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Numenera – “THE RELIQUARY” (is coming) by Monte Cook Games: Shut up and take my money, nerd messiah! (Image: obskures.de)

Weihnachten steht vor der Tr. Die amerikanischen Obernumerianer haben sich was voll [...]

Dungeon World: The Living Star and Various Bundles

We've got several new products today! Well, technically there's one new product plus a few new bundles, but Drivethru still counts them as individual products.

The first is that The Living Star is now on sale (and I'm really fucking proud of this cover). This is yet another strange concept from Melissa that we've been playtesting for about a month now.

She got the idea from a quote by Carl Sagan, that we're all made of star stuff, and just went with it: you're a human (or humanoid, we don't care if you're a dwarf or halfling) that [...]

Musings on This Blog's Name

As I explained in the About and here and elsewhere, the name of this blog comes from my brother, Robert, the DM mocking my character in his game, who hired all the mercenaries he could to deal with the large hordes of orcs in his territory and all of the troops dying, making it very […]

Review: Girls Elsewhere (a Heroine RPG Supplement)

Upfront point: massive apologies to Josh, because I said I'd do this review a long time ago. But there's no time like the present to change that! Girls Elsewhere is a supplement to Josh Jordan's storytelling game Heroine, which I reviewed previously on this blog last year. It's a supplement that expands the types of stories that you might tell with Heroine, and it's a wonderful way to broaden your scope of storytelling for the game.

What's Girls Elsewhere?
Girls Elsewhere is a supplement for Heroine that introduces a variety of settings for the game, along with helpful [...]

UD179: SciFi System Sampler

This week on UnderDiscussion Brady, Dustin, and Kevin talk about their favorite Sci-Fi RPGs!

YALP Ep. 25 "Star Wars: Age of Rebellion -- The Clanker Trail, Part VIIII"

The squad has finally made it’s way into the base and survived more than anyone should be expected to already.

They regroup in a suspicious hallway after encountering a strange voice that seems to issue sinister instructions.

And there is a door.

And a simple opening mechanism.

But that voice…

All is not well, but the squad must press forward if they hope to unravel the mystery of the droid factory

How bad can it be?

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion "The Clanker Trail, Part VIIII"

Featuring the Gaming Talents of :

Sam Bigum as the GM

Brent Brown as Gelt, the Toydarian Politico

Josiah Herried as Orrin Kai, Human Smuggler

David Pickering [...]

Music -- Boris W/Sunn O))), The Sinking Bell (Blue Sheep)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Hen In The Wolf House

A Hen In The Wolf House - relating to Agent Simmons working undercover in Hydra - was a wonderful slow boiler that built to an impressive, and informative, climax. Under pressure from Hydra to get The Obelisk back from "The Doctor" (Kyle MacLachlan) - aka Skye's father - Raina tried to blackmail Phil Coulson into handing Skye over to her, so father and daughter could be reunited and The

RPG Thinktank -- The End of the World with Special Guests: Nightfall Games

Our weekly RPG brainstorming session features two special guests: Dave Allsop and +Jared Earle. They are the creators of 90s cult-classic SLA Industries and between them run Nightfall Games [ http://nightfall.co/ ]

This Week’s Topic: The End of the World
Our guests will be joining us to discuss RPG scenarios for the apocalypse because for post-apocalyptic role playing, you need an apocalypse.

So what was it? Did the world end with a bang or a whimper? Was it man-made, natural or even alien? Did it level cities or leave them standing as eerie testaments to man's folly? And what sort of world [...]

Soloplay - CotMA Va - Coda

In doing the accounting after the last foray, I noticed that one of the scrolls they recovered was Explosive Runes.  That's not an ACK's spell, so I looked up the definition from ADD 1e.  A mage has a 5% chance per level to notice the runes.  Myrphines rolled a 54 -BOOM!  The details were recorded in this letter to S. Cornelies Cethgi, the Publican (Tax Farmer) for Epirus Nova from his son Tertius.


After the Rain ep19 : Houses of the Blooded

After the Rain

Episode Nineteen

A dear friend of ours, Aina, had been wanting to play a role-playing game for a while.  We scheduled a session and had her try Fiasco (The Letter) and it was a blast!  We then got her gaming feet wet with Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space (Cat's Eyes), with Rocky handling the game mastering, and that was pretty fun!   After those two sessions, Aina asked for the big leap forward:  Houses of the Blooded.  So what could I do but grant her wish?  And best of all, tied [...]

The Spooky Castle

  In my Blackstone campaign (AD&D 2e S&P) the main party is name level and have built a large fortress/cathedral on the border controlling a pass in the mountains/hills. The fortress is made from the local stone (black granite) and sits on a bluff voer looking a river. The name of the massive black fortress that looms over the countryside?
  The Lord of the fortress?
  Doomsman the Destroyer.
  Of course, Doomsman is Neutral Good and there is a cathedral within the fortress for a Lawful Good cleric.

  The kids love the [...]

Elthos UI - One Small Step

1st Ajax call of Elthos I don't usually write about technical progress with the Elthos RPG website, but this advance is kind of a big deal for the UI. Finally, after a long time of working on other more fundamental aspects of the project, mostly on the back end, I have made a number of forays into the UI / UX space. My first major accomplishment (those who know how easy this actually is,

Trollbabe and Actions: Setting the Parameters of Contests

  A fifth look at the ideas of Ron Edwards expressed in his game Trollbabe.   My first article considered the concept of Hero as a nexus of change.   The second in this mini-series discussed the use of scale in Trollbabe.   Third in the series gave examples for the first five scales.   …

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Featured Artists: Mates Laurentiu

Mates Laurentiu was born in a small Romanian town not far from the Carpathian mountains. Self trained and dedicated to the life of an artist at a very young age, Mates has worked on a wide array of products from personal portraits for individuals to cover art appearing on many popular roleplaying game books. Most […]

The post Featured Artists: Mates Laurentiu appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Gategully Episode 75

In order to prevent a wild-eyed clothes-maker from being driven insane, I finally open up the Caverns…

Find the playlist here!

Worldbuilding 101 - Part 14: Social Strata

The final parts of the cultural details are the various power structures used by each group.
Overall, the power structure of a setting is typically defined by the power structure of the dominant group, in this case it's the aristocracy of the Empire of the Sun. In order to avoid a major conflict with this dominant group, other cultures pay lip service to the Empire's aristocracy (at worst), and in some cases follow it fanatically (at best); but most people just let the empire deal with their own matters while living their lives according to their own cultural values. [...]

This Just In!

“Rachel, Lulu’s customer support guru, went out for tea. She read the leaves. They said: “Expand the 30% flash sale for three more days and make it even flashier. Include hardcover books. Go big.” So we are! We’re giving you one last chance to take advantage of this amazing deal and get a start on your holiday shopping.

Today through November 24, get 30% off all softcover books with code FLASH30 and 50% off all hardcover books with code HC50. It's our way of saying thank you! You can thank Rachel’s tea.”

Why not pick up a copy of Cave of the [...]

Never Use The Bathroom

Never use the bathroom while playing D&D.

I mean it.


What happened?  I'll tell you what happened.  So, the party is in Suzail, the capital of Cormyr.  Lady Sarafina is trying to be of service to the crown in order to bump up her Cormyrian noble status to something above 'Lady Consort to her Husband the Earl.'  Yeah, sure, she's a Vicountess in a fealty chain extending to Neverwinter, but Sarafina thinks Lord Neverember is a prick and will never bow down before him.  Thus she finds herself trying to kiss the King of Cormyr's ass. [...]

5e DMG Preview -- Poisons

All Previews | Table of Contents | Creating a Multiverse | Creating NPC Characters | Villainous Class Options | Traps | Magic Item Tables | Deck of Many Things | Magic Items A-Z | Figurine of Wonderous Power | Magic Rings | Eye and Hand of Vecna / Orb of Dragonkind | Poisons | Fire Arms, Explosives, and Alien Technology | Races and Subraces | Random Dungeons

From Wizards of the Coast:
“In today's preview, we look at just one of the rules for helping run your game; this time, the use of poison.”

Download the PDF version | [...]

The State of Things

Since Gamehole Con, things have been kind of stagnant for me personally, at least from a gaming standpoint. Our 3.5e campaign trucks on, and is nearing its climax. The last session was a bit of a downer, especially when compared to the previous one. Ahnuld almost got taken down my a demon. That in itself is no big surprise. But considering that in the previous session he had stood toe-to-toe with a Balor, the outcome of a mere Merelith's attacks was disappointing. But, in all honesty, I just had a night of crappy rolls. So, there's that.

Anyways, now [...]

DVD Of The Week: Star Wars - The Clone Wars: Lost Missions (2014)

If I've got this right, Disney struck an exclusive deal with Netflix (in the States) to air the sixth, and final, season of The Clone Wars (also known as The Lost Missions), however somewhere along the way nobody thought to license Netflix UK to show the cartoon. Because, of course, you know, Star Wars, it's only an American thing, right? However, the wait is finally over with the release of

It's the Little Things

  Gamemasters like to work on campaigns; we polish them, we add details, we add histories, we do research. From thousands of years of history outlines to detailed NPCs we all like to make our campaigns not just unique but memorable.
  I've seen guys make:
  -Incredibly detailed pantheons of gods with unique spells, dress, rituals, etc. for each one
  -Unearthly worlds like one where it was set on hundreds of tiny moons in a vast cloud of air and people used flying boats to travel
  -Unique systems of magic that required effort and roleplaying to work

Kickstart Your Weekend: Jim Balent & Holly G's Crossover: When Magick Meets Manga !

I will freely and happily admit I am a fan of the Tarot Comics from Jim Balent.
I am also a big fan of Holly Golightly's "School Bites" webcomic.

In fact I have featured their characters here a number of times over the years for a variety of systems.

Tarot Witch of the Black Rose
  • Mutants and Masterminds, 2nd Edition
  • Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition
  • True20
  • Cinematic Unisystem
  • Superbabes
Cherri Creeper, Witch Girls Adventures.

But I have never brought them together.

Well Jim and Holly are going to do that now in a new crossover comic book.

6 tips for using free art in your RPGs

This guest post is from Chris Tregenza, the creator of the 6d6 RPG, and helps game designers get the most out of free art for their RPGs. Previously, Chris wrote 4 great places to get free art for RPGs which is a good companion piece to this post.

The 6d6 Core 2nd edition is available at DrivethruRPG and uses Creative Commons material itself.

It may look like the internet is awash with art and photograph just waiting to be used for free in your RPG book but it is not that easy. Assuming you wish to produce a professional (or at least [...]

The Wombat Workshop

A Magenta Graffito.Little Notebooks for Big Adventures.
The Wombat Workshop is presently A Thing.

I've sold a couple of notebooks. I've talked it up a little at work, and I gave away a few of my prototypes. I have people at work interested in buying. I will have a table at a friend's small craft fair in a couple of weeks, in an environment with hopefully other interested buyers.

The Wombat Workshop is born. Or maybe Wombat's Workshop? What sounds better to you? Maps for sale will fall under this business name as well, I think.

If you're [...]

A Mage from Poisonwood II Pt.2: Duel at Blackgut's Lair

With myself and Vorox reduced to rabbits Tweena the dungeoneer leapt into action. She snatched me up somersaulted through the Otkid savages and leapt into the dragonsaurus' saddle. The creature bolted from the battle leaving our assailants in the mud soon enough we arrived at our destination the smoking ruins of the town of Blackwood. As Tweena guided the Greyshadow, the dragonsaurus, into town the town druid, Ebol Blackleaf stepped into our path turning us back and taking us to his dwelling, an ancient hollowed tree where he restored me and Vorox.

As he told it the half-giant marshal was dead, his skull posted on a spear under Blackgut's flag (bearing a black skull on a red field) in what used to be the center of town. The Broken Branch tavern had been burned to the ground. During the siege the town had sent out messengers but none had gotten through the battle lines. Blackgut had captured a number of able-bodied men for slaves and currently demands a "tax" from all who would occupy the Black Wood. He put us for the night, I doesed myself with some Yellow Lotus, for a sleep aid.

We ate a vegetarian breakfast served by the druid and the other pair went into the ruins of the town to find use the blacksmith's forge to repair their damaged armor. I tried to scry on Blackgut again but something was blocking my magic. After they returned in the late afternoon Blackleaf pointed out the hidden path to the troll's lair. After about an hour we were cresting the ravine and neared the bridge above his lair (see A Mage from Poisonwood Pt.2) when a group of black-bellied Otkids leapt from the bushes and charged us.

We recognized the savages as those that had defeated us just a day [...]

Frugal GM Review: Bean! The D2 Second Edition

This week DriveThruRPG is having a special "Teach Your Kids to Game" week.

Yeah....I don't have any kids and neither do any of my regular players, so for the most part "simpler" games for teaching kids to role-play mean jack squat to me....

...unless you factor in these games are also most excellent replacements for slightly inebriated players. When we tried to play the appropriately-named Murderhobos while having a few....libations, it wasn't bad, but some things were a bit "off" as far as what I think a good "Beer, more beer, a few shots, and pretzels" game should [...]

Two Dungeon Masters... At Once?!

This week we kicked off Hoard of the Dragon Queen at the shop. The table is heavy-laden with 12 players, but we managed to get through most encounters in Greenest in Flames by splitting the group in two and going on separate missions. The game played fairly smoothly, but when the group split, I left 6 players twiddling their thumbs while the other group did their thing, then flipped it.

After the session, I was chatting [...]

DIE Alone: The Scrolls of Ruledom III: The Doing of Stuff

There are two ways to go about performing actions in DIE Alone. 
The first way is outlined in the rules and pertains primarily to rules. If something is Easy, then you must roll 1-3 on D6. Medium 4-5 of Hard is a straight 6. As your own Gamemaster, it is up to you to choose what level the Difficulty is. Reading a spellbook might be Easy for a Mage, but Hard for a Warrior, etc. 
The Second is when something directly pertains to the character. In this case, you have to roll equal to, or under the Character's Stat. [...]

By the Lords of Kobol, I would buy this!

This is apparently a demo reel done as a "proof of concept" to propose redoing the special effects of the original Battlestar Galactica using CGI, in much the same way they redid the effects for the classic Star Trek a couple of years ago.

Oh man would I buy this. In a heartbeat.

  Demo Reel - Remastering A Classic from Merrick on Vimeo.

Hooray for Lulu Hardcovers!

Lulu has a new coupon code valid through November 24th.  Type in "HC50" and receive a 50% discount on hardcover books!!!  You just can't beat that!

Let's read some suggestions from you guys.  Below are a few things I just picked up.  What other RPG-related Lulu hardcovers are worth checking out?

  • Fantastic Heroes & Witchery
  • Dyson's Delves I and II (revised)
  • ???


Update on shipping costs

Two weeks ago I posted about the rising shipping costs. In that email I talked about ever sinceRogue Gamesstarted flat shipping is something I have used due to usingLightning Source for printing, and the fact that I can print not just in the United States, but the UK and Australia.

With the rising costs, I asked you to help me decide how much I should raise shipping.

The results are in, and I am surprised. I thought those who took the time to answer one question, would pick the lowest cost. Instead they picked the highest cost.

Thank you for your input.

So what [...]

The Making Of Mythica: Gods & Magic...

This five-minute featurette is a first look behind-the-scenes at Mythica: A Quest for Heroes, the latest production from Arrowstorm, who have been bringing roleplaying games to live-action cinema better than anyone for years.

Friday Link Dump 11/21/2014

With all the Alpha Enigma Savage Worlds stuff we've been playing (and I've been writing), this week's link dump is very sci-fi focused... If you're looking to generate a random solar system for your sci-fi universe, this is a pretty decent place to start. It isn't perfect, but it'll do in a pinch. Note: If you know of a better one, please send me a link! Need to figure out exactly what's in

Skeleton Crew RPG -- Now OPEN!

You heard me, playtesting for the Skeleton Crew rpg is now open! Click here, send us a comment, and receive a free copy of the rulebook, in all of it’s gruesome glory.

In the meanwhile, this week I’m sharing with you our feedback sheet- mostly for those who are helping with the playtest, but also in case anyone out there wants to use it as a basis for their own feedback forms. Likewise, we’re not above suggestions: is there a vital question we missed? Let us know!


Part 1: Getting to Know YOU

Name (Or, if you prefer, Internet Handle [...]

The Key to Marina

The Key to Marina The latest module by 4 Dollar Dungeons clocks in at 79 […]

The Friday Grab Bag - RPGing in the News

No surprise with a new edition of Dungeons & Dragons coming out that RPGing should be in the news now more than ever.  The pleasant surprise is just how positive the vast majority of news is.

First is an account of someone taking their first steps into RPGing and the surprising results.  Read more on BlogHer here.

Next, an Entertainment reporter from MYFOXNY explains that "Gaming unplugged: Fantasy role playing still popular."  Find out more here.

Finally, on the PBS Idea Channel on YouTube they ask, "Can Dungeons & Dragons Make You A Confident & Successful Person?" [...]

Edo's Game Reviews: Seven Dragons -- Episode 22

Seven Dragons by Andrew Looney was recommended to me after my Guillotine review and I'm quite happy I picked it up. It is a tile laying game for 2-5 players where each player is trying to be the first to connect 7 dragons of their color on the growing board. Play is fast and straight forward, but there is enough variance in the tiles and action cards that the game stays interesting. This is a great family game and it is worth note that the game comes with instructions on how to play with all age levels down to Pre-K. [...]

Adventure Skeleton: Game or not a Game at all -- Part II

Adventure Skeleton presents a framework for adventures that you can flesh out with specific details for your game. They are intended to work with as many settings and styles of game as possible.


It is the time of the year, where contestants reach for the sky in order to win the Trophy of the Spiritual. They have come from all over the place; and each team has set up their best contestants in order to stand a chance. Will the title-holder defend the title, will a new parvenu climb the throne, will there be even more scandals than last year?

The Game

In [...]

Setup for Success: Using the Calendar

No matter what day it is, it’s always a normal day. Roleplaying tends to take place mostly in environments where there’s nothing unusual going on… except for the horrible trauma. What I mean is that we rarely take into account the calendar in our games. One way of adding depth and life to your world is to use special days, seasons, and weekends. This week, we’re taking a look at what the calendar can offer to our games.

What does the calendar do for you?

People tend to make plans based around the numbers on their calendars. We look forward to holidays, [...]

Sore Kitty Loser

Psionic Bestiary

Psionic Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 105 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 […]

WEG d6 Star Wars Roleplaying Game REUP

I've uploaded the Star Wars RPG revised, expanded, and updated document to my dropbox here.  If anyone wants to use it for their personal, non-commercial use in order to play the out-of-print West End Games version of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, then enjoy!

Even though my hardcover, full color Lulu version was taken down (thanks to an alarm-sounder on rpg.net - hope you received the Emperor's reward of 30 credits), I'm going to re-upload it presently.  Access will only be granted to those who personally make a comment on this blog post and then email me.

Enrich Your Campaign With Kingdom Events

Ed Larmore, creator of the Scabard RPG Manager, sent me a great and simple Kingdom Events table and generator.Use this to connect random kingdom events to each other and the player characters.A nice way to do a little world building and campaign prep at the same time. Download the Kingdom Events PDF

The post Enrich Your Campaign With Kingdom Events appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

Real Life: How I narrowly escaped death

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Kiddos Game

Had our first neighborhood friends kiddos game last night. It was myself and my buddy Mike with nine kiddos. Their mission was to get the map of the doughnut chamber from the ogre brute Blizduk. I used a home brew quick d6 system for it that had three stats and some skills and told the kids they could do whatever they wanted.

They had a blast and so did yours truly. Sharing my love of the game with so many young minds was a real treat.

Highlights of the game included the Robot tossing an ogre ax [...]

Making Magic Dangerous

Making Magic Dangerous

I like it when magic is dangerous to cast... That the players know that their character is messing with forces beyond their full comprehension, but the ability to wield that power is beyond the risk. It's one of the reasons I'm so fond of Dungeon Crawl Classics.


Aside for those unfamiliar with the DCC rules: When a wizard casts a spell they must make a spell check (rolling a d20 + Intelligence modifier + level) to hit a target number. For level one spells the base success rate is a DC of 12. The higher the caster rolls, the [...]

Trail of the Scorpion has released!

Race like a pack of Terrolinian Wolves to buy it here. If you wisely decide that you would prefer to join the Order of the Scribe, pre-order a print + pdf copy here

Trail of the Scorpion is a great opportunity to get onboard Rocket Age, the radium fueled game of interplanetary adventure. You get six Episodes (one by yours truly) constructed to be played alone or in sequence as an epic campaign.

If you haven't checked it out before, now is a great time. Rocket Age won an ENnie earlier this year as the game most likely to [...]

Behind the DM Screen (September 2014)

Mike, Sam, and Jeff get together once more to talk about their gaming in September of 2014.
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