Things in the Dark Wrap-up – March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival

We kicked things off back on March 1st with a simple call for the RPG Blog Carnival, inviting the community to write about the “things” lurking in the dark. Maybe a creature. Maybe an encounter. Maybe an item. But whatever it was, shed a little light on it and share it with the world. After…

The Darkness Within (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

In previous posts for this month’s carnival I have spoken about different manifestations of darkness. Creatures. Places where it exists. Some folks have spoken about how to banish it by bringing light. Others have spoken about introducing it to your players to change the mood. This time I want to talk about the darkness within…

Purpose for the Darkness (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

Last time I offered a few ideas on a single dark room in the dungeon, but that got me thinking even further. What are the questions we should ask about those dark places to help inspire more thoughts about their denizens and the encounters our PCs might face in them? Even if we just take a…

Dark rooms in the dungeon (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

Recently I saw some discussion about the idea of natural light in a dungeon, which I honestly thought was hilarious. Unless there’s some sort of natural lighting by way of lava, bio luminescence, or somebody or something living there, the darkness usually doesn’t defeat itself by producing light. The cave doesn’t care if it’s dark.…

Checking in halfway through the carnival in the dark

On March 1st we kicked off the March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival with the topic “Things in the Dark” and have had a few cool submissions so far! Codex Anathema offered some fantastic suggestions on how to ramp up fear at the game table with “The Art of Fear.” Gonzalo offers all sorts of fantastic…

Things in the Dark: Void Cubes

Sometimes the dark hides things so well that we can’t see them at all. We all know that some things hide in the shadows, but what hides behind the shadows? A while back I came up with the idea for a Void Cube. Imagine something along the lines of a Gelatinous Cube but made of…

Things in the Dark: Science Fiction Edition (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

My head has been in the dark reaches of space for a while as I’ve been working on some materials for a WIP game — Aliens & Asteroids. Though it’s begun as a Mazes & Perils reskin, it’s definitely changing into something else. However, I digress… The void of space is a big place. And…

Things that go creep in the night!

How many people do adventures that involve creepers? This clip from a session goes with the RPG Blog Carnival topic this month about things that are hidden and in the dark. This article fits the theme and has a bit of humour involved. I decided that I would use another unique creature, which is actually quite…

Things in the Dark: Light Sources (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

It’s impossible to consider the darkness unless you have a source of light. As a species, we’re simply not equipped to see the types of energy wavelengths that other creatures can. It puts most humanoids at a disadvantage when exploring the dark places. So for this month’s blog carnival (exploring Things in the Dark), I…

Things in the Dark Kickoff – March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival

The darkness. For as long as we’ve been conscious as a species, we’ve tried to chase it away. From the flickering light of a torch and bonfire to today’s daylight-mimicking electric LED bulbs, the goal is always the same… achieve the relative safety of daytime so we can see what’s coming out of the dark.…

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