Updated GMing Techniques; Games Literacy

Mon 13 February 2017 by Justin Aquino from Game in the Brain

So I've updated my GMing Techniques Document and differentiated it from my TRPG playing skill document. Basically the GMTD is the skill (or the Tricks) unraveled and explained. While the TRPG playing skills tries to identify and list the skills needed to play particular games.

TRPG playing skill will list the skill or knowledge needed to run (Collaborative Setting) Fantasy, Packaged


The Blanket

Mon 13 February 2017 by Troll Lord from The Troll Dens

The fog seems unnatural, held at the treeline below by some ethereal hand. But his trail passes through the trees and into the silence.

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Judge Anderson: PSI Files invade the minds of DriveThruComics

Mon 13 February 2017 by Flames from Flames RisingFlames Rising

SHE KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE THINKING! Cassandra Anderson is a member of Psi Division, the psychic section of the justice Department. A precognitive telepath and empath, she can detect crimes before they are committed! This bumper volume contains over 400 pages of thrilling action, with stories written by Alan Grant ...

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DISPOSABLE DISCIPLES SESSION 35: CRAZED RAKSHA ARRIVES IN DEE

Mon 13 February 2017 by BEDROCK GAMES from The Bedrock Blog

This is a log for my ongoing Disposable Disciples of Bone Kingdom campaign. You can see the previous session 

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Swinging on chandeliers - Session 7 - Curse Of Strahd - Part One

Mon 13 February 2017 by Shane Ward from The 3 Toadstools

After talking with Ismark, we found out that the burgomeiester's daughter has been eyed up by Strahd himself.  We all got up and stretched in the morning, and a few of us went over to talk with her.

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Legendary Dungeon Doors - FREE!

Mon 13 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

Every cold, dark, haunted, death-trap DUNGEON needs doors. In this supplement, you have full use of 6 legendary door enounters for FREE! Thank you so much, happy adventuring and be careful out there...

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More Tidal Aquam spells

Mon 13 February 2017 by typhoonandrew from The Iron-Bound Tome

The following are spells for wizards who need to defend against water borne attackers, be those boats, mermen, swimmers, or natural creatures. For some of these effect there are several ways to reach the desired outcome, so a few similar …

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The Lifespans of Elves

Mon 13 February 2017 by Jackson Malloy from Sword and Scoundrel

One of the more disagreed upon rules that crop up in a lot of old-school OSR/TSR games is based around demihuman level limits. Some of these arguments are from a game balance perspective (which is its own can of worms), but I find the more odious justification is based ...

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Making Undead Scarier, Part 4: The Lich!

Mon 13 February 2017 by Jesse C Cohoon from STUFFER SHACK

Liches are common threats found in many types of RPG games. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for the GM to roleplay them in a simplistic manner, as simple monsters to vanquish, giving them no backstory or interest, and an opportunity for world building is lost. But by making them ...

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007 – Cthulhu Confidential Review

Mon 13 February 2017 by jamesintrocaso from World Builder Blog

A new episode of Table Top Babble is now available! James Introcaso and Rudy Basso review the new one-player, one-GM RPG from Pelgrane Press, Cthulhu Confidential. In the 1930s, the elder gods are causing hidden chaos! And it’s up to a single PC to try and stop them. Get ...

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The Answers They Seek: Truth, Omission, Error, Distortion & Falsehood

Mon 13 February 2017 by Mike Bourke from Campaign Mastery

There must be something in the air. Or maybe it’s a reaction to Alternative Facts. I had this week’s article scheduled and outlined before I even became aware of Updated: Elf or Scroll, Handling the Info dump by Phil over at Takes Of A GM on essentially the ...

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[Commission] The Orc and the Goblin

Mon 13 February 2017 by JP Chapleau from JP on Gaming

More of Will's ArcadiaQuest models... This time hero orc and goblins. The orc guys is vary large on that base, not unlike GW orcs. The goblin was tricky because he has a series of head tattoos I recreated. But they turned out fine. I did not want to go ...

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Winter Fantasy hosted 12 slots of Dungeons & Dragons and I played through them all

Mon 13 February 2017 by David Hartlage from DMDavid

At the convention center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the entire Winter Fantasy convention fits into one hall. Despite the event’s compact size, Winter Fantasy delivers as much Dungeons & Dragons as the biggest table-top gaming cons. Imagine the D&D track …

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Fiasco To Teach Gaming To New Players

Mon 13 February 2017 by John Arcadian from Gnome Stew

A month or so back, my friend Nicole wanted me to help her get into Dungeons and Dragons and tabletop roleplaying in general. She had already been seeding the idea among some friends of ours, and I had a group of interested people who were all new, or practically new ...

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Midkemia's Matrix: Rationality Unbound

Mon 13 February 2017 by Roger G-S from Roles, Rules, and Rolls

The Black Tower (Guinasso & Abrams, 1981) is not to be confused with Dark Tower or any other low-albedo third-party edifice from the early days of D&D. It was a product of Midkemia Press, material from a campaign that inspired Raymond Feist's Magician series of novels, one of many ...

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DGT Cube - A Solution for Slow Play?

Mon 13 February 2017 by Antony Brotherton from roleplay-geek

I'm intrigued by this device from Digital Game Technology. It's a chess clock for boardgames.

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Shattered Star #77: Onwards to Kaer Maga

Mon 13 February 2017 by Creighton Broadhurst from Creighton Broadhurst

At the end of last session, we left our heroes resting in the Star Landing Inn after defeating the amorous Hol and his suspicious bunch of flowers.   After such a victory, talk inevitably turned to the future, and future victories of an even greater magnitude. Several of the party wanted ...

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Dungeonology Review (Tome 275)

Mon 13 February 2017 by TheTome from The Tome Show

In this episode Dan Dillon returns to the Tome to sit down with Jeff and Tracy and talk about Dungeonology! Are there spoilers and hints of uncoming D&D products in this non-WotC D&D release? Listen up to find out!

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Monstrous Monday - Demons of Docar (LotFP)

Mon 13 February 2017 by Justin Isaac from Halls of the Nephilim

The Demons of Docar originally appeared in the public domain comic Blue Bolt Weird Tales #119.

Demons of Docar Armor: 15,  HD: 3 (15 HP), Movement 120', 2 claws (1d4) Morale 12

If destroyed, the demons will reform in the box in a day. The only way to permanently destroy ...

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XXI

Mon 13 February 2017 by Mauro Spalletti from Lords of Knowledge

Tra un'epidemia di influenza e l'altra, siamo riusciti a festeggiare il 21° anniversario di LoK. Da quest'anno mi occupo di LoK per più della metà della mia vita, e più che un hobby da qualcuno è considerato un'ossessione. L'importante è il risultato.

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Untitled

Mon 13 February 2017 by V. A. from Leicester's Ramble

Tabletop Terrors is hosting this month's RPG Blog Carnival, with the theme of 'Rethinking Encounters': including rethinking encounter mechanics, making them memorable, redefining encounters, and creating items associated with encounters... And I've found that if I don't take advantage of some inspiration as it strikes, it tends ...

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Greyhawk Megadungeon Idea

Mon 13 February 2017 by Mike Bridges from Greyhawkery

Lately I've been musing over the need for some new megadungeons in Greyhawk. The ones we have are classic and have been revised, returned to and played out for the most part. My personal stab at this is a proposed megadungeon set in the Dry Steppes. The Dry Steppes ...

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Weekend R&R: Tome of Adventure Design

Sun 12 February 2017 by Pat Bellavance from Under Siege

The first adventure I ever created had me mapping out a dungeon on some graph paper and creating a chart of random encounters while sprinkling random treasure here and there. I don't even recall if there was a particular goal but I'm sure there must have been. I ...

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Northwest Of A Cracked Hyperborean Moon, Savage Super Science, & OSR Sorcery As Old School Wasteland Campaign.

Sun 12 February 2017 by Needles from Swords & Stitchery - Old Time Sewing & Table Top Rpg Blog

The concept artwork of Jack 'King of Comics' Kirby for Thundarr So last night after getting done shovel a mountain of snow I settled down to read through some C.L. Moore's North Westsmith stories & began to think about what the hell was happening on Old Earth. Most of ...

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Sample Tutorial Character Sheets

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

These sample characters use a simplified character sheet that is great for introducing new players to D&D or for running quick games! There are 20 characters included that use a variety of races and classes. Each character includes their official class symbol and several quotes that help flesh out ...

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February 13, 2017: Munchkin Shakespeare Expansion: Exclusive To The Kickstarter

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Steve Jackson Games - Daily Illuminator

If you don't know what we're talking about, I hope you aren't too chilly from being frozen in ice for the last month! Go look at our

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Building a World: Dungeons & Dragons

Sun 12 February 2017 by blackcampbell from The Black Campbell

Previous posts have detailed some of the thinking so far on our new game campaign using 5th edition. Up until now, it’s been mostly a half-baked couple of idea that grew out of not wanting to do the Tolkein-Gygax high fantasy thing, which caused me to ground it in ...

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Non-Combat Encounters

Sun 12 February 2017 by A.L. from Reality Refracted

After a while combat encounters get pretty boring. I mean, sure, you can spruce them up a number of ways. You can ambush the PCs, or have the PCs ambush the NPCs, or have it just be a straight up fight. It can be a fight for a cause, or ...

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Dragon by Dragon - October 1981 (54)

Sun 12 February 2017 by John Matthew Stater from THE LAND OF NOD

Has it been that long since the last Dragon by Dragon? Time flies and time is tight, but there should always be time to travel down through that great gaming oak to the roots and ferment in the brew of our elders.

What the hell am I talking about? The ...

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[Commissions] Three vampire ladies

Sun 12 February 2017 by JP Chapleau from JP on Gaming

Will asked me to paint a new round of ArcadiaQuest models, and I've a HUGE lot of them to post here...

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Frugal GM Review: The Witches of Hagswallow

Sun 12 February 2017 by Christopher Stogdill from Frugal GM

This week I picked up a copy of The Witches of Hagswallow from Sleeping Griffons Productions. this OSR adventure for 3-6 PCs of 2nd-4th level comes in at 45 pages (45.2 MB) for $2.99 over at DriveThruRPG. Right off the bat this PDF is unsecured and while technically ...

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Gracklstugh Revised - Turmoil in the City of Blades

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

This 37-page supplement to the Out of the Abyss adventure restructures Chapter 4: Gracklstugh to streamline, simplify, and expand upon the elements within the adventure as originally written. Revises and clarifies the roles of the Gray Ghosts, Council of Savants, Empty-Scabbard Killers, and various duergar military factions. Fleshes out the ...

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Mahara's Complete Compendium of Dungeon Masters' Tools

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

3 extra subraces, 8 new backgrounds, 8 new feats, novel cantrips for every spellcasting class, and new Bardic College and Arcane Tradition choices, as well as DM tools including plant effects and hallucination tables,  plus an inventory of 50+ original and whimsical items. Highlights include an Aquatic Dragonborn variant, a ...

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[Let’s Study: Conan] Part 4a Combat Example: Sadiya vs Cultists

Sun 12 February 2017 by pointyman2000 from Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer

Welcome back! We’ve spent quite a bit of time poring over the rules for Combat, so it’s time for us to start putting it into a bit of practice. For the purpose of this example, we’ll be using Sadiya, our sample character from part 2 as she ...

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Gun Blog Variety Podcast #130 - Tribalism and Happy Endings

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erin Palette from Lurking Rhythmically

But the fact of the matter is that humans are inherently tribal, so we divide ourselves into groups so easily that it’s just accepted as part of our culture. As an example, consider sports teams: when we play a game of baseball, we divide ourselves into two groups, “us ...

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Review - Hubris: a World of Visceral Adventure - Part 1 - Race & Class & Buyin' Ass

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've been sitting on a couple of releases from the end of 2016 / beginning of 2017 that I've intended to review but just haven't had the time to do more that a quick flip through - until this past week. Being sick and spending lots of time in ...

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Death Rule Alterations

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

If a character has reached 0 hit points and died, all is not truly lost. Although the use of necromancy is frowned upon in many societies, it is still a valid method for bringing a fallen partner back from the dead. The current resurrection rules of Dungeons and Dragons 5th ...

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Discerning Merchant's Price Guide

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A Price Guide for the Discerning Merchant of Magical & Wondrous Artifacts is a free organizational tool for magic items included in the DMG. It provides categorical tables for magical items: all the swords are together, all the staffs are together, and so on, similar to how items were laid out ...

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"Company of the Hardened Anvil" PT 6 a

Sun 12 February 2017 by G. S. Smith from Discrete Dice

At the appropriate time, the party made their way toward the Tower, trying to ignore all the distractions on the path. There were many, anyone with coin in their pocket or longing in their heart or a dry mouth, could find something to better capture their attention. But the early ...

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Untitled

Sun 12 February 2017 by admin from Teleleli

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I’m still here.

Sun 12 February 2017 by admin from Teleleli

I thought I hadn’t posted for a couple of weeks. Turns out it’s more like a month. Anyway I haven’t been idle in that time. I was hoping to have Ideas and Inspiration… volume 2 at least in editing, if not …

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Maps & Goblins

Sun 12 February 2017 by Tim Shorts from Gothridge Manor

I've had a busy weekend. No playing unfortunately. Working. Good work. Game stuff. Maps. Adventures. Layout. Reading.

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Sale - Far Away Land RPG - Best RPG that isn't SWL ;)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I do love Far Away Land. The art, the writing, the simplicity with unexpected depth. Oh, and the humor. Deadpan and subtle and oh so effective. Did I mention even I picked up on the rules within minutes? You'll notice its OSR roots even if it isn't an ...

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Beholder Paper Miniature

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

Includes two version of a iconic beholder and multiple color options. Paper bases included. Please note that the PDF files are interactive (click to cycle the color option you want to print). Interactive PDFs are not supported by most Web Browsers (Internet Explore, Bing, Chrome, etc) and I recommend using ...

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Single Encounter - Zombie Revenge

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

They're zombies. How hard could this be? Famous last words.

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Classic Traveller Book 5: High Guard - Implications for World Building

Sun 12 February 2017 by Rick Stump from Don't Split the Party

I do love classic traveller. From that fantastic box cover giving us the mayday from Free Trader Beowulf to the crisp aesthetic to the crunch. Toss in the mini-games of ship design and it was an instant classic.

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Soshi Mirai, Scorpion disappointment

Sun 12 February 2017 by Craig from LunarShadow.net

The Scorpion Clan is renowned amongst the Emerald Empire for not only lacking in honour but for the level of incompetency tolerated amongst their samurai. To their rivals this merely demonstrates the failings of the Scorpion Clan, few appreciate the extent to which the Scorpion have deliberately cultivated this image ...

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End-of-Week Lofgren and Poag (2/12/17): White Box Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game

Sun 12 February 2017 by Anthony Simeone from Once More Unto the Breach!

Yeah, this is a late Sunday edition of my EoW post (usually on Fridays). But it's worth it, because I ordered two copies of a little retroclone

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[Historical] More Pulp for your buck

Sun 12 February 2017 by JP Chapleau from JP on Gaming

More from the Pulp plastic pile. Mix of Reaper Bones, Cobblestone and Foundry.

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Reaper Large Dragon

Sun 12 February 2017 by JP Chapleau from JP on Gaming

This dragon from the Bones II set was painted for dual use: silver or white dragon. I am pretty certain such a creature would find its way into a Frostgrave game.

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