So in the Tolkien thread there was a discussion of Middle Earth magic and the different interpretations. Personally I always felt overall magic was low key even when it involved Gandalf throwing or dealing with fire. Doing much what folklore does by taking the mundane and adding a dash of the...
Once the treasure is won where can it be spent? One popular choice is to build or buy a stronghold, whether it is a lonely wilderness outpost, a crossroad inn, or a building in a bustling city state.
Buying versus Building
If the campaign is set in a city or town, often there isn’t room for...
So I noticed a reference in the Burgess Shale post and googled sure enough this came up.
THE TRAVELLER SAGA
by Douglas & Kirsten Berry
(ttto: American Pie, by Don McLean)
A long, long time ago,
I can still remember how the first game stirred my soul
Known Space on the StarForce map
A fist of...
This is the twenty second post in a series detailing the 34 steps I recommended for making a Fantasy Sandbox Campaign.
Today's post will cover step 28.
Scan your descriptions for NPCs or noted monsters. Write a two sentence about each. The first a one line with minimal stats the...
What I hope for and think will happen, is something like this.
So you want to create a setting and populate it.
Most folks I know generally has two or three dozen ideas going into this. It may be more but there is some limit. Once you start working beyond this limit it become a bit of a chore...
Advanced Edition Tables
When I released Blackmarsh I made the entire text and map open content under the open game license. When fans of systems like GURPS, Hero System, etc pointed that made it difficult for them to use in conjunction with the permission SJ Games and other companies gave, I added a creative commons...
Some of you may have seen the booklets I posted here on my take on a small number of 5th edition classes. Last month in addition to the other project I am working on, I was inspired by a friend to expand this out to cover the entire range of classes in 5th edition.
As it looks like I won't be...
I used my programming skills to create a on-line utility that allows you to pick a OD&D treasure type and roll. Includes Unguarded Treasure levels 1 to 5.
It also has a button where you can copy the results so you can paste them a document.
Figure folks would find the following useful. It is an excerpt from the Majestic Fantasy rules I been working. One thing I am doing different is including an NPC "Monster Manual" as my campaigns often features conflicts and complications with NPCs as well as monsters.
This particular section is...
The Covid pandemic has caused severe economic disruption which impacted businesses across the United States including those involved in publishing the tabletop roleplaying industry. Particularly hard hit are those of us who make a lot of our sales from conventions. I am personally am out a...
I always been a fan of the Hero System and Champions. While I moved on to other system for fantasy roleplaying it is still my goto RPG for super hero campaign. I am starting up a campaign for some friends who are interested in playing some super heroes. One of the things I used in past campaign...
First off Harnmaster is divided into loose leaf articles meant to be placed in a 3-ring binder. There were a few exceptions but the whole line was published like this after the mid 80s.
circa 2010 I will post a more recent screen shot later
This is a 2 page article...
Columbia Games decided it was time to spruce up their Harnmaster boxed set and order a new printing. You can get on the action on kickstarter.
Harnmaster has long been one of my favorite RPGs. You can read a detailed account of a session in my 911 call from the Attic post.
It a skill based...
In ODnD or Swords and Wizardry, a fighter gets 1 attack per level when facing a group of opponents with 1 HD or less. Note in ADnD this was changed to 1-1 HD or less.
The origin of this rule is found in The Strategic Review, Volume 1, No 2, Page 3.
It is Gygax's adaptation of the Chainmail...
Given the what happened recently with Judges Guild I not been promoting my products even though I still offer them for sale. Still I have been getting a steady stream of sales and I thank everybody who purchased one of my products including folks here at the pub.
With problems caused by the...
From a post on my blog
Demi-Humans in B/X and OSE just got a little more scarier.
So Tim of Gothridge Manor pointed out some details on the Light spells. Including this tidbit found in Old School Essentials
I went to the copies of B/X I bought and sure enough it is the same.
In OSE and BX...
The one where I talk about the future of Bat in the Attic Games
I want to thank everybody for their support and appreciate the solidarity that was shown. It wasn't 100% but it was very high. Keep that in mind as we move on and the debates begin.
Moving on is what this post is about. What I...