Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Night Below AD&D Session Recap and MASSIVE SHAKE-UP 10.13.19

Howdy all. I hope you are having or have had a great weekend. It has been forever since we had a game session, but we did manage to play last night. I gab a bit about it today on the podcast, then share a MASSIVE SHAKE-UP that will affect my Sunday shows going forward. 



Hint, hint
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 10.12.19

Every week, talented creators upload Dungeons and Dragons 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.



Paper Minis of Phandelver from Owlbear Originals


I have mentioned my love of paper minis before. Here is a set covering all of the creatures from the original starter set adventure.



Roll to Feast from Matthew Jarmak


This is a great idea for a supplement. Want to add more...uh...flavor to your game? Here is a set of tables to devise unique menus for your taverns and inns.



A Wanderer's Guide to the Feywild from Tom C.


I was (and still am) a big fan of the way 4e handled the planes, and made liberal use of the Feywild and Shadowfell in my games. This is a really nice 50-page Feywild supplement for 5e, with professional layout, creatures, magic items, random tables, and tons of lore. Grab it for sure.



Tar Island from Green Bird RPGs


I have praised Green Bird in this column many times before, as their idiosyncratic art and unique and peculiar ideas have made them one of my favorite 5e publishers. With its earthquakes, tar sands, and weird oozes, this small island makes for a very memorable one-shot adventure location.


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Friday, October 11, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: Unknown Clones: Dave Arneson Edition!

Happy Friday! Today I am doing a short podcast taking a look at an "unknown clone", Dragons at Dawn by DH Boggs. This was an attempt to recreate Dave Arneson's proto-D&D game system. Check out Boggs' blog HERE. Read a more detailed review of the game HERE.





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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 10.9.19

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.



EVEN MORE ARNESON



https://goodman-games.com/blog/2019/09/29/who-in-the-world-is-dave-arneson-2/

https://goodman-games.com/blog/2019/09/30/learning-from-dave-arnesons-published-works-2/

http://blackmoormystara.blogspot.com/2019/10/new-blackmoor-aff-adventure-greetings.html

https://flintlocksandwitchery.blogspot.com/2019/10/happy-dave-arneson-day.html

https://followmeanddie.com/2019/10/07/in-appreciation-of-dave-arneson/

https://bruce-heard.blogspot.com/2019/10/happy-arneson-day.html



https://forgottenrunes.blogspot.com/2019/10/blackmoor-and-me.html



THE OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE



http://punverse.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-horror-movie-challenge-cabin.html
http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2019/10/october-horror-movie-challenge-night-of.html
http://heropresstwo.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-horror-movie-challenge-wicker.html
https://shiversandshudders.com/2019/10/03/halloween-horror-scars-of-dracula/



MAPS



https://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=45140



http://riseupcomus.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-maidens-and-moon-frankenstein.html


https://randroll.com/archive/interview_daves_mapper/
https://davesmapper.com/



REVIEWS AND RETROSPECTIVES



https://undergroundadv.blogspot.com/2019/10/lesser-known-od-games.html



https://tenfootpole.org/ironspike/?p=6250



https://rollingboxcars.com/2019/10/02/opening-the-case-file-a-review-of-the-delta-green-rpg/



https://forrestaguirre.blogspot.com/2019/10/mothership-dead-planet.html



https://www.blackgate.com/2019/10/08/the-dark-crystal-age-of-resistance-thoughts/


https://smolderingwizard.com/2019/10/04/forgotten-gems-of-the-osr-white-box-heroes/




https://stargazersworld.com/2019/10/07/a-quick-glance-at-the-new-cypher-system-rulebook/



RANDOM TABLES AND GENERATORS

https://diyanddragons.blogspot.com/2019/10/da12-is-for-adventurers.html

https://signsinthewilderness.blogspot.com/2019/10/magic-tool-of-folklore.html

http://themansegaming.blogspot.com/2019/10/dark-lord-generator.html

https://randroll.com/archive/generators_guide_dnd5e_dungeons_traps/



FREE STUFF
https://latenightzen.blogspot.com/2019/10/one-page-game-wizard-squad.html

https://media.wizards.com/2019/dnd/downloads/UA-TwilightFireNames.pdf




https://anchor.fm/free-thrall
https://drive.google.com/file/d/12s9lW_GtzldsuoJHtaj1rgsjdzebVJ_K/view

http://9and30kingdoms.blogspot.com/2019/10/cryptic-catacombs-dungeon-expander.html



https://greyhawkonline.com/2019/10/06/oerth-journal-30-has-released

https://dmdavid.com/tag/why-you-should-play-in-the-dd-adventures-league-and-a-new-1-sheet-quick-start/



https://viridianscroll.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-gygax-75-challenge.html


MISCELLANY

https://www.geeknative.com/tag/routinely-itemised/


http://killitwithfirerpg.blogspot.com/2019/10/japan-has-some-messed-up-and-great.html

http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2019/10/holmes-flgs-is-closing.html

https://awesomeliesblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/cthulhu-within-introduction/
https://awesomeliesblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/cthulhu-within-shadows-over-byhaven/



THE HAMBURGER CHRONICLES


https://www.feastoflegends.com/

https://www.foodandwine.com/news/wendys-role-playing-game

https://dungeoneering.blogspot.com/2019/10/d-and-pop-culture-feast-of-legends.html

http://www.trollishdelver.com/2019/10/we-need-to-talk-about-wendys.html

https://the-disoriented-ranger.blogspot.com/2019/10/opinion-feast-of-legends-fast-food-goes.html

https://weirdwonderfulworlds.blogspot.com/2019/10/contrarian-hot-take-i-am-down-for-feast.html



https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/10/03/critical-role-wendys-rpg/

http://dreadgazebo.net/in-defense-of-critical-role-wendys/

https://itch.io/jam/wendys-jam




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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 10.5.19

Every week, talented creators upload Dungeons and Dragons 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 several really strong magic item supplements this week, so let's start with those.

An Alphabet of Rare Magic Items from George Collie 


The latest from Collie (also check out their Common and Uncommon collections) is an excellent entry into the series. These truly rare and out-there items include an elemental's massive toenail clipping and the tragicomic death mask, which can raise the dead...but with a terrible price.




One great thing about the DMs Guild is all of the community support that comes out for official releases. Here you have a new collection of magic items that tie into the themes and lore of the Nine Hells of Baator.


Wouter's Worldly Wunderkammer from Marco Michelutto


I know three magic item supplements might seem like overkill, but this was too good to leave out. The excellent layout and artwork really elevates this collection of 100 new items. Lots of creative stuff here, like automaton crickets and the "instant beard". Really, really good. 


Mike's Free Maps #7 from Michael LaBossiere


The latest free installment in this long-running series includes forest and river battlemaps, as well as a full castle set.


Politics of Thrane from Joseph Meehan


With the new Eberron release drawing closer, don't miss the latest mini-gazetteer from Joseph Meehan. If you haven't already, check out their Aundair, Karrnath, and Breland supplements. 




Emulating the chaotic hustle and bustle of a city can be challenging for even experienced DMs. This is a useful set of random tables and plot hooks to help bring a city to life. 


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Friday, October 4, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Dave Arneson's Adventures in Fantasy

Happy Friday! A lot of bloggers and podcasters are celebrating D&D co-creator Dave Arneson's work this month in honor of his birthday. Legendary OSR Anchorites are calling it AAA, or "Anchorites Appreciate Arneson". I put together an AAA podcast discussing one of Arneson's post-D&D creations, the intriguing mess known as Adventures in Fantasy.




Note the truly amazing Arneson song by TJ Drennon. Find out more about their work HERE.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 10.2.19

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.





DAVE ARNESON DAY

http://www.creativemountaingames.com/2019/09/rpg-media-monday-happy-dave-arneson-day.html



https://oldschoolfrp.tumblr.com/post/188067828424/on-dave-arneson-day-the-creator-of-the-dungeon

http://direbane.blogspot.com/2019/09/happy-dave-arneson-day.html

https://dmdavid.com/tag/how-dungeons-dragons-got-its-ability-scores/


http://blackmoormystara.blogspot.com/2019/10/dave-arneson-game-day-2019-is-today.html
http://blackmoormystara.blogspot.com/search/label/Blackmoor%20Week%202019



MAPS



https://dysonlogos.blog/2019/09/30/jalovhec-hexes/



https://footofthemountainadventures.blogspot.com/2019/09/roomscapes-in-forest.html



http://heropresstwo.blogspot.com/2019/09/map-monday-temeria-witcher.html


https://thestoryteller.press/2019/09/26/tutorial-how-to-draw-a-fantasy-castle-map/



REVIEWS AND RETROSPECTIVES



https://waynesbooks.games/2019/09/26/man-myth-magic-a-role-playing-game-of-mans-greatest-adventures-1982/



http://vorpalmace.blogspot.com/2019/09/review-wee-warriors-reprints-part-iii.html



https://cannibalhalflinggaming.com/2019/09/25/shadowrun-sixth-world-review/



https://www.forbes.com/sites/robwieland/2019/09/24/cthulhu-comes-calling-with-a-new-beginner-boxed-set/#756d52ff705c



https://alegisdownport.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/outlaw-crime-in-clement-sector-review/


http://rlyehreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/%27B%27%20Series




https://www.indiegamereadingclub.com/tag/invisible-sun/

http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-brief-history-of-tolkien-rpgs-by-john.html



RANDOM TABLES AND GENERATORS



http://themansegaming.blogspot.com/2019/09/dungeon-graffiti-generator.html

http://graverobbersguide.blogspot.com/2019/09/1d6-strange-arrows.html

https://boxfullofboxes.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-place-of-commerce-enterprise.html



FREE STUFF

https://rendedpress.blogspot.com/2019/10/toss-off-issue-8.html



https://rlyehreviews.blogspot.com/2019/09/b1-series-in-search-of-unknown-campaign.html
https://sites.google.com/site/zenopusarchives/home/modules-and-scenarios/b1-in-search-of-the-unknown
https://55b47f8e-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/osrgrimoire/B1sourcebookwithmaps.pdf



https://pretendo.games/2019/09/27/hit-die/
https://itch.io/jam/1hp/entries



MISCELLANY



https://www.blackgate.com/2019/09/25/that-buck-rogers-stuff/



http://darksunadventures.blogspot.com/2019/09/dark-sun-trading-cards-05.html



http://heropresstwo.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-history-of-original-dungeons-dragons.html



https://goodberrymonthly.blogspot.com/2019/09/under-gallax-hall-24-34.html

http://daimon-games.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-forest-trees-plants-herbs-and-more.html

https://www.paulsgameblog.com/2019/09/28/tools-in-dd/



NOPE



http://dmsworkshop.com/2019/09/27/dm-101-boxed-text-mastering/

https://thealexandrian.net/wordpress/43708/roleplaying-games/gm-dont-list-9-fudging


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