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Goodbye Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, everyone's favorite VulcanToday is a very sad day. While this news isn't gaming related, I felt like I should mention it here anyway due to the subject matter.

Leonard Nimoy, an icon within the geek community for playing Spock in numerous entries within the Star Trek franchise, passed away this morning in Bel Air, California. The actor was 83 years old and the cause of his death is reported to be chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy's Star Trek cast members, including William Shatner and George Takei, expressed Sadness at his death.

Shatner tweeted, [...]

SHTFriday: Prepping and Magic: the Gathering

In perhaps my geekiest column yet (well -- maybe not here, but definitely over at Blue Collar Prepping), I compare assembling a bug-out bag to building a Magic: the Gathering deck, and it makes a surprising amount of sense.


Phantasy Star

The other day my girlfriend sees me sitting on the couch, sketching on graph paper in a notebook, with several pages torn out and laying about covered in similar sketches. “What are you doing?” “Mapping,” I reply, lifting up half a dozen pages. “This is all one dungeon, so I needed to map it.”

Now, Phantasy Star II isn’t the first RPG that I’ve resorted to mapping for; that honor would go to Sword of Vermilion (which is probably one of the most awesome RPGs I’ve ever played), but it’s the first that I’ve felt that it was utterly necessary to [...]

Snow Day!

Snow = role-playing

At least that was the case for me from about 5th grade until I graduated high school.  School would close, the guys from the neighborhood would gather for sledding in the powerline (the best hill in the area, even if it did end in a creek), and after we were cold and soaked we'd retire to the basement for six hours or so D&D, Star Frontiers, Dark Sun, Marvel Super Heroes, Robotech, Shadowrun, and Gamma World.

Those few years made a deep enough impression that even now, decades later, when school gets called off on account of snow (as it was all last week) my first thought is usually, "Great, we get to game!"

Fortunately I have a small cadre of hobbit gamers who live right under my own roof these days, and so we spent a chunk of time each day last week [...]

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (1931 - 2015)

"We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honoured dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these

New Monster - Essence of Evil For Your Old School Campaigns

Drifting in from the 'half worlds' and other whens are the infections and remains that were other alternative Earths and timelines. What they once called populations. Weird finds and strange relics sometimes hold such horrors. They are monsters of incredible malignancy that are actually the twisted remains and demonic slurry that is left over after the forces of Chaos and the Abyss have

Leonard Nimoy Tribute


The Flying Pincushion extends its deepest regrets at the passing of a great man, Leonard Nimoy.  While he was best known for playing Spock in the original Star Trek, the man himself was far more.  A poet, a proponent of science and logic, and a damn good human in general.
Leonard Nimoy influenced generations of young minds for the better, and taught all of us a great deal both through the character of Spock and by simply being himself.  I still remember watching his great show, In Search Of, and of course, Star Trek.  Leonard all at once showed [...]

RIP Leonard Nimoy

I took a break and looked on my G+ feed and sawBenoist Poir doing a Vulcan salute with a mention of a #lastsalute, I knew what it meant. Belowis what came to my mind, and my first few thoughts. RIP Leonard Nimoy. I understood your struggles of being identified with Spock. The development of that […]

Spock is dead, long live Spock!

RIP Leonard Nimoy.  Here's a link to to Leonard singing the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

Terraria Episode 043

Seeing as the Wall of Flesh wasn’t kind enough to drop the PwnHammer, I have to go kill it again. So I prepare my arena with the lessons learned from last time!

Find the playlist here!

Foul Machinations Friday -- Forsaken Frontier II

The best lead to repair the PCs' airship is to follow Sulcera Stonesmile, a strange thief found rooting through the vessel when the party returned to it. She assures the adventurers that her ally Doc Fell can help find the lost engine parts or possibly even help get them back. Ever the wildcard, the curious […]

The post Foul Machinations Friday – Forsaken Frontier II appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Shadow Over Alfheim Pt 14 -- Mirror Image is a Pretty Brutal Spell

I think I may have underestimated this spell a bit in the past, but when given to an evil NPC, things turn into the last big fight from the end of the old TMNT Arcade game. Which was pretty sweet.

We had everyone all back together for the first time this year. The party started the session on the bluff looking down over the ruins of Law’s End. The ghostly procession that descends into the valley and beyond toward the mountains each night from the crossroads at dusk had passed. The goblin with low-light vision was able to see that 8 [...]

4E Fun, 13th Age Spice

 

 

 

 

As is (I hope) obvious from this blog, 13th Age has definitely caught my fancy! It has definitely inspired a re-working and expansion of many aspects of the World of Tolrendor. I mean when one of the key aspects of the RPG is the story, and there are strong mechanical [...]

RIP Leonard Nimoy

Myconid colony

M: Myconids shamble among the luminous fungus of their lair.

A Myconid colony (ganked the OG Dungeons of the Slave Lords mushroom-men) inhabits a hive-like series of caverns deep in the dungeon complex.  Reclusive and contemplative, they distrust outsiders, avoiding them and considering them to be disruptive, if not downright destructive. There will be 25 individuals present - 5 'circles' with one each of 1 to 5 HD, plus a 'Sovereign' (6HD). If the leader is killed or dies, the strongest of the 5HD fungus-men will replace it.

In addition to their native spore-generating powers, these myconids recruit mycelium to [...]

Mythic Maps Presents: Island Keep

Looking for adventure on the high seas? Need a village home base to launch your swashbuckling adventure? Island Keep may be just the ticket. Whether the haven of an infamous pirate, the last bastion of a crumbling oceanic empire, or merely a port of call on a long voyage, Island Keep is a map sure to satisfy your needs.

Ars Phantasia Press is pleased to announce our secondproduct, “Island Keep“. This product contains several different high res .jgp images of the hand drawn village map previewed on the cover; a color image with labels, a color image without the labels, and [...]

A Quartet of Epic Boons

I'm sure it will come as no surprise to any of you that I love epic level play. I adore the stupidly over the top adventures that heroes of high power encounter, and love the scale of such games. Therefore, I was quite pleased to see, built into the core game of 5e, a mechanism for having those kinds of games, without things getting insanely out of control for the GM.
Since first seeing the Epic Boons (DMG, p. 231-232), I have been thinking about the kinds of things I would want to see. I always felt that epic [...]

A Couple of Epic Boons

I'm sure it will come as no surprise to any of you that I love epic level play. I adore the stupidly over the top adventures that heroes of high power encounter, and love the scale of such games. Therefore, I was quite pleased to see, built into the core game of 5e, a mechanism for having those kinds of games, without things getting insanely out of control for the GM.
Since first seeing the Epic Boons (DMG, p. 231-232), I have been thinking about the kinds of things I would want to see. I always felt that epic [...]

Mythic Maps Presents: River Village

Ars Phantasia Press is pleased to announce our (heh, my) first product, “River Village“. This product contains several different high res .jgp images of the hand drawn village map previewed on the cover; a color image with labels, a color image without the labels, and B&W versions of each. The product also comes with PDFs that contain sliced up versions of each of these maps that can be easily printed at home and assembled into posters.

This being APP’s first product, it has been released as a “pay what you want” sample of the sort of products you can expect from [...]

Another Star Lost, Leonard Nimoy dead at 83

Sad news for the community, Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83 (NY Times obit here). He played my favorite character in the original Star Trek and many other fine characters as well. I managed to see him on stage once at Sherlock Holmes in the Seven Percent Solution, but I can barely remember it, though I never met him in person. He was definitely one of my idols growing up and the world is a poorer place for his passing.

Thank you for everything, Mr Nimoy, may you boldly go to wherever is next for you.

Photo by Gage [...]

Rest in peace Mr. Spock

I’ve just heard the sad news that Leornard Nimoy has passed away. I shall mourn his loss as he was a great actor and director. Time to dig out the Star Trek series and relive some happy memories Posted from WordPress for Android

Chin Scratcher Follow-Up: Furries Furever...

My recent Sunday Chin Scratcher about people's attitudes to anthropomorphic animals in roleplaying games (where they weren't the default setting) elicited generally positive feedback. Brian Rogers, on the Villains & Vigilantes Facebook page, summed up the mood when he wrote: "A lot depends on the feel of the game but as I get older I gain more appreciation of those sorts of things - as long

1d10 Random Ancient Wasteland Mutant Things & Tribes Encounter Table For Your Old School Campaigns

The time haunted wastelands of Accursed Atlantis play host to a number of terrifying and dangerous tribes of mutant horrors left over from the magick power sources that the city states once used. Energies of a terrible and chaotic nature that still cause insanity,change and random mutation wherever their unleashed. The artifacts and lost relics insure that adventurers and explorers

1d10 Random Ancient Wasteland Mutant Tribes Encounter Table For Your Old School Campaigns

The time haunted wastelands of Accursed Atlantis play host to a number of terrifying and dangerous tribes of mutant horrors left over from the magick power sources that the city states once used. Energies of a terrible and chaotic nature that still cause insanity,change and random mutation wherever their unleashed. The artifacts and lost relics insure that adventurers and explorers

LOOK AT THE BONES!





Or rather... the Bones II Kickstarter pack, which arrived yesterday! I restrained myself this time around and only picked up the core pack without any add-ons. Still, that's a mess (150+) of new minis to add to my painting pile, just in time for a painting party I'm hosting for my D&D group this weekend!



Lots of things in there with nasty, sharp, pointy teeth!

New Tweak & Toss Short Encounter Set: The Mad Mosquito Bats Of Clarkesburg Caverns

I was expecting to put this out tomorrow, but Mrs. Frugal GM is sick and I'm fully expecting to be under the weather later today.

Good times!

Speaking of sickness, this Tweak & Toss short encounter set is based on a real-world animal disease and is definitely "fluffier" than my normal work. One of my guiding Patreons likes things on the fluffier side and while this wasn't specifically requested, I wanted to give it a go. Hopefully some feedback one way or another will tell me if the effort was worthwhile because I'm a bit on the "meh" [...]

GM Prep Survey Results

Earlier this month I put together two surveys intended to gather self-assessments of the level & kind of prep work GMs did. Originally I focused on sessions, but many commented that campaign prep fed into their session prep style. So I created the latter survey with aid from several people. Yesterday I closed out the surveys and downloaded the info. I haven't had a chance to seriously dig through it yet, but I wanted to put the raw data and a "graphic" version out for anyone to look at. I'd thought about this project for some time, but RPG Blog Carnival topic, "How [...]

Play Testing Nova74.

The other night we successfully tested a game I had been kicking around called Nova 74.

Those of you who have been reading this blog or a while may remember I mentioned it once or twice in 2014 and specifically in a post about a game with a similar setting that popped up on kick starter.

This will not be an actual Play post. (no-one reads those any way, do they?) This will be more of a look at what we did with the game as it was for this first trial run.
For the record this game [...]

Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge: February Reviews

Here are the reviews for February for the Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge. First up this month is a continuation of last month. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets I am REALLY enjoying rereading all of these. I read this book soon after it first came out and I have seen the movie dozens of times. What I am enjoying are the differences between the book and the movie that I had

End-of-Week Elmore (2/27/15)


Music -- T.S.O.L, Dance With Me (Full Album)

I promise I’ll get the new Shadow Over Alfheim up today.


B/XoL: Hacking Barbarians of Lemuria for treasure hunting

Here’s an interesting idea I’ve been pondering all day. Using Barbarians of Lemuria to run an oldschool campaign in the spirit of the old Basic and Expert rules of Dungeons & Dragons. I really quite love the style of adventures that is presented by this version of D&D, but I am just really not a fan of the game at the most basic level. The entire combat system and magic system just isn’t to my liking. BoL on the other hand is pretty close to ideal to what I want out of a rules system.

However, it could be argued that [...]

Hexcrawl -- Part 13: Hexcrawl Cheat Sheets

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And at long last, the Hexcrawl essay draws to a close. As a final parting gift, I offer up two cheat sheets for running your own hexcrawls.

The Basic Cheat Sheet offers the stripped down core of the game structure. If you occasionally found your eyes glazing over during the previous 12 installments, this is probably the cheat sheet for you: Just basic navigation, encounter checks, and hex movement.

The Advanced Cheat Sheet is the full package: It includes the full watch checklist, the robust encounter system, the ability for characters to become lost, all the modes of travel, [...]

Re-doing some Kerbin missions -- hopefully right this time!

Two videos today! Re-doing some missions!

Putting another satellite into polar orbit. Not much Science in it, but cash!

I also put together the next mission, re-doing the Escape Velocity test.

A short episode – I launch the mission previously designed to re-do the Escape Velocity mission. Hopefully this time the game will realise I’ve done the staging it’s asked me to do.

Plus I look over some new missions to do, and do a quick “landed at Kerbin” test.

Find the full playlist here!

Take Control Of Kievan

The Dark Knight Arrives...

My third figure for Knight Models' Batman: The Miniatures Game arrived this morning: The Dark Knight himself, Batman, sculpted after his appearance in the video game Arkham City.He's pictured above with the Batmobile from the Michael Keaton Batman movie (probably still my favourite of the many live action attempts to bring Bats to the silver screen) - another eBay bargain purchase from the

5E Friday - OGL

When discussions about an OGL for 5E started to be bandied about, WotC said we would have something around January 2015. We now approach the end of February and still no news. Honestly, I didn't expect any real announcements in January on the topic; I understood it as a goal not a promise. I think WotC really didn't know what they wanted to do with a OGL. So, what are they going to do? Looking

EXTERMINATE!! Daleks as a Traveller Variant

I hope you've got your VRF Gauss Gun warmed up . . .
I am a fan of Doctor Who, and have been since high school. This past weekend we watched the 7th Doctor serial Remembrance ofthe Daleks, one of my favorites. It's a nostalgia episode, as the Doctor revisits 1963 and the place where TV audiences first met him. But that's not what I'm on about. The episode got me to think about [...]

Earthdawn races color images by Sade

I was really happy to receive the Earthdawn 4th Edition Player's Guide PDF a few days ago and I especially like the new colored artwork of the book. Even if some people, like always, complain about...

It never hurts to help (Feb 2015 Edition) Updated

One of our own,Jonathon Thompson of Battlefield Press, last the love of his life Tammy Mansfield to an unexpected heart attack and he is trying to get things sorted out in the aftermath. The charity bundle hit its goals and we, the gaming community, have helped in this tough time.

Unfortunately, other gamers have had some terrible things happen to them:

Recently, fellow gamer, game master, and game designer Christopher J.N. Banks incurred the greatest loss that a parent should never have to experience – the loss of his 5 1/2 year old daughter, an only child. This charity drive is to [...]

Flip Through Lost Treasure

In this Flip Though Matt takes a look at Lost Treasure. Paizo has created a book that reinforces the Pathfinder story line by give more locations flavor and giving GM’s the idea to do the same.

 

 

I’m sure there will be countless adventures around some of these in my house.

The Polls Are Open

With our 12 Games series rolling smoothly we've started looking to next year's big project. Without revealing too much we will be going live and one of the first things up is a 5th edition D&D game. So over the next few months we would love your input on what kind of game you guys would want to see. You can find the current poll on the right side of our home page (sadly it does not show through

Frugal GM Review: Big Hexyland 2

Last week I was stoked to hear on my G+ feed that Doug Anderson had finished his Big Hexyland 2 set. Doug puts out some great stuff and I've already reviewed his 25mm Dungeon Maps and shared his Dungeonteller RPG. I put the new download in my DriveThruRPG wishlist and "vocalized" that I was looking forward to reviewing it.

Doug decided to send me a review copy, which is even better! I really looked forward to customizing these new tiles and having them run off at my local print shop. My thought was these tiles would look great on foamcore [...]

Cities

I love city-scapes like this. Just very cool.


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Woot! Kickstarters You're Going to Love!

The others day I posted a link to a really cool Kickstarter and while it is a great project, I wanted to highlight the other projects that might be worthy candidates for your consideration; they sure were for mine!

First up, StoryTeller’s Dictionary. Following the success of the StoryTeller’s Thesaurus, we are now presented with their companion book. The dictionary is a whopping 300 pages and it’s supposed to be broken down in to groups of similar words based on themes. I am sure it will also be fully cross referenced too. It’s big brother, the thesaurus, is.

Second up, Time Cellist [...]

ChupacabraCon 2015 Panel 12

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A List of (5e) Basic D&D Monsters by Type

Because "why not?" (And because I don't have access to any Savage Worlds books.)

 Also, some observations at the end.
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Aberration: Nothic, Spectator

Beast: Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Ape, Axe Beak, Baboon, Badger, Bat, Black Bear, Blood Hawk, Boar, Brown Bear, Camel, Cat, Constrictor Snake, Crab, Crocodile, Deer, Dire Wolf, Draft Horse, Eagle, Elephant, Elk, Flying Snake, Frog, Giant Ape, Giant Badger, Giant Bat, Giant Boar, Giant Centipede, Giant Constrictor Snake, Giant Crab, Giant Crocodile, Giant Eagle, Giant Elk, Giant Fire Beetle, Giant Frog, Giant Goat, Giant Hyena, Giant Lizard, Giant Octopus, Giant Owl, Giant Poisonous Snake, Giant Rat, [...]

Actual Fun or Expected Fun?

Gnome Stew posted an article about standing at the crossroads, wondering whether or not to take the adventure/campaign up a notch.

The question reminds me of various scenarios of inviting people over to play games. Everyone showed up under the expectation of playing, but we never actually got around to playing. Everyone was having so much fun chatting and catching up that gaming never even began. This has happened more than once.
Now, when (or if) the fun chatter stops, then start the game or next phase of the game. For certain, don't ruin anyone's improvised fun to get [...]

The Friday Grab Bag - Pac-Man Restaurant, Godzilla Hotel, & Castle for Sale

Over on the dailyherald.com, they let us know that a "Pac-Man-themed restaurant opens at Woodfield" here.


Also, on comicbook.com, they may have topped that news by telling us a "Godzilla Hotel To Open In Japan" here.


Finally, pardon me if the headline was a bit misleading since what the Medievalists.net website mentioned last year was that a "Medieval Castle and Hamlet for Sale in Italy: Castello Izzalini" here.


The Friday Grab Bag on CreativeMountainGames.com Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
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Meet the Party: Eberron D&D 5th Edition

Welcome toMeet the Party, where you can find an entire group of ready-to-play adventurers (maybe even some heroes) for your gaming needs for a variety of systems and settings!

We’re making a quick return to Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, but this time our adventurers come from a world already built: Eberron!

Wizards of the Coast recently released the first of their newUnearthed Arcanaarticles, and the Eberron setting was the featured event.Eberron, originally created by Kyle Baker in 2004, has a number of unique races and mechanics to its name that the article sought to update for use in 5th Edition. From [...]

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