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Flash Point: Fire Rescue

It seems that January put me on a Kickstarter mood.  We covered the ENWorld and The Dice Tower Kickstarters, and yesterday's post is about a Kickstarter project that was successfully funded in May of last year: the open beta test of the Pathfinder-based steampunk RPG Pure Steam.  Flash Point, believe it or not, is also the result of a Kickstarter project and one awesome cooperative game.

If you follow this blog you know how much I enjoyed Pandemic and how highly I recommend it.  Flash Point: Fire Rescue is published by Indie Boards and Cards, and while the mechanics of its beginner/family game are much simpler than Pandemic's, the game is just as much fun and probably more challenging than Pandemic.  Let me put this last statement in perspective: while I have won several games of Pandemic in normal mode, I have yet to win one of [...]

Only hours to go on the Inkwell Ideas Kickstarter!

This is seriously your LAST CHANCE to get in on this Kickstarter! With only hours to go, this is some...

Lords of Waterdeep

As a lover of Dungeons & Dragons, and since I have loved all the Wizards of the Coast boardgames hat have been released so far, getting Lords of Waterdeep was pretty much an instinctive reaction more than an informed decision.

Sc-Fi Vehicle Mesh on Turbosquid

Lots of nice views of the same mesh.

The sci-fi vehicle mesh used in the illustrations for the Tigress Exploration Vehicle RPG supplement is now available for purchase on the Turbosquid site. TurboSquid is a digital media supply company headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The company sells custom-built and stock 3D models used in 3D graphics to a variety of industries, including computer games, architecture, and interactive training. The company is most known for brokering the sale of 3D models in return for a percentage of the sales. As of 2011, TurboSquid had over 225,000 3D models in its [...]

Mech armour edges in 3D for my sci-fi RPG supplement

Another status update on how I’m doing in Blender with the latest mesh. I’m still a long way from done on the new mecha model, but I’m starting to tidy up some of the edges of the armour. On my last model, for the Tigress Exploration Vehicle supplement, I just left the model as 'solid shaded' but the angles look like folded paper, not the welded edges of thick armour, and that just won’t do for this titanic brute. This mecha is going to be able to go toe to toe with tough opponents and so it needs to look [...]

Giant mecha before domed city for sci-fi RPGs

The giant mech now has a name. It’s called the Harraser, at least for now, and it is standing guard in front of a domed city. That’s the city in the background of the shot. It is my latest role-playing games project, and it is destined for use with the Mecha Clash game. It might even be the new cover mech, if it turns out as cool as I’m imagining it. I think I’ll have to tone down the Mars-like redness of the planet the mecha is stomping around on though.

The robot is going to have a lot of flat [...]

Off the Shelf: Law Books

From time to time adventurers may find themselves in libraries and other places where books can be found. Some players will want to know exactly what's on those shelves, so with that in mind, Off the Shelf consists of lists of book titles for the referee to use in rolling or choosing exactly what the adventurers find.

Law books may be found on the shelves of lawyers, magistrates, bureaucrats, burghers, and members of a bishop's curia as well as some merchants and bankers. Roll 1D6 for the number of books, then roll 1D20 for the individual titles. Duplicate rolls may [...]

Raging Swan Press releases Dungeon Dressing: Sarcophagi

This week, Raging Swan Press is proud to announce the release of Dungeon Dressing: Sarcophagi a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible GM's RESOURCE by David Posener

Dungeon Dressing: Sarcophagi  is backed by Raging Swan's Money Back Guarantee

Tired of dungeons …

Google Communities

The problem with Google+ used to be that joining it gave you nothing. You needed to circle some people. Those people could potentially read what you wrote. For them to actually see it in their stream, however, they would have to circle you back. Alternatively, you could just post for all to see, but that doesn’t announce yourself to others, thus they won’t circle you, thus they’ll never see you in their stream.

Now, if you keep posting to your circles, and somebody new stumbles upon your profile, they see nothing. If you did not any public posts, then there’s nothing to see. That’s why people kept saying that you had to list your interests on your profile for others to figure out which circle to put you in. Hopefully you would in turn—based on their posts you saw—put them in the appropriate circles. This situation was better if you posted publicly, but it also tended to annoy some people: they just want to see posts on a particular topic, not see your political ranting and all that.

I sent Google feedback saying that I wanted to announce some of my circles on my profile such that people would automatically know how to sign up for them. Instead, we got Communities.

I think that in addition of working like instant forums, Communities can work just as I intended. Here’s how: Pick a circle like RPG. Instead of posting to the circle, post to the RPG Community. Tell others that this is what you are doing, eg. on your profile. The others add you to their circle and join the RPG Community. Now they’ll see your RPG posts without ever going to the Community. In fact, neither you nor they will ever “look at the Community”. All you’re doing is tagging the [...]


These days my players are exploring the Forgotten Depths. I added Tower of the Changer (from Metal Earth). It mentions Dilvashti the Carrion-Sculptor (from Planet Algol). Looking at my campaign and the existing Frankenstein arts, I decided that a level 14 Vivimancer using Theorems & Thaumaturgy (from The City of Iron) would be ideal.

What can I say? Some of the best stuff out there is free. Thank you, RPG bloggers!

Also, my blog needs more metal.

Tags: RPG Old School

Spears of the Dawn

African-flavored fantasy adventure gaming The PDF for backers of Kevin Crawford’s Spears of the Dawn is done! It was on Kickstarter: “Spears of the Dawn, an African-inspired old-school RPG from the maker of Stars Without Number.”

I just leafed through it and I liked what I saw! It makes me want to add an African-inspired section to my campaign right now.

I liked the art. The pieces fit together, had a unified style, made me want to play or meet those characters.

Remember, I didn’t read those 180 pages. But some of my impressions regarding the rules: standard six attributes but smaller modifiers: 3 → -2; 4--7 → -1; 14--17 → +1; 18 → +2. There are four cultures with half a page of background followed by a large number of interesting one-paragraph character backgrounds that grant you a number of skills. Skills go from 0--4. I’m not a big friend of skill systems, but it doesn’t bother me too much.

There are four classes: warriors (fighters) and three classes with magical abilities---griots (bards), marabouts (clerics) and ngangas (magic users).

The “fighters” have access to a very simple feat system. I’m no friend of the feats in D&D 3.5 or Adventure Conqueror King, but this system here only takes a single page and doesn’t constitute a feat tree and only concerns fighters. I think this works for me.

There are three kinds of “bard” songs (minor, great, ancient) and characters get access to the more powerful variants at 4th and at 7th level. I like the simplicity of the system. The effects of these songs persists for as long as they are being sung.

The “clerics” can invoke miracles (spells) from a variety of spheres. They are spontaneous casters with a certain number of miracles/day limit. Each sphere comes with a list of spells. Thus, by gaining access to more [...]

Raging Swan Press Dungeon Dressing: Sarcophagi

This week, Raging Swan Press is proud to announce the release of Dungeon Dressing: Sarcophagi a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible GM's RESOURCE by David Posener

Dungeon Dressing: Sarcophagi  is backed by Raging Swan's Money Back Guarantee

Tired of dungeons …

winter warrior ... sci-fi edition! :D

a sketch of an atomic sniper of the r7 battalion ...her rifle while it looks primitive is actually powered by an atomic core ^^;...and of course shoots atomic bullets :w00t:-might be good for a traveller/steampunk game
atomic sniper of the r7 battalion ...standing outside moscow  ! 

The Adventures of Elric

Last night I went to some effort to update the Elric Darme page on the navigation bar. You can now find the first forty-two entries of my play-by-post adventure, neatly organized and summarized for your convenience. You’ll find Elric Darme if you go to Roles > Elric Darme on the navigation bar. That wasn’t too hard, was it?

Going through the old game posts, I’m reminded the reasons I totally cut off communication with our game master. The guy was a complete tool. I’m sure he could be quite better now, reformed even. He could regret his actions and want a [...]

Purple Mountain III: The Feasting

By Thilo Graf

This module from Purple Duck Games is 44 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1.5 pages SRD, leaving us with 40.5 pages of content for this module, so let's check this out!

This being …

Deviant Friday - It's a Free For All!

Looking for a quick post this fine Friday, so I thought I'd show off a few recent deviations at deviantArt that I enjoyed. If you like them, be sure to visit the artist and maybe consider purchasing a little something (assuming they're selling).

The BEST kind of party! by ~JoelRCarroll on deviantART
Pirate by *rogercruz on deviantART
Battle fragment by ~gugu-troll on deviantART
Vengeance is mine by *Scebiqu on deviantART
the Dragon Slayer by =travisJhanson on deviantART

Fantastic Maps -- Trader's Warf

This installment of Jonathan Robert's Fantastic Maps series is 35 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page how-to use, leaving 33 pages for the maps, so let's take a look!

With a Bullet Point: 5 Hellfire Feats

All right, you know the drill by now: 4 pages, no frills, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 2 pages of content for 5 feats that harness the power of hellfire (as pioneered in SGG's excellent genius Guide to Hellfire Magic), so what do they do?

Children of the Hammer

This pdf from Storm Bunny Studios is 30 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let's take a look, shall we!

The Citadel Beyond the North Wind

By Thilo Graf

This module is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page of advertisement, leaving us with a total of 35 pages of content, so let’s check this out!

This …

Treasures of NeoExodus: Raindrop

This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page item-cards, 1 page SRD/editorial - let's check this out!

Towers of Krshal and Terminal Space are back on Lulu!

Good news - Towers of Krshal and printed version of Terminal Space are back on Lulu. Moreover, due to the shitty quality of translation of Terminal Space I decided to lower the price of the print to ten bucks.

Printed version of Towers of Krshal
PDF version of Towers of Krshal

Terminal Space print

[Friday Map] Holtor's Retreat

I’ve been working on some commission pieces for the last while, thus the relative silence on the blog. As part of this, I also took a shot at trying out alternate fills – particularly inspired by some pieces by Gus over at Dungeon of Signs.

Anyways, since I’ve been busy, I let Jen choose which map to scan for today, and she picked Holtor’s Retreat even though neither she nor I are happy with the results of the alternate fill.

Holtor’s Retreat

Holtor’s Retreat was drawn in a single draft using a cheap-as-hell 0.7mm nib black gel pen on commercial bark-paper in the Oak King (my new mapping book). It was scanned and contrast-enhanced in the Gimp and is presented here for your enjoyment and use in your games and blogs as long as you give me credit and use it exclusively for non-commercial purposes.

Commercial licenses for my work are available upon request.

If you like Holtor’s Retreat and similar maps, check out Dyson’s Delves, a book of my maps and adventures that I sell through LuLu to pay for the time I dedicate to the blog and for the internet connectivity required to do so.

Mom is home

Hooray!  She is back home and trying to rest, but not having a lot of success on that front. She's 73 and the body doesn't bounce back from trauma at that age.

My hands have been pretty full keeping the two youngest, neediest, most affectionate of our dogs from jumping up on her and licking her face. Any impact to her head or neck would be very, very bad at this point.

They're all taking a nap at the moment, so the house is quiet. Let's see how long that lasts.

Music -- Lords of Bukkake, Alucarda

Pendraken painting Competition 2013 starts today!

You’ll be pleased to know that the Penraken annual painting comp officially starts today, and as you can imagine there are some great incentives for taking part, loads of prizes and potential bragging rights up for grabs! I’ll be entering in a few categories (hopefully if I get it all sorted in time) and I [...]

[Campaign Seed] Doctor Who: The Meddling Monk

There’s one pretty common complaint I hear fairly regularly about the possibility of playing in a Doctor Who campaign that, while I don’t necessarily agree with, I understand. I’ve often heard it said that his story is already told/unfolding. We know how the first 10 Doctors regenerated, so it’s hard to tell new stories without stepping on some creative toes.If that’s something you and your players aren’t comfortable with, consider the Meddling Monk.The Monk has an interesting place in Doctor Who lore. He was the first other Time Lord we ever met in the series, but unlike basically every other [...]

M is for Magic

I had earlier indicated my desire to discuss/share my Map for the letter M, and discuss magic under S for Sorcery.  I'm updating my plan, because the map is taking much longer to get done than I hoped, and I don't want this series to languish without updates for that long.  I'll get the map out there soon--I am working on it already--although it might not end up being part of the A TO Z challenge after all.

The mundane, regular world is the natural world. Things that happen here tend to happen for natural reasons. In this regard, the [...]

Even zombies have mothers too...

Zombie Mom (1). Ok, as you can see today, I have been highlighting a few miniatures from around the net, there are lots of great figures out there, so it’s very easy to let some good things slip past, this being one. So, yes I do realise that some would find the whole premise of [...]

D&D Next: Bionic Bigfoot

I've been prepping a game for my 11 year old son and my 8 year old daughter.  I decided to work up a companion for them and settled on it being a sasquatch (we all watch Finding Bigfoot every sunday night).  I mentioned it to my son and he said, "Dad, what if bigfoot was a robot?".  First, pride filled my chest because the only thing cooler than a bigfoot was a robotic bigfoot, and second my mind went to The Six-Million Dollar Man.
Bionic Bigfoot  Large Construct
Armor Class 13Hit Points 42 (6d10 + 12) Speed 45 ft., climb 45 ft.Senses darkvision 50 [...]

Friday Question

Cutting to the quick with the question.  How many games can you comfortable play in, in a week?

For a while I was in a Monday Night GURPS game and a Wednesday night Weird Adventures game.  That was pushing it for me.  I loved playing both games.  We tried to make a hard deadline for quitting time, but once you get jazzed up from the game that time seems to slide on you.  So the late nights were tough.  Early mornings, difficult work makes for a very tired worker. 

Currently I'm just with the Monday GURPS group.  Ken is purposing [...]

Cleric Have to Choke A Birch

It started to get pretty bad. Our game master was on a serious power-trip by this point. He led our party out to the middle of nowhere in the wilderness and then nearly killed one of the characters we needed for our adventure – then in the next scene proceeded to undermine that character’s entire purpose (lead us to the druids).

We were then forced to watch helplessly as our companions transformed into hybrid creatures, unable to do anything to help them. Trapped by a magical barrier, we were then unable to leave, and the game master’s pet NPC proceeded to [...]

February already? And a look back over January.

The first month of 21013 just seemed to fly by! We hope it has gone well for you. Now we begin February, which gets its name from Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa performed at this time of year. The Romans considered February an ill-fortuned month which is why it is shorter than the others. We return to the theme 0f curses, cursed items, ill-fortune and, perhaps, defense against such terrible things here in February.

As usual, suggestions, comments and ideas are welcome.

What was published on the journal in January, 2013:


More Cyberpunk Inspiration, for those that [...]

10 Ranged combat Criticals


  1. Your arrow whistles through the air and hits your opponent in the chest. He suddenly inhales and staggers to maintain his balance. You see him looking at the ground with a blank stare as he attempts to regain focus on his surroundings.
  2. The target winces in pain as the shot grazes their thigh and embeds itself in the floor behind.
  3. You curse as your shot goes wide, but your enemy dodges a thrust from a comrade and dances right into your arrow. You hear a yelp of pain as the arrow lodges itself into the enemy's shoulder.
  4. You slowly squeeze the trigger and [...]

Daily Cosplay

Fanticide Blood Trees have given me ideas...

[TMP] Fanticide: Blood Tree Warband Arrives. I spotted this on TMP and was quite impressed actually. A tree/plant based army has always interested me for something quirky to collect, and this seems to add more fuel to my fire! I didn’t want yet another project/collection for this year (Hell, I’m still painting Orcs and gobbos [...]

Group Template Goes Live!

“setting video camera for Mt Fuji shot” by Brian Lockwood via Flickr

No matter which gaming group I’ve played with in the past few years, the Group Template mechanic has featured prominently in each campaign. Ever since Chase introduced it to me (and you), after the guys at Fear the Boot introduced it to you (and Chase), our collective RPG circles have milked the hell out of it to build and coalesce our parties prior to rolling dice, and sometimes even before character creation itself.

At times, the Group Template has grown an intricately woven team of adventurers, bent on honor and [...]

Roleplaying: Apathetic Neutral

Quoted from Game Master
“Last time I remember it is the predator that eats the prey, not the other way around. As far the prison…”

Quoted from Player
“…wh… what? what do you mean”

Elric interjects.

Brother Darme, to Elena
I think what Zikn here is telling us is that he is unwilling to help us.

I suggest that the moment this barrier releases us, we return whence we came and try one of our alternatives. The druids are “neutral” and they’ll only help a cause that they find to be “worthy.” Now, if they were truly interested in doing some good in the [...]

Quick Shout Out - Curse of the Weaver Queen by Tim Kask

Always on the lookout for some early 80's and late 70's  adventure gaming vibe this caught my eye.
This one just hit the shelves this week and I'm going to be reviewing a copy of it and running it. This looks very nice with a lethal rating of 80%, it looks to be quite the dungeon delve. There's a campaign introduction feel to this one. The intro tells a bit of the background.
The lunar goddess Arianhrod presides over the great wheel of life. But centuries ago, some saw the Wheel as a Web: a spider's web. And so [...]

Hasbro Announces 10% Workforce Cut

From the Boston Globe:

Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro, whose brands include Monopoly and Nerf, has about 5,500 employees worldwide. A 10 percent workforce cut would put about 550 people out of work.While Hasbro said consumer demand was softer than it expected over the holidays, the season was expected to be tough. This was in part because retailers were ordering inventory more cautiously.
Spokesman Wayne Charness said that the job cuts will all be this year and will occur globally, with no particular business groups targeted.He said that the facility consolidations could result in some closures but was not specific [...]

Armor Up

Pegaso Models

Word of the Day -- Benison

No, it's not a weird type of deer meat. :-)  Benison actually means a blessing, or benediction.  "Benison" and its synonym "benediction" share more than a common meaning; the two words come from the same root, the Latin "benedicere," meaning "to bless." ("Benedicere" comes from the Latin "bene dicere"---"to speak well of"---a combination of the Latin "bene," meaning "well," and "dicere," to say.) Of the two words, "benediction" is more common today, but "benison" has a longer history in English. Records show that "benison" has been used in our language since the early 14th century. "Benediction" didn't appear in print [...]

Turtles in Time - April O'Neil and Casey Jones

Continuing with my Doctor Who/TMNT mash-up I give you Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space stats for the Turtles closest human allies, April O'Neil and Casey Jones.

Name: April O'Neil

Species: Human
Home Tech Level: 5 - 21st Century
Personal Goal: Not be a damsel
Story Points: 12

Awareness 3   Coordination 3
Ingenuity 4     Presence 4
Resolve 4        Strength 3

Attractive, Boffin, Friends, Photographic Memory,  Technically Adept

Adversary (Minor), Distinctive, Impulsive, Insatiable Curiosity  

Athletics 1,  Convince 2, Craft 3,  Fighting  3,  Subterfuge 2, Technology 4, Transport 2

Background: April [...]

The Elric Saga: Tragedy or Comedy?

"Tragedy is when something bad happens to you. Comedy is when you expected a different result."
--Lawrence McDonnell

"You will find little that's cuddly in these books and they probably fail to offer the consolations found in most heroic fantasy, since they're essentially tragedies and Elric is often described as an anti-hero." 
--Michael Moorcock, Introduction to Elric: The Song of the Black Sword. 

I just finished re-reading the two omnibuses, Elric: The Song of the Black Sword and Elric: The Stealer of Souls.  I first read these when I was a teenager. Back then I thought Elric was [...]

Red Tails

Explaining D&D

Click Here for explanation of D&D with naughty words.
I have a legitimate post planned for later today, but I just stumbled across this wonderful tool for explaining D&D to those who don't understand it... as long as those people aren't offended by naughty words.
Tip o' the hat to the Obsidian Portal Facebook page for succeeding on their spot check first.

Dream Chaser Coming Online

The commercial aircraft Dream Chaser will be ready for flight in 2016, but its being tested in the next few weeks with its first drop test from 12000 feet. Dream Chaser will carry 6-8 passengers into space, to any orbital platform.
With a little luck we'll  have ourselves some hotels in space and we head up to the Great Empty and enjoy the Blue dot from above!

If I had all the time in the World...

BFRPG Day had me begin to wander as to what I would like to do, if I could  (A) Overcome my Gamer ADD (B) Stop being so lazy and (C) had more time.

What I have been considering is how to get use out of all my OSR games and the like.

I have been considering that it would be really kewl if I ran a setting or campaign with each OSR game I own. So basically each rule set would become a world or setting that I would use exclusively.

Swords & Wizardry: The Home rule set for Ganth. [...]

"Your pickle wife, while beautiful, is a gopher."

Auberon Crane puts the mayor of Illmarsh in his place.[1]

[1] That gem floated up out of my deep memory last night. As it was uttered during the great recap hiatus, I must ensure its existence outside the Twittersphere.
Tagged: campaigns, carrion crown, fantasy, pathfinder, quotes, Role-Playing Games

Kickstarter Final 2 days Contest!

Greetings!  We are in our final 2 days of our Kickstarter project for the Codex Celtarum.  We want to get the word out to as many people as possible so we thought we would have a contest.  We are going to give away 1 FREE PDF of any of our books available on RPGNow, be it the Players Handbook, the Castle Keepers Guide, or an adventure -- any one item you want, you can have it if you win the contest.  Here's how it works. Copy and Paste the following message on twitter:

#castlesandcrusades #kickstarter Final 2 Days kck.st/WOy1P7 Thanks & Please [...]
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