I did not have a good weekend. On Friday night after eating lightly, I started feeling the same abdominal pain I had felt in November from appendicitis. At the time, I was treated with antibiotics but warned that in 40% of cases treated this way, patients eventually still have to have an appendectomy. Hey, people buy lottery tickets for much worse odds! But this time, it had to go. I didn’t wait, I asked Edmund to take me to the Emergency Room where I was admitted, prepped (I’m currently on blood thinners so that means bringing my coagulation rate down), and operated on. Hurray for laparoscopy and highly skilled medical teams!
I was discharged today (Tuesday) and I had a collection of Kickstarter deliveries waiting for me:
Heavy Metal Thunder Mouse
Heavy Metal Thunder Mouse (HMTM) “is a tabletop roleplaying game where you and your friends make your mice, found your club, and hit the streets. These are mice with the gusto to build their own motorcycles and set off into an intimidating world where they are outsized, but never outclassed.”
The game is written by Derek A. Kamal in a light, clear, zippy tone, and illustrated with brio by Jacob Hunt. I had already had time to read the PDF and I love the game already. It uses the Fate Core engine and provides all the rules for playing biker mice, including designing their club or gang and their motorcycles. Publisher’s site: Shoreless Skies Publishing.
Seco Creek Vigilance Committee
Written by Keith Stetson and illustrated by Clarissa Baut Stetson, Seco Creek Vigilance Committee (#SCVCrpg) “is an Old West RPG about justice, law, revenge, and the discrepancy between what is right and what is good. It’s designed for intense, one-shot play with a non-random resolution system that emphasizes choices and their consequences.”
Three notorious outlaws sit in Seco Creek’s jail. The evidence against them for the current crime is scant. They’re probably not guilty—at least of this. But their reputation precedes them and the townsfolk have no intention of letting them make it to trial. You’re part of the posse that apprehended them and the fate of the three outlaws is tied to your actions. But so is your own. What will you do?
Think of a Lady Blackbird-style self-contained adventure game, but with more characters and locations to draw from, should you wish to. Publisher’s site: Human Hand & Brain.
Tiny Dungeons 2e
This is the second edition of the successful game Tiny Dungeons by Alan Bahr, which uses the TinyD6 system. It adds new microsettings by a long list of great writers. I had apparently sprung for the GM screen too, which contains the adventure generator tables. Publisher’s site: Gallant Knight Games.