Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Okavango Delta

I don't know if you're familiar with the Okavango Delta in Botswana, but it's an amazing place. You should check out the Wiki link and hunt up some Google images. It's tremendously gamable, and, as far as I know, I don't remember any inland deltas in any published fantasy rpg setting.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tome of Tomes

Two more Tome of Tomes thanks to my wonderful Patreons! If you'd like to support the creation of these, I'm only requesting $1 per 8 tomes, resulting in $2 a month total, and you get the Tome of Tome PDFs for free when they come out (every 100 tomes). I'm having a blast creating them and would love any additional support if you're interested.

Blackcloak, Terror of Westhame Forest
Author: Dirk Ringdon
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x8x0.5
Weight: 2 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History
Value: 35 gp

A figure of infamy, Blackcloak is accurately portrayed in this work as a most cruel highwayman. Written by Dirk Ringdon who escaped a 3-year captivity under Blackcloak, no details are spared regarding the robber’s depredations in the deep Westhame Forest. Ringdon’s escape and subsequent guiding of Fargoth’s 3rd Regiment eventually located Blackcloak and brought him to justice: a hanging attended by over three thousand souls. For his deeds, Ringdon was named the 1st Baron of Egremith.

Six Saints
Author: Devora
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x8x.05
Weight: 2lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, vellum
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History, theology & myth
Value: 35 gp

This concise hagiography tells of the life and times of six Harmonish saints: Beatrice, Xyphisus, Oma, Gerold, Hamant, and Darserva. More interesting than the stories themselves is the author Devora. After her death (as is Harmonish custom) she was sainted for her many miracles. Two decades later, however, she was unexpectedly resurrected. She’s still alive 65 years after her revival and this makes her the only living Harmonish saint. Her existence has caused a schism within the Harmonish church, with roughly 25% of all followers declaring themselves part of the traditionalist sect that does not recognize her sainthood.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Two More Tome of Tomes

Dread Kirowath
Author: Briod Griwent
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x10x0.5
Weight: 1 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History
Value: 20 gp

The brief 12-year reign of the demi-god Kirowath is etched into the memory of the Muyan peoples, but few know the complete story of his meteoric rise and fall. Exhaustively (and magically) researched, Dread Kirowath tells of how a simple peasant boy rose to power over one of the greatest nations on the planet. It tells of how he became a demi-god, and how that process resulted in his inevitable defeat at Tuoba. Unlike other histories of Kirowath, this one pinpoints his sword, an intelligent and malevolent turquoise blade of great power, as the primary mover in Kirowath’s story.

Biography of Guthard
Author: Zwyhard
Race: Human
Dimensions: 6x5x1
Weight: 1 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Common
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History
Value: 15 gp

This biography of the High King Guthard frames him in a very positive light. Penned by his close friend and monastic Zwyhard, Biography of Guthard follows the High King from Birth to his 78th year, the year in which Zwyhard died. Important events such as the Battle of Yellowhurst, the Scouring of Westfallan, and the founding of High King’s College are detailed in flowery ornate language. History has since looked less-favorably upon Guthard, but this work benefits from the direct relationship of author and subject.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The World of Tome of Tomes...?

So I've written over 400 Tome of Tomes (I've really been going thanks to the Patreon supporters!) and I just started thinking that I'm basically organically creating a fantasy world with all its geography, history, and racial relations.

So now I'm thinking, what would it take for me to actually produce an entirely-open-content OSRIC-compatible fantasy setting based upon all the things I've created. Hrm... I kinda like the idea, but I *does* sound like a lot of work, so I'll have to think about it before committing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Two PDFs for download: The Pre-Gen Characters for AA#15 and AA#21

If I've done my google docs magic properly, below is the link to the Pre-Gen Characters for Advanced Adventures #15: Stonesky Delve and Advanced Adventures #21: The Obsidian Sands of Syncrates.

Both of the files are about 30 pages long. They include the quick rosters as well as the printable player sheets. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Two more Tome of Tomes

The Science of Circles
Author: Dizariot Herculf
Race: Human
Dimensions: 24x24x6
Weight: 36 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, brassboard, vellum
Rarity: Unique
Fields of Study: Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraft, planes (astral, elemental & ethereal), planes (outer)
Value: 1000 gp

This large book appears to be an extremely deep analysis of the many magical circles used for protection and summoning. It is, unfortunately, an extremely elaborate hoax. And worse than that, it’s a magical trap created by the author. None of the information regarding the creation of the circles is accurate (although much regarding the creatures of the various planes is superficially so) and if a practitioner attempts to use any of the circles, he opens himself up to extreme danger. The caster must save vs. magic or the damned soul of Dizariot Herculf takes possession of his body. The practitioner is allowed a save vs. magic every week to break the possession. Upon the 4th failed save, the caster’s soul takes the place of the Herculf’s permanently.

The Great Khan
Author: Gorie Hephast
Race: Human
Dimensions: 6x5x1
Weight: 1 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, vellum
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History
Value: 50 gp

This book tells the story of the 3rd Great Khan, Sorghaktangi. Although only a capable fighter, the 3rd Khan was a masterful strategist, tactician, and politician, ruling the unruliest of tribes for more than 50 years. She was born into a noble family, 4th cousin from the 2nd Great Khan Onchi, and quickly proved her tactical worth during the long Eosian campaign. When Onchi fell during the Xiong Retaliation, Sorghaktangi ably stepped into leadership, and after her successes easily secured her title of Khan.

Friday, September 16, 2016

All the Advanced Adventures (1-36) by Level

I was asked for a list of the AA by level, so I thought I should put one up on the blog here. It looks like we've got pretty good coverage, and I think you could work out a campaign with just these published modules. I'd like a few more lower levels (1-3, 2-4), but they seem to be the hardest to acquire manuscripts for, so I may have to work on another one myself (I wrote Redtooth Ridge, which I think's a damn good module - at least my players loved it!)

Advanced Adventures #22: Stonepick Crossing 1-3
Advanced Adventures #28: Redtooth Ridge 1-3
Advanced Adventures #30: To End the Rising 1-3
Advanced Adventures #1: The Pod-Caverns of the Sinister Shroom 2-4
Advanced Adventures #13: White Dragon Run 2-4
Advanced Adventures #27: Bitteroot Briar 2-4
Advanced Adventures #7: The Sarcophagus Legion 2-4
Advanced Adventures #17: The Frozen Wave Satsuma 3-5
Advanced Adventures #19: The Secret of the Callair Hills 3-5
Advanced Adventures #23: Down the Shadowvein 3-5
Advanced Adventures #24: The Mouth of the Shadowvein 3-5
Advanced Adventures #25: Beneath the Heart of Empire 3-5
Advanced Adventures #6: Chasm of the Damned 3-5
Advanced Adventures #26: The Witch Mounds 3-6
Advanced Adventures #34: The Crocodile's Tear 4-6
Advanced Adventures #15: Stonesky Delve 4-7
Advanced Adventures #21: Obsidian Sands of Syncrates 4-7
Advanced Adventures #31: The Lost Lair of Drecallis 4-7
Advanced Adventures #9: The Lost Pyramid of Imhotep 4-7
Advanced Adventures #12: The Barrow Mound of Gravemoor 5-7
Advanced Adventures #35: The Desert Shrine of the Sightless Sisters 5-8
Advanced Adventures #32: The Palace Beyond 6-9
Advanced Adventures #10: Lost Keys of Solitude 6-10
Advanced Adventures #20: The Riddle of Anadi 6-10
Advanced Adventures #3: The Curse of the Witch Head 6-10
Advanced Adventures #5: The Flaming Footprints of Jilanth 6-10
Advanced Adventures #29: The Doom of Red Rauthim 7-9
Advanced Adventures #14: The Verdant Vault of Malakum 8-10
Advanced Adventures #4: The Prison of Meneptah 8-10
Advanced Adventures #8: The Seven Shrines of Nav'k-qar 8-12
Advanced Adventures #16: Under Shattered Mountain 9-12
Advanced Adventures #36: Aerie of the Cloud Giant Strategos 9-14
Advanced Adventures #11: The Conqueror worm 10-14
Advanced Adventures #18: The Forsaken Sepulcher 10-14
Advanced Adventures #2: The Red Mausoleum 12-15
Advanced Adventures #33: The Halls of Lidless Shabbath 12-15

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

$3 Advanced Adventures PDF sale!

I've decided to have a little sale (through Friday) on all the Advanced Adventures PDFs. I'm up to #34 now and I've one more manuscript in the works. I've also got the outlines of something called Aerie of the Cloud Giant Strategos which is my take on a follow-up on the Against the Giants series wherein the source of evil doesn't go into the ground, but into a giant cloud castle. But I digress...

I hope you enjoy the sale and now's the time to pick something up if you're interested!

Monday, September 12, 2016

I like Spider Pig more than Harry Plopper*

I know a lot of people prefer John Williams' work on Star Wars, but for me, his best work was the first few Harry Potters. I really enjoy these soundtracks. This is my music of the day. If you enjoy, pick up the soundtracks for yourself!

(*the title of this post has little to do with anything, it's just that I can't think of Harry Potter without thinking about Homer Simpson's pig which I'm sure is heartbreaking to some Harry Potter fans)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Today's Music

Today's editing music. I really like this soundtrack. I first saw the movie in 6th grade English; our teacher was a fan of fantasy/sci-fi. I wish I could find a cd copy of this as I don't have a record player. Honestly, I don't know if they've ever made a cd version. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

So here's to Glenn Yarbourgh, who died only a month ago.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Another Tome of Tomes Double Shot

The Heart of Fear
Author: Pirn the Skunie
Race: Human
Dimensions: 16x16x3
Weight: 15 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, stoneboard, parchment
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraft
Value: 6,500 gp

Most know Pirn the Skunie as a rather unreliable historian, but he was also a city-sponsored wizard focusing on the fears within different races. The Heart of Fear delves deeply into the racial fears of the different races (humans, demi-humans, and the more common humanoids) and how such fears can be exploited when employing magic that causes fear. Contained within are two spells: scare and fear.

Author: Unknown
Race: Unknown
Dimensions: 14x12x1.5
Weight: 5 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraft
Value: 1,250 gp

Arise provides a good examination of the undead, particularly the animation of. Different types of undead are described and illuminated, but the focus of the work is on the two lowest-powered undead: skeletons and zombies. Skeletons or zombies animated by a practitioner using Arise have +2 hp.

Friday, September 2, 2016

A Magical Medieval Society: Third Edition is now available!

Heya all! The 3rd Edition of MMS:WE is now available in PDF and in Print. This new edition includes 18 pages of information on how to realistically name places - the material I'd previously released as On the Naming of Places PDF.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pig to Bones in Less than 8 Days!

So today I find myself watching forensic experiments. I would not have suspected that you can go from full-grown pig to skeleton in only 7 days. Turns out the fishes one sleeps with are hungry.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Night Alarm: The Advance by Charles West Cope, 1871

This is an awesome painting. The Night Alarm: The Advance by Charles West Cope, 1871. Just oozes atmosphere...

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