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Rubble in the Dungeon...

So, my foray into the world of 2.5d dungeons continues ...and this time I thought I'd try something a little different:

As you can see, I've managed to create a nice little rubble pile (that can also be used to represent a collapsed passage) using just paper, cardboard, and a little bit of glue.

And although it looks a little complicated, it's really quite easy to make ...so if you'd like to have a go at making a few of your own, here's how I went about it...

As always, the first thing you'll need [...]

Round Table 39 - DnDnG, Dynamite, and Rise of Tiamat Release

Round Table 39 - DnDnG, Dynamite, and Rise of Tiamat Release
James Introcasosits down withSam Dillon,Tracy Hurley, andLiz Theisto talk about the short filmDnDnG, Tracy'sawesome discovery about an old article inDynamitemagazine, and thepush back ofRise of Tiamat's release date. This podcast was recorded on October 7, 2014.

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The Gavid -- World of Karlor

By Rick Herron The Gavid is a major artifact, a shield of immense power The Gavid is a major artifact -- a shield of immense power -- used by the forces of evil to put the entire world under their control.Powers: Magic and magical weapons cannot harm its bearer. It also provides a deflection bonus of +10 […]

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The OSR Scarecrow

Here is the only OSR Scarecrow you need.  This is the Scarecrow from The Witch.
(Yeah I am a little late on the snark here, term start and I have a conference to go to this week.)

AC: 9 [10]
Hit Dice: 3d8* (14 hp)
No. of Attacks: 2 Limbs
Damage: 1d6/1d6
Special: Paralyzing Gaze, Triple Damage from Fire based attacks
Movement: 30'
No. Appearing: 1 (always in lair)
Saves As: Fighter 3
Morale: 12
Treasure: None
Alignment: Neutral
XP: 75

Scarecrows are basic guardians similar to golems, but not nearly as powerful. Like typical scarecrows, [...]

Deep Carbon Observatory exordium

Western Europe after the treaty (source)

Following is the background I put together for a historical situatingof Deep Carbon Observatory which I am running in person. One session down so far.

The year is 1713 and the War of the Spanish Succession was just settled by the Treaty of Utrecht. Great Britain, Portugal, the Dutch, and others successfully prevented France from consolidating a hold over Spain. The Faerie courts (unbeknownst to most common folk) meddled throughout the process, but seem to have vanished, not sending delegations to the final treaty negotiations. The Unseelie Twilight Prince had been seen as friendly to the [...]


[Tuesday Map] Cepheus' Gallery

Another one of the caves leading into the catacombs beneath Triumph Mesa, this one is named after it’s primary resident, the boneless lich known as Cepheus. Cepheus is an undead monstrosity of immense size, resembling a bloated and unearthly octopus more than anything else. It resides within the large cavern, immersed in the study of other realms that it accesses via a 4 foot diameter crystal ball that it caresses in its massive rotting tentacles.

Most travellers have the good sense to bypass this cavern completely on their way down, but some have sought out and spoken with the foul beast and a rare few have left Cepheus’ gallery with knowledge and secrets previously unknown to man and elf alike.

Cepheus Gallery (Gridded)

Like someof my recent maps, this one is available both with and without grid. The “clean” scan is below:

Cepheus Gallery

Like Tuesday’s Hesporus Cave (that also leads into the catacombs beneath Triumph Mesa), this map was drawn at least a year ago in my Moleskine gridded reporter’s notebook using a 0.7mm gel pen.It is posted here for your non-commercial use thanks to the awesome patronsof the blog who support it through my Patreon Campaign.

Hot Button: Rejecting Canon

Assume that you are invited to join a Star Wars campaign (RPG system doesn’t matter for this exercise). As you sit down, the GM mentions that only the first movie (Star Wars IV: A New Hope) is the only canonical source.

The GM then informs you that the campaign starts a few months after the destruction of the Death Star. The galaxy is plunged into chaos as the Rebel Alliance discovered that Grand Moff Tarkin had been head of a military coup that had been manipulating Emperor Regis. With Tarkin dead and his superweapon destroyed the Emperor laid the blame at [...]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 -- Avast! -- Fourth Session: The Battle of Meatgrinder Rock

In Attendance:

  • Player 1/ Scel the Halfling Ranger-Rogue
  • Player 6/Niema the Aventi Wizard
  • Player 11/Voormas the Human Druid
  • Player 12/Xander the Human Fighter

Session Writeup:

A few of the crew take their last pay and quit service aboard The Antelope. Xander is unhappy but can do nothing to make them stay. He gathers a small detail, including Scel, Niema, and Lyril, and they head back in to Halifax. Voormas heads to a magic shop, Xander’s detail heads to The Minnow, the merchant ship they towed in to port in the last adventure. Voormas get’s the token identified, a Quall’s Feather Token. Voormas heads back to [...]

Overcoming What Can't Be Countered

I’ve got a relatively short one for you guys today.

I was doing some research for my next article about how to do a specific type of big, bad monsters in Fate. While I was looking it over, I noticed something. There are some instances where a “power” that a monster (and possibly PC) uses most likely shouldn’t be able to be dealt with by the Counter-Actions I came up with a little while back. (By the way, this article is going to be written as if your group has gotten rid of Defend to put in the Counter-Actions) Sometimes, it [...]

Coventry - A fan-made Savage Worlds Setting

Continually I do see some discussion or a person pondering writing up a fan-made setting, when someone will aptly point out there are already some excellent ones available. As someone mentioned over in the G+ Savage Worlds community there seems to be a lack of reviews and/or awareness that these great fan-made settings are out in the wild. I could mention some great sites that culminate a lot of different fan-made Savage Worlds content. However I think it worthwhile to spend a little time highlighting some particularly good ones that folks have written up.

Borderlands is a popular video [...]

Maybe some questions are best left unanswered...


One word carved into a tree was all that remained of the Roanoke Colony.

First established in 1585 and re-founded in 1587, it was found abandoned in 1590 by John White. Since then, there have been many investigations and theories into what happened to the Roanoke Colony.

So what happened to the colonists? No one knows. What is known is this: something is returning. Only a few know what it is. If they cannot overcome their differences, all---colonists and Croatoansalike---will be lost.

Roanoke Island is another in Colonial Gothic's line of settings. Written by Jennifer Brozek (Colonial Gothic: Locations and Caller Unknown), Roanoke [...]

Player Advice: How to Play An Evil Character in a Good Group

Most adventurers are stalwart defenders of justice and the common folk. A few, though, have darker hearts and motivations. Luckily, done right, there is room for both types in the typical adventuring party.

By V Shane


Almost every gamer I've met over the last 30 years has played an evil character at some point. Sometimes whole campaigns are based around the concept of an evil party. Normally, however, the party is predominantly good and only one or two of its members are evil. This can create challenging, but immensely rewarding roleplaying experience for all involved. (In my own Borderland of Adventure campaign, [...]

66 Weird Folk for your game

Here are a whole bunch of character traits, designed for NPC's in a dark yet quirky and humorous tone game.
  1. A pig nosed local, mind twisted - opposes any and all change.
  2. Well mannered civil servant. Parents are Psychopaths.
  3. A perfectly normal gentleman, just escaped forced captivity - dressed in grass skirt.
  4. Short and Gaudy, obsessed with toads.
  5. Bright rosy cheeks and underbite, has OCD.
  6. Has a twin sister, they know a secret about everyone in town.
  7. Well meaning simpleton - wants to be a fireman.
  8. Condescending and contemptuous social worker, obsessed with quills.
  9. Brow beaten intellectual with depression. Actually a secret agent.
  10. Prone to fits of black rage [...]

The Inner Council Contest Ends Tomorrow

  Time is FAST running out for the latest round of the Warlock’s Journal Contest.   See here for a full list of the Warlock’s Journal Contests.   I have an excellent prize to give away. Would you like a copy of the superb Ennie-winning NPC Essentials from Johnn Four?   For an overview of …

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Zombies! #6M

This week's minimal update is brought to you by Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. However, in spite of the dark side's temptations, I did manage to get some paint on some minis.

I made a little progress with the Death Knight and the Ghost King. I'm still working on making the runes on the sword awesome. Not sure how it's going. This is attempt 2 in progress.

I also worked on some of the Mantic zombies. This is the blond squad.

They look a little less purple in person. I still need to [...]

Moon Ghosts

I was seventeen when I first saw them. I had spent a late evening at a friend’s place – Fridays were D&D nights – and was on my way home. The streets were dark, the full moon blanketed out by dark, thick clouds. The city I lived in was peaceful and quiet, almost no crime […]

Things that Go Bump in the Night

The Blog Carnival – this month hosted by Of Dice And Dragons – is dealing with Things That Go Bump In The Night – or in other words, the strange horrors and creepy-crawlies that lurk just outside your field of view in the darkness. What I am trying to say is, it’s Halloween time! And, […]

Episode 139: Actual Play - Secret Agent Shai

This Episode:  After almost taking care of another military commission, the group takes care of some more personal business.  While Rusk gets an adequate surprise, Shai attempts to give a...

A group of friends who ramble and shamble while dice rumble and tumble. Call us casually-hardcore role players of Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder.

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Rick and Morty - Packed full of Sci-Fi Tropes

I guess sometimes I can be accused of sleeping under a rock when it comes to the latest US TV shows, but I bet I'm not the only one.  Which is why I just have to share the love for Adult Swim's Rick and Morty.

An example of what happens in just about every episode.
Created by voice actor and director Justin Roiland, who some might recognise as the voice of Adventure Time's "Lemongrab",  and Dan Harmon, creator of the hit sit com "Community".  Rick and Morty is an adult sci-fi cartoon series following the mind bending, dimension hopping [...]

RPG Round Up

What’s been going on in the world of RPGs and gaming this week. Covers the latest posts from my favourite other rpg related blogs, comics and more

Southlands Sound CuesWhen you venture into the Southlands, you want the right musical cues to accompany your intrepid player characters. Here's a short list of epic music, much of it soundtracks from motion pictures with similar themes, folk music appropriate to the region, and a few eclectic choices that will keep your [...]Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Source: Open DesignStarting Point: The Aksu NomadThe first nomad was reported in western China, near the city [...]

DC Heroes - The Outsiders: Lights, Camera, Kobra

From the Back Cover:

Ape Axes Action!

Are Piratical Props the only Snakes in the Hollywood grass?

Los Angeles-Lia Briggs (Looker) is only stealing scenes on the set of her first picture, Silent, Secret, Deadly when a giant gorilla sabotages the shooting and plunders and armored car...

But Monsters aren't in this movie!!

Who is filching film friends subverting storylines for their cameras? Looker and the Outsiders are going to get to the bottom of this monkey business.

All the world's a stage . . . and if the Outsiders can't puzzle out the pattern of thefts, the director's final cry will be Lights Camera Kobra.

October Movie Challenge: Embrace of the Vampire (1995, 2013)

October Movie Challenge: Embrace of the Vampire (1995, 2013)

1995 Film
Like so many others I tuned in to watch Alyssa Milano's turn as a good girl gone bad (in the movies and real life) for this 1995 movie.  A couple of things struck me nearly 20 years later.
Alyssa Milano ended up to become a much better actress.  I make no apologies for my love of Charmed. But while she was not great in this, she got a lot better.
Martin Kemp is not a great actor. In fact in this he comes off more like a poor [...]

Sunday, Pony Sunday: the Pony Cast

Yeah, I haven't done one of these in a while. I decided to get back into the habit.

1d10 Random Lovecraftian Horrors From Beyond The Pale Encounter Table For Your Old School Post Apocalpytic Campaigns

There are horrors that come into the wastes when certain cults and worshipers of ancient terrors from beyond seek the eternal favor of things best left alone are disturbed. These horrors watch and wait outside our worlds and where they stride men shake in horror, blood runs cold, and men of extreme courage are called upon to deal with the results. Here then are a list of encounters for a minor roster of horrors and things that wait outside. Use these things wisely. 

1d10 Random Lovecraftian Horrors From Beyond The Pale Encounter Table
  1. A partial amoebic minor demon prince thing [...]

Important People & Places of Greyhawk

Welcome back Greyhawk fanatics. On this busy weekend I haven't had much time to write or draw anything, so I decided to dig into my old campaign notes and see what crazy Greyhawkery I was creating 25 years ago. Back in my youth I used to take awesome notes and historical records of everything. I've grown lazy in my old age evidently. In my digging through timelines, hand-drawn maps and old character sheets I found a list I made of Important People & Places from my "Golden Age" of Greyhawk, the 1st Edition AD&D. The list below isn't complete, but perhaps some of [...]

Carnagecast 56: Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League

Late breaking news! The Game With No Name no-ship math trade is now live on Boardgamegeek. Follow the link for details.

The new edition of Dungeons & Dragons descends on A Fistful of Carnage this November, giving convention-goers not only a chance to sample the latest version of the hobby’s most well-known game, but the new Adventurers League organized play structure, which brings the excitement not only to the convention circuit, but game stores and your own home. Ray talks with Al Spader of Jetpack Comics and lead Dungeon Master for the Adventurers League offerings at A Fistful of Carnage to [...]

Newly Discovered Deepest Known Cave In Continental USA

This is very interesting and got me to thinking about, what else, RPGs! I did some spelunking back in high school. Our band directory had an interest in geology and taught a high school class on geology for several years and took students to a couple of caves. This was in Missouri, the cave state, […]

A Death That Is Chosen

Over the past weekend I went to see the movie Fury with some friends. It's a good movie, and I don't want to ruin anything but the summary for the movie on Rotten Tomatoes says that it's a group of soldiers, in a tank, behind enemy lines, and they're out numbered and out gunned. I feel that means it is safe to say things are dire. The kind of dire where, were it to be a Table Top Role Playing Game I would expect PC deaths - if not a TPK - to be the result at the end of [...]

Cannabis may save us from Ebola

As you know, Ebola is tearing its way through West Africa. Sure the odds of it actually becoming a threat in the United States is slim but what if it does? What can you be doing to improve your immune system and protect yourself from the dreaded plague that kills about 70% of its victims? The answer is quite simple, smoke some ganja. At least that is what Dr. David B. Allen would have us believe. They tell us that cannabis is a regulator of immune system processes for people infected with HIV. He believes that cannabis can do the same thing for those infected with Ebola. I say why not try a study on it. I mean what do the patients have to lose? They are very likely to die of the disease and this drug will make them feel a tad better and may in fact give them the edge they need to survive. If you want to see more about what Dr Allen had to say go read it yourself.

Tales from the Hydian Way: Episode 7 -- Forceful Discussions

Welcome to another Tales from the Hydian Way. Today we talk about force powers and how they can be used.

We even take a quick look at some of the potential outcomes that might occur when you use them.

The use of the Force, even in it’s simplest forms, can have far reaching affects for both you and your party.

And it always pays to remember that discretion is the better part of valor.

Remember to check out the Patreon Campaign and pledge your support to this, and many other fine shows on The Mad Adventurers Society.

You can find us on twitter at @DeuteriumIce [...]

Inktober Day 19


Another SC RPG character preview: the ghostly silent movie star, Chucky Crumb!

Originally posted on Monica Marier Author:

Hope everyone had a fun weekend! I was busybusybusy, but I had a great time hanging out with family.

Chucky Crumb by Monica Marier

Today's another illustration for the Skeleton Crew RPG. This one is the ghost of a silent film star comedian. I was inspired to draw on my favorite actors like, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, and there's a bit of Groucho Marx thrown in there for good measure. In the end he looks a bit like one of those Red Skelton sad [...]

A Traveller Pitch

I had a really long thing written out for this, but frankly it was overblown.  Here's the stripped down kernel:

Man begat thinking machine, and thinking machine begat jump drive.  For a time it was good, but good times never last.  The machines won and superweaponed the Sun, which has gone red and expanded out past Jupiter's orbit.  All that remains of the human empire is one decrepit space station in Pluto's shadow, two thousand foppish nobility and attending bureaurats who lack the hardware to repair the station's failing life support systems, and over a billion slumbering souls in [...]

There Are No More Barriers!

So reads the first line on the back of the Timeship box -- in a type larger than any other save for the title of the game.  "You are free to roam the ages," reads the copy...
Journey from the days of the dinosaurs, to the mystics of the ancient world, to the glory of Napoleon.  If the past is not enough, adventure in the present with its political intrigue, and brushfire wars; or, for those more adventurous souls, you may transcend the present and visit the future where man's home is the universe, populated with all manner of strange [...]

Scrying Time Again

Jaren cast his spell sending his magical sight to the ship moot a week north of Waterdeep. The images shocked him, he had seen death before, but these people were harvested.

Basic Fantasy Adventure Anthology 1

This is one seriously packed set of short adventures, suitable for Basic Fantasy, but also LL, D&D B/X, BECMI, S&W etc. (some very minor tweaking may be required to bonuses and armour classes)

Free PDF & Open Office file. (also links to hard copies on Lulu)

Hey, whaddawant? A proper review? It's good, it's free. If it's your choice of old school system mechanic or game-genre, just go and download it.

How to Thwart the Robot Apocalypse

Con On The Cob Final Day And Wrap-Up: Silent Auction and "Time Bastard"

Well gang, I'm home after the final day of Con on the Cob. Had a great time, sold quite a few things in the booth, and am energized for future convention attendage. Some interesting developments regarding Con on the Cob popped up toward the end of the event you may want to be aware of, so read through to the end:
  • While packing up my room this morning, I realized I nearly forgot the three remaining bottles of beer in the mini-fridge. When I pulled them out, I was surprised that they had frozen! So I left them in [...]

A Kickstarter That Leaves Me Scratching My Head - Digital D20

My first thought was "isn't D20 a trademark of WotC?"

My 2nd thought was "is there a 50,000 British Pound market for a 3x adventure path distributed via tablets?"

My 3rd thought, after playing the video was "aren't these the same guys with the cardboard gaming tables?"

Actually, my wife had the same thought when she heard the voices - the Spanish accents are so strong we thought they were Italian, subtitles would have been helpful.

Then I read this:

and I knew the journey was going to be a good one.

So, Digital D20, or DD20, or D20 tabletop Role Playing Game Campaigns is a method of distributing D20 RPG adventures from DigitalD20 Ltd to your tablet, [...]

At -9 and dropping

At -9 and dropping
(written for my Pop Lit Class as part of character death & attachment module a few years ago.)

Warning, personal cathartic rant begins right now, look away, it gets ugly:

I keep a side of my personality hidden away from my coworkers. In a closet in my house there are books, maps and dice, I game. I admit it, I am a gamer, role playing table top, or better known as D&...D, shadowrun, gurps, and a dozen more well and much less known games. Many or the best
nights of my life, was [...]

Unearthed Update: Patch Notes v3.2

Just a couple of quick updates this week, as I didn't have a ton of time to work on the game. Master Belch is displeased with my progress.

Patch Notes
  • Assigned base statistics to all enemies found in the game.
  • Applied a slight window upgrade, designed to better accommodate larger enemy sprites (thanks Messianic!).
  • Fixed a few miscellaneous graphical bugs, mostly regarding transparency and palette issues.
General Notes

With the base statistics for enemies assigned, I have the basic difficulty curve of the game set. There is going to be A LOT of tweaking to this difficulty once the beta gets underway, but it is nice [...]

October Horror Movie Challenge: Cujo (1983)

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Cujo is a horror movie directed by Lewis Teague. Cujo is a happy St. Bernard until he is bitten on the hose by a rabid bat and slowly begins to manifesting the symptoms of his fatal illness. As his condition deteriorates, Cujo begins to attack those who cross his path. This culminates with Cujo trapping a woman named Donna Trenton and her 5 year old son Tad in her Ford Pinto, trying his hardest to get inside to kill them both.

Although Stephen King's literary work tends to be highly [...]

The Initiative: Superhero RPG Appendix N Blog Challenge

Theron of My Dice Are Older Than You turned me on to Barking Alien‘s Superhero RPG Appendix N Challenge:

I challenge you, the Superhero RPG GM, and/or player, to listbetween 5 and 10Superhero comic books, and5 to 10 Superhero live action or animated shows or films, that typify your style of Superhero RPG campaign.


Minimum is 5. Maximum is 10. This means you have to really think about the ones thatbest embody the type of Supers gaming you prefer. Who’s up for the challenge?

I feel like this could devolve into listing my favorite comics, rather than highlighting titles that convey the superhero [...]

Nonhuman Vision

Imaginative literature works best when realism constrains it just enough to create interesting solutions, but not enough to impede drama and archetype. Example: Gene Wolfe's idea in Book of the New Sun that eating someone's brain, with the proper chemical preparations, would convey all their memories, was built up whole from these now-discredited experiments. Realism produced the idea, but was not allowed to stifle it.

In this vein, the old idea of ultravision and infravision from AD&D suggests that races gifted with those abilities can also perceive radiant and reflected light in those frequencies as different colors. Materials they [...]

BRW Games Call for Submissions

It's that time of year again - BRW Games is looking for authors who think they have what it takes to get published.

At the moment, we're looking for RPG adventure modules that aren't tied to any particular campaign setting, either using the AD&D 1st Edition/compatible or D&D 5th Edition systems. We are not looking for settings or rules supplements. Submissions should not have been previously published elsewhere, but we can make exceptions in special cases. Please contact us with details.

Please do not send in proposals or multi-adventure series. We are looking for finished self-contained adventures, but [...]

The Crooked Man, that lived in a Crooked House...

Review #62 -- Free Game
The Crooked Man, that lived in a Crooked House...
At the end of the review, there is the link to a translation of a game by Uri. I Assume that, if you are reading this blog, you come looking for games in English. In that previous link is the original, if you'd rather play that.

Now, today in Horror October, we have The Crooked Man. It's a Horror RPG game that puts you in the role of David, a new homeowner with a troubled past. As you play, his story is revealed while you [...]

The Bearguana

Because we watched Godzilla last night and noted how bear-like the big guy was, and because, honestly, owlbears are kind of silly.

Of course it isThe bearguana, a chimera of bear and reptile, was developed by the vivimancer Duil En'quae  two generations back. He had hoped to sell the beasts as exotic cavalry mounts, but the creatures' intransigence showed this project to be folly.  His breeding stock eventually escaped, and has been a terror of the local forests since then.

The bearguana have the body of a bear, with the iguana's claws and tail. Bearguana hide has been toughed with [...]

Shakespeare Sunday -- Hamilton's Cardenio 3: History of Cardenio

Go to Part 1

Our knowledge of Cardenio, presumably based on the character of the same name in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, comes from three historical accounts:

(1) The Revels Accounts record two performances of the play at King James’ Court in 1613 (as transcribed by Hamilton, emphasis added):

Itm paid to the said John Heminges vppon the lyke warrt: dated att Whitehall xxth die Maij for presentinge sixe severall playes viz one playe called a badd begininge makes a good endinge. One other called ye Capteyne, One other the Alcumist. One other Cardenno. One other the Hotspurr. And one other called Benedicte and [...]

Porting Apocalypse World style moves into D&D 5E

TL;DR – If you want to use a Dungeon World move in D&D 5E, roll 1d6+1d10: Failure on 8-, partial success on 9-12, success on 13+.

I love the Apocalypse World engine moves. These movesare discreet rules that areportable from one AW Engine game to another.

But I’m exploring using the moves in other systems; In particular D&D 5E.Dungeon World hasthe following probability based on:

Roll 2d6 Bonus Failure (6-) Partial Success (7-9) Complete Success (10+) -2 72.2% 25.0% 2.8% -1 58.3% 33.3% 8.3% 0 41.7% 41.7% 16.7% 1 27.8% 44.4% 27.8% 2 16.7% 41.7% 41.7% 3 8.3% 33.3% 58.3%

What follows iswhat I found to be a reasonablemirroring of the Apocalypse World Engine probabilities. Roll 1d6+1d10. On an 8- failure, 9-12partial success, and 13+success.

Roll 1d6 + 1d10 Bonus Failure (8-) Partial Success (9-12) Complete Success [...]
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