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1  Community / Bounties / Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants on: March 23, 2012, 12:41:50 PM
I want to add some skills I have been learning:

Network Security (both how to create and circumvent to find flaws); I went back to college and am working on my IT Network Administration degree with training in the A+ and CCNA certifications.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
2  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: The Year for SC 3.0 on: March 23, 2012, 12:37:12 PM


Unfortunately, not at this time. We have a lot of great ideas, but not a lot of solid stuff that's ready for public consumption yet. All good things come to those who (try, however hard) wait Smiley

Waiting with baited breath here... so want to go and order SC 3 at the FLGS.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2011: The Year before it all ends on: June 13, 2011, 11:29:45 AM

And this created the most surreal moment I have ever had at any con: Bruce Boxleitner was at the Phoenix Comicon this year, and I was third in line for his first autograph signing time. I had him sign my Babylon Project RPG book (which several B5 stars had signed) and said that I wished that I had the chance to meet Andreas Katsulas. Bruce then looked at me and said, "We lost Jeff today."

I met Jeff at an Origins years ago, and he was a very nice guy to the fans.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
4  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: What kind of books would you like to see for 3.0? on: March 19, 2011, 02:43:02 PM
I think, with a new edition, it might get boring to see too much re-hashing of old books. I prefer the idea that there are plug-and-play supplements, sort-of worldbooks that present a different idea.

For example. Maybe one whole supplement that was sort of a psychic agents? Nothing like superheroes in capes (that would be lame), but a government branch that specializes in those with extra traits. Imagine it.
  • Instead of sneaking in a wiretap or a bug, working to sneak in a telepath to pick up what the team needs.
  • Being pinned down, and able to use that psychokinesis to create a distraction or open a door you're pinned in front of.
And et cetera. In the last 2.0 game I ran, I was tying some of these abilities into my main villains, mostly just to give it that "larger than life" feeling. It was also because we all were big fans of Espionage such as Metal Gear Solid, and it added that air of mystery to the campaign to have those main baddies with unpredictable moves. It kept my PCs from planting in cover for entire battles, to say the least.

What you're describing sounds like the SyFy upcoming series Alphas... kind of a Alias meets Heroes thing. Shadowforce Archer had the Psion Formula recipients; perhaps a more natural occurring phenomenon as opposed to chemically induced psionics? That does sound like it'd be a nice portion in an Adventure Companion type book or even a setting writeup in the core book.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
5  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: us spy operation targets social networks on: March 19, 2011, 02:27:36 PM
I wonder if the "Tsunami as Pearl Harbour payback" meme that's been over facebook lately is a test run?

Nope, that's just the idiot portion of the internet rearing itself yet again.

QFE

Also, if anything was payback for Pearl Harbor, they were named "Fat Man" and "Little Boy", not an earthquake.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
6  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Handlers on: March 19, 2011, 02:26:05 PM
Another good example of a handler would be Vaughn from Alias, at least in the early seasons, when Sydney was mainly the CIA mole in SD-6.

I've done it to a lesser extent in my games (not just the "boss" NPC handing out missions), but would like to see it more fleshed out in SC 3.0

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
7  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Get Crafty at Gen Con 2011 on: March 19, 2011, 02:20:41 PM
I'd love to... I just have no way to get there ATM. Hope everyone has a great time at GenCon.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
8  Community / Fiction and Story Hour / Re: Ultimates/Umbrella - CCG Faction on: March 19, 2011, 02:16:23 PM
FYI: The girl on the cover of the PAC book is Dareka, PAC Physical Adept psion.

Also, I'd make Mjolnir a Unique if I were you.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx

PS: You know Dante won't be happy with the spoiler, right?
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2011: The Year before it all ends on: January 03, 2011, 01:30:12 PM
RIP Honey West: Actress Anne Francis

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV Season 2010/2011 on: July 15, 2010, 05:56:07 PM
Ok, i said this when i first saw the trailer, but now is official. Covert Affairs is a new, less-fun version of the proposed Veronica Mars second series...

Was it just me or does the girl who plays the lead (blanking on the name right now) look like a blonde Jennifer Garner?

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Space Sim Games for the PC? on: June 16, 2010, 02:16:05 PM
Sins Of A Solar Empire... space RTS

You can check it out at Their Website .

Hope this helps.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
12  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: June 07, 2010, 06:25:28 PM
Here's one I figured you'd enjoy:



Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2010: The Year We Lost Contact on: June 07, 2010, 05:26:59 PM
Double whammy:

Marvin Isley of The Isley Brothers and Stuart Cable of the Steroephonics

http://pitchfork.com/news/39058-rip-isley-brothers-bassist-sterephonics-drummer/

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
14  Community / Customer Service / Re: State of the Company and Upcoming Products on: May 24, 2010, 04:24:46 PM
My impression lately has been that Spycraft, the game that founded this company in the first place, is slowly becoming the red-headed stepchild of Crafty Games since FantasyCraft took off. Don't get me wrong, I am happy that FantasyCraft is doing well (and I know Pat and Alexx and would never wish them ill will)... but Spycraft needs love, too.

Yes, there is going to be a Third Edition coming, but the only print products the SC line has seen other than redos of the core book (new printings and or pocket editions) since the company launch has been two books which were simply reprints of PDF releases and magazine articles (most of which I already had by purchasing the PDFs). In fact, even the PDF offerings have dropped to a trickle. There have been two PDF releases for Spycraft in the last year.

I got involved with Series Archer way back when because it was something unique, something different, something that wasn't just another D&D fantasy genre ripoff with a new coat of paint. Yeah, the ruleset was based off of D&D (due to the OGL and you were kinda forced into buying the Players Guide to create a character), but it wasn't fantasy. Once 2nd Edition Spycraft came out with the full rules, I sold off the D&D books.

Now, the Spycraft projects that are announced are relegated to "in the cracks" (to quote Patrick), meaning "We'll get to it when we can, but we can't even guarantee when or if they'll come out". The thing is that they also have 10KB, Mistborn and Looking Glass Wars stuff to work on, which will probably push any further Spycraft product even further down in the queue.

I am going to be brutally honest here (and the Crafty guys know that I am quite frank and straightforward, so they know there is no offense meant to them)... I haven't bought nor will I buy any FantasyCraft product, not because it is an inferior product (which it isn't), but because I do not care for fantasy RPGs that much. I do not own any D&D books either, so it's not just FantasyCraft products I do not own. I was and always will be interested in Spycraft & 10KB (and also Farthest Star if Scott hadn't left). I want to give my money to this company, but I am not going to buy something that I am not interested in; it'd be akin to buying a Zune player when I want an iPod Touch or buying an iPhone when I want a Motorola Droid.

I will pick up 3rd Edition Spycraft and 10KB when they come out... it will be my first foray into the Mastercraft system, which is kind of sad that for someone who has been here pretty much since the beginning and here longer than 90-95% of the people here, I will be playing catchup because I don't own FantasyCraft. I want to contribute to Crafty's success, but the opportunities for me to do so are becoming fewer and farrther between.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2010: The Year We Lost Contact on: May 11, 2010, 04:31:19 PM
FFS! Can Death take a holiday for a few months or something?

Or at least sprain his ankle at the Griffin house and be off it for a few days.

Ashes to ashes,
Pheonyx
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