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Petty Gods "Minions Speed Rounds," continued...

Richard offered up a few more beings for backstories, abilities and deities served:
Art via Jason SholtisMilduitic

No. Encountered: (2d4)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 120'/50'
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 3+1
Attacks: 1
Damage: Glaive (1d10+1) or Falchion (1d8+1)
Save: F5
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: nil, however, typically guarding temple or similar
XP: 90

The Milduitic are found impassively guarding remote desert tombs and temples in honor of various insectoid gods and godlets.  Created for, and tasked with, this role, they are above bribery and will resolutely defend their responsibility with force of arms. Additionally, their mysterious creators took [...]

Soon We Will be Back on Pace - OSR Christmas, OSR For the Lapsed Gamer and More

Left for work at 530 AM. It's a bit after 8PM and I just got home. It's been that kind of a month. I've fallen behind on lots of planned stuff, but I'm on vacation for a week starting whenever I get home tomorrow, so yes, there will be some catching up to do.

There should be a bunch of gifts for OSR Christmas going up tomorrow night. I'm thinking PRINT and INTERNATIONAL shipping. That is, of course, assuming I get home at a reasonable time. If not, Saturday morning. I expect the pace of the posts to pick up.

I'll be getting back to the OSR for the Lapsed Gamer series of posts this weekend too. I've been away for it for [...]

Scatter Bases: Seasonal Trees

"Nock those arrows but quick, knaves - or the gobs will have our wenches for their pleasures!"I really enjoy "area terrain".  By that, I mean I like to base terrain abstractly on a base sometimes.  Less clutter to fiddle with.  "True" line-of-sight is neat and is the norm for drawing LoS on the table, but I think that area terrain still has a place in today's world of "true" LoS.

We have a lot of large area pieces.  A lot of them are forests.  So, when our buddy Buff Bagworm showed up with some awesome Hobby Lobby trees, [...]

(12 Days of Sweet) Christmas is Canceled


I thought I had several good ideas for posts, but I think my idea of 12 Days of Sweet Christmas was too ambitious. I may still post a few of the holiday M&M things I come up with, but my heart (and creativity) just aren't in it like I thought they would be. I will leave you with these two cool Marvel Christmas pages I found though.

Ask Marion About Score

A Fox's Guide to Conlangs (Part 2)

Languages can generally be divided into "Subject -- Verb -- Object" languages ("SVO", such as English and most European forms), and "Subject -- Object -- Verb" languages ("SOV", such as Japanese, Hindi and Korean). An SVO language might state that "I (subject) run (verb) to the house (object)", while the same concept described by an SOV language might be that "I (subject) to the house (object) run (verb)". As long as the verb comes after the object, it generally works in an SOV language...it sounds a bit awkward to say "To the house (object) I (subject) run (verb)", and only [...]

New Faction for Atomic Robo RPG

Majestic 12 a bit too fast on the trigger and under the radar for you? Here’s a faction for our upcoming “pilot” game to see if the group is interested in running theAtomic Robogame:

Office of Scientific Intelligence:

Formed out of the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Strategic Science Division (SSD) in 1946, Office of Scientific Intelligence was the more legitimate face of superscience research and was immediately tied to the new Atomic Energy Commission with the passage of the McMahon Act. The “theft” of their science division led the intelligence and military community to push Majestic 12 on the president [...]

D&D 5e: Monster Manual Quick Critiques

Let me start this article like I've started all my Quick Critiques...

I love 5th Edition. Everything about it so far has been a breath of fresh air. For me, it really has combined all of the best parts from AD&D, 3.x and 4e. It's not perfect, but for me, its the best version of D&D in its 40 year lifespan.

That said, now I'm going to nit-pick the s#!t out of the Monster Manual over stupid little stuff that likely doesn't matter to most people... It's just what I do, but at least I name it for [...]

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RoboRally -- The Ultimate Collection

RoboRally is 20 years old this year. It remains one of my favorite boardgames of all time: The combination of clever puzzle-solving, long-term strategic thinking, and half-crazed chaos is brilliantly balanced. I wrote a detailed review of the original edition of the game back in 1998.

One of the things I always wanted to do back in the day was pick up the three expansions that were released in the ’90s: Armed & Dangerous, Radioactive, Crash & Burn, and Grand Prix. Unfortunately, I was a poor high school / college student back then and I couldn’t afford to snap them [...]

Hard Times in Jarlsburg: A Task Worth Undertaking

The Hard Times is Jarlsburg's premier source of news (not necessarily the full truth) and routinely outsells it's competitor, The Kryer.

Extra!

Extra!

The Oleander Council and High Inquisitor Lot have been extra busy.  In the wake of the devastation at the Caliban Club, a Task Force has been created to oversee the slew of cult related activity within the city over the last year.

I guess the citizens should be thankful that the activities have finally affected our richest and most powerful?  Perhaps the Caliban Club should have been amongst the first casualties in these [...]

It's All Done with Mirrors and Painted Smiles


Last week, I had some time off, and since the nanny was here during the day to take care of the Young Lord, I spent much of those two days painting:


Fearless Men Who Jump and Die!

The Flames of War Open Fire! box is a [...]

Elegance Never Forgotten

Patron: Entertainer
Required Skills: None
Required Equipment: Starship

Players' Information:
While looking for passengers on Regina, the PCs are approached by a frail old woman. Still striking and modestly dressed, she is accompanied by a tall, impeccably-dressed man with a conceited air. She politely offers the crew high passage for the two of them to Extolay. She mentions she is going to visit her son, but surprisingly does not have much in the way of luggage; just a pair of worn travel bags.

As the duo boards the ship, several passengers do a double-take upon seeing them. If questioned, the incredulous passengers [...]

Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Movies


It's been awhile since I did a top 10 list for movies.  So, here's another.  The theme: guilty pleasures!

Now, some people just don't get this concept.  Why feel any kind of guilt at all about watching something you enjoy?  Well, it's complicated.  While I don't actually feel bad or dirty watching a fun movie, I know these aren't the best films. Sometimes, they aren't even good films.

If a friend came up to me and said, "Hey, Venger, Tango & Cash is pretty cheesy, full of imperfections, and just plain not good."  I probably wouldn't [...]

Help Choose The Superhero RPG Of The Year...

The BAMFsies are light-hearted, informal awards focussing on superhero roleplaying games, and promoted via the BAMF podcast. The winners will be announced in early January on an episode of the BAMFcast. Fans of the genre can take part in the awards by voting for the Gamer's Choice - Best Superhero RPG of 2014.

New Product - Five Henchmen

I added a new PWYW supplement today, it is called Five Henchmen


  And, yes, it is about 5 NPCs.

#3X3RPGs

Most recently played: Numenera, OVA, Pathfinder

Most beloved: Dungeons and Dragons 3.x, Mage: the Awakening, Rogue Trader

Want to play: Dark Heresy 2e, Dungeons and Dragons 5e, Mistborn RPG

See more #3X3RPGs lists here.

Things I Think About Games (After Hindmarch & Tidball) Part Two

I'm still looking back at posts from the blog's first year ('09) and commenting on them. Here's the second half of a post I started here. This concludes my thoughts on rpgs in the spirit of Things We Think About Games. I recommend that book for any gamer. I present this post "as is," with comments. These are, as always, personal preference. In retrospect I wish I hadn't been so negative with many of these. I suspect several of these could be turned around to be positive statements, rather than condemnations. 
Things We Think About Games at RPGNow
Things I Think About Games [...]

Hating on the Browns

Some days, I just can't help myself.

When it comes to Blood Bowl (or most things miniature and wargamey), I'm a big lover of "fluff." Some people love the tactics involved in crushing one's opponent (I like this, too); some folks are downright obsessive about modeling and painting (I've been known to while away a few hours myself). But really, without the fluff, the game would lose most of its character, coolness, and humor.

I started with Blood Bowl back in the 2nd edition, when the teams used to be arranged like the NFL (two conferences of three [...]

Bustthinned Episode 002

Quickly getting temporary accommodations set up, while I dig down, down down. The plans for this fortress are to establish the main base way, way down near the magma, so I can have magma forge-y goodness without the bother of hauling things up and down hundreds of steps.

Also, I find out why people hate keas so, so much.

Find the playlist here!

Meta Thursday: Confessions of an Evil GM (Sandbox vs. Railroading)

When I started playing RPGs, railroading was the only way ahead. Then something called a sandbox came along. I initially thought, “isn’t that where children play and cats do their business?” That’s only partly accurate; sandbox design is a way of making the campaign world more alive. More alive? I just wanted to kill things […]

The post Meta Thursday: Confessions of an Evil GM (Sandbox vs. Railroading) appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Pre-order German Earthdawn Player's Guide

After some Polish Earthdawn news, I can report about some German news released by Ulisses Spiele too. As the title says, the German Earthdawn Player's Guide can now be pre-ordered at Ulisses...

Review: A Red & Pleasant Land

I picked up a copy of +Zak Smith's "A Red & Pleasant Land" on PDF recently.  I like enough to also pick it up in dead tree version as a post-Christmas present for myself (35.75 or about $45).

I want to say off the bat that when I heard Zak was doing an Alice in Wonderland-ish sort of adventure my expectations were high, but guarded.  I have seen Alice done a number of bad ways; mostly ones that relied on a one to one translation between story to game.  That is all well and good, but ends up robbing the [...]

Christmas 2014 Interlude: Part 2

    Day After Ragnarok, session framework and prep-lite   The game prep for the Christmas Interlude has not progressed as well as I wanted. Despite a new, prep-lite technique, I have not yet achieved enough for the game.   Some of the framework has been done, and I even watched The Polar Express as …

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Black Clouds over your European Indie Publishers: VATMOSS is a MESS

tl;dr: I will probably have to stop selling PDFs from the Lost Pages shop. This might make the whole enterprise of writing RPGs and selling them on the web kind of not sustainable. If you want PDFs, get them now.

New tax regulations are about to unfold over the EU. From January 1st whoever sells digital products through an automated process to a customer in the EU must pay VAT to the country of purchase and not to the country of supply. This is done to stop shady profit-shifting companies like Amazon and Apple from selling from countries with low VAT [...]

Two Dragon Brigade novellas from Margaret Weis Productions

Margaret Weis Productions has just released two novellas based on the Dragon Brigade series by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes in eBook formats!

Dragon Brigade: The Day Is Ours

Read the novella that started the latest series by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes – Dragon Brigade.

When the magically reinforced flying fortress refuses to surrender after many days of shelling, the Rosian Royal Navy calls in the famed Dragon Brigade to help defeat the stubborn enemy.

Lord Captain Stephano de Guichen and his dragon, Lady Cam, brace themselves to face enemy fire, but soon discover that court intrigue is dangerous than cannon balls.

Dragon Brigade: [...]

Chthonian World

Carcosa is on my mind, I know its a swirl of "controversy", I guess...and I see that, but I still am fascinated by the idea of a world over ran by evil and Mythos creatures of Damnation. I have been doing some research, trying to decide if this is something I want to meddle with, and to be truthful it is. However I will tone down the more controversial elements in my setting...well because they are too disturbing for me, and I am just not willing to dip my toes in those elements.
I really don't have anything "Mythos" that [...]

Darras - God of the Poor and Sponsor of Charitable Acts

While not a god that openly sponsors adventurers, they can be requested for aid. An urban force, that monks and cavaliers often join as they assist the common-man. A good source of cheap potions and reduced costs for spells, if adventurers share their wealth when they have it. They turn no one down, especially those of other races or creeds, one must be open to be apart of the community.

Darras

Alignment: Neutral Good
Follower's Alignment: Any non-evil
Associated Colour: Brown
Holy Days: Twice a week (Alms)
Sacrifice: Tithe (25%) or fifty days of service every year
Patron: [...]

Eyes Up: A Trouble with Terms

Never talk to me about adventures, because if you are trying to it'll be a book in length and I'm going to be bored, or it's going to be a about something that isn't all that long but I’ll be wondering where the rest of it is because I’m expecting the whole novel. Adventure is a meaningless term that could be anything from going and building a snowman to throwing some jewelry into a volcano, or even following the adventures of a naboo ship-repair droid as he goes through the galaxy orchestrating the overthrow of an evil empire.

Linguistic twitches are [...]

Entries Invited For Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2015...

Entrants can submit their films now through January 16, 2015. The best selections in the categories of Animation, Non-Fiction, Comedy, Spirit of Fandom, Visual Effects, Audience Choice, and Filmmaker Select - chosen by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy -- will screen in a special ceremony at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim in April 2015.

A Mage from Poisonwood II Pt.5: A Day Late and a Troll Hoard Richer

The day after we fought the young Crimson Reaver in a torrential downpour we stood in the entrance passage of Black Gut's lair. Our wounds mostly healed from the previous day's battle with the young dragon. After Vorox had dropped it I managed to harvest a vial of venom from the corpse. Tweena was in the lead wielding the key-ring she snatched from Blackgut's body before we torched it. Greyshadow, Vorox's dragonsaur mount, was left to guard the tunnel entrance as he was simply too big to follow. I of course was taking up the rear of the party.

We followed Tweena down the roughly and freshly hewn stone 20 ft.-wide passage crossing a 20 ft.-wide pit crossed by a narrow but thick plank of wood at abouts halfway, past a couple of forking, primitively dug dirt tunnels and stopped briefly at a 15 ft. well-masoned archway where Tweena detected a trap door in the floor. Vorox crossed after she disarmed it and I simply teleported to a flagstone deemed safe by the dungeoneer. We found ourselves in a large rectangular chamber with stone-block walls. There were iron doors to the west and east and a large polished bronze door dead ahead. This door she opened with her keys and through the door we could see a green glow emanating poisonously from the west of the chamber behind and a large troll wearing a war-belt and wielding a warhammer near the rear wall of that chamber.

Tweena pegged the troll with a crossbow bolt and unwilling to walk into the chamber for fear of traps Vorox taunted the creature in an effort to draw it out. I zapped it with a lightning bolt and it retreated to the east out of our line of sight. Tweena quickly checked the floor in the [...]

Using Equipment Cards in D&D 5e

I use small cards to represent gear and other physical items that the PCs possess in my game.  I found that a standard index card cut in half is the perfect size for a gear/item card.

On the card I write the item's name, some important stats, such as attack and damage if it's a weapon, or it's illumination range if it's a torch or lantern.  If the item has multiple instances, like a group of torches or pitons, I write a number of circles on the card.  The player scratches out a circle as they consume an item.

Wisdom from the Wastelands Issue #48: Unique Superscience Artifacts IV From Skirmisher Publishing For Your Old School Post Apocalyptic and Old School Campaigns





Grab It Right
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There are times when a DM really needs a high level and sophiscated relic or artifact. This issue of the Wisdom From The Wastelands provides the DM with exactly those types of high level tools and gives even more options for a unique wasteland relic encounter during an adventure but there's more to it then that.
Many of the items in here were partially derived and created with material the appears in Goblinoid Games Advanced Companion as per earlier issues of Wisdom From the Wasteland in this series. It also means that much of this [...]

Rehab


Christmas Themed Adventures

When I went looking for a Christmas one-shot adventure, I was surprised to see there was not much content of any sort out there. Here is the list of what I was able to find. I’m hoping we can add our own adventure to this list shortly.

System Neutral
  • Krangle’s Workshop(PDF)–A seasonal encounter for five 10th-level adventurers
  • Penny Arcade – Christmas Eve D&D
D&D 4th Edition
  • A Christmas Carol(PDF) -- 2nd Level adventure for 2 PCs
  • Twas the Wight Before XMAS– Encounter Level 15
Other Ideas
  • Dark Wizard Santa
    Josh Lee wrote a description for the illustation I used on this post that paints Santa as the Big [...]

Making Passive Perception more Fun


I've had a love/hate relationship with D&D 5e Passive Perception since I first read the rule.  On the one hand, it's nice to have a simple way to resolve whether or not the PCs notice something without tipping your hand as a DM and calling for a WIS(Perception) Check.  On the other hand, the static nature of the Passive Perception takes some randomness out of the game that I miss.
When I design a dungeon, I don't want to know that the PCs will notice a secret door with a DC of 15 because of the highest Passive Perception [...]

Dropped some coin on the full Defender's Quest

I can’t think of any better way for a game to say “Welcome to Paid Content” than having a Red Dragon join your party. Ironically, the Red Dragon may be the weakest member of my party, given how hard I was grinding to get 3 stars on all of the Demo missions. One of the things I worried about was the subsequent missions might be too easy because I’d gotten my party up to around level 16 or so; fortunately those fears seem to be unfounded. Yeah, the 1 star missions will probably stay a cake-walk for a bit, but [...]

Positive Bullshit RE: 2014

After yesterday’s diatribe, I would love to look back and celebrate some of the cool shit that happened for tabletop role-playing games this year. First, the big items: D&D 5e Hit, and it Doesn’t Suck:The new edition of D&D is one I’m going to enjoy playing for some time.It gives us some cool new ideas [...]

Daily Punch 12-12-14 Dual Weapon Work quality for Shadowrun 5e

I have far to many players who want to dual wield guns. Let’s see if we can help them.

 

Dual Weapon Work

Cost: 15 karma per level (1 to 3 levels)

You like to shoot a lot almost as much as you like your two guns. It’s started to rub off on you. When you split your dice pool to make an attack, and the attack is a simple action, for every level of this feet add back 1/4 of the dice you split to both pool. As an example if you would roll 16 dice, and you make two weapon attacks with [...]

Hobbit 3: Rise of Legolas

ELVES!!!
I went to a matinee showing of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies yesterday, and I have opinions (after the cut)! 

Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers!
Honestly, I enjoyed myself. I will gladly admit that my taste in movies is abysmal -- I saw and enjoyed the Rock's Hercules flick and Bard the Bowman's Dracula Untold -- but I will also defend the right of people who work for a living in this heartless, neo-feudalist world to just simply enjoy themselves when they pay their ward-earned money to be entertained. Hobbit 3 may not be a great film -- [...]

Daily Punch 12-11-14 Dark Blessing feat for DnD 5e

How about a feat for your DnD 5e warlock?

 

Dark Blessing

You get a little extra from the master, for good or for ill. Gain the following benefits:

  • Increase your charisma by 1 to a maximum of 20.
  • Gain one extra EldritchInvocation

Thoughts?


Thinking About "Into the Odd"

I like looking at minimalist dungeon crawl rule sets, though I seldom would play them. “Into the Odd” by Chris McDowall may be an exception; it does what I want it to do, for the most part. Here are the changes I’d make off the bat:

  • One person said ranged attacks would be a Dex check to hit. I like that.
  • I’d likely use the light, encumbrance, and move stuff from “Crumbling Epoch.”

The rules get out of the way and provide resolution mechanics without being cumbersome. Fighting is fast and lethal and doesn’t mess around with armor class. Gear generation is delightful. [...]

Zeitgeist #6: Revelations from the Mouth of a Madman

Zeitgeist #6: Revelations from the Mouth of a Madman The first installment of the second […]

Urban Dressing: Borderland Town

Urban Dressing: Borderland Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series […]

Prestige Archetypes -- The Eldritch Knight

Prestige Archetypes – The Eldritch Knight This installment of the Prestige Archetype-series clocks in at […]

Encounter Balance

     Yet another thought provoking post over on Gnome Stew, this time on Encounter Balance in the game.  As my players will tell you, I stopped worrying about it.  I stopped worrying about it in reaction to their behavior several years ago in a 3.x campaign that lasted three or four years.  I was originally excited by the Challenge Rating concept and wasted much time calculating CRs for encounters; which isn't straight forward when the numbers of players showing up varies from three to fourteen.  I noticed occasionally players seemed to get frustrated when their character approached single digit hit points.  From [...]

But That's Not in the Rules

This morning, I had the chance to read the excellent article over at the Gnome Stew called The Real Issues With Encounter Balance. One part really stuck me was the following.


There is also a more recent trend, and one that I will attribute to the influence of d20, which is in the absence of rules, players often don't think they can perform certain actions.

This really got me to thinking. At first, I sort of tried to dismiss the it. After all, as gamers do we not try to think outside the box? Then It struck me as [...]

Throwback Thursday - Picturing The Hobbit

Tor.com has a fantastic article titled "Picturing The Hobbit" by Irene Gallo showing many interpretations of Tolkien's excellent tale 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!

Happy 75th Birthday, Michael Moorcock!

Happy birthday to Michael John Moorcock, one of the most influential fantasy and science fiction writers of all time, whose influence has permeated books, comics, films, music, art, roleplaying games, board games etc.

Zeitgeist Part 2: Invasion of Axis Island

What Went On Before: The special investigative team of the Royal Homeland Constabulary, defenders of the Kingdom of Risur, foiled an attempt to destroy the military's new warship and to assassinate the King, all in one act of sabotage. But they now have a powerful enemy: The Duchess Ethelyn, sister of the King, who tried to kill her brother and set back the cause of technology in the Kingdom.Dramatis Personae:
  • Odeal Hinthunter: Human investigative bard and Docker with just a hint of elven blood
  • Lilo: Deva and former gnome, recently reincarnated as a spirit medium and fey sorceress
  • Anna R. Chi:  Human follower of [...]
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