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Rogue Games Tabbloid -- April 2, 2009 Edition

Rogue Games Tabbloid -- April 2, 2009 Edition

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This is the daily PDF collection of the various blog posts made by Rogue Games' Richard Iorio and James Maliszewski. This daily collection is a great mix of gaming history, design notes, and the various topics influencing Richard and James' writing and design work.
This is the daily PDF collection of the various blog posts made by Rogue Games' Richard Iorio and James Maliszewski. This daily collection is a great mix of gaming history, design notes, and the various topics influencing Richard and James' writing and design work.

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2April,2009   
T     
oday'sTabbloid   
PERSONALNEWSFOR
riorio2@rogue-games.net  
1    
ROGUEFEED    
 APR01,200901:37P.M.   Worst.Module.Ever.  Itryveryhardnottobehyperboliconthisblog;IknowIoftendont  succeed.ButIamhardpressedtothinkofanymodulepublishedunder   the
 Dungeons&Dragons
 bannerthatwasworsethan1988s
Castle   Greyhawk   
.Consider:GaryGygax’slegendaryCastleGreyhawkhad   neverseenpublicationexceptinsnippets(suchas
 Dungeonland    ,Land     BeyondtheMagicMirror   
,and
 IsleoftheApe   
).Therewereoccasional—     unrealizedintimationsbyGarythatTSRmightonedaypublishedthis   megadungeoninamorecompleteform.WhenmoduleWG7was   released,aspartofthe
brand,noless,Iamsure   manyexpectedittobethefulfillmentofalong-helddream.IknowIdid.  Unfortunately,
CastleGreyhawk
ismorenightmarethandreama   puerile,unfunnycollectionofshlock.“Thecommonthemeofthis   dungeonisthatnojokeissoold,nopunissobad,andnoschtickisso   obviousthatitcantbeusedtoconfuseandtripupPCs!”Thatsumsitup   prettywellinmyopinionand,ifithadntbeenforthefactthatthe   modulewasreleasedinthewakeofGygax’sousterfromTSRanevent  thatshooktheindustryandthehobbyIprobablywouldntregardthis   modulewithsuchbile.Asitis,theentirethingcomesoffasa   sophomoricattempttobelittleoneoftheco-creator’softhegameandto   destroythegameworldhecreatedforit.  Now,I’mnotsurethatit
was
infactsuchathing.Giventhatitstwelve   levelswerewrittenbyavarietyoffreelancers,someofthemextremely   talentedandwellregarded(PaulJaquaysandStevePerrinbeingstand-  outs),it’squitepossiblethatthewholethingwasntsomuchaconcerted   attackonGygaxasaprojectthatgotoutofcontrolandtookona   ridiculouslifeofitsown.Ontheotherhand,asmanyonthisblogcan   attest,thelate80swereatimewhenmanyatTSR
did
makearealeffort  tobesmirchGary’sreputation(Thisiswhentheludicrous“Garywasa   cokehead”rumorwasstarted,afterall).Likewise,
CastleGreyhawk   
s   ham-handeduseofpunsandpopculturalreferences(to
 StarTrek   
,for   example)couldquiteplausiblybeinterpretedaspointedatGygax,who    bothenjoyedhumor   andoftenincludedallusionsandoutright   borrowingsfrompopcultureinhishomecampaign.  MyownsympathiesliewiththosewhoseeWG7asanti-Gygax,butI  cantbecertainthere’sanytruthtoit.Anotherpossibilitymighthave    beenthat,whileitsoriginwasntdefamation,thefactthatitcouldbe   readthatwaytickledsomeofthehigherupsatTSR,knowingtheycould   hidebehindplausibledeniabilityshouldanyoneconfrontthemonthe   matter.Interestingly,thismodule’simplicitcriticismofGarylivesonat  theWizardsoftheCoastwebsite,whereanarticlebyJohnRateliff    blamesGygaxhimselfforlayingthegroundworkforthisterriblemodule:  “theparodyelement[of
 Dungeonland
and
 LandBeyondtheMagic    Mirror   
]openedthedoorforthelaterWG7,  
CastleGreyhawk   
(1988).”  Sincethearticlecontainsnumerousfactualandinterpretiveerrorsabout  thehistoryofthehobby(suchasnotknowingwhoEricShookwas,for   example),it’seasytodismissaserrantnonsense,butitspeaksvolumes   aboutthelongshadowGarycastsoverthishobby.Hewasacolossusand   itsperhapsunsurprisingthatsomanypeoplewantedto“expose”himas   havingfeetofclay.It’sregrettablethat
CastleGreyhawk   
wasever   published.WhetherornotitwasintendedasajibeagainstGary,fewcan   say,butIthinkit’scertainthatthismodulewasill-conceived,badly   done,andaslapinthefaceofGreyhawkfans,whodbeenhopingtosee   moreoftherealCastleGreyhawk,adreamthatremainsunfulfilledover   20yearsafterthereleaseofthismodule.  
 
TabbloidvonheutePERSONALNEWSFOR
riorio2@rogue-games.net  
2April,2009   
2     
ROGUEFEED    
MarineFireTeam     
 APR01,200901:29P.M.  ThisteammaybeencounteredjustaboutanywherethereareMarines,a    bar,andaneedformilitaryassistance.  
GROUPNOTES    
ThissquadofMarinesareenjoyingsomeshoreleaveafterashortterm     combatassignment.Theyarenotlookingfortrouble,butwillcertainly   notshyawayifpresentedinthemostsubtleform.Theyarebasically   good,buthaveacollectivelyshorttemper.Theyareusuallyabletodo   anyrequireddamageandstilldodgethelocalauthorities.Aslongas   therearenodeathsormajordestructionofproperty,superiorsincluding   theseniorNCOandofficers,willtendtolooktheotherway.  Thissquadisaheavyweaponssquadandperformsartilleryforward   observation.Thisspecialfunctionisonlyforhighgrade,independent  marines.Theyareusuallyoneofthefirstteamsdownandthisjobcalls   forhighergradethanordinaryforafireteam.Theywillbetypically   equippedwithPulseRifles,PowerBackpacks,andMediumCombat   Armor.  
REFEREENOTES    
Thissquadisprofessionalandofmoderatelyhighquality.Theyusetheir   combatskillsbothtosettlescores,andtoescapethewrathoflocallaw    enforcementandsuperiors.Theyshouldnotbeallowedtogetawaywith   murderormajordestructionofproperty,butafewbrokenbones,  glasses,andtablesandchairswouldnotcausethisgrouptoserveany   morethanextradutywhenbackonboardship.  
INDIVIDUALNOTES’  MARINEGUNNY    Species:  
Terran
Gender:  
Female   
 Age:  
43
Height:  
1.90m
 Weight:  
47kg   
Homeworld:  
TheMarches,HighPopulation   
Careers:  
Marine(Veteran)  
Rank:  
Body:  
12
Dexterity:  
7
Perception:  
8
Presence:  
6
 Will:  
8   
 Vitality:  
50
Resolve:  
40   
Skills:  
 Acrobatics3    Athletics5   Bureaucracy3   Computers3   Defend5   Dodge5   Intimidation4   Language(LinguaTerra)2   MedicalSciences4   Melee6   Non-nativeLanguage2   Profession(Marine)6   Shoot7   Stealth7   Survival6   Tactics7   TechnicalSciences(Demolitions)4   UnarmedCombat6    VehicleOperation3   She’sanexcellentleaderforafireteamthatneedstooperate   independently.Shealsoallowsherfireteamtotaketheinitiativewhen   requiredinthefield.However,shewillnotdowellinajobwhereshehas   closeand/orconstantcontactwithhersuperiors.Itsnotthatshedoesnt  likeofficers,it’sjustthatshe’ssousedtobeingindependentonthe    battlefieldthatshewouldntworkwellinthetraditionalunitformation.  Infact,she’salreadythinkingaboutretiringandseekingapositionwith   amercenaryunitwhereshecanmaintainherindependence.  
MARINE1   Species:  
Terran
Gender:  
Male   
 Age:  
33
Height:  
1.90m
 Weight:  
54kg   
Homeworld:  
Wildspace(LowTech)  
Careers:  
Marine(Experienced)  
Rank:  
SquadPettyOfficer   
Skills:  
 Acrobatics3    Athletics6   Brawl2   Bureaucracy2   Defend4   Dodge6   Intimidation3   Language(LinguaTerra)2   MedicalSciences3   Melee5   
 
TabbloidvonheutePERSONALNEWSFOR
riorio2@rogue-games.net  
2April,2009   
3     
Profession(Marine)4   Shoot4   Survival5   Tactics4   TechnicalSciences(Electronics)7   UnarmedCombat6    VehicleOperation2   Thismarineisthemainobserverontheteam.Althoughallinthesquad   aretrainedobservers,thisishismainjob.Heisalsoverygoodatbasic   survivalskillsandevendoeswellwithoutmodernequipment.Hewill  usehislaserwhenhemustuse,butisgoodathand-to-handandwill  usuallyallowtheshooterstodotheirjobwhilehemakessurehe’sin   positionforhisnextspot.  
MARINE2    Species:  
Terran
Gender:  
Male   
 Age:  
30
Height:  
1.75m
 Weight:  
51kg   
Homeworld:  
Civilized   
Careers:  
Marine(Experienced)  
Rank:  
SquadPettyOfficer   
Body:  
11
Dexterity:  
10
Perception:  
9
Presence:  
9
 Will:  
10   
 Vitality:  
53
Resolve:  
48   
Skills:  
 Acrobatics3    Athletics3   Bureaucracy2   Computers6   Defend4   Dodge4   Intimidation3   Language(LinguaTerra)3   MedicalSciences2   Melee4   Profession(Marine)4   Shoot7   Shoot(LaserSniperRifle)5   SocialSciences(History)3   Survival3   Tactics4   UnarmedCombat4    VehicleOperation4   Thismarineistheteamsniperandisalsoskilledincombatsurvivaland   demolitions.Heisalsothegeekofthegroupandisthebuttofmuch   goodnaturedribbingfromhissquadmates.Althoughhe’sbeento   collegeandhasthehandsofasurgeon,hejustlovesbeingasniper.In   addition,heandhisspotterarenearlyinseparable.  
MARINE3   Species:  
Terran
Gender:  
Male   
 Age:  
27
Height:  
1.75m
 Weight:  
54kg   
Homeworld:  
TheMarches(HighPopulation)  
Careers:  
Marine(Novice)  
Rank:  
LeadingArmsman   
Body:  
9
Dexterity:  
9
Perception:  
9
Presence:  
8
 Will:  
9   
 Vitality:  
45
Resolve:  
45   
Skills:  
 Acrobatics3    Athletics4   Bureaucracy1   Computers2   Defend2   Dodge4   Intimidation1   Language(LinguaTerra)2   MedicalSciences1   Melee2   Non-nativeLanguage1   Profession(Marine)2   Shoot2   Stealth6   Survival1   Tactics1   TechnicalSciences(Demolitions)4   UnarmedCombat3    VehicleOperation1   Thismarinejustlovesblowingthingsup.Hecanalsomovethrough   areasmakinglittlesoundandisusuallythedesignatedpointpersonof   thesquadwhenmovingaround.He’snotaterriblygreatshooter,as   Marinesgo,buthisstealthanddemolitionexpertisemakehimavaluable   squadmember.  
MARINE4    Species:  
Terran
Gender:  
Female   
 Age:  
30
Height:  
1.70m
 Weight:  
48kg   
Homeworld:  
TheMarches(HighPopulation)  
Careers:  
Marine(Experienced)  
Rank:  
SquadPettyOfficer   
Body:  
10
Dexterity:  
8
Perception:  
11
Presence:  
11
 Will:  
10   
 Vitality:  
50
Resolve:  
53   
Skills:  

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