Curious Objects: Treasure Maps (scrolls)Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave
Now, maps are hardly unheard of in fantasy role-playing games. They are a classic trope as well as an essential dungeoneering tool. Treasure maps in particular are a staple of both fantasy fiction and adventures. What I want to talk about for a bit is the random treasure result under the Scrolls section. When I found my way to BX many years ago, I was tickled that scrolls could be more than just extra or new spells. The two main twists were the protection scrolls and the maps. The idea that the rules included a mechanism for randomly dropping a plot hook into the party's collective lap was quite remarkable (to me).
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With the release of "Dave Arneson's True Genius" by Rob Kuntz, we have a book asserting that Arneson did something special. Well, no disagreement here! In fact, that's probably an understatement. Arneson pretty obviously did something incredible and for which our entire hobby is rightly indebted. Glad to ...read more
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What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed? One I’m currently in the throes of, the Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter. Every time Reaper runs a Kickstarter for their new Bones line of miniatures, it is is like getting a birthday present that keeps getting cool stuff added ...read more
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RPG A Day 2017 August 22
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RPGaDAY Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven
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This was a bit of a head-scratcher, but in the end I plumped for good old Dungeons & Dragons.
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Frugal GM Review: Dice Cheat Sheet
I really wasn't planning on doing any more reviews until I get some RPG projects off of my plate, but there is something that just stuck with me for thisread more
GENCON 2017 AAR PART 2
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Torn From The Headlines: Dungeons, Dragons, And The Game Of Greyhawk...
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Continuing the Game Of ...read more
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Iadace, and welcome to Cypher Chronicles! Get Cypher Chronicles, and other MCG news, delivered right to your inbox! Enter your email address and click the Subscribe button in the right-hand column, and you’ll never miss a post. You can also suggest topics for Cypher Chronicles by emailing us at ...read more
RPG A Day 2017 August 19
August Nineteenth (Slouching Towards Current) Prompt: Which RPG Has The Best Writing? Oy. I often get the feeling these questions are aimed at people who don’t need to have their wife maintain a database of their games. If you own …read more
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Our next Acquisitions Inc. D&D Live Game takes place Sunday evening, September 3rd at 6:30PM PT. Join Dungeon Master Chris Perkins in this monumental adventure starring: Time is running out for Jim Darkmagic! A horrible death curse has befallen the legendary wizard, and the key to ending the ...read more
We’d like to check in with you about your Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) play and involvement in D&D-related activities. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey.read more
Judges Guild - The Book of Treasure Maps 2
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Fleamarket Friday: All The Fun Of The Fair...
Another week, another wonderful miniatures Kickstarter with only hours to run!
The crowdfunding campaign for Bruegelburg – A Day At The Fair (a new range of 28mm fantasy miniatures sculpted by Igor Karpov, for use in RPGs and other tabletop games) - closes its doors to investors on Sunday.
There's a ...read more
New OSR Lovecraftian Adventure Campaign Location - Olathoë The Eternal
When the stars started coming right & old Earth began to grow weird & hoary in its ways. The skies were filled with the terrible light from the star Polaris & Aldebaran shone in the East was there a strange rending as the whole cloth of reality split open once again. The seas ...read more
Nathan Stewart on Filming Force Grey
Force Grey: Lost City of Omu adds Joe Manganiello and Deborah Ann Woll to the cast and Nathan Stewart (@nathanbstewart) and Bart Carroll (@bart_carroll) share what it was like being in the room with all that crazy talent. Watch Force Grey: Lost City of Omu on twitch.tv/dnd Mondays ...read more
Heroic Maps - Modular Kit: Frozen Dungeon Rooms
Modular Kit: Frozen Dungeon Rooms is a printable dungeon tileset compatible with any RPG/Dungeon-Crawl game. It can be used as a standalone set, or combined with any same-scale tileset. Modular Kit: Frozen Dungeon Rooms comprises 22 different modular tiles. 11 of the tiles are large chambers, including throne rooms ...read more
#RPGaDAY: A PWYW Publisher Who Should Be Charging More...
Random Order Creations' +James V West deserves a shout-out here for his gorgeous PWYW fanzine Black Pudding. Each issue is a work of art, a mix of largely hand-drawn and hand-written character classes, monsters, and variant character sheets for use with old school Dungeons & Dragons (and its various descending armour ...read more
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As we’ve been rolling through Owen K.C. Stephens Week here at the Pick, I’ve noticed a lot of folks comment that they own more books featuring his work than that of any other writer or designer in RPGs. It’s impressive as hell, but not hard to ...read more
Skyrim: 5th edition handbook
The Elder Scrolls universe is an amazing source of adventure ideas and inspiration. When Skyrim came out in 2011, it was no different; it captured the imagination andhearts of many players, including me. Inside this short handbook, you will find rules for adapting Skyrim races and shouts (Thu'um) to ...read more
Encounters in the Savage Cities And Other Announcements!
It has been a week! I’ve got a couple of announcements for today’s blog update that are sure to please! But before we get to that, I want to thank all the folks who came to the DSPN Panel and after party hang at Gen Con. I cannot ...read more
Judges Guild - The Book of Ruins
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3 Ways to Help Your Fellow Gamers Have More Fun
Gaming is epic. You get together with your friends, slay dragons (hopefully) and have a great time. At least that’s the theory, anyway… How many times have you been at a gaming session, though, and one of the players seems focused on their own fun above all else? You ...read more
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Stan! (Gamer to Gamer)
In this Episode, Jeff sits down with Stan! (a.k.a Steven Brown) to talk about his entry into the gaming industry, how he started playing RPGs, his time at TSR, and a bunch of other fun RPG related stuff!read more