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Kick The Box Cops 'n' Robbers Preview

Kick The Box Cops ‘n’ Robbers Preview All of the cards are early prototypes without their final artwork and design.

Cops ‘n’ Robbers is a 2-6 player card game designed by Kieran Billings. The game is a simple, grab the most loot, with a dash of ‘take that’ thrown in for good measure. The object of the game is to be the player with the most money by the end of the game. There are a couple of different ways you can end the game, depending on what you choose at the beginning of the game. You can either set a certain cash [...]

The King is Dead: Plot "Points"

I'd rather have players invent the fully automatic crossbow than buy it off the shelf.
One of my ambitions for The King is Dead is to provide a proper Savage Worlds Plot Point campaign.  For those unfamiliar with them, Plot Point settings straddle the line between old-fashioned sandbox settings and newfangled adventure paths; they are meant to provide a lot of room for player agency and GM improvisation while at the same time providing a tour of the setting that is also a plot with a beginning, middle, and end.  I've read some Plot Point settings that I really [...]

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RPG Campaigns: Beginnings And Endings

Two of the hardest things for an RPG campaign are the beginning and the ending. Like a popular television show that has lost its spark, a campaign will sometimes just limp along lifelessly until people just stop showing up and it dies a lingering death. Letting go of a campaign is a hard thing, but sometimes...just sometimes, it has to be done. One thing that I have come to terms with as a GM in

Commentary On The Free OSR MAP Resource From Dragon's Foot - Hallyk & Rumfords Tower For Your Old School Sword and Sorcery Campaign

Grab It Right Over
This is a very nicely put together tower location on a river with a number of surrounding locations. The style of this download makes it very easy to use in a number of old school editions. For myself AS&SH sprung to mind immediately.
The Blurb from Dragon's foot :
Located on a small outcropping of rock in the middle of a river. This is a small but defensible tower. Access is by both inland and to the sea due to the outflow from the interior swamplands and the inflow from the sea. Dare you [...]

More on the Temple of Elemental Evil

Over the years I've done a lot of thinking about the published T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil. To my mind, it's one of the great disappointments in D&D history - we fans were waiting literally for years for the follow-up to the excellent T1 Village of Hommlet, and what we got seemed bloated, listless, and generally a let-down.

Some past posts of mine talked about connections between the ToEE and the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, the novel by Thomas M. Reid, a first pass at possible connections between the Elder Elemental God of the Vault of the Drow and [...]

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Twin Crossings Extra Content #5 -- Vale of the Spider Eaters -- Part 4

Vale of the Spider Eaters – Part 4 Gopcheck knew now that he wasn’t going to get out of here alive. After fleeing from the airborne monsters---huge flying beasts that looked like a cross between a wasp and a spider---the last survivors fled into a cave near some hot springs deep in the hidden valley. […]

The post Twin Crossings Extra Content #5 – Vale of the Spider Eaters – Part 4 appeared first on Adventure-A-Week.

Space Nazis -- Iron Sky

I just watched the movie Iron Sky. the premise is that the Nazis retreated to the moon in 1945, and a US mission to the moon in 2018 reveals them. It was better than I expected. It is a comedy/farce, with the feel of a WWII movie mixed in with a bit of 007, and […]

Q is for "Q"--Star Trek

Since I couldn't find a decent monster from classic video games I played back in the day, here's "Q" from the Star Trek franchise to annoy your players. 

From WikipediaClimate/Terrain: The Final Frontier Frequency: UniqueOrganization: SolitaryActivity Cycle: When you least expect himDiet: Jerking PCs aroundIntelligence: Godlike (21+)Treasure: Yes and NoAlignment: Beyond Good and EvilNo. Appearing: 1Armor Class: It doesn't matterMovement:InfiniteHit Dice: Whatever Q wantsThac0 [Bonus to hit): If you understand Thac0, then you've evolvedNo. of Attacks: The number of angels dancing on the head of a pinDamage/Attack: Absolute FrustrationSpecial Attacks: AllSpecial Defenses: AllMagic Resistance: [...]

P is for Pikit--The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Climate/Terrain: Any Temperate Frequency: UncommonOrganization: SolitaryActivitiy Cycle: Usually Day timeDiet: Character's EquipmentIntelligence: Animal (1)Treasure: NoneAlignment: NeutralNo. Appearing: 1Armor Class: 8 [12]Movement:6"Hit Dice: 3Thac0 [Bonus to Hit]: 17 [+3]No. of Attacks: 1Damage/Attack: SpecialSpecial Attacks: See belowSpecial Defenses: NoneMagic Resistance: NoneSize: MMorale: Steady (11-12)XP Value: 65
The Pikit is an pesty flower-like entity whose sole purpose is to eat the items of player-characters. Whenever a character gets within 50 feet of a Pikit, the Pikit opens its flower-like mouth and lashes out with a vine, targeting any hand-held items a character is holding. The character then must [...]

Pathfinder Tips for Convention Play

I started playing at small conventions again here in Florida. Well ok one small one in Tampa, and then Megacon, which is not small in Orlando. Next weekend I will play in Orlando at RECON.

When you move from home game play to organized convention play it is important to carry a few items with your character to help you and your party survive the dungeon.

Here is my List: After 15 Pathfinder Society Games

Potion of Cure Light Wounds 50gp (any character can use)
Everburning Torch 110gp (any character can use)
Silversheen 250gp (any character can use)
Silver Dagger 22gp (handy for [...]

Easter Sunday Chin Scratcher: Frankengame Or Settle?

So, you've been gaming for several years - quite probably decades - and are still gripped by Gamer ADHD and the never-ending quest for the "perfect system": when is it time to call it a day on that particular snark hunt?None of us are getting any younger and many of us are finding, even if our own enthusiasm is still strong and our time flexible, that others in our gaming group have increasing

Progress Update-30 Hour Final

I got a final on Tuesday, a take home final-bane of my existence. Take home finals always take forever, because they expect you to just look everything up. So, since Tuesday every free I-have-gumption minute has been spent trying to find the arcane details I need for the test. I’m maybe half-way there, but the test is due Wednesday, so no matter what happens with the test, I’ll be spending my free time on Mind Weave again by the end of the week. Hopefully that means more complete coding of the map maker by next weekend.

Piracy. No thanks!

By Paco Garcia Jaen Recently I almost got into a conversation about piracy with someone in Google+ who claimed several things I find totally idiotic: Piracy is a great way of publicity. People download illegal movies, music, etc. for many reasons and not because they save money or "because they can." I download so I [...]

The post Piracy. No thanks! appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.

RPG Kickstarter Roundup: Week of 4-13-2014

This is 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 Week of 4-13-2014, and projects ending the Week […]

Game Night April 18 -- Dragonlance Dragons of Despair Penultimate Encounter

Dungeons and Dragons is my passion.

We had a really fun night this Friday. Dave brought everything, starting with copious amounts of meat, in dog form, for the grill. He also brought a mysterious package that turned out to be more Dungeon Tiles! These tiles are from the Kickstarter that ran concurrently with the Dwarven Forge Kickstarter, and they are completely compatible,though made out of a different material, and there are some height differences. I will write an article focused on the new tiles, but let it be known that Dave is now our official Subsurface Environment Acquisition [...]

Winners of the 5-Year Giveaway

Thanks to those who responded.  Sometimes I like to hear from the lurkers who visit.  There were a batch of readers I don't think I've heard from before.  Glad you stopped by and said hello.  Much appreciated.

Now for the winners.  There was one print and three PDF giveaways.  Here's who won.

Print version goes out to Jeremy [Retro] who is indeed a very special person in need of a giveaway.  You win Jeremy.

The three PDF winners are:
+Christian Sturke aka the rorschachhamster
+Jay Murphy
+Moe Tousignant

Just Google+ me or email me at [...]

On The Next Episode Of Game Of Thrones...

BEWARE YE OLDE SPOILERS! And some SPOILERY behind-the-scenes bit about the last episode (you have been warned...):

Board game review - Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

Please welcome to Farsight Blogger guest blogger Richard Williams, a fellow gamer, writer and weird stuff enthusiast.

I bought Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective as a birthday present for my dad, a great fan of all things Holmesian, and it's been a great success. The co-operative nature of the gameplay makes this the perfect game for families/friends who are too competitive (and therefore dare not sit around a monopoly board together) but it also just makes for a nicer evening. While it is possible to play in separate teams my dad, brothers, nephew and I just played as one big [...]

Comic Review - Amazing and Fantastic Tales Issue #2

A review by guest blogger Richard Williams.

Published by: Planet Jimbot
Author: Anthology
Artist: Anthology

More stories of the unusual in the second installment of Amazing and Fantastic Tales. Sadly this issue does not build upon the expectations created by the first edition and I feel my interest has been dimmed considerably by #2.

Once again it starts with Kroom (written by Jim Alexander with artwork by Glenn B Fleming) and I can't help but wonder why when there were other, better, stories which were begun in #1 which didn't have an appearance in #2. The [...]

Podcasts - Do You Listen to Them and Which Ones do You Listen to?

I find myself listening to gaming podcasts on my daily commute, to the point that I probably should just cancel my Sirius / XM as it is hardly ever used these days.

My plan (as suggested last night by +Joe D ), is to put a link of gaming podcasts on the right side of The Tavern's page, so the readers can sample what are some of the better podcast out there, in my humble opinion.

The thing is, I am sure I'm missing some of the better ones myself, so I need you, the patrons of this fine establishment, to point me in the right direction.

My personal "go to" list of podcast includes the following (in no particular order besides alphabetical):

The Sacred Rites of Bastet

Admit it, you giggled.

It's weird that people have this solemn view of religions, especially in the ancient world, where life wasn't so goddamn serious all the time. The gods played tricks on each other, and got drunk, and goofed off. Zeus was notorious in Greek myth for not actually doing his job, spending most of his time avoiding his wife and trying to have affairs, and Enki (the Sumerian god) was the god of crafts, sea and lake water, creation... and mischief. Ninkasi was the Sumerian god of alcohol and "satifying desires. It's hard to imagine [...]

Zatannurday: Bunny Day

Another Zatannurday on Sunday. Since it is also Easter Sunday how about some Zatanna and her favorite animal.

Happy Bunny Day!

Zatanna by Elias-Chatzoudis on deviantART

Commission: Zatanna's Bunny peril by TheLadyJ on deviantART

C2E2 2011 Zatanna by MahmudAsrar on deviantART

Zatanna and her rabbit by HM1art on deviantART

Zatanna by enjoykerin on deviantART

Zatanna by edbot5000 on deviantART

Gamma Irradiated Zatanna By johnnyharadrim by cerebus873 on deviantART

Dat Bunny! By Harpokrates Colors By StacyRaven by cerebus873 on deviantART

The Horrifying Orcs of Hubris and their Alchemically Created Abominations

When I began pondering enemies I wanted in Hubris I knew I wanted to keep some of the “classic” creatures that everyone is familiar with. However I wanted to put a spin on them and make them fresh, new, and/or horrifying. When I was writing the Land of Perpetual Stone and Mire I decided that I wanted orcs to reside there. That they were sending incursions into the “civilized” lands and wreaking havoc. Then I got to thinking about the state of the creature… What did I want to change…? What brought the change…? I decided to link them with [...]

The Steam-mechs of Black Queen and the Floating Island of Terror


As the demand for ore has grown throughout Hubris, and with the discovery of rich veins in the Whispering Mountains in the Land of Perpetual Stone and Mire, the Black Queen needed more than just the strength of her slaves to help move this valuable cargo; the strength of mortals is fleeting, weak, and can be easily broken. Through strange and devious experiments the Black Queen, who sits on her throne of steam and bones in the Floating Island of Terror, and who brought forth the dreaded Murder Machines, has designed steam-mechs. These massive metal monstrosities allow the driver to [...]

What is on the Goblin's Bloated Dead Body- A 2d30 G+ Community Table

Yesterday I posed the following on G+ for my Discussion of the Day:Create a DX chart of knick-knack found on the goblin’s bloated dead body (can be magical or not). The community answered and I am not disappointed with the results.


Goblins are awesome and a staple of most D&D-style games… So when your players have crushed in their heads with their boot heel… Here are some random items to find on their personage.






Roll 2d30
2) Paper airplane with firecracker (explodes for d4 damage and causes black cloud in 15′ radius).

3) Jar of boogers (crunchy, but a full meals worth).

4) Stick [...]

Writing Ingenium changed my life

Boston played in the background. The soft tap-tapping of the keyboard made for an odd harmony. The words came slowly, and it was difficult to think of the next phrase to write. His mind was trapped in a fog of think-edit, think-edit. Giving an exasperated sigh, he slumped back in his chair. He sipped at the luke-warm coffee in his mug, then paused mid-swallow. Slamming the mug back on his desk, the writer leaned forward and started madly typing, a fierce storm of inspiration upon him.

Moments later, inspiration dried up and the cycle began again.

This is what it felt like [...]

Tales of a Married Gamer -- Maybe Another Day

Greetings and welcome to another Tales of a Married Gamer. Last week I told you all about how I have not been fully aware of what has been going on at my gaming table. I will admit that it was rather poor form from me to not realize a friend had never won a game of Seafarers of Catan. Well our friends came over and we brought out the game, and it was obvious to me within the first three rounds that my wife was going to win. She already had the four best spots in the game, and I [...]

Sunday Funnies - RPGComic.com

If you are an RPGer and are in need of a chuckle, go check out the funny on RPGComic.com, then bookmark it.  See more here!

Succubus Sunday - Lilith

Lilith by ADarkMuseLilith by felsusLilith by laura-csajagi
Lilith by GENZOMAN

Raise Dead vs Reincarnation - Know the difference!

Raise dead costs only 1,000 gp + 500 gp/level of the caster.

Worth every gp!

Cosplay Goddess: Yaya Han

This month's Cosplay Goddess is the unstoppable Yaya Han, who can also be found here on Facebook.

Marking 4/20: Chic Carter Takes Down the Marijuana Ring

Two-fisted, pistol-packing investigative reporter Chic Carter set out to protect America's youth from the Devil Weed in issue #8 of Smash Comics, originally published in 1940. Read this story carefully, take it to heart! Click on the individual pages for larger, more legible versions.

You can carry Chic's crusade for truth and justice in ROLF!: The Rollplaying Game of Big Dumb Fighters by using these pre-generated characters:

Brawn 20, Body 14 (Includes +1 Hat Bonus), Brains 5
   Traits: Honorable, Short-tempered
   Combat Maneuvers: Basic Attack, Dodge, Murderous Mitts,  Seduce, Walk and Chew Gum

Poor Kal-El...

3DPBMCSHMtm: jotunfell

Frost Giants Attack by Jeff FairbournThe next piece of 3DPBMCSHMtm returns to Altorr and deals with the reaver giants of Jotunfell. Bards and faerie mock giantish slowness. Yet the warriors recall...

Click the title if you want to know more...

Whispers of Drol (week 4)

Week 4 begins with the PCs on the surface of a jungle-planet calledTro-Te. They have come in search of a durog weapons depot from which they need to recover updated star maps. A lone durog guarded the depot and is now dead at their hands.

The Players

One player missing tonight. Here’s the lineup.

  • Jack “Bell” Belledona is a lucky 39-year-old human space jockey.
  • J5 is a robotic 64 year old combat mek.
  • Wrellin Xen is an anxious 30-year old Venetian psicop who plays chess.
  • Max is a 21 year-old human that loves riddles.
  • Therick is a 35 year old tayvaak bounty hunter that wrestles.
  • Grub is a [...]

6 Nimmt at the Red Lion Inn

Andrea, Kathryn and I played 6 Nimmt while waiting for our lunch in an Avesbury pub. Kathryn started poorly. Andrea won as I started taking all the points in the last two hands.
Our scoresWe started a second round in which I did equally poorly, but did not finish before the food arrived.

Assault the Walcourt!

Armed with new information on the New Guard of the Council of Thieves, the Redshirts of Westcrown leave the Mother of Flies and return to the shore of the river. They camp for the night to rest and recover from their battle with the army that assaulted the Maggot Tree. That night, Ezra dreamed of Westcrown. She flew over the harbor. She noticed the Arodenma, the giant statue that overlooks the harbor. The statue began to cry tears of flame. Flames began to spread throughout the city. The sea rose up as a wave of coins and drowned Westcrown.

Bricks and Mortar Contest Ends Tomorrow

  Time is FAST running out for the latest round of the Warlock’s Journal Contest.   See here for a full list of the Warlock’s Journal Contests.   I have a pair of excellent prizes to give away, but only one set of entries. Would you like a copy of the superb Posthuman Pathways from …

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Alien Menace Introductory Session

Saturday night put me in the GM's chair for the first time in probably seven or eight years. I've been blogging for while on the prep. We had a full house. So how did it go?

The Interface - Fantasy Grounds

To start with, we can't get past the issues with the interface and setup. While I'd run a test session over the last few days to have every one of my players connect, and +Eric hil still did yeoman's work in getting me as far along as I was able to get . . . when it came time to play, my IP address was dynamically reset and so none of that meant a damn thing. Meanwhile, during the whole "make it work, damnit!" process, the IP address reset again, leaving me wondering whether it would do that sequentially and be massively disruptive.

Fortunately, you can in fact do port-forwarding on the fly, and once I got port 1802 hitting the right IP, my guys were able to link in, and it stayed stable for four hours.
Lessons Learned
  • Check the IP 30 min before the session with ipconfig
  • Reset ports if necessary
  • Do this every time
We still had some issues with the interface throughout the night, and if you make a few keystrokes wrong, you can lose a lot. I thought I was removing a drawn line I'd put on the map at one point, and it turns out I was deleting the entire map. Was a quick recovery, [...]

P is for the Prince's Rest

Marienburg, like any city, is filled with watering holes and restaurants for all levels of society. And, like any city of the Old World, they have the signature best establishment - however, in Marienburg's case, they have the best the Old World has to offer this side of the Grey Mountains. The object of this praise is, of coarse, The Prince's Rest.

The Rest's original name has been lost to time, but took on its current one when Grand Prince Rikard of the Reikland decided, some centuries ago, that it would be his favoured spot when in town visiting the then Baron [...]

Happy Easter

Yes, it's a real album, and you can download it.

Paint Table Saturday #4

After stumbling on a blog that gave some ideas about painting 1/72 fast, I decided to give it a whirl - it is definitely faster than I've been doing, but at the sacrifice of my beloved black lining. I am already planning to go back and add the line after, [...]

StoneHaven Gnomes are great!

I have been raving about the StoneHaven miniatures ever since I back their Dwarven Kickstarter. I will keep on supporting and backing these guys whenever they have a project of interest to me. (I didn't feel like getting into their elves). One thing that endears me is that they deliver what they actually promise, in the time they promise to do so. Like many, I have been burned by projects I despair at ever seeing *cough*Relic Knights*cough

I backed two groups of gnomes and was delighted by the quality of their sculpts.

This model is a gnomish bard. I [...]

Heroes, Villains and Swords and Sorcery

This post is more of a theme background post.  As I know that at least a few of my players have been keeping up with this blog. It serves two purposes. One, I get to define the kind of game I am looking to run in, a more open format, and two, I get to define what a hero is or at least expected to be.

Sword and sorcery, at its core, is pulp, meaning the heroes are big damn heroes and the villains are big damn villains. The rest are mooks, as we have started calling them. The [...]

Champions -- Night Templar, Leader of Aurora Ward

When your parents are demonologists, it’s fairly obvious that life is going to be a little weird. When they’re killed by demons and you swear vengeance upon hell itself, you’ve just doubled the ante. When you decide to use demonology as your weapon against the powers of darkness… you’ve pretty well taken the pot.

Night Templar has chosen to fight his war by using demonic powers to attempt to redeem demons – summoning them to earth with the intention of permanently depriving the darkness of their power while using it himself to combat other evils. Some of them seem to agree [...]

New Spell and Monster: Egregore

(This spell and associated monster description are published under the auspices of the OGL, and are designated as Open Game Content.)

Create Egregore

Level 4 Mage spell (evocation)
Requires: Incantation
Casting time: 1 hour per maximum level of spellcasters

This spell invokes an egregore - a mental construct agreed upon by the participants in the spell - which is given form and power by those who cast the spell in unison with a specified purpose. It requires a minimum of three spellcasters, all of whom have memorized the spell and who begin the casting at the same [...]

ATOW Sixth Session

For those more interested in stitches than tabletop: I’m working on it! It’s often easier to run an ATOW session than find space and time to stitch. Luna & Artemis is still in progress, and I hope to have near-completion pictures soon.

Those Nova Cats are getting too complacent. Time for a Smoke Jaguars attack!

Well, first, Davrik did some patrol duty with Sasha, the warrior who had won the pilot’s seat of the captured Smoke JaguarMist Lynxseveral sessions ago. Their sensors registered something tricksy at the edge of the jungle near town. After some bad luck with Sensor Operations rolls, they [...]

Q is for Quicken

There is only one character I could find that fits the theme of this series whose name starts with "Q" -- and that would be the Queen of Evil. Using her would not only be more than just a little bit of a cheat, since her actual name is Nagana. There's also the added problem that I already wrote about her in the next material included in John Kerry vs. the Queen of Evil,

So, instead, I'm going to add another talent tree to the OGL d20 System that was introduced on this very blog, and the basics of [...]
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