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The Caverns of Questemundo: A Day in Town

Oh sure, it looks peaceful now.
Thakko made it to the town of Onderdunk, wounded, but satisfied at his first successful looting. With thirty two lucre in his pocket, he first sought out the local medical professionals.

Temple of Helminth Patron god of adventurers and other fools. Being healed by Friar Jabrony cost him three coins, and there he decided to stock up on some of the many herbs, balms and other ointments for sale to those who venture deep into the Downlow Realms. -Placebo Potion. Heals one Condition. -3 Prescription Leeches. Each Heals one Wound level.

The Hall of RPG Oddities --- The Laying on of Paws

Bunnies and Burrows

My, but it has been a while since we wandered down the twisted corridors in the Hall of RPG Oddities. Perhaps our brush with the madness of F.A.T.A.L. almost finished us. Perhaps your author just got lazy. Well regardless, it’s time we open up the vaults, dust off the display cases and open the hall to the public with a new and strange entry, this time a game that showed the adventurous possibilities of the mammalian familylagomorpha.

Fantasy Games Unlimited was a remarkable company. Founded by Scott Bizar, roommate of famous fantasy author Lin Carter, FGU lived between the [...]

All of Gnome Stew's Books are on Sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

For Black Friday/Cyber Monday, we’ve knocked 25% off of all of our titles on DriveThruRPG. This discount applies to single products only, not bundles, but it’s essentially the best bundle discount we offer…except you can mix and match whichever products you’d like. This is also the first time we’ve offered a discount on our newest book, Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters.

This sale will run from now through sometime on Tuesday, December 2.

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy gaming from Engine Publishing!


The campaign starts with two PCs: Erzo (Drow Rogue) and Mulinex (Elf Druid/Ranger). Proceeding eastward from the Sword Coast, they enter the town of Greenest during a moonlit night... but something is awry, something is very wrong. They see burning fires in the distance, smoke billowing into the sky, hooded figures running about. What will the PCs encounter upon entry to the town? Listen in to find out.


RPG: Dungeons & Dragons 5e

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook [...]


We're taking Thanksgiving off. We hope all of you who celebrate today have a wonderful holiday and everyone else has an excellent day as well. We also want to say thanks for all you great people who've been very supportive of our efforts. We appreciate it!

Midas Spiders

Why is this spider encased in gold?I realized this afternoon that Gold Spiders are very boring and attempting to come up with a semi-plausible explination as to why a spider might be encased in gold was sophmoric at best. So lets get a little more old-school.

Midas Spiders
Thought to have been created by some ancient, avarice witch, the venom of this extremely rare arachnid can transform those it bits into a statue of solid gold! Naturally, it is extemely sought after and even the rumour of a Midas Spider can send adventuerers flooding into the area seeking [...]

Review 11/26/2014

Auge and Sorosh return from the jailer's prison with some disturbing information: the trap was armed with truename magic from forces of the jailer; with our protections against magical intrusions, the jailer's forces are confirmed to be targeting those individuals close to us; and despite the vertigo Auge remembered seeing Tamros but he was farther along in whatever process Tamros is in.
Once reunited we receive an urgent message from Maycorth- he is being followed and is fearful but does not wasn't to lead these individuals to us. Taking to the air above Lowport we see that the areal traffic is greater at night and insects are not much of a nuisance, in the distance was heard fighting on a grand scale. We also notice large flying creatures in including lizard-men and draconians. Scattered about on the streets, appearing as if they are actively searching for something or someone, are individuals who are going building to building- one in fact was on a rooftop.
Evacuating Maycorth three of us return to the Blood Barge while Versel expeditiously kidnaps the roof-dweller. The dweller proved to be a drow member of the Verbond group who was secretly tasked with observing Maycorth. [...]

Have Some Pie

tiefling warlock and the tentacle trap ! :D

a sketch of my oc tiefling warlock – sennal ! she is battling a tentacle trap :w00t:

tiefling warlock and the tentacle trap

Filed under: character, concept art, creature, fantasy, tiefling, warlock Tagged: character, class, concept art, creature, fantasy, race, rpg, selkirk, sennal, tentacle, tiefling, warlock

Diablo II: To Hell And Back

From the back cover:

Give the Devil His Due

Now play the DIABLO II computer game crossed with the brand new D&D roleplaying game rules. With all the fury, all the excitement, and all the monsters brought to life by your own imagination. This is face-toface roleplaying combat -- smoother, faster, and meaner than before.

Inside you'll find:
- Hundreds of monsters to battle with all-new D&D rules!
- Level after level of thrilling adventure in the pits of hell!
- Opportunities for millions of experience points!
- All new adventures to catch Diablo and D&D players off guard!

Suitable for all levels of play

D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide Preview Photo Gallery

Here is a gallery we put together from social media and reviews as more images of the 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide (D&D Core Rulebook) start to show up .

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All Previews | Table of Contents | Creating a Multiverse | Creating NPC Characters | Villainous Class Options | Traps | Downtime Activities | Magic Item Tables | Deck of Many Things | Magic Items A-Z | Figurine of Wonderous Power | Magic Rings | Eye and Hand of Vecna / Orb of Dragonkind | Poisons | Fire Arms, Explosives, and Alien Technology | Races [...]

I Have Internet Again! PCs Lives Are In Danger Once More...

A book I found nearly unreadable for some reason.  But the title rules!Well, dear readers, I have made my return to the interwebs.  I trust that you all have fared well.  I have moved for the last time for a while, I hope.  I am back in the same school district with my children again, and hope to perhaps see them a little bit more.  I have also not stopped writing game material.  Expect the rest of those monsters, as well as setting material.  So far, I've decided that Antediluvia shall include dinosaurs in more than "lost world" encounter areas. [...]

Ray of Oblivion

I've decided I like to chop up the articles in Dragon into little pieces and string it out over several posts.  Here's another sorcerer spell from Ed Greenwood's Incantatrix from Dragon Magazine #90.

Ray of Oblivion4th level enchantmentCasting Time 1 actionRange 60 feetComponents V, S, M (a pinch of dust)Duration permanent
A shimmering, colorless ray stabs out to the target and strikes unerringly, dodging around obstacles, other creatures, etc.  When struck, the target creature must make and Intelligence saving throw or forget one item of magical knowledge at random (the information lost is not able to be specified [...]

One Page Dungeon Contest 2014 PDF Statistics

It seems I have had less and less time to post articles. When I do get a free moment, I tend to concentrate on the One Page Dungeon Contest, so why not combine both endevours and show a little bit of what I have been working with.

The three PDF compendiums I have put together have sold better than I expected. There will be a nice prize fund for the 2015 contest because of it. This has led me down the path of exploring what it would take to make a print version of the compendiums. And let me [...]


Dessa lack any sort of bone structure, instead resembling large rubbery globs of light gray color. The only distinct feature on their outside are their two black eye-spots, which define a Dessa’s "front". Their brain is at their center of mass, and they have no ears, noses, or mouths.

Dessa are capable of limited shape-shifting, in that their shape is controlled entirely by their muscles. They can -- and do -- grow a number of pseudo-limbs as they desire; as they are immobile in their "natural form", they habitually assume a bipedal, roughly humanoid shape, which has caused a great deal [...]

5th Ed Dungeon Master's Guide

Well what can I say about this book that I haven’t said about the other wonderful books for 5th edition Dungeon and Dragons. It is truly hard to find anything I don’t like about this one. The books is solid and thick counting in at 320 pages. It is loaded with tons of rules, campaign starters, magic items, and tables galore. As a lover of 1st ed this book is a Godsend.

I was flipping through the magic items and discovered the trio of Black Razor, Whelm, and Wave. I had an instant nerdgasm. I hadn’t seen those names since 1980 when I went on White Plume Mountain at Gen Con XIII at the University of Wisconsin. I loved that adventure and have always hoped to replay it but seeing it get mentioned the in new Dungeon Master’s Guide was beautiful.

So what can this book do for you? Well for one it offers you everything you need to create your own adventures and it fills in a few gaps that were missing during the Tyranny of Dragons Campaign. Chapter four which is only ten pages long is so chock full of usefulness that I can see using it in nearly every game system I might play. The chapter gives you so much detail about NPC development that even a novice GM can seem like a master. Then I hit Chapter five and discovered one of my favorite parts of the 1st ed DMG, Dungeon Design tables insanity. It was so many tables that it might even have been a little overwhelming but ultimately these tables give you the ability to seem like a creative genius with very little effort.

The book also offers tons of advice on running a campaign and it has more magic items than you should be able [...]

Pathfinder Strategy Guide Delay and Preview

The Pathfinder Strategy Guide, a character optimization book for all 11 core classes has had an issue with its printer and will now be released on February 25, 2015.

Paizo provided a preview:

Early Black Friday OSR Sales Update #2 - Frog Gods (and Frog Bags) and Savage AfterWorlds

Frog God Games is offering 25% off everything on the Frog God Games website until Sunday at Midnight. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY14 and tell them Tenkar sent ya!

And if you have a mind for it, they are offering grab bags for $100 that will include $300 minimum of retail RPG madness ($150 if you want some goodies from Bill's private collection.) I'm in for $110 including shipping. I expect some items will make the tail end of the OSR Christmas giveaway.

Play Mutant Future? Savage AfterWorld releases are 40% off at RPGNow and Lulu (which should stack with the SAVE35 coupon for super savings.)

Fallen Pillars

Smashing together some things the Boy came up with recently, with some lingering concepts adjunct to a session of (They Came From) Under the Waterless Sea I recently ran.  This isn't really Wampus content, although I suppose I could append it to one of the historical eras; I think it has more in common with the occasional DCC games I've been running.  Some of the implied setting there started when I ran Adrift on the Sea of Love at the beginning of the year, and later started banging together a DCC-appropriate late-Bronze-ish setting for running odds and ends (both adaptations [...]

Let Me Tell You My Character's Story!

Yesterday, we looked at how sharing a character with others can go wrong. I don’t like to leave things on a negative note though. It’s one thing to have a list of don’ts. It’s another to have a useful list of do’s.

So how can we share and have it got well? Like I said last time, people are often willing to hear a GM talk about their games. I’ll add the criteria that they’re willing to listen when said GM is brief and doesn’t delve into all the minutia of their “well laid out” campaign plans. “Let me tell you [...]

Basic Fantasy RPG 3e Released for Free on RPGNow - Monster Book Released too

I truly like Basic Fantasy. While not quite a clone, i can run adventures from Basic D&D to 3x to the various clones and the editions in between with minor conversions (if any) on the fly.

The price is certainly right, as the PDF for the core game and all the adventures and supplements are free and the print versions are at cost.

The 3rd edition of the Basic Fantasy rules just released as well as the Basic Fantasy Field Guide, which is a monster book with over 180 creatures for your BFRPG game or any other OSR or old school RPG.

Basic Fantasy 3e is currently $4.18 in print at Amazon and the Basic Fantasy Field Guide is currently $3.61. Amazon [...]

Biological imagination

Orc Stain is a book by James Stokoe put out by Image Comics during the period from 2010 to 2012. There were only seven issues, and the story was left unfinished.Thank Pearce for drawing my attention to this during some G+ conversation about comics.Though this post is image-heavy, I have barely scratched the surface. Similar quality can be found on average at least every second or third page.

There is so much raw creativity here it is hard to know where to start. The protagonist orc One-Eye has a knack with a hammer. He can see faults in just about anything, [...]

Homeguard: The Battle of Gideon's Fort

My kids and their grade school aged chums have been chopping away steadily at classic TSR module Horror on the Hill since the spring.  They've crossed swords with dozens of hobgoblins, tangled with their first troll, followed the clues found in a wizard's journal to navigate the dungeon below, rescued a dwarf and a thief held as thralls by the ruthless Hobgoblin King, struck a bargain with the mysterious wizard Leodin, solved a two-part puzzle to gain entry to a magic fountain hidden within the ruined monastery, discovered the red dragon (!) resting in the halls beneath the hill, and learned [...]


THE DEVOURING TURKEY OF YAUMThis giant bird roams the infamous foothills of Yaum and resembles a turkey with a blue and red snood. The Devouring Turkey of Yaum is massive, reaching fifteen feet in height. It is also very carnivorous, preferring the flesh of humanoids (particularly Halflings and Humans). The people in the region it inhabits have come to fear its ungainly wattle and distinctive cackle. When fearful it can split, producing an identical (and equally dangerous) duplicate of itself. In addition to this and its powerful beak, the Devouring Turkey can create a vortex of wind with its gobble, enabling it to inhale prey. No one knows for sure if there is a single Devouring Turkey of Yaum or if many dwell in the foothills. Some believe there are always two at any given time. Technically the Devouring Turkey of Yaum is a type of Monstra, an animal born with the [...]

Accessible Games Psi-ber Sale

For a limited time, everything in the Accessible Games catalog is 40-50% off its original price. Now’s your chance to grab that hardcover copy of Psi-punk for $24, pick up Monster Kart Mayhem for just $6, or grab the entire Alliterative Amusements line for the price of a cup of coffee.

From Thursday, November 27th through Monday December 1st, everything in our DriveThruRPG store is on sale.Our PDFs make great gifts for your international Secret Santa gift exchanges and for local friends who’ve shunned deadtree books.Better still, use DTRPG’s Print-on-Demand functionality to get a gorgeous hardcover of Psi-punk and send [...]

The Green Wine of Celene

I thought I'd try my hand at something a little different - I give you The Green Wine of Celene, a short story set in the World of Greyhawk, presented in the long tradition of fan fiction. The World of Greyhawk and its associated characters and names are the property of Wizards of the Coast, and no challenge to that ownership is intended or implied. Since it's so long, you'll find it after the jump. Enjoy, and to all my American readers, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The Green Wine of Celeneby Joseph Bloch
"WOE TO YOU!" thundered the [...]

Worldbuilding 101 - Part 19: Welcome to the Jungle

I think we've got a pretty good grasp on the way the world looks, the cultures that make it up and the kinds of specific people who belong to those cultures. To use a theatrical analogy, we've set the stage, we've established the supporting cast and even some of the secondary characters, costuming and make-up are taken care of. We don't have a plot (of course arguably, the whole point of a roleplaying game is about developing the plot and narrative), but we do have a few motivations for our characters.
Some recent roleplaying games would state that this is [...]

Do festivals have a place in your D&D world?

Phryne at the Festival of Poseidon in Eleusin
Looking  back at ancient cultures is an excellent way to find inspiration for your  D&D campaign. I can't think of a better time to talk about festivals in a game world than the day before The United States Thanksgiving.

Slipping a few festivals into a campaign worlds calendar can add a touch of realism and flavor to  a setting without allot of  Game master overhead. All a GM needs is a date on the calendar a name for a festival, observances, and a reason for the festival.

Lets look at [...]

The Tale of Bartobras Hedgewarden: Part 27

We rested the night after defeated the Hanged Ones in the room with the floor of rolly eyes. Feeling better, we explored the room. We found the Dreamer's stuff in the four rooms off the room. One had his robe. Another had his maul. Another had his leather armor. We also found piles of cash:

  • 2400 gp
  • 5 pearls worth 100 gp each
  • A large black pearl worth 500 gp
  • An amulet of protection from blindness that also granted blindsight 1/day for 1d4 rounds
  • 2 fire opals worth 1000 gp each
  • +2 leather armor
  • Warhammer +2, with the inscription The Dreamstone maul: He who wields it [...]

Early Black Friday OSR Sales - Update #1

I mentioned last night that Goodman Games was running an Early Black Friday Sale on their PDFs. Well, we have a few more publishers tossing their hats into the early Black Friday ring:

The Trolls of Mistwood, a DCC RPG adventure in Print and PDF has been discounted until Dec 2

Engine Publishing is discounting all of their GM aid releases by 25% for the Black Friday festivities.

The Complete Vivimancer is $3 off in print or PDF for the duration of the sale.

Dungeon Alphabet is half off, a mere 4 bucks (part of the Goodman Games Sale)

Random Esoteric Creature Generator for Classic Fantasy Role-Playing Games and their Modern Simulacra - it's a mouthful, it's also a [...]

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG: Lords of Nal Hutta Sourcebook

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG: Lords of Nal Hutta Sourcebook



Lords of Nal Hutta is a Hutt Space sourcebook for the Edge of the Empire Roleplaying Game that allows you and your friends to escape the oppressive rule of the Empire and engage in devious schemes with the galaxy's slimiest and most notorious gangsters: the Hutts.


In its 144 pages, Lords of Nal Hutta offers Game Masters all the information they need to bring the most corrupt and lawless stretch of the galaxy to life, including its history, new playable species, new creatures, challenges, and plot hooks.

Taking the Magic out of Birthright

I've been gone for a while. I don't know if I'll be back any time soon. Law school has encompassed my entire life, essentially swallowing everything that's not law up. I've had time to run games, but barely. Absolutely no time for posting blogs. Birthright is already a low-magic setting, so what the hell could I be talking about? I'm discussing lifting the rules for realm governance up out of

Montporte Dungeon Campaign Update

Our Monday Night Gamer bergoobers have been taking a break from the Montporte Dungeon Campaign, mostly due to my absence because of work duties. I have managed to get in on a few games on Monday night as a player, mostly playing in +Rob Conley's Majestic Wilderlands. We are using D&D 5e and I am playing Aeven Steelhand, a human fighter.

We'll be starting up with the Montporte Dungeon in a few weeks. I will be converting it to D&D 5e from our current rule set, Blood & Treasure. We have had more people in and out of our Monday [...]

Gamer conjures Dice Tower from abandoned toy

This “Build and Paint Knight’s Castle” was an unused gift. Gamer Pallandor points out that the maker’s didn’t even have enough faith in their product to see the finished product. The castle on the box looks kinda crap.

As it happens; Pallandor had another idea. Could this model become a handy dice tower for a Dungeons & Dragon’s game?

It could! Check this out!

The process is documented on Imgur.

This was Pallandor’s first attempt to make terrain. Card is used to build the base.

The hope is that the dice would come down the tower and land on the ramp. Kinda. Work is [...]

New Computer

I took the plunge and bought a new computer at CostCo over my lunch break. I went their the first time Monday after work and got a few things I need for Thursday and a few extras, and saw this good deal on a PC. It is Windows 7 Pro. I could have spent a […]

D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master Guide Preview Photo Gallery

Here is a gallery we put together from social media and reviews as more images of the 5th Edition Dungeon Master Guide start to show up .

Looking for more Dungeon Master Guide?

All Previews | Table of Contents | Creating a Multiverse | Creating NPC Characters | Villainous Class Options | Traps | Downtime Activities | Magic Item Tables | Deck of Many Things | Magic Items A-Z | Figurine of Wonderous Power | Magic Rings | Eye and Hand of Vecna / Orb of Dragonkind | Poisons | Fire Arms, Explosives, and Alien Technology | Races and Subraces | [...]

Owl & Weasel Wednesday #19 October 1976

Issue 19 represents a shift in Owl & Weasel.  This issue has more D&D related content than any other issue so far.  The front cover also takes on a more magazine like feel. Lets see what is inside.
The editorial is noticeably longer this issue, a precursor to the long White Dwarf editorials to come.  But a fully half of it is devoted to a long and odd joke about mouse having sex with an elephant.  It was a different time.

Page 3 covers the D&D Society news.  More names but also some house rules on which race you [...]

Interview - Aaron and Ryan of the LARP Census

Please welcome Aaron Vanek and Ryan Paddy of the LARP Census.

Live Action Role-Playing is huge across the world, and these guys have set up a website in an attempt to get an idea of the scale of the hobby. What is this all about? Well, let me share with you the first two questions on the website's FAQ:

What is larp?

Larp or LARP is an acronym that stands for Live Action Role Playing. Some people think of larp as a sport, some as a hobby, some as a medium of expression, and some as an [...]

Dungeon Master Guide Photo Gallery

Here is our gallery from around the web as more images of the Dungeon Master Guide start to show up from social media and reviews.

The Vexed Tower

Next up in my progress on Ships’ Folly (hex 17:12) in Tenkars Landing. I give you The Vexed Tower. Centuries ago, right after the lighthouses were completed, the summoners were eager to activate their new and fabulous instrument. However, none had previously employed such potent symbol, and it was deemed wise to first complete a […]

Weird Wednesday (Uralicans Uncut): Crystalis Tomb

Crystalis Tomb CR 15 CN Persistent psionic haunt (150-ft.-radius around the Xyrx Cystalis) ML 15th Notice automatic (the character's airship slams to a jolting stop) hp 68; Resist positive 10 Effects When this haunt is triggered, telekinetic force (its power hundredfold via the arrangement of psionic gem around it) repels objects away from the Xyrx […]

The post Weird Wednesday (Uralicans Uncut): Crystalis Tomb appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.


Gundalf, the Powder Gray Wizard

Gategully Episode 80

Preparations for the Deep Metalcrafting area near completion. Who shall be the lucky few to never, ever see the light of the horrible sun again?

Find the playlist here!

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 [...]
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