Posts Tagged by fantasy

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Here are some misfit robots for your game. They span several genres, but all are fun and colorful and a little silly. SP1kE (Sentient Prototype 1000 Experiment): Lacking hardware that could handle the complex processing required to run a robot, the designers of SP1kE used an organic stand in; a preserved brain. SP1kE is the first prototype of a failed line using a human brain. Discontinued due to design failures and the difficulty in securing raw materials fresh enough to be usable, the SP1kE line was […]

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Oh, those patron higher powers. So prickly. So judgmental. So demanding. And when a GM has to portray a boss, patron, king, devil or god, by what means does she use to evaluate a character’s devotion to a particular ideal — then act accordingly? Is the cleric’s faith strong enough? Is the paladin’s heart pure enough? Is the monk’s mind in tune? Are the druid and ranger at one with the environment? And what of other characters? Is the warlock abiding by the infernal contract? […]

Hard on the heels of my review of Jason Sholtis’ The Dungeon Dozen, one of the best books of random fantasy tables I own, I decided to do a rundown of some of the other good ones on my shelves. I’m a big fan of this type of book — books you can flip through, and/or roll on tables in, to get random inspiration, serendipitous bolts from the blue, and idea-jolts from unexpected quarters. I’m sure I missed some of the ones I own (because […]

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Holy shit, this book! If you like random fantasy tables, fantastic old-school fantasy artwork, or Jason Sholtis, that may be all the review you need. I’ll add a sentence for good measure: The Dungeon Dozen is one of the best gaming books I’ve bought in recent memory, and a fantastic value. Need a sample? Here’s the blog it’s based on, which is chock full of goodness: The Dungeon Dozen. It’s available on Lulu in softcover and hardcover, and you should absolutely buy a copy. (I […]

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Building on the idea of die drop tables and tools in Vornheim, I came up with a simple approach to quickly generating a region: the drop map. I had fantasy hexcrawls in mind when I wrote this, and the map I’ve created using this method is for that sort of game. There’s no reason you couldn’t fiddle with this in all sorts of ways to produce maps for larger/smaller regions, other genres, or even other kinds of maps entirely. It’s deliberately a lazy, quick, flexible […]

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Today’s guest article was written by Tom Puketza, and he has some practical rules for time-strapped GMs looking to create their own tabletop terrain — as well as a fantastic finished piece — to share. Thanks, Tom! Like any gamer, I like tiles, scenery, and terrain. Like any responsible adult, I have a built in conflict with the expense and time it takes to purchase or make the stuff. Still, I caught the terrain bug somewhere. I hold this man responsible. Nonetheless, as good as […]

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A bit less than a year ago I wrote about the patronage project for Open Design’s Midgard Campaign Setting, which has now been released by Kobold Press ($39.99 softcover + PDF). I was offered a review copy, and as a fan of Wolfgang’s work and a GM with a hearty appetite for fantasy campaign settings, I gladly accepted. Midgard already sounded like it would be my kind of setting book a year ago when I first heard about it, and it is. Like most of […]