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2019-08-18

Treasure Hunters HQXP for Gold

You can tell what a RPG is about by finding out what activities award XP.  That's it. The object of the game is encoded in this statement. Now let me refute that. Jim Murphy of Los Angeles, a Dungeon Master mentor of mine, told a story on his YouTube channel. I have no doubt it's true. He said that almost from the time he started playing in 1975, the West Coast people did not like the idea of XP for gold. He was talking about this in the context of explaining how he awards XP to his players. Jim …

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  • dungeon mastering
  • gold
  • OSR
  • refereeing
  • treasure
  • XP

The Bogeyman's CaveHouse Rules Update!!!! V2.5

Please look at my house rules I'm begging you I changed some stuff relating to saving throws, monster creation, restocking megadungeons, added some tables for miniature rules, and probably some other things I forgot. Please take a look!!!

The Other SideKickstart Your Weekend: The Lost City of Gaxmoor 5E

This one is easy to back. The Lost City of Gaxmoor 5E https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/676918054/the-lost-city-of-gaxmoor-5e?ref=theotherside From the Kickstarter Page: The Lost City of Gaxmoor 5E is a sandbox adventure we are converting to the 5th Edition of the world's most popular role playing game. Designed for characters that range from 1st to 10th level. It is the brain child of and written by Ernie and Luke Gygax, the sons of the legendary co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons Gary Gygax. …

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  • 5e
  • kickstarter

2019-08-17

My Terrible Sorcery Is Without Equal In The WestRandom Monster Generator Shootout 4 - Curse of the Random Monster Generator Shootout!

I dug through the mailbag, the comments and some of my books - wouldn't you know it, I found enough tables to warrant another round. ***** Elegant Fantasy Creature Generator by Raphael Sadowski from Nine Tongues Tales get the pdf here (PWYW) I dig this one. Mr. Sadowski packs a big punch in a simple little 16-page PDF. Like the tome of adventure design from last time, the EFCG concentrates on 'top-down' generation. Rather than rolling stats, it generates creature's shape, size and attributes …

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  • death metal
  • Elegant Fantasy
  • Fight On!
  • monsters
  • Precis Intermedia
  • reviews
  • RMGS

Take on RulesRuby Script to Extract Post for RPGGeek

At one point, I had a script that converted my old Wordpress blog to the rpggeek.com syntax. Today, I spent some time writing up a script to use against my website. I wrote the following rake task that calls the exporter (see below). desc "Export to RPGGeek Format" task :export_to_rpggeek, [:path] do |task, args| path = args.fetch(:path, "") require_relative "../take_on_rules/exporter" $stdout.puts TakeOnRules::Exporter::ToRpgGeek.call(path: path) end Ruby Script to Convert Post to RPGGeek …

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  • blogging-engine
  • not-quite-gaming
  • programming

Dragon's BreakfastEdge of Night Session #11 - Crazy

DRAMATIS PERSONNAE PC's Army Lieutenant Bill Fisker - 1 term - UPP D753C9 Rifle-1, SMG-2, Admin-0, Vacc Suit-0 Scout  Dante Flynn - 4 terms - B7AA56 Pilot-1, Vacc Suit-1, Air/Raft-1, Navigation-1, Mechanical-1, Jack-o-Trades-1 Marine Captain Noac Sumter - 5 Terms - 82C9A7 Cultass-1, Revolver-2, ATV-1, Gambling-1, Admin-1. Vacc Suit-1, Tactics-1, Computer-1 NPCs Merchant Second Officer  Yasmin Cheung - 2 terms- UPP 864A93 Medic-2, Engineering-2, Mechanical-1 Sylvanous Queen - 7 terms - UPP 5437B7 …

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  • Campaign
  • Edge of Night
  • sci-fi
  • Session
  • Symera SubSector
  • Traveller
  • Vordenhaven [1724]

Cavegirl's Game StuffHollow Men

Actually, you know what? Here's a write-up of the Hollow Men. This is not sympathetic at all. You don't get to play these. They don't get stats. But they're a counterpoint to the previous post. This is not a fair portrayal. I'm biased and scarred and angry, and as a result I can't give them a proper write-up. All you get is the perspective of somebody who's only ever experienced them as total monsters. So, what does it look like when Thanatos, the instinct towards death and entropy, goes out of …

Necrotic GnomeOld-School Essentials Class Layout

A few people have been making their own B/X classes in the Old-School Essentials style recently, which is wonderful to see! My hope is that once the game is officially released (PDFs expected in about a week, print expected in the autumn) that we'll see lots of creative content coming out. (For anyone who's interested in publishing content for Old-School Essentials, check out the Third Party License!) This post provides a little insight into one of design principles behind the Old-School …

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  • layout
  • old-school essentials

Thought EaterFree and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DM's Guild Highlights: Week Ending 8.17.19

Every week, talented creators upload products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pay-what-you-want in order to reach customers. Dozens of new free and pwyw products are added each week alone. It is a lot to sort through. My hope is that highlighting a few of each week's best supplements will help the designers get the attention they deserve. You can find previous posts in this series HERE. This felt like a slow week even though there were still like 40 new products.  Eberron Battlemaps - …

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  • 5e
  • DMs Guild Highlights
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • reviews

These Old GamesAll the right things, in three parts. Item three.

Back in 1996, I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. The whole world was one big crazy snarl and I couldn’t figure any of it out. One day, a coworker handed me a simple wooden puzzle. She got it from a vending machine and once it was dissembled, she could not get it back together. It was so simple, I don’t know how she didn’t see the answer. I reassembled it and she pulled it apart as we talked. That little puzzle was passed back and forth between us, a dozen time or more as we talked. …

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  • IRL
  • memories
  • shorts

Of Slugs and SilverThe Grain District - a part of the Yellow City

On the Western Isle near the Gulf of Morrays, occupying the middle third of the Island, is the Grain discrict. Of middling wealth, the district owes its name to the Great Granary, made of large topaz-flecked stone blocks.  This immense warehouse faces the God River on the eastern shore of the island, and its docks can accomodate both sea fairing vessels and Laramarkhi river-boats.  The granary was built upon order of the Council as a ward agains famine, and is controled by the House of Quartz …

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  • Tea
  • The Glog
  • Yoon Suin

The Other Side#RPGaDAY2019: One

Today's topic is One. Every so often the topic comes up of what RPG would you choose if you could only choose one. If I over-think it, it becomes hard. There are so many great RPGs out there.  So many that I love and have loved playing.  But if I could only choose one, forever, then the choice becomes clear and easy. CJ Carella's WitchCraft RPG. WitchCraft is, hands down, my favorite game.  Period.  Picking up a copy of this book back in 1999 was just like picking up a copy of the Monster …

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  • #RPGaDAY
  • unisystem
  • witch

Tenfootpole(5e) Darkest Dream

Alphinius Goo Gooey Cube LLC 5e Level 1 The Darkest Dream begins the epic tale of a group of Hanataz youth who are charged with working security for the last Carnivalle of the season. The Hanataz are the Traveling Folk … Continue reading →

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  • 5e
  • Reviews

Dragons Are RealRPGaDay 17: One

There was one game that started the whole thing off and that was of course Dungeons and Dragons.And still today people refer to the scene (especially the fantasy genre) still as D&D, the same way, that in the UK, a vacuum cleaner is called a “Hoover, and sticky tape is called “Sellotape”. The brand has become the hobby, and spawned a thousand variants from all genres. without it the hobby could have been alot different.

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  • rpgaday2019

In Places DeepTales from the Boar's Head: Thalos' Tomb

A Bad Way to Go Session Date 13th Day of the month of the Crimson Dragon 4500CCC (August 13th) Characters Present Aslog, Skandik Priestess of Odin Velor Silent-stream, Half Elf Druid Dabetha Darkmantle, Dwarf Storm Sorceress and devotee of Manas Udogar Thalthaac, First Man Bard Thalos, Tiefling Blade Pact Warlock (Deceased) Events The party met with Thalos, a warlock from the Demon Princedoms far to the south, and convinced him to seek treasure within the tomb they had been exploring.Dabetha …

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  • 5e
  • flgs
  • play reports
  • wilderlands

Treasure Hunters HQClockwork Jewelry

Who made these? What do they do? Are they magic? Are they some sort of key? A key to what?

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  • magic item
  • OSR
  • ring

DMiurgyBeholder

OG Beholder As a child, I always wondered how the hell any party would ever kill a beholder when you'd be subject to like 1d4 save or pretty much die effects per round. (Child me had relatively little imagination when it came to tactics and strategies). Nowadays I'm actually quite keen on using such a creature as a dragon-alternate. Rather than pinning it down and taking cover as one does with dragons, I imagine fighting a beholder would be like ambushing a tank. You need to make sure the big …

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  • Bad Art
  • Monsters
  • Sunset Realms

The Wandering GamistHike Notes: Mount Fuji, Part 2: Gaming Reflections

Last post, I talked about climbing Mount Fuji.  Today, applying that experience to OSR D&D. Time and distance: In nine hours, we covered a total of six miles of trail (plus ~8600 feet of total elevation delta).  We were barely encumbered, pessimistically two stone.  ACKS' rules would put us at 120' exploration movement speed, or 24 miles per day, times 1/2 for mountains.  So the rules would overestimate our speed by a factor of two, about.  It's possible that we're just that out of shape …

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  • Wilderness

2019-08-16

What Would Conan Do?Armour in D&D

I have definitely talked about this before. I'd link it if I was smart. Anyway, we're talking old D&D 'cos 5th is fussy and I don't know it. I'll assume it's identical. Things that guys in plate are scared of: Poleaxes, cannon balls, being hit with a club A LOT, loads and loads of arrows, getting pinned down and jabbed in the eye or armpits with a dagger. Other armours do different things. We could make them all do a unique thing, but this requires knowledge and controversial assumptions (more …

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  • d&d
  • rules

Late Night ZenFascinating OSR material

Image by Pete LinforthIn this post I'd like to focus some attention on other people's creativity.  This is a list I started keeping so I could find my way back to blog posts and adventures I really enjoyed.  Some of these resources are well-known in the OSR-space, others less so.  They all deserve to be played and talked about, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.  Adventures The adventures I like are strongly themed dungeons or challenging environments that are only technically …

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  • blogs
  • links
  • OSR
  • rulesets
  • setting
  • world-building

The Other Side#RPGaDAY2019: Dream

Today's topic is Dream. Dreams have been an important part of my RPG journey as a world creator. I have detailed in the past my recurring nightmare of the "Very Haunted House". The house was an old Victorian manor complete with spooky attic and sub-basements. It was haunted by the ghost of an evil old woman that used to torture kids. This house was based on a few things in real life.  The biggest was "Maplecrest Apartments" in my old home town.  It used to be an old tuberculosis hospital turned …

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  • #RPGaDAY
  • DP&D
  • season of the witch

The Lovely DarkIntroductions

Hello, darlings. ^_^ This is going to be my blog for talking about table-top role-playing games, or tatterpigs, as they really ought to be called. I enjoy Monsterhearts, Urban Shadows, and Vampire, but I there are so many amazing people working in the OSR-adjacent community, and so many extraordinary ideas coming from them, that I consider them one of the biggest influences on my tatterpig work. <3 My RPG Idols Wall: Hex Culture- Writes wonderful things about witches and spirit pacts and …

Dragons Are RealRPGaDay 16: Dream

When I think of Dream I think of the dreaded shower scene from 1980′s TV show Dallas, that undid the previous 2 seasons episodes.I think in games it’s okay for characters to have flashbacks to explain their past; or even how they packed some equipment that they now need for the challenge.What you should never do is start a game with one of the characters dying (even if the player wants to kill their character off and wants to try something different) and then flash back 5 days previously, …

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  • rpgaday2019

The Nine and Thirty KingdomsShield Defense for Dice Neutral Attack Tables

Wednesday’s dice neutral combat table did not include shields, for a couple reasons. One being: There’s just too many ways shields get changed in house rules.In standard D&D, upgrading your body armor from leather to chain, or from chain to plate, effectively adds +2 to your defense. Keeping your current body armor but adding a shield is half as effective, adding +1 to defense. If a GM prefers the standard approach and is using a d20 (or 4d6 drop 6,) they can either add +1 to the target number …

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  • ac
  • clone
  • combat
  • dnd

From Kuroth's Quillgrodog interview on Twitch TV, Sunday 18 August @ 7:30pm EDT

Jay Scott, one of the gamers I know in South Jersey, runs a Twitch TV channel dedicated to his 30+ year 1e campaign set in the World of Greyhawk.  While visiting with him on my last trip back home, he asked about having me on his show, which will be live-streamed on Sunday this weekend.  Here's his announcement: Sunday Evening on the Lord Gosumba Channel Hello Friends and Greyhawkers! Finishing up a wonderful vacation week with family at the shore! On this Sunday's Gabbin at Lord Peak's Haven …

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  • allan grohe
  • black blade
  • castle el raja key
  • castle greyhawk
  • greyhawk
  • grodog
  • interview
  • live
  • OSR
  • Q&A
  • streaming
  • tv
  • twitch
  • world of greyhawk

Axes & Orcs[DRAFT] Gurrenvangelion: Dance Dance Revelations: the Musical: the Roleplaying Game

Gurrenvangelion: Dance Dance Revelations: the Musical: the Roleplaying Game This is a Draft that has been sitting in my WIP pile since 2014. This is a roleplaying game in which you and your friends play talented teenaged pilots of experimental war machines. Similar to other mecha games, in G:DDR:aM:tRPG the mecha are used to combat monstrous threats to humanity. However, unlike other mecha based rpgs, the mecha in G:DDR:aM:tRPG are used in titanic dance offs, rock concerts and other feats of the …

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  • Gurrenvangelion
  • Kyuun Kyuun
  • mecha
  • Small Silly Settings

Coins and ScrollsMagical Industrial Revolution - Kickstarter Update + Public Domain Tips

As of this post, we're just below 300% funding on the M.I.R Kickstarter! Hooray! If you missed the announcements, all initial stretch goals have been cleared. That's 3 pamphlets and a bunch of art upgrades. Just 7 days remain. It's a short kickstarter, so spread the word; it'll be over before you know it. For the last three days, I've been picking final art pieces for the book. While the excellent team of artists have provided lots of great pieces, the intent was always to use public domain …

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  • Magical-Industrial Revolution
  • OSR

Peril and PlunderHeadgear Heptad

Roll 2d4: 2: LION OF BATTLE As a standard action, the wearer can emit a thunderous roar. Creatures within 30 feet that hear the sound must succeed a Wisdom saving throw or become incapacitated with fear for 1 round. A creature can only be affected by this ability once every 24 hours. Crystalline or vitreous … Continue reading Headgear Heptad

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  • Crunch
  • Homebrew
  • Random Generator
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • headgear
  • helmet
  • loot
  • OSR
  • Role-Playing Games

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets[New Magic Item] Amulet of the Archthief

Amulet of the Archthief Valance returned and sat unassumingly among the others in their cottage. ‘What have you been up to?’ Chalk asked. ‘Who, me? Nothing much really,’ replied the priest of the Spider God. ‘That’s odd, Navnen said he … Continue reading →

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  • Magic Items
  • Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • BD&D
  • BFRPG
  • Iron Falcon
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • OD&D
  • OSRIC
  • roleplaying
  • rpg
  • Swords & Sorcery
  • Swords & Wizardry

Take on RulesSession 2 exploring the Thel-Sector of “Stars without Number”

Table of Contents Bear with me, because I’ve got a rather lengthy post. Introducing the Cast Session Report Observations Next Steps Introducing the Cast Described as part of this blog post. If you would like a transcription, please email me. Session notes that I took. First a quick reminder of the player characters. Table 1: Quick Breakdown of Characters PlayerCharacterClass (Background)SkillsFoci AidanAisaak JasperWarrior (Thug)Shoot-1, Sneak-0, Stab-0, Survival-2Assassin, Wanderer Ben

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  • blades-in-the-dark
  • role-playing-game
  • session-analysis
  • session-report
  • stars-without-number
  • thel-sector

Thought EaterThought Eater Podcast: The 100th Episode!

Join me today in celebrating 100 episodes of the Thought Eater Podcast! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!!! If you enjoy my free zine, podcast, and/or blog, please consider supporting my work for only $1 per month. 

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Treasure Hunters HQOn the Emergent Nature of Story

I'm happy with this. It's something I wrote when I discovered that there were other people who played the old way and I've updated it only very slightly since. It's not a whole mission statement, but it's a part of one. All games have rules & fiction. These do not have to be explicit. In the case of playing fetch with a dog, you & the dog know the rules even though the dog has no ability or method to explain them. In chess, the fiction is very thin. But there are no "real" chess men out there …

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  • DM
  • OSR
  • theory
  • writing

Kill It With Fire!PCs fall, everybody dies

Here's some fun falling damage ideas. Pick one or more: Falling with more than half your encumbrance slots full moves the damage dice up a step in severity. Being fully encumbered moves it up two steps, and being over-encumbered does extra damage equal to your greed. By greed I mean extra slots, but let's call it that.Rolling the max on a falling damage die means you broke a bone (basically the DCC rule). Roll a d12, modified by Luck or whatever way you track the support of the fickle gods in …

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  • DCCRPG
  • house rules
  • optional rules

2019-08-15

Throne of SaltLet's Look at a Bunch of Books (I Didn't Finish)

So I've had my Kindle for a few months now and boy howdy do I have some REVIEWS for you all. Mostly partial, because I have embraced the gospel of Did Not Finish. River of Teeth, Sarah GaileyDNF, pg. 78/169 What a disappointment. My favorite episode of the Dollop, turned into an alternate history novella? Sign me up! But the end result is a boring, chutzpahless affair. It takes nearly half the book to get the team together, and maybe one of those team members exists beyond a lackluster …

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  • normal books
  • review

Throne of SaltMothership Play Report: Weather Report

MY INTERNET IS BACK. Episode 1! Episode 2! Let's go! Berkeley, karaoke gynoid (Michael Kennedy)Manny, scientist (JOZO)Rob Nixon, teamster (CWBunny) The crew wake up to the sound of gunshots in the street beyond their cheap hotel. Fearing the worst, the crew creeps to the window and peers outside to get a glimpse of the balcony. The heavyworlder Manny spoke to at Amarpreet's the night before is there, and in no-nonsense fashion tells the scientist off for blabbing about his alliance with …

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  • great screaming hell
  • mothership
  • play report

DIY & Dragons5e Characters I Want to Play - School of Red Magic Wizard Archetype

SCHOOL OF RED MAGIC Red Mages are polymaths and dilettantes. They try to bridge the divides between martial prowess and magical insight, between the "white magic" of healing and the "black magic" of war. They study widely and attempt to unify separated schools of thought into a monist personal philosophy.  They reject boundaries and borders and often violate laws and prohibitions meant to enforce separations or prevent the "mixing" of unlike peoples and things. They are fiercely loyal comrades, …

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  • 5e
  • characters i want to play
  • jrpg - snes

Dragons Are RealRPGaDay 15: Door

The thing that has always struck me as odd in old school games are Doors. They are considered stuck for the players, who have to roll to open them whilst the doors hold the monsters in their room, but if they are pursuing the players the monsters automatically open all the doors.

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  • rpgaday2019

My Terrible Sorcery Is Without Equal In The WestRandom Monster Generator Shootout Round 2 - Hyper Diabolism Edition!!!

'SUP blogland? The first random monster generator shootout was a ton of fun. With help from the comments section (pretty cool feeling to get those - thanks!), I dug around my books and pdfs to find some more. I found more than I bargained for... a lot more. Hide your game books from Pastor Steve and cancel your Something Awful forum account: this round is all about LotFP and DEMON SUMMONING! ***** Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Rules & Magic Summon spell by James Edward Raggi III from …

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  • blogosphere content
  • grindcore
  • lotfp
  • monsters
  • no salvation for witches
  • red and pleasant land
  • reviews
  • RMGS

My Terrible Sorcery Is Without Equal In The WestRandom Monster Generator Shootout 3 - Turbo-Speed Rainbow Fighting!!

Oh yeah, you forgot about this series? I didn't! In case you missed them last time, check out: Part One - started it all Part Two - LotFP 'house round' demon-summoning edition ***** The Tome of Adventure Design by Matt Finch from Frog God Games froggodgames.com print/pdf here The heavy-hitter of the random table game! For those who don't know, this book has a table for everything. I have barely scratched the surface of this thing's capabilities in my own games. It is divided into four sections: …

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  • carcosa
  • frog god
  • gardens of ynn
  • lotfp
  • monsters
  • reviews
  • RMGS

Two Goblins in a TrenchcoatCool Cybernetic Parts for Cool Cybernetic People (HELLWALKERS Cybernetics)

Nebula is my favorite Marvel character because she has cybernetic parts but they don't really grant her any cool powers beyond the superhero standard of "fast, strong, tough." She is a cyborg and she is pissed about it and I relate deeply to all of that (Source) Cybernetics Rules 1. There are no cybernetics that directly improve upon the function of the original organ. 2. Cybernetics that have special abilities do not function as well at the original organ’s task. If these items are in a shop …

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  • cybernetics
  • gonzo
  • HELLWALKERS
  • Moonhop
  • OSR
  • sci-fi
  • setting

Take on RulesSession 1 of a “Stars without Number” Campaign

Described as part of this blog post. If you would like a transcription, please email me. Session notes that I took Last week, my son and two of his friends came over to start a Stars without Number mini-campaign. So miniature, that this may have been the only session. I read through my introduction. With dice in hand, they opened their free PDF copies of “Stars without Number” and started building characters. After each person rolled stats, we started talking about the kinds of characters. …

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  • role-playing-game
  • session-analysis
  • session-report
  • stars-without-number
  • thel-sector

IncunabuliBarghest

They crept through an autumn wood. Two men in green coats and stalker's caps tugged over black hair. One young, the other old, bearded. They carried lever guns in the crooks of their sleeves, stepped lightly round dry stands of elderberry and the musty detritus of fallen leaves.  A hound walked before them, nose whuffling eagerly at the earth. A flop-eared cocker with a blotchy coat and thick collar. It held close and obedient to the younger man's leg. "I've been thinking about the wedding," said …

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  • monster
  • Otherworld
  • Saddleback

...and the sky full of dust.Book of Lairs # 6

My latest (and penultimate) book of lairs– Book of Lairs: Desolation– is now live on Drivethru. Took a while to get the proof correct, but the copy I opened today looked great. The colours really pop. I’ll be starting to post the first of the lairs for the last book before the end of the […]

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  • Blog
  • Book of Lairs
  • Self-Pormotion
  • book of lairs
  • desolation
  • self-promotion

What Would Conan Do?Alternative Troika Skill

1d3+3 creates a feeling of unfairness in some players. Which they don't like. Each to their own. Here are some other ideas: Everyone starts with 6 Skill. Done. Skill doesn't exist. Roll 4d6+12 for Stamina. When you want to Test Your Skill you spend 1 Stamina to behave like you have 6 skill. If you don't want to spend stamina you just use your Advanced Skill rank. Skill doesn't exist. Add 2 to all existing Advanced Skills in backgrounds and just use them. Reduce all enemies by like 10% skill. If …

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  • rules
  • troika

DMiurgyAerial Servant

This is the first of a series of posts where Imma re-imagine all the AD&D monsters from the monster manual(s?) into something more usable for my campaign, talk about my take on the original incarnations a little bit, and draw them too just to give myself a series of prompts to git gud OG AERIAL SERVANT The Aerial Servant is a bit of puzzler. It is very similar to the largest variety of Air Elemental, but it is typically invisible, and furthermore, native not to the sky, but to the Ethereal and …

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  • Bad Art
  • Monsters
  • Sunset Realms

DMiurgyAnhkheg

OG ANHKHEG A sort of 'creature feature' like enemy. Giant centipede-lookin things, burrowing through Old Jenkin's cornfields, able to tunnel away from hordes of peasants with slings in a round or two and way too dangerous for regular people to have much hope of defeating. The perfect sort of monster for heroes to defeat to earn the love of the common folk. On the downside, treasure type C is a pretty unreliable sort of treasure, with some low chances of gems and jewelry and magic items and some …

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  • Bad Art
  • Monsters
  • Sunset Realms

DMiurgyAnt, Giant

THE OG GIANT ANT First off, 'giant' is relative, they're actually about the size of a smallish dog. This ain't Them! you'll want the Gamma World bestiary for truck-sized ants and other atomic mutants They still have 2hd though, with soldiers having 3hd and poison. Presumably this is due to them being able to lose legs and antennae without dying of bloodloss and shock. Add a really high AC on top and giant ants are actually considerably scarier than orcs and other humanoids, at least stat-wise. …

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  • Bad Art
  • Monsters
  • Sunset Realms

The Nine and Thirty KingdomsNearly-Permanent Spells Using Conceptual Magic

Last time I talked about changing the way spell stats are handled, I focused on spell duration. By default, spells would be very short, only a few minutes (determined by a random roll.) To extend the spell, a spell caster would include something to bind the spell duration to. Some examples: Bind a spell to a candle. When the candle burns out, the spell ends. Duration is several hours.Cast the spell at sunrise, binding it to a flower that closes at sunset. Spell lasts until the sun sets.Cast …

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  • dnd
  • magic

Dyson's DodecahedronThe Temple Walk

Colloquially known as “God Alley”, the Temple Walk is a set of courtyards and walkways winding between 13 different shrines, …Continue reading →

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  • Fantasy
  • Maps
  • Alley
  • Building
  • Buildings
  • Church
  • Courtyard
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • OSR
  • Reliquary
  • RPG
  • Shrine
  • Temple
  • Urban

Desks & DragonsThe Drama Module for 5E now available!

I made a thing for fifth edition D&D. It is called The Drama Module. Here is why I made it: You know how, watching people like the cast of Critical Role bring these wonderful characters to life, you think: “how will I get my players […] The post The Drama Module for 5E now available! appeared first on DESKS & DRAGONS.

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  • D&D
  • Dungeons & Dragons

False MachineI Will Roll Deep

If you are in you better be in all the way. Thusly I have placed the Raven-People for Zoiterra, the Animal-People continent made up itself of nations on the backs on giant animals, on (and in) something which is not a giant animal, big instead a cosmically-huge coconut. I am fully committed to this idea. .............................................. Quick are the Qua, and black as ink, riders of the cosmic coconut, called Okoko, the virtue of which is Heroism. A hollow virtue for a hollow land. …

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  • Eld
  • Uu
  • zoiterra

Bernie the FlumphBlade of the Black Pyramid & Left Hand of Abaddon

Read this article on BernieTheFlumph.com! Within the libraries, vaults, and trophy rooms of Goatheart Castle, Prospero the sorcerer hoards many artifacts of singular magic and alien provenance. One of his most prized possessions is a large chunk of ancient amber the size of large man’s torso. Suspended within the milky orange stone the scaly red hand of a demon clutches a black sword of

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Animate KratocracyStrengthened Resolve and Odd Addictions

First of all, I'd like to thank Anne over at diyanddragons, for including me in their GLOGosphere list, with a group of others who are described as "incandescent."  I'm unsure how much that term applies to me, but I'm damned if it didn't make me feel a little self-important, and a little vanity never hurt anyone... except for Sleeping Beauty that is.  And now to today's featured programming:        My father was addicted to music.  On bad days my mother would send me out looking for him in co …

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Alex SchroederDeep Carbon Observatory Day 1

I’ve started running Deep Carbon Observatory.As soon as the party arrived in town, I described the town as recently flooded and started playing some Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And I immediately had my doubts. The golems get weaker every day, but at the same time, people are suppose to be hungry, so they’ve been hungry for days? My players wanted to know why the water hadn’t drained?I started my players with three disaster vignettes. One player wanted to do this, the others left to handle …

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…and then what happens?Poetry and RPGs (can I have some more, please?)

There are phrases which catch and blossom within us, arrangements of words in particular orders and contexts which cut through all our conscious bumbling and to the deep-quick of our being. Sometimes, if the wording is universal enough to human experience, and if the translator is skilled enough, the world-stopping beauty of such arrangements even survives the contortions of moving into another language. Truly, it is magic we spell out and cast across the world, inscribed upon nets woven out of …

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  • musings
  • my influences
  • people are made of stories
  • poetry
  • probably too many hyperlinks
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  • world building

Monsters and ManualsFor a "Western" Yoon-Suin

I am working on a project I think of as The Meeting of the Waters, which is a setting book taking the approach of Yoon-Suin but allowing the creation of a fantasy Northumberland (which can really be dropped into any Europeanish/Westernish/occidental sort of setting). Here is something from it, an intro for one of the handful of fixed settlements (most of the rest being randomly generated): Joyous Garde  The town of Joyous Garde appears suddenly, nestled amidst pastures in a hidden fold of the …

The Other Side#RPGaDAY2019: Door

Today's topic is Door. There are a lot of doors in D&D.  Which reminds of that old saying and my response to it. D&D taught me that closed doors are supposed to be kicked open. I feel the same way about "Gatekeepers".  This is a topic that has been coming up a lot lately. Some groups are claiming that other groups are gatekeeping and those groups are claiming they are not.  I can't speak to any groups really, save my own. Take the lessons we all learned in D&D. If you see a door, or a gate, …

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  • community
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  • osr

Treasure Hunters HQOn the Profits and Expenses of an Adventuring Company

This is interesting. I've been thinking about the players who will be at the table for my upcoming Fallen Empire campaign. It at-this-very-moment appears that the several players want to start with a megadungeon style campaign of mostly episodic forays into Castle Triskelion. The last campaign we just finished was an epic sweep through the Realm fighting for the future of the free peoples of that realm and so forth; rescuing gods and fighting battles with a cast of tens of thousands.  The usual. …

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  • company
  • contracts
  • death
  • Fallen Empire
  • henchman
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  • patron
  • retainer
  • rules
  • shareholder
  • treasure

Darkworm ColtA combat example for Kung Fu Goons

Referee: Cheng, you open the door to the restaurant, and a dozen or so mooks come running at you. You see blades flashing, and one of them has a submachinegun. What do you do? Cheng: Okay… I have Kung Fu 1, so I add +1 to my 2d6 roll, right? Ref: Yes. Cheng: And for every cool detail I describe, I add another +1? Ref: Yep! What do you do? They're closing in fast. Cheng: I wait till the first two are close to me, then I throw a low kick that sweeps them off their feet (1), the three mooks …

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  • hong kong action
  • kung fu
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  • tunnel goons

Darkworm ColtSprawl Goons and Hardwired: a match made in heaven

+  Nate Treme published his one-page rpg Tunnel Goons a few days ago. Then, he started the so-called Goon Jam, a fun contest with the goal to write a hack of Tunnel Goons. So far, 16 games have been submitted (one of them being my Kung Fu Goons). A while ago, I explained Why Hardwired is the real 2020 for me. Yesterday, Paul D. Gallagher, author of the beautiful, beautiful Augmented Reality cyberpunk sourcebook, submitted Sprawl Goons, and it's a match made in heaven. Tunnel Goons and its …

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  • cyberpunk
  • hardwired
  • tunnel goons

DIY & DragonsBook Cover Trends - The Occupationist's Female Relative

. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Arielle North Olson, 1970. Ronia, The Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren, 1985. The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan, 1991. The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich, 1998. The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan, 2001 . The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, 2003 .The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards, 2005 .The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham, 2005 .The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea, 2006 .The Zookeeper's Wife by Daine …

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Axes & Orcs[DRAFT] High Fructose Hyper Space Travel & Navigation

These are draft rules in plain unformatted text for High Fructose Hyper Space AKA Candy Space Or Saccharine/Saccharide Space This sub-net of the ancient Hyper Space Transit Network is modeled by the included map. The entry point is the red space with the stone arch in the lower left corner. The exit is the central pink space with the stone arch. It starts out as a unidirectional and very linear pointcrawl. The arrows indicate direction of travel. Pink spaces signify the systems in this sub-net …

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  • Airships & Aircraft
  • Orbital Space Refuse
  • Small Silly Settings
  • Spelljammer
  • stars without number
  • SWORDDREAM
  • Troika

imaginary hallwaysMothership AP: Crashlands Night Drive 1.1

Ran Mothership 1-on-1 with a friend who's very interested in learning to GM games. We'd previously played a 1-on-1 game of Into the Odd, which was a lot of fun. His character, Glenn, is a teamster who has learned about mechanical repair and driving to make a living, and art and mysticism out of an unpractical passion. He has one mercenary-statted buddy, Asher, a marine specialist armed with an SMG. Asher constantly checks and re-checks his gear, counting and recounting magazines, grenades, …

These Old GamesOn the Same Wavelength

Yes, I wear this cologneThis week, I have been thinking about villains. Personally, I love human or demi-human type villains. People that aren't going to turn into a snake, demon or dragon, because they are worse that any of those things. I also love making the villain equal or lower level than the PCs because the players never think to look down. Of being on the same wavelength, a new podcast was introduced this week: Adventure Design Sessions. It's hosted by Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor. …

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  • Podcast
  • Villains
  • Worldbuilding

2019-08-14

Of Slugs and SilverOn the classifications of games

How should games be classified is a common question. What is an OSR game? Is 5e medium or heavy crunch? This was being discussed in the OSR Discord today, and thankfully (with a bit of help from a previous Noisms post, I was able to quickly provide a most definitive answer. Let us not speak of it again ;) (a) Games that belong to the Emperor (games that are or have been played by royalty/other monarchs. (b) embalmed games (games no longer under publication (c) Games that need training (such …

Dragons Are RealRPGaDay 14: Guide

When I think of Guide, I think of notes for a GM and how to guide them to run a game. The two best guides i have read are Dungeon World and ICRPG, both give great guidance for a GM.Even if you don’t run either system they are a great resource.Another couple of books I can highly recommend are The Lazy Dungeon Master and Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master.Try any of them you won’t be disappointed.

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  • rpgaday2019
  • icrpg
  • dungeonworld
  • lazy dungeon master

Cross Planes#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 14

As a manager of a small chain of Comics and Game stores I GUIDE customers (veteran and new) every day. It's my favorite part of the job. I've enjoyed the resurgence of DnD over the last five years as it's greatly expanded and diversified the types of players that walk into my store. These days, I've got empty nesters, middle-schoolers, and veteran edition warriors shopping with me. It's a real treat.

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A Blasted, Cratered LandWitness the Carbarian

So I just wrote up vehicle rules, and was rightly pointed out that this is perfect for a Mad Max game. Then I heard the pun, and this followed. [Vehicle Rules] [Berzerker Rules] Berzerker Conduit: CarbarianOH, WHAT A LOVELY DAY! The smell of nitro in your mouth. The stolen blood in your veins running as hot as detonating gasoline. Your vehicle shudders beneath you, itching, revving, screaming for you to wield it, to maim, to kill, to be Witnessed. You will oblige the machine, even if it means …

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  • class
  • GLOG
  • mimics & miscreants
  • vehicles

Thought EaterHumpday Blog-O-Rama 8.14.19

Blogs are an integral, vital part of the RPG hobby. They serve as incubators for new games, sounding boards for fresh ideas, and platforms for up-and-coming talent. They keep "forgotten" games alive, foster discussions, and build communities. Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast and blog, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene. Check out previous Humpday Blog-O-Rama posts HERE. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!!! INTRO https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/ …

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  • 5e
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  • humpday blog-o-rama
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  • Maps
  • Megadungeon
  • OSR
  • podcasts
  • retro-gaming
  • zines

Two Goblins in a TrenchcoatThe Church of the Immovable Saint and the Immovable Clerics (GLOG Class)

There's really nothing I can add to this (Source) Immovable Cleric For every Immovable Cleric template you have, gain 1 HP. A: Immovable Stance, Stun Punch B: Suspension, Silence C: Unmoving Travel, Stun Gaze D: Saint’s Stance, World Stop Immovable Stance Press your palms together and become Immovable. You can still be hurt, injured, and killed. Stun Punch When you punch a creature, if their HD is less than 2x[templates], they must Save or be stunned for 1 round. Suspension Touch an object …

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  • class
  • GLOG
  • HELLWALKERS
  • OSR
  • setting

Darkworm ColtKung Fu Goons (a Tunnel Goons hack for Hong Kong movie action)

I made a thing. If you're a fan of HK and Bollywood action flicks AND a roleplayer, you can't go wrong with Kung Fu Goons, my free hack of Nate Treme's Tunnel Goons. Download it on my brandnew itch.io account:

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  • hong kong action
  • kung fu
  • tunnel goons

Methods & MadnessWant detailed weapons and armor? Try Mythras

You know this blog is mostly about D&D stuff. Nowadays, I play only D&D or my own games (like Dark Fantasy Basic), but these are also inspired by D&D. But I have been playing RPGs for a long time... Pendragon, GURPS, CoC, Savage Worlds, DC Heroes, Rolemaster... and I still enjoying reading this stuff from time to time. My latest read was Mythras [affiliate link*]. Which is basically Runequest 6 after the publisher lost the rights to Runequest. Runequest is a classic, but I have never played 6th …

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  • Combat
  • hit points
  • House rules
  • Multipurpose mechanics
  • Old school
  • review
  • RPG
  • Skills
  • Weapons and Armor

Alex SchroederThe kind of RPG podcast I miss

You probably know that I have a podcast, the Halberds and Helmets Podcast. Recently on Reddit somebody said they loved it and asked for recommendations. If only I knew!My favourite RPG podcast is Judd Karlman’s podcast, Daydreaming about Dragons. I like how he just picks up the phone and starts talking.I think what I like about Judd’s podcast is that he talks about technique and inspiration – not about the actual things. It’s hard to put into words. I once said the following about Judd’s …

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  • Podcasts
  • RPG
  • Old School

The Mystical Trash HeapRulebook art?

What is the minimum necessary amount of art for an rpg rulebook? I know that (with the notable exception of the original "little black book" edition of Traveller) rpg rulebooks have traditionally included a lot of illustrations, and that certain types of products (bestiaries, adventures with scene-setting illustrations intended to be shown to the players, products aimed at beginners who aren't

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  • D&D
  • me
  • publishing

Two Goblins in a TrenchcoatHELLWALKERS: the First Hellwalkers

When the demons first invaded, the remnants of the Order of Asphodel scraped up adventurers to combat their forces. Four in particular rose to become true heroes: the First Hellwalkers. They did not, however, become HELLWALKERS: the Order's forces were ruined, and though they fought on for a day and a night, they were eventually routed. FIGHTER: Paul Legend has it he still roams the southern badlands, cursed to hunt demons until the last infernal creature is slain. They say he can hit a bird in …

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  • demon
  • gonzo
  • HELLWALKERS
  • OSR
  • prep
  • sci-fi
  • space
  • spooky

The Nine and Thirty KingdomsDice-Neutral Attack/Saving Throw Table, Adjusted

Almost immediately after I posted the Saving Throw table last Thursday, I realized I screwed up. Oh, sure, the table entries are correct and the table is usable – if you use the table a specific way. A non-intuitive way. But it can be improved. The way I was expecting the table to be used: Use the header to equate a saving throw category to an armor type, if necessary.Find your dice rating or level title in the columns on the left.Read across the row until you find the armor class you are …

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  • clone
  • combat
  • dnd
  • save
  • table

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets[New Spell] Stone Stash

Stone Stash ‘Now where did I leave that backpack of your?’ Knat asked aloud. ‘All of these boulders look the same.’ Navnen glared over at Valance who shrugged and made a calming motion with his hands behind the back of … Continue reading →

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  • roleplaying
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  • Swords & Sorcery
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Wrathofzombie's BlogYou Gotta Shoot for the Moon

This is an update on my Barbarians of the Ruined Earth Kickstarter, but I wanted to share it here as well. Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and kicking ass. By now it it fairly evident that the Barbarians of the Ruined Earth KS will not be funded at the current level. While […]

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  • Barbarians of the Ruined Earth
  • Black Hack
  • DIY RPG Productions
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TenfootpoleTemple of the Harpies

By Morten Greis Aegis Studios B/X Levels 2-3 A small child has been stolen from their parents, and the adventurers must find their way to the temple not just to gain riches and uncover secrets of the past, but also … Continue reading →

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Akratic WizardryOSRIC and Dangerous Dungeons

Some good news for old-school gamers! Thanks to ‘Pres-Gas’, there is now a Wiki for OSRIC (Old School Reference and Index Compilation)—the ‘retro-clone’ for 1st edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. Also available: the material for Dangerous Dungeons! For over a decade now Kellri has been putting together a massive supplement for OSRIC (+ 1e AD&D). I wasn’t sure if it would ever be made available to the wider public—but now it is! (I made a small contribution to DD: a system of ‘background …

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  • ADnD
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Beyond Fomalhaut[BLOG] More Adventures in Morthimion & The Sideways Level

[Spoiler-free, player-safe section] One of the fun things about The Ryth Chronicle – perhaps the single most useful document of early OD&D play, and more useful than some actual OD&D supplements – is seeing the campaign take shape through the actions of multiple different adventurer groups. Ryth had an enormous player roster involving guests and regulars, apparently even going as far as to lease out some characters on expeditions where the players could not be present. The earliest listing from …

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A Blasted, Cratered LandIntroducing the All-New 1019 Toyota Barbarian

I'm playing in a 5e game right now broadly styled after (I am told) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run. It's a race, run rather loosely (incredibly so by the standards of 5e), and the party has a battlewagon that I take great joy in using as my primary weapon. I'm not quite satisfied with just rolling endless Athletics tests, however, so I decided after seeing the excellent pen-and-paper game Racetrack that I could write up some proper system-agnostic (though GLOG-intended) Vehicle …

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  • items
  • mimics & miscreants
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  • sports
  • vehicles

Leicester's RambleLost Tomes 7 - Oddball Spellbooks

1d12 crap spellbooks: Some of these could be most awesome for your mage to find, but most are simply white elephants.  Have fun... Mica-leafed, heavy and fragile, requires a special polarized lens to read the inscribed spells. Typically used for uncommon spells of illusionist or evocation nature.Written on the hide of a living wild steer. Common to the plains herbimancers. The spells are only viable as long as the bovine remains alive. The spellbook is generally docile, but large and awkward, …

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Cross PlanesSuper Hero RPGs

I've had an idea for a Super Hero campaign and I've been looking over some of the Super Hero RPGs I own, trying to see if one works better than the others. So far, I've looked at the following games: Champions Now Playtest Champions 4E (5E is good too, but I'll pas on 6E) Champions the New Millenium (Fuzion) Marvel FASERIP Rotted Capes Icons: Assembled Edition Prowlers and Paragons AMP Year 1 Cypher System Brave New World Super World Supers! Revised Triumphant 3d6 Supers Modern AGE Angel RPG …

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  • Mightiest
  • RPGs
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My Terrible Sorcery Is Without Equal In The WestREVIEW: Library Generation Table & Locks, Vaults and Hiding Places - and a blurb

Sorry I've been away. Work for my whole gaming crew picks up in the summer months, so we haven't been playing much and I've spent my free time on other things instead of gaming prep. But commentary and controversy have bestirred themselves of late, and I tried to answer the call! I first heard rumblings on MeWe (I find it about as annoying as Facebook, so I'm not on it very often). Then this thread "The State of Post-OSR Content" on the tenfootpole.org forums [1]. Melan posted "Third Year's the …

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Akratic WizardryTales From the Sorcerer Under the Mountain

I’m not really a fan of Kickstarter these days, but I made an exception for this one: Newt Newport’s Tales from the Sorcerer Under the Mountain (from D101 Games). It consists of two things: A set of old school rules—namely, a lightly tweaked version Swords and Wizardry (which is itself a ‘clone’ of 0e D&D), not Crypts and Things (so expect clerics, dwarves, and so forth).An adventure—called The Sorcerer Under the Mountain—with stats for both S&W and 5th edition D&D. Okay, I need another 0e D&D …

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  • Crypts and Things
  • Fighting Fantasy
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Yet Another Traveller BlogXboat Fanzine Issue #1

I just received this in the mail. Congratulations to Robert Eaglestone for his successful Kickstarter campaign. It's always great to see new Traveller products being developed to keep the game not just alive, but thriving. I'm honored to have been a part. Ian Stead's cover art blows my socks off and I can't stop looking at it. For those who didn't fund the Kickstarter and are interested in purchasing issues, I'd suggest to keep your eyes on the Traveller Facebook groups for more info. I think …

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2019-08-13

The Bogeyman's CaveDragons on Erath

I don't really like how traditional D&D dragons work. They don't seem to give off a coherent feeling to me, they don't seem to have a proper soul if you will. This could just be me, but they just feel so boring. Maybe its the huge number of kinds of dragons that exist that makes them so boring to me, or maybe its the fact that they have a high level of intelligence and then do basically nothing but lie around in caves all day or eat a few peasants. It just doesn't sit quite well with me. When I …

Axes & Orcs10. You will die, or a response to a question about the OSR

This is from the dead as a ghost town itch table top forum. This is response to a portion of the greater question and assumptions about old school play. "10. You will die"I think this is better stated as "You can die, and it may be at an inopportune or 'dramatically inconvenient moment'" In other words, being a PC doesn't grant them immunity from grave consequences."And lastly, "you will die" gives me the issue that... narratively, death is the least interesting thing that could happen. If a …

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  • 5e
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  • D&D
  • DCC
  • mind dump
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These Old GamesPosts for Lettering and Logos: Gemstone IV Game

This tab displays posts, maps and logos for fans of GSIV. They should be considered in-character works and inherently flawed. Please feel free to download and use for artwork on your fan site. Use the comments to make suggestions, I would be happy to convert or map areas as time permits.  If citation is required, you may mark them as the work of "Magarven the Mad", the fictional creator. These maps are based do the style of Dyson Logos, found at Dyson's Dodecahedron. 

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  • GSIV

Cross Planes#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 11, 12, & 13

One of my favorite things to do is to EXAMINE any game I'm newly exposed to, I like to see how it works and brainstorm what kind of game I would like to run. The downside is that I've been like this for the last three decades and there is no way I will have time use all of these games. But it makes me happy, so there you go. I've been fortunate to develop several life-long FRIENDSHIPS with some amazing people because of role playing. I was always a bit introverted and these friends have stood by …

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Hack & SlashOn Print Megadungeon #4

The white text isn't on the print cover!Just a note to everyone to say that the print version of Megadungeon #4 is now available. The .pdf comes free with the print version. I have some . . . big news, I hope soon, that has disrupted some of my plans for this month, so I hope you're hearing from me again very soon. PDF at DrivethruRPG PDF at Lulu Print at Lulu Print at DrivethruRPG  It's really cool! Check out the preview! Hack & Slash Follow, Twitch, Newsletter, Support, Donate to end …

Graphite PrimeAbstract Settings: Zeti-Nocularus.

Zeti-Nocularus Abstract works of art remind me of fractured memories..... Zeti-Nocularus started out as a sketch for something else that wasn't quite working.  It's a fragment of some place, floating through the Astral Plane, destined to collide with the petrified remains of a forgotten goddess.  Its cities are geographically reminiscent of Sigil, in such that when you look skyward you see rooftops miles above. I see Black plate-mail as the dominant form of armor with halberds and crossbows …

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  • D&D
  • OSR
  • Sigil
  • Zeti-Nocularus

Legacy of the BiethLandsknecht Link Roundup, July/Aug

Ba Chim seal of approval! (Art by Dreadbeasts)I posted this on RPG.net but it bears reposting (and expanding) here: Not quite RPG related, but Hydra heads Trey, Jason, and Robert have launched the Bronze Age Book Club podcast, for jawing about comics. Check it out here.   David Schirduan ran a series of interviews with some of the folks in the SWORD DREAM / *DREAM space (including me), discussing our perspectives and how we want to see this space grow.   Relatedly, Dream Jam (a Sword Dream game …

Axes & OrcsCompendium Vol 2 PDF

It's ALIVE in coverless PDF form.

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  • backgrounds
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  • SWORDDREAM
  • Troika

Neural ArchiveSprawl Goons

Just a quick post to point you in the direction of the free SPRAWL GOONS one-page RPG created for Nate Treme's Goon Jam over on itch.io. Nate invited creators to hack his elegant 2d6 game Tunnel Goons and submit them to the vote. It's a neat little system that can easily be built on. So, as I'm predictable, I knocked together a cyberpunk version. Grab yours here. https://p-d-gallagher.itch.io/sprawl-goons

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  • Cyberpunk
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NorthportRecent work and a new bundle

This is some recent work for Gabor Lux Castle Xyntillan, which will be a hardback megadungeon after the style of Tegel Manor    and features not only my art, but that of Peter Mullen, and Stefan Poag.   Additionally, I … Continue reading →

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  • Faeries
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ChicagoWiz's GamesHow I introduce new or returning characters

One thing that keeps a campaign going is new blood. Players move on, or life happens and they have to step away from the table, and you find replacements. Someone hears about your game and wants to come play! A player may miss a game or two and then return. I hear of a lot of different approaches to this, with creative backstories or constructions on how player X just happened to be at the right place at the right time... I saw situations like what this person described in one of the Facebook …

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Wrathofzombie's BlogHubris GM Section Generator Now Available

This is a pretty cool thing to see happen! A few weeks ago Max from Weird and Wonderful Worlds contacted me and asked if I’d be cool if he did a auto-generator for Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure’s GM Section and damned if he didn’t knock it right out of the fucking park! Thanks […]

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  • Hubris Campaign Setting
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Monsters and ManualsBog Standard Capitalism and the Price of the Hobby: What Would Jurgen Habermas Do?

My last post apparently attracted the attention of some people on a certain forum site you may be aware of (traffic source stats are a wonderful thing). The discussion is actually perfectly reasonable for the most part, but I was intrigued by the post I pasted in above. "Bog standard capitalism" is here defined as "setting the retail price of your product at the upper end of what your customers would be willing to pay but not so high that they don't cough up". I would quibble that this is not …