Dynasty Zero

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Your Inner Character

Your inner character:
Unaligned Dwarf Pit Fighter 

Who'da thunk?

Take the quiz here.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Crimson Blades

Simon Washbourne (yeah, probably my favorite game designer) has created a new sword & sorcery/dark fantasy rpg called Crimson Blades.  It is an old school OGL game based on his Woodland Warriors' ruleset and influenced by Moorcock's Elric and the magic system from Chaosium's Stormbringer.  I had the chance to scan the draft but didn't have the time to read it thoroughly.  And now he's gone and published it.  You can find it on RPGNow here.  For a low price too.  I'm excited and now I'm off to buy it.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Traveller or ....

Is it just me or is Traveller suddenly being discussed more on the blogs and on G+?  I seem to be seeing more posts and such about it.

Which is fine by me.  Between all the posts and showing my oldest son Firefly for the first time, I am really in the mood for some Traveller.  I got Traveller back in '82 I think.  (That picture.  Not my copy.  My books have rusty staples from a stint in storage and have the occasional grease stain from food.  The box top is flat and the box bottom is held together by yellowing masking tape.)  To be truthful, I didn't get to play it with a group that often but I got a lot of entertainment out of it nonetheless.  I spent hours rolling up characters (and watching some of them die [that's die as in death, not die as in dice]), creating subsectors and running a Free Trader between them solo, etc.

So, I reached for Traveller thinking it would be a good match for Firefly.  After all, I read that Jos Whedon had based Firefly on his Traveller campaign.  I fooled around with it a bit and started making a subsector intending to create a setting not connected to Traveller's official Imperial setting.

However, I've also been rereading and pondering Mini Six for the purpose of tweaking it for a sword & sorcery focused game.  (More on that in a later post.)  And what is tucked away in the back of Mini-Six?  A setting called "Perdition".  Firefly with the serial numbers badly filed off.

So, my conundrum is this:  Traveller or Mini-Six?  I think they would both do a fine job with a Firefly game but which should I choose?

I await your words of wisdom....

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sword and Sorcery Gaming Resource

I purchased the PDF of Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea awhile back when it was on sale for a good price.  I've only skimmed its 488 pages.  (What a behemoth!  But it claims its a type of S&S so what could I do?  I'm a sucker for S&S.)

Well, as usual when I get a new game, I poked around the publishers website a little.  I found a nifty Random Sword & Sorcery Adventure Generator on their Resources page.  The generator and a little ingenuity will get you an adventure on short notice.  It even helps with the title.  Best of all is that it is not system specific.  I believe I will be testing this with BoL.

You can find it on the North Winds Adventures website here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Had to Laugh

Saw this on the interwebs somewhere and I had to laugh...



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring has Sprung

And I realized I haven't posted in a loooong time.

A couple of quick things:

1.  There is going to be another what I guess you could call a retroclone coming out that I'm kinda excited about.  Why would I be excited about another retroclone?  Well this is being put together by Mr. Brandon (aka Fenway5).  I seem to have similar tastes as him and like both Heroes & Other Worlds and Rogue Space.  To make it better, Mr. Brandon's wife will be illustrating it and I like all of her artwork that I've seen.  He is calling it Peril and you can see the projected cover and get more info at his Sword & Shield blog.

2.  Speaking of Heroes & Other Worlds, Mr. Brandon suggested putting together a saltbox setting.  That's like a sandbox but based on islands.  I thought was a cool idea so I submitted something.  Unfortunately the project fell through.  However, it seems he will put my island in the next edition of Cauldron, his periodical dedicated to HOW.  Read about it here.

3.  I think this is a cool picture.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Egyptian Inspiration



Some random images from around the interwebs to inspire a Egyptians sword & sorcery game.

I inserted two photos that my wife took.  Can you tell which are hers?




































And, finally, one of the reasons warriors fight.