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Contest Winners

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You didn’t think I forgot to announce the winners of our 2017 Writing Contest, did you?  No sir, just a bit delayed what with everything else that’s going on.

The Winners

Ian — Honorable Mention
Ian gave us the tale of a woman whose live has been shaped by loss and black magick.

Brodie — 3rd Place
Brodie gave us a scavenger hunt waiting to be discovered.

Julian — 2nd Place
Julian gave us a Parisian cafe with a secret.

Sophia — 1st Place
Sophia gave us the tale of a Prince under a dread curse.

 

Meet the Judges

Paul “Wiggy” Wade-Williams
Wiggy is the Creative Director of Triple Ace Games and one of the creative minds behind All for One: Regime Diabolique (his name is on the cover, kids!).  He’s been a published author since 1998 and has written for Atlas Games, Eden Studios, Britannia Games Design, Kenzer & Co., Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Cubicle 7, and Green Ronin. He’s married and lives in the wild north of the UK, in the land of little ponies and constant wind.

Ed Wetterman
Ed is a teacher at College Station High School as well as one of the devious minds behind the Pinebox, Texas and East Texas University setting for Pinnacle Entertainment’s Savage Worlds game.  In addition to his game design work for Pinnacle and Reality Blurs, Ed has written many articles and short stories including The Witch of Linda Lane for Buried Tales of Pinebox, and Hellfighter for Pinnacle.

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All for One Special Event

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Welcome to a France that never was.

Join us Monday, January 30 at 6 pm for a special inaugural event for the new All For One: Regime Diabolique game.  Take a tour of 17th Century Paris. Learn the duties of a Musketeer. Create your hero for the story to come: Who are you? What drives you to be the hero you hope to become.

Teens ages 11-17 are welcome.  All materials provided. No experience necessary.  This is the perfect introduction for new players and anyone new to tabletop roleplaying.


Distant Early Warning

First of all, I want to thank everyone who came out for both or 7th Sea and Halloween events!  Judging by the enthusiasm, mayhem, and volume, both were rousing successes.  I also want to thank everyone who has been part of this program since the beginning.  We wouldn’t be where we are without all of you.

The reason I feel I need to do this is because…

It’s Our Anniversary

Believe it or not, this year marks our tenth anniversary of the Lewisville Library Teen Roleplay Program.  For 10 straight years, we’ve been firing up the imaginations of young men and women with a variety of magical, horrifying, and inspiring worlds of wonder.

What’s Next

Next year, we are going to do something we’ve never done before.  We are going to go back into our back catalog and revisit a game world.  Its a world with plenty of potential for heroic action, swashbuckling derring do, dramatic tragedy, and soul stirring horror.  Just the kind of stuff we love around here. What is it, you ask?  Mark your calendars!  Sharpen your swords!

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The year is 1636 and France is a troubled nation.

A great and terrible evil gnaws at its core.

Darkness stalks the land.

All that stands between chaos and order…

…are the King’s Musketeers.

This is the world of All For One: Régime Diabolique, a world of epic swashbuckling adventure and white knuckle horror.  You are members of King Louis XIII’s elite guard, the Musketeers.  In addition to the wild intrigues of the royal court and the machinations of the scheming Cardinal Richelieu, your duty is to protect the throne from dread horrors only whispered about.  Werewolves, vampires, witches, and other fiends stalk the land, preying on the weak, the innocent, and the naive.

Everyone says there is no such thing as monsters.  You know better, monsieur!

Explore a France of swashbuckling action, powerful magic, daring deeds, courtly intrigue, witty repartee, and vile monsters! The characters are France’s bravest and proudest defenders, the King’s Musketeers. Pitted against them is a plethora of corrupt nobles, black magicians, fell demons, and twisted secret societies.

Set at the height of power of Cardinal Richelieu and Louis XIII, All for One: Régime Diabolique mixes the action of literary works such as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers with horror and intrigue to create a unique, vibrant setting.

Strap on your sword, salute the King, and prepare to cross swords with the creatures of darkness!

All for One: Regime Diabolique is a fantastic game by our friends at Triple Ace Games.  We last visited the Kingdom of France back in 2011.  This was actually the basis for the sample scenario we hosted at TLA in 2012.  Now we’re going back.  This time, we will be using the world’s intended game system: Ubiquity from Exile Game Studios.  This is the same system that powers such fantastic worlds as:

  • Hollow Earth Expedition (Exile Game Studios): Fighting Dinosaurs and Nazis in a race to the center of the Earth!
  • Leagues of Adventure (Triple Ace Games): Exploration and Steampunk science in the Age of Queen Victoria.
  • Desolation (Greymalkin Designs): Post Apocalyptic Fantasy

Get ready for a new world to explore in the new year!  
The adventure begins on Monday, January 16.


What I’m playing…

Most of you have been around long enough to know my roleplaying game hobby extends beyond this library program.  I’ve been playing RPGs since the early 80’s, and regularly since my sophomore year of college (1992).  My regular game group meets every other Friday night, and has for many years.  We took a few temporary breaks to have children (it’s very hard to come up with anything coherent when you are only getting about 2-3 hours of sleep between feedings and diaper changes), but we’ve always managed to bring it all back together.

Just another day, kicking the Adversary in the teeth!The game we are currently playing is Witch Hunter: The Invisible World.  Its a game that is equal parts swashbuckling adventure and macabre horror, taking a lot of cues from one of my favorite pulp literary characters, Solomon Kane.  The players assume the roles of soldiers of faith against the things in the dark, scratching at the door in the night.  These characters are members of apocryphal orders of church knights, most considered heretical by their faiths and denominations.  Witch Hunters all work in the service of God, but come from every faith; Christian, Judaism, Islam, etc.  Character types range from the beleaguered priest, to the bravo swordsman, from the caring midwife, to the sharp-witted cutpurse.  The supernatural has left its mark on each of them, and so they have taken up a higher calling despite the odds.

The genesis for this campaign began about a decade ago when I began playing another (my first) swashbuckling RPG, 7th Sea.  It was (and is!) terrific fun but got me thinking how cool it would be to run a darker sort of game set in colonial America.  That led me to reading Solomon Kane which inevitably led me, via Savage Worlds, to the Savage Worlds of Solomon Kane (SWoSK) and All for One: Regime Diabolique (which for a short period served as our program world milieu).  Witch Hunter actually predates both of these by a couple of months, but after about 2 years of regular SWoSK play, I decided I needed a system that was heftier and a bit less ability-oriented than Savage Worlds and had a more substantial world setting.  And since I’d already been adapting huge chunks of Witch Hunter to my SWoSK game, and since the publisher was kickstarting a long awaited 2nd edition, I decided it made sense to migrate over to a new system and world setting with parallel themes to what my players and I have been enjoying for years now.

We’re also trying something new this time around by going virtual.  While the Friday group has always been evolving, we’ve lost several good players to distance.  I also have some friends who, because we live so far apart, I never get to game with them anymore.  So at the recommendation and guidance from another friend (my GM-guru), we off the tabletop and onto Roll20.  It’s been a challenge, and we’ve had to learn new ways of doing things.  I actually spent money on a gaming headset rather than rely on my old phone earbuds.  But its been a lot of fun to reconnect with players old and new and added a whole new dynamic to our game.

While it’s not the primary mission of our program, one of the things I love to see are players taking the next step, seeking out RPGs on their own and building their own groups, either as players or GMs.  For those of you so inclined, I can’t recommend any of the games I’ve mentioned in this post enough.  SWoSK is a self contained game with all the rules you need to play and enough adventure support to keep your group laughing death in the eye for years.  Like the idea of swashbuckling horror but Savage Worlds just doesn’t do it for you?  Both All for One and Witch Hunter offer very different (and well supported) visions of the same sub-genre.  (All for One now has an official Savage Worlds version, too!)  And if you don’t mind hunting through the aisles at Half Price Books, 7th Sea will rock your world every which way to Sunday.  Want to game but got no group?  Heading off to college in the Fall and want to roll dice with your friends back home?  Roll20 has you covered.

Now get out there, roll some dice and have fun!


All for One: Regime Diabolique

Join us Monday, July 16 for All for One: Regime Diabolique. 6:00 pm at the Lewisville Public Library.

All for One: Regime Diabolique is reserved for teens, ages 12 to 17.


Independence Day ate my game…

Alright everyone, a quick bit of rescheduling. Personally I feel like I’ve been doing tomuch of this lately, so I’m hoping to make this the last unscheduled reschedule of the summer. Anyhow, due to family commitments, I’m going to reschedule today’s All for One game to next week (Monday, July 9th). We’ll follow this up with another session of AfO the following Monday, making them back to back sessions. It’s unorthodox and interrupts the Open Gaming schedule, but might even help with concluding the current game to make way for Heroes of Ash and Flame this fall.

I’ll update the previous post accordingly and post the schedule update on Facebook. So tonight there will be Open Gaming at the library.

Sorry for the short notice. I hope everyone has a great week and happy Independence Day.


All for One: Regime Diabolique

Join us Monday, July 9 for All for One: Regime Diabolique. 6:00 pm at the Lewisville Public Library.

All for One: Regime Diabolique is reserved for teens, ages 12 to 17.