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Rich's Gameroom: Githyanki/Githzerai (Bonus: The Way of Zerthimon & Blackguard)

The githyanki and githzerai (sometimes referred to collectively as the “gith”) were created byCharles Strossfor his own AD&D game and first appeared in the April/May 1979 issue of White Dwarf magazine. They gained their prominence in the D&D pantheon for their fascinating origin and unique powers, as well as gracingthe cover of the 1981 Fiend...

Rich's Gameroom: Githyanki/Githzerai (Bonus: The Way of Zerthimon & Blackguard)

The githyanki and githzerai (sometimes referred to collectively as the “gith”) were created byCharles Strossfor his own AD&D game and first appeared in the April/May 1979 issue of White Dwarf magazine. They gained their prominence in the D&D pantheon for their fascinating origin and unique powers, as well as gracingthe cover of the 1981 Fiend...

RPG Blog Carnival: Best GM Ever

This month's Blog Carnival is being shepherded here on this blog and the topic is "Best GM Ever."  Folks can keep track this month by following this post and each new month and visit the archives for the Blog Carnival on roleplayingtips.com here.
This month on the RPG Blog Carnival, there will be a lot of discussion about the "Best GM Ever."  Some folks will contend it is one particular person they met, either recently or back in their distant memory, who ran a game so enthralling the players speak of it every chance they get.  They will tell the tale of one [...]

Cat Cave

Daily Cosplay

Mutant Monday - Free Monster The Spiker For The Mutant Epoch rpg System And Your Old School Post Apocalyptic Campaigns

The Spiker is a creature that I missed coming out a couple of months back before the release of the current Mutant Beastry One title. The Spiker is a different sort of mutant horror then one that parties of adventurers might be used to encountering. This bio weapon is sort of living security hazard for higher level wasteland targets. Places such as ruined military bases, underground cache


I watched an episode of X-Files last night: Gargoyle. It was a pretty good show, made me think of several things.

First, I'm insanely happy that a new X-Files is at least being talked about. Dana and Mulder had insane onscreen chemistry and if the videos from Comic Con are any indication, they have it off screen as well (I believe they are a couple now).

Second, gargoyle's dont get used nearly enough in fantasy RPGs. Its like the perfect, ready  made monster, but it always seems to get sidelined.

I'll have to fix that...have some [...]

Regarding Star Trek

I've got lots of other things to write about (kind of...if they were coherent, organized essays, they'd probably already be posted), but I should probably put them off to write a minute about Star Trek, considering the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy. Reading about his death has led me to a little reflection on my past...and isn't that part of what this blog is about (tooling over my thoughts and memories?)? Yeah...it is.

In the past, I have often identified myself as a "not fan" of Star Trek, or (more often) contrasted it with my super-fandom (somewhat) of Star [...]

Old Stuff Day - For the love of Spock

It's Old Stuff Day today, for bloggers to highlight a post or two deeper in the archive, that might not otherwise be seen.
Leonard Nimoy passing makes me feel mine could be this:

'The glad lightness of a far future and alterpluristemics'
The video also has Mr Nimoy himself giving some thoughts on the nature of Spock as a character, and a few key clips.
Thanks to Miniature Musings of a Bear for the memory jog, and Rob at Warhammer 39,999 for setting it in motion four years ago, not to mention Nimoy for helping make old stuff like [...]


#6MMRPC: Round 1 complete!

This post marks the completion of the inaugural round of the 6 Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge. Let's see how I did...

The rules, beginning September 1st, are as follows:

1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker card. Like in a deck of cards, you get two jokers to use on a figure purchase during the six months of the challenge. Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single figure...you can't splurge.

SUCCESS! No minis bought. I paid to participate in a game at my FLGS, [...]

Armor Up


Movie Trailer ~ Road to Paloma

If its on motorcycles, its worth watching!

Hicks Returns?

Of course you've all heard the rumors floating around that there is a new Aliens movie in the works. Director Blomkamp has been ciruclating concept art on his social media sites and word is that the studios have picked it up.

What makes it curious is his comments. He wants to pick up these story after movie 2, Aliens, as opposed to after movie 4. But he doesn't want to disavow the 3rd and 4th movies.

Not sure how to do that, but the latest concept art has Hicks back from the dead.

This sort of [...]

ChupacabraCon 2015 Panel 15


The Gradated Diminishing Of Reality -- Travel in FRPG

Another filler article, I’m afraid. I’ve made quite a lot of progress but – due to external factors – simply ran out of time. I’ve been saving this one for just such an eventuality… For the purposes of this article, “FRPG” is considered restricted to D&D / Pathfinder and similar systems. I know that’s unrealistic, […]

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 4

Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Protagonist

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human MercenaryWilhelm Hechland - Human EngineerJohann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Barber Surgeon

Ludovic Hasselhoff - Human Prince of Padua-on-Avon
Maximillian Morningglory - Halfling Witch Hunter and Master of the Horse

(Previous Notes)

The surgeon continued his poultice-aided healing of Vaervenshyael's critical wound. She was almost back to normal after two days. Only a bruise and some sore muscles remained.

The group was summoned by an agitated Maxmillian, asking after "the mute" taken in the party's last encounter. Apparently our encounter crossed some political line of [...]

Media News Monday - Leonard Nimoy (1931 - 2015)

As all things must pass, so too beloved celebrities like Leonard Nimoy.  I've collected a few of the items below that surfaced over the weekend while folks mourned his passing.  After reading "How Leonard Nimoy Was Convinced to Join the First 'Star Trek' Movie" on the Hollywood Reporter here, read about the "An Incredibly Touching Leonard Nimoy Tribute From The ISS" here.

Also, on io9.com, check out how "Canada's 'Spocking Fives' Phenomenon Surges In Tribute To Leonard Nimoy" here.

Finally, while it might seem illogical, he once joined the Bangles "Going Down To Liverpool" to do [...]

The Mist-Torn Witches

First up for March is Barb Hendee's "The Mist-Torn Witches". This has been sitting in my "To Be Read" pile forever it seems. Here is the Amazon blurb. Sounds like a good mystery is involved. In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Cline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Cline earns additional money by posing as

Daily Punch 2-27-15 Support quality for Shadowrun 5e

I always like when another character helps another character in an RPG. Support classes might not get the accolades they deserve, but behind every troll tank is a medic keeping that meta standing! How about a quality to help those players?



Cost: 10 karma

You don’t have the lime light too often, so you’ve focused on helping those who are in it. You’ve got skills to pay bills, but you let the others cash those checks. When you assist another character with an action, in addition to all the dice you normally provide when you succeed at a check, the character also [...]

Round Table 58 -- Sword Coast Legends and Feargus Urquhart Polygon Interview

A new episode of my podcast, The Round Table, is up on The Tome Show’s website. Isit down with the crew from D&D V&G – Rudy Basso, Alex Basso, Vegas Lancaster, and Greg Blair. This week we’redishing on the recently announced D&D RPG video game Sword Coast Legends and a Polygoninterview with Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart. This podcast was recorded on February 19, 2015. Links: The Tome Show on Facebook Interview with Nathan Stewart and Dan Tudge about Sword Coast Legends phillyncrowd.com Game O Clock YouTube Channel

If you like what you're reading please follow me on Twitter, check out my other podcasts, Bonus ActionandGamer to Gamer, tell [...]

TotalCon 2015 with Steven Parenteau -- Wargaming Recon #130

Steven Parenteau is the Event Director for TotalCon. He has also overseen the Roleplaying Game and Miniatures Gaming sections of GenCon.

Steven provides a glimpse into TotalCon 2015. If you didn’t get to TotalCon in 2015 this episode will whet your appetite for 2016!

Support Jonathan through PATREON

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Unique way to kickstart a small convention.

WHEN: Sat Mar 21, 2015 from 9am-11pm
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WHY: Variety of board and wargames plus Jonathan has a free press badge for him to attend. You can say [...]

March 2015: A Progress Report

  Back in January I posted some Writing Resolutions.   As a way to keep these in focus, I now post monthly updates about my progress. This is as much about keeping myself motivated as it is keeping you informed of my progress.   The original post outlined four categories of resolution   Blogging Resolutions …

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Angry Rants: Power Gamers

Ahh, the rules lawyer. Ever since Robin D. Laws spewed out "Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering" and first tried to define the various types of players, no archetype of playerdom has incited more arguments, more complaints, and more DM whining than the rules lawyer. Not eve the munchkin, the power gamer. Personally, I find both the thespian and the cloudcuckoolander to be more insufferable and intolerable, but that's just me.

People have been asking me for a while to write about the rules lawyer and how to deal with them and I've avoided the topic. Mainly because I've never really [...]

Do Players Need The Rules To Inspire Them?

I am the Warden!!

For the past couple of weeks, I've been reading through Fate Core and listening to a couple episodes of Ken & Robin Talk About Stuff, reflecting on Robin Laws' DramaSystem as I listen. While I'm only 2/3rds of the way through the Core and never read a damn thing on DramaSystem, the fact that both systems are known for incorporating character personalities and motivations into the game and offer a mechanical incentive for players to embrace weakness and flaws has seeped into my work on ScreenPlay.

At this stage in the game (a phrase [...]

On A 5th Edition Paladin Variant, Illrigger, Oath of Scourge

Way back in February of 1986, Dragon Magazine made some paladin variants. Fortunately 5th Edition already has a system in place to handle such things. Let's take a look, shall we?

Sacred OathWhen you reach 3rd level, you swear the oath that binds you as a Paladin forever. up to this time you have been in a preparatory stage, committed to the path but not yet sworn to it. Now you choose the Oath of Devotion, The Oath of the Ancients, and Oath of Perdition, all are detailed at the end of the class description.
Your choice grants you [...]

RPG Blogs

So, with blog rolls decreasing in importance and a lot of the RPG talk having moved to Google+, what are the blogs people recommend?✎

Here are my favorites, in no particular order:✎

  • http://www.necropraxis.com/✎
  • http://hackslashmaster.blogspot.ch/✎
  • http://save.vs.totalpartykill.ca/✎
  • http://nilisnotnull.blogspot.ch/✎
  • http://goblinpunch.blogspot.ch/✎
  • http://dungeonofsigns.blogspot.ch/✎
  • http://detectmagic.blogspot.ch/✎
  • https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/RPG ← myself! ✎

You’re welcome to the .ch top level domain Blogspot feels like adding because I live in Switzerland. No idea what this is used for.✎

Anyway. So many of my old favorites have fallen silent! I basically went through my blog subscription list, looking for names I recognized and checking whether the latest post was less than 100 days old.✎

Tags: RPG Old School ✎

Visual Inspiration: Plains

The Following Returns On Saturday...

Season Three of The Following kicks off on Saturday (at 9pm on Sky Atlantic) with New Blood. Joe Carroll may now be on death row, but a series of dark events tear open old wounds for Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon)

Episode 158: Actual Play - Lots of Claws and Blood

This Episode:  After cleaving through some more rooms, the group finds that this little hideaway is more than meets the eye.  And so are its inhabitants. Jesse (Game Master), Dave...

A group of friends who ramble and shamble while dice rumble and tumble. Call us casually-hardcore role players of Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder.

Musical Monday: A Smallville Man...

Incredible animatic film by Mauricio Abril featuring an original Superman story told in over 150 illustrations set against the aural backdrop of the song Walk by the Foo Fighters.

Dragon #104

Round Table 58 - Sword Coast Legends and Feargus Urquhart Polygon Interview

James Introcasosits down with the crew fromD&D V&G-Rudy Basso,Alex Basso,Vegas Lancaster, andGreg Blair. This week they're dishing on the recently announced D&D RPG video gameSword Coast Legendsand aPolygoninterviewwithObsidian'sFeargus Urquhart. This podcast was recorded on February 19, 2015.
Links: The Tome Show on Facebook worldbuilderblog.me Interview with Nathan Stewart and Dan Tudge aboutSword Coast Legends phillyncrowd.com
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RPG Round Up

What’s been going on in the world of RPGs and gaming this week. Covers the latest posts from my favourite other rpg related blogs, comics and more

Starting Point: E=M2C4This week's Starting Point was written by John Hawkins. Thanks, John! “And you're sure we haven't got another D2463 on our hands? I don't fancy being the next Mr Harrow” Dave inquired, eyeing the Many Worlds Translocator™ with fear and suspicion. “Don't you worry boss” said Jim the Mechanic in his thick [...]Sun, Mar 01, 2015
Source: Sci-Fi IdeasBooks! The Best Weapons in the World!Water, water, everywhere, and it's all filled with ink [...]

Interview: Chris Birch

Recently I had the chance to do a short interview with Chris Birch from Modiphius. Modiphius is a pretty young company but is already well-known in the RPG community. The Kickstarter for Achtung! Cthulhu was a huge success and their recently released Mutant Year Zero RPG finally brings the [...]

Mending Bones -- How to get the most out of your Bones Kickstarter Minis

Reaper Miniatures has just about finished releasing the second of it’s $3 Million dollar Kickstartersfor the Bones line of plastic miniatures. Between these two Kickstarters, both of which I supported heavily, I’ve got probably a lifetime of painting before me, and most of my miniature needs addressed.

That said, not all Bones are created equal, and if you’ve gone through your figures, you’ve probably seen some that didn’t make it through the shipping process that well. So, here are some tips to get your Bones reset and back into shape before you set to painting.

First, there are a few things you [...]

I Play By Post And So Can You

I finished a successful play by post (pbp) recentlyand I learned a few things that I think others should know before stepping into a pbp. Communication and Transparency This applies to any RPG not just pbp. You need to tell your players and/or MC what’s going on. If you want to see something happen or...

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The post I Play By Post And So Can You appeared first on Ramblings of Jacob and Delos.

1d10 Random Lovecraftian Dream Creature Encounters Table For Your Old School Campaigns

The destruction of Atlantis,Mu,andLemuriadisplaced millions of Feyspecies to the edge of the myriads of existences. Adventurers,explorers, and madmen sometimes encounter some of these creatures at the edges of such places leaking into our world. Great care should be taken when dealing with such creatures that are akin to chaos,magick, and dream in equal measure.Extreme caution should be

Gary Con Mentioned on Big Bang Theory

One spoiler I didn’t mind was that Gary Con was mentioned on this week’s episode of Big Bang Theory. In general, I don’t like spoilers. My brother has recited movies in detail that I have not seen. A co-worker talked about the space dock scene in Galaxy Quest. I don’t have TV, so I watch […]

not quite 30 days...

OK so this is the craziest my life has ever been. In the last 4 weeks I worked over 220 hours. That many hours is rough on the brain, and I don't recommend it for creative endeavors. I'm working on the stuff for Interface Zero 2.0 Malmart catalog, and in the last week (even working 56.75 hours), I was starting to get my creative mojo back to a minor extent as far as IZ goes. My brain HAD

System vs. Narrative - Initiative

Over the weekend NewbieDM was talking about initiative and how he has issues with how it is handled in games. His problem, in specific, was that initiative is kind of a smash cut that breaks you out of the narrative at an intense moment in the story and slows everything down so that book keeping can be had.  Today I wanted to talk about that.

A Smash Cut?
A smash cut is a term from filmmaking. A smash cut is a quick cut between two scenes, without transition, that startles the audience. It is used here more to exagerate [...]

Tales From the Hydian Way: Episode 26 -- The Tale of Corrupted Power

Ben and Cam talk about high powered adventurers and parties, tactics to deal with same both in FFG Star Wars and more generally, changing things up mid-campaign, and what to do when a player is about to break the game.

All that and more inside.

You can find us on Twitter @DeuteriumIce and @Xphile101361

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The show can be found on iTunes. Ratings and reviews there would be awesome.

If you like what we do and would like to support our little podcast and [...]

Throgh Gamer Goggles Season 4 Kickstarter Project Now Live

Last year I had the chance to go to Gen Con because of all of you who believe I’m doing the community a service. If you want to look back to Gen Con 2014 You can visit the Gen Con 2o14 coverage page.


Here is my video on the project.

This year some of my sponsors have convinced me to think about the whole year as opposed to just Gen Con.

I have a lot of things planned for us and he promo pledge level is pretty sweet. Well at least I think so who doesn’t want promos for Mage [...]

CyberTex Episode 2

Prior to the game: Jeff K works on his character Max. We have discovered quite a few points unused, so Jeff buys some appropriate new skills.

We started episode 2 at the end point of episode 1 — the PCs in the basement of the old data center, with a bunch of cyber-cultist captured, among them the two women with Salazar the night he was abducted from Pearl’s Party Dome. They decide to return to Pearl’s, to collect their fee for retrieving the girls and to interrogate them.

Morning has come to CyberTex. A light rain falls in the artificial ecosystem of [...]

Crafting a Continent

The designers of Questworld intended that place to be similar to Earth in terms of "the rotation period, the gravity, the length of year, the average temperature, the salinity of oceans and the fertility of lands."  Significant differences  in those factors might preoccupy the referee and players from the true point of the game.  "Ultimately, playing an FRP game should be more interesting than bookkeeping."

Despite their desire for similarity, the Questworld designers expressed their disappointment with the arrangement of continents on Earth.  "If moved north or south...," they muse, "[Australia] might receive better rainfall" and not be [...]

PWYW - Pawns and Knights (Far Away Land Adventure)

In case you've somehow missed it, I really enjoy the Far Away Land RPG. It's the perfect mixture of old school sensibilities, humor, atmospheric art and surprising depth. Pawns and Knights is a Pay What You Want priced adventure for Far Away Land. The sixth in the series, it may very well be the best of the lot.

It's an urban adventure / mini campaign. Like all of the FAL releases, it is open ended and sandboxie in nature. What's not to like?

Scrub the stats and it's easy enough to convert (or at least steal ideas for) OSR games of your choice.

From the blurb:
Dirty balbergulbs. Pawn shops. Gangs. Cow steed races and gambling. The grimy city of [...]

Whither the OSR Superstar Contest?

I had this article scheduled to post on March 6th, but Erik beat me to it and announced the resolution here. Not what any of us wanted, but a conclusion nonetheless. Below is what I wrote. In 2014, Erik Tenkar, over at Tenkar’s Tavern, held a contest for the OSR Superstar. It got down to […]

Black Hole 'The Black Hole' 1979 Movie Concept Art Part II Peter Ellenshaw's Artwork as Inspiration For Your Old School Science Fiction Campaigns

A look at the USS Cynus from the Black Hole from 1979 by Peter Ellenshaw. Peter Ellenshaw is a legendary matte painter and special effects designers from England, whose work embodied so many Disney classics and productions. According to Wiki: William Samuel Cook "Peter" Ellenshaw(May 24, 1913 -- February 12, 2007) was anEnglishmattedesigner andspecial effects

Progress Update-Resurgence

Well, I was feeling pretty burned out the last time I updated, and I took a short break to recover from the joys of programming. I’ve come back to it with a vengeance. The transitions are coming along nicely. I’ve got transitions working for visibility and passability going across a transition from a South face to a north face, observe: this transition is a South face to a North face.Here’s a player standing at the edge of the transition. See how you can see through it?Then I step through it into the next section. It loads well, and as quickly [...]

Bringing the OSR Superstar Competition to an Incomplete Completion

I've thought long and hard on how to bring the OSR Superstar Competition to a successful conclusion at this point, and I don't see a simple solution.

So, I'll have to be satisfied with a simple ending, and call it with the four top finalists in place. No final round, no grand winner.

Yeah, anti-climatic as all shit, but at this point, any conclusion to this would be anti-climatic.

The four top finalists will split the final cash prize, the 2 boxed sets will be randomly awarded to 2 of the final 15, and 4 the final 15 will have some mapping goodness coming from http://squarehex.myshopify.com/.

Is it the finish I had planned on? Nope. Neither was 2014 the year I [...]
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