Friday, February 21, 2020

Tales from The Lusty Minotaur Kickstarter

Steve Johnson, co-founder of Hex Games, has launched a Kickstarter as a part of Zine Quest 2, with Tales from the Lusty Minotaur.

What is The Lusty Minotaur? 

The Lusty Minotaur is a huge, centuries-old tavern that you can drop into any city in your fantasy campaign. The Minotaur serves the standard tavern role of giving RPG characters a place to form a party, hear rumors, and hang out, but is also filled with colorful characters and strange goings-on that can be used as a springboard for adventures that the PCs can enjoy without even having to settle their bar tab. The zine will include: 

  • A map of the Lusty Minotaur and descriptions of its history, facilities, and services. 
  • Character descriptions and game stats for Minotaur staff and regulars.
  • Rules for Fate's Hand, a tarot-based card game that's sort of like playing poker with a Deck of Many Things. 
  • Story hooks, rumors, and other adventure fodder.
  • Random tables, because who doesn't love random tables? 

Tales from the Lusty Minotaur will be as system agnostic as possible so you can use it with any game. Where stats are required, I'll use the QAGS Second Edition (Q2E) game system. QAGS is a simple rules set with a d20 core mechanic, so conversion to other systems is quick and painless. 

This sounds like a great and useful addition to any DM's arsenal! If you're game needs it's own The Silver Eel, The Inn of the Last Home, or The Vulgar Unicorn, this one is for you. Though the zine uses QAGS, there would be no problems using it with other elf games. It features some great artists, including Josh Burnett and Leighton Connor. I bet this one would also pair nicely with Cade's Big Book o' Booze. Check this Kickstarter out today and help it fund.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Akashic Titan Kickstarter

Today I want to talk about a zine written and illustrated by my friend, Leighton Connor. I met Leighton, a fellow Ohio resident, at Gencon 2019. He is the co-writer of Leopard Women of Venus and he played in the first adventure for the game with me and Eric Bloat.

Leighton's newest project is a DCC zine called Akashic Titan

What is Akashic Titan? 

"Ellie O'Clock sits in her pilot's chair and gazes through the heavy glass, watching the aether of the Ulfire Band fizz and pop. Suddenly a nearby patch of void squirms, twists, and rips open, vomiting forth an obscene tentacled horror. A Stellar Squid! Ellie has no time to think--she grabs a lever, twists, and pulls. Instantaneously the metal behemoth she pilots reacts, swinging a giant metal fist at the Squid . . ."  

The Akashic Titan zine serves as an introduction to the akashic titans, giant metal constructs powered by magic that soar across the endless void, traveling from world to world. In addition to giving an overview of the akashic titans, the zine provides a port city setting, Starnheim, that Judges can work into their Dungeon Crawl Classics games.

Part 1: Journey to Starnheim describes the rumors that might entice PCs to seek out a hidden market and some of their stops along the way.

Part 2: The Town of Starnheim gives an overview of a hidden market town, including some of the dangerous factions PCs may encounter there.

Part 3: Mount Starnheim describes the port where the akashic titans dock and the businesses located there.

Part 4: The Akashic Titans describes the workings of the akashic titans, including combat rules, an overview of the crew members’ responsibilities, and a sample titan.

Part 5: The Bands briefly describes the colored Bands that the akashic titans travel through in their journeys across reality.

Also included are new monsters (such as the Stellar Squid and Living Constellation), spells (such as Access Akashic Library), and, of course, random tables.

It's funny. I'm still not one hundred percent sure on what I should expect, but this sounds fantastic! I'm wondering if it will play well with Phantasmagoria 1 and 2. If you want to try something a little different with your DCC, check out this zine. You still have six days left to back it.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Succubus Sunday - NSFW

I placed that image there so that the preview doesn't show anything lewd.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Hobbs & Friends of the OSR Zine #3 Review

I recently picked up the third issue of Hobbs & Friends of the OSR Zine. Unlike previous issues, this zine is all DCC. 

Halfmen of Hirsute Hollow is a first level adventure that's designed to link the 0-level funnel, Sailors on the Starless Sea to the third party adventure, The Well of Souls. I was fortunate enough to play this adventure with Jason as Judge and Eric Bloat in the party. 

The party arrives on a shore in a cave and must navigate a mysterious, seemingly alive cavern, and face the time and dimension hopping Nuliaj Kernib (an anagram for someone's name, but I can't remember who) and face his neolithic half-men creations.The party must contend with these half men and a few strange animal variations while exploring a small cave system (which is filled with fine moss-like hair). Eventually the party will reach Kernib's trophy room, which is filled with all sorts of trophies from his journeys. I don't understand exactly how this bridges into The Well of Souls, because I've never played it.

Clocking in at 14 pages, this is a fun little adventure. Honestly, you could use it to connect Sailors on the Starless Seas to most adventures if you'd like. There are fun combat encounters and some far out treasure to be had. If you have a few extra bucks and are making at order at Goodman Games, I'd add this one to your cart. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day

I'm watching my favorite romantic horror movies for Valentine's Day and among them Rec 3: Genesis is probably my favorite. Here's a review I did for the movie back in 2014. It contains stats for All Flesh Must Be Eaten.

Sorry for the spoiler-y gifs, but I love the ending of this movie and find it really romantic, even if it's totally fucked up.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


This is a really cute short and cool inspiration for a npc.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Queen Comics!

Check out these classic Queen songs and lyrics transformed into vintage comic book covers by artist, Butcher Billy. You can see more here.