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    • Come out and Meet The Authors
      Come out on Saturday to the Leander Public Library (between 2 and 4 PM) and meet the folks of the Leander Writers Guild. We’ll be there with cookbooks. Stop by say “Hi”, chat about food or whatever geeky goodness comes to mind. View Larger Map
    • OK, We’re going to make it even easier for you.
      Never let it be said that we don’t listen to fans. Things are going well but we’re going to make it even easier on you for you to win a copy of Crunchy Bits. All you have to do is either comment here, hit us up on the contact form, or just drop us an […]
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    • Blasters & Black Holes Update
      Another week and another update. This week I put everything together so far and did some minor changes. There’s a little tweak to starting Hit Points. Added an alternate skill system inspired by the “Saving Throws as Skills” mechanic. The lite and easy aliens. And very easy armor and weapons. Enjoy the PDF. Blasters & […]
    • Murderous Arrows
      The ancient God of Spite and Revenge grew so vile and bitter that the other gods decided to put an end to him. As final act of revenge the God of Spite cut off the finger tips of his left and fashioned them into the arrowheads for the Murderous Arrows. He then let these artifacts […]

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You have got to be kidding me. Yes, this is a real product.

I’m having too many jokes going through my head to even say anything.

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Wow I saw this thing at the store down the road and really people you don’t need this at all.
ramentray
It cooks ramen in half the time. Meaning 4 minutes. Really, you takes you 8 minutes to make ramen? It reusable. Just like a bowl. You don’t have to mess with a complicated stove just use the microwave. You don’t have to use pots or pans. My god. What are you people doing in your kitchens. As a special feature, it rinses easily and is dishwasher safe. And the greatest thing of it reduces sodium by 50%. That’s right. It says on the front of the package. On the back, it explains, how a little plastic tray does this miracle. Use 50% of the flavor packet. Uh so. So what you’re saying is that the tray actually doesn’t reduce sodium. Just use half the flavor dust. Or maybe better yet. Make your own broth to go with the noodles.
Any way, you buy two of them on Amazon for about $14. They make a great gag gift if you want a quick laugh at a high price.

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Well, I’ve had chance to play and run a little Fifth Edition D&D. Did a little pick up game with meat space group, started messing around with a hangout game, and, heck, I even started going to the FLGS went into organized play. Thought I’d never do that.
Anyway, I thought the neatest thing was gonna be the Advantage/Disadvantage mechanic. But I’m loving the Bonus Actions.
So what these Bonus Actions? Well, it’s a special action you get beyond the normal options. What you can do is based on class, spells or situation like at 2nd level a rogue can Hide, Dash, or Withdraw. Fighters can heal a little. These Bonus Actions really help define what a character can do and make the options in combat more specialized giving the classes a more individualized feel.
And they just ain’t for characters. Monsters have them too. Like I said, Bonus Actions give a monster cool things they can do in combat that give that extra bit of flair besides attacking or casting a spell.
So yeah. Bonus Actions. Learn them. Use them. They’re cool.

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Sorry, I just had to do this.

Sorry, I just had to do this.


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I have to say that this is about the best movie that Marvel has put out. I mean really I can’t remember when I left a movie feeling so stoked. I haven’t felt like this since the first time I saw Star Wars. Shit, I can’t think of the last time I went and saw a movie and then the next watched the trailers for it. Maybe it’s because I’ve had all sorts of space opera stuff bouncing around inside my head but I doubt. I doubt Guardians of the Galaxy is going to have as much cultural impact as Star Wars but I really think it fills a void that missing.
farflyguardians
See? There have been plenty of reviews out there. Listen to them. It’s a fun, action filled adventure in space.
So on my good old scale of movies: This ranks as Go Watch It Then Buy The DVD When It Comes Out.

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Yes, I know. I haven’t talked about Savage Worlds in way too long. But I’m bouncing around ideas for a Gonzo Space Opera type game and I can’t help but think about Savage Worlds.
But there’s one thing that I’m getting hung up on and that’s swords. I mean swords (and other melee weapons) get used all the time in the genre look at good old Flash up there. I started think what would be the best way to do this with Savage Worlds. I suppose you could just run it out of the box. But with ranged combat often times having a lower TN, it just didn’t quite hit the sweet spot for me. There have been way too many forum threads on tweaking the TN for ranged combat. And generally the consensus is that it really doesn’t work. And as usual, I want to keep Fast, Furious, Fun, and Simple.
So here’s the embryo of my little idea.
Pull the Armor Piercing (AP) from all the ranged weapons (ray guns, blasters, lasers, phasers, pulse pistols whatever). Only melee weapons would get AP. Increase the AP for non-futuristic melee weapons by 1. Leave the futuristic melee weapons as is. This way there’s a benefit for using the weapon but not one that slice through an unarmed opponent easily. It keeps the core game mechanics in place without too much tweaking. This also isn’t in any way realistic but I’m shooting for the tone of the genre.
Like I said, this the start of an idea. And crap I don’t which game system I’ll use for my little Space Opera idea. If I do end up running with Savage Worlds, one of the plans would be to do a new weapons and armor list. And no I haven’t picked up the SciFi Companion yet. Sorry, money has been really tight. But I do plan on using a bunch of stuff from Slipstream and Daring Tales of the Space Lanes.

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