[shopping] What have you splurged on recently?

Got a little bit extravagant with the playing cards this week...

First off from Ali Express there were some cards for playing Monkey:
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Followed up by some more related packs in case Newt branches out to the other great Chinese novels (in order, The Water Margin, The Romance Of The Three Kingdoms and The Dream Of The Red Chamber):
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And then over at Amazon.com (not .co.uk) I ordered some cards for the Celtic myth game using the Monkey system that I'm going to offer at ConTingency:
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This is the "light" pack, there is also a "dark" pack with the more sinister figures from Celtic myth, but there aren't many very good pictures of those.
 
And then over at Amazon.com (not .co.uk) I ordered some cards for the Celtic myth game using the Monkey system that I'm going to offer at ConTingency
Well, the Celtic myth cards have arrived from the US already, and they're nice. However, I do feel that there is something very hinky going on with Amazon. I could have bought these packs through Amazon UK, they would still have been provided by Amazon US (it says in the listing), and one pack would have been £49.55 (free postage) and the other £30.67+£10 postage, a total of £90.22.

Lucky for me, I have an Amazon US account to buy presents for my sister who lives over there. The same cards on Amazon US, listed as available for delivery to the UK, are $9.95 a pack, +$4.71 postage +$4.92 import fees for a total of $29.53. I know the pound has fallen against the dollar recently, but I didn't think it was that bad!
 

First Age

D&D h@ck3r
Staff member
A Drivethru splurgette has bagged me Vagabonds of Dyfed, an unholy mash between PbtA and OSR. The name has no bearing on the game, it isn't especially Welsh, though 'Vagabonds' has a nice ring to it and I'll be using that as a suitable shorthand.

I bought for a play and for something fresh to kick about at Revelation, where I'll be giving it an outing for a couple of Nordland sessions of giants and Jarls and dwarven tunnels.

I like the game. Inspired, magpie like, from Dungeon World, World of Dungeons, Blades in the Dark and a nod to B/X and other D&D games, the system is a simple 2d6, standard PbtA range result, one move game. Open trait tags that apply to a roll provide a +1 and those that factor against a -1 to a max +3/-3 to the roll. Advantage and Disadvantage are also in there with the usual confusion about when to apply vs using modifiers. Techniques provide special 'feat' like extras and open up new possibilities. Six levels, with increases to hit points, traits and techniques. Pick one of three stances for any task to influence the level of consequences.

I'd have liked to have seen more done with the magic, which looks pretty freeform right now. Pick a technique and narrate the outcome of the move.

I think this looks to be a fun pick up and play game with lots of little mechanical twists in there to make your character breathe in play. It could really do with lots more examples to build out the basics and help to...

Oh.

https://www.kickstarter.com/project...-vagabonds-cyclopedia-an-osr-pbta-supplement/

I splurged on that too.
 
I backed the KS and already played through Sjernheim, great fun. Will be offering Dortoka, City on the Sea of Glass at Revelation as an alternative to the Norse based Stjernheim. Dortoka is roughly placed into what could be called post-apocalyptic fantasy as a genre. AD&D 2e Dark Sun probably gives you a feel for that setting, very different to the Stjernheim 'Viking' style setting. Probably intended to show off the versatility of the system.
 
Lots of splurging on Kickstarter in recent months:
The Chronicles of Future Earth
Savage Worlds Adventure Edition
Lex Arcana
I'm hoping that Kickstarter offers fewer temptations over the next six months .... ;-)
Superb choices those.

Lex Arcana is so pretty and I know Italian artists draw in the realistic rennaissance style that at I adore, but also, being a Italian, I was concerned of future project support so used that excuse to avoid temptation.
 
Superb choices those.

Lex Arcana is so pretty and I know Italian artists draw in the realistic rennaissance style that at I adore, but also, being a Italian, I was concerned of future project support so used that excuse to avoid temptation.
I struggle with this resisting temptation idea...
Given how deep I've backed this I guess that there will be enough to run a lengthy campaign or two even if future support is limited.
 
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