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Newly Discovered Deepest Known Cave In Continental USA

This is very interesting and got me to thinking about, what else, RPGs! I did some spelunking back in high school. Our band directory had an interest in geology and taught a high school class on geology for several years and took students to a couple of caves. This was in Missouri, the cave state, […]

A Death That Is Chosen

Over the past weekend I went to see the movie Fury with some friends. It's a good movie, and I don't want to ruin anything but the summary for the movie on Rotten Tomatoes says that it's a group of soldiers, in a tank, behind enemy lines, and they're out numbered and out gunned. I feel that means it is safe to say things are dire. The kind of dire where, were it to be a Table Top Role Playing Game I would expect PC deaths - if not a TPK - to be the result at the end of [...]

Cannabis may save us from Ebola

As you know, Ebola is tearing its way through West Africa. Sure the odds of it actually becoming a threat in the United States is slim but what if it does? What can you be doing to improve your immune system and protect yourself from the dreaded plague that kills about 70% of its victims? The answer is quite simple, smoke some ganja. At least that is what Dr. David B. Allen would have us believe. They tell us that cannabis is a regulator of immune system processes for people infected with HIV. He believes that cannabis can do the same thing for those infected with Ebola. I say why not try a study on it. I mean what do the patients have to lose? They are very likely to die of the disease and this drug will make them feel a tad better and may in fact give them the edge they need to survive. If you want to see more about what Dr Allen had to say go read it yourself.

Tales from the Hydian Way: Episode 7 -- Forceful Discussions

Welcome to another Tales from the Hydian Way. Today we talk about force powers and how they can be used.

We even take a quick look at some of the potential outcomes that might occur when you use them.

The use of the Force, even in it’s simplest forms, can have far reaching affects for both you and your party.

And it always pays to remember that discretion is the better part of valor.

Remember to check out the Patreon Campaign and pledge your support to this, and many other fine shows on The Mad Adventurers Society.

You can find us on twitter at @DeuteriumIce [...]

Inktober Day 19

davejoria:

Another SC RPG character preview: the ghostly silent movie star, Chucky Crumb!

Originally posted on Monica Marier Author:

Hope everyone had a fun weekend! I was busybusybusy, but I had a great time hanging out with family.

Chucky Crumb by Monica Marier

Today's another illustration for the Skeleton Crew RPG. This one is the ghost of a silent film star comedian. I was inspired to draw on my favorite actors like, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, and there's a bit of Groucho Marx thrown in there for good measure. In the end he looks a bit like one of those Red Skelton sad [...]

A Traveller Pitch

I had a really long thing written out for this, but frankly it was overblown.  Here's the stripped down kernel:

Man begat thinking machine, and thinking machine begat jump drive.  For a time it was good, but good times never last.  The machines won and superweaponed the Sun, which has gone red and expanded out past Jupiter's orbit.  All that remains of the human empire is one decrepit space station in Pluto's shadow, two thousand foppish nobility and attending bureaurats who lack the hardware to repair the station's failing life support systems, and over a billion slumbering souls in [...]

There Are No More Barriers!

So reads the first line on the back of the Timeship box -- in a type larger than any other save for the title of the game.  "You are free to roam the ages," reads the copy...
Journey from the days of the dinosaurs, to the mystics of the ancient world, to the glory of Napoleon.  If the past is not enough, adventure in the present with its political intrigue, and brushfire wars; or, for those more adventurous souls, you may transcend the present and visit the future where man's home is the universe, populated with all manner of strange [...]

Scrying Time Again

Jaren cast his spell sending his magical sight to the ship moot a week north of Waterdeep. The images shocked him, he had seen death before, but these people were harvested.




Basic Fantasy Adventure Anthology 1




This is one seriously packed set of short adventures, suitable for Basic Fantasy, but also LL, D&D B/X, BECMI, S&W etc. (some very minor tweaking may be required to bonuses and armour classes)

 http://basicfantasy.org/downloads.html#aa1 
Free PDF & Open Office file. (also links to hard copies on Lulu)




Hey, whaddawant? A proper review? It's good, it's free. If it's your choice of old school system mechanic or game-genre, just go and download it.
Sheesh.

How to Thwart the Robot Apocalypse


Con On The Cob Final Day And Wrap-Up: Silent Auction and "Time Bastard"


Well gang, I'm home after the final day of Con on the Cob. Had a great time, sold quite a few things in the booth, and am energized for future convention attendage. Some interesting developments regarding Con on the Cob popped up toward the end of the event you may want to be aware of, so read through to the end:
  • While packing up my room this morning, I realized I nearly forgot the three remaining bottles of beer in the mini-fridge. When I pulled them out, I was surprised that they had frozen! So I left them in [...]

A Kickstarter That Leaves Me Scratching My Head - Digital D20

My first thought was "isn't D20 a trademark of WotC?"

My 2nd thought was "is there a 50,000 British Pound market for a 3x adventure path distributed via tablets?"

My 3rd thought, after playing the video was "aren't these the same guys with the cardboard gaming tables?"

Actually, my wife had the same thought when she heard the voices - the Spanish accents are so strong we thought they were Italian, subtitles would have been helpful.

Then I read this:


and I knew the journey was going to be a good one.

So, Digital D20, or DD20, or D20 tabletop Role Playing Game Campaigns is a method of distributing D20 RPG adventures from DigitalD20 Ltd to your tablet, [...]

At -9 and dropping

At -9 and dropping
(written for my Pop Lit Class as part of character death & attachment module a few years ago.)

Warning, personal cathartic rant begins right now, look away, it gets ugly:

I keep a side of my personality hidden away from my coworkers. In a closet in my house there are books, maps and dice, I game. I admit it, I am a gamer, role playing table top, or better known as D&...D, shadowrun, gurps, and a dozen more well and much less known games. Many or the best
nights of my life, was [...]

Unearthed Update: Patch Notes v3.2

Just a couple of quick updates this week, as I didn't have a ton of time to work on the game. Master Belch is displeased with my progress.

Patch Notes
  • Assigned base statistics to all enemies found in the game.
  • Applied a slight window upgrade, designed to better accommodate larger enemy sprites (thanks Messianic!).
  • Fixed a few miscellaneous graphical bugs, mostly regarding transparency and palette issues.
General Notes

With the base statistics for enemies assigned, I have the basic difficulty curve of the game set. There is going to be A LOT of tweaking to this difficulty once the beta gets underway, but it is nice [...]

October Horror Movie Challenge: Cujo (1983)

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Cujo is a horror movie directed by Lewis Teague. Cujo is a happy St. Bernard until he is bitten on the hose by a rabid bat and slowly begins to manifesting the symptoms of his fatal illness. As his condition deteriorates, Cujo begins to attack those who cross his path. This culminates with Cujo trapping a woman named Donna Trenton and her 5 year old son Tad in her Ford Pinto, trying his hardest to get inside to kill them both.

Although Stephen King's literary work tends to be highly [...]

The Initiative: Superhero RPG Appendix N Blog Challenge

Theron of My Dice Are Older Than You turned me on to Barking Alien‘s Superhero RPG Appendix N Challenge:

I challenge you, the Superhero RPG GM, and/or player, to listbetween 5 and 10Superhero comic books, and5 to 10 Superhero live action or animated shows or films, that typify your style of Superhero RPG campaign.

 

Minimum is 5. Maximum is 10. This means you have to really think about the ones thatbest embody the type of Supers gaming you prefer. Who’s up for the challenge?

I feel like this could devolve into listing my favorite comics, rather than highlighting titles that convey the superhero [...]

Nonhuman Vision

Imaginative literature works best when realism constrains it just enough to create interesting solutions, but not enough to impede drama and archetype. Example: Gene Wolfe's idea in Book of the New Sun that eating someone's brain, with the proper chemical preparations, would convey all their memories, was built up whole from these now-discredited experiments. Realism produced the idea, but was not allowed to stifle it.

In this vein, the old idea of ultravision and infravision from AD&D suggests that races gifted with those abilities can also perceive radiant and reflected light in those frequencies as different colors. Materials they [...]

BRW Games Call for Submissions

It's that time of year again - BRW Games is looking for authors who think they have what it takes to get published.

At the moment, we're looking for RPG adventure modules that aren't tied to any particular campaign setting, either using the AD&D 1st Edition/compatible or D&D 5th Edition systems. We are not looking for settings or rules supplements. Submissions should not have been previously published elsewhere, but we can make exceptions in special cases. Please contact us with details.

Please do not send in proposals or multi-adventure series. We are looking for finished self-contained adventures, but [...]

The Crooked Man, that lived in a Crooked House...

Review #62 -- Free Game
The Crooked Man, that lived in a Crooked House...
At the end of the review, there is the link to a translation of a game by Uri. I Assume that, if you are reading this blog, you come looking for games in English. In that previous link is the original, if you'd rather play that.

Now, today in Horror October, we have The Crooked Man. It's a Horror RPG game that puts you in the role of David, a new homeowner with a troubled past. As you play, his story is revealed while you [...]

The Bearguana

Because we watched Godzilla last night and noted how bear-like the big guy was, and because, honestly, owlbears are kind of silly.

Of course it isThe bearguana, a chimera of bear and reptile, was developed by the vivimancer Duil En'quae  two generations back. He had hoped to sell the beasts as exotic cavalry mounts, but the creatures' intransigence showed this project to be folly.  His breeding stock eventually escaped, and has been a terror of the local forests since then.

The bearguana have the body of a bear, with the iguana's claws and tail. Bearguana hide has been toughed with [...]

Shakespeare Sunday -- Hamilton's Cardenio 3: History of Cardenio

Go to Part 1

Our knowledge of Cardenio, presumably based on the character of the same name in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, comes from three historical accounts:

(1) The Revels Accounts record two performances of the play at King James’ Court in 1613 (as transcribed by Hamilton, emphasis added):

Itm paid to the said John Heminges vppon the lyke warrt: dated att Whitehall xxth die Maij for presentinge sixe severall playes viz one playe called a badd begininge makes a good endinge. One other called ye Capteyne, One other the Alcumist. One other Cardenno. One other the Hotspurr. And one other called Benedicte and [...]

Porting Apocalypse World style moves into D&D 5E

TL;DR – If you want to use a Dungeon World move in D&D 5E, roll 1d6+1d10: Failure on 8-, partial success on 9-12, success on 13+.

I love the Apocalypse World engine moves. These movesare discreet rules that areportable from one AW Engine game to another.

But I’m exploring using the moves in other systems; In particular D&D 5E.Dungeon World hasthe following probability based on:

Roll 2d6 Bonus Failure (6-) Partial Success (7-9) Complete Success (10+) -2 72.2% 25.0% 2.8% -1 58.3% 33.3% 8.3% 0 41.7% 41.7% 16.7% 1 27.8% 44.4% 27.8% 2 16.7% 41.7% 41.7% 3 8.3% 33.3% 58.3%

What follows iswhat I found to be a reasonablemirroring of the Apocalypse World Engine probabilities. Roll 1d6+1d10. On an 8- failure, 9-12partial success, and 13+success.

Roll 1d6 + 1d10 Bonus Failure (8-) Partial Success (9-12) Complete Success [...]

Gategully Episode 42

Trying to fix my Danger Room, including protecting people as they work on it! Much footage of me being frustrated at Dwarves moving something Just. One. Square!

Find the playlist here!

A Random Esoteric Tome Generator for D&D

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." 
Click to Find out what Volume you Find..
Book Rules
Here's how books work in my game, these are WIP as i'm still trying to find out a nice and interesting method for research and discovery of shit the players may want. (If you have any good suggestion, please do let me know)
Every book can be studied for a period of 4 hours (as a base, the quality of the book will affect this), after which a character [...]

October's Cosplayer of the month

Octobers Cosplayer of the month is …

 

 

Seraphina

My cosplay alias is Miss Michiru but most people know me as Seraphina. I’m the creator of Otaku Bellydance and make guest appearances at conventions. On the side, I love cosplay and have been creating costumes since 2000. Recently I started a campaign, “Cosplayers for Hope”, to raise awareness for Endometriosis (an illness I’ve suffered from for over 15 years). My hope is to help young girls and women know the signs and symptoms for early detection as most are not diagnosed until 7 years after symptoms begin. Cosplay has been an incredible outlet for creativity and I still find myself learning new tips and tricks to this day! I hope to continue pursuing cosplay, whether as a cosplayer or commissioning costumes for others.

Michiru Kaioh from Sailor Moon S (Photography: Lilith Scream)

My Interview With Miss Michiru

How long have you been Cosplaying and how did you get started?

I have been cosplaying since 2001 but commissioned my first cosplay in 2000.
I have been a fan of all types of art since childhood and viewed cosplay as another art medium. Seeing so many beautiful costumes and characters, I wanted to try!

Sakura from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Tell us about your first time

My first cosplay experience was doing a commission for a friend, Saffiru/Sapphire from Sailor Moon R. I had so much fun creating the costume that I decided to make Super Sailor Neptune for Halloween for myself the following year.

What is the biggest challenge when it comes to cosplay? And What do you find most enjoyable?

The greatest challenge in cosplay is allowing the naysayers no control over you and your actions.
The most enjoyable part of cosplay is building new friendships and meeting people with like interests. I have made many friends through this hobby.

[...]

Choose Your Destiny at DriveThruFiction

Choose Your Destiny, a Choose Your Own Adventure-style short story set in the world ofConservation of Ninjutsu is now available at DriveThruFiction.

Originally written for the RPGGeek “Tavern’s Tales” Short Story contest in 2014, anyone can now enjoy deciding the outcome of the evil emperor’s fate in this short story with several paths and four different endings.

Choose Your Destiny is available as a standalone PDF for $0.99 USD or as a bundle withConservation of Ninjutsu for $2.49 (save $0.99).

Get the standalone PDF.

Get theChoose Your Ninjutsu bundle.

For more information aboutConservation of Ninjutsu andChoose Your Destiny, see our [...]

Let's Scare Jessica to Death- The Powers of Clothing

Some movies hold to their title, others do not. Too bad that this movie belongs to the latter group. Let's Scare Jessica to Death is an interesting movie, its soundtrack is creepy like hell, and it knows how to play on the audiences fears. Each and every element works perfectly when looked at separately. But when combined? They overshadow each other. And that's the main problem in this movie for me.In a nutshell, it is the story of a woman who just got released from a mental asylum and who now tries to readjust to her new life, in a [...]

Against the Giants: Session 130

In the webbed tunnels, giant spiders swarm to attack, but are easily defeated despite a few close-calls when the spiders bite back-- thankfully their poison does not kill anyone. As the dead bodies lie strewn across the room, the party decide to call it a day and leave the tunnels of the underdark alone. Instead, they make their way back to the surface and through the forest, back to theBlack Rose. They sail back toHochoch and spent a few days carousing--Ungrid spends 1,000 gp on buying drinks for his new ‘friends’ and manages to insult the Duke at the same [...]

Stitches: Where There Are Bees completed! And new Star Trek hand towel!

Completed and framed!

It’s been finished and framed for several days, but I didn’t want to post it until I’d finished embellishing the frame. When I saw the frame at AC Moore, I knew it was the right one, but I also knew I wanted to add something to it to break up the straight lines. The bees in the corner were polymer clay buttons before they had the button rings lopped off. I finally had a chance to get to Michael’s to find flowers. These were in an inexpensive pack in the papercrafting section – much better than the silk [...]

The Bizarre and Strange Characteristics of the Wizard's Spellbook in Hubris

So many magical items have personalities, powers, and machinations. The other day I was considering how this is never really done to wizard’s spellbooks… and those are FILLED with spells and untapped arcane energies. It just made sense to me to create something like that in Hubris.

Zak S. did a great job making books new and strange in Vornheim:

"It is known to some scholars that the skins of snakes can be read like books. Those who speak the serpent language know that these creatures continuously hiss their titles. As they grow, the animals revise and expand themselves, shedding old knowledge [...]

Statblock Sunday (Macabre Manses): Gruxm Goretooth

Gruxm Goretooth CR 14 XP 38,400 Male goblin sorcerer 15 CE Small humanoid (goblinoid) Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +8 DEFENSE AC 20, touch 16, flat-footed 15 (+4 mage armor, +5 Dex, +1 size) hp 111 Fort +5; Ref +5; Will +9 SR 25; 50% chance to ignore critical hits/sneak attack OFFENSE Speed […]

The post Statblock Sunday (Macabre Manses): Gruxm Goretooth appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Crisis: Cooperative Play For The DC Comics Deck Building Game


I have a confession to make. I have never been much of a fan of deck building games. I like Marvel Legendary, but it is not something I play often because of the hastle of putting it all back in the box divided in its own separate factions. As far as the DC Deck Building Game is concerned, while very popular among our clients, I never liked it. Found it boring and too dependent on chance and someone not buying the cards you need from the line-up.

When the Crisis expansion arrived in the store, I dreaded having to give a demo of it. However, I knew many players would be interested in it so I had no option other than to hold my breath, learn the new rules and roll with the punches. After playing a few three and four player games, I must admit that I [...]

RPG Kickstarter Roundup: Week of 10-12-2014

This is the the RPG Kickstarter Roundup! We’re bringing you all the RPG-related Kickstarter projects that recently started or are about to end. The Roundup includes RPGs, miniatures, dice, and anything else that may be RPG-related. In this edition of the Roundup we’re covering new projects for the Weeks of 10-12-2014, and projects ending the […]

Monster Hunters Review from Avalon Games

Monster Hunters is set in the Edwardian Europe, where the idea is Gothic horror. Werewolves, vampires and other strange beasts run rampant in this setting. This unique setting mixes the traditional fantasy setting with one that is quite a bit more technological than you might be accustomed to. Monster hunters focuses heavily on new classes and their origins, but it also introduces new rules like modern weapons.

The Book doesn’t waste any time and dives right into the origin stories. There are 8 and each focuses on the following on helping the player round out the character. The origins can easily [...]

The Bizarre and Strange Characteristics of the Wizard's Spellbook in Hubris

So many magical items have personalities, powers, and machinations. The other day I was considering how this is never really done to wizard’s spellbooks… and those are FILLED with spells and untapped arcane energies. It just made sense to me to create something like that in Hubris.

Zak S. did a great job making books new and strange in Vornheim:

"It is known to some scholars that the skins of snakes can be read like books. Those who speak the serpent language know that these creatures continuously hiss their titles. As they grow, the animals revise and expand themselves, shedding old knowledge [...]

pdf bookmarks

Over the years I’ve purchased several pdf files of gaming books and I continue to do so as I find it a convenient way to carry my gaming collection on the go. Before my tablet I preferred to game at my house as it saved lugging several kilogrammes of gaming books to and fro. The […]

Home at Long Last


Yesterday afternoon marked the first of many home games.  Finally, I was able to transition from one-off sessions at the public library with semi-strangers to a weekly campaign at my house with people I barely know!

Why did I stop running games at my house last spring?  A combination of wanting more family time and summer activities on weekends.  Mostly, my wife needed a break as she's the one watching the kids just like almost every week day I'm at the office.

Anyways, four players assembled at my place for pizza (one abstained), drinks (everyone had water [...]

Game Night Oct 17 -- Urban Adventuring in Hoard of the Dragon Queen

The store-made oven-ready pizzas were so good last week (and cheap!) that we decided to have them again this week. No, not the same ones, new ones, but they were the same three toppings: pep, saus, chee. This time I made sure to get all regular crust (would have got thick or pan if they had it) because who wants thin or cracker crust, eh?

It was another small group of four adventurers for tonight’s game: cleric, rogue, bard, and monk. Good mix. I was in the mood for some urban adventuring, and the adventure at this point is [...]

New Most Recent Adventure Module 'A Shattered Night' Has a Review!

Click on Cover for Review of Module
As more of my adventure modules are released, for both the Celtic line and the 'Nine Worlds Saga', I am hoping the reviews follow in their wake, feedback is always important! I believe some of my most important work is yet to come in these series. The Codex Germania is about to be premiered soon as well after months of intensive editing, and after I spent an additional seven months writing on it. 
I took for small break in my writing, about 3-4 months. It was needed, for sanity and because I have [...]

Elvira, Starman, Digger, stuff

A small update to keep everybody’s attention :

  • ANIMALS FILE. There’s now data about hyenas in our DC Heroes document about beasts. It’ll come handy later.
  • Ethan has an entry about Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – as featured during that late 1980s movie.
  • DC HEROES the unenthusiastic sarcastic schtick Gratuitous Shower Scene was slightly reworked as Gratuitous Fan Service.
  • Puf has a profile of DC’s 1980s Starman – Will Payton.
  • DIGGER. Two entries about this popular Ursula Vernon webcomic (it won a Hugo and everything) :
    • Digger the no-nonsense wombat miner
    • Lady Surka the shrew adventurer (and bridge [...]

THE CONFLICT BETWEEN ROLLS AND INTERACTION

I've commented in the past about my unease with Social Skill rolls in roleplaying games. When I do this isn't a slam against their use or people who like them, it is more about a personal difficulty I have in gaming, particularly as a GM when it comes to drawing a line between skill rolls and interactions. Anyone who has played any of the games I've helped develop knows I use Social Skills and other mechanics that get into this territory; I recognize their utility, I just find some of the trade-offs inherent a bit irksome. 


Let me [...]

Ravenloft: Strahd's fifth motivation

 I am the ancient. My beginnings are lost in the darkness of the past. I am not dead. Nor am I alive. I am undead, forever.Count Strahd von Zarovich
The Ravenloft module (I6) written by Tracy and Laura Hickman in 1983 is my favorite published D&D adventure. Every Halloween I try to run it at least once for those brave souls able to attend. The module has excellent replay value because the villain Strahd von Zarovich has multiple possible motivations. Additionally the castle is massive so it's quite possible to only explore a small percentage every Halloween. Strahd is a [...]

Succubus Sunday - Graz'zt

He's not a succubus, but he surrounds himself with them. Today's Succubus Sunday is a spotlight on everyone's favorite demonic sex lord, Graz'zt.







Tales of a Married Gamer -- Best Worst Enemy

Welcome back to another Tales of a Married Gamer. I was recently asked what I think when two people, who are potentially their own worst enemies at the game table, are in a relationship with one another. Normally, I might point someone to one of my earlier Tales of a Married Gamer articles, but since some of those are not actually available on this site, I’ll rehash a little of what has gone before.

Meet Kafka, the only innocent member of the family. On the left.

First, lets do a little bit of introduction. I and my wife both have a Ph.D., [...]

Review - The Art of ALIEN: Isolation

With the launch of the frankly amazing ALIEN: Isolation and associated books, Farsight Blogger will be featuring a few reviews and articles regarding the 1979 Ridley Scott classic. Expect a review of the game itself in the near future.

We kick off with this review of The Art Of ALIEN: Isolation by Richard William.


Author: Andy McVittie
Publisher: Titan Books

Yet another solid offering from Titan publishing bringing together a great collection of production art for Alien: Isolation.

The book is nicely divided into fairly obvious sections (characters, environment, weapons, etc) which I appreciate as [...]

Hodgepodge

Today's post combines a number of elements. For one, here are links to sheets that can be used to track stats for a ship's crew. I'm including two because one is for seafaring vessels and the other is for spacefaring ships.

Sailing Ship Crew Sheet

Aethership Crew Sheet


There's also a bit about naming vessels.

What's in a Name?After a party acquires a vessel, one of the first tasks is to give it a good name. To that end, [...]

Sunday Inspirational Video: Wolves

Sunday Funnies - No-Pictures Book, Beetle Pancakes, & Tiny Detectives

First, there is a funny video featuring what happened when B. J. Novak shared The Book with No Pictures.



Also, today is the day to learn how to make beetle pancakes.




Finally, watch "Tiny Detectives with Kate Mara and Ellen Page" on Funny or Die here.


Sunday Funnies on CreativeMountainGames.comHumor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.Please Like, Share, Plus, Tweet, Follow, and Comment!

Humans & Households



The new The Gamers miniseries: Humans & Households. Episode one is the set up and it's all fun and games, but episode two is where the real mayhem starts. I will never look at mailboxes the same way again.
If you want to support them, you can buy the series here for 10$ or more.

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