I should learn …

… not to make promises I can’t keep. Although, while I didn’t promise to go to Plano, Texas for GamerNation CON 2015 (3DOGG), I am. Everything is in order. Sort of. I was of course referring to my talk about and hopes for revising Cartol’s Emporium in time for GNC, or at all really. This hope has more or less been crushed by work (lots of short contracts and crap management at work to put it mildly), tragic events (yet another death, it’s enough now I think) and happy events. So. Eh. Perhaps? Soon? Ever?

Most of the stuff I want to revise or change are aesthetic, it should be noted, and of course I’d like to remove gear, weapons, speeders and/or starships that now appear in officially published material. There’s also the printer friendly version I started working on that needs to be finished. Because of this it’s harder for me to get going as the design layout aesthetic thing while fun, was never my main interest (which I hope is apparent), it takes time and while not particularly hard, it’s just time consuming. Perhaps on the flight…?

I’d also like to thank those that have notified me of broken links to the downloads.

Thanks for the traffic and I hope people enjoy the catalogue!

Force and Destiny beta, life, stuff and things

So. The FaD-beta is soon over, in another week or so. At least that’s what I expect. Due to this and other recent releases and announcements it seems to be about time to look over Cartol’s Emporium again, to remove overlap and add stuff more in line with what presented in the beta book. I’m now searching for the old files (I had a hdd crash a few months back) and will, hopefully, start on the update this or next week.

The discussion about the FaD beta over on the FFG forums has from what I’ve seen been ok to good. It seems the best suggestions from the community has – so far – been largely ignored by the developers. Still, many of the changes made so far has been for the better. I’m excited about the last beta update, to see if there are any other substantial changes before the beta is officially over.

Without going too much into it I’d like to explain why activity on this blog hasn’t changed as promised almost 5 months ago. Short answer: Life. Not a very satisfactory answer I know, so perhaps I should add a few more words to that. I lost my father and a niece last year (as some of you may know), a few months later my mother was diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer. I still managed to finish my thesis in time and get a job. My mother is still alive, but we don’t know for how long. I’m getting a new job next week. I’m still intending on applying for a phd position sometime next year, I had to skip this year. The reason for not applying this year is related to why my activity and production on this blog has been reduced – and why I was kicked off a play-test thing I was doing for FFG – I couldn’t keep up to standards and expectations, which resulted in me collapsing and sleeping for five days, two days before the phd application deadline. So, obviously I’ve been utterly exhausted from life changing events, work, thesis, lack of rest and vacation, but I’m changing that now, or soon, in some way or another.

I’ve also started to look at tickets for going to Texas for Gamer Nation Con next year. Due to the whole “life business” this is going slowly, but I should do it soon, before flights become too expensive. So if you’re attending that, we may actually meet.

Touring the Rim: Tarillion Station

Life happens and things get left in pieces, forgotten… until remembered! It’s been a while since I started this series. I now return with a new location for Touring the Rim.
This series originally started on the GSA blog (first instalment; second instalment), but due to that blog’s recent inactivity I will continue it here. This series of articles intend to supply adventure hooks, locations and seeds in the most open-ended sense. It will present locations, both mobile and more permanent, that can be found in the galaxy. Some small and remote, other larger and accessible. The level of detail for each location will out of necessity vary. This instalment presents a space station located near the Gree Enclave in the Veragi sector.

“Tarillion station! Behold this rhombicdodecahedron wonder! Older than the last incarnation of the Republic! This seemingly derelict space station is in fact thriving with life, trade and technology… yeah, the reasons your sensors show no life signs or life forms is because the whole station is shielded by some old exotic technology. I suspect it’s of Gree make, they’re the closest and oldest species in the neighbourhood…”

Tarillion Station

Located in deep space somewhere in the Veragi sector Tarillion station is living history, evidence of the older species’ ingenuity. The station houses some thousand sentients of various sorts. It’s hangar bays vary in size from small one man starship bays to enormous bays that can fit numerous small sized capital ship vessels. The long history of the station makes it impossible to know what it’s purpose was (or is), who built it, run it, manned it, or when it became operational. It has been compared to Centerpoint Station by some Corellian explorers, but the similarities lie only in age, and the obscurity of its origins.

Tarillion’s inhabitants in the Dark Times and Rebellion era is mostly exo-tech hunters and traders, or explorers stopping over on the way back to civilization from scouting the borders of the galaxy. Imperials do come by, but the Empire has not taken possession of the station for some reason and has no (official) permanent presence. Many criminal cartels on the other hand have at least one representative on the station, which has resulted in the station being carved up into sectors controlled by various gangs and cartels. Due to the size of the station these sectors are rather small, and most explorers and scouts can easily avoid these areas. Conflicts between the gangs are rare as resources are scarce and the station’s own security system has locked down large sections of Tarillion, particularly the shortest routes between the various gangs.

Since the central core of Tarillion is inaccessible, most inhabitants live in the outer layers of the cubic shaped station, near the hangar bays and other access points. Within this labyrinthine structure of corridors, tunnels and chasms lives creatures aeons old, hermits and small communities of sentients who left the galaxy a long time ago. The gangs and traders have colonized most of the larger hangar bay and the surrounding levels, but this makes up just a fraction of the station. A curious, and properly equipped individual can spend a life time exploring the depths of Tarillion.

Doma Bunko

The three largest settled sections on Tarillion are within a few days of walking distance of each other had not the security system closed off most of the corridors directly connecting them to each other. The largest is by far the Hutt cartels’ Doma Bunko. This section consists of one capital ship sized hangar bay and several smaller ones. Docking fees are extortionist, but they include refuelling and restocking, and comes with one drink voucher for every crew member at the night club Toma Duswa. The Hutt cartels’ offer business, services and entertainment. Their section covers about 3 cubic kilometre of levels, more than enough to get lost and killed if one is not careful. The only large open areas are the hangar bays and fighting pit at Toma Duswa. The standard of living and accommodations in Doma Bunko is above average, some quarters and areas of Toma Duswa is opulent and luxuriously decorated.

Individuals of note:
Tiragga the Hutt

The Hutt overlord on Tarillion is Tiragga. An old and experienced Hutt, it must have been quite a curious series of events that sent this Hutt out here so far from anything civilized, and huttish. Tiragga rarely holds audiences, although he does from time to time oversee the pit-fighting at Toma Duswa. Rumours have it that Tiragga is resentful for being sent here and is working on some revenge against his rivals back on Nal Hutta. He rarely recruits operatives, unless they have shown considerable ability and loyalty to Tiragga. To Tiragga it appears loyalty is neither bought, expected nor asked for. Loyalty comes freely and by choice. Because of this his inner circle is small, but they trust each other fully, as Tiragga trusts them. Any doubt meets swift, and at times lethal, reactions. Many pit-fighters have been earlier advisers or employees of Tiragga that got a bit too confident, and greedy.

Doya Crayb
Doya is Tiragga’s Twi’lek major domo, executioner and accountant. He’s a mellow and curious person, particularly interested in capable and skilled individuals. He seems trusting, and many has fallen for this deception. He offers small, odd jobs for those he considers capable, anyone else he ignores, in a kind and apologetic manner.

Marshal Enna Saerda
The Weequay chief of security, recruiter to the pit fights and the overseer of Toma Duswa. Usually seen walking the hangar bays or Toma Duswa Enna is always looking for potential security risks, but also new employees. She is dressed up in laminate armour and carries a Force Pike – usually set to stun. Enna’s security force is small, but extremely effective.

Zeltron proprietor of Toma Duswa and business partner of Tiragga. She usually wears too sweet perfume, smiles a bit too much and acts just that little bit too nice towards new customers. Her staff consists of mainly females, providing customers with drinks, food and drugs – or whatever that is in stock. Oovee is not happy with her location so far from the core, but her reasons for being here seems to negate any wish to travel any closer to more civilized, or settled, areas of space.

Section Nem

The second largest settled area on Tarillion is controlled by Black Sun and referred to as Section Nem. It covers a significantly smaller area than Doma Bunko as Black Sun has been – until recently – less interested in exploring the station. This section covers perhaps 15 or so levels, three hangar bays, and capital ship docking umbilicals. Until recently Black Sun rarely allowed docking for anyone except their operatives. The reason for this change of behaviour remains a mystery. Their docking fees are somewhat more reasonable than that of Doma Bunko, but they charge extra for refuelling and restocking. They offer a trading area and have a few cantinas for visitors, but most of Section Nem is closed to visitors. The standard of living and accommodations in Section Nem, what there is of it offered to non-Black Sun operatives, is reminiscent of poorly cleaned military barracks.

Individuals of note:
Kenzer Oax

Chief of operations at Section Nem this Falleen operative betrays his military upbringing in everything he does and expects from his subordinates. He is a recent addition to the base, replacing his predecessor, an Iktotchi named Coya Illner, after the latter’s disappearance and assumed demise during a recent exploration mission into Tarillion.

Bovain Eori
Oax’s human first lieutenant and the second in command at the base. Eori takes care of security, she also handles business with outsiders. Anyone caught where they shouldn’t be will be interrogated by her, after being properly roughened up by security personnel.

Entar Ploo-ya
A male Kel Dor, works as a recruiter for Black Sun, has recently started to hire free agents for exploration work in the surrounding areas of space, but also Tarillion itself. Entar still attempts to recruit likely prospects, particularly after they have performed well on a job and has shown loyalty towards him. His exploration work goes unnoticed at the moment, but to a perceptive individual it should seem obvious that there are some ulterior motives in Entar’s actions. Whether he is acting against Black Sun centrally, the Vigo above Kenzer or just Kenzer and Bovain remains to be discovered.

Zone Zerek

The third section, which is only slightly smaller than Section Nem, is controlled by explorers, traders and unaffiliated groups of entrepreneurs and pioneers, it is referred to as Zone Zerek. This chaotic mix of spacers and traders have come together in the mutual distaste and fear of the Hutts and Black Sun. The section covers about 10 levels, and two large hangar bays. Most of the section has been closed down by Tarillion’s own security system, but the lower levels have a beautiful view over a large open are within Tarillion – inaccessible from anywhere. This open areas is usually referred to as the Open Complex. Zone Zerek is also offers refuelling and restocking, at quite high prices, although docking fees are usually low. There is a number of cantinas and pubs around the section, a lot of small vendors and a small market place for the curious. The standard of living and accommodations is below average at best in the common areas and corridors.

Individuals of note:
Kayn Nebulous
A human archeologist and explorer known in some circles for his extensive knowledge of Gree technology. He serves as a sort of leader of this Zone Zerek, but he demands no position of authority or deference, he firmly believes that mutual respect, cooperation and equality is enough. He is usually seen at the market place or in one of the hangars, when he’s not off on one of his often week to month long expeditions into Tarillion, he usually grunts non-committally when asked about these. Although he does recognise explorer, adventurers and competence, which can lead to hours of talking, monologuing and detailed retelling and analyses of his findings and research. From time to time he has been seen leaving in his ship Starburst Express.

Starn Ustima
Female Nautolan explorer-gone-merchant has become famous on Tarillion for having discovered new populated worlds, where she is now trading any space faring technology for other resources and materials. She keeps the locations of these worlds a secret. Rumour has it that she’s building her own empire out there, somewhere on the edge of the galaxy. Starn laughs at this rumour if confronted with it, seeing it as ironic that she would be building her own empire, when empires and governments are the reasons she fled out to the edge of the galaxy.

Maiora Untaithi
Local sage and keeper of wisdom, Maiora is a female Ithorian with a keen interest in technology. She stays in a small room with a view of the Open Complex. She provides information and medical help for those that need it, but she is also quick to anger and it is rumoured she has supernatural powers. She keeps to herself after fits of rage, but will soon welcome visitors again. She require no payment, except what is offered.

What about the rest of the station?

Other settled sections also exists, but these are usually smaller, some without a hangar bay and only airlocks and docking umbilicals as ways of entrance. These include small religious communities, small smuggling operations, exo-tech hunter groups and older settlers escaping here from some forgotten conflict or other. They remain mostly uninterested in the larger settlements and try to avoid notice. Of course, hidden cells of ISB or other Imperial operatives might certainly exist, however if they do they have little overt influence on the other sections and settlements on Tarillion. Their presence has gone unnoticed for a while if they indeed are present.

A few sections can access each other from within the station, through smaller or larger corridors. Mostly it seems that whomever run or built Tarillion wanted the inhabitants to remain separate from each other – whether this is out of safety for the inhabitants and creatures aboard, or some other ulterior motive, can only be speculated on. Most of the inhabitants appreciates this, and seems to have accepted that this place has a will of its own, as long as they can go on with their lives.

Denizens of Tarillion Station PDF [Link up-coming!]

Don’t be a bastard, life can’t help it.

It was the dawn of the thirty first year of Audun, ten years after the Devon incident. The Master Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent unemployment, get a job where humans could work out their differences peacefully and feel meaningful. It’s a port of call, a home away from home for students and researchers. Humans and aliens wrapped in lots of brick, glass and steel, all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it’s Audun’s last, best hope for results. This is the story of Audun’s last semester. The year is 2014. The name of the place is Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies.


So. It’s done.

This means that I can return to my creative endeavours and start making stuff that does not involve governmentality inspired analyses of interview data produced/gathered from psychiatrists, psychologists and judges. It means I don’t have to care too much about risk, morality (of risk) and stuff like that for a while.

So. What was I going to do next … ?

Risk, doubt, theory and the future


This post will mainly concern the future – the risk, doubt and theory refers to the theory chapter for my thesis that I’m finishing these days: deadline June 15th, hopefully I’ll manage that. After that: the future!

So, what about the future? We can but hope as all accidents in an infinite space are inevitable. Although, what I do know is that: I’ve got a job (however temporary) so I’m not unemployed once June is over, which is nice.

So, with that out of the way, the next question is what about this blog? What about future stuff and updates? Well, that is a good question, one that I want an answer to myself. Due to recent events I find myself in a position that I’d really like to continue this blog and the work that goes with it – of course with a new full time job and other stuff, it’ll require adjustment on my part – I find myself wanting to create adventures and modules, sites, planets, new vehicles, convert other old stuff, continue to fill blanks not yet covered by official material, but most of all I’d like to make new stuff. Stuff that won’t eventually be covered by FFG. Why? Well, however rewarding it is to convert stuff for the community and my own game, the feeling that appears once some of it is covered by official material is a weird one – and it’s not satisfaction.

So, I have already created something new in Cartol’s Emporium (CE), mainly the frigate itself and the inhabitants of it I mean, not the supplement in its entirety. I’ve been planning an update of it (I know I promised not to), but it’s mainly typos and the stat lines for the starships, they don’t print well I noticed so I need to remake the blue graphics component at the very least. I’ve also promised a black and white/grey scale version of it, one which require less ink to print at the very least.

Beyond this I have some thoughts for a series of adventures tied to CE and its inhabitants, tying into the adventure hooks and mysteries section. I’m sort of at a loss of how to do it: modular encounter type scenarios, or a more premade and complete adventure module. It’s not that I expect other groups and GMs to use my hooks and mysteries, but they were made with that in mind, so whatever I end up making should only be regarded as one alternative story or version. Other thoughts include unfinished articles for the GSA that I’m gonig to release here now, or perhaps The Mad Adventurers Society. Additionally there’s the imperial sourcebook idea I’ve been thinking about and of course actually restarting/picking up playing again once the thesis is handed in – I haven’t played properly since February I think… been soooo loooong…

So what else is on the horizon?

So now that the last one and a half year of work is done, presented, posted, published and available for all the critics and gamers out there, I’m feeling slightly content and happy. The last 6 months it’s been hanging over me like an ulcer, with this catalogue (I felt some sort of duty, or obligation really, to the community to finish this and present it in as good a condition and design as possible, I think I succeeded), the thesis (forensic psychiatry in Norway after the 22nd July massacre 2011, is pretty heavy shit, but important!), family business (two deaths and now incurable cancer) and other private matters (I’m becoming a hermit). It’s good to be done with the catalogue at least, to put this product behind me so to speak and look forward (finish up the thesis, become the hermit), to start new projects and make other stuff – and to expand on what has already been created, but as new things, not as revisions and continued tinkering.

As I’ve alluded to earlier I’m in the process of making some sort of Imperial source book, this is however very much more in my head than anything on paper or in actual words. I have this other thing to finish, a sociological thesis – I know I keep going on about that, but it’s important to remind myself what I’m supposed to be doing.

Aside from the Imp book, I will continue to sporadically support the Emporium with updates on the blog. These updates will mostly be new stuff – although “errata” or changes to the catalogue might also pop up here from time to time, if any big changes were to be made (after some more test runs and potential feedback from other groups). Another part of the “support” will be some adventures or modules I have planned, based on the hooks and mysteries presented in the Emporium, but don’t expect anything of that nature before the summer (i.e. June/July/August) at the earliest. These will be slightly based off my own group’s adventures and exploration of the environments I’ve created, and there won’t be time for much gaming these semester.

I also plan to publish some of my planned GSA articles here, as it seems the GSA is dying (or going into coma) – I’m still hoping, but I’ve received no reply to the last two emails I sent (not that these demanded reply). Perhaps they’re planning something grand, who knows, but as it stands I don’t think the GSA is the safest bet to get some of this stuff published any longer, its been a month (almost to the day) since the last article got published. I hate to say these things, as the GSA is an already established institution and provides good stuff and has a wide range and large base of readers. It also gave me a venue to publish some of my own stuff and learn more about writing these things for a wider audience. I’d hate to see it disappear, but at the moment its inactivity is scary and disheartening.

So that’s it for now. I hope you enjoy the catalogue and I look forward to get any feedback on that, and future creations I intend to present here.

Somewhere in the Arkanis sektor…

Without further ado:

“Two days from Tatooine. Two days in the darkness just… Flying, drifting, moving. These were the coordinates and now the Ruby Damnation and it’s crew were there. Nothing. Blackness. The twin suns distant and nothing else, sensors blank.

The first day after arriving Jace started up his galaxy box, played through the whole day, and the next. Che was nowhere to be seen as usual. Thracken… Thracken was drunk in some maintenance crawl space, out cold now, the thrashing had stopped maybe yesterday, or the day before. The sound from Jace’s gaming had drowned every other sound. He had stopped now. Ghia was checking her medkit, when she wasn’t checking the sensors or looking out some viewport. She had right to be nervous, she sent the message, Cartol replied, but was it really him? It was just a text, no voice or holo. Did he carry a grudge? Was he really still alive? Blue sat with her polyhedron thingamajig, fondled her uct or checked her rifles. How odd these organics were. They think we sleep, but Cyris is only starting to awaken, we just need time to sort it through.

Third day in space, Jace sat in the cockpit, staring at distant stars and playing with the manoeuvring thrusters rocking the ship from side to side. Sometimes reading the message from home, and the one from Imperial Revenue Services. He was obviously on edge. Things were starting to catch up, not good.

He read the message from his mother again, smiling at the reassurance that his brother was doing well as a waste disposal officer. Good for him. Steady job, steady pay, perhaps a wife and family soon. The proximity sensors screamed and the view port was no longer filled with dead and empty space, but the side of capital ship. To starboard Jace could see a large wheel-like structure closing in. The Ruby Damnation‘s engines flared as it shot between the wheel and the front section of a Nebulon-B frigate. As it came about Jace could read the name “Cartol’s” above the upper hangar bay. The com announced an incoming transmission: ‘The emporium of useful things and shinies is here!'”




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