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Primeval Thule: Soothsayer Background for D&D 5th Edition

Backgrounds here are bases on the Narratives in Primeval Thule, so they will gain abilities as a character levels.  They are only intended for use in the Primeval Thule setting and are not designed to be mixed with standard Backgrounds.

Also, some of the abilities require the expenditure of a resource, for this reason and for how dangerous the setting is, each character gains the Lucky Feat for free and may take the Lucky Feat one additional time.

Areas of Proficiency (1st level): You are proficient in Arcana, Insight, and Religion.

Langauges (1st level): One of your [...]

OSR Christmas 2014 - More is More Better - It's a Good Thing Santa's Bag is a Bag of Holding

We have a few more donors to add to the ever growing list. If you are looking to donate, Sunday, December 2nd, will be your last chance to get in on the list of goodie giving.

Before we get to the list of gifts, the question has come up regarding The Tavern's international readers and their eligibility to get in on the gift receiving. Obviously, PDF gifting is international. In Print or physical product gifting is up to the gifter - shipping cost, and international shipping from the stats cost a pretty penny. I wish it weren't so, but it is. When in print gifts are up for grabs I will indicate whether internal shipping is included.

That being said, the [...]

The Docks and the Plaza

This post continues to develop the asteroid colony of Crossroads, focusing on the first locations that a newcomer is likely to visit.


1. The DocksOne end of the asteroid is equipped with broad wooden platforms, fifteen feet wide and 150 feet long, for mooring aetherships. The nature of maneuvering in space allows captains to draw their vessels right up along the asteroid, requiring a DC 15 Profession: pilot check. Failure by five or more causes a collision, resulting in damage based on the size of the aethership in question to both the vessel and the docks. [...]

Gnome Stew & Hobby time

  Earlier this month Martin Ralya posted an interesting article on Gnome Stew exploring the amount of time he spent engaged with gaming in general.   This was a fascinating article, and a very interesting exercise to work through.   I recently reduced my weekly prep routine.   Thus, I was interested to see how …

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That's the word that comes to mind as my time in SeaTown dwindles: bittersweet. Come Saturday morning, I'll be once again winging my way to Paraguay, 25 hours of travel time (door-to-door) ahead of me. The return has been wonderful, but just not long enough. My poor son loves this town, and has been so happy the last week and a half, despite lacking toys and costumes and the usual kids he'd play with. He'll be very sad to leave...as will I and my wife.

Just not enough time to DO all that we want...but then, what we want [...]

Just Another Day At The Office With Agent Carter...

Iron Crown Enterprises Newsletter -- November 2014

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It has been another busy month this month. We currently have a number of big projects on the go and everyone has been knuckling down and working hard to get things finished. While there’s no huge announcements yet, we’re edging ever closer to our next release..
Catch up on what you’ve missed with this month’s Director’s Briefing.
Unified Rolemaster continues to edge towards handover into rapid layout and second beta release.
Everyone is itching to [...]

Gamers versus Models for life after the apocalypse

I'll admit to have been guilty of pro-gamer apocalypse thoughts. I figured that in the event of surviving an apocalypse that gamers, traditional tabletop roleplayers, would be good to peopleto associate with.

Why? Roleplayers tend to have a wide knowledge of tips, tricks and tactics when it comes to weird situations, survival and travel. A roleplayer wouldn't be that one guy who refuses to believe the biting, stumbling, survivor ahead in the road is a zombie. A roleplayer would probably be that guy to already have thought of were food supplies, medicine and other essentials are. The truth is that RPG [...]

100 Dungeon Concepts -- Mines of Khunmar

Found this very imaginative table/list and wanted to share it! Some favorites:

9. The dungeons are the remnants of an ancient civilization that was much more technologically advanced than the current civilization. These ancients constructed a series of shelters and access tunnels as protection against lost technological weapons of great destructive power (i.e.: fallout shelters).

15. The dungeon is a living creature and the different chambers and tunnels are the passages of its digestive tract, arteries, lungs, etc. The creature may become conscious of invaders and seek to use its internal defenses to fight the 'parasites' within it.

46. The dungeon is an [...]

Black Friday Dice Sale! 20% Off In-Stock Dice

Because the logical thing to do the day after giving thanks for what you have is to run out and get more stuff, Awesome Dice is once again having a huge Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale.

Awesome Dice is celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday with 20% off all in-stock dice. The sale will last the entire weekend, from Friday the 28th (Black Friday) through Monday the 1st (Cyber Monday) or as long as your favorite dice stay in stock — and we’ve stocked up heavily for this sale in hopes that you can find what you want.

Everything from the [...]

"This forest sucks!"

The humid night breeze rustled the leaves, which shifted just enough to reveal the corpse’s pallid arm.

“Look,” the thief said, pointing.

The thief’s companions followed the finger with their eyes. The leaves covering the body rustled some more, revealing more of the corpse.

“What caused all those wounds?” the fighter said.

“I have a better question,” said the wizard. “Why are those leaves starting to swirl about when the wind hasn’t picked up?”

The pile of leaves, as if they heard the wizard’s query, roared into a vortex of autumn colors before they raced toward the adventurers.

“We’re in trouble,” said the cleric, gripping his [...]

You Might Be a Gamer If...

A little gaming related humour from a long time ago. This list was passed on to me from someone else and the origins of it are lost in the mists of the pre-history of the WWW. losing your dice bag would be a serious financial blow. you could paper your bathroom in character sheets. you […]

Daily Cosplay (Yuna)

Thanksgiving Sale!

Hello, folks. I am putting my OSR books on sale. You have two big options:

1) The print copy of Far Realms  is 15% off [and this stacks with Lulu offers] and when you buy it you will be emailed a discount link allowing you to but the PDF of Far Realms for $0.99 and the PDF of Far Realms  More Spells I free!

2) Follow this link and get the PDF of Far Realms for just $9.99

Happy Thanksgiving!

Article -- An open letter to the big stores of the world who sell games

By Paco Garcia Jaen Beware, this open letter is an opinionated rant about games in large department stores. Last night, after our holidays, we decided to watch the only episode of The Apprentice I could have possibly had any interest in. The episode in which they have to design a board game from start to [...]

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Electronic Gaming Tools: Play on Target Podcast Ep. 36

This week on Play of Target we look at electronics at the table. I start with a Luddite joke this session, but in reality I use much less tech at the table than I imagined ten+ years ago. As you'll hear in the episode, that's pretty much restricted to a machine playing ambient background music. On the other hand, I've also moved to gaming much more online- running and playing regularly. But even there I keep things pretty modest. I've seen GMs doing amazing dungeoneering tools with Roll20. OOH I pretty much stick to simple maps, tokens, an initiative tracker, [...]

The Power of Robert Kirkman!

Robert Kirkman, the creator and writer of The Walking Dead was voted the most powerful comics writer in Hollywood by the Hollywood Reporter. The tv show based on his wildly hot selling graphic novels is the number one show in the 18-40 year olds.

People just love it.

And he's such a nice guy.

Imaginairum ~ Cities Tomorrow

Golden Spiders

Why is this spider encased in gold?Golden Spiders are found only in the deepest jungles, on the flanks of the tallest mountains. It is thought that they ingest tiny amounts of gold scrapped from the exposed flakes found in abundance there. The gold then builds up, forming a protective shell.

The shell is quite heavy and as a result the Golden Spider is an ambush hunter, waiting for prey to approach it as it hides in the decaying layers of the jungle floor. So that their prey does not scurry far once bitten, their venom is an extremely powerful [...]

BattleCon War of the Indines Expanded Expansion

BattleCON: War of Indines Extended Expansion


Keep the battle raging with BattleCON: War Remastered Extended Edition!


BattleCON: War Remastered Extended Edition features a complete set of new Alternate Art Character cards. These cards provide each character with a new Unique Ability that changes the way they play, as well as bonus arenas, strikers and even new game variants! The Force Gauge is also an alternate system for using special moves and finishers that replaces Special Actions, adding even more game play options! Can you survive the War of Indines?


2 players

15-45 minute play time



4 sets of Beta Bases (24 cards)

15 Striker Cards

1 Rules [...]

[HOW] Chapter Ten: The Hunt For Margesh Blackblood, The Conclusion...

Captured: Margesh Blackblood With the ogres dead, our heroes quickly found the hidden room where their quarry - the elusive bandit leader Margesh Blackblood - was hiding. The charming outlaw endeavoured to open negotiations, but the fiery-tempered dwarf Davian Battlebeard was having none of it and attacked, backed up by the magical webs of young wizard-in-training Marigold Weaver.

Winter Weirdness 2015 Game Day

Green Mountain Gamers announced the time and place for their Winter Weirdness game day: January 10th, 2015, from 10am to 10pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre, Vermont. Mark your calendars!

The Church of the Good Shepherd’s been a pretty amazing space for these game days. The undercroft is a cozy space that’s like a cross between a church hall and a rec room. The church has always been a great host, and Green Mountain Gamers tries to return the favor, first with a food drive to benefit the church’s food shelf and now a raffle to benefit [...]

A Few Good Books for Joy

Joy could probably use a few good books...

Some Good Books
  1. Six heavily-annotated cook-books. All of them stiff-spined from not having been used in years.
  2. A picture-book demonstrating where the wild things are, what their dens look like, and how to read tracks, sign and spoor.
  3. A rolled-up poster depicting one hundred of the most common yet dangerous (or at least nuisance) forms of vermin.
  4. A Child's Winter Reader. All the things a good child needs to know not to fall prey to the wolves, mobs or biters when the cold times come back.
  5. Don't Let Them Get You. A child's book on how [...]

Movie Trailer ~ Jurassic World

UFO Files

A trick of the light, or something more? A witness in Georgia snapped a shot of a UFO flying over the high way. He spied the object from his driveway while heading out for a walk. Its clearly far away and up high, but no clear what it is.

From the witness: "From the distance of height I venture to guess it was possibly not as large as a commercial aircraft, but perhaps the size of a private airplane. I had the impression it seemed to be ascending but also seemed to be floating and at first moved slowly." [...]

Events & Play Wednesday - Upcoming Gamedays

Still in November but upcoming, Lake Geneva Games is hosted a gameday this Saturday, November 29th in celebration of the anniversary of their opening.  Watch for more information on the Lake Geneva Games Facebook page here and check the events list here.

Also, Kris Herzog is organizing a gameday for Saturday December 7th at 11 am to be held at Gregs Catering 3120 Roberts St, Franksville, Wisconsin 53126.  It's a short trip from the Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, and Kenosha areas, so stop on by for free gaming a great, reasonably-priced eats.  Join the event on its Facebook page here.


Now that my home group has left the area in which they are liable to encounter a wendigo,  I figured I would post the monster here in case anyone is looking to use it for their own NGR game.

So the first thing to note is what I consider a wendigo.  In my case it is an air elemental that borders on being a wind demon.  It certainly practices black magic.

In its physical form it is a mass of blowing snow around a ragged corpse,  but its real power is the control over the winter winds.   [...]

The Hobbit Legacy Trailer

The Dungeon Master's Guide 5e Disclaimer

We have the 5e Dungeon Master's Guide. Tomorrow we'll be sharing our review of this magnificent book and on Friday many of you will have a chance to pick up your very own copy from select premium game stores. Until then, we thought we'd give you a teaser by sharing the new disclaimer. Enjoy.

Disclaimer: Wizards of the Coast does not officially endorse the following tactics, which are guaranteed to maximize your enjoyment as a Dungeon Master. First, always keep a straight face and say OK no matter how ludicrous or doomed the players' plan of action is. Second, no matter [...]

Gamer to Gamer -- Jeremy Crawford

A new episode of my podcast, Gamer to Gamer, is up on The Tome Show’s website.

Isit down with Jeremy Crawford, one of the lead designers of fifth edition D&D! Wetalk about Jeremy’s career at Green Ronin and Wizards of the Coast, the campaign world he’s been running since he first started playing, and all things Dungeon Master’s Guide, Jeremy’s latest creation. This podcast was recorded on November 12, 2014.

Links: The Tome Show’s FacebookPage The Tiamat Takedown If you like what you're reading please follow me on Twitter, check out my other podcast The Round Table, tell your friends, and/or leave me a comment [...]

Hump-Day Hildebrandt: Fantasy Cookbook and the End of the Swords & Wizardry Logo Contest!

Just a reminder that the deadline for the Swords & Wizardry Compatible Logo Contest is tomorrow!  Please have your submissions in no later than 11-27-2014.  Now, I present to you the closest thing to a Thanksgiving Feast that I could find in the Hildebrandt archives.  

An open letter to the big stores of the world who sell games

By Paco Garcia Jaen Beware, this is an opinionated rant. Last night, after our holidays, we decided to watch the only episode of The Apprentice I could have possibly had any interest in. The episode in which they have to design a board game from start to finish in 48 hours and then sell it. [...]

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Ash Wednesday - ThanksKilling


ThanksKilling is a ridiculous holiday themed slasher movie (with two sequels) about a necromantic killer turkey named, Turkie. To get you in the proper mindset, this is how the first flick starts.

At the first Thanksgiving a topless pilgrim is killed with a tomahawk by Turkie, who has the masterful line, "Nice tits, bitch!"

Yeah, it's that kind of classy flick. I thought Turkie would be the perfect Thanksgiving villain for Army of Darkness. Perhaps the necromancy the Native American used to create him came from the Necronomicon.

Name: Turkie

Motivation: Maim! Kill! Repeat!
Critter Type:  Demon 

[RPG] Quick & dirty Accelerated vampire rules - 2nd edition

I've got a friend coming to stay with myself and my wife Hannah for a week soon, Dave was one of the players in my short original test game for the quick & dirty vampire rules so it'll be interesting to see what he makes of the revised version.
These rules are based heavily on the super powered stunt rules, you can find them here in the excellent Fate SRD website.
Essentially the way the super-powered stunts will work is that players will purchase a stunt that allows them to automatically succeed at a certain task unless they are opposed by [...]

Untested D&D -- Interrogation

Interrogation checks are made to resolve the controlled questioning of prisoners or suspects: People who have (or who believe might have) a reason to withhold information from you. Obtaining information through other forms of social interaction (questioning witnesses or chatting someone up at a social soiree, for example) is certainly possible, but may not be the right fit for these mechanics.

When interrogating a subject, the questioner can choose one of two approaches:

DIPLOMACY: These are “soft” methods of interrogation. Manipulation, seduction, a building of trust, a promise of quid pro quo.

INTIMIDATION: These are “hard” methods of interrogation. This doesn’t cover actual [...]

Not My Drawing

On occasion, I like to color other people's line art.

- Ark

Dungeonscape: The Fellowship of the Thing

If you've been attentive, you might remember that I got to sit down with three of the folks from Trapdoor Technologies, LLC back in August and discuss their upcoming suite of electronic tools for Dungeons & Dragons 5E, Dungeonscape. If you haven't been attentive, PAY ATTENTION! I don't do this s$&% for my own health. I do it for you because I'm a motherf$&%ing altruist.

You might have heard that a lot has changed since that August dinner in Indianapolis. The partnership between Wizards of the Coast and Trapdoor Technologies is kaput. Dungeonscape for D&D 5E is not going to happen. [...]

Random Thoughts: Real Life Flaming, Welcoming People to the Hobby, Your Mom Plays Video Games, and Influential Gamers

I found out about thissort of thing the hard way talking to a younger dude that was like this. He was edgy and cool, but his brain was somewhat colonized. He somehow got to talking about this thing that happened at his high school… some kid had worn a shirt that was deemed to be across the line by his type and they’d rallied and made it clear that nobody could do that there. I was surprised that he could be so positive about doing something like that. I said, “that’s the difference between my generation and your generation. People [...]

Daily Punch 11-25-14 Martial Training feat for DnD 5e

I liked the feats that gave you a splash of another class’ powers in Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition. There are powers for the caster classes (wizard, cleric, et al). How about some for our martial friends? How about the fighter?


Martial Training

You might not be an impressive warrior, but you have learned a thing or two. Gain the following benefits:

  • Increase your strength or dexterity by 1 to a maximum of 20.
  • Gain one fighter style (PHB page 72).



Day 348

Fiction by Patrick King, inspired by our recent ideas for a post-apocalyptic RPG setting.

Andy is still not back from the latest foraging trip. I'm concerned, usually he's only gone for a few hours but night passed and there's still no sign.

I heard some of them last night, the unmistakeable sound they make when they move; it was right near the bunker door. I hope they didn't discover the entrance. I suppose if they did they'd try and get inside, unless they're going to come back in greater numbers, they're smarter than we first thought.

Wow, I just realised, three hundred [...]

Citadel of Eight Illustrated

Tenser, level 7Over the years I've gathered quite a collection of old Greyhawk material, from various sources including many things one would never expect. Digging through the archives I found one such item that piques me both as a Grey-historian and as an artist. This pdf is the tournament characters for a Greyhawk game ran at some unknown GenCon during the 3rd Edition era. I don't have any information on the adventure itself except what is hinted in the character backgrounds.

The pregenerated characters are of the famous Citadel of Eight during their mid-level careers; Mordenkainen the Mage (Wiz10), Tenser (Wiz7), Robilar [...]

Borderland of Adventure #38: The Army Marches

At the end of last session we left one party of adventurers deep in the Loftwood. Having destroyed the main defences of Xul-Jarak, they began their return journey. However, now we turn to the fortunes of the adventurers who decided to join Ratik's Volunteer Borderers to help push back the orc host.


While resting at Ratikhill and waiting for Ratik's army to fully muster, Adoven, Klara and Krorz were busy. First Klara threw a party for several people they knew well, including the city's mayor. The adventurers were also busy in the town -- Adoven and Klara finally finding a smith [...]

[Pathfinder Society] A Harrower's Tale Part I

Greetings stranger, from a stranger!

In May, Paizo released The Harrow Handbook and the Pathfinder Society Campaign legalised most of the book and many, previously disallowed harrow options. There was one caveat, however: a player requires an actual Harrow Deck when using any ability that calls for drawing Harrow cards. Having been intrigued by the Harrower prestige class for about as long as I’ve played Pathfinder, I immediately placed my order at Fanaticus and picked up my deck just a few weeks ago. That’s when I began to seriously consider my Harrower character-to-be.

After running through a few different build permutations (druid, [...]

If you haven't got the XP, it's not dead

We continued our foray into the Wave Echo Cave system. There were skeletons and bugbears and stuff in there. It's a good thing we have Malinda in the party - she whittled five bugbears down to one in one round of burning hands. Result!

We also managed to find a door that said bugbears had barricaded. Turned out there was a big, flaming skull behind there. We decided to close the door and explore one of the other directions ...

Courtesy of Tuesday 25 November 2014's 5th Edition Dugeons & Dragons roleplaying session at Chimera.

"Your face, right now, is like Windows 95 trying to load Excel 2013."

"He has a code of honour."
"Don't worry, we'll beat it out of you if we have to."

"You're the kind of guy who'd run into his children's room shouting 'Santa's not real'!"

Player: "Just [...]

Subterranean Enclave: Severed Umbra

Subterranean Enclave: Severed Umbra This first installment of Raging Swan Press’ Subterranean Enclave-series clocks in […]

The Genius Guide to More Ranger Talents

The Genius Guide to More Ranger Talents This pdf clocks in at 11 pages of […]

Sorceror Bloodlines

Sorceror Bloodlines This pdf clock in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page […]

Campaign Chunk -- Northern Goat-Antelope

English: Domestic goat smile. Crimea, mountains near Balaklava. . , . Latina: Capra aegagrus hircus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Campaign Chunk – Northern Goat-Antelope

The Northern Goat Antelope (NGA), is a ruminant mammal – That is it is a mammal that acquire nutrients from plant-based food by fermenting it in a specialized stomach prior to digestion, much like a cow does. The NGA typical stands around 70-80 cm when fully grown and has a distinctive pair of curved and spiral horns on both sides of its head. It is not uncommon for a male NGA to have [...]

Worldbuilding 101 - Part 18: Racial Appearances

(Quick one today because I'm running late...)
One of the things I've learnt from years (actually decades) of LARPing is that people who get involved in this sort of thing love to dress up. Costuming is a part of it (and we looked at the various cultural costumes in this world in the last post), but so is make-up and quite often prosthetics and latex masks. In order to know what type of make-up would be used to portray our characters, we need to get a few racial trait descriptions. It probably makes best sense to connect these to the [...]
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