Mar 172014

Scenic Dunnsmouth is another gem published by James Raggi IV for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. This is one awesome module written by Zzarchov Kowolski (who also wrote A Thousand Dead Babies) and illustrated by Jez Gordon.
What can I say about this one? It hits all of my good spots. Creepy and weird. Odd and out of the box thinking. A sandbox type of approach that let’s the player characters wander around and decide just how much trouble they want to get into. But that’s not the most awesome thing. It’s the randomness and the re-usability of the the module that really makes it worth while purchase.
Sort of like In Search of the Unknown, the GM gets to randomly (or with a little bit of intention) set up the creepy swamp village of Dunnsmouth. There’s a really neat system using both dice and playing cards. This gives you the map of the village and what exactly is going on. This way even as player this module won’t be exactly the same twice.
But my crazy little grognard mind starts going at a million miles an hour and I can see using this module even more. Take it hack it apart and spread out all of the creepiness around a larger area even a campaign. Do a little kit bashing with Vornheim and there’s some real freakiness to be had. I like this. This module is both useful and inspiring. Damn, I love that.
So there you go. Buy it. It’s worth it. Heck, how many modules can you get so much out of.

Jul 302013

Let me start this off with a warning. This post is probably not safe for work and if boobs and buns offend you then just walk away.
While working on Swords of a Forgotten Age, I read or re-read a lot of Sword & Sorcery. You know the usuals like Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Micheal Moorcock, Clark Ashton Smith and Edgar Rice Burroughs. I also went for some others too like Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore, Lin Carter and Robert Vardeman. I searched through Netflix and watched many of those fun but cheesy Sword & Sorcery movies of the 80’s. Then I hit the comic books. Of course, there was Savage Sword of Conan, Kull of Atlantis, Red Sonja and any other titles that I could get my grubby little hands on. Then I stumbled upon Zetari. It’s kind of obscure and it’s pretty hard to find any info on the Internet but I kept digging.
Zetari was a European comic that ran for 12 issues. The best description I could find was here. The art was done by John M. Burns. Some may remember him for his work on Modesty Blaise and Judge Dread.
So with that kind of pedigree, it’s a comic that has that Heavy Metal vibe including boobs and buns. Heck, the main character never bothers to repair her already skimpy red costume so she goes running around missing a top button with a boob hanging out. Now, this may just totally freak out some people. I know and I warned you. But I will mention that’s she’s got this weird sword that also has this razor whip thingie included…


When I started tracking this down I was expecting more of Conan/Kull/Red Sonja Vibe. Oh, no. This has a real Lamentations of the Flame Princess vibe going. That’s best comparison I can make. I think you’ll agree.


And really, I don’t know WTF these things are but I have the feeling that they might be featured in an upcoming LotFP adventure.

Since I have probably already offended many. Really I don’t know why would you keep reading if you hated this. Here’s that last bit.