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Borderland of Adventure #45: Delving Deep

At the end of last session, we left the party heroically returning to Roake after helping the necromancer hermit Dunstan Wymer throw off the curse of lycanthropy that have bedevilled his life.


The villagers were delighted with the news of their success and the party were further cheered by the arrival of Klara and Maban in the village. Although Hemgor was not keen to return to the hermitage and explore the sunken cave under the waterfall the rest of the group began to plan their return.

Thus, after a good night's sleep and some planning, the party (minus Hemgor) returned to Clear [...]

Owl & Weasel Wednesdays: Owl & Weasel Index

Here is an index of all the Owl & Weasel reviews I did over the last year and some change.

O&W #1 April 1975
O&W #2 May 1975
O&W #3 April 1975
O&W #4 May 1975
O&W #5 June 1975
O&W #6 July 1975
O&W #7 August 1975
O&W #8 September 1975
O&W #9 October 1975
O&W #10 November 1975
O&W #11 December 1975
O&W #12 January 1976
O&W #13 February 1976
O&W #14 March 1976
O&W #15 April 1976
O&W #16 May 1976
O&W #17 June 1976
O&W #18 September 1976
O&W #19 October 1976
O&W #20 November [...]

Bits and Bobs XXV

It's been a long time since I did a link dump, and I've got a ton of open tabs that I need to close out, so back to it!

Because it's funny, and could happen so quickly in any D&D game too...

The Redneck Tree... is just terrible.

After almost a full year, Bat of Ancient Vaults and Eldritch Secrets is back!!

Need a few magical trinkets to spice up that boring pile of gold? The Goblin Punch has you covered with 100 minor magic items.

C- over at Hack & [...]

Welcome To Riverdale: Episode Twelve...

The Sigil Courier: Chapter 4

  The Worst and the Best Delve Season, 1034. The Harmonium Strikes Back! After a hard-hitting expose of the Factions of Sigil in The Sigil Courier last week, the Harmonium has responded. Witness the power of the press, made manifest. Fighting back at claims of The Grand Bazaar being flooded with dangerous artefacts, the Harmonium …

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Wonder Woman Wednesday...

Numenera: Strand -- Movie Kickstarter Soon

Numenera by Monte Cook Games (Image: obskures.de)

Numenera: Strand. Welcome to the Ninth World again and again. Joan Manuel Urquiaga Valdes will ab 2. Feb. 2015 einen passenden Kurzfilm ber Kickstarter finanzieren.

Monte Cooks fabulser Kickstarter, um nicht nur leere und natrlich total exklusive Numenera-Boxen ($20,- + $18,- (shipping) = $38,-) vollkommen berteuert zu verhkern, ist gerade mal vorber, schon wird die Cashcow bereits wieder zum Melken in die Crowdfundingstall gerufen.

Der Streifen ber einen Rumziehbesen auf der Suche nach einem “numerischen” Artifakt braucht dringend ein paar Dollars des Schwarms… Da geht noch was.

Diesen Hype muss man nicht verstehen, oder?

Ich wei, jeder der [...]

GM Nostalgia #7 -- Lich's Pet Dungeon lvl 3 (map3)

Hola! I hope you are enjoying my trip down memory lane, manifested in these old dungeon maps of mine, as much as myself. Next up for my GM Nostalgia is the another old map, its the 3rd map in the Lich’s Pet Dungeon, continuing from map 2 obviously Apparently my map making skills were advancing as i appear to have blacked out the area surrounding dungeon areas, although it was a simple technique of crossing out the squares it did do the job of making the map more pleasantly to...

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Campaign Chunk -- Funerary Masks

Golden funeral mask of king Tutankhamun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Funerary Mask

A funerarymask is a mask made to cover the face of a mummy. Funerary masks and other facial coverings for mummies emphasized the ancient Egyptian belief in the fragile state of transition that the dead would have to successfully transcend in their physical and spiritual journey from this world to their divine transformation in the next.

Found only in countries that practiced mummification,they range in quality and design. The earliest ones were made from a wood that was treated to preserve it and over time became more complicated and expensive, becoming more [...]

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 12 - Dwellers in the Mirage

A Viking and an American Indian walk into the Alaskan wilderness. If that sounds like a joke, you haven't read Dwellers in the Mirage, the thrilling sci-fi adventure story by A. Merrit. Listen to my guests and I talk about this story that features a Cthulhu-esque deity, a Conan-esque warrior king, and half-naked warrior women in a hidden mountain valley.



"The most immediate influences upon AD&D were probably de Camp & Pratt, R. E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, H. P. Lovecraft, and A. Merrit" --- Gary Gygax

Abraham Merrit

born 1884, died 1943

Wikipedia names H. Rider Haggard, Robert W. [...]

Free Weird Wednesday Comic Book Download - Comix International Issue #5 (Warren Publishing) (1977) For Your Old School Campaigns

Grab It Right HERE This is one of those classic Warren publishing reprints from 1977 which includes some great old school comics reprints in the Warren tradition. Some of these are perfect for use with your old school campaigns.This issue includes : Bowser - This is the story of a boy and his monster, the art is great but the twisted story has some very interesting twists and turns,

The Essence of Awesome

Everyone wants to be awesome, to find that moment of perfect cool. Maybe the exact style of awesome varies from person to person but make no mistake about this, each player that comes to your table, from the min-maxers to the esoteric actors, wants their character to do or be something cool, or interesting, or powerful, or great, or... You get the idea. While most of the work for this lies in the players’ hands, don’t underestimate how important it is for the GM to facilitate the moments of awesome.

Now, some of you might be asking what should be expected [...]

Interim build v0.196 is available

Work on the Unity 4.6 conversion is almost complete, However, the next version is getting further and further away from the last version released.

Following a largely successful online session during the monthly Executive Producers’ conference call, a significant number of bugs have been fixed and I’m releasing an interim build that will keep the adventurous types from getting too far behind.

Thedocumentationhas mostly been updated.

Here are the known issues with this build:


  • Preview image is not rendered for map.
  • Objects outside the map boundaries are not removed if a map’s dimensions are decreased.
  • Change variation option in map editing is not implemented.
  • Visibility is not [...]

Episode 12 - Holy Entomophobia, Batman!

Greetings, Citizens.

First things first: I am deeply sorry for the delay in getting this episode out to you. We had some more technical issues than expected this time, but they were fixable this time.

One word: Bugs.

This is a continuation of episode 11, and it's jam-packed with bugs--we cover a race, a few critters and even give you a few ideas as to what you could do to spice up other games, like Heroes Unlimited.

There's not much else to say. Again, sorry for the delay; hopefully, the next episode will be on [...]

Orc Quest: Episode 3 - Pack Leader

When we last left our heroes, they set off on the trail of adventure and revenge. Four orcs, one cat, and one human riding Hodor style on Raph's back in a makeshift harness.

The trail wound for some time, with smalltalk had in the interim. A debate sprang up between Cunnin and Justice about the proper territorial procedures of raiding another tribes raid, under what circumstances it could be permissible and what etiquette would be required. As most discussions go on the natural rights of Orc, this one was stopped short by a blood-curdling howl. In the distance, our [...]

Now Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

The last couple months have been rather crazy. November lead to a much-needed break, and as is often the case, December found me busy with familial obligations. The beginning of January saw me with a 103 degree fever and a Nyquil-induced-coma, but once again I am here and doing what I do.

Future plans of the blog are to put out a post per week, with several more or less worked out and waiting in the wings at the moment. Lately, my attention has been diverted heavily into Grand Heresy business, with very exciting things going on. [...]

Orc Quest: Episode 2 - Disrespect

With our Australian DM back from a worrying and lengthy illness, we once again could pursue our tales of orcish adventure, even if today's session would be a short one.

When we last left our heroes, they were making camp in the center of a humie village and taking a well-deserved rest adjacent to the burning ruin of a building they set alight. The young female human was placed in a nearby, also abandoned building for safe-keeping. Seemingly Fearful for her life, she did not run. At their camp around the house-sized fire, spoils were divvied up and [...]

'Groovy' A Doom/Army of Darkness Cross Over One Shot Using The Fantastic Heroes and Witchery Rpg System For Your Old School Post Apocalyptic Campaigns

So for a long while now I've been quietly been looking into a wide variety of campaign ideas for The Fantastic Heroes and Witchery retroclone rpg system. Post Apocalyptic gaming mixed with AD&D 1st edition style adventures appeal to me a great deal but really what is going to appeal to a wide range of players & keep em coming back to the table.Mash up franchise ideas and artwork seems to be all

Apocalypse World in Space

So this past weekend I got a delightful surprise. By random luck I found myself getting to play in an Apocalypse World game. So I sat down along with David (our MC), Rick, James, Ingrid and we handed out the core play books. David said since we were doing a one shot he would give...

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Dragon #69

Simple Game with Simple Rules

Lots of arguments about rules. Games as written aren’t right, so we change them, but some argue whether they can be changed. It’s like poker. How many variations are there? I have played 6 or 7 in my life and still only make sense out of 5 card stud and 5 card draw. I haven’t […]

January's Pictoral Phantasamagoria...

OneNote as My GM Binder

I mentioned back in December that I was moving to OneNote as my tool of choice for my gaming material and I thought it was time to take a look at how I’m starting to organize things. I should point … Continue reading →

Nepenthe -- A Short Film on Kickstarter

Marcus and Alex Tolman are two brothers that have just launched their first short film on Kickstarter. The project, Nepenthe, tells the tale of a couple beset in tragedy. According to their page, "the film explores the extremely difficult and frightening attempts of a couple trying to reconcile after an earth-shattering event threatens to destroy […]

Starting A New Game - Preparing For Your First Session

You have a group, you have a time and place, you even have made your pitch and helped the players make characters for the game. Everything is all set to go, but you still have perhaps the hardest part of running a game in front of you: you need to start the game off.

Beginnings are, in my opinion, one of the things I am the worst at. It doesn't matter if it is writing, GMing, or Playing, I'm rather bad when it comes to starting things. Like the oldest of the Fates I like a good ending. You [...]

potelbat Ep. 81 "GenCon, Part 1

Tune in for thrilling tales of excitement at GenCon 2015. Or at least, the preliminaries of January. And that means housing!

In fact, it means housing so much that @Fiddleback has taken it upon himself to solve the entire housing problem not once, but twice. Because, yes, once again, it was screwed up for people this year.

And then, because that is the sort of guy he is, having solved housing twice, he goes on to solve event registration as well. That hasn’t even happened yet this year!


Still not done, though. Since Brian’s going to be there, you get to hear about [...]

Rotating GMs, an Idea

We hit a stopping point in +Ken H's Monteport campaign.  We maneuvered to have Duncan become king without spilling one drop of blood.  We decided to take a break from that campaign and +Rob Conley volunteered to run his 5e version of his Majestic Wilderlands.

What I purposed was to have a shared world and each of us take turns GMing.  Why?  One, it sounds cool.  It reminds me of the Thieves World anthology where several authors shared the city of Sanctuary and the denizens within.  And the real reason is our group is getting larger.  All of us [...]

Daily Punch 1-27-15 Star Light Strike cantrip for DnD 5e

My wife plays a druid, but she wants to stay a bit out of the way. How about a way to do that and not have to fire a crossbow? How about a spell?


Star Light Strike

Evocation cantrip

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: 100 feet

Components: V,S

Duration: Instantaneous

You call the light of the stars down to scorch your opponent. Choose one creature within range. A target must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or take 1d6 radiant damage.

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 5th level (2d6), 11th level (3d6), and 17th level (4d6)

Daily Punch 1-26-15 Warrior Druid feat for DnD 5e

How about we make our druids more powerful in 5e?


Warrior Druid


You have trained your whole life to be a force of nature. Gain the following benefits:

  • Increase your wisdom by 1 to a maximum of 20.
  • Add your wisdom as bonus damage to any cantrip you cast that does damage.
  • When you damage an enemy in a wild shape, add your wisdom bonus to the damage.


Violent Murderous Oversexualized Smurfette is Offensive?

The Image I was using to represent my adventure at TotalCon2015

Recently I encountered something that got me thinking. I am participating in an event at TotalCon next month. I posted the following, “There is still openings with Saturday Morning Cartoons and A Smurfy Conundrum. Go sign up now to experience: When you received the letter from Papa Smurf you knew the situation was dire. It was he that helped you in the past but now he was calling on you to help him. A darkness has fallen over the Village of Homlet and the Smurfs are not acting Smurfy anymore. It is up to you to discover the cause before it is too late. As rumors of the vile wizard Gargamel filter in, you realize that the Smurfy troubles may actually threaten the entire world of Grayhawk.”

For my segment of the event, I also posted a picture of Smurfette walking away from a giant swath of destruction. Behind her are dozens of dead smurfs and Smurfette is portrayed in her underwear holding bloody weapons. I found the image quite disturbing because of the violence and what the image represented. I was hoping with the picture, that people seeing it may garner some hints as to what to expect in the adventure I will be running. That adventure is one based on the concept of a what if, the Village of Hommlet was the town mentioned in the various Smurfs episodes. Obviously I will be running a horror based story if the image is any hint and one that should prove fun for all involved.

Onto the thing that got me thinking. A Facebook friend saw the image and posted this message to me, “Assignment: find equally ridiculously oversexualized male smurf image to post here.“ I laughed when I saw the request [...]

WotC Closing Down LISTSERV

As reported across the gaming sphere, WotC is closing their old LISTSERV mailing lists:

"On February 15, 2015, Wizards of the Coast will terminate our LISTSERV system that manages this (and other) mailing lists. We've watched the usage of these mailing lists dwindle due to the rise of other communication platforms, such as forums and social media. Given this decreased usage, we have made the decision that it was time to turn them off."

Back in the day these mailing lists were a valuable forum for discussion of many fan-favorite game worlds including Mystara [...]

Tuesday Magic Item -- Laventar's Picnic Basket

Voddick carefully lifted the lid of the basket. “It looks like a . . . loaf of bread and a wine bottle on top.”

Golloan breathed a sigh of relief. “That seems like a good start, after those pickled . . . somethings yesterday, I was worried.”

Voddick pulled out a loaf of honey colored bread and a green glass bottle followed by a small wheel of cheese sealed in red wax and a roast game bird wrapped in slightly greasy cloth.

“I think we will have a much happier meal today, my friend,” said Golloan with a hungry grin.

Laventar’s Picnic Basket

These [...]

Flip Through Robotech RPG Tactics

In this Flip Through I take a look at the rule book for Robotech tactics. If you are thinking about playing the game here is what the book hold for you.

I will be doing a full game review shortly after I finish putting together all the models. Check back next week for some more assembly videos.

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Toon Tuesday: Whistler the Auto-G Gunslinger (Rifts)

A Gunslinger is typically feared and renowned for their skill and reputation, which enables them to get what they want with a threat or a look (and occasionally a bullet). But it also makes them vulnerable, as targets or akin … Continue reading →

London Now Available From Cubicle 7

Cubicle 7’s first Kickstarter project was to fund a deluxe boxed set forCall of Cthulhu, Cthulhu Britannica: London, providing both Keepers and investigators with everything they need to play games set in 1920s London. The campaign succeeded beyondtheirwildest dreams, funding to the tune of over 90,000/$130,000!

TodayCubicle 7 werepleased to announce that the PDF version of Cthulhu Britannica: London boxed set is now available to buy.They’realso opening the pre-order for the physical boxed set too, and pre-orders both ontheirwebstore and at participating Bits & Mortar retailers come with a complementary PDF copy too. So, if you missed out with the Kickstarter, [...]

Return to Marvel Super Heroes!

My group has started playing Marvel Super Heroes for about three sessions now. Before that I don't think I'd played it since maybe 1991. I went through a phase in the 90s where I delved into increasingly complicated RPGs with crunchier and crunchier systems. I think that trend probably culminated with HERO Fantasy. Nowadays the pressures of kids, business ventures, career and other creative pursuits makes a fast, rules-light system like MSH pretty much perfect.

This is not some grognard post about how RPGs peaked in the 80s or how I don't need new games. No, what [...]

Meet 72, Adv 4, 1/17/15

It was this meeting that the fecal matter hit the oscillation device. Through a number of bad decisions and split party - a few over zealous wandering monsters coming in, and just poor luck, we managed to carve out a possible TPK.

The group also met their first level draining undead - wights. Two at first, they killed them but the wights managed to kill off two of the party - which meant they will rise as wights.

Upon escaping to the surface it was just stunned and exhausted expressions amongst the players and a feeling of despair.

Box Breaking 154 Loth Demon Queen of Spiders from GF 9

In this Box Breaking Mat Takes a look at Loth the Demon Queen of Spiders for Dungeons and Dragons from Gale Force 9.

In a week or two I’ll have a video up on pinning Loth.

Free Baba Yaga's Hut (Fat Dragon Games)

I've always wanted to put together some of the Fat Dragon Games print and fold models and terrain.

Baba Yaga's Hut looks amazing and is free as I post this (it won't be free forever)

I can just imagine plopping this down at the gaming table as a DM ;)

Session 144 -- Tabletop News with New Host, Rich!

This week, Rich and I take on the podcast SOLO (that’s like YOLO, but different…). We cover Tabletop news, the latest and greatest Kickstarters, as well as questions from you, the listeners. And boy, did you ask some doozies!


  • Hero Kids Setting Contest
  • Legion Building Site for Attack Wing
  • Open call for D&D Adventure Designers
  • D&D Elemental Evil Storyline & Product Offerings Unveiled
  • RPG Superstar


  • Exploding Kittens - (ends Feb 19)
  • Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge - (ends Feb 5)
  • Forged in Steel - (ends Feb 2)
  • Schrodinger's Cats – (ends Feb 19)
  • Tiny Epic Galaxies – (ends Feb 7)
  • Fightin' Fungi – (ends Feb 16)
  • Tabletop Props Tent - (ends [...]

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8 Spices For Your Magic Rings

Purely mathematical magic items are often boring and certainly do not create memories at the table. The much maligned ring of protection +1 is a great example which has been a staple of the Dungeons & Dragons game for ages. I always like to add a twist to the more common magic items I give out to my players to keep them on their toes. Magic needs to be wondrous and unpredictable so even the oldest grognards are surprised. Below I have created a table of additional powers that will spice up the next ring your group unearths. 
Magic [...]

Making Short Work of the Silver Princess

Working our way through a stack of classic TSR adventure modules, some players in my Homeguard B/X campaign recently tackled (B3) Palace of the Silver Princess by Jean Wells and Tom Moldvay.

We opened with the level 1-3 party (2 elves, 2 halfling-thieves, and a magic-user) wandering eastward in search of some way to pass over the border and beyond The Fields We Know and into our campaign world's Lord Dunsany-style Elfland.  The aim of their quest was to find a way to bring a fallen elf comrade, Sayana, who had been incinerated by a dragon, back to life.

The Elder Scrolls Conversion Project; Currency part I

The Empire uses gold coins as its currency called "Septims" or less frequently "drakes", or even "gold". Since this currency is different than the normal D&D copper-silver-gold-platinum coins, in this post you will see price lists, costs of living and so on. You can use this for any Elder Scrolls game, and not just D&D conversion, or alternatively, you could use it for any game, even not Elder Scrolls by simply changing the name of the coins.

The septim coins are named after the first Septim Emperor, Tiber Septim, who later ascended to godhood [...]

Traveller Tuesday: Planetary Habitability Codes

Are you a Trekkie? Do you wish you had the opportunity to say "Class M planet" in a game of Traveller?  Well, now you can.

By cross-referencing Traveller's Universal World Profile definitions with Star Trek's Planetary Classifcation definitions, we arrive at this handy Venn Intersection of science-fiction geekery.

Please note that these are approximations; Star Trek's system isn't as granular as Traveller's UWP,

Class A, B and C planets:
  • Different only in how the planet is heated
    • Class A is geothermal (heated internally)
    • Class B is geomorteus (heated by a star)
    • Class C is geoinactive (frozen)
  • Size:1-6
  • Atmospheres: 0-3
  • Hydrographics: 0-1 

Kickstarter -- DemonWars: Allheart

R.A. Salvatore has created another Kickstarter, and this one is for the expansion to hisDemonWars RPG. His first kickstarter forDemonWars: Reformation was a huge success in 2013 and raised $80k. DemonWars: Reformation focused on the Abellican Monk for players, and had Rogues in the appendix. He was able to produced the RPG and it was...

Kickstarter -- DemonWars: Allheart

R.A. Salvatore has created another Kickstarter, and this one is for the expansion to hisDemonWars RPG. His first kickstarter forDemonWars: Reformation was a huge success in 2013 and raised $80k. DemonWars: Reformation focused on the Abellican Monk for players, and had Rogues in the appendix. He was able to produced the RPG and it was...

Podcast Episode -- The RPG Interview Room: Sleepers with Ben Counter

Sleepers is a conspiracy horror game published by Death Spiral Games and written by Ben Counter, veteran of many Warhammer novels. This game has been in development for a number of years and puts the players in the shoes of agents with super powers who have just woken up after a long slumber and a [...]

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Thundarr the Barbarian -- Princess Ariel for 5e Dungeons and Dragons

                Ariel, Human, 3rd level Sorceress Armor Class: 13 Hit Points: 17 Speed: 30′ Proficiency Bonus +2 Saving Throws: Constitution +3 and Charisma +5 Alignment: Lawful Good Str 10(+0) Dex 14(+2) Con 12(+1) Int 16(+3) Wis 15(+2) Cha 17(+3) Cantrips (1/turn, 4 known): * Fire Bolt (1d10) * […]

Kickstarter - Conan (Board Game) - Minis and More oh My!

Have I mentioned that I'm counting down the days until I can retire, because only then will I find the time to play all the amazing board games I've found via Kickstarter AND paint all of the miniatures I've accumulated. Sigh.

Conan is a gorgeous looking game, and I don't say that lightly. It's a GM vs player(s) game, and I expect some light roleplay will sneak in with the right groups.

If my count is right, the basic box comes with 74 figures without counting the ones added by the stretch goals met thus far. Stretch goals add another 62 figures, plus furniture, skull piles, a poster map, a dice bag, extra dice and an extra double sided game board. Thus [...]
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