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Fantasy Safari: The Theragraphica (Atlantis), Part 2

Chapter 3: Atlantis

The Apata Ori appear like the heads of giant stone statues but are in fact some kind of spirits. Usually they slumber in places near natural concentrations of magical energy but awaken when someone disturbes these magical fields. Then they fly into the air with the glow of lava coming from their angry eyes and screaming mouths. They shout in voices that sound like grating stones, but their speech is usually intelligible to almost anyone. When an Apata Ori attacks, it surrounds itself with a spinning cloud of sharp shards of bronze, which it can throw at targets [...]

Welcome To Riverdale With Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito...

In this edition of Welcome To Riverdale - The Official Archie Comics YouTube Show - Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito joins the show to talk about his role at the company, the future of Archie Comics, Archie #1 and more!

Orc Quest: Episode 5- Kobold Cave a.k.a. Baby's First Dungeon

When we last left our heroes, their course was set in pursuit of Orcpra, the foul Orc Queen. Their only clues were a golden necklace which seemed to have a connection to the Queen's magic, and the vague notion that she was in a land to the south where winter had not set so harshly.

The party stuck to the road for some ways, making several days trek before coming across the smell of woodsmoke somewhere to the East. The party split, with Justice and Cunnin making their way through investigate, and then ultimately Cunnin using his stealth to [...]

Monday Gunday: a Hard Lesson Learned

I have mentioned that I'm a useful idiot, yes?

Then let me tell you all something so that my pain can be your gain:  If your guns get wet while you're shooting them, don't put them back into foam-lined cases and then keep them there overnight, thinking "Oh, they'll be fine, and besides I'm too tired to take them out and clean them."

Don't do that, don't say that, don't even think that. Because if you do, the foam is going to act like a sponge, and absorb the water but still leave it in contact with the metal, and then you'll get rust [...]

The Best Thing I Ever Did As a Player

You are not going to like it; I didn’t either when my table mates kept nagging me about it. The best thing you could ever do as a player is leave the electronic devices off and out of the game. Now I know what you are thinking: “What if the game gets boring? Then I will have nothing to prevent me from dying of boredom!” That is exactly what I thought and so for the past several years of gaming, I made sure that I was never without my small tablet, laptop, or Galaxy Note 2-4 as a fail-safe to [...]

The power of three

Today marks a rather special convergence, at least for me anyway. This is my 300th post on the blog, it falls on 3/3 and today, at 3:30, I have an appointment to pick up a ‘new’ to me vehicle – … Continue reading →

Daily Punch 3-2-15 Support feat for DnD 5e

How about giving a helping hand in DnD 5e? I don’t see enough people using the aid another for advantage rule. Let’s make a feat to help with that.

 

Support

You work for the good of the team. As a bonus action, you can now the aid another action.

 

 

Thoughts?


GM's Day Awesomeness

Howdy all y’all, I hope this finds you well. Or not on fire and being eaten by bears at least.

I’m recovering a little bit from some con crud picked up from GottaCon 2015 this last weekend, so for now I’m simply going to direct you to the Black Goat Games part of the GM’s Day Sale over at RPGNow and DriveThruRPG. There you’ll be able to get your grubby paws on many a fine product offered by many a fine publisher, as well as stuff from this here goat.

BGG products include everything published so far and the gaming music I’ve been slowly releasing over there at those sites. So, yeah, what are you waiting for? Go get some.

d12 Odd Cargo

Roll d12 to find out what those weird guys were hauling.

Image Source
1 - Soldier Seed
Polished tins of silver seeds. Label shows immaculately uniformed soldiers growing out of a vegetable patch. If planted, will sprout misshapen babies after a day. They grow into twisted toddlers within the week, and within two weeks into big, bent, knotted men that cry out in agony, but serve remarkably well. If cut from the ground early they turn black and die in an hour.
Seeded Soldier Regiment (3hp, STR 14, joints and hair in all the wrong places)

2 - [...]

Beneath the City of Xan


Last week's session was full of mystery.

Once the adventurers had been transported a few miles outside the city of Xan, they walked the desert region between two hills.  The perfect spot for an ambush.  Three demonic humanoid pterodactyls aka pterodactyloids (one of the players came up with that one) swooped down to attack.  Shortly after, nearly a dozen rolled boulders down the hills, wounding the characters.

Once the pterodactyloids were slain, the PCs ventured up one of the hills to see what they could see - several mutant humanoid primitives with spears.  They wanted Lilah (the party's sorceress). [...]

SWGMH S07E07: Setting Series III -- Cyberpunk Part 2

The Savage Cheerleader rejoins the cast for the second installment of the Cyberpunk Setting Series.

The post SWGMH S07E07: Setting Series III – Cyberpunk Part 2 appeared first on Sin City Savages.

Terraria Episode 047

I was very organised today, and definitely didn’t spend my entire session faffing about with inventory and fighting the Twins and stuff. I did actually manage to do the thing I set out to do – search the underground Jungle for Moonglow.

Find the playlist here!

Trap Tuesday: Putty Image Trap

Putty Image Trap CR 3 Type magical; Perception DC 27; Disable Device DC 27 Trigger touch; Reset none Effect target loses one random item (no save; see text) When the putty image trap is touched, a random item flies from the target where it seemingly explodes into 1d4+3 identical objects, landing randomly about the […]

The post Trap Tuesday: Putty Image Trap appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Unearthed Errata: Verrik Race

by Tim Wallace and Adam Frank

Verrik
Verrik (singular and plural) are a red skinned race with a unique view of the world. They look at individual events in relation to past, present and future. This viewpoint commonly causes the verrik to come into conflict with other races. Often seen as introspective, standoffish, and rude the verrik are consistently bullied, belittled, or spurned at every opportunity. This has caused the verrik to group together in tight knit communities and live amongst themselves. The rare verrik who interacts with the outside world work very hard to break these stereotypes and [...]

The Evil GM - Review of A1 - Far Away Land RPG Adventures: Isle of the Rat Wizard


Today I decided to take a look at one of the modules for the Far Away Land RPG. Of course you all may or may not know this game has quickly jumped onto my #1 game to play list. Why?


It's simple, streamlined, feels very OSR but yet modern enough to compete with say the new D&D. I am having fun creating just plain and wacky creatures.
Anyhow, I will be taking a look at the adventure A1 - Isle of the Rat Wizard.
First off the bat, the module is pay what you want as the [...]

Kafi


Here is Kafi.  I don't know where she - or her name - came from.  The deep recesses of my head, I guess.

I've been really depressed about my art this year.  It always seems I'm on the verge of something - understanding something - developing some skill or ability to create more of what I want to create.  But it never materializes, and I stay lashed to some untameable muse who draws through me - and can never draw the same person twice.

I guess that just means I need to practice more. :)

- [...]

A Sundered World: Episode 103

Cast
  • Agron (level 3 scion psion)
  • Katra "Crazy Gin" (level 2 kobold pirate)
  • Sift (level 2 deva shaman)
  • Sirus "Ironhide" (level 2 tarchon battlemind)
  • Waive (level 2 scion nomad)

SummaryWith their initial hire inexplicably vanishing without a trace, the party asked Meg if she knew of any other capable healers looking for work.

As luck would have it she did: a very...tranquil and socially awkward deva shaman named Sift. He spoke slowly and had a penchant for overindulging in what he referred to as "openers", which fortunately didn't interfere with his spirit's potent healing magic.

They met and, after a sluggish and detailed [...]

Apologies for the Radio Silence and an Announcement of a Project

I haven't posted in awhile so I figured it would be time to give some updates on what I've been working on.  I got a promotion at work that will be affording not only more monies but also a more reasonable work schedule so I'll have a bit more time on my hands for my gaming pursuits.  Other good news, and this isn't official yet, but my wife and I are in talks right now with Twilight Creations, the makers of Zombies!!!, to volunteer to help them out at Gen Con 2015.  So with any luck we'll be hanging with [...]

Nana Nana Nana Nana Nana Nana, Batwing!

The Batwing cruises over the cloudy skies of Gotham... My latest - and last, for the moment - vehicular purchase for use (hopefully) with The Batman Miniatures Game arrived today: a scale model of Michael Keaton's Batwing, from the Eaglemoss Batman Automobilia collection.Excuse the crappy photography, all being well Rachel and I are treating ourselves to a new family camera for our wedding

Map -- Titan's Teeth

Titan’s Teeth Tower Map

The wonderful Dyson Logos has released this amazing tower map!

There is a stout tower along the Akkedis Trail that is decorated with massive white chunks of stone along its battlements. To those who pass through its shadow on the trail it has become known as either the Crown of Teeth, or the Titan's Teeth.

It is said that the "teeth" were pulled from the ancient corpse of a primordial titan of wind and sight. The same tales would claim that the teeth confer some of the titan's powers to those who stand atop the tower, granting the ability [...]

Alternative To Spell Slots & Points

A couple of years back there was some discussion around the blogosphere about prospects for creating a simplified system for equipment deterioration. As far as I can tell, it all started with Logan’s Notch system, various permutations of which quickly multiplied (e.g. here, hereand here). Logan’s notch system was as follows: each time one rolls a 1 or a 2 in combat, that PC’s weapon receives a notch.

Each weapon can take Notches equal to its damage die (so a dagger can take 4 Notches, a long sword can take 8, Lumpy Space Princess's knifemace can take 10). Once the weapon [...]

System Agnostic: Dungeon Concept -- The Fungal Sieve

Based on this prompt over at the r/dnd subreddit, I decidedto create my own dungeon based on a fungal growth. While drafting this, I wanted to explore a couple of thoughts – I’ve always liked engineered organisms designed for a purpose, I think that when you ground a story in economics filling in details and...

System Agnostic: Dungeon Concept -- The Fungal Sieve

Based on this prompt over at the r/dnd subreddit, I decidedto create my own dungeon based on a fungal growth. While drafting this, I wanted to explore a couple of thoughts – I’ve always liked engineered organisms designed for a purpose, I think that when you ground a story in economics filling in details and...

B/XoL: First draft (mostly) done!

My first draft for the Barbarians and Explorers of Lemuria hack for Barbarians of Lemuria is (mostly) done. You can take a look at it here.

The one part that is still missing is the section on how to deal with doors, light, thirst and hunger, and so on but I’ll be doing that in the following days. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for this hack, please share them in the comments.

GM's Day Sale!

Over on DriveThru RPG they're running a GM's Day Sale, which is actually more of a GM's week sale since it runs for a week. There are a bunch of titles marked down 30%, including our entire catalog.

Seeing as I forgot about this when I put The Pirate on sale, I set it back to it's original price, and then marked it down 30%, which is 9% more than it was before. When Drivethru's sale ends, I'll put it back and keep the March sale rolling.

I'm not going through the motions of updating the bundles, since right now [...]

DriveThru Drive by: GMs Week!

Been a really busy day today at work so I'll make this one short. DriveThruRPG is having their annual GMs Week sales. This is always a great time to pick up that game or book you have been wanting but also wanted a sale to do it. Still working through all my books too. Picked up the audio book of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". "The Mist-Torn Witches" is turning out to be really

Chess is a Role-playing Game

..or rather, it can be. Anything can be a role-playing game if you are willing to forgo the game mechanics and let role-playing trump the game. The famous John Wick wrote an article somewhat recently about how many rpg games, specifically early D&D, are not role-playing games. There have been a lot of discussion on the article, both for and against the article. All of them make good points.

Bones II Unboxing

Our long awaited Bones II miniatures from the Reaper Mini KickStarter have finally arrived!

We are happy to support Reaper and all the cool stuff they have been doing on KickStarter, and the club has been behind every single one.  Today we have a video of wild hoodlum being A-class nerds as they dig through the Wargate's new package.  It's fun to be excited!



Now to get them rendered into the collection!  There's tons more stuff to work on, and we're going to work to bring every single project we finish to you here on the [...]

Episode 035: Hell on Water with Jason M. Hardy

Your host,The Most Dangerous Man in Gaming-- Tim Patrick

Special Guest,"The Grand Poohbah" Jason M. Hardy Shadowrun Line Developer

In this episode we speak with Jason M. Hard the Shadowrun line developer and author of the newest Shadowrun novel Hell on Water. Jason talks with us about his inspiration and the development process for creating a novel. Jason also shares with us some news on upcoming releases and we talk about the possibility of Shadowrun audiobooks.

Unmaking the Man
Drops of Corruption

Make sure to submit your gamer stories to us via Email to CrtiticalGlitchPodcast@gmail.com

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @CriticalGlitch1 and tweet [...]

DnDClassics.com Releases for 3/3/15

This week's new releases on DnDClassics.com are:(A shout out to this great thread on RPG.Net).

Adventurer's Vault 2 (4e)
Dragon #372 (4e)
Dungeon #171 (4e)Dungeon #172 (4e)



Also a big thanks to the terrific spreadsheet about all of the releases created and maintained by Jurgen Hubert (creator of Urbis)

Officer's Special Pistol From The 1979 Film The Black Hole For Your Old School Science Fiction Campaigns

Original prop picture found right overHERE The 'officer's special' as it become affectionately known is the logical evolution of the twin action pistols seen overHERE. The officer's special has become the standard side arm by 2130 & reflects the adventurous aesthetic and dangers that early interstellar explorers faced out in the void.The laser mechanism and artificial focus crystals

Read an RPG Book in Public Week.

Somehow I’ve managed to miss this for the last 4 years but this week is first Read an RPG Book in Public Week for 2015. Turns out there are three weeks each year set aside for this. The article on the Escapist linked above provides a good FAQ on the idea.

I have to say that I think that this is a great idea and an easy non-intrusive way to spread our love of our hobby. I’m definitely going to have to see if I can get in some public reading, I’m just trying to figure out where as I’m not [...]

The Sigil Courier: Chapter 10

  A Marvellous Shrine Afternoon, Quarryday, Hunt Week, Delve Season, 1034. Minor riot in Asylum The inmates of the Market Ward Asylum were more agitated than normal this afternoon, as violence erupted in the open-plan building. Harmonium Investigators were quickly at the scene and soon restored order. Witnesses reported the sound of gunfire, but no …

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Between The City and The Needle

Between The City and The Needle is a conversation simulation game where the fate of each character you encounter is placed in your hands. The world you live in is confronted with the realization that a large number of its population are not human, but an unknown species mimicking human form. You are a newly recruited employee of Honest Minds, a facility-based cover operation established by the government unit responsible for eradicating the threat and concealing it from the public.

Your job will bring you face to face with suspected imposters. Posing as a psychologist, you must question their identities and ultimately use your intuition to decide what becomes of each one. Will you deem them a convincing member of the human race or a pretender living behind a faade?

FEATURES

  • Delve into the thoughts and memories of 40 suspects each with their own personal motivations and traits.
  • Choose between two difficult decisions after each conversation with a suspect. Will you let them go, believing them to be human, but know you can never find out what they truly are? Or will you sentence them to death, unconvinced of who they claim to be and have their autopsy reveal their true identity?
  • Use the electronic messaging system at your terminal to communicate with co-workers. As your personality is defined by how you play, expect NPCs who act similarly to yourself to reach out to you.
  • Experience the interworking of the facility. Can you uncover its secrets, decrypt documents and hack into hidden files?
  • Feel the ramifications of your actions in 1 of 9 different endings determined by your choices and approach to handling the crisis.

Jennene Flavell says, “We are two artists in our twenties that grew up engulfed in narrative driven games, primarily point-and-click adventures of old with characters and dialogue that truly stayed with us. We [...]

GM's Day Sale is Here! 30% Off on Much of RPGNow


The GM's Day Sale is here. There are some great bargains. I'll highlight some later as I go through the offerings.

Remember, purchases made at RPGNow through links at The Tavern help support prizes and Gift Certificate Giveaways.

Daily Cosplay (Huntress)


Fae La Blanche

Necropunk: Welshen Source Book

Necropunk: Welshen Source Book This sourcebook detailing the second of the two mayor factions/societies in […]

Thought of the Day -- On the Reading of Ender's Game

Here’s a question I’ve seen come up quite a few times: Is the Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card worth reading? And, if so, should you bother with sequels?

As a young adult, Ender’s Game was one of those books that stuck with you and transformed you and informed everything you read from that point forward in your life. Revisiting the book a few years ago as an adult, it was not quite so utterly mind-blowing, but it was still a really good piece of science fiction and I recommend it highly.

Speaker for the Dead, on the other hand, is [...]

UFO Files

In Pennsylvania a witness reported seeing, and photographed, an array of lights passing over the highway. The lights flew in a formation shaped roughly like a boomerang. Being in town he thought they were reflections at first but as they were clearly moving he realized they were not and pulled over to get a better look. No explanation presented itself as the lights continued on their merry way until they moved out of sight.

Read more at Open Minds.

He did get some cool pictures of the UFO or UFOs.



They look like they could [...]

Advanced Options: Warpriest Blessings

Advanced Options: Warpriest Blessings This installment of Rogue Genius Games’ Advanced Options series clocks in […]

Feats of Legend: 20 Warpriest Feats

Feats of Legend: 20 Warpriest Feats This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page […]

Word of the Day -- Pillbox (Fortification)

Pillboxes are concrete dug-in guard posts, normally equipped with loopholes through which to fire weapons. The originally jocular name arose from their perceived similarity to the cylindrical and hexagonal boxes in which medical pills were once sold.  They are in effect a trench firing step hardened to protect against small-arms fire and grenades and raised to improve the field of fire.

The concrete nature of pillboxes means that they are a feature of prepared positions. They were probably first used in the Hindenburg Line. This is likely to have been the time when they acquired their incongruous English name. [...]

USS Cynus Laser Pistols From 'The Black Hole' 1979 For Your Old School Science Fiction Campaigns

The twin action laser pistol in common use during the golden age of space exploration was one of the most common side arms seen from the 2100's and beyond. A common ten shot weapon capable of delivering a twin laser shot to its target even over a distance of forty yards with the weapons set to not disrupt or punch holes through the hulls of space craft. Yet, deliver a lethal set of shots to

Armor Up (Angevin King)





Romeo Models

One Page Dungeon Contest Judges

The 2015 One Page Dungeon Contest draws near, a mere two months away at the time of writing this post, I think it is time to reveal the judges.

The 3 judges for 2015 One Page Dungeon Contest are...

Steve Winter, writer of the recent 5th edition adventure Hoard of the Dragon Queen, alumni and long time editor of TSR, and contributor to Kobold Press (Blog)

Martin Thomas, blogger at Daddy Rolled a 1, returns for a second year of judging the contest. He wrote the interview of last years judges so [...]

Behind-The-Scenes Of Penny Dreadful, Season Two...

Kickstarters

We have two kickstarters running at the moment, one from Troll Lord Games, the other from our parent company Chenault and Gray Publishing.

Victorious is a game that has floated in and out of the TLG offices for some years. Mike Stewart, the author, self published for awhile and created quite a fan base in his own right. Once we launched it hit pretty wild and has been doing well ever sense. In a nut shell, Victorious is a super hero RPG set in Victorian England. Not to be too pigeon holed, the whole world is the setting . [...]

AN ARMY OF GIANTS MARCHES INTO THE PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME'S NEWEST ADVENTURE PATH, GIANTSLAYER

FromPaizo

AN ARMY OF GIANTS MARCHES INTO THE PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME'S NEWEST ADVENTURE PATH, GIANTSLAYER

 

Newest 6-Part Campaign Kicks-Off with the first Installment, "Battle of Bloodmarch Hill"

 

REDMOND, WA (March 2, 2015): Paizo Inc., publisher of the wildly popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today the kick-off of the Giantslayer Adventure Path, the latest 6-part adventure series in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Pathfinder Adventure Path #91: Battle of Bloodmarch Hill, written by Patrick Renie, is now available in hobby game stores nationwide, and on paizo.com.

 

Deep in the Mindspin Mountains, a storm giant warlord known as the Storm Tyrant is gathering [...]

The Lich

I'm not sure I've ever actually used a Lich in an RPG.

I should fix that.

What if Kili and Tauriel... D&D 5e Dwelves

When I was watching the Hobbit trilogy, I found it hard to miss that a little romance was added between Tauriel, captain of the guard of the Kingdom of Mirkwood (formally Greenwood) and Thorin’s nephew Kili. While the character of Tauriel was added to the story by Peter Jackson, enraging many, many book purists –...
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