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2020-09-28

Doomslakers!GOZR: Wizard Watcher

If you are a wizard, someone or something watches you... What is it?

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  • game design
  • GOZR
  • random tables

False Machinethe noise in which it lives

From "African Folktales - selected and retold by Roger D Abrahams";Unfortunately, this quality of immediacy in an African story, including the noise in which it lives, is very hard to capture on paper. Among the attempts to record storytelling as it occurred at a specific time and place, and to record it in such a way that the other major situational factors are also conveyed, it is, perhaps, Laura Bohannon's "anthropological novel" Return to Laughter, describing her work among the Tiv of Niger…

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  • I read a book
  • Orality

Red Dice DiariesLooking through the pre-release PDF of the OSE Advanced Fantasy Referee’s Tome

I backed the Old School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Kickstarter by Necrotic Gnome and Exalted Funeral, Gavin Norman the author was kind enough to send pre-release PDFs to the people who back the Kickstarter. In this episode I’m looking through the second of the two compiled rules tomes available on the Kickstarter. Title Music: Fireworks by Alexander Nakarada (Public Domain) … Continue reading "Looking through the pre-release PDF of the OSE Advanced Fantasy Referee’s Tome"

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  • Old-School Essentials
  • OSR
  • Podcast
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OSR GrimoireJG 37: The First Fantasy Campaign

Dave Arneson, co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game, parted with TSR in late 1976. Jon Peterson recently posted about Arneson's D&D tournament at Origins 77. Arneson was also scheduled to run at least one session of "Don't Give Up The Ship" at Gen Con X in August, 1977.In the meantime, Arneson self-published the "Dungeonmaster's Index" and, perhaps disappointed with how OD&D supplement II: Blackmoor had turned out, was working with Judges Guild to publish his extensive pre- and post-D&D Bla…

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  • Blackmoor
  • The OD&D Game World

Methods & MadnessCurse of Strahd Guide - Part I - Getting started

There is a lot to be said about Curse of Strahd. The good, the bad, the ugly... even the beautiful.I won't bother you with long reviews. In short, it is a great campaign, with many AWESOME ideas, but also confusing as hell, badly organized, and full of problems. The atmosphere is top-notch - some of the best I've ever read. The execution is flawed. Many people consider it 5e's best campaign - and, from what I've read so far, I am inclined to agree.So, if you want something cool, read on. If yo…

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  • 5e
  • Adventures
  • Curse of Strahd
  • D&D
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Ravenloft
  • review
  • Rewriting
  • RPG
  • settings

Methods & MadnessCurse of Strahd Guide - Part III - Minimum resources

The third part in the series (here is part II) would originally be a rant about how curse of Strahd is somewhat incomplete and badly organized, and that you need additional resources (and not jut the book) to run it without a headache.However there's already a huge trove of fan-produced stuff for the campaign online, for free. Because of that I have little to add, other than a few links and comments.In fact, there is so much good material out there that's what I thought it would be more useful…

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  • 5e
  • Adventures
  • Curse of Strahd
  • D&D
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Ravenloft
  • review
  • Rewriting
  • RPG
  • settings

These Old GamesSeige - B2 Session

This map is very useful for something I put together in 2 minutes. Our heroes are completely under siege. The combined orc tribes have been hitting them non-stop since they took the B caves from them. Let's look at it from the orcish side. They have 27 male orcish warriors plus the two leaders. Some of the women have taken up arms to defend their home. I figured about half of them are available,

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  • AD&D
  • D&D
  • Session B2

The 3 Toadstools d30 Crowd sourced "Jerk henchmen" table

I rejoined mewe last week, I had taken a bit of a break from RPGs and social media while working thru a lot of tests for my job. Jumped on the osr forum and suggested creating a table. Here you go.Big thanks to: Arthur B, GLG Johua, Shane E, Bud, Steve C, Rod T, Kryinn E,1. Bakall, never seems to have a sharp weapon, or a weapon handy.2. Awet, runs at every monster, except rats. Totally skeeved out by rats.3. Magal, greedy swordsman that counts loot whilst engaged in combat.4 Ronaldie, wild…

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  • d30 Crowd sourced Jerk henchmen table
  • mewe.
  • random table
  • rpg

2020-09-27

Throne of SaltClass: Gun-Saint of An-Hehm

YarryozzoBy Beholster eye, Dragun toothGungeon wind do whisper one truthSULFUR 10, CHARCOAL 15, SALTPETER 75.These are the words of the first Gun-Saint, passed down through the ages from blackened lip to deafened ear. Know this well, for it is the tripartite formula of God.The chambers and firing ranges of their monastarmories are ever home to those men and women who have become priests of the parish of black powder.Their sanctuary is the foxhole, their flock is the platoon, their sermon t…

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  • class
  • esoteric enterprises

Spriggan's DenIf at fourth you don’t succeed… (and why system does matter)

Last month I finished my fourth campaign in which I tried to bring my ideas for a Sword & Sorcery wilderness setting to life. While the campaign was overall a great success, and by far the longest of the four, the way the setting came to be actually realized in practice was not at all … Continue reading "If at fourth you don’t succeed… (and why system does matter)"

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  • game design
  • gamemastering
  • sword & sorcery
  • worldbuilding
  • Planet Kaendor

Tale of the ManticoreHow is a Podcaster like a Punk Rocker?

Sounds like the first line of the world's dullest riddle.Today I thought I'd muse about how much I feel the podcasting community is so much like the early days of hardcore and new wave, and the not-exactly-early days of punk. I'm thinking late 70s and early 80s.Anyone who has see Henry Rollins do spoken word is probably a fan - he's that good. Turns out the guy can write, too. If you get the chance, pick up 'Get In The Van' and prepare to have your mind blown.His band, Black Flag, basically D…

Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Genies

by mabyminGenieHD Varies- See BelowArmor Masterwork Light Armor [10+1d4 Armor]Atk Varies- See BelowMor (8+HD)Saves (7+HD)Depends on the type of Genie- See BelowTactics:- Be arrogant, do not expect anyone can actually challenge you- Stride up to the most powerful opponent and try to fight them in melee- Only use spells if things get trickyTo customize a Genie, roll on the tables below:How Strong is this Genie?1d41- Pauper. This Genie has 5 HD. It can make 3 1d8 attacks on it's turn…

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  • Monsters
  • Nukaria
  • OSR

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

Magpie Ring Navnen clutched for the amulet he always wore suddenly. It was gone. The thief began to panic until he saw the waif Anclerab with something in her hand. They made eye contact. The waif began to run. Almost … Continue reading →

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Take on RulesTo Father Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame

To Father Jenkins,On Saturday evening, I saw a photo of you sitting amongst a small crowd of people. You were not wearing a mask.I saw another photo of you without a mask. You were shaking hands with another person that was also not wearing a mask.I saw this as a disregard of the instructions that end each of your emails:Please remember to do the following:Wear your mask.Practice physical distancing.Wash your hands regularly.Complete your daily health check.Show up when selected for sur…

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  • personal

Blood, Death, Satan & MetalD30 Rituals of Spring

Praise the D30, cyclopean chthonic orb, grandest of the dice. Accept this offering of rituals, and blessed be thy rolls.This table has weird spring-flavored customs, celebrations and rituals for pagans or cultures with remnants of ancient beliefs.It's written in order of escalating weirdness. Depending on the kind of results you want, use the following:d10 for fairly mundane/realistic resultsd20 for weird resultsd30 for trauma, fear and sacrificed30 Rituals of Spring1A festival of storie…

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  • Table

Doomslakers!GOZR: Backgrounds

Sharing some of the tables from GOZR.First up, Backgrounds. Everyone starts somewhere.

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  • game design
  • GOZR
  • random tables

OSR GrimoireThe First Fantasy Campaign: Map Notes (Part 2)

In redrawing the first campaign map, I have decided that it would be advantageous to make some minor changes along the south and west borders to link it with the Judges Guild's "Known World" area (as shown in the Guide to the City State). My map is twice the scale, 19 miles per hex, and fits into the northeastern corner, bordering the Valley of the Ancients. As is Judges Guild's practice, two 17" x 22" maps will be found with this book - a "Judges" and "Players" version, so the Judge can keep th…

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  • BECMI
  • Blackmoor

Coins and ScrollsFlying Through A Sunless Snowstorm

For the past 5 or 6 years, I've come to realize, my life has included a Nautilus season. Every year, weather and funding permitting, the Nautilus Ocean Exploration Trust streams live exploration of the ocean floor. I think it should become an annual tradition for more people.Their highlight videos, with dramatic music and cuts to important scenes, are great, but I don't tune in for them. I tune in for the slow flights over the ocean floor, up seamounts, across silty plains, through canyons of j…

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  • meta

Playing Dice with the UniverseOh, yeah. I do have a dungeon to publish after all.

It occurred to me as I was working on the character classes for Shining Armour today that I also have a neato little five-level dungeon sitting in my big file-folder of old campaigns, just waiting to be cleaned up and published. Back when I first moved to Omaha, I was staying with my brother and some of his college buddies, and they asked me to run Engines & Empires. (This was back when it was a Labyrinth Lord supplement: I ran it for them using the Rules Cyclopedia, the Creature Catalog, and th…

Take on RulesLet's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - A Second Example of Character Creation”

A part of my Let’s Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook” series. Go grab your copy of Traveller: Core Rulebook and join in. I had so much fun rolling up Pat that I decided to roll up Quinn.Pre-Career Quinn’s a nimble studious person. I’m thinking they practice lots of soccer and study hard.Characteristics Str 8 Dex 12 (+2)End 9 (+1)Int 4 (-1)Edu 8Soc 8 (0) Skills Art 0 Athletics 0 Language 0 Term 1: (18-22) Quinn wants to be a professional athlete. This looks like an Entertainer (Performer). I roll,…

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  • lets-read
  • mongoose-publishing
  • playtesting
  • role-playing-game
  • traveller

Dyson's DodecahedronBlue Marked Caves

Caves and mines (both new and old) present themselves frequently in the ancient mountains on each side of the Kanayugára …Continue reading →

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  • Fantasy
  • Maps
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  • RPG
  • Tekumel

These Old GamesChaotic Cave Combats - B2 Session 5

The party almost bit off more than they could chew, but got really lucky. I should talk about the horse swapping and gossip first. The goblins have been raiding the kobolds, trying to bottle them up in their cave. During one raid, Solvo the thief and Lauren the ranger tailed the goblins and got a good look at the entrance to the kobold's lair. There were some injured kobolds and goblins, but no

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  • AD&D
  • D&D
  • Session B2

2020-09-26

CROSS PLANESDungeon Crawl Classics: Session 1

Due to our DM's wife getting COVID-19 (thoughts and prayers to both them) I'm running a short DCC series for our group. The Characters are level 2 are going through one of Goodman Games' Halloween Adventures.I enjoyed the session and I think the players did too. We got off to a bit of a late start as I was running a bit behind and we had to set-up remote play for one of our players, which we do every session, but our regular DM handles it and I had to figure it out with some help.Part of the r…

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  • dcc

msjxAdventures in Marshall Barony, ep 10

THE CAST O' CHARACTERS:CURRENT ROSTERVance - Yozzat, a dwarfJoe - Olwen Door-Hinge-Bane, a human rangerTim - Raymondo M., human thiefSteve - Dosta Grimm, a fucking elfShane - Grey the archer, fighter stylized as a archer / Gordo the thiefBryan - Brad, human fighter (out due to real life injury!)SESSION 10This one will be short. First, our game night was the day Google experienced one of its rare

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  • OSE
  • play report
  • roleplaying

Throne of SaltUntitled Avatar Post

Mikku SushiI was twelve when Avatar: The Last Airbender aired. I watched it on an old Magnavox TV, on a cold Friday evening in February when the world outside the living room windows was black as the bottom of the ocean. I was sitting in my dad's rocking chair, and the rug was the old red one we had before the cats forced its replacement, and the light from the dining room was bright incandescent-bulb gold. We wouldn't get internet in the house for nearly four more years.I wasn't even that ent…

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  • avatar
  • essay
  • sorta review

ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Forgotten Smugglers' Cave (Work in Progress)

Detail from the draft map for The Forgotten Smugglers' CaveThis is the start of a new series where I will post drafts of a short adventure that I am working on. These posts will be subject to revision as the series progresses.The coda to the Sample Dungeon (aka the Ruined Tower of Zenopus) poses several unanswered questions that are meant to inspire avenues for the new DM to expand the adventure. One of these asks, "Do the pirates have other treasure troves hidden in the sea caves?", referring…

Playing Dice with the UniverseI've uploaded an SRD for "Retro Phaze." If you want it, you'd better download it while it exists.

Retro Phaze SRD (*.zip file, 1.8 MB)Hopefully, this is the last I hear of it. I'm well and truly washing my hands of Retro Phaze with this. The source files are up, they're public domain, no need for any licenses or citations. Change the title, keep calling it Retro Phaze, whatever, I don't care. Just don't tell me about what you do with it. (I've never, ever liked anything that anybody has ever made out of game rules that I've invented. I always have a visceral reaction to it: "Why did you cha…

Age of Dusk[Review] Imperial Matchmaker (5e 3PP) Pt. II; Over 9000 fathoms deep…

Deep will we delve into the pelagic depths of Imperial Matchmaker. My first attempt merely scratched the surface, today we are going into the mantle. In the first part I covered some of the contents of the Gazzeteer of Imperial Matchmaker and covered its major, some would say crippling, flaws so in this part I … More [Review] Imperial Matchmaker (5e 3PP) Pt. II; Over 9000 fathoms deep…

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Playing Dice with the UniverseE&E Retrospective: Castle Thadrian

The only adventure that I've ever actually published is Castle Thadrian, which hasn't been available either in print or as an ebook for many years now. I took it down for a number of reasons, some good and some petty.• I first removed it from my Lulu page when I decided that I wanted Engines & Empires to be its own game, no longer associated with Labyrinth Lord. Castle Thadrian was dual-statted to work as either an E&E adventure or a generic LL/OD&D adventure with zero tweaking or converting. Y…

tenfootpole.org(5e) The Crypts of Caverndel

By Daniel Anderson & Cameron Foster The Bugbear Brothers 5e Level 4 The Crypts of Caverndel have been ransacked! A giant deer-skulled demon, beset by plague and pestilence, has torn the dwarven watch limb from limb before squeezing through the … Continue reading →

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  • 5e
  • Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Review
  • Reviews

Red Dice DiariesAn Unfortunate Ending

Please note: This article contains spoilers for session 4 of our OSE campaign Smoke & Snow, so–if you’re at all bothered about that–you may want to skip this until you’ve watched session 4. Last night’s OSE game was a night of unfortunate endings in more ways then one, just before the session started we found … Continue reading "An Unfortunate Ending"

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  • Old-School Essentials
  • OSR
  • character death
  • D&D
  • OSE
  • Smoke & Snow

OSR GrimoireThe First Fantasy Campaign: Blackmoor's More Infamous Characters

Continuing our in-depth examination of JG 37 "The First Fantasy Campaign" (1977) by Dave Arneson, the next section begins with a list of Blackmoor's original military forces:Baron Fant (Dave Fant): HD 8+2; 28 MenCaptain Krey (Kurt Krey): HD 4+1; 20 Men (gone)Dwarves: 150Elves: 180Peasants: 158 Men (base)Earl of Vestfold: HD 9+1; 351 MenBaron Jenkins (Duane Jenkins): HD 8+2; 28 MenSwenson's Freehold: HD 8+5; 20 MenMerchant's (Dan Nicholson): HD 4+1; 14 MenBandit's (David Megarry): HD 6+…

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  • Blackmoor

Coins and Scrolls1d100 Divine Domains

I wanted to create a list of domains for part of the Monster Overhaul.Creating a list of 100 domains is easy. Creating a really good list is harder. Duplicate ideas need to be ruthlessly pruned. Idea that seem good on paper, but which nobody actually invoked for anything, need to be cut as well. The list grew and shrank for a few weeks, but I think I'm finally happy with it.Harrower1d10Greater Domains1Death2Fertility3Fire4Livestock5The Harvest6The Sea7The Sky8Time9Travel10…

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  • OSR
  • table
  • The Monster Overhaul

Of Slugs and Silver Foreboding Fromagerie Master Post

(This is the main post, if you are going to link to the Foreboding Fromagerie, please link here!)The Foreboding FromagerieThis is a collective project by the OSR discord collective. I had the idea of having a collective dungeon where each person would do a room or two. A theme and a name were soon proposed, and here we are!This is not playtested material - yet. Many of the creators will be running the dungeon and this will be, in time, *very* well playtested. Adjustments will be made. This is…

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  • Fromagerie
  • The Glog

Gothridge ManorRevisiting Old Micro-Adventures: The Pig and the Ogre

I've been doing my Patreon since June of 2014. Yep, a way long time. The Pig and the Ogre was my 3rd micro-adventure. It was done on a 4" x 6" notecard that I laminated. My mapping style was basic with a flair of colored pencils. I was using a program called Xara to add the numbers and adventure title. What you see on the map is about the extent of what I could do.I used silhouettes to depict the monsters, and the pig in this case. I can't draw worth a shit and I didn't have a lot of money to b…

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  • Micro-Adventures
  • Ogre
  • Patreon
  • Pig

Dyson's DodecahedronEyeswind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden

It has happened… I have acquired both Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden AND more Googly Eyes. Of course, …Continue reading →

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  • Fantasy
  • DnD5e
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Dungeons & Dragons 5e
  • Googly Eyes
  • GooglyDnD
  • GooglyRPG

2020-09-25

Goodberry MonthlyThe Hidden Eye

(Contains repeated material from previous posts.)(But also some new stuff!)The Hidden Eye, located within the depths of the Pyramid of Providence in Wizard City Hexcrawl, is a pyramid within The Pyramid. Along its slopes lie the plunder of a hundred petty heists and crooked future-telling schemes, along with odd, useless-seeming objects like family portraits and slightly-cracked mirrors - things the oracles insist will be important "when the time comes".At the pyramid-within-the-pyramid's hel…

Of Slugs and Silver Foreboding Fromagerie: Rooms 4 - 8

These room are north west of the Great Cheese Hall(note: this dungeon is under construction - links to monsters and other rooms are missing. The rest will be published over the course of several weeks)back to main map back to indexMap segment by Dyson Logos, with some editsRoom 4: Pasteurization RoomBy PhloxThis large hexagonal room is warm and somewhat humid. Faint snoring can be heard.Two small firepits with half-full cauldrons of milk stand in the room. Sleeping on a cot propped up on …

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  • Fromagerie
  • The Glog

Of Slugs and Silver Foreboding Fromagerie: Rooms 1-3

(note: this dungeon is under construction - links to monsters and other rooms are missing. The rest will be published over the course of several weeks)The main entrance and the great hallDungeon history linkDungeon Main PageMain Map PageMap segment by Dyson Logos, with some edits(note 1 square = 10 feet)intro:The adventurers have traveled days, following a crude map sold to them by a bard for a few silvers and an interesting tale. A hidden trapdoor in an abandoned hut in the forest led to…

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  • Fromagerie
  • The Glog

The Other Side blogShadow Week: Shadowfell and the Plane of Shadow (Videos)

Had some more I wanted to do today with the Shadowfell, the Plane of Shadow and Ravenloft. BUT. I have a bunch of exams to write today. So going to phone this one in with some videos. But there is a lot of good material in these, so worth sharing I think.Take each of these with a grain of salt. While these are their interpretations of the topics they are not always the interpretations I have made. For example, the jury is out on whether or not I consider Ravenloft to be part of my Shadowfell. C…

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  • shadow
  • video

B/X BLACKRAZORTimes A-Wasting

AKA Fixin' Kickin' Part Un[damn. That reminds me: I was dreaming I was speaking French. Weird]Twenty years ago today I was married to my wife at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. While we count our "official anniversary" as our later wedding day in Mexico (in April), I will probably be a little busier than usual around the house today. Also, my kids are doing their Panther Spirit Sprint school pledge drive (remotely) this afternoon...somehow, in the pouring rain. Well, probably i…

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  • bb
  • rules

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Spell] Confusion of Coins

Confusion of Coins The trio of adventurers sat at the base of the ancient stone obelisk and opened the earthen jug that they found buried at its base. Small silver daggers and old coins of various precious metals spilled onto … Continue reading →

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The Other Side blogKickstart Your Weekend: Hellbringers

Ok, this looks fun.Hellbringers: The Sacred Hearthttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hellbringers/hellbringers-the-sacred-heart?ref=theothersideFrom the Kickstarter page:Lucifer, The Lord of Hell, has suddenly vanished without warning leaving the pact of the realm of death in unrest and on the brink of war. Now Lilith, his bride, must try and reclaim the realm in his absence, but not everyone wants to bow to her rule. With enemies at every turn, Lilith searches for the Sacred Heart to incre…

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  • demon
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The Other Side blogNIGHT SHIFT news!

So my writing partner and publisher have made a deal with Studio 2 Publishing to distribute NIGHT SHIFT and other products from Elf Lair Games.You can read about it here.And below,

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  • Night Shift

Rise Up ComusUnder Hill, By Water - a real game that I made

Adventures? No thank you.The OSR is pretty metal. And metal rules. But it’s fairly far away from the source material of Tolkien and the eclectic, rustic, anachronistic little British gentry that were the center of his stories.This is an OSR(ish) game that’s about living in the cozy under-hill homes of the halflings.What do you do in Under Hill, By Water?This game is about capturing your aunt’s escaped ornery goat.This game is about growing the biggest turnip for the Harvest Festival.This gam…

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  • Under Hill By Water

Take on RulesLet's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - An Example of Character Creation”

A part of my Let’s Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook” series. Go grab your copy of Traveller: Core Rulebook and join in. Let’s take a moment to play through the Traveller character creation.Since picking up Traveller, I’ve rolled up 20 or so characters. There are a few nuances I missed in my first handful of characters. Make sure to closely read pages 16 through 18. Another great resource is Seth Skorkowsky’s Traveller Review Part 2: Character Creation video. It covers most everything in character…

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Red Dice DiariesLizard Kings

In this Friend or Foe Friday episode we’re trawling through the Fiend Folio in search of the deadly Lizard King. Title Music: Fireworks by Alexander Nakarada (Public Domain) You can leave us a voicemail message using Speakpipe.com Or you can email us at RDDRPGpodcast@gmail.com Check out our other stuff at RedDiceDiaries.com RSS feed for the … Continue reading "Lizard Kings"

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Forrest for the TreesThe Voice of the Air

The Voice of the Air by John HowardMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI already knew that John Howard is an amazing wordsmith. And I knew that Howard knows something about architecture, as is evidenced by a few stories in his earlier collection Buried Shadows. What I did not know, and what was proven in The Voice of the Air is that Howard can sustain that beautiful writing and demonstrate architectural acumen at the novel length. Don't be fooled, yes, these are three novellas, but all of them tie neatly t…

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  • Eerie
  • Esoterica
  • Psychogeography
  • Weird

Cavegirl's Game StuffDead Girls In Sarkash Forest - Layout Experiments

Some layout stuff I've been fiddling with.Inspired by the Mork Borg core book, I've been doing things a little differently. Big high-impact layouts, making text bigger and only putting one (or a few) bits of information on a page rather than picking it in. Eclectic in look, with a mix of fonts, art styles, etc. Like making each page as a poster, almost.All the art is by dead people.Anyway, here's some of the spreads I'm more pleased with.In other news, I was on Chris McDowell's (of Electric …

Archon's CourtLibra (GLOG Hack)

Libra is an urban fantasy/supernatural conspiracy version of the GLOG. Instead of dice, it uses Zener cards - tools used by 20th century researchers into psychic ability.It has 7 classes (6 varieties of psychic and 1 standard person), an original magic system, and 18 adventure seeds. It's been playtested in a short campaign that reached level 2. Click on the cover to grab the PDF.Edit: ArkosDawn has recommended a great way to make this game still work online - roll 1d6 ignoring 6 (or 1d5 on a …

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save.vs.totalpartykill.caAcid Death Fantasy

Is Luke Gearing too powerful? Perhaps. Luke’s latest book for the Melesonnia Art Council is Acid Death Fantasy, and it’s kind of hot. A setting book for the award winning Troika. Luke asks the question, “can you distill a setting down to a list of backgrounds, a list of monsters, and a really boss cover?” Let’s find out!This book describes a fantasy world reminiscent of Dune, Dark Sun, Carcosa, or your other favourite fantasy desert pastiche. A short introduction, a little over a page of text, …

2020-09-24

A Distant ChimeRidiculous and Made Up: Retrospective on Letter from a Dungeon

Earlier today, I was suddenly struck by the fragment of a quote, which I though must have come from one old-school RPG essay I read years ago. Maybe something from The Alexandrian, or from JB Blackrazor?I got digging, and quickly figured out that it wasn't from a tabletop source at all. It was A Letter from a Dungeon, by Ernest Adams, which concerns not D&D but Diablo and similar hack-n-slash CRPGs.The article, taking the form of a letter written by a videogame protagonist to their teacher, sk…

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Adventures under the Dark SunMissing Monsters - K’cin Crawler

It was pointed out to me by Rovewin of Athas.org, that the k’cin crawler is mentioned in the Revised Dark Sun Boxed Set. However, they are not drawn up in that, or any other book. So, in an effort to rectify the situation, I have created the k’cin crawler below.K’cin CrawlerClimate/Terrain: Rocky Badlands, Stony BarrensFrequency: UncommonOrganization: SolitaryActivity Cycle: AnytimeDiet: OmnivoreIntelligence: Animal (1)Treasure: NoneAlignment: NeutralNo. Appearing: 1-2Armor Class: 4M…

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The OblidisideryptchSubmerged Spire of Sarpedon the Shaper: Sessions 2 and 3

Previous report here. Underwater playtest of Lexi's Sawn-Off rules in the eponymous dungeon.Dramatis Personae:Lexi:Micah the Earth Elementalist and Krokka the Butcher. They are half-siblings.Nick:Boris the Veteran and Johnathan the Traveler.Phlox:Samsa the Occultist and Gernald the Traveler.Exhausted from their near escape, the group collapsed under the stifling blanket of the afternoon sun, passing into the realms of sleep, and awoke to stars.Samsa and Gernald had joined the venture so…

Dyson's DodecahedronTemple of the Communion of Zeviax

Saint Zeviax still walks the hall of this temple. At one time it was a church to a higher power …Continue reading →

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Shuttered RoomRangers are Bugbears and/or Halflings

Here are two different Rangers for Old School D&D adjacent games [edit: three, there's two Bugbear Rangers]. They owe a debt to two posts, both from B/X Blackrazor. The first I've already linked to in my recent post on halflings. The second, I just read yesterday and it helped condense some Ranger-based thoughts brought on by finding out about the pioneer sergeant/assault pioneers (beards, axes, clearing the way ahead).None of these gets any spell-casting ability; that's on you if that's what y…

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Take on RulesLet's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Character Creation”

A part of my Let’s Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook” series. Go grab your copy of Traveller: Core Rulebook and join in. Traveller is notorious for its character creation. In earlier editions, your character might die during character creation.Creation Summary In this version of Traveller, character creation is its own mini-game. You can pick your intended career paths, but the game will push and pull you in unexpected directions.When I look over this chapter, I really want to sit around the game…

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Goodberry MonthlyWitch's Hex

(This content contains material from previous posts.)The Witch's Hex, is a landmark monument in Wizard City Hexcrawl - a big obsidian obelisk dedicated to all those lost to the cause of magic. It is a hallowed place, perhaps the closest thing to both a graveyard and a church in the entire city. A veil of Silence is cast upon the hexagon, disallowing all spells and sound.One can find a variety of wizards here or in the adjoining districts: the Hex neatly divides the Commercial Zone, Student Ghe…

LithyscapheMonster: Dungeon Cat

Dungeon CatNot giant. Not magical. Just a cat. In a dungeon.AC: As Plate (agile, small target)HD: 1/2Att: 2 x Claw 1d3-1, 1 x Bite 1d3-2SV: Death: 3 Wands: 15 Paralysis: 1 Breath: 17 Spells: 18THAC0 (AB): 18 (+1)MV: 40' / 20' climb (anything but sheer surface) / 5' Jump (vertical or horizontal)ML: 3Al: (Chaotic) NeutralXP: -13NA: 1 (2d4)TT: U, but no individual items larger than their headSpecial:Dungeon Cats have learned how to survive in their dungeon. They will slink into hidden …

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Trollish DelverHired services of the Perilous Land

Art: Alan LathwellIt only takes some coin to gain the services you might need on your adventures in the Perilous Land. Whether you're in need of a sword for hire, an invigorating musician or simply someone to cook your meals, this list of hirelings will offer you some help along the way (for a price).Where to find hirelingsServices for hire can usually be found in larger towns and cities, where they're more likely to be able to play their trades. The local tavern is sure to have a few knockin…

The Other Side blogShadow Week: The Plane of Shadow and Shadar-kai

I have been talking a bit about the denizens of the Shadowfell and various Shadowy realms, but what I have not don't yet is go deeper into what the Shadowfell is or how it relates to the Demi-Plane, or Plane, of Shadow.They are the same thing. Ok next week...Wait, you wanted a little more? I suppose that a bit more is needed really. Especially since this all extends over many editions of the D&D game.Manuals of the PlanesThe idea of Planes goes all the way to the beginning of D&D really. Las…

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B/X BLACKRAZORRules And Regulations

I apologize (again): I have a half-written post on the subject of (Blood Bowl) players and rosters that I meant to get up two days ago, but I've been distracted by actual play. Quell surprise, right?The boy and I have been play-testing and tinkering with the 2E rules for more "football like" play, what with kick-offs and snaps and downs, etc. He really likes them...they make the game more like actual gridiron football...but they aren't without problems. Most of which are related to time: it too…

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Against The Wicked CityThe march of empire

I've mentioned before that the setting of ATWC is loosely pegged to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which for the peoples of Central Asia were an era of imperial encroachment. Equipped with new gunpowder weaponry and a greatly improved logistical base, the Eurasian empires of the early modern period - Romanov Russia, Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Persia, Mughal India, and Qing China - were able to project force into the steppe, mountains, deserts, and taiga much more successfully than their p…

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  • Central Asia
  • Early Modern
  • Random tables
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  • The Great Road

Shuttered RoomAll The Monsters You'll Ever Need...

...are in these two rulesets, basically.[EDIT: added the Wood Golem 24/09/2020]These are not the only monsters you'll ever need. And I think animals (giant or normal) should get a pass.It's not new or big or clever to advocate reskinning and remixing, but these are the ones that really started jumping out at me when I reread my BECMI decades later. Something I like to do is splice one or more monsters and average out the stat-line (Croglin Vampire = (Thoul + Giant Shrew) x 0.5).There's nothi…

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  • d&d adjacent
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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Sea-Changed (New Monster)

Ariel's Song from the Tempest as illustrated by Virgil FinlayA new monster for your Portown, Saltmarsh or other coastal D&D campaign, inspired by this thread on ODD74, which shows a photo of a skull undergoing a "sea change". As a bit of further explanation, the modern expression "sea change" originates in Shakespeare's The Tempest (click on the image above to enlarge it so you can read the full quote), which was memorably referenced by Gary Gygax in the Example of Play in the original AD&D Dun…

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  • Examples of Play
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Weird & Wonderful WorldsGrilled Squid and Peanut Butter

Originally posted in the OSR Pit.The anime Food Wars is about a highly competitive, iron chef-esque Japanese culinary high school. It’s funny, engaging, clever, mouth-watering, dramatic, sexy, basically all of the things I like.The main character, Yukihira Soma, is in some ways a very stereotypical shonen anime character, but there is one characteristic about him that I feel is unique, and speaks to the intelligence of this show.He likes to experiment; combining ingredients that make absolute…

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Dragons Are Real070 ICRPG Alfheim Setting by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor

070 ICRPG Alfheim Setting by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor

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False MachinePiranesi and Vinland Saga

I experienced two culture things recently which I genuinely enjoyed and thought were good - A RARE EVENT, so I have decided to record and express that unexpected pleasure.Susanna Clarkes Piranesi, which I listened to in Audiobook format, read by Chiwetel Ejiofor,and Vinland Saga, an Anime which I found hidden away on Amazon Prime, the only media subscription service I use (it gets me stuff faster in Pandemic conditions).A strange unity, both are about faith and the human struggle to create an…

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsSituations: Why Not Ability Checks?

Possibly the last follow-up question raised by the Situations: The Basics post would be: Why not use a straight Dexterity or Intelligence check, or other ability check?Obviously, one reason is “Because I really like the idea of skipping rolls.” A unified, unchanging roll is simple to use. Letting players simply skip the roll if their characters are trained or have high ability scores is a big reward that they will appreciate.But the more typical response of a veteran old school GM is to use “R…

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Goblin PunchA Tower in the Wasteland

I've decided to just write a dungeon without spending too much time overthinking it. Stream of consciousness, etc.1 TOWERBent-backed and smooth-sided, this metal tower lurches out of the ice fields of Langa like crooked finger. It has no door.The tower is scratched with graffiti. Up to 10' off the ground, you'll find human graffiti ("In Moonlay valley, follow the ice tornado in May" or "Biggest cock") while giantish scrawls climb as high as 30' off the ground.To enter the tower, however, you…

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daimon gamesA second HeroQuest session with the family

A few weeks ago I managed to get my daughter, my partner, my sister and her husband at the table to play HeroQuest - and last week we've met again for a second round. This time we played The Trial; as many others I used The Rescue of Sir Ragnar as the first introductory adventure.I warned my players that The Trial is a harder adventure, and that they should try to remember the lessons that they've learned the last time. But as always, they wanted to explore and find treasures fast, which of cou…

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Goblin PunchBa Dwai La and the Cat's Bowl

Ba Dwai LaA bilocational city, existing on both the moon and Langa (in Centerra) at the same time. It has jurisdiction over the Cat's Bowl and Jian Ven Dha.Oona DruhaThe rulers of right-handed Ba Dwai La, their authority is established by the ruling family, which is destined to birth the God-Child several generations hence. Their breeding program is enforced by Intercessors. As a result, the ruling family gets smaller every year. Eventually, it will just be the Father, the Mother, and their Nur…

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Of Slugs and Silver GLOG guns math

I realized I never really explained my logic for my gun damage in my previous post, so here it is.The basic is, well pretty obvious. Damage and range both increase with the size of the gunsmall pistol 1d6, large pistol 1d8, carbine/aquebus 1d10, musket/full rifle 2d6. Several others have published better versions of this.That's enough details, we're done. BUT what if we want a system/setting with more than 1 gun technologies going at once? There definitely were several periods in history wher…

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Playing Dice with the UniverseA First Look at "Shining Armour"

It's just a little text file at the moment, but this should give eager readers a little idea of where things are going:Shining Armour Introduction & PreviewI might actually manage to make some real headway on this game this upcoming weekend. I have the class stats, I have the game mechanics, I have sprite art… this may actually happen sooner rather than later. Color me as shocked as anyone.Also, I'm trying something a little different this time around with Shining Armour. In the past, I've al…

Box Full of BoxesYsengrim Overview - A setting for Lancer, Part I

Planet Name: Ysengrim (Reynard VI)Union Ring: Third Ring, Ural LineLocal Blink Gate: Elbrus StationSystem: ReynardPopulation: ~2,500,000 (~4,000,000+ during peak season)Affiliation: Corporate, Koenig-Tekin Entertainment LLCGovernment Type: Corporate HegemonyFounded as a corporate venture under the Second Committee during the Second Expansion Period, the Reynard system is the shining gem of Koenig-Tekin Entertainment(KTE). First surveyed in 4348u, settlement of Reynard V (now known as Chan…

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DIY & DragonsTwo New Templates for GLOG Spells

I think one of the major appeals of the GLOG is the rules for spellcasting. Spellcasters know a certain number of spells and possess a certain number of Magic Dice, or MD. Whenever you cast a spell, you choose how many MD to invest in it. The spells all have variable effects. If you roll 1-3 you get the MD back to use again, 4-6 it's used up for the day. If you use two or more MD and roll doubles, something bad happens. If you use three or more MD and roll triples, something really bad happens.

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2020-09-23

Throne of SaltSolo Grimdark Warfare, Version 1

Wolfdog ArtcornerThis is an experiment: a way to abstract a wargame into a solo, no-miniatures experience, which can then have additional story elements and mechanics added to it as one desires.This template is equal parts Grimdark Future, and a CYOA called A Century At War. It's designed to be played using the army lists in Grimdark Future and Age of Fantasy with no conversion required beyond reskinning to taste.Battles in this system are abstracted: all that you the player need to care abou…

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  • 40k
  • conversion
  • grimdark future
  • hack
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Unlawful GamesComing Attractions

The Holidays are a mess and a half so I've not been great at doing things here. Here are some of my drafts that are getting attention in little bits and projects underway where I can spare a moment. This is mostly to show y'all I'm not dead in the water here....Blog PostsRathman Necromancer- I might not make any classes after this one. I still owe it to Chuffs so I'm going to make sure this thing is completed in a satisfactory manner one way or another. DONE 12/30/19 MERRY NARBLESNARDMetaloca…

Spriggan's DenUsing the Gambling skill

I’ve recently been part of a discussion about rarely used skills in Star Wars campaigns. Gambling in particular seems like a skill that has little actual use for players and that is difficult for GMs to work into adventures in a meaningful way. In this case, I think the burden of making the skill useful … Continue reading "Using the Gambling skill"

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Playing at the WorldEarly Play-by-Post D&D in Britain

Earlier on in our quarantined year, this blog reviewed how some of the earliest adopters played Dungeons & Dragons by mail, as far back as 1975 -- but socially-distanced role playing was not exclusively a North American phenomenon. Today, in solidarity with social distancing on the other side of the Atlantic, let's look at early play-by-post D&D in Britain, including dungeons like the Anubis Labyrinths, which was carried in the zine Leviathan: the cover of issue #3, from September 1976, is shown…

Blood, Death, Satan & MetalFree RPG Day Adventure Review: Skitter Shot Adventure for Starfinder

This free RPG day I grabbed my stuff and headed out to Black & Read Books in Arvada, Colorado. I took LotFP and Mutant Crawl Classics, and ended up running MCC after playing a Starfinder one-shot. I'd never played it before, and thought it would be fun. Afterwards, I grabbed the adventure, and I'll be giving it away, postage included, to somebody.The adventure is basically the sci-fi version of those We Be Goblins adventures they've been putting out. The goblin FRPG day adventure is for level 6…

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Trollish DelverExplore your roots in Heroic Origins for Romance of the Perilous Land

Backgrounds help flesh out your character, giving them extra flavour, as well as skills and equipment. Now you can download the first supplement for Romance of the Perilous Land - Heroic Origins, which contains 20 brand new backgrounds.Become an heir of monarchs with the Royalty background, which brings with it both privilege and enemies. For those who want a character to have a touch of the wonderous, the Feyborn background allows you to play as a hero from two worlds - the mortal world and th…

The Bogeyman's CaveADHD Update!

I've been fiddling around with my OD&D based house rules; Adventuring in Distressingly Hazardous Dungeons, and I think they're ready to be shared in an updated form.Notable changes:I've added a simple (and optional) background system to help flesh out characters.I've changed the spell system, quite frankly I thought the spell point based method was a bit too involved and complex for my tastes. Now, spells are similar to those presented in Empire of the Petal Throne, with a limited number of u…

The Acorn AfloatA cloak of invisibility

A cloak of invisibility - but the cloak is visible.A joke of invisibility - as long as they laugh, unseen.Broke of invisibility - I promise man, the money's right there!A moat of invisibility - hey let's storm this castle it looks easy enou-A boat of invisibility - Kraken confused.

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A Blasted, Cratered LandSAWN-OFF: Prayer

The world is full of powers and entities, few of which fit the conventional mold of gods. Just as you can speak with anything if you know its language, so too can you bargain with them and ask things far more powerful than you for favors.I based this on Arnold K.'s fantastic new rules for religion. He writes about how conventional models of religion in tabletop RPGs - limited to clerics and paladins, focused on a pantheon of gods who've divvied up the domains of the world between them - approac…

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  • GLOG
  • prayer
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Legacy of the BiethRush In and Die, Dogs! -- 4e Minions in B/X

Inspired by a query from ZharethZhen on Reddit.4e D+D introduced the minion - a variant of a monster defined by having just a single hit point. This has utility in classic D+D frameworks for modelling hard-hitting groups of creatures that can nevertheless be defeated easily -- even more easily than a the baseline monster with minimum values on its hit dice. (An ogre, at 4+1 HD, will have a minimum of 5 HP, but an ogre minion only 1.)Adjusting a classic D+D statblock to reflect a single hit poi…

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Magic Item] Shard of the Blue Sun

Shard of the Blue Sun Deadflower the liche drifted into the clearing. A half smile involuntarily shown on her dead lips before returning to her usual somber look. She began a spell to disrupt the trio of adventurers. ‘Not today, … Continue reading →

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daimon gamesFEAR the DARK - HeroQuest fanzine

While the rest of the world talks about the new re-print (I'll call it re-print, with a new look, but just a re-print), here is my first little experiment after bringing back the game at the table after 30 years or so...It's a short series of three adventures, and it is made to be played from zero, with new heroes. So it should fit any new group (new players, or veterans willing to start a new campaign without re-playing the original questbook).It also introduces monsters little by little, and…

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daimon gamesMore HeroQuest painting done

So here are a few more pictures of my progress painting the HeroQuest miniatures. They're far from prefect and I will probably fix many little details in the future, but for now I'm going to call them done and ready for the table.I'm the next few weeks I'll work on the remaining monsters and I bought some remastered heroes on ebay... I'm planning to do the heroes last, since I can see my skills slowly improving mini after mini and I'd like the heroes do be decently done.

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…and the sky full of dust.Electric Bastionland: Worms and Zombies

Here is our latest gossip on events in the Buttermilk Borough of the ongoing Bastionland game: Since the last one, the treasure-hunters (or vagabonds as they’ve become know in the gossip rags) have stolen a bull from a farm in the Deep Country, paid a visit to the Painted Chimney to procure some oddities (a goo-bomb that coats targets in a jelly-baby blob; a zane star shuriken that freezes its target; glow-in-the-dark paint; and some spider-climbing gloves), and rescued a

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Wrathofzombie's BlogBarbarians of the Ruined Earth Third Party License

For those wanting to create Barbarians of the Ruined Earth content, the wait is over!…

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsSituations: Why 5+ on 1d6?

Delving further into the ideas raised in Situations: The Basics: why do I choose 5+ on 1d6 specifically as my go-to situation roll mechanic?Obviously, six-sided dice are super common and super easy to use, and a single die is simpler to use than multiple dice, but there’s more to it than that.First, there’s the precedent. OD&D uses 1d6 rolls for a lot of little stuff. Any decision roll that isn’t an attack, save, or reaction, basically. OD&D usually picks low rolls (1 or 2 in 6,) but it uses h…

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tenfootpole.org(5e) Hell Prisons

By Filip Gruszczynski Self Published 5e Level 5 Welcome to an infernal dungeon run by fiends! The devils are trying to tip the scales of the Blood War by establishing soul conversion facilities. These terrifying prisons are used to torment … Continue reading →

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Aboleth OverlordsNausicaä FKR Setup & Session 1

Since FKR style play is getting more attention I thought it would be a good time to pitch an open table game using my Primeval 2D6 system over on one of the Discord servers devoted to the style. I met up with other members and pitched a few games – running a West Marches style … Continue reading Nausicaä FKR Setup & Session 1

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CROSS PLANESDungeon Crawl Classics: The Incredible Dr. Steel

Yeah, Jack "The King" Kirby did the art for the toyline!I'm blaming Needles and Brutorz Bill for this post.Is the incredible Dr. Steel friend or foe?The Incredible Dr. Steel for Dungeon Crawl ClassicsInit +4; Atk shining steel hand +d8+2 melee (2d6+d8+2);AC 16 HD 6d14; MV 45’; Act 3d20; SP deflect missles(Once per round when Dr. Steel is hit with a missile attack rolla a d8 and on a 1-2 he takes no damage); SV Fort +6, Ref +6, Will +4;AL N.

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CROSS PLANESHail to the King, Baby: Robot X for Dungeon Crawl Classics

Jack "The King" Kirby's artwork and ideas are something that I appreciate the older I get. I'm loathed to admit it, but when Jack was doing the art for the Super Powers tie-in series for the Kenner DC toy line I was upset that a "better" artist didn't get the assignment. Thankfully, my tastes in art have improved over the decades.I'm working on longer posts but I enjoy making Monsters and I enjoy Dungeon Crawl Classics and my current theme is Jack Kirby's Monsters statted up for DCC.Hail the K…

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DMiurgyFlightless Bird, Giant Frog, Frogfolk, Violet Fungi/Shriekers

AD&D Flightless Bird- This entry refers to beasties like the ostirich, emu, dodo and similar, rather than the monstrous axebeak of more prehistoric or fantastical form. There is nothing particularly noteworthy about these creatures, and probably should have been a footnote in the axebeak entry. For all the thought given to selling other baby animals, I am surprised no 'market value' for ostriches is included.AD&D Giant FrogGiant frogs are mechanically interesting due to being probably the lowe…

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Coins and ScrollsOSR: Interesting Lists and Petty Gods

I love lists and categories. I really love lists that have internal logic (i.e. a reason for the entries to be listed), but still contain absolutely bonkers entries.Some lists are sensible, necessary, and boring. Prime numbers. Cities in Europe. Largest rivers. Some lists are lists that contain items that would not, save for the list, normally be found together. Deodands. Racehorse names.Or "patron saint of" lists. Some of the ones online are a little anemic; they're mostly professions. A real…

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2020-09-22

Age of Dusk[Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 16 (B/X Mystara); Night Assault

It was the 21st of the Felmont, and our Heroes stirred from weary slumber with the morning halfway gone, and gathered them weapons and prepared their spells, and set out like automatons marching to murderous inner gears. They marched to the Red Hill and looked upon all that they had wrought. Through a haze of … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 16 (B/X Mystara); Night Assault

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The Hapless HenchmanThe Otherworldly Weirdness of My Dreamland Florida

I'm not running anything, in terms of RPGs, lately. I am taking part in my buddy Eli's over-the-Zoom Ravenloft game. Is it just me or is Ravenloft lack a little bit o' bite of late? Granted, I haven't really gotten too much into the thing, yet. We're only one session in and we got beat up pretty badly in this haunted house.The Black Lagoon - pretty near my dad's place, where I took the 3rd