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2021-01-21

DREAMING DRAGONSLAYERGo Socialising in Electric Bastionland (d6+d6)

Page 254 Ask what they want to get out of it, give them a choice of how to do this. Make one appealing but expensive. Make one exciting but dangerous. Bullet point #1 is up to you. I’ve got a twin d6 tables for points 2 and 3. Be aware of how hooks and flavor … Continue reading Go Socialising in Electric Bastionland (d6+d6) →

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Age of DuskAdventures NOT in the Age of Dusk; The Midden Heap of Trismegistus the Incomparable

Mighty and knowledgeable was Trismegistus the Incomparable, a wizard and artificer without peer. Granted only unto the wealthiest, the fairest and the most powerful, princes beggared their realms for the right to possess his beautiful creations. But as ever there was a price, for Trismegistus, for all his brilliance, produced ten devices of questionable potency … More Adventures NOT in the Age of Dusk; The Midden Heap of Trismegistus the Incomparable

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  • Uncategorized

Dyson's DodecahedronThe Crumbling Tower

Somewhere in the Black Mire, servants of Ishtar built a grand tower to “shine a light in the darkness” and …Continue reading →

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  • Fantasy
  • Maps
  • Dungeon
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • Old School Essentials
  • OSE
  • OSR
  • RPG
  • Ruins
  • Tower

Methods & MadnessD&D 5e x Pathfinder 2 (beating a dead horse)

This is old news by now. By this point, everyone has made their choice between these two... or something else.I wrote about my first impressions of Pathfinder in 2019, when it was released. It has some interesting stuff. I've never actually played it.I did, however, watch a video about it, and found it very interesting. It illustrates lots of stuff I try to say here with actual examples from PF2. Mainly, about lots of complexity and lack of meaningful choices.This is not a jab against PF2 spe…

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  • 5e
  • D&D
  • Design
  • rant
  • review
  • RPG

The Other Side blogCharacter Creation Challenge: Keltia

First of a two-parter today! I delve into a game I REALLY wanted to play more of, but is now out of print from it's English publisher. The games are Keltia and Yggdrasill, two games that really capture the feel of the Post-Roman Celtic and Norse worlds. Both use the same base system and both really grab my attention. Today for part one I will focus on Keltia.The Game: KeltiaKeltia, or Keltia, the Chronicles of Arthur Pendraeg, is from the French publisher Le 7ème Cercle (The 7th Circle) and wa…

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  • #BuildAWitch
  • celtic
  • challenge
  • character
  • NewYearNewCharacter
  • witch

Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Monster] Varnk

Varnk ‘Get that cat out of here!’ roared Stork as he fought back an imp to get to the door. ‘I don’t think it is a normal cat, it is standing up on two legs,’ replied Stork’s adventuring companion, Vistis … Continue reading →

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  • Monsters
  • Uncategorized
  • Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • BD&D
  • BFRPG
  • Iron Falcon
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • OD&D
  • OS Essentials
  • OSRIC
  • roleplaying
  • rpg
  • Swords & Sorcery
  • Swords & Wizardry

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

Today's post is a #TBT. Back to my first book. I can't believe it's been over two years and 300 downloads later. Perhaps it's time for an update.I play a fusion of B/X and AD&D. Back in the day, we had no internet, so I had no context as to which books went with which games.I vaguely recall some sort of conversion rules to bring your Basic and Expert Characters to AD&D and vis-à-vis. I liked that idea, but then when going through the process, I said, "Screw it! There aren't enough differences …

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  • AD&D
  • Book
  • D&D
  • NPC
  • Zero to Hero

Throne of SaltMiniposts: Commedia del Donjoniers, More Lost Media, GLOGtober and more

Another minipost collection.Commedia del Arte del DonjoniersThe stock characters of traveling commedia plays. (CosmicOrrery told me to do this.)The Fighter - The typical lead. Oblivious-to-danger and overly showy do-gooder.The Thief - Best friend and confidant of the Fighter. Greedy, lustful, and eternally in debt.The Cleric - A wandering preacher. Holier-than-thou attitude undercut by constant gluttony and lust played for laughs (They never catch the irony).The Wizard - Pompous, inept, ego…

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  • esoteric enterprises
  • GLOG
  • minipost

The 3 Toadstools A review of "A Fool's Errand"

The prince was kind enough to take a look at my latest adventure "A Fool's Errand"You can read the review here:https://princeofnothingblogs.wordpress.com/2021/01/20/review-a-fools-errand-osr-skill-curve/You can grab it here it's PWYW: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/309263/A-Fools-ErrandHere's the premise:A local jester (Gat) is looking for an ancient tome detailing long forgotten dances, it is called the “Grimoire Of Collected Dance” written by Halin Dwarivsh. He hopes to take his sta…

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  • a fool's errand
  • OSR
  • review

Bat in the AtticThe Central Mechanic of Tabletop Roleplaying Games

I participated in a discussion about how the game plays in tabletop roleplaying. The following is probably not constructive for the conversation but it does sum of my view of what make RPGs, RPGs, and why they are so different than boardgames and wargames.While the following is a specific series of steps, the circumstance they can be applied too is nearly infinite. Also it can turn on a dime if the circumstance the referee describes changes. Whether that change follows from what the player did …

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  • Inspiration
  • managing sandbox campaigns

Alone in the LabyrinthExploring Space: Procedure in Different RPG Environments (Part 1)

Constant's New Babylon Nord. It is upside down, courtesy the internet.Work for PARIAH VOLUME 2: CITY OF GHOSTS continues apace. There is no way I am going to be able to have this ready for Zine Quest 3 unfortunately, but I have at least settled on a format. The nature of the space is closer to a dungeon crawl than a city crawl, so there will be a somewhat granular approach to the space... by which I suppose I mean a keyed map with defined locations and routes around.However, I'm still thinking…

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  • city
  • design
  • DISC HORSE
  • mechanics
  • Pariah
  • RPG design

The Wandering GamistAn Alternate Basic Elf

Last post about redoing the Basic dwarf got me thinking about elves too. I've been discontent with Basic's elf for a while. Fighting as a fighter and casting as an MU is cool, and I don't oppose having a class like that, but it has never really felt particularly elven to me. Casting and fighting is necessarily but insufficient, maybe.So an alternate proposal:Drop their max armor to chainmail, but leave their weapon selection alone (in Chainmail, elves got to use all manner of magic swords, and…

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  • ACKS
  • B/X
  • OSE
  • OSR

roleplay-geekGaslands in Lockdown: Build a Team Competition

I've been a fan of vehicular combat games since I first saw Mad Max way back when.Lockdown sees me with plenty of time on my hands and some creative urges which need to be sated, so I propose a build off.The Rules1. Visit the Gaslands Refueled Team Builder and build a 50 can team (no Gyros, Helicopters, Tanks or War Rigs)2. Scratch-build as accurate a model of them as you can taking into account every weapon, crew member and upgrade you can squeeze in. Base vehicles must be Matchbox / Hotwhe…

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  • Gaslands
  • Miniatures
  • Painting

42 Rolls of Duck TapeAdventurers Guild Charter

The Charter of the Dragon City and the Adventurer's Guild:Corwyn Mauntea, the Most Holy Emperor and Emperor of Thyatis, to his Dukes, Counts, Barons, Lords, Patriarchs, Justices, Officers, and all loyal subjects, greetings. Know that I have granted, and by this charter confirm, to my citizens of the Dragon City for themselves and their heirs that they hold the Dragon City of me and my heirs for a farm of 8,000 denarius per annum and military service in times of war.The governance of the Dragon…

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  • My Known World

42 Rolls of Duck TapeAdventurer Guild Contract

This is the contract a PC agrees to before joining the Adventurer's guild:I (Name) swear before the Dragon Council to serve the Guild of Adventurers and no other master for the period of time necessary to achieve the ninth level within the aforementioned guild. While in the service of the Guild of of Adventurers I will show friendship, benevolence and fidelity to all Dragons and make no unprovoked attack against such. In all cases where a dragon may appear hostile I will first attempt to persua…

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  • My Known World

Necrotic Gnome - NewsNecrotic Gnome Products Now Available in Distribution!

I'm delighted to announce that Necrotic Gnome's publishing partner Exalted Funeral has arranged a distribution deal with ACD Distribution! What does this mean?For people who want to buy our books: It is now much easier for your friendly local gaming store to order Necrotic Gnome products! Just ask them about it and mention ACD (or show them this blog post).For people who want to stock our books in their store: You can now order all Necrotic Gnome products from ACD. Our products are listed unde…

Wizard Thief FighterVechs (vehicular biomechanisms)

UVG • Vastlands • Fauna Vech | \vɛk\ 1. A domesticated or feral biomachine large enough to carry people or cargo. 2. Any substantial, autonomous means of transportation. Including large transport golems, neo-elephants, drone cars, and boatfish. Etymology: From VEhicular biomeCHanism via veh-mech. Also: vemek, vech-mech, shuffer (combining shuffle and suffer), drome (a driven mechanism).…Continue readingVechs (vehicular biomechanisms)

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  • Ekleksikon
  • Seacat
  • Vastlands
  • bestiary
  • equipment
  • UVG
  • vehicle

Hack & SlashOn the Blue Mage

A Blue Mage is a Spellcaster that gains abilities by experiencing monster attacks. This allows them to use attacks exclusive to monsters or enemies. The downside is that they must be subject to the attacks first. This is a Labyrinth Lord Class.ExperienceLevelEnergyHit Dice (1d6)01111,5002323,0003435,00046410,00057520,000610640,000712790,0008148180,0009169280,0001017+2 hp only400,0001118+4 hp only540,0001219+6 hp only660,0001320+8 hp only78…

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  • classes

Hack & SlashOn Unique Speech

That's right, keep raising the bar, guys. Anyway, voices, right?In the article linked above, Arnold tosses off a paragraph about how things that normally don't talk to players talk.Well, that's super important. Everything or nearly so should talk in a fantasy game. I'm sure I can't recall the last time I played where someone couldn't speak to animals or plants or rocks or something. In a 4e game I played, someone figured out speak with dead along with the ability to speak with animals/insects …

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  • game aids

Blood, Death, Satan & MetalMr. Marvale's Neighborhood (Sirenswail Session 2)

Date: Late summer 1640Location: The White Wind, en route from Penzance to the island of SirenswailCast: Shio the Alice, Gundislavus the Magic-User, Helga of the Ulvenbrigad, Harold the MuleCosplay by KanasaiiiPreviously: Ambushed by a child vampire of the Heart faction native to Shio's "Underland", our party tends to wounds and prepare to search for it, hiding in maggot form in the hold.Presently: The sound of the struggle awoke a drunken sot passed out behind a stack of supplies. He introd…

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  • child murder
  • Session Report

Adventures in Gaming v2[James Mishler Games] Now Available -- Runemaster Class

Runemaster ClassBy James Mishler with Jodi Moran-MishlerCompatible with Labyrinth LordThe Runemaster Class includes the following new additions to Labyrinth Lord:Runemaster Class details;Runemaster Rune List, including 34 new runes;Rules for Drowning and Fear effects.Designed for use with Labyrinth Lord, easily used with any Old School RPG system!32 page booklet-sized PDF (25 pages of content) – Normally $2.99 – $1.49 for a limited time only!Click here to buy the Runemaster Class on Dri…

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  • Advanced Labyrinth Lord
  • Dwarves
  • Gnomes
  • James Mishler Games
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • Now Available
  • Runemaster Class

JAMES MISHLER GAMES[Now Available] Runemaster Class for Labyrinth Lord

Runemaster ClassBy James Mishler with Jodi Moran-MishlerCompatible with Labyrinth LordThe Runemaster Class includes the following new additions to Labyrinth Lord:Runemaster Class details;Runemaster Rune List, including 34 new runes;Rules for Drowning and Fear effects.Designed for use with Labyrinth Lord, easily used with any Old School RPG system!32 page booklet-sized PDF (25 pages of content) – Normally $2.99 – $1.49 for a limited time only!Click here to buy the Runemaster Class on Dri…

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  • Advanced Labyrinth Lord
  • Dwarves
  • Gnomes
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • Now Available
  • Runemaster Class

Follow Me And Die!Helping Others During Isolation & Quarantine

Last night (March 18, 2020), I mentioned to my patrons on Patreon, that I am not dependent upon their backing. I suggested that they consider backing the Patreons of creatives who rely on their Patreons to pay their bills. I then shared that across my social media. I also mentioned that I had gotten too … Continue reading Helping Others During Isolation & Quarantine →The post Helping Others During Isolation & Quarantine appeared first on Follow Me And Die!.

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  • RPGs
  • Covid-19
  • GaryCon
  • Streaming
  • Virtual Gary Con

Follow Me And Die!Hopefully Not My Penultimate Post

This is hilarious. I went to all the trouble to write this post and I managed to not post it before I went in for surgery back in August, 2020. I intended to record a companion podcast episode, but didn’t manage that either. I’m still doing great and slowly improving. I decided to publish this … Continue reading Hopefully Not My Penultimate Post →The post Hopefully Not My Penultimate Post appeared first on Follow Me And Die!.

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  • RPGs
  • Health

2021-01-20

Gaming – Gaming ChroniclesBerlichingen

Berlichingen is a backwater world that used to be covered in life before some cataclysm ripped away its air and water. It is lightly populated, mostly with mining communities and fossil hunters.

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  • Gaming
  • World Building
  • RPG
  • Travel Guide
  • Traveller

Dragon's BreakfastForest of Wyrd #31 - Twitten's Hollow

DRAMATIS PERSONAE:Ranza (Changeling 4)Jonesomon (Specialist 5)Gnarl (Wood Gnome 5)Hobbs (Hedgefey 4)Thrax [NPC] (Fighter 3)After an uneventful day of travel from the standing stone, the party arrived on the outskirts of Twitten's Hollow. The town lay in a small valley approachable over stream by means of an absolutely massive white stone bridge. The bridge was wildly out of proportion for the size of the stream (which was actually reasonably easy to ford in several places). Approaching the…

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  • Campaign
  • Forest of Wyrd
  • LotFP
  • Session

42 Rolls of Duck TapeComplete List of Armours for OSE

A list of different types of armor that can be purchased from the Adventurers Guild, their AC and their price in silver denarius(d).ArmourACPricenotesPadded Barding8200dPadded Coat7100dScale Coat6-not found within known world, only in ruinsChain Shirt6150dChain Barding6750dChain Coat5200dLamellar Coat5160donly available in Emirate of YlaruamCoat of Plates5175dChain Suit4400dScaled Chain Coat4-not found within known world, only in ruinsPlate Barding42500On…

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  • My Known World

These Old GamesIt's Here! This Artwork Now EXISTS!

Back in March of 2020, I sort of went nuts. I started drawing everything that came to mind, whether I had the skill or not. I had this idea for a drawing from The Last Unicorn. It was to be in full color ink, but in the middle of the project I realized that I didn't have the pens or the skill to make it work.However, I was determined to make it work. I started over with oil paint and hit another dead end. Finally, I took it digital.The first iteration didn't work either. Then I stumbled across…

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  • Artwork
  • digital

These Old GamesRetrospective Post

Happy Friday! I am off to work soon, but I wanted to do a quick post. I often wonder about the status of my blog and what changes over time. Throwback Thursdays are good way to look at what has happened, but these are often posts that I happen to like and reshare.So, I ran some data on posts and broke it down not from start to finish, but picking the most popular posts in a random month during the data collection period, Hardly scientific, but here is what I found:Back in July of 2019, my post…

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  • IRL
  • Reflection

Age of Dusk[Review] A Fool’s Errand (OSR); Skill Curve

[Adventure]Fool’s Errand (2020)Shane Ward (3toadstool Publishing)Lvl 3 Disclaimer: Sponsored Content. Humble adventure cobbler Shane Ward tried to get me to take his submission with the tagline ‘Feel like ripping me a new one?’ and at the promise of some of the ole’ rip & tear I could not, in good conscience, refuse. The damage is … More [Review] A Fool’s Errand (OSR); Skill Curve

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  • Reviews
  • **
  • Adventure
  • Caverns
  • Lvl 1 - 3
  • OSR

A Distant ChimeCastle Xyntillan Session 31: The Countess' End

In the last session, the party dealt with strange changes to their cleric's magic, acquired a posse of phantoms, and reached the throne room of the Beast himself. Now, their lord Claude's rule is legitimated, the vampire Countess Maltricia's role in the subversion of the lich Aristide's will has been revealed, and her crimes are set to be punished. Will the party try to take justice into their own hands? How will they get back to safety from the heart of the dungeon? And what shall be the conseq…

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  • Campaign
  • Castle Xyntillan
  • Realplay
  • Swords and Wizardry
  • WTF

weaver.skepti.chGeoffroy Hassoun

"Pan Sold" artstation.com/geoffroy77 Geoffroy Hassoun and Samia Aci-Sèche are the authors of the RPG Les Oubliés. I had the opportunity to ask Geoffroy a few questions, here are his answers. What was your first roleplaying game experience? I was 7 years old, there was a TTRPG session at the recreation center. I did all I could to be accepted, they kept telling me I was too young. Finally I participated and it was simply magic. I am not sure, it probably was Dungeons and Dragons. Then, I came acr…

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  • game
  • qna

The Other Side blogCharacter Creation Challenge: The Dark Eye

This is my week to tackle games I have always wanted to play, or play more of. Today is the day I take on one I have had sitting on my shelf since 2017 or so, The Dark Eye.The Game: The Dark EyeI have known about this game for a while, both The Dark Eye and the original German Das Schwarze Auge. I always wanted to own the original German, having taken German in both high school and college, but not using a language for, well longer than I care to admit, you lose it. Das tut mir leid.The Dark …

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  • #BuildAWitch
  • challenge
  • character
  • NewYearNewCharacter
  • witch

Fists of Cinder and StoneÁnemos Anthology

***This a formalized post that is to be used as a continuously updated resource for all of my writing on my current setting of fascination, Ánemos. The goal here is to have one page that links to all of the resources I have made and adding a little context to the links.Its also a rewrite of this post that is meant to reorient, refocus and reaffirm my goals with the setting (a la this post by +Jack Shear) and to provide an evocative hook (a la this post by +Jeff Rients ) for fresh players.***Se…

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  • Index
  • Ánemos

Stargazer's WorldWEG Star Wars: An Almost Perfect Roleplaying Game?

I think it’s not the first time that I’ve mentioned my love for West End Games’ original Star Wars Roleplaying game from 1987. It’s one of the first roleplaying games I’ve played and it’s a game I still read from time to time even though I don’t actually play it at the time. One thing … Continue reading WEG Star Wars: An Almost Perfect Roleplaying Game? →

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  • D6
  • Other Systems
  • Random musings
  • RPG

The Disoriented RangerInnovation in RPG-Land Part 2: The Process and the Innovator

People actually asked for this (okay, one person ... but Part 1 received generally good and encouraging feedback). That said, I wouldn't want to force it. It's a strange and complex topic, and although I didn't go very deep into it, I think I laid out the basics okay. It's just that it all was left rather abstract (and intentionally so), so there is a lot to explore if opportunity (or inspiration) arises. Which actually happened (as I seem to be almost back to form), so here we go, building heav…

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  • Daoism
  • Design
  • General Gaming Philosophy

The Disoriented RangerInnovation in RPG-Land (Part 1?)

Alright, let's talk games. I've been carrying this post with me for some time now. However, it's a difficult one to tackle (as you would assume, reading the headline), and it took me a while to get to the point where I could sit down and write this. As always, this is very situational, or momentary, as I'll explore where I stand on the topic as I write this, so it is what it is right now ... Here we go:This is how it starts, people. For real. [source]Origin Story (of a post)DISCLAIMER: I will…

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  • D&D History
  • Daoism
  • DM Tools
  • Dungeon World
  • General Gaming Philosophy
  • Inspiration
  • OSR

The Disoriented RangerInnovation in RPG-Land Part 3: Good rules are hard to write (or so the song goes)

I'll just pretend 2020 didn't happen, if that's alright with you ... I've done lots of posts over the years about how design emerges from scratch to finish. At least as far as concepts go. I also can DM those designs or even get others to DM them. The next problem, however, is writing them down in a way that someone who just read the rules is able to DM them as I would. It's my attempt to map how innovation is linked to several aspects on why and how we write rules. It was one of the hardest pos…

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  • Dark Thoughts
  • Design
  • General Gaming Philosophy
  • Ø2\\‘3||

daimon gamesFEAR the DARK - HeroQuest fanzine issue number 3

And this is the third and final issue of the first series of quests for FEAR the DARK, my new HeroQuest fanzine. As the previous issues, this is free (Pay What You Want on Drivethrurpg... of course if you want to throw me a dollar, your support will be appreciated!).https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/344012/FEAR-the-DARK--HeroQuest-fanzine--issue-3This issue concludes the series of adventures which started in issue number one and continued in number two, bringing to an end the story of the M…

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  • Fear the Dark
  • HeroQuest

tenfootpole.orgMount Saint-Mikkel, D&D adventure review

By Tollkraft Dondrobat Productions OSR (5e?) Levels 4-6 In a secluded corner of the countryside, on top of a hill stands Mount Saint-Mikkel. An ancient power awakened there and since then, the region has been subject to raids by the … Continue reading →

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  • Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Review
  • Reviews

THOUGHT EATERHumpday RPG Show 1.20.21 with Special Guest Logan Dean of The Company RPG

Aside from the actual PLAYING of games, my favorite things about this wonderful hobby are those two bastions of DIY creativity, zines and blogs. Join me each week on the Thought Eater podcast as I share the blogs, zines, and RPG bric-a-brac that caught my eye.Have you started a new blog recently? Are you working on a zine? Are you a content creator that would like to be considered for an interview on the show? Want to send me review copies of what you're working on? I want to hear from you! Ema…

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  • 5e
  • Call of Cthulhu
  • DM tips
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • henchmen and hirelings
  • humpday blog-o-rama
  • Maps
  • online gaming
  • OSR
  • podcasts
  • Random Encounters
  • retro-gaming
  • reviews
  • Sunday Zine Club
  • zines

Kill It With Fire!Lessons to Learn from New Vegas (for TTRPGs)

I recently, finally, started to play 2010's Fallout New Vegas. I bought it on sale, but had never gotten around to it due to thinking it was some kind of mere add on to Fallout 3. Nope. Obsidian studios were told by their overlords to pump something out and they really did a good job.Okay, so the thing that is inspiring me as an elfgamer is the way missions are set up. Basically, it is a sandbox world. You can go anywhere, but some areas are just plain dangerous, so you have to listen to the NP…

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  • Carcosa
  • inspirations and ripoffs

CROSS PLANESAnxiety & Dragons

If you've been around here long enough you've seen me write about my mental illness--I have General Anxiety Disorder--which means, essentially, my fight or flight goes off a fair bit more than usual and doesn't always need a reason. I've been taking medicine for over 20 years and it makes things a lot better and I'm one of the lucky ones.My gaming group from 1991 to about 2006 was fairly stable and had up to 11 players at any given time. We were all fairly young and there was a lot of drama--al…

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  • DnD
  • Me

BRINEHOUSEB/X House Rules

The House Rules are coming!Everybody house rules B/X. It's like chicken soup, you season to taste. Here's the house rules I'm thinking of using for my budding vanilla fantasy campaign.GENERALHIT POINTS -- Reroll all HD upon level up. If total is higher, take the new number. Reroll 1's.SECOND WIND -- Characters may spend a turn immediately after combat to regain 1d4 hit points. This represents bandaging, rest, food/water intake, weapon upkeep, etc.CRITICALS -- Max damage is dealt on a natural…

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  • B/X
  • Homebrew
  • OSR

2021-01-19

DIY & DragonsTolkienian Science Fantasy - Replacing the PC Species

Recently, Trey of From the Sorcerer's Skull proposed a worldbuilding concept that interested me. How would it change the game to replace the species available to the player characters?Trey first proposed imaging a fantasy setting without elves, dwarves, or hobbits, but featuring the species from TSR's Star Frontiers setting - the insect-like Vrusk, amoeba-like Dralasite, and flying-monkey-like Yazirians.Later, he suggested a pulp scifi campaign using the same species, set entirely within the S…

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  • characters i want to play
  • grotesque & dungeonesque
  • sorcerers skull
  • star trek
  • worldbuilding

Alex Schroeder: RPGListening to Burning Wheel Actual Play

I just listened to the first two episodes of Sean Nittner’s and Judd Karlman’s actual play podcast about their Shoeless Peasant game. It’s the first time I’ve listened to other people play. I did this while making bread, making salad, cleaning up the kitchen, simple manual stuff to do with my hands. I don’t think I’d like to see it on video, but on a podcast, it works well. Hearing two people do nothing but play, practically no banter, very slow and deliberate, very much concerned about the rule…

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  • RPG
  • Burning Wheel

Age of Dusk[Review] White Dwarf 30/32: The Curse of the Wildland/Chaos From Mount Dorren (AD&D); Double or nothing.

[Adventure]The Curse of the Wildland (1982)Phil Masters (White Dwarf Magazine #30) Lvl 1 – 2 The White Dwarf Crawl continues. I’ve skipped over issues that have adventures for systems I am completely unfamiliar with (like Travelller) or issues that have adventures that are essentially glorified monster manual entries with a little vignette or set up to … More [Review] White Dwarf 30/32: The Curse of the Wildland/Chaos From Mount Dorren (AD&D); Double or nothing.

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  • Uncategorized
  • ***
  • AD&D 1e
  • Dungeon
  • white dwarf

The Bogeyman's CaveMaking FKR characters using Zweihander

Inspired by this post by Wizard Lizard over at Underworld Adventures.I like Zweihander from an aesthetic standpoint, I really do, but unfortunately I have OSR/FKR brainrot and so I can't run or play a system that complicated. However, what I could do is use the character creation method from that game and tweak it for use with a less complicated system.The stats in Zweihander are Combat, Brawn, Agility, Perception, Intelligence, Willpower, and Fellowship. Normally you roll for these stats by r…

Shuttered RoomAD&D Monster Manual 2 - C.

Backward Link to A-B...Oh! This barely took me any time - is it because C isn't very long or are the monsters not very good?Cat.Domestic and Wild. Cats. They're cats.If you don't like cats, use them instead a Giant Rats in your tutorial dungeons.Cat Lord.The Cat Lord feels like a Mary-Sue.Some people complained that Deities & Demigods giving hit points for the divine was just encouraging players to try and kill them. I'm not complaining in the case of the Cat Lord.Catfish, Giant.Big fish. …

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  • ad&d
  • monsters
  • old school

Shuttered RoomAD&D Monster Manual 2 - D Part 1 - Daemons to Demodand.

Backward Link to C...It's the Big One! Over thirty pages of the book, and taking in multiple entries under Daemon, Demodand, Demon, Deva, Devil, Dinosaur and -of course- Dragon.I'm breaking it down into sections.Daemons.Filling in the Neutral Evil gap between Demons and Devils, and slightly cooler than both because they've got that saexy ae in their name. The usual info on slaying them, saying their name, common special abilities and damage resistance.I feel like the Daemons were a disparate…

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Shuttered RoomAD&D Monster Manual 2 - A to B.

I thought I'd have a go at reviewing the Monster Manual 2 monsters, and it's definitely because these folks are doing the Monster Manual and Fiend Folio:http://bogeymanscave.blogspot.com/2020/12/reviewing-ad-monsters-part-1.htmlhttps://savevsworm.blogspot.com/2020/12/goin-through-fiend-folio-part-1.htmlhttps://thecosmicorrery.blogspot.com/2020/12/fiend-folio-review-b.htmlMonster Manual 2 was the first AD&D product I bought, because Fiend Folio wasn't on the shop-shelf on the day and because …

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OSR GrimoireHolmes Expanded: Character Classes

Although I started running Holmes-based games using the Basic Set rulebook, I soon incorporated rules and character classes from the OD&D supplements and The Strategic Review articles. Below, I provide an overview of the range of options.The three original D&D character classes, a fighting man, a magic-user, and (probably) a cleric, battling a horde of pig-faced orcs. From the Basic Set rulebook (1977). Illustration by David C. Sutherland III.Fighting Men:I used percentile Strength and Dexter…

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OSR GrimoireHolmes Expanded: The Witch

Here is my writeup of the witch class for Holmes, as described in "Another Look at Witches and Witchcraft in D&D" by Ronald Pehr, from The Dragon #20 (November, 1978). (The article includes rules for advancement to 18th level and 1st to 8th level spells).Illustration of a witch, from Dragon #114 (October, 1986)Witches may be considered to bear the same relationship to druids as a magic-user towards a cleric of his own alignment. The witch uses her harmony with nature to increase her knowledge …

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42 Rolls of Duck TapeFae Spell Lists

So after making new set of houserules for OSE I decided I wanted to make the elf spell list different from the magic user and more nature oriented. I took some druid spells and some of the spells in gaz 5. I also decided to update the gnome(from the advanced fantasy genre rules, this would be the forest gnome in my campaign) spell list on similar principles.Elf SpellsLevel 1Detect MagicDetect DangerEnchant Missile(as magic missile but on missiles already in hand)Faerie LightsFellowshipLig…

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Hack & SlashOn Abstraction and Saving Throws

Modern systems seem to assume a baseline representation - i.e. I rolled twice, so each roll represents a swing of my sword or I can possibly move up to 10' a second, so in six seconds I move 60'.At first blush this seems to make a lot of sense, but if you look at it too closely the abstraction inherent in hit points and saves breaks suspension of disbelief. i.e. Hit points suddenly becomes literal wounds dealt by specific sword blows. There are 3 saves reflex, will, and fortitude, and they lite…

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Remixes and RevelationsOSR: Gun Witch

artist unknown"Control the things you can control, you maggot. Let everything else take a flying fuck at you, and if you must go down, go down with your guns blazing."- Cort, The Drawing of the ThreeThe Servants of Lady Lead:You are a master of the gun- a marksman who has combined his reverence for the weapon system and his skill with using it with the ancient arts to master an entirely new style, that of the Gun Witch sometimes also called Sorcerer-Gunslinger, Powder-Witch or Ballistic Wiza…

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The Bottomless SarcophagusGLOG class: The Sauna Demon

Another GLOG class, yes. I'm cleaning out drafts, alright. I swear, it's the last one. Man, these things are like biscuits.Art by Rachel SuggsBeing a wizard is hard work. Especially when you have to be running around with this bunch of ruffians adventurers who think a bath is something you can either eat or kill, maybe both. Luckily you know better. In Wizard City, if there's one public matter that is taken very seriously, it is the sauna. Wizard brains are contstantly being whipped with live …

Ruling With ArchangelsEasy layout with Homebrewery

Take advantage of the very useful NaturalCrit tool without 5e style + Bonusdi: Barakiel

Dyson's DodecahedronFlooded Catacombs

Bloody claw marks lead from the smashed door of the charcoaler’s house into the Big Sumac Woods. In the undergrowth …Continue reading →

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Ruling With ArchangelsImpaginazione Easy con Homebrewery

Sfruttare l'utilissimo tool di NaturalCrit senza lo stile 5e + Bonusdi: Barakiel

The Other Side blogCharacter Creation Challenge: DragonQuest 1st Edition

I am actually quite thankful for this challenge right now. I feel my creative batteries are in need of a recharge and this has been a help.The Game: DragonquestEveryone has that "one game" the game they admire from afar, want to learn it or more about it, and maybe, just maybe get to play it one day. For the early 1980s that game for me was DragonQuest. I can recall looking over the 2nd Edition book sitting prominently out front of Belobrajdic's Bookstore in my hometown. I'd flip through it an…

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  • DragonQuest
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Spriggan's DenThe weird Demographics of Vampire populations

One thing that has always been left very unclear about Vampire: The Masquerade (maybe in part deliberately) is the question of the scale at which the vampire society of a given domain exists. To some degree, the concept of the World of Darkness is pulling in two opposing directions. On the one hand, the game … Continue reading "The weird Demographics of Vampire populations"

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Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets-An oldschool gaming blog….[New Spell] Loffkar’s Life Drain

Loffkar’s Life Drain ‘That’s a nasty cut,’ observed Vistis the Blue Mage as he pointed to a bleeding laceration on the leg of his adventuring companion, Stork. The latter looked down and grimaced. The duo had just been ambushed by … Continue reading →

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  • Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea
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  • roleplaying
  • rpg
  • Swords & Sorcery
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These Old GamesUpdates - New Podcast Episode and More.

I have a short update episode of the podcast loaded to today. It's brief. I talk about some changes in real life, updates to gaming sessions and the blog.It's kind of funny, but I started this podcast with a mistake. I was thinking about podcasting and was shopping for microphones and trying out new software. Someplace in that process, COVID hit and the only way I could get art supplies was online. I placed an order with Amazon without noticing that I place a microphone into the cart instead of…

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ZENOPUS ARCHIVESThe Ruined Tower of Zenopus Goes Platinum!

Updated Image for the DMs Guild Product PageI meant to post this earlier, but last month the Ruined Tower of Zenopus achieved Platinum Best Seller status (1001+ copies sold) on DMs Guild. The burst of interest from the in-depth video review by captcorajus put it over the top just before holidays. Thanks, cap!The Ruined Tower was released on January 22nd, 2020, which means that this Friday marks its one-year anniversary. I'll make another post then to mark the occasion.Product Link:The Ruined…

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The Furtive Goblin's BurrowDesolate Days: A Super-Basic Feeble Goblin RPG!

(So I've been knocking an idea around for at least three years now. The catalyst for the thought was reading about the RPG setting Midnight, where a very obvious Middle-Earth expy is mostly conquered by the resident Dark Lord and players take the role of people either surviving, fighting the occupation, or ushering in the darkness. The question it raised was "what would it be like if the story began even farther along than this?" What if the forces of evil won entirely? Well, evil likes to turn …

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Jeffs GameblogFrom Aberdeen to Paris: Mapping the British gaming advertisers circa 1985

So here's something I've wanted to try for years. I logged the names and addresses of all the ads in White Dwarf issue #68 (September 1985), excluding the small ads (i.e. the classifieds). I only know a tiny thimbleful of British geography, but I really wanted to see where all these game companies, retailers, play-by-mail outfits, and miniatures manufacturers could be found. So I put the data into Google maps:You can play around with it here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1HJ-XTRGY…

The Lizard Man Diaries Kontext Spiel d6

I finally got around to playing my FKR/Mafia mashup game Hush (http://lizardmandiaries.blogspot.com/2020/10/hush-beta-fkr-x-mafia-x-scifi-hijinx.html) and realised how damn fun running games in the Free Kriegspiel style is! So I went bonkers and outlined the Hush rules a little bit more, here is the result.How to PlayOne player is the Referee, the other players will each control a Player Character (PC).The Referee will describe the imaginary world explored by the PCs, and determine the result…

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d4 CaltropsOne Hundred Holy Symbols

Here is a quick table for if you ever get put on the spot having to come up with a Holy Symbol or other assorted religious iconography. It can be fun sometimes to “work backwards” when establishing what a given ideology stands for based on its symbolism. Always arm Acolytes accordingly and give those Clerics something specific to clutch!

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  • d100
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Monsters and ManualsBallet is as OSR as F*ck: More on the Appendix N of Appendix N

For familial reasons, I sometimes have to watch and pretend to be interested in ballet. Well, I say pretend to be interested; as time goes on, I have in fact become genuinely interested - and not just because I like watching attractive women prancing around in revealing clothes (although that is an added bonus). The level of skill, strength and prowess of professional ballet dancers is truly remarkable, and combined with the music of a genius like a Tchakovsky or a Stravinsky, the effect is ofte…

The Wandering GamistAn Alternate Basic Dwarf

I've been playing Deep Rock Galactic lately and it has me thinking, predictably, about dwarves. One complaint I have heard about dwarves in Basic is that they're basically just Fighters but strictly better. They get darkvision and better saves and the extra XP to level is not that big. I have a proposal for if I were to roll my own Basic.Dwarves are good fighters but they don't generally do it full-time like human fighters do; they just fight in defense of the vault, or in reclamation efforts o…

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  • B/X
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Adventures under the Dark SunThe Hurrums Who Wished for a King. A Dark Sun Fable.

After being free for so long, the hurrums of the scrub plains grew tired of governing themselves. They had too much freedom, they complained, and it had spoiled them. They didn't have enough food, because no one wanted to work. They would just lounge around all day and hum about how bored they were. They wanted a government who could organize them and make the lazy among them work. So, they cried out to *Badna to send them a king.Badna knew that the hurrums were foolish creatures, so Badna sent…

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weaver.skepti.chMapping Lindisfarne

Holy Island (1866), By Capt. E.R. James, Col. Cameron, Nilfanion, MagentaGreen I am building this archelaus tool to generate hex maps I use as gamemaster in my session preparation. I've just generated a map of Lindisfarne and its surroundings. This is a continuation of Eminences in Green and Mobile Eminences. The tool generates an SVG map in an HTML file. It prints OK. I am slowly making improvements. This new version has a ruler embedded. It only plays nice on a desktop or laptop computer, not …

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  • map
  • tool

La Fumeria dei Pensieri IncompiutiCanaglie, un regolamento OSR minimale di tombaroli scalcagnati

Canaglie è disponibile gratuitamente ai seguenti link:Itch.ioDriveThruRPGLa Terra dei Giochi---Chi conosce la traduzione de La Tomba dei Re Serpenti (il progetto per/della comunità OSR Italia) sa già che in una delle appendici abbiamo incluso un regolamento OSR minimale chiamato Canaglie.Questo regolamento è un hack di Knave, in particolare della sua edizione italiana, strizzato e pressato per farlo stare in tre pagine (lo spazio che avevamo ne La Tomba), leggermente riadattato per renderl…

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  • ITALIANO
  • Knave
  • La Tomba dei Re Serpenti
  • OSR
  • pdf
  • regolamento

BRINEHOUSEB/X Visual & Audio Media

Art by Erol OtusSince I've been getting into b/x stuff lately I've been hunting for more media (besides blogs) about the system, which surprisingly there isn't a lot of. Most of the stuff out there are just old reviews of the modules. So here are a few of the podcasts and YouTube videos I found to be entertaining and/or helpful for b/x (OSE).Actual Plays:Snow & Smoke -- by Red Dice DiariesWinter's Daughter -- by Bandit's KeepTale of the Manticore [Solo Play] -- by The ManticoreTales of Mys…

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Greyhawk GrognardNew Video: Dragonne Magazine

A few people have expressed confusion as to what exactly my “Dragonne Magazine” is. I endeavor to clarify the origin, and intent, and hopefully have a bit of fun along the way.

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  • Dragonne Magazine
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2021-01-18

The Lizard Man Diaries d6 Demiurge, Part 1: Yes/No.

I'm working on some simple d6 tables for running a solo/referee-less game (they should also be handly little referee tables for keeping the game chugging along with interesting stuff). Here's the first, the obligatory yes/No table.Ask a question with a yes/no answer and roll a d6:If a “Yes” is unlikely, roll 2 or more d6 and use the highest. If a “Yes” is likely, roll 2 or more d6 and use the lowest.Yes/No table:Yes.Yes and,Yes but,No but,No and,No.And table:There's an obvious additio…

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  • d6
  • Solo

Age of Dusk[Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 25 [B/X Mystara]; Gyrations

It was the eve of the 27th of the Fyrmont, and our heroes retreated wearily into the comfort of the Cabin at Misha’s Ferry, planning to march alongside the riverbank for Kelvin, in hope of finding a fordable location. The night-time peace was ruptured by awful screaming, and the sound of a great rending. … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 25 [B/X Mystara]; Gyrations

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Tale of the ManticoreWandering Monster Table for the Khaz Mirioth (Mountain Terrain)

Used in episode 26.Random Encounter Table for The Skundrum WarRoll 1d201 Exceptional terrain feature or extreme weather2 3-6 hobgoblins3 2 harpies4 3-6 firebeetles5 – special NPC(s) (ranger, hermit, wizard, etc?)6 an abandoned campsite, only 2 days old.7 2-4 bugbears8 3-6 gnolls9 3-6 wolves10 rockslide11 wyvern12 2-4 wild goats (non aggressive/food only)13 Brown/Grizzly Bear14 Mountain Lion15 2-3 giant gecko lizards16 4-8 Orcs17 Strange/Symbols or totems18 1 Ogre19 Ancient g…

Of Slugs and Silver The GLOG alchemist

The Alchemist"For the alchemist the one primarily in need of redemption is not man, but the deity who is lost and sleeping in matter." C.G JungFor each template (i.e. level) of Alchemist, you can use 1 CD per concoction (max 4) You learn two formulas per template (see below).Starting equipment: Thick leather gloves, dagger, portable mini lab (1 slot), ingredients (see below), lots of vials.A: Alchemy, Stabilize, Alchemical tricksB: Scrounge, ReclamationC: Potion Maker, Precise Measurements…

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Tearless Retinadesert v1.4 (pdf)

More mechanical changes and setting information. Improved layout."desert is a roleplaying game about ordinary people stuck in a nearfuture city. Inside this booklet you will find:• City-building tools. Create authentic districts from elements of thepast, present and future, map city blocks and generate individualbuildings.• Mechanics for sensor technologies that make and remakecharacters. Use them to earn money or execute dice-stack hacksagainst them.• Smart robots called dolls. Maintai…

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Tarsos TheoremStarfolk

Tiny, star-headed beings with wispy bodies of darkness, possessed of a mischievous nature and indefatigable curiosity. Their forms are small but their shadows stride the world like colossi. They speak in theremin-wobbles like tiny birds, and laugh like children, yet the youngest of them has far outlived this world. It goes without saying that you should not look them directly in the eye. In fact, any contact with them comes with a heavy price, as their poisonous light corrupts your cells and sea…

in English – ropeblogiCharacter stable #10

I include some numbers that give an idea for the power level of the character. Shahu, a human merchant (or maybe a yuan-ti sorcerer) working for the glory of his trade company (or maybe nest). Currently active in Scorching wastes, in Mernua. Level 1, xp 120, average stat 11. Ælfstan, a near-heretical monk who lives […]

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Dragons Are Real077 Knave by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor

077 Knave by Dragons Are Real • A podcast on Anchor

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A Distant ChimeIron, Amber, Wood and Bone: Using Courtly Rings In Your Game

I was just rereading A Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and fixated on a particular bit of worldbuilding: the courtly rings of the nation of Vintas. I think it's an elegant little system which can be brought to any number of fantasy worlds, especially if the campaign involves courtly plotting. I'm planning to use this in a limited capacity in my Castle Xyntillan game, which is rapidly reaching its crescendo.Each ring is carved or forged from a particular material, and is inscribed on the fro…

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Playing at the WorldThe Origins of Rule Zero

The idea that a gamemaster has the discretion to alter or discard published rules was not an invention of role-playing games: it derived from a wargaming tradition going back to the free Kriegsspiel of the nineteenth century. But role-players enshrined it as a principle that is today known as "Rule Zero", a proposed meta-rule of role-playing games -- albeit not an uncontroversial one. The critical position that we should hold this as a universal meta-rule occurred to the early adopters of role-p…

OSR GrimoireHolmes Expanded: Clerical Spells

Holmes lists clerical spells from 1st to 2nd level, adding two new 1st level spells and two new 2nd level spells. (See also "Clerical Spells" at Zenopus Archives.)Greyhawk lists six clerical spells from 3rd to 6th level, as well as eleven 7th level spells (ten were originally listed, but "Gate" was added in the errata).The spells in italics are reversed for evil clerics, suggesting that clerical spell books might come in two forms ("white" magic and "black" magic).Book of First Level Spells:

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  • OD&D

OSR GrimoireHolmes Expanded: Magic-User Spells

In running a Holmes-based campaign encompassing a complete OD&D + Greyhawk edit, it was necessary to tabulate lists of magic-user spells from 4th to 9th level.Holmes lists magic-user spells from 1st to 3rd level, adding three new 1st level spells and two new 2nd level spells. Greyhawk lists sixteen magic-user spells from 4th to 6th level, but only nine 7th level spells, eight 8th level spells, and ten 9th level spells.I decided to add three new 7th level spells and two new 8th level spells fro…

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False MachineThe Danger-Snake! (and others)

THE DANGER-SNAKEThe Danger-Snake the Danger-Snake,The terrible cake-striped Danger-Snake.Its form doth flow and its eyes doth glow,With a regular pulsing, long and low.With high-visibility Battenburg stripes,And eyes that flash like ambulance lights,Hope it don't see you, hope it ain't there,Over your head or under your chair,For if you DO see it, if you see it at all..There's harm and catastrophe soon to befall!Crashing and bashing and splintering bones,Burning and breaking and fall…

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The Other Side blogCharacter Creation Challenge: 7th Sea, 2nd Edition

Today is something new for me. All the games I have done so far and have planned have been games on my shelf. This weekend I have been playing around with this idea of a Sea Witch character. The idea of this has been floating around in the back of my mind since the 2nd Ed days when we ran a short-lived campaign sea-based campaign. So I went out bought 7th Sea, 2nd Edition.The Game: 7th Sea, 2nd Edition7th Sea was always an interesting game to me. I picked up the 1st edition a couple of times a…

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Doomslakers!Conan and the Low Level PCs

For fun. I sketched this and started inking it while playing D&D the other night. Added the figures last as I wasn't sure WHO was gonna be on the stairs. I couldn't decide between a part of D&D noobs or Conan. So why not both?I believe this will be the centerpiece of Black Pudding #7 with the stats for the helligators given in that white space above the carnage.

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Jeffs Gameblogmore fun with Traveller mapping

Okay, here I go again on this space hexagon nonsense. Let's start with a typical Traveller subsector like this:Let us assume, for purposes of this exercise, that those 43 white dots represent all the places you can go in this subsector with a starship. Each one is a solar system with at least one planet you can visit or at least a source of fuel.But now let us add an assumption about jump drive technology and the nature of jumpspace, the spooky n-dimensional realm starships mov through to achi…

Greyhawk Musings On the Green God and the Elder Evil, Part 2

On the Green God and the Elder Evil, Part 2“Bow down: I am the emperor of dreams;I crown me with the million-colored sunOf secret worlds incredible, and takeTheir trailing skies for vestment when I soar,Throned on the mounting zenith, and illumeThe spaceward-flown horizons infinite.”― Clark Ashton Smith, The Last Oblivion: Best Fantastic Poetry of Clark Ashton SmithOf Secret WorldsI had an idea. I thought I might write about what was the eldest of the eldest in Greyhawk, and in my imagi…

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  • Barbarians
  • Drow
  • Elder Elemental God
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La Fumeria dei Pensieri IncompiutiUVG Sessione Zero - Partenza

E così ho iniziato la campagna di Ultraviolet Grasslands che volevo fare da almeno un anno o più, ovvero da quando ho scoperto che Luka Rejec stava facendo questa meravigliosa ambientazione e avventura.Quindi ecco qui il primo dei resoconti delle sessioni che scriverò andando rigorosamente a memoria, vista la mia incapacità di scrivermi appunti come si deve durante la sessione.Se non sapete cosa è Ultraviolet Grasslands, leggetevi il Manifesto di Campagna, scritto per l'occasione per reclutare…

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  • OSR
  • resoconto
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La Fumeria dei Pensieri IncompiutiUVG Sessione 1 - Puzzole, Tenie, e decisamente troppi Gatti

Secondo appuntamento con il resoconto della campagna di Ultraviolet Grasslands!La Sessione Zero la trovate qui.Giorni 9-11, Rovine di AzureUn tempo, prima dell'Incidente del Dio Blu centinaia di anni fa, la Città di Azure era un radioso baluardo di civiltà. Ora, non è altro che ceneri e rovine in mezzo alle paludi e agli acquitrini delle Terre Blu, e un luogo per viaggiatori e mercanti per accamparsi e riposarsi prima di riprendere il cammino.Il cielo sempre plumbeo e carico di piogge e la l…

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  • OSR
  • resoconto
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Dyson's DodecahedronFinding a home for Sprechenhaltestelle.

Le Petit Point d’Arret Parlant The official setting for the introductory Top Secret adventure (Operation: Sprechenhaltestelle / Codename: Pisces) is …Continue reading →

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  • Modern
  • Espionage
  • OSR
  • RPG
  • Sprechenhaltestelle
  • Top Secret
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The 3 Toadstools Fun depends on the group and your expectations

I've been playing a LOT of nerd games this past few months. I haven't been running a lot, but I've been playing a lot. I've come to the conclusion that much like anything in life you need to understand what your expectations are going into something. Sometimes that requires a few tries at it to make the decision. I've also come to the conclusion that its not always the system that changes how much fun I have or my expectations, it's the company.Whilst that was mildly vague I will attempt to exp…

daimon gamesFinally finished painting the whole HeroQuest set

At the end of this summer, I started playing HeroQuest again with some family members, and I started painting the 2nd-hand set that I bought on eBay. I started with the monsters, and while also trying my hand at different miniatures (like modern GamesWorshop skeletons, some Reaper Mini heroes, etc.) I slowly built enough skills and confidence to paint also the Gargoyle and the original 4 heroes.With the Gargoyle I also tried for the first time a little bit of wet-blending on the whip and the sw…

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Necrotic Gnome - NewsTemporarily UK Orders Only

Remember the recent announcement that all of our stock was being transferred to a warehouse in Germany? Well, unfortunately the best laid plans of gnomes and men have encountered a hitch. A double hitch in this case: the pre-Brexit rush to export to the EU combined with increasing severity of pandemic-related lockdowns.In summary, our stock sadly didn't make it out of the UK. Shipping from the UK to Europe is still incredibly backed up, so the move to the German warehouse is probably going to b…

The AlexandrianRandom GM Tip – Fistfuls of Dice

Possibly the single most important skill for a GM is pacing: Cool challenges, awesome drama, incredible roleplaying, stunning set pieces, breathtaking props. These are all great. But they can be rendered almost irrelevant if your sessions are bloated with boredom or choked with dead air. It won’t necessarily kill your game deader than a doornail, […]

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