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2019-08-26

Tomes of TomesGame stats for 2019 thus far

Data visualizationI haven’t been writing very regularly (read: almost not at all), mostly because I haven’t been all that inspired and driven to journal my games. But that isn’t because I haven’t been playing great games. In fact, it’s almost been the opposite, with amazing gaming in good quantityBecause I started working for Splunk earlier this year, which is a big data company, I’ve recently been playing the product to get more familiar with it, and that means playing with visualization. I …

2019-08-23

Darkworm ColtOlder School: Pre-D&D, 2nd edition

After working on the rules with friends, this is the latest incarnation of the Blackmoor/Arneson/Pre-D&D rules, as I interpret them. They now include the simple mass combat rules I'm using at my table. Ray Otus came up with the title "Older School". I LOVE it. CHARACTER CREATION Write down a few words about your character. Note one special power that allows you to do things others can't. Special powers are defined before play by the ref and the player. By design, this is open to interpretation. …

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  • braunstein
  • od&d
  • old school
  • older school
  • pre-school

Treasure Hunters HQ1972

Consider the following. The year is 1972. OD&D is almost two years away. We’re playing a game called “Blackmore” (or Greyhawk or Tekumel or Braunstein) where we have these great fictional characters exploring a great fictional world. The characters have personality and appearance. We write down one or two cool things about them and maybe a weakness. Some stuff to make them human. The referee helps to narrate what happens at moments of conflict and uncertainty. Sometimes he asks for die rolls - …

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  • DM
  • dungeon mastering
  • hit points
  • OSR
  • pre-school

Alex SchroederGridmapper inside Text Mapper

Gridmapper is an interactive web application. You can use it to draw multi-level dungeon maps. The drawback is that you cannot use it to generate images in order to use them elsewhere.A while ago I write a Megadungeon Generator which generates a random dungeon and allows you to open it in Gridmapper. That’s pretty cool, but I was still unhappy. The preview images I generated as part of it seemed to be on the right track: these were images, but much to small, and they didn’t use the Gridmapper …

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  • Gridmapper
  • Text Mapper
  • RPG
  • Maps

Leicester's RambleExploring "The Abandoned Mine of Delko"

Hi all - Thanks to MeWe, I discovered a new mapper this week, Daniel F. Walthall. Daniel crafts up generally compact maps of 10 encounter areas or less, suitable for a one-shots, side-quests, or destination adventures, as well as small hamlets, and other locations. A nice feature is that the map layouts include numbered spaces to outline the room contents, as well as a table with suggested challenges at varying party levels, random treasures, NPC names, or adventure seeds. So go peruse his …

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  • magic items
  • mini-dungeon
  • Swords&Wizardry
  • Walthall

Leicester's Ramble"Sinking Temple of Gorth"

Hi all! Back from a fun weekend at Dragonflight 40, killing monsters and taking their stuff. Played with some familiar faces, met a few new folks, and didn't realize I was rolling with another local blogger until after the fact - good to meet you, JB - your "Random B/X Headgear Generator" is required for all my char-gen. So, another quick statting of a Daniel Walthall map, this time his "Sinking Temple of Gorth" So, a couple of design notes- I renumbered the rooms, as the original sequence is …

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  • mini-dungeon
  • Swords&Wizardry
  • Walthall

From Kuroth's Quill"Celebrating Greyhawk - A Fandom Renaissance" GaryCon XI - seminar video recording now available

Luke Gygax just posted the video from our "Celebrating Greyhawk - A Fandom Renaissance" seminar at GaryCon XI to his YouTube channel: Thank you Luke, for arranging to record the seminars and for keeping GaryCon a great place for Greyhawk gaming, year-in-and-year-out! Allan.

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  • allan grohe
  • anna meyer
  • bryan blumklotz
  • carlos lising
  • fandom renaissance
  • garycon
  • greyhawkonline
  • kristoph nolen
  • mike bridges
  • oerth journal
  • seminar

From Kuroth's QuillCelebrating Greyhawk: A Fandom Renaissance - GaryCon XI Seminar

On Friday afternoon last week, I co-hosted a seminar panel discussion at GaryCon XI entitled, "Celebrating Greyhawk—A Fandom Renaissance."  Our panel had a great time discussing past, current, and future fan works, projects, and plans centered on The World of Greyhawk, across all editions, eras, and versions.  Seminar Topics The seminar brought together six long-time Greyhawk fans, each discussing different aspects of fan engagement with the Greyhawk setting: Kristoph Nolen kicked off the …

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  • allan grohe
  • anna meyer
  • bryan blumklotz
  • carlos lising
  • fandom renaissance
  • garycon
  • greyhawkonline
  • kristoph nolen
  • mike bridges
  • oerth journal
  • seminar

Cross PlanesSuper Hero RPGs

I've had an idea for a Super Hero campaign and I've been looking over some of the Super Hero RPGs I own, trying to see if one works better than the others. So far, I've looked at the following games: Champions Now Playtest Champions 4E (5E is good too, but I'll pas on 6E) Champions the New Millenium (Fuzion) Marvel FASERIP Rotted Capes Icons: Assembled Edition Prowlers and Paragons AMP Year 1 Cypher System Brave New World Super World Supers! Revised Triumphant 3d6 Supers Modern AGE Angel …

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  • Mightiest
  • RPGs
  • Super Heroes RPGs

From Kuroth's QuillThe Spinel Ossuarium - Reliquary of St. Kargoth

The Spinel Ossuarium - Reliquary of St. Kargoth, Grand Marshal of the Demonic Knights of Doom Sacred to the faiths of Erythnul and St. Kargoth, The Spinel Ossuarium is known to house the ashes and bone fragments of St. Kargoth's mortal form.  Previously anointed as Grand Marshal of the Demonic Knights of Doom, Kargoth's conflagration in Mentrey marked the end of his mortal existence as his body was consumed in his fiery descent into death knighthood. The central skull gemstone of The Spinel …

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  • death knight
  • demonic knights of doom
  • erythnul
  • kargoth
  • magic item
  • relic
  • saint kargoth
  • see of medegia
  • world of greyhawk

Wayspell//GLoG.dat -hackr -?

Edit: Also check out the Tech by Luther Gutekunst Really backed myself into a corner, title wise, by placing the .dat file in the root. So anyway, the idea here was to find a solution for a hacker that didn’t have them playing their own mini session with the GM while everyone sat around bored. Honestly, I had very little in the way of ideas on how to do that until I came across this blog post by Michael Bacon while casually looking at the Cyberpunk 2020 hacking section in an SRD. The two just …

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  • Class
  • cyberpunk
  • GLoG

The OblidisideryptchPlaster and Pulque: Ability Scores + Stress/Corruption

A long, long time ago, in a post far, far away... I promised a shining beacon of GLOGness, incandescent in its glory, usability, and flavor. Because incandescent beacons aren't built in a day, y'all get two foundational logs from the eventual fire. It's time to meet the scores! And mutations! And insanities! Dicebound, on Tumblr And for the record, good and evil aren't ingrained into race. Roll 3d6 5 times and record the numbers. If the total is above 50, you may reroll all stats. You choose …

The Bogeyman's CaveRealms Of Gibbitude: A Mini Setting/Hack

What if D&D was a ridiculously over-the-top action movie/video game? This hack/setting is basically a dumb experiment with that concept. Don't take this setting seriously, its not meant to be genuinely interesting or deep or anything, play up the ridiculousness and absurdity. Everything should be as over-the-top and gonzo as possible. The action genre is silly. The world as we knew it ended a couple decades ago. Nobody knows for sure what happened, everything was so fast. Now blood-soaked …

DMiurgyBlack Pudding

OG Black Pudding The biggest baddest slime, and one you must kill with fire. Not a big deal if the GM allows for mundane pyrotechnics from torches and burning oil to inflict damage, but without such molotovs, the only hope for many parties would be that 'it avoids fire.' How much fire is not stated, but a feeble line of candles being the only line between the party and death by acid is pretty great, especially if torches and lamp oil will not actually harm the creature, but only ward it …

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  • Bad Art
  • Monsters
  • Sunset Realms

2019-08-22

Goodberry MonthlyThe Metaphysical Mathematical Cosmos

I'm sure y'all are familiar with this, The Great Wheel: Source In it, the cosmos is divided and sorted into various polarized Planes, each describing some integral Idea (or more often, a Classical depiction of the afterlife shoehorned into an alignment) represented in physical form.  You go to the Plane of Fire and it's like 'Ah! There's fire everywhere!' And things behave like fire would. You go to the Nine Hells, and shit is just Evil all over. Go to the Positive Energy Plane, and everything …

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  • Essay
  • Math-ish
  • Willingly Misinterpreted Philosophy

HereticwerksSpell: Confound Flesh

Confound Flesh Level: 5 Duration: 1 day per level of caster Range: 30' In an instant, everything in contact with the victim's flesh is commingled into a single organism. Clothes, armor, weapons, backpack contents; all of it is integrated into a mad, screaming mess. All potions caught within this spell's area of effect are subject to miscability effects, all rations are considered either wasted

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  • Blue Grimoire
  • Spells
  • Wermspittle

Axes & OrcsIf your Euro Fantasy Setting has__, it should also have___, or you need to shut up about historical accuracy.

https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fmedia.giphy.com%2Fmedia%2F105OwsN7a4UQ2Q%2Fgiphy.gif&f=1 I am specifically talking about the long running and eternal dispute over "historical accuracy." Which is often trotted out for such things as justifying a lack of diversity in Euro based fantasy settings or the low level of technology. So potatoes come from the Americas. Along with the tomato, they were imported during the Columbian "Exchange" (someone other than me can do some more …

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  • firearms
  • Rants
  • Real World Weapons

Forrest for the TreesRevenants & Maledictions

Revenants & MaledictionsRevenants & Maledictions by Peter Bell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Last month, my wife and I took a holiday to Europe – England, Wales, Germany, and Austria. We had a fabulous trip, and I hope, someday, to make it back again. As with any vacation, choices had to be made, and potential destinations had to be dropped. If we go back again, Scotland, Ireland, and more of Germany are on the list. Alas, I had to take my trips to Scotland and Ireland via Bell’s book. Or maybe …

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  • England
  • Esoterica
  • Existentialism
  • History
  • Horror
  • Nature
  • Travel
  • Wanderlust

Cross Planes#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 21 & 22

I have a VAST collection of RPGs, hundreds of them. They are all over my house. And the worst part? I prefer PDF versions these days.  They sit there unused, but I love them and need them. I'm like a dragon hoarding sparkly bits. I think about selling them, but I don't know that I have the strength. It's terrible. Have you ever LOST your love of gaming? I did. It was the culmination of many events, being a husband and dad, growing up, tired of fighting with people over rules instead of just …

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  • #RPGaDAY

The Whimsical MountainGLOGular Settlement Challenge: A village on the river Sword.

Continuing my habit of posting my Glogular challenges I present to you the River Sword. Some legends say that the river Sword was the weapon the gods used to slay a great demon, others claim that it's the Ocean's attempt to murder the Bearclaw mountains in the convoluted politics of elementals. Regardless of the reason, unlike other rivers, the Sword flows from the ocean. Unfortunately for would be entrepreneurs, the rocky foothills it snakes thought usually leave splinters instead of boats on …

Sorcery & SkulduggeryKnights and their Towers

Knight's towers were fortified self-standing buildings, several-stories high, most often erected on a plan similar to a square. They contained both living and utility spaces. They were also a way to bypass a law. In the Middle Ages, special permission of the sovereign was needed for the construction of a castle. Clever people got around this ban by building so-called knights' towers. A fortified residence was needed not only to defend a knight's family. It stressed the feudal power over his …

Monsters and Manuals[Review] The Dragon Never Sleeps, Glenn Cook

I am going to experiment with putting some book reviews on the blog - SF and fantasy ones mostly, with some others I think may be of interest. (There will be some crossover with my hastily-jotted reviews on Goodreads for the tiny number of people who are connected to me there.) First up is Glenn Cook's The Dragon Never Sleeps, which somebody commented here on the blog to recommend (though I forget on which post): To enjoy this book (which, in the end, I definitely did), you have to enter a zen-l …

Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Culinary Wizard and Cibopath

To some people, cooking is a vital skill, a necessity and nothing more.  To some people, it is a science.  To others still, an art form.  But to one group of people, it is magic.                                              from Shokugeki no Souma The Culinary Wizard Culinary magic is a field of magic that either begins with the Wood Giants or the Handsome Men.  It is the weaving of magic into food preparation, to create impossible dishes and fantastical foods.  If you ever wondered who was crazy enough to try and saute dragon's meat or …

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  • Character Class
  • OSR
  • WIZARDS

The Other SideAdventures in Hyperborea

Hat tip to Jason Vey for sharing these with me. So if I know ANYTHING at all about Conan, likely it came from Jason Vey. In addition to being a top rate game designer, he is a Master's level scholar on Robert E. Howard.  So when he shares something related to Conan, or Howard or realted topics, I pay attention. This week he shared this with me, Adventures of the Hyborian Age. This is an older site with adventures for the Mongoose d20 Conan game.  Jason is using this material for his OD&D-based …

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  • as&sh
  • witch
  • WotWQ

Dyson's DodecahedronReturn to Dyson’s Delve – From top to bottom!

We return to the maps of Dyson’s Delve with maps of the very top and bottom of the mini mega …Continue reading →

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  • Fantasy
  • Cavern
  • Darkling Depths
  • Dragon
  • Dungeon
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Dyson's Delve
  • Heart of Darkling
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • Maps
  • Megadungeon
  • OSR
  • RPG
  • Ruins
  • Tower

The Nine and Thirty KingdomsSimplified XP Bonus Table

Who wants an experience point table for Liber Zero? I’ve tinkered with the earned experience before, especially the bonus for primary ability scores. Because who wants to subtract percentages, really? My solution in the past has been to “zero out” the bonuses: instead of -20% for Fighters with a Strength of 6 or less, give Fighters with average Strength a bonus. That’s the thinking behind this latest version of the XP Bonus Table, which I had to work on … for reasons. This not only assumes that …

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  • clone
  • dnd
  • table
  • xp

The Indie Game Reading ClubBand of Blades and Recompiling Code

My current favorite metaphor for learning game rules: it’s compiling code in my brain. We started a Band of Blades campaign this week, right? It’s a Forged in the Dark game, so it’s based on the same set of ideas as ­Blades in the Dark and Scum and Villainy. Since it’s my third FitD game… Continue reading Band of Blades and Recompiling Code → The post <span class='p-name'>Band of Blades and Recompiling Code</span> appeared first on The Indie Game Reading Club.

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  • Indie Game Reading Club
  • Band of Blades
  • Blades in the Dark
  • Burning Wheel
  • Cortex
  • D&D
  • Evil Hat
  • Fate
  • Fiasco
  • FitD
  • Forged in the Dark
  • Grim Dawn
  • Hack the Planet
  • Montsegur 1244
  • Mutant: Year Zero
  • OSR
  • PbtA
  • Scum and Villainy
  • The One Ring
  • Twitch

B/X BlackrazorEndgame

Rain, meet parade. So I was at DragonCon 40 this past weekend, the first gaming convention I've been to in SIX YEARS (I didn't even realize how long it'd been until I went back through my archived blog posts this morning...wow). My approach...and my experience...was very different from my prior two ventures into con territory. For one thing, I arrived Friday and stayed overnight at the hotel (sans family...they gave me the weekend off). For another, I went there with absolutely zero intention …

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  • aging
  • bitchin-moanin
  • convention
  • crap
  • fencing

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets[New Magic Item] Bracelets of the Wise Raven

Bracelets of the Wise Raven The Navnen-raven cawed loudly and flew up into the air and circled around in a wide circle before landing near his companions. He drew a crude map with his beak on the soft dirt. ‘Okay, … Continue reading →

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  • Magic Items
  • Uncategorized
  • Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • BD&D
  • BFRPG
  • Iron Falcon
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • OD&D
  • OSRIC
  • roleplaying
  • rpg
  • Swords & Sorcery

These Old GamesAudible

I'm picking up Audible again. I love the ability to download stuff to my phone for the trip to work and then have my computer be able to pick up where I left off. Currently, I am listening to the incredible (and long) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon. The voice work by Charlton Griffon is amazing. It clocks in at 126 HOURS so it will be long time before I finish it. I'm using a lot of this background material for my current D&D campaign. It's amazing what you can …

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Ynas MidgardReview: Vigilante City (Chargen Examples)

I did everything in the order the book explained: (1) rolled and assigned attributes, (2) determined hit points and saving throws, (3) rolled twice on the background table, (4) chose a class, (5) determined starting possessions, (6) wrote down combat stats (here I made a single deviation: by the book, attack bonuses are noted before equipment is finalised). For the first character I knew I wanted to make a Knight Nurse (because of the badass name), so I looked up the requirements (12+ in both …

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  • chargen
  • review
  • superhero
  • Survive This!!

3 ToadstoolsNifty things (1000th post)

A month or so back I thought I'd hit 1000 posts on 3 Toadstools.  I made a mistake, as I was looking at my drafts and my posts.  This one is the actual 1000th.  Which seriously amazes me. Nifty Things!  It appears there is a 2nd edition, 2nd printing of Sword & Spell.  There are three books, and the first one is free.  Sword & Spell is a replication of the timeless Original Edition fantasy adventure game published in 1974, with incorporation of material from its wargame predecessor. Simplify your …

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  • 1000th post
  • 200 Dark Fantasy Odd Situations
  • DIY monster manual
  • new products
  • nifty things
  • OSR
  • sword & spell
  • treasure

The Other Side#RPGaDAY2019: Lost

Today's topic is Lost. One of my favorite things in RPGs is visiting or exploring lost lands. I am currently re-reading Tolkien's The Silmarillion.  I didn't enjoy it as a kid, but when I re-read as an adult a few tears back I loved it.  Today I am getting a lot more out of it still. One thing that bugged me back then that I adore now are these maps. As a kid I was very familiar with this map: I had this on my wall for years until I went to college. But this map in the Silmarillion bugged me. …

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  • #RPGaDAY
  • Middle-Earth

Take on RulesPlaystorming a “Stars without Number” Space Combat

Several nimble spaceship fighters swarm a large space cruiser, each firing lasers at the other. For those interested in following along, I’m using the Ship Combat from Stars without Number: Revised. You may also be interested in my Let’s Read Stars without Number series, in particular Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - Starships. While not a “reading of Stars without Number”, I am adding this blog post to that series. Last night I sat down to try out the ship combat. I wanted to get a sense …

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  • diaspora
  • playtest
  • role-playing-game
  • session-report
  • stars-without-number

...and the sky full of dust.Bees, Trees & Bridges: Part 1

Session 13 The party headed out of Gallows Hill and across the old bridge, past the Wall and the border between the Reach and the Great Forest. With Callum leading the way (having hunted along the borders for many years) they followed the old path that led through the ancient forest, North to the old […]

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  • Blog
  • RPG
  • actual play
  • beyond the wall
  • children of the raven
  • treehouses

Darkworm ColtPre-D&D: How Dave, Gary, Phil and the original grognards played

To me, going back to the roots of our hobby means one teaching moment after another. For instance, did Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax use the Original D&D rules? In public, yes, or at least houseruled versions of them. But in private? After doing quite some research and after private communication with players who were there at the dawn of roleplaying games, I think it's safe to say that they used a completely different set of rules – in fact, a much earlier version, before levels and before fancy …

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  • braunstein
  • od&d
  • old school
  • pre-school

The Ongoing CampaignRealistic Magic And GURPS Mechanics

I'm still working on articles that discuss realistic magic in GURPS terms from a philosophical perspective, but a quick note on how to approach it from a mechanical perspective seems appropriate. Coming back here to edit now that I've finished the main article, I note with irony that "quick" may be a relative term here. Still, no cut tags today. You get the whole thing! Also, I seem to have touched on a lot of the areas that I was intending to touch on in regard to the philosophical …

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  • GURPS
  • GURPS Voodoo
  • inspiration
  • magic

Throne of SaltLET'S LOOK AT: Eclipse Phase, Second Edition

Hot off the presses, it's the long-stewing second edition of my favorite gigantic mess of a game. Let's Get This Out of the Way First Too much text. Goes without saying, was endemic to 1e and remains so here. Way too much shit in the book, written for people who are already into the game or the idea of the game. Referees trying to run it for the unfamiliar and uninitiated have to do extra work. Some of the text is actually good, but it's certainly not well organized. Easy to become overwhelmed. …

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  • eclipse phase
  • review

2019-08-21

These Old GamesNerd Cred, 1970's Edition

Muffit. Like Boxey, he only had a single scene in the re imagined seriesDo you know what was hot in the 1970's? Hook Latch. Do you know what else was hot in the 1970's? Battlestar Galactica. The only thing that would make this more nerdy would be if I had one that had Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict all shooting a thumbs up. I might not have been born this way, but boy did my mom plan it this way.

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  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Old School

Axes & Orcs[DRAFT] Extradimensional Friends

I've jammed out a game for goon jam. It's riffing on my long suffering Kyuun Kyuun Super Dimensional Love. It is very very rough (it's photos of my notebook pasted into a pdf). But there is a game in it. https://axesorcs.itch.io/extradimensional-friends

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  • Kyuun Kyuun
  • Macross
  • mecha
  • Small Silly Settings

The Bottomless SarcophagusTopographical Anomaly: Empty_Map

Spaces that should be empty get a bit stuffy and quite uncomfortable when they're suddenly full of people. They lose their charm. Usually to the eighth plague of Egypt, rain of tourists, who are a lot harder to clean up than frogs since they are 50% plastic and clothing fibers. People have an energy. The presence of people is a distinctly loud energy. When it disappears there is a void which is filled through osmosis by a quiet energy. The energy of emptiness. It's like the low buzz of an …

Graphite PrimeThe Dream Goes Like This...

Night time in the city, here in Detroit, maybe, I don't know.  Walking up fire-escape style stairs between buildings.  There is a girl with me, both of us mid-20's.  We come to a rooftop directly attached to other buildings.  People, maybe a dozen, hanging out, some leaning up against brick walls.  The place seems semi-secret.  Not somewhere I would normally go. Then, a rabid, Nosferatu looking vampire comes up the stairs and starts savaging people.  The girl and I keep to the shadows.  Several …

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  • Blood Stalker
  • D&D
  • OSR

Cross PlanesReview: Rotted Capes Survivor's Guide Vol 1 by Paradigm Concepts

The Rotted Capes Survivor's Guide Vol. 1 by Paradigm Concepts (full disclosure, I received this PDF for review purposes) is a major expansion for the Rotted Capes RPG. It adds two new Power Sources: Cosmic (Silver Surfer), Mystic (Zatanna), and Supernatural (Ghost Rider). All three are excellent additions to the game and are hallmarks of the Supers genre. A cool feature is that the Supernatural source breakdowns demons, ghosts, vampires, and werewolves for play. Each Power Source provides an …

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  • Mightiest
  • Reviews
  • Rotted Capes
  • Super Heroes RPGs

Thought EaterHumpday Blog-O-Rama 8.21.19

Blogs are an integral, vital part of the RPG hobby. They serve as incubators for new games, sounding boards for fresh ideas, and platforms for up-and-coming talent. They keep "forgotten" games alive, foster discussions, and build communities. Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast and blog, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene. Check out previous Humpday Blog-O-Rama posts HERE. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!!! INTRO http://www.trollishdelver.com/2019/08/gaming-legend-r …

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  • 5e
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • henchmen and hirelings
  • humpday blog-o-rama
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  • Maps
  • OSR
  • podcasts
  • retro-gaming
  • reviews
  • wilderness adventures
  • zines

The Other SideIn a time of Ancient Gods...

There were the ones that beseeched these gods for power and it was granted! These are the witches of the Classical Traditions and their closely allied sisters the Amazon Tradition. Coming soon for the BLUEHOLME Journeymanne and Prentice Rules. Sumer. Egypt. Greece. Rome. These are the foundations of civilization. Where mythology, religion and magic collide in a fertile land. It is a time of Gods and Witches! This book introduces the Classical Witch Tradition. Witches from the ancient time of …

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  • basic
  • osr
  • witch

These Old GamesNew Add to the Blogroll - THAC0

Ryan and Jarad are fellow bloggers both on Facebook and BlogSpot.com. They write for THAC0 RPG about D&D. I'd tell you all about their recent posts with new character classes, but I went all the way back to the beginning, to the time Ryan wrote: I think I might have broken my AD&D party. Since the demise of Google+, I have been enjoying the universe of blogs. THAC0 RPG is no exception. Other recent adds are Ten Foot Polemic and 3 Toadstools. I'm on Blogger.com, but Blogspot seems pretty hot. …

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  • blogs
  • Contacts
  • website

Stormforge ProductionsZ-LAND S3 Chapter 6 “Misty Frequencies” Part 3

Something in the water awaits our survivors, a blessing or a curse. Today we begin to find out. Not caught up yet? CLICK HERE to watch all the apocalyptic action. And get your hands on the Z-LAND corebook now by CLICKING HERE. If you want to chat about Z-LAND with other players and the developers, … Continue reading Z-LAND S3 Chapter 6 “Misty Frequencies” Part 3

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  • Z-Land

Melancholies and MirthBurial Temple of the Tridobatrakus: An OSR dungeon

If you are in my October Game, please read no further!  The Burial Temple of the Tridobatrakus was one a sacred site. Now it is little more than a ruined complex beneath the earth. One a desolate island, surrounded by broken and stony ruins stand a pair of stone double doors that lead inwards to room 1.  Level 1 Room1 A single skeleton wearing a conical hat stis upon a stone throne in the center of the room, a gaping hole in its skull. The northern exit leads to a pair of massive stone double …

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  • Dungeon

Hack & SlashOn the Roller Coaster

Funded in 2 hours? Sitting at 500%? It's crazy! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/agonarchartist/on-downtime-and-demesnes/ You know, I'm going to just be talking about this for 10 days. Well, 8 more after today. It's like Pledge Week on AETN, except instead of getting a tote bag, you get this ridiculously awesome book. It's done, backing for a dollar gets you access. If you'd like to check it out, you can back for a single dollar, and get a PDF copy right from my dropbox. No art, and it's …

Sheep and SorceryMany Zine Reviews: Through Ultan's Door #2, Phantasmagoria #1, Terror of the Stratosfiend #1, Ghostlike Crime #1

To start I'd like to make a general rule about zines or maybe it ought to be a general rule about all rpg content. Most of the time more general = more useful. The more specific material is about setting or the kind of game wanted to run, the less useful it will be. When I say useful, I mean it will be less generally useful. Most GMs don't run material straight out of the box, instead, they make their own settings and games and look for extra sources that might be slotted into their world. They …

Coins and ScrollsMagical Industrial Revolution - The End is Nigh

Get in while you still can! Also, we've made the news. 

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Dragons Are RealRPGaDay 21: Vast

The expectations from players is that the GM should have a vast knowledge of the setting and period the game is being played in.But like any good teacher, you only need to be a little ahead of the students….if at all.You can take a leaf out of Powered by the Apocalypse (PBTA) games, where the GM asks the players questions. For example the player is an Elf ask them “Are Elves common in this world?”, “What are Elves known for”.So anything the players bring into the game, get them to help …

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FASA Games, Inc.Rules Errata: Gatling Lasers

Noble Armada Rules Errata: Gatling Lasers This week’s article updates and appends the rules for using gatling lasers in Noble…

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The Other Side#RPGaDAY2019: Vast

Today's topic is Vast. Vast. Seriously it is like it is too large of a word to tackle all at once. To any PC in any sort of RPG the setting should feel vast.  For D&D it is can be the world or the known planes.  In sci-fi games, this can be the galaxy or even the universe. But I don't write vast.  I write local. Yes, there is a whole world out there, but how much of it are the PCs going to see? What do they really know about it?  Sure, there were people in the 13th century that had a pretty …

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Stargazer's WorldReview: Elite Dangerous Roleplaying Game

I still remember when I first saw the space-trading computer game Elite. It was a friend’s house and he showed me this snazzy new game on his Commodore 64 computer. I was totally blown away. Even though the graphics were extremely primitive compared to what we’re used today, the game just looked great. It was … Continue reading Review: Elite Dangerous Roleplaying Game →

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TenfootpoleDead Arising

By Don MacVitte Hellebarde Games Castles & Crusades Levels 1-3 Yellin Bislama has committed horrifying crimes. He has admitted to leaving children in the desert, staked down. He has confessed to impaling people… And much more. The Mayor has asked … Continue reading →

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Benign Brown BeastPALACE RUN 0.2

I wrote this game that I'm very pleased with. I'm hoping to enter it in the 200 word RPG competition when submissions are open. Until then, I'll be playtesting it and tweaking it on Discord, and you should hit me up for a link to the server if you're interested. RulesThe current version, at time of writing.One player is REFEREE. Others, CHARACTERS. "d6" means "six-sided die". "d20", 20-sided. CHARACTERS === Choose name, POSSESSION. STAT=18. CHECK or SAVE: roll d20<=STAT. (CHECKS do; SAVES …

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Step into RPGsBloody Rose shows how to Rock & Roll some Dungeons & Dragons

I recently read Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames, a brilliant fantasy book about a band of misfits who travel around the land killing monsters. It’s exciting and it’s funny (I laughed for whole minutes at one point that I can’t… Continue reading →

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Cross PlanesMightiest: Making Demolisher for Rotted Capes

I'm brainstorming a Supers setting to run in the future (it actually might feature zombies). I'm looking at several systems to see which I like. I have the most experience with Champions, but I'm not sure I want to get THAT in depth. I've had Rotted Capes from Paradigm Concepts and it's going to be my first system: Rotting Capes features "B-List" heroes who have to fight normal and "A-List" super zombies. It's a good concept and I'm surprised it didn't get the kind of following that Eden …

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Throne of SaltDredge are the Coolest Orcs

Igor Artyomenko This post contains MASSIVE, UNMARKED, UNCIPHERED spoilers for The Banner Saga. And not just plot spoilers either, these are huge emotional and thematic spoilers. The dredge are introduced in the first game as typical orc stand-ins: an invading horde of implacable monsters with glowing eyes and stone armor, humans stolen and twisted by an unnamed god into his army to depose of the other deities, sweeping down from the furthest frozen north to sack and pillage everything in their …

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Zenopus ArchivesZenopus Game at Dragonflight 40

Above are two photos from a "Beneath the Ruined Tower of Zenopus" game that was run at Dragonflight 40 in the Seattle area this past weekend. This is a venerable con, held every year since 1980, the era of Holmes Basic itself. From the event listing for the session: "50 years ago, the citizens of Portown battered the wizard's tower to rubble. But has an even greater evil arisen? Pirates grow bold, the innocent have vanished, and ghastly screams are heard from the abandoned graveyard near the …

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These Old Games5 Below Fusion Speaker - BT Fusion Spk - Lights on, will connect, no sound

My wife picked up a cheap Bluetooth Speaker at 5 Below. It was $5.00. She used it once and it stopped working. It wouldn't even turn off. I looked it up and there was no manufacturer listed and the product does not seem to have a product code. There appears to be a reset hole between the USB plug and the power switch. It didn't work, probably because there is no switch there. I was going to toss it in the trash, but the lights were still on and it would connect to my phone. Annoying. So, I …

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Treasure Hunters HQMaking Bows More Interesting

Now that we have established that a “Round” zips by at the speed it must and no zippier, let’s talk about rate of fire. And while we’re at it, let’s jazz up conventional bows a bit. In CHAINMAIL, archers who were not disturbed and did not make a move were awarded two attacks in a Round. In fact in 1st edition AD&D gives the bow’s ROF as 2:1. Remember how we were saying archers were pretty speedy even in the chaos of a melee? Let’s give the bowman 2:1 under ideal circumstances. Those …

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Take on RulesA New Fighter Class Starship for “Stars without Number”

A small blocky spaceship “spaceship” by Philippe Put, on Flickr I spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning re-learning about matrices. I did some rudimentary analysis and modeling on the price points for Stars without Number starships. As a bonus I relearned a bit about Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues. And did some reading on Principal Component Analysis. If anyone is better versed at this, and would like to drop me a line, I’d love some further help. Table 141: Hull Types for Stars without …

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2019-08-20

Dragons Are RealRPGaDay 2019: Noble

When using Nobles in your game as NPC’s there are ways you can make them interesting, by giving them a backstory or goal they wish to receive. Some ideas: They have a great dislike of the area ruler, or have issues with them. They have a cash flow problem and need to get their hands on someThrough years of inbreeding they have genetic problems They are in conflict with another Noble family. There is a deep dark secret within the family they don’t want to become public knowledgeThey have an …

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The Furtive Goblin's BurrowLamplighters.

"There aren't many of us left these days. The ones who remember the sun. The ones who remember the stars before they went all wrong. Hell, most of you kids weren't even around when they discovered pallite, were you? Oh, don't give me that look. I'm not griping. It isn't like my experience ever ripened into wisdom. In fact, I envy you. The memory of what we've lost can be as bad as any lurker out there... well, almost as bad. But that's enough reminiscing for this old girl. Your spotlight's …

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Weird & Wonderful WorldsMechs & Monstrosities Hack for Tunnels & Trolls

Intro The intro to the M&M Hack is significantly longer than the hack itself, if you just want the mechanics, skip to the M&M Hack Section. As I discuss in my TNT cheatsheet / houserules / impressions post (I'm referring to Tunnels & Trolls as TNT now rather than T&T, because it's way cooler), I'm really digging this system. One thing in particular that I like is how combat works. Briefly, the way it works is that both sides roll their dice, and the difference in values determines who takes how …

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Hack & SlashOn Downtime and Demesnes

Hey, this is really important. I made a good thing. You can see the whole thing for a dollar. It's maybe the best work I've done. If you read "On Tricks, Traps, and Empty Rooms" and thought, "this is useful" you should check this out. On Downtime and Demesnes You know, OTTER is a real useful tool for designing spaces before players engage in them. This is something better. ODD is about what happens in play that make your players feel like addicts. I think I dun good. Go check it out. We've got …

TrollsmythReview: Taghri's Prize

This novel (link is an Amazon Affiliate link) is of the genre of not-so-young-man-does-good stories that were fairly common in days of yore. Writers like H. Beam Piper and David Drake used to give us lots of these. They deviate from the young-man-does-good stories of authors like Alan Dean Foster in that our protagonist has at least a decade of adult life under his belt. He's done his time in the trenches (often literally) and is ready to wed his worldly experience with youthful energy to …

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Zedeck Siew's Writing HoursAuntie Sati

AUNTIE’S HUTHunched over the river, cloaked in a gauze of incense, green from the glow of fireflies. They sketch constellations around Auntie Sati’s hair.+SATI WA SATI, MIDWIFESmaller than any grandma you know, and wrinklier. Quicker, too – thwack! She’s chopped an eel’s head off with her cleaver.As Level 3 Cleric. Sells eel extract (1sp, restores 1hp, too gross to chug quickly) or magic incense burners (12sp, not magic).Manner: Witchy, obviously. “Eel extract. Good for impotence. Eheh …

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets[New Magic Item] Magical Skulls: The Skull That Talks to Ghosts

Magical Skulls: The Skull That Talks to Ghosts Deadflower the necromantress smiled her cold, distant half smile as the ghoul opened the wooden chest and revealed the bizarre crystal skull within. ‘Yes, yes, set it on the ground,’ she ordered … Continue reading →

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Appendix MRIVAL PARTY - CLERIC

Init +2 Melee Atk  • touch +5 (1d8+1) AC 21 HD 4d12+2 MV 60 teleport Act 1d20 SP life stealing, mighty grab, lay on hands, spells, stupidity Fort +1 Ref +4 Will +5 AL C RIVAL PARTY: The rival party is a group you can throw up against your PC party, to add an additional layer to a dungeon exploration, or to introduce a recurring group working in competition to your PCs for jobs, treasure, Patronage, etc. They are all "heavily marked" by their past experiences. Ukix the Rival Cleric has been …

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The ChaosGrenadeSHROOM GOONS — a new free title!

SHROOM GOONS is a “Spore-Core” Fantasy Trip for Weird People. A hack of Nate Treme’s Tunnel Goons , players take on the role of tiny mushroom folk on a big adventure! Inspired by Fragglerock, Smurfs, The Littles, Toy Story and other childhood “tiny people” stories. It’s weird, it’s fun, it’s easy to pick up and … Continue reading SHROOM GOONS — a new free title! →

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3 ToadstoolsDifferent Gatekeepers

One time playing strahd, a guard was quite nearsighted. Anytime someone would come to the gate he would yell "who goes there". Typically when you get to a town gate, someone talks and then hopefully we all get in. This case we all had to talk our way thru, and if we spoke to each other out of character the guard would reply. It was some good dming. That said, human guards are boring. In Port blacksand, Lord azzur has hired ogres as gate guards. Orcs fill it the ranks of the city guard. Here's a …

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Mixed Signals GamingDynamic Campaign System

This is Part 02 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 1d4 and 1d12. 01: Cosmology01.01: What came before? (continued...)What existed before this...

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Benign Brown BeastA Town Called January

The challenge this week on the GLOG Discord channel was to detail a city or village or quarter or similar. This is my attempt.Apollo speaks through his oracle at Delphi, Aphrodite through Dodona, and even the gods of the Celts and the Norsemen all have their own seers. So Janus, among the highest of the Roman pantheon, he too has prophets, established in a town called January. Once, upon the discovery of this gift from Janus, the town grew at an enormous rate. Surely, visions from the …

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Darkworm ColtBehold the Master of Contradiction

Well well well well… yesterday, on MeWe, I asked why we're inventing new rules all the time instead of using the myriad of the ones already in existence. Today, I'm thinking aloud about a way to play without hit point and without damage roll. . . . . (dramatic pause) . . . . No hit points? No damage roll? Why? For several reasons: I, as referee, am much too lazy to keep track of hp. I tried using d20s as hp tracker, but even that is way too much work for me. The fewer numbers all players …

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The Lizard Man DiariesThe d6 Factions of Frozen Skull

What is frozen skull?  A suburb in Infinigrad:  Hulking industrial storehouses and abandoned tenements, archways dripping with icicles. Wide stone paved streets slippery with ice. Far away, bonfires burn on street corners, and in guts and rooftops of buildings – otherwise total, cold darkness. Elephantine contraptions rumble away in rooftops and basements, spewing out endless frigid icy air. Cooling devices once needed to combat the heat of the defunct fire factories, now slowly freezing the …

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DIY & DragonsReverse Engineering Random Tables - Campaign Events & Minor Magical Items

Two of my favorite random tables are Dreams in the Lich House's Campaign Events for the Black City and Dungeon of Signs' Starting Minor Magical Items for Darkly Haunted Noble Characters. I like them so much, in fact, that I want to learn how to write my own tables like them. And the way to do that, I think, is to take them apart and see how they work. Having done that, I should be able to put my own lists together in the same way to achieve a similar effect.     Let's start with the campaign …

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Dreams and FeversPipedream Review

In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to review Pipedream, an investigative roleplaying game written by Kai Poh for the Dream Jam on itch.io. The game is a hack of Cthulhu Dark and inspired by my own investigative ttrpg, Beyond the Fence, Below the Grave. Right now, Pipedream is still in beta but I find that's often the most helpful time to get critical feedback. Let's get into the reviewing. Pipedream is about a party of Wisefellows, Halfling community problem solvers who smoke copious …

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Of Slugs and SilverThe Grain District - a part of the Yellow City

On the Western Isle near the Gulf of Morrays, occupying the middle third of the Island, is the Grain discrict. Of middling wealth, the district owes its name to the Great Granary, made of large topaz-flecked stone blocks.  This immense warehouse faces the God River on the eastern shore of the island, and its docks can accomodate both sea fairing vessels and Laramarkhi river-boats.  The granary was built upon order of the Council as a ward agains famine, and is controled by the House of Quartz …

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Treasure Hunters HQ"*a held missile impacts 2 steps after being fired"

Rick Stump, one of the more successful dungeon masters in the whole world, inadvertently published a few of his DM secrets on MeWe the other day. Your intrepid thief took down some notes and I'm presenting them to you today. Take a look at this gem from the inside of Rick's DM screen: Click to enlarge Sorry about the picture quality. It's extreme detail from a much larger image. Anyway, look at the order of his combat Rounds. I'm surprised to see that spell casting goes the entire Round. Are …

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Stormforge Productionsd100 Recipes: Corn Fritters & Cold Brew Coffee

Tabletop RPGs aren’t always played in the afternoons and evenings. Some of the best games I’ve had were when we all showed up first thing in the morning, bright and bushy tailed, ready for a whole day’s worth of gaming. For those early starts, you need a little something to kick off your day, and … Continue reading d100 Recipes: Corn Fritters & Cold Brew Coffee

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imaginary hallwaysHow I Horror

I finally ran some Mothership with other real humans, and it's making me think about how I run horror games. Large Raccoons and HorrorI think one good thing to keep in mind is the Large Raccoon Rule. Basically, if you have a monster or a group of monsters, and they could be replaced with a raccoon - or group of raccoons - your monster needs more going on. A gimmick. A way that it reflects the horror of the universe, the way it reveals the cosmology, the way it breaks the rules. The thing that …

The AlexandrianUntested 5th Edition: Situational Advantage

This will start off with a bit of a quick review of the advantage/disadvantage system, so feel free to skip down a bit if you’re already thoroughly familiar with that. In 5th Edition, various circumstances and abilities grant either advantage or disadvantage to a character attempting an action: If you have advantage, you roll 2d20 […]

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Goblin's HenchmanTuesday Toot!! | Inktober 2017

Tuesday Toot – G+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+. Background: Now that G+ is gone, […]

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2019-08-19

My Terrible Sorcery Is Without Equal In The WestRandom Monster Generator Shootout 4 - Curse of the Random Monster Generator Shootout!

I dug through the mailbag, the comments and some of my books - wouldn't you know it, I found enough tables to warrant another round. ***** Elegant Fantasy Creature Generator by Raphael Sadowski from Nine Tongues Tales get the pdf here (PWYW) I dig this one. Mr. Sadowski packs a big punch in a simple little 16-page PDF. Like the tome of adventure design from last time, the EFCG concentrates on 'top-down' generation. Rather than rolling stats, it generates creature's shape, size and attributes …

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Geir's EverythingAmar - experimenting with new combat and magic systems

A lot is happening over at the Amar wiki. With plenty of new ideas from players and with solid play testing, some fundamental concepts have come to the fore. Having developed role-playing game systems for more than 35 years, I thought I had covered most bases. But then came my 16 year old son Jonatan and beat me hands down. He has devised a rather neat new way of thinking about magic in a fantasy role-playing game. Take a look at Incantation Magic and let us know what you think. Then there is …

Dyson's DodecahedronReturn to Dyson’s Delve – Levels 9 & 10

This is the final month of redrawing Dyson’s Delve – today we get levels 9 & 10 of the redraw, …Continue reading →

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Treasure Hunters HQStochastic Combat Rounds

Based on the sometimes-loose-and-vague ways the terms “Turn” and “Round” are used in CHAINMAIL, 0D&D, Holmes and so forth, it seems to me that the actual time period of a combat round is less important than accounting for what happens. The Twin Cities groups of Dave Arneson treated combat as frenzied blow-by-blow action. Dave solidified his Round time as twenty seconds in Adventures in Fantasy later on. So let us say that a combat round is not a set period of time. It could be 6 seconds or 60. …

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The Nine and Thirty KingdomsLankhmar and Urban Geomorph Ideas

Instead of Map Monday, this Monday I’m going to follow up on the Lankhmar review I did last week. There was a reason why I did it. I’ve been having some thoughts about how I should do town and city maps. You see, the published town and city maps I’ve seen that take the fully-mapped, fully-keyed approach, like Carse or Tulan of the Isles, don’t quite meet the quality I’m looking for in a city map. It’s not that there is anything necessarily bad about them. I keep mentioned Carse because I do …

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What Would Conan Do?Some unstructured thoughts on structure

I've covered some things before here: https://whatwouldconando.blogspot.com/2018/05/troikan-bumble-logic.html I'll re-cover those points at random in all likeliness. We should be critically examining our presumptions regarding story. They are all artificial and in no way an essential part of storytelling. Therefore we can remove them, ignore them, or otherwise do as we please without worry. Heroes & villains are false. This does not means we should move to "grey", that's just pulping them …

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The Indie Game Reading ClubInvisible Sun: The Key

Invisible Sun’s rules, buried under a pile of cards and props and other assorted goodies, are broken up across four big square hardbacks. The how-to-unpack slip of paper instructs us to start with The Key, which is entirely devoted to character creation. It’s intended to be used by and shared with the players; I think… Continue reading Invisible Sun: The Key → The post <span class='p-name'>Invisible Sun: The Key</span> appeared first on The Indie Game Reading Club.

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Weird & Wonderful WorldsThree "10 Superhero Fantasy Species" Settings

This is inspired by the 10 Monster Setting Challenge, except instead of building a setting out of 10 monsters, they're settings built out of 10 randomly-selected entries of my 100 superheroes and villains as fantasy species table. I had to get a little creative with how I interpreted some of the categories, since the categories weren't really designed for this, but hopefully I'm capturing the spirit of what they represent. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with how these turned out. Marvel, DC, if …

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Weird & Wonderful WorldsSuperheroes and Villains as Fantasy Species

This post was inspired by one of my 5 minute challenges, and consists of 100 superheroes or supervillains, re-imagined as fantasy species. I tried to impose a "soft rule" on myself that I wouldn't just take species from superhero settings whole-sale, e.g. Kree, Skrulls, Thanagarians, etc., but there are a few where the superhero I based it on is so emblematic of the species that it's effectively a post for that species. I also tried to make these species that could have GLOG classes or other …

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Delta's D&D HotspotOn Starting as Heroes

Playing devil's advocate a bit: here is a short argument for starting PCs in your standard campaign at around 3rd or 4th level. Gygax in his later era ran games where PCs all started at 3rd level (see here).  Arneson started his initial "Fantasy Game" using the Chainmail Fantasy rules, with players starting as Heroes (equivalent to 4 normal men, or 4th level in D&D), and being able to progress up to Superheroes (as 8 men, or 8th level). With that ruleset, there simply weren't any other options …

Goodberry MonthlyEgg to Mud

Zedeck Siew recently made a post highlighting a flying egg, and it reminded me of a curiosity - I'd seen an egg of similar caliber (although maybe of higher spell level) in The Sunjata, an encounter between two handsome Hunters and the woman who becomes the Buffalo of Do - which I'd like to call "The Most D&D Thing To Ever Happen." In the legend, the Hunters (one of which will become Sunjata's sire) are travelling through the land of Do. They have caught wind of this rampaging buffalo (in …

AttercapVampire: Monique

Not all Toreadors are gothic, moody painters or wealthy patrons. Some who have been embraced into the clan know that quality, clean code is an art unto itself. And they turn that art into augmented reality. Monique is a recently-turned vampire suitable as a character or NPC.

Monsters and ManualsStone Balancing and the Upwards Dungeon

I confess that I do a little bit of rock balancing from time to time. Not for any particularly hippyish reason, other than that it's nice to be outside somewhere peaceful in the natural world; more because it's a fun challenge, not all that different conceptually from a sudoku puzzle or jigsaw - how do I get this rock to balance on top of this one? (It's also a lot easier than it looks - you'd be surprised how much the friction of the surface of two rocks combined with gravity will allow …

Jennifers Hobby-blogPendragon LXIII - She-Wolves of Logres

De laatste aflevering van 2018 alweer. Dan hebben we er dus zes jaar Pendragon opzitten. Dat is al best wel lang. Waarnschijnlijk spelen we nu langer dan we hebben gedaan met een Ravenloft Campagne die ook een lange tijd gelopen heeft. Wat gaat de tijd toch snel... Maar goed, door naar het jaar 530... Pendragon pagina Geschiedenis van Logres Aloysius Livius van Broughton Ygritte, Dochter van Eliot de Wispelturige en Inga met de Grote Vlechten, Dochter van Octa, Cynning van Kent, Zoon van …

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