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2020-09-30

CROSS PLANESMonstrous Monday: Doombot for D&D 5th Edition

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msjxiso ongelmani

This is my number one problem:These are mythic spaces that run on dream logic.°°Sourced from a blog post shared to me by my friend Shane: https://www.paperspencils.com/two-week-megadungeon/I struggle with this when designing adventures, I feel it grabbing me in it's tightening grip, I feel it limiting my voice and creativity. But, I cannot do anything to stop it. I make one room fantastic and

OSR GrimoireThe First Fantasy Campaign: History of the Points of Interest

"History of the Points of Interest" reprints the second part of Dave Arneson's article "Points of Interest in Black Moor". Although intended for Domesday Book #14, this was never published (see The Acaeum for details on the single copy known to exist).Five notable locations are briefly discussed:Blackmoor Castle:A short paragraph describing the recent history of Blackmoor Castle, covered in greater depth in a subsequent section "The Blackmoor Castle's History".The Pits:A number of seemingly…

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  • BECMI
  • Blackmoor

Greyhawk GrognardTop 3 Greyhawk Adventure Modules

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The Other Side blogDungeons & Dragons Animated Series: Requiem The Final Episode

Well here is an unexpected treat.Growing up I didn't watch much of the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon. I caught it when I could, but I worked most Saturdays and didn't always see it. This was also back before DVRs or even on-demand viewing, so unless recorded it on VHS, well I missed out.Many years later I picked it up on DVD when it was packaged with some wonderful 3rd Edition content. This was about the same time my oldest was getting interested in D&D and the D&D animated series was the perfect…

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  • 80s
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These Old GamesB2 - The End?

Oh no! The end is nigh. Ok, I can be too upset, but the end came much quicker than I expected. My oldest just turned 18 in July and in less than a month, he will be in the Air Force Reserves. He hopes to be back by January 1st, 2021 so he can start college. We'll see how that goes. In light of his final weigh in and upcoming swearing in some time in October, we have placed this campaign on the

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  • B2 - Keep on the Borderlands
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2020-09-29

Age of Dusk[Review] Shipwreckers (AD&D 3pp); Versimilitude where is thy sting?

[Adventure]Shipwreckers (1983)S.Stone (Mayfair Games)Lvl 4 – 7 Part of an occupational hazard of reviewing adventures for the internet is that at some point you attain the elfgame equivalent of satori and you begin to get a sense of the cosmic pattern of adventure design, and individual entries start to blur together, becoming points on a … More [Review] Shipwreckers (AD&D 3pp); Versimilitude where is thy sting?

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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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Library of AttnamThe Hunt

Several strings of footprints stretched along a narrow, snow-covered path leading up to the top of the world. Enormous white mountains pierced the serene azure sky, like ancient titans sworn to protect the land from the corrupted civilization. Here the glorious nature which gave birth to Marx and Lenin showed its true might. This was the Earth of yore, untouched by the capitalist filth.High and higher the footprints lead, into a small cave hidden in the very core of the Himalayas mountains. The…

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  • IVAN
  • short story
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Library of AttnamVariant Chess

Chess is a multiversal constant. Everywhere there is an intelligent life form capable of crafting a chequered board of two alternating colours and a set of playing pieces, a variant of chess will sooner or later arise. Scholars might mark this phenomenon a case of convergent evolution, but it could as well be a mathematical inevitability, or a silly joke of some obscure godling.This is one of the many variants of chess displayed in the Black and White Hall of the Magpie Museum in Tam Ruat.This…

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Gaming – Gaming ChroniclesShining Light on Shadows

After setting off the traps and wards in the church, and awakening the cursed undead that protected the place, the only thing left to do was pray. Oh, and maybe try some explosives. A lot of explosives.

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The Wandering GamistEverybody is Cultists

I've been revisiting Renegade Crowns recently, to recapture that low-fantasy crapsack world vibe that inspired the first ACKS campaign. One of the things I like about Warhammer is that just about anybody could secretly be a Chaos cultist. But B/X-y systems don't do that well. I think I've found a way to do it with ACKS, though, hijacking the witchdoctor and shaman rules for beastmen from Axioms and combining them with the Cultist class from Barbarian Conquerors of Kanahu.Any willing character c…

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The Retired AdventurerLast Chance for the Openquest 3rd Edition Kickstarter

The Openquest 3rd Edition Kickstarter is in its last 40 hours. The PDF + POD coupon level is super cheap, at around 12.85 USD at current exchange rates. If you haven't tried Openquest before, I would suggest picking it up while you get the chance (I am not being paid or otherwise compensated for this post; I don't have an "affiliate link" or something to click on; I think I mainly bring grief rather than pleasure to the creator's life; I am doing this because I like the game and want to encourag…

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  • Openquest

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Magic Item] Bottle for Me, Potion for You

Bottle for Me, Potion for You The necromancer and his best henchman surprised the mercenary Bakra-do in the cellar of the ruined tower. ‘Enough of your meddling!’ shouted the necromancer. As the henchman went through the mercenary’s things he found … Continue reading →

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The Other Side blogNew Page: Appendix O and the Purpose of Research

I just published a new Page and you can see the link above. It is my version of the classic "Appendix N." But mine comes after it and it is more about the occult, witches, vampires, and other horror related topics.So I am calling it Appendix O.Just a small portion of my library.If you are interested in seeing the sites on the web that I found useful or have good witch content then check out my other page Witch Links.If you want to know what movies I have been influenced by to write witch, va…

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Grindstonë GamesUsing Published Settings

Not long ago I'd considered starting up a campaign in the Hârn Setting. I was a huge fan of Hârn in the day. I even played HârnMaster for awhile before returning to my HouseRuled RuneQuest 2. I had everything published including the Ivínia and Shôrkýnè Regional modules. I never used those module and I may have only gotten the map of Shôrkýnè without any kind of Hârndex on the thing. My gaming ended about that time.Poetic Players mapUsed without PermissionSo years later I got interested in gam…

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The AlexandrianDragon Heist: Creating the Characters – Part 4: Theren

Go to Part 1 THEREN (Created by Erik Malm) I spent my youth exploring the forests of Evermeet and learning to hunt from my father. Shortly after coming of age, word reached the wood elves of Evermeet that not only had the ruins of our old home in the Ardeep Forest been overrun by kobolds […]

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

A part of my Let’s Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook” series. Go grab your copy of Traveller: Core Rulebook and join in. It seems as though every RPG* includes a section on combat. Perhaps this comes from the hobby’s wargaming roots.These days, I admire Brad J Murray's "A Note On Violence" section of "The King Machine":The more the modern world impinges on me and the more I think about how people interact and how we are encouraged to imagine they interact (through popular media and, yes, games) t…

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Hack & SlashOn the Deadly Difference

There's a big difference between this. . .There are no players who do foolish things. There are only poor Dungeon Masters.This is a real problem that affects even the best Dungeon Masters.They are good Dungeon Masters because it's very hard in their game for a player to do a foolish thing.Players, of course, do stupid things aplenty.Foolish (adj.) resulting from or showing a lack of sense; ill-considered; unwiseStupid (adj.) lacking intelligence or common sense.What we are talking about i…

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Shuttered RoomCROGLIN VAMPIRE: Monster for Old School D&D Adjacent & Call of Cthulhu 5e.

A dusty slice of #BOSR, the Croglin Vampire IRL is the monster in a true story from UK olden times.And, by true story, I mean the kind of ghost/horror story that is presented as being something that actually happened in places that can actually be visited, but that you can't because it didn't because it isn't.It was pointed out long ago that the whole incident sounds identical to an episode from Varney the Vampire.Croglin -though it's a place-name- is also quite a Nintendo-sounding word, so I…

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  • call of cthulhu
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Spriggan's DenSame stuff, different destination…

So here I am, again, planning a new fantasy campaign, again, determined to make it so much better than previous attempts. Again. Now my last fantasy campaign did end differently and sooner than I had expected. But it did finish with an actual conclusion. With the villains beaten and the day saved. Which by this … Continue reading "Same stuff, different destination…"

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  • Planet Kaendor

There Could Have Been SnakesThe Haunted Dungeon – Fantastical Pulp Alley AAR

There have been some recent rumblings from my dormant miniature gaming hobby. I’m slowly warming myself up by putting together some papercraft scenery, and to make up for the shortfall in actual miniatures and terrain I’ve dared dip a toe into Tabletop Simulator. More on that perhaps in another post. It had me go looking … Continue reading The Haunted Dungeon – Fantastical Pulp Alley AAR

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Against The Wicked CityDistricts of the Wicked City 7: The River

It curves through the city in a great lazy meander, its waters discoloured by coal dust, its surface dotted with floating refuse. Here and there the chemical run-off from some adventurous serpent-folk laboratory creates shining puddles of oily, iridescent colour that spread across the water, to the delight of the shrieking children who splash and paddle in its shallows at low tide. Throughout the harvest seasons it is choked with fleets of barges, carrying confiscated wheat, barley and chickpeas…

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Doomslakers!GOZR: Events

How does your GOZR game begin? Here's a table of random events that might get things kickstarted.

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Akratic WizardryThe 38-year old Dungeons and Dragons campaign

Robert Wardhaugh, a history professor at the University of Western Ontario, has been running a Dungeons and Dragons campaign for thirty-eight years.The campaign setting sounds rather interesting:"Being a history professor and always loving history, I wanted to create a world where I was able to use the history of our world. My world is an alternate Earth, so you can be Roman, you can be Greek, you can be Sumerian, you can be Babylonian, you can be First Nations," explains Wardhaugh.I’m really…

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Of Slugs and Silver The best Glog classes

I'm very busy with the Foreboding Fromagerie project, and it's going quite well. A lot of good quality material has been submitted, and I have begun the earnest work of tying it all together.But in the meantime, what about my blog?Well here is a "low quality" content post - a list of classes I found interesting over the years. This is by *no means* a complete list. I'm sure there are wonderful classes out there I have never heard about. But the following are some I've encountered and took note…

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  • The Glog

ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Maze of Peril video review by captcorajus

The Maze of Peril (1986), cover art by Dan DaySpace and Time Books continues to restock copies of the original 1986 printing of The Maze of Peril in their Amazon store, as I previously reported.Click here or on the cover image in the right side bar to get a copy(the link includes my Amazon affiliate number)Over on Youtube, captcorajus has a new video review of the book, titled "OSR Musings: Maze of Peril". captcorajus is a Holmes fan; I've featured two of his RPG Retro Reviews before, one of…

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Observations of the FoxFurther Beneath the Glass and Steel

I've been generating a few more images for the current run of Beneath the Glass and Steel, where everything used to generate the images is either freely available, or public domain. Most of the aim at this point has been developing filler images with a range of cyberpunk environments, backgrounds, and key subjects that might work to illustrate concepts in the text......now it's a case of rounding up those phantom authors who've been owing me stories for the zine since March.

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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

OSR GrimoireThe First Fantasy Campaign: Facts About Blackmoor

It's Blackmoor Week 2020, during which I will be continuing my section-by-section review of JG 37 "The First Fantasy Campaign" on a daily basis. Fittingly, the next section "Blackmoor" should have really been the first section of the book, in my opinion."Facts About Blackmoor" reprints the first part of Dave Arneson's article "Points of Interest in Black Moor", originally published in Domesday Book #13 (July, 1972), as discussed in Jon Peterson's blog post "Heresies of the Domesday Book" back i…

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Playing Dice with the UniverseLands of Älyewinn: Overworld Maps are Complete

Hey, so this is neat: I've finished the world map, continent map, and adventure-scale hex map for Lands of Älyewinn Part I! Check 'em out—We have the planet Ordwyrd—The Lands of Älyewinn—And the Nibelholt region where the adventure takes place——which was pretty fun to draw up, if I do say so myself. They're simple maps, but I am disturbingly proud of them. Especially the hex icons that I made for the last map today.So; yeah. Now I just have to clean up the dungeon maps, which are (thankfull…

These Old GamesMeet Vis and Ostro - Orcs of the Caves of Chaos

In our play through of Keep On the Borderlands, I've had to name the leaders of the Kobolds, the Goblins and both Orcish leaders. Vis is the western orc leader and Ostro is the eastern leader, just like the Goths. Vis has lost his cave system to the party. Ostro thought Vis would get himself killed defending his caves, but decided to use diplomacy. At first glance, Vis failed but Ostro can't turn

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Throne of SaltPlay Report: Thousand Year Old Vampire

Following up my run of Barbarian Prince, it's time to move on to something else in the solo sphere. Something more recent.This play report will be written as it is in my notebook. I will do my best to clarify events as needed.(D) indicates the memory was, at one point, stored in a Diary.(^) indicates a skill was checkedStrikethrough indicates that the experience or memory has been lost(#) Indicates the chronological order of experiences, as far as they are accurate (my notes fell apart towa…

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2020-09-28

The AlexandrianA Textual History of Zariel – Part 2: Previous Zariel Continuity

Go to Part 1 Now that we’ve looked at what vaguely passes for continuity in Descent Into Avernus, let’s look at what preceded it. The first thing to note is that Zariel was not previously involved in the famous Charge of the Hellriders. Variants in that continuity are covered in more depth as part of […]

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  • d&d
  • descent into avernus
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IdiomdrottningConverting to D&D

There are many resources online how to convert creatures and people from D&D to various systems but I’m gonna try to make up some ways to convert to D&D. Basic Principles Priorities Ideally, we want unambiguously deterministic methods of getting the D&D stats. Not to eyeball on the fly, “this looks like it could be 15 AC maybe”. No. We want to put numbers in and get numbers out. This “determinism” is the most important quality, for on the fly conversion. When doing conversion ahead of time you c…

Dyson's DodecahedronInfested Hangar

The complex was abandoned early in the war when it was discovered by enemy bombers and thoroughly trashed. A few …Continue reading →

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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…

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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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The Hapless HenchmanGenerative Music and Dungeons

Man, I really dig setting the lad on overdrive with a loose plan in his head and seeing what comes shaking out. So, like "dungeons" are out, yeah? Meaning: I'm not really feeling it anymore. I mean who knows what I could have accomplished in this life if I hadn't come across Creepy Gary and Pervy Brian in the hallway at Faith Lutheran Elementary School in Hialeah, Miami, circa 1982? What if I

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B/X BLACKRAZORMonday Night Football

*chirp*chirp*chirp* (those are the crickets, excited for yet another Blood Bowl post)[hey, folks! I know that I am constantly abusing my readership by writing about football and Blood Bowl instead of, say, B/X Dungeons & Dragons. I get it...that's not what y'all signed up for. But dammit, shouldn't SOMEone on the internet be blogging about the original "fantasy football" game? Until a different nerd comes along and starts doing it, I'm going to consider myself the designated blogger for all thi…

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Hack & SlashOn a Generator of Missions

I've run many, many games. No matter the game, the party gains access to a commerce hub and immediately begins asking about work. Here is a tool to help you generate missions and their complications. Links to the enhanced/illustrated downloadable version of this are at the bottom of the post.Assault/RaidFortressTownShipAmbushSkirmishExtraction (Voluntary/Involuntary)JailPrison campPrivate prisonPrisoner of warFrom employment (corporation/crown)Natural DisasterFrom hostile forcesTo…

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  • system neutral

Goodberry MonthlyHand of the Archmages

The great firmament of Wizard City is the five ivory towers at its core. Modeled after a goblet-holding hand rising from the ground, each is home to the offices and personal laboratories of one Archmage - a lifetime appointment bestowed by the secret Board of Regents of the University of Wizard City.Who Are The Archmages?The Five Archmages are effectively the beginning and end of government in Wizard City. They are the heads of the University, Regents of Esoteric Power, the Council Which Decid…

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IdiomdrottningDice: Curve vs Linear

Back in the day what particular die expression your game used was such a sticking point because that was all we had. The games looked pretty much the same except that some used 1d100, some used 3d6, some used 10d10, some used 1d20 etc. These days there are a lot more nuance to system than just this basic question. Just as a bit of game design basics for posterity, even though your game definitely shouldn’t start or end here, let’s bring out this old chestnut for one more go on the merry-go-round…

Lich Van Winkle's Return to GamingReal-World Transplants (RWTs) in Fantasy Role-Playing Settings

As a boy I enjoyed a lot of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, both Howard's originals and the Marvel comic books. One thing that consistently bothered me about his Hyborian age setting, though, was that it used recent historical real-world geographical and ethnic proper names for his prehistoric "age undreamed of."Conan was a Cimmerian. The Cimmerianswere real, historical people best known today for attacking ancient Middle Eastern countries like Urartu in the eighth century BC. Conan's adventu…

Red Dice DiariesFuture Releases on DrivethruRPG

I’ve made the decision to put the recent 2-page spreads I’ve made on my DrivethruRPG publisher account, accessible at the link below: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/11679/Red-Dice-Diaries I’ve set them up with a suggested price of £0.50, but they’re pay want you want, you’re more than welcome to grab them for free, but if you fancy throwing me a … Continue reading "Future Releases on DrivethruRPG"

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From Kuroth's Quill - grodog's AD&D bloggrodog's Castle Greyhawk - Campaign Journal 25 September 2020

We had an excellent Castle Greyhawk session last night, with some really fun roleplaying among the PCs and goblins in particular, which setup the rest of the session's action very nicely!After exploring into some waterway areas in Castle Greyhawk's level 1 dungeon, The PCs headed back to investigate a door under the entry stairs, discovering what may be a one-way door (the hard way). Afterward, they explored a bit off of a Y intersection, and then met some local goblins in the other Y, and got …

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The Other Side blogMonstrous Monday: Apple Sprites

It is officially Autumn now, so our family tradition is to head out to the apple orchards to pick apples and buy some items from the local farm stands. This got me thinking about the mischievous, but elusive Apple Sprites.Apple SpriteTiny FaerieFrequency: Very RareNumber Appearing: 0 (1-6)Alignment: Neutral (Chaotic Good)Movement: 120' (40') [12"]Armor Class: 5 [14]Hit Dice: 1d4 (2 hp)Attacks: 1Damage: 1hpSpecial: Only harmed by cold iron, turn invisible.Size: TinySave: Elf 1Morale…

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Grindstonë GamesVisibility

I stumbled across the blog Cyborgs and Sorcerers and started poking around and found an interesting post. It was one of those, why don't we talk about that more? The post talked about Visibility in different conditions. It was called You're Doing Vision All Wrong and included a table from the 2E Players Handbook showing vision at different ranges. The table is sloppy. It didn't include alternate visions (Infravision, Ultravision at that time, or Torches burned into the table or something else us…

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Shuttered RoomWIGHT: Monster Conversion - Dragonwarriors to Call of Cthulhu 5e

Gods of Lankhmar, Keith Parkinson.Not Wights? Not according to RAW, no.Have I mentioned before that Wights are one of my all-time favourite monsters?For D&D adjacent, referring to my last post, you could reskin the Shadow, Troll, Spectral Hound, Wood Golem or even -shock!- the Wight, for your barrow-dead.Rather than just working straight from the conversion I did for Dragonwarriors to D&D adjacent, I've drawn on the Mummy and the Zombie from CoC 5e for stats - but this is spiritually a varia…

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Take on RulesLet's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Skills and Tasks”

A part of my Let’s Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook” series. Go grab your copy of Traveller: Core Rulebook and join in. In this chapter we learn about the skills our characters gained and how the game system checks skills.I’ve been reading through Tales to Astound’s “Traveller: Out of the Box” blog posts. I highly recommend reading this series. The author spends time comparing the original 1977 Traveller to current game design as well as the adjustments made for the 1981. Classic Traveller encour…

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsPractical, Intellectual, Natural, Supernatural

Previously, I posted about a weird alignment idea based on a compass rose in an xkcd map, involving two axes:Practical vs. IntellectualFocus on Real Life vs. Focus on the Web, which I recharacterized as Real World vs. Dream WorldI decided that a better way to explain the second axis would be Natural vs. Supernatural, and then came up with the following crude graphic resembling the alignment chart from Holmes Basic or the PHB.The PINS Alignment SystemYou may notice that I’ve included example…

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tenfootpole.orgTreacherous Gold

By Peter Rudin-Burgess Azukali Games Rolemaster/Harp Any Level Treacherous Gold sees the characters stumble across a group of orcs escorting some hostages. The orcs think the characters are those they are meeting to exchange the hostages with for gold. The … Continue reading →

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Dragons Are RealAfter enjoying our current 5e campaign I fancy a change for the next one to the first fantasy...

After enjoying our current 5e campaign I fancy a change for the next one to the first fantasy setting I ever read.

Doomslakers!GOZR: Wizard Watcher

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

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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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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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Observations of the FoxUnpublished comments, now published

I'm trying to get back into the habit of posting something here every day... and so far it seems to be working... it's just the habit I'm redeveloping so far, rather than trying to post meaningful game related things.As a part of re-acquainting myself with the redesigned back-end of Blogger, I've found a bunch of comments on the blog dating back over the past three years. Comments that I didn't even know were there.I'm also getting stuck into the "Beneath the Glass and Steel" 'zines, particula…

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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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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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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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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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2020-09-27

FASA Games, Inc.1879: A Situation Running Ramplant

If you missed the discussion in the Discord channel this week, I let slip that there’s an announcement imminent regarding…

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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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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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Doom RidesBIGGER THAN BIG. TALLER THAN TALL.

M. Asif Khan grew up in a Pakistani village surrounded by the Himalayas. As the mountains dominated his vision, they similarly dominated his life. He started mountain climbing to conquer these titans and symbolically rise above his origins. He was not prepared for how literal this would be.While scaling a recently shifted mountainside, Asif discovered a metallic giant packed in the ice and snow, thawing out under the sun. He drew close to the enormous figure and reached out, brushing the metal …

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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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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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Observations of the FoxOctober Artworks

Most years, when I remember it, I do Inktober. This year I've been hearing controversies about Jake Richmond, the guy who founded Inktober (here's a link to someone else's blog if you're interested, but I thin there were a coupleof other issues too), and was tossing up whether to participate. DeviantArt has specifically cancelled it's promotion of the event.I usually try to combine a pair of lists to push myself artistically, then follow through into November by designing a game for NaGaDeMon i…

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Doomslakers!GOZR: Backgrounds

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

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The AlexandrianDragon Heist: Creating the Characters – Part 3: Kittisoth Ka’iter

Go to Part 1 KITTISOTH KA’ITER (Created by Heather Burmeister) My mother was the wife of a fisherman on the main Pirate Isle. She became worried when he hadn’t come home as expected from what was supposed to be a routine trip out to sea. She tried to make a pact with a devil in […]

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Spouting LoreTake Watch is a bad move and you're a bad person if you like it

"Did you hear that? It sounds like... click bait!"Strong personal opinion: Take Watch is a bad move. You don't need it. Dungeon World doesn't need it. I'd even go so far as to say that it is antithetical to the rest of the game.Just to be clear, I'm talking about the bog-standard version in the original Dungeon World text. This one:When you’re on watch and something approaches the camp roll+Wis. * On a 10+ you’re able to wake the camp and prepare a response, the camp takes +1 forward. * On a …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gaming – Gaming ChroniclesSerpent’s Skull – Part 71

We are getting close to the end of the pathfinder adventure path Serpent's Skull, and have begun the final fight to defeat the serpent god Ydirsius.

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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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The Wrong Kind of WaxImmortal levels in A Broken Candle

In A Broken Candle, normal xp will only get you to level 6. To go any further, you need to be more than human. You need to be an immortal, a being that defies death, a being that spits in the eye of normal causality. There are several ways to do this. Ascent by murder … Continue reading Immortal levels in A Broken Candle

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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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Words & Other SorceryLong Way Home: Session #9

The adventure continues! Last time, our heroes hunted an owlbear, made a sacrifice to a pond monster they’ve never seen, negotiated with the local tanner for some furry outfits, and discovered that their favorite nervous priest had gone missing again… Play … Continue reading →The post Long Way Home: Session #9 appeared first on Words & Other Sorcery.

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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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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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Observations of the FoxWeird Days

I'm opening up the blog now to see what's been happening in the months of my absence.It's been a weird year with the whole Australian summer bushfires leading prettymuch straight into the COVID-19 plague, and assorted chaos unfolding in the world as we watch the USA walking a fine line between anarchy, civil war, and impending fascism.I haven't had much chance to post here, but I keep meaning to. I've also been meaning to get a lot more work done on game design, whether that means a playable v…

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The AlexandrianRemixing Avernus – Addendum: A Textual History of Zariel

Go to Table of Contents I was trying to avoid doing this, but as with Elturel, I ended up doing a fairly deep dive into Zariel’s background as I was working on the Remix. After digging into sources from across multiple editions of the game, I thought it might be interesting to share the results. […]

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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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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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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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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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Lich Van Winkle's Return to Gaming"Player skill" should mean dropping INT and WIS

My home rules have no intellectual stats. It's really about player choices and player ingenuity. You don't get to roll to be smart. There are traits for character features like education and professional abilities--if you don't have them, you don't write them down--but there is neither intelligence nor wisdom. Also, every trait does something in the game. I like it that way.Ever since I read Finch's "Quick Primer for Old School Roleplaying" for the first time, about December last year, I have w…

FASA Games, Inc.The Future for Legends of Barsaive (25 Sept 2020)

Michael here with our latest Earthdawn blog post. I apologize if this post goes up later than usual, the fact…

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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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