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I've re-read some of the old demon lore write ups and realised they need a bit of an edit to make them read more nicely.  Unfortunately I'm still knee deep in LARP preparations and Home Front sourcebook revision so that's diverting time, attention and resources away from this blog.  I figured the rules are the thing so I'll keep putting them up for now as I do them. 

They haven't been playtested (sorry) but I have extensively played through the original rules so I have a pretty decent idea of what I don't like about them.  I've also [...]

Now that's a Delve! Krubera Cave

Krubera Cave, deepest known cave on Earth

Demon: Lore of the Wind

Create WindYou can create breathable air that emerges from your hands for minutes equal to Faith + successes.  If you are surrounded by gas or water you can cup your hands over a person's nose and mouth to provide them with clean air.  If this lore is used in an enclosed space which would increase the air pressure then instead it replaces the existing air with breathable air to ensure that the current air pressure is maintained.  The strength of the wind created in this way is, at most, equivalent to your breath (i.e. you can blow out a candle at [...]

Random Bank Names

What was once a habit of trolling for new ideas has slacked off of late. I blame summer for heat and distractions. Tonight, I overcame my typical summer lethargy to roll out a new generator: Bank and Financial Names.

The current database consists of a mere 14,000 entries. If it proves useful to others, I can easily expand by substituting city names with other results from the City Name generator. Country and country names are also plausible although I removed most of those from the default output.

In other news, [...]

Making Gaming Stuff

I've been messing around with developing an adventure using the Exoterrorists, GUMSHOE system.  Think X-Files if it had been on HBO (Maybe True Detective would fill the bill, but I've only seen one very good episode so I can't say).

So I thought I would make up fake, shadow government type documents.  The players would be working for Aegis.  I thought it fit the theme I was going for well.  But I could just have official government documents with Aegis on the header.  No, no, I have to come up with an official seal.

Don't Google official seal [...]

ORE Bundle of Holding

This week’s Bundle of Holding is all ORE all the time – for one low price get Wild Talents, GODLIKE, Better Angels, and a bunch of other stuff.

Filed under: talk Tagged: ORE

Can You Lend Me a Han?

Today's report is just in from a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  Star Wars is coming in force to the Wargate, and X-Wing by Fantasy Flight Games is pretty much single-handedly responsible for overturning the club's aversion to Star Wars!  The Smith lays out how they have begun their journey into the Force, submitted from our Texas Chapter!

Imperial Navy: Sigma Squadron ambushes Rebel forces in the Karthakk System
This week began our summer game season at the Texas Chapter.  Enthusiasm couldn't be higher as we breeze our way through the rules and begin the [...]

New Creature for any setting - The Gaistig (S&W and Next Edition)

Below is a new undead/Ghost enemy to be encountered in the deepest tombs and most dark places in any game. The Glaistig is based on a Scottish ghost by the same name.

Unlike what is presented below the Glaistig of Scottish legend was often a benign ... or at the very least neutrual spirit that took the form of a young and beautiful woman. In some stories the Glaistig was found to be a blood sucking ghost that would lead men and travellers (typically also men) to dark places to feed on them.

The Glaistig presented below [...]

The Pearl 011


After a bit of a battle the PC’s encounter a bit of a puzzle.

The Pearl 011

That 5e Proficiency Bonus

First I want to say, “pffffbbbtt.”

Now that that’s out of my system, I want to talk about relationships (Bliss Stage). Wait, I mean I want to talk about Guardian Forces and Junction magic (FF8). Or maybe Social Links (Persona). Or maybe relationships (Arkham Horror)!

Let’s start with this — social mechanics are uneven in many games.

Roleplaying games can get kind of weird when it comes to social mechanics for some reason — there are plenty of other weird things in RPGs, but social mechanics often seem a bit… off.

Here are some actually-good examples:

Relationships in Bliss Stage drive the game. You can’t [...]

Palestine, Genocide, and a Good Ole' Time

I have heard Jewish leaders state, “we must always stand on the side of the oppressed when no one else will” I have heard this often from my Jewish friends over the years and it is almost a mantra for them. The moment I bring up Palestine however they take a different stance. They become almost violent and hostile and belligerent. I have even been assaulted by one of my former Jewish friends for suggesting that Israel may be the villain in the Palestine situation.

So how is Israel going to do it? How are they going to remove millions of Palestinians? How are they going to steal a country and still keep the UN and America on their side? It is said that he who controls the information controls the world. Israel has, up until now, done a great job of controlling the information. They have staged a massive PR campaign to keep American politicians on their side. Millions of Americans see Israel as our sister state, our ally in all things, our bestest friend in this scary scary world. In reality Israel is the host to the worlds largest prison. A prison in which people are slaughtered out of hand while the perpetrators of said slaughter, cry as if they are in fact the victims.

How would you feel if the United Nations stole the state of Texas and gave it to the various native American tribes in the US? Then all of the peoples from Texas would be dumped into ghettos and most of their rights stripped from them? This is essentially what is happening in Palestine. A group of nations arbitrarily decided to give the Jews a home and took the land from the Muslims who lived there. Then they carted off those Muslims and forced them to [...]

Metal Gods #2 Cover Art & Info!

In this issue:

  • Secrets of the Serpent Moon! - An adventure toolkit that takes your PCs to a secret Serpent Man moonbase. 
  • Meet the Elder Races: Who ruled Ore before Man? Edgar Johnson learns you about the Elder Races.
  • Heirloom Items for Lowbie PCs: Grandpa Hurg always claimed the family sword was enchanted. Turns out, it might be. An article by Donn Stroud.
  • Looking for some magical items with some decidedly Ur-Hadadly feel to them? Jason Hobbs has you covered.
  • Bounty Hunters of Ur-Hadad!
  • And more!
The price will be going up slightly on this issue because (a) $4 is easier to sort out [...]

"All rolled up" bags: handmade and filled with heart blood - an interview

Salute! Warm hearted souls behind the "All rolled up": Paul and Fil.All photos: All rolled up Two or three months ago I noticed a very special role-playing game item in my Google stream. An "All rolled up". "Heck, what is that?", I thought. And looked closer. It's some kind of leveled up dice bag, combined with a unique skin and potential for being more than a sac holding your dice. Some of

The Utopia -- Steal this Trap

Once I was so bored that I invented the (I think) ultimate trap. My players entered a small valley secluded from the outside world. It was truly a heavenly, Eden-like place full of beautiful scenery, peaceful – but also not without it’s small problems – every few months local fauna suffered “berserk” syndrome and acted wild and violent – it was a time where the local population hid in a small stronghold and had to be protected.

Did I mention “local folk”? Nice people, intelligent, beautiful, very tolerant and open to various possibilities, eternally young, courtesy of strange fruits growing only [...]

Daily Cosplay (Star Trek)

Bujilli: Episode 99

Bujilli and Leeja destroyed a Morlock Tripod before making use of Sprague's Access-Point to the planar layer of the Purple Forest where they met Silas Grompf and Midwife Shael who wanted to end one lingering war in order to start another...with Bujilli and Leeja's help...

Bujilli looked out upon the clearing, churned to mud and soon to be saturated with blood in the prosecution of some sad, sick operatic paroxysm of meaningless destruction. It was grim. Desperate times led to desperate measures. The chain of escalating reactions was dragging everything--and everyone--down into chaos, death and ruin. It had [...]


Long ago there was a goodly sorceress named Erementrude. She was powerful and well versed in all the magics of the ancient goblins and wizards. It came to pass that Erementrude's daughter fell by the arrow of dagger of some vagrant. In her grief she sought to hold the Arc of Time and delay her child's passage to the Stone Fields so that she might call upon her one last time. Her spell was powerful and when it bridged the Arc and stopped time, it drew the attention of the Lord of Chaos. He saw in a moment what her [...]


Recently on Twitter and Facebook I keep seeing #ImSo(Name of Place). This morning to poke fun at I started posted D&D versions. I thought I'd post a few here.

#ImSoDarkSun I remember when Athas was green.
#ImSoForgottenRealms I survived the SpellPlague and the Time of Troubles.
#ImSoRavenloft I remember when when Ravenloft was just an adventure.
#ImSoGreyhawk I remember when the Great Kingdom was actually great.
#ImSoEberron I remember when Khorvaire was a united nation.
#ImSoPlanescape I've been sent to the Maze, three times.
#ImSoDragonlance I rode with Lord Soth, while he was still human.
#ImSoPathfinder that I know [...]

War of the Gods

A Map for you just for the hell of it.

So here is a map.
I was thinking of doing an example adventure for  my home brew game "Amazing Adventurers and Exciting Exploits" so I sketched up a map water-colored in some bits then  though, "well I would rather go another direction."

Here is the map I started.
It became kind of a quick sketch of  something I might  expand upon latter. The real reason I never used it s that I need to leave more white space for what I want to do for AAIE.

That and I made a mistake on the entrance  structure which frankly [...]

Romanticism as an essential element of fantasy

Let me start with a few quotes from Wikipedia:
"Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.In popular culture, the fantasy genre is predominantly of [...]

A Great Fighter in Into the Odd

D&D Fighters grow in power as they level up. Their bonuses increase, they become mountains of HP, and in later editions they get incredible powers worthy of mythical heroes. They can go toe to toe with a dragon and battle hordes of orcs without breaking a sweat.

Into the Odd characters don't get that luxury. So what makes a great fighter?

Meet Polina Lawd, a renowned highwayman, duellist, and sometime mercenary. She's known to be one of the most formidable combatants in the world. And why?

Polina Lawd 
STR 18, DEX 9, WIL 13, 20hp.
Ivory [...]

Cyber city

The wind blew across the cold pavement, or at least what little bit of the wind which made its way down through the mass of buildings, and other concrete and metal structures to where we walked. The days here were short, always walking in the shadows of the valley cast by these great buildings. Though the buildings may have once been amazing things to behold, now they are cold and tower over us, making us reach out and long for the sky, the sun, fresh air. Those things do not come to this place…

The image above is cyber city by [...]

Creativity Challenge, Day 24!

Alien environments and weather have already been talked about during this creativity challenge, but something that hasn’t been hit yet is extraordinarly sized perspectives on what would be a standard environment. Take your living space…it’s probably fairly comfortable, equipped with everything that’s around you right now. You know the space well enough to navigate it in the dark and you know where things are without having to look for them (generally speaking).

But, what if you were an inch tall? How would that change your perspective on things? What if you were 10 feet tall, how would you navigate? How would [...]

SWGMH S05E07: Dick Moves

The gang gets together to explore player perceptions of fairness in gaming and the GM’s role and responsibility to maintain a certain level of conflict and drama. Your hosts:Jerrod 'Savage Daddy' Gunning,Ron Blessing,Chris Fuchs,JiB,andScott: the Savage Cheerleader Changing the rules (dice fudging) Deliberately ruling against the players GM NPCs GM Benniesto Soak Favoritism Subscribe on […]

012 Vaults of the Vilayet #3

A Trip into Undermountain

Here's an interlude between parts 2 and 3 of the Mapping my Game-world mini-series, another dip into the Vaults.
This time, a parchment map intended as a hand-out for some players delving into the Undermountain, as presented in the 1991 AD&D 2e box set 'Ruins of Undermountain'.
It took me a minute to look through the huge poster-maps in the box to find which bit is shown on this relic [...]

Story Locale (Wonders of NaeraCull): Mahanguan Pilgrimage Trail

Rising high into the sky, Mount Mahangua dominates the skyline of the Pirate Isles. The top of the volcano---at roughly 7,000 feet in elevation---is always in an active state. Lava gurgles in the crater, 1.4 miles across at its widest point. The very center is in a constant display of pyrotechnics, shooting flaming rocks hundreds […]

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Ein Interview mit Tom Hillenbrand ber Drohnenland

Drohnenland von Tom Hillenbrand (Image: obskures.de)

Tom Hillenbrand. Vor Kurzem verffentlichte der Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch (KiWi) Drohnenland, den ersten Zukunftskrimi von Tom Hillenbrand. Auf Anfrage stimmte er freundlicherweise einem kurzen Interview zu.

Disclaimer: Den Roman habe ich mir gekauft. Zu seinem schwarmfinanzierten Rollenspielfachbuch Drachenvter, das er zusammen mit Konrad Lischka schrieb, fhrte ich bereits ein Interview mit Ihm. Ab und an twittern wir ein wenig hin und her. Darber hinaus gibt es keine Verbindungen.

Achtung! (Kleine) Spoiler und Nerdkram voraus!

Der Verstand ist oft die Quelle der Barbarei; ein berma an Verstand ist es immer.
- Giacomo Leopardi (Zitat aus Drohnenland)

Worum geht es [...]

No Level One Monsters

This is a new solution to an ongoing problem.

Years ago, I started developing “scope” as a form of quadratic development to complement linear character advancement.

That’s when I came up with the terms:
Personal, Local, Regional, Global, Planar, and Cosmic.

As part of that, I ranked nearly every monster from the D&D Monster Manual according to scope — whether a monster of that type represented a threat of a certain scope. I had to figure out how many people could be affected.

I associated each scope with a group of 3-5 exty people, as follows:
1-Personal 3-5
2-Local 300-500
3-Regional 30k-50k
…and so [...]

Setting Riff: Holothom -- The Short Version

OK so I doubt any of you care to slog through my old writings just for kicks, you are looking for something inspiring or useful that you might apply to your own game or world somehow.

So the original “setting riff” I suppose you could call it for Holothom boiled down to:

1) A bunch of primitive humans (“barbarians”) flee some war-zone and cross some big mountains into some apparently uninhabited lands.

2) The “uninhabited lands” are actually the ancient homelands of the demi-humans (who are either unknown or mythical in the rest of the world). Also full of humanoids and other monsters.

3) [...]

Some Thoughts on the Ten Games, Ten Times Challenge

I'm 22% into the 10 games, 10 times, challenge and I thought I should post an update, because I think the experience has already been worthwhile.

What I am finding, and it confirms what I think most of us already know, that multiple plays of a game help reinforce [...]

Daily Punch 7-22-14 Superior Mage Hand feat for DnD Next

I’ve been reading the Sundering and I saw a character do something amazing with her hair. She used it to grab weapons and beat the crap out of anyone who came at her. How about a feat to make that happen?


Superior Mage Hand

You’re a pinnacle of spell casting and you make even the simplest cantrips dodevastatingeffects

Prerequisite: Wizard with the mage hand cantrip

Benefit: Gain the following:

  1. Gain a +1 to intelligence to a maximum of 20.
  2. You may cast mage hand as a spell of any level. For each level you cast the spell above a cantrip, you gainan extra mage hand. The [...]

An unfinished game for you to mess with

For last year’s NaGaDeMon I worked on Galaxy Rising, a space opera roleplaying game. Alas I was never able to finish my work on it. But I thought some of you guys might still be interested in checking in out and doing stuff with it. Feel free to download it here.

I might pick up this project again in the future, so feel free to send me your feedback.

Armor Up (Elf)

D&D Encounters: Tyranny of Dragons Kit -- Preview

With the release of the new 5e Dungeons & Dragons comes a new look and feel to D&D public play. D&D Encounters as we know it is changing as it becomes part of the broader public play program known as the D&D Adventure League.

The first adventure in the Tyranny of Dragons story arc is Hoard of the Dragon Queen. The D&D Encounters adventure, which your FLGS can download for free, provides enough material to advance PCs from levels 1-4. The story continues for PCs of level 5 and above in the for-sale product of the same name, Hoard of the [...]

Will Myers and AdventureAWeek.com at the Colorado Conclave of Gamers this weekend!

It’s hard to believe that in my roughly 30 years of off-and-on gaming that I’ll be attending my first ever gaming convention on Friday, July 25th: the third annual Conclave of Gamers at the DIA Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colorado. I’ve been to other conventions before, but never to a gaming convention, and though […]

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A VERY Short Podcast on Fantasy Swords

Action for Sale

There is another Action Comics #1 going up for sale. The last one, owned by actor Nicholas Cage, sold for over 2 million, even with the slightly faded pages. This one is supposed to have only white pages. Its one of 34 of these comics known to exist, which is the reason it is so valuable. No fancy gold foil cover, no limited edition, no nothing like that. This is survival by chance. 34 o 200,000. These are small miracles. That's why they are valuable.

There is no date set yet for the [...]

Landing Rovers

Interesting news from the European Space Agency this week. Some time ago they launched the Tiger Initiative, a program designed to bring together leading minds from different fields in order to facilitate space exploration. The aim is to get a new, fresh, perspective on what to do going forward.
The latest development is a quadcopter drone. This drone would carry rovers from an orbiting planetary spaceship to the surface, and do it safely. Plus they can land them exactly where the ESA wants them to land.

The real problem is that these have to be autonomous vehicles. The time [...]

Seaward Campaign - Ursula's Diary Part 1

Real time:
Part 1, July 19
Je. plays Ursula, a hafling thief
J plays Hans, a hafling fighter
A plays Starfalcon, a half-elf ranger
S plays Blackstar, a human wizard
N plays Talnar, a human cleric

  Backstory: We are here in Timberlake, my cousin Hans and I. We came from our home in
Riverhearth, looking for adventure - he and I have always shared a certain wanderlust. After we
arrived in the city, we got to know Starfalcon, a half-elf ranger, and his human friends, Talnar the
cleric and Blackstar the wizard. We all want to explore the [...]

New Rules of Fantasy #1: Evil is a Choice

I'm bored with fantasy.

I love fantasy.

I'm torn regularly by what fantasy gaming has been to me and what it has not been to me; I anguish a bit about what fantasy gaming is and what it could be. Anybody who knows me knows I'm always full of these hopes and anxieties, negatives and positives waging war for my heart.

When I love something, I embrace it then run for the edges and boundaries: What if we did this? What about that? When I hate something, it ceases to exist: if you can get me to discuss it at all you'll [...]

Throwback Thursday - Don't Go to Jail AKA Monopoly Express (1991)

One game that has been played recently in local circles that was quickly analyzed and found too simple even for a fast game is Don't Go to Jail AKA Monopoly Express (1991).  It's a dice game with all too predictable and outcome, which seems a counter-intuitive statement but holds true.  Obviously, it is an attempt to spin off from the long-popular game Monopoly but aside from some window dressing really has nothing to do with that game.

The dice are set up in such a way that there is little reason not to go for a top score [...]

Kratos: Wait

The BatVan!

This is the Batvan. No doubt with an 8 track player and shag carpets!

Really, whatever else you see today, its not going to get any better than this.

Word of the Day -- Tyrannosaurus

Tyrannosaurus means "tyrant lizard," from Greek tyrannos () which means "tyrant," and sauros () which means "lizard") is a genus of coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur. The species Tyrannosaurus rex (rex meaning "king" in Latin), commonly abbreviated to T. rex, is a fixture in popular culture. The T. rex lived throughout what is now western North America, which then was an island continent named Laramidia. Tyrannosaurus had a much wider range than other tyrannosaurids. Fossils are found in a variety of rock formations dating to the Maastrichtian age of the upper Cretaceous Period, 67 to 66 million years ago. It was among [...]

Two Things

This is just a quick post to mention two recent pirate-related developments. One is that the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise now has a release date: 7 July 2017. According to Wikipedia, the working subtitle for this entry is "Dead Men Tell No Tales."


The other item is that the full first season of Black Sails is now available through iTunes.



Lives Of Kos From Skirmisher For Your Old School Campaign

Grab It Right

This is a great resource for NPC's for an old school campaign with ancient Greek world flavor. This book is huge and its wall to wall NPC's of every description. These happen to be some of the flag ship characters that have appeared in their campaign setting Kos fiction, backgrounds, settings, adventures, etc. They're all here and more. Because of its system agnostic nature I've decided to do a review on the Swords blog.
There are over one hundred and fifteen personalities described in the pdf and they're various backgrounds dovetail into each [...]

My New Job!

I’m now the store manager of The Comic Book Shop in Spokane, WA! I was previously working as a sales associate at the store’s mall location, but got promoted to running the main shop! It’s great, because my best friend is the manager at the mall location, so now we’re both managers. Wonder Twin powers, activate!

I’m really excited to get to know all of the customers and talk comics! I imagine there will be a [...]

Call For Ideas

The exchange between Runesligner and myself on the spectrum of play was interesting and informative, and has been getting consistently good page views. Thinking on it, there have been a lot of good comments from other readers that most likely don’t get viewed by the casual reader, so here is my casual, but official, call for folks to submit response pieces to The Black Campbell.If you’re on WordPress, it’s as simple as asking me to reblog a post on your site, but for folks on other blog platforms, or who want to toss out a 500-1500 word opinion piece on [...]

House Rules -- For Pulp (and other RPGs)

This entry is part 1 in the series House Rules from The Adventurer's Club This is the first of a four-part* series outlining the house rules that Blair Ramage and I have adopted over the years for the Adventurer’s Club campaign, a Pulp-genre campaign run using Pulp Hero, which is a Pulp-genre variation on the […]
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