Roll-Your-Own-Adventure (Adventure Outline Maker – Sci-Fi Edition – from Ennead Games)

If you’ve read any posts here at the Moebius blog, you know I like random tables. I like making them. I like rolling on them. And I used them all the time to help me come up with ideas, flesh them out, and add what Vince calls “the Fitz touch.” Another friend in the RPG…

Naming the Nameless

We all know that names have power. As GMs, we leverage names to invoke feelings of dread, comfort, and security… A few examples… Ravenloft evokes images of dark, Poe- or Lovecraft-inspired evils. The Forgotten Realms evokes the ideal of a storyteller’s paradise, full of places to discover and explore with a history. And the Shire……

What’s in that shiny box?

Though most of my articles deal with generating ideas for encounters, NPC, or place descriptions, I’m thinking this approach could also be used to help create some unique treasure parcels for our heroes to find. Things beyond the traditional “bag ‘o’ gold” and “big heavy chest.” So let’s start with sizing our box (roll a…

Little Spaces: Shipwrecks is Now Available!

Sailing anywhere in a fantasy campaign must be a scary proposition with as many times as characters are attacked by pirates, sea monsters, angry deities, horrible storms, or who knows what else… So whether your PCs end up washed ashore in a wreck or they stumble upon the remains of someone else’s wreck, it’s a…

Infinity Loop: A Side Excursion into Random Generators

Some of you may know that in my day job, I’m a software engineer and have been programming using the Java language for over a decade. In that time, I’ve always wanted to play a bit with JavaScript and the web side of Java but never had an opportunity to do so until this week.…

One Spot #1: The Painted Man Is Now Available!

Welcome to The Painted Man… A great place to grab a drink, shoot the breeze, and relax for a while! The Painted Man himself may greet you at the door or the friendly barmaid may catch your eye and bring you a drink. Don’t forget to try the stew! Just don’t sit in the corner where mysterious…

One Spot #0: Hand’s Goods Is Now Available!

Welcome to Hand’s Goods… A place to find preowned items of all shapes and sizes, for a negotiable price. Mr. Hand isn’t the cheeriest of folk, but he’ll make sure you pay a fair price or get fair worth whatever you choose to sell. This is the first in a new series of short (2 page),…

RPG Blog Carnival: Life and Death in RPGs… – Pt. 1 – Life

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival topic is Life and Death in RPGs (see here for the kickoff article) and shockingly enough in the insanity of my last few weeks, I have some ideas to share… Let’s start with Life, and then we’ll work on Death in the next post. For me, “life” in RPGs is…

Book Review: D-Jumpers Volume #1: A Gate to Adventure from DVOID Systems

When Da’ Vane (Christina Freeman) dropped me a note about the first D-Jumpers product from DVOID Systems, I was definitely intrigued. Da’ Vane is another of the folks going through Yax & Johnn Four’s Gamer Lifestyle Project. She started in April 2010 and in six months has released a book with help from Ouroboros I (Sebastian . . . → Read More: Book Review: D-Jumpers Volume #1: A Gate to Adventure by Da’ Vane of DVOID Systems

RPG Review: Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots To Inspire Game Masters

Have you ever found a sandwich that’s so big, juicy, messy, and full of sandwichy goodness that you can’t figure out where to start eating it? That’s kind of what happened when I grabbed a copy of Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots To Inspire Game Masters by the authors of GnomeStew.com. This book should be like…

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