On the Shoulders of Dwarves
Dwarven Forge: Ares (episode 5)
The Dwarven Forge concept is directly inspired by [NPC Cast’s Campaign Crucibles](https://npccast.wordpress.com/tag/campaign-crucible/ "Link: https://npccast.wordpress.com/tag/campaign-crucible/").
Our previous forges, [in Hebrew](http://www.dwarves.org.il/tag/campaign-crucible), include:
* Masterwork, a secret conflict in medieval times between guilds such as The Bakers, The Weavers and others, using the magical means of their craft;
* It is Good to Die For Our Country, a horrific reimagining of the first few Aliyahs to Palestine, in which the dead were re-tooled to keep working for the Yishuv;
* Skies of Loot, a Borderlands-like campaign in a barren world and tons of guns;
* Binary Interference, the 20th century but with robots who are trying to be more human;
* Teddy, Save Me, in which your toys come to life to combat the nightmares that come in the night;
* and others.
**2:45 The three elements**
Uri: Secret government organizations
Aviv: “Empire” - [Assassin’s Creed: Origins](https://assassinscreed.ubisoft.com/game/en-gb/home/); [Europa Universalis IV](http://www.paradoxplaza.com/europa-universalis-iv/EUEU04GSK-MASTER.html); [Crash Course World History](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9);
Uri: secrecy, double life, outside of the public sphere but operating within it, hidden from public view. [Vampire the Masquerade](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire:_The_Masquerade); [The Masquerade trope](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Masquerade).
Aviv: military expansion, multicultural, an overarching government organization.
Eran: availability of guns, the great equalizer.
**8:35 What are the players doing?**
We are agents saving the populace of Mars from the underground aliens.
Uri: Old one eye Track - the unofficial judge of a mining community.
Aviv: Amanda Jackson - a conspiracy theory, believes in aliens.
Eran: Xan-Yah - major captain-general of the province. Apparently, [all Asians know martial arts](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AllAsiansKnowMartialArts).
Uri: old mine, Tritium.
Aviv: The Colossus - terrace pyramid that looks to be artificial but is actually a bunch of rocks and sand… or is it? The Face on Mars, [in Cydonia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cydonia_\(region_of_Mars\)).
Eran: Olympus Mons, seat of power, space elevator.
**27:00 Adventure Hooks**
Uri: find Mit the lost kid that was lost, maybe kidnapped by the aliens.
Aviv: a mining pod landed. People want it, the empire wants it as well. The empire will get what it wants.
Eran: an old enemy and his posse want to gun us down. We need to handle an alien artefact/First Settler technology while escaping them.
**33:50 Who would we play**
Uri: Chuckless - a big burly man with a big burly guy.
Aviv: Karim - Earth born, a duster (a scavenger). A spiritual man, on a pilgrimage.
Eran: Colin - An Elsi, into history and archaeology. A peoples person.
**39:00 Gaming system**
Uri: [Shadowrun](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowrun)? No, [Starfinder](https://paizo.com/starfinder/)? No, [Modern d20](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D20_Modern)? Yes.
Aviv: [Savage Worlds](https://www.peginc.com/product-category/savage-worlds/) (maybe [Delta Green](http://www.delta-green.com/) without the horror) or [Genesys](https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2017/6/27/genesys/)
Eran: Savage Worlds or Genesys. [Deadlands](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadlands)
**42:35 Would we play in this game?**
Eran: I would like to run this.
Uri: The Wild Red? ARES - Agents of the Royal Elysium Security
Aviv: Dust Devils - Agents of ARES
Eran: out in the dust, red something?
**50:50 Taking the load off**
Eran’s [new RPG post](http://www.uptofourplayers.com/2017/11/some-alone-time/), [Crystal Ball](https://www.patreon.com/posts/gaze-into-ball-15511128).
Uri: Pathfinder - [Curse of the Crimson Throne](http://paizo.com/pathfinder/adventurePath/curseOfTheCrimsonThrone "Link: http://paizo.com/pathfinder/adventurePath/curseOfTheCrimsonThrone"). Finished part 1! My warlord is awesome!
Aviv: Running [Grove of Ash](https://groveofash.obsidianportal.com), [Vanor](http://www.vanorgames.com/)/Dungeon World; Playing - Out of the Abyss, D&D 5e
_The intro and outro are taken from “Silly Fun” by Kevin MacLeod ([incompetech.com](http://incompetech.com/ "Link: http://incompetech.com/")); Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (
Brought to you by Eran Aviram of On the Shoulders of Dwarves