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Supernatural: Holy Terror

A church glee club slaughtering a biker gang signals the start of an angelic civil war. The angels led by Bartholomew are being challenged by a faction led by an anarchist angel called Malachi (Stephen Monroe Taylor), with the idea that the winning side will challenge Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) to retake Heaven.Human Cas shows up to help Sam and Dean with their investigation into the biker

Image Thursday -- The Gift by Bobby Chiu

The Gift by Bobby Chiu

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This week inspirational image is “The Gift” by Bobbi Chiu.

The Ancient One had been asleep for what seemed like thousands of years, until something forgotten brought him back from the depth of sleep. The small female child of man stood before it, offering up a small red like object up as a gift.

  • Who is the girl?
  • What is the purpose of the gift? Would the AncientOne take offense at being offered what looks like an apple or would they be grateful for contact with a descendant?
  • Why was the tree-being asleep? Why did this [...]

[Review] Tiny Dungeon

What do you need to know?

Tiny Dungeon is a minimalistic heroic fantasy roleplaying game which you can buy for USD $5.99 at Onebookshelf (aff).

The author promises that it is "[...] a tabletop roleplaying game system that is short on rules, but big on roleplaying!"

Let's dive in!

The Rules Basic Rules

Tiny Dungeons (TD) is a quick read and the rules are easy to understand. Basically, you roll 2d6 for any task. A roll of 5 or 6 is a success and that means you've made it.
The game is complemented with an Advantage/Disadvantage mechanic which you might know from Barbarians of Lemuria or [...]

The Lonely Coast -- Shadowed Keep On The Borderlands -- Session 12

Session 20 (2nd Mar 2015) For the second adventure in our Lonely Coast campaign I turned once again to Raging …

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Happy GM's Gygax Day (and Sale on DTRPG)

Happy Gygax Memorial / GM's Day / Cheap PDF Games Week!30% off many titles, way too numerous to mention. I'm sure your Dropbox account could squeeze in just a few more scenarios. ;)http://bit.ly/GMday2015Until March 10th.LLAP in order to play more games... ! \\//(Or just download rules for your reading pleasure)

Step Dice

I never really got into Earthdawn when it first came out. Truth be told, I was interested in the setting because I had quite a few friends at the time who were big Shadowrun Fanatics, and Earthdawn was originally advertised as the distant past of the Shadowrun Universe (in much the same way that Exalted was advertised as the origins of the World of Darkness). The only real thing that stuck with me from the early previews of Earthdawn was the concept of step dice...where one character might have a d6 to roll for something, a better character might have [...]

Dragon #107

Free OSR Dragon Foot Adventure - The Monastery of the Order of the Crimson Monks For Your Old School Campaigns

Grab It Right OverHERE An Adventure Module for Original and First Edition Roleplaying Games & Their Simulacra. Suitable for a Party of 4 to 8 Player Characters, Level 5 to 9.Sometimes you need a fast dungeon with a solid background. This is one of those. The dungeon isn't too high level but has some well thought out details. Its easily used with many incarnations of the grand game but I

New Time Slot

This is not the post you are looking for… Instead, our featured posts will now come out on Saturday morning, 00:00 GMT. We’re doing our best to optimize the blog and we hope this change will help us do just that. See you Saturday!

RAFM Parapsychologist

Mark asked me to paint some more of his Call of Cthulhu figures. I obliged by picking out one of his three-part RAFM figures: Parapsychologist. It shows a character in three stages of sanity. For this figure I wanted to use purple. I guess I was thinking Miss Marple. The cat I was initially going to do black, but went for an orange tabby just to challenge myself. To enhance the different stages of dementia, I went with different sized and shaped bases and went from verdant to progressively bleaker landscapes. Let me know what you think!

1d10 Random Ancient Adventure Locations Table For Your Old School Campaigns

There are places of mystery and wonder often found in the wastelands. Places that seem to transcend time and space to snare the unwary & stupid. Adventurers often fall prey to these places because of the lure of adventure, treasure, and mystery. Here then is a table of random wonder and weirdness simply waiting to claim those unlucky enough to find them. Photo by Rainer Zenz 1d10

Magic and Technology -- The Porcelain Argument

I ran across this article, The Porcelain Argument: How would the existence of magic affect technological advancement?, on Sunday. I very much enjoyed it and it is in line with my thinking of how a high magic setting would function. My campaign is, for humans, a now low magic setting because the ancient empire collapsed […]

More Amazing, Non-Gaming Nostalgia

Did you folks know they were going to start up Twin Peaks again?! Holy shit!

A limited season (9 episodes) is scheduled to air on Showtime in 2016. David Lynch and Mark Frost (the original creators) are doing all the writing and Lynch will be doing all the directing. Wow...that is just soooo cool in a way that most people that aren't at least my age just won't get. Original cast members will be returning (including Kyle MacLachlan).

Talk about "geeking out;" I might just need to subscribe to Showtime!

Twin Peaks came out in 1990 when [...]

Visualizing Castle Greyhawk

Walled City[1]
"To the east of the busy walled city of Greyhawk the land is forsaken, overgrown with thorns and thistles. Oozing marsh creeps slowly down. The copses are huddles of weird, bloated trees. The wiry grass seems to grasp at the feet of any who dare to tread upon it. In the center of this unwholesome place, on a rock-boned prominence, hulks the ruin of the grim Greyhawk Castle..."[2]
Castle [3]
"The fallen west gate of Greyhawk Castle was at hand, and through [...]

The Isle of Names

The people of this island cannot conceive that two people could have the same name, or that someone would lie about their name.

This means that, if a visitor happens to have (or claims to have)the same name asa particular historical figure, wanted criminal or prominent islander, they will be treated as being that person.

The reputations of many gods and heroes in the island’s history are decidedly mixed, due to unscrupulous confidence tricksters who have claimed to be them.

The Aggregate ~ A post-apocalyptic graphic novel

In the world of Kickstarter there is always something new and exciting. Today is no different as Nerd Rage News discovered a choose your own adventure that is a graphic novel. We spoke with Ben Bishop about The Aggregate.

What is the Aggregate? The Aggregate is a post-apocalyptic, “Choose Your Own Adventure” style graphic novel of mine I’m currently Kickstarting. But “The Aggregate” is ALSO an 800 foot tall giant robot built by our very own government to wipe out 3/4 of the worlds population. There’s a video on my Kickstarter haha. Basically, I like to tell people it’s the story of a mysteriously young woman named Valerius who has spent the last 1,000 years keeping 5 genetically engineered individuals, the “OTAs” ( the people who pilot the robot ) away from their giant robot killing-machine; BUT she now finds herself leading one of them, the “Man” right to it. How does a choose your own adventure work in a graphic novel format? The Aggregate will be the first in a new type of graphic novel storytelling I’m calling, “Split Decision” comics. Basically it will work something like the old Choose Your Own Adventure book crossed with a video game. Rather than YOU being the main character, you’ll be every character, and you’ll make decisions for all those characters, and the other people in the book will react and behave differently towards you depending on those decisions you make. I understand that you are even doing a soundtrack to accompany the story, tell me about that. I’m obsessed with really good movie scores. I listen to them while I write or draw, and I have wanted to make a book with its own score for a very long time. So when it looked like I was going to start putting a book together I knew [...]

Ring Side Report-Board Game Review Ortus Regni



Product- Ortus Regni

Producer- Jon Sudbury Games

Price- $45 here http://jon-sudbury-games.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/ortus-regni-core-box

Set-up/Play/Clean-up- 30-60 minutes (2-6 players)



TL; DR- This is the coffee table game you need! 95%


Basics-Forge your kingdom! Ortus Regni, “Origin of the Kingdom,” is a two to six player card game of dueling earls fighting to create their own kingdom. The only way to do that is to be the last man or woman standing. Each turn, a player can take one action and then has to draw one card. That’s honestly the whole game, but don’t let that simplicity fool you. The actions range from declaring battle, starting a joust, using [...]

Pathfinder Musing: Fighter Revisions

Like the Rogue, I like the concept of the Fighter. I enjoy playing combat-focused characters, individuals who've spend many years either training to become masters at the art of fighting or happened to be students of the school of hard knocks. While I love playing spellcasters, sometimes its just fun to pick up a big sword and beat the ever-living shit out of something.
With that being said, Pathfinder's Fighter is lacking in a few mechanical departments. Don't get me wrong, Pathfinder's version of this class is much better than the 3rd Edition & 3.5 Edition one. However, it still [...]

[Korgothursday] Savage Menagerie: Arborghast

NOTE: Two years ago, I posted a few creatures and NPCs for Mutant Future based on that most-metal of cartoon barbarians: Korgoth of Barbaria! But unlike that one-off cartoon pilot, we're not through yet! Let's get "Korgothursday" rolling again with today's new entry... No. Enc.: 0 (1d4) Alignment: Chaotic Movement: 60' (20') Armor Class: 5 Hit Dice: 10 Attacks: 3 (claw/claw/bite) Damage:

Introducing Holtzmann's Corridor

Holtzmann's Corridor is considered a border area in my TU, far from the Big Four and their conflicts; but it is an active region full of adventure possibility. Many systems are only lightly populated and lightly travelled; there's lots of exploration still to be done.

The Talaveran Empire (TE) and the Lycosky Trade Protectorate (LTP) are competing for markets for goods and for exclusive shipping rights & routes. The conflict extends to diplomacy, [...]

And the Winners of the Far Away Land Core Rules in PDF Are...

Holy something or other!

Over 120 entries in 8 hours. That has to be a record or something. Not one of those +James Spahn records, but still impressive.

Alright, let's get right down to it. Lets give away those copies of Far Away Land Core Rules in PDF.

The first winner is: Jason Buchanan - this is the copy I'm providing ;)

The second winner is: Justin Isaac - this is the copy generously donated by +matt jackson

The third and final winner is: +Johua De Santo - this is the copy generously donated by +Tim Huntley

The winners need to email me at tenkarsDOTtavernATgmailDOTcom with their RPGNow info and I'll make sure it gets into the right hands.

Everyone else needs [...]

Numenera - Pulse - Session 1

They're back!
It's certainly been a while since our last time in the Ninth World.  When we last ran with Chase, Ralyx, Glyquorg, and Jak it was December, and we finished up an abbreviated version of Dread Unicorn Games' The Sun Below: City on the Edge.  The holidays were fast approaching, and some of us were planning on taking part in the Quattro con Carnage experiment, so we decided to put Numenera on hold for a short while.  

Since we were adding two new players to the group, Jeremy and Andreas from Quattro con Carnage, I [...]

Free Map044: Bugbear Crossing

I have another map up on my Patreon site for download. There are actually two versions, one with contours and one without. The map is sized to print out on a standard Letter page at 300 DPI.

I'm digging using Patreon to put up my maps since it doesn't take any space up on my Google Drive.

Like usual, click on the lead-in graphic to get right to the appropriate download spot, or use this link.

Birtwhistle's Portal of Temporal Convenience #raggisrejects

A while back James Raggi of Lamentations of the Flame Princess fame put a call out for magic items that fit the particular feel of the LotFP universe. Most of them were rejected for one reason or another and people are posting them to the web under the tag #raggisrejects

The following is my reject, Birtwhistle's Portal of Temporal Convenience:

This door appears to be of ordinary size and made of a hard, red wood. Whether the red is its natural colour or it is stained that way is a mystery. Tiny, shallow carvings of arcane [...]

PinkCat: Running in the Shade "Blast from the Past" (A different sort of SR campaign report)

To understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members. If you want read the previous stories after the initial wave there is Episode 4, and Episodes 5 and 6.

Episode Seven: Blast from the Past

Guest Starring: Clawz. The team is called by Ice Wolf, an old school shaderunner merc, to retrieve some data from an old BigGunCo facility that is scheduled for [...]

Dat Ass

Seriously though, dat ass... As I posted recently I ordered+Venger Satanis's The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence. My physical copy arrived yesterday. While I'm not ready to do a true review, I can tell you that I am digging what I've read so far. The book starts with new rules and ends with a gonzo hexcrawl. From the bits I've read I love the dark secret and the uniqueness counts

Working Away

Well these should test the updated caching software. In order – in-game landscape; athlete; the borrowed battle scene from the last post; part of the Isle of Skye; and Iona.


D&D 5e Playtest: Mass Combat Rules

I love that the new Unearthed Arcana column on the Wizards website offers public-playtest versions of future material for D&D. This week, there are rules for mass combat - always one of the sticky design areas for tabletop games intended for focus on individuals. In part to make sure I understand them myself, this post examines the playtest rules in detail.

Also, I have to say this up front, because otherwise I will never get through this post: "hur hur, he said 'unit.'"

Better now. Read on.

The Zoom Button

The document begins with a discussion of [...]

GM's Day

“March 4th for GM’s day” or “March forth for GM’s day” – yes indeed, today is GM's Day. Of course, every time we run a game it’s Player's Day. Hah! But March 4th is GM’s day and as I was about to start running the game, Sam and Miae said that they had prepard a Rap Song for GM's day! And then they launched into a Rap in German, Celtic and Korean, about the person placing all the monsters, the person being so mean to players, Chorus: Who!? – the person that took our stabbing pencils and gave use a gold sword instead, Chorus: Who!? – it was hilarious.✎

Thank you!✎

Tags: RPG ✎

RPG Superstar 2015: The Final Four

The last four have been picked for Paizo’s RPG Superstar 2015 round.

The four finalists along with their winning encounter and map designs are;

  1. Brian J. Fruzen (Milwaukee, WI) -- The Gloomsworn Path
  2. Monica Marlowe (Cincinnati, OH) -- The Hanging Gardens of Karexin
  3. Kalervo Oikarinen (Helsinki, Finland) -- Fellforge Chapel
  4. Christopher Wasko (Connecticut) -- Darkblight Fallow

Owen KC Stephens, Pathfinder Developer and Host of RPG Superstar 2015, said;

“Behold our four finalists! They have navigated the surprise of creating a new category of magic item, diligently labored to create stand-alone maps, wrought creatures of the Darklands, and braved the travails of creating new and interesting encounters,”

“Hundreds began [...]

The Many Colours Out of Space

It is uncertain whether these are truly different stages in the life of a “colour” or if they are distinct, perhaps representative, samples of a biology utterly alien to human understanding.


This form of the colour is most vividly described in H.P. Lovecraft’s original “Colour Out of Space”. At the dawn of the creature’s life cycle (or at least this phase of its life cycle), it seeks vast quantities of energy (drawing lightning strikes to itself, tapping into the electrical grid, or the like). Once it has been “jump-started”, it rapidly grows by feeding on the environment around it.

However, [...]

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Trailer Three...


Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate draws on a number of sources for inspiration. I watch a lot of wuxia movies and TV shows, and these have had a big influence not only on Ogre Gate, but on Sertorius and many of my d20 campaigns. I am hoping to share some of my favorite movies and shows in the genre here as we work on WHOG.

Note: I am writing these as a fan of the genre. I am not a movie expert or an expert in asian cinema. These are my own observations based on what I have learned by watching wuxia and kung fu movies, and by reading about them through interviews and books. But my knowledge is quite limited and I am an English speaker. So understand that my commentary comes from this perspective. 

Note: This review contains many spoilers.

Trail of the Broken Blade is a [...]

Writer's Block

Maybe it’s good that we’re taking a break from my game this week. Two people can’t make it, so we’re either going to run another session of Pockets (which was a lot of fun) or Shadows of Brimstone (which I have been told is “Cowboys & Demons”). Maybe that and picking back up with the AD&D game I’m in on Saturday will help me recharge my creative batteries.

Also, is it weird that I’m really wanting to play something that is basically Regular Show: the RPG? Pockets can beclose to that, I suppose.

One of the writing projects I’ve been working on [...]

My Little Pony: Jean-Claude Van Damme is Magic


The World of Eave: Bliss

Bliss is the name of a town on the southern continent, but Bliss isnt the name of town as it once was known as Cavador.  It is west of the Emaan Straights so it is held under the sway of The Empire.  It is not under Empire control as of yet.  The bay is hard to get into with any sort of ship larger than a typical sailing ship and most have to anchor beyond the reefs to be somewhat safe.  Besides the reefs, the Bay of Paradiseis filled with many of the jagged ruins of Cavador that [...]

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight at 830 Eastern

Like just about every Wednesday Night, tonight is another Tavern Chat session here at The Tavern.

I'n sure there will be questions about the new podcast ans such. As for answers...

See you tonight ;)

Aslan Bombshell

While chatting with Cj Cherryh and Marc Miller about the Hani from the Chanur novels and the Aslan from Traveller, Marc Miller said that he “envisioned that the Terran scout who first contacted them saw the resemblance to Narnia’s Aslan and used the name.”

When I commented about the idea from GURPS Traveller that the Aslan was discovered by Turkish explorers, Marc said “No one asked me. “

Kickstarter -- FAITH: The Sci-fi RPG

This certainly l0oks interesting:  FAITH: The Sci-fi RPGby Burning Games. A sci fi RPG in a box. Played with cards. Shape your character and choose your God wisely to survive in a struggling Universe. It looks like a cool concept but what’s putting me off is the initial outlay for the game, since I’m backing […]

Terraria Episode 048

More ore-gathering! It’s a good thing that Hell is so safe, so long as I can avoid accidentally triggering the Wall of Flesh. Obviously that’s not going to happen because I am so careful.

Find the playlist here!

Weird Wednesday: Whispering Well

Whispering Well CR 1 XP 400 CE Persistent haunt (10 ft. by 10 ft. well) Caster Level 1st Notice Perception DC 15 (to hear confused whispers) hp 4; Trigger proximity (tricked by Stealth); Reset 1 week Effect When the whispering well haunt is triggered, all creatures adjacent to (or in) the well make DC […]

The post Weird Wednesday: Whispering Well appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

GM's Day/Gary Gygax Memorial Post

I will not be posting a Hump-day Hildebrandt picture.  This is the day, in 2008 that the community lost E. Gary Gygax Sr. Gary was one of the creators of The Game, that is now many, many games. Without him and his work, the hobby  would be very different today.  Without his work, I would be a very different person today.  Today, I present you with some quotes from the man himself:  There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you're involved in, whether it's a fantasy game, the Wild West, [...]

Food, Iron Rations & Starvation

Adventuring is hungry work. A normal, sedentary lifestyle runs you around 2000 calories a day. Athletes (which would probably be more akin to adventurers) do around 3800 healthily. In addition to calories, there's also a idiosyncratic set of nutritional needs per person – vitamins, minerals, and an appropriate balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. All...

Food, Iron Rations & Starvation

Adventuring is hungry work. A normal, sedentary lifestyle runs you around 2000 calories a day. Athletes (which would probably be more akin to adventurers) do around 3800 healthily. In addition to calories, there's also a idiosyncratic set of nutritional needs per person – vitamins, minerals, and an appropriate balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. All...

On Being a Gamemaster: GM's Day and Remembering Gary

I wish I was enjoying today more, but a nasty sinus infection came upon me yesterday and I'm lucky to still have my voice.

If I was feeling better, I'd consider setting up a one-shot for my kids tonight, but we'll probably just watch Survivor.

While I've grown to appreciate Mr. Gygax's genius, it was a few years into my gaming career that I really was exposed to his work.  When  I started we were playing ADnD 2E and most of the Gygaxianisms had been washed away.  In fact, the vast majority of our group hadn't played ADnD [...]

International GM's Day March Fo(u)rth for GM's Day!

Today is International GM’s Day March Fo(u)rth for GM’s Day! The one day a year when we celebrate the people who take time to provide us all with an evening gaming. It is also the anniversary of Gary Gygax’s passing and the birthday of a very good friend of mine who has run games for […]

My Realms: Fort Buckler

On the western edge of the Quivering Forest stands Fort Buckler, founded just over fifteen years ago as a home base and training ground for rangers of the Green Stride.

The Fort was a reward to Ranger Captain Eva Montcleef and her apprentice Sienna Rose Himler after aiding the wood elves of Green Hall in defeating K'takla the Demon Bear.

Eva eschewed traditional ranger training techniques and envisioned a larger scale training ground to swell the ranks of the Green Stride and to supersede the typical master and apprentice system that was well established.

In fact, [...]

The Quartet in Brown.

Day Q: The Quartet in Brown

Deep at the end of a tortuous cavern, the party will come upon a hooded figure, robed in brown. As they approach, any light sources, whether mundane or magical, fade and extinguish.  A single candle flickers in a niche in the cavern wall, barely illuminating the figure.  His(?) robe is tattered and many-layered, the being beneath shrouded. Somehow, this meditative figure has remained unmolested by the denizens of the dungeon, whether evil, predator, or mindless.  The figure will not respond to questioning, and exudes a sense of peace.  After a few moments, he [...]

Vault of the Goblin: Deeper Prisons

The goblins love their prisons... this is the penultimate level before the pits, which is a prison for some of their more powerful foes, and a deep pit in the middle that they drop especially nasty enemies into.

Remembering Gary Gygax

I would like the world to remember me as the guy who really enjoyed playing games and sharing his knowledge and his fun pastimes with everybody else.
                                                       - Gary Gygax

In memoriam, I thought it would be nice to talk some about Gary Gygax today. As some of you may be familiar Gary passed away on this day in 2008. I will not spend any time on the subject of loss since that voluminous task would be impossible to realize. Instead I wanted to take a look back to my earliest memories of Gary [...]
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