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Link!Chickensauruses are giant, unstoppable vegetarian predators that can be found close to civilized regions. They have been known to ravage entire villages in their unending and devastating search for corn and other crops on which to feast. 
If defeated however, they are said to be delicious. 
ChickensaurusMSG: 8.4.6Traits-GiantDamagePeek +8Kick +10Wing Buffet +5ArmourFeathers -8

The Threuseus Inter System Cargo Launch System Facility - A Post Apocalypse Mars Adventure Setting Location or For Your Old School Science Fantasy Campaigns

The Threuseus Inter System Cargo Launch System

Originally the The Threuseus Inter System Cargo Launch System facility was a five mile deep hole in the Martian surface designed to launch cargoes into space for colonization for the Outer Worlds. After the apocalypse it became a central territory fought over by a number of tribes. This fifteen level mega dungeon extends deep into the Martian soil and hasn't given up all of its secrets yet.
There are a number of super science laboratories and temples that were dedicated to various aspects of space colonization and space exploration as well as storage [...]


Gundalf, the Powder Gray Wizard


Beyonder as far as I've gotten

Been meaning to write this review for awhile. Beyonder from Flying Nightbear games is not your usual fantasy heart breaker having a number of unique and different approaches. It has six primary attributes but not the standard instead we get emotion; mental; body; physic; spirit; and shadow. It also has two secondary attributes Stillness and Wyrd. It has ten races but only humans and dwarves are the stock ones. Character classes are linked to the primary attributes, but are not standard either. For example there are no fighters but the body channeling Soman are pretty close. I have been working [...]


In Sertorius there is a Race called the Hasri. Hasri do not reproduce through sex and have no gender. When a Hasri wants to have offspring this is achieved by making an offering to Sarilla. As you can probably tell from the previous sentence, this presents some issues when describing the Hasri because pronouns are difficult. We've developed some informal conventions in our own group. 

One easy way around the problem would be to use 'it', but that feels a bit off since it is used mainly for objects. Another solution is to use 'they' but while that can work when talking about Hasri in general it sounds very unusual if you are talking about a particular Hasri (i.e. "Vaela was born in Caelum and at age 18 they went to Cael to work in a Scriptorium"). One player pointed out that since all Hasri can lay eggs if they make an offering [...]

The Friday Grab Bag - Lloyd Metcalf, Eric Lofgren, & Claudio Pozas Artwork, Plus CMG Offerings

Lloyd Metcalf discusses "Black Friday RPG Shopping" and makes an appeal for supporting the independent artist on this holiday.  Find out more here.

Also, over on the Society6.com storefront, you get a holiday discount and free worldwide shipping with the right code below on Eric Lofgren's prints here and Claudio Pozas's artwork here.

Finally, please do check out if one of the 25% off Thanksgiving CMG offerings is something you can use in your gaming here.

The Friday Grab Bag on CreativeMountainGames.com Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.Please Like, Share, [...]

Oh Frabjous Joy

Above is a photo of our dining room table right before we kicked-off our new game set in Wermspittle...or at least it begins in the vicinity of there. On the upper-left you can see the raw 'mark-up-at-will' copy of the map of the surrounding countryside. The more finished version was posted previously. Toward the middle along the top of the photo you can see most of the raw outline-map of the Cave where Joy went exploring for her very first adventure. We used one of the cave-maps I scribbled into a smaller Moleskine sketchbook a while back as part of [...]

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir is a science fiction novel set in the not-too-distant future. The book's protagonist, Mark Watney, is a botanist and mechanical engineer who is extremely intelligent and always wisecracking. In other words, he's the kind of guy I'm pretty sure I could hang out with if he was a real person... except for the pesky little issue of me being here and Mark being stranded on

Setup for Success: DM and Campaign -- Still a better love story

Writers tend to be a very specific breed. We have certain things we really like, things we are comfortable and familiar with, and we like to stick to them. When we write, we aren’t just spewing words onto a bit of paper; we’re creating. Ours is a labor of love, and sometimes that can blind us. Sometimes we get caught in a loop and write the same thing, or we go out of our way to write differently and it sounds disjointed. Today we are talking about the story, the campaign, and the mind directing it all.

Don’t mind him, he’s [...]

Black Friday OSR Sales Update #6 - Troll Lords and Goodman Games

Troll Lords Games - Castles & CrusadesBlack Friday brings you 40-70% OFF All Titles! Winter has crowned the northern hemisphere like a frost giant's rage! The snow is falling thick and fast and the wind blowing cold. Time to light a fire, hunker down and plunge into the worm hole with Castles & Crusades with these Black Friday sales! To help you do it, we're kicking the doors to the Troll Dens wide open. From now until the 5th of December all DIGITAL titles are marked down from 40-70%! RPGNow! Drivethru RPG! Deep Discounts to help you through the winter! Black Friday brings you 40-70% OFF All Titles!Goodman Games Holiday Sale!
Greetings, minions. Now that you have glutted yourselves on the dead flesh of meleagris gallopavo, and [...]

Review: Dungeon Master's Guide (5e D&D)

It's finally here: the third and final core book for 5e D&D -- the Dungeon Master's Guide. Let me tell you it was worth the wait. This books if fantastic. It is 320 pages of everything I was expecting from the 5e DMG. If you're planning to stick with 5e then there's no question, you'll want this book.

I'm going to go through the highs and lows of each chapter. The DMG is massive and there is a lot of great material here. I can't possibly do it all justice so I'm going to really try and focus on the things [...]

Web of Ly's

Hi. I wanted to take an out of cycle moment to send out a hearty congratulations to my friend Lawdon (check out his website here) for the self-publishing of his first science fiction novel, Web of Ly’s (check it out at Amazon here). It is the first book of the series. The series looks like it will be a fun, fast-paced sci-fi romp with an alien lizardman protaganist. And someday, I might even have time to read it.

It takes a huge amount of effort to write a novel and get it ready to be published, and so I offer [...]

Dungeon Master's Guide Quick Review

So life, family, and friends have been keeping me busy, but I have managed to skim though the DMG, and I wanted to go over a few things that caught my eye.

First off, the overall impression that I get from this tome is of a tinker's tool box. There is a clear understanding that there is a zero chance that DMs will run their games as written. House rules, often based on table rulings inevitably and quickly creep in, and no two DMs are going to make all the same decisions. The DMG seems to embrace that idea [...]

Three New Enchantments

It’s been a while since I’d updated my little site here. I’d went from 17 August all the way through 23 November without a single post. That might be a personal best for website neglect. So, to try to make up for my shocking lack of concern for the Internet, here’s my fifth post since and including Monday. Today, I revisit Christopher Pound’s wonderful random Vancian spell names for three new spells, one each for three different game systems.

Pieritz’s Aqueous Apprehension for Barbarians of Lemuria

Pieritz, Grand Sorcerer and Dread Suzerain, grew tired of those who objected to his heavy hand [...]

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deal

It appears to have rolled around to that time of year again, when everyone is looking for a great deal on their favourite products. And seeing as how I usually run a sale of some description myself, I though that I would offer something a little different this year...

So, if you're looking for a bunch of maps to help get a new campaign started, then I've bundled a whole host of different map-packs together for this black-friday/cyber-monday special...

In this bundle you'll get a large campaign map, two fortress maps, a huge dungeon level, five city [...]

Critical Hit!

  Soon after I woke up and while I was having my morning coffee, I discovered a kind e-mail from a friend who brought to my attention #Calidar's rating on EnWorld.org 

Thanks to all of you who jumped in and put in their two-cents' worth!  That this happened largely on Thanksgiving is amusing.  The image's comment says this:

Fun with stats: Calidar, In Stranger Skies is ranked #1 out of 17 products with 10 or more reviews, placing it in the 100% percentile. It is rated 20.8 points higher than [...]

[MegaDelve] Lost River Cave (East)

And we come to the big item, and probably the last major set of caves in the megadungeon – beyond this node most of the other nodes will be primarily “constructed” regions instead of natural caves. But today I begin tackling the “Vietnamese Cavern”, now renamed “Lost River Cave”.

Lost River Cave (East) (with grid)

Like the Mushroom Cavern / Fungus Cave (whatever I ended up calling that node), this one is a small-scale map, with each square representing 20 feet instead of the usual 10. This makes this cavern enormous – and we’re only seeing the first page of it here. Standing in here at night with a torch, a party would likely see very little – even some of the “details” of this map are a few hundred feet across.

However, in the daylight, the marvels of this cave become apparent. The elevated section to the east between the two rivers is directly below a large hole in the forest floor above it. About 180 feet above the highest point in the cave is a hole almost a hundred feet across where the forest floor gave way into the cave, allowing sunlight, birds and even trees into the area.

The Druid’s Abode

Here [...]

[MegaDelve] The Cannibal Cave

Still in the “small caves” node of the Dyson Mega Delve, this map links up to last Friday’s map via the two staircases leading down to the Tunnels of the Rat Folk. The northern exit leads to an upper mezzanine in the Vietnamese Cavern (which is going to need a different name soon, since it is coming up quickly on the list of things to map and detail).

The Cannibal Cave

Thelarge cavern is home to a foul beast that devolved from the halfling rat folk who live in the small complex and the caves below as well as a horrendous slime creature that lives by the pool in the uppermost cave (at the bottom of the map).

The small complex of rooms here is also home to the shrine of the rat, the semi-deity that has perverted these halflings into the cannibal rat folk who live in this area.

Below is a version of the map without the grid (and I noted that the grid is missing in the above version in the room between the rat shrine and the northern stairway room, but I’m not going back to fix that any time soon).

Cannibal Cave (no grid)

While these maps are meant to go [...]

50% off Dyson's Delves and MORE!

Lulu 50% off Sale!

Seriously folks, Lulu has to be losing money on this sale. On the upside, I’m not, and you… well, you’ll still be spending money, but you will be getting some serious returns on your investment.

30% off softcovers is a nice deal, but 50% off at Lulu is an unheard of deal. Like the kind of deal they never offer. Ever. Except today. Well, today, tomorrow and Monday the 24th of November.

So head on over to the Lulu store and pick up my books at crazy cheap prices ($15 each for hardcovers of Dyson’s Delves I & II), and then keep on shopping.

  • Dyson’s Delves (1981 D&DMaps & Adventures)
  • Dyson’s Delves II (More 1981 D&DMaps & Adventures)
  • Magical Theorems & Dark Pacts (Classic 1981 D&D Spellcasting sourcebook with 10 new classes, new spells, new magic items)
  • Narcosa (Full-colour drug induced hallucinations of the OSR, including one of my adventures!)
  • Teratic Tome (It looks like an AD&D Monster Manual, but it’s more of an AD&D nightmare manual)
  • The Dungeon Dozen (A whole book of random tables using d12s and Jason Sholtis’ pure genius)
  • Labyrinth Lord (Dude, it’s 1981 D&D all over again, trust me!)
  • LL Advanced Edition Companion (Adds all the cool stuff from AD&D to 1981 [...]

Worldbuilding 101 - Part 21: It's the End of the World as We Know it.

The End Game is something that all campaigns need. I've seen more games fizzle out because there just wasn't enough drive to keep them going, but there were a few core players who just wouldn't let them die.
Every character in a setting has their own story, but the setting itself also has a story. A great example of this is the ballsy thing that White Wolf did in around 2002-2004, where they said that since the World of Darkness was the story of a decaying world in the final death spasms before apocalypse, they'd just write a series of [...]

The Duality of Fiction and the Game

One of the benefits about co-hosting an RPG Podcastand owning a small RPG companyis that I get to talk a great deal about RPG's with a lot of great gamers and game designers. One of those discussions has been about two facets of an RPG: the game and the fiction engine.

From Meta to Meat

I want to approach thediscussionof these two facets of the game from a meta, or theoretical, position. At this level, my focus will be more on generalities, with supporting points. After that, we can get back to the meat and talk about how these two facets play [...]

Polish NCO

The main problem I have with the two producers of 6mm napoleonic armies I use is their opinion about necessity of NCOs in the army.

While Baccus never even tried to produce NCOs, Adler is making figures armed with  halberds, claiming that NCOs armed with muskets were dressed the same way as the ordinary troopers. The problem with that claim is in the fact that during marches (and marching pose takes 80% of 6mm army), NCOs held musket under right arm, while troopers under left. This is a feature visible even in 6mm.

To overcome this problem I [...]

Town Backdrops: Wolverton

Town Backdrops: Wolverton This pdf clocks in at a massive 37 pages, 1 page front […]

Animal Races: Clan of the Cat

Animal Races: Clan of the Cat This installment of the Animal Races-series clocks in at […]

Review: Traveller Spinward Marches -- Excellent Maps for Explorers and Merchants

I don't think I need to tell you about the importance of maps in roleplaying games. Even the most crudest of maps can still be a very helpful tool in any campaign. A great map might even help to immerse the players more deepy into the game.

An excellent [...]

Cool Words for Gamers: Icchen -- Jugulation

The ilk of words listed this week is no jape!

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)


Last week, I tackled the "H" words. This week, we hurl ourselves in the I's and J’s!:

  • Icchen to move or stir
  • Ichor the fluid said to flow in the veins of the gods or sometimes of dragons; a foul-smelling watery discharge from a wound or ulcer
  • Ignis Fatuus will-o'-the-wisps
  • Ilk a type, class or sort
  • Illecebrous attractive, alluring
  • Indefectible not capable of being faulted; not liable to defect, flaw or failure
  • Ineffable to great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable; too sacred to be uttered; indescribable; indefinable
  • Ineluctable inescapable
  • Inexplicable unexplainable
  • Infrendiate to gnash [...]

Random List -- 20 female Korean names

Need a female Korean name? Roll a d20 and check below to see what you get!

D20 Name 1 Ahn Sang-jin 2 Cheong Kyung-ok 3 Hwang Eun-seong 4 Jo Ye-eun 5 Joh Ji-yoon 6 Kim Jung-park 7 Kwan Ji-hye 8 Kwock Hyun-jung 9 Lim Hyun-jung 10 Lim Seul-ki 11 Ma Yoo-mee 12 Min Chun-ja 13 Paek Ha-eun 14 Pai Eun-kyung 15 Pai Ji-young 16 Son Myong-suk 17 Wang Mi-kum 18 Yeo Young-sook 19 Yeon Sung-hee 20 Yoon Se-ri

Related Generator : Korean Name Generator

PDF : 100 Korean Names – Female

The Rise of Tiamat Review (Tome 244)

The 5e review gang joins Jeff and Tracy again this episode. This time we take on the second half of the Tyranny of Dragons story-line: The Rise of Tiamat. This is the continuation of the story that began in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen - how does the story end? Listen as James Introcaso, Mike Shea, and Sam Dillon discuss the adventure with Jeff and Tracy. The discussion is followed by an interview with Steve Winter, the lead designer of the campaign.

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Die Vecna Die!

From the back cover:

"The End of the World Is at Hand

A hideous death cult has seized control of an ancient artifact-monument known as Tovag Baragu. The power behind the cult is the Old One himself, Iuz the Evil, demonic master of an empire. He's on an all-or-nothing quest for supremacy over the world - and the heavens beyond.

To stop him, heroes must face horrors never dreamed of, journeying to a shadowed city where Death rules and the living cower. Here, Iuz will achieve his mad dream by destroying imprisoned master of that alien citadel - Vecna, the mightiest lich, an immortal demigod.

Two items exist with the power to stop Iuz - the Eye amd the Hand of Vecna - but using them carries fantastic risks. Not even the gods know what will be unleashed when these items are fully activated.

Die Vecna Die! takes the heroes from the GREYHAWK campaign to the demiplane of RAVENLOFT and then to the PLANESCAPE city of Sigil. However, none of the material from those settings is required for play."

The Best D&D Movie Ever Made

I’m being lazy over Thanksgiving so I want to bring to your attention this fantastic article that I found a while ago. Enjoy. Back to eating turkey for me.

The post The Best D&D Movie Ever Made appeared first on Ramblings of Jacob and Delos.

cati ranger and the lost patrol ! :D

a cati ranger is tracking a patrol of cati scouts … they have gone missing in orc country ^^;

cati ranger

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Early Black Friday OSR Sales Update #5 - Purple Duck Goes 40% Off in PDF (DCC RPG)

Yep, Purple Duck has put it's DCC RPG releases (and Pathfinder if you are of that mind) releases on sale at 40% off in PDF.

The DCC RPG releases are damn good.

I'd recommend AL 1-5 - The Stars are Falling (5 low level DCC Adventures) for a mere $7.79 as a good place to start.

Happy Thanksgiving

Bundle of Holding - Indie +2 - Lords of Gossamer and Shadow, Rocket Age and Uresia

I do like some of the "indie" games out there and the current Bundle of Holding has some good picks.
I was a backer of the Lords of Gossamer and Shadow Kickstarter and I'm very happy how it turned out. It is in many ways the spiritual successor of Amber Diceless (an amazing game that requires a strong GM). I'm looking forward to playing some LoG&S in the future.
Rocket Age intrigues me. I've got the last couple of Quick Starts from the Free RPG Days and I can see myself playing this in some short story arcs.
Uresia I know little about. It''s a systemless setting of apparent strangness.
As for the "beat the average" extras, Torchbearer is another Kickstarter I backer. Beautiful [...]

Grand Duchy 39

Grand Duchy of AdventureSession 39
November 20, 2014

Into the Ravine (Monkey Business!)Moldain 21st of FlaurmontFinally at XitaqaGriffin and Ree arrive at Xitaqa and begin scouting. They note the activity of some baboons that appear to live down in the ravines, possibly in some of the visible buildings with no doors. They are able to tell that the ravines are about 30 feet deep here and filled with stone buildings that jut out from the ravine walls down at the lower ground level. Most of these buildings have open doorways while some of them have doors made of [...]

Happy Thanksgiving

This year, I see life in a brand new way: not only did I turn forty, but I also had a brush with the grim reaper... All of this has made me re-think a number of things, and showed me how blessed I am.

First off, I have an awesome family, with an awesome wife and great kids! My wife has always been great. (Though I suppose that she keeps me around just because I don't like chocolate...) True, I may strangle the young'uns sometimes, I would not trade them for the world and seeing their little faces is [...]

Early Black Friday OSR Sales Update #4 - ProFantasy Software, Fantasy Grounds VTT and Precis Intermedia

A few more publishers are in the mix:

ProFantasy Software
Offer 1: Not all maps need a PC! Meet The Noteboard, an ingenious foldable whiteboard and a great dry-erase battlemat for gamers. Until next Monday you can get 17% off two or more Noteboards from thenoteboard.com or amazon.com. That's 2 for $20. Use this voucher code at payment: ACR7CVRC Offer 2: 17% off at ProFantasy. In an unprecedented offer you can get 17% off all purchases through our store until 2nd December. Buy from profantasy.com and use this voucher code: DEC2@17%Fantasy Grounds VTTCheck out the 180+ sale items available for Fantasy Grounds. Most items are now 10-25% off through December 2nd on the Fantasy Grounds Store and on Steam. Check out all the maps, [...]

Our First Video!

We made a video! Shadows of Malice Unboxing:http://t.co/kudgdAUdbyby Devious Weasel  games.  Give it a look.  Review tomorrow.

The Bajang

Evil and intelligent, the bajang, a type of lesser spirit, lives in tropical jungles, where it delights in terrorizing settlements. Wicked magic ties the bajang’s lifeforce to a single tree in the forest in which it dwells.

In its true form, the bajang looks like a stunted, stocky human with a blunt nose, wispy hair, and pale brown skin. Its beady orange eyes glare malevolently, and a permanent evil sneer creases its wide, lipless mouth. Instead of fingers, it has bony claws, and its feet resemble the talons of a vulture. The bajang can also take the form of a small [...]

Mighty Armies Army of the Blind Dead


This is my finished elements for my Army of the Blind Dead elements for Mighty Armies!  All miniatures are from Old Glory 15s Black Raven Foundry miniatures.  Here's a previous post I did.

Worldbuilding 101 - Part 20: What is, and what should never be

Let's use a grammatical analogy...
If scenes are words, short term goals are commas, medium term goals and full-stops (or periods for our American audience), and long term goals are paragraph breaks.
I like to inject short term goals into a story to alter the flow and pacing of things, while medium term goals signify a new pattern of thought complicating and transforming the narrative, and long term goals are conclusions.
I also like to make sure at least half of my goals are generated from the players. In a small game, I might have more control over the [...]

Oil of Phosphorescence

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I got the early round of making the feast today.  Got the turkey in the roaster, stuffing in the slow cooker, a (frozen) pumpkin pie baked and the sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole put together, and gravy made.  My wife got second shift, which pretty much involves getting everything out and making the mashed potatoes and dinner rolls.  So that leaves me to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and knock out a quick blog post before it's time to eat.

Jumping into Dragon Magazine #91, which looking at it now I must never [...]

Early Black Friday OSR Sales Update #3 - Small Niche Games

BLACK FRIDAY UNDER $10 SALE: For Thursday and Friday only, all Small Niche Games print products are priced to move. All SNG printed adventures are priced at $4.95. This is a great chance to pick up critically acclaimed modules such as Blood Moon Rising, the Inn of Lost Heroes, and the Shrine of St. Aleena, as well as many others.

All other SNG printed products are priced under $10. This includes the Chronicles of Amherth campaign setting, the Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands sourcebook, and the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay campaign sourcebook.

Sale ends Friday evening, so don't miss out!

(City of Dolmvay in Print for $8.95 is a steal)

As an aside, I'm very disappointed that OBS [...]

Happy Thanksgiving, Everypony!

May your day be full of food, festivities, and friendship.

PS: No, they aren't eating the little orange pony. That's just set dressing (heh) and is a reference to a recurring in-joke about the character, Scootaloo, being a chicken.

For those folks who want something a little more serious, head on over to Blue Collar Prepping as Chaplain Tim talks about prepping lessons to be learned from the pilgrims.

Meta Thursday (Uralicans Uncut): Xyrx Psionics!

The subject of psionics---as a GM, as a player, and as a regular about-the-town fellow in the RPG industry (specifically in the D&D and Pathfinder genres)---comes up often. Some people hate them, some people love them, some don't care either way, and of course, some folks don't even know about them (if you're still playing […]

The post Meta Thursday (Uralicans Uncut): Xyrx Psionics! appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

New Monster Estoricia or Entropic Amalgamation For The Post Apocalyptic Mars Setting & Old School Science Fantasy Campaigns

Estoricia or  Entropic Amalgamation

Created from the twisted entropic fall out from the Entropy terror weapons of the last Colonial Wars of Mars, these seemingly helpless beasts are the remains of alien and Earth live stock brought by colonists over 30 years ago.
Some of these monsters  are boneless beasts that drag themselves along the Martian soil and leave a trail of slime behind to coat their way along. Playing at being simply helpless mutated scavengers these monsters are actually mutated terror weapons of the last war. They lash out with a paralysis and poisoned laden [...]

Gategully Episode 81

I shall create my Underground Magma Smelting Team!


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