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Our adventure The Patriot Incident is set in Massachusetts and we include a small section on the Boston accent (page 12) to help Gamemasters who like doing voices. I've been thinking about accents and the Boston accent in particular a lot since then. Now that it is Thanksgiving and I am surrounded by family (most of whom have heavy Boston accents) I think I understand why it is such a hard accent to get right (though I am sure this applies to many other accents as well). 

I grew up in the North Shore, an area about twenty minutes North of Boston. When I was 8 we moved to Southern California for five years before moving back to the North Shore when I reached the 7th grade. I've seen video of myself during that time and you can actually see me lose the Boston accent over the course of about three years. [...]

5e Warforged Sub-Race

The Ormid et Al game is going 5e!

This means that I need to spend a lot of time converting stuff over (though my artificer class is coming along nicely, and I think, will be great fun to play). Part of this has been adding a Veteran sub-race for the Warforged, and this is what I have come up with!

1) +1 Strength
2) A base AC of 16 - though you suffer Disadvantage on Stealth checks
3) Continue fighting when reduced to below 0 hit points. Whilst in this state, you still make death saves, [...]

A Big thank you to our readers, have a free monster variant

Thanksgiving Inspiration:All winter long along a city park I'd come across a small flock of three turkeys. I used to think a ranger would think lunch when he saw them, especially in winter. I stopped seeing them all spring long and finally ran across them again in a graveyard with some great hills. I was excited to see them and loudly exclaimed "my turkey friends" they replied by running away from the crazy human surely bent on murder. I'm sure if there were witnesses they thought me a madman.

Thankful for Gamer Friends

I've been known to post holiday themed content from time to time, but it isn't usually my thing. However, "my thing" or not, I feel the need to show my thankfulness publicly today, because this year has been awesome for me as a gamer. Let me explain why... I started playing D&Dwith my dad when I was six, and as I grew up, I continued to play RPGs with family. The occasional friend joined in,

Throwback Thursday - Replica Pirate Ship

Over on Craig's List from the San Francisco Bay area, you can find a replica pirate ship available for sale for a mere $50K.  Find out more here.

Throwback Thursday on CreativeMountainGames.com A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.Please Like, Share, Plus, Tweet, Follow, and Comment!

Reviews -- D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide

Here is a list of the reviews as they come in for the D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide

  • Examiner.com – Michael Tresca Part 1| Part 2| Part 3
  • Goodreads –View Reviews
  • ENWorld - D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide: An Illustrated Early Review For Old & Young Adventurers Alike


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Tentative Steps: What Am I, Telepathic or Something?

Initial Thoughts

I've had to learn a great many things since I started playing D&D. I'm constantly thinking about it: running it, planning for it, and blogging about it. Thousands of little D&D voices swirl round my head. Everything I've had to do thus far as a DM has been fairly intuitive. There's been a lot to cram in, but I've been able to understand and execute most of it relatively effectively.

Recently, whilst in the midst of the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign, I hit a stumbling block. How to play a telepath? Telepathy on the table top seems to demand [...]

Happy Thanksgiving! New Release News!

Happy Thanksgiving! What we’re most thankful for this year is your support! Thank you, thank you!

This weekend we’re releasing Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the roleplaying game based on the (fictional) 1965 television series based on the (real) 1964 movie. Play a human, a Martian, an elf, or a robot! Save the world — Earth, Mars, or both! If you love the movie, or campy fantasy shows from the era like I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, My Favorite Martian, Lost In Space, and Batman, this game’s for you! It’s powered by Fate, and features an expanded setting that builds on [...]

Happy Thanksgiving! New Release News!

Happy Thanksgiving! What we’re most thankful for this year is your support! Thank you, thank you!

This weekend we’re releasing Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the roleplaying game based on the (fictional) 1965 television series based on the (real) 1964 movie. Play a human, a Martian, an elf, or a robot! Save the world — Earth, Mars, or both! If you love the movie, or campy fantasy shows from the era like I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, My Favorite Martian, Lost In Space, and Batman, this game’s for you! It’s powered by Fate, and features an expanded setting that builds on [...]

The Unexpected Creeps Up Behind You -- Dec 2014 Blog Carnival

November 2014 The November Blog Carnival hosted by Roleplaying Tips, is winding up – there are just a few days left to post your articles on the subjects of Aliens and Races. December 2014 That also means that its time for me to gear up for the December Carnival, because I’ve put Campaign Mastery’s hand […]

Happy Thanksgiving -- Typhoon Dragon Preview

It’s Thanksgiving here in the US so I’m going to give you a quick update today and what you should expect to see on this blog on Tuesday next week! But first, I want to remind you that in addition to a lovely blog post from yours truly on Tuesday December 2nd, remember that’s also the date of the Tiamat Takedown! Be sure to check it out at 8:30PM Eastern! Expect a few NPC previews to show up too…

Speaking of which if you voted for the class and race of Topher Kohan‘s NPC,thank you so much! Voting has closed now. [...]

Bootcamp Project -- onto the battlefield of typography!

Typography & Scribus Finally deciding that i’m done editing and re-writing, the project has now moved onto design/layout/typography. So I have tried to educate myself abit on those topics, a really good place for me to start was MB’s practical typography webbook Butterick’s Practical Typography and i also purchased a used copy of the Non-designers design book. All alongside learning to use the Scribus software. So i’m now knee deep in laying out Galens Gamble in Scribustrying to apply all the rules of typography i can remember. It has taken...

The post Bootcamp Project – onto the battlefield of typography! appeared [...]

The Savage (Alternate Base Class)

The Savage (Alternate Base Class) This alternate class clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page […]

Group Name Generator

I had an idea for a group name generator. Here are my initial ideas. I will polish this and do a proper table after I let the ideas ferment a bit more. Some groups of players like a name for their group. The online group I play in had a hard time coming up with […]

Gloamhold: Rivengate

Rambling over five main levels, Rivengate comprises much of Gloamhold's ancient outer defences. Originally built to ward the approaches to the Twilight City it is the most accessible of Gloamhold's regions, and thus also one of the better known.


Still, Rivengate's upper levels remain a mystery to most. Rumours speak of vast, gloomy temples, as yet undisturbed vaults brimming with treasures from a bygone, lost time and even of the Splintered Stair --- a a secret and precipitous passage reaching --- it is said --- all the way up to the Shard high atop the Mottled Spire.

Several locales of note liewithin [...]

Thankful for Gaming

2014 has been kind of a rough year. On the other hand, it's also seen me back at the gaming table to an extent that matches what I was doing in high school! Seriously, I've got 4 games a week going on, and while I'm DMing most of them (3/4) I'm having such a great time!

So today, I'm thankful for gaming. I'm thankful to my players, my DMs, my readers, my FLGS, and my friends over on G+. It would have been a much worse year without you all.

This morning I raise my mug (of coffee) [...]

Lucien's Guide to the Black Files (Diceless)

Lucien’s Guide to the Black Files If you read this review, one of the following […]

Flaws II

Flaws II This pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page […]

How did we get our definition of core gamer?

How did we get here?

It's something I think about a lot, especially regarding my own experiences as a gamer and with the rise of groups like GamerGate. I know I've told parts of my story before, but it might make sense to put them together in hopes of explaining my utter confusion at the rise of GamerGate and specifically, some their claims.

When I first started writing about D&D and gaming in general, I took the stance of the outsider. In some ways, I was. I didn't roll dice or create a pen & paper character until I was thirty. I [...]

Why They Hate Us

Cirsova has transcribed a fairly massive Geordie Tait interview. It’s interesting, but quite a lot to wade through, so I have pulled a few of the best bits out here for those that are interested. Even these excerpts are long, so pop some popcorn before you dig into this…!

Geordie Tait Interview Transcribed -- Pt 1

KOP: Why is genocide ever justified, out of curiosity?

GT: Because these are literally evil people who are making people's lives worse just by existing.

KOP: Okay, give me some examples, some links maybe, something I can show that these people are so evil that they needed to [...]

Dungeon Master's Guide Reviews

Here is a list of the reviews as they come in for the D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide

  • Examiner.com – Michael Tresca Part 1| Part 2| Part 3
  • Goodreads –View Reviews


Will They Never Learn? This Isn't Going To End Well...

Image Thursday

There are many awesome and inspirational images on the web these days. Here’s a few that were found that you may enjoy and draw ideas from.

Clicking on each image will open it in a new window.




This image feed will show the last 12 images that have been pinned and may change if you return to this post later.

The Caverns of Questemundo: A Day in Town

Oh sure, it looks peaceful now.
Thakko made it to the town of Onderdunk, wounded, but satisfied at his first successful looting. With thirty two lucre in his pocket, he first sought out the local medical professionals.

Temple of Helminth Patron god of adventurers and other fools. Being healed by Friar Jabrony cost him three coins, and there he decided to stock up on some of the many herbs, balms and other ointments for sale to those who venture deep into the Downlow Realms. -Placebo Potion. Heals one Condition. -3 Prescription Leeches. Each Heals one Wound level.

The Hall of RPG Oddities --- The Laying on of Paws

Bunnies and Burrows

My, but it has been a while since we wandered down the twisted corridors in the Hall of RPG Oddities. Perhaps our brush with the madness of F.A.T.A.L. almost finished us. Perhaps your author just got lazy. Well regardless, it’s time we open up the vaults, dust off the display cases and open the hall to the public with a new and strange entry, this time a game that showed the adventurous possibilities of the mammalian familylagomorpha.

Fantasy Games Unlimited was a remarkable company. Founded by Scott Bizar, roommate of famous fantasy author Lin Carter, FGU lived between the [...]

All of Gnome Stew's Books are on Sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

For Black Friday/Cyber Monday, we’ve knocked 25% off of all of our titles on DriveThruRPG. This discount applies to single products only, not bundles, but it’s essentially the best bundle discount we offer…except you can mix and match whichever products you’d like. This is also the first time we’ve offered a discount on our newest book, Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters.

This sale will run from now through sometime on Tuesday, December 2.

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy gaming from Engine Publishing!


The campaign starts with two PCs: Erzo (Drow Rogue) and Mulinex (Elf Druid/Ranger). Proceeding eastward from the Sword Coast, they enter the town of Greenest during a moonlit night... but something is awry, something is very wrong. They see burning fires in the distance, smoke billowing into the sky, hooded figures running about. What will the PCs encounter upon entry to the town? Listen in to find out.


RPG: Dungeons & Dragons 5e

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook [...]


We're taking Thanksgiving off. We hope all of you who celebrate today have a wonderful holiday and everyone else has an excellent day as well. We also want to say thanks for all you great people who've been very supportive of our efforts. We appreciate it!

Midas Spiders

Why is this spider encased in gold?I realized this afternoon that Gold Spiders are very boring and attempting to come up with a semi-plausible explination as to why a spider might be encased in gold was sophmoric at best. So lets get a little more old-school.

Midas Spiders
Thought to have been created by some ancient, avarice witch, the venom of this extremely rare arachnid can transform those it bits into a statue of solid gold! Naturally, it is extemely sought after and even the rumour of a Midas Spider can send adventuerers flooding into the area seeking [...]

Review 11/26/2014

Auge and Sorosh return from the jailer's prison with some disturbing information: the trap was armed with truename magic from forces of the jailer; with our protections against magical intrusions, the jailer's forces are confirmed to be targeting those individuals close to us; and despite the vertigo Auge remembered seeing Tamros but he was farther along in whatever process Tamros is in.
Once reunited we receive an urgent message from Maycorth- he is being followed and is fearful but does not wasn't to lead these individuals to us. Taking to the air above Lowport we see that the areal traffic is greater at night and insects are not much of a nuisance, in the distance was heard fighting on a grand scale. We also notice large flying creatures in including lizard-men and draconians. Scattered about on the streets, appearing as if they are actively searching for something or someone, are individuals who are going building to building- one in fact was on a rooftop.
Evacuating Maycorth three of us return to the Blood Barge while Versel expeditiously kidnaps the roof-dweller. The dweller proved to be a drow member of the Verbond group who was secretly tasked with observing Maycorth. [...]

Have Some Pie

tiefling warlock and the tentacle trap ! :D

a sketch of my oc tiefling warlock – sennal ! she is battling a tentacle trap :w00t:

tiefling warlock and the tentacle trap

Filed under: character, concept art, creature, fantasy, tiefling, warlock Tagged: character, class, concept art, creature, fantasy, race, rpg, selkirk, sennal, tentacle, tiefling, warlock

Diablo II: To Hell And Back

From the back cover:

Give the Devil His Due

Now play the DIABLO II computer game crossed with the brand new D&D roleplaying game rules. With all the fury, all the excitement, and all the monsters brought to life by your own imagination. This is face-toface roleplaying combat -- smoother, faster, and meaner than before.

Inside you'll find:
- Hundreds of monsters to battle with all-new D&D rules!
- Level after level of thrilling adventure in the pits of hell!
- Opportunities for millions of experience points!
- All new adventures to catch Diablo and D&D players off guard!

Suitable for all levels of play

D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide Preview Photo Gallery

Here is a gallery we put together from social media and reviews as more images of the 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide (D&D Core Rulebook) start to show up .

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I Have Internet Again! PCs Lives Are In Danger Once More...

A book I found nearly unreadable for some reason.  But the title rules!Well, dear readers, I have made my return to the interwebs.  I trust that you all have fared well.  I have moved for the last time for a while, I hope.  I am back in the same school district with my children again, and hope to perhaps see them a little bit more.  I have also not stopped writing game material.  Expect the rest of those monsters, as well as setting material.  So far, I've decided that Antediluvia shall include dinosaurs in more than "lost world" encounter areas. [...]

Ray of Oblivion

I've decided I like to chop up the articles in Dragon into little pieces and string it out over several posts.  Here's another sorcerer spell from Ed Greenwood's Incantatrix from Dragon Magazine #90.

Ray of Oblivion4th level enchantmentCasting Time 1 actionRange 60 feetComponents V, S, M (a pinch of dust)Duration permanent
A shimmering, colorless ray stabs out to the target and strikes unerringly, dodging around obstacles, other creatures, etc.  When struck, the target creature must make and Intelligence saving throw or forget one item of magical knowledge at random (the information lost is not able to be specified [...]

One Page Dungeon Contest 2014 PDF Statistics

It seems I have had less and less time to post articles. When I do get a free moment, I tend to concentrate on the One Page Dungeon Contest, so why not combine both endevours and show a little bit of what I have been working with.

The three PDF compendiums I have put together have sold better than I expected. There will be a nice prize fund for the 2015 contest because of it. This has led me down the path of exploring what it would take to make a print version of the compendiums. And let me [...]


Dessa lack any sort of bone structure, instead resembling large rubbery globs of light gray color. The only distinct feature on their outside are their two black eye-spots, which define a Dessa’s "front". Their brain is at their center of mass, and they have no ears, noses, or mouths.

Dessa are capable of limited shape-shifting, in that their shape is controlled entirely by their muscles. They can -- and do -- grow a number of pseudo-limbs as they desire; as they are immobile in their "natural form", they habitually assume a bipedal, roughly humanoid shape, which has caused a great deal [...]

5th Ed Dungeon Master's Guide

Well what can I say about this book that I haven’t said about the other wonderful books for 5th edition Dungeon and Dragons. It is truly hard to find anything I don’t like about this one. The books is solid and thick counting in at 320 pages. It is loaded with tons of rules, campaign starters, magic items, and tables galore. As a lover of 1st ed this book is a Godsend.

I was flipping through the magic items and discovered the trio of Black Razor, Whelm, and Wave. I had an instant nerdgasm. I hadn’t seen those names since 1980 when I went on White Plume Mountain at Gen Con XIII at the University of Wisconsin. I loved that adventure and have always hoped to replay it but seeing it get mentioned the in new Dungeon Master’s Guide was beautiful.

So what can this book do for you? Well for one it offers you everything you need to create your own adventures and it fills in a few gaps that were missing during the Tyranny of Dragons Campaign. Chapter four which is only ten pages long is so chock full of usefulness that I can see using it in nearly every game system I might play. The chapter gives you so much detail about NPC development that even a novice GM can seem like a master. Then I hit Chapter five and discovered one of my favorite parts of the 1st ed DMG, Dungeon Design tables insanity. It was so many tables that it might even have been a little overwhelming but ultimately these tables give you the ability to seem like a creative genius with very little effort.

The book also offers tons of advice on running a campaign and it has more magic items than you should be able [...]

Pathfinder Strategy Guide Delay and Preview

The Pathfinder Strategy Guide, a character optimization book for all 11 core classes has had an issue with its printer and will now be released on February 25, 2015.

Paizo provided a preview:

Early Black Friday OSR Sales Update #2 - Frog Gods (and Frog Bags) and Savage AfterWorlds

Frog God Games is offering 25% off everything on the Frog God Games website until Sunday at Midnight. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY14 and tell them Tenkar sent ya!

And if you have a mind for it, they are offering grab bags for $100 that will include $300 minimum of retail RPG madness ($150 if you want some goodies from Bill's private collection.) I'm in for $110 including shipping. I expect some items will make the tail end of the OSR Christmas giveaway.

Play Mutant Future? Savage AfterWorld releases are 40% off at RPGNow and Lulu (which should stack with the SAVE35 coupon for super savings.)

Fallen Pillars

Smashing together some things the Boy came up with recently, with some lingering concepts adjunct to a session of (They Came From) Under the Waterless Sea I recently ran.  This isn't really Wampus content, although I suppose I could append it to one of the historical eras; I think it has more in common with the occasional DCC games I've been running.  Some of the implied setting there started when I ran Adrift on the Sea of Love at the beginning of the year, and later started banging together a DCC-appropriate late-Bronze-ish setting for running odds and ends (both adaptations [...]

Let Me Tell You My Character's Story!

Yesterday, we looked at how sharing a character with others can go wrong. I don’t like to leave things on a negative note though. It’s one thing to have a list of don’ts. It’s another to have a useful list of do’s.

So how can we share and have it got well? Like I said last time, people are often willing to hear a GM talk about their games. I’ll add the criteria that they’re willing to listen when said GM is brief and doesn’t delve into all the minutia of their “well laid out” campaign plans. “Let me tell you [...]

Basic Fantasy RPG 3e Released for Free on RPGNow - Monster Book Released too

I truly like Basic Fantasy. While not quite a clone, i can run adventures from Basic D&D to 3x to the various clones and the editions in between with minor conversions (if any) on the fly.

The price is certainly right, as the PDF for the core game and all the adventures and supplements are free and the print versions are at cost.

The 3rd edition of the Basic Fantasy rules just released as well as the Basic Fantasy Field Guide, which is a monster book with over 180 creatures for your BFRPG game or any other OSR or old school RPG.

Basic Fantasy 3e is currently $4.18 in print at Amazon and the Basic Fantasy Field Guide is currently $3.61. Amazon [...]

Biological imagination

Orc Stain is a book by James Stokoe put out by Image Comics during the period from 2010 to 2012. There were only seven issues, and the story was left unfinished.Thank Pearce for drawing my attention to this during some G+ conversation about comics.Though this post is image-heavy, I have barely scratched the surface. Similar quality can be found on average at least every second or third page.

There is so much raw creativity here it is hard to know where to start. The protagonist orc One-Eye has a knack with a hammer. He can see faults in just about anything, [...]

Homeguard: The Battle of Gideon's Fort

My kids and their grade school aged chums have been chopping away steadily at classic TSR module Horror on the Hill since the spring.  They've crossed swords with dozens of hobgoblins, tangled with their first troll, followed the clues found in a wizard's journal to navigate the dungeon below, rescued a dwarf and a thief held as thralls by the ruthless Hobgoblin King, struck a bargain with the mysterious wizard Leodin, solved a two-part puzzle to gain entry to a magic fountain hidden within the ruined monastery, discovered the red dragon (!) resting in the halls beneath the hill, and learned [...]


THE DEVOURING TURKEY OF YAUMThis giant bird roams the infamous foothills of Yaum and resembles a turkey with a blue and red snood. The Devouring Turkey of Yaum is massive, reaching fifteen feet in height. It is also very carnivorous, preferring the flesh of humanoids (particularly Halflings and Humans). The people in the region it inhabits have come to fear its ungainly wattle and distinctive cackle. When fearful it can split, producing an identical (and equally dangerous) duplicate of itself. In addition to this and its powerful beak, the Devouring Turkey can create a vortex of wind with its gobble, enabling it to inhale prey. No one knows for sure if there is a single Devouring Turkey of Yaum or if many dwell in the foothills. Some believe there are always two at any given time. Technically the Devouring Turkey of Yaum is a type of Monstra, an animal born with the [...]

Accessible Games Psi-ber Sale

For a limited time, everything in the Accessible Games catalog is 40-50% off its original price. Now’s your chance to grab that hardcover copy of Psi-punk for $24, pick up Monster Kart Mayhem for just $6, or grab the entire Alliterative Amusements line for the price of a cup of coffee.

From Thursday, November 27th through Monday December 1st, everything in our DriveThruRPG store is on sale.Our PDFs make great gifts for your international Secret Santa gift exchanges and for local friends who’ve shunned deadtree books.Better still, use DTRPG’s Print-on-Demand functionality to get a gorgeous hardcover of Psi-punk and send [...]

The Green Wine of Celene

I thought I'd try my hand at something a little different - I give you The Green Wine of Celene, a short story set in the World of Greyhawk, presented in the long tradition of fan fiction. The World of Greyhawk and its associated characters and names are the property of Wizards of the Coast, and no challenge to that ownership is intended or implied. Since it's so long, you'll find it after the jump. Enjoy, and to all my American readers, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The Green Wine of Celeneby Joseph Bloch
"WOE TO YOU!" thundered the [...]

Worldbuilding 101 - Part 19: Welcome to the Jungle

I think we've got a pretty good grasp on the way the world looks, the cultures that make it up and the kinds of specific people who belong to those cultures. To use a theatrical analogy, we've set the stage, we've established the supporting cast and even some of the secondary characters, costuming and make-up are taken care of. We don't have a plot (of course arguably, the whole point of a roleplaying game is about developing the plot and narrative), but we do have a few motivations for our characters.
Some recent roleplaying games would state that this is [...]
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