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A Play : Tremulus

A Play


I was asked to run a game for Kara and Titus, two new friends whom I met back at LUDO during Gary Gygax day.  They were itching for a horror game and I felt it was a good time as any to try and get them interested in what other game systems had to offer.  For this session, I opted to use tremulus once again, but borrowed heavily storywise from John Wick's The Curse of the Yellow Sign.   The end result was a disturbing one shot tale that they could sink their teeth [...]

L4ST (Last Of Us fan film)

DC Universe: Directive on Superpowers

From the back of the book:

"The classified files of the covert government agency the Department of Extranormal Operations are finally released. The public can now take advantage of the data accumulated from the D.E.O. 's years of studying metahuman powers and activities in the DC Universe.

This document expands on previously published material on powers. Get introduced to new ways of determining initial power cost, using Character Points and Hero Points with powers, and more. Find out how wonders and androids affect power selection. Learn more about new and revised limitations and enhancements. Discover a wealth of information on powers (new and updated), so many details that it took a whole book to contain them all."

The Zhodani Base 76 Patrons Writing Contest -- 2014

It is now time for The Zhodani Base 76 Patrons Writing Contest -- 2014.

Since the Zhodani Base is celebrating 20 years on the Internets this year, we have added $20 to the prize pot from last year. The generous Jury, (Mike, Eric, Dylan and Anders) from the Amber Zone Opening Contest each add $10.

This years first prize is a $70 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG.
Second prize is a $40 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG.
Third prize is a $20 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG.

If you win you can buy lots of traveller goodies that you might have missed.

The style of the entries [...]

10 Spooky Greyhawk Locations

With October and Halloween winding down let's have a look at some places in Greyhawk that are quite spooky - that is to say spookier than most adventure locations in the Flanaess. The Tomb of Horrors goes without saying so I'll go from there. In no particular order, enjoy!

1. C2, Ghost Tower of Inverness: For obvious reasons, this is always one of the first places that pops into my mind when I think haunted. Located in the Abbor Alz Hills, the object of this classic first edition module is for the numinous Soul Gem.

2. Dungeon of Bleeding Walls: This place just [...]

Miss November: Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan (from Guardians Of The Galaxy, Oculus, A Touch Of Cloth, Selfie and Doctor Who)

OSR Converters

When converting between game systems, what types of things need conversion? Armor Class: Ascending/Descending or other. Monster Stat Blocks – # appearing, AC, HD/HP, etc. Coins – Is it gp or sp standard and what is the ratio of one type of coin to another? Distance – feet/yards/meters vs. indoor/outdoor, etc. Combat Tables – Within […]

[Friday Map] Tallhorn's Retreat

The forest of the Beastmen is well known as a place where those who serve fell gods travel to prove themselves against one another for the attention of their dark lords. One constant in the forest is of course the Beastmen, and the westernmost part of the forest is the stomping grounds of Tallhorn’s Herd, a savage group of centaurs, minotaurs and beastmen lead by the Tallhorn – the mightiest of their kin.

What makes this herd more permanent than the other herds and tribes in the forest is Tallhorn’s Retreat, a shrine / crypt / temple / fortress cut into a rocky outcropping in their territory.

Tallhorn’s Retreat

While lacking in easy access and egress points besides the front door, this structure provides shelter and a sign of the favour of the gods through the various shrines that have been built and desecrated over the years.

Tallhorn’s Retreat (Gridded)

Since this map was drawn freehand, there is no way to really match the grid up to the map – but I’ve done my best in this gridded version.

Tallhorn’s Retreat was drawn in a single draft using Sakura Micron 03 and 01 pens in my Dollar Store mapping booklet (which is damned near full and [...]

Extra Lives -- Ep. 7: Victory Fanfare

The clown show is back folks and it’s a Final Fantasy bonanza tonight! HA! Just kidding… It’s a JRPG extravaganza!!! Plus maybe some talk on Jamestown, Luftrausers, Risk of Rain, and Paranautical Activity. Theme Music: “RetroFuture Dirty” by Kevin MacLeod Additional Music: “Swing De Chocobo” by Nobuo Uematsu from “Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy”

Paint Table Friday

I started in on Song of Blades and Heroes (part of my 10 games, 10 times challenge) and it's done two things: got me psyched about paper figures again but also, maybe I should try to paint some of the Reaper Bones figures I've got taking up space.

Shields [...]

Dungeon World: The Vampire

The Vampire is now on sale over at Drivethrurpg, just in time to still qualify as a Halloween release!

I never thought we'd actually write a vampire playbook, but since I've been doing the whole Expedition to Castle Ravenloft bit everything just started falling into place; all told it only took a few weeks to get it all together, making it I think the fastest playbook we've ever done.

As with The Witch, we did a lot of research on a variety of vampires to create a class that is broad enough to depict the more commonplace ones: you [...]

Halloween Creature Feature: Children of the Light

They are peaceful and innocent.  They are creatures from the plane of positive energy,  beings who replenish the life energy of those who hear their laughter.  

They aren't on the elemental plane of light any longer,  they were stolen by greedy wizards who feared the approach of death almost as much as the cold, eternal apathy of lichdom.   When the cabal of wizards were overthrown by the kings of men, they retreated into the goblin infested ruins of the dwarven golden age.  Despite their powers they succumbed the ravening hordes of goblins, and the children were trapped [...]


Another Free Halloween Download - Skywald Comics: Nightmare Issue 11 (1973) For Your Old School Campaigns

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My own journey with Skywald comic magazines begins someplace around 1975 when I was a wee little lad and since it is Halloween I thought I would share one of my all time favorite issues of the venerable ghoulish grave side story offerings. I stumbled upon these magazines whilst helping clean out a basement back in New York state.  This issue features some fantastic tales of horror, a bit of sword and sorcery thrown in, and some old school horror articles. This magazine series is forever linked in my mind with OD&D because it was [...]

Parasite zombies (October RPG Blog Carnival)

I realized that I overlooked making my "Things that go bump in the night' entry for this month's Blog Carnival.  I had my wife sketch up a critter and everything!  Oh well, here's another extrapolated real-world nasty for your gaming environment...

There are several varieties of parasites that, as part of their life cycle, 'zombify' or mind-control their hosts in order to procreate.  The typical strategy is to cause the host to lose inhibitions or self-preservation, and therefore expose itself to predation or other harm in order to distribute larva or advance its life cycle. The Cordyceps fungus [...]

A Treat, Sans Trick

For the next couple of days, I'm knocking 10% off of the Monster Tome in honor of all the undead (and Elsas, apparently) on the streets tonight looking for free sweets.

As always, if you buy the hard cover and email me a receipt, you'll get a PDF copy of the book for free.

Happy Halloween, folks!

Frightful Fridays! Halloween Kaidas

Hello and welcome back to a new Frightful Fridays! Life got in the way of last week's entry, so I'm putting two monsters out this week. Since it's the two-year anniversary of the feature, I thought I'd go with my favorites---kaidas. They aren't exactly the friendly kaidas that have graced this blog before, especially the pale kaida, but the rot kaida may prove to be a valuable ally in the fight against undead monsters.


I hope you enjoy this week's monsters, and I'll be back next week with something else. Thanks for reading, and thanks for all the comments and suggestions [...]

Riddle Me This! Submit a Riddle and You May Walk Away with Some RPGNow Store Credit

As we talked about on the latest episode of the Brainstorm Podcast (Episode 14, wherein we talk about Riddles) I'm throwing a contest out to my readers.

It's real simple:

- submit an original riddle as a comment to this blog post

Easy, right?

One riddle, as judged by the 3 hosts of the Brainstorm Podcast ( +Vincent Florio , +Glen Hallstrom and myself) will win it's submitter a $10 RPGNow Gift Certificate. A second riddle, chosen randomly, will win it's submitter a $5 RPGNow gift certificate.

Enter as many riddles as you want. One riddle per comment please.

Riddles must be submitted by 9 PM eastern time on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Alright folks, get cracking!

Win a Free Hex Dice Chest -- One Day Only!

If it's one things games never have enough of, it's dice. And with a massive collection of dice comes the inevitable problem of where to store them all. Well, if you're sick of keeping you dice in a purple, crushed-velvet Crown Royal bag then you should check out Hex Dice Chests.

Quentin and Dan are just a couple of gamers with a passion for woodworking. They've got an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign on right now where you can order your own Hex Dice Chest. It's already 1,000% funded! The Kickstarter runs until the end of day Sunday, November 2. Check it [...]

I'll come back when I have something interesting to say

There's an interesting story about Pablo Picasso getting frustrated at his own work and slashing a room full of paintings in front of a stunned art gallery owner. It comes from Steven Pressfield's Turn Pro, but you can read all about it here from another blogger who's read the same book and maybe going through something similar like I am.

Right now I just feel a general malaise toward writing up posts here. For a month now I've been tempted to pull the plug on this website. Hell, maybe its time to get rid of G+ and [...]

Errata Already?!

Okay... one little thing I left out of Saga of the Splintered Realm (and I hope that's all!). I was running a solo play test of some monsters and ideas for Vault of the Goblin, and a fighter dropped to negative hp. So, I decided to look up the rules (even though I knew them) and realized I couldn't... because they weren't there! I've added this to page 50 of the book and updated the file (a grey text box in the middle of the page) but thought I'd post it here just in case...

Damage, Death and Healing. [...]

NaGaDeMon -- 2014

On Wednesday, I wrote about my considering whether or not to sign up for NaNoWriMo 2014. I had mentioned thhat I had seen things online about similar ideas for designing games. Well, I ran across an article at The Savage Afterworld that discusses NaGaDeMon– National Game Design Month, also the month of November. While I […]

An update on... well everything!


I've been working really hard to get things done and our latest waves of adventure rolled out. I have new editors working on products. I am just about to announce the next big story arc for Legacies! Stay tuned.

About the public design session, it went extremely well. The guys came up with some very nasty goodies and great ideas I am putting the finishing touches on. It will be a very good book. At first, I thought it would be only 5-6 pages but it looks like the final product will be 20+ pages long. Filed with goodies! [...]

Dread - Tower Hack & Homebrew

Happy All Hallow's Eve Everyone! 
I thought now would be an appropriate time to finally publish this draft for a homebrew/hack I've been working on and off for over a year for Dread. Hopefully I'm going to be running a few of these concept for the first time tonight. Enjoy!

Ever since I got the storytelling game Dread, read it, and later played it, I've been considering a way to hack it. Many months ago I acquired a jenga tower that suited my needs, both visually and practically.

I thought I was being so clever with this [...]

October Movie Challenge: Mad Scientist Marathon

I have a mini marathon of movies I have watched in the last few hours.  All dealing with Vampires and Mad Scientists (give or take)

The Vampire Bat (1933)
This one turns some of the vampire tropes into plot fodder and features a mad scientist that needs human blood to keep his new creation alive.  An older flick but fun.  It features the ever impressive Faye Wray and Dwight Frye.  Frye of course played one of the first ever Renfields in 1931's Dracula.  I am struck by how good his range was and his performances reminds me of Andy [...]

MYFAROG has been published

MYFAROG is now out, and available from our shop (here).

The first print is only 100 copies,but we will print more later on.

You can check out the posts on this blog, and in particular the MYFAROG Tutorials, for a proper introduction to the game, and hopefully this will enable you to know whether or not MYFAROG might be a game you will enjoy.

Boardgame Review -- Cubist

By Paco Garcia Jaen Alf Seegert is one of my darling designers and a dear friend of mine. Yes. He is a proper friend and I love him to bits. That means that this review is biased. Mind you, it doesn't need to be because the game is excellent, but if it weren't, this review [...]

The post Boardgame Review – Cubist appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.

Halloween Countdown, Day 0: I Am The Mistrss of The Drp!

See, I TOLD you all it was Derpy's fault for distracting me! ;)

Happy Nightmare Night, everypony! May you all get something sweet to bite.

Designing a Boffer LARP System (Part 35) and Other Stuff

35 posts...this project has stronger legs than I thought, but I think we're getting to the end of the run.

November is almost upon us, and that means it's the time of year for NaGaDeMon.

NaGaDeMon is the time of year to stop theorizing and start designing, it's also the time of year when university study winds down. So I'll probably take a bit of time away from the blog (maybe posting every two or three days rather than daily).

I really want to get stuck into the "Other Strangeness" game I was considering earlier in the [...]


Happy Halloween from Paraguay!

Fast Paraguayan Fun Fact: Paraguay, as a country still trying to figure out its identity, has a shit-ton of random holidays...things like Kid's Day and Youth's Day and Friendship Day and Spring Day. "JB, people in the USA celebrate the first day of Spring, too...or at least mark it in passing." Yeah, but you don't see big banners put up across streets and decorations hung from lamp posts and lunch specials and people exchanging gifts and talking about "what I'm doing for Spring Day." It's like they're starved for things to celebrate.

So, it's [...]

Music -- Lords of the New Church, Night is Calling

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Heavy Is The Head

As much as I love the current crop of DC Comics-inspired TV shows (ie. The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and Gotham), nothing gives me quite the fanboy frisson as the sight of the Marvel logo over flickering comic book pages at the top of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Heavy Is The Head continued the story from the last episode, with Coulson's crew still chasing down Crusher Creel aka The Absorbing Man,


I remember when I had my first taste of politics in D&D. Before that all the adventures I had run and I the adventures I had participated in had a clear plan from the outset. Before we even sat down to play, the GM had an "adventure" in mind. But when one of my friends ran a highly political Birthright campaign, the structure was different. He didn't come to the game with any kind of adventure structure thought out in advance. He just came with a situation and NPCs. I thought it was fantastic. 

At first it took me a [...]

Tyranny of Dragons - A Guide to Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamat

This article contains notes and information for Dungeon Masters who are running the Tyranny of Dragons path for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. It contains links, errata and advice on how to run things most effectively and information to make it easier for you to foreshadow the story and make it feel more fleshed out.

This document will be updated as the season progresses. As I run more of this campaign I will add further notes. When this is article is updated I will post an alert via my twitter account. If you follow me I swear I will [...]

Mecha Assault on the Giants

So my online Wednesday night gaming group has run into scheduling problems, and we're looking at alternate games we can run when the usual GM isn't available but everyone else. Not particularly seriously, I threw out the following pitch:

Mecha Against the Giants
In a mostly low fantasy world, actual giants are invading. The Court  Wizard performs his  mightiest ritual and summons a squad of Heavy Gear/VOTOMS type mecha pilots and their vehicles. Dragooned against  their will, they must use their powerful vehicles and limited ammunition to defeat the giants and  find a way home.Response was moderately positive, [...]

Music -- Darkness Visible, Darkness Visible

Free Halloween Download - Protodimension Magazine Issue #21 For Your Old School Horror RPG Campaigns

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Just in time for Halloween is this of Protodimension magazine and some fantastic old school horror rpg articles!
Most of the major horror rpg bases are covered and there's some great stuff to spruce up any monster or Halloween themed adventures . There are some great articles in this issue! I really love Tad Kelson's adventure and Easy As That by Osmond Arnesto
 Here's a list of the contents from their page: 
  • Dithering in the Dark, Words from the chief by Tad Kelson
  • Easy As That, A bit of fiction by Osmond Arnesto for Your Reading [...]

Music -- Crispy Ambulance, Green Light, White Shirt

Elf or Scroll: Handling the Info Dump

  One of the main tasks of the GM is to impart information to the Players. Environment, setting and historical details are only known to the Players, and thereby become relevant at the table, if the GM actually passes this information along to the Players.   Yet, there are many methods for the GM to …

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Jacob's Ladder- Knowing When to Say Goodbye

I couldn't find a more fitting movie to end this project. Jacob's Ladder is a brilliant masterpiece about life and death, about the things the wars do to ordinary people, about family. It is a horror movie, it is a drama movie, it is a war movie, and it is a surrealist movie. It is hard to explain exactly what it is, just that it is one of the greatest movies of the nineties, perhaps even one of the greatest movies of all time.The movie chronicles the life of Jacob, a divorced man, a Dr. of the arts and philosophy, [...]

Heroes, villains, and proactivity

It seems to have become some kind of common wisdom that great villains are often much cooler and more interesting than the heroes of their stories because they have actual goals and plans, and working towards accomplishing something. In contrast, the heroes tend to simply try to prevent that plan from succeeding. This is true both in fiction and in roleplaying games, where people seem to frequently have trouble with coming up with adventures and campaigns in which the players can be more proactive.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot these days, and I think it’s essentially correct, but also [...]

A Magic Item: The Cat's Shade

Although designed for use with OGL Modern (the OGL d20 variant that NUELOW Games produces most of its OGL support for), and appearing in the forthcoming The Three Lives of Fantomah: Book Two, this magical item could be used in any roleplaying game or setting where magic is present. (Text in this post is released under the Open Game License, which means it can be reproduced in accordance with its terms. Copyright 2014 Steve Miller.)

The Cat's Shade
The Cat's Shade is a magical potion that is created from the blood of a cat sacrificed during an evil ritual. [...]

Gategully Episode 54

I have a plan. Possibly a *bad* plan. It involves water.

Also, The Mystery Of The Disappearing Bridge.

Also, also, a cliffhanger…

Find the playlist here!

Music -- Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer

Music -- BFG, Amelia

Macabre Manses (part 2) and Extra Web Content!

Two weeks ago we properly introduced you to the Macabre Manses with Justin Andrew Mason's deviant carrionette fleshdolls and Rory Toma's pumpkin-themed tribute to Joshua Gullion. Finishing up the month, Jeremy Kleve took us into the weird places of the cosmos with Fomalhaut the Nebulous, his deranged acolyte Gruxm Goretooth, a strange magic item made […]

The post Macabre Manses (part 2) and Extra Web Content! appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Modiphius licences roleplaying line based on Infinity miniatures game

Modiphius Entertainment, the company behind the acclaimed Achtung! Cthulhu and Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition, has announced a licencing partnership with Corvus Belli to create a roleplaying line based on the Infinity miniatures skirmish game.

Infinity was launched by Spanish company, Corvus Belli in 2005. It actually started life as a
homemade RPG setting for the early roleplaying adventures of Alberto, Carlos, Fernando and Gutier, before it evolved into the hugely-popular wargame and miniatures range.

The Infinity storyline follows the battles of the Human Sphere against the alien Combined Army, a collection of conquered alien races led [...]

Breaking rules is fun.

Here's an idea. Breaking the rules of a game makes for a better game experience.
Games have rules. Some have few, others have dozens. It doesn't matter if it is a rule that tells you to roll this dice at this time in RPG, or a one that tells you how to move your piece in a board game, or even a equation that limits how high can you jump in a video game. Without those rules there would be no real game to speak of. It would be more of an experience than game. On the other hand, what [...]

D&D Attack Wing is here!

So, I'm pretty excited about D&D Attack Wing and here's why:

So let's even put aside that X-Wing, the rules set it's based on, is pretty solid and fun. If you are a war gamer who likes dog-fighting games, whether it's Star Wars, Star Trek or WWII planes, you're probably going to like it.

If you are also a D&D fan, you'll probably like it even more.
But that's not entirely why I'm so excited.
It's a source of non-random D&D dragon miniatures!
WizKids also creates the D&D Icons of the Realms miniatures. Those are the hidden-in-box, collectible [...]

Beyond the River ~ Kickstarter Project

"Beyond the River" is a tale of Juergan of Astode, a knight of some renown. Weary and spent, seeking only the solace of quiet, he's retired to the Barren Wood, upon the banks of the Hruesen River, in the shadow of the Blacktooth Ridge. There he's built his home. and there he lives out his days in meagre comforts.
But now, he stands before the Baron Botkin . . . ."My niece, Clarrisa, fell into the cold waters of the Hruesen River. The current was swift there, in the river's bend, and it pulled her down stream. It was so [...]
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