Things in the Dark Wrap-up – March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival

We kicked things off back on March 1st with a simple call for the RPG Blog Carnival, inviting the community to write about the “things” lurking in the dark. Maybe a creature. Maybe an encounter. Maybe an item. But whatever it was, shed a little light on it and share it with the world. After…

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: Void Cubes

Sometimes the dark hides things so well that we can’t see them at all. We all know that some things hide in the shadows, but what hides behind the shadows? A while back I came up with the idea for a Void Cube. Imagine something along the lines of a Gelatinous Cube but made of…

Things in the Dark Kickoff – March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival

The darkness. For as long as we’ve been conscious as a species, we’ve tried to chase it away. From the flickering light of a torch and bonfire to today’s daylight-mimicking electric LED bulbs, the goal is always the same… achieve the relative safety of daytime so we can see what’s coming out of the dark.…

Where to find the Vile Witch (RPG Blog Carnival – Garbage and Sewers)

The Vile Witch is at home in the muck and detritus that are the product of a civilized settlement. These creatures are marginalized and tossed away like the garbage they live in, lurking in the shadows and plotting ways to get their revenge. They like nothing more than to dirty up the clean and tidy…

Stormy Weather (RPG Blog Carnival, April 2016)

The April 2016 RPG Blog Carnival is all about Weather in RPGs and it got me thinking about how I might use weather in my own games. The first thing that popped into my head however was the song “Stormy Weather,” sung in the early 1950s by Billie Holiday. My brain automatically falls to music…

Gates and Portals: The Guardian Awaits

Once again I explore the RPG Blog Carnival topic of the month… Gates & Portals (hosted by Tales of a GM). This has been another fun topic to explore and today we’ll take a look at those guards protecting these doors, gates, and other portals through the realms… Guardians! As you arrive at the gate,…

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