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Winter is Coming - NYC Style


Found this at syracuse.com.

NYC is closing down the subway system at 11 PM. It has never completely shut down the system for snow before (the subways did close for the last 2 hurricanes.)

Getting to work tomorrow should be... interesting.

Events like this always make me think of weather events in RPGs.

I've TPK'ed a party with a random winter storm from hell in my early days (thanks Dragon Magazine) of gaming. It's got me thinking about some divine weather events that could involve the party, but it shouldn't be directly. Town folks would be in need of protection or some such.

Let's see what happens tomorrow and if I get snowed in...

Reaper Bones Day!!

It's been a while since our Reaper Bones Day - and I'm ashamed to admit that I'm just NOW getting around to posting this since it was done in September, 2013.  Yeah, more than a year sitting in the vault...but, it's here now - and with Reaper Bones II coming up we're set to have more than one more of these little sit ins.   Better late than never, I suppose - in most cases.
We picked a good cross-section of sci-fi and fantasy miniatures to paint, of varying sizes.  For this project, we'd be using the Army Painter system.  Sprays, paints and Quickshade would all be [...]

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell's Heart

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell's Heart

$19.99

 

A devilish invading armada is bent on subjugating the islands of the Shackles, culminating in an epic battle at the edge of the Eye of Abendego using whatever forces you can muster. If you manage to defend your home against betrayal, danger, and the Empire of Cheliax, then you can assume your place at the head of the Pirate Council and take the mantle of the Hurricane King for your own.

 

The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: From Hell's Heart Adventure Deck is a 110-card expansion featuring fantastic loot, plunder, [...]

Why You Should Play - Weird Wars Rome





Hold fast, recruit, for a word from your Decanus!

I welcome you all to read this post, but note that it is definitely targeting those folks in the Savage Worlds community (Savages) who have yet to purchase Weird Wars Rome, or who may have Kickstarted the project but never opened the PDF files.  That said, if you are a fan of historical games, but have yet to play Savage Worlds, you should stick around too!  


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Over the last few years, I've come to love [...]

WoTR: Convincing the Churches, part 5

"I'm sorry.  We already donated at the office."
(Dragon Age Inquisition - quote mine)CHURCH OF ASMODEUSRellius, Archpriest of Asmodeus, is actually quite willing to assist against demonic incursions and will even happily set up, at the church's own expense, a cathedral within Drezen so long as he is convinced that they have a method to hold the city and so long as they can maintain that cathedral for 100 years (non-consecutive if the city falls again) and allow the Chelish to take command of any 10% treasure located by any army containing Chelish troops.  If they accept, they will gain [...]

Shadowvale 003

https://bravenewdungeon.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/shadowvale-003.mp3

Unfortunately their companion, Aramil, has gone to the other side, and Kairon is more than willing to assist in his travels.

The party:
Funes Borghieri the Human Warlock
Davril the Half-Orc Druid
Kairon the Tiefling Paladin

Shadowvale 003

How Dwarf Trees are used for Fairy Cities.

This was originaly a comment I left on Jason Bricks discussion about a fantasy version of Dwarf Trees.The basic premise is, what appears to be a small tree above ground is actually a huge underground tree.
I decided I would post one of my responses here as I find it interesting and wanted to save it, since I will likely use it in later campaigns.

You can view the original discussion here. Which contains more fun ideas about The Dwarf's Trees.


When dwarf trees ( or The Dwarf's Trees as some people call them) grow in a [...]

Pics

Passing colour tests. Would love to include the paintwork exercise after the previous redhead practice – but could get in bother for posting an oily image of a celebrity. On from all the stretching structure to plenty of paint. I’ll skip the celebrity part next up.

Have to make do [...]

Calidar?


I haven't picked up Bruce Heard's Calidar setting, yet.
I was a fan of the Voyages of the Princess Ark and of his writing.  But I wonder how much those article's charm (and Mystara's) he channels?
So, my question for those who have taking the Calidar plunge, is it worth it?  
Do you recommend it?
And why?

Happy GenCon Housing Hunger Games!

Yesterday, there was quite a stir around GenCon attendees as the Housing Lottery opened up and everyone was scrambling for rooms near the hotel. For a lot of people, this is the only way they’ll be able to attend, by getting rooms nearby, as they have a ton of gear to lug around the con, especially if they’re doing panels or doing craft-making demonstrations. Other people are running lots of games, and simply can’t carry [...]

January 2015 Update

Not much to report since last month, except my local FYE store closed and had massive clearance sales. Got lots of stuff.

Pics of my first and second trips below (didn’t make pics of third and final trip, which was couple dozen more DVDs).

First Trip – the one whited out by the flash is “Heavy Metal.”

Second Trip – SF

Second Trip – Non-SF

Also got a Blu-Ray player that upscales DVD playback, so been watching a lot of movies lately.


Filed under: blogging, movies, retro, sci-fi, TV show Tagged: blogging, movies

I'd like to be able to dodge the issue saying that errors like these happen all the time

The truth is that i fouled up.

The first print run of Into the Odd has been printed with the wrong back cover. This is the cover I wanted:

This is the cover that got printed (the colour is fine, it’s just my camera being weird with halogen lights.

The back cover has a blurb and a wrong illustration and trade dress.

So I’m going to destroy them and have a new batch printed correctly.

Now, if you want the “original misprinted edition”, write me, and you’ll get shipped one. The day I receive the correct printing I’m going to destroy the remaining wrong [...]

RPG Review -- 10 Paladin Magic Items

By Endzeitgeist This pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look! We kick off this pdf with 2 new enchantments – harm’s way allowing you to intercept attacks on adjacent allies [...]

The post RPG Review – 10 Paladin Magic Items appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.

Free Comic Book Madness Monday : Dagar the Invincible #3 As Fodder For Your Old School Sword And Sorcery Campaigns

Jesse Santos artwork, 1976. via Dennis Ray fromMarty Hirchak's COMIC BOOK SHOWCASEon Face Book . Growing up, I grew up reading Gold Key's Dagar The Invincible, recently Dark Horse comics produced an exceptional hardback of the adventures of Dagar. According to Wiki:Tales of Sword and Sorcery Featuring Dagar the Invincibleis acomic bookseries created by writerDonald Glutand artist

Monday Gunday Product Review: Witt Machine Muzzle Brake for Mosin-Nagant 91/30

Back in March I received a Witt Machine Muzzle Brake (normally $85, but I got mine through a group-buy that only cost $55) for my now-infamous Mosin-Nagant 91/30. (Witt Machine also makes M44 brakes.)


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As you can see from the attached photos, this is not a cheap brake that clamps on with a single screw and will end up flying downrange after a few shots; this is a solidly machined piece of anodized aluminum that sockets onto the barrel exactly like a bayonet does, and is then further secured by no less than four screws.

The [...]

Domains as actors, part deux: perks

After the first installment, I felt the need to make domains more unique. At the moment they are only distinguished by their fortification, domain type and of course by their topology, or connectedness.
The way domains are connected to each other is very important. In Risk, lands have only one stat (the continent they belong to), yet Ukraine is way more important than, say, Madagascar. For the same reason, make domains connect in interesting ways.

At any rate, here’s a first list of perks. I suggest each domain has a 1 chance in 4to get a random perk, and if they [...]

Reviews of Into The Odd, Wonder & Wickedness and Chthonic Codex

New products came out, and people wrote reviews. If you wrote one not in the list, let me know.

Into the Odd

Author: Chris of Soogagames(go there for more material) who by the way just released a free-as-beerOddpendium.

Over at In the Shadow of Puzzled Vikings Daniel Luce has a solo playthorugh and some encounters.

Alex Chalk wrote a review in his blog To Distand Land.

Noah Stevens (of the Noah Tax) reviews it atHapless Mercenary

Sophia Brandt’s review at Space Beyond Reality

By the way, Levi Kornelsen, who made the supersweet ItO cover, made a great moderncharacter sheetand then another more old looking.

This section ends with [...]

Ebon by Greg Porter uses a directed graph for the character... I'm not joking!

Ebon is rare. It's rare to find a character mechanic that is surprising, unique, woven into the system and described in two pages. Attributes, secondary attributes and skills now look so... well... pedestrian. I'm going to jump straight into the gorgeousness. The heart of the graphAspects describe your character and flow from one to another like snaking rivulets on a rain sodden window. The river flow begins with Primary Aspects that describe raw talent, slither through Secondary (honed talents), slosh into tertiary aspects (broad life experiences) before sploshing into Reserves, which represent your ability to withstand hardships.

The Aspects are [...]

Listserv - Going, Gone

It was going to happen sooner or later, I have to admit it was much, much later than I ever would have thought.

I just got this email from Wizards of the Coast regarding the listserv emails.

Hello!

On February 15, 2015, Wizards of the Coast will terminate our LISTSERV
system that manages this (and other) mailing lists. We've watched the usage
of these mailing lists dwindle due to the rise of other communication
platforms, such as forums and social media. Given this decreased usage, we
have made the decision that it was time to turn them [...]

Olde School Wizardry: Return to the Vampire Tower of Death






I don't usually post about the long-running, bi-monthly role-playing campaign that I run with adults but, on a whim, I decided to share a session report.  The game mechanics of Olde School Wizardry are more complex than those I usually play, but since we wrote it ourselves those disadvantages sort of melt away in the face of all the flexibility it offers.  See what you think:


In a recent session of Olde School Wizardry, our homebrew, all-wizard role-playing game, Collegium Mysterium practicum students Pronk, T.Table and A. Wensel were assigned the task of recovering [...]

BROGFest is Over -- I'm Ready to do it Again!

Wow, what a weekend! I just spent the last four days wargaming and it was an awesome time as always. This post is a just a quick note to let everyone know that I will be posting some game reviews and BROGFest overviews in the coming days.

~ Modoc
Le joueur de guerre


Filed under: Convention Tagged: Convention

A Good Book: London Falling by Paul Cornell

This is going to hurt my geek cred, but when I picked up London Falling (its sample was mind boggling good), I didn't realize he'd been writing comics for ages (Demon Knights for DC).

The premise is essentially, a police procedural mixed with witches and ghosts mixed with football (soccer).  As good as it is (its damn fine), I think if I were a brit, it would punch me even harder on levels that I can't relate to as I'm no soccer fan.

The writing is robust and gritty and hurtful and the characters have grown and evolved [...]

RPG Review -- The Channeler

By Endzeitgeist This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we? The channeler is an arcane casting class that casts spontaneous via charisma and gets no armor or shield proficiency, but may use simple [...]

The post RPG Review – The Channeler appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.

Magic Item Monday (Lands of Ludolog): Burrowing Ghost Mine

Burrowing Ghost Mine Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th Slot---; Price 4,300 gp; Weight 21 lbs. DESCRIPTION This odd item looks like the head of a morningstar, its blue spikes tipped with red cones, all banded together by a brass ring. A burrowing ghost mine deals 5d6 damage in a 30-ft.-radius when detonated (no save). This […]

The post Magic Item Monday (Lands of Ludolog): Burrowing Ghost Mine appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Terraria Episode 011

After some Blood Moon shenanigans, down into the depths to look for Stuff, specifically Life Crystals as I start to move closer to taking on my first Boss Monster.

Find the playlist here!

Archery in fantasy stories

Archers are very common in fantasy stories; iconic characters like Legolas are archers, and they are based on quasi-historical figures like Robin Hood or William Tell.  And, of course, archers are important in actual Medieval military history, which informs so much of the fantasy genre in general.

However, I think we don't really understand archery anymore, because it's an obsolete skill.  For those of you who wish to re-emphasize archery, and maybe learn a thing or two about how it most likely actually worked in the Middle Ages, check out this video.


Yes; I realize that posting [...]

My Cat's Enemy Saved His Life

Dumbass
My cat has an enemy who is also a cat. We call her Mina (she has a scar on her forehead like Mina Harker and is also kind of mean).

Mina is a stray that's been hanging around our house ever since we moved in three years ago. I suspect that she was a pet of the former owners because she's pretty friendly with people; she just hates my cat. She shows up at our windows and outside the back porch and howls menacingly at him. This is weird because my cat, Tiger, is a neutered male and [...]

J'Rhazha is a Useless Coward (and Incredibly Fun to Play)

So, once I finally got my Rakasta rolled up, my previous speculations about his cowardice found their justification.

Str 7 (-1 damage and +1 to Thac0; this is important)
Dex 17
Int 16
Wis 15
Con 11
Cha 7 (He is not the most likable fellow)

Though he lucked out maxing his HP, he’s beyond useless in combat, but he’s okay with that! Fighting means he might die, and that’s no good for him!

Sometimes, when it’s clear the day is won, he might charge in with his gladius (which he can’t actually attack with) waving about wildly. He managed to do 2 [...]

The Lower Danks [Mini-Map Monday]

The Danks were once a marshland outpost for a community of Halflings in the Bogbrie Wetlands. Due to some basic construction errors, the structure soon sank into the marsh (becoming known as the Lower Danks) and were quickly occupied by Bollywugs. Let's get froggy!

"The Tales of the Emerald Serpent" Anthology: "Between" by Todd Lockwood

“[Todd Lockwood’s]strength is in his artist’s eye, offering beautiful description beside precise characterization.“ I’m a writer. What I mean by that is that I’m not an artist. I’ve taken some drawing classes and feel I can appreciate art when I see it, but it takes an exceptional artist to grab my attention and a truly...

"The Tales of the Emerald Serpent" Anthology: "Between" by Todd Lockwood

“[Todd Lockwood’s]strength is in his artist’s eye, offering beautiful description beside precise characterization.“ I’m a writer. What I mean by that is that I’m not an artist. I’ve taken some drawing classes and feel I can appreciate art when I see it, but it takes an exceptional artist to grab my attention and a truly...

Interview with Fan-Favorite Artist, Todd Lockwood

Todd Lockwood is one of the most recognized and prolific fantasy artists in the gaming industry. His work contributed to the reinventionof the 3rd Edition D&D Monster Manual, as well as the iconic characters of the 3rd Edition Player’s Handbook. He has painted the covers of R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Du’orden novels since 2001, and his...

Interview with Fan-Favorite Artist, Todd Lockwood

Todd Lockwood is one of the most recognized and prolific fantasy artists in the gaming industry. His work contributed to the reinventionof the 3rd Edition D&D Monster Manual, as well as the iconic characters of the 3rd Edition Player’s Handbook. He has painted the covers of R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Du’orden novels since 2001, and his...

Thought for the Week 16: Psionic Cat

  It has been several months, but the Thought for the Week images are back.     Yes, we have several cats. I spend a lot of my time helping them through doors.   The previous Thought for the Week was the CIA, way back in June.   Happy Gaming Phil  

Daily Punch 1-23-15 Finesse Master feat for DnD 5e

Ever see a half-orc welding a rapier? I didn’t think so, but a half-orc thief would have to. Let’s fix that.

 

Finesse Master

Choose oneweapon. You are now proficient in this weapon, and this weapon now count as finesse weapons for you.

 

 

Thoughts? Does this need to add to your dex? It it too powerful as it stands now?


Patreon Supported Adventures - The Strange Case of Tobin Jakshyd

New adventure that went up on Patreon yesterday. If anyone remembers who I commissioned for the map please tell me so I can give proper credit.

The Strange Case of Tobin Jakshyd
A Swords & Wizardry Adventure for Characters of 3-6 level

Introduction

There always seems to be a place in any long game, a place where the adventure is done, the heroes have completed their tasks, saved the princess, and collected their pay. A place in a game where everyone just mills around, doing their shopping and the Referee is desperately trying to figure out [...]

23 Things About Masks of the Empire (Part One)

Enderra's hosting this month's RPG Blog Carnival, "A New Year, A New World." I love building settings and I've written before about the awesomeness I found in collaborative creation. In particular I've used Microscope several times to craft campaigns and one shots. For example I developed the backdrop for several superhero games I ran at VirtuaCon and built the world for my ongoing 13th Age campaign. Reading through these histories, adding details, connecting events, and figuring out how to bring those settings to table just makes me happy. I've rarely found a more enjoyable GM prep method. Recently I've used [...]

Kudos to D&D 5th edition

I wrote this post and then searched for some relevant pictures, so now I know the name of the adventure and such. At any rate, spoilers for "The Lost Mine of Phandelver", the D&D5e starter set adventure, are below.
My face to face group is currently going through the D&D 5th edition starter set. I haven't written much about it, because I'm fairly apathetic about the latest edition: strip away the nostalgia and big brand name, and it really doesn't feel that different from the D&D that I gave up during college in favor of more interesting systems like [...]

Musical Monday (Bonus): Guardians Of NYC...

Thanks to Jeremy Hawkins for pointing this out. The dancing and editing on this film is superb.

My First VR

I’m a massive fan of DBJ’s channel on YouTube and his video BBTM First Level raised a question to the …

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Map Monday: Crypt of Dirvatha


Some Thoughts on the First Trelleborg Session of 2015

As mentioned previously, I recently ran the first session of 2015 of my ongoing social game campaign, The Trelleborg Campaign. I posted a brief recap of the session over on the campaign blog today.

It was enjoyable, but there are, as always, areas of improvement.

Primarily, i think i [...]

Round Table 53 -- New Digital Columns and Dungeon and Dragon Magazines

A new episode of my podcast, The Round Table, is up on The Tome Show’s website.

I sitdown with Vegas Lancaster, Sam Dillon, Tracy Hurley, and Round Table newbie Wade Kemper. Wetalk about the last Legends and Lore column heralding the arrival of three new D&D digital columns in 2015. Then we discuss the recent availability of Dungeon and Dragon magazines on dndclassics.com. This episode was recorded on January 15, 2015.

Links: The Tome Show on Facebook Philly N Crowd rpgmusings.com sarahdarkmagic.com A Contest of Sorts If you like what you're reading please follow me on Twitter, check out my other podcasts, Bonus ActionandGamer to Gamer, tell your [...]

Last Few Hours For Grimtooth's Ultimate Traps Collection -- All Stretch Goals Reached!

Like most DMs worth their salt, I had a copy of Grimtooth's Traps close at hand when I designed my deathtrap dungeons. Those mechanical menaces from the trap-designing troll were always inspirational, and I picked up a few of the other Grimtooth offerings over the years as well. Now, in one fell swoop, you can own ALL SEVEN of Grimtooth's books wrapped up into one monstrous tome. Folks, there

Rich's Gameroom: Fighter (Eldritch Archer)

The arcane archer prestige class from previous editions fulfilled a desire in players for firing unique magically charged arrows on the battlefield. For many, the arcane archer became the conduit for channeling our love for archery-based heroes like Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Arsenal, Artemis, and others.Though the existing eldritch knight archetype for the 5th edition fighter...

Rich's Gameroom: Fighter (Eldritch Archer)

The arcane archer prestige class from previous editions fulfilled a desire in players for firing unique magically charged arrows on the battlefield. For many, the arcane archer became the conduit for channeling our love for archery-based heroes like Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Arsenal, Artemis, and others.Though the existing eldritch knight archetype for the 5th edition fighter...

Card Game Review: Super Fantasy Rumble

Super Fantasy Rumble is a tactical card game inspired by 1980’s Saturday morning cartoons and features a unique and dynamic movement system that pushes and pulls heroes around a gridded board to battle other groups of random heroes.

 

Components

In my unboxing video here, you can see my initial take on the components.

The box for Super Fantasy Rumble is a nice, simple, sturdy box, which will fit right in your board game library. The graphic design is [...]

Free GM Resource: Drop Tables (Post in Progress)

This week's Free GM Resource is a bit of a work in progress, and I'm hoping that a few of my readers can help out with it. Over the last couple of weeks I've been seeing a few drop table show up in my G+ feed, presumably because Dyson Logos has gotten a bit excited about them as of late.

Now to be fair, I don't use drop tables. I love 'em, but I don't tend to use them. My preference is for electronic tables 1st and compact tables 2nd. Generally speaking I don't use many tables in-game.....tables are [...]

Satanic Panic!

I am fascinated with with the Satanic Panic of the early 80s.  Partially because I lived through it but also as someone who isn't religious I found the whole "panic" to be very confusing.
Here is an article that covers part of it.  D&D makes brief cameo.

A Brief History Of "Satanic Panic" In The 1980s

To get an idea of how serious people took this stuff here are a few other posts I made with links to articles and videos.

http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-to-z-of-witches-o.html,  Turmoil in the Toybox videos.
Here is a direct link to the D&D video [...]

HJRP1407 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 07

hjrp1407

Your hosts: Bill, Stork, Tyler, CADave

This is a guerrilla episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. Stu is off in mixing land. Thank you to Bill, Stork, Tyler and Dave for stepping up in my absence.

 

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