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Tuesday Magic Item -- Sword of Libertas

“Stand aside for your betters,” commanded the guard in his colorful uniform. “You move!” He prodded a young woman with a cane who was moving with insufficient haste.

“Why?” she asked, hobbling aside.

“Because your ruler, the Tsar of Nyris, should not be delayed by rabble such as you,” sniffed the guard.

The woman muttered something and stepped away. The mood of the other people did not seem improved by the actions of the guard. A few moments later as the Tzar arrived, the woman stepped forward, her cane becoming a flaming sword. “Now it is time for tyranny to end and freedom [...]

Review -- The Manor, Issue 7

The Manor, Issue 7 is a short publication dedicated to the OSR (Old School) branch of fantasy roleplaying. This issue contains the following articles:

  • Boltswitch’s Mobile Potion Emporium, a traveling seller of potions, all done through prose which is an interesting choice.
  • Skinwalker, a trickster/minor shapeshifter class based on the Native American view of Coyote. Short and direct, my have a place in some campaigns.
  • Mirror, Mirror, a selection of rather potent magical mirrors. While I would not use them as written, good inspiration.
  • Trouble in the Well, a short adventure for when you need something to fill time between largest adventures which is [...]

Pattern Seekers -- Episode 16: 'Orrible Caves

Shortly after their last task, recovering an amber box our three active venturers (Mirror, the unstable wizard, Tack, the pirate, and Thea, the adventurous druid, with her lioness Pho) are summoned before the Shaper. The Shaper explains that the expansion of the Complex has encountered a . . . space which her other agents are ill-suited to explore.

A rift had opened in the side of the Complex, inside was a cave the floor thick with dust and a body. Tack poked at it and it collapsed, releasing a cloud of foul gas. They fled back into the Complex, led by [...]

MYFAROG Tutorials

Part I:

Edo's Game Reviews: Citadels -- Episode 8

Citadels is a wonderful game from designer Bruno Faidutti -- and a must play for game designers. Citadels (which is for 2-7 players) creates a great environment where players are playing directly against each other, but it never feels too aggressive (because you never quite know who is who). It's a little bluffing, a little guessing, and works well in larger groups.

Fantasy Flight has an excellent version of the game that even includes the expansion right in the box! Perfect to travel in a purse or bag.

Thanks for watching! Stay tuned for more videos (including Takenoko!). Please like, subscribe, and [...]


Music -- Two Witches, Talvenaika

See everybody on Monday.

World of Aihrde

Nightwing: The Series (Episode Four)

Hoard of the Dragon Queen, pillaged.

Note: For those of you that pretend that you don’t read anything online about adventures you’re playing, this is the “required”alert that this post contains spoilers. So be prepared to take notes. Ifyou are the only person left in the universe that actually avoids information about adventures you’re an active player in, I’m going to talk about the content of the adventure so leave now.

I ran Hoard of the Dragon Queen at my local game store the past several months. Last night my players closed it out. Run as a public play adventure, I had a revolving cast of players [...]

Weekend Plans

The Throw Halfling Feat

Because dwarf tossing jokes never get old...#d20feats

Throw Halfling [Barbarian, Fighter, Ranger]
Using a full-round attack action, you may throw a willing gnome or halfling at a target within 20+1 ft per Strength bonus. Your BAB is used to modify the roll. If your attack is successful, the target suffers 1d6 points of damage from the impact. If the thrown gnome or halfling makes a successful Fort save (DC15), he or she may immediately perform melee attacks as normal. If the save fails, the gnome or halfling loses attacks for the round. The following round, the gnome or halfling [...]




Magic 2015 Puts Garruk’s Fate in Players’ Hands

Renton, WA, October 21, 2014 - Wizards of the Coast today announced Garruk’s Revenge, a brand new expansion for Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers. The expansion brings additional content to Magic 2015 and puts the fate of Garruk Wildspeaker, the deadliest hunter in the Multiverse, in the player’s hands as he seeks his revenge. Garruk’s Revenge will be available on PC via Steam and Android via Google Play starting November 5th. Additional [...]

Grand Duchy 35

Grand Duchy of AdventureSession 35
October 23, 2014

Many CouncilsTserdain 13th of FlaurmontThe dark shape flying across the plains to the south was a dragon... a DRAGON! As Marcel tried to get a closer look at the approaching beast, he could tell that it was, in fact, not traveling directly toward the group, but in using his shield to block the sun from his eyes, he in inadvertently flashed a bright signal which caused the dragon to change course and head directly for the Company! In preparation for the Dragon's arrival, the Company spread out so as to not be [...]

Bujilli: Episode 108

Hedrard has 'altered' six hunters from a band of degenerates, Morons that have been living in a mostly abandoned section of the Gormenstille. She intends to make the Morons a deal they cannot refuse. She wants to go home and they will assist her in this matter. She's through playing around...
"So now we have a way up." Leeja watched as more pigeons descended from above to alight upon various shoots, twigs and branches of the rapidly curling and sprawling Red Weeds growing up all over the place. Already a dim violet glow suffused everything underneath the gurgly, blood-colored [...]

New from Game Salute BigFoot




A quick playing card game for two where Bigfoot and the clever Cryptozoologist attempt to outwit each other! Will Bigfoot's hideaways be discovered, leaving him with nowhere to go, or will the Cryptozoologist be left frustrated?


This new game from up and coming designer Scott Almes is the ultimate battle of wits! Depending on what side you're on, you'll be playing a very different game – The Cryptozoologist is laying traps and attempting to trick the Bigfoot who must deduce and work out what's the best option.





One player plays the Cryptozoologist who is hunting for Bigfoot, played by the other player. [...]

d20 Rifts - Armor Up!

SDC vs. MDCSDC (Structural Damage Capacity) is the amount of damage any item (including living things) can withstand. This is the sort of hardness we are used to in everyday life.MDC (Mega Damage Capacity) is the result of advanced materials and/or mystic enhancements, to raise the hardness and durability of an object by a couple orders of magnitude.Mega-Damage attacks (and other effects) are classed as those with the capability of damaging MDC materials. Standard SD attacks (such as a normal person punching a wall) have a completely negligible effect on MDC materials.Conversely, MD attacks pretty thoroughly ignore the [...]

Degenesis News: Comic, Charakter Editor & Degenesis Black Atlantic

Degenesis Black Atlantic coming soon: How soon is soon? (Image: SIXMOREVODKA)

SIXMOREVODKA. Die Macher der Degenesis: Rebirth Edition treiben die Vermarktung ihrer reanimierten Idee voran. Ihr englischsprachiger Newsletter hlt gleich mehrere berraschungen bereit:

  1. SIXMOREVODKA planen gemeinsam mit dem franzsischen Comic-Verlag Glnat eine DEGENESIS Graphic Novel.
    Es sind 3 Alben mit jeweils 46 Seiten geplant. Die Illustrationen soll Marko Djurdjevic beisteuern. Geplante Verffentlichung: 2015
    Es bedarf keiner prophetischen Gabe, dass sich fr dieses Projekt ein deutscher Verleger finden sollte. Wir erinnern uns an das hervorragende Comic Gung Ho (Cross Cult) …
  2. Edge Entertainment hat sich die Rechte fr franzsische und spanische bersetzungen von Degenesis [...]

The Road Goes Ever On and On: Review of Into the Violet Vale

Into the Violet Vale on RPGNow

Into the Violet Vale is a straightforward adventure supplement for Numenera, written to play at a convention or as a basic introduction to the game. The adventure was run in official GenCon 2014 Numenera events and you can now purchase and download it in PDF format.

Into the Violet Vale is a 25-page adventure supplement, written by Monte Cook for Numenera. It features an adventure, running to 10 pages, with the remainder of the supplement mostly taken up by six pre-generated characters.

The adventure uses the familiar format of the range, with three column pages – [...]

Orc Labs Podcast 10 -- 5E Monk (Judo Chop)!

Jackie Chan. Bruce Lee. Jet Li. Chuck Norris (some may say he should be a Ranger, but remember, Chuck Norris has levels in everything). Tony Jaa. Yoda. All Monks. Nuff said.

RPT #9: Top 7 Tips For Developing The Voice That Wins By Dr. June Johnson

The voice is your most powerful means of communication. How you hear yourself is not necessarily how others hear you. Successful professionals have voices that command attention and move people to action. The following tips will help you to develop the voice of authority. Breathe from the diaphragm — the foundation of effective speech. It […]

The post RPT #9: Top 7 Tips For Developing The Voice That Wins By Dr. June Johnson appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

Throwback Thursday - Web Adventures

You can "Play classic text adventure games online for free through your browser" over on WebAdventures.org here.

Throwback Thursday on CreativeMountainGames.com A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.Please Like, Share, Plus, Tweet, Follow, and Comment!

Highlights From the Land of OS:A Look At What's Hot at the 2014 U-Con OSR Track

What do we have in store in the new OSR Track this year at U-Con? Plenty of awesome things. That's what. Just take a look as some of the featured events! If you have not registered yet, click the link on this blog and do so!
What Is This OSR Thing Anyway?: Friday evening at 6:00 PM we bring you four OSR Industry Insiders along with two of Michigan's most prolific OSR bloggers together on a panel to tackle what has, again become as hot topic. That topic is the question "What, exactly, [...]

Movie Trailer ~ Hunger Games

Armor Up

Ork Hunter

UFO Files

When a private plane spotted a chunk of shiny metal laying the Arizona desert, surrounded by moving figures, they called it in. It caused a chain reaction up the line of communication so that within short order two Air Force F16's flew overhead (hopefully it was the Air Force, and not some other country's F16s as that would probably be bad).  The F16s did a low pass to see what the debris field was.

Sadly it wasn't a UFO. No new Rosewell from the wild deserts of the western United States. It was a space craft built and set [...]

Happy Halloween!

Black Blood in the Night: Player Characters Listing

Thief: T6, AC4, hp24, MV 120'(40'), THAC0 17, AT 1 sword, Dmg d6+1, Save T6, AL N; St12, In11, Wi10, Dx17, Co13, Ch15. Abilities: OpLk40, FnTr35, RmTr34, CmWa92, MvSi44, HdSh32, PkPk45, HrNs54, RdLg80; backstab for double damage; has skyship sails operations skill (Intelligence); Follower of Istra: +1 to ability checks when performed with unusual panache. Equipment: +1 short sword, +1 leather armor, potion of invisibility, ring of fire resistance, scroll of protection from undead.

Prior of Soltan: C5, AC3, hp28, MV 90'(30'), THAC0 17, AT 1 sword, Dmg d6+2/+5, [...]

12 spooky transformations: Google helps Halloweenify D&D's Monster Manual

Plenty of tabletop gamers use Google+. There’s the Roleplaying Games community and others as well as site pages like +Geek Native too.

One of my favourite features of Google+ is Auto Awesome. Recent reviews of graphic novels or art books make use of Auto Awesome’s ability to turn photographs into videos. You can see an example of this at the bottom of this The Art of Alien Isolation review. This week Google’s added a new Auto Awesome feature. You can “Halloweenify” your images with either scary or fun filters.

What if some cheeky gamer took 12 pictures of the Monster Manual and [...]

Rocket Ship Explosion

This is pretty amazing. An unmanned rocket, the Antares, exploded seconds after take off. It was bound for the international space station with supplies of food, equipment and some experiments. The light from the explosion is nothing short of brilliant in color, I'm guessing from the jet fuel.

Super-heroics as an FRP Combat Planning Tool

When you’re designing a battle for an FRP adventure, how do you make it different from every such battle that you’ve had in the past? How do you make it more interesting than a mere dice-rolling exercise? It’s even more difficult than it sounds. I have a novel solution to offer to these problems, but […]

Free Halloween Download Psycho #14 For Your Old School Horror and Sword & Sorcery Campaigns On The Dark Corner Blog

Dare you trod down the dark alleyways of time to the newstand of old where Skywald's Psycho magazine is still sold for the cover price of .75 cents and there are realms of horror and adventure that await your old school campaigns right over HERE

D&D Encounters: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Episode 3, Session 3)

We're back! After a two week absence our weekly D&D Encounters adventure is back on track. During the last session the PCs faced off against a lot of Kobolds, a few Flying Kobolds, and some really nasty Guard Drakes. The combat was so loud and took so long that more Kobolds from the next room heard the sounds of combat and joined the fight.

Eventually the PCs defeated the all the monsters, but it was a close call. The heroes took refuge in the Kobolds Barracks, now empty since all the monsters left the room to join the fighting. After completing [...]

Golem Arcana November Releases

Golem Arcana: Urugal Reapers of the Sands Expansion



The Urugal Reapers of the Sands Expansion includes:


-The Necrotic Fencer, a warsprite that can launch a lethal Dark Assault.

-The Bone Fiend, a titan that calls upon a Foul Siphon capable of damaging multiple enemies at once.

-The Corpse Collector, an ogre that swoops down on and Tears its opponents.


Also included are three banner stands, three TDI Golem Cards (matching the figures), two double-sided Mana Well tokens, and four new Relic Cards that can be used to augment any Golem army:


-Tarmoud's Codex: allows the bearer to dish out increased damage.

-Bronze Mirror of Sudura-Valli: harvests Mana [...]

Word of the Day -- Bard

In medieval Gaelic and British culture, a bard was a professional poet, employed by a patron, such as a monarch or nobleman, to commemorate the patron's ancestors and to praise the patron's own activities.

Originally a specific class of poet, contrasting with another class known as fili in Ireland and Highland Scotland, with the decline of living bardic tradition in the modern period the term "bard" acquired generic meanings of an epic author/singer/narrator, comparable with the terms in other cultures (minstrel, skald, scop, rhapsode, udgatar, griot, ashik) or any poets, especially famous ones. For example, William Shakespeare is [...]

Another Human . . .

If you haven't checked out Key & Peele, you should.

Paizo Calls for Playtesters


In Time for Halloween, Publisher Releases First Otherworldly Details of New Book, and Calls on Gamers Everywhere to Join in the Open Playtest

REDMOND, WA (October 28, 2014) -- Paizo, Inc., leading publisher of tabletop roleplaying and adventure card games, announces today a special Halloween-spirited preview of next summer's major hardcover release, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures. A huge playtest preview of the book's six new classes is now live on paizo.com to kick off a month-long open playtest process that allows Pathfinder RPG players to share their experiences [...]

Free Halloween Download - Creepy magazine Issue 58 For Your Old School Campaigns

Grab It Right HERE
Well kids its almost that time of year again. So I'm giving you all one of my favorite issues of Creepy issue #58 for a free download. This issue features some fantastic useble material including a great little sword and sorcery yarn that can be the basis for a nice one shot adventure!
 Change into something is a great little were wolf yarn that could with a bit of imagination be adapted right into a nice little Call of Cthlu one shot adventure.
" An Excuse for Violence" is like something straight out of the [...]

RPG Review -- Mythic Minis 17: Feats of Seafaring

By Endzeitgeist Mythic Minis 17: Feats of Seafaring clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, so let’s take a look, shall we? This time, we’re all about sea-themed feats, so let’s check this out! The mythic version of “Corsair” extends its benefits to any aquatic environment and [...]

The post RPG Review – Mythic Minis 17: Feats of Seafaring appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.


The Cabal escapes Helm's Hold prison.

Player Empowerment

Welcome to the 35th episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we ask and answer a bunch of questions: How can a GM make sure the players feel like they’re able to do what they want with their characters? What limits should be placed on PC actions and abilities? How can players help other players? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. In Search Of…
  2. Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
  3. Classic World of Darkness
  4. New World of Darkness
  5. Mage: The Awakening
  6. The Dying Earth RPG
  7. The D&D 3.5 Homebrew Wiki
  8. Shadowrun
  9. Star [...]

Random Thoughts: Up or Out, Overreach, Gaming Enlightenment, and No Endgame for Games Writing

One of the things that happens when you write regularly is that you end up gradually expanding the scope of what you do. With me it happens in sort of a punctuated equilibrium that’s preceded by an odd blend of exasperation and despair. It’s hard to transition because the new topic just isn’t your beat and you aren’t ready for it! It’s nerve wracking. I went from doing mostly Car Wars, to doing classic D&D, to attempting a range of general gaming features, to general game design, and now… to old science fiction and fantasy. Each expansion resulted in a [...]

DungeonScape for 5E is gone before it started

This just in from OSR Today:
This morning it was announced by Trapdoor Technologies, who were creating the new character generator called Dungeonscape for Dungeons & Dragons 5e, are shutting down the current version of the tool, effective noon MST October 31, 2014, giving little more than 24 hours notice of the shutdown to current users. Well crap. I doubt that Wizards has a "Plan B" when it comes to digital development; there's no way they would have let Trapdoor get as far as they did.

Personally, I think it might have a lot to do with the fact that [...]

Monster October Wrapup and Site Changes

As monster October wraps up for World Builder Blog, I wanted to thank everyone who’s been following this thing and making the blog a success. Also, thank you for the feedback I’ve been getting! It’s been super duper helpful in refining these monsters to be the best they can be! A special shoutout to Scot Newburyover at the Of Dice and Dragons blog, since his RPG Blog Carnival theme inspired me to take the whole month and create some badass fifth edition Dungeons and Dragons monsters!

Words are Wind

It’s great to thank people, but even better when you can show your [...]

RPG Review -- Mythic Minis 16: Universal Path Abilities II

By endzeitgeist Mythic Minis 16: Universal Path Abilities IIclocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, so let’s take a look, shall we? This time, we’re all about more universal path abilities after the first, awesome installment, so let’s check this out! We begin with 4 different 1st [...]

The post RPG Review – Mythic Minis 16: Universal Path Abilities II appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.

Hoard of the Dragon Queen: Session 9

The new season and format of encounters is upon us.  Dungeons and Dragons have officially released their new edition and Derek, Craig and I are back to talk about what happened at our table during the week.  Join us as we readjust to the new rules, the new public play rules and the rise of the Dragon Cult.

We are back for another season of Adventurer's League.
Click HERE for the podcast, or click on the bar below.  
If you like this article, head over to the site for more great articles, or just keep reading the feed. Cheers Alton [...]

Halloween 2014: The King is Dead Collection

I really wanted to produce some awesome Halloween content this year, but writing for Savage Insider, running a new The King is Dead campaign, promoting Steamscapes: Asia, and drinking my way through Texas Wine Month have kind of gotten in the way.  In lieu of new material, I present the following annotated list from the Wine and Savages archives. 
The King is DeadMy longest-running project here is The King is Dead, a gonzo Gothic 18th century revolutionary setting where the aristocrats are vampires so you don't have to feel guilty about slaughtering them all.  As much as there [...]

Pathfinder Adventure Path #88: Valley of the Brain Collectors (Iron Gods 4 of 6)

Pathfinder Adventure Path #88: Valley of the Brain Collectors (Iron Gods 4 of 6)

The heroes of Numeria must brave a remote canyonland known as the Scar of the Spider. Clues found in the Choking Tower revealed that a mysterious prophet left her legacy behind in this valley long ago...a legacy that could reveal methods to defeat the Iron God of the Silver Mount. But the heroes are neither the only nor the first visitors to the Scar of the Spider, and as they explore, they realize that alien monstrosities have colonized the canyon and have horrific agendas of their own. [...]

New Rules of Fantasy: On the Road

Adventuring is weird profession, isn’t it? As an adventurer I wander around the region looking for monsters to kill and ancient treasures to grab. If you’ve ever heard the term (“murderhobo”)[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Murderhobo] , you’re starting to see where I’m going, but I want to go even deeper into the awkwardness of adventurers.

First: who is letting all of these very powerful people roam their kingdom doing as they will? Gritty fantasy constrains the impact of a small group of individuals, but in heroic fantasy, what king or queen wants a party wandering within the borders who can create an extinction level event? [...]

RPG Game Design

My thoughts lately are on RPGs and their design. It occured to me that there are certain aspects that need to be accounted for in such games. Genre – This should be in some ways, perhaps most ways independent or not the major driver of the rest of the game. Parameters – This is the […]

On Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Episode IV Remix: Part I

Episode four is where a lot of awesome is found.

When I'm writing an adventure for someone, I've got to assume that they have the skills to pull things off. There are these points in this adventure (A blue dragon attacks the town, you've got to walk into the enemy camp, a half-dragon leader who far outclasses the party challenges them) where if handled by a poor Dungeon Master, can lead to player disbelief, disengagement, and dissatisfaction.

That's what this series is---simply my take on how I would present and run things to prevent that. Steve Winter has [...]
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