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#1 BigJackBrass

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 06:08 PM

File Name: Cogs, Cakes and Swordsticks<p>File Submitter: BigJackBrass</p >
File Submitted: 26 Aug 2014
File Category: One Offs and ShortsGenre: Victoriana
Profanity Level: Jolly Sweary Indeed



Cogs, Cakes and Swordsticks: Time Flies By


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Welcome one and all to the Age of Steam! Back in their natural habitat of casual imperialism and copious baked goods, the Whartson Hall Aethernauts fire up the boiler and pop the kettle on before venturing into the world of Cogs, Cakes and Swordsticks by Lynne Hardy, a streamlined aƩronef of a game, as smooth as a glazed teapot and faster than a whirring Babbage Engine! This adventure is complete in a single episode, including character generation and considerable discussion of potatoes.

Our intrepid and somewhat mismatched trio take a job as couriers, delivering a parcel to a lady at St. Pancras station in London. She is meeting them by the First Class lounge, so clearly there is no reason to believe that any double-dealing, foul play or general naughtiness lies ahead...

The Whartson Hall Aethernauts play through the Google+ Hangouts facility rather than face-to-face in a room. Despite our best efforts, listeners may find some reduction in sound quality as a result. Entertainment quality remains at our customary low level, of course.

The intro and outro pieces are by the very splendid Professor Elemental, used with his kind permission.

Starring:

Amelia as Miss Jemima Brooke-Bond
Nick as Professor Screwford Louse
Riddles (Mark) as Colonel Edgar Fortitude
and Jon as the GM
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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:40 PM

Enjoyed listening to this one. I've picked the PDF up from drivethru (using the affiliate link) and am looking forward to reading it with a nice cup of earl grey.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:02 PM

Enjoyed listening to this one. I've picked the PDF up from drivethru (using the affiliate link) and am looking forward to reading it with a nice cup of earl grey.

 

Ah, brown joy.  Most appropriate!  Great game once again :)  Helped me through an attack of the insomnia and housework.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:46 AM

I also think that the communication through Babbage engines could be called Babbage-Mail or B-mail. :)


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 11:37 AM

Thank you both. This was very much a quick filler, but it's a game I've been meaning to run for ages (since before it was released, indeed, as I have one of the earlier playtest versions). It's a model of how to make almost the simplest system imaginable interesting to read and play.

 

The second adventure from the book required a little more prep and unfortunately illness robbed me of time last week, so I ran CHILL instead and hope to get back to CC&S before too long.


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 03:16 AM

Good to hear, it was lots of funto listen to the puns really were painful. Just as they should be. I like the feel of the system it really didn't get in the way of the game at all even when you used opposed rolls which created some interesting 'depth' to the characters shallow as they were supposed to be.


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 03:14 AM

Riddles: We've got both walnut and angel cake.
Amelia: Ooh, I haven't had angel cake in ages!
Nick: That was an unfortunate cut-out in the audio! I know you said 'angel', but I heard it as 'anal'.
BJB: Yes, that's certainly a type of cake - although technically, they're more like buns. ;)

What an outlandish idea, to connect a vast number of Babbage engines to an interconnecting grid, almost like a type of, well, a net, really. :)

Nick: I bet everyone's using their connected Babbage engines for porn, eh?
BJB: Well, yes, you can do that, if you're really strapped for money, and fallen on hard times - but most people rarely pawn their Babbage engines. ;)
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 02:43 PM

The players faithfully LARPed this one with most of us providing our own tea and cake :)


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 04:34 AM

The second adventure from the book required a little more prep and unfortunately illness robbed me of time last week, so I ran CHILL instead and hope to get back to CC&S before too long.


It does seem greedy but could we have both a slice of CHILL and one of those CC&S buns? I will have a round of bread and butter first I promise!

The players faithfully LARPed this one with most of us providing our own tea and cake :)


Why isn't there more LARPing on RPGMP3? ;)
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 04:55 AM

Why isn't there more LARPing on RPGMP3? ;)


@Daniel would probably beg to differ with regards to any perceived lack of LARPing on RPGMP3, sir. ;)
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#11 BigJackBrass

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 05:23 AM

Sod the LARPing, why isn't there more tea and cake?
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:23 AM

The monsters ate them all.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 04:59 AM

Monte Cooke was nearly right:

At the end of the corridor is a particularly open door. In the 10 by 10 dungeon room behind is a monster with a cookie and a cup of tea. You suddenly realise you're parched!

What do you do?
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Posted 24 September 2014 - 06:29 PM

Just to let people know that this game is in the current Bundle of Holding

 

http://bundleofholdi...m/index/current


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Posted 02 December 2015 - 07:40 AM

There's a new adventure out for the game, In the Bleak Midsummer.
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