Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TFT Kickstarter

New information about the upcoming TFT Kickstarter.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

More on the New Fantasy Trip

News, news, news on The Fantasy Trip front!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The New Fantasy Trip

Image result for melee cover fantasy tripI'm stoked about this.  The Fantasy Trip with Melee/Wizard is coming back. As I've mentioned before my roleplaying experiences started with Melee and Wizard.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Helms Will Be Dented!

I was thinking about helmets in White Box and other OSR games and how, for the most part, they are treated as window dressing.  Then it struck me.  I really like the Shields Shall Be Splintered houserule so why not apply it to helmets!  I hadn't run across it before.  

Image result for damaged medieval helmetI thought I had come up with something original but of course I hadn't.

My thought was that characters could negate the damage from a single blow by sacrificing their helmet.  The helmet would be rendered useless and the character would be dazed for 1d6 turns being able to only take defensive actions during that time.

I was excited until I started doing searches.  Of course others had thought of the idea.  Oh, well.  I like it and I think I will incorporate it.  It will make helmets useful and give characters a reason to purchase them is they so choose.

D&D 5e

I observed a group of friends playing a game of 5e a couple of weeks ago.  It was fun and interesting.  Their characters are all around 10th level and seemed pretty powerful to me.  They were in some kind of temple trying to stop some cultists from completing a ritual which included human sacrifice that they knew would have some sort of dire consequences though they didn't know exactly what.

Long story short, they inadvertently helped complete certain portion of the ritual, they killed a lot of cultists, a giant demon dude was summoned from hell through a portal and they defeated him by using some magic spell to push him back through and then sealed the portal.

I understood most of what was going on though some of the exact details went by me.  It all seemed fun.  My main criticism was that the combat took longer than I expected.  I don't know if that was just my perception, the particular encounter or if it is typical for 5e.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Open Basic: Retro d100 Roleplaying

Image result for d10 diceHas anybody seen this?  It's a free game by James Hargrove of Mystic Beard Games.  It's a very light, boiled down version of the Basic Role Playing system.  I haven't played BRP, Call of Cthulhu or any of their relatives but I have read the quick-starts.  People talk about how easy and intuitive the system is but it was never completely clear to me.  For example, I never quite understood the Resistance Table in BRPCall of Cthulhu was a little better but my poor brain just didn't quite grasp it.  I know it is my shortcoming not the systems.

Now we come to Open Basic.  This is completely clear to me.  I'm actually a little bit excited about it and want to give it a try.  And better yet it's got a High Fantasy Plugin for only 50 cents that I'm going to take a look at.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Blades & Black Magic is Back!

Artist:  Max Dunbar
Several years ago C.R. Brandon, author of Heroes & Other Worlds, was working on a grittier sword & sorcery version of HOW called Blades & Black MagicB&BM is based on HOW which in turn was inspired by The Fantasy Trip of 80s fame.  Thus, with the sword & sorcery focus and its pedigree, I was very much looking forward too it.  In fact I even listed it as the game I was most looking forward to in 2015.  Mr. Brandon had to put the development of B&BM on hiatus for a while but now its back.  He's working on it again, testing various aspects and tinkering with various mechanics.  And I 'm excited again!

You can see the latest developments at Mr. Brandon's Heroes & Other Worlds Blog.