RPGs that influenced me IV – d20 Modern

This was another big influence. Simply put, d20 Modern took a set of rules I understood (Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition) and tweaked them heavily (classes, occupations, setting), and I loved it even more.Maybe it was the idea of playing X-Files meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or the fact that the rules could more easily … Continue reading RPGs that influenced me IV – d20 Modern

State of Republic

So, a long, long time ago, when I lived in a different country that's not so far away, I wrote a post about running a D&D game in a Roman-style Republic. I've referenced it a few times in recent months. That last one is probably where this new idea was formed. There, and with my … Continue reading State of Republic

RPGs that influenced me II – Alternity

I'd been playing some D&D 2e for a while, and I knew that 3e was on the horizon. In the meantime, something popped up online from TSR that piqued my interest.I'd played Warhammer and 40K for years at this point, so seeing a sci-fi roleplaying game, I wanted to see what new fun things I … Continue reading RPGs that influenced me II – Alternity

Ginnungagap – a game of twenty questions

Another chance to flesh out one of my settings. This time we're a mercenary, somewhere on Midgard. Let's go to the Ginnungagap! What is the deal with my cleric's religion?You worship all the Gods, but one more than others - you know the sacred rites of Odin or Loki better than those of the other … Continue reading Ginnungagap – a game of twenty questions

Revisiting the DMG in 2020 – Flavours of Fantasy

As a sort of follow up to my post reviewing 5e after half a decade in print, this is a series that takes a look at parts of the DMG in 2020. I cracked open my physical copy of the Dungeon Master's Guide recently. It doesn't see a lot of use - I'd been running … Continue reading Revisiting the DMG in 2020 – Flavours of Fantasy

Sky Island Saga – a game of twenty questions

Another in the series of using twenty questions to bump up the setting information - this time we're looking at my swashbuckling romantic fantasy setting, Sky Island Saga. Last time I was a grumpy old dwarf, this time, I'll be a more helpful citizen of a Freehold. Hello traveller, new to the skies? You must … Continue reading Sky Island Saga – a game of twenty questions

Dream settings II – Inspired by others

I went to my drafts folder and found the prompt from my Dream Settings post still sat there waiting, which was odd because I was sure I'd edited the original post previously.Yeah, strange. So I started rewriting the post and then realised it all felt familiar.Here's some stuff I didn't cover last time though. As … Continue reading Dream settings II – Inspired by others

Spelljammer – Random tables

An old Web DM video about Spelljammer got me thinking about random tables, not least because Pruitt has never published the random tables he created for random encounters (please, please, please?). Basically, I sat down, watched the video a couple of times, had a go at finding Pruitt's sources, and built some of my own … Continue reading Spelljammer – Random tables

Story dice plot generator

A few years ago, I picked up a couple of boxes of story cubes - dice with fun pictures on them. The plan was to use them for random encounters specifically in my Ginnungagap setting, as I'd picked up both the medieval fantasy set and the science fiction set. Of course, as with many ideas, … Continue reading Story dice plot generator

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 29 – Ride

I've been thinking more about Out West, and since it's a Weird West setting, then it should including riding of various beasts of burden, right? But what should I use? I've been thinking of just using horses because it's easy and I don't have to worry about it anymore.I've been thinking about using some other … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 29 – Ride

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 26 – Strange

I'm guessing a lot of people will be talking about The Strange for this post. I have very limited experience with the Cypher System and none with the Strange itself, but I like the feeling of the setting, and how the game works. So why am I writing about this if I have no idea … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 26 – Strange

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 24 – Humour

I'm a big fan of humorous asides in games, or playing gonzo-style. And I've played a good bit of Paranoia, so gonzo is easy. I'm debating a gonzo game to be added to my work-in-progress campaign settings. Most of the ones I write are serious. But so far, I haven't come up with an idea … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 24 – Humour

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 17 – Comfort

I've seen a good few people part ways with D&D recently, and I completely get it. There's some real issues with the way it's being run and how things are being handled by the company that own it, but I haven;t managed to walk away yet. I've tried out a good few other games over … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 17 – Comfort

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 15 – Frame

OK, I'm going to take a moment to give you a quick rundown of my current Saurial/Planescape idea. It's only been a short while, but it's changed some. I may have added in some Spelljamming... Whoops! So, the current framing idea/elevator pitch looks like this: The PCs are wandering the Great Bazaar in Sigil. They … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 15 – Frame

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 8 – Shade

I've always been intrigued by the idea of Augmented Reality as viewed through a set of shades. Way back in the before, in the ancient times, the idea of mirrorshades was just to hide one's eyes from view, but gradually shades and spex innovated.We had Google Glass for a little while. When's the last time … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 8 – Shade

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 2 – Change

Times change, things change, rules change. It's weird that we'd have to spell that out. So, I'm going to ignore the pretty obvious 'changes in D&D' topic for now, since I've covered it recently. I'm going to use this prompt to look at different ideas I've had and how they might affect changes to stuff … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 2 – Change

Late to the party: RPGaDay 2019 prompt 29

"Evolve" It kind of goes without saying that over time my gaming style has evolved. The world around me has changed, I've changed, I've learned new things and done new things, so my games in 2010 would be nothing like my games in 2020. OK, maybe a bit alike. I'd still be running them, I've … Continue reading Late to the party: RPGaDay 2019 prompt 29

Late to the party: RPGaDay 2019 prompt 26

"Idea" I have a habit of leaping onto a new idea before I've finished with an old one, and then I end up with several plates spinning at once. Inevitably, stuff falls down and I don't actually notice. I've been going through my old draft posts and various notes folders on Dropbox and Google Drive … Continue reading Late to the party: RPGaDay 2019 prompt 26

Late to the party: RPGaDay 2019 prompt 5

"Space" Ah space. My old nemesis. I'll tell a couple of stories for this one I think. When I was working on the Ginnungagap, I started trying to think of justifications of why firearms might not do a lot of damage. My best answer was 'space'.If you're running around in a spaceship with some kind … Continue reading Late to the party: RPGaDay 2019 prompt 5

Draft One Page Campaign Opener – Invasion from the Netherverse

High school. Jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, outcasts. Study for the test, write essays, detention.Oh, and monsters walking the streets at night. It all started with some of the kids having fun and messing with an old book they found in grandma’s attic. Soon enough, someone says ‘Klaatu Barada Nantucket’ and we lose our job at the … Continue reading Draft One Page Campaign Opener – Invasion from the Netherverse