Saturday, September 10, 2016

Return to and escape from Black Rock

Well the adventure went reasonably well. The after climbing down the ladder the half party finds itself in a room filled with periwinkle mist. They defeat the ogre which materializes out of it and add the paladin which materializes to the party (had to add the new player somehow). They move on to find in the next room to find a kobold wearing welder's goggles and a reptilian beast with glowing periwinkle eyes. The kobold turns to gas and flees sicking the beast on the party. The discovers much to its horror that the gaze of this beast turns people into periwinkle mist, but only the druid misses enough saving throws to be fully affected. They find several bottles of periwinkle mist carefully labeled things like "White Dragon" and "Frost Giant". They put the druid in an empty one. They progress on to the next room which has one door heavily guarded by a balista, barred from this side with a lighting bolt projector in front of it. The other door is just shut although closer inspection reveals that it is barred from the other side. The thief uses his tools to unbar the door. On opening the door they find a chamber with four iron cells on the left and a carriage equiped with four dragon headed nozzles on the right. In back is the kobold with welders glasses and another kobold with a whip. The party decides to talk, once the kobolds explain about the four nightmares behind the iron doors, the party decides to go a different way. They talk the kobold with welders glasses into disarming the traps in the previous room exit through the formally heavily trapped door into the great underway and reunite with the rest of the party sleeping in the kobold camp above. They retreat to a hidden spot and take a long rest (there is some stupidity with a captured kobold which I will not go into). They are horrified to find on their return to the underway a drow army storming through (guess they weren't the only ones interested in finding out how the traps for the door worked).

Final Battle Mat
Original keyed sketch

P.S. Although the players prudently exited before reaching the lava pool, I am bit disappointed not to see how 4th levels deal with lava.



Sunday, September 4, 2016

What I did on my summer vacation

Well I appear to have taken the summer off. Staying step ahead of my players in my Tuesday 5e game seems to be taking most of my creative time. I am of course using this blog post to procrastinate finishing the lower levels of Black Rock, a strange twist of fate whereby my players always want to head into the areas I have not defined in my 20+ years of campaign notes. Most of the parties hearing about 400+ kobold armies and something called a "Fire Lich" would run the other way in a sandbox campaign, but not my players. After launching a frontal assault on a vanguard of thirty kobolds they successfully carved their way into the Black Rock itself, only to be met by the elite guard. The wizard was horrified to discover that his sleep spell only dropped one kobold. However they still carved their way through, only to be met by the next wave. A quick challenge to single combat with the CR 5 Kobold chieftain was accepted and although the principal fighter was defeated, her lizardman henchman was able to finish off the wounded chieftain. At that point the kobold shaman, his gaggle of kobold archers and elite kobolds asked them to leave. The cleric, the lizardman, and the fighter did. However the thief, wizard, and druid used a handy side passage and rope trick to lay low until the commotion died down, sneak into the depths of the Black Rock. I halted the session there as the deep depths of Black Rock are as yet undrawn. However, as the inner sanctum of a lich I have always envisioned them as  at least CR 6. So do I stay true to my vision keep it high level or do I tone it down so my half party of  4th level adventures can succeed?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Darkest Hack part 4

The final two classes for my Old School Hack version of Darkest Dungeon (unless they have sneaked another one in during the last month or two)

Antiquitarian
Nervous Stab: Melee attack but based on dex

Festering Vapors: Ranged burst 1 save versus con or blight

Flash powder: Ranged attack target must dex save or be blinded for the next round

Get Down: gives disadvantage to the next attack

Fortifying Vapors: Heal 1d4

Invigorating Vapors: +3 AC for next attack

Protect me: forces opponent to target adjacent ally. Ally has advantage against the attack.

Abomination
Transform: Change to beast mode (like druids in D&D)

Manacles: Reach 3 melee 1d4 damage, but con save or stunned

Beast Bile: Ranged attack Con save or Poisoned

Absolution: Heal self 1d4

Rake: Beast Mode only melee attack two targets damage 1d6 per hit

Rage: Beast Mode only Melee attack 1d12 critical hit on 19-20


Slam: Beast Mode only Opponent makes Strength check. If failed target is knocked back and you enter the square he was in.


Just do it *rant*

I originally wrote this as an addendum to my Darkest Hack part 4. However as I am starting to dive of the deep end with this one, I thought I would publish it separately, so those interested only game mechanics could just look at that.

Reading the strange fate of "Axes and Anvils" has put me in a just do it sort of mood. A long ago promised and kickstartered game. Its principal, Mike Nystal has long ago fallen silent. However he has tag teamed in Andrew Shields of Fictive Hack to finish the project. Andrew has created a wordpress blog, and from the list links has assembled enough text to make a decent game (although having not been sucked into the kickstarter, I cannot actually view the content). When last we heard from Andrew the game was still in playtest (although that was 2015). My advice to Andrew JUST DO IT! Assemble what you have into a .pdf send it to the backers and be free of it! If you put it for sale on Drive Thru RPG you might even make enough money you could send out the hard copies you promised people. Honestly folks, although nice artwork and slick layout are nice to have, for me what matters most is that I have something in my that I can game with. If you are spending more than six months on layout you are wasting everyone's time and for gods sake don't tell me you need a professional, almost anyone can do a pretty decent layout just using Microsoft Word.

In the "just do it spirit" the final part of my converting Darkest Dungeon characters to Old School Hack will appear about five minutes after this post.

P.S. I should mention that Andrew Shields Fictive Hack blog is one of the most active Old School Hack related sites on the internet

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

News from the Underdark *Updated*

A quick update. Somehow my players adventure tonight involved duking it out with three sharks for the remains of a plesiosaur, and then schlepping 800 lbs of plesiosaur meat on a sledge made of plesiosaur bone through the underdark in a direction they hope leads back to the surface. Good times!

*Update* Illustration Courtesy of She-Who-Must-be-Obeyed

Monday, May 2, 2016

*News Flash* Rulenomicon Updated

The Rulenomicon page has been updated. I got all the names of my new rules pasted in. Even got the formating to be more of a table. However, no new reviews or links yet. That will have to come later.

Enjoy! ;)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rulenomicon Update a Start

Sorted all my roleplaying rule .pdfs so there is one folder per game. Then I generated a list of names. There are 536 discrete games in the list. Just in case that wasn't enough I have an additional uncounted number of microgames in the folder 1KM1KT and zip file 24hr2012. Clearly updating my Rulenomicon page is going to take a while. Here's the list:

13th age
1974 Rules
52 page
A Song of Ice and Fire
abc
Abstract Dungeon
Accordian Files
acirema
Adventerers Tale
Adventure Fantasy Game
Adventure Time
Adventurer and Troll
Adventurer Conquerer King
Adventurers
Adventures Dark and Deep
Adventures Fantastique
Adventures in Fantasy
Adventures in Oz
Adventures in the New Kingdoms
Adventures under the Laughing moon
Adventuring Party
Aetherianca
Age of Shadows
Ages past the Incan Sphere
Agon
Alchemists of Pwang
Alienor
Altus Adventum
Amazing Roleplaying
Amberos
Ambition_&_Avarice
Anarchy
Anima Prime
Apocalyptia
arcanis
Arduin
Argyle and Crew
Army Ants
Arrghh bottom Sound
Arrows of Indra
Ars Magica
Artesia
Artifact
Aspyrias
Astonishing Swordsmen
Avalyn Quest
Awesomesauce
Azamar
Back to the Dungeon
Balrogs and Bagginses
bandits and Basilisks
Bandits and battlecruisers
Barbarian Prince
Barbarians of Lemuria
Barebones Fantasy
Baron Munchausen
Barons of the West
Barony
Basic Fantasy
Battle Axe
Battle masters
Battle Tech
Beast of Limfjord
Beasts and barbarians
Beat to Quarters
Bethorm
Beyond the Gates of Antares
Beyond the Wall
Beyonder
bIfrost
Big Brown Book
Blackmarsh
Bleake Rebelion
Blood and Bullets
Blood and treasure
Blue Ocean
Bluehomles
Breachworld
Break the Ice
Brickmasters
Brimstone
Broadsword
Broken Urthe
Brushfire
Burgs and Baliffs
Burning Wheel
By this Axe
Cadwallon
Card
Cartoon Action Hour
Cave Adventures
Caverns and Cavaliers
Chain reaction
Chainmail
Challenger
Chaos&Barberie
Chaosium
Chimera
Chivalry and Sorcery
Chronicles of Cathura
Chronicles of Skin
Chronos LARP
Chuubos Marveleous Wish Granting Engine
circe
Circle of Hands
Clash of Arms
Clockwork Empire
Cog Wars
Colors of Grey
Conjectural roleplaying gamemaster emulator
Corporia
Creatures and Caverns
Creeks and Crawdads
Crimson Blades
Crimson Dragon Slayer
crone
Crumbling Epoch
Crypts and things
d20
d20warheart0.95draft
d6
dagger
Dangers and Dweomers
Dark Dungeons
Dark Eye
Dark Horrors Hidden places
Dark Passages
Dark Realms
Darkest Age
Dark_Camelot
Dawn of Worlds
Delving Deeper
Demon the Descent
Demonlord
Destiny
Devil John Moulton
Dinky Dragons
Divvy in thr Dungeon
Djarhun
Dogs in the Vineyard
donjon
Dragon Sword
Dragon Warriors
Dragoons
Dreamwake
Drowning and Falling
Dungeon
Dungeon Crawl
Dungeon Crawler
Dungeon Delvers
Dungeon Escape
Dungeon Kind
Dungeon Raiders
Dungeon Slayer
dungeon Squad
Dungeon Teller
Dungeon World
Dungeoneer
Dungeons
Dungeons and Drunkards
dungeons daring
Dungeons the Dragoning
Duty and Honour
Dying Earth
Early Dark
East Mark
Elder Scrolls Table Top
Eldritch Ass Kicking
Elegia
Empire Galactique
Empires
encounter-critical
Endless Fantasy Tactics
Engines and Empires
Entropic Gaming System
Epees et Sorcerile
Epic
Epic Heros
Era
Errant
Esteren
Eternal Contendera
Exemplars and Eidolons
Exiled in Eris
Explore
Explorers and Exploits
Fabled Lands
Faith and Demons
Fallout
Fanstastic Adventures
Fanstastic Heroes
Fantasia the Book of All Knowing
Fantasy Core
Fantasy Hero
Fantasy Saga
Faraway Land
FATE
Fate of the Norns
Fate Worse than Death Rentpunk
Fear No Darkness
Feeria
Fighting Fantasy
Final Fantasy Roleplaying
Fire and Sword
Five Moons
Fluxborn
Flying Swordmen
Fog of War
Forest of Doors
Forgotten Futures X
Freebooters Fate
Fubar
Fugue
Full Metal Plate Mail
g core
g20
Gates and Gorgons
gauric
Geasa
Glimpse the Beyond
Godchild
Gods and Minions
Gods and Monsters
Goetia
Gold and Glory
Golden Age
Gothic Earth
Gray Magik
Grey Six
Greybook
Grim World
Gromm
GURPS
Hackmaster
Hakkenslash
halberd games
Haldane
Hand of Fate
harn
Hellas
Heroic Fantasy
heroquest
Heros against Darkness
Heros and Other Worlds
Heros Journey
Heros of the Dungeon Crawl
Heros of the Jade Oath
Hither Lands
Hollow Earth Expedition
Holmes Blue Book Companion
Hoodoo Blues
How to host a dungeon
Hulks and Horrors
Humanspace Empires
Hungarian RPG
Impresa Express
Incarnate
Ingenium
Insight
Into the Dungeon
Into the Odd
Into the Wasteland
Iron Age
Iron Falcon
Iron Kingdoms
Iron Sword
Ironhenge
Jaws of the six serpents
Jorune
Judges Guild Universal
Kalibruin
Karma
Key
Kids DnD
Kobold Midgard
Labyrinth Lord
Lady Blackbird
Lamentations of the Flame Princess
Legend
Legend of Anglerre
Legend of five rings
Legend of the wayfarer
Legend Quest
Legendary DnD
legendary quest
Legends
Legends of Anglerre
Legends of the ancient world
Life and Times of a Teenage Socerer
Loadstar
Lone Wolf
Longshot
Longsword and Shield
Lords of Gossamer and Shadow
Lost City of the Dwarves
Lost Empires
Lost roads of Lociam
Lost Worlds
Lowell was right
MADS
Maelstrom
Mage the Ascension
Magenta
Magitech Wars
Mass Effect
Masterbook
Matter of Honor
Maze of Torment
Mazes and minotaurs
Mazes and Perils
Mecha versus Kaiju
Mechanical Dream
Medical Bay Three
Michtim
Microlite
Middle Earth Adventure Game
Middle Earth Roleplay
Mini Six
MMM
Mod
Modern Adventures
Modos
Moebis Adventures
Monkey
Monster Box
Monsters and Magic
Monsters and Mazes
Murder Hobos
Mutant Chronicles
Mutant Scavengers of the Ruined Earth
Mutt
My Life with Master
Myth
Myth and Magic
Myth Weaver
Mythender
Mythic
Necrocarcerus
NeoClassical Geek
neoexodus
Neon Sanctum
New Kingdoms
Night of the Barrel
Nights of the Crusades
Ninja
Nobilis
Nordic LARP
Northern Crown
Novus
Octane
Old Dragon
Old School Hack
Omnifray
One Dice
Oni Puncher
Open Quest
Orbis Terrum
Order of the link
Original Edition Delta
OSRIC
Other Role Playing Games nook
Otherkind
Ouroboros engine
pandemoniam
Pandora London
Pars Fortuna
Pendragon
Peregrine
Peril
Perilous Worlds
Phaethos
Pirates and Privateers
Pitch
Planet Eris
Platemail
Pnumadesi
Pocket Things
Pokemon X
Polaris
Prince Valiant
Prose Descriptive Qualities
Prowlers and Paragons
Pulp Karma
Puppetland
Qalidar
Qin
Queeste
Questers into the unknown
Questers of the Middle Realms
ra kickstarter
Radio Show
Raiders of the Ruins of Kanthe
Rakune
Raven Crowking
Razor Coast
Reality Changing Game
realms of Adventure
Realms of Bethica
Realms of Lore
Recon 6
Red Box
Refuge in Audacity
Reign
renegade
Resolute
Retro Phaze
Retrostar
Rhune
Riddle of Steel
Risus
Roal Armies of the Hyborean Age
Robot menace
Roguish
rolemaster
rules.txt
Runequest
Runeslayers
Ryuutama
Saga
Saga of the Splintered Realms
Sarps
Savage Swords of Antor
Savage Worlds
Scarlet Heros
Searchers of the Unknown
Second Dawn
Secret Fire
Septimus
Seven Voyages
Shadow of Yesterday
Shadowrun
Shakhan
Shinobi and Samuri
Siege perilous
Simple DnD
Simple Game System
Simple Sixes
Simplicity
Six Fist fuls
Sixcess
Skein
Slight mistake
Small but Vicious Dog
So now youre a time traveller
Something went wrong
Sorcerer
Sorcery and Super Science
Space fight
Spawn of Fashan
Spears of the dawn
Spellcraft and Sorcery
Spellcraft and Swordplay
SPG
Spooky Four Things
Stars without number
Starship from hell
Steel and Flame
Sticks and Stones
Storymax
Strange magic
Strange Trails
Strike Force
Strip DnD
Sundrah
Super Repo
Swift Swords Underworld
Sword and Board
Sword and Shield
Sword Lords
Sword of Abandon
swords and sorcery
Swords and Storytellers
Swords and Wizardry
Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonsque
Tarnhlems Terrible Tome
Team Renegade
Tenocha
Tetsubo
The System
Theorems and Thaumaturgy
ThowiGames Simple Roleplaying System
Tianxia
Tibet
Tier
Timless
Torch and Sword
Torchbearer
Totems of the Dead
Tranchons and Traquons
Traveller adventurer
Treasure
Treasure Awaits
Troll Babe
Tropes
True20
Two Worlds
Unchained Heros
Under the moons of Zoon
Underworld Kingdom
Universalis
Until Dawn
Untold
Unwritten
USR
Village on the Hill
Void
War of Ashes
Warlock
Warrior Rogue Mage
Warriors and Wizards
Watch the World Die
Wayfarers
wayfarers song
Weapons_of_the_Gods
Welcome Minions
Westward
Whats Old is New
White Star
Wield
Wild Talents
windhammer
Wizards and Warriors
Wolsung
Wonder
World of Darkness
World of Fire and Sand
World of Urtusk
World of Warcraft
Worlds Apart
Wyrd
Yarcfin
Yggdrasill
ZeFRS
Zenobia
Zounds
Zweihander

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