Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cool Predator Fan Film Trailer

Predator: Dark Ages is a pretty cool looking fan film that's in production. Check out the trailer!

Think it looks cool? You should check out my Dungeon Crawl Classics Predator stats. You can find that post here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

OSR Foundation Question

I want to run a game for a homebound friend. My initial thought was to run Freeport Pathfinder (because of my lovely new hardcover and that's the game he typically plays). However, I've accumulated many wonderful old school books (Yoon-Suin, A Red and Pleasant Land, Warriors of the Red Planet, +Venger Satanis's three releases) that have yet to be used. Again I may just do Freeport, but if I decide to go the old school route which system do you folks think I should use?


Whatever I decide it probably won't be used straight as is. I can seem some Lamentations of the Flame Princess rules creeping into my B/X and Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyborea invading my AD&D. Much of the material from the OSR books I have can be used with either system. I guess I just want to know what you gamers and grognards think I should use as the base rules. Either way I'm going to pull material from various old school sources for the game, I just need to know which foundation to build the game on.

Ash Wednesday - Crab People!

Today's Ash Wednesday is a really random one. My copy of Yoon-Suin has come in and now I have Crab People on the brain. For your Army of Darkness game crab people can be misunderstood aliens, prehistoric holdouts, or invaders from the Hollow Earth.  They could also infiltrate out society through media.

Name: Crab People
Motivation: Be Crab People!
Critter Type:  Cryptid (or Alien)
Attributes: Str 6, Dex 5, Con 3, Int 2, Per 2, Will 2
Ability Scores: Muscle 18, Combat 15, Brains 10

Life Points: 63 Drama Points: 5

Special Abilities: Armor 5, amphibious, bleeding (target wounded by claws continues to lose 2 LP per turn until wound is bandaged), increased life points


Name                        Score    Damage               Notes
Claw                         15         20         Slash/Stab, bleeding
Dodge                       12         -           Defense action


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We're All Mad Here

The goodies kept coming yesterday. Freeport is my favorite published setting. It's D&D, pirates, Lovecraft and those things I love. The Kickstarter was over a year over due. I'm excited to finally have the book. It's over 550 pages of full color glory. However, all of that excitement has been trumped by A Red and Pleasant Land.

My physical copy of AR&PL was waiting for me when I got home. While my crappy phone camera pic doesn't show it, this book is gorgeous. It is tome filled with gaming material: monster stats, magic, a new class, adventure locations, and charts galore.

It's so much more though. 

It really does feel like a piece of art. A utilitarian (I hope to use soon) piece of art, but art nonetheless. From the cover, to the paper quality, to the built in book mark, A Red & Pleasant Land just feels magical.

I really enjoy the Alice class. It's quite unique and fits the mercurial nature of Wonderland and the heroic fool archetype. The Beasts and People section is quite wonderful too. In particular I love the fusion of the Caterpillar with a carrion crawler. One of the really wonderful things about the crunch of this book is that it's written in a way that makes it easy to use in multiple games. Yes the book is for Lamentations of the Flame Princess, but it can easily be altered to pretty much any edition of Dungeons and Dragons. My initial reaction was to use it with the latest edition.

The world portrayed in this book feels familiar, but wholly original at the same time. Dracula and Alice and Wonderland are things that have been done to death. Still with flair +Zak Smith has created a beautiful, deadly monster that feels new.

The price for the physical book may seem a bit daunting to some, but I feel it's worth the price. I've read a lot of quality books recently, but I connect to this one on a weird personal level. 

The Created

As I mentioned previously, last week I picked up The Created

"Beware what you wish, for it might come true" is an old Vistani saying. In the small town of Odiare, a toymaker has wished a puppet to life - only this puppet is not a friendly, playful toy. It is a thing of evil, bent upon killing all the adults of Odiare. When the player characters are trapped within this town, Maligno the puppet and his animated toys begin to hunt them down. The PCs' only chance for escape is to defeat the mad marionette.

Designed for characters 2-4, The Created is a solid horror adventure and yet very simple. The party enter the cursed town and begin to investigate the strange goings on. The evil toys of the town then switch bodies with the pc's. This is a nice twist. The party (as animated toys) must break out of the toymakers shop and recover their bodies. Finally the pc's must confront the mad puppet, Maligno.

The adventure was originally written for 2E Ravenloft, but could easily be altered to other editions. I'm thinking about using it in the OSR game that I will run one day. It seems like a nice change from the typical hack and slash dungeon crawl.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A to Z Blog challenge 2015 Theme Reveal

It's the big day. Time to reveal my theme for the Blogging A to Z challenge. This April we're going to adventure like 1974 intended us to (the irony that I wouldn't be born for another 10 years isn't lost on me).

That's right, all of my challenge posts will be Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG themed. Expect new monsters and npc's. If I'm feeling particularly adventurous I may try to create a few spells and patrons.

Much Excite!

Two Kickstarters have fulfilled main obligations since last week and I'm an excited geek!