The Gassy Gnoll: The Road in the Darkness

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to take a bit of time to head to the mountains with my family. We left late in the afternoon on Friday and were going over a mountain pass I’ve driven or ridden over regularly in the daylight. By the time we got there, night . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Road in the Darkness

Supplement Review: Achtung! Cthulhu: The Trellborg Monstrosities by John Houlihan for Modiphius Entertainment

When you think of H.P. Lovecraft, what do you think of? For me, it’s his story “At the Mountains of Madness,” which forever merges Antarctica and Cthulhu in my mind. So I have to say I became a little giddy when I heard that Chris Birch and the talented crew Achtung! Cthulhu were tackling that . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Achtung! Cthulhu: The Trellborg Monstrosities by John Houlihan for Modiphius Entertainment

Ten Links in the Chain: Kickstarter and Some Publisher News – 14-MAR-2013

Wow. The name of the blog includes the word “Reviews” but I haven’t had an opportunity to write any this week. What do you get instead? More links!

In this post I’ll focus on some of the Kickstarter projects that have caught my attention in recent weeks as well as a few new releases.

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Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Isolation, Desperation, and Cthulhu Avoiding the Creepy Town!

Recently I was thinking how to create a story where the PCs feel isolated. You know the kind of story I’m talking about, where the PCs stumble upon a long, forgotten village in the middle of nowhere to find shelter from a storm… Really I was thinking about how to avoid this tired old trope . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Isolation, Desperation, and Cthulhu Avoiding the Creepy Town!

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: An Interview with Alex Schroeder from 1PDC

Since 2009, the One Page Dungeon Contest (or 1PDC for short) offers designers a chance to describe a dungeon, village, or cave to be used during a roleplaying game session, but only using one side of an A4 sheet of paper. Over time, many of the submissions described standalone adventures more than a single map. . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: An Interview with Alex Schroeder from 1PDC

Resource Review: 101 Curious Items by Justin Alexander

Today I want to talk about a free, rules agnostic, creative fount of ideas for GMs of fantasy campaigns. This free resource is but one of the many unique ideas available from Justin Alexander at his blog – The Alexandrian. If you haven’t visited yet, I’d encourage you to do so. Lately he’s been offering . . . → Read More: Resource Review: 101 Curious Items by Justin Alexander

Adventure Review: Cthulhu Apocalypse: The Dead White World by Graham Walmsley and Pelgrane Press

I debated this week about what I should review for Halloween. Though I love zombies, I’ve expressed that love in earlier posts and wanted to focus on something different. And though adventuring in a Lovecraftian universe isn’t exactly new, the one supplement that I kept coming back to was Cthulhu Apocalypse: The Dead White World . . . → Read More: Adventure Review: Cthulhu Apocalypse: The Dead White World by Graham Walmsley and Pelgrane Press

Adventure Review: Atarin’s Delve by Peter C. Spahn from Small Niche Games

The whole concept of an adventure module was always a little problematic for me as GM. All of my campaigns have been largely sandbox-style with a few large scale plots woven into them, but rarely have I been able to integrate a published adventure into the narrative without some serious rework when I was GMing . . . → Read More: Adventure Review: Atarin’s Delve by Peter C. Spahn from Small Niche Games

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