Saturday, March 2, 2024

Crowdfunding - HEROIC the Role Playing Game (FASERIP Clone)

I'm finding it really interesting to see the number of projects going straight to Backerkit for funding )and totally bypassing Kickstarter). All I've heard from creators using Backerkit is simply how much better the service is.

HEROIC is a clone - of sorts - of the old Marvel SuperHeroes RPG from TSR. Famous for its color-coded charts, my experience with the system was the Conan RPG, and it worked well.

HEROIC is a Neo Clone of the old-school MSH Advanced game by TSR that combines aspects of modernization as well as parts of the Astonishing Super Heroes RPG by Tim Bannock.

In its final form it will be a 200 page full colour game book, available as PDF, as well as softcover and hardcover POD (Print on Demand) by DTRPG (Drivethrurpg). Everything you need to play will be in the book, including an introductory adventure and characters from the Zenith Comics Universe.

There are essentially three tiers for backing HEROIC - PDF at $25 - Softcover print plus PDF at $50, and hardcover plus PDF at $70, shipping not included.

I must say, I really appreciate the highlighted art, as it reminds me of the later days of the silver age of comics in the late 70s and 80s.

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Deal of the Day - Ravensrook: A Grimdark Urban Fantasy Setting (OSR/5e)

Settings. Can you really have too many? I find that I love reading new settings, and liberally steal, or borrow, depending on your point of view, from different settings to make my own setting complete. Urban settings have their own, special appeal, as they are easier to drop into a different setting more or less whole.

Ravensrook: A Grimdark Urban Fantasy Setting is a setting suitable for both the OSR and 5e rulesets. Normally 10 bucks in PDF, Ravensrook is on sale for a mere 5 bucks until tomorrow morning, March 1st.

The Lands of the Free Lords is a patchwork of petty kingdoms, bandit lords, and misfit war camps sandwiched between evil empires, do-gooder nations, and religious zealots. While regional warlords rose and fell over the ages, there was one constant within this chaotic land - the famed city of Ravensrook. The Black-Winged City of Bandits and Brigands. The only proper city within the Lands of the Free Lords.

This supplement is fully compatible with 5th edition as well as the OSR.


  • A history of Ravensrook and its region, the Lands of the Free Lords.
  • A full overview of the city’s government; Guilded-law, the Members of the Council of Lords, and the new Governor.
  • A full breakdown of the four tiers of the city, along with the prominent businesses and Guilds to be found in each one.
  • A full city map showing the locations of all the important businesses, Guild Halls, and governmental buildings.
  • Information on 14 different factions within the city that are vying for power and control.
  • Entries on the top 16 Guilds of the city.
  • 23 entries for the most important NPCs to be found within the city along with role-playing notes.
  • A listing of all the Gods worshiped within Ravensrook along with monsters specific to the city and their statblocks.


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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Free OSR - Cha'alt (Gonzo Setting)

I've known Venger for several years. We've butted heads in the past, at times quite vocally, but one thing that is consistent with V is the quality of the work he does. Love him or hate him, if you like gonzo in your OSR, few compare to V and his releases.

Venger is running a sale today for his Cha'alt setting. Physical books are 20 bucks plus 5 bucks shipping:

For one unbelievable day... February 29th, Leap Day, I'm selling the gorgeous, professionally printed, signed and numbered Cha'alt hardcover book for only $20 + $5 shipping/handling.

What is Cha'alt (in case you were sent here by a friend of a friend)?  It's my eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalypse, humor, sleaze, pop-culture, exploitation grindhouse campaign setting.  It's a system-neutral OSR and 5e compatible tome of lore, factions, new races, adventures, locations, monsters, magic items, high tech, and features The Black Pyramid, a darkly weird megadungeon funhouse that's like nothing you've ever seen.

Check out the reviews, testimonials, vlogs, word of mouth, and hushed whispers of lurid illumination, unutterable chanting, and that foul piping music interspersed with foreboding drums!  According to the RPG Pundit, Cha'alt is a masterpiece of stupid gonzo fantasy!

After the last sale and Kickstarter, I only have about 300 left to sell.  Want your book by this time next week?  Paypal me the $25 [USA only; foreign shipping is $60 for book + shipping] at...


But maybe you want to see what you are getting first. Or maybe you don't want to pay at all. In that case, V is offering Cha'alt for FREE today in PDF.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Deal of the Day - FlexTale Solo Image Oracle Omnibus (system-neutral)

Solo gaming intrigues me, more so as a way to learn a new system - or learn a known system better. It also gives me ideas I can use in a traditional campaign, and the ideas are - somewhat - playtested.

Today's Deal of the Day is FlexTale Solo Image Oracle Omnibus (system-neutral). Normally 19.99 in PDF, but until tomorrow FlexTale Solo Image Oracle Omnibus is on sale for 8 bucks.

The FlexTale Solo Image Oracle is an innovative creative tool for solo adventurers to generate dynamic, intriguing answers to questions about your campaign and the adventures that take place within it.

A simple roll of 3d6 is all you need to generate over 5,400 answers and pieces of creative content for any campaign setting, any situation, and any level of skill as a G/DM.


This book is the Omnibus edition of the Solo Image Oracle.  It assembles the contents of the previously-published six individual volumes.  Each of those Volumes contains 36 images; this Omnibus contains all 216 images.

Free Sample Edition

Unsure, but curious?  Grab the FREE Sample Edition.  It contains 16 images instead of 216, and lacks the section on rules system harmonization, but is otherwise exactly the same content and massive utility as this full version.

Digital Resource Companion

You also get a Microsoft Excel file containing all 5,400 creative elements for all 216 images.  This is the same content that's presented in the book, just in a format that some might enjoy using more than a PDF.  You are welcome to extend, amend, or otherwise use this tool for your own personal gaming experience.

Immediately Useful

Download this book, open it up to a random page, and pick any part of that page.  This book was designed so that whatever you end up pointing at, you should be able to use it in your campaign, whether you're a veteran DM of 30+ years running a published campaign for a dozen players or a brand-new player giving solo play a try.

What is This Thing?

An Oracle is a tool to provide an answer.  Usually, this is in the context of a solo adventure, where you as the adventurer need to rely upon some external source of truth to keep things unpredictable and interesting.  Solo Oracle tools abound, and are quite popular--it's probably safe to say that nearly every single solo adventurer uses at least one Oracle tool.

The Solo Image Oracle takes this a step further.  (It wouldn't be a FlexTale book if it didn't take things an order of magnitude further!)

Three dice is all it takes: Roll one six-sided die to pick which image palette you use.  Then, roll 2d6, and pick an image randomly from that grid of 36 abstract icons.  You can use that simple image as a point of inspiration on its own; this approach is very similar to Rory's Story Cubes, another popular resource for solo gamers.

A Step Further in Creative Inspiration

But the FlexTale difference amplifies the utility and power of this book as an Oracle: each of those images gets its own full page.

Each of those 216 images gets over 25 different elements: specific answers to questions, creative directions, entire quest snippets, magic items, random encounters, and much, much more.

All in all, two simple dice can drive over 5,400 dynamic and creative sources of inspiration for any campaign setting.

System-Neutral, Zero-Prep

This is a common objective in FlexTale books, and I'm thrilled to say that this book was designed from the start to satisfy these as requirements, even moreso than any other book before it in the FlexTale line.

The Solo Image Oracle provides visual and text inspiration.  As a result, it's system neutral, and can be easily used in any tabletop roleplaying game, though the particular answers in many cases are fantasy-oriented.  For those who use 5E, Pathfinder, Pathfinder Second Edition, OSR, or DCC systems, there is an extensive 9-page description of how to use specific rules language across those systems.

The whole point of this book is that it requires no preparation to use.  You can, quite literally, flip to a page completely at random, point to a place on that page, and derive inspiration for your solo adventure content.

Any Gaming Table

Although the Solo Image Oracle was designed from the ground up to be a tool to empower solo gamers, it's also an immensely powerful tool for a traditional gaming table.  A time-pressed or creatively stymied G/DM can use this book exactly like a solo gamer would, and find creative drivers just as naturally and quickly.

What's Included

The Solo Image Oracle features:

  • 216 abstract image silhouettes
  • 5,400 total creative elements
  • 216 unique items and Rewards for PCs who complete quests
  • 216 creative Penalties for PCs who fail quests :)
  • 216 random encounters and drivers
  • 216 interesting NPC behaviors, backgrounds, or characteristics
  • 216 Quest snippets, ready to use immediately, or flesh out and make your own
  • 216 twists and spins on enemy behavior to make every combat memorable and interesting

Full and easy integration with other FlexTale books, in particular the FlexAI Guidebook, the Solo Adventuring Toolkit, and the Hexcrawl Toolkit

And much, much more!

Creative Elements

Each of the 216 images gets a full page's worth of content, with 25 creative Elements to help drive game content and decisions.  These include the following, color-coded for ease and speed of reference:

  • General
  • Noun
  • Verb
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Question
  • Detailed Answer
  • Social
  • NPC Description
  • Role
  • Context
  • Choice
  • Result
  • Combat
  • Combat Description
  • Random Encounter
  • Action Outcome
  • Enemy Targeting
  • Combat Role
  • Combat Role Size
  • Combat Stance
  • Quest & Encounter
  • New Quest Snippet
  • Quest Development
  • Reward
  • Penalty
  • Quest Archetype
  • Quest Sub-Archetype
  • Origins & Development

The author is a veteran DM who cut his teeth on the BECMI boxes back in middle school.  The approach taken with this book was pretty simple, but drives from decades of experience and talent: 

  • Pick an image.
  • Consider that image in the context of each of the 25 creative elements defined.
  • Create adventure content inspired by that combination (of image + element) and write it down.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Bundle of Holding - Chivalry and Rising Sun (Chivalry & Sorcery)

I remember back in 2009 or 2010, I finally found a copy of Chivalry & Sorcery 1st Edition on eBay. I had heard so much about C&S in my early days of gaming that it was something I had had my eye on for a while. Sadly, the font size made it nigh unreadable to my aging eyes.

Chivalry & Sorcery is currently available at Bundle of Holding. It offers the latest version of Chivalry & Sorcery (2020) as well as Land of the Rising Sun (2021). 14.95 gets you the C&S Collection, and just short of 26 bucks adds in the Rising Sun Collection. 

Adventurer! This new Chivalry and Rising Sun Bundle presents the Chivalry and Sorcery tabletop roleplaying game of medieval fantasy adventure from Brittannia Game Designs, along with the new 2021 version of its Land of the Rising Sun campaign setting. Among the oldest FRPGs still published, Chivalry and Sorcery depicts an authentic feudal Europe with nobles, knights, Christian priests, and medieval doctrines. The game focuses not on dungeon crawls but on the feudal system, court intrigue, tournaments and jousts, and a comprehensive catalogue of ordinary life. Want to foil an assassination plot at a royal wedding – clear a pack of bandits from Creag Hill in Somerset – or find a missing priest and recover his tithes from a haunted keep? Chivalry and Sorcery helps you tell all these stories with authority and conviction. And Land of the Rising Sun, newly expanded by Lee Gold (designer of the 1980 First Edition), brings the same historical focus to Japan's Feudal period (850-1500 CE), updated to the C&S Fifth Edition rules.

[Note: This offer's version of Land of the Rising Sun is Lee Gold's 2021 campaign supplement for Chivalry and Sorcery, not her vintage 1980 standalone game (based on C&S 1E) from Fantasy Games Unlimited. And the "Fifth Edition" of Chivalry and Sorcery refers to the fifth version (2020) of the original 1977 game, not D&D Fifth Edition.]

For just US$14.95 you get all nine titles in our Chivalry Collection (retail value $78.50) as DRM-free ebooks, including the complete Chivalry and Sorcery Fifth Edition corebook (along with the C&S Basic Rules and the Character Generator Excel spreadsheet); Goblins, Orcs, & Trolls; theEuropean Folklore Bestiary; three recent C&S adventures – Curse of the Casket, Facets of Fire, and The Welsh Connection; the sourcebook Castles of Britain; and the GM Screen.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $25.72, you'll level up and also get our entire Rising Sun Collection with four more C&S supplements worth an additional $55, including the 2021 Land of the Rising Sun campaign setting and its Rising Sun Folklore Bestiary, Map Pack, and Adventure Book.


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Monday, February 26, 2024

Deal of the Day - The Forest of Gornate (OSRIC Point Crawl)

Gabor Lux is a well-known name to long-time OSR folk, but the name pops up less these days than it should. Simply put, if Gabor Lux is on the tin, you can safely assume the product will be far above average to great.

The Forest of Gornate by Gabor Lux is today's Deal of the Day at DTRPG. Normally 6.50 in PDF, until tomorrow morning The Forest of Gornate is on sale for 3.25.

“South of the dark walls of Mur, an overgrown forest lies between two mountain ranges. Its namesake, the immortal beast Gornate, noted for his thirty-six eyes and a peculiar taste for collecting human spinal columns, has made no sign of his presence in many years. Even so, the woodlands hide numerous dangers. Robber bands, man-eating beasts, abandoned manor houses and mysterious ruins dot a land divided by rivers and mountain ridges. The people of the city rarely venture into the forest, but recently, three notabilities have expressed an interest in sponsoring a hazardous, but lucrative expedition. While serving three masters may be too much for a single adventure, a resourceful and lucky company could return rich from… The Forest of Gornate!”

A 32-page module for 3rd to 5th level characters, The Forest of Gornate offers a complex, open-ended wilderness pointcrawl set in the Forest of Gornate, a place of fallen civilisations, strange denizens, and natural wonders. Seek the treasures of a mysterious villa, the secrets of a reclusive bandit leader, win the patronage of the ancient and sinister Guild of Judges, or strike out on your own to seek fame and fortune in the forests, and the lands beyond. Inspired by the gamebook classic, Scorpion Swamp, this is a module offering 42+39 keyed areas, adventure hooks, rumours, and random encounters offering numerous possibilities for open-ended exploration and player-driven adventure. It is also a companion to In the Shadow of the City-God, but enjoyable on its own terms. The adventure features illustrations by Denis McCarthy (who also did the cover), Stefan Poag, Jerry Boucher, as well as the Dead Victorians.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Delicious in Dungeon (Netflix show) Inspires a New D30 Table


Delicious in Dungeon (Netflix show) Inspires a New D30 Table
Last week I mentioned I was totally into a new TV show on Netflix. That show is called Delicious in Dungeon and it's a Japanese Manga that has been animated. There's not a lot to spoil, but it's about a party feeding themselves by eating the various monsters they come across. 

Most games don't address the edibility of various monsters in their system, but HackMaster does so I'm used to seeing that information.

Clearly, I found this inspiring, so I decided to come up with a new d30 table for those times the party decides to try some new "food". It's a relatively simple edibility chart/table, but it had been "stuck" in the back of my head for a while now and I'm thankful I got it out.

d30 Monster Edibility Table
I also mentioned last week about some issues with my Adobe InDesign that I used to do the layout for projects like this. I did end up going with Affinity Publisher 2 because that was the only program that seemed to be able to open my InDesign files. It's relatively user-friendly and the only actual problem I've had so far is that I cannot print to PDF like I'm used to doing. I can export to PDF, which is just fine.

I'm mentioning Affinity Publisher 2 mostly because it's on sale right now where the bundle of Publisher 2, Photo 2 (Adobe Photoshop alternative), and Design 2 (Adobe Illustrator alternative) are on sale for 20% off, which comes to around $130. Compared to having a monthly subscription to any of these Adobe programs.....well, just Adobe InDesign is $240 a year pre-paid. 

If you use these type of programs for your own products......I can recommend Affinity (not a sponsor or anything) and IIRC the coupon code was "USE20", but there is also a free 1 month trial period for all three programs.
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