Cortex Archive

  • I was talking about this with Ryan Macklin last night and I had a moment of

    Index Card Tactics

    I was talking about this with Ryan Macklin last night and I had a moment of "huh, I should write this down" so here it is.At Pax East, I ran a game of what can probably best be described as tabletop Final Fantasy Tactics.  Early in the con I had r...

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  • I ran a game last night on relatively little prep.  I was using Dave Chalker's Marvel Heroic RPG-D&D 4e hack, and I threw together some notes to create the adventure as quickly as I could and threw them up on google plus, just because they're a nic...

    Heroic Adventuring

    I ran a game last night on relatively little prep. I was using Dave Chalker's Marvel Heroic RPG-D&D 4e hack, and I threw together some notes to create the adventure as quickly as I could and threw them up on google plus, just because they're a nic...

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  • Affiliations are one of the neat ideas in the Marvel Heroic RPG.  They touch upon what I had to say about normal the other day because they are (arguably) the central part of any roll you make in Marvel.  That is to say, you could conceivably make a ro...

    Don’t Take The Affiliation, Even Though It’s Awesome

    Affiliations are one of the neat ideas in the Marvel Heroic RPG. They touch upon what I had to say about normal the other day because they are (arguably) the central part of any roll you make in Marvel. That is to say, you could conceivably make a ro...

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  • I cheat a bit when I run Leverage and its variants.  According to the rules, when the GM spends a PP to create something, it's created at d6.  I'm less kind, and when I create things, they're d8s, and for all intents and purposes, I have an infinite bu...

    Normal (d6)

    I cheat a bit when I run Leverage and its variants. According to the rules, when the GM spends a PP to create something, it's created at d6. I'm less kind, and when I create things, they're d8s, and for all intents and purposes, I have an infinite bu...

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  • I've been randomly hacking things in my head for Cortex plus and it's produced a few usable widgets that I figured I'd share.Cracking Dice - This is a pretty simple concept, but it struck me as something that might streamline any dice distribution syst...

    Some Random Cortex Hacks

    I've been randomly hacking things in my head for Cortex plus and it's produced a few usable widgets that I figured I'd share.Cracking Dice - This is a pretty simple concept, but it struck me as something that might streamline any dice distribution syst...

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  • One other interesting thing that came out of the Leverage game at PAX-east was a discussion of stats.  For those unfamiliar with the game, it's worth noting that Leverage has some very normal stats (Strength, Agility and whatnot) but no

    Active Stats and Leverage

    One other interesting thing that came out of the Leverage game at PAX-east was a discussion of stats. For those unfamiliar with the game, it's worth noting that Leverage has some very normal stats (Strength, Agility and whatnot) but no "social" stat. ...

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  • I only managed to run one game of Leverage at PAX, and despite my degraded health, I think it went decently well.  I've found I like paying a lot of attention to what the group takes as their secondary role, since it often tells you a lot about what th...

    A Tip for Masterminds

    I only managed to run one game of Leverage at PAX, and despite my degraded health, I think it went decently well. I've found I like paying a lot of attention to what the group takes as their secondary role, since it often tells you a lot about what th...

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  • I pulled together a gone on pretty short notice today, with no real sense of what I was going to do with it. I ended up pulling up something together pretty much whole cloth, and it ended up weird but pretty cool.Premise was a city of gods, where one g...

    The Sacred Cow Job

    I pulled together a gone on pretty short notice today, with no real sense of what I was going to do with it. I ended up pulling up something together pretty much whole cloth, and it ended up weird but pretty cool.Premise was a city of gods, where one g...

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  • I mentioned earlier in the supernatural/Leverage hack a couple types of dice that allow you to simulate more dangerous monsters in a fair fight, specifically kept dice (which are used in addition to the usual two) and hard dice (which always roll their...

    A Magic Trick

    I mentioned earlier in the supernatural/Leverage hack a couple types of dice that allow you to simulate more dangerous monsters in a fair fight, specifically kept dice (which are used in addition to the usual two) and hard dice (which always roll their...

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  • One of my absolute favorite tricks in Leverage is that there is no obligation to stat the opposition from the getgo.  Structurally, there are certain questions you need to answer about the mark and such, but the mark isn't really the opposition.  I'm t...

    Adding the Monster

    One of my absolute favorite tricks in Leverage is that there is no obligation to stat the opposition from the getgo. Structurally, there are certain questions you need to answer about the mark and such, but the mark isn't really the opposition. I'm t...

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