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2020-11-29

Tale of the ManticoreSome Gorgeous Work From RPGCalligraphy

This blew me away! Beautiful, hand-made artwork.

Alone in the LabyrinthEVERYTHING IS A BEAR

This is rapidly turning into my most popular post: I think you're probably trying to find this post:Just Use Bears: Tales of the Grotesque & DungeonesqueStill here? Did you know there's an art-free PDF of PARIAH available for free download on itch.io? No? Well here's the link:https://atelier-hwei.itch.io/pariah-art-freePariah came with stats for only 3 monsters. There probably should have been more, but then again Tales of the Grotesque & Dungeonesque has some excellent advice:When in Doubt…

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  • monster
  • osr
  • Pariah

2020-11-28

Dragon's BreakfastForest of Wyrd #28 - Black Dog & Twilight Path

DRAMATIS PERSONAE:Vegarious (Changeling 3)Ranza (Changeling 3)Jonesomon (Specialist 4)Gnarl (Wood Gnome 4)Hobbs (Hedgefey 4)Thrax [NPC] (Fighter 3)Though slowed by Gnarl's intervention, Ranza's arm continued to swell, so Vegarious offered up her potion of neutralize poison to clear it up once and for all. That done, the party settled down to rest for the night, but opted for the edges of the clearing instead the tumbled down and (until moments before) haunted cabin. Next morning dawned du…

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  • Campaign
  • Forest of Wyrd
  • Houserules
  • LotFP
  • Session

Dyson's DodecahedronRelease the Kraken on The Demon Pillars of Iv

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

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  • Commercial Maps
  • Fantasy
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  • Assassin
  • Cave
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  • Labyrinth Lord
  • Old School Essentials
  • OSE
  • OSR
  • Release the Kraken
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  • Shrine
  • Temple

Methods & MadnessTasha (and D&D 5e?) is for experts... and beginners. Is 5e OSRish anymore?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything is the latest D&B 5e book.I'm probably skipping this one. And maybe a few more. Here is why.Hint: is not the reprinting of material I already have (like the Artificer class, which I kinda like).By the way, this is a bit of a rant. Yo'uve been warned...Tasha's is mostly a book of players options, from what I've seen. And some new DM toys - magic items, group patrons, etc.But does anyone NEED more character options?Well, certainly. WotC is selling well, and 5e …

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  • 5e
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  • creativity
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  • Old school
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In Places DeepKommando Kronikles: The Sword

...kinda.Characters PresentSir Istvan the Vulgar Knight (Foul Changeling Fighter)Sir Uein of the World (Human Fighter)Abraham, Lord of the Prison (Human Rogue/Ranger)Father Kozel of the Wood (Fair Changeling Cleric)Mother Johanna of the Church of St Santa Claus (Human Cleric)Frederick van Bull (Frogling Fighter)November 27th, 1396Uein had concocted a plan to defeat the last Hochmeister and gain the seals needed to open a door on the Baroness Level. They believed this door concealed eith…

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  • 5e
  • howling kommandos
  • Nightwick Abbey
  • play reports

The Other Side blogBlack Friday / Cyber Monday Sales

It's Shopping Saturday (is that a thing?) today and DriveThruRPG is having their big Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales. There is not really enough time to order and get a Print on Demand book for a gift, you can certainly gift a PDF to someone or gift yourself something.I am participating so there are a lot of great deals on books from The Other Side.In particular, the books of my Basic Era Series are on sale.The Basic Witch: The Pumpkin Spice Witch TraditionThe Craft of the Wise: The Pagan …

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  • christmas
  • DriveThru
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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Spell] Weapon with Your Name On It

Weapon with Your Name On It The elder dwarf raised his enchanted war hammer and growled at the elf king. The latter looked astonished at the sight of the weapon that seemed to blaze with magic. One could even note … Continue reading →

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  • roleplaying
  • rpg
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tenfootpole.orgThe Beloved Underbelly, D&D adventure review

By Philippe Ricard Self Published OSR "Low Levels" […] this zine details the tunnels and sewers beneath a dystopian fantasy city, full of beekeepers and taxidermists and pigs and sorcerers. This 24 page “Adventure” details an underworld/under the city environment … Continue reading →

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  • Reviews

Alone in the LabyrinthPARIAH DISCORD SESSION 18: MENDING NETS

This is a continuation of events in the SEVENTEENTH session and took place on Saturday 8th November on the Atelier Hwei Discord.- Eugene https://twitter.com/eakiselev playing as Nervously-Rides-the-Grave- Oisín https://twitter.com/OisinoftheHill playing as Earnestly WoodedTo find out more about PARIAH please read this post:https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/p/pariah-proto-neolithc-psychedelic.htmlIndigenous people of the Andaman Sea prepare a hunting-fishing trip, 1903DAY 20(CROW MOO…

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  • Actual Play
  • campaign diary
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Alone in the LabyrinthSetting up a Proto-Neolithic Sandbox Part 2: Spirits of Place

A series of posts about building a proto-neolithic Sandbox for PARIAH:The Base Map https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/2020/11/setting-up-proto-neolithic-sandbox-part.htmlSpirits of PlaceOne change I made to the old map was the colour of clear land: I matched it to the base tone of the forest as I feel it shows the forested hills better.The map is also mostly sea so I don't have to write up so much! You will recognise this as the southeast of England: while I'm drawing on that part of t…

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  • campaigning
  • cartography
  • design
  • Pariah
  • RPG design
  • Sandbox
  • walkthrough
  • world-building

OSR GrimoireThe First Fantasy Campaign: Richard Snider's Additions

JG 37 "The First Fantasy Campaign" includes notes by Richard Snider, who "evolved an entirely separate campaign and mythos" as well as "an exceptional set of rules for Dragons" (to be covered in more detail, tomorrow).Snider's campaign notes likely relate to a set of rules based on Dave Arneson's Blackmoor campaign, described as the "Richard Snider Variant" by Daniel Boggs in his post Almost Forgotten: A Published RPG Ruleset older than D&DIllustration of a wraith, by Gary Gygax's wife's half-…

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  • Blackmoor
  • Chainmail
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Adventures in Gaming v2[UAP] Universal Alignment Profile

There have been several attempts to quantify the alignment system from the beginning. OD&D had the alignment chart; Judges Guild released their “Alignment Adders” system on the Character Checklist (likely based on the listing of Lawful/Chaotic and Good/Evil traits in Gary’s article “THE MEANING OF LAW AND CHAOS IN DUNGEONS & DRAGONS” in Strategic Review #6); GAZ7 The Northern Reaches, a gazetteer for the world of Mystara, included “Personality Traits,” likely based on a similar system used in Ki…

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Graphite PrimeQuick Sketch...I Couldn't Help Myself...

HA!!!

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Greyhawk GrognardCity of Spiders is Here…

It’s finally here! My backers over at Patreon just got access to my latest Greyhawk adventure; D4 City of Spiders. This is my sequel to D3 Vault of the Drow, and sets the PCs up with all the information they’ll Read More

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  • Elder Elemental God
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Box Full of BoxesYeah, but what do they eat? - A Local Cuisine Generator

All of us Americans have just stuffed our faces with a bunch of chow, so this is the perfect time for an article about it. It is no accident that numerous superstitions revolve around food. Several gods are dedicated to food alone; Dionysus, Demeter, Xipe Totec, Ō-Inari. The importance of sustenance is of course undeniable, but it is worth considering how much they can affect a society. While at the basic level there is the separation between sedentary and nomadic societies, the kind of food tha…

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  • Table

Doomslakers!Uncovering Treasures

For your edification, here are some things I found when digging through my storage boxes a couple weeks ago. These things have been on ice for two decades in most cases. Some of them I probably picked up randomly in the intervening years.The Dungeoneers, 1986. I don't remember buying this. I have never looked inside its pages. Not even when I ran across it Sunday. Too much to do, no time for play. Will revisit.I have plenty of copies of Ape Entertainment's Omnibous... because I had a story in …

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  • Art
  • comics
  • mini-comics
  • savage sword of conan

2020-11-27

Alone in the LabyrinthPARIAH DISCORD SESSION 19: THE TEMPLE OF WATER

This is a continuation of events in the EIGHTEENTH session of the ongoing PARIAH campaign on the Atelier Hwei discord server. This session took place on Saturday 14th November.- Eugene https://twitter.com/eakiselev playing as Nervously-Rides-the-Grave- Oisín https://twitter.com/OisinoftheHill playing as Earnestly Wooded- Semiurge http://archonsmarchon.blogspot.com/ playing as Witheringly-Footed-in-the-PointTo find out more about PARIAH please read this post:https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogs…

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  • Actual Play
  • campaign diary
  • campaigning
  • Pariah
  • Sandbox

Dyson's DodecahedronGeomorphic Crypts of the Lich Lord – Set 3

Here’s the final set of the Crypts of the Lich Lord geomorphs – the final four designs that I put …Continue reading →

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  • Fantasy
  • Geomorph Mapping Challenge
  • Maps
  • Crypt
  • Crypts
  • Dungeon
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • geomorph
  • Geomorphs
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • Old School Essentials
  • OSE
  • OSR
  • RPG
  • Shrine
  • Tomb
  • Tombs

msjxdowntime = moar maps

Kind of a lame holiday here, oldest child has moved out to her ownmplace and the youngest opted to visit her sister for their first Thanksgiving, leaving just me, the pups, and the wife at the house. Add to this, the effects of 'no travel Rona' and the in-laws stayed away as well. Puts a completely different soon on the holidays.So, I drew maps...

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  • map
  • old school style

The Other Side blog#FollowFriday: New Year, New Character Challenge

Hope everyone in the U.S. had a good Thanksgiving. We stayed here at home and had Zoom time with my family. Ate a lot, watched some TV. It was/is nice.Now our thoughts turn to Christmas and the holiday season and mine turn to the new year.I have a couple projects I am looking forward to doing this new year but one I thought I'd share now in case anyone wants to join me.There is a new Social Media challenge, New Year, New Character Challenge. Some people are planning to do this in December, bu…

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  • #BuildAWitch
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The Mystical Trash HeapAD&D Poison Notes

In Dragon magazine #81 (January 1984) the article "Taking the Sting Out of Poison" by author Chris Landsea offered truly exhaustive coverage of the topic of poison in AD&D, filling in many gaps and holes in the official rules. The rules in that article make poison much more interesting, both by providing more details for its use in the game and also some ways to mitigate its effects and make it feel less like a "screw you" when used in the game - especially with low-level characters who don't ha…

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  • AD&D
  • D&D
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Take on RulesLet’s Read "Stars without Number" - Example Character Creation

A part of my Let’s Read “Stars without Number” series. Go grab your free copy of SWN and join in. Let’s roll up a character or two for Stars without Number: Revised Edition. Character creation in SwN 📖 starts off a bit like B/X 📖 D&D 📖 .Rolling Attributes In attribute order, you roll 3d6 for each attribute. Once done, you may replace one attribute score with a 14. One thing of note, SwN has a different attribute score modifier. See Table 85: Stars without Number Ability Score Modifiers for thos…

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  • character-creation
  • lets-read
  • rpg
  • stars-without-number
  • traveller

These Old GamesAftermath - SW Session 001

"It's not Star Wars without lightsabers," she said.True. My campaign doesn't support lightsabers, so I am plugging in an event that allows the players to get their hands on lightsabers. I'm nothing if not adaptable and amendable. Plus, little wacky.I'm going to add the kookiest bounty hunter in the Universe. The characters' main antagonist is the former Viceroy of the Trade Federation, Bergel. Bergel is a Neimoidian, who avoids conflict and physical combat like the plague. He has a small band …

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  • star wars
  • SW Sessions
  • SW Sessions-01
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Swords & DorkeryThe Buckland Museum of Witchcraft

Did I post about this before? No? I should have. The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick is a hidden gem of Cleveland, Ohio. The museum represents the personal collection of Raymond Buckland, best known for popularizing Wicca in the US. His collection includes tons of interesting items, many ritual implements he crafted himself for […]

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  • D&D

The Wandering GamistEverybody is Thieves

One natural extension proposed by Koewn to Everybody is Cultists is Everybody is Clerics. I think this is a good idea, but I would be tempted to overcomplicate it with custom spell lists and lots of deities to choose from, or making spellcasting use something like a reaction roll, or something like that. So I'm going to think about that a bit more and maybe come back to it later.But another potential extension is Everybody is Thieves. It's a meme I've heard floating around the OSRosphere every …

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  • ACKS

Doomslakers!BX Wizard

In this post I presented a Wizard class for BX that I'm using in a current campaign. I tweaked it a little and added my own art in this updated version. It is compatible with BX but definitely has more bells and whistles. Still... it's all on one page, with art and an XP table. So it's not too crunchy. I like it. I think this would make the beginning spellcaster more interesting to play. And yes, this class does in fact replace Magic-Users and Clerics in my current BX game.

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  • B/X
  • character class
  • D&D
  • heresy
  • House Rules
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  • wizard

False MachineVILLAINS

Is it time for another 'Library Post'? Perhaps it is. Don't worry, content after the linksCONCEPTSIntroA World Without ViolenceGoose-Gold & GoblinsMECHANICSLooking for a MechanicChar GenTHE VILLIAGECrappy 1st attempt at ShintoShinto in CumbriaEight HousesVillage ShopsDANGEROUS STRANGERS ("Monsters")Monster BrainstormRatmasterGelly CubeDragonsMen-of-BonesOwlbears 'BomblenOwlsTrap-Dogs (Kobolds)Mind-FlayersGoblinsMore GoblinsAlright, I have a whole bunch of low-level threat…

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  • Goose-Gold & Goblins
  • Monsters

La Fumeria dei Pensieri IncompiutiChi è benvenutə e chi non lo è

Pochi giorni fa ho iniziato a cercare persone per partecipare alla mia campagna di Ultraviolet Grasslands (andate a vedervi cos'è perché è una figata) e per l'occasione ho deciso di scrivere un Manifesto di Campagna che facesse capire allə eventuali interessatə di cosa si trattava (stile di gioco, temi, regolamento etc.). È una cosa che consiglio di fare a tuttə -ma non è questo il punto del post.Il punto è che la prima cosa che ho deciso fin da subito è stato di stabilire dei "parametri minimi…

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Trollish DelverTurning off the firehose

Over the past month or so I've drastically reduced my time on Twitter. Traditionally I'd spend 2-3 hours a day scrolling through that endless feed, getting annoyed, sharing cool things and blathering about my own crap. That's a long time to spend on something that really wasn't doing me any psychological favours. Now I spend that total time per week, if that. I flick through a few tweets to look for anything interesting being shared, send some supportive messages (since we all must contend with …

Age of Dusk[B/X House Rules] In case you were wondering…

Hello everyone. Posting has become less frequent; Real life workload has increased, Work on Palace is ongoing, the DCC extra content is finished (and sent to Goodman, KS update soon) and I am digging into Screaming Caverns (the deluxe edition bonus adventure) as we speak, but some of you few who regularly follow my ongoing … More [B/X House Rules] In case you were wondering…

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Of Slugs and Silver The Ironclad

*Borne of a misunderstanding on the OSR servers.*The Ironclad is a master of defense and survival. They achieve victory by outlasting all foes. They have been studying the advancement of arms and armor, and have concluded that more metal and more technology will always be the winning strategy.The IroncladEvery template the Ironclad gains 2 hp. If the ironclad gains a new template and has no shield, gains a shield. Proficient in metal-workingStarts with chain armor, shield, cutlass (does 1d6 …

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  • The Glog

Kill It With Fire!Tekumel Hack to get you into EPT

So embedded below is a hack designed to get the players going (the title is a reference to the subject first post of this blog, where I talked about Ebon Bindings). I personally, as the GM, am going to be using Empire of the Petal Throne's original 1975 game rules for the most part. The goal of the hack was to bring the percentile nature of the ability scores more into the game and to unify mechanics so it's easy for beginners to grok. Roll low is good for everything in the hack except damage. O…

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Kill It With Fire!How did professor Barker run Tekumel games?

The first Petal Throne RPG is very close to 0th edition D&D. One of the ability scores is renamed, and they are expressed as percentiles, but there are no rules as written-type skills for them to be applied to*. Take, for instance, how we handle grappling:Players often ask about the possibilities of physically capturing a surprised opponent (rather than striking him). This, like many tasks requiring arduous physical or mental action, cannot be legislated easily by the rules... the character's s…

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  • Tekumel Petal Throne

2020-11-26

Jeffs Gameblogreturn of CRPG migration studies

One of the weird thing about playing dungeony dragony computer games from the 80's is the existence of a whole network of games by disparate designers and publishers that allowed you to import characters from other games. My original attempt to map out this phenomenon included 10 different games. But based on the comments to that post and further research, I've added a few more games:A red arrow indicates a relationship with the whole trilogy, e.g. Ultima III characters can be ported into any B…

Forrest for the TreesBlackstar Carcosa: a Hex and a Ritual

With the upcoming fifth anniversary of David Bowie's departure into the unknown caverns of space and time, I thought I might use his song Blackstar, with its incredible accompanying video, as a springboard for some material for Carcosa. You'll need the Carcosa RPG book to fully utilize this, but one might steal elements from this for use in just about any campaign. In fact, I could see this leading to an entire campaign based around the various avatars of David Bowie, a campaign that could last …

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  • Books
  • Cthulhu Mythos
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B/X BLACKRAZORGiving Thanks

I'll try not to be glib...though (I suppose) my capacity for "glibness" these days is much diminished.Mm. Staring out the window, wondering what words to use to type my feelings of the moment, I find myself at a loss. I'll try, though.Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States...probably my favorite holiday of the year for many, many reasons. And I am so thankful, so so thankful, for so many selfish reasons. Thankful for my family and all they give me. Thankful we can afford to eat, unlik…

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  • family
  • holiday

Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Isekai Freaks

source unknownThey come from, somewhere else. They generally do not speak any language you do and often come from cultures with different value systems, if not ones that are outright alien.This Isekai Freak is...1d61-3: Human.4: An exotic race you have seen before, but is rather rare. In Nukaria, this would include such things as a 1d4 [1= Cherub; 2= Fetch; 3= Half-Dragon; 4= Tiefling/Aasimir/Genasi.]5: A creature that you might have seen, but one that behaves differently. A 1d3 [1= "Iron …

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  • Monsters
  • OSR

Remixes and RevelationsTwK: Gambler

from Gravity FallsSome ideas borrowed from here.I am reworking the list of playable classes for Those who Know, my urban fantasy/modern occult setting. I have decided to limit the list to the five slasher movie archetypes described in The Cabin in the Woods, namely the Harlot, Fool, Athlete, Scholar and Virgin. I will also be including the Problem, but they are a separate beast, a fifth, or sixth, column.Some of these are obvious: The John Doe is the Virgin, the Allure is the Harlot and the I…

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  • Adventuring in a modern occult setting
  • Character Class

msjxOld School map legend

Insomnia struck me last night and while I could not fall asleep I came across the old TSR module M1 Blizzard Pass. Being a map nerd, I was immediately drawn to the map which had a wonderful legend (or key) and decided to make a new one to model my latest style. This is probably useless to anyone but me, but hey, "Wohoo maps!"Have a Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating.

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  • maps
  • old school style

IncunabuliA First Impression

Jalisco tugged his sleeves. His cufflinks flashed in the setting sun. Chamber music lilted neath the vaulted pergola, and the scent of wine and cut cypress pervaded the place. Jalisco sniffed, shrugged."Stop shrugging," said the man beside him. A weasley fellow, but one far more comfortable in the evening's stiff uniform. He smiled meanly. A golden stud flickered on his lip. "You'd look almost like you belong here, if you'd only look a little more at ease.""This jacket is tight.""That's becau…

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  • mechanic

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Magic Item] Mug of False Mugs

Mug of False Mugs Wizard, warrior and dwarf entered the inn. ‘This must be the place, we need to find the halfling in need,’ the wizard said looking around the crowded common room. Everyone in the room turned to regard … Continue reading →

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Adventures under the Dark SunUndead Athasian Turkey

In honor of Thanksgiving, the United States holiday, I gave stats for the Athasian Turkey, which is mentioned in the Veiled Alliance sourcebook, last year. This year, I present the undead version of the terrible beast.Happy Thanksgiving!Turkey, UndeadClimate/TerrainAnyFrequencyVery RareOrganizationFlockActivity CycleNightDietNilIntelligenceNon- (0)TreasureNilAlignmentNeutral EvilNo. Appearing1-20Armor Class6Movement12Hit Dice4+4Thac016No. of Attacks1Damage/ Attack

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Monsters and ManualsFantasy and the Human Condition

We have far too much of this kind of article in our lives: the random and semi-plausible armchair ponderings of somebody whose only real qualification for public pontificating is that they are reasonably intelligent and articulate. We are surrounded by noise and get almost no signal.It's not that I think that trying to understand developments in the arts and literature in their context is without any purpose or interest. Undoubtedly there are many factors that influence why particular genres be…

The 3 Toadstools Play report nightwell Barony session 2

Jumped back in last night. The plan was to shoot for Friday evenings, however since we all work in retail this Friday will be hard.The players left off at the town, getting prepped to leave for the old city ruins south of the village. They quickly made it to the small bridge over the river. The bridge was wide enough for a wagon to travel over it. It also looked well used.They noticed a skeletal hand protruding from the waters edge, and went down to investigate.A giant crab and its kin were c…

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  • nightwell barony
  • play report

A Distant ChimeIcewind Dale: Running the Good Mead Election

I'm a great fan of Justin Alexander and his remixes of WOTC material (even though I've not yet had an opportunity to play any of it). The newest WOTC outing, Rime of the Frostmaiden, looks solid as these things go, and I may just end up running it. Albeit with some changes, and after I'm done with everything else on my plate.The Alexandrian has already done great work done in that direction, but the parts which most appeal to me in the sandbox approach is the idea of getting to know the Ten-Tow…

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  • 5E
  • Discussion
  • Icewind Dale

Swords & DorkeryBosch in miniature

Eureka Miniatures has a line of figures inspired by Bosch and Brueghel. During the pandemic I’ve been working on some of them. Some of them are fairly straightforward chaos beastmen– Most of them have practical weapons, though one just has a head on a stick. Some of the odder ones include child-mutants and Kaiser Buddha. […]

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  • Figures
  • Eureka
  • monsters

The Nine and Thirty KingdomsStar Wars Holiday Specials Through Non-Fan Eyes

I’m about a third of the way through reviewing the Star Wars movies as a non-Star Wars fan. Since it’s Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and since Wookie Life Day was last week, it seems like a good time to take a break and review the Star Wars Holiday Specials.Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds. There are two of them.Full explanation of my ranking system is here. Summary: C is average, A/B is recommended, D is badly made, F is something to avoid.Star Wars Holiday Special …

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  • review
  • starwars

Doomslakers!Lesser Gods Session Zero

Art © Glen Michael Angus, R.I.P.BX D&D STUFFWe had session zero of Lesser Gods of Rone Monday night. We spent most of it making characters, discussing the setting, and sort of figuring things out. We got into the adventure for about half an hour - long enough that all the PCs are now in the same boat. Literally. Except the Lake Thing swimming near it.We do have a Wizard in the party, so here's that character class. It's essentially the BX Magic-User with a few tweaks. Unless we run into any s…

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  • Actual Play
  • B/X
  • character class
  • D&D
  • game design
  • House Rules
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  • medusa
  • OSE
  • OSR
  • wizard

ZENOPUS ARCHIVESM1 Blizzard Pass: Dungeon Design

Today, Grognardia has a retrospective on the module M1 Blizzard Pass by Zeb Cook.This brought back some of my memories of this module, which was released in 1983. I remember buying it at Kay-Bee Toys in the mall on the same day my sister got the Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle game for our Colecovision.I enjoyed the solo module, but what I really found fascinating was the "group adventure" at the end, which describes the dungeon (consisting of the single map shown above) in less than three …

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  • B/X
  • Dungeon Design
  • Gygax
  • Mini Dungeon
  • Sample Dungeon
  • Solo
  • Tricks and Traps
  • Zeb Cook

The Vanishing TowerSlaughter a Sacred Cow for Santa

On this Thanksgiving eve I feel a bit reflective, philosophical and wish to hold court and slaughter some sacred cows for the fires of Tar-Aweil. Classic Traveller’s adventure modules. I will spill this beast’s blood first. They are uninspired piles of space dung. It is said H Beam Piper’s stories were a touchstone of inspiration for the original Traveller game and it is apparent in the

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  • DM Thoughts
  • Role Playing Games

Wayspell Kurtful of Russells

Get drunk, make RPGs.Play tested 100 hours.

Dyson's DodecahedronB/X Adventurers – “Ebrek Copperhand”

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  • Labyrinth Lord
  • Old School Essentials
  • OSE
  • OSR
  • RPG

2020-11-25

These Old GamesDavid Macaulay Series on Amazon

Amazon has the David Macaulay series of books at a great price. The books range in price from less than $6.00 to just under $20.00. I love this series of books as they are wonderful reference materials for a variety of games and models. They are informative as educational.Even better, they have a collection of 5 DVD which bring the books Mill, Castle, Pyramid, City and Cathedrel to life. This one has a hefter price tag, around $100.00 for the set. If you shop around, you can find the individual…

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msjxThe Odelsrett Kurgan

Print it out and write up a fun location to kill your friends! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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The Other Side blogSupernatural, Del Segno al Fine

Last Thursday was the Supernatural Series Finale. 15 years, the longest-running genre show on American television. A little show that started with two brothers, some 80s mixtapes, and a black 1967 Chevy Impala. Driving the back roads of the US hunting monsters and saving people.It was every Chill or Call of Cthulhu game I ever played. It is exactly what I would do in NIGHT SHIFT.It was also the one show that everyone in my family watched. We didn't start in 2005, the pilot freaked my wife out.…

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Monsters and ManualsThe Creative Process in Role Playing Games

Iain McGilchrist is probably the most important contemporary thinker, and last night I listened to a good two part interview with him, here and here. One of the themes in his work is how creation requires hard limits and barriers in order to take place at all. I have written on that theme before on this blog in my own small way (see e.g. this post and this one), and it occurred to me on listening to the interview that there was, yes, yet more to say about it as it relates to RPGs.McGilchrist de…

DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERHow I ruthless stole from Shadow of Mordor to run a fun night of gaming for my brother

Play worlds, not rules. One Easter break, I binged the video game Shadow of Mordor. I was obsessed with the Nemesis system that created the sandbox-like environment of the game. Enemy orc warlords and your relationship to them changed everything about the way the game is played. Having already read up on the Nemesis system … Continue reading How I ruthless stole from Shadow of Mordor to run a fun night of gaming for my brother →

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These Old GamesTankeren TNK-101B (Star Wars Campaign)

For my Star Wars Campaign, I need a standard ship for a single planet. I have started with a rough design for a transport modified into a warship. There are only a handful of these warships around. They are vastly outnumbered by the standard food hauler version.I have not designed any landing skids or jacks yet. This ship would launch like an X-Wing, rising until the main engines kick it up to speed.The ship's dimensions are: 11 meters tall (taller with the landing jacks), 34 meters long and t…

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Trollish DelverKeep on the Borderlands - Heartseeker solo session

I decided to run a solo session of my new OSR adventure game Heartseeker today, and opted for B2 Keep on the Borderlands as I've only ever really played this when the D&D Next playtest was happening.I ran it by simply reading through the book as I went, ignoring any secret information and using a quick d6 oracle system to determine certain eventualities.First off I rolled up four characters: Nark the goblin pathfinder, Hawkmoon the human warrior, Elderflower the halfling cleric and Silverward …

Doomslakers!Artist: Ken Reid

Why did no one tell me long about the wondrous world of Ken Reid's art? Glorious schlock.

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Darkworm ColtAn FKR classic: Chris Siebenmann's 27-year old "A Sketchy New Netrunning System for Shadowrun"

This beauty is 27 years old... and still relevant.For FKR players even more so.Emphasis mine.Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1993 14:55:27 -0400 From: Chris SiebenmannSubject: A sketchy new netrunning systemI've decided to write up my sketchy thoughts on a makeover of Shadowrun netrunning, since it's unlikely I'll be able to finish and test them any time soon. Standard cautions apply, and yes, this is deliberately a very abstracted system. I like abstracted systems. Okay, first step: throw out the existin…

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The Wandering GamistOD&D Notes, Supplement 1: Greyhawk

Or, half-jokingly, "where everything went wrong".Initially I expected to make this post part of the series on reading OD&D, but after reading Greyhawk, I think there's a clear line between it and the LBBs, tonally. I think this is also where I would draw the line between OD&D and AD&D.Characters:Paladins added as a subclass available to lawful fighters.Thieves added. They must be Neutral or Chaotic, and Lawful characters can't hire them on a permanent basis.Greyhawk seems to care a lot abou…

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tenfootpole.orgThe Bloody Engines of the Dinosaur-Men, D&D adventure review

By Brian C. Rideout Deathtrap Games Labyrinth Lord Levels 3-5 What makes the screams echoing down from Eira Peak? After the recent avalanche that forced the people of Eirata to file their homes, many went missing. If they were killed … Continue reading →

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsStar Wars V Through Non-Fan Eyes

I, someone who’s never been that into Star Wars, have been watching or rewatching all the major movies to give them another chance and try to understand them more. So far, I reviewed Star Wars IV: A New Hope (pretty good,) Rogue One (average,) and Solo (slightly above average.) Now it’s time to rejoin the story of the original trilogy.Full explanation of my ranking system is here. Summary: C is average, A/B is recommended, D is badly made, F is something to avoid.The Empire Strikes BackRating…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESA Chronology of D&D Sample Dungeons: The Haunted Keep by Tom Moldvay (1981)

The Haunted Keep cross-section by Erol Otus. Source: Old School FRP tumblrThis is material I recently wrote for the Chronology of Sample Dungeons section of the Zenopus Archives site. Think of it as a first draft as I will likely revise/add to it over time.This is the sample dungeon from the 1981 revision of the D&D Basic rulebook, which was edited by Tom Moldvay. As with the Holmes Basic rulebook, the job of editor involved a significant amount of original writing, including an entire sample …

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESDanse Macabre Filmstrip (1963)

A re-post from 2017, and 2013 before that:For Halloween, here's something haunting that I remember watching in music class in late elementary school, around the same time I discovered D&D (1982). It's a 1963 educational filmstrip with fantastic watercolors by Harold Dexter Hoopes, set to the eerie music of Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens. It was unavailable on the web until a few years ago but now there are multiple versions on YouTube, one of which has better colors but includes a loud "filmstrip…

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Akratic WizardryThe Monsters of Trampier

I’ve mentioned before here how much I adore the art of Dave Trampier (“DAT”). His work very much shaped the way in which I visualize fantasy adventuring—especially the more “gritty” kind characteristic of early AD&D and the World of Greyhawk.Of course, I’m not alone in my admiration! Today I stumbled upon a rather nice tribute to Trampier’s art in the Monster Manual at Heavy Metal (which I was surprised to learn still existed—I have distant memories of the magazine from my adolescence, but had …

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It's always sunny in Castle GreyhawkA dragon

Save vs dragon breathFor the first time in my DM-ing career, I think I'm gonna be able to use a dragon in a game! During last session, I rolled for a random encounter when the PCs were getting back to town from the Castle Bugbear (the dungeon they're currently exploring). It's a relatively safe area currently, so encounters only happen whenever I roll a 2 on 2d6. However, 3 to 5 means an omen or the spoor of an encounter. First I rolled a 3 with the 2d6 (spoor or omen), and then I rolled a 20 o…

2020-11-24

These Old GamesSession 001 - Spiraling Dice

Invasion of Theed is a basic game engine. 90% of the information inside is geared for combat. Each encounter is broken down into three sections: pre-combat, combat, and post combat. The players are encouraged to use non-combat skills outside of combat, but every encounter defaults to combat for success. There is no way avoid it as stated.But I changed the setting, so the encounters had to change. This encounter was still a jail break. The characters were to suborn a couple of Neimoidian guards …

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Gundobad GamesYou are Road-Wardens in the Wulfmarch. By the Prince-Elector's Law, this means...

This is just a little extended micro-setting campaign pitch, tying in to my discussion yesterday.You are Road-Wardens in the Wulfmarch. By the Prince-Elector’s Law, this means:- You have the right to bear arms openly.- You have the right to ask any on the Prince’s highway their business and destination.- You have both right and responsibility to interfere in any – and only –situations that threaten the innocent, that disrupt traffic along the highway, or that subvert the Laws of the Prince-E…

Fists of Cinder and StoneGreek Mythic Fantasy on the Rise

In the last few months I've seen a few new cultural items with a strong focus on Greek Mythic Fantasy, here is a review of a few I have encountered.Video Game: HadesLet me start by saying at the date of publishing I have ~120 hours of game time in this game which I bought in early access in 2019. It has since come out of early access and is gaining some wide spread popularity.Description: Hades is a roguelike RPG where you play as the son of Hades, Zagreus, as you try and escape the realm of …

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Graphite PrimeKnock! Issue One Kickstarter is live!

An Adventure Gaming Bric-a Brac. Being A Compilation of Miscellanea for Old School RPGs. For us OSR weirdos and curious D&D heads alike.Click the Image Below!!!Boost the Signal!

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Trollish DelverHeartseeker out now

Today I've released Heartseeker, my 2-page OSR game. You can grab it as pwyw from itch or DrivethruRPG.

Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Yugoloths: Bluster Platoon

by Jacob ProbelskiFind basic information on the Yugoloths here.Shiver Squad: Shock Troops.Gelid Squad: Silk-workers, seductresses, spies and assassins.Bluster Platoon:Bluster Platoon is a group of Yugoloths who specialize in negotiation, resource management and other support roles. They are talkers, not fighters, hence the name of their Platoon. The other Yugoloths sometimes refer to them as "Blusterers", as they tend to talk big but rarely try to prove their strength, as unlike other Yugol…

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False MachineMOR GOBLINS

Ok gang, lets get Goblining! (again)GAS GOBLINSGoblins in Gas-Masks and long black coats. They knock you out, steal your things and draw on your face.Are we talking here goblins which use gas or Goblins which ARE gas?We are talking both. But the Goblin Gas the Gas Goblins use is actually made from Goblins. That’s why its so scheming and mischievous.How do they do it? CYCLOTRONS. And cold fusion power.Some would say that developing the ability to produce cold-fusion energy might make the ga…

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Goodberry MonthlyAccessing Infinity - Electric Googoloo

Part 0 - Accessing InfinityPart 1 - More Accessing InfinityThe previous Accessing Infinity posts lay down the groundwork for the creation of an Infinity Hotel campaign: an essentially epic level campaign full of nihilistic disco dancers, crazy mathematicians, numerological goblin warlords, and a infinite hotel.Since then, I have discovered the Googology Wiki, and the grand list of absolute gems of numbers, including some absolute gems such as: googolbang, zootzootplex, grangoldudexigong, sept…

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

Crow Brooch Knat the druidess suddenly appeared amongst the adventurers in a whirl of black feathers and swirling shadows. ‘Hey! A little warning next time!’ Chalk snapped. ‘Now boys! None of that. There is a bandit king following me and … Continue reading →

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Weird & Wonderful WorldsMaximum Recursion Depth: Fiona Maeve Geist Stretch Goal!

The Maximum Recursion Depth Kickstarter has met the first stretch goal! This means that Fiona Maeve Geist will produce a Poltergeist Form for this issue, bringing the total number up to 7! This will also be the first official Poltergeist Form not created by me.I would generally encourage people to consider creating their own Poltergeist Forms if they feel so inclined, but admittedly, I do not have a specific framework for doing so at the moment. Likely, while discussing with Fiona, I will end u…

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Darkworm ColtCreating a Roll-all-the-dice-Shadowrun character: Lennie Horovitz

Dwarf Brickhouse (adept) in his fifties. Cool (cool-headed, good under pressure). Always high. Motivated by Revenge. Powers: Lucky. Extremely tough. Pain Resistance.

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Goblin's HenchmanMore on: Non-Homogenous Random Tables

A while ago I posted this: Non-Homogenous Random Table. The below post, is in a similar vein (… and I would not be completely surprised if this idea has been covered before by someone else). Progressive dice array (not sure what to call it?) One day I’d like to make use of this array of […]

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Kill It With Fire!D66 adventure generator

I've started a new project. I'm tired of all my sideways books of tables that are too complex. So I'm doing my own Judges Guild style take on Ready Reference Sheets. The first is below. Roll a few times on it with a d6 for a tens digit and another for a ones digit.d66 Adventure InstigatorIncident 11 Dream or sweven 12 Last will and testament 13 Town crier 14 A contest 15 A drug-induced vision 16 A map 21 A mysterious coin 22 A trap has been laid 23 A noble 24 A curse 25 An anniversary 26 Overh…

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Kill It With Fire!Double Ds for Doors and Dungeon Crawling

I love my d6 in a d6. It's so easy to find in my box of weird dice and very handy. I've previously shared a table for d66 things in pockets. Here's how to use a couple d6 for doors and wandering encounter tables. I recommend using the PDF and Print buttons I've added to each post here at KIWF, or better yet, writing these down in your DM notebook of doom and adjusting it to your taste.2d6 what's up with this door?2d6 encounters and occurrencesDice match:⚀⚀: trapped⚁⚁: loud or creaky or scre…

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Slight AdjustmentsFinders Keepers In Space

New CharacterSaveNamePersonalityEquipmentJunkOddityDrugsCareerMid TechInfoHigh TechCyberneticsBrain ChipPsi PowerGreat WeaponShoddy WeaponShow sources Reset Show lists:// START var failed_career = [ `Mercenary - You can eat anything, sleep anywhere, complain about everything and always run faster than your allies`, `Flight Attendant - No matter the circumstances or how you truly feel, you can always display a winning smile`, `Insurance Adjuster - Whenever you have a bad feeling about som…

Gundobad GamesMore on NPC encounters, and a (merely semi-grim) micro-setting.

In my spare time, I continue to type away at a growing list of interactive NPC encounters to add color to journeys along dark, forested highways, or to season the overnight stays at taverns along the route (as I recently described here). My list has more than doubled in size, and I'm envisioning a d4 x d6 or even d6 x d6 table of 36 encounters that I'll hope to have available...sometime soon.Here are a pair of further examples (not yet edited much, I should note; these will need some trimming):…

2020-11-23

DIY & DragonsMaps & Cities - Gossamer, Hembeck, Spooky City, GLOG Cities, Bastionlands

I like seeing what sorts of interesting world-building other bloggers get up to. I also like a good map. (For that matter, I'm fairly fond of bad maps!) Recently I've noticed people trying their hands at city-building. A couple have set out to create entire cities in some detail, others have more like introductions or first glances. Some are working alone on a project of their own devising, others are communally riffing on a set of shared ideas.The Wilting Quarter by Jonathan NewellBearded Dev…

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The Wandering GamistReading OD&D, Closing Thoughts on the LBBs

As with reading Classic Traveller, this was a very interesting exercise.A lot of things were just not covered at all. The turn structure in combat comes entirely from Chainmail; man-to-man combat gets a single paragraph which is just a reference. Which leads to another (terrible?) idea for D&D - secret, written orders for your character in D&D combat. Using Chainmail for combat does explain the origin of initiative by side rather than individual initiative, with movement, then shooting, then me…

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False MachineThe Halls of Melinoe

The Three Uneaten Things;Our Lady MelinoeThe SaintsThe Pure Foodall else is rightful fleshServe the SaintsPraise the pipesCalm Our Lady MelinoeSacred are the PipesSacred the Pure FoodAll else is rightful fleshWhat is strong cannot be eatenwhat was eaten was not strongWeak songs soothe not MelinoeWeak souls serve not the SaintsWeak minds know not their placeWeak lips seeks the Pure FoodWeak was whatever was eatenStrong was whatever did eatStrength serves the SaintsAnd the stro…

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Trollish DelverComing soon: Heartseeker

Gosh, it's been a month since I last posted. Safe to say this year is one for the toilet. But designers gotta design, so I decided to create a 2-page OSR game called Heartseeker to pass the time in lockdown.And with 2 pages, I mean full rules and bestiary, like In Darkest Warrens. No messing around over here. It's not exactly a replica of any D&D edition, but adventure conversion is a breeze.Each character has just three abilities: Physical, Aura and Mental. These also double up as saves, with…

Methods & MadnessCurse of Strahd Guide, IV - Hitting Strahd in the allies (Strahd is the land; the land is Strahd)

Here is another quick idea for Curse of Strahd (and here is part III if you haven't read it).The book's "proposed plot"* seems to be: you go around the alley looking for info, items and allies, maybe trying to save Ireena, until you get enough XP to kill Strahd.(*I'll write an entire post on the subject next)In my campaign, the (slightly murderhobos) PCs became paranoid (not entirely unreasonable), managed to save Ireena and find the sun blade, but the rest of the items were in the castle and…

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Dyson's DodecahedronGeomorphic Crypts of the Lich Lord – Set 2

This continues the Crypts of the Lich Lord geomorphs – another three designs that I put together a few years …Continue reading →

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe "Come Visit My Dungeon" Sticker

The Come Visit My Dungeon sticker is a bit of early TSR ephemera that I have written about once before, way back in 2012. It was brought to my attention again recently when Ernie Gygax joined Twitter and pinned a post with the above photo, which is the highest resolution version of it that I have seen. The writing on the sign to the right is visible as:"Lasciate ogni speranza Voi Ch'Entrate"Which is from Dante's Divine Comedy, and is well known in translation as:"All hope abandon, ye who ente…

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Monsters and ManualsLares

Patron demigods were brought to the Great North in their thousands by the Emperor’s servants during his reign, each being given purview over a tiny sliver of public or private life - a road, a house, a family, a field, even a single room. Many have faded into nothingness now that their cults have disappeared and the places which they inhabited have fallen into ruin. But there are those which remain, often in the most unlikely places: a forgotten cellar on an urban street; a small shrine hidden i…

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The Other Side blogMonstrous Monday: Wolf-Witch (A Wolfenoot Special)

Happy Wolfenoot Everyone!What, you don't know about Wolfenoot, the holiday to celebrate all that is cool about the wolf and dogs? Well get yourself over to Wolfenoot.com to find out more then come back here.Back? Good. Today's monster is based on an idea I have been kicking around ever since I read Pam Keesey's "Women Who Run with the Werewolves" which is a play on Clarissa Pinkola Estés' bestseller "Women Who Run with the Wolves."I had come up with a couple of ideas here and there including …

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Shuttered RoomOld School Druid Class (wip) - Atheist/BOSR/Folk Horror/Pagan/Psychedelic/Witch

This Druid is the Dionysus to this Cleric’s Apollo, and this Druid from Basic Red is a significant recent ancestor/inspiration - I was never that keen on the medieval environmentalist take.The BECMI (or B/X) Cleric class is the template, including spell-casting not being available until 2nd level.The Wicker Man (1973)Description: The Druid class is defined against the Cleric, being the pagans, shamans and witches observing the Old Ways, in defiance of the True Faith and the Universal Church. …

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The Wandering GamistRival Adventuring Parties and Dungeon Maps as Treasure

Been thinking about mapping more. Once upon a time, my players encountered a rival adventuring party in the dungeon, fought them, and took their stuff. At the time it didn't occur to either them or me that that rival party probably ought to have had a map of parts of the dungeon that they had explored.On the one hand, having rival adventuring parties be a source of intel in addition to magic items makes them a great target. Stealing their maps might even qualify as a good use for my least favor…

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Hack & SlashOn What to Do With a Dragon Corpse

My players were about to leave Thundertree, when they decided to look around to find a certain missing amulet. While they found the amulet, they also found a strangely attired group of humanoids.Failing their stealth roll, they were invited in for tea and a strongly worded offer.Thull explained how the dragon cult helped his sick grandmother out and provided for his every need. He explained that they quite successfully recruited dragons, he himself having never heard of a dragon refusing an of…

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsSolo: A Star Wars Story Through Non-Fan Eyes

So far on my quest to give the Star Wars saga a second chance and attempt to understand why fans love it so much, I’ve reviewed the original movie, then back tracked a little to review Rogue One, which technically happens immediately before A New Hope but works better, or as best as can be expected, when watched immediately after it. And now, I’m doing another flashback before I continue the original trilogy.Full explanation of my ranking system is here. Summary: C is average, A/B is recommende…

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tenfootpole.orgThe Thief King’s Vault, D&D adventure review

By Tim Hitchcock Frog God Games S&W Level 5 It has long been said there no thieves in the city of Caltoshar. At night, one can safely walk the streets, and a few worry about locking their doors. Yet one … Continue reading →

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Shuttered RoomNot Quite Canon: MI GO for D&D adjacent.

I did this - once upon a time.I think I painted it with a wooden skewer on (what looks like) a bit of a box.I like the Mi Go, and I think that they should be able to turn up in pretty much any setting or genre that doesn't specifically exclude them.These are 'common' Mi Go - they come from 'Out There' but are not ultraterrestrial horrors from an anti-matter universe.Converting from Call of Cthulhu 5e, we get the following D&D-adjacent Mi Go:AC +2 HD 2 Mv. 75% Normal Human (Flying 125% Norma…