99 Legends + Artwork!

Well, great news! I'm proud to say that not only does our core rulebook contain 45 unique Legends, but our scenarios will total 54 Legends! 

Meaning those that receive the core rules with all scenarios will have a staggering amount of Legends, each completely changing the way the game plays out! 

As of right now, I've completely finished designing and adding 94 of the 99 Legends to the game. I'll have the remaining 5 finished by tomorrow.

Every backer will also receive the special Kickstarter Legends, which will add even more Legends to the game! 

We're still on schedule and things are coming along beautifully! 

Speaking of which, here's our debut of Masamune! 

Masamune Legedaria - Abby Edwards

Would you like to get Legendaria? You can pre-order your copy here!

The Top 13 Anime of 2018

Hello and welcome to my super extra personal anime list. I need to point out that this list is made solely by me (Vincent) and is in no way a reflection of any team members or associates of mine.

This will certainly show my taste in anime (or lack thereof if you would so have that opinion).

I'd like to also mention that before we get started, this list isn’t of anime that have just released in 2018.

This is anime that I've watched in 2018. Many of which are very popular, such as Cowboy Bebop, One Punch Man and RWBY. Everything on this list, I had not seen prior to 2018.

With all of that out of the way, lets dive right in!

13. Tokyo Ghoul season 2

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Wow. All I can say is wow and I don't mean that in a good way.

This is the only series I'm splitting between seasons because I feel like this one really needed it.

The change in direction, budget, and writing, really shows and makes season 2 of Tokyo Ghoul stand out, with it's two-dimensional characters, focus on the wrong cast of characters, lack of animation, terrible plot decisions and I could go on and on, but we have great anime to talk about instead.

12. To The Forest of Firefly Lights

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This short forty minute movie was quite a delight. Even though it's so close to my terribly reviewed Tokyo Ghoul season 2, I actually believe this was an enjoyable watch. It's a charming, mysterious love story and while it's not my personal taste, I can see why others would find this special.

11. The Cat Returns

An older, yet magical film directed by Hiroyuki Morita. I don't really remember much about this movie other than there being a fancy cat and it was a whimsical ride to be a part of. I would recommend this for avid fans of Hayao Miyazaki.

10. One Punch Man

This may be a shocker to many people because I know this is a really popular anime. For me personally, the humor just didn't land as much as it seems to for others.

It relies very heavily on the title character's ability to “one punch” anything he faces. For me, knowing the end result or I dare say, the punchline of most of the jokes, made it less funny for me.

The best arc, was when the main character was missing (which is never a good sign), in which case it was highly compelling and motivating. Another anime on this list was able to take One Punch Man's best moments however and replicate them time and time again. So for now, Saitama, wasn't able to one punch this list...

My goodness I'm corny...

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9. Aggretsuko

This was one of the most different shows I’ve watched this year.

This show strikes close to home with its unrelenting mockery of real life situations that we find ourselves in. I enjoy this show for how casual the watch is. I however, prefer different subject matter than work, when I'm not working.

I recommend this show to anyone who has access to Netflix. One episode is all you need to get a good idea for how this show is.

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8. Cowboy Bebop

This may be a large shock to many fans. For a lot of people, Cowboy Bebop is their favorite anime of all time. I love most of the music. I love how stylized it is and how many genres this show mashes together.

I could see why this was such a hit back in the day and has remained to be so cherished.

For me, I just wasn't hooked throughout the show. It's good episode to episode, but it wasn't very engaging for me.

While it may have a lot of ideas that were newer at the time, I have since seen similar themes play out in more meaningful and powerful ways. That's why Cowboy Bebop is my number 8 of 2018.

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7. Tokyo Ghoul season 1

Yes, I enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul season 1 more than Cowboy Bebop. I loved season 1 to a shocking amount. I thought the performance by Austin Tindle in episode one was insanely great. I was interested in ghouls and the morally grey area they lived in. I was invested in Kaneki as a character, experiencing this new world through his eyes, as I had a front row seat. This season was riveting and the only reason why it's not higher on my list is because it ended in a train accident.

I struggle recommending this series to anyone. However, it may be worth watching if you like Psycho Pass, Deadman Wonderland, or Attack on Titan.

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6. Attack on Titan seasons 2 and 3

Speaking of Attack on Titan! I remember not being that excited by season 1. I thought it was okay and I remember watching it all. However, because of my lukewarm reaction to it, it caused me to put this series on hiatus. I eventually caved and decided to continue watching and man, I'm really glad I did!

Season 2 gives you some new mysteries and a *few* answers. I recommend Attack on Titan for anyone that loves incredibly exhilarating music, animation, mystery and don't mind seeing death...lots and lots of death.

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5. Fate Apocrypha

To my surprise Fate Apocrypha lands at number 5 on my top 13 list. I heard from many other fate fans that this series was mediocre. I however found it to be better than the more popular Unlimited Blade Works. The premise not being centered around a whiny school girl and a boring school boy protagonist, really helped this shine in my opinion.

I’m just so tired of school anime, so maybe that’s just my problem that I’m dealing with as a mid-twenties adult.

However, this show is definitely not without its faults (I'm looking at you Jack the Ripper!). This series also has a similar issues as season 2 of Tokyo Ghoul, by feeling like it's focused on the less interesting characters. However, different from Tokyo Ghoul, it's more boring cast of characters is still more interesting and have more dimensions to their personality and character arcs.

Where Fate Apocrypha stumbles, it also manages to paradoxically succeed. For everything that I could gripe about this show, I have two things that I absolutely love. The animation and suburb is some of my favorite. I recommend this to any fan of fantasy anime.

4. Your Name

Having a movie appear at my number 4 spot is saying high praise for the movie because I almost always prefer series. However, “Your Name” is transformative and magical. Anyone that has emotions should watch this.

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Seriously, purchase Your Name and watch it now. Your girlfriend will love it, you will love it, your dog will love it. It’s so great!

3. My Hero Academia

My top 3 might be different any day of the week. Seriously, I didn't want to put these last three in any order. I could very much see myself putting MHA at number 1.

So, why is it number 3? For me it's mostly two things, it's that it's not a finished series and it's not my favorite theme.

MHA is certainly an experience though! It's almost just as much fun being a fan of this series as it is watching it. Going to the theater and watching this was a highlight of my year, as well as watching Blindwave react to it, and I'd recommend this show to any anime fan!

Taken from the first trailer for RWBY. If you think this looks good, the animation only gets better!

Taken from the first trailer for RWBY. If you think this looks good, the animation only gets better!

2. RWBY volumes 1-4

Like MHA, this series isn't completed and I tend to like finished stories to unfinished ones. However, unlike MHA, a fantasy world filled with dark monsters, giant scythes, guns, and magic is right up my alley!

I honestly thought this show was just about four girls who fought with crazy weapons, but really this show has so much more going for it then that. Had I known about the rich lore and amazing world that Monty had built here, I would have given this show a watch sooner.

I recommend this show to anyone who likes Final Fantasy or Harry Potter.

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Now it’s time for my number 1 spot… I don’t think you’ll be surprised if you know me…

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1. Darling in the Franxx

Sharing some aspects of Gurren Lagann, this show really surprised me with the connection to family, friends, and love that it has. Much like Your Name, this show felt like a complete transformative experience for me and had me in tears by the end of this journey. I really need to watch this series again to have a better understanding of its deep, complex, and powerful themes and messages.

The biggest knock against this series for me is I personally prefer fantasy to sci-fi. I enjoy the world of MHA and RWBY more than this world, but I just can't overlook the affect this show had on me and how much it resonated with my soul.

I recommend this show to anyone who likes artful masterpieces.

Well, that’s my list! How offended did you get over my opinion? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and as always.

Stay Awesome!
Vincent

Arting Around with Ando & Vincent!

Join us for our fun, new, exciting event!

This event will be live streamed on Facebook! Click here to join.

Join Ando Poore and myself from Vindicated Entertainment as we paint, draw, answer questions and give away prizes! 

I will be creating the concept artwork for Ramses II for Legendaria. Watch us and give me your suggestions to shape how he'll actually look in the final product!

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March On, Mulan!

"I want to buy a saddle and horse, And serve in the army in Father's place." -Ballad of Mulan

We're proud to reveal Hua Mulan as an Assassin Legend! 

Illustrated by Hua Mulan

Illustrated by Hua Mulan

When pressed for war, Mulan’s aged father was forced into the draft. Mulan, against his wishes, took his place. She fought for twelve years, earning high rank and left with no rewards, returning to her small village. She feels a strong sense of dissatisfaction being summoned as the Assassin class, for she feels it doesn’t give proper justice to the warrior she was in battle.

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New Borderlands Character - Odd Todd the Hunter

For those excited for Bunkers and Badasses!

We would like to premiere our second character - Odd Todd as the Hunter for our Bunkers & Badasses roleplaying game session, played by Trey Falco.

Odd Todd has pulled many odd jobs in his day. Everything from running a Bandit Technical into a horde of venomous Rakk, to scraping up the remains of a lost Echo Recorder from a heaping pile of Skag s#*t. There’s no job too big, or too small for ole Todd - especially if the pay is good.

Though erring on the side of naivety, Todd makes up for his innocence with his brash decisions and a thirst for learning more about the world around him. A bit of an oxymoron, really. Mostly a moron, honestly. trigger cocks Okay, okay… sorry... But, that’s Odd Todd, for you.

A true enigma and a hell of a gunslinger when it comes down to it. Oh, and he wanted me to say something about Enrique here. That’s his Snow Skag pal - 175 pounds of pure eat-your-face-off, and lovable personality. They’ve been together since birth. Or, that’s what Todd claims, anyways. I didn’t even know Skags lived that long. Anyways, I’m done now. Can I go, Todd? rustling Wait.. you said if I recorded this for you, you’d spare my family and let me go! No! Todd! Noooo!!! gunshots

Odd Todd designed by Trey Falco and illustrated by Vincent Baker

Odd Todd designed by Trey Falco and illustrated by Vincent Baker

So, what’s your first impression of Harper? We would love to hear from you!

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Stay Awesome!
Vincent


Here's Houdini!

"The easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place someone is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death." -Harry Houdini

Illustrated by Abby Edwards, designed by Vincent Baker

Illustrated by Abby Edwards, designed by Vincent Baker

A huge thanks to Trey Falco for recommending Harry Houdini for Legendaria and designing his character sheet! Harry Houdini has become our most popular Wizard in our tests and this illustration is a reflection of that!

Would you like to play Harry Houdini among our other Legends in an epic battle of fantasy and history? Pre-order Legendaria here!

Stay awesome! 
Vincent 

Otherworlds: Into The Black Tides - Three Moons Audio

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Flesh has become carrots!

Listen to the final boss battle with the witch of the island, whose magic has corrupted everyone to believing human flesh is carrots!

The characters you're following along with...

Aaron Newton as Ulf, the Beerserker
Ronald Raymer III as Darren Van Deathstriker, the Spell Rogue
Tyler Brannon as Greg, the Necrobard 
John "Ajax" Fredrickson as Savos, the Gargoyale Buccaneer 
Abby Edwards as Eve, the Shardwraith Duelist

While the universe we played in was Otherworlds, we used a tweaked system for 50 second character creation!

Would you like to get this exact RPG system for free?

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Confirmed Legends of Legendaria

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As of 11/27/18 these are the confirmed Legends of Legendaria.

The Undefeated Miyamoto Musashi
The Ravenous Viking Ragnar Lothbrok 
The Rainbringer Spartacus 
The Maid of Orléans, Jeanne d'Arc
The Strong and Brave, Hua Mulan
The King of Rome, Romulus 
The Demon Swordsmith, Sengo Muramasa
The Handcuff King, Harry Houdini
The Angel Alchemist, Edward Kelley
The Gold-Cursed, King Midas 
The Imaginative Alice from Wonderland

Which Legend are you most excited for?! We have plenty more to show you, but we also what to keep some of them a great surprise, because WOW these are cool!

Also, if you’re not a vscriber yet, what’s wrong with you? Not only is it free, but you get exclusives, behind the scenes, a free RPG, a digital artbook and more! Become a vscriber here.

New Borderlands Character - Harper as the Major General!

For those excited for Bunkers and Badasses!

We would like to premiere our first character - Harper as the Major General for our Bunkers & Badasses roleplaying game session, played by Abby Edwards.

She's the highest ranked Torgue employee under Mr. Torgue himself. She's not particularly fond of him, but tolerates him for the paycheck. Hey, a jobs a job right?!

Also, dying her hair, brand colors, gave her a nice reward, or as Mr. Torgue said,

"I LIKE YOUR ****** HAIR! DYE THAT **** AND ILL GIVE YOU MONEY. MONEYYYYYYY!!!!!!! *Numerous fake guitar sounds*"

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So, what’s your first impression of Harper? We would love to hear from you!

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Stay Awesome!
Vincent

A Look At Our Angel Alchemist!

Hello! I sincerely hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you celebrate) and enjoyed these last few days! 

This is certainly a busy time for us over here, but we're not letting that stop us! 

Working on Legendaria is my top priority for Vindicated Entertainment.  

And I'm pleased to say that I've nearly completed the core writing and most of the writing for the core legends. 

Now it's more about the editing and design process, which has been going over well too!

For fun I took a crack at illustrating Edward Kelley. He interested me because he's fairly unknown, but his story made for a very interesting character. So without further ado, here's our Angel Alchemist! 

Edward Kelley, the Angel Alchemist designed and illustrated by Vincent Baker

Edward Kelley, the Angel Alchemist designed and illustrated by Vincent Baker

While, Edward is designed and drawn by me, he won't count towards the art budget, so it's bonus artwork for the game! 

Meanwhile, Abby and I working to deliver a satisfying and magnificent Harry Houdini illustration to all of you. 

I hope you're as excited as we are! The writing, design, and the game as a whole is coming together so well and I'm so excited for you to see it! 

Enjoy your holidays! 
Vincent 

Top #5 Reasons To Go To Camden SC Comicon

So, I’m just sitting here on a Sunday afternoon, thinking about how excited I am to be going to Camden SC Comicon this Saturday and was like, “hey! You know what? I feel like many people don’t have any idea how awesome this event is going to be. I should write about it!”

So, here's MY (Vincent;s) list of reasons on why you should go to Camden SC Comicon this December 1st.

#5 Cosplays

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I love seeing people relish in their nerdoms. Super heroes, anime, gaming, you name it! Not only will there be cosplays, but there will be a cosplay competition as well!

#4 Doing Something Different

I know it might sound lame, but honestly I know so many people who say, “I haven’t done anything in so long” or “my life is boring.”

Well, why don’t you take this opportunity to reach outside your comfort zone? Put a little work and a little bit of money into experiencing something different! I’m excited for it and you could be too!

#3 Virtual Reality

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Have you tried virtual reality yet?! If you haven’t then you’re missing out! From what I heard, they will not only have VR available for everyone there, but they will also have an amazing Star Trek VR game there!

#2 Renaissance and Medieval entertainment

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Sword Circle will be at this event entertaining us with medieval glory, which coincidentally is my favorite type of glory! I mean if you’re not a medieval fan, then I guess that’s fine, you can enjoy the Star Trek VR, but seriously, I’m a HUGE sucker for this.

Now….without further ado….are you ready for the shocking #1 reason why you should go?!

#1 Because I Will Be There!

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Okay, so I know I’m not the bee’s knees. I have very human knees.

However, if you’re worried about going and not having anything to do, well no need to worry! Not only am I super excited to hangout with you, but we’ll have tons of games to play and things to talk about!

I really hope that if you’re available on Saturday and can make the drive, that you make it to this event!

It’s going to be off several chains!

Stay Awesome!
Vincent

Darling in the Franxx is AMAZING!

Hello, it’s Vincent here and I’ve got to be honest with you. I’m tired of hearing people talk trash about Darling in the Franxx, or perhaps even worse, tell me how the first sixteen episodes are perfection and then it all goes downhill from there into straight GAR-BAGE.

If you’re with me, then enjoy! If not, then buckle up, because this is going to be a bumpy ride. Oh, and of course, there’s spoilers, so only keep reading if you’ve seen the show!

The Animation and Music

You might be wondering, “why are we starting with the animation and music? No one is complaining about the that!” If so, then good. My idea is to start off with the easiest aspects of the show to agree upon before diving deeper into the more difficult subjects.

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I mean can anyone seriously say this show is animated poorly? It might not be their preferred style, but you’d have a hard time convincing many people that this looks poor.

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And don’t even get me started on the music. The entire official soundtrack is just amazing from beginning to end.

”Kiss of Death” is making waves among fans and disgruntled fans alike.

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The song is captivating and gives off the emotion of this deadly but attractive presence that Zero Two brings.

You can watch a video by PhenomSage that wonderful breaks down the second opening and much of the symbolism it has. It gives a great perspective of how meticulously well designed the intro is. It’s almost as if the intro is so well done with its details, symbolism, and design, then this show would be as well.

THE CHARACTERS

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You still here? Good! Before I just spout about how well these characters are written, let’s try and come up with some common ground we can agree upon.

I believe that while not in all cases, a three dimensional character is usually a good sign of a good character. If a character is two dimensional, they are far less believable and don’t leave any sort of impression on the viewer. Furthermore, they can be very one note and predictable.

So, how can we say for certain which characters are three dimensional in Darling?

While, there’s many different criteria, I like to follow these rules:
1. What’s this character’s main characteristics?
2. Do they ever differ from those characteristics?
3. Does this character have a goal?
4. Does this character challenge their beliefs?

You can take any main character from Darling in the Franxx and apply this to them and end up realizing that Kokoro or even Zorome are complex three dimensional characters.

Let’s take Futoshi for example, since he gets picked on by critics as being one of the more lackluster and “useless” characters in the series.

1. What’s this character’s main characteristics? Hungry, happy, and a good friend.
2. Do they ever differ from those characteristics? Futoshi gets angered by events that transpire throughout the series, even causing him to explode with anger and tears.
3. Does this character have a goal? Futoshi wants to be friends with everyone, wants to see them happy, and wants to Kokoro to be happy and taken care of.
4. Does this character challenge their beliefs? Futoshi’s beliefs are most challenged when the happy life he once envisioned with Kokoro begins to leave his grasp. Will he accept this? Will he accept Mitsuro as her new partner?

Futoshi is arguably the least three dimensional character of squad 13, yet he has a great bit of characteristics and challenges for him throughout this short series. After all, not every character can get several episodes dedicated to them. The time we spent with each character seemed well done, as it further developed those characters, the story, or both.

If you ask me, the weakest characters in the show are the 9’s. I couldn’t tell you any of their names aside from Alpha (did we learn them?) and Alpha, I only remembered because of the last moment we had with them.

Overall though, their inclusion was a net positive in my opinion. Having a little redemption for them thrown in at the end, also having some rivals to pit up against Zero Two and Squad 13 as a whole, was nice to see. Not every antagonist can be your main antagonist. So, let’s move on to the final and most important part.

The Story

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Welcome to arguably the most subjective section. How am I supposed to convince anyone to like a story that they didn’t enjoy? Well, to be honest, I can’t.

However, I can address some main concerns I’ve seen.

Darling Should Be About Kids and Robots
Kotaku thinks that’s what this anime is about and because it has a deeper meaning then that, it misses its landing? Nope, sorry. Just because you didn’t know it was going to have more than kids and giant robots didn’t mean that we all missed the bigger picture.

I’m personally very thankful the show was more than that or else it wouldn’t have been a favorite of mine.

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Many hate how Ikuno was treated in the show. Many think her story was shafted because more important world shattering events were taking place.

I honestly don’t know why this is even an issue. Many characters in many shows don’t have the happiest of endings. Ikuno on the other hand seemed happy getting her internal struggles off her chest, and where her relation went after the fact. Not to mention it seemed that her and Naomi had something going as well. I didn’t need to see more, because it already showed the arc from beginning to end, and I understand that journey. What more would there be to see?

VIRN
I can’t remember where I read it, but someone said the show had been setting itself up for a rebellion arc and then turned it to fighting VIRN. While, a rebellion arc seemed like it could work and be obvious, that’s part of the issue, is it would have been obvious.

Now of course, you don’t want to do twists just for the sake of doing twists, that’s not good writing. And honestly, this twist does seem rather sudden. What makes it better however, is our characters acknowledge how crazy and sudden this twist is. This tells me the writer is self aware and meant to do this. Not only that, but you’re meant to be left in the dark during this as the characters are.

Comprising It’s “Third Time” Rule

This article talks about how the show compromised itself. Stating that it’s bad writing to set limits in your show and then to break them. The writer goes on to explain that, since Hiro broke the “three times” limit that it made the whole situation moot.

However, this isn’t true. Through this, we see tension rise among squad 13, we see how Zero Two handles the death of everyone she’s piloted with and we know that Hiro is going to be special in some way. I mean honestly, did you think he was going to die from that?

Luckily, unlike most anime. This actually seemed planned from the beginning and they explained why he’s the only one that can be Zero Two’s. It’s because he also have Klaxosaur blood. He has her Klaxosaur blood. Which all came from him wanting to help her and save her as a child.

They even had story relevant reasons explaining his amnesia, instead of just giving him amnesia like many other anime do.

That’s All For Today Darling

Well, I’m spent and I’m done rambling. Let me know your thoughts on Darling, whether they be good or bad! Is there a certain subject, you’d like me to write about, let me know!

Also, I have a Darling in the Franxx podcast called Hello Darling. New episodes release every Saturday night! I also have a newsletter, where I share free games, audio, and exclusives. You can subscribe for free here.

Stay Awesome!
Vincent

What Is Into The Black Tides?

You may have seen Vayne hanging around (the female vampire in the picture below).

You may have heard the term “Into The Black Tides” and wonder what exactly that is.

Into The Black Tides (ITBT) is a campaign setting book we’re developing for the Otherworlds RPG. The setting is Yedritch, a continent ripe with gothic horror and pirate themes. Players can expect extensive lore involving castles and kingdoms on the main land, while also having crazy made scientists and frankestein’s out on sea for the daring seafolk!

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So, when can you expect to see Into The Black Tides?

Great question! We first released info for Into The Black Tides last year around this time.

We’re very busy, releasing Legendaria next and then we have some other projects that will take priority after.

Largely, what we focus on is dependent on how far along we are and what feedback we receive from you.

Based on the knowledge we have available to us at the moment, we will be releasing our Otherworlds Core Rulebook (OWCR) prior to ITBT. The OWCR will feature the rules of the game, character creation, and what it takes to run the game.

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Stay Awesome!
Vincent Baker

My Experience With Legendaria by Ando Valentine

As a life-long gamer, becoming fascinated with role-playing games (RPGs) was pretty much a given. Sooner or later, I was bound to get exposed to the joys of putting oneself in the shoes of someone larger than myself. And like many of us who get drawn into the world of RPGs, my first experience came in the form of Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D. To the uninitiated, D&D can seem off-putting, and indeed, as one of the more rules-heavy systems out there, it can be intimidating to approach. But from my first game, what drew me in was crafting a character. Even during the first several games I played, surrounded by those interested in using their carefully-crafted character scores to make the best of each battle, I was more fascinated with WHY my character would be doing whatever it was we were doing.

As time has passed, of course, I have been introduced to many other RPG systems, some of them heavier on rules than others. But regardless of how much or how little importance is attached to character backstory and development by the game system itself, that facet has been the most compelling for me. Good character support and focus can make or break a role-playing game for me. Enter Legendaria.

As part of meeting Vincent and the rest of the team at AndoCon 2018 - the Atlanta-based gaming convention that I founded - they told me about this chat-based game they were working on, laughing their way through recounting some of the grand, ridiculous, and sometimes hilarious situations that had come up during their early tests. By the end of one conversation, I was practically begging to be let in on the next beta test.

The concept of Legendaria drew me the same way that the Civilization computer game series by Sid Meier draws me - the idea of playing out an "alternate history", taking real-world historical figures and smashing them together in a free-for-all in the pursuit of dominance. But where Civilization takes place on a global stage, Legendaria  focuses on the people themselves - recognizable faces from history and fable, given incredible powers, and set against each other in a battle royale.

In my first experience with Legendaria, I took the role of the Comte de St. Germain (or in English, the Count of St. Germain), a real-life European adventurer from the 18th century. Not being familiar with this legend at first, I of course had to do some research. Considered by many a brilliant man, a philosopher, an author and a composer, he also had what one may consider an eccentric personality. When asked about his birth or education, he would deflect such questions or more frequently, create fantastic myths such as being a 500-year-old immortal.

This alone would make him an interesting person to meet, but in portraying a magic-imbued fantastical version of him, I had to go over the top. Nothing less would do for a man who was known for inventing such elaborate fictions of his own identity. In my interactions during the game, I waxed eloquently verbose, loading my dialogue with paragraph after paragraph of flowery speech, run-on sentences, and back-handed compliments. Vindicated's own Trey Falco was the World Master for the game, and he assures me I had him gleefully rolling his eyes and laughing at how I could use so many words to say so very little.

What I found most interesting about the experience of playing the foppish Comte was how, despite not literally creating the character from scratch, I was able to take a historical figure and play my version of him so smoothly. Legendaria enabled me to put a unique, personal spin on a person who truly lived. And while some of the Legends available to play are from fairy tales, even those are embedded enough in popular culture, and have enough presence in our written lore, to be no less-established in our cultural awareness than George Washington himself (who, I must confess, was the death of my ill-fated St. Germain).

Legendaria is not an easy game to define or describe to someone who has never played it. It has many markings of an RPG, but is most frequently played digitally over a chat program. Yet, it isn't truly a mobile game, as it is not graphical and requires nothing more than any freely-available chat app, and indeed can even be played on a computer screen. It doesn't really fit within any categories or genres. But we have seen many people grasp it as soon as they truly get started playing, and it is a very easy, approachable game. And with the added benefit of encouraging some historical learning, it could even be considered mildly educational.

So if you haven't yet done so, make sure to give Legendaria a try - you can always ask one of us here at Vindicated for a few pointers, and we try to host games regularly. You never know what historical (or semi-historical) awesomeness you may discover.

Ando Valentine of team Vindicated at PowerCon

Ando has since join us over here at Vindicated! You can follow his new podcast he’s started here.

Stay Awesome!
Vincent

Flavor Friday: Niblis of Frost

Flavor Friday: Niblis of Frost

Lock the windows tight, close the shutters, pull the curtains. It’s that time of year when the cold begins to think for itself. There are frightful horrors on Innistrad, but none send a chill down my spine quite like the Niblis of Frost.

Welcome to the Lawless Lands - A Western Setting for Legendaria

Wer’ yu goin’ kid? Yu lost?

Lawless Lands is a new western themed scenario hitting Legendaria! The catch? Well, we’re going to need to hit 300 “likes” on Facebook to get there. Sounds like a lot? We can do it! Just invite your gamer Facebook friends to check out the page!

This scenario adds some of your favorite western Legends, stories, as well as a new game format!

If you haven’t yet, become a vscriber! It’s free, and we even have exclusives, behind the scenes, and even a free game (for possibly a limited time), so check that out here.

Stay Awesome!
Vincent

The Headless Horseman Is Coming To Town

He Would Know When You're Sleeping...IF He Could See. 

That's besides the point though! 

Hey! Hiya! Howdy! How's it going?!

I just wanted to stop by to deliver some lovely news. THE Headless Horseman is officially announced as a Legend in our game.

You can pickup this insanely awesome Legend, by backing our Legendaria here.

Not only that, but if you're a backer, you'll receive a Kickstarter exclusive variant of our horrifically awesome friend! So you'll have the option of whipping your opponent's into shape, or cutting their heads off with a bloodthirsty axe, the choice will be yours! 

Happy Halloween my friends!

Stay Awesome! 
Vincent 

Headless Horseman artwork in progress

Headless Horseman artwork in progress