Saturday, August 17, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DM's Guild Highlights: Week Ending 8.17.19

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.

This felt like a slow week even though there were still like 40 new products. 


Eberron Battlemaps - Q'Barra Jungle from Thomas Pedersen



You can't really have too many battlemaps can you? These are ostensibly for Eberron, but could be useful for any number of settings. Includes gridded and gridless versions. 


Mormesk's Diversions: Legacy of the Mechanist from Saga Mackenzie



I have mentioned another of Mackenzie's products here before; they do these really cool Phandelver spinoff mini-adventures. Comes with a folder of extras with awesome isometric maps and tokens. Quality stuff. 


Modestly Deformed from Ben Boyarko



I shouldn't have been surprised when I saw that this was Boyarko's work; they are doing some of the most unusual and original work on the DM's Guild at the moment. This is a "whodunit" mystery adventure. Includes a little card game. The maps appear to be partially water-colored. 


Horizontal Character Sheet from Jakub Banka



Nothing mind-blowing here, just a nice landscape character sheet. Includes a form-fillable version. 



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Friday, August 16, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: The 100th Episode!

Join me today in celebrating 100 episodes of the Thought Eater Podcast!



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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 8.14.19

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.



INTRO

https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/random-encounter-gone-fighting-fantasy/

https://followmeanddie.com/2019/08/07/dd-stream-for-extra-life/



MAPS



http://www.msjx.org/2019/08/map-scaldwater-bay.html



http://heropresstwo.blogspot.com/2019/08/map-monday-bag-end.html



REVIEWS



https://www.highlevelgames.ca/blog/5-reasons-the-valiant-universe-rpg-is-super



http://rlyehreviews.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-motley-ordeal.html



https://rollingboxcars.com/2019/08/07/crime-network-cosa-nostra-an-rpg-you-cant-refuse/



https://punverse.blogspot.com/2019/08/menagerie-of-exiles-review.html



http://punverse.blogspot.com/2019/08/more-than-meets-eye-review.html



https://cannibalhalflinggaming.com/2019/08/14/cyberpunk-red-jumpstart-kit-gameplay-review/



RETROSPECTIVES



http://9and30kingdoms.blogspot.com//2019/08/thoughts-on-lankhmar-city-of-adventure.html

http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2019/08/uk-series.html



https://oldschoolroleplaying.com/jg-114-the-maltese-clue-review/

http://moathousemusings.blogspot.com/2019/05/1e-modules-ranked-work-in-progress.html



RANDOM TABLES AND GENERATORS



https://weirdwonderfulworlds.blogspot.com/2019/08/draft-hubris-gm-section-auto-generators.html

http://ancientfarfuture.blogspot.com/2019/08/d66-reasons-why-colony-failed.html

https://gamurgin.blogspot.com/2019/08/chumming-dungeon-d12-ideas.html

https://curmudgeonmaster.blogspot.com/2019/05/marsholme-part-ii-d100-familiars.html

https://crateredland.blogspot.com/2019/08/15-magic-weapons.html



FREE STUFF

https://darksunadventures.blogspot.com/2019/08/dark-sun-paper-miniatures-02.html

https://beyondfomalhaut.blogspot.com/2019/08/blog-more-adventures-in-morthimion.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20111117095632/http://www.velvet-edge.com/Rythlondar.pdf

http://www.paperspencils.com/the-engine-of-on-a-red-world-alone/



http://natetreme.com/blog/2019/8/10/goon-jam
https://itch.io/jam/goonjam/entries

http://www.strivingandgain.com/the-overpowering-influence-of-delight-a-troika-supplement



https://polyhedralnonsense.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/the-exchange-a-scenario-for-mercenaries-spies-private-eyes/

https://axesnorcs.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-pamphlet-dungeon.html

http://graphiteprime.blogspot.com/2019/08/abstract-settings-zeti-nocularus.html



http://eltomocarmesi.blogspot.com/2019/08/el-zoco-de-los-destellos.html
http://viejaescuela.nogarung.com



MISCELLANY

https://udan-adan.blogspot.com/2019/08/gaslight-and-shadow-urban-folklore-of.html




https://goodman-games.com/blog/2019/08/10/announcing-oar-4-the-lost-city/

https://latenightzen.blogspot.com/2019/08/base-building-mini-game.html

http://talesofthegrotesqueanddungeonesque.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-persisting-ghost-story-draw-of.html



http://abraxarba.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-adventurers-club.html



CEASE AND DESIST

https://gsllc.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/part1statblocks/


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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Night Below Session Recap 8.11.19

Join me on the Thought Eater podcast for another session recap from my Night Below AD&D campaign! After a two week hiatus, we got back into it last night. The party decided to head towards the troll caverns...but would a roper kill the campaign before they ever even arrived?





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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Two Weeks Ending 8.10.19

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.

I was out of town last week, so I looked back at the last two weeks' releases for this post.


Adverian's Astral Annex from Mitchell Cooper




This is sort of like a Xanathar's Guide with a planar theme. The strength here is the wide variety of options: feats, races, archetypes, monsters, items, and on and on. I also liked the artwork. 


100 Things You Find in a Haunted House from Official Dndspeak




Useful flavor table to use for haunted houses, especially those of the Scooby-Doo variety. Trap doors that lead to brick walls, empty cages with chains piled next to them, pentagrams with melted candles; you get the idea. 


An Alphabet of Common Magic Items from G COLLIE




These are sort of silly and whimsical items that might not be a great fit for all campaign styles. Still, if a whetstone that makes your sword go "whoosh" or "sha-wing" when you swing it sounds like the sort of thing your players would enjoy, this is the product for you. 


Warlock Patron: The Bitch with Many Teeth from Alice Loverdrive




Ok...so this is a complete shift in tone from the previous pick. Grow new teeth and eat brains! The author claims inspiration from Scrap Princess, and that definitely comes across in the art.


The Mystery of the White Church from Alex Pietrow and Dominique Petit




This one-shot has an intriguing plot taken from a Polish folktale. Priests are dying in the small village of Skrzynsko...can the PCs unravel the mystery?


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Friday, August 9, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: Willy the Wizard and the Fire Beetle

Happy Friday! I hope you have a lot of gaming coming your way this weekend! Join Elizabeth the Fighter and Willy the Wizard on their latest adventure.



Image by Grey Wizard of the Break! RPG

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 8.7.19

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.




INTRO

https://www.patreon.com/evlynmoreau



MAPS



http://eltomocarmesi.blogspot.com/2019/07/fortaleza-isometrica-para-la-marca-del.html



https://monkeyblooddesign.co.uk/2019/08/05/one-page-dungeon-fail/



http://themetalearth.blogspot.com/2019/07/honor-of-dwarves-maps-old-and-new.html



https://rthorm.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/print-planetary-display-logbook-is-ready/



ENNIES, GENCON, RAMMIES




http://punverse.blogspot.com/2019/08/gen-con-2019-recap.html

http://blackmoormystara.blogspot.com/2019/08/dave-arneson-documentary-shown-at.html

https://www.indygaming.com/time-lapse-of-2019-goodman-games-gen-con-booth-set-up/

http://bernietheflumph.blogspot.com/2019/08/gencon-2019-recap.html

http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/2019-ennie-winners/

http://save.vs.totalpartykill.ca/awards/



RPG-A-DAY


https://dragonsarerealpodcast.tumblr.com/post/186800656086/rpgaday-2019-day-1-first

https://anchor.fm/free-thrall

https://anchor.fm/the-red-dice-diaries

https://anchor.fm/timothy-drennon

https://anchor.fm/joe-richter9

http://www.crossplanes.com/2019/08/rpgaday-2019-day-1.html

http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2019/08/rpgaday2019-first.html

http://darkwormcolt.blogspot.com/2019/08/rpg-day-2019-next-try-we-start-at.html

http://www.strangestones.com/rpgaday-2019-first-things-first/

https://stargazersworld.com/2019/08/05/rpgaday-2019-lets-do-this-one-more-time-days-1-to-4/



REVIEWS AND RETROSPECTIVES



http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2019/07/review-blueholme-journeymanne-and.html



https://gmshoe.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/review-dont-look-back-terror-is-never-far-behind/



https://tenfootpole.org/ironspike/?p=6143

http://lizardmandiaries.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-collected-infinigrad-and-guild-dogs.html

https://uncaringcosmos.com/new-game/



https://dmdavid.com/tag/a-butcher-a-baker-and-naughty-nannies-in-dds-first-setting-book-the-city-state-of-the-invincible-overlord/



https://thealexandrian.net/wordpress/43430/roleplaying-games/the-day-the-old-school-died



RANDOM TABLES AND GENERATORS

https://reddicediaries.com/random-things/random-things-tavern-name-generator/

http://bogeymanscave.blogspot.com/2019/07/random-dungeon-name-generator.html

http://www.giffyglyph.com/

http://themansegaming.blogspot.com/2019/07/6-ways-for-dogs-to-shoot-arrows.html



https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/tuesday-toot-hexcel-a-random-hex-crawl-generator-and-editor-using-excel/



FREE STUFF



http://natetreme.com/blog/2019/8/5/tunnel-goons

http://darksunadventures.blogspot.com/2019/07/dark-sun-paper-miniatures.html



https://www.geeknative.com/67962/download-marvel-crisis-protocol-rules-for-free

http://9and30kingdoms.blogspot.com/2019/07/pit-perils-dungeon-expander-pamphlet-pdf.html

http://9and30kingdoms.blogspot.com/2019/08/bug-burrows-dungeon-expander-pamphlet.html

http://9and30kingdoms.blogspot.com/2019/07/generic-semi-random-dungeon-pamphlet-pdf.html

https://coinsandscrolls.blogspot.com/2019/07/osr-one-page-dungeon-contest-3rd-place.html

https://dndborderlands.blogspot.com/2019/07/barbarians-black-magic-sword-sorcery.html



http://attnam.blogspot.com/2019/07/encounter-critical-resources.html



MISCELLANY



https://dismastersden.blogspot.com/2019/07/compendio-osr-in-italiano.html

http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2018/08/gygaxs-d-revision-plans-1977.html

http://3toadstools.blogspot.com/2019/07/heres-bunch-of-cool-stuff.html

http://deltasdnd.blogspot.com/2019/07/wilderness-encounter-levels.html

https://www.kerrang.com/features/dungeon-masters-how-role-playing-games-influenced-heavy-metal/

http://udan-adan.blogspot.com/2019/07/how-walter-scott-almost-invented-rpgs.html

http://daimon-games.blogspot.com/2019/07/alternatives-to-vancian-magic-system.html



DOWNTIME

https://www.dungeonsolvers.com/2019/08/06/after-the-adventure-dealing-with-downtime-in-5e/



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