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The Glide Frog a Creature for Any Setting

A new creature for use in Swords & Wizardry (and most other OSR systems) and the Next Edition.

Glide FrogThe croak came from above them as they raced through the marsh lands. Looking up El saw the large dark green form of a frog gliding above them, long tongue lolling from its mouth.Type: Mortal, MonstrousHit Dice: 2+2Armor Class: 6[13]Attacks: Bite (1d4 + Poison (Save Negates)), Tongue (1d6 + Swallow)Saving Throw: 16 Special: Gliding, Swallow Whole, Water BreathingMove: 12 [36']/36 [110'] GlidingAlignment: NeutralChallenge Level/XP: 6/400 Special AbilitiesSwallow Whole -- 35% chance of catching target with tongue during attack and swallowing [...]

Progress Report: July 2014

A Few of this week's SketchesThis month I managed to get a short-short story published over at 365 Tomorrows, posted another flash fiction piece inspired by a prompt from Ganymeder, and finally got all the links fixed and updated for Zeelia Episodes 1-20, as well as posting the Datadex/Appendix, and the entry for the Jarpha.

I'm going to be writing a slew of new eight-sentence-episodes for Series Two of Zeelia in the next couple of days, depending on how things go with a couple of other very time-consuming projects. The goal is to get back to posting weekly eight-sentence installments of Zeelia's continuing adventures [...]

Classic Literature and Anime with Brent Newhall Part 1

This is the first in a series with Brent Newhall about pairing anime with classic literature for enrichment of the classroom.

Brent’s Website:http://brentnewhall.com/

Thanks to the following Ruthless Sponsors:

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And, thanks to the following Patrons athttp://www.patreon.com/pfigtree:

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Comic-Con spending

This blog post is in response to an article in the paper.  For those with limited time, it's about Comic-Con attendees spending as little money as possible or, at least, much less than the national average of convention attendees... which annoys corporations wanting to capitalize on all those potential wallets with legs.

My gut reaction is this: corporate america can't have it both ways.  They can't subjugate their employees with depressed wages, fewer benefits, and laying off workers while, at the same time, complaining that young adults aren't spending enough money on their expensive products.

Maybe there's a larger [...]

Owl & Weasel Wednesday #4 May 1975

Owl & Weasel #4 takes us to 1975.
Still 8 pages and still 10p.

The feel of this is still very, very local.  But I did enjoy the front page story on Go (a game I have always wanted to learn).
Outside of that the zine is still focused mostly on Wargaming.  Which is interesting comparing it more modern White Dwarfs.  I feel less and less like White Dwarf turned it's back on RPGs and instead just went back to its focus.

There is another Monopoly variant published here.  If you have three or more undeveloped properties then [...]

Dunwich Horror Brochette

   Two of my friends have zero Sanity Points left. Last time we had a barbecue, they created this amazingly freaky seafood brochette with various squid tentacles. Here's a pic. I'm quite proud to say I ended up eating a chunk of that after it went on the grill. Only problem is, since that fateful day, I wake up every night in a cold sweat, yelling: "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!"

Random Orc & Goblin Tribe Names Table

Realized I had never made up a table for generating tribal names for orcs or goblins. I always gave them bland names like “The Orcs of the Western Hills” or something.

This table should give them some more flavor.

Orc & Goblin Tribe Name Generator (PDF)

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Weird Wednesday (Wonders of NaeraCull): Spirits of the Sentinel

Shoutof the Sentinels CR 2 XP 600 CN haunt (all Stone Sentinels) Caster Level 5th Notice obvious (no check required) Trigger removal of the earthbound gem from the Stone Sentinel at Grimstark Stoneturner's excavation site. Reset never (though it repeats for each of the sentinels if their "hearts" are ever removed). When Grimstark's […]

The post Weird Wednesday (Wonders of NaeraCull): Spirits of the Sentinel appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.


Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leader and publisher of widely-acclaimed free-to-play MMORPGs, announced today that […]

New additions to the collection -- July 2014

Again I made the mistake of thinking that this month was going to be a quieter one, especially for my wallet. But oh no! There was only going to be one item for this month, as I had only picked up one thing for most of the duration of this month. Right up until the…

The Escape

I hear the wood POP! and crackle and steel pipes squealing. Without removing his dress he takes his hand and pushes it into a wound on left side of his torso, southern of chest. I blink and his face is in front of mine blocking most of my view. Black pits instead of eyes reveal nothing but despair. My breathing is shallow and my heart races. Sweat pours down my face and my muscles clench. He takes this object covered in gut and blood and hands it to me. My hand trembles and jaw shakes.

"Trinity!" he yells in a vaguely [...]

Magic Item: Juggernaut Plate

Juggernaut Plate
Heavy Armor

It is said that nothing can stop a juggernaut. This armor was created for shock troopers to plow their way to the opposing forces leader.

Unstoppable: Cannot be slowed.
1/day Fortify: The armor becomes more rigid with arcane weave.

Lights of Eru

Eru’s lights travelled. In circles, Eru’s lights moved, floating through the Darkness. They were echoes of the moment of creation, and served no purpose but their own. Above gods and God, above man and elf and dwarf, above all life.

Eru’s lights flickered. There was movement between them which was not their own. The Darkness shimmered beneath the lights and above the lights and they saw that they could never leave this place.

Eru’s lights wavered. They wanted to leave the Darkness and Darkness would have them do so. The lights did not then know the law of opposites. Eru’s lights shone, [...]

Venom's guild

Mote is clear. Poison’s a woman’s weapon, and truly no assault is more reviled nor feared. Yet what is the difference? Difference of hiring a sword to slipping poison? Murder is murder, and murder begets fear. At least that was always the rhetoric of the guild, Fraternitas Sancti Nicolai, the poison brewers guild.

Why would wise and kind Borna, dux Dalmatiae accept them to the lands, noone knows.

Their creed is fairness in availability of murder – as if a maid could not hold a blade. Gold. It is gold they seek. And plenty of it means power untold in times as [...]

Dragonmeet Early Bird Tickets now on sale

Phoenix-like, Dragonmeet has been reborn. No longer is “the UK’s friendliest games convention” being held at Kensington Town Hall. The new venue is the Ilec Convention Centre in Earl’s Court.   Along with the new venue, Dragonmeet 2014 has a new management team and a new date of Saturday 6th December. So much has changed, …

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Hey Gen Con Attendees....

If you aren't doing anything Saturday afternoon at Gen Con, why not consider joining us for the 2014 GM's Jam (SEM1459210)? This event is focused around a fun give-and-take between Game Masters, Referees, Dungeon Masters, Judges, and whatever other Powers Behind The Screen there are. We talk about common GMing pitfalls, joke about player issues, and have a great time coming up with ideas, inspiration, and potential fixes for campaigns. It's really just a great exchange of ideas overall. Hey, and as a seminar, it's totally free! Here's the info and link for those interested:

Game ID: SEM1459210

Red Seas & Sand - Stars Without Number - A Post Apocalyptic Mars Actual Play Event

In last night's game, we got into gun running to local martians along a series of universes accessible through the spike drive of the PC's. They were able get the weapons to the Martians just in time as Corp battle cruisers were in deep orbit. Several Pre Scream death machines  were camped just outside of the Martian  rebel's force screens
The machines began to hack into the 'Dust' that surrounded the encampment and a very large dust elemental formed from the red sands. After a brief battle and some minor damage the rebels got their weapons.
The PC's hacked [...]


It can be annoying creating the various faiths for a home game. So, I have created 10 gods for you to use as you see fit. Enjoy!

He is the god of valor and order. He promotes protecting the weak, destroying evil in all its forms, and justice for all. Avin is often portrayed carrying a longsword and shield. He is worshiped by knights, champions of good, and chivalrous individuals. He constantly struggles with Purgara his arch-enemy.

She is the goddess of knowledge and magic. She promotes academics and the study of magic, the sharing of information and technology with [...]

Flash Clocked At 760mph...

Meanwhile At The Bundle Of Holding - A One-Roll Engine

It is the last day for the One-Roll Engine Bundle of Holding. You're not familiar with the One-Roll Engine? The One-Roll Engine (ORE) system resolves initiative, success/failure, and damage in one quick roll. Designed by Greg Stolze (Unknown Armies) and Dennis Detwiller (Delta Green), this d10 dice-pool system is fast and easy to learn, yet has enough crunch and options to satisfy veteran

Creative Challenge -- Day 30!

We had a couple of days of intermittent internet service on the site which made uploading posts impossible, but here we go!

It’s the last day! Just one left to go and then we’re finished! that brings up an interesting question: how do you know when something is “finished” and you can stop tinkering with it? At what point do you just look at something and say, “I’m good with this, right here.” Are you an avid tinkerer, always trying to perfect what you craft, or are you able to walk away from it and be happy?

Let us know a [...]

Art -- The Artist in His Studio

Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands: Design Principles Case Study

The Moathouse from T1-4 The Temple of Elemental Evil is one of my all-time favourite modules. I think it’s a great example of genius dungeon design and I’ve always wanted to design a similar location.


When I saw the above image by jolly talented artist Marc Radle I immediately knew that I’d found “my Moathouse.” Eventually, I called it the Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands.

I'm one of these people that like to plan something before I get started; I find it very hard just to dive in and get cracking (as previous experience has taught me doing that inevitably wastes time [...]

Digging the Gravelands

Have you seen this? While I was in stasis, Hereticwerks released a first shortform module, GL-1, Taglar's Tomb.

It's a revised and expanded take on a site they posted for Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day last year. If you're a regular reader, you know what I think of Hw, and this is as accessibly weird and as dreamily expansive as ever.*
If you play a tabletop game, or like a speculative genre, you can probably do something with the contents. If you play a rules-light roleplaying game, like D&D or a game inspired by it, like S&W, you can [...]


Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate (WHOG) draws on a number of sources for inspiration. I watch a lot of wuxia movies and TV shows, and these have had a big influence not only on Ogre Gate, but on Sertorius and many of my d20 campaigns. I am hoping to share some of my favorite movies and shows in the genre here as we work on WHOG.

NOTE: This is a somewhat lengthy review, that gives a full overview of the plot and that includes many spoilers. 

The Last Hurrah for Chivalry was released in 1979 by Golden Harvest [...]

[AFHOTWTTGS] Doctor Who RPG Reviews

Every once in a while, the stars align and my nerd interests correlate in a moment of glorious synchronicity. Some kind-hearted soul saw fit to provide me with access to FASA's mid-Eighties Doctor Who RPG; like me, it was born during the terrible year of 1985, in which Colin Baker was taken off the air for perceived crimes against television (and one day, when I'm sufficiently drunk or cross, I shall regale you all with my explanation of how this accusation is both one hundred per cent true and absolute codswallop), and like me, it manages to combine a fundamental [...]

Travellered By The Apocalypse

I make no secret of my love for the Apocalypse World engine. Sure, I have trouble with some of the "future hipster speak" to be found in AW, but the incredibly simple-yet-robust core mechanic just blow me out of the water. For the most part, this has played out in an infatuation with Dungeon World (!!!) and the very excellent "What If?" version of DW known as World of Dungeons, but I keep looking for new ways that I can use the super-simple AW mechanics to make the tabletop experience more interesting and blah blah blah, I dig it, you [...]

Ice Weird

The Ice Weird is the more solid version of the Snow Weird, water-influencing rather than air-influencing. Like other Weirds, she's an especially powerful elemental tied to the mortal world by an elemental pool, a roiling mass of ice, which she cannot leave except to return to the Elemental Plane of Water, closing the pool behind her. Unlike the Snow Weird, she is unable to control the weather, her powers being more directed towards physical and mental handicapping.

Trying to make the Ice Weird sufficiently similar from the Snow Weird was a pretty tricky challenge, especially since there were [...]

Ring Side Report- Video Game Review of South Park: The Stick of Truth

Game- South Park: The Stick of Truth

Price- It’s a bit old so you can get this for cheap! ~$20

TL;DR- Ah nostalgia! 90%


Basics-You’re the new kid in South Park, so go make friends! Soon you get drawn into a fight between the elves and the humans over the world’s most powerful artifact-The Stick of Truth! You are recruited by Cartman, but soon you have to choose who you fight for as the stick is soon stolen! Along the way aliens, the government, zombie nazis, and even stranger things all try to take the stick away.


Mechanics-The game drags on a bit. The [...]

The Balance Between Story-telling and World-building

I’m coming to realize that I have a difficult time with combining world-building and story-telling. Whether it’s in my game or in my personal writing, I find myself failing to successfully fuse the two.

In the case of Cirsova, I’ve done a lot of world building, but never figured out a Narrative to put there to the point where there is no story other than the implication of a decaying empire obsessing over a dead empire.

In the case of the game I’m running, I feel like I have a story to tell of a wicked king who intends to reclaim his [...]

The Indefinite

There is one use of "appears" language, which I mostly panned in a previous post, that actually can be appropriate -- when the character has only an indefinite idea of how to call something they're experiencing.

"In the shadows at the back of the room you see a still figure that appears to be human-shaped" (approach closer and see it's a wooden effigy)

"The vial is full of a fine white grainy powder that looks kind of like salt" (you need to taste it or have alchemy knowledge to find out anything different).

The difficulties in describing this [...]

Tome 236 -- Planescape PDF Review featuring Monte Cook

Hey everyone! Jeff Greiner, Tracy Hurley, and Sam Dillon had me back on The Tome Show to review some Planescape PDFs currently available on dndclassics.com.

I’m not going to link the adventures here, because I want you to use the affiliate link I posted about on through The Tome Show’s website (it helps support the show).

Also in this podcast is an interview with Monte Cook himself!!!

You can listen here:


If you like what you're reading, please check out mypodcastonThe Tome Show, follow me onTwitter, tell your friends and sharethis blog post, and/or leave me a comment and let me know you think. [...]

The Sons and I Discuss My Upcoming OSRIC Supplement

Daily Cosplay

Imaginarium ~ The Mistbane

The Mistbane River

The Mistbane River, or the Blue Creek, has its headwaters in the far Rhodope Mountains where it begins as little more than a trickle. It tumbles and flows, following many courses through the Shelves of the Mist, where it gains more strength from tributaries and earns its river name. It breaks free of those hills just north and east of the small town of Petersboro and the Darkenfold. The river widens here and slows its pace considerably, drifting down beneath the eves of the Darkenfold where it continues its southern journey. The river is slow, ranges from 80-120 feet wide, [...]

Situational Modifiers for Intimidate

A few times in the last few weeks, I have not followed the rules for the intimidate skill as strictly as the rules as written would suggest. Of the social skills in the Pathfinder game, I think it is the worst as far as its execution. Both bluff and diplomacy have modifiers based on the context of the conversation. Telling a far-fetched lie, for example, is much more difficult than telling one

North Texas RPG Con 2015 Early Registration Ends Tomorrow - July 31st

Early registration for NTRPG Con 2015 ends tomorrow, so your chance to save 10 bucks on the four days of the convention is running out after tomorrow. For me it's a savings of 20 bucks, as it's me and my wife.

I'm going to be there next June and so should you.

I will be organizing a Tenkar's Tavern / Tavern Radio gathering at the hotel bar at the next NTRPG Con, probably on Thursday Night. I'll buy the first round for up to 2 dozen blog readers / podcast listeners. It's the least I can do - and I'll make sure and shave this time too ;)

The Hunt for Gollum

You’ll no doubt be familiar with The Hobbit series of films. You may even be familiar with the sort of reaction to the second one that we had around here. Honestly, stick with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and go straight for the animated Hobbit. Really. You’ll thank us in the long run.

The problem is… One of the many problems is… The reason… reasons…

No, look. What you are about to watch is a fan-film made on a shoe string budget by people who loved and respected the source material, volunteered their time and effort and made something that is [...]

[RPG] Tim And Simon Do It Again!

Look what postie brung me... It's pretty safe to say that my Heroes & Other Worlds campaign - The Chronicles of Cidri - wouldn't be the same without the efforts of two particular stalwarts of the OSR movement: adventure writer and 'zine editor +Tim Shorts and cartographer extraordinaire +Simon Forster. Tim's mini-adventures, either through his popular fanzine The Manor or his Patreon site,

Movie Trailer ~ Sin City (new)

The Russians Keep Finding Holes

Deep in the wilds of Siberia strange holes keep popping up. Locals stumbled on the first one in 2013, but since then several more have been discovered. They are new formations and noone has yet determined what is causing them. Some are very big and all are rather deep.

From UFOs to mining accidents, to weird earth news . . .

But it sure does look like something came OUT of that hole.

Siberian Times.

Korgaran's Megadungeon-The Interdungeon (The Sphere)

Immediately through the Hall of Altars, and at the heart of Korgaran’s Succession, is the Sphere. The Sphere is, for all intents and purposes, Korgaran‘s ritual ground within the dungeon. Its primary purpose is to provide a buffer between the ritual grounds, whose worshipers are largely hostile toward each other. As in the building of the Rotating Labyrinth, Korgaran created this buffer in his eccentric fashion. The Sphere, filled with winding tunnels and stairs, rotates sporadically. Giant metal bearings around the outside allow it to turn with little friction as the weight at the center shifts.

Cyan-Ladder, Green-Door, Red-Secret Door


Powered by the Fate-pocalypse: Starting work on the Playbook

I have started to put together the general playbook for my Dungeon World/Fate combo, this playbook is adapted from the excellent blank playbook template created by Zarathud:http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?700954-Dungeon-World-MS-Word-and-Open-Office-Playbook-Templates
Below is my initial starting point, there is plenty of work left to do on it, but it's a start:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByVpAo4rxDGuXzEtbnJWVUoyaU0/edit?usp=sharing

Armor Up (Celtic Warrior)

Roman Lappat

ISEE-3 ~ Explorer 3

Several weeks ago we commented that a privately funded group was working to get the 30 year old ISEE-3, better known as Explorer 3, spacecraft up and running. They raised money, got permission from NASA and got her all going. The intent was to position it in an Earth-Sun axis and see what they could learn.

However, there doesn't seem to be enough juice left in the tubes to fire her stabilizers and put her on the new course. So she continues on lonely journey, slowing dying. And thus it was meant to be.

They have however turned on [...]

Word of the Day -- Abenaki

The Abenaki (Abnaki, Wabanaki, Waponahki) are a tribe of Native American and First Nations people, one of the Algonquian-speaking peoples of northeastern North America. The Abenaki live in the New England region of the United States and Quebec and the Maritimes of Canada, a region called Wabanaki ("Dawn Land") in the Eastern Algonquian languages. The Abenaki are one of the five members of the Wabanaki Confederacy. "Abenaki" is a linguistic and geographic grouping; historically there was not a strong central authority, but as listed below a large number of smaller bands and tribes who shared many cultural traits.

The [...]

Indie Talks Episode 51 -- Ed Baraf and Lift Off

This episode ofIndie Talks is brought to you by Stronghold Games.

Ed and I talk about Liftoff – Get me off this Planet! The new board game being Kickstarted right now! We go into game design, running a good Kickstarter campaign, shoot down the rabbit hole of Kickstarter and your local game shop, hop back up and then go into great detail about Liftoff – and why it’s a game you’ll want to back. Liftoff has a few things going for it that set it apart from other worker placement (or worker evacuation) games. A set time for the game being [...]

Obludia -- Review

FobTi Interactive, the independent game development studio from Slovakia, has released their latest game Obludia on Steam. Obludia is a top-down arcade arena action game that is inspired by classics such as Robotron and Smash-TV although one could argue it shares resemblances with other games in the same genre.


You are playing as a demon hunter, whose goal is to survive the incoming hordes of various monsters and bosses in several dungeons. This is as far as the story goes which is a shame as the game remains storyless while Obludia has several RPG-elements, creating the perfect setting for a deeper [...]

Dead in Thay: Session 12 Finale

Guess who?  The Red Wizards are back and madder than ever. Last season the heroes temporarily set back the wizards and now the big bad Reds are back at it.

It all started when a Red Wizard comes into town to tell the players of the nefarious scheme they have planned, elemental nodes and all.....

Listen as Derek, Craig, and I talk about what happened at the table, some of the pitfalls or glorious moments, and some of the stuff that did not go so well.

Dead in Thay, a 6th Level adventure for this season of [...]
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