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: 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…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 25

As we continue working our way through the Haunted Mansion map from the folks at Heroic Maps, today we find ourselves in a wholly unremarkable room, passing through the door on the north wall (the wall to the left of the fireplace). It may be a simple corridor or a place for some storage, but whatever…

10 Hooks For Things in the Dark

As I continue work on the Big Book of Little Spaces: Haunts, I’m constantly coming up with new examples for plot hooks, events, and encounters… Here are ten I came up with over the weekend based on the elements list in Little Spaces: Scary Basements and expanded lists of sensory descriptors. Though you can’t see into the…

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