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Index: Low-End Loot

Low-End Loot: An Index to the Series

Scavengers and Foragers dare the dangers of the Burned Over District, sifting through wreckage and crawling about in ruins in search of forgotten or buried stockpiles of food or medicines, caches of useful things left-over from before the last war...but those sorts of finds are increasingly more difficult to uncover or discover. A lot of what they find tends to be so much Trinkets and Trash or Low-End Loot...

Low-End Loot I
Low-End Loot II
Low-End Loot III
Low-End Loot IV
Low-End Loot V
Low-End Loot VI


I Must be Paranoid - Paranoia RPG Kickstarter

How many versions of Paranoia are there now? Three West End Games versions and two Mongoose editions? Actually, this would make three Mongoose editions.

So, the latest would be the 6th Edition of Paranoia.

Do we really need 6 editions of Paranoia? Really, do we? I'm asking this question as someone who came on board with the very first edition of the game and quickly realized the rules were worthless - it was all play and players. Seriously. Charts, rolls, weapons, powers - all paled compared to notes being passed back and forth and clones falling by the wayside.

You could just as easily reprint the 1st Edition Paranoia rules as a limited run collectible and probably get the same results on Kickstarter [...]

Daily Punch 10-23-14 BioGel item for Shadowrun 5e

Tired of mages looking right through you? How about an option to keep those pesky mages at bay? How about BioGel from you friends at Horizons!


Item Avail Cost

BioGel Rating x4 Rating x 1,000


BioGel is a living product that closely mimics living tissue. A cybernetic equipment can be modified (costing one capacity and 1,000Y) to allow BioGel to be implanted into a specialty compartment that provides give a -1 dice pool penalty to all assensing checks. [...]

Conpulsion 2014 -- Sarah Newton Interview -- Mindjammer

Mindjammer is a far-future transhumanist science fiction game from Mindjammer Press, powered by Fate Core. Liz talks to the mind behind Mindjammer, Sarah Newton, to discover why being able to play (amongst other things) a sentient starship is just so awesome!

Trollbabe and Scale: Examples of Heroic Power, Part 2

  A fourth 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, and part one of today’s article, gave examples for the …

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[map] Trenkar's Landing: hex1712

Here’s some work in progress of my little corner of Trenkar’s Landing, hex1712. What I have to work with here is a pure water hex, so I’ve opted for a reef area, dotted with lighthouses. The shoals dotted with reefs and islands are a nightmare to nagvigate, so five lighthouses were constructed to help ships […]

October Horror Movie Challenge - The Dunwich Horror (1970)

Synopsis: Wilbur Whateley visits Arkham's Miskatonic University to borrow the Necronomican. Little do the students and faculty know that he's not quite human.

The Good: While it's definitely a 70's flick and it isn't like most of the "Lovecraftian" movies I've seen The Dunwich Horror definitely has elements of the source material. I'll be honest, I squee'd when I heard them say the name Dr. Henry Armitage.

The Bad: This flick is a trippy 70's B movie. The acting isn't the greatest.The pacing is different. The movie is quite slow until shit hits the fan, then it moves at a [...]


It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man...
H. L. Mencken
No. Enc.: 1d4 (3d6)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 180' (60')
Armor Class: 6/13
Hit Dice: 2 (d10)
Attacks: 1
Damage: 1d6 (claw), 1d4 (bite), or by weapon
Save: F3
Morale: 6

The majority of their ancestors served as cargo-handlers, stevedores and longshoremen for the Airships from Muniz, Valstoy and Brez; all the places where Orangs were summarily banned after the uprising that had left half the Septigoorean Archipelago in flames and bloody ruin. Most of the rest were domestic [...]

Saturday Spell-Frostbite

Here’s a basic spell from Lyet Highfall’s arsenal for encharging his daggers for icedamage. To make it an encharge, we need an Order finger, since we have no words in Stealth Magic. To make the encharge have multiple charges instead of a single rolled burst, we need another order finger, as we would need for an encharge using words. That’s enough to spread the power over 4 charges with a 3 hour expiration time. With the remaining 12 DoP, we can add on 12 Zo arcs for 12*6 total ice damage split over 4 charges for 18 ice damage per [...]

The Retronaut: X-Men Trading Card Game

The Retronaut is a new section that looks at games from the past, from board games to CCGs. 

Back in 2000, Marvel was yet to become the movie powerhouse that it is today. Their previous efforts had been largely unsuccessful and superheroes were still solely in the realm of the comic enthusiast. Then X-Men the movie came on to the scene and single-handedly sparked a new generation of comic book films, with its deft writing, slick design and high-calibre actors. So Wizards of the Coast were quick to snap up the license from 20th Century Fox to produce [...]

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Mythos Arcanum, Gaming Paper Erasable, & Harwood's Wargaming Miniatures

Joe Aragon's Mythos Arcanum Kickstarter has just a few days left to fund and is edging up toward doing just that.  Check out his nifty RPG project here.

Eric Bauer's Gaming Paper Erasable project is nearly funded with over a month left to do so.  Very cool stuff made by these folks and I'll be keeping an eye on this as it comes to be.  See more here.

Harwood Hobbies: Next Wave of Wargaming Miniatures project on Kickstarter has met it's initial funding goal and is looking to hit some stretch goals over the next two weeks here.

The Old Asteroid Mine

I am inveterate re-user of maps. In this case, here's one that I created for my Edge of the Empire blog, repurposed for space fantasy.


Encounters in Space: The Old Asteroid MineFor use in any variety of ways is this mined-out asteroid, now abandoned serving as a home to a wing of gargoyles.

The AsteroidRefer to the appropriate map for the following area descriptions.
1. EntranceThe only indication that this asteroid has been worked is a hole fifteen feet in diameter. Should the PC's wish to access it, they'll need to maneuver their aethership [...]

The Kicker: Apocalypse Prevention, Inc Second Edition

Welcome to The Kicker, a new section where we look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Kickstarters. 

Shadowy organisations that exist to defend humanity from otherworldy beings - that's a genre that really clicks with me. Men in Black did it for aliens and Hellboy did it for essentially everything folklore-related, and Apocalypse Prevention, Inc follows a similar theme for demonic entities.
Image copyright Third Eye Games
I've never had the opportunity to play the first edition of API, but it's always been on my peripheral, so Third Eye Games' latest Kickstarter for [...]

Ben Gerber's Extra Life 24-hour Board and Card Game Live Blog

It Has Begun

Here it is! Start right now, 7 freaking AM in the morning, the board game bash has begun! It’s not too late to donate! Click here and 100% of your tax deductible donation will go to children’s hospitals!


Well, here I am! 6:57 am EST, the sun’s just coming up and I’ve already moved myself closer to a loss on five asynch games of Star Realms on iOS! Next up, I move to Ascension on iOS and then hopefully a rousing game of Sentinels of the Multiverse.

Here we go! I’ve spent a few minutes putting some finishing touches on [...]

Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG Announced

Schwalb Entertainment. Robert J. Schwalb kndigt mit Shadow of the Demon Lord ein eigenes, neues Dark Fantasy-Rollenspiel fr 2015 an, das im kommenden Frhjahr mithilfe der Crowdfunding-Plattform Kickstarter finanziert werden soll.

Die Meriten-Liste des Autors ist bemerkenswert. Er war unter anderem Lead Designer des Song of Ice and Fire-Rollenspiels von Green Ronin. Des Weiteren arbeitete an populren Systemen wie Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D 3E, 4E) unddem Cypher System (Numenera, The Strange). Dem Entwicklungsteam der berraschend gelungenen 5. Edition von D&D gehrte er ebenfalls an.

Shadow of the Demon Lord (Image: Schwalb Entertainment)

“… In Shadow of the Demon Lord, the [...]

Designing a Boffer LARP System (Part 29)

This series has touched on all sorts of elements relating to a LARP system.

From the basic mechanisms of hit points and actually hitting people with foam latex weaponry, through to character development, gathering people into factions, rules that bring a degree of safety and interact between the physical world and the fictional narrative.

The one thing we really haven't touched on at all is the system of performing actions outside the confines of combat. Since we're focusing on a game akin to an Australian Freeform, then dice are undesirable, but I'd still like there to be some [...]

Spawn: The Recall...

Spawn: The Recall is a fan film by Michael Paris. It is the story of a former witch and her son, who try to live a normal life away from the darkness. While they're shopping in a supermarket, the child suddenly disappears. She starts looking for him, freaked out knowing evil forces are still lurking. A security guard comes to her help but while they are checking on the surveillance cameras,

A tale of many cities

Taking a mini-break from prototyping work for the next version of the site… here’s some data of mild interest.

It’s about 65,000 recent visits on writeups.org, per city, and is typical of the traffic we get – folks who read English and have an interest in nerdy Western pop culture.

In case anybody is wondering :

  • The point South-Southwest of Lagos is actually Greece and Wales. Why are these fine folks appearing in the Gulf of Guinea ? I have no idea.
  • The big huge dot in Oregon is actually from Boatman, infamous for its Amazon hosting centre where many, many shady [...]

DC Heroes - Justice League of America: Siege

Back Cover:

The alarm sounds...

Killer Frost and Parasite, held at a S.T.A.R. Lab for study, are in a desperate effort to escape. The Justice League of America races from its outpost at the JLA Satellite to foil the villain' furious attempt.

Only Elongated Man remains behind.

And while the JLA battles its foes on Earth, from high above in the Satellite, the alarm sounds again.
The JLA Satellite is under siege.

Including Maps of the Justice League Satellite and character descriptions for Red Tornado and Parasite.

Black Blood in the Night, Part 4

Lower Deck (Forward & Starboard)

Click here for Part 3

40. Starboard Landing
This passageway leads to three key areas of the Black Blood: the gunnery deck (41), the bridge (50), and the ship's main temple hall (53). The door to the temple hall is locked and trapped (3d6 fire damage within ten feet of the door; save for half). The stairs (b) lead left to right up to Area 17 in the Bastion, and right to left down to Area 64 in the Ship's Hold.

When intruders reach this passageway, a figment flies by (either one [...]

Quick Shout Out For Anomalous Subsurface Environment ASE1 By Patrick Wetmore For Your Old School Campaigns

Grab It Right

The problem with the OSR is that the awesome stuff is often so spread out that you don't find out about it until years later. A good example of this is ASE1 and the writing of Patrick Wetmore. Now after zipping around LuLu site today I stumbled upon the unlikely title of Anomalous Subsurface Environment an adventure module and gonzo science fantasy setting. Why the hell didn't I know about this wonderful little piece of OSR wonderment years ago?
Apparently this sucker has a science fantasy vibe in the key of incredible. This [...]

The Braindead Dwarf Arrived From Sweden

+Jim Magnusson THIS is my kind of postcard ;)

October Horror Movie Challenge: The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Directed by John Hough, The Legend of Hell House is a British horror film based off the Richard Matheson novel. Physicist Lionel Barrett is enlisted by an eccentric billionaire to investigate the Belasco House, a location supposedly haunted by the spirit of a sadistic man, hoping to prove the existence of life after death. Barrett is accompanied by his wife Ann, mental medium Florence Tanner, and physical medium Benjamin Fischer (who is also the solve survivor of a previous visit to the house). The team must survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mysterious of the notorious "Hell [...]

October Movie Challenge: Twins of Evil (1971)

October Movie Challenge: Twins of Evil (1971)

I watched this one back in 2012 and lamented at the time that many of the scenes seemed cut. So I picked up the Blu-Ray hoping that the "deleted scenes" were included this time.

Not so much.

There is a deleted scene; Where Anton is playing his new song to the girls school.  Glad it was deleted.

There is however a very interesting documentary on the making of the Hammer Karnstein that might be worth the price of this disc alone.

The Blu Ray itself looks fantastic. [...]

The Mayans were right.

The Mayans were right.  
December 21, 2012.  The day of the winter solstice.  At 11:11 AM the Earth and the Moon line up with the Sun directly blocking the "center" of the Milky Way.  When eclipsed from that center, The Earth was deprived of the cosmic energy that flows from the heart of the galaxy.   

According to Humankind at the time, this is a certifiable end of the world.
The magnetic poles reversed instantly.  North became south and south beame north in a moment.  This dramatic reversal fried all electronics.  Ley Lines crashed up out [...]

The Joy of Used Books.

Ordered a used copy from Amazon, $4.50, shipped.

Opened it to see if it had any stories (besides those on the pages).

It's autographed.

RIP, Iain. Hope you're enjoying that perfect dram somewhere.

2014 Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon: Jonathan's Adventure

This blog will serve to chronicle my adventures in the Extra Life 2014 24hr Game-a-thon beginning when I wake on October 25, 2014. Be sure to keep an eye on Ben’s live blogging too.


In mine you will find photos of games played, thoughts about the day, and updates covering what I do during the fundraising event.


Want to DONATE? Do so here: Donate to Boston Children’s Hospital

Friday Link Dump 10/24/14

I can't really claim to have found this one online recently, but an often overlooked source of Magic: The Gathering articles is PureMTGO.com. I'm a big fan of some of their writers, and I even wrote a few articles for them a few years ago. I'm not exactly awesome when it comes to map creation, so a program like this one would go a long way toward making my games look better. A compilation

I'm Realizing we did Very Little "Sandboxing" Back in The Day

Now, when I say "we did very little sandboxing back in the day" I'm referring to the groups I played with back in junior high school, high school and college. Heck, when we first started playing, we didn't even have a setting - just dungeon crawl to dungeon crawl. I guess we would call his "episodic gaming" these days (thank God for Dungeon magazine.)

Heck, even when we had the World of Greyhawk folio and adventures like Temple of Elemental Evil, it's not like the players roamed around looking for adventure. The DM either had a dungeon he'd mapped out or a module he bought, and that was the adventure for the night. The world map was just to point out where it took [...]

Tyranny of Dragons - The Rise of Tiamat

This adventure is the sequel to Hoard of the Dragon Queen as well as the second and final part of the Tyranny of Dragons "storyline"/adventure path. It takes Dungeons & Dragons characters from level 8 to level 15.

You know, when you compare this to Pathfinder adventure paths, this is a very good deal. A Pathfinder path is $100 total for 6 books. This is just 2 books for a total of $60, and it should carry your group through 6 months of gaming (depending on how fast/slow your style is... I run fast - probably too fast).

Manshonyagger (Hunting Machines)

Carlotta stared at the machine. It had legs like a grasshopper, a body like a ten-foot turtle, and three heads which moved restlessly in the moonlight.

From the forward edge of the top shell a hidden arm leapt forth, seeming to strike at her, deadlier than a cobra, quicker than a jaguar, more silent than a bat flitting across the face of the moon.
Mark ElfCordwainer Smith
No. Enc.: 1 (0)
Alignment: Randomly Determined
Movement: 120' (40')
Armor Class: 3/16
Hit Dice:16 (d10) [repairs 1d4 hit points of damage per round spent dormant]
Attacks: 2
Damage: 2d10/2d10 [...]

Pyramid #3/72 - Alternate Dungeons Review (Pointless Slaying and Looting)

This is an issue that could be a lot of fun. Dungeon Fantasy is full of entertaining tropes, some used for amusement, some for simplification, and some for the one true purpose of absolute and total mayhem.

Ahem. Sorry.

But Alternate Dungeons takes this and attempts to come at you sideways. I strongly suspect, given that every article in this issue was written by a headliner, that there's plenty more where that came from, but let's go with what we have.

I'll be publishing this review one article at a time, but maybe more than one per day as I can find time. So check back!

Pointless Slaying and Looting ( +Sean Punch )

Summary: Sean (sort of ) throws points out the window, and reduces character creation in Dungeon Fantasy into a small number of choices from a fairly large menu. Somewhat limited choices are made from an archetype, abilities, skills, and limitations in the equivalent of large-point-value chunks, reducing character creation to what should be a matter of minutes. Point-quibblers and munchkins need not apply.

Style, Writing, Execution [-2 to 2 points]: It's hard to make a giant menu of items exciting. Sean does his best, of course, which is very good indeed. He concisely describes the thought behind each selection, and provides guidelines for GMs and tinkerers to create their own. The articles suffers a bit from the menu-driven approach (not that one could do otherwise), and it's possible that eyes glaze over a bit [...]

Secret Gaming Project #78

Those of you know, know.  Those of you don't, may soon. 

I can't say much other than some of you may get something in the mail.  Secret Gaming Project #78 is on its way.

That is all.

Steve Stone's Zero

I picked this game up as I was a fan of the biomechanical art style made famous by the late H.R Giger and this little book seemed to be my sort of game. Two things struck me about the book, the first was its size as it was much smaller than an ordinary game book […]

Halloween Countdown, Day 8

One does not choose Malkie Pie as a friend. Malkie Pie chooses YOU. And when she does...


His face began to grin with innocent and consummate lust. (The True Men had never fell it necessary to inhibit the breeding habits of Morons. It was hard for any kind of human being to stay alive between the Beasts, the Unforgiven, and the Menschenjagers. The True Men wanted the Morons to go on breeding, to carry reports, to gather up a few necessaries, and to distract the other inhabitants of the world enough to let the True Men have the quiet and contemplation which their exalted but weary temperaments demanded.)

This Moron was typical of his kind. To [...]

Music -- Coby Batty, Nothing

Have a happy weekend

Tonight in Alfheim

Tonight, the intrepid adventurers will continue plumbing the depths of Marek in search of the lost library of Caelden. Hopefully, they will find it. And bring it to Caelden. I also hope the party finds some more treasure. XP for the last two sessions has been a bit on the sparse side, and I’d really like everyone up a level or three before they have their showdown with the high priest at Caelden’s tomb.

Problematic is the rush that I’ve felt pressured by one of my players as well as myself (who wants to be on the other side of the [...]

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 [...]


This is the report for our first new campaign of Ogre Gate. This was also a two character session, which provided some more insight into managing an adventure with just two PCs. 

Characters Present:
Pan Hu
Yao Min

Min and Hu had just returned to the Golden Dragon outpost in Rong Yao after killing Mr. Red Claw and fleeing from the town of Bei. Their Sifu instructed them to return to Bei to remove the rest of Red Claw's men. They asked if they could take additional forces with them and the [...]

SHTFriday: My In-Home Medical Kit

Someone in the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook group asked a question about it, based on a passing reference I'd made in a previous post.  This spawned a photographic answer for today's article.

Bravely taking on the challenge: Digital D20

There’s been no shortage of attempts to create tablet software for traditional tabletop roleplayers. We’ve seen some great ideas, pitches and innovation but we rarely see a success. This has not put off Digital D20 who have a Kickstarter and a 50,000 goal for a new attempt at the tablet challenge.

[Back this Campaign]

The 3 pledge level gets you access to the player’s app and forums. Pledges go all the way up to 2,000 for hardcore backers but it’s the levels which start to offer content for the app that will tempt serious supporters.

The Digital D20 isn’t just a [...]

Fantastic Heroes & Witchery (hardcover) By Dominique Crouzet Shipped !

Grab It Right

For months I've been watching this particular retro clone for months now and have wanted a copy. So I finally ordered a copy of this from Lulu. I've read the various reviews of it and a couple of days ago I got a chance to check it out.
 So this is now on its way. I can't wait to get the hard copy!

 Here's the description from Lulu - 

(This is the hardcover version of the book.) - This version 2.1 has been proofread (though some typos might remain), and more than [...]

6d6 Lovecraft -- Play Test

Continuing our play test of the Lovecraft setting for the 6d6 RPG


The 6d6 RPG is available from 6d6RPG.com

Wrath of the Righteous Chapter One, The Worldwound Incursion -- First Session


First Session(17page pdf) -- It's time for a festival in the town of Kenabres when there's a minor goblin attack. Oh wait, wrong Adventure Path, instead giant demons blow up the city and toss us into a hole to die.

We are starting with a full roster of characters this AP! Six players, and they’re playing:

  • Antonius (An Tung), a Tien who grew up Chelish. His monk/paladin journey along the path of Irori has led him to the Worldwound.(Ernest)
  • Tabregon, a lame half-elven oracle of Iomedae. He loves being a healbot. (Bruce)
  • Tsuguri Chiba, a Tien cleric of Tsukiyo. Antonius is a Twinkie but [...]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Shadows

Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has finally returned - for its second season - to UK television, but now has to fight for attention in a far more crowded marketplace. As well as its old DC "arch-enemy" Arrow, which resumes next week, comic book superhero fans in the UK also have Gotham and The Flash to scratch that particular itch (and hopefully, one day, Constantine as well). Off the back

RPG Review - Jadetech: Red Jade (video)

Review of Jadetech: Red Jade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m7FLv2Haoc

On the Other Side

5E Friday - Inspiration

I'll admit it, I was a bit leery about 5E's Inspiration mechanic. To me it seemed like it was either... ...a munchkin tactic wherein the players would work to get them for no reason other than to gain a numerical advantage in game. ...an unnecessary rule that overcomplicated the system. ...virtually the same as the Advantage/Disadvantage mechanic. However, having seen it in practice I've
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