want to talk to the 'how' you handle those things at the table. I don't mean what you say and do, but the mechanics in place that lets you place conflict before the...
by Reality Refracted on Aug 17, 2016

7th Sea 2nd Edition: GMing, Brute Squads, & Villains

One of the things I was most excited for at GenCon this year was 7th Sea. They had copies of the book there for sale, people running sessions of the game, and even several of the designers present to talk to. I must've stopped by the John Wick Presen...
by Reality Refracted on Aug 15, 2016

7th Sea - First Impressions

On Friday we had our first session of 7th Sea. It was an interesting session with two new members to the group, and a game that no one in our group had any ground in. Over all the session was a great first session, and everyone brought interesti...
by Reality Refracted on Jun 27, 2016

7th Sea: A Different Kind of Character Progression

The 7th Sea Second Edition PDF is on sale now at Drive Thru RPG. One of the fun things - for me at least - about the system is how much the system does different from other games I've been exposed to. I'm not saying it's the most unique game out on t...
by Reality Refracted on Jun 22, 2016

Shadows of Esteren - Is It Worth Playing?

On Monday I started talking about Shadows of Esteren. On Wednesday I talked about what I thought was the strongest build. To wrap things up, I want to talk about whether or not Esteren is worth playing.I'm not going to talk about whether or not you c...
by Reality Refracted on Jun 3, 2016

Shadows of Esteren - An Extended Discussion Part 2

On Monday I started talking about the Shadows of Esteren system. We talked about what Shadows of Esteren was, and a little bit on how it worked. Today I want to talk about what I feel is the optimal build in the system - or at least the optimal Way t...
by Reality Refracted on Jun 1, 2016

Shadows of Esteren - An Extended Discussion Part 1

On Friday the Shadows of Esteren game I've been playing in for the past year or so came to an end. We had a good time with the game, and several folks asked me to do a review of the game, or at least talk about the system more. With the game over, I...
by Reality Refracted on May 30, 2016

Move Then Roll vs. Roll Then Move

One of the aspects of the new 7th Sea RPG I'm looking forward to is the rolling system. It's been under a lot of scrutiny for fans, and seems to be a polarizing element. Some people hate it, seeing it as making failure a thing of the past and overloa...
by Reality Refracted on Apr 27, 2016

Challenge Level Made Easy (D&D 5th Ed)

First, I apologize for the lateness of this post. Opening weekend at school was pretty quiet, until yesterday, and that just kind of kicked my ass. I also wasn't sure what I wanted to write about, and havingalready done a full work week of hours (wit...
by Reality Refracted on Sep 9, 2015

Boost and Setback Dice

If you remember back to when Fantasy Flight Games was just talking about their new Star Wars system, one of the things that generated a lot of discussion was their dice system. For those who don't know what I mean, FFG uses custom dice for their Star...
by Reality Refracted on Oct 6, 2014

D&D 5th Edition - Thoughts After Some Play

Over Gencon I got to play in a few D&D 5th edition games. Mostly one hour events that WotC was running, but also a 4 hour event. This Friday, as our normal game was cancelled, I ran a one shot to get a feel for the system from the other side of t...
by Reality Refracted on Aug 25, 2014

D&D 5th Ed First Impressions

If, like me, you've been living in a hole and more or less avoiding any and all news about D&D's upcoming 5th edition then you might have missed the news that they released the free basic rules on Thursday, July 3rd. Being as Free is not a p...
by Reality Refracted on Jul 5, 2014

Naming Your L5R Character

This is kind of system specific, but as the game I've played the most for the past several years has been L5r, and it also seems to be the system I've seen people have the most problems with naming their character in, I figured it might be fun to do...
by Reality Refracted on Mar 18, 2013

Jaguar has released details of the C-X16 concept ahead of its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

The iconic British car maker Jaguar has released details of the C-X16 concept ahead of its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Looking firmly to the future, the C-X16 marks a new chapter for Jaguar. The two-seater concept has inspired new a...


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