Saturday, September 19, 2020

Hanging With Clerics

 I guess I could have made this post earlier but this is to let those of you that aren’t friends with me in Facebook know where I’ve been.

I was admitted to the hospital early in the morning on September 1st. I’m still there and will probably be dismissed on the 24th. My web access is limited to my phone and blogging isn’t fun on that (hence the very few posts). Once I’m well I’ll be back posting as usual.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sunday, August 16, 2020

101 City Encounters

 This past week I received A Strange Night at the Pint'n'Pony and 101 City Encounters from Studio 9 Games. Both are quality DCC products that were Kickstarted, but today I'm going to talk about 101 City Encounters.

The book is 19 pages of urban gaming goodness. I love the Emrikol inspired cover done by C. Aaron Kreader (who also did the entire artwork. 

101 City Encounters introduces a new Fame and Infamy system related to many of the encounters. PC actions will affect these scores positively or negatively. There are several types of fame to track. Town, Guild, Noble, and Holy are all varieties. Each temple has it's own Holy score. The Judge is encouraged to customize these to the factions in their game. There is an awesome illustrated Infamy & Reputation Tracker at the end of the book. 

The encounters themselves are all well written an interesting. I love this and if The Lone Bards ever release a city source book, there will be a section in it like this book. Honestly, while written for DCC, I recommend this for any fantasy game that takes place in a city. 

This book makes me wish Goodman Games would release a Punjar DCC boxed set. I don't play Lankhmar and Punjar seems to be the only urban DCC setting that's appeared more than once. 

You can purchase the pdf here.

Succubus Sunday (NSFW)

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Swords & Saturdays - Deathstalker (1983)

A mighty warrior, Stalker, is tasked by witch to retrieve an item of great power and defeat the evil wizard, Munkhar. 


This is Roger Corman first Conan cash-in. The protagonist, Stalker, is not a hero. Upon his introduction he kills some degenerate humans, an attempted rapist, and then proceeds to have his way with the rapist's intended victim (though she gets away). That's not the only problematic treatment of women in this flick. There are bare breasts EVERYWHERE! They are treated as eye candy and prizes. Even the heroic warrior woman that joins Stalker on his quest is topless in her introductory scene.

The plot doesn't make much sense. Stalker has to gather three items for ultimate power. I really don't know why anyone would trust this guy with it. One of these items grants him protection from death. 

Its many flaws aside, this is one of those, so bad it's good flicks. It's one of the better Conan knock-offs. This is one of those flicks that a hormone-addled teenage geek would get a kick out of. I can't say I recommend the flick, but if you want to watch it, it's free to view on Tubi.

If you have the time, watch this wildly entertaining review. 

Pig Face
Medium humanoid, Chaotic  evil
Armor Class 12 (studded leather, dexterity)
Hit Points 47 (5d8+25)
Speed 30 ft.
    STR     DEX     CON      INT        WIS        CHA
20 (+5)   9 (-1)    20 (+5)   10 (-0)   10 (+0)      8 (-1)
Saving Throws Strength +8
Damage Resistance bludgeoning
Skills Athletics +8, Intimidation +8
Senses darkvision, 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Common
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
Arm Ripper. If Pig Face rolls a 20 on his unarmed attacks his target his to make a DC 15 Strength Saving Throw or have their arm ripped from their body. 

Fearsome. Pig Face can use his Strength in place of Charisma for Intimidation checks.

Multiattack. Pig Face makes two unarmed or severed arm attacks.

Unarmed. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d6+5) bludgeoning damage.

Severed Arm. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d6+5) bludgeoning damage and 3 (1d6) psychic damage. This action can only be used if Pig Face has successfully used his Arm Ripper feature.

Pig Face is a vile and blood thirsty raider that was cursed with porcine features by an angry wizard. He revels in violence and the thrill of feeling his foes perish at his bare hands (or their own).

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Being Inclusive Is Important

 Though some would argue it's killing geek life, it's important to be inclusive. That's one of the reasons I absolutely love the Combat Wheelchair by Sara Thompson. You can check out the inspiration for it and stats for free by going to this link. You can also support Sara on her Patreon