Ross Payton

After Hours: Just Mall Ninja Things

A discussion of tactical blowguns during a Blades in the Dark game got me thinking about mall ninjas. A mall ninja is a person who loves ‘tactical’ gear, weird knives and useless accessories for firearms. I got Birk, Noah, and Baz together to look through some Shadowrun and Cyberpunk source books to find the equipment most suitable for mall ninjas in our world.

RPPR Illustrated: Night’s Black Agents – Tribes of Tokyo

Patsy has depicted our vampire-slaying hijinks for this month’s illustration.

“Here in their secret hideout/boat cabin, surrounded by trophies,  research materials and assorted gangster supplies, the ‘Ronin’ are  combining their skills to hatch another incredibly ambitious and  over-complicated heist plan.

From left- Shinji the  ascended-fanboy hacker, Ito the soft-spoken former Yakuza, Haru the  iron-willed mastermind, Kazuo the Reverb-addicted forger, and Shiro the  ex-CIA badass.

Many thanks owed, of course, to Crazon/@reviewcultist for the original character designs.”

Art by Patsy McDowell

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After Hours: Dark Conspiracy – Nightsiders the Musical!

After seeing Hamilton, I’ve realized that RPGs have yet to conquer the musical. I assembled some musical experts (Michelle, Aaron, and David) to discuss turning a RPG scenario into a musical. I picked Nightsiders, an adventure from Dark Conspiracy because it has zombies and it’s been a while since we’ve looked at Dark Conspiracy.

RPPR Illustrated: The Heroes of New Arcadia

Patsy has immortalized our Wild Talents campaign, the Heroes of New Arcadia:

“Young summoner The Martyr, with the ever-helpful Balgron; the  totally-legit superhero Zero-Shift, bamfing in just in the nick of time  as ever; The deadly robot assassin R.A.M., otherwise known as the  distressed man-in-a-can Ho-Bot, the homeless robot; Deceased  super-scientist Phantom Mech, flawlessly disguised in a fedora and  trenchcoat; Median, the construction worker cursed with alien robot  hands, struggling to use his cell phone; and Chirop the man-bat,  enjoying a latte while swinging his favoured weapon, the  air-conditioning unit. Will they prevail against a shadowy conspiracy of  gangsters, super-soldiers, evil Scandinavians,and forces darker still?”

Thank you for supporting RPPR! We have a lot of great episodes for you in August and we are still streaming weird videos every week on our Discord. Come by and check them out.

Art by Patsy McDowell

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After Hours: Rifts Bestiary Volume One

Palladium is still out there, publishing new books. I rounded up Birk, Tom, and Rob from the Orpheus Protocol to examine their latest offering, Rifts Bestiary Volume One. It’s mostly reprinted monsters from older books, but they’ve sprinkled in some new ones.

News: We are still doing weekly livestreams on the Discord! Sometime later this month we will be screening my movie, Motor Home from Hell. Stay tuned for details!

The newest episdoe of Night Clerk Radio discusses vapor trap music.

Song: Vitality from the Helltaker OST

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RPPR Illustrated: Delta Green – God’s Teeth

Patsy has brought our most popular Delta Green campaign to life in this stunning image!

To  be specific, agents, from left: ex-cartel enforcer Klaus Jimenez;  Astrophysicist Neil Shell, just before getting crushed by the abyssal  sea; Agent Alex Moore; Agent Arthur Provost; Doctor Kamarov; Agent  Domnhall Kellogg (with Aidan making an appearance alongside), Dr. Lydia  Cantrell, Prof. Herbert Winkel, and Agent Alan Harper.

Below,  we have, top row: A very ominous white poodle; Sorcerous drug  entrepreneuse Chi Binh; The monstrous Russian cultist known only as  ‘Grandma and her colleagues, attended by adorable household pets; and  the burnt ‘Hello Kitty’ binder that started it all (She’s a cat! Like  Bast! I finally get it!).

Bottom row: A very  upset black bear; Conradin’s cult of alligator-humanoids; Nyarlathotep,  in his guise as an overly-touchy motocross rider; the nameless predator,  who hunts even the Gods themselves; The King in Yellow, with his  personal phone app; and Claramonda, the friendly neighbour who may or  may not actually be a giant spider.

Art by Patsy McDowell

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After Hours: Iron Sky RPG Combat Example and the Divided States of America

I recently found out that a RPG based on the movie Iron Sky is in production. The developer posted a 6400 word example of play on a Kickstarter update. I invited Caleb, Birk, and Rob from the Orpheus Protocol to analyze the rules given in the example. We also talk about the TV Tropes page about the Divided States of America, which increasingly feels relevant today.

Check out the Orpheus Protocol today if you haven’t already.

News: Our next RPPR Livestream video watching party is on May 17 at 2 pm CST on the RPPR Patreon Discord. See you there!

Song: Terminal Man by Flowers for Bodysnatchers. Listen to our review on Night Clerk Radio.

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