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Shakespeare Sunday -- The Scripts: Merchant of Venice

As with the other ASR scripts prepared for the Complete Readings of William Shakespeare, the full script presents the complete play. The conflated script, on the other hand, is what we use in actual performance. The conflated script is uncut, but does contain the role conflation which allows us to perform plays which have 30-50 roles with casts of 10-15 actors.

MERCHANT OF VENICE – FULL SCRIPT

MERCHANT OF VENICE – CONFLATED SCRIPT

The textual history of The Merchant of Venice, while paling in comparison to the tangle of Hamlet, is nevertheless something of a muddle. The confusion in this case arises almost [...]

Post Gary Con



This was my first Gary Con and I had a blast!  I've been meaning to go for years and I only live about an hour and a half from Lake Geneva but I just am now getting the chance to go.  It's been a while since I've really played any games outside of Dungeon! so that was really nice.

I pretty spent the whole time war gaming instead of role playing but I walked around and looked in on a lot of the rpgs.  Next time I go I'll get some role-playing in,

I was signed [...]

Psychedelic Assassin Squad, Bring it On!

Review #82 -- Free Video Game
Psychedelic Assassin Squad, Bring it On!
In honor of the first non-periodic month-long event at the Warehouse, Dazzling March, I'll show you a game that would be at home between those brightly colored adventures.
This is the point where I usually write a small paragraph about who your character is, but it doesn't apply here. As far as I can tell, you are an assassin. Sorry, I'd like to be more helpful.
So let's talk about gameplay, then. It's a first person shooter, and a very simple one at that. And don't let the [...]

Wundervale



Along with a set of rules, The Adventurer's Handbook offers a setting called Wundervale.  The map provided in the book is rather unsightly, so I was compelled to create a less unsightly map that I present above.  (The map in the book shows "Elf Wood's.")

The first human settlers arrived in Wundervale "less than a century ago" and began the process of deforestation.  According to the book:
          About 50,000 people live in the populated regions.
          Myboro is the largest settlement, numbering about 2,500 souls inside its walls.  It is the county capital as well, and [...]

Tech Review & Copy Edit Services Available

Are you a game designer or developer that needs an up and coming project reviewed from a technical perspective (rules compliance, continuity, sound concepts, etc) or are you in need of a copy editor? I am available for hire. My rates and/or product compensation is fair, I’m speedy and my work is high quality! Please email me atrollingboxcarsblog@gmail.comif you would like to discuss a project.

Previous projects include:

  • A soon to be released Labyrinth Lord module by Joe Johnston ofTask Boy Games
  • Early rules continuityeditor and playtester for Fields of DespairbyKurt Keckley and being published by GMT Games
  • Rule continuityeditor for Operation Dauntless [...]

Been a Busy Afternoon


I spent the afternoon going through a batch of my micro-adventures, reformatting some of the so I could print them out in some form of hard copy.  On the table is about half or what needs to get done.  The different formats I have currently are laminated 4" x6" note cards, laminated half-sheets and the one is a full sheet that's laminated.  In a addition to those, I also have the one page fold over (card stock folded in half) and not pictured here is a small zine.

The Whisk was a giant help.  She worked at one [...]

The Silent Legions Art Pack has been released for Free to the Public for Personal and Commercial Use


+Kevin Crawford , the man behind Sine Nomine Publishing and perhaps best known for Stars Without Number, has released the art pack from his most recent Kickstarter - Silent Legions - into the hands of the public.
The Silent Legions Art Pack is a free collection of 56 black-and-white line images and one color cover first used in the Silent Legions Lovecraftian horror RPG. As part of the successful Kickstarter campaign, I arranged to buy full rights to the art from the original artists, allowing me to release it for free personal and commercial use by other publishers. You are welcome to use these images for your own creation, whether for personal use or commercial products. As a matter of courtesy, I ask that you credit [...]

Neon Sanctum RPG Kickstarter Interview with Adam Waite

A little over a week ago the Kickstarter for Neon Sanctum, an RPG set in a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk world, launched and it's already nearing the half-way point of its funding goal with around three weeks left to go. We here at Dorkland have managed to sit down with Adam Waite of Grenade Punch Games, developers of Neon Sanctum, for a little interview about the game and its Kickstarter.

Lankhmar for Dungeon Crawl Classics!

 GaryCon, Goodman Games has announced that they will produce a Lankhmar supplement for Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG.
I've always been a fan of Lankhmar, it was one of my favorite parts of ADnD 2E and it was a huge inspiration for Jarlsburg.

While I do like the DCC RPG, I'll probably pick this up to use with my 2E sourcebook and either merge it into Jarlsburg or run a game set in Lankhmar sometime in the future.

I'm happy a quality company like Goodman Games will be working on this.

Unboxing Star Wars: Armada

New heights of jealousy can now be yours!

Watch @watanabe2k unbox Star Wars Armada.

Maybe bring a bib.

Athena I: Transfer Stage

The last of the parts of the Athena Science Lander, hopefully. And hopefully the last docking video for a while, at least until I get some kind of add-on…

See if you can spot my Scott Manley impression!

Find the full playlist here!

Change.org Petition -- Change Venue of Gen Con to Ohio

Due to recently enacted legislation in Indiana, a new petition has been posted at Change.org proposing a move of Gen Con from Indianapolis to Ohio. Gen Con has been in Indianapolis since 2003 and has signed an extension with Visit Indy through 2020. Here is the text from the petition page: With the new law...

Change.org Petition -- Change Venue of Gen Con to Ohio

Due to recently enacted legislation in Indiana, a new petition has been posted at Change.org proposing a move of Gen Con from Indianapolis to Ohio. Gen Con has been in Indianapolis since 2003 and has signed an extension with Visit Indy through 2020. Here is the text from the petition page: With the new law...

Realism in RPGs Redux

When people badmouth realism in RPGs, they’re usually complaining about one of two things: unwarranted complexity or endless arguments over the facts of the matter. Sometimes both, tossing in nobody actually wants it anyway, or it’s pointless to discuss realism in games where there are things like dragons and magic. Reality, though, is the bedrock on which all RPGs lie, because the world and scope of action in RPGs is radically under-determined by the rules. Players have complete freedom of action in a wide-open world, and in order to function they (and the GM) need some starting point: reality is [...]

My First Star Wars RPG Radio Drama

I have decided to try my hand at writing my kids' latest role-playing session as a radio drama using techniques learned from reading Michael J. Straczynski's The Complete Book of Screenwriting. Garrett Crowe of the Threat Detected podcast aired this as written some time ago and did a masterful job, too! It was an excellent experience for me. I hope that you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

THE LOST TEMPLE

Release the Kraken!

MUSIC: THEME MUSIC/BREAKOUT

SOUND: STARSHIP ENGINE HUM

SOUND: SOLDIER FOOTSTEPS ON METAL FLOOR IN DECRESCENDO

SOUND: STARSHIP DOOR CLOSES

TRISSEN: What the hell...?

MHARRULA: (INTERRUPTS TRISSEN) Shut up, [...]

A SIP OF BLUE MILK

BLUE MILK

Giant Frogs Gotta Eat Too!

I love role-playing with my children. Among the many benefits, there is the opportunity to learn from them their dispositions, desires, motivations and, yes, even of their wisdom. In our latest game session we ventured forth into a world a medieval fantasy based in Gary Gygax's ever popular Greyhawk setting. The group of heroes began the campaign in the rural village of Hommlet. Here, they interacted with a local militiaman, a farmer's goodwife and a number of guests in the Inn of the Welcome Wench. For comedy, no group of players does it better than kids. The kids' player characters, [...]

All Ogre


I've been busy with real-world stuff recently, but there's always time for FantasyCraft.

Today I actually managed to surprise myself with my efficiency in preparations. Check this timeline out:

Last Sunday- Game's over. Time to think about next session. I ran that session by the seat of my pants and my players ended up uncovering a demon cult in the center of town. Now I need to figure out what the underside of the dungeon looks like.

Monday- No motivation to prepare, so I don't. What's the rush?

Tuesday- Same. No preparations done yet. I'll [...]

Statblock Sunday: Ghostly Steward

Sir Regenold Baraman the Disgraced A translucent ghostly figure of a human man manifests around the dust-laden bones within the plate armor worn by the skeletal remains at your feet. As it rises to an upright position, its feet levitating inches above the ground, the armor ascends in tandem, positioned as if worn by the […]

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Another Free OSR Monster - Collectanea Creaturae: Psyche Lasher From Ebon Gryphon Games For Your Old/New School Campaigns

Say you want a monster for a science fantasy alien invasion but a certain copy righted and iconic monster isn't available for you to use in your product or adventure? What's a guy to do especially if he's got fifteen minutes before his players and friends show up? Go into a full panic? Nawwww.Well Ebony Grphyon games comes to the save with a brand new monster, the psyche lasher. GRAB IT FOR

A Day Late and an Article Short

I'm sorry to say that I won't be offering a new and insightful article or review this week.  Things have been a little busy here.  But I will offer some news that might be of interest to you.

I finished reading Evermeet:  The Isle of Elves by Elaine Cunningham.  It was a tremendous novel that gave a full history of the Elves of Forgotten Realms and turned Evermeet from a ideal, pastoral land of happy Elves into a wonderful place to set adventures that involve intrigue and deception.  I highly recommend this one (along with any other novel by [...]

Boneclaw - CR 6 (Large Undead)

Boneclaws are towering undead that first appeared in the 3.5 Monster Manual III. As with most of the monsters I have been converting for my 5e campaigns, they were on my "use one day" list, but never saw the dark of night in either 3.5 or 4e. Anyway, they are due to shred some PC's soon, and so, I thought I would share my conversion for them.

I have slightly erred from their original incarnation, making them more deadly to melee attackers (with the Threatening Reach and Rampant Opportunist powers). If you don't like that, just remove the powers. [...]

Bloodnut Pass: a Pits & Perils adventure (Review)

Let me say this up-front: I know the author from the interwebs (although not in person) and I’m a fan of his maps and his rules-lite game Edge of Space (aff). I might be a bit biased with this review.

What do you need to know?

Bloodnut Pass is a short old school adventure by Chubby Monster Games/Matt Jackson. It’s written with Pits & Perils in mind but could be used with other games as well.
You can buy it for USD $1 at Onebookshelf (aff).
The adventure is creepy and gross and a bit over-the-top. It is aimed at mature readers.

Warning: [...]

Dreams as means of teleportation

Falling asleep while holding a folded map will transport your dreamself to a random spot within the map's borders.

(so skip those naval maps)

One's dreamself is not to be confused with the astral body, nor is the place a perfect replica of the place transported to; both things (called dreamentities) are generalizations made by all the people (and beings) dreaming about that place (and you) at the same time.

So, in order to visit that place depicted on that map you went to bed with, there must...

  • ...be people dreaming about you (to form your [...]

A HUGE "Thank You" to the Patrons of The Tavern!

early Quigley sketchAs March draws to a close and I find myself with my nose to the virtual grindstone, working on creature write ups and small pieces for some projects I promised to participate in, I find I need to thank the readers of The Tavern.

As I've stated before, you don't need to be a Patreon Backer to be a supporter of The Tavern. In addition to shopping through our links at RPGNow and clicking on ads that interest you, we've had some generous donors in the past week, giving away keys to Pillars of Eternity and a Corgi edition of the Tunnels & Trolls solo - Sword for Hire / Blue Frog Tavern (of course it had to be a tavern ;)

The World Will Go Mad For Max In May...

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne ), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the

LARP Shield

In the quest to produce interesting LARP equipment, rather than the regular stuff that you can see everyone else possessing on the battlefield, I present my latest offering...



...after a day in the field, I'd like to report that the design was a success. The concept is a mystically enchanted, giant leaf.

To make it a bit more "LARP-safe", it needs some more padding around the edges, but otherwise it was good. The "gently serrated" edges also made good points to catch opponent's weapons on, to direct swords away from the body while opening up their [...]

Orc Quest: Episode 6 - Elves.

I haven't been maintaining these as well as I should, but other matters have been calling my attention lately. I'll try to catch up in brief.

When we last left our heroes, they had just left a kobold cave and were heading south to find the road again. Upon the road they came upon a merchant and his guards slowly traveling to the west. Upon stopping them, it was debated whether or not our heroes should rob them blind or merely ask for directions. Ultimately, the latter was settled on and they gained some information:

The [...]

The Hobby Desk S1E2

Introduction to Wargaming

Host: Joshua Shoobridge

Episode Outline

Intro:

Basic Update, Welcome to the Show and update of the social media sites.
Facebook

Hobby Desk Update

Painting my Necrons up, after a couple of months focusing on Fantasy I felt my 40k models were being neglected. Organizing my hobby space, I will have an external facility to do bigger projects in soon! Stay Tuned for that. Pictures on Facebook Page! Also, we have become proud members of the Troll in the Corner Podcast Network!

Clubs New Place

Change of venue and time! We moved from the church hall of which I am a member and to the Tura [...]

1d10 Random Necrotic & Undead Finds & Encounter Table For Your Old School Campaigns

When your heroes come across blasted landscapes and wastelands that have been infected by 'ghoul' plagues or incursions of negative planar energies, the dead do not rest quietly. The ground churns with the foul magicks and strange creations of the dead. Here are a few of the possible horrors that your adventurers might run into. 1d10 Random Necrotic & Undead Finds & Encounter

Wrath of the Righteous Chapter Four, The Midnight Isles -- First Session

Queen Galfrey

First Session(12 page pdf) -- We pick up Queen Galfrey of Mendev and roll out to the Midnight Fane to stop their mythic-demon-elixir naughtiness.

It’s the beginning of a new chapter. In a surprise move, Queen Galfrey of Mendev wants to come with us into the Abyss. “OK, I reckon,” we say, and she settles down into the usual quiet and mostly-useless NPC role that all party NPCs do. Weird.

We go to the Midnight Fane, and manage to restrain ourselves from killing long enough to be escorted to the local boss. It’s a big fight, but it turns out [...]

[REVISED] [HOW] Odd Houserule To Add A Bit Of Grit...

I've been enjoying reading the compact excellence of Chris McDowell's Into The Odd game - which is incredibly easy to convert into Heroes & Other World, by the way - and among it's many delights I was particularly taken by its rule for "critical damage". In spirit, this reminded me of my own stab at making combat 'more bloody' back in 2013 (for Crypts & Things at the time) and inspired me to

OrcQuest: Episode 6 - Elves.

I haven't been maintaining these as well as I should, but other matters have been calling my attention lately. I'll try to catch up in brief.

When we last left our heroes, they had just left a kobold cave and were heading south to find the road again. Upon the road they came upon a merchant and his guards slowly traveling to the west. Upon stopping them, it was debated whether or not our heroes should rob them blind or merely ask for directions. Ultimately, the latter was settled on and they gained some information:

The [...]

THE SECRET OF JE VALLEY PART IV

This campaign is set ten years after a previous set of adventures (HERE). This is the fourth full session of the current campaign (Session III can be found HERE). There was also a brief interim session (HERE). 


Characters:
Xue Lingsu (Purple Cavern Sect)
Kang Xi (Affiliated with Mr. Red Claw)
Zhi Zhu (No Sect)
Long Shu (Purple Cavern Sect)
Min (Purple Cavern Sect)
Rong (Tree-Dwelling Nun Sect)

The party regrouped in Water Village (Naam) discussing the next course of action they should take. They decided to go to the Celestial Spirit Temple and use its library to learn about immortals, hoping they could place the Phoenix Crown of Bao in the protection of more powerful beings. When they arrived, for a small fee they were granted access to the library of the temple and learned from their readings that a group of five immortals were believed to inhabit Red Mountain Villa, on nearby Red [...]

Gameplay: Crypt of the Everflame with SimpleDnD

Recently we had a couple of brand new players to RPGs. My parents. Being in their 60s, this was a brand new experience for them from their exciting game nights playing Monopoly. They came over about 4:30 and by 4:45 we had them setup as a Thief, Lisette and a Wizard, Max. They joined my twins a Dwarven Cavalier, Bran and an Elven Wizard, Angelina. The party was a little off balance with only one tank, but I adjusted the combat encounters to compensate. The Crypt of the Everflame is an excellent adventure to start any new players into most [...]

GM tips - Flashbacks

Taking about how flashbacks can be useful in RPGS:
https://youtu.be/q5XQI9Rmx6c



Shadowrun Rat's Nest: Schrdinger's Biker

The group is driving along Lake Erie and decided they'd rather not drive through Cleveland. Apologies to Clevelanders, but I decided that the city was in the throes of death, with next to no jobs left and people abandoning ship. So they left the highway and made a detour through the suburbs, which didn't look any nicer. Lots of abandoned buildings, squatters, gang tags everywhere, burned out cars sitting in the road, the works.

A lone biker starts following the truck.

He does not look like someone who just drives around his midlife-crisis Harley Davidson.

There's a Vampire Around Here Someplace

Here’s a vampire themed adventure, in the raw. A plot outline and a story to tie it all together. It’s pretty standard and pretty generic, but I’m sure you can add appropriate numbers to things that need them and find a good map or two online to fill in the details. Have fun with it.

Adventure Outline

Prologue -

PCs return to town (very small town rather than massive city) from any other adventure. (Nearby deep, dark, scary forest and a river large enough to be a trade route would be a bonus.)

They are given a hero's welcome, feasted, etc. for [...]

Expanding Your RPG Options -- Gaming in the Digital World

I have been asked on more than one occasion about the resources out there for the uninitiated online RPG gamer so, this essay will highlight some of the many resources that I have used over the last few years. I will make every effort to highlight the good and bad, the gorgeous and the ugly. In the end, I hope it will all be very useful information for anyone wanting to expand their gaming horizons. So, without further ado, let’s begin with a few definitions that will help as we move further into this essay.

Definitions:
Play by Post (PbP)- Games [...]

[HOW] Odd Houserule To Add A Bit Of Grit...

I've been enjoying reading the compact excellence of Chris McDowell's Into The Odd game - which is incredibly easy to convert into Heroes & Other World, by the way - and among it's many delights I was particularly taken by its rule for "critical damage".In spirit, this reminded me of my own stab at making combat 'more bloody' back in 2013 (for Crypts & Things at the time) and inspired me to

Tribute to Steven A. Tinner "GM to the Stars" 2015

I want to send my deepest thanks to every one who was able to participate in this project. Many of you got to know Tinner through the show so I thought this would be a great way to honor him, by talking about something he truly enjoyed gaming.

If you want to check out the single released by MR. Johnson from the Arcology Podcast go to their Sound Cloud pagePrism Shard’s

 

Succubus Sunday

Succubus byKylukia Lilith byRamaeia

Sunday Funnies - Gummi Worm Dune, Worst Two Fonts, & Batmen

Overon io9.com, "The story of Dune, recreated with Gummi worms" here.


Also on Motherboard, "Someone Combined the Two Worst Fonts in Existence" here.


Finally on Viral Nova, "This Is What Batman Would Look Like In 16 Different Time Periods" here.


Sunday Funnies on CreativeMountainGames.comHumor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.Please Like, Share, Plus, Tweet, Follow, and Comment!

Tales of a Married Gamer -- Trader Traitor

Welcome to Tales of a Married Gamer, the gaming article where I discuss how to get your friends to keep giving you miniatures for your birthday. What, your friends don’t give you miniatures? Well then maybe you need to start behaving better at the gaming table.

This past week I was talking with some friends about games which allow players to conduct trades. Within this discussion, the topic came up about how it can often be difficult to conduct trades, especially when you do not trust anyone else at the gaming table. I have to admit, I am a reluctant trader [...]

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.

 

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 [...]

25 Words, far behind trend

So I'm way behind on this but here goes. Into the Odd's world in 25 words or less.

Alien artifacts, muskets, bayonets, tricorne hats, pan-dimensional terrors, brains, industry, revolution, star-men, steamships, polar expeditions into void, underground city, smoggy metropolis, bombs, star cults, cannons.

The Ancient Lands in 20 questions

I saw a link to Jeff’s Gameblog with a list of 20 questions meant to create a quick introduction to your campaign setting that lets people know what it is about. Seems like a good idea to go through them with my Ancient Lands setting.

  1. What is the deal with my priests’s religion?
    Most priests are shamans who serve as mediators between the spirits of the land and the people who inhabit it. They perform the rituals to ask the spirits for favor and to appease them when they have become angered by something. Many villages have one primary spirit they [...]

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 [...]

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