Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Book of Eli - Fallout 4?

I just got back from watching the Book of Eli.  Without going into to great a detail, it is a post nuclear apocalypse adventure with lots of violence and a story that would make for a very nice arc in RPG setting that would support it.  Probably not any of the many iterations of Gamma World, nor do I think Mutant Future would work (it is free tho', so maybe it could be tweaked to fit).  Atomic Highway might be the proper ruleset and setting. 

Still have the One Page Dungeon Contest whispering in my ears too.  Shhssssss!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Getting My Fix...

As I type this I'm playing in my monthly Castles & Crusades game via Fantasy Grounds 2.  Always a fun time.  Rob runs a really nice game.  I'm glad it was salvaged when work and life in general threatened it.  Rob had to move it to once a month instead of weekly, but in truth more then 2 Saturday nites a month would have been hard to maintian and not get killed by my girlfriend. ;)

Oh, I just joined the Labyrinth Lord Society.  Its free to join and you get a monthly newsletter and access to additional freebies such as early access to the Advanced Edition Companion (1st edition characters and spells for LL).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Free Kobold Quarterly

Would you believe I got this email on Monday, and it never occurred for me to post it until I saw JoeTheLawyer had done the same on his blog.  So, here it is.  Enjoy, I know I always enjoy the Kobolds:

Do you know someone who you're sure would love Kobold Quarterly, if only they would take the plunge and pick up an issue? Now we have a special offer that you can send them. From now through January 31, they can go to the KQ Store and download a FREE copy of issue #10 by entering the coupon code KQ10Free at checkout.
You remember #10, right? It had an interview with Paizo's Jason Bulmahn, Ed Greenwood's Dwarven Goddess, Ecology of the Hill Giant, a wicked take on Halflings, Secrets of the Halberd, Monte Cook's Game Theories, Rampant Elf Lust. Your friends will totally dig it. And if they become fellow subscribers, you'll be helping to support Kobold Quarterly so that we can continue to bring you great content like the articles in this very issue.

Remember, this special offer ends on January 31! Tell them to head for the KQ Store pronto, and use that code!
Thanks for supporting Kobold Quarterly!
Shelly Baur
Kobold Minion

Cleric on Call

We've all seen the issue of health care and health insurance in the US.  There's probably not a day in the past few months where it hasn't been part of a newscast.  My question is this... why hasn't the issue cropped up in Fantasy Roleplaying?

Seriously, who needs a affordable access to health care then our very own adventurers?  The get sliced and diced, whacked and skewered, burnt and disfigured, disemboweled and decapitated... all on a weekly basis.  Why don't we see any local churches offering some sort of All Cure Insurance, where the members pay a premium up front, some sort of copayment for each incident and in turn get priority healing?

It's a great way to constantly drain cash from the players, especially during downtime.  It also ensures that they have adequate access to healing.  Then again, overusing the policy would lead to an increase in premiums...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dragon Age RPG - The Boxed Set...

was at my doorstep when I arrived home yesterday.  I promptly opened it and was suitably... unimpressed.  The last boxed set RPG I had ordered was the latest incarnation of Warhammer.  Steep price but a plethora of goodies to fondle and oodle.  Not so much with Dragon Age.

Lets see.  We have a Player's Guide, a Game Master's Guide (both perfect bound soft covers), a fold out map, and three lonely 6-sided dice (2 blue, 1 green).  The box feels... light.  Eh, maybe because I received the PDFs earlier due to preordering  my anticipated excitement is lacking.  The books look nice, the artwork is professional and appropriate, they just don't feel like they were worth 30 bucks for 2 64 page softcover books, a map and three dice I could have grabbed from any family game.

Maybe I'm harder to please in my old age, but this was anticlimactic.

The computer / Xbox 360 game rocks tho ;)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One Page Dungeon Contest, 2010

The Rusty Battle Axe: One Page Dungeon Contest, 2010

Damn you Ken! Because of you I just went to DungeonForge to download some free mapping software.

Not that I don't own CC and Dundjinni, but I dont know their policy on using their source material in such an endeavor. Besides, I never really learned to use either besides the basic, might as well play with a third.

Not guaranteeing I'll get to finish the project, but it will be fun to try ;)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pssst! Free Stuff from Lakofka

Treebore (from the Troll Lord Games forums) recently posted that Len Lakofka has released L4 Devilspawn and the accompanying The Lendore Isle Companion up on the Dragon's Foot website.  For those that don't know, Dragon's Foot is dedicated to AD&D 1st Edition gaming and has a large collection of fan produced adventures.

Lakofka (Leomund's Hut anyone?) has been involved in D&D since the early years, and L4 is a direct descendant the classic AD&D adventures of L1: The Secret of Bone Hill and L2: The Assassin's Know.  L4 comes it at 136 pages with some really nice maps (suitable for VTT gaming).  I haven't given either of these PDFs more then a quick scan thru, as I only came accross Treebore's post earlier this evening, but they look good and the price can't be beat ;)  Perfect for some AD&D / OSRIC / fill in your old school system of choice here.

All that and at a glance I suspect they will render perfectly on the Kindle DX.  I'll give that a try during the week and let the results be known.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up - The Next Weekend

Jets lost, but kept it honest for 3 quarters.  Nice game from both teams.

Well, I'm still underwater with the Haiti Relief Donation package.  I need to stop downloading, peeking and moving one to the next item.  Pick one or two and just read the crap damnit!  heh

Not part of the Haiti Relief package, but a damn sweet looking piece of work is Atomic Highway.  I know the smaller and indie RPG companies have put out a plethora (nice word, eh?) of post Apocalypse RPG games, but this one has been a fun read so far.  Hopefully I'll finish reading and get to reviewing.

I still have a digital stack of White Haired Man products that I need to dig thru and review.  Next month's week of vacation cant come soon enough ;)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

OneBookShelf Press Release re: Donations

 (re-distributing with permission)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In an effort to hurriedly engage publishers and fans in a charitable relief action for the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic (following the earthquake that devastated the region), DriveThruRPG put together the single most amazing bundle of products ever seen in the RPG hobby's history. For a $20 donation, fans are given over $1500.00 in RPG books, music, and more.

It killed their servers within hours of going live.

As one fan put it, "I've never been happier to get an error message." The generosity has been utterly overwhelming, and the collective patience of the customer base has been greatly appreciated by the folks at DriveThruRPG.

"It is an embarrassment of riches of the highest order," said Sean Patrick Fannon, Marketing & Communications Manager. "We simply had no idea how huge this would get, and how quickly it would become a massive sensation throughout the gaming world. I've never been more proud of my community or my job."

In order to resolve the server issues, DriveThru employed a "coupon solution" that enabled customers to gain a code that would let them select each of the products in the original bundle for free download. With well over a hundred products, however, this became a tedious and frustrating process, and the customers rightfully complained.

As of now, a new coding has been employed, and now customers are getting all of the products that go with the bundles automatically added to their download lists. The folks at DriveThruRPG care immensely for their customers, wanting the experience to be as easy and enjoyable as possible. While the main focus is to get help to Haiti, DriveThru also wants to leave a positive and lasting impression on everyone who comes to the site.

As of this press release, DriveThruRPG has collected well over $56,000, which will be going to Doctors Without Borders for their efforts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The "Gamers Help Haiti $20 Mega Bundle" will be available until January 31st. Other relief efforts may continue as needed.

For more information, contact Sean Patrick Fannon at sean@onebookshelf.com. Go to www.drivethrurpg.com to obtain the bundle and learn more about what DriveThruRPG is doing to help Haiti.

(at the moment I believe the amount raised is over $70k)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gamers Helping Gamers

As we dig into our pockets to help those in Haiti we also have the opportunity to help a family closer to home.  Our gaming home.

I can't imagine how much cancer treatment would cost here in the States without health insurance.  Well, yes I can, as apparently it tops $100k in some cases.  Or in the case or a particular gamer's wife.

I myself had Hodgkin's Disease (cancer lite as I like to call it) and it kept me out of work for 11 months between chemo and rads.  My bills?  Some basic co-pays.  My job even paid me my full salary the 11 months I was out.

I was lucky.  We, as a gaming community, need to be able to help those of us in need.  We've raised money for ENWorld, raised money for the Staff of ENWorld, sending over $35k and counting via RPGNow to help those in Haiti... here's our chance to help one of ours.

No donation is to small.

Heck, you even get a PDF copy of The Microlite74 2.0 Special Edition,  a 60-page PDF designed to be printed in booklet format from Adobe Acrobat.

Old School gaming and the gift of giving.  Nice combination.

Listing of RPGNow Bundle

Damn this list is long.  I'll highlite my favorites :)

(heck, Three Sixteen has been on myRPGNow wishlist for montha)

1 x Dork Covenant $0.00
1 x MonkeyGod Presents: Frost & Fur $0.00
1 x MonkeyGod Presents: From Stone to Steel $0.00
1 x Roma Imperious $0.00
1 x Squirrel Attack! Operation: Get Mr. Jones' Nuts $0.00
1 x Serenity Role Playing Game $0.00
1 x Seven Leagues roleplaying game of Faerie $0.00
1 x C&C Shadows of the Halfling Hall $0.00
1 x 17 Plants $0.00
1 x 17 Rogue Feats $0.00
1 x Privateers and Pirates $0.00
1 x NEO MONKS: The Dragonlord $0.00
1 x Bits of Darkness: Dungeons $0.00
1 x Unorthodox Sorcerers $0.00
1 x 17 Bard Spells $0.00
1 x More Mighty Than Steel $0.00
1 x Dept. 7 Adv. Class Update: Lucky Bastard $0.00
1 x Dept. 7 Technology Update: AAP/CPR Med Kit $0.00
1 x Dept. 7 Adv. Class Update: Bar Room Berserker $0.00
1 x Tales of Wyn D'mere Role Playing Game! $0.00
1 x Valherjar: The Chosen Slain Core Rulebook $0.00
1 x Barbarians Versus $0.00
1 x WorldWorksGames / UrbanMayhem: Streets of Mayhem $0.00
1 x BASH! Basic Action Super Heroes (New and Improved) $0.00
1 x Objective Interim Modern Combat System $0.00
1 x 17 Magic Shields $0.00
1 x NEO RANGERS: The Spider King $0.00
1 x Gravitic Thrust Vehicles $0.00
1 x Damnation Decade $0.00
1 x WorldWorksGames / DungeonLinX: Dragon God $0.00
1 x The Veggie Patch $0.00
1 x Adventurer Essentials: Holy Water $0.00
1 x Modern Dispatch (#104): Line Zero $0.00
1 x 17 Monk Feats $0.00
1 x Dept. 7 Adv. Class Update: Gravity Slinger $0.00
1 x Castlemourn Campaign Setting $0.00
1 x Dept. 7 Adv. Class Update: NeoWitch Guardian $0.00
1 x Dept. 7 Adv. Class Update: The Prince of Doggs $0.00
1 x Classic Spycraft: Spycraft Espionage Handbook $0.00
1 x Classic Spycraft: Shadowforce Archer Worldbook $0.00
1 x 43 Space Opera Adventure Seeds - Space Opera Support #6 $0.00
1 x Destinations: Spaceport Trident Vespa $0.00
1 x Adventurer Essentials: Rope $0.00
1 x 17 Archer Feats $0.00
1 x Fantasy Firearms $0.00
1 x Character, Hero $0.00
1 x Blood Games II $0.00
1 x QAGS Second Edition $0.00
1 x Pimp My Paladin $0.00
1 x Turris Lemurum : Tower of Ghosts $0.00
1 x Dark Raiders of Misty Ridge $0.00
1 x The Lazy GM: Lizardfolk $0.00
1 x Hollow Earth Expedition Earth Drill $0.00
1 x Bits of Magicka: Pocket Items $0.00
1 x Beast Hunters RPG $0.00
1 x Shaolin Squirrels : Nuts of Fury $0.00
1 x Divine Homelands $0.00
1 x Piledrivers and Powerbombs: Chokeslam of Darkness Edition $0.00
1 x Quirin Encounter #3: Healing Device $0.00
1 x Behind the Monsters: Skeleton $0.00
1 x Dept. 7 Adv. Class Update: The Innocent $0.00
1 x The Book of Dumb Tables $0.00
1 x Advanced Fleet Designs: Titan Class Scout $0.00
1 x Behind the Spells: Sanctuary $0.00
1 x Spirit of the Season $0.00
1 x Future Firearms Pack One $0.00
1 x Treasure Chests: Volume 2 $0.00
1 x Colonial Gothic: Secrets $0.00
1 x Trail of Cthulhu Player's Guide $0.00
1 x Albenistan: Election Day (Modern Dispatch 113) $0.00
1 x Modern Dispatch 120: Cyber-state Avatar Toolkit $0.00
1 x Divine Quests $0.00
1 x Three Sixteen $0.00
1 x The Squared Circle:Wrestling RPG $0.00
1 x Quirin Maps #14: Bandit's Territory $0.00
1 x Lady's Rock $0.00
1 x Slivers of Dawn $0.00
1 x Items Evolved Rituals $0.00
1 x Cortex System Role Playing Game $0.00
1 x Kids, Castles & Caves $0.00
1 x Karma Roleplaying System Core Rules Book $0.00
1 x Demimonde $0.00
1 x One Shot Adventures! Days of Knights $0.00
1 x OSRPG CCG Card Template 1 $0.00
1 x Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. $0.00
1 x Wayfarers $0.00
1 x Diana: Warrior Princess $0.00
1 x Zombacalypse $0.00
1 x Book of Races $0.00
1 x Tendril's Oak Inn $0.00
1 x C&C Arms and Armor $0.00
1 x For the Love of Dungeons $0.00
1 x Shrouded Agendas for D&D 4E: The Purifiers $0.00
1 x London Fires module A101 for Fellowship of the White Star $0.00
1 x Fantasy Women Clipart JPEG 7 $0.00
1 x API Worldwide: Canada $0.00
1 x Breathe Life Into #1 $0.00
1 x Thousand Suns: Transmissions from Piper $0.00
1 x Counter Collection 4th Edition Paragon 1 $0.00
1 x Best of The Rifter $0.00
1 x MARS: Savage Worlds Edition $0.00
1 x Qalidar $0.00
1 x API Demon Pack 01 $0.00
1 x The Fate of Inglemia - Superlink Edition $0.00
1 x The Lunar Scrolls $0.00
1 x Forlakh's Tower - CR 4 D20 Module $0.00
1 x API Demon Codex: Lochs $0.00
1 x DRAGONSHIRE: City Interiors $0.00
1 x Brandy's by the Bay $0.00
1 x Mini Nuclear Plant $0.00
1 x COPPER DRAGON: Basic Dungeons 1 $0.00
1 x Earth Space Marines $0.00
1 x WorldWorksGames / Deadly Encounters Combo $0.00
1 x WorldWorksGames / Wormhole $0.00
1 x WorldWorksGames / Uncharted Space: Sathrican Homeworld $0.00
1 x Special Vehicles $0.00
1 x Chronica Feudalis $0.00
1 x [Savage Worlds] Strike Force 7 - Savaged! $0.00
1 x Labyrinths & Lycanthropes $0.00
1 x Ephemeris $0.00
1 x Thousand Suns: Foundation Transmissions $0.00
1 x Interface Zero: Modern20 edition $0.00
1 x Basic poker playing cards 1 $0.00
1 x [PFRPG] The Book of Arcane Magic $0.00
1 x [PFRPG] GM's Aid VII: Condition Cards - Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Edition $0.00
1 x Kiddy counters $0.00
1 x Liber Sodalitas: The Dream Healers (Pathfinder edition) $0.00
1 x Open Game Table - The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Vol. 1 $0.00
1 x No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides $0.00
1 x Magpie Codex 2 $0.00
1 x The Kerberos Club $0.00
1 x Thrilling Tales 2nd Edition (Savage Worlds) $0.00
1 x eCollapse $0.00
1 x 90 Phenomena in the City of Copenhagen $0.00
1 x Creatures of the Wastelands: The Thrasher Gang $0.00
1 x Creatures of the Wastelands: Habitats $0.00
1 x Creatures of the Wastelands: A Menagerie of Mutants and Mutations (Revised Edition) $0.00
1 x Torn Apart by Radiation Wraiths $0.00
1 x Summerland Revised and Expanded Edition $0.00
1 x F-211 Copperhead $0.00
1 x Kobold Quarterly 11 $0.00
1 x RIO DRACO: Base Set $0.00
1 x The Black Book $0.00
1 x Zombie Bytes: The Anthology $0.00
1 x Book of the Faithful: Power of Prayer $0.00
1 x Fantastic Maps: The Dragon's Lair $0.00
1 x Blood of the Innocent: A Savage Worlds mission set in the jungles of Evil $0.00
1 x Reign of Discordia (Traveller Edition) $0.00
1 x MegaCity Sector Maps $0.00
1 x Instant Antagonist: The Selfish Succubus $0.00
1 x DRAGONSHIRE: City Ruins $0.00
1 x Stolen Blood $0.00
1 x Threat Record Vol. I, Issue #2 $0.00
1 x [PFRPG] Loot 4 Less Vol. 1: Armor and Weapons $0.00
1 x Shambles $0.00
1 x d66 Ship Names 2 $0.00
1 x Power Pics Heroes 1 -Female Speedster $0.00
1 x Power Pics Villains 1 -Male Cyborg $0.00
1 x Portrait of a Villain - The Desire $0.00
1 x The Black Spot $0.00
1 x MADS Role Playing Game $0.00
1 x Afterpeak Systemless Setting $0.00
1 x Scenes of Space Hex Battle Maps $0.00
1 x Class options volume II: Paladins Prevail! $0.00
1 x Dept. 7 Adv. Class Update: The S.L.A.M. Soldier $0.00
1 x Ápocrypha - Myths of the World $0.00
1 x The Book of The Dead $0.00
1 x Rugged Adventures $0.00
1 x Grumlahk's Troll Tales $0.00
1 x Wyrd of Questhaven (PFRPG) $0.00
1 x Vampire Castle $0.00
1 x Rise Of a Legend:NEW Issue #1 $0.00
1 x Degenerate Seaside Town $0.00
1 x The Otherworld $0.00
1 x Zombie Apocalypse $0.00
1 x Full Light, Full Steam $0.00
1 x Martial Cultures: Arytis $0.00
1 x S.C.A.R.E. Vol. 2-Viesca Melin Aella $0.00
1 x Gamers Helping Haiti $20 Special $20.00
1 x Police Precinct $0.00
1 x Gamers Helping Haiti [BUNDLE]
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