Gates Beta 1.1

Gates has had its first major update for its beta version, so here’s James with what’s changed:

Gates has been a fun ride so far. Its gone through many updates behind the scenes, even being rewritten several times. All of those updates and rewrites served to polish the game into the best form it could be in. Though, I have a long way to go. This first update for the public beta progresses some of the game, but actually removes some as well. The following is a short update on the changes:

  • Lots of little rewrites and grammar changes. I have a lot of work to do to turn my writing into something presentable, but over time it will become a professional work.
  • Descriptions of talents are simplified. This is a preventative measure for me. Essentially, I am making them simple now so I can experiment with different description types and styles. When I find one I like, I will be slowly fine tuning all of the descriptions.
  • Reordered the book. Some of the rules are introduced at awkward times, so I simply moved them to where they are relevant.
  • Monsters! I added several enemy examples. These enemies are for mundane to heroic tier. I will add some more powerful examples latter as well.
  • Colossi rules have been expanded. Giving proper rules for climbing and battling them.

My personal favorite monster is the ninja. Particularly because of its ninja swarm ability. Essentially, if the ninja is in a large group of other ninja, then it is severely weakened. This gives that reverse ninjitsu feel that cinematic movies have. And what else is cooler than fighting hordes of ninja?


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Z-LAND S3 Chapter 6 “Misty Frequencies” Part 2

Strangers are out there in the night and our survivors are most certainly in for a fright.


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d100 Recipes: Chocolate Burger & Chocolate Mousse

Who doesn’t love burgers and chocolate? Well then, why not have the best of both worlds with a chocolate burger? Surely, it’s the next logical step, right? And to go with your chocolate burger, why not some chocolate mousse? No one ever says you can have too much chocolate.

Chocolate Burger

Ingredients

  • 1kg/2.2lb beef/pork mince
  • 200ml/7oz milk
  • 80g/3oz breadcrumbs
  • 20g/½oz cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 onions, finely diced
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  • Microwave 
  • Stove top, hob

Method

  • Mix together the milk and cocoa powder, and heat up in the microwave
  • Add in the breadcrumbs to the hot chocolate milk and mix well
  • Mix the chocolate breadcrumbs and the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl
  • Shape into burger patties and fry them over a medium to high heat for 5-6 minutes

This makes around 6-8 patties depending on how big you make them. Put them on some burger buns and some chocolate sauce, and enjoy.

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 3 cups cups of cream
  • 250g/9oz dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Equipment

  • Stove top/hob
  • Fridge

Method

  • Beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until they become thick and fluffy
  • Heat half the milk in a saucepan, again not to the boiling point, and very gradually whisk this into the egg mixture
  • Cook the egg mixture on the stove top for around 5 minutes over a low heat, until it thickens enough to evenly coat the back of a spoon
  • Stir in the chocolate pieces and stir until they melt and combine with the egg mix
  • Take off the heat, cover it and put it in the fridge until chilled
  • Whip up the rest of the cream, until they form soft peaks
  • Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture, and keep chilled until serving

If you like these recipes, have a go at making them, and let us know how it turns out!

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Runed Age Dev Journal 7

On the last Dev Journal we showed you how to arm your PCs with the very best weapons Middelburg has to offer. For this Dev Journal, we’re showing a change to the most crucial part of the Runed Age: the runic magic rules.

If-Or

Well, when we say “change”, it’s more of an addition. None of the old runic magic rules will change, and no runic array will become obsolete. What we’ve added here is an extra rule that will make your life easier when designing a runic array, and give you more flexibility in how you draw them.

What better way to start than with an example:

On the left here you can see the original Furnace Fist runic array, and the thing that set it apart was how it showed that if you wanted to say Do X if Y or Z, you’d have to draw each IF part separately, since there was never a way to do IF-OR on a single branch of the runic array.

Well, as you can see, now there is. On the right you have the new Furnace Fist and the new bit being added to the rules of the runic arrays: the placeholder locus. This empty locus simply says any of these things CAN fit in here IF they are present. So in this way, you can now say Do X if Y or Z and keep everything on the same branch.

The old Furnace Fist’s notation looks like this: Create Fire if Animal is present, create Fire if Iron is present, create Fire if Stone is present, create Fire if Wood is present.

The new Furnace Fist’s notation with the placeholder locus looks like this: Create Fire if Animal, Iron, Stone or Wood is present.

Now isn’t that just so much more tidy? This new way cuts out a lot of duplication that needs to be done in the old way. Furnace Fist might just have one affecting rune (Create), but imagine if you wanted to link 5 affecting runes through that one branch, and modify them all? You’d have to draw the same thing for each branch, meaning 20 runes plus all the modifications to them all.

So not only will it save you time and patience, but it will also save you space and not clog up the whole runic array with duplicated drawings.


And while we are busy with The Runed Age, you can have your say about what we should work on afterwards by filling out this little survey.

Z-LAND S3 Chapter 6 “Misty Frequencies” Part 1

Heading home our survivors find that the world around them has kept on moving in their absence.


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Enforcer 0.3 update

Enforcer is now at Version 0.3!

Since the last update came out, we’ve been busy little beavers, so there’s quite a bit in this update for you.

Art

Look at those lovely new pieces made by the awesome Pat Callahan. The first three of the exemplar characters have received their art, and this is only the first step. All the money that comes in from Enforcer’s Early Access will go straight towards putting in as much art into the book as humanly possible, so expect to see much more art in future updates!

Augments

Sometimes the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. For those times, that’s when you need some cybernetic augmentation, and that’s exactly what we brought in this update. Augments work just like Perks in the game, but instead of having to wait to get them through experience, you can just buy them. Upgrade your Enforcers to make them more than they were, but becoming a machine comes with its own risks.

Extra Psionic Powers

You know what’s great? Psionic powers. You know what’s better? More psionic powers.  

Psionic Feedback

We’ve expanded the psionic feedback table to give you 25 frightening things that can happen if you are unlucky when rolling a Psionic Check. These feedback options are also more flavourful than just giving character a status effect. 

Minion Squads

Minions are wonderful and adorable little things, and we’ve now put them together into their own little groups. If you are in need of some quick opposition in your games, you can now grab a premade Minion Squad from the list and go to town. 

Costs

It’s the eternal balancing act, making sure everything is costed properly, and to that end we’ve changed how all the things in Enforcer is costed.


If you haven’t gotten Enforcer yet, you can grab it now by CLICKING HERE!


Enforcer is still in Early Access. This means that everything you need to play Enforcer is here, but it is not 100% finished. The main reason for the Early Access is to get funding for the art. Every dollar you spend on Enforcer is a dollar we give to an artist to make Enforcer look better. While the art is being worked on, we’ll keep polishing up the rules and increasing the lore. Everyone who gets Enforcer in the Early Access stage will get the full digital release for free, and we will also give you the final printed version at cost price.


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Z-LAND S3 Chapter 5 “What Remains” Part 4

With our final part of the chapter our survivors learn what truly remains of the Wellsford townsfolk.


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d100 Recipes: BBQ Skewers & Fruit Smoothie

It’s as cold and wet down here in New Zealand as the day is long, but you northerners are having quite a lovely summer I hear. So in honour of your heat waves, here are two quick summer recipes for today.

BBQ Skewers

Ingredients

  • 500g/1lb of meat
  • 2 cups of chopped vegetables
  • 12 wooden skewers
  • 2 cups of tomato ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika

Equipment

  • Fridge
  • Grill/BBQ

Method

  • Cut the meat into bite sized pieces and put into a bowl with the vegetables
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and mix thoroughly
  • Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour
  • Thread the meat and vegetables onto the wooden skewers
  • Cook on the grill or BBQ for about 15 minutes or until the meat is cooked to your taste

Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups of your favourite fruit juice
  • 2 cups of your favourite fruit, chopped and frozen
  • 2 cups of plain yoghurt

Equipment 

Food Processor/Blender

Method 

  • Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. 

This makes around 4 glasses worth of smoothie. Keep chilled until you’re ready to serve.


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Entropy Preview: The Cyrex

In our last Entropy Preview, we showed you the mystic and enigmatic Etsyon, at once so familiar but yet so alien. In this post we present giant talking snakes, otherwise known as the Cyrex.


The Cyrex is a race of reptile-mammal hybrids wandering space pirates, coming from a damp and hot jungle world where horrible predators live, and the law of the strongest is in effect.

The Cyrex is undoubtedly the most active predators in the Cosmic Exchange. Since they were discovered, thousands of people were killed, used as food or enslaved into breeding cults by the Cyrex in a strange effort to mix their traits with the most species in space. They are a physical culture who value appearance, strength, and talent into their friends, allies, and enemies.

Not all Cyrex are space pirates, but they always keep their primal predator spark when in civilisation and relationships, as well as their incredible hunger for meat, making them undying carnivores who can swoop and attack at any moment when craving their prizes, flesh or a good conversation alike.

Since they joined the Cosmic Exchange, in the effort of calming the hostilities and reform the species into a more modernised whole, they managed to buy back their reputation a little, but slavery and debauchery cults still are present everywhere making them one of the most polarised species in space.

Cyrex military is significantly focused on the ruthless attributes of their race. They hunt, kill, and feed on others they overcame. Their diet lets them eat what they kill and allow them to explore for an unlimited amount of time until they run out of target or they fulfil their mission. Sent out into the unexplored area of the galaxy to raid and explore for their warlord, they seek artefacts and technology they steal and take from the dead hands of the creatures that live there and with these technologies they upgrade their own.

The most apparent theft was made against the Zelar when the Cyrex managed to capture scientists and Arc weapons, enslaving and using the scientists until they were completely drained of energy and life. They built gear and ships able to help them in their endeavours. Stolen technology makes the bulk of their offensive power, and their artistic raw crafting skills led to the development of the Shredders, used by a majority of close-quarter fighters all around the galaxy.

Warlords of all clans do not see eye to eye, and all fight for the praise of the most powerful active one around. It is not rare to see warlords of inferior clans trying to attract and marry the most influential Cyrex warlord to merge their clans or merely kill them to steal it. Sometimes, female rulers offer themselves to the strongest to bear their children as a token of peace and raise it until it becomes strong enough to take their father’s place. The same thing can happen with the role reversed if the strongest is a female in search of an heir.


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d100 Recipes: Quick Curry & Panna Cotta with Fruit Coulis

We here always want to give you the tastiest food with the simplest recipes, so that you can make your gaming nights the tastiest nights of the week. So this week we give you an easy meal that takes a wee while to cook, so that you can make the dessert in the mean time.

Quick Curry

Ingredients

  • 500g/1 lb of your choice of meat, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger, minced
  • 1 apple, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 cups of water

Equipment

  • Stove top/hob

Method

  • Season the meat and cook in a saucepan on a high heat until the outside of it is brown, and transfer the meat to a plate.
  • Lower the heat and in the same saucepan cook the onion, garlic, ginger and apple through for a few minutes.
  • Add in the curry powder and flour and mix well
  • Put in the carrots and potatoes
  • Pour in the chicken stock, tomato paste and soy sauce and bring to a boil
  • Add your meat back in, reduce the heat, and cook for a good 40-50 minutes, until the potatoes and carrots are soft and tender and the meat is cooked through

Best served with rice. If you want to make this is a spicy curry, add in some fresh chilli peppers, or a tablespoon or two of chilli powder.

Panna Cotta with a Fruit Coulis

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of gelatin powder
  • 3 cups of cream
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of your favourite fruit, chopped up
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of water

Equipment

  • Stove top/hob
  • Fridge

Method

  • Stir the gelatin into the first lot water and let it sit and “bloom”
  • Heat up the cream, the first lot of sugar and vanilla in a saucepan until it reaches boiling point
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatin
  • Pour into serving dishes and put into the fridge until it sets
  • Put the fruit, second lot of sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil
  • Cook the mixture for about 10 minutes, and then strain it through a sieve
  • When the panna cotta have set, pour the fruit coulis over and put it back in the fridge

If you like these recipes, have a go at making them, and let us know how it turns out!

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Z-LAND S3 Chapter 5 “What Remains” Part 2

Our survivors travel through rural New Zealand and discover the remains of those who came before them.


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d100 Recipes: Scotch Eggs & Mulled Cider

We’re in the proper depths of winter down here in NZ. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s rainy and overcast. It’s about as dreary as jolly old England, so for this week’s recipes I looked to the UK to inspire some comfort food on these dreary of days.

Scotch Eggs

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 8 large pork sausages
  • 1 handful of scallions/spring onions, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs

Equipment

  • Stove top/hob
  • Deep fryer

Method

  • Heat up your deep fryer, or fill a saucepan with oil and bring to medium-high heat
  • Put 6 of the eggs into a saucepan of room temperature water and bring it to the boil, then boil the eggs for 4 minutes
  • Transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water.
  • Get the sausages out of a skin and combine with the mustard, garlic, spring onions/scallions, salt and pepper
  • Prepare three bowls, one with flour, one with the remaining eggs beaten, and one with breadcrumbs
  • Peel the eggs
  • Roll an egg in flour, then cover completely with the sausage mix
  • Roll the giant meaty egg in flour, dip into the egg and then roll in breadcrumbs
  • Cook the scotch eggs in the deep fryer for about 5 minutes or until they are a nice golden brown

Mulled Cider

Ingredients 

  • 1 litre/2 pints of cider
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup of brandy (optional)

Equipment 

Stop top/hob.

Method 

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and bring it to the boil
  • Then turn the heat down and simmer for around 10 minutes

This makes enough mulled cider for around 4 large glasses. Best served warm.


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Entropy Preview: the Etsyon

In the last Entropy Preview, Charly showed us what humanity looks like in the future. This time, we see the first alien species revealed for Entropy: the Etsyon.


The Etsyon is a large race of super-evolved mammals. They outlived almost all other species which came before the Cosmic Exchange, but they remained remarkably stagnant in their way of thinking and practice. They were tranquil until they were disturbed and forced to mingle with the other species, corrupting their neutrality and millennia of traditions.

An Etsyon Assassin

The Etsyons used to spend years in meditation and self-empowerment and purpose. However, since they met with the many species, they strayed away from their root and became much more open to new ideas. Living calmly on their homeworld, in the Crystom system, they train their incredible psionic powers and now share their way of life, as well as adopting a more outgoing stance, and sometimes adopt wrong examples to the letter.

An Etsyon Occultist

Their origin is mired in mystery, but since they took a taste of the galactic life and even the downtown lifestyle which some other species’ capital provides, they are now spread all around space at the dismay of the Etsyon Sages, which are traditionalists purists.

An Etyson Sage

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