The Lost Age – They Came From the Lake, Session 1

Can I just say that I’m a bit giddy? That’s right – “giddy!” Last night I started what is really the first campaign I have begun in earnest in at least a decade. I’m GMing. My two kids are among the 9 players playing and the rest of the crew is populated by the family…

The Lost Age – d12 Folks in the Zumka

As I work more and more on the Zumka… this marketplace in the middle of the Lost Age with a porous form of reality, I wondered at some of the people the PCs might find there when they arrive and walk its winding ways. If you roll a d12, here are some of the people…

Taboos in Storytelling at My Table

Like many folks, I have been watching Game of Thrones this season (Season 5) and have hit a few points where I’ve had to struggle with my own sensibilities. The last couple of episodes have really tested my limits as far as those taboos. But it’s made me wonder a bit at the various lines I try to avoid in my own storytelling and campaigns… And I could only come up with two.

Keep in mind that these are MY taboos and though they may be shared by other folks, they may not. Obviously George R.R. Martin is ok with many forms of violence in the world of Game of Thrones and the TV producers have certainly taken that to heart.

Also keep in mind there are spoilers ahead, so if you don’t want any GoT Season 5 secrets to be unleashed before you’re ready – stop here.

Fiction Friday: The Cost of Darkness – A Tale of The Zumka

The darkness breathed as the young lady entered. She was positive she felt the hairs on her arm rise and fall in an unseen wind. But she was not put off by the strange vibe of the place. She was on a mission. The priest at the door had explained the ritual before she entered.…

Find out who is in your random evil cult!

Imagine this happens in your game… Your party has quietly taken out a handful of guards on their way into the complex marked on the map and approaches the two huge double doors artistically decorated with gold filigree. As your thief puts his ear to the door, he hears the mumbling of many voices and…

Cults and Cultists: Teeth of the Dragon

This weekend I finished up Insta-NPCs #9: Cults and Cultists (available tomorrow – June 9!) and came up with a couple more cults to share. I’ll leave one as a surprise for the book, but wanted to talk about the “Teeth of the Dragon” because I think it’s kind of cool! Size: Gang (100 members)…

Fiction Friday: The Temple Stands Empty…

The temple stands empty, yet breathes with each breeze blowing through its open doors. Though the inside is dark now, it wasn’t always so. Long ago there were torches, people, and worship within these now dusty halls. But if you stand very still, you can her the screams from more recent events. It began innocently.…

Cults and Cultists: The Confederacy of Five Points

We have time for one more cult this week, so I was able to roll a few dice on the tables in Insta-NPCs #9: Cults and Cultists to come up with these elements to play with: Size: Horde (48) Commitment: Hopeless Leadership: Committee (5) Teaching: Philosophy Focus: Service Isolation: Private Dress: Natural Descriptor: Secret This…

Cults and Cultists: The Sisterhood of the Long Summer

Ready for another interesting cult?¬†Using the tables I’ve come up with in Insta-NPCs #9: Cults and Cultists, I rolled up the following collection of terms to explore: Size: Marginal (6) Commitment: Passionate Leadership: Small council (3) Teaching: Sales Focus: Supernatural Isolation: Public Dress: Natural Descriptor: Fervent And I ended up with this fun description that…

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