Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 3.13.19

Blogs are an integral, vital part of the RPG hobby. They serve as incubators for new games, sounding boards for fresh ideas, and platforms for up-and-coming talent. They keep "forgotten" games alive, foster discussions, and build communities. Not everyone can work for a big game company, command a large audience on Twitch, or get paid for their art or cartography, but every RPG enthusiast can easily create a blog and start sharing their passion with the world. Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene.

LISTEN TO THIS WEEK'S EPISODE HERE


LINKS FROM THIS WEEK'S EPISODE

Maps



https://joyfulsitting.blogspot.com/2019/03/traveller-supernova-local-stellar.html
https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/Traveller_Subsector_Generator
https://travellermap.com
https://devilghost.com/software/travellercharacter/



https://rthorm.wordpress.com/2019/03/06/ruvifelns-cavern-rooms/



https://eltomocarmesi.blogspot.com/2019/03/un-extenso-subterraneo-en-blanco.html
https://www.patreon.com/emenica/posts

https://falsemachine.blogspot.com/2019/03/who-makes-maps.html

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1l-7JbIsb60osH0f06iNzHVnq-0oY-VNp



Props for Call of Cthulhu and Other Games

https://heropresstwo.blogspot.com/2019/03/making-paper-trail-great-big-story.html



https://propnomicon.blogspot.com/

https://cthulhustreasurebox.blogspot.com/

www.hplhs.org/



The Illusionist

https://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-complete-od-illusionist.html

https://anchor.fm/Thedicearescreaming/episodes/Episode-62-Illusions-e39lke



Tables and Generators

https://paperelemental.blogspot.com/p/list-to-html-generator.html

https://thewizardofmacketown.blogspot.com/2019/03/d6-ways-to-introduce-your-next-npc-or.html

https://gamurgin.blogspot.com/2019/03/chumming-dungeon.html



Reviews



https://ynasmidgard.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-eldritch-tales.html



https://chaosgrenade.com/2019/03/05/rambling-on-solar-blades-cosmic-spells/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gallantknightgames/dark-streets-and-darker-secrets



https://punverse.blogspot.com/2019/03/survive-this-vigilante-city-core-rules.html



https://laughleviathan.blogspot.com/2019/03/first-time-playing-knave.html



Inspiration

www.thehistoryblog.com/

https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/

https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/



https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-clothes-of-the-future-were-supposed-to-be-set-on-fi-1833057731



https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/this-television-monocle-from-1938-was-silly-and-wonderf-1830067727



Gary Con




https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/03/gary-con-day-0-my-return-pilgrimage-to.html
https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/03/gary-con-day-1-berserk-robots-hotel.html
https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/03/gary-con-day-2-tulipak-lonely-d6-and.html
https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/03/gary-con-day-3-overpowered-wineskins.html
https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/03/gary-con-day-4-weasel-disguises.html

https://greyhawkery.blogspot.com/2019/03/greyhawk-going-on-at-gary-con-xi.html

https://twitch.tv/garycon

https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds

https://followmeanddie.com/2019/03/11/gary-con-xi-recap/
https://anchor.fm/follow-me-and-die/episodes/Saturday-Scrawl-Gary-Con-XI-Special-e3dsa8



Closing

https://chaudronchromatique.blogspot.com/2019/03/pdf-versions-of-my-zines.html
https://dreamsofmythicfantasy.blogspot.com


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: Calpurnia's 101 Lesser Magical Items for 5e D&D by Joel Kelley

So, one of the benefits of doing reviews here on the blog and over at MeWe has been people sending me review copies of things. I joked at one point that I wished I had done more reviews a long time ago, given some of what I was sent. I don't always have time to work on them, so I don't really actively solicit things. Still, when I can, if someone sends me something I do my best to take a look at it and at least mention it somewhere. Joel Kelley was kind enough to send me a copy of his 5e magic item supplement and just kind of said "Review it if you like". I got around to looking at it today and was really impressed. So here we are.



Magic items lost a lot of luster over the course 3x and 4e. They pretty much ended up being tools in character optimization. They would appear in rulebooks along with the player options, like in Pathfinder. Players could pick and choose specific items. This isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on what kind of game you like to run, but it made for a very different feel compared to classic editions. I eventually just went with inherent bonuses in 4e. 5e made a real effort to change this, putting the items back into the DMG, doing away with the magic item economy to a large degree, and featuring item design more in line with the classic edition versions.

I admit that I am not much of a "house ruler" when it comes to items. I usually just use the 1e DMG in my home game. There are some areas of homebrew D&D design where I feel very creative, but designing items just isn't one of them. Joel Kelley doesn't have this issue. For $3.50, here you get 101 creative items.

This is a really nice pdf. I like the layout. I LOVE the hyperlinked table of contents; it makes jumping around really easy. There are items of all shapes and sizes and of all power levels here. I think Joel did a really good job tying many of them to specific 5e mechanics and class features. This isn't a bunch of thrown-together ideas. Honestly, given the quality and the large amount of items here, I could probably get by with just this supplement and the officially published stuff and never need to look anywhere else.




All in all, I have no real criticisms. I think this is a great value. There are items for every class, fluff fitting multiple campaign styles, and more than enough variety to give magic a unique feel in your games. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Free and PWYW DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 3.9.19

Please note: I will be out of town next week, so this series will resume on 3.23.19

Every week, talented creators upload products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pwyw in order to reach customers. Dozens of new free and pwyw products are added each week alone. It is a lot to sort through. My hope is that highlighting a few of each week's best supplements will help the designers get the attention they deserve. You can find previous posts in this series HERE.


There were several new products this week supporting the new UA Artificer class.

Artificer Pet Stat Blocks from Michael O'Connor (ThinkDM)



Basically a handy-dandy reference with the turret and homonculus stuff from the playtest reformatted into stat blocks for easier use.



Artificer Spell and Infusion List also from Michael O'Connor (ThinkDM)



Another good playtest tool to help track all of the spells and infusions for the artificer.



The Artificer's Handbook by Griffin Porche



Presented in the style of UA, this crafting-focused reference guide organizes magic items pertaining to the artificer class and provides some relevant alternate rules from the DMG and XGtE. Put this together with the aforementioned supplements and you are more than ready to playtest.



100 Non-Combat Random Encounters (The North) by Dungeons and Djinn



You had me at "random".



The Iceberg of Rime and Ruin by Brendan Hainline



Excellent cold-weather adventure that ties into the Tyranny of Dragons campaign. The first in a series. Some really great new monsters. I will be keeping an eye out for future installments.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 3.6.19

Blogs are an integral, vital part of the RPG hobby. They serve as incubators for new games, sounding boards for new ideas, and platforms for up-and-coming talent. They keep "forgotten" games alive, foster discussions, and build communities. Not everyone can work for a big game company, command a large audience on Twitch, or get paid for their art or cartography, but every RPG enthusiast can easily create a blog and start sharing their passion with the world. Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene.



LISTEN TO THIS WEEK'S EPISODE HERE



LINKS FROM THIS WEEK'S EPISODE


Maps

https://www.blueswordgames.com/blog/maps-as-art

http://shadekeep.com/shamat/shamat.html



https://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=43609



http://paratime.ca/ff2019.html



Reviews

https://geekandsundry.com/five-great-changes-in-the-new-edition-of-savage-worlds-rpg/

https://doomslakers.blogspot.com/2019/03/al-qadim-golden-voyages.html

https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/shadow-of-the-demon-lord-review/



https://dungeonspossums.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-mothership-rpg-by-sean-mccoy.html
https://dungeonspossums.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-dead-planet-for-mothership-by.html
https://dungeonspossums.blogspot.com/2019/03/interview-sean-mccoy-talks-mothership.html
https://dungeonspossums.blogspot.com/2019/03/interview-fiona-maeve-geist-talks-dead.html
https://dungeonspossums.blogspot.com/2019/03/interview-donn-stroud-talks-dead-planet.html




https://ongoingcampaign.blogspot.com/2019/03/obscure-games-heroes-heroines.html



Random Tables and Generators

https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2019/03/d100-things-elves-dislike.html
http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2019/03/exilon-real-estate-hex-rush.html

http://archonsmarchon.blogspot.com

https://tarsostheorem.blogspot.com/2019/03/mapping-with-playing-cards-part-2.html

https://chaudronchromatique.blogspot.com/2019/03/slumber-city_5.html
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/chaudronchromatic
https://www.patreon.com/evlynmoreau/posts


Cthulhu Corner



https://rollingboxcars.com/2019/03/04/call-of-cthulhu-aboard-r-m-s-lusitania/

https://creatfeatforever.blogspot.com/



Pure, Uncut B/X

https://lithyscaphe.blogspot.com/2019/02/quintessential-bx.html



Reactions

http://drbargle.blogspot.com/2019/03/how-to-resolve-everything-that-comes-up.html

https://dndborderlands.blogspot.com/2018/11/this-blog-post-was-prompted-by-michael.html

http://lizardmandiaries.blogspot.com/2019/03/alignment-dependent-what-does-npc-do.html



Appendix N



https://akraticwizardry.blogspot.com/2019/03/hawkmoon-is-coming-to-small-screen.html

http://heropresstwo.blogspot.com/2019/03/robert-e-howard-creating-age-undreamed.html





Miscellany



http://mojobob.blogspot.com/2019/03/mister-blobby.html

http://monstersandmanuals.blogspot.com/2019/02/campaign-hooks-in-spam.html




https://theymightbgazebos.blog/osr-anchorites/



New Blogger Spotlight: MTZE Writes About Games

http://matzewrites.blogspot.com



Saturday, March 2, 2019

Free and PWYW DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 3.2.19

Every week, talented creators upload products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pwyw in order to reach customers. Dozens of new free and pwyw products are added each week alone. It is a lot to sort through. My hope is that highlighting a few of each week's best supplements will help the designers get the attention they deserve. You can find previous posts in this series HERE.


Single-Player Systems, Solitaires by Wraith Wright Productions



This is really cool. I remember loving Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books and the old solo D&D adventures. Other games like Tunnels and Trolls really made their names exploring solo play. Well, here a group of creators attempt to codify a system and approach to doing it with 5e. I have noticed some solo adventure products popping up; maybe this will lead to more. This actually consists of two books, a creator and player guidebook.



100 Non-Combat Random Encounters (Jungle) by Dungeons and Djinn



You can never go wrong with more random flavor! These minor, system-neutral encounters are suited for jungle settings and adventures.



So, a Blind Woman and a Medusa Walk Along the Road... by Various Authors



Really well-presented collection of road encounters from multiple authors. Includes an interactive pdf with high production values and links to the authors' other work on the DMs Guild. This whole series is money.



The Overgrown Shrine by Simone Rossi Tisbeni



Short but sweet little side quest that you can easily place in just about any forest.



Otterfolk by Jeff C. Stevens



This race may not fit the tone of all campaigns, but it is full of little creative touches (like the Otterian language) that make it worth mentioning. Even includes an Otterfolk-specific character sheet.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 2.27.19

Blogs are an integral, vital part of the RPG hobby. They serve as incubators for new games, sounding boards for new ideas, and platforms for up-and-coming talent. They keep "forgotten" games alive, foster discussions, and build communities. Not everyone can work for a big game company, command a large audience on Twitch, or get paid for their art or cartography, but every RPG enthusiast can easily create a blog and start sharing their passion with the world. Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene.



LINKS FROM THIS WEEK'S EPISODE


MAPS








MAPPING TOOLS




MIXED MEDIA









COOL SERIES






VARIANTS






ZINEQUEST






BLOG HALL OF FAME: ELF MAIDS AND OCTOPI









CLOSING









Saturday, February 23, 2019

Free and PWYW DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 2.23.19

Every week, talented creators upload products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pwyw in order to reach customers. Dozens of new free and pwyw products are added each week alone. It is a lot to sort through. My hope is that highlighting a few of each week's best supplements will help the designers get the attention they deserve. You can find previous posts in this series HERE.



Mike's Free Map Collection #4 by Michael LaBossiere



Who doesn't like free battlemaps? Gridded and gridless versions provided. Includes boats, towers, riverbanks, bridges, and more.



Demon Paper Miniatures by Cian Shelley



Paper minis are affordable, attractive options, especially if you are sick of taking your chances with random packs. I know I am. Shelley's artwork is really good too.



Narrative Focused Character Sheet by Clayton Notestine



This is what it says on the tin. Subtle but effective; just shifting elements like traits and bonds to the left hand side really changes the emphasis. Form-fillable options to boot.



Ravnica Guild Spells by Fozmonot



Nice little collection of two new spells per guild. Each spell is inspired by a Magic: The Gathering card.



Adventurers League Reference Sheet (Season 8) by Robert Nguyen



If your eyes cross trying to make sense of the new AL rules, maybe this summary sheet will help. Or maybe it will just make you more frustrated. Either way, it has a nice layout with citations provided.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 2.20.19

Blogs are an integral, vital part of the RPG hobby. They serve as incubators for new games, sounding boards for new ideas, and platforms for up-and-coming talent. They keep "forgotten" games alive, foster discussions, and build communities. Not everyone can work for a big game company, command a large audience on Twitch, or get paid for their art or cartography, but every RPG enthusiast can easily create a blog and start sharing their passion with the world. Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene.

LISTEN TO THIS WEEK'S EPISODE HERE



Here are this week's links in order of discussion:


MAPS



http://blog.trilemma.com/2019/02/the-mouth-of-spring.html

https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=69182




http://eltomocarmesi.blogspot.com/2019/02/el-templo-de-san-dunstan.html

https://www.patreon.com/emenica/posts



https://plus.google.com/+JonathanNewell/posts/a3wonMPGV6h

http://bearded-devil.com/2017/10/12/maps/



Oozy Goodness



http://geekechoes.blogspot.com/search/label/ooze



Stranger Things



https://www.tribality.com/2019/02/13/stranger-things-dungeons-dragons-starter-set/



Card Tricks

https://tarsostheorem.blogspot.com/2019/02/mapping-with-playing-cards-part-1-cities.html

https://koboldpress.com/howling-tower-chase-scenes/

http://www.howlingtower.com/2012/04/chase-scene-variations.html



Blogger Spam

http://trollsmyth.blogspot.com/2019/02/are-you-tired-of-being-human-and-good.html

http://trollsmyth.blogspot.com/2019/02/and-spam-hits-keep-on-hittin.html



4th Edition

https://terminallynerdy.com/4th-edition-was-it-really-that-bad

https://frothsofdnd.blogspot.com/2013/12/heywait-seconddo-i-hate-4th-edition.html



5e Homebrew




https://punverse.blogspot.com/2019/02/opportunity-5e.html

http://walrock-homebrew.blogspot.com/

http://mfov.magehandpress.com/



AD&D Spell Compendium

https://crossingtheverse.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/on-an-analysis-of-2nd-edition-magics/

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1541lcvCZAL5RyBL1yUhla23uzf5t2SCA



Lost Blog: Vaults of Nagoh



http://udan-adan.blogspot.com/2019/02/echoes-and-reverberations-5-small-but.html

http://vaultsofnagoh.blogspot.com/search/label/Mythus%20Monday








Saturday, February 16, 2019

Free and PWYW DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 2.16.19

Every week, talented creators upload products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pwyw in order to reach customers. Dozens of new free and pwyw products are added each week alone. It is a lot to sort through. My hope is that highlighting a few of each week's best supplements will help the designers get the attention they deserve. You can find previous posts in this series HERE.



Power Chord: Kill by Bartholomew Klick



This supplement for the Bard class features several new spells, but the highlight is the axe-wielding, headbanging College of Metal.


Waterdeep: The Plowing and Running by Steve "Jaspor" Orr



DMs wishing to expand their party's adventures in Waterdeep could do a lot worse than this kidnapping mystery set against a festival backdrop.


Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Character Suite by Allan C. Innes



I download variant character sheets reflexively. Many will never see the table, but I have to say I liked this one. While there is no form-fillable option (at least not yet), this 7 page "suite" offers all of the bells and whistles a player could want, including a mapping sheet.


So, A Wizard's Apprentice and a Demon Walk Into a Magic Shop... by Various Authors



This is a clever collection of plot hooks and adventure seeds based around various NPC customers encountered at magic shops. There is an interactive pdf with high production values. This was written by various authors, and if you like one piece in particular, the pdf provides links to each designer's product page on the DMs Guild.