Masks of Power and Position

Had a strange thought the other day while I was watching parts of Thor: The Dark World and Gods of Egypt… masks seem to be underused items in roleplaying games. If you think about it, we see them in a ton of movies and TV. The Scream and V for Vendetta masks can still be recognized today, but even…

A Walk-through Example of Caveat Emptor

A few weeks ago we went through, stall by stall, the Medieval Market map from Dramascape to illustrate how to use the upcoming Insta-NPCs #10: Caveat Emptor product. But I really didn’t do more than glance over the process, so I want to rectify that now. In this example, we’ll use a traditional fantasy world…

The Lost Age – They Came From the Lake, Session 2

Wow. I love starting holiday weekends off with a bang. And gaming with friends and all their kids (9 players plus yours truly) was a ton of fun! You can read about the first session here… In the Beginning… We started this session where the last one ended, batting clean-up on the beach after saving…

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…

Letters from the Lost Age Campaign, Ichlyd Exchange

The following exchange was recorded in the Kingdom of the Open Waters, an undersea world populated by the Ichlyd peoples. Letter from Wheurr, Chief Advisor to Queen Anqua of the Open Waters: Your Majesty, For nearly a century we have attempted to find out what happened to the Taiqa clan following the devastating events of…

They Came from the Lake, An Introduction

Welcome to the fishing village of Nifton’s Inlet on Lake Feann where the Stors and the Adut rivers end. The strange lake with areas of fresh and salt water is known for its depth and amazing array of fish. It has long been suspected that it connects to the Tethys Ocean somewhere deep below, but…

Starting a Lost Age Campaign…

Of late, beyond working on The Purple Lotus (the third Lost Age Adventure), I’ve been pondering how to start a campaign in this world. I’m hoping you can offer some suggestions to improve it, but here’s what I have so far… (It’s long, sorry!) Introducing the World of the Lost Age The World of the…

Ten Hints about Coming Change in the Penned Forest

Far too often, the world around us changes slowly. But in the case of the Penned Forest, observant folks might notice a few things before the rest of the world. It’s been nearly 1,000 years since the forest was locked away and suddenly it appears to be gaining a life of its own. There have…

A Trip to the Doldrums

“Welcome to the doldrums,” said the captain. “We’ll be here for a while until the sea goddess laughs and creates a bit of wind to push us home.” We knew it was dangerous to travel into these waters this time of year. A few vessels always take the chance to shave some time off a…

Campaign Spark: The Penned Forest

At the heart of the Kingdom in the capital lies a forest walled off from the rest of the city. The forest has always been off limits, as long as anyone can remember. Penned away inside a short wall, the trees grow tall, but not overly so. They receive plenty of sunshine and rain in…

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