Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Xenomosaurus Rex

When a regular TPK just won't do ....

Oliver Pabilona
This little beauty  gives me a brilliant idea for a campaign.

Xenomorphic Rex - Gamers' Common
-Type: Animal, prehistoric. Alien-parasitic
Size: Very large
Stats: High strength, agility and endurance. Animal, predator intelligence.
Weapons: Bite- Very Powerful. Kick - Very Powerful. Claws-Moderate. Tail swat- Very Powerful. Secondary mouth-moderate
Armour: Very Strong
Min/Max: Fast runners. Acid blood (strong) which sprays when damaged.

TWERPS-Xenomorphic Rex
St: 10
Movement: x2. Two Attacks per round
Bite +3 Hit. 7 Damage
Claw: +1 Hit. 5 Damage
Tail: -2 to Hit. 6 Damage
Armour: 5
Min/Max: When hit, sprays Acid Blood in all adjacent hexes for 2 damage. 

Hive Castle
Just over a month ago, shortly after the Night of the Falling Star, all contact was lost with the remote province of Wayland. Messengers have not returned, and as yet, there has been no word from the armored battalion of knights

Now the Chancellor Iutan is asking the adventures' help. Go to Wayland and find out what happened out there. The chancellor's adviser, a wizard named Kartar Burke, and two royal guard will accompany the party, though Chancellor Iutan will not say why.

It is a week-long journey through the mountains until you come to the remote valley province. The region is volcanic and barren, with some pockets of green. The only human habitation in the region is a medium sized mining community centered around the fortress known as Bishop's Keep (it was once an abbey) which is at the far end of a town called Hadley's Hope.

As the party approaches the town, they see no sign of any villagers. Homes are all abandoned and many show signs of violent struggle.

As they investigate the town, the party begins to encounter the evil star creatures. Shadows at first, perhaps an npc dragged off by something in the night. When they come, in force and it becomes a desperate fight for their lives. The party flees to seek the security of Bishop's Keep. Once there, however, they begin to learn about the star creature's true nature.

They also learn that Kartar's goal has always been the great dungeon below Bishop's Keep, which according to legend, is the prison to the great dragon known as Nostromo,,,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Video Hits Wednesday! The Dean Ambushed in the Elevator

Community's paintball episodes are widely regarded as classics. This is why. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mutha Oith

I am obsesed with games like this. Anything where you play something small, insane and given to homicdal levels of punning and I'm all in: Kobolds Ate My Baby, Munchkin, TWERPS, GURPS Goblins, I love them all.

I came across the Mutha Oith website not too long ago and while I loved the art and the jokes, I wasn't sure on just what it is suppose to be? A tabletop RPG, a card-game? 

Well, it is kind of both. Low Life is the RPG, and Dementalism is the cardgame. 

For those interested in looking into Low Life a little more, they have just released two free 8pg pdfs; The Offical Character Creation Guide and the Boss Bible. 

My only regret being that I don't have a regular game group to unleash this upon. Still, they've picked up a new fan.

Your Next Underwater Adventure Just Wrote Itself

Maze Coral. Normally tiny, but it would not be hard to imagine one of these things stretching for leagues and hiding a great treasure inside.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Joy of Reading RPGs

The Guardian has an article on The joy of reading role-playing games.

The article asks a number of authors how D&D (and other Tabletop games) influence their work, and examines whether or not gamebooks can be read for fun?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Video Hits Wednesday! A Jarring Encounter

Sometimes all you need is an opposable thumb.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Personal Ripsaw Tank

Got a spare 100K+? Howe and Howe have announced the launch of a 'personal tank'. This would be the perfect addition to any Cyberpunk or Shadowrun game.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Video Hits Wednesday! 4th Planet

A desperate man tries to sneak aboard a Mars launch. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

You've Been Spending Your Gold Coins All Wrong

"These roman coins are part of a 159 coin hoard discovered near St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Gold solidi were enormously valuable coins. By law they could not be spent on retail market goods, but only for large purchases and deals like property sales and entire ship’s of goods. Whoever owned these coins was very wealthy, a merchant or a banker."

So if 159 coins represented a small fortune (and don't I mean like afford a nice condo kinda fortune, I mean like owning the whole building kind of fortune), what happens when the Heros come up from the Dungeons of Depravity with two thousand of the suckers?

Economics is something most table top gamers don't really pay much attention too. Sure, they are supposedly carrying around thousands of pounds of gold with little to no encumbrance penalties, but very little thought is given to what would happen when all that gold hits the economy. A ridiculous boom economy followed by runaway inflation and then a catastrophic economic bust. Who's mining and minting all this gold? Where did it come from?

I'm not saying that GM's should be laying out detailed economic charts for their game world, but the players suddenly finding their hard won treasure is now near worthless after a few weeks in town while everyone is suddenly wearing a solid-gold shoes, might make for an interesting development. Not to mention the sort of attention that kind of haul would attract from bandits, mercenary armies, tax collecting royals, would-be-mad emperors ....