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The Delving Deeper Box Has Arrived - Much Delayed But Bursting at the Seams

The Photo is Askew, Not the Box ;)Delving Deeper arrived today. Holy shit but the box was packed. It included the 5 rulebooks, Blackmarsh as the setting (I think you need to download the map on RPGNow, as I didn't see one - but hey, it's free there too) and a stack of character sheets. Definitely a nice touch.

It seems that everything couldn't fit into the box, so there will be a second shipment at a later point which will include dice, sample modules and Zack Howard's Holmes supplement (I need to research this).

I'll dig through this over the weekend and give it a proper review.

BTW, Delving Deeper is free on RPGNow

Exclusive insight into the cyberpunk RPG Interface Zero 2.0

In January Gun Metal Games launched a Kickstarter for Interface Zero. This is a full metal cyberpunk RPG.

Geek Native was able to grab David Jarvis of Gun Metal Games, ask some questions about the project and secure some previews of the game’s fantastic art.

[Back this Game]

There's a lot of excitement around the Cyberpunk 2077 computer game. Did that influence your timing for the Interface Zero 2.0 Kickstarter?

I’m pretty excited myself. I saw the trailer like 15 times. I’m chomping at the bit to play CP2077, but I didn’t actually see it, though, until I was almost ready to start [...]

Why Fudge is a Great Accessible RPG Pt. 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Fudge RPG Accessibility SpotlightIntroduction

Last week I began a discussion about what makes Fudge such a great accessible RPG. I gave a brief overview of Fudge and talked a little about how it’s great for teaching children how to play RPGs (or just to help them learn valuable lessons, like how cool dinosaurs are).

I’d like to continue that discussion with a few more topics. I’ll begin with a few more examples of Fudge for [...]

Continue reading Why Fudge is a Great Accessible RPG Pt. 2

The Delving Deeper Boxed Has Arrived - Much Delayed But Bursting at the Seams

The Photo is Askew, Not the Box ;)Delving Deeper arrived today. Holy shit but the box was packed. It included the 5 rulebooks, Blackmarsh as the setting (I think you need to download the map on RPGNow, as I didn't see one - but hey, it's free there too) and a stack of character sheets. Definitely a nice touch.

It seems that everything couldn't fit into the box, so there will be a second shipment at a later point which will include dice, sample modules and Zack Howard's Holmes supplement (I need to research this).

I'll dig through this over the weekend and give it a proper review.

BTW, Delving Deeper is free on RPGNow

A Daughter of Gascony -- Musketeer Mashup

She's back (and this time it's the right century)! The Sengoku Jidai/Kaiju Eiga duet campaign came to an abrupt halt when our heroine (O-Kami, Empress of Japan) blew up the occupying Mongol army with her giant monsters and there was nothing left to do except live happily ever after.
So we've finally started an honest-to-goodness musketeer campaign.
"Finally?" you might ask.  Yes, I have never actually run a game set in seventeenth century France.  Most of my swashbuckling has been in the eighteenth century and concentrated more on the English-speaking world or been set in the Forgotten Realms.  Even though [...]

Build Abridge Out Of Her

So, this “abridged series” business.

So I already had the first half of a script that I wrote a little over two weeks ago, right? Well, after some thought, it occurred to me that I should probably try to do a series outline to get an idea of how many episodes it should take to properly abridge the story. I figured “twelve” was a good number to aim for, so I did.

I figure my “angle,” apart from one-off jokes and such, will be to underline silly aspects of the original premise, and to replace certain ridiculous elements with others that are [...]

Gamemaster Tips: The Spotlight Hog

We’ve all had some version this guy/gal in our groups. They get their moment in the spotlight during the session and just don’t seem to be able to let it go. Maybe they’re someone that every day is a “me day.” Maybe they don’t get to play often and just get overly-enthusiastic. Maybe they GM much of the time and are used to being the center of the group. (coughmecough) Maybe they’re the wannabe actor/tress for whom attention is the thing, more than the play. Maybe they just talk…a lot. (You can tell what spurred this post, can’t you?)

So how [...]

Game Mechanism of the Week [Neo Redux] 5: Closed Games

Today it could be argued that I'm looking at a game convention or restraint rather than a mechanism. But, if you follow the "Big Model" of game design theory, then the social contract and human expectation of a game environment are just as intrinsic to the experience as the rules inked into the books defining setting and system. In this way, the concept of today's topic is a valid mechanism within the play experience.

I was also reading through "Hot War" last night (the award winning follow-up to Cold City), and it mentioned the notion of today's discussion within [...]

(Fate Core) The Island Session One - Landfall

Session One: LandfallThe players Slate - a Golem who killed his master (and King)Nadawi - an Elf who attempted (but failed) to assassinate her Queen in long-waited revenge for the death of her familyArvelir Killenddare - a Half-Elf, banished to the Island for attempting to steal the Star of Brannor from his Queen and return it to its rightful ownerSao the Kaeldraean - a Dark Elf who was captured after assassinating the entire royal family.
The group is in the hold of the ship with other prisoners and witnesses several of them brought up on deck and killed by [...]

Ingress / Mage for Android devices?

I've been playing a lot of Ingress on my Android phone recently. It's really growing on me.
The game functions on two main levels.

One: The crunchy strategy game.
The point of the game is to capture points on the map, Portals, and to control their resources. There are two factions: The Resistance and The Enlightened. You choose a faction then travel round your local area locating Portals and 'hacking' them.
Hacking a Portal gives you resources - useable inventory items such as shields grenades and resonators, keys - Portal access codes that allow you to manipulate the resources the Portal [...]


Why didn't you people tell me about this?

Staring Angelina Jolie, produced by Disney (they own everything we just need to get used to it) and written by Paul Dini???


I swear it's like I don't know any of you anymore. Or you all me.

Harrowsgate Village Map

The village of Harrowsgate is located between Lilac Village and The Ravines. A road south from Harrowsgate leads to Grizzly Falls Hamlet. Heading West leads to the Ravines. This map shows the Southern half of Harrowsgate Village, where the Battle of Black Dragon Inn is currently taking place in the Elthos RPG Game-Test Story The Mysteries Unfolding at Harrowsgate. Harrowsgate Village

A Hunger for Classroom (Resource) Management


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  • Rich Rogers ofThe Canon Puncture Showand of theRPG Crosstalk Podcast. He is also a member of theRPG Crosstalk Forums.
  • Ed Healy ofGamerati.com.
Introductory musicof this podcast was written and performed byHello, the Future!and used by her permission.
  • Buy her wonderful and often delightfully geeky musichere. Use the code RUTHLESS and get herSong Fualbum.
Outro musicfor this podcast was used by permission and was written and performed by talented and kind game designer, Marshall Burns. The song is called “Attack of the Haunted Saucer.”
  • You can buy his creative endeavorshere.
Life is a Larp! Lyrics [...]

WotC Reprints and the OSR

There has been a bit of discussion of late concerning the impact that Wizards of the Coast's reissue of the old (A)D&D pdfs will have on the OSR. First, JB at B/X Blackrazor asked "Have we won the battle only to lose the war?"
Is the OSR...as a movement to create new, good material in the Old School style (and thus to promote Old School role-playing)...is the OSR dead?Why shouldn't I put down the $10 to get original B/X over Labyrinth Lord? Why shouldn't I take the original Erol Otus artwork over illustrations that are simply supposed to conjure nostalgia [...]

Rogue Trooper Miniatures Game Kickstarter is now live!

Just to let you know, the Rogue Trooper miniatures game KS has just launched over there, and is fully funded already! I think we all knew that it would quickly, as I suspect will any future 2000AD related miniature games launched from them! Get yourselves over there and back it!! 2000AD: Rogue Trooper Miniatures Game [...]

Music -- Mournful Congregation, The Catechism of Depression

Dungeon World Update and Some Resources

I regularly review the search terms that were used in finding my blog. I get an awful lot of “Dungeon World” and “World of Dungeons” searches. Especially for free Dungeon World downloads.

Dungeon World

The PDF is $10 over at RPGNow. It’s fantastic. But you can legally get the rules for free (no art, alternate layout) atbook.dwgazetteer.com.

Additional resources
  • Dungeon-World.com (free)
  • The source text available for your tinkering (free)
  • Plain-text web pages version (free, as above)
  • Character sheets for the base classes(free)
  • Fan created Dungeon World Guide(free)
  • RPGNow’s burgeoning Dungeon World category(pay)
  • Google+ “Dungeon World Tavern”(free)
  • Apocalypse World forums where it all started out(free)
World of Dungeons

For those of you looking for [...]

Epic Fantasy Maps

I’m always a sucker for some good fantasy maps. I came across this article about an index that has been developed for some epic fantasy maps. http://io9.com/5980739/an-index-of-dozens-of-maps-from-epic-fantasy-novels  

Short Board Game Reviews -- Lord of the Rings: Nazgl

I’ve played tons of games, but very few fully cooperative ones. They don’t seem to be the most popular style of board game – although I have no actual data to back that up; I’m just going off of personal experience (anecdata!). I used to be hesitant to play cooperative games, but Shadows Over Camelot won me over (even though it has a traitor mechanic, there’s no guarantee of a traitor, thus resulting in some completely cooperative play). However, I’ve also played the Lord of the Rings co-op game, and I didn’t much care for it (the source of my [...]

D&D Next: More on Skill Dice and Martial Dice

I ran Ironcloaks last night and at 3 of the players were completely new to DnD Next.  I found the Skill Die rule easy to explain and all the players latched onto it very, very quickly.

While I was initially very uncertain about the new rule, I think it's a home run.

However, I'm beginning to question the number of Martial Damage Dice that classes have access to.
I won't change anything yet, but I'm looking very, very closely at them.

And finally, I'm contemplating bringing back Expertise Dice to fill the roll of Fate Points, Action [...]

My Next Kickstarter to Support: The Michael T. Desing's Army Ants War Effort

Real quick, as I'm about to hop in my car and brave the elements her in NYC.

I've been following Michael Desing's stuff since the Resolute RPG line. It was one of the first (only?) indie games that I groked, and I liked it  even more due to the concise presentation of the rules - no bloat here.

So, now he's got a Kickstarter for his Army Ants comic and RPG. I'm all over this like ants on a picnic basket. Others must be too, as he's nearly hit hit modest 1k goal in less than 24 hours. I'll officially be a backer tonight.

D&D Next: Thorn Devil

Devil, Thorn (Thornagon) Small Fiend (Devil)
Armor Class 15
Hit Points 34 (4d10+12); resistant to cold and nonmagical weapons
Immunities fire
Speed 20 ft., fly 30 ft.
Senses darkvision 100 ft.
Str 19 (+4)   Dex 17 (+3)     Con 16 (+3)Int 11 (+0)   Wis 11 (+1)     Cha 8 (--1)Alignment lawful evil Languages Common, Infernal 
Flyby: The spined devil doesn't provoke opportunity attacks when it flies out of a hostile creature's reach.

Magic Resistance: The spined devil has advantage on saving throws against magical effects.

Telepathy: The [...]

Nullus Deus Ex Machina

I know I said I was going to once-a-week posts, and I am (really), but I thought I'd spoil y'all with an unexpected Friday post. It's easy because it requires very little work from me ;)

Check out The Worldbuilding School's post today

Sanderson's Second Law of Magic

You can follow the links in his post to Sanderson's First Law of Magic and I'll also provide them here

Sanderson's First Law of Magic

and here, as the original source of genius


This all reminds me that I really need to [...]

10 Coats of Arm descriptions

  1. a silver shell on a green field
  2. a silver vulture on a red field
  3. four red stars and two green harpys on a gold field
  4. four silver unicorn, celestial chargers and four gold krakens on a blue field
  5. a red stripe on a silver field
  6. a gold set of scales on a blue field
  7. a red set of scales on a silver field
  8. a blue condor on a silver field
  9. a blue set of scales on a silver field
  10. a silver crown on a blue field


Related articles
  • 10 coat of arms descriptions (enneadgames.com)
  • The Chevalier [New Class] (matt-landofnod.blogspot.com)


Women, Cars and Spaceships ... A Retrospective

While driving to work this morning, I was listening to classical music and musing on the design of cars and spaceships. I don't mean real spaceships, of course - I mean the kind you see in movies, comic books, pulp fiction and television - the good stuff. I also started thinking about mens' taste in women, and how the styles of disparate things tend to conflate at different times. With that in mind, I decided I was going to put together some images from different years (or small spans of years) of the top spaceship of that time, the top [...]

Need to know where to go in an apocolypse? Get the Seattle Doomsday Map on Kickstarter!

This very cool concept over on Kickstarter is something I thought I would point out for post apoc/zombie fans, wargamers and roleplayers. Here is presented a full map of Seattle in the midst of a apocolyptic scenario, this would make a great prop, or campaign map for your zombie wargaming campaigns, or just a cool [...]

A Caverna da Estrela Sussurrante/Into the Whispering Star Cave -- Parte 2

Passados quase 250 anos desde a Guerra da Noite Eterna, Fuinn ainda goza de uma paz que parece duradoura, mas a ameaa de guerra ensombra mais uma vez o horizonte de Fuinn, crescentes incurses de orcs e o aparecimento de um senhor da guerra nos Picos de Brior a Leste agitam novamente o reino.

Meadhan a regio central do reino de Fuinn e foi nesta regio que comeou a unio dos Durhs mais precisamente no Castelo de Holme pertencente aos DurhDunn e durante quase uma centena e meia de anos, depois da coroao de Kordos I, foi assento real.

No entanto [...]

Fleamarket Friday: Stocking Up For The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse...

via first aid kit

The L5R 4e Resource Guide: Merchant's Guide to Rokugan & Way of the Minor Clans

The set-up of the new 4e L5R more easily allows the use of materials from earlier editions and eras. That raises the questions: which of these products should an L5R 4e GM bother picking up? Which of them offer new insights into the pre-Clan War period (and beyond)? Which of them offer more universally useful setting material? This series aims to answer those questions. Note that I leave aside any and all mechanical material and questions for purposes of these reviews.

I almost skipped reviewing this volume. It had [...]

Bad Things

They say bad things happen in threes I’m currently sitting on a floor in a basement apartment where the oil tank has ruptured… it’s on the other side of the wall from where I sleep. So there’s a wonderful oil smell, a lack of heat, a hole will be cut into my wall tomorrow and [...]

[Solo GPC] 536: Low Hangs the Head Who Wears It

We left off the previous year with Sir Loholt, in effect, "winning the game" - it doesn't get much better in Pendragon than making the Round Table and being crowned king of your own kingdom, much less both events taking place in the same year! Loholt's glory tally for 535 was, I believe, an all-time record for a single year's award: 2,993 points! (And that's not counting Loholt's annual glory. In the final tally, he was only about 300 points shy of racking up a whopping four Bonus Points in a single year.)

Both the achievement of the Round [...]

Create Sci-Fi pulp covers with the Pulp-o-Mizer

The Pulp-o-Mizer is too good not to write something about. It is a front cover generator for sci-fi pulp books. I think it is a lot cooler than my LBB cover generator. Look what I can do with it:

I bet you can do something better!Douglas Berry did this cool cover for Twilight’s Peak.Bruce Johnson did this scary cover for Signal GK. What can you do with the Pulp-o-Mizer? Please place a link to your image in the comments.

Parody Abridgment of Utena

Blame cookiemonger for introducing me to Yu-Gi-Oh! the Abridged Series. We have ‘project meetings’ from time to time, and parodies have come up on more than one occasion. When she asked me what anime series I would want to “abridge,” I suggested Revolutionary Girl Utena. The idea stewed a while.

I like Utena for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that it tells a complete story from beginning to end. I’ve even written a parody of the show, a piece of Invader ZIM fan fiction called “Doom Doom Revolutionary Invader ZIM.”

(The premise replaced fencing with Dance Dance [...]

Terrain Log: Brown World Temple

Quick post today!
We've been finishing up a bangload of terrain this month, and I've not showcased some of the more recent pieces we've added to the collection.  Today I want to talk about Games Workshop's Arcane Ruins!  We got these painted and on the table several weeks ago, and they've been a really neat addition to our games.
Currently priced at $29.75 USD, the Arcane Ruins are available in GW's webstore.  We got these several months ago, but I'm a snail when it comes to completing projects.  Usually I have what seems like thirty projects going on at [...]

StoneHaven Dwarves: Part 1

Last year, I took part in a Kickstarter for StoneHaven's dwarves. These dwarves are just awesome, their sculpts are full of characters and scream "build a character for me!!!" Here are the first group of them.

When I heard they were making another Kickstarter, this time for Gnome Adventurers I immediately threw a few buck their way! Check them out, their stuff is awesome!

Here are the ranger with boar on his back, the witch and the druid.

My quick WFRP hacks

Quick and easy rules hacks I use in my current WFRP games (The Enemy Within!). Of course WFRP 1e 'cause second edition sucks balls so badly...
  • S 2d10+20, 2d10+10 for halflings
  • T 2d10 +20 for humans and elves, 2d10+10 halflings, 2d10+30 dwarves
  • Leather armor: 1 armor point, chain armor 2, plate 3.
  • Bows S4, xbows S5.
  • Max fate points. You'll need them in my games.
  • 10 IPs until you get your first mental disorder, 8 for second, 6 for each next one.
Questions? :D

Daily Cosplay

Top Cow's Son of Merlin launches at DriveThruComics!


Simon Ambrose is a brilliant young professor at MIT. Always somewhat out of sync with the rest of the world, Simon is a man of science and does not put much stock in faith. When he discovers that he is the bastard son of the world’s greatest wizard Merlin, he is forced to put his skepticism aside and embrace a world of magic and the mayhem it embodies.

Science and magic collide in this introductory priced first issue! You can’t afford to miss this next step in a battle that has been waged for ages!

Son of Merlin #1 [...]

Oathbound Seven

I’m taking a look at a review that took me ages to write: Oathbound Seven       Oathbound Seven...

Rituals of Choice III -- Race for the Crystal Fold

Hej everybody! It’s time I got back to Arcana Evolved, thus without further ado: Rituals of Choice III – Race...

B8 -- Thief in the Night

Thief in the Night   This pdf is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page...

Supporting Roles: Commander & Centurion

Supporting Roles: Commander & Centurion This pdf is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3/th of...

Depeche Mode "Heaven"

Newly released.  Wow, David Gahan is starting to look pretty old.

I was so disappointed in Sounds of the Universe that I'm not sure what to think about the release of a new album now.

End-of-Week Elmore (2/8/13)

Last week I posted the cover illo for Dragons of Autumn Twilight. It is logical that this week I feature the cover for Dragons of Winter Night. Duh. Call me lazy, I don't care. Anyway, it's appropriate to show a winter scene this week, because we on the U.S. [...]

The Ridge Gives Way

To a gentle slope that slides down into a belt of trees. Beyond the belt the ground rises again, a soft down-like, grass-covered slope, climbing from the trees until its motion is arrested by the ruin of stone, a castle's walls. The castle crowns the hill, but not in glory, for its walls stand alone and its towers as shadows of their greater pasts. The crown of stone is a wreck of time's past. 
A shroud hangs over the lang. Fog clings to the trees and creeps along the ravines that circle the hill-top castle, looking more as if an [...]

Playing RPGs With Kids

So, I’ve recently tried delving a little into RPGs with my son. As seen in previous posts, I’ve played Heroica and Dungeon! with him, and he enjoyed those quite a bit.

He’s actually been able to focus for longer periods of time, due to going to school and learning these things, so I decided to give it a shot… A few weeks back, we played Enrique Bertran’s rpgKids.

It went really great. To the right, you can [...]

Goblin Sap

Goblin sap is the ‘blood’ of the sentient plant that is commonly known as agoblin. These humanoid creatures, spawned from the seeds dispersed by the pods of thepca tree, are driven to survive and spread their seeds across the world; their seed being their ‘hearts’, or at least what would be heart in a human. The ‘blood’ of these goblins is a sap that becomes highly volatile upon their death (some alchemical reaction caused by the suddencessationof life), oftencausing a deceased goblin to exploded violently, thereby helping to spread their heart-seed. They tend to live in forests or underground, in [...]

Han Solo

It looks like Disney has confirmed that the next several Star Wars movies will be stand alone. On the table are the origins of Han Solo and/or a story involving the Bounty Hunter Bobo Fett. The former might be interesting, but the latter I'm not that keen on. I know the bounty hunter is wildly popular, but he didn't seem to do much aside from getting his ass kicked.

Han Solo on the other hand is a real bad ass (perhaps who the clones should have been modeled after) and has an interesting back story, even pulling first [...]

[Friday Map] Hyram's Ruins -- 3 Maps!

As I was deciding what to scan for today’s Friday Map, I realized that I have about 45 maps drawn that I haven’t scanned yet. So I quickly flipped through the map book to find one of my larger map sets to put up today.

Hyram’s Ruins is a set of three maps for your use and enjoyment.

Hyram’s Ruins – Surface

The surface of Hyram’s ruins is an old tower on a hillside with the ruins sitting below in the lee of the hill and a cave further up.

There are three access points to level 1 of Hyram’s Ruins from the surface level. The most obvious is the staircase in the ruins proper (the northernmost stairs on level 1). Spiral stairs in the tower lead down to the centre of level 1, and a secret door in the roots of the tree in the ruins leads to the caverns attached to the side of level 1.

Hyram’s Ruins Level 1

The spiral stairs from the tower continue down past level 1 to level 2, as well as stairs in the south end of the secret cavern.

If you like maps like these, check out Dyson’s Delves – a book of maps and adventures that I [...]

Marco Polo Sucks Compared to Ibn Battuta

Ever heard of Ibn Battuta? No? It sounds like your history class was as eurocentric (read: lacking) as mine. This man was amazing; his passport (if such a thing had existed at the time) would be more impressive than all of his contemporaries.

Enter my fellow game designer and friend, Quinn Murphy. Quinn’s been blogging some amazing stuff in honor of Black History Month (and I’ll have to tell you some other time how I’ve come to see BHM as a good thing). One of his blog’s contributors, Ryven Cedrylle (another game designer and friend) posted this awesome article yesterday and [...]

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