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2021-09-18

Tale of the ManticoreNew character art by Roland Diaz

I can't believe how good this is. I am so humbled and grateful when artists are inspired by my show. Thank you so much, Roland!

Forrest for the TreesGustav Klimt: Complete Paintings

Gustav Klimt: Complete Paintings by Tobias G. NatterMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI first saw this beautiful book at the gift shop of Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum when my wife and I visited there in 2019. I lusted after the book, but I had already shot my wad on book spending, mostly when we visited the "booktown" of Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Keep in mind that I had just consumed possibly the largest amount of art treasures (consumed with my gaze, that is) that I had ever seen. And I have visited a fai…

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  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Austria
  • Books
  • Colonialism
  • History
  • Reading
  • Symbolism

Methods & MadnessShould monsters "know what they're doing"?

I haven't read much of The monsters now what they're doing, but I like what I've seen.It seems to be a collection of "combat tactics" at a first glance (i.e., how the monsters should behave in combat for optimal party-killing), but on a second glance it's actually a lot better than that: it contains relevant reflections about whether the monsters should fight (and continue fighting) in the first place:When a corpse flower is seriously wounded (reduced to 50 hp or fewer), its self-preservation …

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  • 5e
  • Brainstorming
  • Combat
  • creativity
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Weird & Wonderful WorldsDharmatics: A Karmapunk "Deconstruction" of Cybernetics

In a multi-day long manic creative fugue state, I came up with this idea I'm calling Dharmatics, which is like a cyberpunk cyborg/body modification concept for Maximum Recursion Depth. Despite originally conceiving this idea >6 months ago, I have not quite completed it, but I'm still fairly hyped up on the idea so I want to share at least a prototype version of it, and explain my thoughts. I allude to it with the Deva and Buddhabrot City in an earlier blog post and in the Module of the book. I l…

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  • discussion
  • maximum recursion depth

DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERKnowledge and Perception (with examples)

This is an excerpt from the upcoming Adventure Hour! It is also part of an effort on my part to make content more “evergreen.” Follow the design process and receive the finished game as a gift on the Patreon. The Belly of the Fishy Beast dungeon was recently remastered for Patrons only. 🙂 Knowledge and … Continue reading Knowledge and Perception (with examples) →

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Spell] Weapon to Owner

Weapon to Owner In the center of the room in the ancient temple a sword stood, its blade sunken partway into the dirt floor. The mercenary Bakra-do pondered this situation. Then, throwing caution to the wind he pulled the sword … Continue reading →

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OSR GrimoireT1: The Village of Hommlet

T1 "The Village of Hommlet" by Gary Gygax was TSR's tenth "Dungeon Module" (not counting the special collector's edition of "Lost Tamoachan"), and was originally made available for sale at Gen Con XII in August, 1979, (along with S2 "White Plume Mountain").Full-page advertisement for module T1 "The Village of Hommlet" appearing in The Dragon #31 (November, 1979)Like module B1 "In Search of the Unknown" and S2 "White Plume Mountain", T1 "The Village of Hommlet" wasn't based on a previous tourna…

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The Other Side blogZatannurday: Anyone have a Spare $1k I can Have?

One of the best things about running this series for so long is I get some great tips via email from people with the same obsessions as me.That is the case today. Though to take advantage of it I am going to need an extra $1000.00. New from XM Studios is a 21" tall Zatanna statue.Absolutely gorgeous and utterly frivolous. Wish I could justify it.Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list and hope Santa thinks I was a good boy this year.According to XM Studios, each statue has:2 headsculpt switc…

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Age of DuskNo Artpunk Entry #14: Warlock Tower

Warlock TowerClericsWearRingmail18 PagesRules Cyclopedia (hollah at ya boi!)Lvl 2 – 4 Half a day’s walk outside the town’s gate – past the abbey, into the marsh – is an old tower: a bastion of the old empire, forgotten with it when the old empire fell apart. Even as, however, the tower falls apart in imitation … More No Artpunk Entry #14: Warlock Tower

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tenfootpole.orgLost Throne of Talukeld the Broken

By R.P. Davis Kabouter Games 5e Levels 2-4 Talukeld the Broken was a leader of a great horde of warriors who swept in from the West, conquering the Known World. It is said that his throne, made from the bones … Continue reading →

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Ruling With Archangels[Vecchio Carnevale Blogghereccio] Generatore Casuale di Compiti Mercenari

Un veloce e sporco Generatore Casuale di Compiti Mercenari per giochi di ruolo fantasydi: Barakiel

Doomslakers!Back to BasiX Hardback

I joined the Kickstarter for the Back to BasiX issues 1-10 hardback collection and I got my book yesterday.I remember this fanzine coming out a few years ago and I was super impressed by the great cover art by Matthew Ray. It's nice to see this collection includes all of Matthew's covers plus a new one for the main book cover.I didn't pick this zine up or read it before now. I MIGHT have it in PDF and just never got around to looking at it?Anyway, it's a very nice looking book. The cover is h…

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Trollish DelverZealots of the Black Stone

The Kingdom of Corbenic is in a bad place right now. The wounded Fisher King sits decaying on his throne while his once glorious land falls into chaos. If you've ever wanted to do Arthurian post apocalypse, this is the place to set it.The Zealots of the Black Stone are a religious sect from the farmlands, led by High Priestess Ruana. They believe that an obsidian menhir, the Black Stone, holds the key to moving Corbenic to a new golden age. The Zealots are less inclined towards going back to th…

There Could Have Been SnakesElectric Bastionland – Character-A-Day – 18 Sep 2021

Got utterly absorbed in picturing a happily hammer-wielding fellow in overalls, and completely forgot any of the extra trimmings. Just goes to show you the how flavourful the failed careers are in just their names and blurbs. See the other characters here.

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Dyson's DodecahedronSwordtember Blade #17 – “The Soldier” or “The Smouldering Blade of Khtæn”

This month is Swordtember. I’m going to try to draw a sword every day for the month. If I manage …Continue reading →

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2021-09-17

Archon's CourtEye of Newt and... uh... what was the other thing? (GLOG Class: Dabbler Cultist)

I don't know if this is a Buckets of Blood class, a starting point for Libra 2e, both, or neither.You've managed to get your hands on a powerful tome of magic - the Necronomicon, a heavily redacted copy of The King in Yellow, the secret negative-first edition of D&D, or another incomprehensible resource. The problem is, you haven't gotten any time to actually read the thing. Getting spells and rituals out of it is like pulling teeth - everything's hidden under codes or behind allegories.This i…

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Playing at the WorldGame Wizards: My New Book

I have a new book coming out next month called Game Wizards. Unlike my previous books, which are histories of game design, this is an early history of Dungeons & Dragons as a product: of how it came to be a product at all, of the people who made it, of its unlikely success, and of the battles that its success caused. If you've read my "Ambush at Sheridan Springs" article from 2014, this is a book-length expansion of its story. It follows the business journey of D&D, as well its creators, from th…

Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Ruby Lips on Tour

This is a post detailing a group of female superhumans for Black Science Superheroes. Some of these characters may end up being recycled into a mediocre novella or web serial in the future. I make no promises nor apologies.Ruby Lips is an alternative rock group that plays soft rock music with pop and folk influences. Their style is macabre and creepy, with no irony whatsoever. Their costuming is done by a bunch of guys who really, really like Tim Burton movies and Nightmare Before Christmas. Th…

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  • Black Science Superheroes
  • semi-unique monsters

Late Night ZenCultist collector

A B/X compatible monster inspired by this image. Which might actually be intended for an RPG sourcebook, the artist has done work for Pathfinder. It's probably intended to be a cultist who is a collector, but I choose to read it as a collector of cultists. Bits of cultists, anyway.The Collector is a summonable intelligent undead creature typically used by cult leaders to punish followers. It loves to hunt and inspire fear in its prey, so it turns the killing into a chase drawn out over hours or…

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  • bestiary
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Spriggan's DenHyperspace Opera on a new site

Since my post on the “Hyperspace Opera” setting might be of interest to a different crowd, and potentially become quite numerous as time goes on, I set up a separate site for that setting. Hyperspace Opera I’ve not set up a proper url for it yet, as the name will surely change and I don’t … Continue reading "Hyperspace Opera on a new site"

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsPortable Holes in a One-Plane Universe

There’s a question about portable holes on the OD&D forums: do you treat it as a Bag of Holding, or just a temporary hole? The question assumes in both cases that there’s an extra-dimensional space involved, as mentioned in the Greyhawk supplement.But I thought: What if there isn’t?I’ve written before about how I prefer a one-plane cosmology with a material world that has additional states of matter beyond solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. To maintain that, there couldn’t be any extra-dimensiona…

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  • cosmology
  • dnd
  • magic

Greyhawk MusingsThe Bandit Kingdoms Primer

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy ."— Obi-Wan Kenobi“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.”― William Golding, Lord of the FliesRookroostWinter is long. Life is short. So the saying goes in the Bandit Kingdoms. The Free Folk should know. Winter is long, and cold; the windblown sleet and snow is so icy it will turn your head around. What is more, the summers are dry, the soil is poor, and the growing season no longer than the bat of an eye. As to life; that d…

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Dyson's DodecahedronGenCon? Old School Dungeon Merch? Hell yes!

Are you at GenCon this year? Checking out your seventeenth-favourite blog on your phone while letting your feet relax from …Continue reading →

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The Other Side blog#FollowFriday Pauli Kidd and 'Lace and Steel'

It's another #FollowFriday! Today I'd like to draw your attention a new RPG review site from a great "D&D" author.Pauli Kidd gave us the great Greyhawk novels White Plume Mountain, Descent into the Depths of the Earth, and Queen of the Demonweb Pits.Pauli is still writing, but now she has a YouTube Review channel, Lace and Steel.In particular, she has done some great sci-fi reviews.Great stuff really. And I am looking forward to more.You can find Pauli online at:WebsiteAmazon PageTwitter…

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Alone in the LabyrinthPARIAH HEXGEN #12: TEMPERATE PLAINS

The last few posts in this series have opened with apologies: let's get things back on track. Last time out I brought you two mildly different river generators....https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/2021/09/pariah-hexgen-11-rivers.html...but now we travel to the prairie/steppe/grasslands of the TEMPERATE PLAINS:* * *If you want to play with the code the link for the generator is here:https://perchance.org/hexplainstemperatepariahUse the following code to embed this generator (or any o…

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  • campaigning
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DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERResource: Dungeon Checklist

Sent by Yochai Gal of New School Revolution/Cairn fame. (Go grab Cairn from Lulu or Amazon!) By Skullfungus. It uses the Five Room Dungeon, which we talked about with the optimum number of rooms. As well as the Dungeon Checklist from Arnold Kemp at Goblin Punch. And the “Threat! Timer! Treat!” mantra from Index Card … Continue reading Resource: Dungeon Checklist →

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A Blasted, Cratered LandGOOSEFLESH: a GLOGhack

get it here!What this is:‣ The spiritual successor to SAWN-OFF.‣ Designed for usability. Every part should be immediately obvious as to how and where it gets used at the table.‣ Procedure-focused. There's no core gameplay loop or Gygaxian adherence to time records, but instead a collection of procedures to handle common situations and to give GMs a baseline to improvise off of.‣ Vaguely storygamey. I really liked my 2d6 exploration rolls, so I expanded them to cover all situations where pla…

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Take on RulesSlowing Down to Synthesize

Paper and Pencil Sooth My Soul and Feed My Brain There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. — Milan Kundera, SlownessYesterday a former mentee, now friend of mine, and soon to be coworker wrote about the anxiety of problem solving in a domain where she’s trying improve her skills.Reading Arit’s candid thoughts reminded me of the feelings I have when I try to solve problems near the edge of my comfort zone or skill set. And what hit me was Arit’s tactic:“…

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There Could Have Been SnakesElectric Bastionland – Character-A-Day – 17 Sep 2021

Had to give Jeckeride a suit to stop myself just resorting to a knock-off Lenny from Of Mice And Men. See the other characters here.

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Elthos RPGWoAF - Sunday Night One Shots - The Plane of Shinar

Two heroes showed up (out of five) for our Sunday Night Elthos RPG "The Way of All Flesh" One Shot. They leapt straight in with pre-generated characters. They start out in the year 2222 AD on a moon of Saturn, gathered together in a top secret facility run by a secret order of Mentarians (think quasi-religious psionic scholar-warriors). The Mentarians have for several thousand years been

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Dyson's DodecahedronSwordtember Blade #16 – Zatiak the Unforged

This month is Swordtember. I’m going to try to draw a sword every day for the month. If I manage …Continue reading →

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Throne of SaltThe Tohuls

Luke CampbellThese guys from Orion's Arm might be my favorite aliens in science fiction. Namely because their gimmick is that they are incredibly close to humans psychologically, but thoroughly alien physically. They're these blind bat-starfish things who live comfortably at 135 C and 70 atmospheres, who would instantly die in at least three horrific ways (freezing to death, lethal alkaline burns, explosive decompression) the instant they emerged into a human-safe environment, but they're still…

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  • mothership
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Playing at the WorldGame Wizards: TSR Financials

Underpinning the business story of Game Wizards is the financial model shown here of TSR as a company, from the founding of TSR Hobbies in 1975 to the ouster of Gary Gygax at the end of 1985. Although it leaves out coverage of the earliest years, this chart is in effect the narrative of Game Wizards visualized: it also locates major events on the timeline, and along the very bottom shows who was running the company when. So where does this data come from?Before the comments below begin to fill …

2021-09-16

Dyson's DodecahedronThe Ochrenvault – Map 3

The Elders of the Ochren built a portal to the stars deep within the Ochrenvault – a deep set of …Continue reading →

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B/X BLACKRAZORThe "Drift"

[a necessary interlude]From the comments on Tuesday's post:GusL wrote:In general I agree that 5E, Critical Roll and all the other contemporary forms of design and play feel new. I've tried to understand them, and frankly I don't get it. I'd like someone who does to tell me what it's about, but I haven't seen anyway really explain the joys of that playstyle...and Jojodogboy wrote:...modern players has moved away from rpgs as game to rpg as event.Resource management was part of the original …

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False MachineTrailing Corposant 6 - Bottle Novels

So far we have dealt with the opening act of the Heresy, the catastrophe of Horus’ initial schemes, a character study on Fulgrim, another on the Lion and the Dark Angels in general, followed by alack-of-character study on the Alpha Legion.This brings us to Book Eight; Battle for the Abyss! A book legendary throughout the Heresy fandom as being a bit rubbish and, unusually, agreed to be so by almost everyone.But was it truly rubbish??? (Yes.) and what is quality anyway?In a vast and sprawling …

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Age of DuskNo Artpunk Entry #13: Dust & Stars

Dust & StarsSettembrini16 Pages + 3 mapsAD&DLvl 9 – 12 Settembrini, a friend of the blog and Generalissimo of the Zockbock OSR podcast (check out his interview with Patrick Stuart here), has seen fit to enter the listings with a high-level science fantasy offering that might end up destroying your campaign world! Highly imaginative, it … More No Artpunk Entry #13: Dust & Stars

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The Other Side blogMail Call, Part 2: Another Return to Ravenloft

Well, I had forgotten I ordered this, but I am glad I did. Waiting for me on my front porch after getting groceries today was a Print on Demand copy of I6 Ravenloft.It was not very expensive really, just under $9 for the book. I had bought the PDFs when it first came out so I just grabbed the Print on Demand version this time. Getting both is $2 more than just the print but still cheaper than getting them separate like I did.It was about $4 for shipping and a buck something for taxes. All in a…

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Alone in the LabyrinthPARIAH HexGen #5: Swamp

Last time I took a look at TAIGAhttps://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/2021/08/pariah-hexgen-4-taiga.html... this time it's the turn of the SWAMP:If you want to play with the code the link for the generator is here:https://perchance.org/hexswamppariahUse the following code to embed this generator (or any other, just change the link) into your html:You might like these other hex generators...https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/2021/08/pariah-hexgen-1-volcano.htmlhttps://aloneinthel…

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

Duck Boots ‘How are those annoying halflings always getting ahead of us? I cannot see another boat on this river,’ asked a puzzled Murgi, a thief of no small reputation. ‘I do not know, my friend, but if they keep … Continue reading →

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DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERMinimalism

I’m a minimalist. It’s not the “only own 100 items” nonsense, nor the “I don’t buy food except beans and rice” type. It’s this: “Keep the best, cut the crap.” Since coming back the States six years ago, I’ve accumulated more and more stuff. Games, clothes, documents, random tech garbage, things I didn’t really consider … Continue reading Minimalism →

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Greyhawk MusingsThoughts on C2 The Ghost Tower of Inverness

“This used to be a funhouse but now it's full of evil clowns.”― P!nkA shadow from the past, the Ghost Tower of Inverness has loomed ever larger in the mind of the great Seer of Urnst. Now he has convinced the Duke that an expedition should be organized to go to the ancient keep and recover its greatest treasure - the fabled Soul Gem. [C2 The Ghost Tower of Inverness - 1]Most adventures begin long before the PCs get involved. They powerful wheel and deal, plot and plan; and it is only when the…

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Alone in the LabyrinthHEART OF THE PRIMAL UNKNOWN: A One-Sheet Adventure Powered by Hex-Flower Tech

This has been available online for nearly a month and I haven't really mentioned it on the blog other than as a footnote to my recent posts. I would therefore like to announce that my this PARIAH hack of GH's In the Heart of the Unknown is currently available to download as a PWYW PDF on Drive Thru RPG:https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/369092/Heart-of-the-Primal-UnknownHex-Flower PowerFor those unfamiliar with the concept of Hex-Flowers, I suggest taking a look at Goblin's Henchman's blogpo…

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Grumpy WizardThe Best Thing LotFP Did for RPG’s

Like it or not. LotFP changed the role-playing game business forever.

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La Fumeria dei Pensieri IncompiutiUVG - Frammenti di Glossario delle Praterie Ultraviolette

Questa è la mia traduzione in italiano del glossario e dei vari termini di Ultraviolet Grasslands. È ovviamente una traduzione amatoriale, fatta per la mia campagna, ed è inoltre incompleta in quanto lo aggiorno mano a mano che nuovi termini vengono usati durante il gioco.Spero possa comunque venirvi utile nel caso vogliate giocare questo bellissimo modulo nella nostra lingua.Come al solito se avete suggerimenti, commenti, o avete ideato traduzioni alternative, sono curioso di sentirle: scrive…

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Spriggan's DenHyperspace Opera: Alien Reference Images

Yes, most of these are from Star Wars. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been reading my stuff for a while. Hyperspace Opera is primarily going to be a Star Wars remix with some alternative ideas thrown in and a different focus.

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La Fumeria dei Pensieri IncompiutiUVG Sessione 31 - Merende e Affari

Questo è il resoconto della sessione 30 della campagna di Ultraviolet Grasslands, un viaggio psichedelico attraverso le immense Praterie Ultraviolette fino alla Città Nera.In questo post trovate tutti i resoconti passati, compreso l'inizio di questa avventura pazzomatta.Eroi presenti: Cardo Los Mariscos, Blasto de Miniàl, Blallo Judgement, Blu Colpa, Raton TioGiorni 200-207, verso la Città ViolettaIl gruppo, ormai immersi tra i dolci prati erbosi e i primi campi coltivati delle Terre Violette…

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Monsters and ManualsOn Artpunk

"What is 'artpunk'?", Patrick S once notoriously asked. I don't wish to pick an argument, especially not 3 years after the fact. But I think we can come up with a better definition.To me, the suffix "-punk" is hideously overused as a kind of shorthand for "you've seen this kind of setting before, but this is a cool/edgy version of it and the people in it have tattoos and piercings". (I'm not accusing Patrick of using it in that sense - just the people who come up with ridiculous neologisms like…

OSR GrimoireS2: White Plume Mountain

S2 "White Plume Mountain" by Lawrence Schick was TSR's ninth "Dungeon Module" (not counting the special collector's edition of "Lost Tamoachan"), and was originally made available for sale at Gen Con XII in August, 1979, (along with T1 "The Village of Hommlet").Full-page advertisement for module S2 "White Plume Mountain" appearing in The Dragon #30 (October, 1979)As with module B1 "In Search of the Unknown", and unlike the modules preceding them, "White Plume Mountain" wasn't based on a tourna…

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There Could Have Been SnakesElectric Bastionland – Character-A-Day – 16 Sep 2021

Certainly a strong candidate for the ‘villain’ pile of spare NPCs with that engineering specialty. Again poorly placed in the space available – a recurring theme I’ve found when doing life drawing too. Need to put some more conscious effort into at least vaguely planning out the drawing. See the other characters here.

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The Disoriented RangerDesign Structure of D&D Basic on One Page A4 ... or is it?

Among other things, I'm working on The be67 Supplement. As the name on the tin says, it's not a complete set of rules, which was a difficult decision to make ... Can you play this without knowing D&D Basic or Labyrinth Lord or any of the other clones? I'm not sure. So to be on the safe side, I decided to go with the supplement approach. For that I felt it necessary to give the reader an designer's approach to tinkering with D&D by explaining what all the pieces are and how they work together. Wh…

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Greyhawk GrognardThe Game Convention Prayer

In honor of all my friends at GenCon this weekend, I made the following. Feel free to take it and spread it far and wide.

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Kill It With Fire!What if an RPG but only 2d6?

Edit: The version written (not embedded via Google docs) won't change, but after some actual playtesting, I now invoke my duty to update the G-doc rules...Recently, I've been going through my massive games Claytonian made folder, polishing turds and gilding lilies. Today I found 2d6 RPG and I was digging it. This looks fun and simple! And check out the BUT ACTUALLY SYSTEM. The monster wagers system is also something I want to see in play. In case you are wondering, I think this game is a riff o…

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2021-09-15

Age of DuskNo Artpunk Entry #12: Hells Own Temple

Hells Own TempleJonathan Becker10 pagesAD&D (with a strong suggestion that the DM does not allow UA options)Lvl 10 – 14 One of my pet peeves with much of the modern brand of fantasy (and this extends to 5e as well as Artpunk) is that there is often a lack of classical inspiration. Fantasy is spun … More No Artpunk Entry #12: Hells Own Temple

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B/X BLACKRAZORDispel Myth(s)

Just picking up where I left off...Yesterday I asked a not-so-rhetorical question "have people forgotten how to play D&D?" The pat answer is "Of course not, people all over the world are still playing D&D and enjoying the heck out of it!" The evidence is fairly clear: tons of book sales, tons of convention goers (when pandemics aren't getting in the way), tons of presence on social media platforms, blogs, web forums, etc. The game is again being sold in toy stores and there's all sorts of attac…

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Alone in the LabyrinthPARIAH HEXGEN #11: RIVERS

In the spirit of the previous post (which was all about giving a little more than is superficially apparent... maybe?....https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/2021/09/pariah-hexgen-10-hex-with-solitary.html...I'm providing not one but TWO river generators. Fact is, they're both very similar: one has hippos and crocodiles, the other doesn't. They both have Giant Otters (if you're lucky- there's a different encounter table generated each time, did you realise?So read on to generate TROPICAL …

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There Could Have Been SnakesThe Keep on Yeoldelands – Session 13

Click here for the other sessions. Expeditions 17 and 18a 9 Sep 2021 Alfredward (Dwarf 1) Amos (Cleric 1) Dalgarn (Dwarf 1) Rarder Brete (Fighter 3) Rozza (Magic User 1) Looking to bring back just enough gold to allow Amos to apply for promotion within the Church of the Sacred Locks (i.e. level up and … Continue reading The Keep on Yeoldelands – Session 13

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| Unlawful Gamesd100+ CLOWN GENERATOR

SEND IN THE CLOWNS D2 Is This Clown Unnerving? Yes YES D4 Type White Face- Full white face, most extravagantly dressed, the “Top Banana” clown Auguste- or a Red Clown, tends to be the dimmer recipient of White Face’s shenanigans Character- Somewhere between White and Red in the Clown Hierarchy, usually parodies some profession. Clown […]

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The Other Side blogThe New Golden Age of Star Trek

I have often thought that I was not doing a horror/old-school/vampire/witch sort of blog I'd be doing a Star Trek one. I am that obsessed. Thankfully for me there already is a great blog that does Star Trek and Doctor and more; TARDIS Captain.Even so, I can't help but be excited for all the great new Star Trek heading my way.Here are the previews of all the upcoming Star Trek shows on Paramount+.I am very excited!

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tenfootpole.orgWhat Lies Below

By Thom Wilson ThrowiGames Five Torches Deep Level 1 What Lies Below takes characters into a druid’s tomb below a rotten stump. The characters will quickly find that the druids buried within dabbled in magic and enchantments well outside their … Continue reading →

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La Fumeria dei Pensieri IncompiutiCompendio delle Classi OSR in Italiano

Seguendo la falsariga del Compendio dei Regolamentie delle Avventure OSR in Italiano, ecco un post che vuole raccogliere tutte le classi esistenti del panorama OSR italiano scritte, ovviamente, nella nostra lingua.Per Classi in questo post si intendono sia quelle compatibili con i regolamenti BX e compatibili (Labyrinth Lord, OSE, LotFP ecc.) sia quelle di altri gdr come ad esempio Troika! o GLOG.Come sempre, se avete suggerimenti o se notate che manca qualcosa, non esitate a segnalarmelo nei …

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La Fumeria dei Pensieri IncompiutiLa Foresta Smeraldina

La Foresta Smeraldina è un luogo d'avventura per regolamenti OSR e non solo ambientata in una foresta inusuale. Ci sono tre fazioni, un paio di mostri, cose da fare, e una misteriosa e mortale malattia.Non è qualcosa di completo al 100% (avrei voluto mettere una mappa con qualche esagono, qualche mostro in più, descrivere meglio le fazioni ecc.) ma è comunque un buon inizio per rendere questo luogo d'avventura un po' tuo, se mai decidessi di usarlo e ampliarlo.Qualsiasi commento, resoconto di …

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Delta's D&D Hotspotd6 Usage in OD&D

The d20, of course, is closely associated with the D&D game. But it's easy to forget that the early classic editions used the d20 in fairly narrow circumstances: just attacks and saves, in fact. Everything else about running an adventure was done with d6's -- it wasn't until the 3E version of the game that all of these other functions were replaced with the "core mechanic" of d20's for everything.There's something about that I really like, in fact. (And I've written about it several times.) The…

2021-09-14

Spriggan's DenHyperspace Opera: Interstellar Trade Language

ITL was developed as a simple and elegant solution to enable easier communication between space ships and inside space ports. It is a fairly straightforward language with simple grammar and single letter based writing system. What makes ITL special, and uniquely suited for interstellar communication, is that the written script can be pronounced in three … Continue reading "Hyperspace Opera: Interstellar Trade Language"

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Goblin's HenchmanD6(6)6 table | … D66 table with probability gradient

Content warning: If you are a mathematician the words I use below are bound to be formally inaccurate, sorry! Origins: I saw this post by Sofinho, which I thought was interesting (you should check it out). To cut a long story short, it led me here: A D66 table with a probability gradient: So the […]

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B/X BLACKRAZORFundamental D&D

Oh, boy. Where to start?Recently there have been a lot of "self-assessment" posts popping up around the blog-o-sphere: folks celebrating their 5th or 10th or 20th year blogging (and where they've been and how things have changed) and often including assessments of the "OSR," specifically where the "movement" is, how it's evolved, and reflections/opinions on its development.I don't write much about the OSR...since 2013 I've got less than a dozen posts with that label (and before that, most of m…

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Greyhawk GrognardIlshifan – Illithid Ambassador to Iuz

The illithids take a greater interest in the affairs of the surface word than is generally supposed. Unbeknownst to many, they sent an ambassador to the court of Iuz the Old at Dorakaa soon after his return from his imprisonment Read More

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The Acorn AfloatLiteral Swedish translations makes a tiny location table

Perch swampHeritage budChildren lake areaFire croftFog homeMire bayBeauteous oathFather's croftTranquillity home mountainFree hammeringWife reverseBird bayPelt swampPelt rapidsOld stringGoat mountainThe stewDouble cream islandGreen nockShark croftHand beerOcean rock straitWeekend islandWhole ridgeHome lakeSide stitch isthmusHeave islandHear villageGust endMud liveIce branchIce take villageHunter's knowWolverine swampThe man bedWedgeNugget mountainCharcoal bay…

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DMiurgyGnoll, Gnome, Goblin, Giant Goat

AD&D GNOLLGnolls are the 2HD designated enemy humanoid monsters, and have a bit more effort put into differentiating them from other Evil Humanoids™ in that they are slavers (Having 1 slave per 10 gnolls at a minimum) and notably lazy in that they do not mine as the other subterranean humanoids are known to do. In contrast to many other humanoids, gnoll leader types have maxed (or near to it) HP scores, with HP ranging from 16-22 while HD remains in the 3-4 range. The rarer above-ground gnoll s…

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Age of DuskNo Artpunk Entry #11: Tower of the Time Master

Tower of the Time MasterBen Gibson16 pagesOSR ruleset (AD&D? Whatever ruleset has a merchant class?)Lvl 1 – 3 When I announced this contest I used to run mental exercises of possible concepts I would come up with as I was taking my midday walk/exercise routine. My first idea was something called Garden of the Beast … More No Artpunk Entry #11: Tower of the Time Master

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Goodberry MonthlyWizard City Character Creation Guide

With the conclusion of my previous campaign and the freeing up of space, I do believe I am now ready to playtest this puppy I've been working on called Wizard City.Ladies, gentlemen, and brains-in-jars, we shall be using the GLOG!WIZARD CITY CHARACTER CREATIONTRANSCRIPT BELOW:Welcome to the second ever Wizard City campaign! (I can’t take credit for the first, Anne beat me to it!) This right here is a guide for making your first, second, and potentially last characters for the campaign.WHICH…

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Methods & MadnessKrevborna is the deal of the day!

Krevborna: A Gothic Blood Opera* is the deal of the day on DTRPG.If you like Ravenloft. Bloodborne, or gothic horror and dark fantasy in general you must check this one out. If you follow this blog, this is right up your alley.The author is Jack Shear, from Tales of Grotesque and Dungeonesque. He writes both OSR and 5e D&D stuff, and this book will work for any system.I've played an AWESOME Krevborna campaign with him years ago, BEFORE the book, and he was kind enough to mention my name in pa…

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Magic Item] Ziv’s Steady Stilts

Ziv’s Steady Stilts ‘Almost there….,’ Vistis the Blue Mage said to encourage Stork. The latter was walking through a rather deep and treacherous part of the Mistmire Bog. ‘Is this the best way through?’ complained the wizard as he slogged … Continue reading →

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msjxWhite Box Adventures!

I made a thing. Currently with proofreaders and copyright lawyers to ensure that nothing, and I repeat NOTHING, has been borrowed from an existing product. All will be original content created by me for use by cool ass gamers. This will be a tri-fold pamphlet style one page adventure. While I designed it for myself others to use for solo adventuring, I think it could very easily be used for

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Peril and PlunderJON PROFERATUS, NOT-SO-CUNNING MAN

One cool spring morning, a young man named Johannes Proft ventured into a deep, dark forest. He was a junior contributor to a publication called The Almanac of Complete World Knowledge and he was keen to make a name for himself as an investigator of all that was strange and mysterious. A year and a … Continue reading JON PROFERATUS, NOT-SO-CUNNING MAN

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Monsters and ManualsRPG Player Characters and the Patch Adams Problem

When I used to play RPGs as a young teenager (and, later, in PBEM and PBP iterations) the idea was always to come up with a PC who could essentially be the main character of a novel. They had backstories, they had detailed appearances, and they had personalities. "He's witty and incisive!" "She's grim and brooding!" "He's eccentric and strange!"I understand that this is as big an element of the hobby as it ever was, perhaps more so, and that in fact creating interesting PCs is a significant chu…

Grumpy WizardThat’s Not A Cup: Dragon’s Bend Session 5

Akiro, Atticus and Cullen seek wealth in the King's Mounds south of Dragon's Bend.

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Methods & Madness5e quick fix: classes

My minimalist 5e project is going very slowly. It always seems that I have to choose between sticking close to 5e or going full minimalist. Anyway, I'm unsure about that one. I think I might release something anyway, just so people can play with that as they wish.If you want to take a look or comment on it, I'll often be talking about it here in the blog, but I've also started a thread in the GitP forum. Feel free to participate!With that said...5e is a decent enough game. Probably my second-…

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Dragons Are Real100 ICRPG Master Edition by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor

100 ICRPG Master Edition by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor

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The Secret Game - Il Gioco SegretoQuestioning Morale and Reaction Rolls

I'm writing a d20-or-so table of combat events to spice up old-school combat and it's turning into a table of enemy tactics, which I dig.It's also making me think about Morale rolls, cause those completely disregard tactics: it's a roll to gauge the troop's emotion. Usually we make a monster flee or surrender when they fail a morale, but what about parlay?What about giving PCs gold to let the monsters go, or some other kind of exchange? What about tactical escapes, or fake escapes to lead PCs …

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Aboleth OverlordsRule Zero & Others

The existence of Rule Zero in a role-playing game, or any of its other equivalents, does not invalidate the existence of any other rule. Rule Zero is roughly Referee Fiat – the idea that the referee has final say, and any content of the rules-text is subject for hacking, removal, addition, etc. by the table. … Continue reading Rule Zero & Others

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BACK TO THE DUNGEON!Untitled

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/368009/FUTURE-STREETS-212XSO WHAT THE F@#% IS FUTURE STREETS 212X AND WHAT THEF&^$% IS CYBERPUNK?FUTURE STREETS 212X is a cyberpunk free form table toprole playing game. A player doesn't need to know therules, just come up with a character with a few dicerolls and a story with the Game Master. It only has thebarest of rules and all you need is a D20 to play.Cyberpunk is an old term of a prediction of a future ofhigh technology and big cities that wen…

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The Vanishing TowerGosh, Nudity did you say?

RPG.Net is the absolute worst. The pearl-clutching and virtue signaling is puerile and infantile. The forum is an utterly vapid exercise in neutering bracing science fantasy in all its utter bloody, don't give a shit about your fragile sensibilities. Voluptuous, yes using the word voluptuous will bring out the torches and pitchforks. Get this, slavery in your fantasy game is "problematic".

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DMiurgyImp, Intellect Devourer, Invisible Stalker, Irish Deer, Ixitxachitl

AD&D ImpSimilar to the homunculus of last post, the Imp is a potential familiar for Lawful Evil magic users, though there are so many caveats on rolling special familiars as opposed to birds, cats, toads, etc that they mostly seem like set dressing for NPC magic users. Though they could be very effective assassins with disguising polymorphs, a save or die stinger, invisibility, and flight, they are 90% likely to not fight for their masters.Their presence does offer a variety of bonuses like a …

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2021-09-13

Akratic WizardryMERP resurrected? Against the Darkmaster!

MERP (Middle-earth Role-playing) by ICE (Iron Crown Enterprises) is one of my favourite games of all time. It was the second game I played regularly (after D&D/AD&D). I must have spent 50% of my spare time during the mid- to late-1980s reading, thinking about, and playing MERP. I feel much the same nostalgia for the MERP core book and some early campaign books that I do for the first edition AD&D manuals and classic Gygax modules.[Chris Achilleos's rather "metal" cover for the 1985 UK edition o…

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The Bottomless SarcophagusA Monstrous Commedia (Chopwood Opera Bestiary)

It is what it says on the can. A while ago I made the Chopwood Opera (or CHOPOP) combat rules. Now what are combat rules without stuff you can fight? An empty bowl, that's what. So get ready because soup's on, baby.Art by Stepan AlekseevGOBLINA goblin is a kind of big corpse maggot that likes wearing tracksuits and snorting car exhaust. They have chalice- or bottle-shaped heads and big ears. A goblin's brain is only semisolid. Dried goblin heads are the compostable equivalent of plastic beer …

Monsters and ManualsThe Modern Dungeoneering Campaign Needs To Be Crunchy

Outside of my house there is what the locals nonchalantly call an old 'mine tap' - the entrance to a former mine. You wouldn't know it, as it is underneath the road and completely covered in tarmac. But it is there all the same, the mine itself having apparently been decommissioned in 1935. This worried us when we were first thinking of buying the place. Then we learned that the entire area is riddled with these old mines and, as the estate agent put it, if it was a problem for us it would be a …

Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Travel and Pursuit Rules

from A Time to GetThese rules are largely drawn from the Angry GM, who came up with them.Travel Rules:The Referee should plan Multiple routes, of varying danger and length of time. Measure distance in days.Divide the wilderness up into territories of various monsters/enemy factions.Each region/territory is ranked on a Danger Scale.Danger Scale:1- Civilized area with rule of law, or barren wilderness2- The Frontier3- Enemy Territory4- Extremely well patrolled and guarded enemy territory…

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B/X BLACKRAZORSports Stuff

I know I said I was going to write about D&D stuff, and I am, but there's just so much to write about that I'm not sure where I want to start...and I don't want to just barf a bunch of randomness all over a single blog post.So to buy myself some time (to formulate my thoughts) and to get a little bit of a handle on the blogging, I'm going to write about some sporty stuff (mostly personal and/or Seattle-based). It will be fairly short, I think. Or not. Maybe.First: the Mariners. I am not watchi…

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Dead Tree, No ShelterWhat I Learned from the Beastly Boys

A few weeks ago, I submitted an entry into Prince of Nothing's "No-Artpunk Contest". The final outcome of the contest is still pending, but Prince has provided his judgment on my entry and his assessment has been augmented by several critiquing comments from the Fundamentalist tribe.I enjoyed putting together a dungeon within the contest constraints and I learned a lot from the process and the critique my entry received.Where I FitThe conceit of this contest pits two branches of the OSR tree a…

Bones of ContentionSpectral Interrogatories III - Caverns of Thracia

IRTH OF THE FORMThe Caverns of Thracia was published by Judges Guild, an early 3rd party publisher of Dungeons & Dragons material, in 1979. Written by Jennell Jaquays, Caverns is widely regarded as one of the best adventures produced for early Dungeons & Dragons -- a proper dungeon crawl with factions, unique setting, excellent maps, and coherence often lacking in other early dungeons. Certainly, The Caverns of Thracia is among the largest and latest of the noteworthy early adventures: 78 pages…

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Rise Up ComusAdvice for Running Horror Games

The advice here was written for a side project I struck up work on this week called The Manse of Bad Memories. After chewing on what "horror OSR" looks like, I think this advice is broadly applicable.Advice for EveryoneIf you sit down and play a horror game, you’re making a commitment to your fellow players that you’re going to try and make the experience downright horrific. In the same way making the game comfortable for everyone is a shared responsibility, making the game scary is a shared re…

Spriggan's DenHyperspace Opera: Communication

In addition to rules for faster than light travel, another thing that needs to be covered with specific rules is how communication is supposed to actually work. There’s plenty of people who lament how mobile phones make lots of investigation and mystery plots unworkable, and how such a simple and important technology absolutely has to … Continue reading "Hyperspace Opera: Communication"

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Blood, Death, Satan & MetalMorale as a d6 roll

It is known that I like to reduce miscellaneous rolls and mechanics to their approximate d6 equivalents. The foundation for this is the elegance of the LotFP d6 skill system, which I think is memorable, minimal, and hackable. So far, I have turned saving throws into d6 skills that can be improved by Specialists and downtime training and even a unified d6 single saving throw inspired by Swords & Wizardry. Morale is ripe for adaptation as well- even though it's determined with a 2d6 bell curve, th…

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tenfootpole.orgArrowroot

By N. Masyk Monkey's Paw Games OSR Level ? “Hail, Agkaman! Hail, the conquering hero! Hail, slayer of accursed serpents! A giant is he; panoply of burnished gold, so heavy that three men together would be buried by the immensity … Continue reading →

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How Heavy This AxeA Tale of Reckoning

“They dragged the treacherous Sir Mortimer out into the chill of the desert morning. He had dogged their footsteps since Albion, aiding their enemies in Ferromaine and siding with the Knights of St Swithun to oppose them in the Holy Land. Aethelbald and Sir Raymond held him, and Sir Friewich struck off his head with the barrow blade. There would be no bargain.”This was one of the high points of my five year long Dragon Warriors campaign, where the PCs were faced with a fairly significant choice…

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Lapidary OssuaryPlay Report - Slime Baroness (Session Two)

Click here to see all the other sessions' play reports, as well as my blog post series on my full dungeon writing process for Slime Baroness and the Lady of Unterbranch Keep.This session, my two players (a butcher warrior and a potentially-homeless garden wizard) headed down to the main level of Unterbranch Keep, got into a couple scuffles, went back and forth between the village to sell some treasure, and left a hireling to die after being struck in the neck by some flying pots and pans.Imagi…

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2021-09-12

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Hopeful Weird WonderCollaborative Worldbuilding Part 2: Managing Setting Tone in Wide Open Faction Creation

After my last post on collaborative worldbuilding and faction making with your players, Seed of Worlds asked me to share more about how I managed the tone of the setting and enforced the guard-rails on wide open faction creation and to speak a bit about the process and how the players reacted.Recap: My Steps for Collaborative World BuildingCreate a basic tone, rating for the campaignIdentify roles that each players wants to play (Spelljammer has ship roles but I feel like you could do this in …

Hopeful Weird WonderName Your Apocalypse

A friend is running a mini campaign and asked for help:“Whats a cool name for an event where literally every single living thing dies? Im doing a mini-campaign set in the afterlife after a bad eldricth god or wizard or something nuked all of existence - so the afterlife just becomes.. life.”Here is what I came up with, in no particular order:Gran MuerteVeneficus MortisThe Bloodening of BabesThe SunderingBig Death ZoneThe Reckoning of RealmsThe Adversary’s Great CatastropheThe Decimatio…