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2020-10-24

Dyson's DodecahedronHeroes’ Feast

Heroes’ Feast showed up in the mail this week chez Dyson. It is a mighty thick D&D themed cookbook stuffed …Continue reading →

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These Old GamesRevisiting Star Smuggler - Play Session 002

Last post, we ended with the crew of the Zephyr winning big at the gambling tables, only to have Emily get jumped for her money and gear. Mel not only wins big at the high roller table, he also purchase a TL-6 side arm that fires like a heavy hand weapon. Feeling bad for Emily, he gives her the weapon. She wants to hear more about the seller because she wants enough firepower to get even with those hoods that jumped her.As Mel explained how he met this arms dealer, (e153) Emily hatches a plot.

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FASA Games, Inc.Empty Thrones Cut Content (23 Oct 2020)

Good day friends and fans! Josh here with you. Deadlines caught up with me and so it’s a short entry…

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The Other Side blogFriday Night Videos: Arden and the Wolves

One of the things I love about this time in music is not just how much of it is being made, but the unlimited access to new music and talent.One I have been following for a while is Arden and the Wolves, although these days it is just Arden.There is something about her voice and lyrics that just call to me at some level. Not sure what it is really, but I like it and want to share.https://ardenandthewolves.bandcamp.com/album/who-can-you-trustI am going to start out with my favorite song of he…

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The Other Side blogOctober Horror Movie Challenge: Anime Demon Cities

An "Attack of opportunity" tonight of sorts. I had installed the Tubi channel on my Roku recently and I was paging through all the horror movies to see what they had. One came up that I had seen before (so I thought) and figured, why not, it had not seen it since the 90s. So I loaded it up.Well...it was not the movie I thought it was.Wicked City (1987)Ok, so this one seemed familiar at first. And then it turned soft-core hentai. The premise is that the human world and the "black world" or the…

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Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Greater Incorporeal Undead

by Tom ShropshireMost Ghosts are insubstantial things, mere shreds of the original soul that were left behind, spiritual detritus. These Ghosts repeat specific, repetitive actions, such as the Ghost of a suicide throwing themselves off the same building once a year, or the ghost of a murder victim protesting that they need more time before being shot by an unseen gunman. These Ghosts are harmless.Other, more powerful Ghosts take on the semblance of being full persons, and carry out repetitive …

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  • Monsters
  • Nukaria
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2020-10-23

Akratic WizardryLenard Lakofka RIP

Another legend from the early days of D&D, Lenard Lakofka, has passed away.In addition to the “L” modules, Lakofka helped to shape the world of Greyhawk: his “Lendore Isles” were incorporated into the setting, and he described many of the deities of the Suel people. And of course there is “Leomund’s Tiny Hut” – both the spell and the column in Dragon.RIP

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Akratic WizardryMy Favourite Games these days

In case anyone is curious, here are my current favourite role-playing games (in no particular order):Mythras (including Lyonesse).I’m playing in a Mythic Babylon campaign right now, and look forward to digging into the (very thick) Lyonesse tome over the next couple of months. I have some ideas for a Lyonesse campaign that I might sketch here. (I should also mention that one of the best campaigns in which I ever played used the Mongoose RuneQuest II system, which is an earlier incarnation of M…

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  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Greyhawk
  • Lyonesse
  • Mythras
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  • RuneQuest 6

Playing at the WorldIdentifying the Dice of the 1970s

How can you recognize a polyhedral gaming die made in the 1970s? The video above gives my tips for collectors and researchers who want to roll old school. After the cut, I give a quick reference guide to identifying these dice.A brief note on scope: this list is restricted to polyhedral dice that were known and available to the hobby gaming community of the 1970s, which basically means that information on how to order them could be found in zines and catalogs of that period. Other numbered poly…

The Viridian ScrollOSE Index Cards

I'm getting ready to host a cheesy, miniatures and terrain heavy OSE dungeon run for a birthday party (mine). To prepare I made myself the following PDF to print on card stock, with record sheets for characters, retainers, and monsters printed appearing as if typed on an index card.OSE Index Card RecordsI'm sharing it with anyone who wants it, but my purpose is all about running the game quickly and 100% old school pencils & paper & dice & minis. Here's what I have so far in note form if you a…

DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERFantasy, Harry Potter, Avatar starting packages

Skills are cool, I guess. Making lists of stats and abilities and skills and whatever can be cool. Items are cooler, for sure. In the renewed interest in games to make things more diegetic, that is “in the game world,” some designers have been moving to describe tools that are available to player characters. Designers … Continue reading Fantasy, Harry Potter, Avatar starting packages →

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Lich Van Winkle's Return to GamingFantasy as a Response to Sexism in Role-Playing Games in 1979

Marc W. Miller co-founded Game Designers' Workshop and was the lead designer of the first successful science-fiction role-playing game, Traveller (1977). People still play it.In 1979, Miller was asked to submit thoughts on role-playing games to the new magazine Different Worlds (#1). In this short, reflective piece, he made one of his main points about "the subject of sexism in gaming." He wrote,Wargames (by that, I mean the boardgame end of the wargaming spectrum) are generally played by male…

The Other Side blogRemembering Len Lakofka

Just got word a bit ago that Lenard "Leomund" Lakofka passed away this morning.Len and I got along well even when we had a difference of opinion. I likely talked about him more than any other old-school designer, save for Gary, Tom Moldvay, and Eric Holmes.I had just picked up a copy of L3 and had mentioned to him I wanted to get it signed if he ever came to Gary Con or Gen Con.I have a stack of his notes for the Town of Ulek he wanted me to go over and scan. Now I am not sure what to do with…

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Beyond Fomalhaut[REVIEW] A Visitor’s Guide to the Rainy City

A Visitor's Guideto the Rainy CityA Visitor’s Guide to the Rainy City (2020)by Rich Forest, with Andrew D. Devenney, Alisha Forest and Bill SpytmaPublished by Superhero Necromancer PressSystem-independentHello, and welcome to part four of **ZINEMASSACRE*2020**! This year, Kickstarter ran Zinequest 2, their second zine writing promotion campaign. Despite my utter distaste for the idea of a major fundraising platform intruding on a publishing genre for people with more ideas than money, I ha…

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Late Night ZenCursed items

A list of six cursed items that do exactly what they seem to do.My concept of cursed items isn't objects that stick you with a negative modifier and can't be put down - although those have their place. It's perfectly serviceable items that perform a valuable function in a way that compromises the character's values.Admittedly that's not much of a threat to murderhobo characters. But the caveats for these items should at least make non-chaotic players pause and then avoid the GM's eye while mum…

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  • magic

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Spell] Stainless Steel Skeletons

Stainless Steel Skeletons ‘Skeletons! Pffft! We will mow them down like so many blades of grass!’ Koram boasted. Orliss the Necromancer uttered another spell. The bones of the skeletons became shiny and metallic. ‘You HAD to taunt him, didn’t you? … Continue reading →

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Age of Dusk[Review] War of Darkness (1e 3PP); On the Nose

[Adventure]War of Darkness (1985)Mark Perry (Mayfair Games)Lvls 12 – 14Summary: B12 + Shadows of Evil – Subtlety Whelp we are back again. High level adventures aren’t very good, case #192425. This entry in the Role Aids bypasses the laudably ambitious but somewhat unwieldy Lich Lords and instead fails reasons all too familiar, despite a handful … More [Review] War of Darkness (1e 3PP); On the Nose

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The Other Side blogKickstart Your Weekend: Halloween Theme, Part 1

Today and next Friday I am bringing you some Halloween-themed Kickstarters that I think you my readers might enjoy. I was going to break these up by theme, but some are ending soon.Tempus Halloween Special - Witch & Vampire Zircon Glass Dicehttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tempustales/tempus-halloween-special-witch-and-vampire-zircon-glass-dice?ref=theothersideOk. I'll admit it. I love themed dice. And these look great. They look a touch larger than the typical dice we get, but that is a …

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Hack & SlashOn Spending Money

In systems where you don't spend your gold for direct increases in power (i.e. there is no "wealth by level" table), what do you spend your gold on?This is a common refrain from players new to 5th edition, Basic/Expert, and 1st edition Dungeons & Dragons. I recently wrote a book "On Downtime and Demesnes" mostly as a tool for me to answer this question. The book goes into great depth into the many options but it isn't very portable. I'm Presenting free portable version here, and permanently ava…

Red Dice DiariesBand of Blades

Well, it’s taken me a while but I’ve finally got round to uploading the last few videos for Johannes Paavola’s excellent Band of Blades game that I was lucky enough to play in. The military fantasy epic, where a battered and bruised Legion attempts to fight their way from a disastrous battle where they were … Continue reading "Band of Blades"

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The AlexandrianIcewind Dale: Travel Times – Part 2: Destruction’s Light

Go to Part 1 In Chapter 4 of Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, as the PCs are climbing the mountain outside his fortress, the duergar tyrant Xardorok Sunblight releases a chardalyn dragon and sends it flying to ravage the ten towns of Ten-Towns. The PCs are faced with a difficult decision: Continue their assault […]

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Alex Schroeder: RPGEpistemological tension in world building

Epistemology is the theory of knowledge, and what I mean by epistemological tension is that sometimes we know things that are at odds. Many people, me included, have a tendency to try and resolve this tension in story telling, in world building. There is one calendar and it is rationally constructed, even though the rationalisation of calendars was a long process in our world and some would claim it still failed.The Roman calendar is a hot messThe French Republican calendar did not lastThe th…

Dragons Gonna DragMothership - Assorted House Rules and Items

Just a handful of house rules and items I'm contemplating for Mothership, no biggie.If a character has the Biology, Genetics, First Aid, and Pathology skills, they are also treated as having the Surgery skill.Alternatively, just give everyone 3 extra skill points at character creation.Upon leveling up, if a character cannot gain any more Resolve (due to having reached the maximum previously), and they have no Stress, Phobias, or Addictions to remove, they gain 1 Frosty Point. At any time, the…

IdiomdrottningGetting started with D&D

This post is gonna come across as basically an ad, but it’s just my recommendation of what are some good, easy to understand stuff to get when you are just starting out. (Last updated October 2020.) Basic rules for level one to twenty is a PDF that’s available to complement any of the stuff I’m going to recommend here, and if you are on a super tight budget, you can start and end there for zero dollars. Starter Set First of all, get the D&D Starter Set. That has a good set of dice, a short and e…

Jeffs GameblogSpell Research as Freeform Magic System

One of the reasons I like to go back and re-read the old rulebooks is that I inevitably find something that I didn't notice on previous readings. Or that I forgot over the years,Want to bend the universe in a way not covered by the rules? That's what spell research is for.Quote from page X52 of the 1981 D&D Expert rulebook.

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Cavegirl's Game StuffVinculus Hive, A Scifi Setting For Dungeon Bitches

So one thing that I'm finding with Dungeon Bitches is that, while the tone and themes are pretty concrete, the actual setting is never firmly pinned down. This is reflected in the games that have already happened; we've had a couple of grimdark fantasy campaigns, a biopunk post-apoc game, one in spooky 1920s america, a space-opera one, and one planned to be set in the 1990s with the PCs as a touring band. So you can take the structure to a few different places and it still works.By way of demon…

IdiomdrottningRE: How to represent disabilities in games

Bouncepaw brought up How to represent disabilities in games The answer is veeeery carefully.♥ On my street growing up there was a deaf girl (much older than us, while her sister was much younger than us, so we didn’t hang out with them much), a blind couple, and a man who had lost one hand. Later, one of my friends lost her leg and another friend lost his eye to a tumor. I don’t wanna kid around with this stuff or gamify it too much. The topic shouldn’t become a joke or a toy. It’s always seriou…

Doomslakers!Mercury Rising

I've been in a real drawing mood lately. Which is great because I've also been in a terrible slump, creatively. Very spastic and unfocused. I keep jumping from project to project without getting much done. But I have been drawing, at least.Freddie Mercury was a god damned force of nature.

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D.R.E.A.D.Laketober day 6 - 10

I have failed.I tried on a whim to create a piece of art each day in October, following the Laketober prompts (which were great) but after 10 days, I stoppped.The main reason was that it took up all my free time and there was no time left for role-playing-games writing and editing.Still, I'm quite proud of the 10 pieces i've created over the beginning of October, so I decided to at least show you guys the Tarot i've started to create.Who knows, maybe one day i'll write the corresponding game…

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Red Dice DiariesThe Sons of Kyuss

Wriggling out of their graves eager to spread death and despair the Sons of Kyuss are a particularly unpleasant, infectious type of undead. – Title Music: Fireworks by Alexander Nakarada (Public Domain)https://freepd.com/electronic.php Want to get involved in the conversation? – You can leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/RDDRPGPodcast– Or you can email us at: RDDRPGpodcast@gmail.com You … Continue reading "The Sons of Kyuss"

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Coins and Scrolls40k: Tyranid Progress Update - Buckets of Nids and Stripping Tips

Thanks to a bit of luck and a few good deals, my Tyranid army is speeding along. Most of the kits have been in production for 15+ years, so used Tyranid models are both abundant and cheap... if you're willing to put in the time to strip and repair them.Bucket o' NidsPart 1: StrippingThere are two easy ways to strip paint from plastic models... and a lot of difficult ones.1. Base+Alcohol CleanersSimple Green is the most common, but other mixtures will also work. A base (ammonium chloride, trie…

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Trollish DelverOSE: Finger Gharks

I've just awoken from a series of strange dreams brought on by a mixture of rich pork belly and whisky swirling inside my stomach and screwing with my mind. This creature came right out of one of those midnight vignettes.Finger GharkHD2AC9 (10)Attacks Swell (special)Thac0 17 (+2)MV 0'SV as MU 2AL NML NATreasure NA- Swell: The ghark swells the finger to twice its size. The victim is unable to hold anything in that hand and take 1 damage. If the ghark repeats the swell it explodes, taki…

Kill It With Fire!Thin Veneer of Reality (a 1page RPG)

Sales pitch: Every action is risky, but risk is the only way to get stronger.It's hard to describe this one page TRPG. Your party has collective luck for dungeoneering. You have personal luck for surviving danger. If you don't push both, you'll never get anything done. Oh, and it's science fantasy. In fact, I'm hoping for some Wally Wood (NSFW link) shenanigans.On with the embeddening! Click here if you cannot deal with a g-Doc in a Blogspot post.Share good posts with good goblins. Claytonian…

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2020-10-22

Bat in the AtticKickstarter: Pin Editing and Art Update

EditingEmily turned her edits over and I am going through the comments and corrections. Another back and forth should do the trick and meet the completion data of October 31st for the edits. I will also do the update the quick reference cards.More Richard Luschek ArtI learned that Richard Luschek has a Patreon and subscribed to it. In addition, he selling some of his art through his Patreon. Thanks your generosity in supporting this kickstarter, I bought a few of them for the interior layout …

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Dyson's DodecahedronEsothil’s Sanctum

Old ruins of a prior civilization in cut yellow stone, it is believed that this is where the lich-prince Esothil …Continue reading →

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsDragonlance/WoTC Lawsuit

Since we've been talking about this on the OD&D forum, I might as well link to this here. It's a lawyer's analysis of a lawsuit filed by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weiss suing Wizards of the Coast.I've never been a Dragonlance fan, and WotC hasn't made any game materials I've been interested in for a very long time, but I do have an interest in (1) lawsuits related to intellectual property, and (2) what's happening or might happen in the future to the caretaker of the D&D brand. I might have fu…

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brad j. murraypicks and locks

I am always looking for a new skill to learn. It’s usually something technical, something work related, but the levels of anxiety in today’s world demand something more meditative. I’ve watched a lot of YouTube finding strange solace in my mechanics restoration videos. But I’m not building a machine shop any time soon. Then I […]

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The Wandering GamistDomains at War: Men, Brigands, Part 2: Implications

Questions:Can a 4th-level PC fighter afford as many mercenaries as a 4th-level brigand leader? Can a 9th level PC afford as many mercenaries as a 9th level brigand captain?Given the supply cost for brigands, how much pillaging do they have to do to sustain themselves?How many bandit warbands does bad domain morale spawn?How does a 9th-level brigand captain's army stack up against various borderlands domains?1. Brigand bands vs mercenaries a PC fighter of same level could afford.A brigand b…

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Darkworm ColtNew School Shadowrun aesthetics I like

Another SR 1e pic post.Raben-Aas (Andreas Schroth) is one of my most favorite new school SR artists.Benjamin Giletti:

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Peril and PlunderNEW MONSTER: Scrapeworm

No. Appearing: 1d4Armor Class: Light (slimy hide + low Dexterity); scrapeworms take half damage from bludgeoning weapons.Hit Dice: 12d12 (78 hp), saves as a fighterMovement: Half as fast as a normal human; scrapeworms can burrow through earth at their normal speed.Morale: HighAttack: Lumpen fist +6 (1d6 damage) or Tentacle +6 (1d4 damage+grab attempt, 10 feet … Continue reading NEW MONSTER: Scrapeworm

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The Lizard Man Diaries Infinigrad Freelancer

Here's an actual game you can use all those city generators on my blog to play! It's PWYW and pretty much Guild Dogs 3.0. Make a mutated city buccaneer and explore a neverending city all from the comfort of 1d6!Get it on DriveThru: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/333042/Infinigrad-FreelancerOr Itch: https://mraston.itch.io/infinigrad-freelancerThe Infinigrad Freelancers are adventurers exploring the great unmapped alleyway wilds of the city for fun and profit, willing to use their specif…

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Alex Schroeder: RPGThe road to Muspelheim

Every now and then I get back to adding more stuff to my Hex Describe tables. On the one hand, I’m helping Josh Johnston with his Apocalyptic mini-setting, but I’m also still working on my own Alpine mini-setting. One of the things that had me fascinated ever since I learned of Planescape and the planes was planar adventuer. In practice, however, the official Planescape material did not get to see much use. It was more the thought of it that pushed me along the way. Perhaps watching the Thor mov…

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These Old GamesEndless Quest Books at Amazon

In February, I was looking at these series of books on Amazon, so perhaps it's time for a little #TBT.I love these choose your own adventure style books. Since then, I noticed the price dropped on a couple of them. Back in March, I realized I'd have some time on my hands so I picked up a few of these. The prices were better on Alibris, so that is the route I when. However, they did not have all of the titles, so Amazon has a better selection.The links below are paid ads and will take you to Am…

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The AlexandrianThought of the Day: Sandbox & Simulation

The concept of an RPG sandbox campaign often gets mixed up with a lot of other things. Some of these are common structures used for sandboxes (like hexcrawls). Others are just misnomers (like sandboxes being the opposite of a railroad). (Quick definition: A sandbox campaign is one in which the players are empowered to either […]

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Slight AdjustmentsOnce More

On to new adventures! Christina KrausOnce More is a combat-heavy OSR-adjacent system designed for relatively murderous gameplay and Wuxia nonsense. If you're in the mood for sending faceless murder-hobos directly into the jaws of death, then you've come to the right place.Each character starts with two random classes, roll 2d66 (d6 for domain, d6 for class) and gain the benefits listed. Reroll duplicate classes. Choose two abilities from each class to start with, you might be able to gain more…

Hack & SlashOn Dragonlance Denied

"We are not moving toward breach of contract, but we will not approve any further drafts." -Defendant, Wizards of the Coast.Margert Weis and Tracy Hickman, authors of the best-selling Dragonlance saga have filed suit against Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast for breach of contract.There are two completed new Dragonlance books! We can't read them!I'll be describing parts of the filing, but if you want to look for yourself, it's right here. That is a plaintiff filing, and there's been no response yet…

IdiomdrottningPostfix rules, when describing action

From an exchange on a forum. I wrote: The barbarian’s basic ability is difficult to roleplay when you wanna bring a little extra. wizard? Do some gestures and say some arcane sounding words “xyzzy” monk? Rapidly move your arms saying whoosh whoosh whoosh cleric? Hold up your symbol and say “I command thee to turn back to ye grave!” bard? Whip out a guitar and plonk something But for barb there’s no easy way to convey that you’re raging. Saying “I would like to rage now, please. I am now raging” …

Darkworm ColtBlast from the past: My first diceless roleplaying game: "Heritage" (1999, long post)

Wow!I just found this... and it's still as relevant now as it was 21 years ago. Let's do this!Read more »

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Jeffs GameblogDown and Out in Adrianople

(I originally posted the following to the LotFP Facebook group, but I thought I'd save a copy here.)A Thimble of Online Research, Inc. proudly presents:*Biggest Cities in the West(ish) circa 1500*Constantinople 550,000Paris 225,000Naples 200,000Antwerp 150,000Ghent 150,000Venice 135,000Adrianople (Edirne) 125,000Thessaloniki 125,000Brussels 100,000London 100,000Milan 100,000Moscow 100,000*Biggest Cities in the West(ish) circa 1600*Constantinople 700,000Naples 350,000Paris 325,0…

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Swashbuckling PlanetsSwords of Maruzar Cover Preview!

I’m very pleased to get the latest preview of the Swords of Maruzar cover I commissioned from Dee Velez. Check it out! I think this conveys the pulpy science-fantasy feel of Maruzar really nicely. The woman is fighting a Yarguun, a reptiloid sophont that haunts Maruzar’s wastelands, specially the Far Side, and may be survivors…

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Darkworm ColtDiceless Landshut

Remember the time we played the best games, had the most amazing adventures and breathtaking journeys into the world of imagination? As kids, we didn't use dice to do that.And Erick Wujick, for instance, the man who introduced the first professional diceless roleplaying game (Amber) to the hobby, thought the same. I trust him. Our best roleplaying campaigns didn't use dice, and lasted many years. And we didn't use cards or tokens or points, either. In fact, no randomizers at all.Vultrum is my …

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Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Faerie Dragons

by Brian SymeBastards. Invisible, giggling bastards. Faerie Dragons combine the puckish sense of humor of the Folk, the avarice of Dragons and the intellect of a mad genius. They are terrors. Faerie Dragons are known to wreak havoc, largely for their own amusement. They are the bane of adventurers, nobles and important occasions alike.Faerie Dragons love to play "pranks" on people. But being Folk, their pranks are often cruel or nonsensical by our standards. For example, turning someone's wife…

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DIY & DragonsMausritter and a Resource Management Link Retrospective

Last year, I wrote the first post of what I hoped would be a series, where I kept up with what other roleplaying bloggers are writing about resource management in their games. That initial post didn't have a planned theme, although most of the posts I looked at were talking about encumbrance, and thinking about how to assign encumbrance slots.At the time, I made a few recommendations. I suggested that encumbrance rules should be kept as simple as possible because different kinds of complexity a…

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These Old Games#TBT - The First Book - Zero to Hero, Uncommon Commoners

Today's post is a #TBT. Back to my first book. I can't believe it's been two years. Perhaps it's time for an update.I play a fusion of B/X and AD&D. Back in the day, we had no internet, so I had no context as to which books went with which games.I vaguely recall some sort of conversion rules to bring your Basic and Expert Characters to AD&D and vis-à-vis. I liked that idea, but then when going through the process, I said, "Screw it! There aren't enough differences between AD&D and Basic/Expert…

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2020-10-21

Dyson's DodecahedronGetting Back into Illustrating – Space Skeletons & Frame Breakers

This all started because Christopher Mennell started the “Skeletal Astronaut Club” on Facebook which is dedicated to the propagation of, …Continue reading →

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In My Campaign“I Drink, And I Know Things”

A conversation today about conveying campaign information to players reminded me of something I did long ago. Every session, I would provide each player with a sheet of information the character could be expected to know. This information was often relevant to the current situation (a druid might know things …

Goodberry MonthlyLost in Time and Space

You looked into the light. You fell through the hole. You read the words on the page.Where are you now?1. The Infinite HotelYou feel the rough flatweave against your cheek. Open your eyes: it's red. A tacky red - a red carpet reserved for midwestern motels and cheap dentists' offices. You lift your head: there is a door. A wooden door with a brass handle and a key-lock. To your left and right, similar doors. Behind you, more. You are in a hallway - a straight line - and either way there are d…

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Spouting LoreMajor Arcana: The Nhing Codex

Over on the Dungeon World Discord, Razorkiss asked this interesting question:Imagine you're trying to model scary Mythos tomes in DungeonWorld. Y'know, we're talking about The Necronomicon here. You want to create a custom move that represents the dangers of reading it, the dangers of gaining knowledge at the expense of sanity. I feel like the first instinct would be that this is a +WIS move, because, y'know, the Will save and all of its attendant baggage. But... is that the way you'd really wa…

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The Indie Game Reading ClubVignettes

We’re a couple actual-play sessions into Shattered City, UFO Press’ latest Legacy–derived game, and it’s delivering an interesting experience. Rather than blow-by-blow whaddaydo whaddayado play, each session is a vignette. There’s a clear opening with an explicit situation, a nice little arc with miss-generated complications, and closure at the end of the session. They feel… Continue reading Vignettes →The post Vignettes appeared first on The Indie Game Reading Club.

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A Distant ChimeCastle Xyntillan Session 23: A Thief Takes the Throne

In the last session, the party plundered the rooms of the vampire Countess Maltricia, encountered and slew her husband, and suffered a level drain! Will they be able to get away from Maltricia? Will they hunt down the remaining vampires? All this and more in this week's session of Castle Xyntillan!The PartyLongo Lightfoot, Halfling Thief, wears a sky-blue headscarf. Played by CaptainSabatini.Corby the Joyful, Human Cleric of Sucellus, wears a short, conical hat. Played by diregrizzlybear.Idr…

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Hack & SlashOn a Crisis of Housing

Hi.It is wild times out there.From October 21st to October 31st, I'm donating 20% of my proceeds on DTRPG to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).This week, I personally became aware of the increasing homeless in our city. The Mortgage Bankers Association released a report saying over six million citizens of the United states of America did not pay rent in September. That's more than 1 in every hundred Americans.You can't trust anything, but you should know that the MBA noted…

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Jeffs GameblogFun times in the Ethel System

So I've been having some Traveller thoughts again. Good ol' Trav comes with a clearly defined method of insterstellar transport, the jump drive, and some pretty good parameters for whether or not you'd like to live on any given planet, the Universal World Profile.Imperial Starfire dares ask the question,"What if Dejah Thoris wasa birdwoman from Ophiuchi?But what if these things, method of FTL travel and suitability of worlds for habitation, weren't fixed? There are examples of games where th…

Dungeon WordsUrban Shadows - EP 1 - Drop me at the Drop - La Città

un vicolo oscuro, una vampira, un cadavereDopo la sessione zero è giunto il momento di fare sul serio, quattro giocatori e una città piena di oscuri segreti, chi avrà la meglio?Iniziamo con la prima sessione della nuova campagna di Urban Shadows. Potete trovare gli altri episodi nella pagina dedicata a Urban Shadows.I giocatori sono (in rigoroso ordine alfabetico):Marco - che ha scelto di giocare

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Weird & Wonderful WorldsSaker Tarsos: Weird & Wonderful Interviews

This is an interview with Saker Tarsos of Tarsos Theorem. He was one of the first people in the OSR blogosphere I became friends with, and I've always been a big fan of his. He's bringing some really interesting ideas to tabletop RPGs, particularly through his use of coding tools and generators, but also through various other kinds of alternative mechanics (which in retrospect we did not discuss as much as I would have liked, but goblin's henchman has also discussed one of these). Also, we talke…

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The AlexandrianThe Secret Life of Nodes – Part 3: Fractal Nodes

Go to Part 1 An idea we’ve sort of been flirting with here is that node-based design is fundamentally fractal: You can “zoom in” on a node and break it apart into more nodes. Or, conversely, you can “zoom out” of the local collection of nodes you’ve been adventuring in and discover it’s all part […]

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Magic Item] Knoakes Naughty Lantern

Knoakes Naughty Lantern ‘Don’t light that thing! Throw it out the window! Smash it! Break it!’ Chalk shouted at Navnen as he was about to light his new acquisition; a magical lantern. ‘But remember that time it unlocked that magical … Continue reading →

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d4 CaltropsReturn of the Mountain Hexes II

Decided to dust off my Wilderness Hexes project and continue climbing towards 100 for each Terrain-type. Here are five more Mountain Hexes!Here's a brief breakdown of what's in this draft:An Intriguing Religious RuinA Well-Earned Scenic VistaBlanched, Barrow-Like CragsA Humongous HermitA Meeting of Massive WaterfallsBrowse the hexes tag on this blog for more.

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  • hex crawls
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False MachineGelly Cube

(Another in my attempt to 'Goosify' the Top Ten Emblematic D&D Monsters)More correctly, the 'Gelid Kjub', 'Silent Square', or 'Sorrowful Solid Square'.Silent, hunting through the gloom, slipping through the moonlit trees, oozing in through front windows pickle-people bobbing and knocking on the door-frame as it seeps. A hunter of sorrow, the Cubes comes when you are sad. Creatures of unstoppable nothing, remorseless, the Gelly Cube can not, will not, stop, until you are cubed, or until you che…

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  • Goose-Gold & Goblins
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IdiomdrottningOSE, O5R, and OSR monster stats

I’ve seen some questions lately about to what extent 5e is compatible with OSE monsters and especially vice versa. I wonder if such questions kind of stem from a remnant of the 3e/4e philosophy of serving up a sequence of balanced encounters. A monster has four components: Armor class Hit points Attack accuracy Damage output (both damage per attack, and number of attacks) And specials. Which can be completely out there. “This monster can walk through walls”, “this monster makes the law a real ph…

tenfootpole.orgAustralis Barrows – The Halls of Eternal Ice

By Robin Fjarem lalath OSR/Generic Level ? A bright red star has appeared in the sky. People call it the Evening Star. Ever since its arrival strange things have started to happen. Wild animals are going feral, odd abominations roam … Continue reading →

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Darkworm ColtAventuria, FKR-style: Known Regions: Middle Kingdom (Mittelreich)

Capital: GarethLimited by: Finsterkamm mountains, Salamandersteine mountains, Schwarze Sichel mountains, Trollzacken mountains, Raschtulswall mountains, Amboss mountain, Kosch mountainsEarthly equivalent: Germany in the Middle AgesSociety: feudal (land is owned by noblemen - counts and dukes - who in turn are under the control of the emperor). Most nobles rule in castles, where they live with their knights and armed troops. Some knights own land themselves. The basis of the feudal society are…

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  • aventuria
  • das schwarze auge
  • DSA
  • fkr
  • free kriegsspiel revolution

The Bogeyman's CaveADHD Update: Two Classes Only!

Click the image to check out the new version!So I know literally only last month I redesigned the magic system, but I did it again. Not too much has changed, but there are now only 36 spells available, split into 6 elements of magic for the convenience of rolling randomly.The bigger change is that I removed Prophets and Rogues from the class list. This is likely to be a controversial opinion, but here is my reasoning:Prophets didn't really have a decent reason for existing, at least in that s…

In Places DeepKommando Kronikles: Song of the Shape

The Bishopric of LychgateOr Hallowe'en Defeated!Characters PresentSir Istvan the Vulgar Knight (Foul Changeling Fighter)Sir Uein of the World (Human Fighter)Abraham, Lord of the Prison (Human Rogue)Father Kozel of the Wood (Fair Changeling Cleric)Mother Johanna of the Church of St Santa Claus (Human Cleric)Shocktober 16thWith Sir Frederick van Bull away at his trading post in Frogguts, and Stavros Chrysophylax Balsamon taken by some strange and debilitating mood, the leadership of the H…

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  • 5e
  • halloween
  • howling kommandos
  • Nightwick Abbey
  • play reports
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Playing Dice with the UniverseDungeon level zero is in the can

I've finished drawing and keying dungeon sub-levels 0A and 0B, the aboveground sections of the Fiendish Temple. They fit together quite nicely on a two-page spread, if I do say so myself.So that means that now all I have left to do to get this module done are the underground sub-levels (all fourteen of them, oy…) and the appendices. Hey, if I can manage to knock out two sub-levels an evening, this baby could see publication in less than two weeks! Sweet!

Methods & MadnessDTRPG's Halloween gold run - free stuff!

DTRPG's Halloween sale is on!*Almost all of my own products are 25% off due to the sale, since I write mostly dark fantasy stuff.Dark Fantasy Basic and Dark Fantasy Characters are close to getting a gold badge! Can we make it until Halloween?Well, just in case, here are some coupons with bigger discounts for the readers of this blog. They are good until Halloween!https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?discount=91ccc8a4d3https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?discount=97a265c93fDark Fanta…

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These Old GamesSumming It Up - B2 Session 4

The characters came out of session four in good order, but I am regretting a few things. So far the characters have a grand total of 2659 experience between combat, good tactics and treasure.In my campaigns, I generally only have silver and gold pieces. B2 assumes that all five coin types will be used which makes experience tabulation a nightmare. Annoying.Second, I gave the characters several hundred points of experience for good ideas and role play. The standout events were Solvo playing dea…

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  • AD&D
  • B2 - Keep on the Borderlands
  • D&D
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2020-10-20

Hall of the Grymlorde™Depictions of Plus Sized People in RPGs Part I

In this series, I look at the depiction of plus-sized (large and/or overweight men & women) in role-playing games (RPG), both video and tabletop as well as consider their depiction in literary influences.1933“You are no soldier,” hissed the stranger at last. “You are a thief like myself.”“And who are you?” asked the Cimmerian in a suspicious whisper.“Taurus of Nemedia.”The Cimmerian lowered his sword.“I’ve heard of you. Men call you a prince of thieves.”A low laugh answered him. Taurus wa…

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  • 3e
  • AD&D
  • BBW
  • BHM
  • CRPG
  • D&D
  • NWN
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  • SSBBW
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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

Treasure Hunters HQHOW TO KILL IMAGINARY MONSTERS

HOW TO KILL IMAGINARY MONSTERSby SpecialGuestStar(Clip and save)Silver bullets won’t harm Draculas. They only harm Wolfmans. They also harm Ratmans, Tigermans, and Boarmans. they will harm Bearmans but Bearmans are generally law-abiding and helpful, if misunderstood.For Draculas you need a crossbow with wooden stakes blessed by a priest and then holy wafers. Also works against Blackulas.Mummies just have to get wetTrolls? Fire or acidZombies sizzle when you throw salt on themThe Creature…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Forgotten Smugglers' Cave #6: Bat Cave (aka Bloody Mess)

This is an installment of The Forgotten Smugglers' Cave, which starts here.Area 56. BAT CAVE (aka BLOODY MESS): The only entrance to this cave is the tunnel from Area 5 to the south, a narrow (single-file only), winding, and rubble-filled passage. Moving north through this passage, characters will note increasing humidity, a strong acrid smell, and reddish guano on the floor.The cave itself is oval, about 20 ft. east-west and 30 ft. north-south, with many stalactites, some dripping water. The…

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  • Adventures
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  • Pirates
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Dyson's DodecahedronOld School “Non-Repro Blue” Maps

There is a cargo-cultish love for “old school blue” maps within the OSR. Personally I can’t stand them because my …Continue reading →

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Blood, Death, Satan & MetalMy Blog Has The Best Chat Bots (w/ Bonus Necromancer NPC!)

It appears that the comments of several of my posts have been infested by chatbots. Normally, I would not be a fan. However, they seem to have latched on quite aptly to the content of the blog, so I can't complain.Yes, I have Illuminati, occultist chatbots. Please don't call the WhatsApp or whatever they're posting, but go ahead and check them out over on the Dark Lord Blood and Lucky Idiot Weapon posts. I have no idea why the Lucky Idiot post became ground zero, I think it may have just been t…

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  • NPC

Lich Van Winkle's Return to GamingThe Topless Ladies of '70s Role-Playing Games

This entry includes forty-year-old drawings of naked women that appeared in role-playing game books. My remarks here are intended neither as prudish nor as endorsement. I think nudity is fine, and sex in role-playing games is fine, if everybody involved is on board. People should enjoy their fantasies.This is merely commentary on a conspicuous aspect the culture of role-playing games in the 1970s and very early 1980s. I think about why fantasies are the way they are.At the same time, I really …

ThoughtyThe Map is not The Territory with Chris Longhurst

Today I have an interview with Chris Longhurst on The Map is not The Territory, a project debuting today on Kickstarter! This project uses one map and many perspectives to give a variety of experiences of play – a really cool idea! Check out Chris’s replies below. — Thanks for joining me for an interview,...

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Wrathofzombie's BlogOrcs! A High Octane Adventure Kickstarter- 11 Days Left- A YouTube Q&A and A Buttload of Art

We are soooo close to reaching the funding goal (about $1,500 at the time of…

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  • DIY RPG Productions
  • Hubris Campaign Setting
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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Forgotten Smugglers' Cave #5: Smugglers' Bunk

This is an installment of The Forgotten Smugglers' Cave, which starts here.Area 6Area 7Area 35. SMUGGLERS' BUNK: This is a dry, sandy cave, roughly oval (30 ft east-west by 20 ft north-south) with three visible exits, south (sloping down to Area 3), north (Area 6, a narrow and rubble-filled passage) and east (Area 7). During the day, the room is dimly lit by a narrow natural chimney to the surface in the center of the ceiling (30 ft. high), although there are also several rusty torch sconces…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Forgotten Smugglers' Cave #4: End of the Line

This is an installment of The Forgotten Smugglers' Cave, which starts here.Area 34. END OF THE LINE: The rusty rails from Area 3 extend east into tunnel 10 ft. wide and high, the walls and floor of which show occasional signs of being worked to widen and smooth the passage. The tunnel slopes up slightly to the east, and there is no natural light here. Every so often an odd bit of timber, rope or metal, or empty rum bottle lies discarded at one side or the other of the tunnel. Heading east, at …

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  • Adventures
  • Forgotten Smugglers' Cave
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  • Portown Campaign
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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Forgotten Smugglers' Cave #1-2 & Intro

This is the start of The Forgotten Smugglers' Cave, a new adventure I am posting on the blog as I write it. Below are the Background, Location, Area 1 and Area 2. Subsequent posts are limited to a single area. The dungeon can be navigated using the links surrounding each map. Note that the posts in this series are subject to revision as it 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 …

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Shuttered RoomKALKOTH: Monster Conversion - Lone Wolf to D&D adjacent and Call of Cthulhu 5e.

Kalkoth by Rich Longmore.One of my favourite Lone Wolf monsters, from one of my favourite (and my first) Lone Wolf gamebooks - The Caverns of Kalte.These big cats with paralytic venom dwell in the tunnels and chambers of Ikaya, a fortress built by the Ancients. There is a bit of At the Mountains of Madness flavour to the set-up, as the Ancients are long gone and -even though claimed as a palace by the ruler of the Ice Barbarians- Ikaya is basically a big dungeon, crawling with ancient monsters…

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  • bosr
  • call of cthulhu
  • conversions
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Adventures under the Dark SunExcerpt from the Wander's Journal

I have been pulling a lot of overtime at work, so I have been unable to do a lot of writing for my blog lately. However, I want to share something, so I have taken an excerpt from The Wanderer's Journal, from the original Dark Sun boxed set.Sometimes I get so caught up with the extensive lore and history that I forget what Dark Sun is really about. It's about survival against the brutality of Athas. Everyday that your character survives is a success."I live in a world of fire and sand. The cri…

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daimon gamesKilling Ulag

So, last Sunday we played a little more... We were all worried for a possible new lockdown and in general for the whole Covid situation, so it was not a "regular" game. We all wore masks and I guess nobody was really focused on the game.The best part for everyone was probably buying equipment at the start of the game. It was the first time they had enough gold coins to spend; the barbarian got an helm, the elf a shield, the wizard a staff. The dwarf had just 50 coins so had nothing to buy.Duri…

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  • ActualPlay
  • HeroQuest

In Places DeepPatreon Update: Level 1 Playable!

Geomorph 1-1 of Nightwick Abbey. Key available as a free sample.I'm proud to announce that over at the In Places Deep Patreon we have created a combined document for level 1 and for the player additions to the OSE rules! Now contributors have enough to begin playing their own version of Nightwick. Next month we'll begin with the second level!I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed so far for their support!In other news I have begun work on the deeper levels of Nightwick, which will soo…

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CROSS PLANESUniversal Monster Monday: Count Dracula for AD&D 2nd Edition and Ravenloft

Before Dungeons & Dragons, Champions, Art, Comic Books, or even Toys I LOVED the Universal Monsters. As a kid, the only books I'd check out of the elementary school library were these books that dealt with old monster movies. Most of those books deal with Universal Monsters. Here is the silly part, I was an absolute fraidy cat and couldn't even watch those old black and white movies without covering my eyes. It was crazy, but I loved them and here you are.Count DraculaClimate/Terrain: AnyFrequ…

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The 3 Toadstools Lets just call it a dungeon : level 2 WIP

Level 224 rooms2 big bads : red dragon, Shrieker (or something similar)Level 4 monstersMonster no treasure owlbear Neither light nor darkvision can penetrate the gloom in this chamber. An unnatural shade fills it, and the room's farthest reaches are barely visible. Near the room's center, you can just barely perceive a lump about the size of a human lying on the floor.special , monster - illusionary stairs, werewolf Rusting spikes line the walls and ceiling of this chamber. The dusty floor …

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  • megadungeon

Akratic WizardryDragonlance brouhaha

It looks like we may be spared another twee Dragonlance trilogy: “Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast is facing a lawsuit from Dragonlance co-creators Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman over scrapped plans for a book trilogy.”I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that, as a teenager, I enjoyed the original Dragonlance trilogy. I also owned a few of the modules and enjoyed the interesting maps and art at the time, but never managed to run or play them. Even just reading the adventures, t…

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2020-10-19

The Wandering GamistFive Torches Deep Review, Part 2: Encumbrance and Dumpstats

Continued from part 1, where I ran through the contents of Five Torches Deep and provided an overview of its subsystems.As I noted there, I do not like Five Torches Deep.There are two types of failures: failures by excess, and failures by deficiency. 5TD's failures by excess are more glaring so I will talk about them first.5TD is over-committed to "toiling Souls-like grindhouse" / "travel and resources", to "no dumpstats", and to "magic is haphazard", I believe to its detriment as a game. I w…

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The Wandering GamistFive Torches Deep: Homesteads Review

At the end of my long series reviewing Five Torches Deep, I joked that I should review their Homesteads supplement. I skimmed it over lunch a bit ago and by the end a review seemed unavoidable.Homesteads has some nice ideas but there is at least one gaping hole in its implementation. Like a "did they really just spend a sixth of the product doing setup for a subsystem and then leave all the actual mechanics as an exercise to the reader?" gaping hole.Homesteads is twelve (12) pages including th…

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The Wandering GamistFive Torches Deep Review, Part 3: Supply and Equipment

Previously, I discussed issues with encumbrance and dump-stats in Five Torches Deep. Today, issues with supply and equipment.Supply is almost a good idea and I want to love it. I've been kicking around ways to make dealing with mundane equipment simpler and less book-keeping for some years now and something like Supply crossed my mind, under-specified adventuring equipment that you can make into concrete equipment during the adventure.But this particular implementation of Supply is tied tightl…

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  • Complaining
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Red Dice DiariesSkeleton Warriors

In this episode we discuss another monster from the classic Fiend Folio, this time it’s the turn of the relentlessly obsessive Skeleton Warrior. – Title Music: Fireworks by Alexander Nakarada (Public Domain)https://freepd.com/electronic.php Want to get involved in the conversation? – You can leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/RDDRPGPodcast– Or you can email us at: RDDRPGpodcast@gmail.com You … Continue reading "Skeleton Warriors"

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Delta's D&D HotspotDamn You, Gygax! Part 4

Previously, I wrote a series of posts called "Damn You, Gygax!" on a theme: That in the transition from Original D&D to Advanced D&D (circa 1977-1979), Gygax stumbled several times in trying to make the system "fully abstract" (i.e., applicable to any world or milieu), thereby losing the flavor, specificity, visceralness, and game-mechanical utility of the original.That series had 3 parts, but was originally intended to have 4. The prior parts focused on:Diseases switching from real-world name…