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Cryptomancer Group 1

Posted by Hawke at September 25. 2016

August 3, 2016 · 9:00 PM

NOTE: To get a feel for level of interest, if full, please join the waitlistto let me know if others might be interested in joining future sessions and/or forming other groups.

The creator of the recently released Cryptomancy RPG sent me some copies to play test. http://cryptorpg.com/ This is an RPG that uses a fantasy setting to help participants learn the basics of InfoSec in a fun RPG-focused way. It is first and foremost an RPG, and has the secondary benefit of the learning that can be applied in the real world. 
This is ideal for my background as a retired CTO/CIO & InfoSec consultant and published InfoSec researcher: 

• https://www.sans.org/security-resources/malwarefaq/pptp-vpn.php

• http://techtalkhawke.com/news/did-google-leave-out-pptp-for-chrome-os-because-of-my-paper

• http://hawkenterprising.com/i-t

I will also be discussing this game (and our experiences so far), at the upcoming monthly 2600 meeting this Friday 5:00 pm -http://www.spokane2600.org

We will be learning this game from scratch. Right now I only have a few PDF copies (which will be on tablets), but a couple of hard copy books are on the way for future sessions. 
We will learn together about this game's campaign setting, how to make characters, and how to play the game. Of course my strong background in InfoSec will mean I can further enhance the experience and challenges (once I get a hang of the system). 
The first session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 from 9:00 pm to after midnight (as needed). It will be mostly making characters, and learning the background of the setting, and setting up the first adventure. If people aren't too tired, we'll try to squeeze in a quick first "scene" to see how the basic play mechanics work.

This game system uses their own rules system, it is not directly based on another generic system (such as D&D, GURPS, BRP, etc.).

I will be posting review information, and adventure updates (if any) on the Spokane RPG website (in the associated forum and/or blog):http://www.spokanerpg.com

NOTE/REMINDER: I record most of my game sessions (audio & video), as part of my ongoing accumulation of research data. This particular group may be posted on youtube, or at the very least shared with the game creator(s) for feedback on the game. If you are not comfortable with this, you will not want to be in this group.

UPDATE: This group has already filled up for now. After we get the hang of the system/setting, if it is liked well enough for more sessions, I may open up some more seats later.

Happy Gaming! 
-Hawke

 

Re: Cryptomancer Group 1

Posted by Hawke at September 25. 2016

The first session, we completed about 3/4ths of the character generation in about 2.5 hours. We're still reading as we go, so the 400+ page rulebook is a bit daunting, but not poorly laid out.
We are planning a second session when I get a chance to finish reading the book, and we can finish the section on magic/spells, then will begin a short scenario. We might have 1 or 2 seats open by then, so if interested, keep your eyes open in the next week or so. Happy Gaming!

Re: Cryptomancer Group 1

Posted by Hawke at September 25. 2016

I am looking to begin scheduling this group to resume some time in October. We could use 1-2 more players potentially.

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