Doomsdays & Dystopias Wrap-Up

While I got a fair bit more last year, I still enjoyed this theme quite a bit!  The GRIMDARK theme might not have been everyone’s cup of tea, perhaps less than science-fantasy.  But, oh well, this was a theme I wanted to do for a long time.  None the less, this has been a learning experience.  All the same, some of the bloggers who participated last year weren’t able to join in for this year.  But, to those who were able to join in?  You have my thanks!  Thanks for making this celebration of the dark and dreadful a truly fun one!   That said, onward to other things.  But in the meantime, here are this month’s contributors for my theme!  Please, check out what they have to offer!  And as always, give the RPG Carnival a try yourself!  It’s tons of fun and well worth the effort!

Anyway, enough babbling out of me!  Here are the contributors for “Doomsdays & Dystopias”:

Stay tuned for Kobold Press and their theme of “Magic” for August 2017!  You can find out more here!  Again, a big thanks for everyone who was interested in the darker side of gaming fiction!  Till next time, gamers!

IMAGE CREDIT: Wasteland 2 Promotional Image – Obsidian Entertainment

 

Innovation – A Technological Domain for D&D 5th Edition

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Divine Domains – Innovation

Your devotion extends far beyond Gods and Ideals, but shaping technology and other crafts of artifice to set your needs and goals.  To you, crafters of traditional magicks are below you and a detriment to the inevitable advancement of civilization.  All aspects of experimentation and engineering are at your mercy.  You don’t just have faith in super-science, you control it!

In terms of domains and belief, this domain is more than capable of existing in numerous settings.  In the case of Greyhawk, Myrlund the Cowboy hero might be a good match for heroes interested in weird western steampunk elements.  For the Forgotten Realms, one of the Gnomish deities or Gond Wonderbringer would be a perfect match.  Likewise, anything (Tinker) Gnome is perfect in the Dragonlance setting.  Of course, the Iron Gods themselves would work within Pathfinder’s Golarion.

Author’s note: This domain is heavily inspired by the Technocracy faction in the Original/Classic World of Darkness campaign, “Mage the Ascension”, not to mention the Iron Gods Adventure Path for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (available now!).  Of course Blackmoor, Eberron, and Iron Kingdoms had something to do with this.

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Technocracy – A Technological Warlock Patron for D&D 5th edition

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“While many patrons prove to be truly wicked souls, The Technocracy has good intentions in mind.  Their aim is the betterment of the world around them through less sporadic and potentially destructive uses of energy.  Through innovations in super-science, everyday life can be bolstered in ways magic can not provide.  The average person is incapable of using magic, but science makes all things approachable in time!  For you see, The Technocracy is a patron for only the most noble and virtuous!”

– Torbin Abilanzin, Technocracy Benefactor.

For ages, you’ve dreamed of progressing the world forward.  Something about a world saturated in arcane power feels tainted and backwards.  Then you realized, there are like-minded beings in the multiverse who share your plight!  Ever since, you have joined forces with an emerging movement that refers to itself as “The Technocracy.”  By becoming the essence of technology itself, you can one day cleanse the world of its mystical imperfections and supernatural chaos.

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