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2020-04-04

Sorcery & Super Science!The Salt Mine Series

This is what Suzi Yee and I have been spending a lot of time on recently. If you like supernatural investigator/spy/monster hunter stories, TV shows, or movies, you'll probably enjoy The Salt Mine series. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read them for free. Otherwise, they're just a few bucks each for the e-book and well worth it.

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  • Fiction

Doomslakers!Rats!

Happy World Rat Day, everybody!

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Goblin PunchMonsters of the Mythic Underworld

These monsters are natives of the Mythic Underworld. The Dungeon beneath all dungeons. The darkened halls that we all visit in our earliest nightmares. The liminal ur-space that borders Hell as well as your grandmother's cellar.These monsters don't necessarily have a full history, biology, or psychology. (This is probably because I couldn't come up with anything good.)That's okay. They're still good monsters.I've mostly not bothered with full stats. Assume AC as chain, improvise the rest. You…

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  • bestiary

ZENOPUS ARCHIVESDon Turnbull on the Sample Dungeon as "Coherent" dungeon design

THE PHOENIX (later just PHOENIX) was "A British Board Wargamers Magazine" published by SimPubs, a UK affiliate of the company SPI, from 1976 until 1982 (36 issues total, which are available here on spigames.net). As Dungeons & Dragons ramped up popularity during the era of Holmes Basic, Don Turnbull wrote a semi-regular column for this magazine called "D&D: Notes from the Underworld" (likely a play on Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground). It started in issue #15 and ran for eight installmen…

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  • Sample Dungeon
  • TSR UK
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  • White Dwarf

The Wandering GamistMoney Up Front: Henchmen

Continuing the theme of turning money-over-time problems into up-front costs [1][2] in support of loose-consistency open-table ACKS games: henchman wages.What happens if, instead of a monthly wage, we take the monthly wage and multiply it by 30, as an up-front hiring cost?LevelUp-front Cost (gp)0360175021,50033,00046,000512,000624,000748,000890,0009217,50010360,000111,050,000121,800,000134,350,0001410,500,000Magic items and fiefs can be used to pay this cost, at…

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  • ACKS

Kill It With Fire!The Party Actual Play Report

A while back, I made the game The Party, which is basically a list of odd characters and one paragraph of rules. If I do say so myself, it's the ultimate pick up and play TRPG. We've played it a couple times now, and I'm here to tell you how the latest session went.We played a version of Night of the Walking Wet. Here, have the map I drew for the overland. Then scroll down to the report below it.To do things, roll a d20 and the GM will roll one too. If it seems to be something you would be bet…

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  • carousing
  • I made an RPG
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  • My Campaigns and houserules
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Mazirian's GardenDowntime Activities: Spiritual Exercises

A young Jedi descends into an evil hollow to learn about his dark side. A paladin has broken a vow of her order, and wishes to regain her purity by embarking on a quest. A priest devotes himself to the study of a perilous branch of the holy law to draw new miracles from his faith. A monk has come upon a place of the ancients and wishes to meditate there to understand its nature.This is an open-ended system for engaging in spiritual exercises like this. It is part of a system of downtime actions,…

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  • Downtime
  • Downtime Activities
  • Sandbox
  • Spiritual Exercises

2020-04-03

Goblin PunchStat Squish and the Lawful Roll

People have criticized the GLOG thus:"For a game that says that stats don't matter very much, they seem to matter a lot. Since so many things are decided by rolling under a stat, and stats vary so much, your starting stats matter a lot. This reduces the impact of good gameplay."FIRST OF ALL: a lot of that comes down to how often your DM asks for stat checks, and how often the players work to bypass situations that require stat checks. (This is all your fault, not mine.)Secondly: Eh, that's a …

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  • bestiary
  • joesky
  • mechanics

DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERMaze Rats: Praise for a game I already adore

I love Maze Rats. It is (as of posting) Pay What You Want. Go grab it. Now. I recently interviewed Ben Milton, the designer of Maze Rats. We talked about running games for kids and Ben explained that is how he came to design Maze Rats. He wanted something that could just be printed out … Continue reading Maze Rats: Praise for a game I already adore →

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Late Night ZenDestiny combat

Image by Pete LinforthI've been noodling with a concept I call destiny combat, which is how the very wise and powerful get their revenge on each other. The idea is that with a great deal of planning and effort, you can ensure a rival fulfils their destiny in the absolute worst way possible.The foundational premise is that everyone has a destiny, whether it be large or small. You're fated to live and die in a particular way, and that's unchangeable. But while the outline may be fixed, the detai…

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  • campaign idea
  • magic
  • setting
  • world-building

Darkworm ColtQuick rules for playing D&D, any edition

(c) Den Yang-HoSo you want to throw together a new game, but it has to happen real quick, and maybe, just maybe, if y'all like it, you'll keep playing even without the books. I get it.Let me make a suggestion:Surf over to Matthew's quality blog and read all about his GENIUS idea, "Adventure Points".Create your character. For cool skills, spells, abilities or equipment, pillage your game books.What kind of game do you want to play? Hardcore OD&D stuff where, at least for starting characters,…

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  • d&d
  • old school
  • OSR

Follow Me And Die!Helping Others Game Online

I am starting a regular Twitch stream on how to do things in Roll20. I will be making things that I can later add to my Roll20 Series, Roll20 for the Absolute Beginner. The first session will be tonight, Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC). So come watch and learn and … Continue reading Helping Others Game Online →The post Helping Others Game Online appeared first on Follow Me And Die!.

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  • Twitch

ChicagoWiz's GamesStreaming, gaming and podcasting

I had an opportunity last night to be interviewed by Hobbs of Hobbs & Friends, a long runing RPG/OSR-friendly podcast. We were talking about Three Hexes, as well as talking about how to transition between mass combat and 1:1 D&D scale - a subject that is near and dear to my heart!The way Hobbs does it, he streams as he records his podcast, giving his audience a chance to interact and see things as they're done. Here's a link to the stream video!Watch Hobbs & Friends #60 from Hobbs665 on www.tw…

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  • AD&D
  • Dungeon Masters Handbook
  • OD&D
  • podcast
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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsWhat Is Wisdom, Really?

I’ll have more to say about overlapping ability scores, but I want to go back and discuss Wisdom some more. On Why I Like both Wisdom and Intelligence, PatrickW had this to say:High INT, low WIS is absent-minded genius.High WIS, low INT is Edith Bunker.The difference is clear.Is it, though?Leaving aside the characterization of Edith Bunker as low INT (she’s clearly way smarter than Archie, possibly smarter than Gloria, and I’d consider Gloria above average,) I don’t think Wisdom means the s…

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  • ability
  • dnd

NorthportTiger King

Like most of you, I spent some of quarantine watching stories on netflix that were so sensational that they bordered on fiction… here are some somewhat fictional versions of those larger than life characters. As a disclaimer, a relative of … Continue reading →

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  • rpg
  • GURPS
  • Tiger King

Alex Schroeder: Old SchoolS.M.A.R.T. RPG and King Arthur Pendragon

I got a very nice voice mail by the Goblin Henchman in response to my latest Halberds and Helmets Podcast episode on Just Halberds, my simple 2d6 game. It talked about their own simple 1d6 game, the S.M.A.R.T. RPG. It basically boils everything down to the AD&D surprise system, of all things. I recommend reading up on it. 🙂Characters have five attributes in the range of 1–6 and you roll 1d6: rolling your number or lower is a success, and the measure of your success is how high you rolled. Thus,…

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  • Old School
  • Pendragon
  • Indie
  • RPG

Dyson's DodecahedronFiddling with Gamma World, & how far I’ll go for a dumb gag

I’ve probably mentioned somewhere in the past that I’ve run a lot of Gamma World over the years. And I’ve …Continue reading →

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  • Random Tables
  • Science Fiction
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  • Googly Eyes
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  • Post Apocalyptic
  • RPG

BEARDED DEVILAdventurers of Elfhame

My players completed a Session 0 for our Elfhame campaign last weekend. Here’s the party as they currently stand:

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  • Roleplaying
  • art
  • d&d
  • Elfhame

The Other Side blogOld School meets New Tech and vice versa

A couple of neat things happening here at the Ole' Brannan Family Game Dungeon this week.My kids are missing their weekly D&D games in this quarantine time so tonight they will be running a D&D game over Roll20. We took the plunge and bought a Pro account. We will see how it will go. If they like it I might even try it myself.So while they are using new tech to run an "old" game. I just a new copy of an old game.My friend Greg heard I no longer had my copy of the original FASA Trek game. Lost…

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  • 5e
  • Roll20
  • sci-fi
  • Star Trek

In My CampaignJust The Rules: Classes

Part of the premise of Just The Rules is that specific artifacts — classes, feats, spells, etc. — will initially be jettisoned. The purpose is to get down to the core behavior of the game and build up. This might lead to similar artifacts, different ones, or even the same …

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  • A-Z Challenge 2020
  • Just The Rules

noise sans signal[finished](Annual) map giveaway

(Apologies for frequent edits) In times of G+ (which I still miss) I used to do once-per-year giveaway of some clumsily-made sketchbooks; if people wanted to pay for shipping, I added painted maps to it. This year I am just giving away maps because I hope that the slim letter has better chances to be delivered in timely manner than a more bulky parcel. In the light of this, the map will be

Throne of SaltA Patreon Update and Unicorn Meat!

Hey so, I have changed things up over on my patreon and switched out the old Grab-Bag posts with access to my drafts folder, where all my projects-in-progress will go. This is open to all backers at all levels.So far, there are two in there:#1 - Lighthouse 0.2 rules are go!This is mostly an outline expanding on the ideas I put together in the first post for now, but it has all the major headings I want to flesh out and will be filled in as we go along in this plague-stricken hell timeline. I h…

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  • lighthouse
  • news
  • patreon
  • unicorn meat

Monsters and ManualsThe Real World is Weird Enough/Getting the Band Back Together - Ryuutama AP, Pt 1

Last night I sat down virtually with Patrick Stuart, Nate and David W to play Ryuutama.At one time this was a real-life weekly gaming group - we played campaigns of Apocalypse World, Cyberpunk 2020, D&D/Yoon-Suin, and a heck of a lot of one-shots and story games, many of which I can no longer remember (although Microscope and In a Wicked Age were certainly two of them). We continued to play Pendragon and D&D 5e for some years online, but had not really sat down to game a great deal together sin…

d4 CaltropsOSE Encounter Activities - Spider, Giant

With this entry, we reach a few milestones! We’re over halfway through the Monsters in OSE (seventy down, sixty-eight more to go)! Also, here we have our first “pun monster.”Giant Spiders make great dungeons denizens. Their webbing makes for delightful decoration, and they’re a dead-simple way to slightly squick out most people due to their alien nature (too many eyes, too many legs, inscrutable goals, etc).As I’ve admonished before, should you find yourself playing with someone who is genuine…

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  • d100
  • encounters
  • OSE
  • OSE Encounters
  • random tables
  • tables

False Machine17 The chain of the Lunar Majesty

Scrap has given us a sessile larvae form of a Piper of Azathoth.And asked for the nature of this;Takayuki Takeya costume design for Kamen Rider or similar showBut first Marketing marketing blah blah blahWe smashed our DCO2 stretch goal.Six Days Left on the KickstarterNEW INSANE STRETCH GOALAlso,If anyone wants an interviewor something like that in the next 6 days let me know and one or more of us should be availableAnd nowThe chain of the Lunar MajestyThis is the spirit of a Dead Deo…

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  • DCO2
  • Marketing
  • ping pong
  • WHOREDOM MODE

Sorcery & Super Science!Hen Pecked (The Salt Mine 8) is Out

Got a new Salt Mine book out!Welcome to the Salt Mine, a black ops agency that monitors and manages supernatural activity from its subterranean headquarters in the deep mineral mines of Detroit, Michigan. When magic is real, someone has to keep it in check.After a series of unexplained deaths during deer hunting season in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Salt Mine sends Agent Teresa Martinez, codename Lancer, to investigate as a correspondent for the Institute of Tradition. With the help of the…

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  • Fiction

Spriggan's DenInixon – Against the Dwellers of the Isle of Dread

I returned to university last year and right now it doesn’t look like classes will resume until may at the earliest. So I really can’t pass up on the opportunity to get a new online campaign off the ground. And this is as good a time as any to finally make use of my old … Continue reading "Inixon – Against the Dwellers of the Isle of Dread"

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  • gamemastering
  • rpgs
  • sword & sorcery
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Green Sun
  • sandbox

These Old GamesStrictly (Duke) Springer - Day 103 – April 2nd.

Duke isn’t pleased with all of the guys packed in the hold of the ship. Emily had the engineers install the TL-6 guns. If we get in a fight, we are going to be in trouble. All we can muster is a pair of Hoppers as the turrets are down.If we get caught, explaining 45 freedom fighters will be hard. They’ll execute us. It’s really not worth the 13,500 secs. we will get for dropping them off and returning to Mynkuria. Sigh.Our outboard trip is peaceful and arrival in system is boring. We find a se…

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  • Duke
  • Star Smuggler

Meandering BanterWelcome!

Welcome to Meandering Banter!ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains GLOG classes, OSR rambling, bizarre heartbreakers, traces of discourse and has been manufactured in a facility that processes bullshit.You can find the reasonably complete index here. Comments are closed for business, but if you have a question, query, suggestion or just want to say hi, I strongly urge you to leave a comment on literally any post on my new blog, Slight Adjustments.Enjoy!

2020-04-02

Dyson's DodecahedronRelease the Kraken on the Barrow Mounds of the Lich & Famous III

Every month we go through our back catalog of maps and the many amazing supporters of the blog over on …Continue reading →

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  • Fantasy
  • Maps
  • Barrow Mounds
  • Crypts
  • Dungeon
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • Mini-Map
  • OSR
  • Release the Kraken
  • RPG
  • Tombs

Wrathofzombie's BlogBarbarians of the Ruined Earth Covers and New Art

Heyyo peeps! I hope you are all doing awesome! I hope you’re well and safe! First (and FINALLY) http://www.diyrpgproductions.com will take you to my blog. About time I got off my fucking ass and did that! Sheesh… Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting more pieces of art for Barbarians of the Ruined Earth, […]

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  • Barbarians of the Ruined Earth
  • Black Hack
  • DIY RPG Productions
  • Published Works
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These Old GamesThat's Not New or Maybe It Is.

Well, I've finally jumped off the deep end and launched a new project.I discovered a few things about podcasting at least.First, never wear a windbreaker.Two, paper scripts are good for editing, but if you use them while recording, people hear it.Your talking speed is not what you think it is.And item D... It ain't as easy as you'd think.But, here it is. It's rather raw but let me know what you think.Show notes are as follows:In this episode, I'll be looking at the 1981 solo game, Barbar…

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  • Pilot Episode
  • Podcast
  • That's Not New

Throne of SaltThe Wizard's Fugue - December Patreon Post

Sam CarrAnyone can become a wizard. Phenomenal cosmic power can be yours at the low low cost of being driven irrevocably insane.This is fine. Wizards do not give a shit about safety.The Wizard’s Fugue is a single-player game, of sorts. Maybe more of a writing exercise. Always start with FOOL. Choose randomly if you want, choose a limited number if you want.0 FOOLProperty is bequeathed, goodbyes are said, affairs are put in order. From hereon, the initiate is dead to themselves and the world.…

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The Other Side blogOld-School Essentials Spell Lists

Working on the OSE Warlock in my spare time. It's been fun but I want to be sure that all the spells are new in this one. So no repeats from any of the OSE books and none from my recent Basic-Era books like the Pagan and Pumpkin Spice Witches.I am also going with some different warlocks than what I had in my Swords & Wizardry Warlock book. So revised invocations and spells in some cases and all new ones in most others.The goal is, of course, to have a book that works great with Old-School Esse…

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  • basic
  • gsheet
  • spells
  • witch

Doomslakers!That RPG Folder Named Desire

A continuation of this series right here.In a Strange Land by James D. Hargrove, hardest of the Hargroves, is a pulp fantasy hex crawly game.Layout is clean, art is very cool. It's a short game clocking in at 8 pages. Tight.The opening paragraph has a cryptic reference to a "solo-play board game of the early 80s". I believe this might be a reference to Dwarfstar Games' Barbarian Prince, but that's just a wild conjecture since I know nothing of that particular lost artifact of the past.Mechan…

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  • Echoes of the Labyrinth
  • hex crawl
  • In a Strange Land
  • Mystic Beard
  • non-review
  • pulp
  • review
  • RPG Folder
  • Trollish Delver
  • Tunnels & Trolls

The Nine and Thirty KingdomsWhich Scores Overlap? Part I

In Why I Like Both Wisdom and Intelligence, I talked about those two scores overlapping and suggested there may be other potential overlaps in the six ability scores. One thing I was thinking of was Strength and Constitution.Most people wouldn’t think of those two ability scores as overlapping. I mean, they are pretty well-defined, aren’t they? Constitution governs health and resistance to physical damage. Strength, on the other hand, is an active ability, rather than a passive one, and governs…

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  • ability
  • dnd

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

Arcane Candles In the darkness Navnen suddenly lit a candle that he had been saving for quite some time. In the dim light of the candle he saw a dagger on the table before him faintly glowing blue. Then a … Continue reading →

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In My CampaignJust The Rules: Basic Task Resolution

Eventually, someone is going to try something that is not absolutely certain to fail or absolutely certain to succeed. It is, however, more or less certain to do one of these. Existing Resolution Models Here is a brief look at how some games handle task resolution. d20-Based Resolution In Dungeons …

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  • A-Z Challenge 2020
  • Just The Rules

Dwarven AutomataAnnual Blog Check-In

It has been exactly one year since the last update here. I’m still alive (and healthy at the moment), still running a Stars without Number campaign that just reached sixty weekly sessions, and still working on my next OSR module to prepare it for publication. There’s a slight chance I will be a bit more […]The post Annual Blog Check-In appeared first on Dwarven Automata.

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Adventures under the Dark SunKvale

It was pointed out to me by Rovewin of Athas.org, that the Kvale is mentioned in the Ivory Triangle boxed set. However, they are not drawn up in any of the books. So, in an effort to rectify the situation, I have created the two mentioned kvales below.Kvale, GreenKvale, RedClimate/TerrainCrescent ForestCrescent ForestFrequencyUncommonUncommonOrganizationSolitary or PairSolitary or PairActivity CycleDayDayDietOmnivoreOmnivoreIntelligenceAnimal (1)Semi (2-4)TreasureNilQAlig…

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  • ADnD
  • Monsters

d4 CaltropsOSE Encounter Activities - Lizard, Giant

Continuing the theme of “Giant” week, here are the Giant Lizards in OSE and B/X (the Rules Cyclopedia contains the same beasts, and only really adds their load and Barding Multiplier). They all make for interesting mounts honestly, imagine Blowgun bearing Hobgoblins astride soaring Dracos, Second-story Gnomes strapped to the backs of their vertical Geckos, an Illusionist and her faithful Horned Chameleon, or a battle hardened War Tuatara with a special spine accommodating saddle.I’ve run campai…

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  • d100
  • encounters
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  • OSE Encounters
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Dragons Are Real052 Bonus Episode Call ins by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor

052 Bonus Episode Call ins by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor: I answer a host of call-ins to the show

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Goblin PunchLibrary of Asria: Part Three

by Pierre ClayettePart One - Part Two - SerylitesThe Library of Asria is the greatest library in all the world. Built atop catacombs of incinerated books, the library has continued to grow by rapaciously acquiring all books that it can.Anyone bringing a book into the city must allow it to be copied. (It will be returned promptly, and probably cleaned and repaired as well.) Anyone who seems interesting will be arrested, required to write a biography, paid, and released.The library is run by M…

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  • bestiary
  • centerra
  • magic itemss

Shuttered RoomA Flock of Grotesque Flying Heads.

Dave Morris wrote some of the game material that had the most impact on my impressionable young mind, and it appears that he might have a thing about flying heads, and that is maybe why I have a thing about flying heads.So here's some flying heads, converted between systems.Dragonwarriors to D&D: Chonchon, Death's Head, Obsidiak and Skullghast.Image: a flock of grotesque flying heads.Leo Hartas, I think.See this post for an idea of how I arrive at the numbers below, and why there are choice…

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  • conversions
  • cthulhu
  • d&d
  • dragonwarriors
  • monsters
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Gundobad GamesStreamlining Play: rules for Wealth & Currency (studying *A Land of Ice and Blades*)

I recently promised/threatened to polish off my mini-series on streamlining RPG processes by addressing streamlined mechanics for WEALTH and for DOMAIN PLAY (where you run an estate, manage a realm, etc.). Well, here we go [EDIT - this ended up with plenty to say on wealth, so I'll put most of the Domain discussion in a later post, but this will serve as a necessary introduction to that stuff].This will be far from comprehensive, but I want to highlight some ideas I’ve run into that could be us…

Gundobad GamesPlay-testing My Swashbuckling Solo Skirmish Rules!

Despite all the COVID shutdowns, things are very busy around here - I'm still teaching via online media, and this is that late-semester-crazy-busy season. Still, I have been able to get some gaming action in nonetheless. No doubt, this has nothing to do with the recent Pirates of the Caribbean viewings at our place, but...last weekend, one of my kids helped me do some further play-testing of a solo/coop minis skirmish ruleset I'm working on, intended for heroic swashbuckling/black powder action …

Doomslakers!Meme Me Merry Myrmidon #1

In a wise use of my time, I'm going to post all of the various silly, stupid, and slanderous memes I have created over the last many years. Here's the first post. Enjoy. Or at least smirk in disapproval.

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DIY & DragonsUrzya Powder Keg 2 - Boltinka Nakogard

Boltinka Nakogard is a city in the heart of the Northern Devastation Zone, far from the Capital, beyond the frontier of the Borderlands, a city of perpetual winter huddling alone in Urzya's frozen wastes.The city is home to two great households, both alike in dignity, both ancestors of the Dragon. The great houses were once vassals to a vampire queen, but the Noble is aged and ailing, and her authority has failed. Now the two houses' enmity flirts with open warfare, and each house dreams of a n…

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2020-04-01

In My CampaignJust The Rules: Advancement

Not all creatures in role playing games are equal, being more or less powerful. In games based on Dungeons & Dragons, this is primarily a function of level or Hit Dice. In Dungeons & Dragons games, characters typically gain experience points for defeating enemies. Depending on edition, other activities can …

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  • A-Z Challenge 2020
  • Just The Rules

Hall of the Mountain KingCity - The City of Blackmoor

City - The City of BlackmoorBlackmoor lies in ruins much as it did when the first humans found it sitting on the edge of Blackmoor Bay long centuries ago. The foundations of Blackmoor are set deeper and more firmly than bedrock. They touch upon the boundary of the black abyss and the nightmare dreams of Elder Gods who were never worshiped by man.Above ground, though in ruins, the shape of the human city still exists. The docks are empty except for the hulks of rotting ships, some no more than …

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  • City

Beyond Fomalhaut[BEYONDE] Further Pictures From Ohio

Those of you who remember the post about my visit to the beautiful all-American town of Athens, Ohio, and the chance meeting with two old-school reviewer luminaries – ludicrous as it seemed to meet both Prince and Bryce at the same time – will no doubt be happy to see my pictures again. They will perhaps be even more interested in this widened focus, including the minor original details omitted in the editing process. As Orson Welles had shown in one of his later movies, nothing is more educatio…

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  • beyonde

Archon's CourtVERY HEAVY CUBE (GLOG Class)

Inspired partially by this video, but the blame should be placed on deus ex parabola on the OSR Discord.Very Heavy Cube OwnerWeapons technology marches onwards forever. In your case, the march of progress got lost in a dark alley. The cube has its benefits, you desperately think to yourself - it's much quieter than a gun, and it's not stopped by armor.These justifications do not stop anyone from laughing at your cube.A: THE CUBEB: Cube-Sight, Increased RangeC: Cube-CleaveD: Engraved Cube

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  • GLOG
  • Not Funny
  • Sci-Fi

In My CampaignJust The Rules: Ability Scores

Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma. Starting values between 3-18. Don’t count on it. I see several things here that can change. Ability Score Values Dungeons & Dragons has used the 3-18 range for over 45 years, at least nominally. Up to Dungeons & Dragons 3e in 2000 you might …

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  • A-Z Challenge 2020
  • Just The Rules

Unlawful GamesGLOG Class: A Very Normal Potato

Created by request of a certain yellow shark on the OSR discord.Class: Very Normal PotatoStarting Equipment: A small clay pot with some soil, ALTERNATIVELY a pinch of salt and a pat of butterStarting Skill: 1. Growing Eyes 2. Getting Moldy 3. Tasting DeliciousA: PotatoB: Po-tay-toeC: POTATOD: Poe-tat-ohPotato: You can't hold things. You can't climb ropes or ladders. Your Movement is 0 (Human Movement is 12) but if you are rolled down a hill your Movement is 15. You can be thrown with eno…

The Other Side blogWitchy Wednesdays: Motherland Returns, Magicians Retires

I mentioned all the great TV on now. Which is good since we are supposed to Shelter In Place here in Chicago-land until April 30. That, and I already finished watching "Tiger King".Well, it's Wednesday and that means we get new Magicians and new Motherland: Fort Salem.Sadly it is also the series finale of Magicians tonight and I have no idea how they are going to wrap this all up.Insert witty and caustic Margo quote here.I think I am going to have to do stats someday for the Magicians charac…

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  • television
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These Old GamesStrictly (Duke) Springer - Day 102 – April 1st.

David and Duke need healing and rest, so we are off to the Spaceport. This is a player choice, David was downed by concussion and really doesn’t need healing, just some time off.We are of course detected on entry. We get an offer transport men to Nipna. They take up 2 CU in the ship and we will be paid 300 for each guy we transport. Emily agrees.Emily makes the weekly payment of 600 on the ship. We still have a few hours of daylight, so Duke get healed up at a price of 450 secs. Emily purchase…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESHolmes Ref: Equipment Sheet

Screenshot of the sheet. Click on the image for a larger viewHere is a new reference sheet for Holmes Ref, an expanded Equipment List:EQUIPMENT REFERENCE SHEET (single-sheet pdf)This is something I started working on a while back, put aside, and just came back to last week and finished.If you are not familiar with Holmes Ref, it's my slowly-accumulating series of reference sheets for Holmes Basic referees. The full set of Holmes Ref sheets & compilations can be found here.Notes on the Equip…

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The 3 Toadstools Here's another post that rambles

I am probably like a lot of games masters, in that I want to infinitely tweak things. I find that I can never decide on a system, an adventure, or a world to use. When I do make a decision, it only lasts for a little while and then I either get A. Bored with it, or B. Annoyed with it.Last night while I was trying to fall asleep I had a thought about creating a random table for myself and then just going with the results. Here's the exampleThe system that shane will run (Roll a d8)1. B/X with …

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Dungeons and PossumsSome Thoughts on Thieves' Guilds

Still of the Dead Rabbits from Gangs of New York (2002), which is absolutely posted without written permission.Thieves' guilds are a staple of fantasy fiction. We see them constantly; in books, in video games, in tabletop role-playing games. Often, they're an interesting contrivance to add intrigue and thicken plots - the Macguffin you need traded hands between fences at the Thieves' Guild, the Thieves' Guild has taken an interest in your pickpocketing, you need to capture the leader of the Thi…

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ChicagoWiz's GamesGriffon's Keep - a Battle Map for AD&D/Roll20

To keep my games alive, I've pivoted to online/virtual tabletop play. To help make the games feel more personal, I purchased a yearly subscription to Zoom. (If you do this, use the coupon code and save some money!) Last night, my Western Borders group got together on Zoom, and it worked great! Both video and audio quality were clear. It was wonderful to see my online players for the first time!As a surprise, I wanted to give the Western Borders folks a better experience in their current quest. …

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d4 CaltropsOSE Encounter Activities - Leech, Giant

There’s something primal about the generally universal revulsion to Leeches. The facial expressions of most people immediately shift to disgust just thinking about them. I don’t think my Players will ever forgive me for the several sessions they were forced to spend traipsing about Swamps, where these slimy bloodsuckers (both in their Small and Giant forms) made for frequent encounters.Blood-loss as HP damage is generally an acceptable way to handle it, but I tend to sometimes prefer to have th…

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False MachineStretch-Goal Two! FEAST OF BUKAKO!!

BEHOLD THE LARGESSEOk, with only six days left on the Kickstarter we have developed another, completely ridiculous stretch goal!At a total of £35,000Scrap and I will institute the FEAST OF BUKAKO.Named of course, for the long-loved and world famous stories of Bukako, the spell-consuming monkey and his partner and mount, the magical Pleasing Fish."Patrick what is the Feast of Bukako?" I hear you cry.Some of you may be familiar with venerable-but-still-fresh calmpunk luminary and OSR blogger…

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tenfootpole.orgAbandoned Glacial Rift of Blurut of the Crepuscular Claw

By Thomas Denmark Night owl Publishing Labyrinth Lord Levels 4-7 The frozen lands are dominated by Blurut of the Crepuscular Claw and he has laid plans to expand his reign and dominate the realms. Can the adventurers infiltrate his lair … Continue reading →

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False Machine15 Bukako and the Pleasing Fish

Scrap has given us a would be elemental.And asked for the meaning of this image;First marketing.Behold! Only Seven Days Remain on the DCO Kickstarter!!!Have spoken to the printer and apparently everything is still on,Now;Bukako and the Pleasing Fish - An IntroductionSo began the esorscelment of the Pleasing Fish by the Sorcerous Monkey Bukako Wisest of primates, except for a few. That eater of books and fiend of the waves.Woe! Woe to the Pleasing Fish! For when shall we see such fins aga…

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Wizard Thief FighterThe Electric Wizard

I’ve decided to start releasing a few of the earlier S.E.A.C.A.T. Ultraviolet Heroes I’ve been writing up and illustrating over the last month or two over on the stratometaship. This is an obvious attempt to entice more folks to join the patreon and give me money. Of course. The other option is to wait until […]

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These Old GamesThe TEK - March 2020

Sales are dead for 2020. No help for that with problems we all have now. I've rethought my presence on DriveThruRPG and I am now in to raw downloads from DriveThru. Making people happy with fun, free stuff. I still have price listed on my products, but I am encouraging people to pay nothing at all. There are so many other people out there who need help. Please by all means, save your money for them.March 2020 Downloads via DriveThruRPG:AD&D Character Sheet For Use with Unearthed Arcana - 6Com…

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JAMES MISHLER GAMES[Lands of Ub] Anachronisms, Coinage, and Prestidigitators University

ANACHRONISMSWhile the vast majority of the peoples of the Lands of Ublive in what can charitably be called “bucolic medieval luxury,” there are no few seeming anachronisms found here and there, some of them quite public and well known. This is because the Lands of Ub have gone through many different ups and downs in science and technology, plus the influence of other-planetary civilizations, not to mention regular if rare jaunts throughout time and space. A few notable anachronisms for “the day…

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Adventures in Gaming v2[Lands of Ub] Anachronisms, Coinage, and Prestidigitators University

ANACHRONISMSWhile the vast majority of the peoples of the Lands of Ublive in what can charitably be called “bucolic medieval luxury,” there are no few seeming anachronisms found here and there, some of them quite public and well known. This is because the Lands of Ub have gone through many different ups and downs in science and technology, plus the influence of other-planetary civilizations, not to mention regular if rare jaunts throughout time and space. A few notable anachronisms for “the day…

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Zedeck Siew's Writing Hoursd100 Adventure Beginnings

Feeling anxious, indoors because of the Covid-19 quarantine, I adapted an idea from Khairani Barokka and asked Twitter to give me emojis.I’d turn these emoji into oddities, instigations, opening to adventure.Guess I wanted to travel? In my head, far afield. It took the weekend, but it made me happy. There were many, many typos, but I visited a hundred different microcosms, with a hundred different persons.Original thread begins HERE; tweets in the thread were tagged / attributed.+d100 ADVEN…

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The Wandering GamistDomains at War: Beastman Domain Units

This post sat as a draft in my queue for a looong time, so it may be a little outdated, but a discussion in the Discord brought it to mind so I figured I'd press the Publish button.Previously, I examined tribal goblins, who due to poor organization and a lousy manufacturing base end up relying very heavily on beast cavalry, scavenged weapons, and unconventional strategy.But goblins, being weak, are natural candidates for domination by orcs and chaotic domains. Here I consider the sort of units…

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The Other Side blogBlackStar: Ghost Ship

A while back I posted this about my "Ghost Ship" adventure:Ghost Ship. The PCs find a derelict adrift in space and it is full of the ghosts of the dead crew. Originally this was going to be the Enterprise B when I ran it as a pure Trek game. (The Haunting of Hill House, Dreams of the Witch House, the Flying Dutchman)Some of my ideas I had scribbled down for this, WAYYYY in the early 90s at the Corner Diner in Carbondale, IL (it's closed sadly). Back then this was the Enterprise B before there …

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Weird & Wonderful WorldsMaximum Recursion Depth, or Sometimes the Only Way to Win is to Stop Playing

This is a setting that I've been very very very slowly converging on for some time now, and it just finally started coming together in an epiphany last night. Despite the title I chose for this post, it has many titles, as I briefly mentioned when I first brought this idea up, but that was before I even came up with what has now become the core conceit.It's titles are as follows:Maximum Recursion Depth, or Sometimes the Only Way to Win is to Stop PlayingSun Wukong's in his heaven, all's [not]…

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Cavegirl's Game StuffDungeon Bitches Part 2

General mechanics, default moves etc here.Corpse Dolls given more detail here.Wounded Daughters given more detail here.Character Creation:Step 1: pick a class.Step 2: answer the class's Three QuestionsStep 3: assign statsStep 4: pick movesStats: You start out with two stats at +1 and two stats at -1. You can add +1 to one stat of your choice.Moves: You start out with all the basic moves, with an automatic sex move for your class, and then your class will let you pick some from a short l…

2020-03-31

Pits PerilousNostalgia: OK (OSR) Boomer...

So I recently spoke with a young gamer who extolled the objective superiority of modern games, alleging that we oldsters only cling to the OSR out of nostalgia. I reminded him that many older people like new games, and that many young people like older games, which effectively ended the debate. This got me thinking though. Is nostalgia really a dirty word, a doddering longing for the past that clouds our reason? Sometimes. We humans like our rose-colored glasses. But for something as specific as…

d4 CaltropsOSE Encounter Activities - Squid, Giant

Since OSE seems to be sadly lacking in the Kraken department, I suppose these over-sized cephalopod might serve as substitutes in a pinch.

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Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Outsider Alignment

unknownMy Outsider Megapost has one real weakness, and that is because I haven't really written on the morality or culture of Outsiders. This post is an attempt to correct that.There are three types of Outsider: Angels, Demons and Spirits. However, unlike mortals, who are often conflicted and contradictory, Outsiders are living exemplars of certain virtues, vices or ideals. They are usually iron-willed and almost unable to compromise. As such, Outsiders generally only inhabit the extremes of m…

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Sheep and SorceryAgainst RP Snobbery or On the Merits of the Murderhobo

If you dive into the world of D&D Greentexts or Reddit Threads mostly about DMs or other players complaining about players who "don't take the game seriously." One of the most egregious examples of this was a story I heard that I wish I could link you to but I cannot remember where I saw it.The gist of the story is thus: OP usually plays at one of the DM's tables for an Adventurer's League game but his table is full this particular evening. As at many stores, they have multiple tables running a…

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Magic Item] Strand’s String

Strand’s String As Navnen turned back to see if the ogres were still pursuing them he did not seen the string dangled from above by the goblin wizard. With a grunt and an muffled scream for help the thief fell … Continue reading →

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Library of AttnamLight

There was nothing but darkness full of hungry, horrible things.As they drew ever closer, I screamed in terror: "Let there be light!" And there was light.And I saw that the light was good and separated me from the darkness.Yet it was so very fragile and fleeting.

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The 3 Toadstools Daily posts coming soon.

I know yah miss me lol. Looks like you are going to get a bunch of toadstools rambling posts soon! It appears that today I'll be getting laid off for 14 days as I'm in a non essential service. Don't worry reader I have a bit of money saved and will hopefully get unemployment insurance. As to what I'll blog about, likely a setting idea, slowly fleshing it out. As well there should be a new pay what you want adventure coming in the next week.In the meantime the Prince did a review on the kamareik…

Adventures under the Dark SunSession Thirty Four: A Chance Assassination

Note: For those unfamiliar with Dark Sun, psionics are called the Will for wild talents and the Way for trained psionicists.Shade dripped water into Vashti's mouth, making sure she did not choke. They kept watch and went back to sleep. Thankfully, the thrax did not return.Vashti woke with the others in the morning. After rehydrating, she preached her sermon to the group and captive muls. She then gave the muls water and food. They muls were perplexed, but gratefully took the offerings.Vashti …

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Beyond Fomalhaut[REVIEW] The Lost Crypt

The Lost CryptThe Lost Crypt (2020)by Bill SilveyPublished by Necromancer GamesLevels 7th to 8th[Disclaimer: I have, on multiple previous occasions, done freelance work for Necromancer Games and their successor Frog God Games.]The Lost Crypt comes from the remains of a lost manuscript: The Teeth of the Barkash-Nour, one of the Castle Greyhawk offshoot scenarios Gary Gygax had drafted, but never completed. In the mid-2000s, when hopes were high that Greyhawk (or “Castle Zagyg”) would see th…

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…and the sky full of dust.The Barrows: Part 4

Session 41 Back outside, the heroes discussed how best to go back in and destroy the undead barrow wights and […]

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Hall of the Mountain KingAppendix Z - C. L. Moore

Appendix Z - C. L. MooreI have only read a fraction of her writing, the Jirel and Northwest Smith stories, and not all of them, but C. L. Moore stands out as one of the great writers of weird tales and, with Jirel, the first woman who mastered swords and sorcery fiction. The Black God's Kiss touches on Hodgson, on Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, but in her own style and her own view of the weird and the horrific matched with a sense of adventure. I look to read all her works with great antici…

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Box Full of BoxesA Red Letter Day - a holiday & festival generator

Everyone needs a day off. While not all holidays can be as good as Halloween, they're usually a good time, at least if they're supposed to be about celebration in the first place. Many holidays or festivals are more about honoring the gods, commemorating an event, or simply bringing the community together in difficult times. In many settings these rituals or festivals could be of huge import, even vital to the survival of a community or people. Or they could just simply fun events largely divorc…

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Akratic WizardryLyonesse is coming

The good folk at the Design Mechanism have received the proof copy of their forthcoming Lyonesse book:Lawrence Whitaker writes:“It's a big book – 510 pages in total – but this is a complete, standalone game containing everything you need to roleplay in Jack Vance's Elder Isles."As I’ve noted before (many times), I’m quite excited about this game! Jack Vance’s Lyonesse trilogy is one of my all-time favourite fantasy series, and Mythras is one of my all-time favourite role-playing games. Conseq…

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My Terrible Sorcery Is Without Equal In The WestMINI REVIEW: Hex Kit software

A brief detour from our wildly successful foray into the True Scientific Realism of historical weapons & armour. Thanks to everyone who has commented on those posts so far with an idea, correction or suggestion. Doing those tables is hard on my hands & eyes (all those pointed brackets) and the last one will be the biggest yet, so be patient.*****I recently took a chance on Cone of Negative Energy's mapping program. Hex Kit and all the additional tilesets are available in this highly affordable…

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Cavegirl's Game StuffDungeon Bitches

This post is the result of a series of shitposts on /osrg/ that accidentally turned out to have a kernel of a good idea in them. Thanks go to regretAnon for getting the ball rolling on this.That said, this pulls together some ideas I've been forming for a while now. Some of it keys off the same elements as the Wounded Daughters, who will probably get to be their own class in this.It's Monsterhearts mashed up with OSR dungeon exploration mashed up with survival horror.So.A game where you play…

2020-03-30

DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERBen Milton Interview (part II): Questing Beast, Maze Knights, and OSR

This is a continuation of my conversation with Ben Milton of Questing Beast (comprised of a channel, blog, newsletter, and role-playing game company). Find part I here. How have you developed the brand of Questing Beast? It started as a YouTube channel and I had a blog from pretty early on. It was just reviews … Continue reading Ben Milton Interview (part II): Questing Beast, Maze Knights, and OSR →

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DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERBen Milton Interview (part I): Early Days and Running for Kids

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Ben Milton of Questing Beast (comprised of a channel, blog, newsletter, and role-playing game company). He designed the beloved and excellent Maze Rats and Knave. He was incredibly generous by allowing me use his time. Thanks again, Ben! How did you get into the hobby? What was your … Continue reading Ben Milton Interview (part I): Early Days and Running for Kids →

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Goblin PunchUpdated Bestiary

The bestiary has been updated. There's now about 351 entries on it. That's a lot of monsters.Check it out>HERE<Looking back at a lot of my old posts, most of them still hold up.My very first post was the Tumble Melon Tree. I wrote it in 2012. I had forgotten that it had poop in it, which creates a link to newer posts like the Goblin Filthomancer. (I guess I haven't changed much.)The creatures I'm more proud of, though, are the interesting-concept ones like the macrology or the interesting-m…

Dyson's DodecahedronReturn to the Barrier Peaks – Deck VI

This month we are closing out the set of remakes of the Expedition to the Barrier Peaks maps with the …Continue reading →

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Methods & MadnessRPG and design, III - Crunch IS Fluff (excavators can't jump!)

Now that we've talked about crunch x fluff, it's time to consider one of the essential characteristics of RPGs. Maybe the most important one.I'll explain that with a little tale...Once upon a time, there was this young child who got a big book of mazes as a gift.It was fun!Here is one example:But the kid had a hard time solving some mazes.And some solutions were... well, unorthodox:The kid didn't hesitate to take these unexpected path. The explanation came immediately and naturally: "I th…

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Shuttered RoomAD&D Black Pudding for Call of Cthulhu 5e

Image: dark blob amidst the stalagmites.1st edition Black Pudding; courtesy of Trampier.The Black Pudding: a copyright-free Shoggoth in D&D form. Ten Hit Dice of immune-to-almost-everything, metal-devouring dungeon menace, converted here for CoC 5e.Nowhere near the beast the CoC Shoggoth is (closer to a Formless Spawn, statistically), but the investigators are probably just as dead.AD&D Black Pudding, Crawling Horror.A hideous conglomeration of voracious cellular colonies, the Black Pudding …

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Monsters and ManualsRandom Redcap Lair Generator

A table I am working on for the Meeting of the Waters/"Northumberland Yoon-Suin" project. Also serves as Exhibit A for those who complain about the landscape format of the Yoon-Suin book. This is what all those tables looked like when printed in portrait.

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JAMES MISHLER GAMES[SALE] Coronavirus Pandemic Sale -- Everything is 50% Off!

The Gary Con XII Pay What You Want Sale has ended.The Coronavirus Pandemic 50% Off Sale has begun.Through the end of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the United States,all James Mishler Games products are 50% off.Stay home, stay safe! Read and play online!Cover for the unreleased Gary Con XII Special Limited Edition Printversion of Myrkridder, Ogres, & VampiresClick here to go to James Mishler Games on DriveThruRPG

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Adventures in Gaming v2[SALE] Coronavirus Pandemic Sale -- Everything is 50% Off

The Gary Con XII Pay What You Want Sale has ended.The Coronavirus Pandemic 50% Off Sale has begun.Through the end of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the United States,all James Mishler Games products are 50% off.Stay home, stay safe! Read and play online!Cover for the unreleased Gary Con XII Special Limited Edition Printversion of Myrkridder, Ogres, & VampiresClick here to go to James Mishler Games on DriveThruRPG

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsWhy I Like both Wisdom and Intelligence

I have no major topic for today, so I’ll turn to a minor topic: overlapping abilities.There’s a forum discussion about what people would pick for a seventh ability, if they were to add one, and a side topic that showed up was a complaint about Intelligence and Wisdom being “the same thing”. But of course, they aren’t the same thing. They just overlap. And I love ability overlaps.Let’s start from the conventional wisdom (har!) that Intelligence and Wisdom are the same thing. OK, but people’s sc…

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Wrathofzombie's BlogFinal Cover for Orcs! A High-Octane Adventure and Sample Spreads!

Mike Faille sent me the final cover last night and I wanted to share that with everyone today! I’ve also had Folsom Prison stuck in my head since I saw the image, sooooo… queue theme music! I should note what served as my inspiration for the cover:) Orcs! A High-Octane Adventure! A third level adventure […]

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Shuttered RoomAD&D Gelatinous Cube for Call of Cthulhu 5e

Ten foot of near-invisible, corrosive jelly seems pretty Mythos to me. Statblock after the rambling.Conversion.Stats from 1e Monster Manual: AC (descending) 8; Move 6; HD 4; 1 attack @ 2-8 + paralysis; surprise 1-3 on d6; Intelligence Non-(0); Size L (10' cube)Resistant to cold damage; immune to electricity, fear, hold, paralysis, polymorph, and sleep.Method.I'm using a combination of this AD&D-to-RQ document, some of my own Wisdom, and referring back to the 3e Runequest Monsters book (in par…

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