Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 5.22.19

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 (NEW BLOGS)

https://loglex.blogspot.com/
https://lizardsandwizards.blogspot.com
https://slaytanicgaming.blogspot.com
https://www.aelf.work/

MAPS



http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-tower-of-zenopus-in-ghosts-of.html


https://thevintagedm.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-village-of-langerklif-village-3-done.html



https://mirrorsquid.czepeku.com/
https://www.patreon.com/czepeku/overview



https://mapoftheweek.blogspot.com/2019/05/goldfield.html



JAPANESE D&D



https://www.geeknative.com/65761/the-1994-japanese-version-of-dungeons-dragons-looks-amazing/

https://mystara.thorfmaps.com/appendix-j/rules-cyclopedia/



REVIEWS AND NEW RELEASES



http://rpgknights.com/warhammer-fantasy-role-play-4th-edition-review/



https://cavegirlgames.blogspot.com/2019/05/hello-mission-control-this-is-agent.html

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FREE PLAYER PACK HERE




https://diyanddragons.blogspot.com/2019/05/crawl-thulhu.html

ISSUE 1
ISSUE 2



http://throneofsalt.blogspot.com/2019/05/lets-look-at-godkillers-ynn-and-more.html



http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2019/05/review-pwwo-maximum-mayhem-adventures.html



NEW 5E



https://www.tribality.com/2019/05/17/new-dd-storyline-baldurs-gate-descent-into-avernus/



https://ragingowlbear.blogspot.com/2019/05/dnd-essentials-kit-announced.html

https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/05/20/dungeons-and-dragons-eberron-hardcover-2019/



RANDOM TABLES AND GENERATORS

https://campaignwiki.org/face

https://lizardsandwizards.blogspot.com/2019/05/potions-descriptions.html

http://themansegaming.blogspot.com/2019/05/12-spaceship-special-featuers-that-are.html



RETROSPECTIVES

https://monstermagazineworld.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-best-of-omni-science-fiction-part-1.html
https://monstermagazineworld.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-best-of-omni-science-fiction-part-2.html



http://jasonzavoda-hallofthemountainking.blogspot.com/2019/05/gygaxs-letter-from-alarumsandexcursions.html

https://thealexandrian.net/wordpress/43244/roleplaying-games/reactions-to-odd-hex-clearing-procedures



https://oldschoolroleplaying.com/the-underdark-in-dungeons-and-dragons/



https://mythlands-erce.blogspot.com/2019/05/homage-to-keep-on-borderlands-4k.html

http://blackmoormystara.blogspot.com/2019/05/dave-arneson-article-at-minnpost-website.html
https://www.minnpost.com/mnopedia/2019/05/david-arneson-the-co-creator-of-dungeons-dragons-developed-the-game-in-minnesota/



IF THIS CAMPAIGN ENDED TOMORROW...

https://wizardswithlaserrifles.blogspot.com/2019/05/if-this-campaign-ended-tomorrow.html



OUTRO





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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Top Three Tuesdays: Fave AD&D Illustrations, RPG Genres, and Games I Want to Play

Hi all. Today on the Thought Eater podcast we have some interesting topics for Top Three Tuesday.


Ray Otus from the Plundergrounds podcast suggests fave images from the 1e AD&D core books.



Logan Howard from the Swordbreaker podcast wonders what my top 3 fave RPG genres are.



Finally, I blatantly steal a topic from Tim Shorts of the Gothridge Manor podcast: games I own, haven't played, but reaaallly want to.



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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Night Below Session Recap 5.19.19

We had an absolutely EPIC battle last night in my Night Below campaign. It was a perfect mix of old-school problem solving, random dice rolls, on-the-fly rulings, and having just the right magic item at the right time.



Even a character death didn't dampen the proceedings...at least not too much. The party seemed much more upset by the death of the chicken....



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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 5.18.19

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.

Tomb of Annihilation: Port Nyanzaru Streamlined from The Insane Dump



This is a really helpful "cheat sheet" for DMs running the Port Nyanzaru portion of ToA, with key objectives, NPCs, important page references, and more all collected into one handy document.


What Lurks Beyond the Crags of Lyrm from Sethe Howell



21 new monsters of the weird variety, all fully illustrated in a very unique style. Some of these are more for the flavor rather than the danger, like the glowmaggot, which can be used to heal diseases (with a cost), and the harmless, disturbing/cute, many-eyed Orcui.


The Occult Archives from Studio Bunny



This is a collection of six new Warlock pacts and two new races. The flavor and mechanics are really nice. I especially like "The Glitch" pact; some unknown entity has chosen you...but what it wants is anyone's guess. You end up with weird reality-warping abilities like teleportation and "shifting form". Hard to describe...and based on the text, that is precisely the point. The spider-like Harvestman race is also really cool.


The Nameless Isle from Jonas Kraft



This is a nice little adventure (playable in a single session) with a great hook: a small island has mysteriously appeared off the coast of Neverwinter. I would run this in a second.


Bard College: The College of Illustration from Ben Jenkins



Love, love, love the flavor of this one. "Summon" creatures by drawing them in the air, disguise yourself through painting, and create magical portraits than evoke the tale of Dorian Gray. Very creative.


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Friday, May 17, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: Unknown Clones: GORE

Today on the Thought Eater podcast, I take a look at another "unknown clone", OSR games that maybe flew under the radar. Today's game is GORE by Daniel Proctor for Goblinoid Games.






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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Meet The OSR's Most Underrated Adventure Designers, The Merciless Merchants

One of the harsh lessons of life is that talent doesn't equal success. Timing, who you know, and so many other variables come into play. Any aspiring musician knows this. I know from my day job that over 80% of all job openings are never advertised. They go to internal candidates or their friends and family members. By the time a job is advertised, you can be competing with lots and lots of people.

This is all a long-winded way of saying that if talent was enough, the words "Merciless Merchants" would be on every OSR enthusiast's lips.



This isn't to say the Merciless Merchants haven't been mentioned; the notoriously picky Bryce Lynch of Ten Foot Pole has sung their praises (more than once ), with their adventures making his favorites list. Others have given them good reviews as well, save for some of the art, which I will get to later.

Maybe I am getting ahead of myself. Who or what am I even talking about? Well, the Merciless Merchants are a collective of sorts that produce OSR adventures. The founding members, Malrex and John Bertoni, adventured for years in their home world of the Dragonback Mountains, then decided to put all of their dusty binders and notebooks from those escapades to use. They were soon joined (on a dare no less) by Prince of Nothing, themselves a reviewer from the Lynch school of "Here is what I TRULY think." Justin Davis rounded out the group first as an editor, now contributing to design as well.

I noticed some of their products on DriveThru mainly because they were creating content for the For Gold and Glory retroclone, which emulates 2e AD&D. Nobody really creates for FG&G, so I took a look.

Now, the world is littered with adventure modules. I can't tell you how many I have that I have never even read. Maybe hundreds. I am glad I looked though. Since then Malrex has sent me some review copies, and this quickly led to me backing his Patreon, kind of a subscription service to his adventures, some of which go on to further refinements before being officially released.

When it comes down to it for me, great adventures really boil down to cool hooks and locations. That is what you get with the Merciless Merchants stuff. Their Scorchfire adventure has been turning around in my head since I read it. The party surfaces from a dungeon to find the area burning. From there, it is all sandbox and free play, with a bunch of great encounter locations scattered about. It is a really great adventure. And I am reasonably sure you have never heard of it.



It is hard sometimes to take a chance on something sight-unseen. You can download Kellerin's Rumble for free/pay-what-you-want. Personally, I think you should just wait on free-shipping Lulu codes, head over, and buy the lot.



The biggest criticisms usually come down to the art. They are currently relying partly on purchased clip art, which is never really tailored exactly to a product's need. But lots of great art costs money, and we end up with a chicken and egg conundrum. You have to sell to make money, spend money to sell more. Round and round we go. Personally, I find their adventures so good that I feel really forgiving about the art.

Anyway, they have big goals, including eventually Kickstarting some setting material. If successful, this should nip the art talk in the bud. What I really hope will happen is that some talented artist out there will just join up with the Merchants and become sort of the "house artist". The sky would be the limit.

Or...maybe not. You never know. Like I mentioned at the beginning, talent is no guarantee of success. If it were then the Merciless Merchants would be lighting cigars with hundred dollar bills.

Find out more about the Merciless Merchants and their products HERE.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 5.15.19

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.






LINKS FROM THIS WEEK'S EPISODE


INTRO (NEW BLOGS)

https://savemycampaign.wordpress.com

https://vaultsandvangoghs.blogspot.com


MAPS



https://9thkeypress.com/2019/05/07/the-circle-caverns-dark-elf-ruins-and-other-releases/
https://www.patreon.com/9thKeyPress



https://dysonlogos.blog/2018/09/10/the-bottomless-tombs/
https://dysonlogos.blog/2019/05/09/tombs2/
https://www.patreon.com/dysonlogos



https://www.geeknative.com/65631/one-million-square-feet-of-original-rpg-battle-maps-free-to-use/



https://www.indygaming.com/gen-con-2019-exhibit-hall-map-announced/


REVIEWS AND NEW RELEASES



http://www.trollishdelver.com/2019/05/lets-talk-against-darkmaster.html



https://technicalgrimoire.com/david/2019/05/SilentTitans



http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?6292-Shadowrun-Sixth-World-Beginner-Box-Review


https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/271755/Metatoy-System
https://zedecksiew.tumblr.com/post/184844575811/metatoy
http://experimentalplayground.blogspot.com/2019/05/metatoy-system-srd.html



https://stargazersworld.com/2019/05/10/a-first-look-at-the-unity-rpg-part-one/

http://osrnews.blogspot.com/


VIDS

https://lordgwydion.blogspot.com/2019/05/strength-bows.html



https://kultrpg428229752.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/oakwood-heights-by-penny-for-a-tale/


RANDOM TABLES

https://nerdwerds.blogspot.com/2019/05/quick-and-dirty-potion-requirement.html

https://attnam.blogspot.com/2019/05/weirder-diseases.html

http://eldritchfields.blogspot.com/2019/05/1d8-curses.html

http://killitwithfirerpg.blogspot.com/2019/05/d12-gaze-attacks-that-aren-stoning.html

https://blog.d4caltrops.com/2019/05/these-city-dwellers-are-d100-table.html


RISE OF THE MACHINES




https://coinsandscrolls.blogspot.com/2019/05/gpt-2-plot-generator.html

https://talktotransformer.com/

http://bloodofprokopius.blogspot.com/2019/05/an-ai-answers-jeffs-20-questions.html

http://eldritchfields.blogspot.com/2019/05/adventure-tomb-of-daughter.html


MISCELLANY

http://chthonic-halls.blogspot.com/2019/05/rumours-delivery-methods-request-for.html

http://dragonsgonnadrag.blogspot.com/2019/05/weve-got-no-class-v25-pdf-download.html

https://gdorn.circuitlocution.com/rpgblog/history_of_death.html


INSPIRATION: WEIRD NEWS



http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/55145

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-a-chinese-scientist-broke-the-rules-to-create-the-first-gene-edited-babies-11557506697

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612997/the-crispr-twins-had-their-brains-altered/

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/jeff-bezos-moon-nasa/589150/


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