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Vagueposting- Optional Ramblings about Medical Items This is a direct follow-up to The Healing System. This is a Vagueposting article, meaning it is very long, kinda pointless, and was posted separately as to not muddy up the actual rules and mechanics post itself with a long ...
D100 Random Apoc Baggage (Fixed repost)
D100 Random Apoc Baggage (Fixed repost)  Was accidentally posted unfinished so fixed nowSorry or Invasion day in Australia today Hanging with magpies in underpantsWarm & humid but not uncomfortablePossibly might eat chips and gravyYesterday had bushfire smoke choking streetAs the bombs fell and the robots ran wild ...
Passion, Pursuit & Evolution Mpff.  Heh, heh.  My particular flavour of insanity, as OrwellianHaggis said a couple days ago.  Following two different conversations going on this month, I find myself wishing to make clear what my expectations are, for other people using anything that I ...
Updates and Plans: 2021 Don't have much to say yet, because I just got a new computer that I haven't set up yet. Lots of redistributing junk in the room and moving the old computer before I can even start unpacking the new one. ...
Sky-Child and Monster Count Ok the previous post got us close to fifty non (or less) vilent monster ideas for Goose-Gold & Goblins.I told myself that  when I got to fifty I could stop making monsters and move on...Comments from the last post had ...
Character Creation Challenge: Chill 3rd Edition
Character Creation Challenge: Chill 3rd Edition Jumping WAY ahead to the future today; at least in terms of the Dark Ages, to the magic time of the 1970s!  All my campaigns share a link in one way or another.  Adventures like "All Souls Night" may start ...
Kickstarter Updates and Fullfilment
Kickstarter Updates and Fullfilment Fulfillment ProcessFulfillment didn't go quite as smoothly I thought it would. The main issue is that I mistakenly thought I could handle this with update posts targeted at different backer levels. Instead what I should have done, and discovered later, ...
[New Magic Item] Ghost Drums Ghost Drums
The three young gnome bards were journeying with Fellhorn the druid and his companions when they heard a great snapping of limbs and branches coming nearer. One of the young gnomes rummaged in his backpack and pulled out ...
News - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman to Publish a New Series Based on Classic...
News - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman to Publish a New Series Based on Classic... I suspected something was in the works when they had their lawsuit against WotC dismissed - TenkarMargaret Weis and Tracy Hickman to Publish a New Series Based on Classic Dragonlance - https://www.facebook.com/trhickmanWilmington, NC – January 25, 2021 – Margaret Weis and ...
A Fracture in Old-School Philosophy: Barbarian or King?
A Fracture in Old-School Philosophy: Barbarian or King? Maybe I'm not the first to observe this, but there is a notable dividing line in the Old-School tradition of play (as far as I can tell): are you more interested in playing Conan the Barbarian or Conan the Conqueror-King?See, ...
Original Edition Delta House Rules v. 1.0.6
Original Edition Delta House Rules v. 1.0.6 For the new year, a new release of the OED house rules -- the first update since about 2 years ago. See the new Players, Judges, and Monster rules in full at OEDGames.com. (Full disclosure: this is not really super ...
Under a Funeral Moon, D&D adventure review
Under a Funeral Moon, D&D adventure review By Scott Myers
Self Published
Castles & Crusades
Level 1
This 33 page adventure features a ten room dungeon with two monsters in it. It is boring.
Ok, it tries in a couple of places. There’s a Tomb Worm that ...
Spell Wall Wizards and magic. It was only a matter of time before some jerk weaponized them into War Mages. Then it was only time before someone countered the War Mages. That's where the Spell Wall comes in: shield fighters trained to redirect ...
Stone Age Sorcery Team Crush Necromancy!
Stone Age Sorcery Team Crush Necromancy! Last session was mostly character tweaking, magic item making, infrastructure and management projects and planning what rival civilisation or relic of ancient evil they needed to crush next.Party today-Orco the 13th Lv , a greatest known living wizard with own school ...
Things Death Wants by Gygaxian Democracy The following is a result of Gygaxian Democracy threads on both Reddit and Twitter. Many thanks to all the contributions. Y'all have the big brains. --- Pick up whatever rulebook you use. Flip to the spell section. Go to the entry for ...
Character Creation Challenge: Dark Ages Mage
Character Creation Challenge: Dark Ages Mage Ah! World of Darkness. We have had some great times together. And some not so great.  But I never grow tired of picking up a WoD book (new, old, Chronicle, whatever) and seeing what is going on.  As you can imagine ...
Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 51
Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 51 (Being a series of quick game notes trying to account for the events of many sessions of playing through The Enemy Within using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e rules.)
Session 51
Something Rotten in Kislev & Fimir! A Brief Encounter
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Cartography!
Cartography!  This post is about the MAPS of Through Ultan's Door. It's a glimpse into some of the wonderful cartography in this upcoming trio of zines. It also tells you a little something about how I collaborate when things are going well.The ...
Wearing Clothes Since the discussion on this post about colour, I've been thinking about the effort to maintain incorporated rules into one's D&D game.  This fits with changes to other another game rule, highlighted through rewriting my pricing tables (an arduous task ...
[New Magic Item] Narvir’s Odd Boots Narvir’s Odd Boots
The small band of fey creatures continued their pursuit, laughing amongst themselves like diminutive maniacs.
‘Just give leave those damned boots somewhere!’ Chalk urged Valance.
‘I’d love to,’ replied the priest of the Spider God. ‘However, when ...
Vayra asks...  Vayra asks...1) What class knows the most martial arts? Are they real martial arts like kung fu, or made up ones like krav maga?Woops, I didn't make any martial arts-classes. Make your own or play a warrior or just play ...
Miniposts: Commedia del Donjoniers, More Lost Media, GLOGtober and more Another minipost collection.Commedia del Arte del DonjoniersThe stock characters of traveling commedia plays. (CosmicOrrery told me to do this.)The Fighter - The typical lead. Oblivious-to-danger and overly showy do-gooder. The Thief - Best friend and confidant of the Fighter. Greedy, ...
The Central Mechanic of Tabletop Roleplaying Games
The Central Mechanic of Tabletop Roleplaying Games I participated in a discussion about how the game plays in tabletop roleplaying. The following is probably not constructive for the conversation but it does sum of my view of what make RPGs, RPGs, and why they are so different ...
The Healing System
The Healing System This is thehealing system. It was created to make healing a more active, full featured part of the game. Some complexity is involved, but none of it is present in combat. This system was created from the ground up to ...
Tolkienian Science Fantasy - Replacing the PC Species
Tolkienian Science Fantasy - Replacing the PC Species Recently, Trey of From the Sorcerer's Skull proposed a worldbuilding concept that interested me. How would it change the game to replace the species available to the player characters?Trey first proposed imaging a fantasy setting without elves, dwarves, or hobbits, ...
OSR: Gun Witch
OSR: Gun Witch                                                    artist unknown"Control the things you can control, you maggot.  Let everything else take a flying fuck at you, and if you must go down, go down with your guns blazing."- Cort, The Drawing of the Three The Servants of ...
The weird Demographics of Vampire populations
The weird Demographics of Vampire populations One thing that has always been left very unclear about Vampire: The Masquerade (maybe in part deliberately) is the question of the scale at which the vampire society of a given domain exists. To some degree, the concept of the ...
One Hundred Holy Symbols
One Hundred Holy Symbols Here is a quick table for if you ever get put on the spot having to come up with a Holy Symbol or other assorted religious iconography. It can be fun sometimes to “work backwards” when establishing what a given ...
The Ruined Tower of Zenopus Goes Platinum!
The Ruined Tower of Zenopus Goes Platinum!  Updated Image for the DMs Guild Product PageI meant to post this earlier, but last month the Ruined Tower of Zenopus achieved Platinum Best Seller status (1001+ copies sold) on DMs Guild. The burst of interest from the in-depth video ...
The Danger-Snake! (and others) THE DANGER-SNAKEThe Danger-Snake the Danger-Snake,The terrible cake-striped Danger-Snake.Its form doth flow and its eyes doth glow,With a regular pulsing, long and low.With high-visibility Battenburg stripes,And eyes that flash like ambulance lights,Hope it don't see you, hope it ain't there,Over your ...
Alignment Experiment: Replacing Law and Chaos with Light and Dark
Alignment Experiment: Replacing Law and Chaos with Light and Dark  Light and Dark: an Alternate Alignment SystemThe core alignment system in early versions of D&D and many OSR games focuses on the law/chaos axis. An alternate alignment system is presented here that uses the good/evil axis instead, but also adds ...
WandaVision: Inspiration for Episode 1
WandaVision: Inspiration for Episode 1 I’ve watched the first two episodes of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series on Disney+, WandaVision. Not sure yet if I will do a review of that yet, although that would be a ways down the road. Need to ...
The Unperson and the Spacer (Deep Space Bitches)
The Unperson and the Spacer (Deep Space Bitches) There are people that the world tries to make you forget. Tries to make your eyes glaze over, part of the scenery, not worth your time and most certainly not worth your money. And yet these people are essential - ...
It's a Sprawl World After All - a Module for Shadowrun
It's a Sprawl World After All - a Module for Shadowrun      Given the prominence of Cyberpunk in culture with recent...events, my players were interested in playing a ttrpg with cyberpunk elements. Given that I don't have any copy of Cyberpunk besides the abysmal V3, I chose to go with ...
Spoiling the Keep (p. 4)
Spoiling the Keep (p. 4) Just continuing from where I left off... There's more I want to say about the humanoids living in B2's so-called "Caves of Chaos," especially the WHY of their presence...why exactly have they chosen to make the caves their home? Certainly communities ...
Progress on Dungeon Bitches
Progress on Dungeon Bitches So. 2020 has been a heck of a year. In march, right as the 'rona hit, I started work on Dungeon Bitches as a project. It's a bit of a departure for me - a storygame about feelings with an overt message ...
10 Stupid yet Robust Games for Video Calls
10 Stupid yet Robust Games for Video Calls 2020 is a weird year. A lot of people are relying on video calls for holiday gatherings.This is fine, but it does limit the type of holiday games that can be played. For some participants, setting up a video call ...
Muster
Muster Eero Tuovinen is crowd-funding a discussion about old school play: Muster: A Friendly Primer to Challengeful Dungeoneering. Why, you might ask, is another primer useful, given the existence of Finch’s Old School Primer, Principia Apocrypha, and various fragmentary discourses scattered across ...
The Inn Between
The Inn Between  This all basically grew from the idea of What If Spirited Away, But D&D?First of all, wiser souls have spoken of this before.  The ruleset would be GLOG.  Level-ups would come from only two places: Treasures and Friends.  Also everyone is children:During character ...
Still Alive  It's been  a crazy year since the last post.I got married last Halloween. Yay!My diabetes kicked my ass. Boo!I've been in physical decline since before winter. My balance and stamina have been severely compromised. I am on oxygen. I cannot ...
Sometimes, the best move is not to play...
Sometimes, the best move is not to play... I had to do something really hard this weekend, I had to cancel my monthly tabletop Zoom AD&D game, as well as my bi-weekly online AD&D game. I'm taking a break.It's been happening for the past couple of weeks now, ...
Cafe Prost and the Little Red Notebook The Jackalope is here, and requires a SACRIFICE.Anne requested the following gift:The Coffee House - Cafe Prost!It is well known in Regensburg, city of culture, that revolution is brewing. The Duke’s tyranny can only continue for so long, and the ...

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