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Throgh Gamer Goggles Season 4 Kickstarter Project Now Live

Last year I had the chance to go to Gen Con because of all of you who believe I’m doing the community a service. If you want to look back to Gen Con 2014 You can visit the Gen Con 2o14 coverage page.

 

Here is my video on the project.

This year some of my sponsors have convinced me to think about the whole year as opposed to just Gen Con.

I have a lot of things planned for us and he promo pledge level is pretty sweet. Well at least I think so who doesn’t want promos for Mage [...]

CyberTex Episode 2

Prior to the game: Jeff K works on his character Max. We have discovered quite a few points unused, so Jeff buys some appropriate new skills.

We started episode 2 at the end point of episode 1 — the PCs in the basement of the old data center, with a bunch of cyber-cultist captured, among them the two women with Salazar the night he was abducted from Pearl’s Party Dome. They decide to return to Pearl’s, to collect their fee for retrieving the girls and to interrogate them.

Morning has come to CyberTex. A light rain falls in the artificial ecosystem of [...]

Crafting a Continent


The designers of Questworld intended that place to be similar to Earth in terms of "the rotation period, the gravity, the length of year, the average temperature, the salinity of oceans and the fertility of lands."  Significant differences  in those factors might preoccupy the referee and players from the true point of the game.  "Ultimately, playing an FRP game should be more interesting than bookkeeping."

Despite their desire for similarity, the Questworld designers expressed their disappointment with the arrangement of continents on Earth.  "If moved north or south...," they muse, "[Australia] might receive better rainfall" and not be [...]

PWYW - Pawns and Knights (Far Away Land Adventure)



In case you've somehow missed it, I really enjoy the Far Away Land RPG. It's the perfect mixture of old school sensibilities, humor, atmospheric art and surprising depth. Pawns and Knights is a Pay What You Want priced adventure for Far Away Land. The sixth in the series, it may very well be the best of the lot.

It's an urban adventure / mini campaign. Like all of the FAL releases, it is open ended and sandboxie in nature. What's not to like?

Scrub the stats and it's easy enough to convert (or at least steal ideas for) OSR games of your choice.

From the blurb:
Dirty balbergulbs. Pawn shops. Gangs. Cow steed races and gambling. The grimy city of [...]

Whither the OSR Superstar Contest?

I had this article scheduled to post on March 6th, but Erik beat me to it and announced the resolution here. Not what any of us wanted, but a conclusion nonetheless. Below is what I wrote. In 2014, Erik Tenkar, over at Tenkar’s Tavern, held a contest for the OSR Superstar. It got down to […]

Black Hole 'The Black Hole' 1979 Movie Concept Art Part II Peter Ellenshaw's Artwork as Inspiration For Your Old School Science Fiction Campaigns

A look at the USS Cynus from the Black Hole from 1979 by Peter Ellenshaw. Peter Ellenshaw is a legendary matte painter and special effects designers from England, whose work embodied so many Disney classics and productions. According to Wiki: William Samuel Cook "Peter" Ellenshaw(May 24, 1913 -- February 12, 2007) was anEnglishmattedesigner andspecial effects

Progress Update-Resurgence

Well, I was feeling pretty burned out the last time I updated, and I took a short break to recover from the joys of programming. I’ve come back to it with a vengeance. The transitions are coming along nicely. I’ve got transitions working for visibility and passability going across a transition from a South face to a north face, observe: this transition is a South face to a North face.Here’s a player standing at the edge of the transition. See how you can see through it?Then I step through it into the next section. It loads well, and as quickly [...]

Bringing the OSR Superstar Competition to an Incomplete Completion

I've thought long and hard on how to bring the OSR Superstar Competition to a successful conclusion at this point, and I don't see a simple solution.

So, I'll have to be satisfied with a simple ending, and call it with the four top finalists in place. No final round, no grand winner.

Yeah, anti-climatic as all shit, but at this point, any conclusion to this would be anti-climatic.

The four top finalists will split the final cash prize, the 2 boxed sets will be randomly awarded to 2 of the final 15, and 4 the final 15 will have some mapping goodness coming from http://squarehex.myshopify.com/.

Is it the finish I had planned on? Nope. Neither was 2014 the year I [...]

Tribute to Steven A. Tinner episode 001

We start off the first tribute story submitted by a fellow CDT agent Frances Jose, from England where he shares with us the trials and tribulations of running the Shadowrun first edition DNA/DOA module.

Make sure to submit your gamer stories to us via Email to CrtiticalGlitchPodcast@gmail.com

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @CriticalGlitch1 and tweet a picture of dice, or gaming, or a positive message on March 29th the hash tag#Tinner to have a chance to win a DriveThruRPG gift certificate.

Tragidore Review 02/25/15 Session 1

Drifting as if in a dream our party follows the Oracle Verith Raiserik into the Trinity Church whereupon entry the five of us our jolted back to a reality we are all unfamiliar with.  A dozen to fifteen worshipers filled the pews while Verith herself was inexplicably across the church in deep conversation with an obviously wounded young girl. The Priest of Azuth, Rantal Gundwynd approached us from Azuth altar, appearing quite surprised to see us.  In fact the entire congregation had stopped their prayers to stare at us, causing us to feel woefully under dressed.  For the first time we began to notice our surroundings surprised to discover that everyone was clothed for winter while we still wore our mid-summer clothes.  The midnight sky hid the season from our view through the church windows but clearly we had been gone far longer than our memories allowed.  Zadrian Vistani asked Rantal directly for the date and was shocked to discover that it was The Feast of the Moon.  Stunned by our year long loss of time our party took a moment to gather themselves.  Many of those in attendance were bemoaning their fates since the apocalyptic events during the Time [...]

Exclusive peek at "How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss"

Interesting title, huh? “How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss” raised more than $4,500 on Kickstarter which was more than twice Venger Satanis’ campaign target.

Venger writes for Kort’thalis Publishing with his most recent work Reverly in Torth currently sitting at 4.5/5 stars at DriveThruRPG after multpile reviews.

The Kickstarter tells us a little about the title of this Kickstarter project and forthcoming book. Venger addresses questions;

What’s with the title/tone of this book? Well, I wanted something not only provocative but extremely confident, bordering on arrogance… while inserting a little bit of humor. Like my forthcoming tome will advise, mentoring can [...]

Firefly RPG: Companies, Factions, and Organizations

One of the bits I particularly liked aboutMindjammer, the RPG, as well as Atomic Robowas the way they builtorganizations up (factions in the latter.) AsFirefly is a Cortexified version of Fate, or a Fatified version of Cortex — take your pick — I thought it might be fun to introduce this in the Big Damn Game.

Pretty much any kind of organization can be represented — from an army unit to a military organization, from the local PTA to a company to a government. Like characters, they have the three attributes, but these have slightly different connotations:

PHYSCIAL: This is the extent [...]

Hacking the Firefly RPG

One of the few complaints that we had when we testedFirefly againstSerenity was the monolithic quality of the attributes — Physical, Mental, and Social. We felt that this didn’t allow the characters to be unique enough in some ways. So here’s my “fix” for the attributes inFirefly…use the attributes fromSerenity.

When making a character, use Agility, Strength, Vitality, Alertness, Intelligence, and Willpower, and build the character for 48 points — that gives you the same d6, d8, and d10 (x2) dispersion ofFirefly. You can use these more varied attributes to customize your characters even more. Some maybe your character is very [...]

A SJW (Pathetically) Strikes Back

Waaay back in November I wrote a post about someone asking if he had said something wrong in one of Tim's pity posts.

The short of it is that someone made a joke at Tim's character's expense, so he did what no rational, well-adjusted adult would do: he went on the internet and whined about it, forgetting that if you make a public pos, that not everyone is just going to tell you what you want to hear.

See, Tim is one of (unfortunately) many arm chair slacktavists that thinks, among other nonsensical things, every group should have a [...]

I See You

Review #78 -- Free Video Game
I See You
Warning: This is an actual horror game. So tread carefully, I guess.
I'm not an expert in Horror Games, so maybe I haven't developed the natural immunity to horror tropes, but I See You was a terrifying experience. Unlike other horror games, it felt like you actually have a chance at avoiding the creatures, which made it more scary when you stumbled into one.
The game is really good, has a great atmosphere and easily draws you in. The design is simple, and the "game" starts to become a character by [...]

Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Liber Arcanum

Product- Liber Arcanum

System- Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

Producer- Cognition Pressworks

Price- PDF ~$10 here http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/139777/Liber-Arcanum

TL; DR- More wizard options than you can shake a wand at. 90%

 

Basics- Behold the Book of Secrets! Liber Arcanum contains new wizard and elf player options for DCCRPG. This book contains the expected new spells but also has patrons, new subclasses of wizard, magic items, and more.

 

Mechanics or Crunch- Here is where the book shines. I love DCCRPG, and play it every other week. But, Goodman Games doesn’t make many player options. This book is an excellent addition to any player wizard. It’s got an impressive amount [...]

Witchy Read A-Thon

New month. New books to read. This month I am going to take part in the WitchyRead A-Thon hosted by The Domestic Witch. http://thedomesticwitchblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-witchy-read-thon-info-and-sign-up.html I know I have the next Harry Potter book on tap, but this is also a way for me to get at some of my "To Be Read" pile that is stacking up on my tablet. Updates throughout the

Meet 5, Adv B2, 2/17/15 - Youth Group

The two of them had another game night and they were going out in a group of 7 to hunt down the mountain lion that that killed another party's thief. The mountain lion was going to harry the party with hit and run attacks before the mad hermit would make his appearance.

The Mad Hermit is one of those things that can spell a TPK to an unprepared party and as it was, it was a close thing here. At the end of the fight, we had one character with 6 hp, one with 3, 2 with 2, and [...]

An SJW (Pathetically) Strikes Back

Waaay back in November I wrote a post about someone asking if he had said something wrong in one of Tim's pity posts.

The short of it is that someone made a joke at Tim's character's expense, so he did what no rational, well-adjusted adult would do: he went on the internet and whined about it, forgetting that if you make a public pos, that not everyone is just going to tell you what you want to hear.

See, Tim is one of (unfortunately) many arm chair slacktavists that thinks, among other nonsensical things, every group should have a [...]

Short Film: HENRi

Double feature — here’s Eli Sasich on display, again withHENRi.


Short Film: Atropa

Here’s a great short from Eli Sasich and writer Clay Tolbert. It feels like the teaser or a first act to a TV pilot or longer movie…


Frugal GM Review: Bloodnut Pass

This morning I've had my 1st two rules invoked when the usually-awesome Matt Jackson sent me a download of his newest OSR adventure Bloodnut Pass.

I wasn't but a couple of pages into this adventure when I had to reach out to Matt and basically ask "WTFO?!" There was so much that was a departure from his norm that I thought maybe his name on it was a typo. Nope, it was his work and there was a reason why he layed out this adventure as he did.

At first I thought maybe this was a bit of [...]

Daily Punch 2-26-15 Dark Knowledge Warlock Eldritch Invocations

A stupid servent is often worth less then a none at all. I think most creatures and things that grant pacts would agree. How about this for an Eldritch Invocation

 

 

Dark Knowledge

You add your Charisma modifier to all Intelligence(arcana, history, nature, and religion) checks

 

 

Thoughts?


Statblock Sunday: Lightning Wasp

Lightning Wasp CR 1 XP 400 CN Diminutive vermin Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception -1 DEFENSE AC 19, touch 19, flat-footed 14 (+5 Dex, +4 size) hp 3 (1d8-1) Fort +1, Ref +5, Will -1 Immune electricity, vermin traits OFFENSE Speed fly 40 ft. (good) Melee sting +9 (1-5+1d4 electric) Ranged lightning […]

The post Statblock Sunday: Lightning Wasp appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Terraria Episode 045

Hard mode remains hard! I need to find myself some better ores, with which to make better equipment! And then the air gets cold around me…

Find the playlist here!

Kickstarter - Crypts and Things Remastered - (OSR Swords & Sorcery)

If you're like me, you remember supporting Crypts & Things on Indiegogo a few years back. It was a nice Swords & Sorcery reworking of Swords & Wizardry that really seems to excel with smaller groups. I ran a number of sessions for a pair of friends before real life intervened. They still dropped by NTRPGCon last June and are still itching to play again.

I love Crypts & Things but felt something was missing. Never quite could put my finger on it, but Newt seems to have his vision of what the revised Crypts & Things should be, and I like the direction he's going in:
Art. The art in C&T was done by various British Artists. While I stand by everything I [...]

Chin Scratcher Follow-Up: Sing Hallelujah!

Recounting the adventurers' daring dungeoncrawl through interpretive dance... At the start of February I posed a Sunday Chin Scratcher on the subject of celebrating characters' achievements 'in-game' - rather than mechanically through experience points etc - using the comic book examples of The Flash Museum and Batman's collection of trophies in the Batcave as examples of what I was referring

Purple like a Fucking Boss!


I've got two things to blog about today...

The first is Eric's review for The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence.  After reading the Dungeons & Donuts review, Eric felt compelled to read and critique Purple for himself over at Swords & Stitchery.  He was very complementary.  Of course, it's old school, science-fantasy gonzo.  If that's your cup of tea, then most of the time you'll love what I did with Purple.  At least, that's what I keep reading on the internet.

The second thing is a sneak preview of my forthcoming book, How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss with an [...]

Shakespeare Sunday -- Hamlet: Disasters in the Sun

I think that anyone who spends a fair bit of time hanging out with Shakespeare’s plays ends up accumulating a few choice phrases that will restlessly bounce around the inside of their skulls. I’m not necessarily talking about the big quotes. (Those are pretty much culturally ubiquitous.) What I’m talking about are the snatches of lesser-known verse that just happen to velcro onto your subconscious.

One of these, for me, is “disasters in the sun”. It tends to bounce into my mind whenever I’m confronted with a bit of misfortune or tragedy. The phrase comes from Hamlet. Specifically scene 1.1, where [...]

Between Light and Darkness - Rules for light

One thing I've been tinkering with that I was never really thrilled with in NGR was light sources.  "Torches give you 30 feet of light",  which brings into question a lot of other things to me.  How dark is it before a torch is useful in that case? If its dark enough you can only see 40 feet, is a torch useless?  What if you have a lot of torches?  What is something is 25 or 35 feet away and you have a torch?  Is one magically visible and the other not?

The other is that NGR works on [...]

It's D&D, Jim, but not as we know it.

So these past days I’ve been looking at the old Basic and Expert rules for Dungeons & Dragons to get some clues how I can incorporate dungeon exploration and wilderness travel in a Barbarians of Lemuria game. There are rules for that in D&D 3rd edition and Pathfinder, but they seem incredibly fiddly, tedious, and just plain unfun. So I started to look further out and oldschool D&D really seems to have had a quite strong emphasis on it.

It might simply be because of the kind of stuff that personally interests me, but it always seems to me that most [...]

Sunday Inspiration: Blacksmith

Every town needs one.

http://powerandmight.blogspot.com/2014/03/thorsmithing-what-hell-is-that.html
"It's going to be a week before I can get to your armor. Farmer Dan's horse broke a shoe, and Paul's plowshare broke..."

Secret Project X: The Gimmick revealed

I have a map. I have races. I have some shred of ideas for locations. So what is the next step? What should I focus my energies on?

Although I hate to use the term gimmick, what I need is a gimmick, a trick that will make SPX pop and stand. One of the thing I always have been passionate about has been doing something different. Thus my love of Dark Sun over the vanilla settings.

At first I threw a few things out there. Things I wanted to achieve. I needed the world to accommodate a wide range of [...]

Succubus Sunday

Succubus 2011 by SulaMoon

Wrath of the Righteous Chapter Three, Demon's Heresy -- First Session

Jesker Helton

First Session(11 page pdf) -- We fight some random wildlife and then have a brotherly encounter with some barbarians. Not really.

We are on a quest to find some demented priest of Erastil who has gone all Number 23. We find him and kill the demon he vomits up. He’s still evil, but then again so is everyone we take on in this AP. The dead Erastilian hero whose tomb we find him in is interred with some super magic bow that Trystan covets.

Trystan recovers his commune spell to ask the burning question, "Would Erastil want us (me) to have [...]

RPT#647: Dresden Files & Fairy Tales -- Adventure Tips For Urban Fantasy Games

RPT#647: Dresden Files & Fairy Tales – Adventure Tips For Urban Fantasy Games In This Issue Brief Word From Johnn Dresden Files & Fairy Tales – Adventure Tips For Urban Fantasy Games 6 Interesting Hazards Brief Word From Johnn Phandelver #10 – Torm’s Disfavour What happens when the God of Justice has it in for […]

The post RPT#647: Dresden Files & Fairy Tales – Adventure Tips For Urban Fantasy Games appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

RPG Kickstarter Roundup: Week of 2-22-2015

This is the RPG Kickstarter Roundup! We’re bringing you all the RPG-related Kickstarter projects that recently started or are about to end. The Roundup includes RPGs, miniatures, dice, and anything else that may be RPG-related. In this edition of the Roundup we’re covering new projects for the week of 2-22-2015, and projects ending the week […]

Interview - Chris Birch of Modiphius

Please welcome to Farsight Blogger Chris Birch, the founder and publisher of Modiphius. I spoke to Chris about a year ago about the wonderful Mutant Chronicles RPG and this time around I've got a few questions about something I'm incredibly excited about; the pending Conan game!


Well -- you've got your hands on the Conan licence and you're bringing the Hyborian Age back to the gaming table. Exciting times! How great did it feel to get hold of such a thing?

It took a long year of negotiation but it was great to finally sign. Conan has [...]

You Know What's A Good Brain Food? Brains!

THE SECRET OF JE VALLEY PART TWO (WANDERING HEROES OF OGRE GATE)

This campaign is set ten years after a previous set of adventures (HERE). This is the second session of the campaign (see the first entry HERE).  


Characters:
Xue Lingsu (Purple Cavern Sect)
Kang Xi (Affiliated with Mr. Red Claw)
Zhi Zhu (No Sect)
Long Shu (Purple Cavern Sect)
Rong (Tree Dwelling Nun Sect)

We continued where we left off with Zhi Zhu dragging Kang Xi and Long Shu from the Golden Grotto Academy and Xue LIngsu bringing the daughter of the city engineer (Su Long) to Poet Hong's residence after rescuing her from the Grotto. 

As the three party members stumbled out of the academy they met a Tree Dwelling Nun sect member named Rong, who offered to assist Zhi Zhu carry her incapacitated friends. Reluctantly she accepted, handing Kang Xi over. 

Upon their return to Hong's residence they connected with Lingsu and asked Rong about her [...]

Fables, X-Men, Dragon Age, Discworld, Doki Doki, Catwoman, etc.

Cramming the publication of new entries in the current schedule is daunting, but here’s a decent-sized batch to keep y’all entertained.

I hadn’t created entries on writeups.org in a while, while I’ve recreated 4,000 entries in the next version of the site (so far). Though I’m bone-tired with creating next-gen entry, being reminded of how current site works was something of a shock. The nomenclature on the site in construction is so much… better.

Anyway:

  • New Bonus in the, well, New Bonuses for DC Heroes article – Cumulative.
  • FABLES. A profile for Prince Brandish Descry by Gareth.
  • A full entry for Transonic [...]

Solesik

This pink-grey worm creature has a segmented body dotted with short horn-like nubs. Its head is dominated by a circular, tooth-ringed mouth, which is surrounded by three flailing tentacles covered in tube feet like the arms of a starfish.
Source: Book of Fiends D&D 3.5 by Green Ronin Publishing

The Solesik is a chaotic evil outsider hailing from the Abyss. This creature is the bane of wizards, sages, and scholars. This fiend feeds upon languages and seeks out any language from written to the spoken form. The Solesik can bite a victim and drain languages from it.

Sunday Inspirational Image: The logical choice






Rest in peace Mr. Nimoy, and thank you for everything!

Commercial Licensed Maps For March!

So, I got a glimpse at the backend of the Patreon Campaign for this month. The way Patreon is set up you can see the pledge totals for the next three creations you put up at any one time – if you want to see further ahead you need to download your current patron lists as a CSV file and do the math yourself.

March Creations

But the good news – here is what the first three March posts look like:

Normally this would mean the first two maps of the month are going up using a free commercial-use license. But for the first few months that we are over the $300 line, I’m going to be “rolling over” any total over the $300 mark to the next map to try to get as many over the mark as possible.Please note that this is a temporary thing – I’m doing this to reward myself and everyone else for the recent huge push that has brought the campaign to where it is now.

Rolling the $38.75 and the $1.24 from the first two maps to the third brings it to $308.22 and rolling that $8.22 to the next map will definitely not bring it over [...]

Exclusive peak at "How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss"

Interesting title, huh? “How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss” raised more than $4,500 on Kickstarter which was more than twice Venger Satanis’ campaign target.

Venger writes for Kort’thalis Publishing with his most recent work Reverly in Torth currently sitting at 4.5/5 stars at DriveThruRPG after multpile reviews.

The Kickstarter tells us a little about the title of this Kickstarter project and forthcoming book. Venger addresses questions;

What’s with the title/tone of this book? Well, I wanted something not only provocative but extremely confident, bordering on arrogance… while inserting a little bit of humor. Like my forthcoming tome will advise, mentoring can [...]

ChupacabraCon 2015 Panel 14

http://grumpycelt.podbean.com/feed

Tales of a Married Gamer -- Sportsmanship and Gamesmanship

Greetings and welcome back to another Tales of a Married Gamer. Recently, I have seen on social media that not only do people read this article, they actually have been learning the concept of sportsmanship from it.

I have to say that a lot of what I argue for and complain about is not in an attempt to make people better sports in regards to playing games, but more along the lines of being better people in the relationships we have. Games just happen to be one of the contexts in which this behavior exists. One thing which I will note, [...]

Four Fiddly Things to Worry About in Your RPGs

Is your game moving a little too fast? Having trouble creating new plots ahead of your PCs merciless march across your lands? Maybe they’ve just become so powerful that you’ve lost the ability to challenge them with anything in the rules. Break out these little worrisome gems to stall and forestall the inevitable.

1. Render Unto Caesar…

Historically each nation, even each individual community within a nation or country, has minted their own coinage. Usually it contains the face of the local leader or significant community member, an assurance that this coin is legal tender in this community, and an admonishment to [...]

Sunday Funnies - PVP's Spocking, Superheroes, & The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Over on pvponline.com, they have a strip in remembrance of Leonard Nimoy here.


Also, from moviepilot.com, a "Photographer Creates Darkly Funny View into the Private Lives of Superheroes" here.


Finally, a Kcikstarter from yesteryear "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in 'Grass Roots'" project by bolex brothers can be found here.


Sunday Funnies on CreativeMountainGames.comHumor, often gaming-related,
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New (and Free) Fantasy OSR Game from Sine Nomine Publishing - Exemplars & Eidolons



+Kevin Crawford likes to sneak his new releases into the world with little fanfare at times. He's done it again, as this released on Friday and I only just found it this morning at RPGNow.

Exemplars & Eidolons looks to be a very solid OSR release, but in this case the rules themselves are secondary to the presentation, as Kevin is offering this as an example of how to present a game in a format reminiscent of the old White Box releases of yore.

As usual, Kevin does some excellent work.

The PDF is free and print copies are $9.99.

At free this is yet another gift from Kevin to the OSR. I tip my hat to you good sir.
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