Monday, August 31, 2015

Trolls and Pain

Pain is our body’s way of saying, “Stop it, ya idjit!” If the pain’s bad enough our body just goes ahead and says, “Nope, you’re gonna stop doing that now.” We’ve evolved that response to keep us from damaging ourselves to much. Trolls don’t feel pain like this in my gaming world. They receive the information more like how we process non-extreme temperature, pressure, or texture—information that we can consciously process and that which won’t autonomously override our conscious decisions.

Trolls only feel pain like we do when exposed to acid or fire. And when that happens, they really *feel* it and their bodies often decide, “That’s enough, we’re leaving,” and takes over, causing them to flee even when their conscious brain want to attack. In my games, trolls attacked with acid or fire have to make a morale check or flee immediately. They’ll return in a few minutes, of  course, but it may be enough time to better prepare.

Illo is of a painted mini from Otherworld Miniatures. They make some cool stuff, IMO.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tome of Tomes - Volume Two now available!

I'm pleased to say that I've just put Tome of Tomes, Vol 2 up for sale at for $3.60. It contains 100  tomes for your gaming pleasure, ranging from the magical to the mundane, from the common to the unique. Tome of Tomes Volume Two is a compilation of books that could be found on a sage's shelf or on the shelves of a city library. Each tome is described and classified according to field of study and special knowledge category (if applicable).

If you've missed it, I'm running a Patreon campaign helping in the production of the Tome of Tomes series. I'd like to heartily thank my Patreons for their support!

And to continue the series, below is a new tome for the blog contained in said Vol 2.

The Undercurrents of the Benomori Mermen
Author: Marvis Wataynd
Race: Merman
Dimensions: 16x16x2
Weight: 50 lbs.
Materials: Star-metal bound, star-metal embossed pages
Rarity: Unique
Fields of Study: Physical universe
Special Knowledge Categories: Topography & cartography
Value: 6,000 gp

The final work by Wataynd, the atlas of the undercurrents of his Benomori Mermen people’s homeland is even more valuable than his other monumental work, The Atlas of the Gulf of Pappant. The Undercurrents exquisitely maps out in embossed star-metal the terrain and currents of Wataynd’s vast homeland. There is only one known copy. Were it to emerge from hiding, it would more than likely be melted down for the metal itself is worth 5,000gp, and is highly desirable to master armor and weaponsmiths (it would produce 50lbs. worth of +3 armor or weapons).

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tome of Tomes - D'OH! edition

Just finished laying out Tome of Tomes, Vol. 2 and realized that I forgot to alphabetize the tomes. D'oh! Who's the idiot? - I'm the idiot!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I Don't Write, or Publish, for Jaded Palates

Something's been bothering at me lately, so I thought to make a public statement.

I don't write, or publish, for jaded palates.

My only goal as a writer/publisher is to provide (#1) utility and (#2) enjoyment for gamers who are not bored, tired, or lacking in enthusiasm for the tropes of the history/rulesets in which I'm writing or publishing. If you are in any of those groups, please don't purchase what I publish as you probably will not enjoy it, and I don't want to disappoint anyone.

And, to toot my own horn, if you find yourself not enjoying what I'm currently publishing when you have before, you might want to take a breather as you may have had too much of the thing you enjoy. Because we all need time off - especially from things we deeply engage with. Go do something else you enjoy, or discover something new to enjoy. Come back when you're ready to dig back into that wonderful margherita pizza symbolic of what I'm trying to create.

I'm in this for the long haul. I have, god willing, decades more work to create.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Another from the on-going series....

The Cormant Coast
Author: Drene Colehooding
Race: Human
Dimensions: 14x12x1.5
Weight: 25 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, brassboard, vellum, brass clasps and lock
Rarity: Rare
Fields of Study: Physical universe, fauna
Special Knowledge Categories: Topography & cartography, avians, ichthyoids, mammals
Value: 425 gp

The other known work of the mysterious author Drene Colehooding, The Cormant Coast is a detailed look at the titular Northern seashore. Colehooding exquisitely illustrates the fish, birds, and sea and land mammals to the Cormant Coast. More importantly for many, the work contains a detailed coastal map—detailed enough to even include soundings for many of the inlets and fjords. This book is of particular interest for fur seal hunters and will commonly be found on such sailing ships.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tome of Tomes

The Strength of the Woods
Author: Waylant Deepdiver
Race: Merman
Dimensions: 16x16x1
Weight: 5 lbs.
Materials: Seal skin-bound, woodboard, vellum, brass corners and clasps
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraeft
Value: 4,250 gp

Another tome valued by the noble, The Strength of the Woods gives ship-building instructions coupled with divine rituals. Over a year-long process, a ship built with this information and magic has double the ability to withstand inclement weather. A 7th-level cleric, accompanied by seven 1st-level clerics is required for the ritual, along with 250gp in material goods.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Magic Hoard

Been a while since I put up a new magic item, so here ya go...

Tabard of Identification: This magical tabard always displays the coat of arms of the wearer. If the wearer has never worn false colors, the tabard provides a +1 bonus to all saving throws. Experience Point Value: 500 G.P. Value: 2,500

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tome of Tomes

 Been editing and working on The Halls of Lidless Shabbath (an Advanced Adventure which I'm co-authoring with the esteemed Stuart Marshall - he wrote the upper levels and I'm finishing off the lower levels) lately so been a bit lax on updating my Patreon series Tome of Tomes...

The Birthing Circle
Author: Swack Soorlong
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x8x1
Weight: 2 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraeft
Value: 1,250 gp

This ritual tome is highly valued by those of noble birth, as well as those with nobly-bulging purses. Instructions within describe a nine-month-long process of creating a magical circle within which all births are 1/10th  as likely to be troubled ones. Three 3rd-level clerics are required to complete the circle, along with 2,500gp of materials.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Want a map that your players won't recognize?

Try a seamount! Just about any of them will do for an island and larger groups could be extrapolated into continents. Voila! Instant worlds....

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I have a favorite Island...and yeah, that's probably a bit strange.

One of my pastimes is looking at maps. I really enjoy the process of transitioning an image on a page or a computer screen into a mental-landscape based upon what I'm seeing. I've always enjoyed this. As a youngster, I'd spend hours with a world atlas, just putzing around, enjoying the shape-ed-ness of the world.

This of course, means I have a favorite island: Sulawesi.

I love it because it's just so... improbable. It's like a giant drunken lower-case "k" that's just about to fall down. It's shape is something that, were I to see it in a fantasy map, I'd roll my eyes a bit at. It's the world's 11th largest island (about 90% the size of Great Britain), but I imagine that most people have never heard of it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Continuing the series....

Flowing Purification
Author: Ashem Inshar
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x10x1
Weight: 2 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study:  Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraeft
Value: 150 gp

Another ritual guide by Ashem Inshar, Flowing Purification is disputably the most-common of ritual tomes. If a 2nd-level cleric and 4 1st-level cleric assistants work over a month’s period, a single well or spring is purified. This purified water source produces clean and potable water even when mundane defiling (dead bodies, feces, other waste) is attempted. Any magical defiling or a dispel magic (or equivalent) destroys the Flowing Purification ritual.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Continuing the Tome of Tomes series from my Patreon project....

The Weaver’s Blessing
Author: Borgoth Moryal
Race: Human
Dimensions: 16x4x1
Weight: 3 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study:  Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraeft
Value: 150 gp

The final work of the druid Borgoth Moryal, The Weaver’s Blessing gives instruction in a month-long process of blessing three willow seeds—seeds that when planted and grown to adulthood, yield twice the typical amount of osiers. Only a 1st-level druid and three assistants (of any ability) are required for the earthy blessing of the seeds.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Just uploaded the next 8 tomes to my Tome of Tomes Patreon project and I've now put out 4 updates for a total of 29 new books. I'd like to again publicly thank those kind benefactors and hope that others will join them!

Regardless, the tome goodness will flow... :-)

The Pattern of Knowledge
Race: Human
Dimensions: 24x24x6
Weight: 35 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment, brass corners and clasps
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study:  Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraeft
Value: 750 gp

This lavishly illustrated tome provides detailed material instruction for the creation of a mosaic of tutelage. The mosaic may act as a tutor for characters looking to advance in level. The ritual takes three months, costs roughly 750gp in fine glass and special mortar mix, and requires the work of a master glazier. As the master glazier slowly works, a spellcaster of at least 6th-level and 12 spellcasting assistants of at least 1st-level are required at all times.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Malevolent & Benign PDF for only $3!

OK folks, I'm running a deep (85% off) sale on the PDF of Malevolent and Benign. It's an OSR monster book (for OSRIC) that contains over 150 critters suitable for pretty much any campaign. For ease of use, I also put in 4 appendices: A for 6 new magic items associated with some new critters; B for a list of monsters by level, C for a list of monsters by rarity, and D for a list of monsters by terrain type. This will make fleshing out your custom encounter tables a breeze.

Did I mention it's got a cool Peter Mullen cover featuring nine of the critters (including two of my favs, the skyshark and the canopy kraken) contained within? All in all it's a great book, in my unsurprising opinion, and now's the time to pick it up. The sale ends May 1st, 2015.

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