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Rocket Run Part 4

I don’t often go into the eastern portion of Wayward Cave, the one that requires Flash. I usually just duck into the western entrance for TM26, maybe a Gible if I’m doing a run where all the critters come from the Platinum cart (as opposed to breeding an egg from my super-awesome Battle Tower Garchomp). I decided that I wanted to unlock all the stat trainers on this run, so I did both sides. I chose to use the right-hand rule to thoroughly explore the cave, fighting every trainer and grabbing every item. That meant Mira was one of the [...]

October Horror Movie Challenge - Blacula (1972)

Synopsis: An African prince, Mamuwalde, is turned into a vampire by Dracula and locked in coffin. When the coffin makes its way to modern Los Angeles, Mamuwalde awakens and begins to seek out the reincarnation of his lost love.

The Good: This movie could have just been another schlocky blaxploitation flick if it weren't for the amazing performance of William Marshall. Marshall, a classically trained actor, gives the character gravitas.

The Bad: Despite Marshall's great performance, this is still a blaxpliotation film and has many of the trappings.

Final Thoughts: Mamuwalde one of my favorite vampires. If you like vampires, check [...]

Review - Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Limited Edition art book

Review by Richard Williams

Dreamfall is a fond memory for a lot of people and, if the upcoming Dreamfall: Chapters lives up to expectations, will be again for many more. So I thought it a good time to write up a review of the art book which was released with the special edition of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey way back in 2006.

I've been meaning to write this review for a while, in fact, because despite this books size it is, quite possibly, my favourite art book of all. As you can see from the picture it [...]

RPG Review -- Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron

By Endzeitgeist This racial supplement clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look! We kick of this book with the Prometheans. These guys and gals thankfully have nothing to do with the ridiculously bad sci-fi movie and its clumsily [...]

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First Look: D&D 5th Edition's The Rise of Tiamat

It’s here! In only two weeks, the Rise of Tiamat will be on store shelves! I have a first look for you. Warning, lots of spoilers here. If you’re a player, you may not want to watch. Or maybe you do…

30 Days to Save Science City: Building the One-Shot City (Part Two)

This is the second half of the background material I developed for a Noir Supers session. You can see the first half here and a session summary here.  I used Venture City Stories for Fate Core as the system. This is based on a world players built using Microscope, so it has some weirdness. At the end I have some notes on how I might adapt and rework the material. 

DOCTOR DAVIAN, DEAN OF DECADENCE, AKA THE CLUBThe Club is a quiet criminal network, but one with pull at the highest levels. It stays pretty strictly within the confines of white [...]

Session 138 Twogether Studio interview and Tabletop News

Hey Guys, Sorry for the delays, but it is worth the wait I promise!. This week we have Jen Ellis, one of the the team behind Twogether Studios, on the show to talk about the game company, and what they have coming up including Phoenix! But before we get into that we delve into some […]

Session 138 Twogether Studio interview and Tabletop News

Monster Kart Mayhem Crosses the Finish Line

Just in time for your Halloween party, Monster Kart Mayhem is complete and is now available on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.

For those of you who backed the Kickstarter campaign, your download codes are waiting for you in your inbox. For the rest of you, you can get your copy today for just $10.00 USD.

Monster Kart Mayhem is the newest (and only) Fudge System-compatible family-friendly kart-racing RPG, and it’ll soon be tearing up the tracks in game rooms all across the world.

For a refresher about what Monster Kart Mayhem is or to get more general info about the game, head on [...]

Voting for Storm & Shield: The Inner Council

  The latest Warlock’s Journal Contest is closed. The Warlock’s Journal is not always a precise source of information, and can often be contradictory. Close reading of the text has revealed nine potential leaders of the Inner Council. The Journal also offers multiple titles for the Inner Council leader.   A select band of planar …

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RPG Review -- Mythic Minis 13: Feats of Protection

By Endzeitgeist This Mythic Mini 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 feats of protection, so let’s check this out! Okay, unsurprisingly, this pdf offers mythic versions of the “bodyguard” and “In Harm’s Way”-feats, with [...]

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Guarding the Galaxy...From Themselves

Our "heroes."I'm a little surprised I've never yet written a blog post about Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, okay, maybe not. I've been making a bit of a concerted effort to keep the blog firmly on the subject of gaming (with the occasional Seahawk-related digression...it is football season), so perhaps NOT opening my yap about the film is me showing restraint. After all, if I really wanted to, there are plenty of movie and comic and book reviews with which I could fill this empty space...but then, you can get such opinions a lot of places other than Ye Old [...]

Soloplay - CotMa IV - Now Hiring

CastMyrphines - scion of the HeraclidaeMidymnoios Moncheri - Paladin of Athena, called One Hand after losing his left to a carnivorous flyThekitor - dwarven delverSegestes One-Eye - Barbarian warrior of the Harii.  Came south along the Amber Road.  Lost an eye fighting kobolds.
NPCsThe Egyptian - Landlord of the 'Old Fish', cheapest lodgings in Scodra
Ikexanlas - The town physician
Scene:  Hiring extra muscle while the barbarian recuperates and another descent into the dungeon.  Chaos 4, rolled a 6.  Scene goes as planned.

After settling into rooms at the Unhappy Banker, they sent out for the town physician, Ikexanlas, a middle aged man [...]

Gunhilda Less Serious

@FeliciaDay strikes some serious notes

@feliciaday is a fellow gamer and geek that has always had my respect. Her random musings are always written in a manner that makes me feel like I am listening to a friend talk. When I read her recent post I had tears roll down my cheek. The emotional turmoil that has struck so many female gamers in the industry is unacceptable and it is up to the rest of us gamers to stand in solidarity against the bile, hatred, and bigotry being expressed by the few outstanding trolls in our community. The following post is copied in its entirety from her page.

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The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate

I had a day off this weekend from shooting Supernatural, and I was walking around downtown Vancouver on Saturday, sampling all the artisan coffee I could get my throat around. At one point I saw a pair of guys walking towards me wearing gamer shirts. Black short-sleeved, one Halo and one Call of Duty.

Now in my life up until this point, that kind of outfit has meant one thing: Potential comrades. I love games, I love gaming. If it's Friday night, I'm not out hanging at a club, I'm diving into a new game I downloaded on Steam. And I am blessed with the fact that my career is largely built upon that love, which I channeled into fiction so many years ago with "The Guild". If there's anything I'm proud of in this world, it's the fact that I've had people come up to me on the street and at conventions over the years to tell me that they feel confident to call themselves a gamer because of my work, where before they were ashamed. Hearing that kind of stuff has kept me going, against [...]

Daily Cosplay

Valerie Perez

DMing Lost Mine of Phandelver

So I've finally got round to running a game of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. Specifically I've started running Lost Mine of Phandelver. This is the scenario that comes with the Starter Set and I've chosen it for a number of reasons. None of the players have played it. It's an introductory scenario and 4 of the players either hadn't played D&D ever or for a very long time. One player is

Dragon Fear

Frafnog did not pursue those hapless few. His rage was the fire of gods, and he turned north, intent upon vengeance against the God Emperors.

In towers of flame and fire he fell upon the cities of the Aenochians, and in his anger he cared not whether they were good men or bad. The Red God, Nehabak, fled in fear of the fell dragon, as he had no desire as yet to reveal himself. Frafnog scorched the lands of the Red River first, and then turned west and crossed into the lands of the Ethrum, and there hunted all [...]


Tentative Steps: Stepping Backwards in Time

Spending Time with a Dwarf

Snarling, it lunges at me. Axe thrust high in the air, the foul tempered dwarf with the thick Scottish accent and a scar running from ear to eye has one thing on its mind: bloody revenge.

There's just no negotiating with some people. We’ve spent the past twelve minutes at a crossroads 'debating' which route to take through a network of tunnels deep underground. Our decision represents a choice between: a) certain death in the darkness at the hands of who-knows-what, and b) success, in the form of sweet, fresh surface air. I tried my best to [...]

Eyes Up: Focused Intentions


I'm Deuterium Ice, you may know me a bit from Tales from the Hydian Way and Confessions of a Newb GM. I have been doing an article series about how to run adventures, but @TheAngryDM is doing that with attitude, so I'm shifting to something less obvious. When we were recording next week's Tales from the Hydian Way it became clear to me how I could help and how I can use my own experience, foibles and all, to give ideas and guidance to people doing campaigns to try to make them more interesting.

How the heck do you do a [...]

Throwback Thursday - Not So Desperately Seeking Chess Pieces

I'm in no great hurry, and haven't played chess in years in any serious way, though I sometimes get drawn into the odd game once in a great while.  Nevertheless, I was looking at an empty marble chess board I picked up some time back at an estate sale and thinking it could use some pieces some time this year or next.  I like the idea of a Medieval or Dark Ages theme, but not fantastical, though Arthurian would be fine.  They need not be marble and three inches for the king is fine enough as it isn't a huge [...]

Grand Duchy 34

Grand Duchy of AdventureSession 34
October 14 - October 22, 2014

Demons Be DrivenGromdain 12th of FlaurmontLaying Wyrtung to RestThe assembled members of the Grey Company take a moment to catch their breaths. What had just happened seemed to have been out of a nightmare. The Star Sisters were gone, disappeared down into the smoking rift only to be replaced by a hulking demon of a beast - a multi-legged polar bear equipped with rending claws and a freezing breath blast! Marcel still carried some heavy wounds from the battle, while some others had been hurt during the battle, Draven [...]

Gawker Kicking and Screaming on its Way Out

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Gawker or the Gawker network. Personally, I’ve always found them fairly disgusting and reprehensible.

Therefore, I can’t help but smile while we may be witnessing the violently thrashing death of one of new media’s most reprobate institutions.

After the vile things Sam Biddle said, Gawker could no longer keep up its cool and hip faux anti-bullying stance, and high profile advertisers can’t scramble to get away from this scum quickly enough.

Because the Gawker network is full of reprobates, rather than do the right thing, which would be to issue a public apology and purge the [...]

Revisiting Poul Anderson's Free Sword and Sorcery Tale The Valor of Cappen Verra On The Dark Corner Blog

Need a sword and sorcery tale to get the ball rolling in your old school games? How about an old classic from the mind of Poul Anderson? A nice old school sword and sorcery number to get the blood boiling and your imagination fired up! Available right over HERE 

Do orcs need toes?

We nearly died in an attack - two players down, yay - but managed to get back up and win the day. We found the Wyvern Tor and a cave full of orcs and an ogre, and finally managed to take a hostage. Unfortunately, the spitting little git didn't know anything, so the "Lawful Good" Tan cut off his thumb, which Hematite dutifully bandaged. Then the party decided to dangle the orc over the side of a cliff and let him drop ... only to cast Feather Fall.

Long story short, he's now pining for the fjords.

On the way back to the Yellow Brick Trail, we encountered a group of goblins. Since goblins were the ones who actually had something to do with the Rockseeker brothers, we managed to take another prisoner who DID know stuff. He was hogtied in a very ... umm ... imaginative way. [...]

The Friendly Ghost

I hope that after I cross over, that if I come back, I come back as a friendly ghost. What's with all the angry ghosts? I see the movies and every haunted house has some pissed off spirit in it, wandering around scaring the bejimmenies out of children. What's with that? They're all so black hollowed eyed, creeping around in fuzzy light, moaning and so on.

Movie Trailer (Sneak Peak) ~ Avengers Age of Ultron

Table Top Season 3 a Wrap

Wil Wheaton announced on his blog that they have wrapped up the third season of Table Top. You can find out all the games and players and other bits and sundry over at his site. Check it out!

Wil Wheaton!

There's Something About Undead -- Blog Carnival Oct 2014

Halloween, things that go bump in the night, and all things spooky, creepy, scary, or just plain haunted. This month’s Blog Carnival, hosted by Scot Newbury at of Dice and Dragons is devoted to the subject… and this is Campaign Mastery’s contribution. BWAH-HA-HA-HAAA… I’ve got a problem with Undead, and I think it’s one that […]

First Trailer For Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Intel and Tech Briefs for Adventure Inspiration

Anybody who's read my blog for long knows that I am a regular reader of Strategic Forecasting, because I like to keep up on what's going on in the world. But have you considered how you can use real-world analyses to bring the complexity of geopolitics to your Traveller game?  Each planet/system in a Traveller subsector can be treated like its own nation; neighbors compete for local and regional dominance, for access to markets for [...]

Edo's Game Reviews: Garden Dice -- Episode 3


Garden Dice is Doug Bass' debut 2-4 player family game, which was crowdfunded on Kickstarter. In Garden Dice, my family and I have found an interesting and well-crafted game of farming and harvesting food! Rolling the dice to take your turn is very simple; and the spatial elements of moving pieces on a grid is what sets this game apart. Players are trying to water seeds, harvest plants and avoid those pesky birds!

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Deep beneath the surface of Canus, the progeny of an ancient alliance between aberrations and devils slumber, waiting to be awakened. The morchia, cast down and unconscious by The Reckoning Spell, have hate boiling in their sleeping hearts for the world their parents said would be theirs. Simply put,you’re not an aberrant or a devil, they hate you. The exception is of course, tieflings, whom they hate beyond measure, despite the infernal influence on their heritage. Of course, some morchia escaped the influence of The Reckoning Spell, and still wander Verda’s jungles, scheming and plotting the ways they might be [...]

More Comic Book Creatures

In a previous post, I supplied several images of unusual creatures from comic books.  Here are more specimens for your delectation, just in time for Halloween.  All of the referenced comic books are now in the public domain.

Strange Worlds #7; 1952, Avon
Periodicals; Art by Gene Fawcette

The lavender being with the antennae and tentacles is a 'xill-monster' from Planetoid 50.  They tend to become a bit unruly during "the season of their growth."  To keep them in check, one must construct barriers of 'alurium' which -- fortunately -- is plentiful on that [...]


This is part of an ongoing series of entries for the Gamandrian setting of the Sertorius RPG. 

The capital of Republic of Caelum is Cael. This is the heart of a powerful Orc state that stretches from the Varian Sea to the Caeloru Sea. While one won't find any inns in Cael for reasons particular to the region, there are a number of businesses adventurers may have reason to frequent. Among these are scriptoria, shops that produce copies of books on papyrus scrolls (codices are a rarity in Gamandria). Caelum is well known for its handbooks on engineering and written [...]

Call of Cthulhu: The Stygian Fragment -- Episode 5 Answers & More Questions

Clarence Rouse -- Brandon Williams
Julia Barnes -- Shannon Steele
Evan Leary -- Mike Bridges
Jack Houston Smith -- Jayson King
Finn Lockwood -- [...]

Guest Post: Bird Masks and Ghostly Haunts

Session 4

As novitiates, Abraxo and Guruff pair up with a level 1 mentor from the Maidens and Magi, respectively. The mentors are full members of their cults, with the PC novitiates technically subordinate to them. These NPCs were not simply meat shields doing the party's bidding. They didn't lead, but they occasionally advised or issued cautionary observations and insights.
Sativa--- fighter, HP5, AC5, short sword.
Souvlacus--- MU, HP3, AC9, silver dagger, ventriloquism.

Their first stop is the last unexplored, non-cultist room on Tier 3. They peek in, see noxious yellow fungus coating everything and poke it from the hall with a [...]

Royalty free RPG map maker turns to Kickstarter with Other World Mapper

I suck at drawing maps but what’s an epic fantasy quest without the world map to put all that travel into context? Three Minds Software is having a crack at the computer cartography market with a project called the Other World Mapper.

[Back this Campaign]

It looks like this Kickstarter will slide to success. This post is being written on a Wednesday while the campaign has over $7,200 in the bank and needs a total of $8,750 to fund. That’s 197 backers with 15 days to go. This post is due to go live on Thursday so you’ll still have [...]

FASA and Ulisses interviews @ Spiel 2014

The International Gaming Days "SPIEL '14" took place from Oct. 16th -- 19th at Essen. Like every year many RPG publishers were on site. The German DORP-TV made various interviews with German as well...

Gaming Advice: How to Use Evernote as a Player

For me, Evernote is perhaps the greatest all-purpose gamer aid ever developed. As an electronic notebook, it's unparalleled.


I previously talked about how great Evernote is and how for me it's an indispensable organisational tool. Being organised is one of the characteristics of a greatgamers. As a player, you can achieveso much inEvernote.

The first thing you should do is create a new tag for the adventure or campaign you are playing. Using that tag with everything I list below makes it easy to find what you are looking for quickly and easily.

Store Your Character

Forgot your character sheet? No problem, it's in [...]

Sewer Worms

I had heard the rumors for years, but it wasn’t before one of these… things ate our remotely-operated robots during an inspection that I believed them. One moment, the dark, gloomy sewer was in the camera’s views, the next a slithering shape rose from the murk – a circular, black mouth with glistening white and […]

Numenera auf Deutsch?

Orkenspalter TV kndigt vollmundig Monte Cooks gehyptes Science Fantasy-Rollenspiel Numenera auf Deutsch an. Natrlich soll das Projekt gegenwartsgerecht via Crowdfunding, Startnext, finanziert werden. Vermutlich mischt auch der Uhrwerk Verlag irgendwie mit. Auf der Webseite des Verlags gibt es jedoch noch keine offizielle Ankndigung.

Andernorts sorgt diese Ankndigung fr Begeisterung, die ich nicht teile.

Sell me on (off) Numenera?

Numenera ist fr mich: Gene Wolfe (The Book of the New Sun) meets Cugel (Jack Vance) “fr Arme” .
Mit anderen Worten: Ich sehe in Numenera traditionelle D&D High Fantasy mit einem den genannten Vorbildern nahen Science Fantasy-Anstrich. Die ganzen pseudospektakulren Beschreibungen tuschen leicht darber [...]

Image Thursday

There are many awesome and inspirational images on the web these days. Here’s a few that were found that you may enjoy and draw ideas from.

Clicking on each image will open it in a new window.




This image feed will show the last 12 images that have been pinned and may change if you return to this post later.

1d10 Random Encounters With Lovecraftian Horrors From The Outer Darkness Table For The Astonishing Swordsmen And Sorcerers Of Hyperborea Rpg System On The Dark Corner Blog

 There are things from the Outer Darkness that have come to plague mankind upon Hyperborea, here is a small selection of these horrors to plague your adventurers with!
Right Over

DC Heroes: Project Prometheus

From the back cover:

With the help of a kidnapped scientist, the new King Minos of Crete has developed a powerful device called the Prometheus Shield.

Minos claims that the shield will be used in restoring Crete to its former glory. U.S. Intelligence sources have linked him to some suspicious characters.

Now, it is up to you to go to Create and find out just what the situation really is!

Jacket and Ale Mixer

The Sultan- Human? Male. Seizing an opportunity organized many of the Jacket and Ale attendees to hearing an idea for a Global Exchange Merchant Society. To exist wholly outside of politics and to build and strengthen individual trade ports. Each would be given hometown rule; we would support each other and dispense disciplines monetarily in the spirit of business- not politics.  Melissa Izanami- Half-dragon female. Was the one who brought up the jailer and her contention that current Stormhaven leadership was not good for its long term trade prosperity, but her expertise earns her favor with Adalwin. Melissa's expertise lies in planar travel, therefore her value with 'G.E.M.S.' comes from that. Furthermore while not from Stormhaven she volunteers herself as the organization's tie to the Dragon Docks.    Maycorth- Human male. Was every pleased and agreeable with just about everything.   Vesper- Elf female. Conveys to Durg a response from the Dwarves and Elves to Adalwin's offer of the Dirftdowns or nothing; a truce until the Jailer is defeated. Given her past associations Auge thinks she may be a viable unwitting spy for us in Africa.   Turlock- Human male. Trades with exotic sea races.   Potior- Human male 11thlevel Wizard. Former house wizard, [...]

Review 10/22/2014

We began our session during Friday night's Jacket and Ale night. This exclusive party was host to several announcements, the gifting of sipping jackets, Hogni's golem demonstration, and the planting of an African tree. White Spider was made manager of the new Dragon's Breath; Savidia was placed on the payroll, and the drow Anan was introduced to our circle of trust.
Talk at the affair ranged along current topics before The Sultan proposed an idea for a Global exchange, merchants allied during these dire economic times. The merchant society would give home rule to that individual exchange partner but is aimed at opening ports that were unreachable before.
This seems aligned with our general plan for restoring Stormhaven as a resource, so it was not long before an agreement for a Global Exchange Merchant Society was conceived.
Outside the meeting Savida and Archia Starkmore waited. Versel spoke with Savida about her expertise with nonmagical alchemy and that we collect gnomes. She will return in the morning. Potior and Hiens are given rooms in the Cinder Block.
Later than night Jaren sees this.
The next morning we speak with Savidia at length about her alchemy, bandersnatches, and [...]

Upon The Streets Of Thovas Thoon - A Post Apocalyptic Mars Campaign Actual Play Event

Upon The Streets Of Thovas Thoon 

Thovas Thoon sits near the post apocalyptic Martian poles around the swamp lands and is one of the last basitons of civilization before the deep post apocalyptic Martian swamp wastelands. These areas are home to a wide variety of tribes, red men, green warriors, mutant and worse.
This area sits right on the edge of the Lovecraftian Serpent Men's territories and city states. The peaks of their ruins and temple pyramid complexes can be seen over the tops of the massive trees and the mix of  ruins that still tower over the [...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Waaay back in the day someone in our role-playing group (called Bob’s Rent-a-Cult btw) owned a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness, asupplement for Heroes Unlimited. Idon’tthink we ever actually played it, but the idea of role-playing a ninja turtle has stuck with me ever since andthat’s a gap I intend to […]

100 Days of Halloween Tabletop Horror Recommendations

Hey guys, for those that don't follow me on social media (or who have long since tuned me out), I was guest blogging on The Monster Guys blog, posting 10 games I think you should consider this Halloween.

Two swell dudes.

Without further ado:

Tabletop Horror 1: Zombies!
Tabletop Horror 2: Fantastic Horror
Tabletop Horror 3: Camp & Circumstance
Tabletop Horror 4: Fresh Meat!
Tabletop Horror 5: The Call of Evil
Tabletop Horror: Honorable Mentions (Michael's, not mine)

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