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Strange Stars Races- Savage Worlds Style, Baby- The Thrax

Continuing on the road of Savage Worlding the races from Trey Causey’s awesome Strange Stars. Today we look at the Thrax.



Not actual art from Strange Stars, but still a bad ass picture.


“The Alliance's greatest warriors are the thrax. A clone race created for conquest by a long-forgotten culture, they still structure their society along martial lines (SS, pg 10).” Here is a post by Trey about the Thrax.

Brute: Thrax have been engineered to be strong. They begin play with a d8 in Strength instead of a d4.

Monomolecular Blade: The most important possession to a thrax is their monomolecular blade, which [...]

Steal this New Map

After watching these videos , I started playing around and drawing up some topographical maps in photoshop. They aren't my typical style, but I think my first effort turned out pretty decent. So, here you go. Key up this map and use it for your game. The only thing I ask is that if you post it on your blog/Twitter/Google+/Facebook that you link back to here, or my Twitter, my Google+, or my

The Warlock's Journal is Coming

  The roving Warlock’s Journal is returning to Tales of a GM for April.   In the previous round of the Storm & Shield contest, Tessa Starwind was voted leader of the Inner Council.   For the fourth contest we turn our attention to Hanna Crip, arch-nemesis to Storm & Shield. What dastardly plot is …

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UD190: Indiana SB101 / Moving Gen Con Special

This week the Reverend Dr. Ron Galvin joins us to discuss SB101, Indiana’s "Freedon of Religion Act". In the first half of the episode we tackle the weighty issues of discrimination and theology.

Physicist Lisa has put together a pintrest page of the businesses that have firmly stated that they are against SB101.

Open For Service is putting together a directory of diversity friendly businesses.

Gen Con is asking if you have a positive or negative experience with local hospitality during Gen Con they want to hear about. Right now the contact is customerservice@gencon.com or 800-529-3976 ext. 3806

Here’s the list of midwest convention [...]

Awesome Raging Swan Press News

Over the weekend, something awesome happened at Raging Swan Press!


At the start of this month, welaunched a Patreon campaign with the stated aim of being able to offerour freelance designers a better rate of pay. Well, just yesterday, our 22nd patronpledged enough to get us over our first milestone! That’s amazing and incredible all in one go, and something for which I’m incredibly grateful.

This means, as of now–for newly contracted work–Raging Swan Press can begin to triple (!) its word rate for freelance game designers. As I’ve posted on my blog, the economics of 3rd party publishing are pretty harsh. [...]

Toilet Humour...

1d10 High Level Occult Finds Table For Your Old School Campaigns

There are finds out in the wastes that defy explanation and can 'change' the lives of those whose lives they enter. Here are few weird and more then slightly dangerous relics that can warp and perceive the very fate of those whose paths they come across. 1d10 High Level Occult Finds Table For Your Old School Campaigns A casket containing the fleshly remains of an ancient demon, the

Spirit of Air

The Spirit of Air inhabit windy cliffs, barren mountain tops and stormy forests. Though their name would imply otherwise, the Spirits of Air aren't heavenly creature, but the earthly servants of the divinities who have power over the winds and tempests. The Spirits are aware of their position in this hierarchy and their simian influence means that they're not above trickery over lowly mortals. The Spirits are easily offended, which is a bad thing when they have the ability to turn themselves into whirlwinds. Just be humble when you spot them and maybe you'll be okay.

 This is one [...]

So this happened ...

I cannot figure out how to watch the new season of Community in Canada and I am becoming very upset. I mean, just lOOk! 

Brainstorm Podcast - Episode 50 - Edition Wars! - Which Edition did i Call the Crystal Meth of Gaming?

Sometimes you forget what you said in the heat of the moment. Heck, I mostly forget what I said 5 minutes ago, let alone a week and a half ago.

This time, I called an edition of D&D the "crystal meth of gaming" and it would rot your mind and your teeth.

Overall, I think it's an excellent episode, but I probably should have avoided the "crystal meth" reference. Maybe I'll refer to heroin next time ;)

You can listen to +Vincent Florio , +Glen Hallstrom , +Ordo Monstrum (Sal) and myself give our opinions and have to defend them here at The Brainstorm Podcast site.

Dragon #131

Painting Hero Forge Mini -- Part 1

Here are the in-process pictures of my painting efforts for my Hero Forge Miniature of Griswald, my representation of my favorite AD&D character, from my brother Robert’s AD&D campaign. While I was at it, I also painted my miniatures that I have had from back in the day and not yet painted. I began with […]

Magic Item: Shakara's Items

I haven’t given you magic items in a while. So here arethe magic items of a powerful death knight named Shakara who died eons ago (or did she), and herfour items were sent to the corners of the world to prevent that much power from being controlled by any single person again.

Normal Melee Weapon (Battleaxe)

The giant gave it as a gift to the death knight after she slew his rival.

Cleave:Targets dealt damage by the axemust spend 1 additional AP to move their next turn.

Comb of Beauty

This black ivory comb has pearls set in gold. This item [...]

Magic Item: Sentinel Shield

I haven’t given you magic items in a while. So here arethe magic items of a powerful death knight named Shakara who died eons ago (or did she), and herfour items were sent to the corners of the world to prevent that much power from being controlled by any single person again.

Normal Melee Weapon (Battleaxe)

The giant gave it as a gift to the death knight after she slew his rival.

Cleave:Targets dealt damage by the axemust spend 1 additional AP to move their next turn.

Comb of Beauty

This black ivory comb has pearls set in gold. This item [...]

[Mutant Future] The Danforth Heli-Sub-Tank From "The Three Stooges In Orbit"

Required crew: Cabin holds three, though one can drive solo Top Speed: Ground 40 MPH; Sea 60 MPH; Air 100 MPH Cargo: 1,000 lbs. Structural HP: 50 HP Armor: AC 4 Weaponry: Plasma Cannon - 10d6 hp damage Designed by Professor Danford as an experimental military vehicle, the Heli-Sub-Tank is an all-terrain motorized conveyance that can travel via air, sea, and land. It can also achieve escape

The Official Unofficial Announcement - Old School Quarterly from InfiniBadger Press

Some of you may have heard rumblings, but I've been given the go ahead to make the official unofficial announcement (or it an unofficial official announcement) - +Jason Paul McCartan and his InfiniBadger Press label will be putting out a quarterly RPG magazine - Old School Quarterly or OSQ for short.

Jason has set a high bar - approximately 256 digest sized pages quarterly. He's damn close to having the content ready for Issue zero too. I do need to write my regular column - it's Kickstarter related. Who would have guessed? ;)

Print on Demand and PDF versions.

Oh, and it's not going to be solely D&D / D&D Clones either - if it's old school in nature, it very well [...]

Lankhmar the Dungeon Crawl Classics Way

Goodman Games announced at Gary Con that they have been granted a license to produce Lankhmar themed Dungeon Crawl Classics products. The Dungeon Crawl Classics role playing game is the first role playing game since the original D&D rules that has been expressly designed to capture the tone and feel of the fiction Gary Gygax highlighted in his famous Appendix N.

Most early post-D&D role playing games fell into three camps. They were either designed to be easier to play versions of D&D that shared some of the inspirations (Tunnels & Trolls falls into this category), designed to emulate more [...]

More RPG Card Decks Previews

We’ve made a couple of new updates to the RPG Card Decks Kickstarter. A couple of days ago we posted three new creature card samples. See one below:

And today we posted three new adventure cards. Here is one of them:

We think these cards look great and the quality should be good (one of the prior decks was nominated for an ENnie award). Please consider making a pledge!

Battlesystem Brawl -- Krutzworth Steelbelly

Say hello to Krutzworth Steelbelly! He's mycharacter for the Battlesystem Brawl -- coming this Sunday night at 7:30 to The Tome Show's Twitch channel.

PDF Character Sheet –Krutzworth Steelbelly

Krutzworth Steelbelly’s father, Malick, was a general in the army of allied earth forces who died in a battle against the forces of air, fire, and water. Since birth Krutzworth was weak and small, but tried to live up to the Steelbelly name. He found an ancient tome in his family’s crypt one night while praying to his father for strength. This book taught him the secrets of the arcane. He has sworn [...]

Giving Away a Free Print Copy of Sword for Hire / Blue Frog Tavern (Tunnels & Trolls Double Solo - US Only)

Thanks to the generosity of Tavern patron Vlark (a finer dwarf is hard to to find) and an extra copy being placed in a package by Flying Buffalo, we have a print copy of Sword for Hire / Blue Frog Tavern (Tunnels & Trolls double solo with a fairly complete version of the T&T 5e rules included.)

Vlark is willing to ship via media mail to any address in the United States, including Hawaii & Alaska.

If you are in the confines of the US and are looking to snag this, comment below. Tomorrow night, sometime after 8pm New York time I'll pick a random winner from the comments below.

Good luck to all :)

Zatannurday: Costume Designs

Digging through my back logs here and found a few images featuring various costume changes. I know she hasn't had the most (Wonder Woman is catching up in just last 3-4 years) but I have always liked how her "supers" costume is the same as some variation of her stage costume. So here are some official and some unofficial costume designs. Presentation by SaokoTai on DeviantArt Zatanna

Friday Night Videos: Eric Burdon, the Animals and War

Welcome once again to Friday Night Videos! Inspiration will sometimes come from the oddest places. Take for example the case of Eric Burdon, The Animals and War. I "discovered" Eric Burdon while going through a stack of old 45s back in my teens. The Animals' song "House of the Rising Sun" painted such an evocative picture for me that I was obsessed with it for years. Fast forward to the

Kickstart Your Weekend: Darkplane

Up this week is a new campaign setting in the vein of the great campaign settings of the 2nd edition of the world most popular fantasy RPG. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1509124610/darkplane-a-campaign-setting I think what attracted me first about Darkplane is really the art, it just has such a dream like sureality to it that it called to me. I like that despite the "darkness" of it

More Art in Progress

Here's a few samples of the interior of Unpleasant Encounters - a 48-page story sandbox with 25 mini-adventures. Thought I'd do something fun while waiting for more print proofs of the new color hardcovers of the Samaris companion and the Basic Game. Enjoy!

Athena I: Boosters Refit

Turns out I managed to send up empty boosters. So I took the opportunity to redesign them as well as my tug and send a new booster mission up.

More entirely entertaining docking!

Find the full playlist here!

Hoard of the Dragon Queen: Session #1- Where I Don't Bother Coming Up With A Clever Subtitle

Like I mentioned previously, my gaming group decided to abandon our quest for the Lost Mine of Phandelver and roll …

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Sidequest Saturday: Redemption

A sidequest for four to five 2nd-4th level PCs. INTRODUCTION Long ago Sir Regenold Baraman fought alongside his close friend and comrade, Sir Marak Moldune, in a glorious, legendary battle. Both men should great courage and fought with honor, but though their side won the day, it was only Regenold whom walked away from the […]

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History is Not Boring: Cool Stories That..

Something that I posted on the GH Forums, but I thought I'd mirror it here as it's kinda cool:

History is not Boring: Cool Stories That Actually Happened (Probably)

A common argument I hear in favor of fantasy literature and games is that real history is boring. I will here defend that not only is history not boring, but it is actually more interesting than anything we could come up with. One need only look at A Song of Ice and Fire to pick out the historical inspirations - Hadrian's Wall, the Protestant Reformation, the Angles conquest (really? [...]

The Trollish Delver has been around for six years!

This one completely slipped my mind due to being busy and also finding that doorway to another realm in my closet, but March 11th was this blog's sixth birthday. Six years old! 
I just wanted to take this time to thank all my readers for sticking with me, for commenting and for emailing. Also, for everyone who is doing amazing things with USR - whether it's playing it in their weekly game, using it as a teaching aid or creating new and wonderful materials for it, I'm honoured that people are still into my little game.
Anyway, raise [...]

Character Creation: Background Stories

A guest post by Ben J. Latham My character is a first level wizard. I met my fellow adventurers a bar. Sometimes, as a DM, you will encounter characters who have written the previous line as a background story. They may come to the table with a character sheet or stat table, but lack any...

Character Creation: Background Stories

A guest post by Ben J. Latham My character is a first level wizard. I met my fellow adventurers a bar. Sometimes, as a DM, you will encounter characters who have written the previous line as a background story. They may come to the table with a character sheet or stat table, but lack any...

Inside Game Of Thrones: The Stunts...

Strange Stars Races- Savage Worlds Style, Baby- Humans and Djgga

I am gearing up to run some Strange Stars(written by the sexy Trey Causey)with a small group of players in the near future (my GM burnout is starting to wane). I am looking forward to running this as a change of pace that my group and I normally go through- which is A) taking a break from fantasy; B) and going with a more pulp/action feel VS the gritty deadliness I was doing in our 5e campaign, or the ultra high 0ctane meat grinder that is Hubris.

My Strange Stars game will be heavily inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy, Star [...]

I Done Did a Podcast With Some Awesome Folks- Drink Spin Run- GM Burnout

I just did a podcast with the amazing Stacey Dellorfano, the super Donn Stroud, and the sexy Adam Muszkiewicz!

In part one we talked about what we are all drinking, spinning, and running.

In part two we talked about the sensitive subject of GM Burnout.

I want to thank Drink Spin Run for having me on! I had a blast! I’m looking forward to doing that again.


The Winners of Keys to the Computer Game Pillars of Eternity Are...

Time to award the keys to Pillars of Eternity that were generously donated by a patron of this very Tavern. Three cheers and hip hip hooray!

Key number one goes to - mwschmeer

Key number two goes to - erik johnson

I need the above to email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing and I'll get those keys to you.

Another giveaway coming up later today - this time it's in print, US only and generously donated by another patron of the tavern :)


Some days I'm very late coming to the gaming table; in this case last night about four A.M. I found this little gem of a pdf called Adding Unspeakable Horrors From Beyond The Stars To Your Game pdf. The download looks clean and there are some real gems in the rough to add into your OD&D game or retroclone system. This should work with Moldvay '81 OD&D but with Labyrinth Lord, Swords and

Updated Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox Refsheets

I’ve created what I think is a better looking version of my Swords & Wizardy WhiteBox Reference Sheets. I based it on the excellent open document format BFRPG supplements, with two columns, and even added a few public-domain bits of artwork. I kept it to two pages of what I think are the most-used tables, but let me know if you can think of anything that would be useful to add. I’ve been thinking of incorporating my underworld random encounter tables to a longer version.

Ex-RPGNet Reviews -- Power Kill: A Roleplaying Metagame by John Tynes

Tagline: Power Kill questions some of the unspoken assumptions behind our entertainment in a pithy, biting, and utterly provocactive way.

Hogshead Publishing has, in my mind at least, successfully exploded without ever letting us hear the bang. As of this writing they are producing Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying, SLA Industries, and the developing New Style line of RPGs (including Baron Munchausen, Puppetland, and Violence). If you haven't heard of these, it is quite possible that you've been dead for the last two years.

(FYI: It's March of 2000. Check with friends and families if you're missing time. Besides temporary death, you may have [...]

Halcyon Fantasy - a USR concept game

Halcyon Fantasy

The core concept behind Halcyon Fantasy is to emulate the feeling of playing old school fantasy games using the USR engine. Consider this an 'OSR' game for USR. It's all about dungeon delving, getting loot and killing monsters.

Download the free USR 2.0 rules to get started.

Character Creation

Feel free to random roll 1d4 a character archetype, or pick for yourself:

1. Warrior
2. Mage
3. Thief
4. Priest

Warrior: Stout and hardy - great in a fight. You will be on the frontline, hacking at whatever gibbering creature you're [...]

The Week In Superhero TV...

The Flash - Out Of Time: Back after a short break, The Flash delivered quite possibly its most impressive episode to date - which is saying a lot for such a top flight show. It kicked off with Spartacus himself, Liam McIntyre, turning up as the new Weather Wizard seeking revenge on whoever killed his brother way back (six months earlier 'in universe') in the Pilot. Meanwhile, it's starting

D&D Campaign Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the poll for your input about magic in our upcoming D&D 5th Edition game will be closing in just a few days. Next Up will be what races we will be using. check back Tuesday for next month's poll to weigh in.

Flaming Centipedes of Doom!

Adventure, adventure and more adventure. That's what we have for you today. Fight a flaming centipede on behalf of the Dragon King, challenge the forces of the Abyss on behalf of humanity or build your own epic encounters. All this and more in today’s epic post. Inspired in Japan Last week we met with a […]

wideawake ep0 : Bliss Stage

Starting a Bliss Stage mini-chronicle with Marc, Meloy, Che and Rocky.  We're tremendously excited to get started and we've already begun world-building and mapping out the characters we are to play.  For our game, I decided to create two sheets to help facilitate play better.

The first is the GM Mission sheet, which easily allows the players to see later where the Fate dice can be assigned to see how a mission unfolds.

The second is the character sheet, with areas for each character (Pilot, Anchor and Support cast) as well as a nice area [...]

A Viking Adventure Kickstarter: Into the Wintery Gale

AdventureAWeek.com isknownfor amazing adventure modules that captivate PCs and give GMs an epic saga within which to tell their own tales of heroism, redemption, or whatever it is they're about. Most of these are extremelycollaborative works and while many innovations and wonderful encounters are designed in this fashion, it's extremely rare---almost unheard of!---for a single […]

The post A Viking Adventure Kickstarter: Into the Wintery Gale appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

An exploding damage die for GURPS?

Some of the recent threads and comments about armor as dice have led me to think about alternate ways to get what I want out of Armor as Dice - less variable penetration so that if you armor rated for X (and GURPS defines X as 3.5 points per die for both penetration and resistance), and a bullet hits you with basically less energy than X, it won't go through.

Some of these distinctions don't seem like much, or important. And to a certain extent, they're very much not. If you have (say) a DR 8 bullet resistant vest, in theory it should be proof against a .45 ACP (2d pi+) but not a 9mm (2d+2 pi).

Turning to AnyDice (and we'll be doing that a lot this post) we see that the .45ACP will punch through DR 8 with 1 point or more of damage potential remaining just over 27% of the time in round numbers. The 9mm, which should always go through, will go through 58% of the time.

This is very easy to rationalize. Poor angles, uncertain coverage, and other variables make armor less certain. The tendency to treat an armored vest as if it fully covers the entire torso (a legit simplification) makes the push to make every thing just work out neatly less mandatory.

Still, players buy armor to buy protection, and some armors really are that good. The "solution" tends to be "if you want full protection in a gamist [...]

Hypothetical "Other Strangeness" Mutant Animal Derivation Listing

Here's the general listing of animals I'll be using for Other Strangeness... I know there are gaps in the list, I'm just trying to make sure I cover most of the interesting types. Are there any cool animals you'd like to see that I've left out? Note that some of these animals have been detailed far more than others, and some have outdated verb sets attached to them because they were added to the list earlier.

VERTEBRATESMammalsAardvark -- [claws], [burrowing], [good smell], [small x1]Agouti -- [], [small x2]Ape -- []Armadillo -- [hard armour], [], [small x1]Baboon -- [], [small [...]

Fantasy Safari: Monster Manual (D&D 3rd Ed.), Part 1

To me, and probably lots of other people my age and younger, the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Monster Manual is clearly the one and only true monster book. It was the one I started with and unlike the later monster books for the edition, it had all the normal monsters, like orcs, goblins, ogres, owlbears, manticores, yuan-ti, beholders, gelatinous cubes and so on. Well “normal” for Dungeons & Dragons. But it also had quite a number of creatures that always made me think “did anyone ever use this?” and that never seemed to make any appearances in any other [...]

Empire of Imagination - Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons

I've just been made aware of an upcoming book, Empire of Imagination, all about one of the father's of Dungeons and Dragons, Gary Gygax. This book promises to be 'a comprehensive biography of the mythic icon among geek and gaming culture, Gary Gygax - and the complete story behind the invention of Dungeons & Dragons.'

That's quite a bold claim, but from what I see it's a claim that the author, Michael Witwer, appears to be able to deliver on and the detail he's going into - from birth to untimely end - is astounding. Besides that, the AD&D-inspired [...]

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - The Folio #2, EZPainter, & Descent: Underground

It has been funded but there is still time to get in on "The Folio #2, 1E & 5E Module Launch!" Kickstarter project from Scott Taylor.  Learn more here.

Also. have a look at the "EZPainter - Miniature painting tutorials" Kickstarter project by Arthur Charles here.

Finally, it's only half way home with two weeks to go, have a look at the "Descent: Underground" Kickstarter project by Descendent Studios here.

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup on CreativeMountainGames.com Keeping an eye on those Kickstarter & IndieGoGo
projects plus other crowdfunding efforts.Please Like, Share, Plus, Tweet, Follow, and Comment!

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