After a too-long hiatus, I'm returning to Indy for GenCon's 50th anniversary. Find me at Burning Wheel (Booth #2051) in the dealer's hall. Friday night I'm running ACTION CASTLE III! Saturday night I'll be attending D20's Nerdlesque Extravaganza 2017! and helping at the merch table. Sunday afternoon I'm appearing on a panel about indie RPGs. So come on down!
After a historically long absence from game conventions, I'll be attending GenCon 50 in Indianapolis as a special panelist with Mssrs. Tweet, Wallis, Edwards and Crane. Can't wait!
There's also a fair-to-good chance I'll be at Big Bad Con this October in the Bay Area. I'm a stretch goal! Check out their Kickstarter campaign for details.
More news on the horizon...!
Silent as ghosts, the shadow operatives wage a never-ending war against the xenomorphs.
Just uploaded two new character stocks/classes for free under the Torchbearer Sagas license!
EDIT: Also made a PDF of all the Specialists!
Memento Mori Theatricks turns 20 years old this year!* I've been hard at work on an exciting new project. Details to come in the next few months, so stay tuned! Let's just say it's been a long time coming and I have some incredible people involved. Cross your fingers!
Also, be sure to check out the soon-to-be-ending Kickstarter for Middarmark by Thor Olavsrud and BWHQ. I helped out a bit in the development, so go me! It's a super-cool setting book for the Torchbearer RPG. And if you're in the mood for some sci-fi goodness, ask your local planetarium/science center to host SPACE STATION: THE FULLDOME EXPERIENCE!
*I forget the exact date. It originally started in 1996 as a LARP group but that ended when I left Maine to go to San Francisco. I started working on my own game design ideas shortly after arriving in SF, hence the January celebration. According to the Internet Wayback Machine, Memento-Mori.com went online in December, 1998.
I worked with my pal Joe Barry to develop the back story and characters for this mega dungeon and wrote the script for this video! Ah, memories.
I'm running my Parsely game "Space Station" inside the dome at the Charles Hayden Planetarium in Boston. Check out http://thefulldomeblog.com/ for information about this April 21st event!
Any character that meets the minimum qualifications to train as a specialist may add +2 to their lifestyle cost in Town to train in that specialty. When a specialist earns rewards, they should be placed in either their character class (as normal) or in their specialty. When your speciality rewards meet the level requirements for the next level, gain that benefit.
Specialist benefits must be acquired in order and cannot exceed your character class’ level. If you want to change specialties, erase all your rewards in your current speciality start over at 0—you retain your existing benefits. If a specialist benefit duplicates a class benefit you already possess, you may choose which version to keep.If you lose your qualifications (for example, you re-write a wise necessary to the specialist class) you can no longer train in that speciality but you retain your benefits.
Note that some specialties list benefits described in the following Torchbearer Sagas supplements:
Use at your own risk! Highly not play-tested or approved! I'm giving these away for free but if you want to throw a few silver coins my way, go to town. I have pack space!
You wake up inside the cramped confines of a cryosleep chamber. You feel weak and dizzy from a prolonged period in cryonic suspension. What will you do next? Join game designer Jared Sorensen and the Charles Hayden Planetarium team as we break new ground in the Planetarium dome. Inspired by the text-parsing games of the ’80s, Space Station allows the entire audience to play a single character trying to survive a dangerous situation…in space!
Give commands, explore rooms, examine objects, and try to escape the Space Station, if you can!
For more information about the Parsely series of text-based adventure games: memento-mori.com/parsely
Due to live audience participation, it is possible that this event may contain adult language or situations.
Tickets on sale beginning Thursday, January 28 (Tuesday, January 26 for Museum members).
Part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
I see you’ve secured your ICC license and that you’re rated as a warrant officer for star freighters. Excellent. We’re in need of officers for our current run. Just sign here and we’re happy to have you aboard. I’m sure you’ve read the handbook, but here’s another copy for you to keep in your bunk. We’ll talk about the bonus situation later.