The Astounding Adventures Of Dr. Tempest At The Earth’s Core

from the May 1895 issue

More Doc Tempest steampunkery:)

Doc Update

Things go well here at Cross Central. Work for both Grace and I is…well, still work, so what can ya say? At least it brings in money.

Healthwise, things are better now that we are both pretty much over our colds. I have a sneaking suspicion (based upon my own non-medically trained observations) that My Sweet Little Double Fudge Pudding Of Love may be nearing menopause time. Of course, I could be wrong, so we’ll see what her doctor says after her next visit.

The garden is going well. Every day after work I spend a couple of hours planting, transplanting and FUCKING WEEDING. Sweet Dog in heaven, those weeds are harder to control than a Republican Congress! Still, my weed jihad continues.

Ya know, every year in the garden is a learning experience and this year, I learned that starting spinach early indoors is not a good idea. From now on, I’ll just sow the seeds outdoors and be done with it. On the other hand, starting tomatos, beans, squash and some herbs early and indoors has been a very good idea.

Gamingwise, I’m feeling the urge to GM something. I’m leaning towards an action packed fantasy adventure game, tho a pirates + fantasy game has some pretty strong appeal, too. Ruleswise, I’m considering a wide variety of options, from True20 to AD&D to modified Savage Worlds to modified Basic Roleplaying.

Also on the gaming from, I’m doing prep work on the next phase of the Kingdom Building Game. First, I rolled several dice to see how far in the future the game moves. The result was 183 years, which is a pretty good jump. Far enough to allow for some history to accumulate, but not so far as to make what has taken place become ancient history.

Next, I rolled on my Metaplot chart. Some of these metaplots were determined before the game ever started, some came about during the creation of PC/NPC cultures and some came about during play. To keep things simple, I rolled for 2 Major Metaplots and 2 Minor Metaplots. One of the major ones (which took a roll of 1 or 2 on a D30) was a real asskicker and will result in the world 183 years hence being way different from the one now. The other, which had a pretty high probability on the chart, was less of an asskicker, but will effect a goodly number of changes to the current PC cultures. The two Minor Metaplots are actually pretty minor at present…but of course, PC decisions could change all that:)

One big change that I’m mulling over is to let each player get a map of the entire continent at the start of the game. Of course, there’ll be precious few details…except for natural features…and a few vague political markings…but it will make things easier for all of us as far as mapmaking/viewing goes.

Time for work…will write more bloggage later.

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