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2020-01-28

Yet Another Traveller BlogXboat Fanzine Special Supplement #1: Contact!

Just received my copy of Xboat Special Supplement #1: Contact! as part of Rob Eaglestone's Kickstarter fanzine project. It's a good mix of classic Traveller races and some lesser knowns. Races include the Amindii, Aslan, Bwap, Clothian, Droyne, Hiver, K'kree, Llellewyloly, Robots, Shrieker, and Vargr. Very cool wraparound cover and amazing interior artwork by Tim Osborne. Great job, guys!

These Old GamesMatt Jackson's CollaboDungeon #2

Here we are, round two! I picked room 22, a forested room in a dungeon. Click here to read Matt's full post and see all three maps.22. The Faerie Queen’s ThicketSmall animals frolic among all the trees. Under the largest tree is a white brocade blanket, upon which sits a elderly woman. On noticing the party, she sings out:“Come out, come out,“I am the mistress of scrying.”As the characters approach her, she issues a warning:“Come and sit,“There is a place for all here,“But don’t drink th…

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  • Series

DIY & DragonsAppendix N - Unreal Literature

I've noticed a trend recently in literary fiction. I'm not sure that it can be used for gaming, but I don't want to let it pass unremarked. It's easy to suspect that the authors creating this trend are responding to a particular element of the zeitgeist, the vertiginous dizziness of unreality, the loss of balance as the ground falls away beneath one's feet..image by Jing WeiIt is the feeling of watching the unthinkable become fait accompli, of hearing voices deny the obvious truth before one'…

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  • book cover trends
  • crawl-thulhu

These Old GamesStrictly (Duke) Springer - Day 027

We are off to Imperia again, via Palatek. On arrival at Palatek, we are ordered to stop and wait for an escort to take us into the space station or spaceport. Not a chance. We jump.And get into more trouble. The ship is hit by a mirco asteroid right in the pilot’s compartment. If it wasn’t for the Status Unit, Emily would be dead. We use a RU for the patch but now have a secondary problem. We can’t recover Emily without a 3 CU status unit. She is stuck in there.It takes an hour to patch up and…

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  • Duke
  • Star Smuggler

Akratic WizardryA Lovecraft Cinematic Universe?

H.P. Lovecraft’s classic story, “The Colour Out of Space,” is one of my all-time favourites. So I’m relieved to see that the reviews for the new film based upon it, directed by Richard Stanley and featuring Nicolas Cage, have been generally positive. It’s at “84% fresh” right now at Rotten Tomatoes.I don’t know when I’ll be able to see it myself — the film doesn’t appear to be in wide release, and is not currently playing anywhere in Milwaukee — but see it eventually I shall!(Alas, the film ti…

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  • Call of Cthulhu
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  • movies
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Hall of the Mountain KingNPC - Lavas Laerk Apothecary City of Greyhawk

NPC - Lavas Laerk Apothecary City of GreyhawkThere are several apothecary, potion and compenent shops that can be found on the Street of Dreams in the City of Greyhawk, (although it is known mostly for a large and languid brothel as well as several dens where drugs are consumed and a large theater where illusions and shows of light are cast on the ceiling, and few all hours fried meat-sandwhich sellers nearby), but none are more respected than Lavas Laerk's Bottle Shop.His storefront seems mod…

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2020-01-27

Goodberry MonthlyWizard City Hexcrawl

Okay, I had a crazy idea over the holidays. A way to integrate all the junk I've been writing and constructing and playtesting with the Wizard City tag for the past year or so into something more runnable at the table. I shall take all of that material on this blog and compile it into the Wizard City Hexcrawl. The prototype map looks like this:Made in Hex Kit, using the Fantasyland and Traveling Through Dangerous Scenery tilesets.This all encompasses one big six-mile hex. Each mini-hex contain…

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Goodberry MonthlyLoitering Weirdos

A table to accompany The Low Moon in Wizard City HexcrawlSourceSo you want to wizard-watch for a while? It’s your funeral.d20Loitering Weirdos1A ragged tin man is eating a ragged tin can. He’s not willing to share.2A dark hooded watching figure is really just a prop. On touch it becomes apparent, and business cards spill out for “Marvin’s Misanthropic Mannequins! Find us at The Mall!”3There’s a guy who is casually on fire.4Flautist playing an awful asynchronous melody like a 3rd grad…

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  • Wizard City Hexcrawl

Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Paladin 2: The Streets

So I've come to the conclusion that I would prefer my magic to be mystical and weird rather than Vancian. This is a change I am okay with. One thing I was not okay with was the current state of my Paladin class. So I decided to rewrite it. You can read the original here, all the fluff slash background lore will be remaining the same, but I have decided to alter the mechanics of the class itself to simply it, as well as to differentiate the various types of Paladins and remove the Vancian-esque e…

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Elthos RPGHow I Deal With Alignment in Elthos

Alignment has always been a problematic feature in D&D, I think. The rules were kind of vague on the topic, but they alluded to what the purpose was. The way it seems to me it was supposed to work is to allow PCs to "Align" with NPC groups, such as vampires, or ogres, or goblins based on a common "Alignment", which you could tell by speaking the same "Alignment Language". That way, when you

Monsters and ManualsThe Commodification of Fun

I am not an 'extremely online' sort of person, and I don't really give a fuck about video games (I don't think I have played any video game in 3 years), so I have only just learned of the existence of twitch - although, oddly enough, I used to watch pirated football live streams on it when it was justin.tv, back in the day, and I was living far away from home. Apparently in its modern iteration it's kind of a big deal. People even play D&D on it, and presumably make money doing so.I visited the…

B/X BLACKRAZORLegacy

I was thinking a LOT about legacy the last week or so...so much so that I even had a dream the other night that I was sitting in a room with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and (if I remember correctly) LL Cool J and counseling them on the subject, with a fourth rapper (Eric Wright? Maybe) being conferenced into the session via telephone.Why those particular individuals I have no idea...the only rap album I've ever owned was Straight Outta Compton (back in the days of cassette tapes)...unless you count Ice …

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  • tolkien
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The Dice BladeProject: White Princess

My current system as of 21/1/2020, a mashup of Whitehack, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Freebooters on the Frontier, and other miscellaneous rules.Basic RulesWhenever possible, players should overcome challenges by simply describing what their characters do. Task checks are only used to resolve risky situations that would be too time-consuming to describe, or involve immediate danger/interesting consequences.When performing such a task roll, roll a d20, add 9 and any relevant ability sc…

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  • game mastering
  • game system
  • houserules

Dyson's DodecahedronReturn to the Barrier Peaks – Deck I

Few modules have dug their way into my brain the way Expedition to the Barrier Peaks has. When I pulled the module out to adapt it as the capstone adventure for my first D&D5e campaign, I realized that I still remembered which numbered encounters were which, the sequence of the colour coded key cards and … … Continue reading →

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsBlog Post of Note: Rethinking clerics and religion, part 1

I have a couple posts in the works, but thought I should direct people to this post instead on the Sword of Mass Destruction blog.Sword of Mass Destruction: Rethinking clerics and religion, part 1There are some points where I might disagree, but that's mostly because I think of religion in terms of structural anthropology and Indo-European studies (Georges Dumézil and the like.) It's not relevant to the topic, which is how to design religions for your D&D game. Of course, rather than going thr…

The Other Side blogMonstrous Monday: Bánánach for OSE

Working on all sorts of things, mostly getting my bits of Night Shift done and a TON of day job stuff.I wanted to get The Pagan Witch out to you all soon, and I still might, it is done, minus some little bits. Here is something in the mean time.BánánachSemi-transparent spectres of witches that haunt battlefields or other areas of great violence.AC 3 [16], HD 5** (18hp), Att 1 × touch (1d6 +ability drain), THAC0 15 [+4], MV 120’ (40’) / 240’ (80’) flying, SV D10 W11 P12 B13 S14 (5), ML 12, AL…

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Spell] Rumors of Your Heart

Rumors of Your Heart The trio of gnomes were performing on their instruments, baroque trumpet, oboe and horn respectively when Navnen entered the in and hurried over to his companions. Immediately two men entered behind him and tried to look … Continue reading →

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Dragons Gonna DragThe End of Eternal Whatever

(Previously on Neon Genesis Eternal Whatever)Content Warning: This whole thing is a shitty parody of Neon Genesis Evangelion/The End of Evangelion. This series contains depictions of violence and abuse, sometimes of a sexual nature. I tried to remove or soften what I felt was the worst of it in this little satire here, but I can't guarantee I did a perfect job, so please skip this post if you have any health concerns regarding such content.Post 201: Fandom is DestructiveJustin didn't know whe…

Buildings Are PeopleD&D for preschoolers

I've been playing D&D with my 3 year old. Here's our progress so far.I wrote some B/X-based rules. They work!Thanks to Losing Games for Mausritter.

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Dungeons and PossumsObservations From PAX South 2020

I went to PAX South! Again!This year, I attended PAX South 2020, making it two years running for me. I took my whole family this time around; last year I went solo on a gifted ticket from an incredibly generous pal, and managed to sneak my wife in with me on a Sunday-only ticket for the final day (and to the live C Team show that evening). It was different from last year, but in many ways, it was the same, and I'd like to address those in the hope that we see iterative improvement for everyone'…

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  • Dirk Leichty
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Throne of SaltThe Florentine

Evlyn started up a project where folks would write up author avatars and the assorted Lovecraftian tomes they had authored. Since Evlyn has only recently returned to Twitter, I don't know if there's been any more talk or progress on it. Hopefully this will jumpstart other people to join in.Domenico Frazzini(b. 1460 d. 1516)Few details of Frazzini's life as a minor clerk in the Arte del Cambio survive. His poetry gained little traction in the Florence of his day and in the following centuries l…

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  • challenge
  • horror

Coins and Scrolls40k: Building a Space Hulk, Part 2

In Part 1, I covered the initial plans for this project. In brief, I'm "crashing" Iron Sleet's Primogenitor Invitational, where a bunch of incredibly talented people get together and work on vaguely cohesively themed projects.Games WorkshopTwin Rogue Traders, born moments apart, the undisputed children of Eusebius Drakemorton Cadrel and dynastic concubine sanctioned by the Sisters Famulous. A prodigy, reported to Administratum and filed, no doubt, among the other signs and wonders of the Imper…

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tenfootpole.orgThe Lizardmen of Illzathatch

By Shane Ward 3Toadstools Labyrinth Lord Level 3 The green dragon Illzathatch has been dispatched by local heroes “The Shields of Atreu”, thus ending his reign of terror across the countryside. Only one problem remains, the adventuring party left to … Continue reading →

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False MachineThe Vana Parva and Viata Parva

Two books this time, the Vana Parva, the Book of the Forest, and the Viata Parva, the Book of Virata, the name of the Lord at who's court the Pandavas hide themselves.Book of the Forest FirstSomething of a Rocky montage, a wisdom quest. A little like a 'greenwood story' - like the Robin Hood stories in which the heroes live in a place where their identities become negotiable, and without social context people become who they say they are (though really the Vana Parva is more like that). Also a…

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  • mahabharata

Sword of Mass DestructionRethinking clerics and religion, part 1

This was to be a post about clerics and religion, but it turned out I had much to say on religion in the first place. Clerics will come later on.Theoretical stuffThis may surprise you, but in daily life I'm doing my master in religious studies.Now, the most surprising thing to come out of religious studies in the past decade or so is the discovery that "religion" actually doesn't exist. It cannot be defined.Certainly the things, places, people, and acts that we call "religious" exist. But the…

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Delta's D&D HotspotSubterrane Surveys: Dungeon of Zenopus (per Holmes)

Today we're looking at the sample dungeon from the first-ever D&D Basic Set, edited by Eric Holmes (1979) -- what many of us now call the "Dungeon of Zenopus". This has been very influential over the years -- and just last week, our friend Zenopus Archives published a 5E conversion on DM's Guild. It may be among the best-ever starter dungeons for new players.We'll be looking at this in two parts, because we can identify at least two versions of the dungeon that differ in significant ways. There…

The Bogeyman's CaveThe Holy Empire of Norenlund and the Carnomagocracy of Arcturon

I recently developed a set of 10 worldbuilding questions for settled regions in your campaign world, and have been working on answering them for various locations in my home campaign setting (which I have recently named Visterra). Below are the questions, and then below that are the answers for two nations.What is the government like here?What are the people like here?What religious beliefs do people follow here?What are some notable cities/settlements?What are some noteworthy people who li…

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Zedeck Siew's Writing Hours23 Cents

Here’s something I originally posted as a thread to Twitter on 25 January, the day of the Lunar New Year. It is a thread about my grandmother:’ My grandmother often rode on the North Malayan train alone, when she was twelve, buying goods & supplies for her family.She did it because her ticket cost 23 cents. (It would’ve cost 46 cents for her father.)Other passengers often jokingly threatened her with abduction.+“We’ll grab you and sell you!” they’d say.“I’ll grab you and sell you!” she’d r…

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  • women
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These Old GamesStrictly (Duke) Springer - Day 026

It will take 5 hours to get to the jump point. I’m gonna make my 5 rolls and hope for the best. I would like a couple of more items.I buy two hypercharges then fill the ship with Fuel Units and Life Support Units. Every single area of the ship is packed with stuff, to the point that I need to play Russian stacking dolls and fill the Hopper with crap.We break for orbit and arrive at the jump point in the 10thhour.Our assets are:1 Antelope starship, which I owe 118,300 secs. in principle.1 St…

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  • Duke
  • Star Smuggler

Hall of the Mountain KingThe Hill Giant Chief - Nosnra's Saga - 2020 - Part 10

The Hill Giant Chief - Nosnra's Saga - Part 10Dawn came to the giants' hill. Smoke still drifted from the embers buried beneath the fallen beams of the great hall. Giants and ogres poured water over the splintered wood; others pulled away the charred rubble and stirred the ashes beneath. In the sodden field sat Nosnra, he'd had them drag a table from the ruined hall and benches too. Engenulf's body lay prepared before him, Nosnra used piled boxes and crates to form a throne, then set the table …

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Dungeons and PossumsWhat's Crackin, Yall?

Long time, no see!The possum is fueled, primarily, by Spike energy drink at the moment. It has enough caffeine and methylcobalamin that it should count as a prescription drug, to be honest.Like so many possums before me whose emergence from the shadows was forewarned by the glint of their beady eyes, I have returned to babble about elves again. It's been truly wonderful to be greeted so kindly and with such open arms on Twitter the past 48 hours or so since I crawled back into the world of the…

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The Other Side blogWeekend Gaming: Wormholes and Chicken

Liam and Connor's 5e game is going on this weekend. They are going deeper into Curse of Strahd, but as typical the party made a left turn when they should have just kept going straight.While looking for a passageway across a mountain range they came across a "cave", turns out it was a wormhole, or rather the passageway for a small purple worm.A special treat, we are using my old Ral Partha Ravenloft minis.On the dinner front. Tonight we made chicken stroganoff, potatoes, and homemade focaccia…

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Archon's CourtTwo Years in the Archon's Court

January 26th marks the second anniversary of the Archon's Court. Sadly, unlike last year, I don't have a gift. Instead, you will suffer as I talk about the last year of the blog, and my plans for the next.Year in ReviewTo be honest, I feel like my blog only truly started in 2019. The death of G+ was, in some perverse way, a benefit to me - it finally gave me the kick I needed to arrive on new places, like the OSR discord.This (along with much better content), made my blog much more popular th…

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These Old GamesThe Best Module Ever - SES-01 - The One With The Killer Hook

Incredibly, everyone gamer in the WORLD owns the best module ever. It's called SES-01, The One With The Killer Hook. Who knows where you got it, but you have it. We all have it. Where it came from doesn't matter.What is SES-01?Remember your first game session? All of the excitement and adventure, with dozens of mistakes and missteps? Yeah, of course you do.It's X years later. Your players have returned to the place where it all began to relive their early days, to see what has become of that …

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  • AD&D
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2020-01-26

noise sans signalMagic is a new thing

At its core the magic in a certain realm is a manipulation of free energy. In times past the free energy was scarce, mostly available from inefficient and inconvenient bonfires, unpredictable lightning strikes and an occasional volcano or two. Energy in rivers, tides, stones, plants, animals and humans is too tightly bound to be of any noticeable use, except maybe the slowest, the mildest and

42 Rolls of Duck TapeBroken Rules?

I play in a 5e game every Saturday morning and sometimes one of the players and our DM will get to discussing obscure rules minutia. I generally don't join in on these discussions because I find them to be fairly inane. Yesterday they were talking about an "exploit"(like this is video game or something)that some youtuber had discovered in the 5e rules that allowed a wizard to summon and control an infinite number of summoned Elementals. At the time I didn't put much stock in the conversation; th…

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  • RPG Philosophy

OSR GrimoireThe Strategic Review #1

"The Strategic Review" served as "the newsletter of Tactical Studies Rules" and covered topics in military miniatures, games, and swords & sorcery. Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring, 1975) was released in January, 1975.The editor is listed as E. Gary Gygax, the assistant editor as Brian Blume, co-authors of "Warriors of Mars" (released the prior year, for which an advertisement is included).TSR News:We learn that TSR has acquired the rights from Guidon Games to publish Chainmail, and that a 3rd edition i…

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  • The Strategic Review

noise sans signalMap Collection

I occasionally make small maps, so this post is set to collect some of them in one online place and not to flood the other posts. Currently there is one map, but I hope to add a map every two weeks or so. This map is for the lands where north is a warm direction

Troll and FlameHow to Get Started with Old-School D&D

Links and information to support Austin, TX Birth of D&D Celebration.Email me, njharman@gmail.com if you are looking to get into a local game. Or, if you want to run a game and are looking for players. There is a relatively large community of players in central Texas.How to get started playing old-school for free has already detailed this better than I can. I will reiterate two links that attempt to explain what old-school style of play means.A Quick Primer for Old School Gaming by Matt Finch…

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Dyson's DodecahedronShadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 11

(Being a series of quick game notes trying to account for the events of many sessions of playing through The Enemy Within using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e rules.) Session 11 Shadows over Bogenhafen Wilfried [Fence] Martin [Scout] Larry [Bodyguard] Wilhelm [Wizard’s Apprentice] The session begins still in Ulthar the Unstable’s hovel in the pit. … … Continue reading →

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  • WHFRP1e

Alex Schroeder: Old SchoolCollaborating on a setting

Wanderer Bill is wondering about a free and open source setting for role playing games.Things I like about the idea:collaborating means mutual inspirationlocal geography, climate, weather, flora, fauna, culture, spirits, religious beliefs, and on and onlots of non-player charactersBut there are some major road blocks, I suspect. I use Hex Describe to generate mini-settings of 300 hexes each and I love the output. Sure, the maps could always use more details. But that would be a great framew…

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Doomslakers!Monstrous Toad

For Black Pudding #6, here's the monstrous toad.This was fun to draw. I did the original sketch for a client who didn't like it, so I tweaked it up and went nuts with it. When I do monsters for Black Pudding I rarely write them out ahead of time. This is no exception. All the stats and description was composed on-the-fly, with a copy of Old School Essentials Rules Tome open to page 194 for reference. After all, this guy has to be a bigger, nastier version of the giant toad.I imagine it would b…

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THOUGHT EATERSunday Zine Club: Episode #1

Aside from the actual PLAYING of games, my favorite things about this wonderful hobby are those two bastions of DIY creativity, zines and blogs. I tackle blogs every week on Humpday Blog-O-Rama...and now on Sundays I bring you Sunday Zine Club! Pocketmods, pamphlets, digest-sized, PDFs...I love them all! Expect cool features, news, reviews, interviews, and more! All of the links from related topics will be listed here on the blog, much like the Humpday show.You can "join the club" and make the …

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Graphite PrimeEsoteric Enterprises: Character Sheets

Mystic? Mercenary?Emmy Allen's Esoteric Enterprises arrived on my door-step about a week ago and after flipping through the book several times, I realized -- no character sheet. I knew what I'd be doing for the next few days.I like the cadence of Emmy's writing -- reminds me of my favorite Lamentations books. What a cool game.....So, here are a few character sheets. The first two are called Basic because they have wider lines to write on. The Standard version has narrower information lines fo…

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  • Lamentations of the Flame Princess
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Doomslakers!Designing Games is Hard

There are a number of reasons why a lot of people, myself included, have leaned hard into designing game stuff based on the classic D&D chassis. One of those reasons is familiarity. I already know beyond the shadow of a doubt what this basic chassis does so it's relatively easy to hack it and bolt on new stuff. It's good that way.But not everyone is into that. Not everyone likes D&D. And of course we don't get shiny new games by rehashing the old one endlessly*. And even an OSR-lover like mysel…

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  • game design
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Methods & MadnessRPG and design, I - Vocabulary; Manual x Encyclopedia

I love playing around with RPG design, and I think part os this aspect of our hobby is criminally underrated. However, since I'm not a specialist in design, I often feel I lack the vocabulary to properly express my thoughts. This series is an attempt to order these thoughts.(BTW, I also feel this deficiency is not only mine, but an aspect of the hobby itself; I read a lot about RPGs but seldom see these things being discussed in depth, or at least not using a common vocabulary. For example, ter…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Ruined Tower of Zenopus reviewed on oldschoolfrp Tumblr

Old School FRP is one of my favorite Tumblr accounts --- I've had them in the sidebar here for years; see the section called "Crystal Ball" --- and they consistently post great old school art from TSR and other FRPG products. Yesterday they posted a review of The Ruined Tower of Zenopus:"I bought this and gave it a first read-through. It is an excellent conversion of one of my favorite classic low level adventures, updated for 5e. There are some new monster stat blocks and minor magic items, a …

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  • RTOZ review

Darkworm ColtSo I've fallen in love again

…and this here is what my heart is beating for, right now.Veil 2020 is Fraser Simons's simplified variant of his own pbtA game, The Veil. It blends the simplicity of Whitehack classes with an innovative mood mechanic that helps players to roleplay their characters. Plus, variable damage – in a pbtA game! Very cool, I like all of it.And you know what? That's not the first pbtA game I really like – not by a long shot. Even though I call myself an old/ancient school roleplayer, it probably is mor…

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  • Landshut rules
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Of Slugs and Silver The Zeugma Campaign: Gaming in Pseudo-earth

I'm going to try something new - instead of posting a play report of a session, I'm going to post a play report of a *campaign*. This game happened in 2008-2009, used the 2e Warhammer frpg system (modified), was set on a pseudo earth in 1150, and was centered around the city of Zeugma. Zeugma was a city in Modern-day Turkey that bridges the Euphrates, and is at the point where the East and West meet.I have tons of material on Zeugma but... does anyone care? Well, let's first see what occurred i…

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Dyson's DodecahedronUpdated Collections

I just went through and updated some of the main map collections on the Dodecahedron. First off we have the general map archive which contains the vast majority of the maps on this site. Not all of them – some were specifically parceled off into their own sub-pages that may or may not be maintained … … Continue reading →

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DMiurgyDinosaurs and Displacer Beasts

OG DinosaursA truly incredible array of dinosaurs is detailed in the AD&D Monster Manual- over two dozen of the beasts are detailed, but unfortunately, none of them are really all that interesting. They have massive HD and damage, but usually only moderate AC, making them fairly vulnerable to swarm tactics from, say, 20-200 brigands with slings, but quite likely to be able to eat distressing proportions of the average adventuring party. They are described as being extremely stupid, so perhaps t…

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  • Sunset Realms

Follow Me And Die!Happy 45th Anniversary D&D

I got very serious about blogging in 2014 when Jon Peterson posted that January is the month D&D was published. There is no precision on the dates, as he once again makes clear in his own 45th Anniversary post. Back in 2014, I participated in the D&D 40th Anniversary Blogging Challenge, which I wrote about … Continue reading Happy 45th Anniversary D&D →The post Happy 45th Anniversary D&D appeared first on Follow Me And Die!.

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BEARDED DEVILThe Barnacle Barrow of Blunderbuss Cairn

Mark L. Chance of Spes Magna Games gave the first issue of Genial Jack a very nice review and also wrote up two Fomorian subraces, which are a perfect addition to Volume 1. In addition, he’s put together a full adventure set on Jack, The Barnacle Barrow of Blunderbuss Cairn, written for Dungeon World, though […]

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2020-01-25

CROSS PLANESTinyD6: The Pyramid on Boontu Star Wars Actual Play

Last night I ran a one-shot using TinyD6 for Star Wars and I think it went great. I really like TinyD6 and find it to be streamlined and intuitive, two things that I think are essential for a good experience.The Players are Imperial Storm Troopers on the Ajax, an Interdictor orbiting the planet Boontu, a few months after the destruction of the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin. Morale is low due to the Rebellion's defeat of the Empire.Boontu is a world dominated by bogs, however, there is an a…

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Doomslakers!Gary Con XII GM Shirt

Once again, I drew the Gary Con GM shirt for 2020's Gary Con XII. Once again, I probably will not be at the con. I wish it was closer so I could drive up for a day or so.Anyway... here's a white dragon based on Larry Elmore's excellent con art! It was super fun to do this, as usual, and I'm proud to be a tiny little part of the thing I love so much. Thanks to Luke Gygax for continuing to ask me to do the GM shirts. I hope people dig 'em!Here are some previous years' shirt posts:Gary Con IXGa…

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Leicester's RambleA Collaborative Dungeon, and one guy scribbling in the dark...

Matt Jackson (http://www.msjx.org/) uploaded a collaborative dungeon, inviting all to fill the individual rooms as they saw fit. The original piece and its traps, curiosities and denizens are here: http://www.msjx.org/2020/01/collabodungeon-01.html.And he was nice enough to release it for free use for us randoms in the interwebs to cobble together our own works.Mark Chance grabbed it and filled the entirety for Dungeon World stats:https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dWzHqw_IrZ7bSVBy6kGQt9RsGEKx…

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CROSS PLANESTinyD6: Arachnofuge

Arachnofuge for TinyD6HP: 2 (Low) to 4 (Medium)Description: Fast spider-like predators that have the intelligence of a pig.Traits:• Acrobat• Fleet of FootIf you like this post and others like it and have an extra $1 a month, please consider becoming a Patron of Cross Planes on Patreon.

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Trollish DelverMy Tunnels and Trolls house rules

I just wanted to note down my house rules for T&T and thought you good folks might want to see them. You'll see that I've collected a mish mash of different editions (the D&D 5e of T&T, if you will).Warrior gets double armour. Increase adds per level.Level is based on highest primary stat. Ep spend increases a stat.Rogues don't have to become a warrior or wizard. They also start with one spell. They can learn spells up to level 7.Magic comes off WizSpeed increases addsNo minus adds.One Ta…

Dead Tree, No ShelterState of Play

I've been running my 5e game for a stable group of 6 friends for more than a year now. In the years that I've been playing D&D off and on (since the 4e era), this is the longest a campaign I've DMed has held together.I am learning a lot. I am also finding that the particular dynamic of this group of players is really different from past groups I've played with and how I personally play.I'm used to playing with hardcore nerds. Most of my current players have never read a fantasy novel other tha…

Axes and OrcsHigh Fructose Hyperspace Update: Number 4 Gumdrop System

Due to a month of colds in my family, I've been crunched for time. Rather than wait around to get the 2+ illustrations I want to include for this installment, I'm uploading it. The text should be good.Number 4 Gumdrop System

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Of Slugs and Silver Teas, Opiums, Poisons and Kojos: use in play and a few examples.

Someone on Discord wanted to expand their use of opium in a Yoon-Suin game. I thought about sending them my notes, but then I realized I could clean said notes up and make a post out of them instead! Two birds in one stone etc.I have to admit something though - these were not a big hit with my players. But I think it's not because of the "flavor" of the items (although some players distrust drugs, probably for good reason). Rather, most of my players will be thrilled to get a consumable item an…

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Doomslakers!Dead Wizards Initiative Idea

In the last post I was talking initiative and I mentioned the idea I was cooking up for Dead Wizards. Here's the idea a little more fleshed-out, along with a couple of alternates.When there seems to be a fight on the horizon, the Judge* makes a threat roll. This is a d6 roll referencing the table below. Or, if you have a d3, you can throw it. Whatever.1d6Result1-2No enemies act3-4At least 1 enemy acts5-6More than 1 enemy actsThe results are self-explanatory. Since I can't predict how m…

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Melancholies and MirthChasing a Blaze in the Northern Sky Session 13 Summary

In their continuing quest to map out the villages of Samarta, the Combative Companions traveled through the rain and muck to their next destination, the village of Spali. Uri told the party the Chief were a reasonable man, which gave certain men with certain...physical characteristics, the hope that they may find shelter. But it's never that simple.Separated by a wooden palisade Sinsin, the chief of Spali, exited to investigate the group of travelers before taking Matthias away to speak with hi…

OSR GrimoireWarriors of Mars

The Mars novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs were a major influence on the early D&D game. Martian races and creatures even appeared in the Wilderness Wandering Monsters tables in OD&D vol 3 The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures.The "Warriors of Mars" rules for miniature wargames, published by TSR in July, 1974 (six months after the original D&D rules), are a standalone set of rules for adventures on Barsoom. While not compatible with OD&D, they are useful as a sourcebook.Warriors of Mars: The War…

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Magic Item] Kroski, the Longsword of Rust

Kroski, the Longsword of Rust The knight in strange armor bellowed and swung the sword at Fellhorn’s head. The druid parried with his oaken staff and the sword slipped from the evil warrior’s grasp. The elf ranger took the opportunity … Continue reading →

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False Machinea strong propensity to bees

From Gilbert Whites 'The Natural History of Selbourne'Letters to Daines BarringtonLetter 27Selbourne, Dec 12, 1775Dear Sir,We had in this village more than twenty years ago an idiot-boy, whom I well remember, who, from a child, shewed a strong propensity to bees; they were his food, his amusement, his sole object. And as people of this cast have seldom more than one point in view, so this lad exerted all his few faculties on this one pursuit. In the winter he dozed away his time, within his…

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THOUGHT EATERFree and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 1.25.20

Every week, talented creators upload Dungeons and Dragons 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.Fluidic Race from Caleb WichmanI enjoy the bizarre ancestries you sometimes fi…

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tenfootpole.org(5e) Voice in the Machine

By Will Doyle Self Published 5e Level 2 The brokers of Salvation pay good coin for artifacts scavenged from the haunted battlefields of the Mournland. In this nest of cutthroats, daring explorers gather to carve their destinies from the ruins … Continue reading →

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Jeffs Gameblogper request

In a comment to a previous post, Scott Anderson asked for a new batch of Vyzor-style henchmen.Here you go. I hope they serve you well!I'm pretty sure I swiped this pic from Swords & Dorkery.

OSR GrimoireGreyhawk: Monsters & Treasure

The Greyhawk supplement greatly expanded the D&D monster list, adding several creatures to the alignment chart (originally presented in OD&D vol. 1 Men & Magic):Alignment Table, from Supplement I: GreyhawkNote that non-intelligent creatures, such as carrion crawlers and gelatinous cubes, are not included. An alphabetic listing of the monsters in the Greyhawk supplement, and their probable or confirmed origins, is given, below:Monsters:Beholders: Originally conceived by Terry Kuntz, according…

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OSR GrimoireEarly Greyhawk Fiction

In the months following the release of Dungeons & Dragons (Jan, 1974), Gary Gygax published several pieces of short fiction, inspired by memorable episodes drawn from the original Greyhawk campaign. Let's have a look at each of these, in turn:Swords and Sorcery - In WargamingThe article "Swords and Sorcery - In Wargaming" (Wargamer's Digest, vol. 1, no. 7, May 1974) recounts a session refereed by Rob Kuntz, in which Gary's legendary characters "Mordenkinen" (a 13th level magic-user), his compa…

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Hall of the Mountain KingMinstrel Tales The Fall of Calbut

Minstrel Tales The Fall of CalbutThe Fall of CalbutHere is a fragment about the fall of Calbut in Tenh.Then the captain young in war spoke: "This is neither the dawn from the east, nor does a dragon fly hither, nor are the gables of this hall here burning, but they are launching a sudden attack: the birds are singing; the grey corslet rings; the spear clashes; shield answers to shaft. Now gleams the wandering moons beneath the clouds; now dire deeds come to pass which will enact the hatred of…

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Forrest for the TreesCarpe Diem

As you may have gathered from my recent reading, I'm feeling a bit of social media fatigue. I honestly think that the internet *feels* fundamentally different for me in the last couple of years. The decease of Google+ and the incredible RPG community that existed there is one of the primary factors. We just haven't quite gathered in other places like we did there. And, frankly, none of the other options excite me nearly as much.There's also the matter of having a lot of things on my "want to do…

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  • Forrest Aguirre
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Hall of the Mountain KingCity - Crow's Gate Old City - City of Greyhawk

City - Crow's Gate Old City - City of GreyhawkOld City, once it was the city, it was Greyhawk, but those days are long gone. Now Old City is a corpse rotting in the sun, left abandoned to decay and infested with those surviving within its carcase.Crow's Gate is the pathway to an ancient manor within the heart of the city. The gate is left closed and a guardsman posted. Beyond the gate is the home of the Old City Judge of Measure and Balance. Galba the Bald is the current judge, He can trace hi…

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2020-01-24

The Other Side blogClass Struggles: The New* Basic Classes

2019 was the start of my Back to Basics theme here at the Other Side. I have covered a LOT of Basic-era/BX/BECMI/RC type products. It got me thinking. In addition to the the base four human classes and three demi-human classes how many classes have been added to Basic D&D?Answer. 113*This includes at least four kinds of Barbarians, Bards and Paladins. Three types of Rangers and Gnomes and duplicates of many others such as necromancers and illusionists.*There are likely even more.I am not sur…

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Greyhawk GrognardNew Castle of the Mad Archmage Expansion

Happy Friday evening all! I am pleased to announce that the latest expansion to the Castle of the Mad Archmage is now available in both print and pdf. Level Four South – The Gardens features 22 new encounter areas, 8 Read More

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Dyson's DodecahedronWalled Temple

This walled temple space can serve many purposes or deities. I drew it based on three concepts primarily – the love of asymmetry in Tsolyani temples and general construction in the Tekumel setting, the columns of Greek & Roman designs, and the temples on the planet Athenas in the Borderlands 3 game. What we have … … Continue reading →

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsBlog Post of Note: How Much Mapping Is Actually Required?

Alex Schroeder raises the question: How much mapping is actually required? He’s not talking about mazes, where the architects include features meant to confuse invaders or lead them into traps or ambush spots. The example he gives is of a fairly linear map with a few branches.He suggests that this map doesn’t really need to exist at all. The details of the dungeon can be handled entirely with text. I’d agree that a truly linear map with no branches or even one with just one or two side passages…

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsBlog Post of Note: Original, Simple, Ready to Hack

I may not completely agree with what Dan says in Throne of Salt: Original, Simple, Ready to Hack, but there's a grain or two of truth, and some entertaining commentary along the way.Me, I still say that it's not an OSR game unless it's Class and Level Exploration Fantasy, but the "Simple" and "Ready to Hack" points, as well as "Organic", "Skill-based" (needs a better name...) and "Reactive", are all applicable. But YMMV.

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Buildings Are PeopleMouse Guard-esque hex crawl with a 3 year old

This session report is using my in-progress coin-flip RPG for very young children. It's oldschool-compatible and slightly based on Into the Odd. The content is all from Mausritter. I played with my 3-year-old daughter, Aster.Holly was camping in a tent, and when she was coming home, she saw some rats carrying all the mice in her village away.She gritted her teeth and said, "I'm going to fight those bad rats."She knew about a tower built on top of a stump, a very big tree, and a little hut wit…

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Jeffs Gameblogthe opposite of walls

I haven't used dungeon tiles in years, but I sometimes like to relax by watching people make their own tiles. I'm talking about folks like DM Scotty, Wyloch, Black Magic Craft, The Tabletop Engineer, Professor Dungeon Master*, and DungeonMasterG. There's just something soothing about watching someone turn a bit of corrugated cardboard or some foamcore into a little piece of dungeon architecture. I especially like the painting, where often simple mixes of blacks and whites and greys become a soph…

Alex Schroeder: Old SchoolHow much mapping is actually required?

Hex Describe sometimes generates “dungeons” or “lairs” that basically consist of multiple “rooms” or “zones” with residents. On the first screenshot you can see how I stuck a Set temple description into my notebook. It consists of the following zones:the gate of snakes with 26 snake people and two giant lizardsthe central temple without any monstersquarters with 23 snake people and one giant lizardthe lair of the spirit nagaI feel this more or less linear arrangement has about the complexit…

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Sorcery & Super Science!More Arden Vul Art

Another great piece from Del, this one's the Forum of Set: a place that the PCs may spend quite a bit of time within.

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THOUGHT EATERThought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: What is the Ideal D&D Adventuring Party Size?

Hello everyone. Happy Friday to you! Today on the podcast I offer you some brief musings about the ideal party size in the various iterations of D&D. Give it a listen and let me know your opinion!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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Dragons Gonna DragThieves' World - LotFP House Rules

I'm still clearing out my backlog of unfinished posts and old ideas. I've become a bit of an amateur fan of the Thieves' World fantasy setting recently, and I've been thinking about running a campaign using the old Chaosium Box Set at some point. I plan to write a more extensive and enthusiastic post about this in the future.I was originally planning to use the Lamentations of the Flame Princess rules to run this campaign. However, I'm starting to drift away from that line of products, in part …

CROSS PLANESAs the World of Darkness Turns: Prince Solomon

Tonight, our long-running Vampire: the 5th Edition game, ran by my good friend David, came to...not a conclusion but the close of a chapter in our unlives.After serving our Prince of Cincinnati, our Coterie --which consists of the Tremere Primogen (me), Toreador Primogen, Spymaster, and a newcomer (we've just had a new player join the game) -- was sent to Louisville, KY to deal with a break-in in the vault of it's former Prince (he went on Jihad).We met many of the key players of the city, whi…

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The Vanishing TowerPatrick Stuart's Sky-Stone-River Place

Is an obscure PDF, no longer available, containing a very entertaining dungeon filled with opportunities for climbing, swinging and yelling in a vast cavern filled with toppled templery and mosaic birds. My Rom'Myr Dying Earth campaign was built around this adventure module as the start location. Firstly, because I think the adventure is hella-cool. I knew I wanted to run it as soon as I

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Gundobad GamesNow THIS is gameable - the Mummy's vocal tract

Just saw this on a CNN report: "Voice of a 3,000 year old mummy reproduced by reprinting a vocal tract." Look, if THAT isn't gameable, we should all sell everything now and switch to golf for a hobby. Surely, this must inspire a new item of treasure to be hunted down by your enterprising tomb robbers semi-professional for-hire archaeologist PCs.THE VOCAL TRACT OF AMENKHESARENStored inside a small clay pot, this dry, spongy, acrid-smelling object is an embalmed human vocal tract. If held in the…

2020-01-23

DIY & DragonsLinguistic Miscellany - Anti Language, Thieves Cant, Efficient Language, Repressed Script, Untranslated Words, Dialect

The Secret Anti-Languages You're not Supposed to KnowDavid RobsonBBC"Since at least Tudor times, secret argots have been used in the underworld of prisoners, escaped slaves and criminal gangs as a way of confusing and befuddling the authorities. A modern anti-language could very well be spoken on the street outside your house. Unless you yourself are a member of the 'anti-society,' the strange terms would sound like nonsense."" 'Anti-language' describe the words spoken on the fringes of soci…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Tower of Zenopus in Ghosts of Saltmarsh

Ghosts of Saltmarsh alternate cover by N.C. Winters. I like this one more.Way back in the mists of 2006, on Dragonsfoot I wrote that:Another dungeon that could be fit into such a combined setting would be the Zenopus dungeon in the Holmes basic book. It's set in Portown on the coast and also has pirates/sea caves, so I've often thought of having Portown and Saltmarsh be the same. Neither town is described, though, so Restenford could be used for details. (Though I guess it could be a bit much …

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESComing Soon: Zenopus 5E conversion

Coming soon to DMs Guild:Into the Ruins of the Tower of Zenopus, a conversion of the 1977 original to 5E D&D!And including notes for using it as the Tower of Zenopus adventure site in Ghosts of Saltmarsh.It's 16 pages long, with the following pages:Placing the Dungeon, pg 2Dungeon Key, pg 3-9Appendix A: Dungeon Factions, pg 10Appendix B: Portown Rumors, pgs 11-13Appendix C: Use with Ghosts of Saltmarsh, pg 14-15Appendix D: Pre-generated 1st level characters, pg 16* * * * *Update: This…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESHolmes' 1983 review of the Call of Cthulhu RPG: Rediscovered and republished in Bayt Al Azif #2

Cover art by Jensine EckwallA major announcement for Holmes enthusiasts: in 1983 Holmes wrote a review of the then relatively new Call of Cthulhu RPG (by Sandy Petersen), for the inaugural issue of the short-lived Gameplay Magazine (February '83 to April '84), a periodical similar to Dragon but with much more of a general gaming focus. I was completely unaware of this major piece by Holmes ⁠— one of his last in the field of writing about RPGs ⁠— until recently when the long-lost article was red…

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The Other Side blogClassic Adventures Revisited: Palace of the Vampire Queen

In this new series of posts, I want to look back at some of my favorite classic adventures both from TSR and others. I'll give a review, though most everyone knows what is in these adventures by now, I'll also talk about how I have used them in the past and I'll also talk about what other games I have used them with or would like too. So there is a little bit of Plays Well With Others in this too.Why do classic adventures? Easy, I love these adventures. I have written hundreds of my own adventu…

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A Blasted, Cratered LandWhat's Going On In My Town?

I like cities and towns a lot! However, the core loop of most OSR games is focused on towns as often little more than glorified item shops and inns. The interesting things happen in dungeons, or on hexcrawl maps, or in strange pocket dimensions. This has changed recently, what with fantastic books like Magical Industrial Revolution or Electric Bastionland, but both of those presuppose quite a bit about the settings involved and really package a whole game setting in a book. The tables I've made …

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Delta's D&D HotspotSubterrane Surveys: Gygax's Castle Greyhawk

We're incredibly fortunate that on August 16th, 2007, Matt "Eridanis" Bogen managed to take a few photos of Gary Gygax running his Castle Greyhawk adventure (for ENWorld moderators at Gen Con), catching glimpses of at least two maps and a key. The very fuzzy first-level key was mostly decoded with a great deal of effort from people like Allan Grohe (grodog), Zenopus Archives, and others. The evidence to my eye seems to be that was likely the true, original map of Castle Greyhawk (e.g., he wrote …

Delta's D&D HotspotIn Memoriam: B.J. "BigFella" Johnson

Sadly, one of my best gaming buddies, B.J. Johnson (who identified online as "BigFella"), passed away suddenly and by surprise last weekend, at a fairly young age.B.J. was at least a triple threat: an incredible artist, game designer, and miniature-modeller. We met around 1998 or so when we were both hired at Genetic Anomalies, Inc. (later a unit of THQ), along with Paul Siegel and others (see Paul's memory here, including the most perfect photo of BJ imaginable). None of us knew each other bef…

The Nine and Thirty KingdomsArtwork Updates

I mentioned earlier that I'm re-doing the cover illustrations for the Liber Zero pamphlets. I plan on making corrections in the already released pamphlets and updating the graphics to give them a more unified, cleaner, cartoony look. Here are four of the updated graphics, to give you some idea of what's going on.CharacterCreationGeneral AbilitiesCharacterAdvancementBackgrounds

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False MachineThoughts on the Sabha Parva

Its book two! The Book of the Assembly Hall. And it has the best quality of any book - that it is short.I'm pretty sure a guy gets cut in half in this, maybe two guys?There's some dude who was born in two halfs which were then sealed together by a demon chick - well Bhima rips that guy like open a phone book.Then there's a ceremony or something. An underachieving relative gets honoured and some irritant starts giving everyone shitThere's a self-fulfilling prophecy (there always is).Anyway, …

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Magic Item] Spellseeker Wand

Spellseeker Wand Chalk saw more barbarians coming and he singled out the leader. ‘Detect Magic!’ the wizard said hopefully while waving a wand in the air. The wand twitched momentarily towards the north. Immediately Chalk threw the wand at the … Continue reading →

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Kill It With Fire!New Elfgame houserules

I'm mostly spitballing on how to make a DCC version of D&D go well...A 1 on a d20 always fumbles, and a 20 always succeeds, but you never roll a die without the Judge telling you to. I mean it. Shtap.Hit it: Your hit die is added to a d20 to hit ACs. Naught else is added.Damage: Roll your class hit die as a damage die, regardless of weapon choice. You already rolled the hit die during the hit it step, so save us all some time and don't reroll it.Deadliness=Initiative: At the top of many roun…

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