Wednesday, March 12, 2014

G+ Community: Micro Maps

Well its time I started blogging again, I have this blog and this .com, so let's make use of it, right?

Anyhow, I've been increasing my time on G+ in the last 6 months or so, mostly due to the fact its the only interesting website I can access at work. While waiting for things to do at work, I've found a lot of interesting things. One of those interesting things is this little community called micro maps where the rules are:

"..making dungeon maps on the tiniest medium possible. That's the only rule! Examples: - Post-It Notes - Tiny Bits of Paper - Matchbooks - Fingers - Fingernails - Tiny Notepads - Etc... If it's tiny and you can draw on it, it's micro!"

I think the results that people come up with are amazing, with such little space these folks cram amazing little dungeons or maps. Check out some samples:


Well if you have a chance, stop over and try your hand at a mini map, or grab something for your game that night.

Friday, August 16, 2013

And the Winner is for Best Free RPG...






Mazes and Perils RPG walked away with the Gold ENnie Award! Thank you everyone and thank you to all those that helped out on the project!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mazes & Perils Nominated for an 2013 Ennie Award.


Just a quick update! Mazes & Perils has been nominated for “Best Free RPG” in the 2013 Ennie Awards!

Thank you to those that have decided to give this little free game a shot at an award. I am glad after working on this product, that it has seen many eyes, and some felt it should be in the running for the best free RPG. Wish it the best of luck, and good luck to the others involved for the voting. Voting starts July 22, 2013, please give it a chance and vote one for the OSR!

Thanks!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Quick look: L5R RPG System

I will be putting things up to help promote my love of the Legend of the Five Rings RPG (L5R RPG). One of many questions I often see is, "What type of dice system does the game use?"




Well, mechanically, L5R is a "Roll / Keep" system with "exploding dice". Roll a bunch of d10s, keep some of them and add them together to get your total (modifiers can alter the roll, the keep, or even the final total).
To resolve an action, such as striking a target with your katana, you'd take your skill in it plus your trait add them together and get the total number of d10s you'd roll.



Example:
Let's say your Katana skill Kenjutsu is a 3 and your trait (agility) is 2 that would be 5d10 (2+3=5) to ROLL for your attack. After rolling you get 2, 6, 8, 6, 10... you'd automatically re-roll the 10, and add the new number, of say a 3. Which would make the numbers look like this now: 2, 6, 8, 6, 13 and because your trait of agility is 2, you get to KEEP the two highest rolls of 13 and 8.  Now that you got your two numbers you add them up, getting 21 as your attack value to compare against the target (defense) value of 15, resulting in a hit!




 
Well there you have it, a quick look at the Roll/Keep system from the L5R RPG!



Monday, March 11, 2013

Taking it to the next level..

I enjoy the Oriental Adventures book for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons First Edition and have played it quite a bit in my past, to the point my book is falling apart. In the past while running games out of this book, I've stepped it up or taken it to the next level by speaking in Japanese for Non-Player Characters. I've designed custom sheets for the game and even tried to supply the table with props for the game.


When I was living in New York, everytime we played, we ordered Japanese take out to help get in the mood of the game. I'd like to think the players enjoyed themselves as it helped really set the mood of the game that day, and helped them get in the frame of mind for some great roleplaying.


I know quite a few people dislike this book, because of various reasons, but I really enjoyed this book from the first game I played when I was kid, up to this day as a man. I know this game was redesigned for the 3rd Edition D&D, and I never used it, but the best thing came of the game, when it was turned into the Legend of the Five Rings. Great game, with an awesome system still being played by lots of people who enjoy this type of gaming.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Do you smell what the Roc-- Hercules is cooking??



Yes you heard me right, Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson is going to be starring in the new Hercules move due out July 14th, 2014. The movie is titled, "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" and the description is as follows:

"Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and woman never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become."

This film seems to be backed by Radical Comics, a comic book company that launched in 2008 with its first titles Hercules and Caliber as 5-issue mini-series. The company's main goal is quoted as:
".. titles focus on retellings of iconic fictional characters, mythology, science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, supernatural themes, and genre-based crime.."
Thracian Wars, was their first 5 issue mini-series they launched with a great reception for this company. What more can be said, except this movie looks like it could be awesome. The Rock Dwayne is a very entertaining actor as of late, and I have enjoyed most of the movies he has been in, so I will give this one a fair shake.

What about you, are you planning on seeing this movie?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A funny look at Gamers thoughts about Gamers.

Found this looking round the internet, its a grid picture showing what one gamer thinks about another game of certain types of games. Made me laugh, so I decided to share it with y'all. I've played all these games and I really am not sure I agree with what is here, but I have seen people who play D&D, look at White-Wolf players like this.

Click on it for larger viewing.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wayback: Tsrinc.com

It's been a while I know. I haven't had much to say, but the spark of wanting to blog has come back to me on this fine day.

Today I was looking around and happened to stumble accross a link for the original TSR website with its products, along with the announcement of Wizards buying TSR. For those that aren't interested in clicking on the link, I will grab the letter and quote it on here. I just thought it would a fun look at what things looked like and see all the references of things that have long since expired, such as seeing American Online as a major presence. The direct link for the site, click here, Enjoy!

TSR, INC


"Ramifications (on being purchased)?
Right now, we still don't have a whole lot of information. However, there are certain questions that can be answered right now.
What does this mean for AD&D?
AD&D is a valuable commodity for which Wizards is certain to want to continue to produce products.
What about the late products & magazines?
Shipping will resume once the neew management comes up witha revised schedule. The likesy candidates are Dragon Magazine and the AD&D core books (PHB, DMG, MM). All subscriptions will be honored for their full number<> of issues.
What about Gen Con?
Gen Con will take place on schedule in Milwaukee.

What about Gen Con program books & housing forms?
They have been printed and will be being mailed soon.
How come the web site said that TSR wasn't being bought, but it actually was?
Because only upper management of the two companies knew what was going on; everything else was rumor and supposition.
Other than for these questions, we don't have any answers at this time. In other words, if you don't see the answer to your question here, the answer is



"We don't know yet."
When we get answers, they will be posted here (sorry, we won't be making personal replies because the volume of repeat questions is going to be very high). Until then, please don't bombard us with questions we can't answer. We know the most common questions; we'll give answers when we get them.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

RFI Podcast's Contest Winner Announced



Well folks the show is finally up announcing the winner of the AD&D 1E Reprint core bundle books. It was a hard decision and a lot of people worked really hard on making some good modules, but only one could win.

The winner is..... A Darkness Under Apple Valley by Morgan Z. Sowell

The winning module can be found right here:


and as promised here is a collection of the entries put together for download and use freely:
 
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bxv0KPzo1uzILUc4aWtLb2FjcUU


For Vol 3 Issue 103, the crew sat down and reviewed the module as special treat for the show, so if you are interested in listening about it before downloading and looking at it, go ahead and click this links below:

MP3 Download


http://traffic.libsyn.com/rollforinitiative/RFI103.mp3

AAC Download

http://traffic.libsyn.com/rollforinitiative/RFI103.m4a


There will more contests to come!


 


Friday, December 14, 2012

Introducing B/X to New Players.




Hiya everyone. I decided to run my face to face group through the custom campaign we are designing here in the OSRGaming community. Adventures take place in the kingdom of the black knight. We are using Moldvay rules as a most of the group was brand new to 1e and now B/X edition!



Recap:



The group of four characters, two Dwarves, a Cleric and a very ugly looking Elf, parted away from their homes to see out adventure, fame and glory. Upon their first night away, a massive storm ripped through the lands, sending hail to come crashing down on the land. The band of adventurers had to seek out shelter in a nearby Tor, in which they discovered that there was a well built room, paved in cobblestone and the walls covered in fancy designs. The room showing of age and dust, told the adventurers that no one has stepped foot inside this place in years. After exploring the night away, the group discovered that a group of goblins and hobgoblins had made their way down inside the place from the top of the mountain through a hole in the ceiling; into what appeared to be a sacrifice chamber. The adventurers cleared out the threat of goblins and killed the reanimated hobgoblin they found. The group rested until the heavy hail and rain let up.



Once the weather was better, the group set out for the nearest town to resupply and see if the local cleric can bring back the life of a fallen comrade. The town was Duvik's Pass, a large community in the kingdom, which recently has fallen under some type of plague that was killing off the town’s folks very quickly. The local cleric, told the party of the recent happenings in town, as he brought their comrade back to life. They found the cleric suspected the water supply coming from the mountains was tainted and promised the group one hundred gold pieces to go investigate, with the possibility of getting more if he could get it from the town's mayor.



The group decided to restock and go right away the next morning, but while at the local magic shop, two of the characters decided that the owner was charging too much to identify their found magical items and decided to threaten the old owner into some "cheap" prices. While the characters were successful, this wasn't the last run in with the old shop owner for them.



At night while they were sleeping, an old man looking much like the shop owner was caught robbing the characters and tied up. While the group was gathering up trying to decide what to do with him, the old man freed himself and was able to slip out the window and down the back alley way, as the characters tried their best to run after him, missing by only inches trying to dive tackle him down to the ground.



The group ran to the magic shop to confront the owner, who claimed he was there the whole time, and called the guards, because the characters kicked in his door to the shop. The guards arrived to the scene and started questioning the characters and suddenly siding with the old shop owner, who stated that if he stole things, he'd have a large sack of all the items and gold. The Sheriff turned to the party and found this sack on one of them. He was instantly arrested and thrown in jail.



The party made note that the guards, sheriff and old man all were not affected by the plague and instantly started thinking that they were behind the plague in town, but decided to keep it as a secret while they investigated.



Now the party, negotiated their party member's freedom, by saying they would explore the mountain's spring area for no charge, if the sheriff would allow their comrade out on parole. This was agreed to, and the party headed back to the magic shop, where they tricked a lone guard into allowing them to buy stuff. What started as an innocent, just buy some healing potions, turned into the party trying to see what they can get for almost nothing of a price. One of the party members tricked the guard into selling him, a dusty old oil lamp.



As suspected, the characters found out this to be a genie lamp, and rubbed the lamp. The characters confronted by an annoyed genie who granted the characters one wish. The characters debated after a while and decided to use the wish for good, and wish the town to be cured of the plague that affects them. The genie granted the wish and cured the townsfolk by killing them instantly. The party then rubbed the lamp again, and lawyered up their wish and worded it correctly to bring the townsfolk back to life and curing them of the plague. It worked, as the townsfolk came back to life cured of the plague for the moment. The party realized that they were cured for now, and if they needed to live on, the water supply needed to be cleaned.



End Session



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