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Designing a Boffer LARP System (Part 29)

This series has touched on all sorts of elements relating to a LARP system.

From the basic mechanisms of hit points and actually hitting people with foam latex weaponry, through to character development, gathering people into factions, rules that bring a degree of safety and interact between the physical world and the fictional narrative.

The one thing we really haven't touched on at all is the system of performing actions outside the confines of combat. Since we're focusing on a game akin to an Australian Freeform, then dice are undesirable, but I'd still like there to be some [...]

Spawn: The Recall...

Spawn: The Recall is a fan film by Michael Paris. It is the story of a former witch and her son, who try to live a normal life away from the darkness. While they're shopping in a supermarket, the child suddenly disappears. She starts looking for him, freaked out knowing evil forces are still lurking. A security guard comes to her help but while they are checking on the surveillance cameras,

A tale of many cities

Taking a mini-break from prototyping work for the next version of the site… here’s some data of mild interest.

It’s about 65,000 recent visits on writeups.org, per city, and is typical of the traffic we get – folks who read English and have an interest in nerdy Western pop culture.

In case anybody is wondering :

  • The point South-Southwest of Lagos is actually Greece and Wales. Why are these fine folks appearing in the Gulf of Guinea ? I have no idea.
  • The big huge dot in Oregon is actually from Boatman, infamous for its Amazon hosting centre where many, many shady [...]

DC Heroes - Justice League of America: Siege

Back Cover:

The alarm sounds...

Killer Frost and Parasite, held at a S.T.A.R. Lab for study, are in a desperate effort to escape. The Justice League of America races from its outpost at the JLA Satellite to foil the villain' furious attempt.

Only Elongated Man remains behind.

And while the JLA battles its foes on Earth, from high above in the Satellite, the alarm sounds again.
The JLA Satellite is under siege.

Including Maps of the Justice League Satellite and character descriptions for Red Tornado and Parasite.

Black Blood in the Night, Part 4

Lower Deck (Forward & Starboard)

Click here for Part 3

40. Starboard Landing
This passageway leads to three key areas of the Black Blood: the gunnery deck (41), the bridge (50), and the ship's main temple hall (53). The door to the temple hall is locked and trapped (3d6 fire damage within ten feet of the door; save for half). The stairs (b) lead left to right up to Area 17 in the Bastion, and right to left down to Area 64 in the Ship's Hold.

When intruders reach this passageway, a figment flies by (either one [...]

Quick Shout Out For Anomalous Subsurface Environment ASE1 By Patrick Wetmore For Your Old School Campaigns

Grab It Right

The problem with the OSR is that the awesome stuff is often so spread out that you don't find out about it until years later. A good example of this is ASE1 and the writing of Patrick Wetmore. Now after zipping around LuLu site today I stumbled upon the unlikely title of Anomalous Subsurface Environment an adventure module and gonzo science fantasy setting. Why the hell didn't I know about this wonderful little piece of OSR wonderment years ago?
Apparently this sucker has a science fantasy vibe in the key of incredible. This [...]

The Braindead Dwarf Arrived From Sweden

+Jim Magnusson THIS is my kind of postcard ;)

October Horror Movie Challenge: The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Directed by John Hough, The Legend of Hell House is a British horror film based off the Richard Matheson novel. Physicist Lionel Barrett is enlisted by an eccentric billionaire to investigate the Belasco House, a location supposedly haunted by the spirit of a sadistic man, hoping to prove the existence of life after death. Barrett is accompanied by his wife Ann, mental medium Florence Tanner, and physical medium Benjamin Fischer (who is also the solve survivor of a previous visit to the house). The team must survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mysterious of the notorious "Hell [...]

October Movie Challenge: Twins of Evil (1971)

October Movie Challenge: Twins of Evil (1971)

I watched this one back in 2012 and lamented at the time that many of the scenes seemed cut. So I picked up the Blu-Ray hoping that the "deleted scenes" were included this time.

Not so much.

There is a deleted scene; Where Anton is playing his new song to the girls school.  Glad it was deleted.

There is however a very interesting documentary on the making of the Hammer Karnstein that might be worth the price of this disc alone.

The Blu Ray itself looks fantastic. [...]

The Mayans were right.

The Mayans were right.  
December 21, 2012.  The day of the winter solstice.  At 11:11 AM the Earth and the Moon line up with the Sun directly blocking the "center" of the Milky Way.  When eclipsed from that center, The Earth was deprived of the cosmic energy that flows from the heart of the galaxy.   

According to Humankind at the time, this is a certifiable end of the world.
The magnetic poles reversed instantly.  North became south and south beame north in a moment.  This dramatic reversal fried all electronics.  Ley Lines crashed up out [...]

The Joy of Used Books.

Ordered a used copy from Amazon, $4.50, shipped.

Opened it to see if it had any stories (besides those on the pages).

It's autographed.

RIP, Iain. Hope you're enjoying that perfect dram somewhere.

2014 Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon: Jonathan's Adventure

This blog will serve to chronicle my adventures in the Extra Life 2014 24hr Game-a-thon beginning when I wake on October 25, 2014. Be sure to keep an eye on Ben’s live blogging too.


In mine you will find photos of games played, thoughts about the day, and updates covering what I do during the fundraising event.


Want to DONATE? Do so here: Donate to Boston Children’s Hospital

Friday Link Dump 10/24/14

I can't really claim to have found this one online recently, but an often overlooked source of Magic: The Gathering articles is PureMTGO.com. I'm a big fan of some of their writers, and I even wrote a few articles for them a few years ago. I'm not exactly awesome when it comes to map creation, so a program like this one would go a long way toward making my games look better. A compilation

I'm Realizing we did Very Little "Sandboxing" Back in The Day

Now, when I say "we did very little sandboxing back in the day" I'm referring to the groups I played with back in junior high school, high school and college. Heck, when we first started playing, we didn't even have a setting - just dungeon crawl to dungeon crawl. I guess we would call his "episodic gaming" these days (thank God for Dungeon magazine.)

Heck, even when we had the World of Greyhawk folio and adventures like Temple of Elemental Evil, it's not like the players roamed around looking for adventure. The DM either had a dungeon he'd mapped out or a module he bought, and that was the adventure for the night. The world map was just to point out where it took [...]

Tyranny of Dragons - The Rise of Tiamat

This adventure is the sequel to Hoard of the Dragon Queen as well as the second and final part of the Tyranny of Dragons "storyline"/adventure path. It takes Dungeons & Dragons characters from level 8 to level 15.

You know, when you compare this to Pathfinder adventure paths, this is a very good deal. A Pathfinder path is $100 total for 6 books. This is just 2 books for a total of $60, and it should carry your group through 6 months of gaming (depending on how fast/slow your style is... I run fast - probably too fast).

Manshonyagger (Hunting Machines)

Carlotta stared at the machine. It had legs like a grasshopper, a body like a ten-foot turtle, and three heads which moved restlessly in the moonlight.

From the forward edge of the top shell a hidden arm leapt forth, seeming to strike at her, deadlier than a cobra, quicker than a jaguar, more silent than a bat flitting across the face of the moon.
Mark ElfCordwainer Smith
No. Enc.: 1 (0)
Alignment: Randomly Determined
Movement: 120' (40')
Armor Class: 3/16
Hit Dice:16 (d10) [repairs 1d4 hit points of damage per round spent dormant]
Attacks: 2
Damage: 2d10/2d10 [...]

Pyramid #3/72 - Alternate Dungeons Review (Pointless Slaying and Looting)

This is an issue that could be a lot of fun. Dungeon Fantasy is full of entertaining tropes, some used for amusement, some for simplification, and some for the one true purpose of absolute and total mayhem.

Ahem. Sorry.

But Alternate Dungeons takes this and attempts to come at you sideways. I strongly suspect, given that every article in this issue was written by a headliner, that there's plenty more where that came from, but let's go with what we have.

I'll be publishing this review one article at a time, but maybe more than one per day as I can find time. So check back!

Pointless Slaying and Looting ( +Sean Punch )

Summary: Sean (sort of ) throws points out the window, and reduces character creation in Dungeon Fantasy into a small number of choices from a fairly large menu. Somewhat limited choices are made from an archetype, abilities, skills, and limitations in the equivalent of large-point-value chunks, reducing character creation to what should be a matter of minutes. Point-quibblers and munchkins need not apply.

Style, Writing, Execution [-2 to 2 points]: It's hard to make a giant menu of items exciting. Sean does his best, of course, which is very good indeed. He concisely describes the thought behind each selection, and provides guidelines for GMs and tinkerers to create their own. The articles suffers a bit from the menu-driven approach (not that one could do otherwise), and it's possible that eyes glaze over a bit [...]

Secret Gaming Project #78

Those of you know, know.  Those of you don't, may soon. 

I can't say much other than some of you may get something in the mail.  Secret Gaming Project #78 is on its way.

That is all.

Steve Stone's Zero

I picked this game up as I was a fan of the biomechanical art style made famous by the late H.R Giger and this little book seemed to be my sort of game. Two things struck me about the book, the first was its size as it was much smaller than an ordinary game book […]

Halloween Countdown, Day 8

One does not choose Malkie Pie as a friend. Malkie Pie chooses YOU. And when she does...


His face began to grin with innocent and consummate lust. (The True Men had never fell it necessary to inhibit the breeding habits of Morons. It was hard for any kind of human being to stay alive between the Beasts, the Unforgiven, and the Menschenjagers. The True Men wanted the Morons to go on breeding, to carry reports, to gather up a few necessaries, and to distract the other inhabitants of the world enough to let the True Men have the quiet and contemplation which their exalted but weary temperaments demanded.)

This Moron was typical of his kind. To [...]

Music -- Coby Batty, Nothing

Have a happy weekend

Tonight in Alfheim

Tonight, the intrepid adventurers will continue plumbing the depths of Marek in search of the lost library of Caelden. Hopefully, they will find it. And bring it to Caelden. I also hope the party finds some more treasure. XP for the last two sessions has been a bit on the sparse side, and I’d really like everyone up a level or three before they have their showdown with the high priest at Caelden’s tomb.

Problematic is the rush that I’ve felt pressured by one of my players as well as myself (who wants to be on the other side of the [...]

Gawker Kicking and Screaming on its Way Out

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Gawker or the Gawker network. Personally, I’ve always found them fairly disgusting and reprehensible.

Therefore, I can’t help but smile while we may be witnessing the violently thrashing death of one of new media’s most reprobate institutions.

After the vile things Sam Biddle said, Gawker could no longer keep up its cool and hip faux anti-bullying stance, and high profile advertisers can’t scramble to get away from this scum quickly enough.

Because the Gawker network is full of reprobates, rather than do the right thing, which would be to issue a public apology and purge the [...]


This is the report for our first new campaign of Ogre Gate. This was also a two character session, which provided some more insight into managing an adventure with just two PCs. 

Characters Present:
Pan Hu
Yao Min

Min and Hu had just returned to the Golden Dragon outpost in Rong Yao after killing Mr. Red Claw and fleeing from the town of Bei. Their Sifu instructed them to return to Bei to remove the rest of Red Claw's men. They asked if they could take additional forces with them and the [...]

SHTFriday: My In-Home Medical Kit

Someone in the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook group asked a question about it, based on a passing reference I'd made in a previous post.  This spawned a photographic answer for today's article.

Bravely taking on the challenge: Digital D20

There’s been no shortage of attempts to create tablet software for traditional tabletop roleplayers. We’ve seen some great ideas, pitches and innovation but we rarely see a success. This has not put off Digital D20 who have a Kickstarter and a 50,000 goal for a new attempt at the tablet challenge.

[Back this Campaign]

The 3 pledge level gets you access to the player’s app and forums. Pledges go all the way up to 2,000 for hardcore backers but it’s the levels which start to offer content for the app that will tempt serious supporters.

The Digital D20 isn’t just a [...]

Fantastic Heroes & Witchery (hardcover) By Dominique Crouzet Shipped !

Grab It Right

For months I've been watching this particular retro clone for months now and have wanted a copy. So I finally ordered a copy of this from Lulu. I've read the various reviews of it and a couple of days ago I got a chance to check it out.
 So this is now on its way. I can't wait to get the hard copy!

 Here's the description from Lulu - 

(This is the hardcover version of the book.) - This version 2.1 has been proofread (though some typos might remain), and more than [...]

6d6 Lovecraft -- Play Test

Continuing our play test of the Lovecraft setting for the 6d6 RPG


The 6d6 RPG is available from 6d6RPG.com

Wrath of the Righteous Chapter One, The Worldwound Incursion -- First Session


First Session(17page pdf) -- It's time for a festival in the town of Kenabres when there's a minor goblin attack. Oh wait, wrong Adventure Path, instead giant demons blow up the city and toss us into a hole to die.

We are starting with a full roster of characters this AP! Six players, and they’re playing:

  • Antonius (An Tung), a Tien who grew up Chelish. His monk/paladin journey along the path of Irori has led him to the Worldwound.(Ernest)
  • Tabregon, a lame half-elven oracle of Iomedae. He loves being a healbot. (Bruce)
  • Tsuguri Chiba, a Tien cleric of Tsukiyo. Antonius is a Twinkie but [...]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Shadows

Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has finally returned - for its second season - to UK television, but now has to fight for attention in a far more crowded marketplace. As well as its old DC "arch-enemy" Arrow, which resumes next week, comic book superhero fans in the UK also have Gotham and The Flash to scratch that particular itch (and hopefully, one day, Constantine as well). Off the back

RPG Review - Jadetech: Red Jade (video)

Review of Jadetech: Red Jade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m7FLv2Haoc

On the Other Side

5E Friday - Inspiration

I'll admit it, I was a bit leery about 5E's Inspiration mechanic. To me it seemed like it was either... ...a munchkin tactic wherein the players would work to get them for no reason other than to gain a numerical advantage in game. ...an unnecessary rule that overcomplicated the system. ...virtually the same as the Advantage/Disadvantage mechanic. However, having seen it in practice I've

Nomcast - Episode 6

NOMCAST - Nerds On Mic
Episode 620th October 2014

Be advised that there is some colourful adult language in this week's episode.

(c) 2014 Newbold/Hicks Productions

A podcast in which we talk about random nerd stuff.

In this episode -

The future of DC and Marvel movies
A Nerd's Life and Guild Wars 2 / MMOs
ALIEN: Isolation

Of course, these are things we wanted to talk about, but there's plenty of digression.

Thank you to Britain's Got Talent's Stu Arnold for the incredible Arnie introduction!


Jonathan Hicks

Day of the Dead- Have Yourself a Little Bub

I don't think that it will come with any surprise, that I found Day of the Dead amazing.  Truth be told, it is not on the same level of his earlier two zombie flicks, but it is not surprising. The first two films were (and still are) groundbreaking, satirical, amazing, among the best the horror genre ever came to be. Those films weren't just great in their own genre, but among the entire world of cinema. Day of the Dead doesn't have a chance against this, but truth is- it doesn't make it any less good. It is still a [...]

6d6 RPG Thinktank -- Unique / Legendary Magic Items

In this week’s brainstorming session we are looking at unique or legendary magic items

Never mind the +1 swords or the potions of healing, we want magic items which are truly unique. Maybe they are items of legend, given to man by the gods or maybe they are strange devices created by a mad magician for unknown reasons. It doesn't matter, as long as they are magical and one of a kind.


The 6d6 RPG is available from 6d6RPG.com

Old School Isn't Just Fun and Games

Spotted on the web -
The Old-School Cassette Player That's Connected to Spotify

Now I don't stream music, (I will admit to cruising with a Walkman in college, but hey, you're stupid then, that's why you go to school), and the Sailor, the Marine and their brother will snort beer out their noses if anyone calls me a hipster.

But hats off to Matt Brailsford for a cool case mod re-purposing a piece of kit that was new with D&D.  My only question is where does he get the cassettes to record his playlists?

My Homebrew 5e Warforged vs Mr Baker's Homebrew 5e Warforged

So, Keith Baker invented my fave official game setting, the amazing world of Eberron, and within that, one of my favorite races, the Warforged. So, with 5e, I decided to make up some stats for PC Warforged, and came up with the following. Today, Mr Baker published his own stats, and I have to say, apart from a few differences, they are pretty similar. See what you think!

My version;

Ability Score Increase: Your Constitution increases by +2
Speed:Base walking speed of 30'
Living Construct:A warforged gains advantage when saving against necrotic damage or effects that would put [...]

Sons of Tefnut

It is then that the dwarves of Grundliche Hohle set aside all memory of the Kinship Disputes and set forth with a great host. They crossed the great Bridge of Ursal and scattered the goblins there. Crossing into the Massiff, they bridged Lake Orion and came to the foot hills of Norgorad-Kam. King Fundin II led them.

The goblins turned, fearing to be cornered in the high mountains between a hammer and anvil, and rallied, but the dwarves were too great and Fundin swept the goblins from the hills and valleys. An army from the Brass Halls issued [...]

Fiction Friday (Macabre Manses): Cult of Formalhaut

As a child Gruxm Goretooth was often alienated by his tribe, getting along with only a few of them---eight, to be precise. Gruxm and the fellow goblins that he called friends suffered daily night terrors involving traumatic visions that both haunted and confused them. When the visions began to intensify, they were drawn towards the […]

The post Fiction Friday (Macabre Manses): Cult of Formalhaut appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Gategully Episode 47

More attempts at fixing the hideous mess caused by my attempts to fix the hideous mess of the Pit of Shame. I hate water, sometimes.

Find the playlist here!

Prep in Progress: Chapter 28, Part 3

  Lack of time, limited prep & improv   The Prep in Progress entries are short summaries of my prep for my ongoing campaignThe Tales of the Hero Wars.   So, it has been a VERY hectic week for me, and I lost Wednesday entirely due to the school disco. I scrabbled about yesterday to …

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[Review] No Country For Weak Men

The cover alone is extremely cool. I printed this PDF to booklet format using watercolor paper for colors for nice texture and "feel". In real life it looks awesome! You have to believe me in this.No Country For Weak Men is an adventure written for Swords & Wizardry rules (very OSR compatible) using some house-rules provided with links within the PDF.

I get strong Death Frost Doom and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (as setting, not as video game) influences and themes here, which is cool. Cool as northern wind and snow. The adventure is written by +Anders Hedenbjrk Lager

The [...]

[Review] No Country For Weak Men

The cover alone is extremely cool. I printed this PDF to booklet format using watercolor paper for colors for nice texture and "feel". In real life it looks awesome! You have to believe me in this.No Country For Weak Men is an adventure written for Swords & Wizardry rules (very OSR compatible) using some house-rules provided with links within the PDF.

I get strong Death Frost Doom and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (as setting, not as video game) influences and themes here, which is cool. Cool as northern wind and snow. The adventure is written by +Anders Hedenbjrk Lager

The [...]

October Horror Movie Challenge - Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)

Synopsis: Two best mates, Jimmy and Fletch, decide to take a holiday backpacking to help Jimmy get over being dumped again. They find themselves in the town of Cragwitch, an isolated village with a lesbian vampire problem that's tied to Jimmy's past.

The Good: I really like Mathew Horne and James Corden. The unlucky pair remind me of my friends and I.   The movie has its tongue planted firmly in cheek and has some fun humor.

The Bad: The acting isn't great and the jokes are often juvenile, but hey there is a cock-handled sword.

Final Thoughts: The [...]


We have more big savings for the remainder of the month now that the RPGnow Halloween Sale is on. 

Sertorius, normally $9.99 is only $3.34: SERTORIUS PDF

Terror Network, normally $4.99 is only $3.34: TERROR NETWORK PDF

Arrows of Indra, normally $9.99 is only 3.34: ARROWS OF INDRA PDF

This prices are good until Halloween then normal rates resume. 

Music -- Coby Batty, Nothing

Have a happy weekend

What Splendid Company You Keep...

I realise HeroPress has been teetering on the brink of blogfade for several weeks (thanks to the perfect storm of serious computer issues coinciding with the arrival of our gorgeous puppy, Alice), but I still seem to be attracting new Followers (thank you so much for your faith that I will return to regular blogging) and have now been listed on the Links page of Mike Burns' Dark Fable

UFO Files

West Virginia is getting buzzed apparently. In the past three weeks they've had four sightings of low flying craft, all unidentified. And its not small.

In one sighting ten coal miners and or friends/family members saw three triangular shaped craft about the size of a football field pass over the tree line roughly 500 feet above the ground.

In another sighting, very similar to what happened in Colorado last week a softball sized globe was seen moving through the clouds...presumably much larger at close range.

Lots going on in West Virginia. Read on!

I absolutely love [...]
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