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Book Review: Hopeless Maine by Tom and Nimue Brown (this review originally written for Pagan Dawn

Originally posted on Meredith Debonnaire:
Procession somber; pageant walked, shuffled, lurching to uncertainty. This review first appeared in Pagan Dawn magazine. Hopeless is an island that nobody can leave. Let that sink in; it’s a deeply layered bit of worldbuilding,…

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Putting out the hat

Originally posted on Druid Life:
There’s a moment when you start a busking set, when the empty hat goes out, and you have not yet begun to sing or play, and you don’t know how people are going to react.…

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Meet Philomena Bucket

Originally posted on The Hopeless Vendetta:
Please meet Philomena Bucket. She has recently shipwrecked on the island (which may explain her worried expression) Philomena is a Traveller. Which is to say,  the example character in the Hopeless, Maine role playing game…

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Finding Hopeless, Maine

Originally posted on The Hopeless Vendetta:
Finding Hopeless, Maine Come in, dear traveller! I hear you are looking for directions. Yes ,yes, sit down. Now, you want to get to Hopeless, Maine. Are you sure?  You’ve been warned about it,…

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The Traveller’s Traveller

Originally posted on The Hopeless Traveller:
When Tom, Nimue and I initially discussed the mechanics of a Hopeless RPG we all agreed that the game system had to be simple, straightforward and easy to customise. The aim was to make…

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Beginnings

Originally posted on The Hopeless Traveller:
Any rumours you may have heard about the emergence of a Roleplaying Game based on Hopeless, Maine are…true. So – where to start. Introductions, I suppose. I imagine that most of you, dear readers,…

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Morning Cuppa: Intelligent Designing For Amateurs

Originally posted on The Curious Adventures Of Messrs Smith And Skarry:
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Max and Collin’s marvellously meretricious parlour located within the splendidly scenic city of Lancaster. True some have called it a brummagem…

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