Archive for October 2014

What about the Traditional “Gamers?”

We focus a lot on making sure that our setting is equal for everyone. Because we write from an American standpoint, being Americans ourselves, this involves improving the situation of the groups of people that are not at the top of the social food chain in American society. So, we write about how women, transgendered individuals, people of different skin colours, and people of various romantic and sexual inclinations, are all at the top of the chain now. What we haven’t done, however, is lower the dominant groups of the real world; we chose to uplift everyone to the same level, without a similar lowering for dominant groups.

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Welcome Ashley!!!

Our last editor was forced to drop out of production before we got to the editing stage, as we mentioned a few weeks ago, but we’re still on great terms. Education comes first. What that means is that we’ve had an opening for a new editor which we’ve recently filled with Ms. Ashley Gant, and we’re super excited about it!

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Crit… Doesn’t Happen, Actually

Early in the development of the Seref System we made the decision that we weren’t going to include automatic successes or critical failures as part of the rules. For a time we allowed automatic successes when play testers rolled a one on skill checks, but this became incredibly muddied when two players each rolled a one in opposed checks. Because we use a D10 system, it’s pretty easy to roll a one, or a ten, moreso than with a D20, where it’s still annoyingly common to see fighters accidentally fling their swords across the room. So rather than have a one in ten chance of humiliating failure, or automatic success that couldn’t be stopped nine times out of ten, we chose to write them out of the game altogether.

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Breaking News from Isis!

2014-10-12 14.37.13Hello again from Isis Nikki Loaf, coming to you live from the cone of shame, with the breaking news that my bowl is empty. I’m aware this is an interruption of your normal gaming related news, but I thought that it was important that you all be made aware of the tragic and urgently desperate fact that my bowl is empty.

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Magic before the Magi

Magic didn’t come out of a vacuum in Pyron. The Magi of Myraea were not the first to discover it, but rather were the first to codify it into a sort of science. Prior to the rise of the Magi, magic was practiced by humans in an intuitive and largely accidental way. Some individuals, with strong enough minds, were able to shape mana without realizing what they were doing. Often these basic spells, crude as they were, were lauded as miracles and gifts granted by the gods. There was no method for casting spells, no safety precautions, no understanding of how magic functioned, and no reliable way to transmit knowledge regarding magic to a new generation of casters.

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