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A Pictorial History of My Late Campaign Part 4

The last arc of "Le Vin Et La Vie" was a return to occult conspiracy.

To end a magical curse on her homeland of Gallia,
our heroine, Chevalieuse Vivienne de Malbec,
 her fiance, Giralomo di Sangiovese,
and their ally, Philippe de Bordeaux,
had been scouring the land for bits and pieces
of the god Dionysus
who had been made flesh and carved up by his sneaky Roman sorcerors. 

Now Onenharatase, a Huron shaman with shape-changing powers and a thing for booze,
had escaped the clutches of a trio of nefarious occultists.
These three sought to use Dionysus to usher in a new age of magic and monsters.

Vivienne and her allies journeyed to Massilia to confront the evildoers.
There they discovered their foe was the immortal alchemist Dom Perignon,

who had cut out his own heart and hidden it for safety.
His allies were the witch Rousanne,
a seductress and consorter with demons,

and the gleefully sadistic swordsman Riesling
(who was secretly a "patchwork man").

The villains had…

And Robin Hood is in it too

My first serious attempt at playtesting Regency/Gothic with Robin has gotten really unserious pretty quickly.

I remember ignoring this comic rather pointedly when it came out because I thought the idea was stupid, but when you cast the Duke of Wellington as an amnesiac once and future king and have your Byron stand-in visit Transylvania instead of Greece, it works much better.

A Pictorial History of My Late Campaign Part 3

Did I mention "Le Vin Et La Vie" was a fantasy campaign?

Because it was.

The third act of the campaign marked a turn toward something more whimsical and hopeful.

When the Montgolfier brothers took our heroine aloft in their balloon
 they discovered the art of aerial archaeology
 and uncovered a lost Roman ruin wherein they found the head of Dionysus.
 (No, seriously, it was the actual head of the god they worshiped.)

Around 1700 years before, freaky Roman cultists
had bound the god in flesh

and divvied up the parts throughout Gallia to improve their sociopolitical power.

Now Vivienne de Malbec
and her lover, Giralomo di Sangiovese,
had the chance to break the curse on Gallia and restore peace and happiness to the land
 by finding all the pieces and putting Dionysus back together again.

First, though, Vivienne had to be convinced magic wasn't inherently harmful
so there was an interlude where she saved some benevolent fairies
from the walking castle
of a whimsically vill…

Review: All For One Savage Worlds Edition

Even though I just finished a French-ish swashbuckling campaign and I’m trying to playtest Regency/Gothic, I couldn’t help buying the Savage Worlds conversion of Triple Ace Games’ All For One: Regime Diabolique. What can I say? I love swashbuckling.
The short response is that if you’re a lazy bastard like me, this is a godsend I could have used three months ago.If you’re more of an old-school DIY type, you’ve probably got everything you need between your copies of Flashing Blades and D&D.Heck, if you’ve got Honor + Intrigue and Flashing Blades, you could extrapolate everything in this book into the game system of your choice… but I’m lazy and I’m happy Paul "Wiggy" Wade-Williams did the work.
(Also, Robin hates learning new systems, so she’s happy to stick with Savage Worlds.)

The high concept of AFO:RD is that it is literally the setting of Dumas’ musketeer novels – Milady deWinter and Rochefort receive game stats and Wiggy constantly name-drops D’Artagnan and reference…

A Pictorial History of My Late Campaign Part 1

Robin and I recently (unexpectedly) wrapped up our most recent duet campaign, "Le Vin Et La Vie," an alternate history/fantasy swashbuckler set more or less in the mid-1700s. It was a tumultuous campaign with a few do-overs and surprising twists, but I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, when your heroine finds Mr. Right, sometimes you just have to let the story fade out on "They Lived Happily Ever After..."

Because of our fixation on this,
it was set in a world where everyone worshiped this guy

instead of this guy
except for the pseudo-Ottoman Empire that worshiped this guy
in the form of this:

Our heroine, tomboyish yet forthright Vivienne de Malbec,

daughter of Hungarian-born Blaise de Malbec,
comte du Quercy,
and her foolish sister Marguerite
found themselves drawn into a plot by Rothschild, duc du Burgundy,
his cruel and vicious mistress, Blanchot de Chardonnay, marquise du Chablis,
and his henchman, Armand Rousseau de Pinot Noir,
to overthrow Rothschild's …