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Pregnesia: A Real-Time Review

Posted on | June 29, 2011 | Comments Off on Pregnesia: A Real-Time Review

On Monday, just for fun, I live-Tweeted a reading of Carla Cassidy’s masterful “Pregnesia”, the zaniest, most entertaining Harlequin this side of “The Sheik’s Virgin Stable Girl”. Choice plot revelations include:

The repo man finds a beatup pregnant lady in a car he’s actively repossessing and CONTINUES REPOSSESSING THE CAR.

And:

Preggo just had a dream that a Freemason Cult Master was chasing her, and her first response upon waking is, “I have to make a meatloaf.”

Seriously,  this is the best fifty cents I ever spent. You owe it to yourself to check it out. But if you can’t find it — travesty! — or don’t want to shell out the hefty clearance prices, you can read the full Twitter Storify here.

Love FAQs: It’s Alive!

Posted on | June 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

In a strange twist of fate, I’ve been asked by The Escapist to write “LoveFAQs”, a new weekly advice column about sex, dating and relationships. Frankly, I’m beyond excited about it — this is probably the most fun assignment I’ve ever taken on.

The debut column is available here:

Love FAQs #1: Honesty is the Best Poly-cy (Except When It Isn’t)

It’s weekly, so I’ll probably post the links up here for awhile, and then archive them somewhere on the site.

Anyway, go ahead, check it out. And then tell your friends. And your neighbors. And your coworkers. And those guys at the dog park. And that adorable girl at the Tim Horton’s who you swore was checking out your butt. She’d love it best of all.

Oh, and if you actually want to submit a question? Hit me at advice[at]escapistmag[dot]com.

Dragon Age Dread: The Love Song of Antares and Alba

Posted on | June 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

UPDATE: The original file was missing one of the character questionnaires. The PDF has been fixed.

57 pages. I think that’s even longer than the Dread manual. Yikes.

At Rabbitcon 2011, held this past Memorial Day weekend, I ran a homebrew Dread campaign set in the Dragon Age universe. (For those of you unfamiliar with Epidiah Ravachol’s amazing collaborative storytelling/tabletop system Dread, check out the Impossible Dream site. For those of you unfamiliar with Dragon Age, stop reading this right now. Go buy Origins or DA:2. Don’t worry. I’ll wait.)

After mentioning it on this week’s Gamers With Jobs Conference Call podcast, a few people have asked to see my notes on the game. I’m posting them here for your perusal, as well as all the additional game materials, including codex entries (you’ll see), rules explanation, a glossary, and the six questionnaires my awesome players filled out.

Warning: I wrote quite a bit. No, really. My notes alone are 30-odd pages, and that’s not including the supplemental materials.

I kinda overdo it sometimes.

Anyway, if that didn’t chase you off — here’s the summary for the scenario:

“You and your fellow Templars are searching the Brecilian Forest for a powerful maleficar who escaped the Circle of Magi after brutally murdering your Knight-Captain. But without a guide, your group soon became lost in the unfamiliar woods, and you’ve wandered here for weeks without any sign of either the blood mage or a way out. Tensions are high, supplies are low, and the last of the lyrium ran out days ago. You’ve started to see things. Horrible things. And you’re not sure if it’s from the lyrium withdrawal, the blood mage, or the Forest itself, trying to devour you alive. Your only hope now is to destroy the maleficar before someone — or something — destroys you first.”

Hope you enjoy reading “The Love Song of Antares and Alba” as much as I did writing it. It’s rare I feel as proud of a work as I do this one, and I only hope you get as much satisfaction watching your players uncover the mystery of Juran’s death as I did watching mine.

Feel free to post your comments on it below, or drop me a line with your thoughts at lara[AT]laracrigger[DOT]com.

Download the PDF of the Dragon Age Dread scenario “The Love Song of Antares and Alba”

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