Saturday, August 17, 2019

Scooby Doo/Darkest Dungeons Mash-up

This is amazing.

Have you played Darkest Dungeons? What do you think?

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Honorable Knight

I'm not currently running any games in Waterdeep. I don't need a colossal statue miniature. However, I want this beautiful thing. A premium figure from Wizkids: Icons of the Realms, this miniature is the Honorable Knight, walking statue of Watereep. The "miniature" is 11 inches tall and comes in two pieces. The retail price is 59.99. You can find more info about it here.


Pink Slime Fantasy

I know it's referring to pink slime meat, but wouldn't you
rather look at this adorable slime girl?
I keep seeing this post about Appendix N and Pink Slime Fantasy in my Facebook feed. It's a really good read. The writer says Pink Slime isn't inherently bad and I appreciate that. I guess I just felt like throwing my two coppers in because of various comments others have had about the post.  Here are a few thoughts though:

  • While I don't want to eat it everyday I'm a fan of McDonalds and fast food, so while it's kinda gross to dwell on it, calling it pink slime fantasy doesn't make it inferior in my mind, just different. 
  • The 3.0/3.5 and 5e Dungeon Master's Guides have included rules and stats for sci-fi tech. 
  • I think a lot of modern fantasy fans don't care for the mixing of sci-fi and fantasy. I know many folks that don't and until recently, I was of the same mindset. 
  • The core releases of D&D are standard pink slime, but WotC has made it possible for others to take the weird speculative fiction mashup via the OGL.
  • I don't think D&D is eating itself, I just think it's found its brand and is sticking with it.
  • Standard modern fantasy is easier to sell and has a broader appeal.
  • Pathfinder (which is the big D&D alternative) has tech based areas and adventures.
Ultimately play what you want. I'm really glad we live in a time when I can have my pink slime 5e double cheeseburger and my Dungeon Crawl Classics New York strip cooked to perfection. 

Fireball Island - Isle of the Fire Spirit

Recently the classic game, Fireball Island was resurrected via Kickstarter by Restoration Games. In an unlikely crossover, they've released a free D&D 5e adventure set on the titular island. The adventure is pretty straight forward. The party must navigate the island to recover the Heart of Vul-Kar. What's really cool is you can use the actual game board as a map and the random fireballs of the game are a part of the adventure.

You can get the adventure here and buy the updated version of the board game here.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Broken!

Broken! is a really interesting new project created by a few of my Facebook friends (W.S. Quinton and Zack Viola). It's a low cost table top rpg pdf that will have all it's major decisions be made by the backers. $1 gets you the game and $5 lets you use your voice to in one the decisions about it, such as rules system, genre, or game mechanics. For a pledge of $10 you can vote in all the categories. Yes, this is a very gimmicky, but that's because W.S. is taking part in Kickstarter's Break Kickstarter challenge. To learn more about the project and get a better description than I can give, go here.

The Warriors (DCC)

I wanted to make some content compatible with Bronx Beasts and some other future DCC projects I have in mind. Decided to take some inspiration from one of my favorite 70's/80's flicks, The Warriors. 

Assume these stats are for the characters in the mid-80's, so they are in their mid to late 20's at this point. Veteran stats can be used for the boppers that survived the film. 


Warchief Swan
Init +2, Atk +4 melee switchblade (1d4+2) or +4 melee unarmed (1d4+2);  AC 13; Armor Die d3 (Warrior's vest); HD 5d8+10; MV 30'; Act 1d20+1d16; SP +1 to Atk rolls when fighting alongside other Warriors, Warriors can heal twice per combat; Fort +4, Ref +3, Will +2; AL N

Warriors Veteran
Init +2, Atk +2 melee baseball bat (1d6+1) or +2 melee unarmed (1d4+1);  AC 12; Armor Die d3 (Warrior's vest) HD 3d6+3; MV 30'; Act 1d20; SP +1 to Atk rolls when fighting alongside other Warriors; Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +1; AL N or C

Warriors Recruit
Init +2, Atk +1  baseball bat (1d6) or unarmed (1d4);  AC 11; Armor Die d3 (Warrior's vest) HD 1d6+1; MV 30'; Act 1d20; SP; Fort +3, Ref +1, Will +0; AL N or C

Mercy
Init +3, Atk +1  switchblade (1d4);  AC 13; Armor Die -;  HD 3d6; MV 30'; Act 1d20; SP Backstab + 2, +3 to Sneak Silently and Hide in Shadows; Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +3; AL N