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Frugal GM Review: Inked Adventures Blocks

These last few weeks I've easily dwindled down any DriveThruRPG credit I had on purchasing a ton of new products. While not intended for review, I'm sure I'll review most of it eventually.

This week I decided to work on the new Inked Adventures Blocks set. I'm lucky in that the creator, Billiam Babble, and I have a friendly exchange of emails and he's pretty much offered me any his stuff I want for free. Well, I'm Frugal, not cheap, so I try to pay for things I want to use and play with. Things I get just for [...]

Daily Cosplay

Harlequin wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Gamer Christmas 2014

Soon the fat man in the red suit will come to you house, eat your cookies and maybe leave something behind.  I am not talking about your weird uncle, I mean Santa Claus!

So what RPG item are you all hoping to get this year?

I am somewhat at a loss myself.  I really got into the new D&D 5 system this year, so I am just hoping to get some gaming in.  But nothing really on my Christmas list.

I did pick up an early Christmas/late Halloween present for myself, the old WEG d6 DC Universe [...]

B-R5RB Biggest Online Battle

Eve Online. Very cool....


Channel Zero Christmas Giveaway



I have a problem. I have a terrible memory.  When I go to gaming conventions I buy lots of cool stuff. Sometimes, I already own the cool stuff I buy. This year at North Texas RPG Con, I bought every issue Crawl Fanzine that I didn't own. Or so I thought. As you can see from the picture above I now have two copies of a few issues.  My bad memory is your gain.  As a Christmas present to the DCC community, I am giving away all my extra copies! Post a comment below for a chance to [...]

End-of-Week Elmore (12/19/14)

Larry and the Troll 

Music -- Striborg, Mysterious Semblance (Full Album)


Caervolds' Elven Village

The "Elf Village" is a forest of stone trees. The designer built towers of various sizes, the dimensions of which vary based on the structures purpose, and built arches at random spots to simulate branches. The simulated branches have grooves on the top filled with soil and living greenery (an attempt at leaves). These are the homes and shops of the Elves of Caervold.

The effect is not whollyunpleasant. The streets are well shaded, the buildings are weather proof, and the area has a charming Sunday afternoon quality to it. The trouble is that in order to build these immense tree [...]

The Land of Winter Dark




In a great blast Unklar vomited forth the Wall of Worlds, and it flowed from the spires of Aufstag as a powerful wind, cold and bitter. Great clouds of his stink settled far and wide across Aihrde, blanketing all in a world of winter and dark. It settled upon the world as a fog, rising into the heavens, dampening the light of the sun. Men named the fog the Shroud of Darkness or the Cold Mist, for with it came a terrible freezing. Sheets of snow and sleet [...]

TROLLZAH!!!!!!! Fire and Ice

Great news from Hollywood!

Despite their sad capitulation to the North Koreans (and the U.S. Government's sad defense of them) Sony has green-lighted Fire and Ice!! This classic Frank Frazetta cartoon from the long ago days of the 80s captured the feel of the early Heavy Metal and Epic magazines (cool stuff if you haven't heard of them) and brought it to life.

Robert Rodriguez is heading up the project. Apparently this has been a passion of his for some time, a huge fan, he's wanted to bring it to the big screen for some time. And Ralph [...]

Breaking: Cubicle 7 leaves Rebellion Group

Gamers may never notice the change but today’s management buy-out of Cubicle 7 is big news. The British RPG publisher has left 2000 AD owners Rebellion.

Dominic McDowall, who led the successful management buy-out, said;

I'm excited to be taking Cubicle 7 into its next phase of development,"

"Rebellion's investment and mentoring has given us a great start, and now we're ready to go it alone. I'd like to thank Chris and Jason Kingsley and everyone else at Rebellion for their invaluable support, advice and inspiration.

Jason Kingsley, who leads Rebellion as CEO while also acting as Creative Director, said;

Getting involved with start-ups and [...]

D&D 5e Combat -- Initiative

I wrote an article about initiative, strategy and team play. Recently after reading some more, and playing, I am ready to just throw Initiative out the window. I am more in favor of what Robert Schwalb has going with in his new game “Shadow of the Demon Lord.” He uses an Action Economy system and a simplified system that let’s the players go in what ever order they want. I really like that system, but want to use it for D&D 5th edition. So let’s first look at how initiative works in D&D. Theplayers all roll a d20 and perform [...]

Mythical Creatures of Africa

If you’re looking for some new monster inspiration, CNN has a new story (slideshow, sorry) up today that details several new creatures from African myth. Most seem to not have made their way into many RPGs yet. Here is the quick list:

  • Abada: Unicorn-like creature with two horns. The horns’ points cure disease & poison.
  • Ammit/Ammut: Lion/hippopotamus/crocodile female demon. It devours the souls of the recently dead if they lived a life of abuse or if their hearts are found wanting.
  • Grootslang: Mix of an elephant and a snake, legend says it was one of the first creatures. It has great strength and [...]

UFO Files

I have no idea why, but this article made me really want to start watching the XFiles again. Last year I started in on them from season 1 and made it mostly through season 2 when I got distracted (I'm a bit like the birds I feed...."eh pretty light what could that be" and off I go). They really hold up for me as they play with all those thoughts that linger in the back of the mind.

Of course its different now, with the net, people have a plethora of superficial information that they take as gospel (you [...]

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Movie Trailer ~ Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

Edo's Guest Reviews: Ancient Terrible Things -- Episode 26 (Doug Bass)

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Ancient Terrible Things Game Review

Ancient Terrible Things by Simon McGregor is an awesome, pulp-fun take on the Yahtzee style, dice rolling, press your luck game. It has a little hand management, a little set collection, and a whole lot of amazon horror. All sorts of fun for 2-4 players.

Please like, subscribe, and share with your friends! Want to do a guest review? Shoot me a note.

Fleamarket Friday: Superheroes Rule UK!

Legacy is a Kickstarter campaign to produce a roleplaying supplement about superheroes in the UK, with its core being updated iterations of the original Golden Heroes - now SquadronUK - scenarios, complemented by articles on stuff on time travel, parallel dimensions, the source of both magic and superpowers, American heroes, a year-by-year almanac of heroes since 1900, details on official

Tiamat Takedown

The Tiamat Takedown podcast is up on The Tome Show’s website. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, a few Round Tablers got together for the second time to find out just what high level play was like in the new fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons. SoMike Sheacrafted a grueling combat experience forChris Dudley,Joe Lastwoski, Liz Theis,Topher Kohan, and meto throw down with the toughest 5th edition monster known to us – Tiamat! If you missed the livestream, check out the videos below! Wrap-up Round Table podcast to follow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hSjPNxtYcw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZDNlp_FzCA Links: The Tome Show’s Facebook Group worldbuilderblog.me The Eric Michaels – Composer slyflourish.com rulezeropodcast.com actsofgeek.com Topher’s Google+

If you like what you're [...]

Adventure Bone: Good Deed

Adventure Bones are articles about moments in your adventures you may introduce in order to create hooks, to enrich the gaming situation, or simply to draw the attention of your gamers. Also, Adventure Bones may be used as tools to get your game going when it is stalling, or to add some more flavor to the overall gaming experience.

Teaser

Heroism does not require great deeds; but small good deeds are at least as powerful and create long-lasting memories. Are you prepared to offer your PCs such moments?

The Situation

The PCs happen to ride along, through the wilderness, on their way to some [...]

Friday Favourite: Holiday Shopping Skill Challenge

On Friday we comb through our extensive archives to find an older article that we feel deserves another look. From December 11, 2009, Dungeon's Master once again presents:Holiday Shopping Skill Challenge.

'Tis the season for giving and receiving gifts. Regardless of your personal or religious reasons for celebrating during the holiday season, everyone likes getting gifts. This is no secret to retail merchants. They know that you'll be shopping for everyone on your list at this time of year and they want you to spend, spend, spend.

Shopping for Christmas presents can be a lot of hard, grueling work. It's the part [...]

Hero Datafile: The Living Mummy

Wrapping up (oops, bad choice of words) our salute to Marvel’s monsters is N’Kantu, the Living Mummy! First appearing in Supernatural Thrillers in the ’70s, he’s popped up since in Daredevil, the Legion of Monsters miniseries, and even Civil War. He’s gotten new un-life recently in Marvel’s animated series as one of the Howling Commandos, but this datafile I’ve put together focuses on the comics N’Kantu, a warrior forced into servitude and, ultimately, eternal (and unwanted) life 3,000 years ago. He’s a noble hero who’s much more interesting than the walking, moaning, ancient gauze pad he appears to be. Check [...]

Ultimate Ethermagic

Ultimate Ethermagic This massive book clocks in at 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 […]

Mythic Magic: Advanced Spells I

Mythic Magic: Advanced Spells I This massive book clocks in at 64 pages, 1 page […]

Dragonmeet 2014: The Swag

  This week I conclude my coverage of Dragonmeet 2014 with a quick review of the items I bought at the convention.   Last week I posted an overview of my day at Dragonmeet.   As I explained, Phil-the-Artist and I had a fun morning browsing the expanded trade hall. The outcome of this is …

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SWGMH S06E14: Ground Zero Actual Play Part 2

Ed Wetterman and Savage Riggs join the gang for the second instalment of the Ground Zero actual play!

The post SWGMH S06E14: Ground Zero Actual Play Part 2 appeared first on Sin City Savages.

The Friday Grab Bag - CMG Anniversary Sale

It's been thirteen years since CMG first began publishing gaming materials and so it's time for a 25% off sale here on RPGNow.com and here on Drive Thru RPG. Thank you for your continued patronage!

All the best,
Mark CMG
CreativeMountainGames.com


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[MegaDelve] The Marble Hall (Dwarven City Level 2)

As I feared, the Dwarven City is going to be more than 3 maps. Probably a LOT more than three maps. At least three maps just for level 2. But that just means more Mega Delve for everyone!

Marble Hall (with grid)

I’m enjoying the fact that the MegaDelve has had a lot of large spaces so far, and felt that it would be awesome for the PCs to first encounter the Dwarven City in a way that would be immediately visually striking. The typical entry to the city would be via the Mushroom Cave, through the Ogre Base, and then down either of the two staircases… Into a massive underground chamber nearly 150 feet tall with a facade of dwarven architecture facing them as they climb down the spiraling staircases.

This is the Marble Hall – not intended to be a primary entrance into the city, but it has become the easiest way into the city since the destruction of the great gates on level 1 of the city (we’ll get there, honest!).

Most of this area is typically abandoned, unclaimed by any of the factions and groups within the delve. It is instead home to stirges that nest near the top of [...]

Fleamarket Friday: Let's Get This Party Started...

A collection of beginner's adventures (including one tailored for each of the core old school character classes - fighter, their, magic-user and cleric) is now available from the industrious Tim Shorts (he of Patreon micro-adventure and The Manor fanzine fame). He explains: "I wrote it so folks could use it to introduce someone into the RPG hobby ...to teach a person what die to use, some

5e Playtest: The Celestial, Warlock Patron


This is a playtest of my house rules.  Please, if you have something to say, both good or bad, say it.  Please be constructive.

There aren't many warlocks who would take up the mantle of all that is good and righteous but for the few who do are blessed with the power of their patron.  The patron is usually a good or neutral in alignment.

The Celestial
  • Expanded Spell List
    • First: bless, shield of faith
    • Second: lesser restoration, prayer of healing
    • Third: beacon of hope, daylight
    • Fourth: death ward, divination
    • Fifth: commune, dispel good or evil
  • Angelic Presence: At 1st level the warlock is [...]

Casting Times - A Segment on Segments in 1e



I remember using "segments" in AD&D combat rounds, especially as it came to casting times. I don't remember if we ever used it right, but if you are going to use spell interruption in your campaign, it's kinda necessary.

I also remember that we slowly forgot to use casting times, and when we put that to the side, segments transformed into initiative order and little more. Of course, as casting times went to the side, so did casters loosing spells to interruption. I'm sure it change the game balance, but we didnt care, as it sped up play.

It went both ways. Getting the drop on an enemy caster was no longer as effective, as his spells were no longer getting [...]

Ten Things to Remember about Bastion

Bastion is Old

Nobody alive remembers when Bastion wasn't the hub of mankind. Trends have come and gone, buildings have risen and crumbled, and regimes have fought to rule every corner of the city with one failure after another.

Bastion is Difficult

Nobody will help you out of the goodness of their heart. Even when they're on your side, they want their own things. Some people are even just out to mess with you.

Bastion is Ugly

If somebody builds a beautiful building, somebody will build a brutalist prison next to it, or maybe [...]

Cool Words for Gamers: Magniloquent -- Mystagogue

I’m no mystagogue, but today’s post could save you from the mubblefubbles!

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

 

Last week, I tackled the "L" words. This week, we hurl ourselves into the M's!:

  • Magniloquent speaking in or characterised by a high-flown often bombastic style or manner
  • Magsman a swindler
  • Manse the house provided for a minister
  • Mantic of or relating to the faculty of divination; prophetic
  • Marcid exhausted, withered, wasted away
  • Marmoreal of, or relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble statue especially in coolness or aloofness
  • Mausolea plural of mausoleum
  • Mendacious given to or characterised by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth
  • Mendacious the tendency to be [...]

Random List -- 20 Demoic Use Names

Need a name for your demonic character to use? Roll a d20 and check below to see what you get!

D20 x 1 Aaadihr 2 Abrenun 3 Ainoaxal 4 Amosohm 5 Bralexal 6 Chonuna 7 Egaimohn 8 Grakiedun 9 Gusulor 10 Guzopauxor 11 Nabaodrei 12 Oiosir 13 Okimorihn 14 Oscuxuhr 15 Rumapaisam 16 Sabasuhr 17 Theimaru 18 Uakiuxohn 19 Uperaxahl 20 Xereadruu

 

Hero & Watcher Datafile: Daimon Hellstrom

We're one week away from Christmas -- and, completely coincidentally, today's datafile is about another, um, special offspring. Daimon Hellstrom debuted in 1973 as "the Son of Satan," and he pioneered the bare-chested superhero look decades before Stephen Amell's Arrow came on the scene.

In the years since his origin, Marvel has walked back his satanic status a bit (hint: there are a LOT of Satan-types in the Marvel Universe), yet Daimon has also risen in stature, at one point even ruling Hell itself ... which caused his wife and one-time Avenger, Patsy Walker (Hellcat), to go insane. (Her datafile is [...]

Fleamarket Friday: Boom! Boom! Shake The Room!

Come August next year you'll be able to possess your very own Mother Box - the iconic miniaturised supercomputer of Jack Kirby's New Gods, as featured in numerous DC Comics tales. Produced by Diamond Select, the detailed prop replica will be available in the UK via Forbidden Planet with a current pre-order price of 49.99. While it features a range of lights and sounds, don't expect it to

Tiamat Takedown: Mike Shea STILL out for blood

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, a few Round Tablers got together for the second time to find out just what high level play was like in the new fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons. SoMike Sheacrafted a grueling combat experience forJames Introcaso,Chris Dudley,Joe Lastwoski,Liz Theis, andTopher Kohanto throw down with the toughest fifth edition monster known to us - Tiamat! If you missed the livestream, check out the videos below! Wrap-up Round Table podcast to follow.

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Links: The Tome Show's Facebook Group worldbuilderblog.me The Eric Michaels - Composer slyflourish.com rulezeropodcast.com actsofgeek.com Topher's Google+
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tiefling warlock and the zombie lord ! :D

a tiefling warlock summons a zombie lord ! be careful warlock ^^;…:D

tiefling warlock and the zombie lord !


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The Art Book Campaign

I recently picked up The Art of Ian Miller, a gorgeous book jam-packed with illustrations by one of my favorite fantasy artists.

I picked it up not only because I love Ian’s artwork and I’ll enjoy having the book in my collection, but because it gave me an idea: The “art book campaign,” a campaign built inspired by the contents of one or more art books.

Here’s how it works, broken down into steps with my own examples for each step.

1. Buy an art book

Type an artist’s name into Amazon’s search box, browse the art section at your local Barnes and Noble, [...]

Current Hiatus

As you’ve perhaps noticed if you’ve been following along with our tales of adventure here, we’ve taken to a bit of a hiatus from the Tsar sessions as the early part of the year has found much of our group tremendously busy! Still, Orcus is not apt to lie in waiting for terribly overlong–so certainlysome brave souls ought to contend with his wicked machinations soon! In any event, I’ve not died at least–just been considerably busy myself and have neglected this corner of the net most regrettably.

Exciting times in the realm of Kickstarters and the like, however–from murmurings of Torment [...]

Session 52: Citadel -- Return to Tsar

For backgrounds on the characters played in this campaign, look here~

Having recovered from their descent through the hidden sanctum of Nex and having retrieved the errant essence of Arazni, the adventurers gathered together and made exodus from the vault–returning via powerful teleportation to the pleasure palace above. The course had become clear–with the group’s next destination the Isle of Eternal Winter, that they may seek an audience with the ‘witch queen’ there in pursuit of another alternative exit from Kakishon. Taking to the Nexian galley once more, the party sailed for hours once more before arriving at a fog-enshrouded pier, [...]

Session 51: Sidetrek -- Kakishon (Part II)

For backgrounds on the characters played in this campaign, look here~

Concluding their visit to Nex’s mausoleum, the adventurers embarked upon the galley once more with their next destination clear: the Pleasure Palace of Nex at the very heart of Kakishon, built into a mountainside overlooking a vast overgrown jungle below. Upon nearing the site, Brother Vang facilitated the party’s ability to traverse the air and soon they landed together upon a crumbling plaza balcony–greeted there by a cadre of large djinni eunuchs; escorted inside, the group was greeted by a peculiar woman who introduced herself as Dilix invited them to [...]

Jedi Guardian- A Class Warfare Reskin

Been thinking about Star Wars a bit lately and I thought that for fun I’ll write up the Jedi Guardian for Dungeon World using the Class Warfare book. For those of you wondering the Guardians of the Jedi Order are the Jedi that focus on Lightsaber combat and physically stopping the Sith whenever they can....

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The post Jedi Guardian- A Class Warfare Reskin appeared first on Ramblings of Jacob and Delos.

golem meets golem ! :D

a simulcra has gotten free in the golem labs and stumbles across another simulcra ! :D

simulcra meets simulcra !


Filed under: conceptart, fantasy, golem, rpg, simulcra Tagged: concept art, creature, cyborg, fantasy, golem, selkirk, simulcra

maya ... simulcra lost ! :D

a sketch of maya … a simulcra who was damaged when the kingdom was overrun by dwarves…she has gained consciousness but lost all of her original programming and now imagines herself to be a human woman !

maya … simulcra


Filed under: cyborg, fantasy, golem, maya, rpg, simulcra Tagged: concept art, creature, cyborg, fantasy, golem, maya, rpg, selkirk, simulcra

Deadlands: Hell on Earth - Iron Oasis

Publisher Blurb:

Journey to Junkyard, the only free city in the Wasted West and the main setting for Hell on Earth! Iron Oasis contains a complete description of Junkyard as well as rules for aerial combat and bionics for living heroes.

Five for Friday 31: New-To-Me Games in 2014

I had a groovy gaming year in 2014. With the exception of a rough patch at the end of the summer when work kept me from gaming, it was an outstanding year. The best part were the friends in our Monday Night ber Gaming Group gathering on Monday nights and, as a group, at Con on the Cob. Happily, at least for the purposes of this edition of Five for Friday, I had a chance to play five new games (not counting playtesting for +Tim Shorts and +Rob Conley).
  • Cryptworld: I had a chance to play this at Con on the Cob, with +Tim Snider as [...]

The 12 Geek Days if Christmas -- Day 8

Ho ho ho, here we go… On the eighth day of Geekmas My guild mates gifted me 8d8 + 8 damage Seven “likes” on Facebook Six Heroic Avengers Five Dwarven rings Four Kung-Fu Turtles Three Jedi Classics Two turtle doves And a cartridge on a red tee Now, I wonder if Amazon will deliver before […]

Discussion: What Is Your Strength As A GM/Player?

Everyone has strengths. Everyone also has weaknesses. With the end of the year approaching it feels as good a time as any to take stock of our strengths and weaknesses so we can see where we are good, and what we could improve on.

In the interest of starting on a high note I thought today we could discuss our strengths. So what are yours?

For me, I think one of my key strengths as a GM is I am able to set up and run situations where the player gets to feel like a bad ass, or [...]

We've Cleared the Lost Mine of Phandelver or One Door Closes and Another Door Opens

Our Thursday group, run by the wonderful Ben B. just wrapped up the Lost Mines of Phandelver and stabilized the village of Phandalin.  We started this game right around the release of the DnD 5th Edition Starter Set.  And we just finished it.

And it was awesome.

Sure we joked about other groups that "cleared" it in a week or two.  But we didn't.  We investigated and bickered and built in-game relationships and we have a pretty clear idea of who are characters are and what motivates them.

As a a matter of fact, when the game [...]
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