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Product Hilight -- Fantastic Feats Volume 32 : Dragon Disciple

Fantastic Feats
Volume 32 -- Dragon Disciple
Adjective – Strange, different; imaginary

Characters in rpgs often have abilities are not tied to their class, race or skill, although they may be related/useful to it. These are called Feats.

They may be combat related, a way to tweak spells or even to do with the crafting of an item. Some will be useful to almost everyone, others only in very certain circumstances.

This edition of "Fantastic Feats" -- a series of feats based around a certain theme or subject -- is about the prestige class called the dragon Disciple -- the arcane magic [...]


It's Tuesday, which mean someone, somewhere, decided to just create their own holiday today! Because that's like a thing now! But here at the Stew, we're exceptionally excited by any gaming holidays, especially those that lend assistance and inspiration to prospective GMs. Enter National New Gamemaster Month or---wait for it---NaNewGaMo!

The brainchild of the folks over at Monte Cook Games, NaNewGaMo---as the name strongly indicates---focuses on helping new gamemasters find their own voice. The name, while inspired by National Novel Writing Month, isn't related to that month-long exercise; you don't have to write a 50,000 word adventure, for example. (Whew!)

All January [...]

RQ solo adv log 4 (Gerg and his new spell)

This is part 4 of my solo RuneQuest adventure log. Part 1 can be found here.

Having returned to town from Scorpion Hall, Gerg Droffats spent an entire year in game living in the city and paying for taining.

First hiring somone to teach him to read Imperial. He found the scroll was instructions on how to fight with a scimitar.

He spent some time studying out before settling it and then hired someone to teach him to fight better with his spear and buckler.

Later moving on to learning how to hide and sneak hoping to [...]

A Sundered World: Deva

This week we get to see the B&W art for the deva race section in A Sundered World.

Here we got a deva shaman, with her angelic-looking spirit, and a big-ass stone club, floating before the rotting face of a dead god.

I know I said I was going to do dwarves next, but Melissa is rolling up a kobold pirate for our upcoming A Sundered World campaign, so I figured I'd do those next.

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Kick The Box January 26th 2015 Edition

Kick The Box Jan. 26th Edition

Nearing the end of January and excited for the many projects I have started up. Not only will I be continuing my weekly Kickstarter updates and picks with Kick The Box, but also hosting a new podcast called Docking Bay 94 with Jason Washburn, of Talon Strikes Studio, as my co-host . The first episode is complete and published! You can find it on Stitcher or iTunes, or here.Also, working on another guest video review for Edo and starting my own YouTube channel. Be sure to check it all out as the projects complete and of [...]

Pixel2Paper Ep. 02 "Role playing? In my video game?!"

What do we mean when we say role playing? Especially when it comes to characters in our video games?

More importantly, what can the limited role playing opportunities in our video games teach us about role playing at the table?

And how does this article influence this video?


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Direct Download: http://archive.org/download/Fiddleback_gmail_P2P2/P2P2.mp4

All Them Star Trek Figures

Draft cover for Telelee ebook.

Please give feedback in the comments.

Click on the picture to get the full-sized version.

Note that the full image is relatively large (about 7 meg).

Free OSR Resource From Raging Swan Press - Be Awesome At Dungeon Design For Your Old School Campaigns On The Dark Corner Blog

We take a look at The Be Awesome At Dungeon Design OSR systemagnosticbookon the Dark Corner Blog, this is a resource on the care, feeding, and preparation of one of the corner stones of the old school hobby, the dungeon.Right overHERE

I Found a Snowman to Match My Winter Mood

I'm in such a foul winter mood with this "blizzard of the century" that is taking it's damn sweet time to be a blizzard here in NYC.

So what do I do?

I search the net for evil snowmen.

I found the above by Zeeksie over over at DeviantArt. This is my kind of evil snowman. He must have some magical ability to turn folks into mini-mees, which he then toys with before destroying.

I could easily stat this out as a Tunnels & Trolls monster. OSR tho? Hmmmm.

Maybe an exercise for tomorrow...

(holy crap but Zeeksie has some good pieces)

Duncan: "King Me!" (Tonight's Gaming Session)

Session 46 of the Montporte Dungeon Campaign ended with Duncan (Dan's character) becoming King of the Gnomes (by popular acclaim). The quest to return a group of rescued gnomes to their subterranean was completed with the surprise royal ending.

We are going to take a break from Montporte to do some other things with our Monday night gaming sessions. Next up is Rob Conley running some D&D 5e sessions. We'll come back to Montporte at some point in the not too distant future.

Gun Blog Variety Podcast #23

Episode 23 is out and ready to impress!
  • Sean reveals that he's been reading short stories on the internets, and he tells you where to find them.
  • I tell you about my Twelve "C's" of Preparedness.
  • Nicki Kenyon discusses Foreign Policy Fails
  • The recent incidents of SWATting are making Miguel Gonzalez angry.
  • Barron B. pours cold water on the idea that cops are going to search your home with radar.
  • Weer'd explores the frequent anti-gunner refrain that "There's no such thing as a law abiding gun owner." 
  • And to top it all off, hosts Adam and Sean talk about the hidden gun rights message in [...]

The Ghost City Raider card decks are in

The card decks I ordered from OneBookShelf have arrived, and I'm really happy with the quality. They look suitably grungy, but slick; and as a result they'll be great for setting up the post-apocalyptic battle terrain for the Ghost City Rangers. 
Now I need to activate the card deck on the shopfront. 

[Numenera] Need Weird Science-Fantasy Inspiration? Try Masters of the Universe

One of the bigger difficulties that new GMs tend to have when first encountering Numenera is how to adequately convey the weird science-Fantasy nature of the setting.

I’ve found that one shorthand that helps people get it right away is to basically explain that Numenera’s setting is very much like Eternia from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

How so? Well, let’s go over the details:

Wind Raider Box Art, from http://www.grayskullmuseum.com

1) Swords and Shields next to Blasters and Flying Vehicles

Numenera assumes that there are various magical artifacts that can do all sorts of wondrous things because of their magical nature. How [...]

Monteporte 46 - Celebration with the Disco Gnomes

We follow the underground pathway for a bit longer, and eventually come to a small building area known as Crossroads. We're met by a gnome in armor, with a golem of some sort, 10' tall or so. For moral support.  

They discover (because we tell them) that they've come home, to Crossroads. A celebration must ensue! 

They take us to their main city, PrinceTown, which +Ken H lovingly rendered in full detail. The primary city is under a large metal dome - defensible and artistic. It is smooth, with no visible seams or joins. It looks like one piece of steel. Each door can be seen opening and closing, but the doors themselves are quite thick, and seem to open themselves, automatically.

We had a party, and the mayor gave a speech. The Hobgoblins came, stole their friends, and these heroes, (for a healthy price), rescued them, yea ha! Bless this food, this gathering, and these heroes, etc. Amen.
+Daniel McEntee arrives. We tell him we're at a Gnome feast. He asks if we're on the menu. We say no, and continue.
We gain some knowledge about the map of the Gnome's territories, a large land, and note that we came through Benn's house. The map shows Benn's House to Princetown, and that was about 94 squares. Um. Rough guess about 30 miles, making the extent of the Gnome lands about 10 miles by 6 miles. Making it larger than Rhode Island (kidding. Mostly.)

In any case, we [...]

OSRIC Print Order Arrived & Unboxing

My OSRIC Print order was waiting for me when I got home from work tonight. As I posted earlier, I ordered the hard cover Player’s Guide and the softcover A5 lay flat full rules. My plan was to have them in time for Marmalade Dog, when I will be running Village of Hommlet as part […]

Winter is Coming - NYC Style

Found this at syracuse.com.

NYC is closing down the subway system at 11 PM. It has never completely shut down the system for snow before (the subways did close for the last 2 hurricanes.)

Getting to work tomorrow should be... interesting.

Events like this always make me think of weather events in RPGs.

I've TPK'ed a party with a random winter storm from hell in my early days (thanks Dragon Magazine) of gaming. It's got me thinking about some divine weather events that could involve the party, but it shouldn't be directly. Town folks would be in need of protection or some such.

Let's see what happens tomorrow and if I get snowed in...

1d10 Random High Level Encounters From The Supernatural Ice Realm Table For Your Old School Post Apocalyptic Campaigns

What happens to a world where the demi elemental plane of ice touches the Earth? A world where the plane of Ice descends taking the world by cataclysmic surprise. The 'Supernatural Storm' was such an event coating the Earth in a wreath of storms and blanketing the world in an incredible event of cosmic proportions. This is a world of winter savagery,sorcery, and super science.It is a place of

Reaper Bones Day!!

It's been a while since our Reaper Bones Day - and I'm ashamed to admit that I'm just NOW getting around to posting this since it was done in September, 2013.  Yeah, more than a year sitting in the vault...but, it's here now - and with Reaper Bones II coming up we're set to have more than one more of these little sit ins.   Better late than never, I suppose - in most cases.
We picked a good cross-section of sci-fi and fantasy miniatures to paint, of varying sizes.  For this project, we'd be using the Army Painter system.  Sprays, paints and Quickshade would all be [...]

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell's Heart

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell's Heart



A devilish invading armada is bent on subjugating the islands of the Shackles, culminating in an epic battle at the edge of the Eye of Abendego using whatever forces you can muster. If you manage to defend your home against betrayal, danger, and the Empire of Cheliax, then you can assume your place at the head of the Pirate Council and take the mantle of the Hurricane King for your own.


The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: From Hell's Heart Adventure Deck is a 110-card expansion featuring fantastic loot, plunder, [...]

Why You Should Play - Weird Wars Rome

Hold fast, recruit, for a word from your Decanus!

I welcome you all to read this post, but note that it is definitely targeting those folks in the Savage Worlds community (Savages) who have yet to purchase Weird Wars Rome, or who may have Kickstarted the project but never opened the PDF files.  That said, if you are a fan of historical games, but have yet to play Savage Worlds, you should stick around too!  

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Over the last few years, I've come to love [...]

WoTR: Convincing the Churches, part 5

"I'm sorry.  We already donated at the office."
(Dragon Age Inquisition - quote mine)CHURCH OF ASMODEUSRellius, Archpriest of Asmodeus, is actually quite willing to assist against demonic incursions and will even happily set up, at the church's own expense, a cathedral within Drezen so long as he is convinced that they have a method to hold the city and so long as they can maintain that cathedral for 100 years (non-consecutive if the city falls again) and allow the Chelish to take command of any 10% treasure located by any army containing Chelish troops.  If they accept, they will gain [...]

Shadowvale 003


Unfortunately their companion, Aramil, has gone to the other side, and Kairon is more than willing to assist in his travels.

The party:
Funes Borghieri the Human Warlock
Davril the Half-Orc Druid
Kairon the Tiefling Paladin

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How Dwarf Trees are used for Fairy Cities.

This was originaly a comment I left on Jason Bricks discussion about a fantasy version of Dwarf Trees.The basic premise is, what appears to be a small tree above ground is actually a huge underground tree.
I decided I would post one of my responses here as I find it interesting and wanted to save it, since I will likely use it in later campaigns.

You can view the original discussion here. Which contains more fun ideas about The Dwarf's Trees.

When dwarf trees ( or The Dwarf's Trees as some people call them) grow in a [...]


Passing colour tests. Would love to include the paintwork exercise after the previous redhead practice – but could get in bother for posting an oily image of a celebrity. On from all the stretching structure to plenty of paint. I’ll skip the celebrity part next up.

Have to make do [...]


I haven't picked up Bruce Heard's Calidar setting, yet.
I was a fan of the Voyages of the Princess Ark and of his writing.  But I wonder how much those article's charm (and Mystara's) he channels?
So, my question for those who have taking the Calidar plunge, is it worth it?  
Do you recommend it?
And why?

Happy GenCon Housing Hunger Games!

Yesterday, there was quite a stir around GenCon attendees as the Housing Lottery opened up and everyone was scrambling for rooms near the hotel. For a lot of people, this is the only way they’ll be able to attend, by getting rooms nearby, as they have a ton of gear to lug around the con, especially if they’re doing panels or doing craft-making demonstrations. Other people are running lots of games, and simply can’t carry [...]

January 2015 Update

Not much to report since last month, except my local FYE store closed and had massive clearance sales. Got lots of stuff.

Pics of my first and second trips below (didn’t make pics of third and final trip, which was couple dozen more DVDs).

First Trip – the one whited out by the flash is “Heavy Metal.”

Second Trip – SF

Second Trip – Non-SF

Also got a Blu-Ray player that upscales DVD playback, so been watching a lot of movies lately.

Filed under: blogging, movies, retro, sci-fi, TV show Tagged: blogging, movies

I'd like to be able to dodge the issue saying that errors like these happen all the time

The truth is that i fouled up.

The first print run of Into the Odd has been printed with the wrong back cover. This is the cover I wanted:

This is the cover that got printed (the colour is fine, it’s just my camera being weird with halogen lights.

The back cover has a blurb and a wrong illustration and trade dress.

So I’m going to destroy them and have a new batch printed correctly.

Now, if you want the “original misprinted edition”, write me, and you’ll get shipped one. The day I receive the correct printing I’m going to destroy the remaining wrong [...]

RPG Review -- 10 Paladin Magic Items

By Endzeitgeist This pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look! We kick off this pdf with 2 new enchantments – harm’s way allowing you to intercept attacks on adjacent allies [...]

The post RPG Review – 10 Paladin Magic Items appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.

Free Comic Book Madness Monday : Dagar the Invincible #3 As Fodder For Your Old School Sword And Sorcery Campaigns

Jesse Santos artwork, 1976. via Dennis Ray fromMarty Hirchak's COMIC BOOK SHOWCASEon Face Book . Growing up, I grew up reading Gold Key's Dagar The Invincible, recently Dark Horse comics produced an exceptional hardback of the adventures of Dagar. According to Wiki:Tales of Sword and Sorcery Featuring Dagar the Invincibleis acomic bookseries created by writerDonald Glutand artist

Monday Gunday Product Review: Witt Machine Muzzle Brake for Mosin-Nagant 91/30

Back in March I received a Witt Machine Muzzle Brake (normally $85, but I got mine through a group-buy that only cost $55) for my now-infamous Mosin-Nagant 91/30. (Witt Machine also makes M44 brakes.)

As you can see from the attached photos, this is not a cheap brake that clamps on with a single screw and will end up flying downrange after a few shots; this is a solidly machined piece of anodized aluminum that sockets onto the barrel exactly like a bayonet does, and is then further secured by no less than four screws.

The [...]

Domains as actors, part deux: perks

After the first installment, I felt the need to make domains more unique. At the moment they are only distinguished by their fortification, domain type and of course by their topology, or connectedness.
The way domains are connected to each other is very important. In Risk, lands have only one stat (the continent they belong to), yet Ukraine is way more important than, say, Madagascar. For the same reason, make domains connect in interesting ways.

At any rate, here’s a first list of perks. I suggest each domain has a 1 chance in 4to get a random perk, and if they [...]

Reviews of Into The Odd, Wonder & Wickedness and Chthonic Codex

New products came out, and people wrote reviews. If you wrote one not in the list, let me know.

Into the Odd

Author: Chris of Soogagames(go there for more material) who by the way just released a free-as-beerOddpendium.

Over at In the Shadow of Puzzled Vikings Daniel Luce has a solo playthorugh and some encounters.

Alex Chalk wrote a review in his blog To Distand Land.

Noah Stevens (of the Noah Tax) reviews it atHapless Mercenary

Sophia Brandt’s review at Space Beyond Reality

By the way, Levi Kornelsen, who made the supersweet ItO cover, made a great moderncharacter sheetand then another more old looking.

This section ends with [...]

Ebon by Greg Porter uses a directed graph for the character... I'm not joking!

Ebon is rare. It's rare to find a character mechanic that is surprising, unique, woven into the system and described in two pages. Attributes, secondary attributes and skills now look so... well... pedestrian. I'm going to jump straight into the gorgeousness. The heart of the graphAspects describe your character and flow from one to another like snaking rivulets on a rain sodden window. The river flow begins with Primary Aspects that describe raw talent, slither through Secondary (honed talents), slosh into tertiary aspects (broad life experiences) before sploshing into Reserves, which represent your ability to withstand hardships.

The Aspects are [...]

Listserv - Going, Gone

It was going to happen sooner or later, I have to admit it was much, much later than I ever would have thought.

I just got this email from Wizards of the Coast regarding the listserv emails.


On February 15, 2015, Wizards of the Coast will terminate our LISTSERV
system that manages this (and other) mailing lists. We've watched the usage
of these mailing lists dwindle due to the rise of other communication
platforms, such as forums and social media. Given this decreased usage, we
have made the decision that it was time to turn them [...]

Olde School Wizardry: Return to the Vampire Tower of Death

I don't usually post about the long-running, bi-monthly role-playing campaign that I run with adults but, on a whim, I decided to share a session report.  The game mechanics of Olde School Wizardry are more complex than those I usually play, but since we wrote it ourselves those disadvantages sort of melt away in the face of all the flexibility it offers.  See what you think:

In a recent session of Olde School Wizardry, our homebrew, all-wizard role-playing game, Collegium Mysterium practicum students Pronk, T.Table and A. Wensel were assigned the task of recovering [...]

BROGFest is Over -- I'm Ready to do it Again!

Wow, what a weekend! I just spent the last four days wargaming and it was an awesome time as always. This post is a just a quick note to let everyone know that I will be posting some game reviews and BROGFest overviews in the coming days.

~ Modoc
Le joueur de guerre

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A Good Book: London Falling by Paul Cornell

This is going to hurt my geek cred, but when I picked up London Falling (its sample was mind boggling good), I didn't realize he'd been writing comics for ages (Demon Knights for DC).

The premise is essentially, a police procedural mixed with witches and ghosts mixed with football (soccer).  As good as it is (its damn fine), I think if I were a brit, it would punch me even harder on levels that I can't relate to as I'm no soccer fan.

The writing is robust and gritty and hurtful and the characters have grown and evolved [...]

RPG Review -- The Channeler

By Endzeitgeist This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we? The channeler is an arcane casting class that casts spontaneous via charisma and gets no armor or shield proficiency, but may use simple [...]

The post RPG Review – The Channeler appeared first on G*M*S Magazine.

Magic Item Monday (Lands of Ludolog): Burrowing Ghost Mine

Burrowing Ghost Mine Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th Slot---; Price 4,300 gp; Weight 21 lbs. DESCRIPTION This odd item looks like the head of a morningstar, its blue spikes tipped with red cones, all banded together by a brass ring. A burrowing ghost mine deals 5d6 damage in a 30-ft.-radius when detonated (no save). This […]

The post Magic Item Monday (Lands of Ludolog): Burrowing Ghost Mine appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Terraria Episode 011

After some Blood Moon shenanigans, down into the depths to look for Stuff, specifically Life Crystals as I start to move closer to taking on my first Boss Monster.

Find the playlist here!

Archery in fantasy stories

Archers are very common in fantasy stories; iconic characters like Legolas are archers, and they are based on quasi-historical figures like Robin Hood or William Tell.  And, of course, archers are important in actual Medieval military history, which informs so much of the fantasy genre in general.

However, I think we don't really understand archery anymore, because it's an obsolete skill.  For those of you who wish to re-emphasize archery, and maybe learn a thing or two about how it most likely actually worked in the Middle Ages, check out this video.

Yes; I realize that posting [...]

My Cat's Enemy Saved His Life

My cat has an enemy who is also a cat. We call her Mina (she has a scar on her forehead like Mina Harker and is also kind of mean).

Mina is a stray that's been hanging around our house ever since we moved in three years ago. I suspect that she was a pet of the former owners because she's pretty friendly with people; she just hates my cat. She shows up at our windows and outside the back porch and howls menacingly at him. This is weird because my cat, Tiger, is a neutered male and [...]

J'Rhazha is a Useless Coward (and Incredibly Fun to Play)

So, once I finally got my Rakasta rolled up, my previous speculations about his cowardice found their justification.

Str 7 (-1 damage and +1 to Thac0; this is important)
Dex 17
Int 16
Wis 15
Con 11
Cha 7 (He is not the most likable fellow)

Though he lucked out maxing his HP, he’s beyond useless in combat, but he’s okay with that! Fighting means he might die, and that’s no good for him!

Sometimes, when it’s clear the day is won, he might charge in with his gladius (which he can’t actually attack with) waving about wildly. He managed to do 2 [...]

The Lower Danks [Mini-Map Monday]

The Danks were once a marshland outpost for a community of Halflings in the Bogbrie Wetlands. Due to some basic construction errors, the structure soon sank into the marsh (becoming known as the Lower Danks) and were quickly occupied by Bollywugs. Let's get froggy!

"The Tales of the Emerald Serpent" Anthology: "Between" by Todd Lockwood

“[Todd Lockwood’s]strength is in his artist’s eye, offering beautiful description beside precise characterization.“ I’m a writer. What I mean by that is that I’m not an artist. I’ve taken some drawing classes and feel I can appreciate art when I see it, but it takes an exceptional artist to grab my attention and a truly...

"The Tales of the Emerald Serpent" Anthology: "Between" by Todd Lockwood

“[Todd Lockwood’s]strength is in his artist’s eye, offering beautiful description beside precise characterization.“ I’m a writer. What I mean by that is that I’m not an artist. I’ve taken some drawing classes and feel I can appreciate art when I see it, but it takes an exceptional artist to grab my attention and a truly...

Interview with Fan-Favorite Artist, Todd Lockwood

Todd Lockwood is one of the most recognized and prolific fantasy artists in the gaming industry. His work contributed to the reinventionof the 3rd Edition D&D Monster Manual, as well as the iconic characters of the 3rd Edition Player’s Handbook. He has painted the covers of R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Du’orden novels since 2001, and his...
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