That Old Book Smell…

As gamers, I think most of us appreciate the heft of a good book in our hands. The feel of the paper. An appreciation for a well-made binding or spine… And that smell of an old book. That sometimes musty, always amazing smell of aged paper that for me evokes images of my youth and…

Infini-Troupe, 11-FEB-2015 – An Awkward Dinner Party

It seems these little explorations into the darkness of my muse are more than just characters, but characters and little bits of story as well. I like it! Today we have… Today’s Recipe: Mix and match from both Insta-NPCs #2: Quirks and Madness and Little Spaces: Fancy Meals Today’s Ingredients: “Walks on toes” and “Paranoia”…

Infini-Troupe, 10-FEB-2015 – The Haunting of Krieg House

Continuing the new effort I started yesterday, I thought I’d toss out another member of the infinite troupe of characters… Today’s Recipe: Mix and match from both Insta-NPCs #1: Motivation, Attitude, and Appearance and Little Spaces: Scary Basements Today’s Ingredients: Greed, Condescending, & Shaggy (IN1) and Touch, Taste, Print, Pinched, & Greasy (LS:SB) Today’s Setting:…

Infini-Troupe Beginnings

As gamemasters and writers of all kinds, our worlds are full of an infinite cast of characters well beyond what our players bring to the table. Who plays these myriad roles? Where do they come from? Where are they bound? “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 31

Today we focus on the last room on the first floor of the Haunted Mansion (Heroic Maps) (don’t worry – there’s a lovely little crypt on the property we’ll deal with separately next week). This room appears to be the study, complete with bookcases, a desk, chair, chest, and another fancy carpet. From what I’ve…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 30

We’re down to the last two days of my 31 Days challenge and the last two rooms of Heroic Maps’ Haunted Mansion (though I’m going to keep going to see what the full story becomes over the next few weeks). Today we go across the hall from the room with the cockeyed table and chairs…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 27

For the last few days we’ve been working through the ground floor of the Haunted Mansion map (by Heroic Maps) one room at a time. We started at the front door, followed a blood trail from the entryway into the drawing room, then found our way to the dining room yesterday. Today we find ourselves…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 26

Today we continue our investigation of the Haunted Mansion (one of Heroic Maps’ Halloween offerings) and enter one of the other key rooms of the first floor… the dining room. Like the drawing room we focused on a couple of days ago, this is another important area on this level. Three doors and a stairwell…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 23

Last time we described the front door of the Haunted Mansion map from the folks at Heroic Maps. What do you say we walk into the foyer to see what else we can find? Taking a close look at the map, there a number of things in the room we can use… A large vase…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 21

We’re down to the last ten days of this challenge and the dice just keep rolling… Today we’re back visiting Little Spaces: Gruesome Graves for some ideas. A few die rolls give us: Sense(s): Taste, Touch, Smell Descriptive element: Stone Sense descriptor(s): Broken, Uneasy, Rough Current state: New grave being dug And that leads to……

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