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RPG-a-Day - Playing Catch-up (Days 1-10)

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THANK YOU for the ENnie award!

  Thank you for voting for us in the Best Blog category of the 2014 ENnies and helping us bring home the Silver! My woefully unprepared speech at this year’s ENnies does not at all do justice to you fine readers and everyone who voted for the AaWBlog this year! We are all extremely grateful […]

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SWGMH S05E10: Designing Edges and Hindrances

The gang gets together to discussdesigning Edges and Hindrances in Savage Worlds. Your hosts:Jerrod 'Savage Daddy' Gunning,JiB,andScott W What areEdges Designing Edges Modifying Edges Focus on Professional Edges Design Philosophy Zadmar’s Savage Abilities Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe on YouTube! Links:Savage Worlds Deluxe,G+Savage Worlds GM Community,Happy Jacks RPG Podcast,Sin City Savages,Disemvowel YouTube Channel,Gamex 2014, Zadmar’s Savage […]

Classes of Dungeons

I liked Dungeonscape. For some reason, I never hear anyone reference the book unless they’re talking about the Factotum class. As cool as the Factotum is, there’s some good stuff in this book. But then, I liked Cityscape too.

Dec. 2013
Link: Dungeon Classes
Link: Dungeons As Characters
Jan. 2014
Link: A New Breed of Dungeon

As you can see, this has been a comparatively recent effort on my part to codify some “dungeon classes” — eight months is pretty recent in the lifetime of this project — and this week I started hacking together some actual classes.

Instead of relying on [...]

August RPG Blog Carnival: Devious Dungeons

  My previous contribution to the RPGBA Blog Carnival was a post about the Albino Blood Leech, for the July Carnival hosted by Hereticworks.     This month, the Carnival is hosted by James Eck at Mind Weave RPG. James describes the theme for the latest Carnival as follows: So, let’s talk about dungeons. Dungeons …

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Friday in Freeport - Harbor Bandit

Harbor Bandit by Jesper Ejsing

The Chronicles Of Heavenly Artifice CLXXV -- Death and the Sleeping Duty

In Yu-Shan, Charles was still popping about via his transport amulet – which was the only reason he was remaining ahead of the ever-increasing delegation from the divine bureaucracy that wanted to talk to him; he was stirring things up with a lot more than Hipparions! A visit to the Hannya was still in order, his cult in Tarvail was attracting a good deal of attention, the governments of Earth were getting a "little" on edge what with all the changes, and at least some of the Yozi and elder Exalts were likely to be taking an interest…

Not to mention [...]

#RPGaDAY Day 2: First RPG Gamemastered

The first game I ever decided to run was the red box edition of DND with a group of friends who got me involved with gaming in the first place. I sat down with them and ran them through the classic dungeon module B1, In Search of the unknown. I can’t really recall if it […]

Elthos Web Application Overview

This does not represent all of the features, but does give a basic overview of the primary features. The purpose of the application is to help the GM organize their materials and make game preparation faster and easier. There are a number of time saving features that are not shown above that should be noted. Here are a few: Auto Generate Adventure Groups, Monsters and NPCs including

Castle Greyhawk: Mutual Respect

Welcome back Greyhawk maniacs! Because of Gen Con and reporting on the con, I'm (of course) a week behind on promoting the thirty first page in the second chapter of our ongoing Castle Greyhawk graphic novel. Follow the links above to get expansive exposition from wordsmith Scott Casper. Alternatively you can view the pages HERE, courtesy of Maldin's Greyhawk.

Artist's Commentary: Chapter two is starting to wind down and after a lengthy all night struggle, Gronan and Robilar are too bushed to keep fighting. It's been a wild ride since the first page where we meet Robilar and his trusty bow and later pages with [...]

ATOW Ninth and Tenth Sessions -- Back in Business

I took a long hiatus over the summer to deal with school and some personal life issues. Now I’m free to return and get cracking again. Expect some stitching updates shortly – but for right now, since this blog is serving as our log for our ATOW RP, I’d better get this entry in first!

A recap of our dramatis personae:

  • DAVRIK, recently a Star Commander in Clan Nova Cat and holder of the secret Remembrance, now on the run from the Nova Cat Watch on Schuyler, romantically involved with Exetea
  • EXETEA, a Star Captain, also on the run but adjusting to life [...]

Tonight in Alfheim

Where will the story go?

Things have settled down in Stull for the moment, but there is still plenty to be done and adventure to be had. The heroes might stick around for a bit, help pick up the pieces of the damaged town, scribe some scrolls, or brew some potions. The elf has a new spellbook. But the longer they stick around, the more likely they are to discover the true nature of the elfstones.

Up north, a goblin war is brewing. One tribe has failed to dislodge the inhabitants of the old Fortress, and the winners are going to press [...]

#RPGaDAY 22: Best Secondhand RPG Purchase

The #RPGaDAY prompt was concocted by Dave Chapman of Autocratik. Grab the list and join in!

The same used section at Barnes & Noble that introduced me to Feng Shui also held a battered, heavily dog-eared copy of the first edition of Changeling: the Dreaming. Someone used or read that book a lot, and then decided it wasn’t for them anymore — or maybe they moved up to the second edition.

Changeling was a super muddled game. Science was generally evil, except when nockers abused it to build stupendous gadgets. Changelings were parasites who commandeered human bodies, except it was okay. And [...]

Gotham In The UK...

Gamecast -- Ep 45 -- Happy Belated Birthday To Us!

Topic -In this episode, we talk about games that we hate and how to make them better. Also, we take a look at the last 2 years of podcasting and the misadventures that came with them. This is not a standard episode of the Gamecast, so if this is your first time listening, be sure [...]

Unearthed Errata: Arcana Evolved Races Overview

by Tim Wallace

After talking to some others on the Arcana Evolved conversion thread at Paizo.com, I decided to do a base conversion of all the Arcane Evolved races, and then I will flesh out each of the races with more options in future posts.

Update (8/13): Due to my need for small break, I am going to take a week off and wait until 8/26 to publish the next post. --Tim

DrachaDracha (pronounced DRA-kah, both singular and plural) are draconic humanoids magically created by dragons to serve as their messengers and soldiers amongst the lesser [...]

Ulic Razorwing - 5E Conversion

"I've been away,
Searching for a reason,
Another purpose to find.
I've sailed the seas,
Fought my many demons,
I've looked to gods in the skies.

Kickstart Your Weekend

With record numbers of families hitting Gen Con this year this next Kickstarter is not a huge surprise.

The Baby Bestiary by Andreas Walters

Infant and young versions of classic monsters.

This is exactly something my kids would have loved a couple of years ago and it would make a great gift to a younger gamer.

The art so far looks great. They are offering a book, a calendar, desktop wallpapers and post cards.
They have 3 weeks left and are already funded. So check them out.

Frugal GM Review: King for a Day Map Pack

My home game players are about to venture forth into a new area and while I had some very specific ideas about the maps I needed to make, I also had a map pack saved in my DriveThruRPG wishlist that looked like it would fit the bill.

The King for a Day Map Package is a $4.99 download that I decided to gamble on because the preview looked like it would fit my needs. There are three downloads to this product:
     A 24" x 18" jpg map that is 100 DPI
     A a set of [...]

Microadventure: The Necromancer's Lab

I've been working on microadventures lately. It looks like my target word count is right around 200 words, which fits on one side of a 3x5 card. I want something that I can throw in a backpack and pull out for a one-session adventure if the party takes a hard left and charges for the edge of the map.

Here's the question: Will that brief 200 word description give enough detail to run an adventure?

Hopefully you can help answer that question. Here's a sample:

The Necromancer's LabPremise: The necromancer Braxas stole a Sun Shard from the [...]

Something Rotten In The Dark - A Stars Without Number Rpg - Actual Play Encounter - Part Of The Shadows Of The Lemuria Campaign

The PC's found themselves with a bit of a mystery this week. They decided to take a look at one of the smaller ships that was flying with the Battle Star Lemuria first rather then tackle the larger ghost ship. 

Tuesday night's Stars Without Number game found the PC's exploring one of the minor ships in the wake of the ghostly Battle Star Lemuria. The PC's got some very odd sensor readings and were unsure if they were seeing sensor ghosts, partial reality images, or some thing far weirder. The local space time continuum was stable however. With a [...]

Navigating a Fantasy World with Google

I was looking at some paintings this morning by British artists working during the Victorian period. The painting below was painted by Richard Parkes Bonington in 1826. It depicts the Rialto in Venice.

From this great blog
Since the Rialto is a landmark, I decided to have a look on GoogleEarth ...

Not the same angle, of course, but close enough. This got me wondering how useful it would be to use GoogleEarth's street view for fantasy gaming. I've used it in the past for a Mystery Men! game, mostly to stage a chase and fight in [...]

Assumptions of a 5e World: Races, Part I: Subraces and Dwarfs.

So, I've had the 5e Player's Handbook for about two weeks now and I have slowly been getting a feel for it and the world that it implies. I'm going to start with the races, since that's the first thing that the PHB discusses. As always, your feedback is encouraged.
1. Subraces are back!I am no expert on some editions of D&D, but it seems like every other major iteration of the game either adds in or subtracts out subraces. I don't recall hearing about them before Unearthed Arcana, and they seemed to be gone when 2e came around. 3e brought them back, [...]

Fan Expo 2014 - Panels and Game a Go Go

Gen Con is behind us, and Fax Expo is in front of us. If you're going to be in the downtown Toronto area next weekend you'll be able to hang out and talk about things because there are plenty of panels here. Friday 11:00 am - Room 709 - Finding Your RPG Style Panel 12:00 pm - Room 709 - Kicking Off your Campaign Panel 03:00 pm - Room 703 - Publishing your RPG 07:00 pm - Room 709 - Geasa: An

Daily Cosplay

Mind Weave Class-Priest

For a list of other classes visit theMind Weave class system description.


Tier: Second

Origins: Cleric, Druid, Monk.

Advancement: Enchanter.

Races: Humans, Dwarves, Orcs, Lizardfolk, Centaurs, Drow, Osprytes, Livecaps

Minimum Attributes:

Strength: 6 Constitution: 10 Dexterity: 14

Wisdom: 26 Intelligence: 20 Charisma: 14

The fully divine advancement of a cleric, The priest is fully dedicated to the service of his god. The powers they receive from their god and great skill with magic make them great supporters for combative groups. They have less combative ability even than clerics, wielding lighter weapons and wearing lighter armor. They are automatically fanatics of [...]

Zombie -- Shambling and Hungry will be available Friday, September 5th -- Enter now to win one of two copies!

Zombies. Mindless, shambling, and existing only to feed. Much like you and your friends. I’ve got a new game coming out in two weeks called Zombies – Shambling and Hungry! It’s a 56 card game which is actually two games in one. Now win yourself a copy!

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Zombies – Shambling and Hungry

Use these zombie cards to simulate a zombie outbreak at your next party or family gathering! Sit yourself down for a fast and furious game of zombie dominance!

In this game each player takes the role of a shambling and hungry zombie, trying their best to get to [...]

#RPGaDAY 21: Favorite Licensed RPG

The #RPGaDAY prompt was concocted by Dave Chapman of Autocratik. Grab the list and join in!

We’ve gone over the prime candidates for favorite RPG license in previous #RPGaDAY posts: Ghostbusters and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Allow me, then, to split hairs and introduce The Day After Ragnarok, HERO edition. Yes, it’s an original setting by Kenneth Hitelicensed to use the HERO system in this particular printing. Systemistas can also find it in savage and fated flavors.

When the Nazis summoned the world-spanning Midgard Serpent and it began devouring Atlantic convoys whole, President Truman ordered the Trinity device flown into the serpent’s [...]

Of the Ordering of the World

But the world too evolved of its own accord: the winds, driven by the Sisters, the rain, the movement of the earth as fire boiled beneath the surface, driving gases and flames into the rock, pushed all things into new shapes. The All Father saw in this a structure and he understood its order and though the lands changed from his vision, still he was pleased, for even as he lay his tools to work he understood what must come to pass, for life begets life.

Thorax took council with Narrheit and both wondered at the ordering of the [...]

Music -- Boris, 3 (Double Vision)

Story - Prelude to "The Wolf-Spider Clan's Hideout"

This is a short story narrative that prefaces my next Patreon adventure. I hope you all enjoy it!

"The Wolf-Spider Clan's Hideout" will be a 5-minute adventure made for the Next Edition of the World's first fantasy rpg and will feature a new background called "Chosen".

The chill autumn winds washed down out of the mountains, pushing the early fogs away from the heavy Forests of Apegia. All was silent, no birds sang, no insects chirped. A chill ran up Rorak's spine. The old woodsman had lived in these woods for near forty years and never had the [...]

Through Deep Valleys

UFO Files

Back in 1994, in Gosford Australia a series of sitings occurred in rapid succession. On Christmas morning the first witness reported seeing a metallic object moving in northerly direction. It was seen again by a second witness as it passed over the water outside her house. For the next several days, up until New Years Day the object was seen by multiple witness. People called in to the local police station to report sitings. They described a round metallic object with a bright light emanating from the bottom.

Investigators were sent out to attempt to unravel the mystery and [...]

#RPGaDAY: Best Second-Hand RPG Purchase

I remember the day well. I had just dropped Bridget and Gabe off at the Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport, both of them on their way to Spokane to visit family for a few weeks. Right outside of the gates was a large used book store, Renaissance Books. Wandering in, I found a great selection of used books, and tucked away on one shelf was the D&D 1st Edition DMG. I actually had not read [...]

#RPGaDAY 20: Will Still Play in 20 Years Time

The #RPGaDAY prompt was concocted by Dave Chapman of Autocratik. Grab the list and join in!

This is a no-brainer. In the circles in which I currently move, the game we’ll still be playing in 20 years is Pathfinder, if only because Paizo pumps out campaigns far faster than we can play through them. Carrion Crown took two-plus years meeting almost every week. At every other week with the occasional side diversion, Mummy’s Mask could easily take double that to play out. If Paizo stopped publishing adventure paths with the end of Iron Gods, that would leave thirteen for me to [...]

The Friday Grab Bag - CMG eBay Sale

Please have a look at the items currently in the Creative Mountain eBay Store.  I'm running a sale this weekend to bring in a little extra money *AND* I'll be adding some new items all through the weekend as I clear out a couple of boxes (from the closet of unused game items) that I keep moving around while looking for things I actually need.

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!

Armor Up (Slavic Warrior)

Pegaso Models


I remember this episode of the Little Rascals where Spanky had to watch the others, baby sit them that is. Spanky was the tiny, cute Spanky and the others were tinier. Anyway as the episode unfolds he is met with all manner of catastrophes, but as he does so one of the little ones keeps saying "REMARKABLE!"

Its a great episode of the Little Rascals.

It comes to mind when I read news stories like the one I just read, where Anchor and Journalist Anderson Cooper is making an appearance as himself in an upcoming issue of Black [...]

Thought of the Day -- Margin of Success in Eclipse Phase

A quick review for those unfamiliar with theEclipse Phase system: It’s a percentile system where you need to roll equal to or under your skill level in order to succeed. If your roll a success, yourmarginof success is equal to the number you rolled on the dice. If you roll a failure, your margin of failure is equal to the number you rolled minus your skill level.

(So if your Fray skill is 45 and you roll 27, your margin of success is 27. If you roll 89, your margin of failure is 89 – 45 = 44.)

PlayingEclipse Phaseat Gencon this [...]

Daily Punch 8-20-14 Beach Runner feat for Pathfinder

How about some feats for sand in Pathfinder?


Beach Runner

Benefit: Sand is never difficult terrain for you. You may move up dunes or on loose sand as if it were normal terrain.




Review And Commentary On 50 Post Nuclear Wasteland Encounters, Reactor 2 From Fishwife Games

Need an alternative to the usual post apocalytic hum drum? We'll Dave Woodrum has come out with another set of encounters which up the weirdness factor by eleven. This set of encounters is perfect for deep wasteland runs where the vibe is someplace between the Twilight Zone and cheesetastic 80's VHS science fictional goodness. The whole list is very well done and costs about .50 and gives a lot of old school bang for the buck.

Grab It Right

These encounters are a bit more high level then previous Fish Wife Game products and even the [...]

The King is Dead: PC Dhampyres

I realized I was being racist.

I want vampires in The King is Dead to be able to have actual children of their own loins as a way of explaining why they would form noble families and therefore behave in most ways like the old European nobility.  I also want some "monsters" in the setting who are somewhat less dangerous than vampires themselves.  Thus, vampires in The King is Dead can sire dhampyres (formerly dunpeals) -- blood-drinking daywalkers gifted with increased strength, rapid healing, and superior night vision.  
I also want there to be no [...]

Die mechanics that say !~POW~!

When I start working on a game one I think about very early on is, "How will the dice marry with the desired flavor of the game?"
It's an important question.
Personally I filter every decision I make

If the game is a game with  lots of fighting and strategy it's OK to have good number of modifiers and several roles to  complete a round of combat. If the game is more in the realm of descriptive action then a tighter faster die mechanic might be a better choice.

By way of example look at D&D 4th [...]

Word of the Day -- Malleefowl

The malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) is a stocky ground-dwelling Australian bird about the size of a domestic chicken (to which it is distantly related). They are notable for the large nesting mounds constructed by the males and lack of parental care after the chicks hatch. It is the only living representative of the genus Leipoa, though the extinct giant malleefowl was a close relative.
Malleefowl are shy, wary, solitary birds that usually fly only to escape danger or reach a tree to roost in. Although very active, they are seldom seen as they freeze if disturbed, relying on their intricately patterned [...]

Old Star Wars Poster

I'm not sure when or where this one is from, but it reminds me of something from the way back ago days in the 1970s. Not sure it was a movie poster, or a poster after the movie.
But its very cool and reminds us all why the X-Wing and Ti Fighter are so very cool!

Just a little something for a side project

A work in progress.

Still needs a lot of work, but might be the start of something.

TheCultDen Article -- A Dame to Kill For

A little while ago, I wrote an article examining the noir credentials of A Dame to Kill For, part of Frank Miller’s Sin City series. Given that I am attempting to write a noir story with a woman centre-stage, it’s made me take another look at how women are treated in the genre – and what I would like to do differently.

“A Dame to Kill For (hereafter referred to as Dame) is the second tale in Frank Miller’s seven-part Sin City series. While Dame will form the majority of the plot of the forthcoming Sin City 2, it is chronologically [...]

#RPGaDay 22

Day 22 - Best Secondhand RPG Purchase

My best secondhand purchase (or at least my favorite), was one of my first. It wasn't too long after I started playing D&D. My local game store had used copies of Changeling: The Dreaming, it's Player's Guide, and the sourcebooks for the Immortal Eyes trilogy (for about 40 bucks total). I used my birthday money to get them and I've never regretted the decision.

Changeling: The Dreaming will always be the game I absolutely adore. In many ways it's the most tragic of the old World of Darkness books, but to [...]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 -- Campaign -- 14th Session: Dust in the Wind

In Attendance:

  • Player 1/Queltrosa the Human Warmage
  • Player 6/Wynne the Gnome Cleric
  • Player 11/Senex the Halfling Rogue-Swashbuckler
  • Player 12/Urgrim Raknison the Dwarf Fighter

Session Writeup:

We had a new player for this session. He would become a regular player in the next campaign and I wanted an introduction for him. To that end, I handed over Urgrim’s sheet and Urgrim joined the party.

The party finds themselves inside the mage’s guild. Gale is gone. The ornate rotunda they saw last time they were here has been blasted nearly to smithereens. Beyond the walls is an immense black space. They can see some floating rocks leading away [...]


several men dressed in black are firing on the ship, and they have at least one crew member outside the airlock at gunpoint. It looks like maybe some of the crew are puttin' up a fight, but the man at gunpoint calls to them to lay down arms.
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