"Don't get me wrong; not every single one of them is a filthy, cursing, backstabbing, deceiving, stealing, murdering, pathetic lowlife excuse of an existence... not at all. If you’re lucky you can still run into a decent pirate nowadays. The tricky part is to tell the good ones from the bad ones." —Kamulba, Chef at the Red Palace, Gateway Station
Supporting treasure hunters, archeologists, or scavengers out in the field, arch bots are AI-controlled hoverbots developed and manufactured in Sol. Customizable and invaluable to any Vagrant in the 'Belt and beyond, seasoned scavengers guard their archs like treasures—they hold all the routes, secret paths and coordinates of their past trips in their sealed memory core.
Featuring the first piece of artwork funded by our generous patrons, this issue of our Bits & Pieces article series introduces a secret ingredient of Vagrant society, a weird substance oiling the gears of their chaotic lifestyle. Because who cares about side effects?
One of the features of the Earthdawn setting is the magician's use of spell matrices, to protect them from the harmful magical energies and astral taint the Horrors brought into the world. In the Step System, spell matrices mainly serve as a mechanic for restricting the number of spells a magician can cast safely. The simple rules in Earthdawn: The Age of Legend do not necessarily require restricting spells, so the use of spell matrices is implicit: there is no mechanical impact unless your story has actual demand for such detail.
Some of you still want spell matrices to be more prominent in their games, however, so the following optional rules add mechanical detail to all magician characters. They also change the way spells affect the narrative of your game.
Teilzeithelden.de just published a german-language playtest review of the game. In case you wonder, the german translation is well underway (two thirds have been moved to editing already, with the remaining chapters following soon).
The review also links to an automated Excel character sheet created by the author (in english!).