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''Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder'' is a series of indie mini-{{Tabletop RPG}}s by John Harper. Each installment comes in a complete PDF explaining their common setting and the GameSystem, as well as the predefined characters whose roles the players assume and the [[InMediasRes explosive initial situation]] they find themselves in. Although the games are intended to be played as one-shots or short campaigns, they have a tremendous ReplayValue thanks to the incredible flexibility of the system that allows the players to push the story in almost any direction.

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''Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder'' is a series of indie mini-{{Tabletop RPG}}s by John Harper.Harper of [[Creator/TheForge one.seven design]]. Each installment comes in a complete PDF explaining their common setting and the GameSystem, as well as the predefined characters whose roles the players assume and the [[InMediasRes explosive initial situation]] they find themselves in. Although the games are intended to be played as one-shots or short campaigns, they have a tremendous ReplayValue thanks to the incredible flexibility of the system that allows the players to push the story in almost any direction.

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* GenderNeutralWriting: ''Magister Lor'' is written in such a way as to not restrict the Tuvari twins' genders in anyway, or Lor's own, for that matter (except, maybe, that the title "magister" is masculine in the original Latin; the feminine counterpart would be "magistra"). In fact, the only character whose gender is entirely unambiguous is Setarra, who is referred as a "she" in the opening crawl.

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See also ''TabletopGame/BladesInTheDark'' by the same designer, which has some conceptual overlaps with this series.

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* YouAllMeetInACell: ''Lady Blackbird'' opens with the crew and passengers of ''The Owl'' locked up in the brig on the ''Hand of Sorrow''.


The Wild Blue, the eponymous setting of the game, is a miniature star system consisting of several large planetoids and thousands smaller rocks orbiting a central "star" composed of pure [[{{Mana}} Essence]]. The worlds are divided among the authoritarian Empire and the disjointed Free Worlds, with an [[TheSkyIsAnOcean enormous sea of breathable gas]] surrounding them, making it possible to commute between worlds via [[ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines skyships]]. Further off the orbital plane lie the Lower Depths populated by sky squid and other nastiness.

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The Wild Blue, the eponymous setting of the game, is a miniature star system consisting of several large planetoids and thousands of smaller rocks orbiting a central "star" composed of pure [[{{Mana}} Essence]]. The worlds are divided among the authoritarian Empire and the disjointed Free Worlds, with an [[TheSkyIsAnOcean enormous sea of breathable gas]] surrounding them, making it possible to commute between worlds via [[ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines skyships]]. Further off the orbital plane lie the Lower Depths populated by sky squid and other nastiness.


* InMediasRes: The games usually throw the players

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* InMediasRes: The games usually throw the players into a conflict-saturated situation and let them figure out where to go from there.



* AWizardDidIt: Any physicist will tell you that orbital mechanics don't work this way--but since the star of the Wild Blue is made of pure Essence, any notions of normal physics go right out the window.

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* AWizardDidIt: Any physicist will tell you that orbital mechanics don't work this way--but since the star of the Wild Blue is made of pure Essence, any notions notion of normal regular physics go goes right out the window.


# ''[[http://onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/lord_scurlock.pdf Lord Scurlock]]'' (2015). The eponymous Imperial noble has just passed away, and his children gather at the manor for a funeral, beset from all sides by their father's many creditors who want their money back.

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# ''[[http://onesevendesign.''[[http://www.onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/lord_scurlock.pdf Lord Scurlock]]'' (2015). The eponymous Imperial noble has just passed away, and his children gather at the manor for a funeral, beset from all sides by their father's many creditors who want their money back.


# ''[[http://onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/lord_scurlock.pdf Lord Scurlock]]'' (2015). The eponymous Imperial noble has just passed away, and his children gather at the manor for a funeral, beset from all sides their father's many creditors who want their money back.

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# ''[[http://onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/lord_scurlock.pdf Lord Scurlock]]'' (2015). The eponymous Imperial noble has just passed away, and his children gather at the manor for a funeral, beset from all sides by their father's many creditors who want their money back.


''Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder'' is a series of indie mini-{{Tabletop RPG}}s by John Harper. Each installment comes a complete PDF explaining their common setting and the GameSystem, as well as the predefined characters whose roles the players assume and the [[InMediasRes explosive initial situation]] they find themselves in. Although the games are intended to be played as one-shots or short campaigns, they have a tremendous ReplayValue thanks to the incredible flexibility of the system that allows the players to push the story in almost any direction.

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''Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder'' is a series of indie mini-{{Tabletop RPG}}s by John Harper. Each installment comes in a complete PDF explaining their common setting and the GameSystem, as well as the predefined characters whose roles the players assume and the [[InMediasRes explosive initial situation]] they find themselves in. Although the games are intended to be played as one-shots or short campaigns, they have a tremendous ReplayValue thanks to the incredible flexibility of the system that allows the players to push the story in almost any direction.


# ''[[http://www.onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/magister_lor.pdf Magister Lor]]'' (2015)
# ''[[http://onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/lord_scurlock.pdf Lord Scurlock]]'' (2015)

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# ''[[http://www.onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/magister_lor.pdf Magister Lor]]'' (2015)
(2015). The eponymous aging mystic and a young apprentice, who are all that remains of an ancient demon-binding tradition, face off against a powerful demon and the apprentice's evil (?) twin.
# ''[[http://onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/lord_scurlock.pdf Lord Scurlock]]'' (2015)(2015). The eponymous Imperial noble has just passed away, and his children gather at the manor for a funeral, beset from all sides their father's many creditors who want their money back.


* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Built into the system with the Refreshment mechanic: the only way for players to regain spent pool dice and clear negative conditions is to role-play a brief scene (usually a dialogue) where they reveal [[{{Characterization}} something important about their characters]].

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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Built into the system with the Refreshment mechanic: the only way for players to regain spent pool dice and clear negative conditions is to role-play a brief scene (usually a dialogue) where they reveal [[{{Characterization}} [[CharacterizationTropes something important about their characters]].


''Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder'' is a series of indie mini-{{Tabletop RPG}}s by John Harper. Each installment comes a complete PDF explaining their common setting and the GameSystem, as well as the predefined characters whose roles the players assume and the [[InMediasRes explosive initial situation]] they find themselves in. Although the games are intended to be played as one-shots, they have a tremendous ReplayValue thanks to the incredible flexibility of the system that allows the players to push the story in almost any direction.

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''Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder'' is a series of indie mini-{{Tabletop RPG}}s by John Harper. Each installment comes a complete PDF explaining their common setting and the GameSystem, as well as the predefined characters whose roles the players assume and the [[InMediasRes explosive initial situation]] they find themselves in. Although the games are intended to be played as one-shots, one-shots or short campaigns, they have a tremendous ReplayValue thanks to the incredible flexibility of the system that allows the players to push the story in almost any direction.



# ''Lady Blackbird'' (). The eponymous Imperial noble is fleeing from an ArrangedMarriage and, to this end, has hired a notorious smuggler and his crew to take her to her old flame in his secret base hidden somewhere beyond the Free Worlds.
# ''Magister Lor'' ().
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# ''Lady Blackbird'' ().''[[http://www.onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/ Lady Blackbird]]'' (2009). The eponymous Imperial noble is fleeing from an ArrangedMarriage and, to this end, has hired a notorious smuggler and his crew to take her to her old flame in his secret base hidden somewhere beyond the Free Worlds.
# ''Magister Lor'' ().
# ...
''[[http://www.onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/magister_lor.pdf Magister Lor]]'' (2015)
# ''[[http://onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/lord_scurlock.pdf Lord Scurlock]]'' (2015)



* TwoDSpace: Played with, as it is not quite space we're talking about. The sea of breathable gases comprising the Wild Blue forms a relatively flat disc aligned with the orbital planes of individual worlds, and although it is possible leave it, the atmosphere of the Lower Depths is too corrosive to stay there for long. Interestingly, there is no mention of what lies in the opposite direction ("Upper Depths"?).

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* TwoDSpace: Played with, as it is not quite space we're talking about. The sea of breathable gases comprising the Wild Blue forms a relatively flat disc aligned with the orbital planes of individual worlds, and although it is possible leave it, the atmosphere of the Lower Depths is too corrosive to stay there for long. Interestingly, there is no mention of what lies in the opposite direction ("Upper Depths"?).Depths").


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* {{Steampunk}}: Most of the technology in the game seems to run on steam, and although the stories rarely focus on the social issues, it's clear that the Empire, at least, is undergoing some serious industrialization troubles.

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''Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder'' is a series of indie mini-{{Tabletop RPG}}s by John Harper. Each installment comes a complete PDF explaining their common setting and the GameSystem, as well as the predefined characters whose roles the players assume and the [[InMediasRes explosive initial situation]] they find themselves in. Although the games are intended to be played as one-shots, they have a tremendous ReplayValue thanks to the incredible flexibility of the system that allows the players to push the story in almost any direction.

The Wild Blue, the eponymous setting of the game, is a miniature star system consisting of several large planetoids and thousands smaller rocks orbiting a central "star" composed of pure [[{{Mana}} Essence]]. The worlds are divided among the authoritarian Empire and the disjointed Free Worlds, with an [[TheSkyIsAnOcean enormous sea of breathable gas]] surrounding them, making it possible to commute between worlds via [[ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines skyships]]. Further off the orbital plane lie the Lower Depths populated by sky squid and other nastiness.

All installments so far have been released for free on Harper's website:

# ''Lady Blackbird'' (). The eponymous Imperial noble is fleeing from an ArrangedMarriage and, to this end, has hired a notorious smuggler and his crew to take her to her old flame in his secret base hidden somewhere beyond the Free Worlds.
# ''Magister Lor'' ().
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!!The game series provides examples of following tropes:

* TwoDSpace: Played with, as it is not quite space we're talking about. The sea of breathable gases comprising the Wild Blue forms a relatively flat disc aligned with the orbital planes of individual worlds, and although it is possible leave it, the atmosphere of the Lower Depths is too corrosive to stay there for long. Interestingly, there is no mention of what lies in the opposite direction ("Upper Depths"?).
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Built into the system with the Refreshment mechanic: the only way for players to regain spent pool dice and clear negative conditions is to role-play a brief scene (usually a dialogue) where they reveal [[{{Characterization}} something important about their characters]].
* ArrangedMarriage: Lady Blackbird really, really doesn't want to go through with her engagement to Count Carlowe.
* GameSystem: The system is based on character traits and tags, which are combined to create UsefulNotes/{{dice}} pools to resolve conflicts.
* {{Mana}}: Sorcerers in the game channel the "Essence", although no one quite understands what it is.
* InMediasRes: The games usually throw the players
* KrakenAndLeviathan: The giant sky squids populate the Lower Depths, while the Leviathans slumber even further below.
* [[SpaceIsAnOcean Space is a]] [[TheSkyIsAnOcean Sky Ocean]]: The game blends the two tropes by applying orbital mechanics to atmospheric events.
* ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: The sky ships take all sorts of forms, from the submarine-like ''Owl'', through the dreadnought-like ''Hand of Sorrow'', to Kel Tuvari's yacht-like smuggler boat.
* AWizardDidIt: Any physicist will tell you that orbital mechanics don't work this way--but since the star of the Wild Blue is made of pure Essence, any notions of normal physics go right out the window.
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