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Fear Itself: Act 2: Battle for Midgard, Part 2


Captain America and a human resistance contingent is fighting back to free Washington!

This scene happens at the same time as the Siege to Null Fortress and the extra Worthy fight if taken after the Shield Passes On.

Steve Rogers with his signature shield still marked by his best friend Bucky Barnes’ blood, arrives in Washington where he meets with the human resistance to the Serpent and few Avengers who were still there trying to do their best.

Skadi sits on the WHITE HOUSE RUBBLE, looking at the RUINED CAPITAL and enjoying the FEAR INSTILLED in the population around. The [...]

The Action Hero's Guide To Saving Lives

Skin Kite

A knot of flaccidly flapping membranes kites through the air, now drifting with the currents, now stooping swiftly through the air towards you.

Source: Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead for D&D 3.5

     Skin Kites are undead creature made up of stolen skin. This undead has no body only a massive wingspan of flesh which is about five feet. Also it only weigh 5lbs so riding the currents is a breeze(pun intended). The Skin Kite constantly needs new skin to replace it's rotting flesh and to procreate.

     The only way to make [...]

Call of Cthulhu: The Curse of Nineveh available now!

In ancient times, when Nineveh fell, so too was a terrible evil was banished. This evil, a god named Nabu with ambitions to rule humanity, was bound by the Children of Tranquillity into his former temple and buried beneath the sands. Two and a half thousand years later a group of archaeologists uncovered the Temple of Nabu and unleashed a terrible curse --- the Curse of Nineveh!

The Curse of Nineveh is a seven-part campaign for Call of Cthulhu set in London, in the summer of 1925. The investigators find themselves embroiled in the events that surround the return of the [...]

Giving Away Three Copies of the Far Away Land Core Rules in PDF - Flash Giveaway

To celebrate both GM's Day and the forthcoming Far 'n Away Podcast, I'm giving away a PDF copy of the Far Away Land core rules in PDF. (edit: +matt jackson is adding a 2nd PDF copy of the core rules into the mix in honor of EGG and +Tim Huntley is adding a 3rd PDF copy)

Comment on this post before 8PM tonight (NYC time) and I will randomly award 3 PDF copies FAL Core.

Well, what are you waiting for? You have less than 12 hrs ;)

Speak no Evil, see no Evil, hear no Evil, do no Evil

Reading a recent post from Bat in the Attic on the never ending topic of alignment in Dungeons & Dragons, one part did get me thinking:

What is good and evil? That is something each referee has to define. There is no right answer, my only firm recommendation is that there is answer and that it is consistent.

I had taken numerous classes on Asian philosophy and religion at university and one of the most interesting observations was that the concepts of Good, Evil, and Sin, as we are using them in European thinking and languages, don’t really apply in other parts [...]

Entropy and Balance

I read an interesting piece on self-organizing nanotubes on Sciencedaily.com. The article speaks of the MEPP principle, the Maximum Entropy Production Principle. According to this natural law, all things seek to achieve a state of entropy, where the energy they consume is put back out as heat.

"Life emerged on Earth from the strongly nonequilibrium energy distribution created by the Sun's hot photons striking a cooler planet. Plants evolved to capture high energy photons and produce heat, generating entropy. Then animals evolved to eat plants increasing the dissipation of heat energy and maximizing entropy production."

Evolution is [...]

Daily Cosplay (Megara)




From Hundreds of Contestants, Now Down to Four, as Global Competition to Find New Stars in Game Design Enters Final Round

REDMOND, WA (March 3, 2015): Paizo Inc., creator of the popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today the Top 4 Finalists in the 2015 RPG Superstar Game Design competition.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 4 Finalists and their Winning Encounter with a Map Designs

Brian J. Fruzen (Milwaukee, WI) -- The Gloomsworn Path
Monica Marlowe (Cincinnati, OH) -- The Hanging Gardens of Karexin
Kalervo Oikarinen (Helsinki, Finland) -- Fellforge Chapel
Christopher Wasko (Connecticut) -- Darkblight Fallow

"Behold our four finalists! [...]

Maid RPG, of all things

You read that title right.

I successfully hosted a game of Maid: the RPG last Sunday. It was a strange and terrible thing.

Let me start by saying that I am not an otaku, or a weaboo, and I don't understand much about this strange anime-worshipping culture. I really don't. I don't see the appeal in discussing waifus or pillows emblazoned with anime girls or the obsession with pop music specifically from Korea or the prestige in watching cartoons specifically from one country of origin or the entertainment to be derived from arguing about one type of cartoon [...]

Wednesday On Wednesday...

Curse of the Monkey God

As you probably heard, archeologists have found evidence of a heretofore undiscovered city deep in the jungles of Honduras. They did so through digital mapping, finding odd anomalies in the topography...look for a straight line the ranger will tell, that will be man made...of the jungle, and found several.
There is speculation that it could be the White City. A legendary lost city whose ivory temples were filled with treasures. 
Or perhaps, its the lost city of the Monkey God. A tale circulates among natives about a city where giant apes were worshipped. There a mountainous temple was constructed with [...]

Armor Up

The shield is especially cool.


Sci-Fi Options

Years ago I went through a spate of reading all kinds of old science fiction. Books from the 1950s and 1960s. They were enjoyable, short, fun romps in the stars. I remember a few, like Brian Stableford's, but mostly they just interesting stories. I really appreciated the brevity of the tales.

But hollywood, perhaps finally on the look out for something new to make, and hoping to stop with the constant remakes, is plumbing the depths of sci fi history and coming up with some gems.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress just got scooped up and now [...]

More Ghosts Equal More Treats

Dragons Abound


And I'm back

There have been a number of exciting changes in my life over the last 3 months. First and foremost, I landed a new position at my old alma mater; I started on Monday. There’s certainly a romantic appeal to the position, but there’s an even greater dose of professional excitement as I get to delve into all manner of information management and security tasks and projects.

That said, the lead up to Monday was quite busy since one does not simply exit the Big 4, as I discovered. The last two months (I worked out an extended notice period) were filled [...]

Word of the Day -- Pill Box Hat

A pillbox hat is a small woman's hat with a flat crown, straight, upright sides, and no brim. The pillbox hat was popular with the Flemish in the Middle Ages.

Historically, the pillbox hat was military headgear, often including a chin strap, and it can still be seen on ceremonial occasions in some countries, especially those of the Commonwealth of Nations. For example, the Royal Military College of Canada dress uniform includes a pillbox hat. A pillbox cap, also referred to as a kilmarnock, is a modern version of the traditional headdress worn by members of virtually all Gurkha [...]

ChupacabraCon 2015 Panel 17


Movie Trailer ~ Pan

GM Day Sale at DTRPG

This year’s GM Day sale is live at DTRPG and their’s much awesome this year! I have two books in my cart, The Great Campaign for Pendragon and Wold Wide Wrestling. Go check it out, click the banner below and give me some recommendations!


~ Modoc

Filed under: Public Service, RPG Tagged: RPG, Sale

Character Profiles: Gairloch Stats

Gairloch Ironheart's background was posted a few years ago. Here are his stats to go along with it:

Race: Svirfneblin Class: Specialty Priest of Grumbar (Earth)

Age: 76 Weight: 85 Height: 3'7" Sex: M Hair: Bald Eyes: Grey Level: 7

Str 15 Stamina 13 Muscle 17
Dex 10 Aim 10 Balance 10
Con 12 Health 14 Fitness 10
Int 10 Knowledge 12 Reason 8
Wis 18 Intuition 18 Willpower 18
Cha 9 Leadership 9 Appearance 9
Perception: 13
Luck: 1
Fate: 3

Weapon: Maul +2, Light stone warhammer

Armor: Full plate, Shield +2 (a scale of a black dragon), Helmet
Gear: 2 belt pouches, chalk, flint & steel, [...]

Giving Away Two Copies of the Far Away Land Core Rules in PDF - Flash Giveaway

To celebrate both GM's Day and the forthcoming Far 'n Away Podcast, I'm giving away a PDF copy of the Far Away Land core rules in PDF. (edit: +matt jackson is adding a 2ns PDF copy of the core rules into the mix in honor of EGG!)

Comment on this post before 8PM tonight (NYC time) and I will randomly award a PDF copy FAL Core.

Well, what are you waiting for? You have less than 12 hrs ;)

Color Spray: Getting Equipped

In this casting of Color Spray, we're going to talk equipment! This should be easy, as it is a nice, non-controversial subject, upon which there is 100% agreement across the world!


If you are an aspiring board game speed painter, there are really only a small lists of things that you really, truly need, apart from the game itself. And then there are truck loads of things that are nice to have. In this column, we'll focus mostly on those essentials, and then briefly list some common, optional accessories.


We're not going to get very far without these. Sadly, brushes are a [...]

Finding the Fun: Lords of Gossamer and Shadow

In my mid-teens, I picked up a copy of Swords of Corum from a second-hand market-stall, it wasn't my first experience with Michael Moorcock (my dad had given me a stack of Elric novels a few years before), but it was the first time I'd really paid attention to the concept of a multiverse in fiction. Being an awkward teenager who wanted to express himself, I was writing a lot of short fantasy and science fiction stories at the time (none of which ever ended up on the internet, thank god), mostly of dubious quality, and more than one of [...]

Events & Play Wednesday - March Fo(u)rth for GM's Day! & Remember Gary Gygax

GM's Day! is March 4th. It is the day the RPGing community celebrates the hard work our GMs do. Like Mother's Day or Father's Day, it is a day of appreciation. You can pick up a gift for your GM or bake them a cake. Get them a nice card or finish that character background you promised. Or run a game for them! Just make sure you tell them how much you appreciate all the hard work they do running their game for you.  Be sure to also Like and Share the GM's Day Facebook page here.

As [...]

Looking Forward to 2015

Welcome to the 38th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we look forward to 2015 and talk about what we’d like to play, where we want to go, and some of the new, exciting stuff that’s coming out. What do you want to do this year? Will you be at some of the cons we will? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Time Heroes
  2. The Laundry Files RPG
  3. Metatopia
  4. Action Cards
  5. D&D 5e
  6. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  7. Firefly RPG
  8. Cortex Plus
  9. Mutants and Masterminds
  10. Berserkon
  11. Con of the North
  12. Gen [...]

Giving Away a copy of the Far Away Land Core Rules in PDF - Flash Giveaway

To celebrate both GM's Day and the forthcoming Far 'n Away Podcast, I'm giving away a PDF copy of the Far Away Land core rules in PDF.

Comment on this post before 8PM tonight (NYC time) and I will randomly award a PDF copy FAL Core.

Well, what are you waiting for? You have less than 12 hrs ;)

Interesting Entanglements: Cheese it!

This week’s scene is all about making a chase scene interesting.

Interesting Entanglements is a series aimed at providing storytellers with ready to go scenarios for when they've run out of ideas or time.

In order to allow for maximum leeway by the GM, few hard numbers or statistics will be given. Scenes will be descriptive rather than providing hard and fast numbers. GMs should feel free to tailor these scenes to the needs of their group.

This week’s scene

Your party has got themselves into trouble. Maybe they’re fleeing from an angry mob, a group of spiteful enemies hellbent on revenge, or a [...]

Saturday DCC: The Rise of Fandar

It's rare that I get out during daylight hours to play an RPG, but Saturday, I made the effort and arranged for a sitter, so I could play some Dungeon Crawl Classics. 

I haven't been a player since DragonCon, so I jumped at the chance when I saw the [...]

5th Edition Fighters Built for Speed: Mariners/Skirmishers

This 5th edition fighter-based mariner is inspired by the ranger-based class introduced in one of my favorite Pathfinder supplements, Cerulean Seas, and credit goes where credit is due. Huge thanks to Emily Kubisz and the team at Alluria Publishing. Mariner/Skirmisher Fighter Archetype The mariner is an aquatic warrior trained for speed. Mariners use their superior...

5th Edition Fighters Built for Speed: Mariners/Skirmishers

This 5th edition fighter-based mariner is inspired by the ranger-based class introduced in one of my favorite Pathfinder supplements, Cerulean Seas, and credit goes where credit is due. Huge thanks to Emily Kubisz and the team at Alluria Publishing. Mariner/Skirmisher Fighter Archetype The mariner is an aquatic warrior trained for speed. Mariners use their superior...

On 10 Interesting Books

The compendium II is imminent.

Church of the Titans: This coptic bound book has a cover made of aged and lacquered birch, covered in a worn and thin ancient cloth. It is bound with what appears to be snakeskin rope. The text describes various unheard of demigods that match no known culture or history. The text is in an ancient and archaic language. Scrawled notes lie in the margins in a strange and foreign language. If comprehend languages is cast it warns of the demigod coming to life and remaking the world to theirs if their entries are read.

Tales of the Dice 08: Celebrating

    Happy International GM’s Day!   I had to do something special for March Fo(u)rth! Players everywhere, take a moment to thank your hard-working GM.   I made a different offering for GM’s day 2014.   Issue 7, Reforging, can be found here.   Happy Gaming Phil   Click on the picture for a …

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Three Ring Circus: Camel on Camel Action

The Middle East has an incredible history that has been the inspiration for artists and designers for thousands of years. Take Egypt: I’ve never been there, if fact, the closest I have got is Filey on the Yorkshire coast. Like Egypt, it boasts the most fantastic sands, and a turbulent political climate.*

1930s Egypt is a popular setting with film-makers, perhaps because the deserts and pyramids arean easy shorthand for romance and mystery. Why not piggyback on all that mystique and pitch a board game set in Egypt? Having said that, why piggyback when you can camel-back? Why go for mystique [...]

The Tuesday Knights Send Meredith Off In Style...

The Tuesday Knights (Left to Right): Meredith, Simon, Pete, Kevin, Clare, Me and Alice Before the gaming began last night, The Tuesday Knights made sure Meredith knew she would be missed as she heads off to New Zealand with husband, Richard, to seek good fortune and a new life on the other side of the planet.There was party food aplenty, banners, balloons, confetti, a non-alcoholic toast

Emergence Event from Megacon Games in April

Emergence Event



Emergence Event is an exciting new competitive space exploration game for 2-4 players. Each player controls a captain who commands their species' capital ship. With a unique deck of captain cards, individual strengths, and special abilities, each captain offers players a very different game experience.


Players seek to explore and control locations in the galaxy to gain the resources, artifacts, and technology to help them face more difficult encounters later in the game. As players explore the galaxy, and time passes, encounters become more rewarding, but the penalty for failure rises. Players determine the length of the game by how [...]

Figure Forge 62 Regult Battlepod for Robotech RPG Tactics

In this Figure Forge Matt assembles the Regult Battlepod for Robotech RPG Tactics. This model flew together.

The day is drawing closer when all will be assembled! Will it be before Palladium Open House? I’m not sure. They certainly won’t be painted before then.

Visual Inspiration: Badlands

CRGE Game master emulator from Conjecture Games

Unlike solo wargaming with miniatures, within the last few years solo RPG-ing turned into rather exact science.

The player uses Oracle, different randomizers and maybe some driver engine, and he knows exactly what to do and how to do it.

And as it is the case with every exact science, new works in domain are not breath taking exploits into unknown, but rather small steps that improve and deeper our understanding of the subject.

So, the latest contribution in the field of solo RGD-ing is Conjectural Roleplaying Gamemaster Emulator (CRGE) by Zack Best (Conjecture games).

Lets [...]

Deus Ex Machina

Next month I'll be running two games at a local con. Initially I planned to run D&D 5th Edition and perhaps even Traveller, but recently I reconsidered. For a con game which also should be newbie-friendly I think a game like Fate Accelerated Edition may be a better choice. [...]

ELDEMY08 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play -- DnD5E -- Eldemy Session 08


GM: Stu

Players: Bill, Kris, Kimi, Tyler and Bruce

Campaign Chunk -- The Lost Automata of DeMerch

English: Jaquet-Droz automata, muse d’Art et d’Histoire de Neuchtel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Automata, sometimes called Automaton, is a self-operating machine.The word “automaton” is the latinization of the Greek, , automaton, or “acting of one’s own will”. It is normally used to describe non-eletrical moving machines that resemble people or animals that perform certain repeating tasks, such as writing or appearing to play chess.

Phillip DeMerch was a french clock & toy-maker who specialised in automatons. He lived around 150 years ago, in a small town south of Paris. His work was not really known outside of his hometown, but those in [...]

Campaign Consequences: 20 Minor Curses

Curses aren't all doom and gloom. Minor curses can be greatfun to role-play and result in memorable gaming sessions as the cursed adventurer wrestles with his new affliction.

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)


Perhaps the PCs have fallen prey to a vicious hedge witch or have garnered the attentions of some otherworldly, capricious power. Hitting the PC with a -6 penalty to an ability score or other major penalty is sometimes overkill.That's where minor curses come into their own.

Minor curses are annoying, but don't derail the session or adventure as the party scramble to deal with their consequences. Their game effects are [...]

Wonder Woman Wednesday...

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 13 - The Stories of Conan, Part 1

"Hither came Conan..." The world's most famous barbarian comes to The Appendix N Podcast to tread the works of lesser fantasy authors beneath his sandled feet. We are talking about the earliest Conan stories written by Robert E. Howard, though not necessarily the first published.

www.nobleknight.com Howard, R. E.: "Conan" series

Robert E. Howard
born 1906, died 1936

Born in Texas, the only son of a traveling country physician. Traveling with his father exposed him to firsthand tales of violence that wouldinfluence his writing, and like many people of the time he was greatly interested in the sport of boxing. Howard's love of poetry and literaturecame from his mother, Hester. His earliest stories [...]

Dragon #106

Tragidore: A Time of Trials

Mayor Jonark Uptal looked up from writing his speech in his office and looked to the tarnished silver lantern that hung unlit in the town proper. He choose his words carefully in his speech, words that would cast forth adventurers tasked with carrying the ancient lantern and returning with the Everflame. The lantern was symbolic of course- Hell, the whole Quest for the Everflame was just another local custom to keep the wolves at bay and the nightmares away. It did nothing for his own nightmares.
The hour was early but that did not stop dalesfolk from celebration, it was the Feast of the Moon and while each family had their own traditions, Tragidore had been without the renewal of the Everflame and the anticipation was great indeed. Outside the office the Temple bells tolled the morning hour, one more closer Jonark thought. One more hour closer and I can be on the road and out of Tragidore and back to Mistledale.
Jonark's thoughts drifted to the Woman who visited him earlier that night. She was like an angel; he could still smell her scent and taste her kiss. A shiver ran down his flesh. It was unlike Jonark [...]

Cave Adventures: My First Attempt at Game Design

I recently came across some old PDFs while organizing and backing up some of my files. One of them was the complete rules to Cave Adventures, a role playing game I co-authored back in 1990 with Dave, my best friend for a large part of my childhood. At the time both of us were thirteenish. We wanted to run a DnD game for our classmates as a class project and while our teacher was behind the idea there was one problem: DnD and all related paraphernalia had been banned in our school. Rather than let that stop us, we [...]

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