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    • Blasters & Blackholes: The Paragon
      A little work done over the weekend for Blasters & Blackholes. I didn’t get shops done. That one is giving a bit of headache. But instead I added in another class that’s been bouncing around inside my head. The Paragon, in a nutshell, is a sort of a catch all class. I made it up […]
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It’s talk like Pyrite Day. I don’t what a rock could day so that’s kind of silly. Wait what? Oh, Talk Like A Pirate Day. Now that makes a little more sense. Any way here’s the Pirate Alphabet.

Oh and if you’ve never watch Elephant Parts. You should do so immediately.

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I didn’t realize it was National Cheeseburger Day. So here’s a blast from the past.
I like bacon cheeseburgers. I’m not insisting you like bacon cheeseburgers. I’m not going to make you eat a bacon cheeseburger. Just let me enjoy my bacon cheeseburger in peace.
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I know this offends some people. There are those who insist that since bacon cheeseburgers are not health foods. No one should be allowed to eat them. Just as one salad doesn’t make thin, one bacon cheeseburger is not going to make you fat. Moderation.
I know the bun excludes anyone who chooses or must be gluten free.
I know I’ve excluded vegetarians and vegans with the cheese and meat.
I know that a bacon cheeseburger violates Hindu, Jewish and Muslim dietary laws. If eaten on Friday, the bacon cheeseburger violates Catholic dietary laws.
With one meal, I have excluded most of the world’s population. This doesn’t make me a bad person. Yes, an overly simplified example but then I’m an overly simple guy.

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Hey, this isn’t an old D&D module. Nope, It’s Tunnels & Trolls, kids. In that small chance that you don’t know, Tunnels & Trolls is an original old school game that isn’t based around d20′s. If you have no idea about the system then check out the free (older) version on Drivethrurpg or you can just a wee bit more and the Deluxe Edition should be out soon. But this post ain’t about the game itself. It’s about Uncle Ugly’s Underground.
The dungeon begins in a simple room with three doors. One labeled “Death”, another “Doom”, and the third “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.” Let me put it simply this is a killer dungeon (like many of the T&T adventures). One thing that modern gamers will notice immediately is that there’s no setup. No hook. Just here’s the dungeon. There’s no story arch or catch or boss monster. It’s a dungeon inhabited by monsters and traps with some cool treasure. That’s a feature not a bug. Plug where ever and however you want into your own campaign.
Even if you don’t play T&T and the idea of a wild dungeon crawl just chills your spine then there’s some really good inspiration and stuff you hack and move to your favorite OSR game. Most notable and eligible for use are The Smoke Snakes Altar (which could have come from a Lamentations of the Flame Princess adventure), The Miss One Turn Jewel (could have come from a Flailsnails game), and The Wardens of the Walls (Beware players who are too smart for their own good).
And there’s a great piece of wisdom from Ugly John Carter, the author, “Remember that this is YOUR dungeon now, and if you are not particularly happy with one aspect or another – not enough treasure, too much treasure, too deadly, not deadly enough – then feel free to change it. Ideally, this dungeon should spark your imagination and lead yo on to flights of elaboration. It would be a shame to allow the parameters of the text to shackle your creativity.” And that folks is what I really love about that old school stuff. DIY and creativity.
You can still grab the PDF over at Warehouse 23.

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While I may be able to afford to back every Kickstart I want to, I try to keep with what’s going. This one totally slipped by me but I grabbed it up on Drivethrurpg.
hangingcoffins Now I’m not sure this is also an homage to Palace of the Vampire Queen but heck you could tie it in if you wanted.
The Hanging in Coffins of the Vampire Queen is a module designed for OSRIC (which means you can easily convert to the retro-clone of your choice) for 10th thru 14th level characters. It’s good to see a module for high level characters.
This is an old-school killer dungeon. I can see a player saying, “We should have played something easy like Tomb of Horrors.” There’s killer encounters, nasty traps, a little bit of off beat humor, and a riddle or two thrown in there. Tons of treasure for those poor souls who try take it. Did I mention killer encounters? There’ll be lots of hacking and slashing just for the player characters to survive. If you happen to like Liberation of the Demon Slayer then you’ll probably like The Hanging Coffins too.
The basic premise: The Vampire Queen has captured the party. If they can survive her dungeon then they can escape. That’s the standard hook. But have you ever tried to capture a party of adventures alive. Those murder hobos won’t give up anything and would rather die than get captured. But smart DM’s can work around that. Because dang. The Vampire Queen seems like a pretty cool villain to throw into a world and cause all sorts of mayhem. So put in the world and let the party wander where they may. Of course, warped and twisted DM’s might find way to do a little tweaking and just maybe create a tie-in with say, Death Frost Doom. Remember you don’t have to use the rules as written and you certainly don’t have run modules that way.
For the product itself,and take note PDF publishers. I really liked that there was also a separate PDF of the map. It so much easier to reference things on PDF that way. OK? Now I’ll admit there were a couple little editing errors here and there. That’s no biggie for me. But I did find the map seemed to number in an almost random fashion. But once again that’s a minor complaint. Now, the art is way old school and just enough gore to keep things interesting.
So yeah. It’s pretty cool old module. Go and pick it up. And should I mention that Maximum Mayhem has started their second Kickstarter?
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More gonzo old-school stuff. So go check out The Secret Machines of the Star Spawn. Got grab up that one too for my next little RPG shopping spree.

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Rafael Chandler is at it again. The evil genius who brought us the Teratic Tome. now unleashes the Obscene Serpent Religion (or OSR. Get it?) on an unsuspecting world.
Let’s get the easy part out of the way. It’s designed for Lamentations of the Flame Princess but suitable for any OSR game. It’s warped. It’s naughty (at lest some of the art is). And it’s gory. So it goes in that NSFW or no kiddies file. It’s for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. What are you expecting? Rainbows and Unicorns?
With that being said, it’s damn cool little supplement (only 32 pages). Start off with a run of the mill snake cult and then just go through a series of simple and quick random tables to make it special and unique. It could be a villainous cult or just maybe fanatical or misunderstood. The player characters can be working for or members of the cult. Or they can be fighting against them. Hey DM’s. It’s world. Do what you want.
Like so many books of random charts, Obscene Serpent Religion is a great springboard for a DM’s imagination. No need to keep it just to snake cults. Gather up your imagination juices and make more cults. Take the little ideas here and there and run with them. Not only that but it’s one of those supplements that you can use multiple times. Starting a new campaign or story thread. Need a new cult. Well, let’s roll some dice and see what happens.
This little PDF hits all my sweet spots. Flexible, reusable, and just a bit warped. Get if for old school game and throw some wild stuff at the players. You can pick up the Obscene Serpent Religion at Drivethrurpg.

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So just some random thoughts. If you’ve been following along Skarynth is my OSR Weird Sword & Sorcery concept that I’ve been playing around with for way too long. Yes, I’m still working on it but I’m just not satisfied with it just yet.

A Lemurian

A Lemurian


Well with the joyous rounds of applause going out to the work that WOTC did Fifth Edition D&D, I thought to myself why play around with my little project for 5E. Heck it’s a good game and it’s got plenty of little dials to turn to make things interesting. It just might be a fun little home game.
Or maybe if there’s a nice open license for 5E, I can bundle it up as nice tiny little supplement. So just some random thoughts and musings. Crap, it’s not like I don’t have enough projects that I’m trying to work on.

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