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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

Grab It Right

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 [...]

Music -- Inkubus Sukkubus, Belladonna & Aconite

Meet 65, Adv 4, 10/18/2014

The party had the opportunity for some outside combat this meeting. However it was in a battlefield that had been picked by the enemy and prepared according to his needs and capabilities. The group was scattered for the most part and although they did manage to keep Selene alive, 19 other townsfolk did die and they are about half spent on healing.

Now the bad guy is getting away into an area that is his home turf and we have an opportunity to follow. So the party's track is now heading towards dungeon crawl (we had outside, town, investigation, [...]

Night Wing: The Series (Episode Five)

Frugal GM Review: Legend of the Ripper

Today being Halloween I thought I should review one of the "scary" products being offered for free as part of DriveThruRPG's Halloween "Treats".  I ended up choosing Goodman Games' free offering of Dungeon Crawl Classic #24: Legend of the Ripper.

Seriously, if you are even thinking of getting this adventure, ACT NOW!!! It is only free through the end of the day.

The DriveThruRPG listing says it is a D&D/d20 adventure, but the title shows it as a Dungeon Crawl Classic adventure, which is an actual recognized game system at DriveThruRPG, unlike my beloved HackMaster.

I'm not [...]

Halloween Countdown, Day... 1?

Day 1?  But Halloween isn't until tonight!

Dammit, Derpy, this is what happens when you fly around distracting me.

Okay... well.... I suppose I can salvage this by saying something like "Halloween Night is more important than Halloween Day, and therefore deserves to be separate" or something like that...

Anyway, may you all be safe from herds of Trick or Treaters trampling to your door!

Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!... SHUT UP, children of the night!

Happy Halloween!

My favorite holiday.  And my favorite "Halloween carol..."

Music -- Alien Sex Fiend, I Walk the Line

The Intersection of Ingress

So aside from having a baby in September - which actually made August extremely busy as we bought things, cleaned the house, and had various appointments and whatnot - in July I started playing Ingress.

I really should say no more.

Those Control Fields don't just create themselves

I'm not sure which G+'er got me onto this hamster wheel, but whoever it was they are totally to blame. It might have been +Topher Gerkey or +Eric Franklin. I blame both, even if they don't play Ingress.

So far it has been a fun, and time consuming, ride. But unlike [...]

The Mythos Guide To New England By Clint Staples From Skirmisher Publishing For your Old School Campaigns

Grab It Right Over
This is a massive 142 page tomb of knowledge & New England lore for essentially the heart of Lovecraft country. Writing and designing this sort of supplement is tricky business because Lovecraft wove both the imaginary & factual into his material. The Clint Staples did a great job with this one but for the Call of Cthulhu DM this book is really a nicely done book. The design and layout is easy on the eyes and the author knows his material very well.
Love Bradley MC Durmett's cover art as well
Clint [...]

SHTFriday: 10 more preps for under $10

I'm getting ready for a Halloween Soiree, and since I figure most people are doing likewise, here's another quick and easy 10 for $10 post that you can read tonight -- or tomorrow morning over your coffee, should you be too busy with ghouls, goblins and wee beasties.

Happy Halloween!

Music -- Alien Sex Fiend, I Walk the Line

Pulse- In Horror, Nothing Really Happens

So... yeah, Pulse was nice. Or at least, it was nice in the beginning. Somewhere after the first 30 minutes or so it just lost its mark, and what followed was a mediocre film. The acting level went down, the dialogues became clanky, the metaphors became way too much for a normal movie. I left the screen disappointed, way too much disappointed.In short, though, this movie is a metaphor for the way that the internet changed our society, driving us away from each other due to the internet. It is pretty easy to see that by the time we reach [...]

How to Lose a Battle

Or, Fighting Smart in RPGs Part Two.

OK, this isn't really about how to lose - it's about how to avoid losing. Take some advice from two books that make a study of winning and losing in war - first  How to Lose a Battle by Bill Fawcett, (ISBN 9780060760243) followed by 'commentary' from The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

The man with the Plan. Fight on your terms, not your [...]

Music -- Joy Division, Twenty Four Hours

Music -- Christian Death (the real one, not that Pompeii BS), Romeo's Distress

October Horror Movie Challenge - Trick'R Treat (2007)

Synopsis: Set on Halloween, this film is an anthology of interwoven stories; featuring a serial killer principal, local legend prank gone wrong, a stalker being stalked, and a crotchety old man paying for sins of the past.

The Good: Sam, the child-like figure that connects the stories, is my favorite Horror icon. He doesn't speak, he's only in this movie (and the prequel animated short), but he's just got such presence.The stories are fun. The School Bus Massacre story is my favorite.

The Bad: Movies like this don't come along often. It's just the perfect anthology of devilish [...]

Skylla: The Complete B/X Adventurer

Been a while since my last Skylla post.  Longer than I care to admit really.
But something popped up in my feed in my feed today to make me want to get this particular post done.  Plus it is great for a Halloween post.

+Jonathan Becker over at B/X Blackrazor has been talking about witches, and his The Complete B/X Adventurer witch in particular.  What I like about his witch class is that while it is compatible with Basic Era D&D, it is also very different than my own witch from The Witch.  I have always wondered how well they interacted [...]

[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 [...]

RPG Mapping in Sketchup Pt 1 - Unhiding the 3rd Dimension

As you know I got commissioned by Joe Wetzel for his Dungeonmorphs 2 Cities and Villages dice project on kickstarter, which requires me to make lots of geomorphs with buildings on them.

After a while you look at your collected sketches and think OMG all my buildings look the same.

Sketching out the idea process - not sure if any of these will be in the final productThis is caused mostly by the constraints of designing so   In search of inspiration I decided to experiment with roof shapes and turning them into 3D buildings using sketchup.  Enjoy...

Review: Firefly the Roleplaying Game


It's been out for a few months, people have been checking it out and doing things with it, but is the Firefly RPG the game you've been waiting for? Does it have any appeal even if you don't particularly like the show? (Spoiler: yes.) Buckle up; this is gonna move fast. I've got a lot of ground to cover, and I only have one blog post to do it in!

My Play Experience: 2 sessions through Hangouts, 1 demo session at a convention

The Gorram Basics
Firefly is a licensed roleplaying game based on a [...]

d20 Rifts - Weapons. Lots of weapons.

Melee WeaponsMelee weapons are typically SD. The exception to this is a weapon made of MDC material, wielded by an individual with supernatural strength.Vibro-blades are MD weapons. The forcefield around the "blade" will cut through SDC material, including flesh, with ease. Note: If a strike is made with a vibro-blade that deals mega-damage in excess of its hit point value, the vibro field will collapse. The excess damage is typically enough to destroy the relatively fragile physical component of the blade.Neural maces are generally made of strong SDC material. They also produce an effect [...]

Six Altogether Ooksome Things

The theme for this month's  RPG Blog Carnival is Things That Go Bump in the Night, so here are six unsubtle prowlers from Wermspittle...

  1. Relish Tray Jambertan. A defrocked monk from a burned-out monastery (he denies any culpability in the arson), Jambertan wears a smooth ivory death mask that was carved in the likeness of his defunct order's Master. His heavy fur-trimmed habit drips blood from around the collar, just below the mask and he leaves a faint trail of quickly evaporating ectoplasmic slime behind him everywhere he goes. His also wears a pair of mis-matched children's mittens all the [...]

Galishma Pencils

Three Games to Play on Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Christmas is great and all, but the horror fan living inside of me has to love the one day of the year where I can fly that weird flag high without being judged for stupid reasons. While I usually celebrate the season by watching numerous horror movies, I like to play some horror-themed board games as well.

With that in mind, I thought I'd post a list of board games you can play today to celebrate the holiday. Remember, these are based on my own tastes and opinions, so don't feel bad if your [...]

The Friday Grab Bag - CMG Halloween Sale Ending

Just a heads up that the Halloween sale, 33% off on all CMG offerings at RPGNow and DriveThruRPG, is ending.  Thanks for all the purchases so far and in the future!

The Friday Grab Bag on CreativeMountainGames.com Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.Please Like, Share, Plus, Tweet, Follow, and Comment!

A Short Note on Evil Clowns

Life oftentimes writes the best stories. A French town has banned clown costumes and makeup after several cases of assault. Of course, evil clowns are one of the big tropes of horror and while the current issue is – hopefully – just another social media fad, this incident is also perfect for a story or […]

My Mobile Mapping Kit

I recently finished assembling and buying things for my mobile mapping kit, and I thought I'd share. Between this kit, the Noteboard I just picked up, and the RPGs on Cards projects that are stewing in my head, I can jam a few games unobtrusively in coat pockets and pull them out as the mood strikes me.

I have become a Stealth Mobile Tabletop Game POWERHOUSE.

Editor's Note: We apologize for the outburst. The marketing department has just been sacked.

Since I'm mainly mapping on 3x5 inch cards, I started with a card case. Something funky.

Music -- Joy Division, Twenty Four Hours

D&D Digital: It's time for a simple license.

So Dungeonscape is out of the picture... What now?

It's time for Wizards of the Coast to create an relatively simple digital license for online tools, or alternatively, make an arrangement to sell the data files themselves.

Source: Fantasy GroundsHere's the simple premise. 
Whether is it spells, monsters, PC skills, feats or abilities, etc, all of these things are basically snippets of formatted text. Tools like Fantasy Grounds, Hero Lab, etc, would be able to import text files containing this content from the Player's Handbook (or Basic D&D). Those tools already do this for other RPG rule sets [...]


I really love a good Jeep.  Ever since I was a little kid, I've coveted one of these, and it hasn't ever made sense for me to have one yet.  The year fast approaches, however, where it will.  I'll be past the point of supporting kids (or at least some of them), I won't need to haul them around, and I'll be indifferent to the price of gas (to a certain extent) and the practicality of my vehicle.  Plus, as I've made hiking and backpacking a major hobby again, I've found that the ability to drive on some of these [...]

Review Round-up: Star Wars: A New Dawn; Oculus; Maleficent

Star Wars: A New Dawn - The welcome shelving of Star Wars' convoluted Expanded Universe was a beacon for me to "restart" my Star Wars fandom, a return to my childhood when everything was fresh and exciting. The first, new novel in this "everything is canon" universe was John Jackson Miller's rollicking good, swashbuckling adventure A New Dawn, which introduces us to the key characters in the

Fearsome Monsters

A Fearsome Monster
Text from some ads for OD&D and Holmes Basic in the mid-1970s
"The Dungeons are filled with fearsome monsters, fabulous treasures and frightful perils" - J. Eric Holmes, from the Introduction to the Holmes Basic rulebook.

For Halloween, a 'new' creature for OD&D and Holmes Basic... 

Fearsome Monster

Hit Dice AC AttacksDamage Move 1 9 1 1d6 [...]

Happy Halloween!!

More later with Black Widow and SuperBaby.

Friday in Freeport - Undead Pirates

Happy Halloween everyone!

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