GAMING STRANGE TALES FROM A CHINESE STUDIO: A LATTER-DAY BUDDHA, FOX ENCHANTMENT, AND EATING STONES
I have been making NPCs, monsters and scenarios inspired byread more
Thank you GMA NEWS!
I'm still trying to breathe.read more
Marcus King has a $200k Job just for YOU! (and MAYBE Kenny never actually bought a store...)
I got this forwarded to me last week and it was a fairly busy week of posting, so it kept sliding back. But then the thought occurred to me: "What if one of the Tavern's readers were to miss out on this amazing opportunity because I failed to share ...read more
Relive The Jaw-Dropping Final Five Minutes Of The Game Of Thrones' Season Finale..
And then, once you've recovered, here's some spoilerific behind-the-scenes chit-chat about the episode:read more
Free RPG Adventures & Artwork
Just a quick reminder that there are free adventures and artwork to download on DriveThruRPG. Quantum Flux – a sci-fi adventure with abandoned spaceships, aliens and a demented AI. FREE DOWNLOAD Outbreak! – Zombies. Everyone dies. The End. FREE DOWNLOAD Age of Legends Art Pack – Free RPG art fromread more
A new Hermetic Target: Sphere
To affect a single thing requires Individual but it cannot easily affect the area immediately around a thing. A new target Sphere represents the area surrounding a point, creature, or object; based upon the standard size for each form, then …read more
One of the things that is more and more apparent in the last few weeks is that Google may well not last forever. Now, I have a Gmail account, I "back up" a lot of blog content on a Google site, which isn't really "back-up" given that Blogger is ...read more
RPGaDay 28th & 29th
28th) What film or series is the most-frequent source of quotes in your group? So I forgot to schedule a post for this question, partially down to finding it a little meh. Amongst the groups I’ve played in quotes have generally come from either the source material for the ...read more
#RPGaDay 2017: What Was the Best Run RPG Kickstarter You Have Backed?
It’s a tie. The folks at Evil Hat did a multi-book Kickstarter that included the Atomic Robo RPG. It was well-run, successful, got the books out on time, and kept the backers informed every step of the way. Similarly, the Transhuman Kickstarter by Posthuman Studios for the Eclipse Phase ...read more
RPGaDAY #29 - Best Kickstarter
What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?
Tough call. I have backed quite a few kickstarters and most have come out beautifully. Picking one will be hard. Here are some of the better ones...
-Feng Shui 2. Fast turn around. Good product.
-Primeval Thule 5E. Fast return ...read more
Gnome and Human Race and Wizard Class for Barrowmaze The Black Hack
Thus far I’ve posted the Paladin, the Warlock, the Warrior classes (and Dwarf race), the Thief (and Halfling race), the Ranger class (and Half-elf and Elf races), the Cleric class (with Half-demon race and God is in the TV deity), and the Druid Class (with Half-orc race). Today we ...read more
GAMING TALES FROM A CHINESE STUDIO 34-36: PAINTED SKIN, THE MERCHANT'S SON AND A PASSION FOR SNAKES
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#RPGADAY2017 - Day 29
Day 28: What was the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?
+Kevin Watson and +Venger Satanis both know how to run RPG Kickstarters. I've never had a wait with either. They get you your pdf or book when they say they are. My guess it's because they have ...read more
Mayweather vs McGregor? Here's A Match-Up For The Ages: Conan & Wonder Woman...
Our tale begins as Conan the Barbarian arrives on the shores of an unknown land, and soon meets the world’s most fearsome arena fighter - Wonder Woman. Ill-fated circumstances force them both into slavery. As they attempt to free themselves from the grips of the rich and powerful slave-owner Dellos ...read more
D&D adds Psionics: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
While editing the third Dungeons & Dragons supplement, Eldrich Wizardry, Tim Kask developed D&D’s first rules for psionics. He loved psionic combat and threw his enthusiasm into the task. His rules answered D&D’s biggest critics. First, they stood separate from unrealistic …read more
Judges Guild: Break In At Three Kilometer Island
From the front cover:read more
Apparenty, the hot "new" thing in RPG design this week is called the "Black Door". The idea has been posted publicly, and from a few private sources that I've seen...read more
I haven't backed many, and haven't had much luck with those that I have backed.read more
Originality of Experience
I’ve recently been thinking about the question of originality. When discussing the creation of stories, particularly of beginning writers, frequently the question comes up whether the work feels original or rather derivative. Originality is widely treated as perhaps the most important thing for a new writer. Yet at the ...read more
Wings Of Fury (SAGA)
Fly with the dragons of Ansalon! Within the long shadow of the dragon overlords' domains, villainous schemes approach fruition. Only a handful of courageous heroes dare to challenge these ruthless wyrms--and their success or failure will determine the future of Krynn. "Wings of Fury" provides a wealth of detail about ...read more
Heroes Of Sorcery (SAGA)
Primordial Power At Your Command! Sorcerers across Krynn struggle day and night to master the ancient forces that power modern sorcery. Heroes of Sorcery reveals for the first time the advances that have been made in spellcasting since the founding of the Academy of Sorcery. Uncover the secrets to permanent-duration ...read more
Heroes Of Hope (SAGA)
Discover the Power of the Mystics! The free peoples of Ansalon are pushed ever back by the might of the Great Dragons and their fell minions. A hero's best weapon in this ongoing struggle is the energy of life itself, the strength of the spirit--the magic of mysticism. Shapechangers ...read more
Heroes Of Defiance (SAGA)
The Unsung Heroes of Ansalon... No one knows their names. There are no Sturm Brightblades or Tanis Half-Elvens among them. Yet for as long as Good has struggled against Evil, they have fought alongside the heroes famed of song and story. They are the rogues, spies, diplomats, and scouts of ...read more
Druid Archetype: Circle of the Elements
Do you want to burn your enemies with fire? Do you want to crush your enemies under rocks and earth? Do you desire to swim the oceans and control the tides? Do you want to fly through the air and drop your foes from the skies? This archetype is for ...read more
98: Into the Giants’ Lair
At the end of last week’s session, we left the PCs revelling in their triumph after Makani stole the Shard of Wrath from under the giant chieftain’s nose! Resting overnight, the party plotted their next move. Vesleng wanted to travel east to the Timberway to recruit more help ...read more
Imperial Quest: Dialog
I don't really have any artistic skills, so I'm mostly just saving art from the internet and using it wherever I can. Since I'm not drawing any of this stuff (and I don't particularly want to use the default tilesets or character art or whatever) it ...read more
MASKS12 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – Masks – Just Us #Heroes
MASKS12 GM: JiB Players: Gina, Jason, CADave, Kimiread more
Notes on the Occult
There are three things about the occult:read more
Free GM Resource: Black Magic Craft YouTube Channel
I really hope my 12 regular readers aren't getting tired of YouTube Channels being posted as the week's Free GM Resource.read more
On Hurricanes and Weather
As I write this, it's a comfortable 73 degrees at 11 PM Saturday in the Mountain time zone, with a cool breeze blowing down from the Sandia Mountain range and an unusually high humidity of 48%.read more
The lumber mill has ground to a halt in the wake of some unnameable catastrophe. Your small 2nd-level party has been sent to unearth the dark secret within its rotting walls. Fight off dangerous, ugly creatures under the thrall of an unfeeling, inhuman monstrosity with only one goal: propogate its ...read more
August 29, 2017: Announcements For December
It's over 100 degrees here in Austin, so we're looking toward December, where it will be a chilly 70 degrees. Here are some of the releases coming this winter to keep you warm and indoors during the cool months!read more
Wretched and Unclean
Monstrous Pages for Shadow of the Demon Lord! They come in the night, the wretched and unclean, an unholy mob intent on murder and plunder. Their white bodies, eyes dark with hate, appear human, but they surrendered their humanity long ago and now are little more than monsters. The troglodytes ...read more
Gen Con Round Up Part 3 - First Exposure & the Vendor Hall
This is going to be the last of the Gen Con 50 round up posts I think. There's only two places I want to talk about that I haven't really done so yet. The first is the First Exposure hall, which is - I feel - something of a hidden ...read more
Bundle of Holding - The 20th Anniversary edition of the WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE
Summary unavailable.read more
Zombie Umber Hulk Paper Miniature
Print & Play ready PDF file for a Zombie Umber Hulk paper miniature. Cut File included for those of you lucky folk who have cutting machines. For best results I'd recommend printing on ~65lb Glossy Photopaper. PDF file is "interactive" and may not work in some web browsers. If you ...read more
Umber Hulk Paper Miniature
Print & Play ready PDF file for an Umber Hulk paper miniature. Cut File included for those of you lucky folk who have cutting machines. For best results I'd recommend printing on ~65lb Glossy Photopaper. PDF file is "interactive" and may not work in some web browsers. If you have ...read more
Champions of a Lost Era: Class Conversions for 5th Edition
In this supplement, you'll find two dozen 3.5 classes and prestige classes that have been turned into core class options for 5th edition! Inside you'll find classes such as: The Master of Shrouds, a Cleric who summons incorporeal undead to do their bidding. The Oozemaster, a Druid ...read more
You need these Maps ! - Stock Pack
Make your module or product look better with good quality maps, this is a Stock art pack with 19 locations in different illustration variations. There's a total of 50 Image files. Use them commercially or in your own home games. All ilustrations can be previewed in the PDF preview ...read more
Bardic College: College of the Trickster
Fool your foes. The college of the trickery focuses on the use of bardic inspiration to allow additional mobility amongst your party, allowing them to slip out of tight corners... or into them. The trickster bard gains additional skills, as well as the ability to slip between faces, scale impossible ...read more
Frightful Fridays! Jewel Caterpillar
Hello and welcome to another Frightful Fridays! (where it's Friday somewhere in the multiverse) This edition's monster is just a caterpillar...which happens to eat gems as its main source of food. So, if thatread more
Grinning Skull’s Oddball Outlet: Custom Gamer Chests for sale!
Hello there everyone, In a departure from the usual stuff we have on sale from Grinning Skull Studios, I’d like to show you some physical product for once. Oddball Outlet is a term coined by yours truly, to describe any stuff I’ll be putting out to sell. I ...read more
Foreshadowing through Nightmares…
You’ve got a big boss fight lined up. You want it to be scary as hell, with the players fearing for their character’s lives, while still invested enough to take on the beast. Any player who has glanced at the Bestiary or Monster Manual probably isn’t going ...read more
Will you be a good dog? A review of Pugmire
Pugmire is a tabletop RPG set in the future of an Earth in which humanity has vanished and changed the planet forever. In this new world the races of uplifted dogs, cats, rats, lizards and badgers are carving out new kingdoms, fighting one another and against the deadly threat of ...read more
Landscape Character Sheets
Table top space can be premium, so here's a set of character sheets in landscape format, with additional space on page one for all the equipent you will be dragging about.read more
RPG A Day 29: Best run RPG Kickstarter I backed?
Isn’t it funny that when presented with this question you think of all the shocking ones first. There is one so bad that someone asked me to do a reviewread more
Dungeons & Dragons: City on the Edge - Darkest Dreams of the Defiler
You can buy Tomb of Annihilation right here. You can buy Xanathar's Guide to Everything right here. This is the final of 5 missions in the first Tomb of Annihilation module from the Adventurers League. You can play this in game stores and I think it will be available ...read more
Gaming: How Much is Too Much?
A recent critical article about addiction to MMORPGs got me to thinking. Well, honestly it first ticked me off considerably. Anything that aims some nouveau criticism at RPGs by any stripe always raises my ire. This is the kind of stuff we dealt with in the 80's with D ...read more
D&D 5th Edition: The Expended Property for Magic Items
I've been contemplating using some magic items with finite charges per older editions of DnD. In thinking about this, I worked up a mechanic inspired by DnD 4E and 5E's Recharge ability used in monster design. Essentially, a magic item can have an Expended property with the number ...read more
#RPGaDAY: What Film/Series Is The Biggest Source Of Quotes In Your Group?
While there are a number of cine-literate members of The Tuesday Knights, and we goof around as much as any group, I don't recall there being a particular 'go-to' film or TV show that we quote from regularly.We've never been ones to rely heavily on the perceived ...read more