On the Shoulders of Dwarves

Dwarven Forge: Ares (episode 5)

On the Shoulders of Dwarves
Dwarven Forge: Ares (episode 5)
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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); Eran: Guns **4:40 Themes** 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. [Tyranny](https://www.tyrannygame.com/) [Cowboy Bebop](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy_Bebop) [X-COM](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-COM) **15:15 People** 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). **21:50 Places** 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?** Uri: Yes. Aviv: IDK. Eran: I would like to run this. **45:45 Name?** 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 ()_ _On the Shoulders of Dwarves is shared under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International ()_
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