Showing posts from 2012

Free Pirate Resources for Your Game

First, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Merry New Year and all that jazz. Second, over at the Piazza's 3e forums, Nate Christen announced that in celebration of the third anniversary of his d20 Pirates blog , he's compiled all three years of posts into three PDFs for download . Although created for 3e, these adventures, encounters, and assorted resources are worth idea mining for any RPG. I heartily encourage you to visit his blog and download these bad boys. And here are direct links to his downloads: D20 Pirates Blog 2009-10.pdf D20 Pirates Blog 2011.pdf D20 Pirates Blog 2012.pdf Character Sheet Addendum.pdf Stop by Nate's blog and say thanks!

A Question for All You Booklet Makers

Okay you guys out in DIY OSR land: which long reach stapler do you recommend for booklet making? I'm finally getting around to printing out a lot of PDFs into table-ready booklets and want to staple these bad boys. And maybe I have a special project or two up my sleeve, too. So, which stapler do you recommend? EDIT: Okay, so Geoffrey recommends this one: But then take a look at these: Which one would you get?

A New Zine Has Appeared

DwD Studios has released a new zine, Decahedron Magazine , for their BareBones Fantasy RPG . Not to be confused with Dyson's Dodecahedron , DwD's Decahedron features material from a handful of fans and from the creators of the BBFRPG, Bill Logan and Larry Moore. What do you get? A totally random d100 table with no theme beyond "description" that is a nice thought exercise but otherwise totally useless in play, a new spell, a few house rules, a creature, and a character race. In other words, a mixed bag. But. . . But what really makes this zine worth downloading is a sweet little island-based adventure by Matt Jackson , "Cavern of Kul'Thoru", which centers on a hydra lair replete with lizardman underlings. Matt provides a few story hooks to make the game suitable for any campaign, too. Those of you familar with Matt's work on his own zine, Lapsus Calumni , and his series of Moleskine Maps won't be disappointed. And those just discovering

Updates to The YGDOtNH

The ever creative Chris Cree l has fleshed out areas 11 through 16 of Community Project #2: The Young Green Dragon Over the Next Hill . Areas 18 through 22 and areas 29 through 45 still need some love. Come on by and fill in those blanks! Once my semester is over and winter breaks begins, I hope to get to my backlog of PDFerizing projects' most notably, the first community project and the first issue of RENT ASUNDER! need to be finished. My goal is to get both of these out before the new year.

I Have Found the Rock Anthem for the OSR!

Lads & Ladies, I present to you "Dungeon Hustle" by Mississippi Bones: "Dungeon Hustle" by Mississippi Bones Bring on your goblin hordes and band of orcs, hulking zombies and kobolds. No gnoll or troll gonna slow me down oh no. Dodecalicious ever vicious. Oh so many possibilities when I swing. Armor class won’t mean a thing 'cause again and again, every time my friend the outcomes always the same. I roll the die of 20 sides and cleave your ass in twain. Because I’m rolling 20s like a 68 Impala. AC doesn’t matter, critical damage from my war hammer. I throw the big 2-0 against every single foe and they’re crushed by the force of my mighty blow. I lay em low, yeah I lay em low. There’s a bugbear down there, I ain’t scared. Gelatinous cube, split in two, reduced to ooze, I can’t lose. Go ahead, boy, make your move, 'cause you're all fodder for the slaughter, Don’t need no modifier to compensate. It’s too late, icosahedrons

Horrifying Dungeon Trios Proven to Evoke Terror in an Adventuring Party


Sorry for the lack of interesting posts

I've been swamped at work. The semester is coming to an end and I am swamped in with paper grading. I teach five college-level writing courses a semester and it is easy to get behind in grading, especially when I'm grading research papers and annotated bibliographies, where I have to check sources and such. Software such as help catch the obvious plagiarism cases and flag a lot of questionable use of sources, but I still have to read and check and grade everything myself. Thanksgiving was a good chance to play catch-up, but even with a week off, I was only able to get the annotated bibliographies graded--well, that and a whole bunch of small assignments from my Digital Narratives and Creative Writing classes. So. I am behind. And feeling uncreative. And not spending a lot of time online. Or working on projects. But that will change with the Christmas break (three weeks to go!).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick post to say Happy Turkey Day!

D&D-ish Webcomics

Look over here at this new page on my blog!

Today is My Birthday. And also Donutmas.

image courtesy of James Stowe


Maybe you haven't heard of the new search engine DuckDuckGo . But here's one of its cool features: it can roll dice. Yes, you heard that right.  Go here to learn more . FYI, Google can't do this. Yet.

OWLBEAR!, part 4


OWLBEAR! part 3

If an Owlbear and a Bearowl interbred, what would we call their offspring ?

OWLBEAR! part 2

The Original Owlbear & his creator, the mad Sorcerer Guvner Lugosi the Blind


Yeah, they totally got it on back in the '70s. And the result was this:

Free D&D-ish Webcomics You Should Be Reading

The Clandestinauts SideKick Quests Marvin the Mage Got more? List them in the links. And please, no Elfquest .

Magical Monstrosity Press

If you haven't checked out this website yet, what the heck are you waiting for? Magical Monstrosity Press

Learn to Write and Play RPGs for $1,420.00 per Credit Hour, Plus Fees!

I really wish I could teach this class at the University of Southern California (links to a PDF): Game Studies Seminar: Role-playing Games Note: the dude is using the FLAILSNAILS conventions in class ! (note: the cost per credit hour info is from this here PDF)

Hârn: Dark Rethem

If you havent' been keeping up with what's going on over at, the official portal for all things Hârn, then you might have missed this work of "fanon" (fan canon): Dark Rethem What we have here are 15 downloads for a 3-part adventure arc, with the promise of a 4th installment in the future. There are lots of great stuff to mine for other fantasty adventure games in this series. Seriously, go check it out.

The 2000 Coin Dungeon

Consider this my 2¢. Weaver Bob's Hole A Map & Key That Might Not Fit But Any DM Worth His/Her Salt Can Make It Work KEY Room 1 The area looks average compared with other sections of this place. Tossed around the area are a gold music box worth 2000cp, a dagger hilt, a painting of a city, pottery shards scattered around, and a brass spoon +1. Located inside the gold music box  is a white cloth sack containing 2000pp / 2000gp / 2000ep / 2000sp / 2000cp. Room 2 The area is pretty unextraordinary at first glance. Throughout the area are rusty metal pliers, bent metal ladle, a corroded brass dented shield, 3 blank scrolls, a corroded iron pail, and an iron kettle. Room 3 The area has a stillness in the air with an average temperature for the area. You can make out a loud splintering sound coming from somewhere. Throughout the area are purple thread (50 feet), useless quill, mat, cracks in the floor, blue pillow, 6 bent brass hooks

I Really Wish I Knew French So I Could Read This


Novos Akros = Omegakron

Whoa. Check out this stuff inspired by Lords of Creation , Tom Moldvay's rpg from back in the day! Go check this out: History of Novos Akros from Steve Felix on Vimeo . And then check this out (it's ambient electronica; be forewarned!): Novos Akros by Novos Akros Now how cool is that? Man, I would have LOVED to have seen this movie!


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Dungeons & Dragons Supplement V: Playboys & Bunnies

James Mishler said it a few days ago . About this . So I pulled all the images into a PDF . You're welcome.

*this post contains 100% shameless self-promotion

I was one of the winners of Trey's Weird Adventures contest! Awesome. I did not expect this. I struggled to come up with something, and was inspired at the last minute with a gonzo idea . I knew there would be a lot of creative adventure seeds submitted (I read all your blogs!), and from the brief descriptions of a few entries Trey offers, it sounds like the judges had a tough time coming to a decision. I was surprised my entry was selected as a winner because it is just so far out there. I mean, giant pygmy pigeon golems made of bird poop? That has "winner" written all over it, right? Right?!? Yeah. I'm looking forward to the eventual publication of the Weird Adventures Companion , whenever that might be!

Turn Any Web Page Into an .epub or .mobi File!

So, remember when I stumbled across the little button that will turn any web page into a PDF? Today I've got another neat little trick for you along the same lines. Here's a web service with a browser button that will turn any web page into an epub file suitable for reading with iBooks or on the Nook OR a mobi file for reading on your Kindle. Be sure to read the directions (mostly in the green boxes on that web page) to learn how to install it on your bookmark bar or directly on your blog. I'm not going to add this to the blog right now, however, as I don't want to add anymore cruft. Instead, I keep this in my bookmark bar and use it to turn articles and posts into files for later off-line reading--for example, the short stories posted on . Still, I thought it was worth sharing.

Another 1981 Flashback!

Back in January, I posted two files by WEBMikey that were assembled from images posted on his Flickr account . Lads & Ladies, today I have another treat from WEBMikey's photostream! Today, I give you a file compiled from another of his photosets : The Golden Scepter of the Trollfens & Other Miscellaneous Juvenilia Written when the author was in 7th grade, this is full of DIY goodness, including some great sketches and NPC lists. Most of the module is here, along with several pages of unrelated hand-drawn maps, new monsters, and some great monster sketches. Be sure to check out that centaur! This PDF is image-only, and weighs in at around 30MB. I took the original file scans posted by WEBMikey, pulled them into a PDF, and then compressed the PDF to 150dpi. This should be good enough to read on screen. Enjoy! And if you do enjoy stuff like this from back in the day when our hobby was enjoying its largest growth spurt, be sure to check out the THE HABITITION OF TH

Goodbye, Old Friend & Resource

Looks like Huge Ruined Pile has been hijacked by a blog spammer (and really, you shouldn't click that link). Sigh. Another good blog with lots of resources has disappeared into the electronic ether. The good news? Scott had moved his blog to awhile back. Still, the old posts will be missed.

I Got Your Swingin' Bachelor Pad Right Here

So you're playing Top Secret or Marvel Super Heroes or Mystery Men! or Villans and Vigilantes or ICONS and you need a bad-ass bachelor pad for your suave master spy, playboy secret identity, or lecherous evil villian. I got you covered: This is a scan from a 1961 or 1962 issue of Playboy . I don't know which issue; I just stumbled across this link. Dig that cross-section! And the text describes the pad enough that it's almost playable right off the page. Add some treasures, hidden weapons, a secret passage or two and you are good to go. BONUS LINK! Here's a site that provides a virtual fly-through of the house!

An Old School Kickstarter We Should All Support

GREAT GOOGLY-MOOGLY! THE HABITITION OF THE STONE GIANT KICKSTARTER!!! The fine folks at PlaGMaDA-- The Play Generated Map & Document Archive --are running this campaign to raise funds of a book collecting homebrewed adventures from back in the day. Although I host both PDF and CBZ versions of Habitition of the Stone Giant on the downloads page , I am not affiliated with this Kickstarter in any way. I heartily encourage you to sign up and back this awesome project!

Scooby, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

This morning, Dave over at The OSR Library posted a fantastic write up of a Scooby-Doo adventure for Savage Worlds. This baby has it all--a spooky mansion, Old Man Smithers, zombies, and pre-gens of the Scooby Gang and write-up for the Mystery Machine. And he even has a playlog of his first run through. Go check it out! I liked it so much I threw the adventure minus the playlog into a Google Doc. You can view it and download it here . If Dave asks me to yank it, I will.

Three Videos You Must Watch

1. Knights of Cydonia, by Muse: 2. Roland, I Feel You, by Get Well Soon: 3. Italian Spiderman, by Alrugo Entertainment: *props to S.P. at How to Succeed in RPGs or Die Trying for links to the first two.

My entry in Trey's Weird Adventures contest

Trey over at From the Sorcerer's Skull is running an adventure seed contest that ends today. Here is my entry: Flesh-eating Golems of the Pigeon King The roofs are alive with the sound of screaming! The Set-up: In a shabby part of the city, the PCs are startled to see a small child carried off into the sky by a flock of birds. The child's hysterical parent begs for help. As the PCs investigate, they find that a deranged association of pigeon fanciers have built a series of interconnected pigeon lofts, perches, and flypens on the rooftops of an entire block in order to house a bizarre creation: Pygmy Pouter Golem Pigeons . Crafted from dung and magic, the flock feeds on the flesh of children during unspeakable worship ceremonies. Vera Cruz, the city's Building Inspektor, has been trying to take down the Underground Association of Pigeon Enthusiasts for the past six months. She has a Code Enforcer on the inside under deep cover. If the PCs cross Cruz or blow her a

Things I'm Working on When I Have Time to Work on Them

You know what's still unfinished? THIS. Please add your cool shit to this community project. I'll be adding some later today this weekend. Let's see if we can get this done over the weekend. The Book of Lairs III and IV . Yes, these are the top priority. 2 years overdue. Man. . . The OSR BLOGOSPHERE MONSTER PROJECT . The file is complete. I just need to edit it, organize stuff, etc. I haven't forgotten it. A compendium of all the cool shit I've posted on the blog--tables, magic items, etc. In progress. . . THE ZINE . I've got all the content, I just need to put it all together. Let's just call this one delayed a bit. I was hoping to have it ready as a sort of a "back to school special" but it looks like it'll be a Halloween special at this point. I had this weird dream about a swamp-themed adventure/encounter/module/sandbox. It had something to do with an evil wizard in his tower enslaving frog people who worship a giant

A Little Something For YOU.

The Great Khan is having a One-Page Dungeon Contest . The theme is "vikings". Here is my entry: click to embiggen You can grab a PDF of this thing here .

Best DM Screen EVAR!

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Zandor, Tara, Dorno!

Oh, Sniderman's Thundarr supplement for Mutant Future is cool & all (as are his con modules ), but I also like the original mutated future cartoon heroes: The Herculoids ! So does Tim Hartin of Paratime Design . And you can find his write-ups of most major and minor characters and creatures on his website by clicking right here . You're welcome!

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GO NOW and check out the illustrations at this blog:

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Note: Removing Some Files From My Dropbox!

EDIT: The files have now been removed. Back in March, I made around 500MB of fan-created campaign materials available for download via my Dropbox account. At the time, I said I would leave those files available for a week or so. And then I promptly forgot about them. Until now. I'll be removing the files this weekend. I've had them up for a while, so if there's anything you want to grab, get it before Friday, August 31. Here's the link: Big Honking Archive of Free, Fan-created Campaign Material Of course, if you join Dropbox via this referral link , and then install and set-up the Dropbox program on your computer and/or smartphone or tablet, you can increase my storage space so I don't have to take this offline . . .

Awesome New Tool at

Go check out the Hex Map & Gazette r Generator at With a click of a button you get a hex map and location list of major points of interest! This makes for an awesome prep tool, or a creative aid to get your campaign creation juices flowing. Here's the output from my first click of the button. Note that I didn't write a lick of what follows between the horizontal rules—it's all generated. click to embiggen An old battlefield, a major conflict once occurred at this site. The site is haunted by the spirits of the fallen. A ford provides safe crossing here. A toll of 11cp must be paid to cross. Erestir is ruled by Lord Ighammo the Broad-backed, who consorts with a Copper Dragon whom the populace adore. Roughly half of the population is devoutly neutral, with the remainder vigorously opposing this philosophy. Predominantly human, dwarves make up only 4% of the population. The city is fearful, due to the turf wars between a larg

How to Make a Bunch of d6s

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Download Links Fixed

I have finally updated all the download links on past posts to point to files in my Dropbox account. I've also updated the downloads page . If you come across a broken download link, let me know and I'll try to fix it.

Happy Happy Joy Joy

I'm so glad all you OSR bloggers are back from GenCon. My RSS feeds are once again populated with cool stuff to read.

RPG Zine Update/Roundup!

A few new zines I've discovered in the past month or so: & . The names Dungeon and Dragon were taken, so what was left? I'm unsure if this name is pronounced "and" or "ampersand", but either way it's worth checking out. Frontier Explorer , which focuses on Star Frontiers . Star Frontiers is still my favorite old school space ruleset from back in the day. Yes, even over Traveller. A Letter from Los Angeles ,  a new one-sheet zine from Christian Walker that focuses on "a pair of friends who served together in Viet Nam and have remained close. They cruise around in a pimped out 1977 Dodge van, breaking hearts and slaying monsters." The Planewalker's Codex . I never understood Planescape, but evidently a lot of people do. And they've churned out a really cool zine, too. PocketTroll , a new microzine for Tunnels & Trolls . Psychedelic Fantasies , a new zine/module thingy from Geoffrey McKinney, the mad genius behind th

My Mailbox Overfloweth!

Behold the Paper Hydra! Top row, left to right: Wizards Mutants Laser Pistols #2 A Letter from Los Angeles #1 Psychedelic Fantasies #1 Bottom row, left to right: DELVE! #1 The Manor #2 CRAWL! #3 The Veiled Invocation LOVIATAR #12 Now I have enough gaming-related reading material for the month! Thank you, OSR!