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Free Baba Yaga's Hut (Fat Dragon Games)


I've always wanted to put together some of the Fat Dragon Games print and fold models and terrain.

Baba Yaga's Hut looks amazing and is free as I post this (it won't be free forever)

I can just imagine plopping this down at the gaming table as a DM ;)


Session 144 -- Tabletop News with New Host, Rich!

This week, Rich and I take on the podcast SOLO (that’s like YOLO, but different…). We cover Tabletop news, the latest and greatest Kickstarters, as well as questions from you, the listeners. And boy, did you ask some doozies!

TabletopNews:

  • Hero Kids Setting Contest
  • Legion Building Site for Attack Wing
  • Open call for D&D Adventure Designers
  • D&D Elemental Evil Storyline & Product Offerings Unveiled
  • RPG Superstar

Kickstarters:

  • Exploding Kittens - (ends Feb 19)
  • Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge - (ends Feb 5)
  • Forged in Steel - (ends Feb 2)
  • Schrodinger's Cats – (ends Feb 19)
  • Tiny Epic Galaxies – (ends Feb 7)
  • Fightin' Fungi – (ends Feb 16)
  • Tabletop Props Tent - (ends [...]

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8 Spices For Your Magic Rings

Purely mathematical magic items are often boring and certainly do not create memories at the table. The much maligned ring of protection +1 is a great example which has been a staple of the Dungeons & Dragons game for ages. I always like to add a twist to the more common magic items I give out to my players to keep them on their toes. Magic needs to be wondrous and unpredictable so even the oldest grognards are surprised. Below I have created a table of additional powers that will spice up the next ring your group unearths. 
 
Magic [...]

Making Short Work of the Silver Princess

Working our way through a stack of classic TSR adventure modules, some players in my Homeguard B/X campaign recently tackled (B3) Palace of the Silver Princess by Jean Wells and Tom Moldvay.

We opened with the level 1-3 party (2 elves, 2 halfling-thieves, and a magic-user) wandering eastward in search of some way to pass over the border and beyond The Fields We Know and into our campaign world's Lord Dunsany-style Elfland.  The aim of their quest was to find a way to bring a fallen elf comrade, Sayana, who had been incinerated by a dragon, back to life.

The Elder Scrolls Conversion Project; Currency part I

The Empire uses gold coins as its currency called "Septims" or less frequently "drakes", or even "gold". Since this currency is different than the normal D&D copper-silver-gold-platinum coins, in this post you will see price lists, costs of living and so on. You can use this for any Elder Scrolls game, and not just D&D conversion, or alternatively, you could use it for any game, even not Elder Scrolls by simply changing the name of the coins.






The septim coins are named after the first Septim Emperor, Tiber Septim, who later ascended to godhood [...]

Traveller Tuesday: Planetary Habitability Codes

Are you a Trekkie? Do you wish you had the opportunity to say "Class M planet" in a game of Traveller?  Well, now you can.


By cross-referencing Traveller's Universal World Profile definitions with Star Trek's Planetary Classifcation definitions, we arrive at this handy Venn Intersection of science-fiction geekery.

Please note that these are approximations; Star Trek's system isn't as granular as Traveller's UWP,


Class A, B and C planets:
  • Different only in how the planet is heated
    • Class A is geothermal (heated internally)
    • Class B is geomorteus (heated by a star)
    • Class C is geoinactive (frozen)
  • Size:1-6
  • Atmospheres: 0-3
  • Hydrographics: 0-1 

Kickstarter -- DemonWars: Allheart

R.A. Salvatore has created another Kickstarter, and this one is for the expansion to hisDemonWars RPG. His first kickstarter forDemonWars: Reformation was a huge success in 2013 and raised $80k. DemonWars: Reformation focused on the Abellican Monk for players, and had Rogues in the appendix. He was able to produced the RPG and it was...

Kickstarter -- DemonWars: Allheart

R.A. Salvatore has created another Kickstarter, and this one is for the expansion to hisDemonWars RPG. His first kickstarter forDemonWars: Reformation was a huge success in 2013 and raised $80k. DemonWars: Reformation focused on the Abellican Monk for players, and had Rogues in the appendix. He was able to produced the RPG and it was...

Podcast Episode -- The RPG Interview Room: Sleepers with Ben Counter

Sleepers is a conspiracy horror game published by Death Spiral Games and written by Ben Counter, veteran of many Warhammer novels. This game has been in development for a number of years and puts the players in the shoes of agents with super powers who have just woken up after a long slumber and a [...]

The post Podcast Episode – The RPG Interview Room: Sleepers with Ben Counter appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.

Thundarr the Barbarian -- Princess Ariel for 5e Dungeons and Dragons

                Ariel, Human, 3rd level Sorceress Armor Class: 13 Hit Points: 17 Speed: 30′ Proficiency Bonus +2 Saving Throws: Constitution +3 and Charisma +5 Alignment: Lawful Good Str 10(+0) Dex 14(+2) Con 12(+1) Int 16(+3) Wis 15(+2) Cha 17(+3) Cantrips (1/turn, 4 known): * Fire Bolt (1d10) * […]

Kickstarter - Conan (Board Game) - Minis and More oh My!


Have I mentioned that I'm counting down the days until I can retire, because only then will I find the time to play all the amazing board games I've found via Kickstarter AND paint all of the miniatures I've accumulated. Sigh.

Conan is a gorgeous looking game, and I don't say that lightly. It's a GM vs player(s) game, and I expect some light roleplay will sneak in with the right groups.

If my count is right, the basic box comes with 74 figures without counting the ones added by the stretch goals met thus far. Stretch goals add another 62 figures, plus furniture, skull piles, a poster map, a dice bag, extra dice and an extra double sided game board. Thus [...]

Ashton Blackwell of Pocket Full of Liberty Weighs in on Gamergate

You guys know that I usually hate making a post just to share a link, but damn, this lady has it spot on in her article “The Silencing of Gamergate”.

 


Ferrous Mk III - 4e and 5e Comparison

So, Ferrous Mk III, is the (?) faithful sidekick to Ormid, Veteran and Llewellyn. The third version, if you recall, was imbued with the essence of a chaotic dimension using the planar device found in the ancient Guild Vault, and as such, he is imbued with darkling powers. We are playing the Ormid games in 5e now, and tonight I converted him over. For your consideration then are his 4th Edition and 5th Edition stats, so you can see how I have converted him over. 

Ferrous Mk III
LargeConstruct (Chaotic [Evil])
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Armour Class: 19 (Armour Plating)
Hit Points: [...]

Gaming in the Wild: Revenge of the Kittens | The Mad Adventurers Society

Kids are hard. They are easily distracted, surprisingly loud but astonishingly hard to understand, and while excited about the idea of building a character for a story of their own devising, the work part of it all doesn't actually appeal to them. Surprise, surprise.

via Gaming in the Wild: Revenge of the Kittens | The Mad Adventurers Society.

Tales of a Married Gamer shares some excellent thoughts on how to play role-playing games with children. Discover and share!

The System Mechanic has been hard at work transforming the appearance of my first published adventure module for Mutant Future, Gamma World, Metamorphosis Alpha, (insert [...]

World of Troika

Last month I was looking forward to this month's Blog Carnival, A New Year, A New World.  The world I'm using right now is new, and mostly in my head, and I was hoping this would help motivate me to get some work done on it and put some thoughts onto the screen.  I was so wrong.  I got distracted by some other things and forgot about the Carnival topic until today.  I like to participate in them when I can, but don't know about getting anything down from my new world of Terra Novo.  Yeah, that link from October, [...]

Free OSR Download For The Basic Fantasy Rpg System - Adventure Anthology 1 For Your Old School Campaigns On The Dark Corner Blog

Need a series of adventures for an evening's old school entertainment? A nice set of balanced and weirdly dark adventures to challenge your adventurers? Here's a solid collection of old school adventures and other collected old school goodness, we take a look atAdventure Anthology 1 ForThe Basic Fantasy Rpg System RPGRight OverHERE

Trap Tuesday (Lands of Ludolog): Glitched Boulder

Glitched Boulder CR 11 Type magical; Perception DC 35; Disable Device DC 35 Trigger location; Reset none Effect Atk +24 melee (instadeath); multiple targets (all targets in a 10-ft. line) Hidden in the soil of the The Dig are several glitched boulders. When a tunnel is created underneath one it hovers briefly before falling, killing […]

The post Trap Tuesday (Lands of Ludolog): Glitched Boulder appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Terraria Episode 012

I have all the bits and pieces needed to fight The Eye of Cthulhu! It’s time to put together an arena and do this… Let’s hope I don’t do something stupid, eh?

Find the playlist here!

Trapped by Grimtooth

Despite being out for years, I have had very little exposure to the Grimtooth books.  When I first got into the hobby, I supposed I wasn't aware of the books because of lack of access to gaming material in general (military brat in Germany) and, subsequently, I probably was overly supportive of just a select few games and companies with TSR getting the bulk of my financial backing when it came to gaming.  By the time I met up with ol' Grimtooth, it was through Necromancer Games' book, "The Wurst of Grimtooth's Traps".

When I saw it at my [...]

Daily Cosplay

I disagree with Gumshoe

If you’re unfamiliar with the RPG Gumshoe, the central premise is that failure is usually less interesting than success. An investigator in the system, automatically gets clues if they apply the right ability, because not getting the clue is can stop the story dead in its tracks.

This always struck me as wrong. I couldn’t quite pin down why, it was definitely wrong. But why?

It’s the automatic success that bothered me. It does eliminate the problem of a game that has stalled because of a failed roll. In this case you have a problem with information flow so Gumshoe yanks off [...]

DnDClassics.com Releases for 1/27/15


I'm always surprised how difficult it is for me to find out what are the new releases on DnDClassics.com each week (aside from this thread on RPG.Net).
Then it occurred to me that I have a Blog and I'm always looking for subjects to post about!
So this weeks releases are:
Dragon 367Dungeon 161
Dungeon 162
Martial Power 2 (4E)
Sword and Fist: A Guidebook to Fighters [...]

D&D 5th Edition's Feedback Survey is Available

Wizards of the Coast is looking for your Feedback on DnD 5th Edition, staring today.

Go here for the survey.

I hope we get some goodies soon.  Even if we don't get Dungeon and Dragon Magazines, just some content on their website would be good.

More HeroQuest Stuff

Wow, my last post was pretty popular.  Apparently a lot of people still like HeroQuest.  Neat!

My son demanded another game the very next night.  So, after some housework, I indulged.  This second session went much smoother.  I think he's addicted, since we are already planning to make this a regular thing on Wednesdays when it's just me and him in the house for the evening.

After I started looking around for replacement Barbarian and Elf figures, I realized that all of the characters included in the game are male.  Being the progressively-minded gamer I am, [...]

Free Baba Yaga's Hut - Limited Time

As some of you know, Fat Dragon Games has a new printable terrain kickstarter. You can go here to checkout their Wilderness Adventure gaming terrain project. Personally I like their work, I'm just not good with my hands when it come to cutting, folding, and gluing (which is funny considering I'm a youth services librarian).  The crew at Fat Dragon have a really cool promotional piece for the project. For a limited time you can snag a printable Baba Yaga Hut for free. I've hyperlinked the picture to get you to the DriveThruRPG page for it.

The Appendix N Series Returns...

After a too-long hiatus, I am back with the next installment of my Appendix N series:

RETROSPECTIVE: Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merritt

Outside of a post at Grognardia, there really isn’t a lot of information out there on this book. This comment was pretty intriguing to me, though:“I suspect the point James is hinting at is that Gygax (and maybe other early RPGers) was engaging in a metaphorical journey similar to the fictional travels of those ‘lost worlds’ characters. This the focus is on exploring the world; the character is mainly a vehicle for doing so and doesn’t need much [...]

[Video-RPG] Jadepunk Session 4 - Blooper Reel

Whilst my video of session 4 of our Jadepunk game is processing on YT, here's a small blooper reel I put together; it just goes to show with good players and good humour, hitches and problems can be dealt with and good fun still had by all :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm54gP5RHhM

Pathfinder Society Core Campaign

It has been awhile since I have made a Pathfinder post on this blog, but yesterday, the organized play coordinator, Mike Brock, announced the "Core Campaign" option on Paizo's blog.

The Core Campaign option for Pathfinder Society Organized play is that only the Core Rulebook, character traits web enhancement, and Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play are allowable sources. This is a huge step to simplifying what has become a very complex game.

There are so many Pathfinder resources to draw from in a standard PFS game that it can be very overwhelming. To both new and old players alike. Sometimes having [...]

Amy's Croakin' Comics...

Poor Amy Dallen is unwell, but being the trooper she is, she has used this opportunity to discuss 'comfort comics': some of her favourite comics to curl up with on a cold winter day.

Submitting to Indie Mixtape Vol. 3: New Hotness

My friend Josh posted about this and I realized I should try joining this year.  I've always been dying to join a Game Chef contest or something like that, and I thought this would be a good way to test the waters.
What is Indie Mixtape you say?



Here's the post from
Call for Games - Indie Mixtape Vol. 3: New Hotness
Building on the success of Indie Mixtape Vol. 1 and Indie Mixtape Vol. 2, I'm organizing a third charity anthology of short games based on songs you might put on a mixtape. Here's the deets!The [...]

23 Things About Masks of the Empire (Part Two)

This is second half of my entry for this month's RPG Blog Carnival, "A New Year, A New World." You can see the first half here. For a new collaboratively built campaign arc, I drafted a "player-facing" set of information. I tried to mix a clear statement of goals, hints at secrets, and suggestions about the nature of the world. 

I used to be one of those dudes who wrote up mammoth gazetteers, crafted extensive histories, and developed lengthy background essays. I'm talking about objective, third person pieces. I've got a ton of that I haven't dropped on the blog, even when I [...]

Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Shadow, Sword & Spell books, PART 2

 

Last week I reviewed Shadow, Sword & Spell: Basics, Expert, and Threats. Here-http://throatpunchgames.com/2015/01/19/ring-side-report-rpg-review-of-shadow-sword-spell-books/ This week let’s dig deeper by looking at Player, Gamemaster, and an adventure The Stew.

Product- Shadow, Sword & Spell: Player

System- 12*

Producer- Rogue Games

Price- ~$5.25 here http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/127666/Shadow-Sword–Spell-Player?term=shadow%2C+sword+%26+spell%3A

TL; DR- Hard to follow the last book, but still well done. 93%

 

Basics- You know what players want? Lots more options! This is another splat book in the same vain as Shadow, Sword & Spell: Expert. It covers a ton of new additions to the system from rules about honor and reputation to new options for martial arts. The biggest change in [...]

SPRINGING THE APOCALYPSE ON YOUR PLAYERS: THE SURPRISE END OF THE WORLD CAMPAIGN

Spoiler Warning: This entry contains a few spoilers. If you haven't seen This is the End, you may want to skip it. 

I watched the movie This is the End last night, and it prompted some thoughts on campaign possibilities. There is a general convention that players sign-on to the campaign conceit before play. If the group sits down for a game of Call of Cthulu, it has been established that everyone wants to play a horror game. Before a session of Star Wars, everyone's basically agreed to play space opera. If you shift gears on your players during the campaign and transport your Call of Cthulu players to Narnia, they might cry foul (and with good reason). But there is a place for judicious use of surprise campaigns. 


I started GMing with Ravenloft and while you can run it as its own campaign setting, where the players start [...]

Bestiary - Unofficial Where the Wild Things Are Statistics - Bernard, Emil, & Ira

by Tim Wallace

As I mentioned first post (link), I used the names given to the creatures by Sendak, and included their names from the movie in parenthesis, with one exception. Ira was never (to my knowledge) given an official name by Sendak, so I just used his name from the movie.




Bernard (The Bull)This black, fur-covered humanoid has the head of a bull and naked, human-shaped feet. A quiet intelligence seems to lurk behind its bovine eyes.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------BERNARD                                                                                         CR 5-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------XP 1,600LN Large monstrous humanoid (wild thing)Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, [...]

Deadlands: The Cackler Graphic Novel Kickstarter has launched!

Pinnacle and Visionary Comics team up to bring you The Cackler graphic novel–a mystery almost 20 years in the making!

Stone stalks the High Plains seeking heroes to kill. The Cackler hunts the Weird West in search of a mysterious girl called Rachel. Both of these killers are stone-cold dead…Harrowed…and what they’re about to do kicks off the next era in the story of Deadlands!

Join us for a walk on the DEAD SIDE as we create two very different but linked projects that start us on the road for the 20th anniversary of Deadlands coming in 2016.

This page is for the [...]

Tommy's Take on Stone & A Hard Place

This one is kind of a special treat: A plot point campaign focusing on Stone, major antagonist of the Deadlands setting (he was the guy on the original Deadlands book), reintroducing elements that were streamlined elements out of Reloaded...and my group and I actually playtested some of the mechanics in this book!
Plot Armor: Off...take your shot!


ETHICS IN GAME JOURNALISM DISCLAIMER: I was comped a review PDF by Pinnacle for this. I also playtested some of the game mechanics (not the adventure) for this. I am also working under an unrelated freelance contract for Pinnacle. Also, I [...]

System Agnostic: The City of Salt in Wounds

Back in 2004 on the D&Dish forums, Thomas T. suggested the idea of a city built around the D&D monster the Tarrasque – which, for those not in the know- is an unkillable Godzilla monster with wolverine like levels of regeneration. (It also serves as the standard unit of measure for min-maxers ie they build...

System Agnostic: The City of Salt in Wounds

Back in 2004 on the D&Dish forums, Thomas T. suggested the idea of a city built around the D&D monster the Tarrasque – which, for those not in the know- is an unkillable Godzilla monster with wolverine like levels of regeneration. (It also serves as the standard unit of measure for min-maxers ie they build...

Intrigued by 20th Century Fox's FANTASTIC FOUR

I've fluctuated in and out of being a fan of Marvel's iconic family superhero team The Fantastic Four. I love reading some of the original stories due to their raw Kirby-ism. Similarly, I enjoy much of the John Byrne era for the way it incorporated X-men style soap opera drama to the book. And the Waid/Wieringo era is wildly entertaining. As a whole though, the Richards family has always seemed a little out of place in the Marvel Universe. Sure Reed stopped Galactus, but that victory merely highlights the separation. The Richards family are first and foremost explorers who encounter [...]

A Lost Opening -- FFG Star Wars Force & Destiny Beta

Do you own the Force & Destiny Beta book and want to run the included adventure but can’t quite figure out how to start? The adventure, Lost Knowledge, is a nifty little supernatural, Indiana Jones-like artifact hunt that will challenge and delight your players at the gaming table if done right. The problem as this author sees it is that the adventure as written though superbly done and in a manner sufficient to convince that this would be the summit of all FFG Star Wars role-playing, lacks but one tiny thing, a convincing opening event. The text included within the [...]

Bundle of Holding: Unisystem

Many  of you know about the Bundle of Holding.  Well the newest one features Unisystem powered games which are some of my favorites.

http://bundleofholding.com/index/current/name/Unisystem


Here are five games in the starter collection:

  • Conspiracy X 2.0 (retail $17.50): UFO conspiracy in the post-9/11 world. As an agent of Aegis, you're our best hope against the alien threat.
  • CJ Carella's WitchCraft (free): The magical Gifted have been persecuted for centuries. Now, join with your coven-mates to shape the modern world. WitchCraft was the first Unisystem game.
  • Armageddon: The End Times (retail price $15): The Apocalypse has arisen, but not the [...]

Please Nominate Unframed for the Golden Geek Awards

The Golden Geek Awards are now accepting nominees, and if you’re an RPGGeek member and a fan of the Stew’s latest book, Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters, I’d like to ask for your nomination.

Voting only takes a few moments and runs through February 8th. Unframed is eligible for Best Supplement and Best Artwork, and to nominate it you just search for Unframed, click nominate, and repeat for the second category.

if you nominate Unframed, thank you very much for your support!



'Zenob's Home Coming' - An Adventure Encounter For Lamentations Of The Flame Princess and Your Old School Campaigns On The Dark Corner Blog

An old school adventure encounter in which the PC's are recruited to dally with the powers of an ancient sea captain and wizard to free him and his crew from the claws of the Devil himself in the icy waters surrounding Iceland?Dare you risk your PC's immortal souls?Right OverHERE

Some Beach, Somewhere




When Did Mr. Hand Come to Be

It would seem that we haven't quite pin pointed when homo sapiens developed precision use with thumb and forefinger...meaning, they can put pressure there. Our neighbors the chimpanzees cannot manage this. Anthropologists have tied it to tool use or climbing trees or both. Tool use appears way before homo sapiens wander on the scene, so its hard to say when it was.

The bone adjusts quickly to new uses...you can see this in archers... so the transition may have been very rapid.

Why My Ship Decks Have Three Meter Ceilings

I’ve been reviewing ship designs and deck plans for articles in the Frontier Explorer and this has had me thinking again about a topic I’ve pondered on before. Namely the relative sizes of the various races/species in a game and how that affects things like construction and design of buildings and more specifically spacecraft. If you want an excellent set of articles on how to develop and design species specific tools, furniture and whatnot, I strongly recommend this pair of articles over at Campaign Mastery: Ergonomics and the Non-human and its follow-on article By Popular Demand: The Ergonomics Of Dwarves. [...]

Word of the Day -- Blizzard

A blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and lasting for a prolonged period of time---typically three hours or more. A ground blizzard is a weather condition where snow is not falling but loose snow on the ground is lifted and blown by strong winds.

In the United States, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a severe snowstorm characterized by strong winds causing blowing snow that results in low visibilities. The difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind, not the amount [...]

Armor Up (Khalgrim Gunnarson)





Nathan "Drifter" Pullen

Movie Trailer 2 ~ Green Inferno

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