Apr
13
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, Three (And One More) Skills For GMs edition.

These are good skills, to start with:

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Jan
07
2017
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Ethereal Domain: Miyazaki’s World. [In Nomine]

Please note: the nature of the In Nomine game world largely requires this to be a horror setting. Sorry about that.  I’m not too thrilled about it, either, but you go where the writeup takes you.

miyazakis-world-google-docs

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Nov
28
2016
4

My PJ Lifestyle piece on gifts for roleplaying gamers.

Found here.  Short version: well, there’s a lot of stuff you can buy people like us.  Like, for example: printer ink.  What the heck do they make that stuff out of, anyway?  Unicorn milk, suspended in a platinum solution?

…That should be the other way around, actually.

Nov
20
2016
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My PJ Lifestyle piece on introducing rapid tech changes in RPGs.

Found here.  Short version: it ain’t gonna be like Lest Darkness Fall. …Completely. Maybe.  L. Sprague de Camp was a pretty smart dude, after all.

Sorry. I went on a tangent, there.

Nov
15
2016
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My PJ Lifestyle piece on gaming a cult.

Found here. Short version: easy enough to do the robes-and-chanting-and-sacrifice sorts, but you can do better.  Also, David Drake’s collection of short stories (Balefires) has a cracking good story in it (“…Than Curse the Darkness”) that should be required reading for anybody trying to do Cthulhu Mythos-style cultists.  Drake absolutely sells what it would take to get people with the proper nihilism – and it’s alarming, because he actually toned down the historical record a little when doing it.  Check it out.

Nov
07
2016
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My PJ Lifestyle article on marriage in RPGs.

Found here. Short version: hey, last weekend was my wedding anniversary. Of course I’m gonna bring up all the helpful aspects of getting your character married off. It seemed apropos.

Oct
30
2016
2

My PJ Lifestyle piece on fixing broken campaigns.

Found here. Short version: a blown-up campaign is not always the GM’s fault, but it usually is the GM’s fault and that’s the way it goes. I tend to light-hand my campaigns, myself.

Oct
27
2016
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The Blood Fiend of Toledo [The Day After Ragnarok]

The Blood Fiend of Toledo – Google Docs

The Blood Fiend of Toledo [The Day After Ragnarok]

Toledo, Ohio is a haunted ruin.  Just ask anybody.  There was a plague, and then there was a huge fire, and then the usual Things moved in – and now the city’s abandoned.  Except for the Things. Thankfully the Things keep to themselves, whatever they are, but smart people don’t go into the ruins.  Especially once the drained corpses of various animals and lesser monsters started showing up on the outskirts of the city.  The legend of the Blood Fiend of Toledo is already making the rounds of all the dives and pirate havens on the Great Lakes, and the tales get steadily taller. (more…)

Oct
22
2016
4

Adventure Seed: Wild Salamander Chase.

Blame this. Kinda.

Wild Salamander Chase – Google Docs

Wild Salamander Chase

The most powerful mages in the animal kingdom are the ones that thrive in two environments. When you say that, most people think ‘birds:’ and it’s true, many birds are powerful magi.  But consider the humble turtle.  It is [amphibious], so it lives in the water and the land; in fact, the turtle’s shell gives it a special symbolic connection with Earth.  The turtle merges Earth and Water; the albatross, Earth and Air.  The flying fish is likewise the guardian of the interface of Air and Water.

But what of Fire? What are the animals that speak for THAT element?

…And there is the adventuring party’s assignment, in a nutshell: work out what animals partake of the elements of Fire and each of the other three Elements, confirm that those species have natural mages, and report back to the suitably cryptic Wise One that gave out this assignment in the first place.  Or come back and admit failure.  There’s no shame in not being able to handle such a difficult task, after all.

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Oct
16
2016
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My PJ Lifestyle piece on mash-ups.

Found here.  Short version: ride the chaos, baby. Ride the chaos.

Oct
15
2016
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Spell seed: Anser Reformabit.

Blame this.

Anser Reformabit

Despite its name, this spell works on any sort of poultry. When cast, it transforms the victim into a variety of carnivorous dinosaur, depending on the rough size of the poultry in question:

  • Duck-sized: Microraptor (How it kills you: swoops down from the sky and goes for the eyes)
  • Chicken-sized: Hesperonychus (How it kills you: swarms with about a dozen other Hesperonychus and worries its prey to death)
  • Goose-sized:Compsognathus (How it kills you: stalks from the trees and leaps from behind)
  • Swan-sized: Velociraptor (How it kills you: standard disembowelment with its sickle-claw)
  • Emu-sized: Troodon (How it kills you: inventively. Usually with sticks and sometimes a handy vine or two)
  • Ostrich-sized: Deinonychus (How it kills you: RAWR [chomp])

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Oct
12
2016
1

Now available: John Wick’s ‘Curse of the Yellow Sign’ RPG adventures.

The Curse of the Yellow Sign book seems to be an interesting mix of King In Yellow-style adventures: they’re in the past, present, and future, and may be interconnected (while still being examples of different sorts of horror stories).  Also, it’ll be interesting to see if John Wick is working in what is now more or less the ‘classic’ Hastur Mythos – which is apparently going to be our generation’s default contribution to Lovecraftian cosmic horror – or whether he’s taking a more idiosyncratic path. Knowing Wick, I could really see it going either way, honestly.

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