Castle Falkenstein

Christmas in July!

Christmas in July!

What's that you say? You've wanted to buy Castle Falkenstein and the various supplements and adventures for it but you've been waiting for a sale?

Your wait is over! DriveThruRPG is hosting the Christmas in July sale! Which means all of the Castle Falkenstein products from both R. Talsorian and Fat Goblin Games are on sale for 25% off!

Here is the breakdown on sale prices in US dollars. The sale is on PDF products, not physical ones, though this will reduce the price of PDF/print combo sets.

From T. Talsorian

From Fat Goblin Games

Please remember, if you buy a Castle Falkenstein book, a review is appreciated. Reviews help customers who are on the fence decide if a book is worth buying.

Happy Christmas!

Your humble servant,

J Gray

 

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A Moment of Silence

Friends of Falkenstein, I will not be speaking of the Great Game today. Instead, I will take a moment to offer respect to a Great Creator.

I must sadly report, for those who have yet to hear, that Stewart Wieck has departed from the mortal plane.

Villains and Vigilantes, Scarred Lands, Dungeons and Dragons, and, of course...

... the World of Darkness. Castle Falkenstein was a contemporary of the World of Darkness. Both were born from the narrative revolution which sought to create games which put stories first and dice second. While their moods differed, they were siblings and I'm pleased to say both were formative to my own gaming experience.

Without Stewart Wieck, there would not have been a World of Darkness. No monsters staring into the abyss, trying to save what's left of their soul, no warriors fighting against the corruption of reality, no mages attempting to define that reality... 

And truly, our hobby would be a much dimmer place.

Thank you, Mister Wieck. Wherever it is you travel next, may you create worlds.

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Falkenstein Friday and New Releases!

Falkenstein Friday and New Releases!

Greetings, Friends of Falkenstein!

I am thrilled almost beyond words to announce, on this lovely Friday, the release of not one but two new books for Castle Falkenstein!

Babbage's Engine takes a party of Dramatic Characters and places them on the Duchess Elisabeth, the world's first train controlled by a babbage engine! Of course, such a technological marvel is coveted by those with criminal leanings and it will be up to the party to foil a daring mastermind's fiendish scheme!

This Adventure Entertainment was written by one of the grandmasters of gaming, Steve Kenson. I'm pleased to say I have also contributed to it in some small way.

The Ability Variations is the third in our line of variant rules which allow gaming groups to customize Castle Falkenstein to their needs. Included in this particular supplement are rules for:

  • Specializations for Abilities which allow Dramatic and Host Characters to excel in specific aspects of an Ability when logical.
  • Rules for pairing different Suits to Abilities than the ones they are normally wed to.
  • A simple but robust system for improving Dramatic Characters through the accumulation and expenditure of Improvement Points.

Please consider picking up both these lovely products today. Remember, the revival of Castle Falkenstein depends upon those who love the Great Game supporting it!

Your humble servant.

J Gray

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The Prepared Dramatic Characters of Castle Falkenstein

The Prepared Dramatic Characters of Castle Falkenstein

Hello friends! Welcome to yet another Falkenstein Friday. As I have mentioned in the past, the original production run of Castle Falkenstein contained no stand-alone, prepared Adventure Entertainments to aid a Host in running a session or three of the Great Game. This is an oversight we at Fat Goblin Games have taken pains to correct! Firearms and Margarine, a murder mystery taking place in Paris, has already been published and two new Adventure Entertainments, Babbage's Engine and The Black Lady of Brodick Castle are currently in the final stages of production.

Included in the rear portion of each of these adventures are a series of prepared Dramatic Characters, ready to replicate via a duplication machine and pass out to the Players. Today, I thought I would take a moment and introduce you to several of the amazing personalities available for play with these Adventure Entertainments. Images of the Dramatic Character handouts are included for three of them.

Jérémie Belpois

Jérémie Belpois grew up admiring the great feats of C. Auguste Dupin, the master detective, but he could never match his idol in sheer intellect. Despite this, he did not give up and joined the Préfecture de police de Paris at a young age. He quickly learned the department was rife with corruption and even those among the police force who truly desired to fight crime were unable to make a difference, hampered as they were by regulations and laws. Jérémie quit the police and set up shop as a consulting detective. 

Janet Black

The men all laughed when Janet Black showed up in California with her pickaxe and her panning gear but damned if she didn’t show them a thing or three. The blacksmith’s daughter struck her claim, worked it, and came up with enough gold to make her rich for life. Tired of working for a living, the newly wealthy Janet set off from San Francisco aboard an aeroship, intending to see the world. Her first stop? Paris!

M. Blanque

As a secret agent for the Imperial Crown of France, M. Blanque travels the world, performing daring acts both of espionage and romance. Just back from a mission in the Americas, she has been asked to look into this bothersome protest in hopes of finding a way to defuse the situation. With her charisma, mastery of stealth, and gadget-filled cane, M. Blanque is the perfect choice to solve this murder before it grows into warfare between humans and Faeries or, worse, embarrasses the Emperor!

Marquess Marie-Christine Bourdon

Though she was born to the aristocracy of France, Marie-Christine Bourdon has always been a tinkerer at heart, much to the exasperation of her parents. In her youth, Marie-Christine’s governess often found her taking apart some device or another as she attempted to discover how it worked. As the young aristocrat grew older, Marie-Christine made something of a truce with her parents. She would act more properly like a lady if they would arrange for her to learn engineering from experts. Recently, inspired by Lady Ada Lovelace, Marie-Christine has become interested in the functioning and programming of
Babbage Engines.

Doctor Montague MacTaggart

Born to a well-off merchant family, Montague MacTaggart was sent by his parents to London to attend school with the hopes of becoming a medical doctor. During his time in the Empire’s capital young Montague was introduced to the works of Andrew Jackson Davis, an early pioneer of spiritualism and became fascinated. While Montague did eventually complete his studies and become a doctor he did not return to Scotland to take up a medical practice. Instead, much to the chagrin of his parents, he presented himself to the London Society of Phantasmal Research and was inducted into their ranks as a field researcher.

Pauly the Pixie

Let Brownies have their boring work and Faerie Lords their courtly intrigues. Life for Pauly the Pixie is nothing but adventure! After all, adventure is so very easy to find. All it takes is finding an interesting group of humans and slipping into their belongings. Before Pauly know it they’ve been taken to a new place and are having quite a bit of fun! Normally the Pixie wouldn’t even think of boarding a train. Much too much iron. However, she can’t resist the possibility of creating a match between Alan/Alaine Reinhardt and a dashing young hero!

Peter Last

Peter Last’s father was a butler as was his father before him. Peter, however, has no desire to become just another domestic servant in a long line of domestic servants. Instead, he wishes to roam the world and have adventurers like the men and women he has read about in the pages of the Strand Magazine. With a keen eye, a strong frame, and a good heart, the young man has struck out to travel the continent in search of his fortune.

Wilfried

Wilfried is a Brownie of the Teuz variety. He has always been a Teuz and he always will be. He loves life in the country and hard work and could live that life forever. When he heard Danielle Bendit’s plan to protest the human factory in Paris, Wilfried wasn’t sure it was a smart move but he soon became swept up by her passion. Or, perhaps, he was swept up by his passion for her assistant, Michel. With Michel dead, Wilfried has done a most unBrownie like thing and declared his intention to get revenge.

Sir Peter Windhelm

Though he was born in England, Sir Peter Windhelm moved to Paris years ago to be with the love of his life, Corinne. A Sorcerer and member of the Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, he takes advantage of his relative wealth and the leisure time it produces to act as did the knights of old, righting wrongs and aiding those in need. A relic in an ever changing world, Sir Peter stands by his belief that it is the duty of the fortunate to give aid to the less fortunate whenever possible.

I do hope this proved enlightening. 

Your humble servant,

J Gray

 

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The Bridgeport All-Goods Company Catalogue

The Bridgeport All-Goods Company Catalogue

Hello, dear friends, and welcome to another Falkenstein Friday!

As I have mentioned before, Captain Thomas Olam has sent a wide variety of materials to us from his side of the Faerie Veil. Every so often I dig through the volume of papers to us so generously by R. Talsorian Games and review what might be available to transcribe and adapt for the Castle Falkenstein line from Fat Goblin Games.

One fine day, just as the winter winds were lessening and the buds were beginning to bloom on the trees I found a most beautiful specimen: The 1875 Catalogue of the Bridgeport All-Goods Company.

In the world of New Europa, the Bridgeport All-Goods Company beat Sears, Roebuck & Company to the "everything including the kitchen sink" catalogue by quite a few years. Bridgeport All-Goods seems to have been founded by, of all people, the daughter of legendary showman P.T. Barnum and she obviously inherited his advertising acumen because every product is lovingly and cunningly described and pictured.

The Bridgeport All-Goods Company Catalogue has sections for, among other things, groceries, medical goods, hardware, appliances, equipment for the adventurous, items of leisure, agricultural goods, fashions for men, women, and children, and weapons of both the melee and the ranged variety! Better yet! Along with the catalogue, Captain Olam has sent quite a few notes giving a more modern perspective on the items as well as the occasional rule for using it in Castle Falkenstein. He was also kind enough to give us a better understanding of what each Rank of the Exchequer Ability means, both in terms of day to day lifestyle and in buying and spending power. A boon, to be sure, for anyone who has played the game and said, "Yes, I have an Average Exchequer but does that mean I can afford to buy a rifle? What about a gryocycle or an automotive?"

I have already begun translating the Bridgeport All-Goods Catalogue and we hope to have it available this year. It is, quite frankly, a monumental task. The section on drugs and medical tools contains as many words as roughly 1/6th of Curious Creatures! Still, we will do our best to bring this amazing book to you as soon as is possible.

Vin Mariani aka Wine of Coca (alcohol and cocaine mixed. What can go wrong?)

In the meantime, please enjoy this list of items which can be found in the Catalogue's Drugs and Medical Tools section:

  • Historical information and context on patent medicines.
  • A listing of wonder drugs such as: Nerve and Brain Pills, Doctor Barker's Blood Builder, the Liquor Gold Cure, Brown's Vegetable Cure for Female Weakness, Arsenic Complexion Wafers, Carbolic Acid, Epson Salts, Essence of Jamaica Ginger, Ether, Injection No. 7, Iron Powder (used to detect Faeries in disguise!), Laudanum, Root Beer, Smelling Salts, Wine of Coca, Witch Hazel, and more!
  • Information on Homeopathic Remedies, a popular fad of the day, as well as a better understanding of why it is so amazingly easy to buy incredibly dangerous substances "over the counter".
  • The Princess Bust Developer (with Bust Food!)
  • Medical instruments such as clinical thermometers, crutches, ear trumpets, and hypodermic needles.
  • Fully stocked cases and kits for accidents, dentists, midwives, nurses, morticians, and surgeons.
  • Artificial limbs, both of the normal and clockwork variety as well as rules for how clockwork limbs affect the Great Game!
  • Electro-medical instruments guaranteed to cure hysteria, mental illness, convulsions, and other ailments!
  • Cures via long distance Sorcery! You send them your blood and they send you a cure!

And this is just one section of the Catalogue! I can't wait to begin the next!

Your humble servant,

J Gray

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