Saturday, December 3, 2016

14-year Cycle for Words?

Now this article is very interesting. Basically, some scientists used Google's Ngram to study word frequency and found out that words usage increases and decreases in about 14 year cycles. There's more study to be done, of course, before you can say with certainty that this occurs, but I'm fascinated by these types of large-scale studies that have only become possible very recently. Meta-data and the effect it'll have on us going forward is a new frontier, and I suspect that some of the things we'll start to see will give us some good insight on how we unconsciously design our systems.

Cool stuff!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bundle of Holding

I'm proud to say we're involved with another Bundle of Holding for which Doctors Without Borders is the charity recipient! This one is a revival of the November 2014 collection of tabletop roleplaying gamemastering aids - WORLDBUILDER'S TOOLKIT +2.

Ton 'o great stuff here in case you missed it the first time around, including our Beast Builder. Which, IMO, is one of the best guides/resources regarding building fantasy monsters.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sorcery & Super Science 3rd Monster Preview

Hey, look! Another critter from beneath the shattered moon! An abassy's a nasty piece of work - a spirit of the dead that remains only to punish!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Another 2nd Edition Sorcery & Super Science! monster preview

So the prior preview was for one of the weakest horrors out there beneath the shattered moon. This one, a groue horror, is much, much worse.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tome of Tomes

Skaraborg
Author: Gunnar Goldmane
Race: Dwarf
Dimensions: 8x10x3.5
Weight: 11 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, stoneboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Demi-humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History
Value: 90 gp

Penned by the exiled Goldmane, the ancient dwarven city of Skaraborg is the subject of this hefty tome, which includes an out-of-date map for reference to those who have never been. The tome has a complete version of the public history of the city, and does not dwell upon any of the events that historians consider part of the private history of Skaraborg. Hastily penned, Skaraborg’s work provides a decent introduction to the public face of the city, but is fairly useless in details.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Two Tome of Tomes

Kirowa Sunslayer
Author: Finnock Jetdigger
Race: Gnome
Dimensions: 6x5x.05
Weight: 1 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: Legends & folklore
Value: 60 gp

This small tome contains the story of the legendary Kirowa Sunslayer, 1st Emperor to sit upon the Lotus Throne. It tells of his magical birth from the union of his tyrannical father the sun and his peaceful mother the sea. It spends most of its pages describing his many adventures in the Baiyang Mountains before he was forced to slay his father to save the world. After his great battle, Sunslayer rose into the air and became the friendly sun that we all know today.


The Pole Sitters
Author: Unknown
Race: Human
Dimensions: 16x16x2
Weight: 10 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, vellum
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History, theology & myth
Value: 50 gp

This illuminated book contains 136 terse biographies about the pole sitters of thirsty Gumandia. These holy men and women climbed upon a column, pillar, or pole and refused to return to the ground until death claimed them. They preached to gathered crowds and subsisted with help from the faithful. The stylite movement lasted a brief 67 years, beginning with the ascension of St. Myront and ended with the death of St. Wiflyra. The pillar of St. Wiflyra is still a holy location drawing many pilgrims yearly.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Enough Thinking - More Doing - Call for Manuscripts

We all have gone through a tough few days. After thinking and thinking (and thinking some more) the time's come for doing. What am I going to do? I'm going to keep on voting, donating to charity, and working for a more-equitable America. To do this, I'm going to focus more on work than I have been lately.

Lately, I've been focusing on my health. I've lost 30 lbs. this year, I've gained many lbs. of muscle (I'm nearing the strongest I've ever been), and I'm exercising for 80 minutes 3-times a week. I've been kicking the ass of the health baddie, but it's come at a cost regarding my business productivity. I'm gonna have to kick that up a notch while maintaining my health-centered focus. I've got a lot of weight yet to lose, and I'm going to do it, but I need to start kicking more than just my fat butt.

With that in mind, this is just a public announcement that I'm going to be more busy. I'm *always* looking for manuscripts (for Advanced Adventures or 1 on 1 Adventures). If you've a manuscript, I'll take a look.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bundle of Holding - OSR +4

We're part of another Bundle of Holding featuring OSR material. Pod-Caverns of the Sinister Shroom is joining 10 other great OSR products, all for just about the lowest price you'll see. Oh, also, 10% of all profits are going to Doctors Without Borders, so that's a real added bonus.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Tome of Tomes

The Wanton Sea Rovers
Author: Unknown
Race: Unknown
Dimensions: 4x5x0.5
Weight: 1 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Rare
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History, legends & folklore
Value: 35 gp

This work became famous around 60 years ago as a plea to Queen Gendra to increase patrols in the Sindra Straights and expel the vicious sea rovers within. A mix of history and fiction, its call was heard and enough noble and merchant pressure placed upon the Queen that war was declared upon the Rovers of the straights. Unfortunately, Queen Gendra’s fleet was captained by her incompetent brother and the battles were lost. Eventually Darthron fell to the rovers, the Queen beheaded, and Simon Wavestrider took the throne as the 1st Sea Rover king.


Emperor Ignatius Grimhand
Author: Lina Deerhart
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x10x1
Weight: 2 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History
Value: 50 gp

Emperor Ignatius Grimhand is a dry and boring work about a dry and boring emperor. The Emperor was a taciturn man who ruled during a long period of peace, who faced little challenges to rise to, and who died peacefully in his sleep. Most of the history is purely political, regarding various civil acts and ordinances as well as a lengthy discussion of imperial finances.


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.


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