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.

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