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Patreon Supported Adventures - Incursion of the Horeshead Nebula

Good morning folks! Today marks the first Patreon supported adventure in the overly long month of May! This one-page romp is inspired by the classic Universal film The Last Starfighterand is suitable for players of any level. If you would like to help support the creation of free adventures and one-page romps please visit my Patreon page. Incursion of the Horsehead NebulaA White Star Compatible Star-Pilot Romp for 4 - 6 playersIntroduction Outside the known universe a war rages between the forces of the Void and a Rag-tag alliance known as the Remnant. The Remnant, the last survivors of universes destroyed and consumed by the Void. Our universe is the last in a once sprawling multiverse and with its end so to does everything else. In the black between planes of existence the Remnant fight to secure and destroy the Void Incursion Gates into our universe … sometimes, just sometimes, a few humans those with skill tested through an innocent looking game known as Space Gauntlet are recruit…

Savage(?) Bruman

So on the recommandation of +Frank Turfler I've been trying to learn the Savage Worlds system ... In some places it reminds me of Cortex and in others ... yeah, still working on it.  Since, however, I am one that learns at least in part through application I've attempted to convert the Bruman of the Valsuum White Star adventure over to Savage Worlds.

Savage Bruman Bruman are small rat-like creatures who live in vast underground tunnel networks and cities, drawing as much as they can from the depths of dying Valsuum. The Bruman are tradesmen and merchants who are always looking for a deal and willing to trade in nearly everything. Bruman are cunning and rarely tell the truth unless it benefits them financially. Because of their cut-throat nature in trade and business the Bruman are often looked at suspiciously by the other races of Valsuum.
Fade into the Background: Bruman have an excellent ability to fade into the background granting them a +2 to all Stealth rolls. Bad Rep: Du…

White Star Compatible - Valsuum - Sky Riders

Sky riders are a simple single person sky ship typically used in close aerial combat, scouting missions, and by Sulfurate surveyors for quick conveyance from one location to the next.

Sky Rider
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Armor Class...................................................................................................................................6 [13]*
Hit Points...............................................................................................................................................15
Shield Strength........................................................................................................................................0
Movement.............................................................................................................................................25
Targeting.......................................................................................................…

3.5 DMG released Marking the End of the 3.5 Core Wave

For the past 3 weeks WotC has been releasing the core books for the 3.5 edition of Dungeons & Dragons through DnDclassics and OBS. This today marks the release of the final book of the 3.5 Core books with the Dungeon Master's Guide.

What comes next is anyone's guess, but I have a feeling this will go one of a few ways:

Wizards will follow up with the secondary core set of 3.5 and move on from there with the various core setting books for the 3.5 edition (Forgotten Realms, Eberron, ETC).Wizards will finally release the d20 Modern books to wide release through OBS and may even include some of those long sought after "proofs" that never made it to the public (I'm looking at you d20 Supers!)Finally, what I think is most likely, is that Wizards will move on to a slow release of another edition of the game ... my bet would be 2e. Wizards seems committed to correcting the mistakes of its past and fully embracing the online media culture of the 21st century in such a …

ETU: Off Radio

I love Urban Fantasy and while I prefer it to be more Butcher than Lovecraft I can take it either way. Pinnacle Entertainment, the folks behind Savage Worlds released an anthology of Modern Supernatural Horror/Urban Fantasy stories back in 2009 ... I found out about it last October.  Of the stories in the Anthology one was offered up for free during the East Texas University Kickstarter. That one being Off Radio.

Off Radiois closer to the Pinebox, TX and 12 Minutes to Midnight campaigns than to the ETU campaign. It follows a local cop who goes "off radio" to solve a series of strange murders that are occurring around a local college.  Despite its sparse page count, Off Radio packs a heavy punch and its all thanks to the characterization. While still broad strokes the few characters presented in story are characterized beautifully, and the feeling of dread and the simple guilt of a fallen man radiate in every page.

I highly recommend it.

A Cortex License? Really?!

I've never hidden the fact that MWP's Cortex system is the 3rd  in my top three rpg systems (d20, d6, Cortex). While I have a love affair with Classic Cortex (It was the first physical book I bought from OBS) I see nothing wrong with Cortex Plus. So color me surprised when I ran across this earlier today.



I don't know how long the Compatibility license has been available but so far I have only been to find a few projects (here, here, and here). Now the question is will the third parties pick this up or will it waste away from lack of support?

Fund Raiser Reminder

Hey everyone! Just a quick reminder that the Fantasy Grounds Open Table fund raiser has about 19 days left. If I am able to upgrade to the ultimate license I have a lot more wriggle room in being able to run and develop games for the VTT platform as well as connect with the community and run teaching sessions for rule systems and FG itself.

For anyone who may not know the Ultimate license allows the holder of the license to host games with anyone who has the FG program. This includes DEMO versions of FG which are freely available at no cost.

Quick Review - Star Temple of Saturgalia

White Star+James Spahn's sci-fi adaptation of Sword & Wizardry's White Books rules have been a resounding success and is probably the hit of the year. So no surprise that in exactly 1 week from its release we see the first 3rd party adventure being released on OBS.

The Star Temple of Saturgalia  by Darrel Miller of DM Studios is a small 6 page adventure for low-level heroes and is very much the traditional dungeon crawl style adventure with some mild outer space/world travel and random encounters.

From OBS:

You and your team have been sent, or forced to go, to the Star Temple of Saturgalia. There you hope to find the fabled Star Amulet that may turn the tide in the Space War. Ignite your Star Saber, strap on your blaster, and prepare to avoid the Imperial Customs - you're going on an adventure. Prepare to enjoy a couple of hours of FUN!!!
An adventure crafted for OSR games, and is compatible with Sword and Wizardry and White Star.
The adventure is rather straight forw…

Opinion Piece - 5 Things I would like to see from WotC in the next 2 years

Been thinking a lot lately on what I would like to see from WotC in the next few years to raise awareness of the brand and to bring D&D and other WotC owned material to new and old audiences.
1. Audio Plays/Dramas
Paizo and Big Finish have done an awesome job with their Audio Dramas of the "Rise of the Rune Lords" adventure path. However, as I have said in my reviews (here and here) they could have been better. I think WotC has the ability to do that with its amazingly large and varied settings and adventures from nearly 40 years in the business. I think the best route for them would be through Graphic Audio
Graphic Audio's Tag Line is "A Movie for the Mind" and it truly is. The narration, vocal cast, music, and sound effects are top notch and I think they would bring a lot of awesome to the D&D brand.
2. An official Meta-movie
I have often said that "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising" is the best Dungeons and Dragons movie ever made. Why? Because i…

CAH:S3 - Wasteland 2010

Spectum Games has just released the newest setting for it phenomenal "Cartoon Action Hour" roleplaying game. I've rarely spoken of CAH before but it is a system I am a huge fan of ... just one that I don't have the time or the players for.

Wasteland 2010 is very obviously a homage to Thundarr the Barbarian one of the greatest cartoons to be born out of the 1980s. I've only had the chance to quickly skim the pdf but from what I've read I've greatly enjoyed.

Now if only I could find a group!
One of the major themes I wanted to get across in Eldritch Shadows was that there was more to the world than the players knew (not the characters, the players). From the player perspective there are four magic using classes, the Priest, the Crusader, the Council Mage, and the Street Mage. Those are what are present to the players at the beginning of a game and logic then dictates that the world of the game follows suit. Not true, one of the threats in the Shadows are the "One-Trick Ponies", those magic-users who are weak as hell but have compensated for it by becoming really good at one thing.

One-Trick Ponies are too weak to be considered Council material, and don't have the same bag of tricks that a Street Mage would have. However, they make up for it quantity over quality. One such One-Trick Pony is the Summoner. Unlike a Council or Street Mage the Summoner cannot use any other spell except for Monster Summoning I spell. The difference is in duration, amount, and pre…

Eldritch Shadows - Vampires

I am currently writing a new adventure for Eldritch Shadows featuring a staple of the Modern Fantasy/Paranormal Genre: The Vampire. Thoughts and feedback are always welcome.
Background Vampires have existed since the dawn of time. As the He created all life in the universe the Adversary sought to counter and corrupt His creations. The Vampire was the first, but mostly certainly not the last. As humans basked and grew in the light of day the Adversary children sought and controlled the night. As humans where made in His image the Vampire was a dark parody of that image; a sickness, and hunger brought forth from the depths of humanity. The Adversary sought to create a predator to hunt, to tempt, to seduce, to rend, to tear, and to destroy. However, while the Adversary sought to slap Him in the face, sought to make a mockery of His creations, one thing was overlooked: free-will.
Free-will still existed and while the Adversary still had a margin of influence and control on his creation…

Barrel Rider Games White Star released

Just after midnight on the 4th of May, +James Spahn's Barrel Rider Games, released their Sci-Fi system/supplement for Swords and Wizardry White Box: White Star. It is currently available in pdf but will be making an appearance soon in physical form.

I picked my copy up this morning and it is quite good from what I've read so far and +Jason Paul McCartan's editting and layout skills in the production are top-notch. If space opera style sci-fi is your thing and you haven't already picked it up (and I doubt that as it is already #1 on RPGnow) you should do so.

Question of the Day - Will there be an OSR version of Frigga's Chosen?

Received an e-mail yesterday VIA drivethrurpg about Frigga's Chosen. The e-mailer asked if there would be an OSR version of Frigga's Chosen at some point in the future since I am mainly an OSR developer. It was an honest question, Frigga's Chosen was the first time I released an adventure for 5e without a proceeding OSR version of that adventure.

So the answer?

Maybe.  I hate to say it but the market (for me at least) isn't really there anymore. The OSR - and Swords and Wizardry in particular - are my first gaming loves, but I do need to at least break even for the stock and professional art that I purchase. Assault on the Southern Horn, if not for the 5e version, would still be very much in the red.

So, for anyone else wondering, that's the answer. Once Frigga's Chosen has shown it is something that will at least break even I can move forward, until then it sits in the wings and I keep my fingers crossed that it does.

Short Stop - A 1-Page Romp for Eldritch Shadows!

This was released about a week ago on my Patreon page for my Patrons and served as a gap between "The Night Train Comes" and the upcoming "Lake Fall" adventures. All three adventures will be part of the supplement when it comes out with final rules updates and the like. For now, enjoy! The Feral Aeon This short scenario can be played at any time. However, it was originally designed to fill a small gap between “The Night Train Comes” and “Lake Fall” adventures when the players stopped at an interstate rest plaza for pizza and coffee. What are Aeons Aeons are small spirits of knowledge that resemble little more than motes of light twinkling in and out of existence like the glow of fireflies in a summer night. While initially harmless and utterly harmless, the pure amount of collected knowledge that floods into them drives them to madness, making the a danger to all things they encounter. Despite this dangerous nature Aeons have become a powerful tool to Council Wiza…

Eldritch Shadows - Oh the Interesting Paths!

As I reported before, during MEPAcon I was able to get Eldritch Shadows out into the wild and play it with a good sized group. During this session, Eldritch Shadows was played in its intended form, that being a Paranormal or Urban Fantasy setting heavily influenced by Jim Butcher, Patrica Briggs, and Simon R. Green. It was a lot of fun, and the personality of the modern setting, the focus on exploration and investigation over combat ( +Reese Laundry correct if I'm wrong but outside the final boss, there was only 4 combats in the entire 4 hour block, right?) made for some great interaction between the characters and between the characters and the world of the game.

(Although the best bit was the crowd we formed during the police stand-off section who got a kick out of the police assuming the Mage had a teaser when he used a sleep spell on the FBI agent).

So imagine my surprise when last night I ended up using Eldritch Shadows to run a game about teenagers in a Magic Academy ... Yep…