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Media and Inspiration / My First Album Released
« on: August 30, 2018, 06:38:57 pm »
I released my first album - Greatest Hits 2018-2018 - on CDBaby. Several of the songs were written for my Cold Space and FTL Now RPGs, one is from my last band 40+ years ago, and the rest newly written. You can listen to clips, and the song Carnivores can be heard in its entirety.

Enjoy, or ignore. I'm betting on the latter!

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Star Wars-ish Timeline
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:13:47 am »
This is the timeline that my long-running Star Wars-ish game uses. It's my personal headcanon, so not at all official. I have lengthened the time between the Clone Wars and the Rebellion, with Luke and Leia no longer children of Padme Amidala; drastically shortened the length of time hyperspace has been available; made the more human-seeming aliens actually human offshoots; made midiclorians an infection with genetic consequences, and a few other changes. The technology is still fairly static, but no longer mind-numbingly so. :D
Before 2000 years BBY humans expand into the galaxy using sleeper and generation ships. Many are genetically tampered with, eventually forming most of the humanoid species - Twilek, Togruta, Wookiee, Chiss, Zabrak, etc. On various worlds non-human alien species evolve. Along the way, humans meet various aliens, and also are infected by Midiclorians, which sensitizes humanity to the Force.

c. 2000 BBY precursors to the Jedi order form on various worlds, as people attempt to deal with the Force. They discover hyperspace in their experiments, and a few ships were created using these pre-Jedi as living hyperspace drives.

c. 1800 BBY Duros create artificial hyperspace drives and begin expanding into neighboring systems. Tey eventually run into Humans who somehow acquire the technology - buy or steal - and in a cascade, the hyperdrive is spread across the galaxy. At this point, hyperdrives would be rated at 20 or so on the current scale.

c. 1600 BBY the Jedi Order takes form on Jiddha, Atch-To, Tython, and other worlds. At this time most Jeddi are Gray, and Light or Dark Jedi were treated as unbalanced.

c. 1500 BBY the Old Republic is formed. It is one of several moderate sized empires founded about this time.

c. 1400 BBY the Sith Order splits from the Jedi. The Jedi order purges itself of any use of the Dark side, and begins a reformation process.

c. 1350-1050 BBY the Old Republic, which soon allies itself with the Jedi order, engages in a series of devastating galactic wars with the mandelorians, the Sith Empire, and other star empires. By this time, Hyperspace drives would be rated about 10 on the current scale.

c. 1050-1032 BBY the Old Republic is almost defeated when the allied Sith and Mandalorians Empires take Coruscant, but the occupation is short-lived, and in 1032 BBY, the Old Republic is transformed into the Galactic Republic after finally defeating the Sith and Mandelorians. The Sith Empire is utterly destroyed. Darth Bane, last Surviving Sith Lord, institutes the Rule of Two.

112 BBY Invasion of Naboo. The fastest hyperdrives are rated 1

104 BBY The Clone Wars begin with the founding of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

99 BBY Empire Founded. Jedi driven into hiding or killed. Massacre of the younglings.

20 BBY Construction of the first Death Star begins.

19 BBY Ezra Bridger, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa born. Luke and Leia stolen from their mother, Darth Vader's concubine, by Obi-wan Kenobi. Vader finds Obi-Wan on Mustafar. In a duel, Obi-Wan defeats Vader and leaves him helpless, but he lives, sealed in his armor from this point on.

11 BBY Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus join forces

5 BBY Kanan Jarrus takes on Ezra Bridger as a Padawan.

~4 BBY the Alliance begins to form from separate Rebel groups

0 BBY. Jedha City destroyed by Death Star. Battle of Scarif. Luke Skywalker leaves Tatooine with Obi Wan and Han Solo. Alderaan destroyed. Leia rescued. Battle of Yavin.

2 ABY Poe Dameron born.

3 ABY Battle of Hoth. Luke trains with Yoda. Han Solo encased in Carbonite.

4 ABY Han Solo rescued. Jabba killed. Battle of Endor. Second Death Star destroyed. New Republic established.

5 ABY Battle of Jakku. Empire defeated. Both sides disarm. Much of Imperial Navy retreats into Unknown Regions. Ben Solo Born

c. 6-10 ABY First Order begins taking shape in UR.

11 ABY Finn born.

15 ABY Rey born.

28 ABY Leia Organ leaves Senate, forms Resistance.

c. 32 ABY New Jedi Order destroyed. Luke goes into exile, Ben Solo becomes Kylo Ren.

34 ABY Rey meets Finn on Jakku. Hosnian System, New Republic capital, and all Hosnian wolds destroyed by Starkiller Base. Han Solo killed by Kylo Ren. Starkiller Base destroyed by Resistance. Stellar Knights Order created. Battle of Crait. Death of Luke Skywalker. Current year.

As always, do what you want with these! With my compliments!

Enjoy! :D

Caper Class Small Freighter - Exterior
Caper Class Small Freighter - Interior



In Star Wars, the technology has essentially been the same for tens of millennia.  The differences in - say - a spaceship from 5000 years ago and a current New Republic ship would be one of style, not substance. In the universe, there have been only two really different technologies developed to fruition, the Death Star weapon technology implemented by the Empire, and the Starkiller Base weapon technology implemented by the First Order.

An argument that technologies have merely naturally plateaued is invalid, because all technologies plateauing at the same time is immensely unlikely, and by holographic tech, which is frankly primitive. So why has technological progress stopped?

Some ideas I have had:
  • Functional illiteracy discourages actual science. The only scientist I know of in the setting is Jyn Erso's father Galen, who invented the Death Star technology.
  • Droids build droids, and everything else. People don't know how any more. They know how to operate, and repair, but not create.
  • Being whipsawed between Sith and Jedi every so often can't help...
  • The social setting is also extraordinarily static, and discourages change. Apparently Republics are for inter-world governments, not world-governments! All those princes and princesses are protecting their legacy. Primogeniture and feudal rights for the win!
  • The brutally stupid economics of Star Wars - trade by smugglers? Really? - won't permit real innovation to take hold.

Any other thoughts?

It's funny how sometimes some odd information is hard to find on the web. I have been drawing Star Wars ships lately, and in order to scale things properly, I needed to find out how large the one thing that is common on most Star Wars ships is - the docking ring. They are designed to mate up, so they need to be the same size! I searched under all kinds of names - docking ring, docking tube, ring dock - but could find nothing. Finally I looked at official Millennium Falcon plans. Knowing the actual length of the Falcon (35 meters), I measured the length of the ship and the diameter of the docking rings, and got a diameter of 3.5 meters. So, if you ever need to know, there it is! :D

We are currently simultaneous with the end of The Last Jedi movie:

At the very least, Emperor Palatine's exploration of the Unknown Regions (UR) of the galaxy started as soon as he became Emperor, but it may have been started under the Republic. He established a network of UR study bases, where knowledge of the UR was pooled and applied, and specially constructed - and expensive - survey ships were sent out to map viable paths into the UR.

In the meantime, three other projects were started, the two Death Stars and Starkiller Base. Starkiller Base was bigger, more powerful, and the technology less understood, so it took considerably more time to perfect, and when the Emperor died, it was far from complete. It was finally finished by the First Order 30 some years after the Emperor died.

After the Battle of Jakku, a year after the Battle of Endor, the Empire was forced to sign a peace treaty that involved crushing reparations and strict disarmament restrictions, much like Germany after WWI. The Empire still exists as a rump state, with defined borders and no military, in the northwest portion of the galaxy as seen in the standard map.

Much of the military escaped over the next few years into the UR, via the Emperor's charted routes, where the New Republic could not go without charting their own routes. In the Unknown regions they found various world and system-wide governments, alien and slow-boat settled human, and began conquering them. They soon ran into Snoke's sphere of influence, and fell under his Force aided spell, forming the First Order.

Politically, after the peace treaty was signed, the New Republic was forced by internal politics - i.e. strong separatist sentiment which did not trust any strong centrist republic, like the Republic in the Clone Wars - to partially disarm, drawing down the Allieance war machine to much smaller levels. The Centrist worlds in the New Republic at first resisted the dominance of the Separatists, then began drifting away from the New Republic. Initially, it was a net gain for the New Republic, but since the New Republic was NOT Centrist, they had to allow worlds to join or leave the Republic as they wished.

These Centrist worlds either publicly or, more commonly secretly supported the First Order. But the First Order that could be seen, those few Centrist worlds that were publicly part of it, seemed tiny and weak, as no one knew about the far larger and more cohesive part inside the UR. Leia Organa found out that the First Order was much larger and powerful than the New Republic thought, and tried to warn the Senate, but bribed - and traitorous - politicians blocked her, and information that she was the daughter of Darth Vader was released, discrediting her generally.

She formed the Resistance with funding from a few governments in the New Republic who trusted and believed her, but it was always a scratch force, more as a picket than a true fighting fleet. The fighting fleet would be that of the New Republic, which despite its draw down, was capable of fighting the New Order toe to toe. Then the Movies (VII & VIII) happened...

I have another Star Wars ship you are welcome to take. I don't need one, but I can't help but make these things, and it eats up time! My players have a ship, thank you, and don't need this one. It's a yacht, or maybe a small charter cruise ship. I do think more ships need ballrooms!




Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Have a Star Wars Ship!
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:34:03 pm »
I got in to work this morning and couldn't log in - as a contractor my credentials die once a month if my boss doesn't renew them, and he forgot, so I sat at my desk and drew this ship while I waited to get renewed. I did the interior later when I got home. You all might as well enjoy it. :D


Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / I'm a GM!
« on: October 31, 2017, 07:40:54 am »
So I spent hours last night figuring out that the 14 mile by 9 mile floating fragment that the PCs claimed in my Volant/StarCluster 4 - Sabre & World mashup could potentially support a population of 14,400, of which 4200 could be non-farmers.

No one asked.

I'm a GM!

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / This was just fun!
« on: October 28, 2017, 11:51:39 pm »
OK! Tonight my Blood Games current story arc ended with the Half Angel 109 feet tall, radiating light and striding through the grounds of Chateau Ile Marie in Normandy, swinging his flaming sword and killing SS guards right and left, scaring Nazis so they pissed their pants, and blinding everyone who didn't run, and stepping on and killing an immortal SS wizard trapped in the metal frame of his sedan chair which had shrunk to two feet square, because the Half-Djinn, who was invisible and in gaseous form shrank it on him, after setting fires in the ammunition of five of the six machine gun Anti-Aircraft batteries, sending rounds cooking off, and the fifty foot long flaming arrow from the giant angel put paid to the sixth as he strode, Wings stretching 200 feet from tip to tip flapping and sending windstorms shrieking through the estate, while in the cellar the blind Hunter staked a vampire and cut off his head, with the Healer and the Mystic helping him with a machete and holy water, and the Witch running through the chateau basement cellblock, invisibly flinging the heavy latches on the doors up so the prisoners could escape.

My players can make an excellent plan, and execute it.

The 100 foot tall angel flew them to England and safety afterward, where they will be trained as operatives to come back, in the spring of 1941. And not 100 feet tall.

Media and Inspiration / More Music
« on: September 01, 2017, 03:34:57 pm »
Since it was so wildly popular last time, I figured I would inflict another song on you all. This one is set in the post-apocalyptic earth of FTL Now. It's called Swim Sheba, and it's less power pop, more prog rock than the last one...



So, tonight I release to an apathetic, yawning, scratching public yet another in my StarCluster 4 Magazine series. Yes, you may very well blink your eyes at me! I hear your "Whatever, man!"s of delight! This one is Magazine 3: Time And Money. Hahahaha! You are so amusing with your fake snores! The new magazine can be found at:

Precis Intermedia Games in PDF


Lulu in Print

Media and Inspiration / A Little Music
« on: July 05, 2017, 06:04:50 pm »
Hi all!

I am getting back into music again, after 40 years, and thought you might like to hear the progress. This is not yet a final mix, but is well on its way.



News and Adverts / StarCluater 4 - Sabre & World Released
« on: March 03, 2017, 10:48:03 am »
Just released - StarCluster 4 - Sabre & World, a Sword and Planet game using the StarCluster 4 system.

StarCluster 4 - Sabre & World is a role-playing game based on the classic Sword and Planet sub-genre of Science Fiction novels. These started over a hundred years ago with Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series, which had a recent movie released based on it.

In these books, people from Earth are somehow transported to a different world, where there are other people who look very much like us with minor differences. These books are full of adventure and discovery, and are great fun to read.

Sabre & World helps you create your own Sword and Planet world to adventure in, where you and your gaming group play characters from Earth or natives to this world, human or not so human! Enjoy!

Sabre & World is available in print from Lulu and in pdf from One Bookshelf and Precis Intermedia.

News and Adverts / Halkaraxe for StarCluster 4 - Out of the Ruins
« on: January 03, 2017, 06:18:31 pm »
Just released! A supplement for StarCluster 4 - Out of the Ruins



Helkaraxe, a bridge of ice from Manwe to Valinor and back, for those who do not have the ships to make it

Helkaraxe, A place of utter dark, black on black, shades on shades, where the only light is from stars and stations

Helkaraxe, the ultimate freedom and the ultimate opportunity, the ultimate frivolity and the ultimate prison

Helkaraxe, where Morgoth Bauglir whispers into your soul

In Print from Lulu:

As PDF From OBS:

As PDF From Precis International:

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