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2020-04-04

Sorcery & Super Science!The Salt Mine Series

This is what Suzi Yee and I have been spending a lot of time on recently. If you like supernatural investigator/spy/monster hunter stories, TV shows, or movies, you'll probably enjoy The Salt Mine series. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read them for free. Otherwise, they're just a few bucks each for the e-book and well worth it.

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  • Fiction

Doomslakers!Rats!

Happy World Rat Day, everybody!

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Goblin PunchMonsters of the Mythic Underworld

These monsters are natives of the Mythic Underworld. The Dungeon beneath all dungeons. The darkened halls that we all visit in our earliest nightmares. The liminal ur-space that borders Hell as well as your grandmother's cellar.These monsters don't necessarily have a full history, biology, or psychology. (This is probably because I couldn't come up with anything good.)That's okay. They're still good monsters.I've mostly not bothered with full stats. Assume AC as chain, improvise the rest. You…

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  • bestiary

ZENOPUS ARCHIVESDon Turnbull on the Sample Dungeon as "Coherent" dungeon design

THE PHOENIX (later just PHOENIX) was "A British Board Wargamers Magazine" published by SimPubs, a UK affiliate of the company SPI, from 1976 until 1982 (36 issues total, which are available here on spigames.net). As Dungeons & Dragons ramped up popularity during the era of Holmes Basic, Don Turnbull wrote a semi-regular column for this magazine called "D&D: Notes from the Underworld" (likely a play on Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground). It started in issue #15 and ran for eight installmen…

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  • Sample Dungeon
  • TSR UK
  • Turnbull
  • White Dwarf

The Wandering GamistMoney Up Front: Henchmen

Continuing the theme of turning money-over-time problems into up-front costs [1][2] in support of loose-consistency open-table ACKS games: henchman wages.What happens if, instead of a monthly wage, we take the monthly wage and multiply it by 30, as an up-front hiring cost?LevelUp-front Cost (gp)0360175021,50033,00046,000512,000624,000748,000890,0009217,50010360,000111,050,000121,800,000134,350,0001410,500,000Magic items and fiefs can be used to pay this cost, at…

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  • ACKS

The Ruins of Murkhill™ - Original Dungeons & Dragons Campaign 2020 - The Year of Blackmoor - 50th Anniversary - Day Ninety-Four

Celebrating 2020 - The Year of Blackmoor - 50th Anniversary of Blackmoor and of Role-Playing!Today is Part 39 of my series of looks at OD&D starting with Monsters & Treasure Volume 2.**For those coming in, in the middle of this series I am giving you my take on OD&D during my first exposure starting in Sept of 1975. For this first part it is just the first three books of the original woodgrain box set and prior to obtaining the Greyhawk, Blackmoor and later Supplements.**Today we continue on …

Kill It With Fire!The Party Actual Play Report

A while back, I made the game The Party, which is basically a list of odd characters and one paragraph of rules. If I do say so myself, it's the ultimate pick up and play TRPG. We've played it a couple times now, and I'm here to tell you how the latest session went.We played a version of Night of the Walking Wet. Here, have the map I drew for the overland. Then scroll down to the report below it.To do things, roll a d20 and the GM will roll one too. If it seems to be something you would be bet…

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  • carousing
  • I made an RPG
  • maps
  • My Campaigns and houserules
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Mazirian's GardenDowntime Activities: Spiritual Exercises

A young Jedi descends into an evil hollow to learn about his dark side. A paladin has broken a vow of her order, and wishes to regain her purity by embarking on a quest. A priest devotes himself to the study of a perilous branch of the holy law to draw new miracles from his faith. A monk has come upon a place of the ancients and wishes to meditate there to understand its nature.This is an open-ended system for engaging in spiritual exercises like this. It is part of a system of downtime actions,…

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  • Downtime
  • Downtime Activities
  • Sandbox
  • Spiritual Exercises

2020-04-03

Goblin PunchStat Squish and the Lawful Roll

People have criticized the GLOG thus:"For a game that says that stats don't matter very much, they seem to matter a lot. Since so many things are decided by rolling under a stat, and stats vary so much, your starting stats matter a lot. This reduces the impact of good gameplay."FIRST OF ALL: a lot of that comes down to how often your DM asks for stat checks, and how often the players work to bypass situations that require stat checks. (This is all your fault, not mine.)Secondly: Eh, that's a …

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  • bestiary
  • joesky
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DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERMaze Rats: Praise for a game I already adore

I love Maze Rats. It is (as of posting) Pay What You Want. Go grab it. Now. I recently interviewed Ben Milton, the designer of Maze Rats. We talked about running games for kids and Ben explained that is how he came to design Maze Rats. He wanted something that could just be printed out … Continue reading Maze Rats: Praise for a game I already adore →

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Late Night ZenDestiny combat

Image by Pete LinforthI've been noodling with a concept I call destiny combat, which is how the very wise and powerful get their revenge on each other. The idea is that with a great deal of planning and effort, you can ensure a rival fulfils their destiny in the absolute worst way possible.The foundational premise is that everyone has a destiny, whether it be large or small. You're fated to live and die in a particular way, and that's unchangeable. But while the outline may be fixed, the detai…

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  • campaign idea
  • magic
  • setting
  • world-building

Darkworm ColtQuick rules for playing D&D, any edition

(c) Den Yang-HoSo you want to throw together a new game, but it has to happen real quick, and maybe, just maybe, if y'all like it, you'll keep playing even without the books. I get it.Let me make a suggestion:Surf over to Matthew's quality blog and read all about his GENIUS idea, "Adventure Points".Create your character. For cool skills, spells, abilities or equipment, pillage your game books.What kind of game do you want to play? Hardcore OD&D stuff where, at least for starting characters,…

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  • d&d
  • old school
  • OSR

Follow Me And Die!Helping Others Game Online

I am starting a regular Twitch stream on how to do things in Roll20. I will be making things that I can later add to my Roll20 Series, Roll20 for the Absolute Beginner. The first session will be tonight, Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC). So come watch and learn and … Continue reading Helping Others Game Online →The post Helping Others Game Online appeared first on Follow Me And Die!.

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ChicagoWiz's GamesStreaming, gaming and podcasting

I had an opportunity last night to be interviewed by Hobbs of Hobbs & Friends, a long runing RPG/OSR-friendly podcast. We were talking about Three Hexes, as well as talking about how to transition between mass combat and 1:1 D&D scale - a subject that is near and dear to my heart!The way Hobbs does it, he streams as he records his podcast, giving his audience a chance to interact and see things as they're done. Here's a link to the stream video!Watch Hobbs & Friends #60 from Hobbs665 on www.tw…

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  • AD&D
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  • podcast
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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsWhat Is Wisdom, Really?

I’ll have more to say about overlapping ability scores, but I want to go back and discuss Wisdom some more. On Why I Like both Wisdom and Intelligence, PatrickW had this to say:High INT, low WIS is absent-minded genius.High WIS, low INT is Edith Bunker.The difference is clear.Is it, though?Leaving aside the characterization of Edith Bunker as low INT (she’s clearly way smarter than Archie, possibly smarter than Gloria, and I’d consider Gloria above average,) I don’t think Wisdom means the s…

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  • ability
  • dnd

NorthportTiger King

Like most of you, I spent some of quarantine watching stories on netflix that were so sensational that they bordered on fiction… here are some somewhat fictional versions of those larger than life characters. As a disclaimer, a relative of … Continue reading →

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  • GURPS
  • Tiger King

Alex Schroeder: IndieS.M.A.R.T. RPG and King Arthur Pendragon

I got a very nice voice mail by the Goblin Henchman in response to my latest Halberds and Helmets Podcast episode on Just Halberds, my simple 2d6 game. It talked about their own simple 1d6 game, the S.M.A.R.T. RPG. It basically boils everything down to the AD&D surprise system, of all things. I recommend reading up on it. 🙂Characters have five attributes in the range of 1–6 and you roll 1d6: rolling your number or lower is a success, and the measure of your success is how high you rolled. Thus,…

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  • Old School
  • Pendragon
  • Indie
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Dyson's DodecahedronFiddling with Gamma World, & how far I’ll go for a dumb gag

I’ve probably mentioned somewhere in the past that I’ve run a lot of Gamma World over the years. And I’ve …Continue reading →

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BEARDED DEVILAdventurers of Elfhame

My players completed a Session 0 for our Elfhame campaign last weekend. Here’s the party as they currently stand:

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  • Roleplaying
  • art
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  • Elfhame

The Other Side blogOld School meets New Tech and vice versa

A couple of neat things happening here at the Ole' Brannan Family Game Dungeon this week.My kids are missing their weekly D&D games in this quarantine time so tonight they will be running a D&D game over Roll20. We took the plunge and bought a Pro account. We will see how it will go. If they like it I might even try it myself.So while they are using new tech to run an "old" game. I just a new copy of an old game.My friend Greg heard I no longer had my copy of the original FASA Trek game. Lost…

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  • 5e
  • Roll20
  • sci-fi
  • Star Trek

Alex Schroeder: IndieEpisode 30

On the 2d6 system I’ve been using for my new campaign: Just Halberds. How to create a character, how to resolve conflicts, and for combat, how to combine initiative, attack, and damage, into one opposed roll.https://alexschroeder.ch/podcast/30-halberds-and-helmets.mp3Links:Norbert G. Matausch’s Landshut RulesNorbert G. Matausch’s interview with Bob Meyer on Ancient-School RoleplayingSecrets of Blackmoor on the early role-playing game that David Arneson ranChristopher Kubasik’s notes on an …

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  • RPG
  • Indie
  • 2d6
  • Just Halberds
  • Halberds and Helmets Podcast

In My CampaignJust The Rules: Classes

Part of the premise of Just The Rules is that specific artifacts — classes, feats, spells, etc. — will initially be jettisoned. The purpose is to get down to the core behavior of the game and build up. This might lead to similar artifacts, different ones, or even the same …

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  • A-Z Challenge 2020
  • Just The Rules

noise sans signal[finished](Annual) map giveaway

(Apologies for frequent edits) In times of G+ (which I still miss) I used to do once-per-year giveaway of some clumsily-made sketchbooks; if people wanted to pay for shipping, I added painted maps to it. This year I am just giving away maps because I hope that the slim letter has better chances to be delivered in timely manner than a more bulky parcel. In the light of this, the map will be

FASA Games, Inc.Champions Challenge Pg 46 by Don Higgins

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Alles Ist ZahlSharing the cognitive load

This is a re-post of a blog article I wrote for The Gauntlet Blog.It's an article for online game facilitators and how they can structure the social aspects of a game session: how to discuss the game, bring in safety tools and eventually how to share the roles which usually all seem to automatically fall into the facilitator's lap with other players. I provide a template I created for your convenience. The final paragraphs are dedicated to how to end a sessions, namely how to do a debrief - and…

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  • english
  • laog
  • progress
  • rpg

Throne of SaltA Patreon Update and Unicorn Meat!

Hey so, I have changed things up over on my patreon and switched out the old Grab-Bag posts with access to my drafts folder, where all my projects-in-progress will go. This is open to all backers at all levels.So far, there are two in there:#1 - Lighthouse 0.2 rules are go!This is mostly an outline expanding on the ideas I put together in the first post for now, but it has all the major headings I want to flesh out and will be filled in as we go along in this plague-stricken hell timeline. I h…

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The AlexandrianDragon Heist: The Final Session – Epilogues

Go to Part 1 EPILOGUE: HONORS They contacted Vajra and made arrangements for the gold to be brought out of Neverember’s Vault. It took workers the better part of a full day to load it all up. A day later they stood upon the grand stairs in the courtyard of Castle Waterdeep in a carefully […]

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  • campaign journals
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Monsters and ManualsThe Real World is Weird Enough/Getting the Band Back Together - Ryuutama AP, Pt 1

Last night I sat down virtually with Patrick Stuart, Nate and David W to play Ryuutama.At one time this was a real-life weekly gaming group - we played campaigns of Apocalypse World, Cyberpunk 2020, D&D/Yoon-Suin, and a heck of a lot of one-shots and story games, many of which I can no longer remember (although Microscope and In a Wicked Age were certainly two of them). We continued to play Pendragon and D&D 5e for some years online, but had not really sat down to game a great deal together sin…

d4 CaltropsOSE Encounter Activities - Spider, Giant

With this entry, we reach a few milestones! We’re over halfway through the Monsters in OSE (seventy down, sixty-eight more to go)! Also, here we have our first “pun monster.”Giant Spiders make great dungeons denizens. Their webbing makes for delightful decoration, and they’re a dead-simple way to slightly squick out most people due to their alien nature (too many eyes, too many legs, inscrutable goals, etc).As I’ve admonished before, should you find yourself playing with someone who is genuine…

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  • d100
  • encounters
  • OSE
  • OSE Encounters
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Mixed Signals GamingDynamic Campaign System

This is Part 10 of a series wherein we talk about generating an entire campaign, on-the-fly, for your favorite fantasy role-playing game(s). In the future, it might have a tighter focus on either D&D or Pathfinder, but for now, let's consider this material more-or-less generic.NOTE: All the usual polyhedron dice are used for DCS, though today, we'll only be using 1d12.01: Cosmology01.01: What came before? (continued...)What existed before this world? Was...

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  • gaming
  • rpg
  • dnd
  • dcs

FASA Games, Inc.Children of the Dragon

The real world is seeing strange and uncertain times. As a suburbanite of the Chicagoland area I just had my…

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  • Earthdawn
  • Denairastas
  • Developers Blog
  • Iopos
  • kickstarter
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  • Sourcebook

False Machine17 The chain of the Lunar Majesty

Scrap has given us a sessile larvae form of a Piper of Azathoth.And asked for the nature of this;Takayuki Takeya costume design for Kamen Rider or similar showBut first Marketing marketing blah blah blahWe smashed our DCO2 stretch goal.Six Days Left on the KickstarterNEW INSANE STRETCH GOALAlso,If anyone wants an interviewor something like that in the next 6 days let me know and one or more of us should be availableAnd nowThe chain of the Lunar MajestyThis is the spirit of a Dead Deo…

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  • DCO2
  • Marketing
  • ping pong
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Sorcery & Super Science!Hen Pecked (The Salt Mine 8) is Out

Got a new Salt Mine book out!Welcome to the Salt Mine, a black ops agency that monitors and manages supernatural activity from its subterranean headquarters in the deep mineral mines of Detroit, Michigan. When magic is real, someone has to keep it in check.After a series of unexplained deaths during deer hunting season in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Salt Mine sends Agent Teresa Martinez, codename Lancer, to investigate as a correspondent for the Institute of Tradition. With the help of the…

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  • Fiction

Spriggan's DenInixon – Against the Dwellers of the Isle of Dread

I returned to university last year and right now it doesn’t look like classes will resume until may at the earliest. So I really can’t pass up on the opportunity to get a new online campaign off the ground. And this is as good a time as any to finally make use of my old … Continue reading "Inixon – Against the Dwellers of the Isle of Dread"

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  • gamemastering
  • rpgs
  • sword & sorcery
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Green Sun
  • sandbox

Aggregate CognizanceAnatomy of a Metaplot Milestone

Expanding on the example from my last post, I’ve done a bit of thinking as to how the milestone trait and pool might work. First, we have the milestone trait itself. It’s a lot like a distinction statement, with a die rating: Build a Settlement d4. The statement defines very clearly what the milestone does: […]

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  • Cortex
  • game design
  • Tribe 8

These Old GamesStrictly (Duke) Springer - Day 103 – April 2nd.

Duke isn’t pleased with all of the guys packed in the hold of the ship. Emily had the engineers install the TL-6 guns. If we get in a fight, we are going to be in trouble. All we can muster is a pair of Hoppers as the turrets are down.If we get caught, explaining 45 freedom fighters will be hard. They’ll execute us. It’s really not worth the 13,500 secs. we will get for dropping them off and returning to Mynkuria. Sigh.Our outboard trip is peaceful and arrival in system is boring. We find a se…

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  • Star Smuggler

The Ruins of Murkhill™ - Original Dungeons & Dragons Campaign2020 - The Year of Blackmoor - 50th Anniversary - Day Ninety-Three

Celebrating 2020 - The Year of Blackmoor - 50th Anniversary of Blackmoor and of Role-Playing!Today is Part 38 of my series of looks at OD&D starting with Monsters & Treasure Volume 2.**For those coming in, in the middle of this series I am giving you my take on OD&D during my first exposure starting in Sept of 1975. For this first part it is just the first three books of the original woodgrain box set and prior to obtaining the Greyhawk, Blackmoor and later Supplements.**Today we continue on …

nerdwerdsRiver Banshee

When newborn daughters are thrown into rivers, the grim necessity of a desperate family to rid of itself of another mouth to feed, they sometimes rise again as the whispering undead. These creatures become one with the waters of the river, seeing and hearing everything along the ripples of water. They will whisper sweetly along the riverbanks, hoping to draw the curious out to them. Legend says that any who draw near a river banshee are stricken with deep sadness, and their voices will become pa…

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  • monsters

Meandering BanterWelcome!

Welcome to Meandering Banter!ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains GLOG classes, OSR rambling, bizarre heartbreakers, traces of discourse and has been manufactured in a facility that processes bullshit.You can find the reasonably complete index here. Comments are closed for business, but if you have a question, query, suggestion or just want to say hi, I strongly urge you to leave a comment on literally any post on my new blog, Slight Adjustments.Enjoy!

2020-04-02

ThoughtyScript Change Now Has Discord Emojis!

Check it out! https://briebeau.itch.io/script-change

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Dyson's DodecahedronRelease the Kraken on the Barrow Mounds of the Lich & Famous III

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

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  • Release the Kraken
  • RPG
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ThoughtyBehold, Products! Ultimate Micro-RPG Book Pre-Orders!

Hello all! I’ve been honored to be a part of the Ultimate Micro-RPG Book, edited by James D’Amato, which is currently on PREORDER! Preorders are a great way to support the product and the idea if you like it, because it lets big box stores know that there’s demand, so they’ll order more AND it...

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  • scifi
  • single player
  • story games
  • tabletop games
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brad j. murraystress

One of the core components of Diaspora Anabasis is stress. When you want to improve a rolled result, including helping someone else improve theirs, you take stress. But stress is not an inert hit points track you run out of. Stress is intended to minimally model, well, stress. This turns out to have pitfalls I […]

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  • actual play
  • design
  • diaspora
  • safety

Wrathofzombie's BlogBarbarians of the Ruined Earth Covers and New Art

Heyyo peeps! I hope you are all doing awesome! I hope you’re well and safe! First (and FINALLY) http://www.diyrpgproductions.com will take you to my blog. About time I got off my fucking ass and did that! Sheesh… Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting more pieces of art for Barbarians of the Ruined Earth, […]

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  • Black Hack
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These Old GamesThat's Not New or Maybe It Is.

Well, I've finally jumped off the deep end and launched a new project.I discovered a few things about podcasting at least.First, never wear a windbreaker.Two, paper scripts are good for editing, but if you use them while recording, people hear it.Your talking speed is not what you think it is.And item D... It ain't as easy as you'd think.But, here it is. It's rather raw but let me know what you think.Show notes are as follows:In this episode, I'll be looking at the 1981 solo game, Barbar…

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  • Pilot Episode
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Throne of SaltThe Wizard's Fugue - December Patreon Post

Sam CarrAnyone can become a wizard. Phenomenal cosmic power can be yours at the low low cost of being driven irrevocably insane.This is fine. Wizards do not give a shit about safety.The Wizard’s Fugue is a single-player game, of sorts. Maybe more of a writing exercise. Always start with FOOL. Choose randomly if you want, choose a limited number if you want.0 FOOLProperty is bequeathed, goodbyes are said, affairs are put in order. From hereon, the initiate is dead to themselves and the world.…

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The Indie Game Reading ClubA Few of My Favorite (Trindie) Things

I posted the 2014 edition of my ongoing “Best of the Twenty-Teens” series recently. In it, I called 2014 “The Year of the Trindie,” which got me thinking about what trindie even means. There’s quite a lot in that space as I conceive it: conventional (“trad”) power and resolution arrangements paired with unconventional (“indie” aka… Continue reading A Few of My Favorite (Trindie) Things →The post A Few of My Favorite (Trindie) Things appeared first on The Indie Game Reading Club.

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The Other Side blogOld-School Essentials Spell Lists

Working on the OSE Warlock in my spare time. It's been fun but I want to be sure that all the spells are new in this one. So no repeats from any of the OSE books and none from my recent Basic-Era books like the Pagan and Pumpkin Spice Witches.I am also going with some different warlocks than what I had in my Swords & Wizardry Warlock book. So revised invocations and spells in some cases and all new ones in most others.The goal is, of course, to have a book that works great with Old-School Esse…

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FASA Games, Inc.Ha’Penny Pie Vol 2 Pg 34 by Don Higgins

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Doomslakers!That RPG Folder Named Desire

A continuation of this series right here.In a Strange Land by James D. Hargrove, hardest of the Hargroves, is a pulp fantasy hex crawly game.Layout is clean, art is very cool. It's a short game clocking in at 8 pages. Tight.The opening paragraph has a cryptic reference to a "solo-play board game of the early 80s". I believe this might be a reference to Dwarfstar Games' Barbarian Prince, but that's just a wild conjecture since I know nothing of that particular lost artifact of the past.Mechan…

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The Ruins of Murkhill™ - Original Dungeons & Dragons CampaignBroken Spoke Production and The Eighteen Pages and a Supplement (Update 04/02)

As of today, the links are dead and sadly the three pdfs have been taken down by the author.I have shared this information several places, but I decided to do a blog post to make it easier to share more widely. The source of this is at a location that I do not have access to, but several friends send me excerpts of things from time to time.An OSR poster known as derv does a little self-publishing of very interesting stuff as Broken Spoke Production.About three weeks ago he posted a link to wh…

The Nine and Thirty KingdomsWhich Scores Overlap? Part I

In Why I Like Both Wisdom and Intelligence, I talked about those two scores overlapping and suggested there may be other potential overlaps in the six ability scores. One thing I was thinking of was Strength and Constitution.Most people wouldn’t think of those two ability scores as overlapping. I mean, they are pretty well-defined, aren’t they? Constitution governs health and resistance to physical damage. Strength, on the other hand, is an active ability, rather than a passive one, and governs…

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

Arcane Candles In the darkness Navnen suddenly lit a candle that he had been saving for quite some time. In the dim light of the candle he saw a dagger on the table before him faintly glowing blue. Then a … Continue reading →

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In My CampaignJust The Rules: Basic Task Resolution

Eventually, someone is going to try something that is not absolutely certain to fail or absolutely certain to succeed. It is, however, more or less certain to do one of these. Existing Resolution Models Here is a brief look at how some games handle task resolution. d20-Based Resolution In Dungeons …

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  • A-Z Challenge 2020
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Dwarven AutomataAnnual Blog Check-In

It has been exactly one year since the last update here. I’m still alive (and healthy at the moment), still running a Stars without Number campaign that just reached sixty weekly sessions, and still working on my next OSR module to prepare it for publication. There’s a slight chance I will be a bit more […]The post Annual Blog Check-In appeared first on Dwarven Automata.

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FASA Games, Inc.Champions Challenge Pg 45 by Don Higgins

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Adventures under the Dark SunKvale

It was pointed out to me by Rovewin of Athas.org, that the Kvale is mentioned in the Ivory Triangle boxed set. However, they are not drawn up in any of the books. So, in an effort to rectify the situation, I have created the two mentioned kvales below.Kvale, GreenKvale, RedClimate/TerrainCrescent ForestCrescent ForestFrequencyUncommonUncommonOrganizationSolitary or PairSolitary or PairActivity CycleDayDayDietOmnivoreOmnivoreIntelligenceAnimal (1)Semi (2-4)TreasureNilQAlig…

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  • Monsters

d4 CaltropsOSE Encounter Activities - Lizard, Giant

Continuing the theme of “Giant” week, here are the Giant Lizards in OSE and B/X (the Rules Cyclopedia contains the same beasts, and only really adds their load and Barding Multiplier). They all make for interesting mounts honestly, imagine Blowgun bearing Hobgoblins astride soaring Dracos, Second-story Gnomes strapped to the backs of their vertical Geckos, an Illusionist and her faithful Horned Chameleon, or a battle hardened War Tuatara with a special spine accommodating saddle.I’ve run campai…

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Dragons Are Real052 Bonus Episode Call ins by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor

052 Bonus Episode Call ins by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor: I answer a host of call-ins to the show

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Goblin PunchLibrary of Asria: Part Three

by Pierre ClayettePart One - Part Two - SerylitesThe Library of Asria is the greatest library in all the world. Built atop catacombs of incinerated books, the library has continued to grow by rapaciously acquiring all books that it can.Anyone bringing a book into the city must allow it to be copied. (It will be returned promptly, and probably cleaned and repaired as well.) Anyone who seems interesting will be arrested, required to write a biography, paid, and released.The library is run by M…

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Shuttered RoomA Flock of Grotesque Flying Heads.

Dave Morris wrote some of the game material that had the most impact on my impressionable young mind, and it appears that he might have a thing about flying heads, and that is maybe why I have a thing about flying heads.So here's some flying heads, converted between systems.Dragonwarriors to D&D: Chonchon, Death's Head, Obsidiak and Skullghast.Image: a flock of grotesque flying heads.Leo Hartas, I think.See this post for an idea of how I arrive at the numbers below, and why there are choice…

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Gundobad GamesStreamlining Play: rules for Wealth & Currency (studying *A Land of Ice and Blades*)

I recently promised/threatened to polish off my mini-series on streamlining RPG processes by addressing streamlined mechanics for WEALTH and for DOMAIN PLAY (where you run an estate, manage a realm, etc.). Well, here we go [EDIT - this ended up with plenty to say on wealth, so I'll put most of the Domain discussion in a later post, but this will serve as a necessary introduction to that stuff].This will be far from comprehensive, but I want to highlight some ideas I’ve run into that could be us…

Gundobad GamesPlay-testing My Swashbuckling Solo Skirmish Rules!

Despite all the COVID shutdowns, things are very busy around here - I'm still teaching via online media, and this is that late-semester-crazy-busy season. Still, I have been able to get some gaming action in nonetheless. No doubt, this has nothing to do with the recent Pirates of the Caribbean viewings at our place, but...last weekend, one of my kids helped me do some further play-testing of a solo/coop minis skirmish ruleset I'm working on, intended for heroic swashbuckling/black powder action …

Doomslakers!Meme Me Merry Myrmidon #1

In a wise use of my time, I'm going to post all of the various silly, stupid, and slanderous memes I have created over the last many years. Here's the first post. Enjoy. Or at least smirk in disapproval.

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The Ruins of Murkhill™ - Original Dungeons & Dragons Campaign2020 - The Year of Blackmoor - 50th Anniversary - Day Ninety-Two

Celebrating 2020 - The Year of Blackmoor - 50th Anniversary of Blackmoor and of Role-Playing!Today is Part 37 of my series of looks at OD&D starting with Monsters & Treasure Volume 2.**For those coming in, in the middle of this series I am giving you my take on OD&D during my first exposure starting in Sept of 1975. For this first part it is just the first three books of the original woodgrain box set and prior to obtaining the Greyhawk, Blackmoor and later Supplements.**Today we continue on …

DIY & DragonsUrzya Powder Keg 2 - Boltinka Nakogard

Boltinka Nakogard is a city in the heart of the Northern Devastation Zone, far from the Capital, beyond the frontier of the Borderlands, a city of perpetual winter huddling alone in Urzya's frozen wastes.The city is home to two great households, both alike in dignity, both ancestors of the Dragon. The great houses were once vassals to a vampire queen, but the Noble is aged and ailing, and her authority has failed. Now the two houses' enmity flirts with open warfare, and each house dreams of a n…

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Mixed Signals GamingBlack Monastery

I picked up a hardcopy of [Black Monastery](https://froggodgames.com/frogs/product/the-black-monastery/) (you can also [purchase it as a PDF](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/112797/The-Black-Monastery--Pathfinder-Edition?affiliate_id=845571)), which I'd purchased once before as a PDF in a Humble Bundle and found to be slightly overwhelming as a digital-only module. The module, such as it is, consists of 87 pages of a single mega-dungeon, with no particular story or goal for the pla...

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2020-04-01

In My CampaignJust The Rules: Advancement

Not all creatures in role playing games are equal, being more or less powerful. In games based on Dungeons & Dragons, this is primarily a function of level or Hit Dice. In Dungeons & Dragons games, characters typically gain experience points for defeating enemies. Depending on edition, other activities can …

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Hall of the Mountain KingCity - The City of Blackmoor

City - The City of BlackmoorBlackmoor lies in ruins much as it did when the first humans found it sitting on the edge of Blackmoor Bay long centuries ago. The foundations of Blackmoor are set deeper and more firmly than bedrock. They touch upon the boundary of the black abyss and the nightmare dreams of Elder Gods who were never worshiped by man.Above ground, though in ruins, the shape of the human city still exists. The docks are empty except for the hulks of rotting ships, some no more than …

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Beyond Fomalhaut[BEYONDE] Further Pictures From Ohio

Those of you who remember the post about my visit to the beautiful all-American town of Athens, Ohio, and the chance meeting with two old-school reviewer luminaries – ludicrous as it seemed to meet both Prince and Bryce at the same time – will no doubt be happy to see my pictures again. They will perhaps be even more interested in this widened focus, including the minor original details omitted in the editing process. As Orson Welles had shown in one of his later movies, nothing is more educatio…

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Archon's CourtVERY HEAVY CUBE (GLOG Class)

Inspired partially by this video, but the blame should be placed on deus ex parabola on the OSR Discord.Very Heavy Cube OwnerWeapons technology marches onwards forever. In your case, the march of progress got lost in a dark alley. The cube has its benefits, you desperately think to yourself - it's much quieter than a gun, and it's not stopped by armor.These justifications do not stop anyone from laughing at your cube.A: THE CUBEB: Cube-Sight, Increased RangeC: Cube-CleaveD: Engraved Cube

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In My CampaignJust The Rules: Ability Scores

Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma. Starting values between 3-18. Don’t count on it. I see several things here that can change. Ability Score Values Dungeons & Dragons has used the 3-18 range for over 45 years, at least nominally. Up to Dungeons & Dragons 3e in 2000 you might …

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Unlawful GamesGLOG Class: A Very Normal Potato

Created by request of a certain yellow shark on the OSR discord.Class: Very Normal PotatoStarting Equipment: A small clay pot with some soil, ALTERNATIVELY a pinch of salt and a pat of butterStarting Skill: 1. Growing Eyes 2. Getting Moldy 3. Tasting DeliciousA: PotatoB: Po-tay-toeC: POTATOD: Poe-tat-ohPotato: You can't hold things. You can't climb ropes or ladders. Your Movement is 0 (Human Movement is 12) but if you are rolled down a hill your Movement is 15. You can be thrown with eno…

The Other Side blogWitchy Wednesdays: Motherland Returns, Magicians Retires

I mentioned all the great TV on now. Which is good since we are supposed to Shelter In Place here in Chicago-land until April 30. That, and I already finished watching "Tiger King".Well, it's Wednesday and that means we get new Magicians and new Motherland: Fort Salem.Sadly it is also the series finale of Magicians tonight and I have no idea how they are going to wrap this all up.Insert witty and caustic Margo quote here.I think I am going to have to do stats someday for the Magicians charac…

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These Old GamesStrictly (Duke) Springer - Day 102 – April 1st.

David and Duke need healing and rest, so we are off to the Spaceport. This is a player choice, David was downed by concussion and really doesn’t need healing, just some time off.We are of course detected on entry. We get an offer transport men to Nipna. They take up 2 CU in the ship and we will be paid 300 for each guy we transport. Emily agrees.Emily makes the weekly payment of 600 on the ship. We still have a few hours of daylight, so Duke get healed up at a price of 450 secs. Emily purchase…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESHolmes Ref: Equipment Sheet

Screenshot of the sheet. Click on the image for a larger viewHere is a new reference sheet for Holmes Ref, an expanded Equipment List:EQUIPMENT REFERENCE SHEET (single-sheet pdf)This is something I started working on a while back, put aside, and just came back to last week and finished.If you are not familiar with Holmes Ref, it's my slowly-accumulating series of reference sheets for Holmes Basic referees. The full set of Holmes Ref sheets & compilations can be found here.Notes on the Equip…

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The 3 Toadstools Here's another post that rambles

I am probably like a lot of games masters, in that I want to infinitely tweak things. I find that I can never decide on a system, an adventure, or a world to use. When I do make a decision, it only lasts for a little while and then I either get A. Bored with it, or B. Annoyed with it.Last night while I was trying to fall asleep I had a thought about creating a random table for myself and then just going with the results. Here's the exampleThe system that shane will run (Roll a d8)1. B/X with …

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Attercap.NetBag of Nails Issue 8: Old Bones

The eighth Down Darker Trails: Bag of Nails scenario, played in February 2020, was titled Old Bones. This scenario was intended to be a murder mystery with only mild supernatural elements.

The AlexandrianDragon Heist Remix – Addendum: Timelines & Starting the Campaign

Go to Part 1 A question I’ve been not infrequently asked is what starting date I used when running Dragon Heist using the Alexandrian Remix. A quick summary: PCs arrive in the Yawning Portal on Ches 1st. Grand Opening of Trollskull Manor on Ches 20th. Fireball on Ches 22nd. Cassalanter kids get their souls sucked […]

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Dungeons and PossumsSome Thoughts on Thieves' Guilds

Still of the Dead Rabbits from Gangs of New York (2002), which is absolutely posted without written permission.Thieves' guilds are a staple of fantasy fiction. We see them constantly; in books, in video games, in tabletop role-playing games. Often, they're an interesting contrivance to add intrigue and thicken plots - the Macguffin you need traded hands between fences at the Thieves' Guild, the Thieves' Guild has taken an interest in your pickpocketing, you need to capture the leader of the Thi…

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ChicagoWiz's GamesGriffon's Keep - a Battle Map for AD&D/Roll20

To keep my games alive, I've pivoted to online/virtual tabletop play. To help make the games feel more personal, I purchased a yearly subscription to Zoom. (If you do this, use the coupon code and save some money!) Last night, my Western Borders group got together on Zoom, and it worked great! Both video and audio quality were clear. It was wonderful to see my online players for the first time!As a surprise, I wanted to give the Western Borders folks a better experience in their current quest. …

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d4 CaltropsOSE Encounter Activities - Leech, Giant

There’s something primal about the generally universal revulsion to Leeches. The facial expressions of most people immediately shift to disgust just thinking about them. I don’t think my Players will ever forgive me for the several sessions they were forced to spend traipsing about Swamps, where these slimy bloodsuckers (both in their Small and Giant forms) made for frequent encounters.Blood-loss as HP damage is generally an acceptable way to handle it, but I tend to sometimes prefer to have th…

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Alex Schroeder: IndieSkills and special abilities for Just Halberds

Perhaps it’d be nice to see what skills and special abilities I’m using in my 2d6 game of Just Halberds.fist-fighting, like boxing, useful in meleesword-fighting, same thing, meleearchery, for ranged combat (I allow shooting into melee)legends, a knowledge skill which I’m going to use to dump setting info, knowing that I have at least one player that is interested; maybe also an indicator that they want to create some aspects of the setting; generally something I wouldn’t suggest you add to …

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False MachineStretch-Goal Two! FEAST OF BUKAKO!!

BEHOLD THE LARGESSEOk, with only six days left on the Kickstarter we have developed another, completely ridiculous stretch goal!At a total of £35,000Scrap and I will institute the FEAST OF BUKAKO.Named of course, for the long-loved and world famous stories of Bukako, the spell-consuming monkey and his partner and mount, the magical Pleasing Fish."Patrick what is the Feast of Bukako?" I hear you cry.Some of you may be familiar with venerable-but-still-fresh calmpunk luminary and OSR blogger…

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tenfootpole.orgAbandoned Glacial Rift of Blurut of the Crepuscular Claw

By Thomas Denmark Night owl Publishing Labyrinth Lord Levels 4-7 The frozen lands are dominated by Blurut of the Crepuscular Claw and he has laid plans to expand his reign and dominate the realms. Can the adventurers infiltrate his lair … Continue reading →

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False Machine15 Bukako and the Pleasing Fish

Scrap has given us a would be elemental.And asked for the meaning of this image;First marketing.Behold! Only Seven Days Remain on the DCO Kickstarter!!!Have spoken to the printer and apparently everything is still on,Now;Bukako and the Pleasing Fish - An IntroductionSo began the esorscelment of the Pleasing Fish by the Sorcerous Monkey Bukako Wisest of primates, except for a few. That eater of books and fiend of the waves.Woe! Woe to the Pleasing Fish! For when shall we see such fins aga…

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Tearless Retina[English] Cyberpunk districts L2.

L(evel)2 refers to my Citygen method, meaning the districts below are all two dice high. Therefore the main security measure employed is Access > Say who you are.1 A red-meshed, misshapen tower.Description: Stacked with wireless equipment, flat rooftops huddle around it. Empty streets and poorly ventilated stairwells see people pass by eachother in rare encounters.Characters: Two women reading on their balcony|Staff delivering groceries from a nearby supermarket|Someone sitting on their suitc…

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Wizard Thief FighterThe Electric Wizard

I’ve decided to start releasing a few of the earlier S.E.A.C.A.T. Ultraviolet Heroes I’ve been writing up and illustrating over the last month or two over on the stratometaship. This is an obvious attempt to entice more folks to join the patreon and give me money. Of course. The other option is to wait until […]

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These Old GamesThe TEK - March 2020

Sales are dead for 2020. No help for that with problems we all have now. I've rethought my presence on DriveThruRPG and I am now in to raw downloads from DriveThru. Making people happy with fun, free stuff. I still have price listed on my products, but I am encouraging people to pay nothing at all. There are so many other people out there who need help. Please by all means, save your money for them.March 2020 Downloads via DriveThruRPG:AD&D Character Sheet For Use with Unearthed Arcana - 6Com…

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JAMES MISHLER GAMES[Lands of Ub] Anachronisms, Coinage, and Prestidigitators University

ANACHRONISMSWhile the vast majority of the peoples of the Lands of Ublive in what can charitably be called “bucolic medieval luxury,” there are no few seeming anachronisms found here and there, some of them quite public and well known. This is because the Lands of Ub have gone through many different ups and downs in science and technology, plus the influence of other-planetary civilizations, not to mention regular if rare jaunts throughout time and space. A few notable anachronisms for “the day…

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Adventures in Gaming v2[Lands of Ub] Anachronisms, Coinage, and Prestidigitators University

ANACHRONISMSWhile the vast majority of the peoples of the Lands of Ublive in what can charitably be called “bucolic medieval luxury,” there are no few seeming anachronisms found here and there, some of them quite public and well known. This is because the Lands of Ub have gone through many different ups and downs in science and technology, plus the influence of other-planetary civilizations, not to mention regular if rare jaunts throughout time and space. A few notable anachronisms for “the day…

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Zedeck Siew's Writing Hoursd100 Adventure Beginnings

Feeling anxious, indoors because of the Covid-19 quarantine, I adapted an idea from Khairani Barokka and asked Twitter to give me emojis.I’d turn these emoji into oddities, instigations, opening to adventure.Guess I wanted to travel? In my head, far afield. It took the weekend, but it made me happy. There were many, many typos, but I visited a hundred different microcosms, with a hundred different persons.Original thread begins HERE; tweets in the thread were tagged / attributed.+d100 ADVEN…

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The Wandering GamistDomains at War: Beastman Domain Units

This post sat as a draft in my queue for a looong time, so it may be a little outdated, but a discussion in the Discord brought it to mind so I figured I'd press the Publish button.Previously, I examined tribal goblins, who due to poor organization and a lousy manufacturing base end up relying very heavily on beast cavalry, scavenged weapons, and unconventional strategy.But goblins, being weak, are natural candidates for domination by orcs and chaotic domains. Here I consider the sort of units…

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The Other Side blogBlackStar: Ghost Ship

A while back I posted this about my "Ghost Ship" adventure:Ghost Ship. The PCs find a derelict adrift in space and it is full of the ghosts of the dead crew. Originally this was going to be the Enterprise B when I ran it as a pure Trek game. (The Haunting of Hill House, Dreams of the Witch House, the Flying Dutchman)Some of my ideas I had scribbled down for this, WAYYYY in the early 90s at the Corner Diner in Carbondale, IL (it's closed sadly). Back then this was the Enterprise B before there …

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brad j. murrayray tracing

When I was just a scamp in my 20s I used to ray trace high resolution (320×200) 24-bit colour depth images on my 286. Don’t panic, I had a 8087 math coprocessor in there so it went super fast. A day or two per image. Now you might very reasonably wonder what renderer you could […]

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Weird & Wonderful WorldsMaximum Recursion Depth, or Sometimes the Only Way to Win is to Stop Playing

This is a setting that I've been very very very slowly converging on for some time now, and it just finally started coming together in an epiphany last night. Despite the title I chose for this post, it has many titles, as I briefly mentioned when I first brought this idea up, but that was before I even came up with what has now become the core conceit.It's titles are as follows:Maximum Recursion Depth, or Sometimes the Only Way to Win is to Stop PlayingSun Wukong's in his heaven, all's [not]…

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Cavegirl's Game StuffDungeon Bitches Part 2

General mechanics, default moves etc here.Corpse Dolls given more detail here.Wounded Daughters given more detail here.Character Creation:Step 1: pick a class.Step 2: answer the class's Three QuestionsStep 3: assign statsStep 4: pick movesStats: You start out with two stats at +1 and two stats at -1. You can add +1 to one stat of your choice.Moves: You start out with all the basic moves, with an automatic sex move for your class, and then your class will let you pick some from a short l…

2020-03-31

Pits PerilousNostalgia: OK (OSR) Boomer...

So I recently spoke with a young gamer who extolled the objective superiority of modern games, alleging that we oldsters only cling to the OSR out of nostalgia. I reminded him that many older people like new games, and that many young people like older games, which effectively ended the debate. This got me thinking though. Is nostalgia really a dirty word, a doddering longing for the past that clouds our reason? Sometimes. We humans like our rose-colored glasses. But for something as specific as…

d4 CaltropsOSE Encounter Activities - Squid, Giant

Since OSE seems to be sadly lacking in the Kraken department, I suppose these over-sized cephalopod might serve as substitutes in a pinch.

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Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Outsider Alignment

unknownMy Outsider Megapost has one real weakness, and that is because I haven't really written on the morality or culture of Outsiders. This post is an attempt to correct that.There are three types of Outsider: Angels, Demons and Spirits. However, unlike mortals, who are often conflicted and contradictory, Outsiders are living exemplars of certain virtues, vices or ideals. They are usually iron-willed and almost unable to compromise. As such, Outsiders generally only inhabit the extremes of m…

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