Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Top Three Tuesdays: Novels, Superhero RPGs, and a Multitude of Call-Ins

It is time for another Top Three Tuesday on the ol' podcast! Today I field a plethora of call-ins from other legendary Anchorites. I also discuss my favorite novels and the superhero RPGs I would most like to play.





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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Night Below Session Recap 6.23.19

Every Sunday on the Thought Eater podcast, I recap the events of my AD&D Night Below campaign. Last night's session included attack chickens, a bouncing eyeball, Svirfneblin work-songs, and the dreaded Assassin Bug.





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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 6.22.19

Every week, talented creators upload products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pay-what-you-want 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 OVER 50 new free and pwyw products this week! Here are some of the best.

Adventurer Couture from Francesca Rowan 


Turn the harvested hides and teeth of vanquished foes into high fashion! This is really just images and prices...no mechanics...but I liked how the author framed it as a fashion magazine. A good example of the offbeat, original products you sometimes find on the DMs Guild.


Official DDAL Pregen Characters Makeover from Christopher Blanchard


The Adventurer's League pregens get a major presentation upgrade here. Even includes tokens and table tents. 


Jamjie's Book of Odds from Jeffrey Gunnarsson


I was told there would be no math! But seriously, if you want to understand more about dice probabilities in 5e, check out this free pdf. Bring a calculator. 


Ten Taverns from Dungeons and Djinn


I loved this one. Many tavern supplements are bloated with material you do not need. Here the taverns basically fit on a business card. A little flavor, a few NPCs, some menu items, and a plot hook. Perfect. Usable with any edition. 


Mormesk's Diversions: Trials of the Heron's Gaze from Saga Mackenzie


Wowzers. This Saga Mackenzie person is a talent to be watched. Great art, cool isometric maps, tokens, great layout...very strong one-shot adventure here, and I look forward to more from the author.


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Friday, June 21, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: Ascension

Ascension was not a great show. Hell, it wasn't even a good show. That metaplot though...now that would make for a killer sci-fi campaign. Listen to me ramble about it today on the Thought Eater podcast.




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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 6.19.19

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.

Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast and blog, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene. Check out previous Humpday Blog-O-Rama posts HERE.




MAPS



https://megadungeoncomic.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/thieves-guild-built-in-the-subterranean-ruin-of-insert-generic-anthropomorphic-urban-rodent-god-of-your-choices-temple-completed/



http://www.msjx.org/2019/06/dhul-crag-village-map.html



http://crookedstaff.blogspot.com/2019/06/patreon-vtt-tiles-update.html



REVIEWS



https://dndborderlands.blogspot.com/2019/05/dice-roll-zine-2-in-print.html



https://tenfootpole.org/ironspike/?p=6047



https://theymightbgazebos.blog/2019/06/11/the-blight-by-frog-god-games/



RETROSPECTIVES



https://awesomeliesblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/the-wfrp-story-introduction



https://dmdavid.com/tag/red-hand-of-doom-2006-greatest-dd-adventures-since-1985-number-2/



https://dmdavid.com/tag/nights-dark-terror-1986-greatest-dd-adventures-since-1985-number-1/



RANDOM TABLES AND GENERATORS

https://blog.d4caltrops.com/2019/06/these-dwarfs-are-d100-table.html

https://sheepandsorcery.blogspot.com/2019/06/welcome-to-whispershire-2d20-encounter.html

https://www.remixesandrevelations.com/2019/06/osr-lich-generator.html

https://goodberrymonthly.blogspot.com/2019/06/who-waits-outside-dungeon.html

http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2019/06/d100-lies-my-bunker-ai-told-me.html



CANTRIPS AND SPELL VARIANTS

https://devilghost.com/blog/20190615122300.html

https://reddicediaries.com/osr/cantrips-in-osr-games/

https://3toadstools.blogspot.com/2019/06/random-spellcasting-mechanic-idea-plus.html



SPAM



http://blessingsofthedicegods.blogspot.com/2019/06/best-spam-comment-ever.html


"My name is laura From united states i never know that spell caster is real, I thought they are fake until I met a man called Dr BAKABA On this day i am very happy to tell the world that Johnson is back to me thanks to Dr. BAKABA who use is great powers to cast a spell that brought Johnson back to me within 3days. I really want to tell the world that Dr. BAKABA is genius and powerful this means that is capable to restore any broken relationship or marriage just within the period of 3days. And due to the fact that Dr. BAKABA is very helpful and must people will need is help to restore there relationship or marriage i will write out the contact via email: or you call him, DOCTOR BAKABA CAN AS WELL HELP THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS 1. HIV/AIDS CURE 2. HERPES CURE 3. CANCER CURE 4. PREGNANCY SPELL get all your problems solve. No problem is too big for him to solve.. Contact him now for any kind of help"


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Top Three Tuesdays: Punk Bands, Drummers, and Movies from 1983

So what do punk bands, drummers, and movies from 1983 have to do with gaming? Not much, actually. Still, it is fun to ramble about other topics on occasion, and these listener call-ins gave me an opportunity to do just that.


Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Night Below Session Recap 6.16.19

Well, we finally finished Book 1 of the classic TSR Night Below campaign set. Last night featured a huge orc battle and introduced a new group of potential allies for the party, the Svirfneblin aka deep gnomes. It was also nice to look back on the last year-plus of the campaign. It is only downhill from here (literally).



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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 6.15.19

Every week, talented creators upload products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pay-what-you-want 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.


100 Desert Locations from Official Dndspeak



100 bits of random inspiration and plot hooks for desert adventures. These are not fully-statted out or anything, but could be useful for a DM in need of ideas for a desert or post-apocalyptic campaign. 



5e Race Guide from Joseph Morrison



This isn't going to win any beauty contests for formatting, but it is nice to have all of the 5e races in one document, including those from non-AL sources.



Profane and Profound from Alex Welk



This is basically two products in one: a set of tables to generate gods (with associated hooks and prophecies), and over two hundred new magic items.



Warden Class from Adam Steel



This is really great. Feels like a hybrid Barbarian/Druid. 



The Merchant's House from Remington Churchill



Not much to say about this one, just a cool hand-drawn map. 


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: Unknown Clones: Engines and Empires

Happy Friday everybody! Today on the Thought Eater podcast I continue my series on "unknown clones", OSR games that maybe flew under the radar. Today I look at John D. Higgins' Engines and Empires, an OSR steampunk game. You can download it for free HERE.



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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 6.12.19

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.

Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast and blog, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene. Check out previous Humpday Blog-O-Rama posts HERE.






MAPS



https://cubeofquazar.blogspot.com/2019/06/planet-eris-gazetteer-world-map.html
http://files.meetup.com/286932/Planet-Eris-House-Rules-Revised.pdf



https://www.wistedt.net/2019/06/09/murder-house-fantasy-horror-dungeon-map/





https://rthorm.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/planetary-logbook-moon/



REVIEWS







https://tenfootpole.org/ironspike/?p=6032



RETROSPECTIVES



https://dmdavid.com/tag/dead-gods-1997-greatest-dd-adventures-since-1985-number-5/



https://dmdavid.com/tag/curse-of-strahd-2016-greatest-dd-adventures-since-1985-number-4/



https://dmdavid.com/tag/lost-mine-of-phandelver-2014-greatest-dd-adventures-since-1985-number-3/



https://rollingboxcars.com/2019/06/06/late-night-t-v-inspiration-fantastic-planet/



https://www.blackgate.com/2019/06/11/the-golden-age-of-science-fiction-heavy-metal/



http://udan-adan.blogspot.com/2019/06/so-close-and-yet-so-far-strange-story.html



https://thoulsparadise.blogspot.com/2012/06/interview-with-mark-acres.html

https://thewanderingalchemist.com/2019/06/05/year-of-4e-rituals/



RANDOM TABLES

http://unlawfulgames.blogspot.com/2019/06/d100-bottled-things.html

http://skullboyrollsthedice.blogspot.com/2019/06/downtime-thieving.html




http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2019/06/gamma-age-urban-location-key.html

https://sheepandsorcery.blogspot.com/2019/06/there-is-no-xp-take-monster-drugs.html



CON SEASON



https://www.frugalgm.com/2019/06/north-texas-rpg-con-day-0-report.html
https://www.frugalgm.com/2019/06/north-texas-rpg-con-day-1-report.html
https://www.frugalgm.com/2019/06/north-texas-rpg-con-day-2-report.html
https://www.frugalgm.com/2019/06/north-texas-rpg-con-day-3-report.html
https://www.frugalgm.com/2019/06/north-texas-rpg-con-day-3-report_10.html



https://oldscouserroleplaying.com/2019/06/08/uk-games-expo-2019/



HACKS AND FREEBIES

http://www.goatmansgoblet.com/2019/06/homerules-document-knaves-guide-to.html

https://diyanddragons.blogspot.com/2019/06/investigations-in-dcc.html

http://3toadstools.blogspot.com/2019/06/weird-wayfaring-crowd-sourced-hexcrawl.html

https://lizardmandiaries.blogspot.com/2019/06/ashen-tumble-and-pit-house-1-page.html



http://natetreme.com/blog/2019/6/5/wander-a-business-card-rpg

http://dragons.ie/rewriting-the-b-x-spell-lists-1st-level/



MISCELLANY



http://wanderinggamist.blogspot.com/2019/06/dungeon-ness.html



http://fourcolorshadows.blogspot.com/2019/06/9th-anniversary-request-math-man-steven.html



http://talesofthegrotesqueanddungeonesque.blogspot.com/2019/06/japanese-song-of-ice-and-fire.html



PREP

http://deltasdnd.blogspot.com/2019/06/prep-time-poll-results.html

https://frothsofdnd.blogspot.com/2015/08/prep-is-for-ninnies-froths-sandbox.html


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