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RPG Retrospective 2014

Another “Year in Gaming” post! Almost as traditional as turkey, but possibly not as dry. This is my annual look at my gaming experiences over the year. As always, these views are my own and may be the result of my own warped perceptions. This year was very much one of highs and lows for me, both in gaming and in my personal life. I’m not going Emo, so I’ll focus on the gaming

Edinburgh [...]

Fire World

The next in the series of environment-specific, d20/d20/d20 tables. Hot enough for you? Water is next ... actually fresh water, as my plan calls for separate "water" and "sea" tables.

As a reminder, the table is also available in pop-up format.


Hero Datafile: The Living Mummy

Wrapping up (oops, bad choice of words) our salute to Marvel’s monsters is N’Kantu, the Living Mummy! First appearing in Supernatural Thrillers in the ’70s, he’s popped up since in Daredevil, the Legion of Monsters miniseries, and even Civil War. He’s gotten new un-life recently in Marvel’s animated series as one of the Howling Commandos, but this datafile I’ve put together focuses on the comics N’Kantu, a warrior forced into servitude and, ultimately, eternal (and unwanted) life 3,000 years ago. He’s a noble hero who’s much more interesting than the walking, moaning, ancient gauze pad he appears to be. Check [...]

Hero & Watcher Datafile: Daimon Hellstrom

We're one week away from Christmas -- and, completely coincidentally, today's datafile is about another, um, special offspring. Daimon Hellstrom debuted in 1973 as "the Son of Satan," and he pioneered the bare-chested superhero look decades before Stephen Amell's Arrow came on the scene.

In the years since his origin, Marvel has walked back his satanic status a bit (hint: there are a LOT of Satan-types in the Marvel Universe), yet Daimon has also risen in stature, at one point even ruling Hell itself ... which caused his wife and one-time Avenger, Patsy Walker (Hellcat), to go insane. (Her datafile is [...]

Hero Datafile: Werewolf By Night

Happy Chanukah from all of us at Plot Points! As we continue Monster Week, we come upon another "hero" from the heyday of Marvel Horror in the Seventies: Jack Russell, the Werewolf! After about three dozen issues of his original comic, Jack gained some control over his lycanthropic curse, which finally allowed the character to break out of the "emo" mold and have a little fun. (P.S. Don Perlin was one of comics’ most-underrated artists. His long run on Werewolf By Night was superb.)

And it's this in-control/Legion of Monsters Werewolf that I've statted up here. His milestones reflect his family's [...]

Santa Clause

He’s making a list. Checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town.

With Christmas and the Holidays right around the corner I thought a post for the seasons as in order. Tomorrow I will give the last post of the 2014 year since I’m taking the last week off. The post will be random, but fun.

Anyhoo, enjoy the seasonal creatures, and have a happy holidays everyone.

Reindeer(group of 2)

CP 1, Init 7, AP 1
Normal 2, Special 0, HP 3
Talents:Hauling, Endurance
Traits:Flight, Natural Normal Attack (Hooves), Natural Light Armor
Abilities
Fast: +2 initiative [...]

The Aihrde Kickstarter From Troll Lord Games

The folks at Troll Lord Gameshave another Kickstarter running, this time to get out their Aihrde setting out. For those who have followed the work of the Troll Lords, this setting has been a part of their games (d20 and Castles & Crusades) for a number of years. From their Kickstarter page: Aihrde is a complete campaign and world setting for your favorite RPG. Whether your playing Castles &

Building a Monster

Continuing off of the last post. I am still playtesting the reduction of attributes down to normal and special. Part of this update is updating the monster’s. So here is what I am currrently using. If you want to learn more about how to play the game, please head over to the download section and have a look around.

1 CP per Player Character is an average fight.

CP | AP | HP |Attributes
1 | 1 | 2 | 2
2 | 2 | 4 | 3
3 | 4 | [...]

Big Changes!. . . . .Possibly

Hello everyone! Now, before you read the rest of this post please be aware of two things:

  1. These are possible changes, and nothing is set in stone, and
  2. I am trying to address issues in the game to make it better. I don’t change things for change sake.

I am well aware that every RPG has its issues, but that doesn’t mean that I should just leave them there or ‘patch’ it. As a very awesome theme song once said ‘I wanna be the very best. Like no one ever was.” In order to be the best I have to be willing to [...]

Last Reminder: Comment for Free Copy of City at the Top of the World

This is the last call for anyone who wants a free copy of City at the Top of the World! Leave a comment here or on the stickied post. Your comment must be associated with a valid email. A “Like” doesn’t count, because there is no email address associated with the Like. Commentby no later than Sunday (or the wee hours of monday morning). I’ll be sending the free copies out Monday.


Salvage!

Location: Torinsk 0108, (A-0007AE-D), Xenough sub sector, Avalar Consulate
Patron: Scout
Required Equipment: None
Required Skills: Starship Skills -- Pilot, Eng, Nav, Gunner, Medic

The players are contacted by Chev Grinnel, a retired, 70-year-old Scout. It is clear that he is in poor health -- he is thin, and his features are gaunt. He is discretely looking for ship crew members for a "business project". He is a pilot himself, but he will accept another pilot, along with Navigators, Medics, Gunners, and Engineers for this project. "The Project", as he calls it, will take about 6 weeks to complete, after which [...]

A Fox's Guide to Conlangs (Part 3)

Despite what you might think from looking at the English alphabet, there are more than 5 vowel sounds in regular use, and more than 21 consonant sounds. When it comes to vowels, there are long vowels and short vowels, monophthongs (single vowel forms), diphthongs (changing vowel sounds when two vowels follow one another), they alter their sound patterns based on open-ness of the lips and placement of the tongue as air passes through the mouth. When it comes to consonants, sounds change based on the way air stops, is interrupted, or redirected in its flow. It's not really as simple [...]

Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: ...Ye Who Enter Here

Anyone expecting an easing-up on the action in this penultimate episode of the half-season will have been in for a few surprises. ...Ye Who Enter was another thrilling episode, moving all the pieces into place for what promises to be a blockbuster mid-season finale. May and Skye are dispatched to rescue Raina from a Hydra snatch squad led by Agent 33 - who appears to be permanently stuck

Converting High CR Monsters into PC Races

I’ve done a few conversions now of Monster Manual creatures into PC races, both here and at www.gameschangelives.com and the vast majority of feedback has been great. There have been a few conversations about various abilities or choices I’ve made that have been very insightful, so I wanted to take a moment to talk about the challenges and viewpoints of designing high CR creatures forPC races.

There is one major challenge with designing MM monsters as races; often the reason they aren’t core races. They are far more powerful than normal PC races.

Keeping that in mind, you can approach developing themfrom [...]

5E Friday - Codename: Morningstar

This is tangential to 5E in that WotC already cut their ties with Trapdoor and their Codename: Morningstar aka Dungeonscape digital product. However, 5E put their name in the public eye and I feel their Kickstarter is a continuation of their 5E work. And that is what I want to talk about today, their Kickstarter. As most people know, they have a Kickstarter to update the software they were

1d10 Twisted Christmas Encounter Table 'The Ourskirts' & 'Byways' For Your Old School Science Fantasy Campaigns

Between November 12th and December 30th, the gates of Zebulara burst open as monsters, lunatic Fey creatures, and the souls of a million dead explode upon to the 'Byways' and 'Outskirts'. These realms of the dead border the astral and the Plane Prime of a billion alternate worlds. They hunger for the living and no force can deny them. Or so they think.
The holiday of Christmas originally marked a feast day of the dead for myriad of alien and alternative civilizations, but the dead far out numbered the living and were never given their 'Final Rewards'. 'The Christmas' was [...]

Christmas Comes Early for Anti- #GamerGate

Anti-GG got two massive Christmas presents between the ZQ fanfic and Jimmy Wales admitting that evidence of wrong-doing is not requisite to be known for wrong-doing.

No one was talking about the ZQ ebook (as a self-published ebook on amazon, anyone could have put it up there) or knew it existed until the Techcrunch article came out about it. Yesterday, completely off the radar. It may not have even existed yesterday and today it no longer exists at all. It’s ridiculously unlikely that anyone in GG had anything to do with this precisely because of how obvious it is how it [...]

Interview with Two Teen Game-Writers

As mentioned in a previous post, two of my 8th grade students, Katherine and Alexandra, have been inspired to write and run their own role-playing games for their peers.  Recently I sat down to talk with them about their games ...
JP: Hey Katherine and Alexandra, thanks for taking some time to talk about the role-playing games you created.  To start off, what are they called?
K: "Radaria (pronounced 'ruh-DARE-ee-yuh').  It's a mix of the word 'war' and something else in a different language ... I don't remember which ... that's where the 'rad' came from, I added the 'aria'."

[Review] Fetishistic Arcana by Violent Media


Fetishistic Arcana by +Edward Lockhart is a 25 pages supplement introducing magical fetishes for OSR rulesets.

Fetish is like a magical item but instead of being powerful alone it enchants or power-ups spells cast using or through the fetish. These trinkets are a nice addition for normal "plus this and that" or "get a spell or power wearing it" magic items. There are 14 of them.

All are very nice and there's plenty of variety between the fetishes. Almost every fetish has description how to create one. The creation is more like witchcraft than clean laboratory or library work. [...]

[Review] Fetishistic Arcana by Violent Media


Fetishistic Arcana by +Edward Lockhart is a 25 pages supplement introducing magical fetishes for OSR rulesets.

Fetish is like a magical item but instead of being powerful alone it enchants or power-ups spells cast using or through the fetish. These trinkets are a nice addition for normal "plus this and that" or "get a spell or power wearing it" magic items. There are 14 of them.

All are very nice and there's plenty of variety between the fetishes. Almost every fetish has description how to create one. The creation is more like witchcraft than clean laboratory or library work. [...]

Bustthinned Episode 003

Merchants arrive, despite the fact that I haven’t actually gotten around to making anything worth trading yet… Work continues on the Great Ramp, trying to get around the inconveniently placed Caverns.

Find the playlist here!

AaWBlog Adventure Path: Tribal Troubles, Destiny Derailed

Precisely where I got the idea to make the AaWBlog a months-long, continuing plot is unknown to me. Fortunately it seems to be going well, and for that, a tip of the hat needs to be given to the most frequent of the AaWBlog crew: Brian Wiborg Monster, Justin Andrew Mason, Tim Snow, and Rory […]

The post AaWBlog Adventure Path: Tribal Troubles, Destiny Derailed appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 -- Avast! -- Seventh Session: The Minions of Sekolah

In Attendance:

Player 1/ Scel the Halfling Ranger-Rogue
Player 6/Niema the Aventi Wizard
Player 11/Voormas the Human Druid
Player 12/Xander the Human Fighter

Session Writeup:

Night falls as the party recovers back on the Antelope. Voormas plays with Mercedes. Concluding that, Voormas strikes up a conversation with Kargash. Kargash states that he intends to retire to to Culloden since he has now recovered his wife. Perenia takes Kargash to bed. Unfortunately, Kargash considers his bed to be the one in the Captain’s Quarters of the Antelope. Xander reacts poorly to this. Xander asks Mercedes to kick the door [...]

YALP 29 Fiasco, "And To All A Good Night" Part I

It’s the Holiday season in Collegetown and the annual Carol Singing competition is at hand.

But all is not well and there is trouble afoot.

Who are these bell ringers and what charity are they collecting for?

What is going on with George Tinsel’s grades?

And who has done what to the Professor’s Elf on a Shelf?

It’s hard to know for sure, but some answers may lay inside…

Fiasco, “And to All a Good Night” Part I

Featuring the gaming talents of

Sam Bigum (@Vladepsyker) as Doug Furlap

Bryan Stiltz as Christopher Massey

Jason Hawver as Edgar Brendanawicz

and

Brian Casey (@Fiddleback) as George Tinsel

You can download the playset here: http://jgabrielsen.dropmark.com/169296/3371671

 

Tell [...]

Five Optional Rules for your 5e Game

The 5e DMG is great - I think it might be the best DMG of any edition in terms of DM advice, but I didn't like the optional rules I found in it.

Here are some optional rules I wanted to see.


1. Short Rests are Too Long

Short rests of an hour duration are too long.  An hour is long enough that the DM feels like she needs to figure out what the nearby enemy is up to for that time.  In the DMG, there's an optional rule for short rests being 5 minutes, [...]

5th Edition Thri-Kreen

Along with the aarakocra, the thri-kreen are one of my favorite non-standard races to play. Unique and alien, thri-kreen provide for unusual roleplaying opportunities and unusual flavor at the table. The challenge? Thri-kreen are a powerful PC race (see Behind the Development below). Converting them to a standard PC race while maintaining their flavor and popular, race-specific powers was a challenge and even with this conversion DMs should consider before allowing them in their campaigns. If used, DMs and players should play up the thri-kreen’s social disadvantages as much as possible, including limited communication and insight into humanoid motivations and [...]

D&D 5e Combat -- Initiative (Alternative Rules)

I wrote an article about initiative, strategy and team play. Recently after reading some more, and playing, I am ready to just throw Initiative out the window. I am more in favor of what Robert Schwalb has going with in his new game “Shadow of the Demon Lord.” He uses an Action Economy system and a simplified system that let’s the players go in what ever order they want. I really like that system, but want to use it for D&D 5th edition. So let’s first look at how initiative works in D&D. Theplayers all roll a d20 and perform [...]

A Supervillain Is Only As Good As The Minions He Can Attract...

Frugal GM Review: Inked Adventures Blocks

These last few weeks I've easily dwindled down any DriveThruRPG credit I had on purchasing a ton of new products. While not intended for review, I'm sure I'll review most of it eventually.

This week I decided to work on the new Inked Adventures Blocks set. I'm lucky in that the creator, Billiam Babble, and I have a friendly exchange of emails and he's pretty much offered me any his stuff I want for free. Well, I'm Frugal, not cheap, so I try to pay for things I want to use and play with. Things I get just for [...]

Daily Cosplay

Harlequin wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Gamer Christmas 2014

Soon the fat man in the red suit will come to you house, eat your cookies and maybe leave something behind.  I am not talking about your weird uncle, I mean Santa Claus!

So what RPG item are you all hoping to get this year?

I am somewhat at a loss myself.  I really got into the new D&D 5 system this year, so I am just hoping to get some gaming in.  But nothing really on my Christmas list.

I did pick up an early Christmas/late Halloween present for myself, the old WEG d6 DC Universe [...]

B-R5RB Biggest Online Battle

Eve Online. Very cool....


Channel Zero Christmas Giveaway



I have a problem. I have a terrible memory.  When I go to gaming conventions I buy lots of cool stuff. Sometimes, I already own the cool stuff I buy. This year at North Texas RPG Con, I bought every issue Crawl Fanzine that I didn't own. Or so I thought. As you can see from the picture above I now have two copies of a few issues.  My bad memory is your gain.  As a Christmas present to the DCC community, I am giving away all my extra copies! Post a comment below for a chance to [...]

End-of-Week Elmore (12/19/14)

Larry and the Troll 

Music -- Striborg, Mysterious Semblance (Full Album)


Caervolds' Elven Village

The "Elf Village" is a forest of stone trees. The designer built towers of various sizes, the dimensions of which vary based on the structures purpose, and built arches at random spots to simulate branches. The simulated branches have grooves on the top filled with soil and living greenery (an attempt at leaves). These are the homes and shops of the Elves of Caervold.

The effect is not whollyunpleasant. The streets are well shaded, the buildings are weather proof, and the area has a charming Sunday afternoon quality to it. The trouble is that in order to build these immense tree [...]

The Land of Winter Dark




In a great blast Unklar vomited forth the Wall of Worlds, and it flowed from the spires of Aufstag as a powerful wind, cold and bitter. Great clouds of his stink settled far and wide across Aihrde, blanketing all in a world of winter and dark. It settled upon the world as a fog, rising into the heavens, dampening the light of the sun. Men named the fog the Shroud of Darkness or the Cold Mist, for with it came a terrible freezing. Sheets of snow and sleet [...]

TROLLZAH!!!!!!! Fire and Ice

Great news from Hollywood!

Despite their sad capitulation to the North Koreans (and the U.S. Government's sad defense of them) Sony has green-lighted Fire and Ice!! This classic Frank Frazetta cartoon from the long ago days of the 80s captured the feel of the early Heavy Metal and Epic magazines (cool stuff if you haven't heard of them) and brought it to life.

Robert Rodriguez is heading up the project. Apparently this has been a passion of his for some time, a huge fan, he's wanted to bring it to the big screen for some time. And Ralph [...]

Breaking: Cubicle 7 leaves Rebellion Group

Gamers may never notice the change but today’s management buy-out of Cubicle 7 is big news. The British RPG publisher has left 2000 AD owners Rebellion.

Dominic McDowall, who led the successful management buy-out, said;

I'm excited to be taking Cubicle 7 into its next phase of development,"

"Rebellion's investment and mentoring has given us a great start, and now we're ready to go it alone. I'd like to thank Chris and Jason Kingsley and everyone else at Rebellion for their invaluable support, advice and inspiration.

Jason Kingsley, who leads Rebellion as CEO while also acting as Creative Director, said;

Getting involved with start-ups and [...]

D&D 5e Combat -- Initiative

I wrote an article about initiative, strategy and team play. Recently after reading some more, and playing, I am ready to just throw Initiative out the window. I am more in favor of what Robert Schwalb has going with in his new game “Shadow of the Demon Lord.” He uses an Action Economy system and a simplified system that let’s the players go in what ever order they want. I really like that system, but want to use it for D&D 5th edition. So let’s first look at how initiative works in D&D. Theplayers all roll a d20 and perform [...]

Mythical Creatures of Africa

If you’re looking for some new monster inspiration, CNN has a new story (slideshow, sorry) up today that details several new creatures from African myth. Most seem to not have made their way into many RPGs yet. Here is the quick list:

  • Abada: Unicorn-like creature with two horns. The horns’ points cure disease & poison.
  • Ammit/Ammut: Lion/hippopotamus/crocodile female demon. It devours the souls of the recently dead if they lived a life of abuse or if their hearts are found wanting.
  • Grootslang: Mix of an elephant and a snake, legend says it was one of the first creatures. It has great strength and [...]

UFO Files

I have no idea why, but this article made me really want to start watching the XFiles again. Last year I started in on them from season 1 and made it mostly through season 2 when I got distracted (I'm a bit like the birds I feed...."eh pretty light what could that be" and off I go). They really hold up for me as they play with all those thoughts that linger in the back of the mind.

Of course its different now, with the net, people have a plethora of superficial information that they take as gospel (you [...]

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Pegaso Models

Movie Trailer ~ Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

Edo's Guest Reviews: Ancient Terrible Things -- Episode 26 (Doug Bass)

An

Ancient Terrible Things Game Review

Ancient Terrible Things by Simon McGregor is an awesome, pulp-fun take on the Yahtzee style, dice rolling, press your luck game. It has a little hand management, a little set collection, and a whole lot of amazon horror. All sorts of fun for 2-4 players.

Please like, subscribe, and share with your friends! Want to do a guest review? Shoot me a note.

Fleamarket Friday: Superheroes Rule UK!

Legacy is a Kickstarter campaign to produce a roleplaying supplement about superheroes in the UK, with its core being updated iterations of the original Golden Heroes - now SquadronUK - scenarios, complemented by articles on stuff on time travel, parallel dimensions, the source of both magic and superpowers, American heroes, a year-by-year almanac of heroes since 1900, details on official

Tiamat Takedown

The Tiamat Takedown podcast is up on The Tome Show’s website. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, a few Round Tablers got together for the second time to find out just what high level play was like in the new fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons. SoMike Sheacrafted a grueling combat experience forChris Dudley,Joe Lastwoski, Liz Theis,Topher Kohan, and meto throw down with the toughest 5th edition monster known to us – Tiamat! If you missed the livestream, check out the videos below! Wrap-up Round Table podcast to follow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hSjPNxtYcw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZDNlp_FzCA Links: The Tome Show’s Facebook Group worldbuilderblog.me The Eric Michaels – Composer slyflourish.com rulezeropodcast.com actsofgeek.com Topher’s Google+

If you like what you're [...]

Adventure Bone: Good Deed

Adventure Bones are articles about moments in your adventures you may introduce in order to create hooks, to enrich the gaming situation, or simply to draw the attention of your gamers. Also, Adventure Bones may be used as tools to get your game going when it is stalling, or to add some more flavor to the overall gaming experience.

Teaser

Heroism does not require great deeds; but small good deeds are at least as powerful and create long-lasting memories. Are you prepared to offer your PCs such moments?

The Situation

The PCs happen to ride along, through the wilderness, on their way to some [...]

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