Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Magic Hoard: Ring of Ringmastery

Ring of Ringmastery: This ring informs the wielder of any magic rings within 100 ft. The wielder can tap into the power of rings in that area, gaining their ability for his own. Additionally, the wielder can try paralyze (2-5 rounds) the bearer of any magical ring within 100 ft. if the target fails a save. The ring can only paralyze once per day per magic ring. Experience Point Value: 1,000 G.P. Value: 5,000

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Magical Society Guide to Place Names update

Work continues apace on the upcoming Magical Society guide to naming places. I'm up to 200 entries on the root table, and am guessing that I'm about 1/3 done for the list. Once I've created the list, I can then dive into construction notes, how a campaign history should influence place names, and other various and sundry issues surrounding the naming of places.

I'm totally up in the air about how many pages the final work will have. Right now it's what I call a bikini work - a work that's going to be only as big as it needs to be to cover the subject.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Note to Self: Print Promotional Products during Black Friday sales

As a heads-up to the creative folks who follow/read what I babble about, I need to remember next year to prepare some promotional products (bookmarks, postcards, maybe even a calendar or poster, and some more business cards as it appears I've run out) and have them ready to print during the Black Friday sales season. I've seen quick-print rates drop 75%.

Note to Self - be ready next year. If you've printing needs as well, you might want to be ready too.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

So I apparantly co-wrote an inpirational book...

Finally got my 5th Edition set (I waited to get all of the books at once) and it turns out that A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe is listed in Appendix D of the Dungeon Master's Guide as inspirational reading.

It's not much, but it brightened my day, and that's always worth something.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Magic Hoard: Staff Sphere

This is my first additive magic item - a term I'm using to describe a magic item that you add to another magic item for new/more power.

Staff Sphere: This small crystal sphere magically attaches or detaches from any magical staff at will. The bearer can cause the sphere to glow like a torch whenever desired and the glow takes a bluish tinge when facing north. Additionally, the bearer can use the staff sphere’s charges to charge the staff. When found a staff sphere has 2d6+2 charges. If emptied of all charges, the sphere cracks, falls to the ground, and shatters. Experience Point Value: 600 G. P. Value: 5,000

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Annoucing A Magical Society Guide to Place Names

Just finished the 100th entry in the forthcoming A Magical Society Guide to Place Names! This PDF-only work (probably) will explore the history of place naming in the UK. It will have a massive list of origins (such as how "pool" turns up in place names as Pul-, -mere, -more, -pool, or -pol), a random generation system, and some words on how a GM can turn the list into a guide on any of his campaign languages, providing a solid and consistent method of place naming.

I don't know when I'll be done (I'm slowly knocking it out, and it should be in mid 2015), but I think it's going to be tremendously useful for a world-building GM, or writers of fantasy novels.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Magic Hoard: Spider Shurikens

Spider Shurikens: If this +1 shuriken hits its target, it transforms into a large spider that engages only the target in melee. If killed (or after 10 rounds pass), the spider transforms back into a spider shuriken. Nothing happens on a miss. Experience Point Value: 200 G. P. Value: 1,000

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

XRP Thanksgiving 100%-On sale!

Like many businesses in today's modern age, Expeditious Retreat Press will be open on Thanksgiving Day. To celebrate working on what was once a former holiday, we've raised prices on our PDF products by 100%! for the next 36 hours. So drop by and pick up some of our rpg-gaming goodies instead of spending time with your loved ones.

The Magic Hoard: Sword of the Asp

Sword of the Asp: This +2 sword may turn into deadly asp 3 times a day for 5 rounds. While transformed the tail of the asp wraps around the wrist of its bearer and any successful attack roll kills unless the target saves vs. poison. There is a 10% chance a sword of the asp is cursed, whereupon the asp immediately attacks the bearer (as a 2 HD monster) for 5 rounds before turning back into a sword. Experience Point Value: 1,400 G. P. Value: 7,000

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Magic Hoard: Bone Bracelet of Undead Invisibility

Here's a nice little magic item to spice up an encounter or provide a bit more umph to an animated dead servant...

Bone Bracelet of Undead Invisibility: This bone bracelet provides improved invisibly to any non-intelligent undead when worn. The effect temporarily ends if the wearer is turned (for the duration of the turn), but only permanently ends if the wearer is killed/destroyed. Experience Point Value: 300 G. P. Value: 1,250

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Advanced Adventures, are they for me?

Thought I should make a public announcement regarding the Advanced Adventures line of modules for 1e/OSRIC.

1. There is no boxed/descriptive text.
2. They do not have a plot.
3. They are not for new GMs.
4. They should be read at least once (preferably twice) before running.

If you don't like the above, you won't like the series.

A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe (2nd edition) Hardcover now at Lulu

About 8 years ago I did a small hardcover print run of MMS:WE 2nd edition. If you weren't lucky enough to grab a copy (which sold out pretty quickly) you've only had the digital version or the softcover version to purchase since then.

Now, however, Lulu's massive 50% off hardcover sale (coupon code HC50) has convinced me to put up MMS:WE (2nd Edition) at Lulu as a hardcover. So for today and tomorrow you'll be able to pick it up for only $25 (regular price $50).


Friday, November 21, 2014

FYI - 50% off LULU coupon for hardcovers.

FYI - Lulu's having a big sale - 50% off hardcovers (HC50) and 30% off softcovers (FLASH30) until midnight on Nov, 24, 2014.

So now's a great time to buy our Advanced Adventure hardbacks... $25 is quite the price!

AA Compendium One
AA Compendium Two
AA Compendium Three 

Our full Lulu store....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Advanced Adventures #32: The Palace Byond Cover

Just put together the cover for AA#32: The Palace Beyond and I'm happy to see another title in the series. This next one should be out in February, 2015. As always, I'm looking for AA manuscripts, so send me an e-mail at if you've an idea or a manuscript.

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