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Replacment Ghostbusters RPG Cards, Ghost Die Available At Nerdy Show

 The Nerdy Show Ghostbusters Roleplaying Hub has announced the release of newly released equipment cards and laser-etched Ghost Die for use with the classic West End RPG "Ghostbusters!" The cards come is a sweet tuckbox that looks like the containment unit too! This nifty little package features new art on the cards, as well as new equipment featured in GBII and the animated series. (And the Ghost Die is impossible to find, and the etching ensures the face will never wear off). The cards and die in the GB Starter Kit are $10 plus shipping.

And for $20, you [...]

Great Games and Great GMs are Needed.

Yesterday I had a blast at my FLGS.

I played RISK 2210 A.D. with a group of friends and acquaintances and couldn't stop laughing from all the shenanigans around the table.

The first game ended abruptly because one guy had to take his girlfriend shopping. And we gave him a good ribbing for it--because knew he had to take her shopping before he started playing.

RISK 2210 A.D., just like regular RISK, just like any tabletop wargame or RPG is a commitment--you just can't leave after an hour of play, dammit.

The second game quickly devolved into [...]

Daily Punch 10-20-14 Mental Monk feat for DnD 5e

Want to up your spell casting ability as a monk in DnD 5e. Maybe there is a feat for that….


Mental Monk

You have mastered yourself and the forces of the universe and gained the following benefits:

  • Gain a +1 bonus to wisdom to a maximum of 20.
  • Your current and future ki pool is increased to 1 1/2 its current total.




Game Stories: Marvel Legendary

Whoa, what's this? The blog is back??? Yes, friends, tremble in fear, for I am posting! I may or may not have nailed down what I want to do with this blog, but at least it's improving. Ultimately, I want to talk about all sorts of ways that games involve story and narrative and plot (yes, those words can mean the same thing, but I also think of them as different things...maybe sometime I'll explain). Not just roleplaying games, either, because in some ways...well, boardgames have the leg up on them, in terms of mechanical storytelling. (I promise not to [...]

Daily Punch 10-17-14 Society Patron Vanity for Pathfinder

Played a ton of Pathfinder Society this weekend, and I was surprised by the number of people who didn’t want to roll for a day job. Some of these people just wanted to have their characters do something else. How about some support for those people….



Patron( 5pp): Be it an art collector, someone who likes to hear your stories, a leader of the Pathfinders, or a wealthy person at your church, someone has taken an interest in you. This patron will now pay for you to adventure full time removing your need for a day job roll. After each adventure, [...]

Homesteader's Stand - Amber Zone Reviews #35

Amber Zone: Homesteader's Stand, by William H. Keith

A beautiful girl, a besieged ranch and a gang of armed thugs. Welcome home Traveller!
Check out the series introduction here. 
Location: the planet Lorelei (Foreven Sector, Fessor 0108) C-668742-7 in the Greensummer valley and town of Firstfound.
The parish church in Greensummer valley.
Patron: Dawn Sinclair, a childhood friend of one of the PCs, who also calls Lorelei home. This fact is written [...]

d20 Rifts - General rules


To generate attributes, you get 36 points to spend on the following chart:
Score Cost Modifier 1 --- --5 2--3 --- --4 4--5 --- --3 6--7 --- --2 8 --- --1 9 1 --1 10 2 +0 11 3 +0 12 4 +1 13 6 +1 14 8 +2 15 11 +2 16 14 +3 17 18 +3 18 22 +4 19 N/A +4


Strength is raw physical power. It adds to your melee attacks and damage. It also determines how much load you can carry.

Supernatural [...]

Doxxing, Dwarf Fortress, and Defense via Towers

What broke this little girl so badly that she felt that the best thing she could do to help feminism was to send highly specific and threatening messages to some man on the internet she’d never met?

At least this story has a happy ending and maybe she learned something,

In non GG news, I reinstalled Dwarf Fortress to mess around with for the first time in three or four years. The main thing I noticed was that it felt even more unplayable than before. Now, when I used to play it with a bit more regularity, while I was never able [...]

Inked Adventures Blocks

This is a shameless self-promotory cross-post (from Inked Adventures) regarding my new Inked Adventures Blocks.  Especially, since trying to go full time with Inked Adventures, I'll be lucky to meet the rent this month. ;)

These printable blocks are designed for the more casual builder of dungeons - for those us who can barely glue a tab without needing a proper grown-up to be present.  They also may appeal to players who prefer dry-erase mats to tiles.  The L-corner pieces are especially useful for delineating the area of larger rooms.  This idea was borrowed from the Indy Jones RPG [...]

Zombies! #6MMRPC

This week's minimal update is brought to you by Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. However, in spite of the dark side's temptations, I did manage to get some paint on some minis.

I made a little progress with the Death Knight and the Ghost King. I'm still working on making the runes on the sword awesome. Not sure how it's going. This is attempt 2 in progress.

I also worked on some of the Mantic zombies. This is the blond squad.

They look a little less purple in person. I still need to [...]

Free GM Resource: Icar (It's a Space Opera!)

There are a few free RPGs out there, and I'm always happy to discover a new one, like Icar, from Rob Lang.

Billed as a "Space Opera" (something I'll admit I double-checked to make sure I understood it right), Icar is not only free, but appears to be well supported. It has its own website, forum, blog, and is on its 4th (?) iteration.

I was really surprised by the blog. This appears to be a living, if not thriving game. If you like the genre, you should really check out the game.

Review of a Zombie Hunter's Guide

I just finished reading Zombies a Hunter’s Guide. My copy is the limited edition version, it a nice cover with silver gilded pages. Osprey Publishing did a good job with the production of this book, but not as well as Joseph McCullough did writing it.

The first thing that caught me about this book was the style it was written in. Joseph wrote from the point of view that the Zombie Apocalypse was very much alive and well. I loved the approach. It made the book very entertaining.

Even though he’s very entertaining the book includes a lot of information. Joseph includes [...]

Monster Monday-Black Dragon

“I don’t like this,” Perry murmured. “This cave is huge, the dragon could come from anywhere.”

“Keep your eyes peeled,” Argus ordered without looking at the halfling.

“But it’s getting darker,” he replied, looking up at an opening where the sun barely shone through.

Suddenly their was a cry behind them. Ryan! Whistling filled the cave and Perry felt a stab in his side as something thunked against his shield. Garret grunted as more whistling sounded in the darkness.

“I found the dragon!”

Mind Weave Dragons are greedy and weak-willed. They are however very powerful, growing only [...]

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The Red March

The Red March comprises that region around the Rilthwood that lies at the foot of the Grundliche Mountains. It refers to a wilderness area that is claimed by no king, but is distinct for its stone mounds and friendly thickets. The land is fresh, the ground fertile, the winters mild, and the trees abundant.

What distinguishes this land most though is its people. Hospitable beyond words, these sturdy farmers offer house and home to stranger and friend alike. It is a safe respite for those weary of the world and its dangers. Hearty food, heady ales, and comfortable feathery [...]


More thoughts on "The Strange"

It was a weird night for Max Morgan Ayers.Which says a lot, since he’s a pretty weird guy. The man has seen and done some odd things in his career as a hacker, especially when he discovered he could hack reality just as easy as he could machines. Hell, he only recently put together that [...]


Warriors from Our Collective Past

Not So Sure

That this will catch on!

Tour of ISS

Here's a pretty cool tour of the International Space Station. Astronaut Sunita Williams gives you a pretty humorous and very cool tour of living in space.

A different take on mini's for Colonial Gothic

One of the most often asked question I get, either in email or via the Colonial Gothic Facebook page, is this: where can I find miniatures for the game to use?

I always answer with this following list:






Yet now I have something new to add to the list:


Now for some, these may look to kid friendly, but I disagree. When you need a lot of redcoats, or the like, this is a perfect stand in. I love these and I am really happy that Jay Hafner pointed these out in the Colonial Gothic Facebook Group.

Race To The Moon -- a lesson in story structure

I was catching up on a Documentary series recently aired on Australian TV over the weekend just passed, called “The Sixties”. Each episode attempts to encapsulate one aspect of the singular decade of my birth, whether it be the Civil Rights Movement, the War in Vietnam, or – in this case – the Space Race. […]

Orc Labs Podcast 07 -- 5E Classes Rangers (Hire one today)!

Do you like chasing bears through the woods? Do you serve out justice in Texas like a boss? Can you find food in the desert? Do you really, really, hate one specific type of creature for no reason at all?! Then apply to be a Ranger today! Rangers getting the party from A – B […]


Very busy working on two campaigns and Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate, but I just want to talk briefly about one thing: Brian Blessed and Castle Lords. 

Ever since I first saw The Black Adder (series one of the Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson), I've been a fan of Brian Blessed's bombastic voice. And in my campaigns every castle lord who hasn't been fleshed out before hand, somehow becomes Brian Blessed. I suppose his King Richard IV had such loud appeal it branded my mind with his image. This is certainly a bad habit and something I work to correct by delineating minor NPCs [...]

Angry Rants: Video Games

You know what really pisses me off? The snobby, elitist disdain for video games that some DMs seem to harbor. There seems to be this general disrespect in some circles for video games as baby toys, as lesser things. I mean, I can accept that smug, superior attitude from non-gamers because what do they know. But when DMs sniff with derision at video games as some sort of "lesser thing" not worthy of respect, I know never, ever to sit at that person's table.

Play All Games, Respect All Games

First and foremost, every DM is a game designer. Even the DMs [...]

Adventure-A-Day Challenge, Day 10: Secret Order of the Space Cabbies, a Traveller Adventure

Wallach Colcha, Military Police Officer Required: Deception, Investigate, Streetwise, Broker ...

The Dueling Definitions of Sexism

An image has been going around that I think helps show one of the fundamental disconnects. Someone, while talking about Anita Sarkeesian, says the following:

my biggest problem with anita, is that if I used her logic i could see sexism everywhere.

For myself and my friends, the reaction is often along the lines of "so close but so far." However, this very real disagreement on the meanings of words and the reasons for critique form is part of the so-called "culture war." I'd like to go into it further.

Let me first say, I think there's something to what they are saying, [...]

Media News Monday - Star Wars VII Concept Art, Star Trek III Teases, & Exodus: Gods and Kings Trailer

Over on starwarsunderworld.com they have gotten wind of some Star Wars VII Concept Art and they have no compunction about sharing it with fans.  See more here.

Also, the Star Trek III cast has been teasing their fans about the upcoming movie.  Read more here.

Finally, early this month, they released an official trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings and it looks awesome.  Enjoy.

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Round Table 39 -- DnDnG, Dynamite, and Rise of Tiamat Release

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

I sit down with Sam Dillon, Tracy Hurley, and Liz Theis to talk about the short film DnDnG, Tracy’s awesome discovery about an old article in Dynamite magazine, and the push back of Rise of Tiamat‘s release date. This podcast was recorded on October 7, 2014.


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It's a Good Day to Die

One of the trickier things to handle in a campaign is a player's character death. Over many years of roleplaying, I've had my share of character deaths. Not being a computer game, there is no reload/respawn point for the character. If the system has it set up, you can get the character resurrected from the cold embrace of Death. If not, well the player is just out of luck and on to the next character.

Here at the Forged Front, that train of thought trivializes the character's death. Let’s face it, if you have invested a lot of time and energy [...]

Introducing Ed and Edo's Game Review videos!

Hi! I'm Ed Baraf and I’d like to introduce Edo’s Game Reviews! Today we’re kicking off this series of episodes – since I’ve recorded a bunch already, we’ll do one a day for every weekday into early November and then post them as they come!

I’m doing a series of short reviews about games I love – just 2-5 minutes.
Let me know if you have suggestions for improvements, game recommendations, or just to say hello!

I’ve also started doing a few Kickstarter Previews and Guest Review spots!
Want to send me a game to look at? Want to be a guest? [...]

I Was Attacked by a Game Designer -- or -- How I Learned to Color Strategically

Pictured above – the author having what for with the game designer.

It recently came to my attention that Charles ‘Chip’ Beauvais was someone who’s fairly local to me. He’s the guy who’s designed Chroma Cubes, which is currently being Kickstarterted by 5th Street Games. I got a chance to demo the game (again) but this time with my entire family as we had a 4 player showdown. As is typical when I game with my family, I came in dead last with a whopping 19 points and three very messy looking dragons. My oldest took the whole thing with 60-some-odd [...]

Rubble in the Dungeon...

So, my foray into the world of 2.5d dungeons continues ...and this time I thought I'd try something a little different:

As you can see, I've managed to create a nice little rubble pile (that can also be used to represent a collapsed passage) using just paper, cardboard, and a little bit of glue.

And although it looks a little complicated, it's really quite easy to make ...so if you'd like to have a go at making a few of your own, here's how I went about it...

As always, the first thing you'll need [...]

Round Table 39 - DnDnG, Dynamite, and Rise of Tiamat Release

Round Table 39 - DnDnG, Dynamite, and Rise of Tiamat Release
James Introcasosits down withSam Dillon,Tracy Hurley, andLiz Theisto talk about the short filmDnDnG, Tracy'sawesome discovery about an old article inDynamitemagazine, and thepush back ofRise of Tiamat's release date. This podcast was recorded on October 7, 2014.

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The Gavid -- World of Karlor

By Rick Herron The Gavid is a major artifact, a shield of immense power The Gavid is a major artifact -- a shield of immense power -- used by the forces of evil to put the entire world under their control.Powers: Magic and magical weapons cannot harm its bearer. It also provides a deflection bonus of +10 […]

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The OSR Scarecrow

Here is the only OSR Scarecrow you need.  This is the Scarecrow from The Witch.
(Yeah I am a little late on the snark here, term start and I have a conference to go to this week.)

AC: 9 [10]
Hit Dice: 3d8* (14 hp)
No. of Attacks: 2 Limbs
Damage: 1d6/1d6
Special: Paralyzing Gaze, Triple Damage from Fire based attacks
Movement: 30'
No. Appearing: 1 (always in lair)
Saves As: Fighter 3
Morale: 12
Treasure: None
Alignment: Neutral
XP: 75

Scarecrows are basic guardians similar to golems, but not nearly as powerful. Like typical scarecrows, [...]

Deep Carbon Observatory exordium

Western Europe after the treaty (source)

Following is the background I put together for a historical situatingof Deep Carbon Observatory which I am running in person. One session down so far.

The year is 1713 and the War of the Spanish Succession was just settled by the Treaty of Utrecht. Great Britain, Portugal, the Dutch, and others successfully prevented France from consolidating a hold over Spain. The Faerie courts (unbeknownst to most common folk) meddled throughout the process, but seem to have vanished, not sending delegations to the final treaty negotiations. The Unseelie Twilight Prince had been seen as friendly to the [...]


[Tuesday Map] Cepheus' Gallery

Another one of the caves leading into the catacombs beneath Triumph Mesa, this one is named after it’s primary resident, the boneless lich known as Cepheus. Cepheus is an undead monstrosity of immense size, resembling a bloated and unearthly octopus more than anything else. It resides within the large cavern, immersed in the study of other realms that it accesses via a 4 foot diameter crystal ball that it caresses in its massive rotting tentacles.

Most travellers have the good sense to bypass this cavern completely on their way down, but some have sought out and spoken with the foul beast and a rare few have left Cepheus’ gallery with knowledge and secrets previously unknown to man and elf alike.

Cepheus Gallery (Gridded)

Like someof my recent maps, this one is available both with and without grid. The “clean” scan is below:

Cepheus Gallery

Like Tuesday’s Hesporus Cave (that also leads into the catacombs beneath Triumph Mesa), this map was drawn at least a year ago in my Moleskine gridded reporter’s notebook using a 0.7mm gel pen.It is posted here for your non-commercial use thanks to the awesome patronsof the blog who support it through my Patreon Campaign.

Hot Button: Rejecting Canon

Assume that you are invited to join a Star Wars campaign (RPG system doesn’t matter for this exercise). As you sit down, the GM mentions that only the first movie (Star Wars IV: A New Hope) is the only canonical source.

The GM then informs you that the campaign starts a few months after the destruction of the Death Star. The galaxy is plunged into chaos as the Rebel Alliance discovered that Grand Moff Tarkin had been head of a military coup that had been manipulating Emperor Regis. With Tarkin dead and his superweapon destroyed the Emperor laid the blame at [...]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 -- Avast! -- Fourth Session: The Battle of Meatgrinder Rock

In Attendance:

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

Session Writeup:

A few of the crew take their last pay and quit service aboard The Antelope. Xander is unhappy but can do nothing to make them stay. He gathers a small detail, including Scel, Niema, and Lyril, and they head back in to Halifax. Voormas heads to a magic shop, Xander’s detail heads to The Minnow, the merchant ship they towed in to port in the last adventure. Voormas get’s the token identified, a Quall’s Feather Token. Voormas heads back to [...]

Overcoming What Can't Be Countered

I’ve got a relatively short one for you guys today.

I was doing some research for my next article about how to do a specific type of big, bad monsters in Fate. While I was looking it over, I noticed something. There are some instances where a “power” that a monster (and possibly PC) uses most likely shouldn’t be able to be dealt with by the Counter-Actions I came up with a little while back. (By the way, this article is going to be written as if your group has gotten rid of Defend to put in the Counter-Actions) Sometimes, it [...]

Coventry - A fan-made Savage Worlds Setting

Continually I do see some discussion or a person pondering writing up a fan-made setting, when someone will aptly point out there are already some excellent ones available. As someone mentioned over in the G+ Savage Worlds community there seems to be a lack of reviews and/or awareness that these great fan-made settings are out in the wild. I could mention some great sites that culminate a lot of different fan-made Savage Worlds content. However I think it worthwhile to spend a little time highlighting some particularly good ones that folks have written up.

Borderlands is a popular video [...]

Maybe some questions are best left unanswered...


One word carved into a tree was all that remained of the Roanoke Colony.

First established in 1585 and re-founded in 1587, it was found abandoned in 1590 by John White. Since then, there have been many investigations and theories into what happened to the Roanoke Colony.

So what happened to the colonists? No one knows. What is known is this: something is returning. Only a few know what it is. If they cannot overcome their differences, all---colonists and Croatoansalike---will be lost.

Roanoke Island is another in Colonial Gothic's line of settings. Written by Jennifer Brozek (Colonial Gothic: Locations and Caller Unknown), Roanoke [...]

Player Advice: How to Play An Evil Character in a Good Group

Most adventurers are stalwart defenders of justice and the common folk. A few, though, have darker hearts and motivations. Luckily, done right, there is room for both types in the typical adventuring party.

By V Shane


Almost every gamer I've met over the last 30 years has played an evil character at some point. Sometimes whole campaigns are based around the concept of an evil party. Normally, however, the party is predominantly good and only one or two of its members are evil. This can create challenging, but immensely rewarding roleplaying experience for all involved. (In my own Borderland of Adventure campaign, [...]

66 Weird Folk for your game

Here are a whole bunch of character traits, designed for NPC's in a dark yet quirky and humorous tone game.
  1. A pig nosed local, mind twisted - opposes any and all change.
  2. Well mannered civil servant. Parents are Psychopaths.
  3. A perfectly normal gentleman, just escaped forced captivity - dressed in grass skirt.
  4. Short and Gaudy, obsessed with toads.
  5. Bright rosy cheeks and underbite, has OCD.
  6. Has a twin sister, they know a secret about everyone in town.
  7. Well meaning simpleton - wants to be a fireman.
  8. Condescending and contemptuous social worker, obsessed with quills.
  9. Brow beaten intellectual with depression. Actually a secret agent.
  10. Prone to fits of black rage [...]

The Inner Council 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 an excellent prize to give away. Would you like a copy of the superb Ennie-winning NPC Essentials from Johnn Four?   For an overview of …

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Zombies! #6M

This week's minimal update is brought to you by Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. However, in spite of the dark side's temptations, I did manage to get some paint on some minis.

I made a little progress with the Death Knight and the Ghost King. I'm still working on making the runes on the sword awesome. Not sure how it's going. This is attempt 2 in progress.

I also worked on some of the Mantic zombies. This is the blond squad.

They look a little less purple in person. I still need to [...]

Moon Ghosts

I was seventeen when I first saw them. I had spent a late evening at a friend’s place – Fridays were D&D nights – and was on my way home. The streets were dark, the full moon blanketed out by dark, thick clouds. The city I lived in was peaceful and quiet, almost no crime […]
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