Saturday, April 20, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 4.20.19

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.


Encounters in the Mournland from Gregory Hallenbeck


Ok, this is great. Here you have a bunch of random encounters for the Mournland of Eberron, fleshed out just enough for the DM to use them effectively on the fly. Also contains some really cool random weather elements and a generator for weird effects on creatures due to the Mourning.


Faerun Printable Calendar from Anthony Green


Full color and print-friendly calendars for your Forgotten Realms game. A simple but helpful tool.


Skeleton Monster Set from Hero Sleister


No-frills yet useful set of 7 skeleton variants. Why just use a bunch of plain ol' skeletons when you can throw some skeleton hellhounds and corrosive skeletons into the mix?


The Tome of Forgotten Heroes from Ocean Martinez


27 new archetypes for all core classes. Lots of cool and unusual class variants, like the Circle of the Metamorph, where the Druid only partially changes shape, and the Oath of Incandescence, which allows you to create a pyromancer Paladin. 


100 Items for Sale in a Fantasy Black Market from Casey Willis


Credited to the creative folks over at www.reddit.com/r/d100, this is a collection of items you likely won't be finding for sale at a corner store. Very inventive stuff here; these could be used to generate side quests, supplement treasure hordes, or you know, curse your players for kicks.


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Friday, April 19, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Willy the Wizard and the Village of Hommlet

The Willy the Wizard show was a big hit, so my daughter and I teamed up for another episode. Join Willy and Elizabeth for another thrilling adventure!







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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 4.17.19: This One's For James

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 make a living from 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 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.


LISTEN TO THIS WEEK'S EPISODE HERE



LINKS FROM THIS WEEK'S EPISODE


JAMES SMITH


https://dreamsofmythicfantasy.blogspot.com/
https://dreamsofmythicfantasy.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20OSR%20News
http://underdarkgazette.blogspot.com/
http://underdarkgazette.blogspot.com/search/label/OSR%20News

https://www.paypal.me/jamessmithmemory



MAPS



https://mapoftheweek.blogspot.com/2019/04/la-jolla-map-museum-maps-of-historical.html




https://www.iconicmaps.com/blog/sundown-commission




http://elthosrpg.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-overly-ambitious-campaign-design.html



REVIEWS AND RETROSPECTIVES


https://heavyliestheaxe.blogspot.com/2019/04/dark-sun-part-one-our-d-is-different.html
https://heavyliestheaxe.blogspot.com/2019/04/dark-sun-part-two-bad-different.html



http://heartsinglorantha.d101games.com/2019/04/12/the-runequest-slipcase-has-arrived/


http://save.vs.totalpartykill.ca/blog/silent-titans


http://vorpalmace.blogspot.com/2019/04/review-wee-warriors-reprints-part-ii.html


https://www.retroist.com/2019/04/12/dungeons-dragons-monster-cards-grippli/



WORLD BUILDING

http://www.worldbuildingwizard.com/2019/04/02/how-to-find-images-for-your-world/

https://crumblingkeep.com/2019/04/12/crumbling-upkeep-sounds-for-your-game/


https://therantingsavant.blogspot.com/2019/04/twenty-quick-questions-for-any-twilight.html
http://jrients.blogspot.com/2011/04/twenty-quick-questions-for-your.html



RANDOM TABLES

https://tarsostheorem.blogspot.com/2019/04/solar-system-die-drop-table.html

https://joeskythedungeonbrawler.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/w-hat-do-to-do-when-a-thief-fall-happened/

https://themansegaming.blogspot.com/2019/04/pantheon-generator.html
https://themansegaming.blogspot.com/2019/04/random-pantheon-generation-example-elf.html


https://reverancepavane.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-most-important-encounter-table.html



MISCELLANY

http://monstermanualsewnfrompants.blogspot.com/2019/04/exacts-in-theatre-of-mind.html

https://thac0rpg.blogspot.com/2019/04/problems-i-am-having-trying-to-end-my.html


https://akraticwizardry.blogspot.com/2019/04/d-and-d-is-cool.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/opinion/sunday/dungeons-and-dragons.html


http://roseandkingfisher.blogspot.com/2019/04/dragon-heist-session-1-3-wake-up-sneeple.html
https://thealexandrian.net/wordpress/tag/dragon-heist



JOIN THE FUN


http://cavegirlgames.blogspot.com/2019/04/community-project-harry-clarke-bestiary.html


https://www.dungeoncontest.com/
https://chgowiz-games.blogspot.com/2019/04/found-on-reddit-rosr-how-does-one-page.html


https://itch.io/jam/pamphletjam



OUTRO

https://teylen.blog/2019/04/14/crowdfunding-collection-103/
https://campaignwiki.org/wiki/Planet/Lists_of_blogs


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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Night Below Session Recap 4.14.19

Self-reflection is important for GMs. Learning from our mistakes and struggles is crucial, not just in gaming but in life. I wasn't at my best last night. At times I felt a bit like the zombies the party encountered.



Listen to my meandering thoughts on lasts night's session HERE.

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Help Support James Smith's Family

James' family is raising money to help with funeral expenses. They are only trying to raise $700. Let's blow that out of the fn water. If you have ever enjoyed James' work, if he ever pointed someone to your Kickstarter, announced that your gaming product was for sale, mentioned your podcast, blog, whatever...now is really the time to show your gratitude. The family has a Paypal set up. Even if you can only give a dollar, give it, and give it now so that they don't have to worry about money at a time like this. Please, whatever you can afford to donate, do it. Whether you can give money or not, share this information on social media and try to reach as many as you can.



"James doesn't have any life insurance or savings to help with funeral cost. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to help out with the cost. We are trying to raise $700. We have set up a Paypal account for this purpose. The link to make a donation is: paypal.me/jamessmithmemory "

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Free and PWYW 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 4.13.19

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.


Heroes of Shadow 5e Complete Conversion from Anson Smith



Late in 4th edition's run, after the mixed reaction to the Essentials re-brand, several character option books were released. Though 4e was already doomed by the time of their publication, there was still some interesting material to be found in them. Here we have feats, weapons, spells, builds, and more from the 4e Heroes of Shadow supplement updated to 5e.



Toecap's Puzzle House from Christopher J Foster


Toecap's Puzzle House has...errr...puzzled many an adventuring group. Does your group have what it takes to get in and out with the treasure, or will they throw up their hands in frustration like many others before them? This side quest could be run in a single session.



Ninety-nine New Wild Magic Surges from Guy-Andre' Meloche



Just what it sounds like. Interestingly, the author has a Twitter account dedicated solely to posting new wild magic surges.



The Dedicant Class from Modo



Odd but inventive class centered on "enactments", an ability to absorb/learn the attacks and abilities of monsters and other foes, draw spells from the dead, and transfer magical enhancements from item to item. Probably broken as hell, but very interesting.


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Friday, April 12, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: The Willy the Wizard Show

My daughter and I put this short skit together based on characters from our D&D campaign. Meet Elizabeth the Fighter and Willy the Wizard. Short and very silly.

LISTEN HERE!



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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Rest in Peace, James Smith

I am so horribly saddened to hear that James Smith of the awesome, essential Dreams of Mythic Fantasy blog has passed. His family made a post with a link to his obituary HERE.

Some people try to be cool. Some people are cool without trying. James was the latter. James was always awesome in every interaction I ever had with him. Always. His passion for old-school gaming and the way he treated others was an inspiration to me.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. James, thank you for all you did. There is a hole in the OSR.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 4.10.19

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 make a living from 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 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.



LISTEN TO THIS WEEK'S EPISODE HERE!



LINKS FROM THIS WEEK'S EPISODE


MAPS



https://batintheattic.blogspot.com/2019/04/figuring-out-scale-of-viridstans-map.html



https://beyondfomalhaut.blogspot.com/2019/04/stuff-dungeons-of-morthimion.html






http://bearded-devil.com/2019/04/09/how-i-run-a-citycrawl-campaign/



APRIL A-Z



http://www.kjd-imc.org

https://bxblackrazor.blogspot.com

https://seaofstarsrpg.wordpress.com/

http://punverse.blogspot.com

https://mythopoeicrambling.wordpress.com/2019/04/05/aprils-past/



REVIEWS



http://save.vs.totalpartykill.ca/review/the-black-hack



http://zedecksiew.tumblr.com/post/183933450206



https://www.indygaming.com/video-astonishing-swordsmen-and-sorcerers-of-hyperborea-collection/



http://psychicmayhem.blogspot.com/2019/04/review-stranger-things-d-roleplaying.html



SAVE (G+) OR DIE

https://spoutinglore.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-g-archives.html



RANDOM TABLES

https://randroll.com/archive/random_realms_chartopia/

https://chartopia.d12dev.com/search/



VARIANTS

http://retiredadventurer.blogspot.com/2019/04/flipping-core-mechanic-of-mythras.html

http://themansegaming.blogspot.com/2019/04/50-methods-of-balancing-magic-in-your.html

https://thewanderingalchemist.com/2019/04/03/year-of-4e-minions/



MISCELLANY



https://wanderinggamist.blogspot.com/2019/04/notes-from-hiking-seminar.html

http://deltasdnd.blogspot.com/2019/04/stats-saturday-ad-wandering-monster.html

https://phantomrollbooth.blogspot.com/2019/04/help-im-cheating-at-d.html



https://boggswood.blogspot.com/2019/04/thoughts-on-arnesons-armor-class.html

https://dmdavid.com/tag/the-history-of-traps-in-dungeons-dragons/

http://throneofsalt.blogspot.com/2019/04/a-laymans-guide-to-hard-sci-fi-and-200.html



ZINES ZINES ZINES



http://www.slackernerds.com/2019/04/nuggets-2-is-live.html
https://anchor.fm/rich-fraser/



http://beyondfomalhaut.blogspot.com/2019/04/zine-echoes-from-fomalhaut-05-lost.html



http://natetreme.com/blog/2019/3/19/join-the-pamphlet-dungeon-game-jam-this-april




https://itch.io/jam/pamphletjam




http://oldskulling.blogspot.com/2019/04/lost-in-fantasy-world-and-maze-of-many.html




http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2019/03/3fold-dungeons.html
http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2019/04/more-pix-of-my-3fold-dungeons.html



https://frothsofdnd.blogspot.com/2019/04/check-out-my-free-osr-zine.html


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