Wednesday, December 5, 2018

3rd Party Plugs Wednesdays

Couple of things that came to my attention recently that are RPG related.

The Fantasy Network free-to-watch streaming video service "deliver creator-owned genre television and film content... It is accessible online at and via IPTV apps on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire, and Chrome TV.  Things like "The Gamers" series which is really excellent btw. 

"... also features a special channel dedicated to original digital programming from Gen Con, the largest hobby gaming convention in the United States."

The full details from their Press Release.

I learned about this OSR Survey put together by "Brendan S and Ben Milton are two hobbyists with a long history of participating in discussion related to the OSR and classic DnD." from Bat in the Attic.  I was my typical cynical self. After taking it, it's not gonna change the world or anything. But, it seemed like useful to know, good for discussion questions around "OSR" the term, the legend!

Take the survey your self ->  OSR Survey.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Echoes From Fomalhaut #2

I've been a big fan of Gabor Lux since I first read his stuff (maybe in Knock Spell, maybe from some OSR blog). At this year's NTRPGCon I picked up the first issue of Echoes From Fomalhaut and promptly ordered the 2nd issue. Which arrived today!

Produced by E. M. D. T. "First Hungarian D20 Society". Don't be scared away by d20ness. The style and feel is very much Appendix N inspired. It's not just another imitation of old-school sensibilities. It's its own product. And has a sprinkling of unique "spices" that derive in part from it's Hungarian roots, I assume.  Besides, Gabor Lux's and other contributor's work is great due to their ideas, structure, and writing.  Not statblocks.

What do you get? I haven't read it yet and this is not a review.  But I'm the happy owner of a digest sized 44 page, nice layout (a fair mix of modern / readable and callbacks / homages to zines of yore), varied and evocative / inspiring art (which for me as an RPG user is the most useful and valuable trait art can have). Plus a really nice looking on thicker paper, two sided, 4x digest size map. For $8 + $4 shipping to USA.

You can order the first two issues of Echos From Fomalhault and The Barbarian King from EMDT's online store.

Beyond Echos From Fomalhaut, there has been a significant amount blogged about and published (self-published, in OSR magazines, and other products). Much of it in Hungarian (to the loss of non-speakers, like me, I am sure) There are online English Fomalhaut Resources.  And I definitely suggest acquiring back Knockspell issues for the "Isles on an Emerald Sea" series.

Reading the first issue made me want to get on my DM cape and play! In fact I've since started organizing a Wilderlands sandbox starting with the Beekeeper adventure in that issue. Flipping through, it appears Echos From Fomalhaut #02 will be just as inspiring. I can't really say anything better than that [it makes me want to play] about an RPG product.

Monday, June 11, 2018


After couple years hiatus I went back to North Texas RPG Con in Dallas/FtWorth last weekend.  As usual I forgot to take many photos. But here are a couple.

Having two attacks per round does not always help (look closely at the rolls)

Random table using legos quite awesomely.

NTRPG Con is kind of place you can join RuneQuest game run by the
original game author, Steve Perrin

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The sounds of dungeon exploration

Wear headphones to appreciate the Left / Right ear locational awareness.  Close your eyes and imagine you're holding a torch and shield or clutching a holy symbol. Exploring a long forgotten tomb for plunder.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Computer RPG Book Project is Released

Holy RPG History Batman!  528 pages, over 400 RPGs! Many early TSR employees and other PnP RPG pioneers transitioned to computer RPGs. Love'em or Hate'em, they are intertwined with the tabletop side of the industry.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

You awaken on the tween deck of a prison ship, reddit/DnD repost

D&D can be introduced to anyone. It will not be everyone's cup of tea. But, don't make the mistake of prejudging who will or will not. Give everyone the opportunity to be enchanted.

Monday, November 6, 2017

My D&D Philosophy

[But first a little aside as to what's going on since it's been a little over a year since last post. Gotta admit I got more interested in playing games than in writing about them. When I blog, I kind of feel oblogated to post regular like. And while I didn't run out of things to say. I did run out of enough things I felt were **worth** saying.  Esp. things that every other blogger wasn't already saying. But I haven't read any other blogs in a while so, ...]

Potential player recently asked me "What my philosophy of D&D was?"

My grumpy old grognard immediate thought as to a response was "To play! Not twaddle on about philosophy." But, I de-curmudgeoned, remembering there are many play styles (more than one of which I enjoy) and this poor soul was trying to get a sense if our presumptions were congruent before spending a Saturday evening playing make believe with our gang.

Wanting to still be vague and open to later DM interpretation while providing some sort of guidance I well reasoned (i.e. first thing that came to mind that didn't suck) was

"Roll the dice, the rest will sort it self out."

Friday, September 23, 2016

Barrowmaze For 5th Edition

I've bought the original Barrowmaze, Barrowmaze II, Barrowmaze Complete and loved every single one.  The concept is original and executed brilliantly. Maps are huge, beautiful and interestingly complex in the non-linear, fun to explore way. The art is great and complements the story, descriptions, encounters and details of the dungeon which is dripping with evocative detail.

I've only be able to run a dozen or so sessions of players through the Barrowmaze.  Mostly because the pool of face-to-face old school gamers is fairly limited. I'm stoked about a version for the hoards of 5ed players that crowd several FLGS couple nights a week in my area. And while I could convert it myself, or on the fly, I'd rather spend that energy in running the thing, consternating and delighting my players. Plus Stan Shin was one of if not the first to post 5ed conversion notes/system (which I've used and approve of). I have confidence Barrowmaze 5th ed conversion will be done well.

The Megadungeon 

The core of Barrow is a vast megadungeon. The content is broken up into sections so you can dive into the adventure without having to read the entire book first. The megadungeon content includes:

Over 600+ dungeon rooms
  • 36 lavishly illustrated player handouts (each referenced in the text of the megadungeon itself) 
  • A dedicated monster section each with individual illustrations 
  • New magic items and spells 
  • Random Encounters 
  • Patron Generator 
  • Random tables for Dungeon Dressing, Graffiti, Runic Tablet Results, Dungeon Restocking, Sarcophagus Contents and more! 
  • Random Crypt Generator to create your own Barrows 
  • Enough old-school content for literally years of gaming!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Role Play Rally, Austin TX July 16-17, 2016


South Austin Two day RPG Convention.  Role Play Rally is 100% Adventurer's League. Which fits into my recent interest in AL. I mostly DM and was really jonesing to play (as a player).  I knew I couldn't commit to a campaign or regular schedule.  Adventurer's League to the rescue. It has downsides, because it's rarely the same group or DM, there less campaign/character/story building.  But you can take and play your character anywhere. Back to Role Play Rally ...

The highlight is the "Reclamation of Phlan" Epic. Multiple groups will be playing the same adventure at the same time.  One table's actions can impact the others. It's neat concept and I'm excited to be participating as a DM.

See you at Role Play Rally!

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