Aliens & Asteroids: The First Public Playtest, Pt 5

Over the last few posts, I’ve discussed how one two hour session went at Petrie’s Family Games as the first public playtest of Aliens & Asteroids. And honestly, I think it went really well. It went so well in fact, we’ve had three more playtest sessions with a variety of players (and John was in…

Aliens & Asteroids: OSR-style Scifi Ranged Weapon Revised

Last week I brought up the ideas I had about a Pulse Rifle for Aliens & Asteroids. Some of it I liked, some of it I didn’t, and I asked the studio audience for help. Well, I got some great ideas, so I want to thank some folks: Felbrigg Herriot Alan McLin Alan Bahr John Goodwin…

Stranger in a Strange Land, continued

As I continue my adventures abroad, I’ve been forced to see the world through a bit of a different lens. Back home we live in a relatively flat world, spread out across the land at a few stories above the ground at most. Here I’m seeing old and new mixed everywhere, with height and deceptive…

The Revenge that Binds…

Continuing my work with Revenge of the Serpent Queen, I’m always struck by the incongruity of getting PCs to go one way or another in a campaign world. The world of Lost Age Adventures is not quite as organized as something like the Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms where you have some fairly major…

Google Maps Is A Secret Cache of World- and Story-building Secrets

Yes, you read that headline right. Secrets. Right there in front of your very eyes every time you use Google Maps (or Apple Maps or any other map apps). WHERE ARE THE SECRETS? I’m getting to that. First of all, pull up a local map of your house in your favorite mapping app. Zoom in…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 22

Today we’re going to do something a little different… When I saw the announcement for a gorgeous Haunted Mansion map from the folks at Heroic Maps show up in my e-mail box, I knew it served a perfect opportunity to bring a number of things together… First, I love the work the Heroic Maps folks…

Round-up: What’s in the Hole? (June 2014 Blog Carnival)

As you might have noticed, June has ended, which means it’s now time to gather together all the cool posts that folks wrote for the “What’s in the Hole?” RPG Blog Carnival! And boy are there some cool ones! Monsters, maps, and much much more! In each case, be sure to not just stop at…

Inspiration from a book plate?

Hi there! Sure, we all love books and maps for inspiration… (BTW, check here and here for some great maps!) But did you ever think of book plates as inspirational for a game? I sure as heck didn’t. And yet, there’s this great post that does just that – covering bookplates from late 1400s to…

RPG Review: Kingdoms of Kalamar: City Map Folio

As a GM, it’s nearly impossible to get by without a few maps. Sure, you can come up with a village on the fly, or maybe a 5-room dungeon, but cities are sometimes tough to design at the drop of a hat. Not only are there landscape concerns, but population, location, general disposition (friendly or…

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