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!

If you’ve missed any of the previous recipes, find them HERE.


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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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d100 Recipes: Savoury and Sweet Roly Poly

They say that simple is best, and what can be more simple than the good old roly poly? It’s tasty, filling, versatile and very easy to make. We love it so much that we are giving you two roly poly recipes today, a sweet and a savoury one. And what’s more is that they both use the same base dough, so once you get that mastered then the world is your roly poly oyster.

Savoury Roly Poly

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of self raising flour 
    • Or 2 cups of flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 140g/5 ounces of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of grated cheese
  • Savoury fillings
    • We recommend tomato sauce, bacon, beef mince and mushrooms

Equipment

  • Large baking pan (approx 40cm/15” long)
  • Oven
  • Food Processor/blender (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  • Line a baking tin with baking/parchment paper. 
  • Cook your savoury fillings and put in a bowl for later.
  • Rub together the salt, flour and the butter, or put them both in a food processor and blend well until they form crumbs
  • Beat 2 of the eggs and add them in, mixing well
  • Add the milk in a splash at a time while mixing to form a firm but not sticky dough.
  • Roll the dough out thinly and cover with your savoury filling.
  • Sprinkle over half your grated cheese
  • Roll the dough up like a Swiss-roll and put on the baking tray
  • Beat the remaining egg and give the roly poly a good egg wash.
  • Sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Sweet Roly Poly

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of self raising flour 
    • Or 2 cups of flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 140g/5 ounces of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Your favourite jam
  • 1 cup of boiled water
  • 1 cup of sugar

Equipment

  • Large baking pan (approx 40cm/15” long)
  • Oven
  • Food Processor/blender (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  • Line a baking tin with baking/parchment paper. 
  • Rub together the salt, flour and the butter, or put them both in a food processor and blend well until they form crumbs
  • Beat the eggs and add them in, mixing well
  • Add the milk in a splash at a time while mixing to form a firm but not sticky dough.
  • Roll the dough out thinly and cover generously with your favourite jam
  • Roll the dough up like a Swiss-roll and put on the baking tray
  • Combine the boiled water, sugar and more of your favourite jam together and mix well to form a syrup and pour half of it over the roly poly. 
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes and when it comes out of the oven pour over the other half of the syrup

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‘Balance’, the new RPG by Stormforge North

We have a massive announcement for you today: a brand new developer that joined Stormforge with a brand new game. Everyone, put your hands together for Nick and his new fabulous game Balance, out now in open beta on DrivethruRPG. But enough from me, let’s hear about Balance from the man himself:

Balance is a fast-paced fantasy RPG that puts you in the shoes of an Agent of Twilight, tasked with restoring the natural order and balance of a world that has lost its way. It sports relatively simple mechanics that you can learn in no time and get ready to play incredibly quickly. It’s ideal for groups that want something fast and easy to pick up and get into in order to break up the monotony of a long campaign with something different and fun, as well as for introducing new players to the genre of tabletop roleplaying games. Staying true to its name, the game is made to be perfectly balanced, so every way to play is not just valid, but it’s also the correct strategy for winning, ensuring you can play however YOU want.

It offers you seven distinct and entirely unique classes with which to experience a rich, mystical world. Their vastly different outlooks on life and approaches to problem solving create a dynamic mixture within the party, allowing you to play however is best for your group. The character’s innate differences can help build tension and drama if you let them, but your shared purpose and dedication to your order will always provide a natural way to keep everyone on track. Your character is an agent of the Eternal Council – a secret society that serves the great Twilight to preserve the balance in the world. In ALL the worlds. Everything is connected by the layers of the Twilight, and only those that are taught the ancient ways of your order can enter or navigate it. The realm of shadows will be your home, refuge, and base of operations, as you prepare to execute the mission that lays before you. Each class also has a unique relationship with the Twilight. Exploring what that is and how they draw power will not only reveal deep secrets, but it might just be what you need in order for them to realise their full potential.

What makes Balance unique from the other RPGs you’ve seen? Originally part of a thesis work on the game design principles of balancing mechanisms in tabletop games and meaningful choice progression systems, it’s fully dedicated to the exploration of the concepts. It offers a very simple but open-ended set of mechanics and lots of pre-configured templates with the goal of being easy to get into. I aim for it to be interesting for game designers and players alike, with both interesting mechanics and a very flavourful execution on them. The game is incredibly fast paced and made to be played in one-shot adventures that span a few gaming sessions at most. Another one of its unique aspects is that it’s not just a 2d6 system, it is THE 2d6 system. Due to how the mechanics are set up and the way the game’s balanced, it is governed by incredible consistency – matter what happens, you can be sure that the two dice are all you’re ever going to need, and once you get the hand of it, rolling doesn’t change.

Of course, right now the game is in Beta. The core is there, but it’s far from polished, and many features are missing. The other four classes, adventures to go with it (though watch out, the first one is coming before the end of the week!), not every skill is fully balanced yet, etc. But that’s why this Open Beta is here and why we need YOU! Read, download, playtest, and share any and all feedback you have. Stuff you want to see? Things that you didn’t want to see in there? Let us know on Twitter or Discord. This is only the first step of many, and you can expect a constant supply of updates and content over the coming weeks.


So get your hands on Balance now for free by clicking on the image above, or just by clicking HERE.

The Sigil Story Journal

We are always working to make the Sigil System better and better. Perfection can never be attained, but we will damn well get close to it. And as of today, the Sigil System is one step closer to that point than it was yesterday.

Introducing the Sigil Story Journal!

The Story Journal is a quick and easy way to capture the essence of each game session, so you can come back to it later to remember and revisit what happened. There’s sections for each part of the session’s events, so you can just go through the template, fill out all the bits and Bob’s your uncle.

Each session gets its own page, so the longer your campaign goes on for, the more of a book you’ll have by the end of it. And the best part is that you can come back to any point in time in the campaign to see exactly what happened where, when, and to whom.

Getting a new player on board an existing campaign has never been as easy. You just give them the journal and they’ll be right up to speed with what’s going on.


The Sigil Story Journal is part of the files you get when you download the Sigil System, so CLICK HERE to get your hands on the whole Sigil bundle of goodies.

d100 Recipes: Quick Dips & Easy Punch

A tabletop game night is a social night, and that means often a lot of simple, salty snacks and a fair few thirsty throats. This week, we’re taking care of both of those with some dips for your snacks, and a big bowl of punch for the thirsty folk.

Quick Dips

French Onion Dip

  • 1 ½ cups of sour cream
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 packet of dry French Onion soup mix (usually around 30-40g/1-1.5 ounces)

Cheese Dip

  • 1  cup of cream cheese
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika

Beetroot Dip

  • 1 cup of canned beetroot, drained
  • 1 cup of Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Equipment

  • Food processor/blender

Method

  • For all the dips above, just blend the ingredients together in a food processor, or just mix it by hand in a bowl and there you have it.

Serve with your favourite chips, crisps or other snacks.

Easy Punch

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of brewed tea, chilled
  • 1 cups of lemonade
  • 1 cups of ginger ale
  • 4 cups of fruit juice of your choice
  • 2 cups of fruit pieces
  • Ice to serve with

Equipment 

A large bowl to mix it all in.

Method 

  • Mix it all together and enjoy yourself

This makes enough punch to keep you going for a whole night. For the 4 cups of fruit juice, mix and match different fruit juices together to get a better flavour. For example: mix orange, lemon, pineapple and mango juice together for a nice tropical punch; or apple and pear juice for a refreshing springtime punch.

If you want to Irish it up, add 2 cups of vodka or white rum to the punch.


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 6

On the last Dev Journal we looked at getting your characters some friends and making new acquaintances in the grand city. For this Dev Journal, however, we’re bringing some well deserved violence to the streets of Middelburg.

Weapon Classes

In the Runed Age 1.0, weapons don’t exist, at least not mechanically. There’s no real rules for using different types of weapons (outside a quick mention in the Ruined People adventure book). The Sigil System changed that by introducing Weapon Classes, and by Classes I mean “weight classes”

The Weight of a Weapon

All weapons, ranged and melee, come in one of three different weight classes: Light, Medium, and Heavy. These weight classes give the weapons a Damage Modifier which is applied after you hit an opponent (at the same time that Armour Modifiers have always been applied), with Light weapons giving a +10 Modifier, Medium a +20, and unsurprisingly Heavy weapons give a +30 Modifier. Since the damage threshold for a Significant Wound is 20, using a Medium weapon means you will always at least give an opponent a Significant Wound each time you hit them. With a Heavy weapon, you only need to beat your opponent’s roll by 20 to give them a Grievous Wound.

So the short of it is that the heavier a weapon, the more damage it deals once it hits.

Working out those Melee Muscles

While melee and ranged weapons both use the same Weight system, melee weapons also give you a negative modifier to your Fight Skill Check to see if you will even hit the opponent, and just like the Weight Classes, the heavier a weapon, the bigger the modifier and the less likely you are to hit someone with it. The negative modifier these weapons give you is half their damage modifier, so -5 for Light, -10 for Medium, -15 for Heavy.

So heavier weapons are harder to hit someone with, but if you do hit them, they most likely won’t be coming back for seconds.

Range Bands

Where melee weapons get there negative modifiers, ranged weapons get Ranged Bands. Unlike the melee negative modifiers, the Ranged Bands are not tied to the weapon’s Weight Class, and are independently applied to the weapon. Ranged Bands don’t give any modifiers to a Shoot Skill Check, but instead they limit how far away you can actually hit someone with the weapon.

In short: you can only roll a Shoot Skill Check to hit someone if they are within your weapon’s Ranged Band or closer. Easy enough, right?

There are four Ranged Bands, but their distances aren’t fixed or defined in detail. Instead they are narrative ranges that can be different for different scenes and encounters.

Close: melee range. If you can hit something with a stick then they are within Close range.

Near: from a few meters away up to a couple of dozen meters. This is the range at which pistols and thrown objects will accurately hit their target. Anywhere in a room, decently sized house or equivalent is in Near range.

Medium: most of the way across a football field, Medium range requires a people to shout to be heard and good sized weapons to hit something.

Far: from the far end of a football field to easily twice that distance. You need a telescope to properly see further than this.


And that’s the new weapon stats for the new Runed Age. Weapons will now hit harder, but will have some limitations to getting that good hit in. In the final book you will get some examples of all sorts of weapons that fit into each weight and ranged category as well, so you’ll easily be able to pick out the right weapon for your characters.


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.