Candlekeep Companions

I spent a good part of February writing a supplement of NPCs for Candlekeep with Chad M. Lensch and Transparent Games. This is a tie in for Candlekeep Mysteries, since adventurers in theory find themselves at the keep at least for some of their time. It was a really enjoyable experience, and I'm very happy … Continue reading Candlekeep Companions

2020: A Year in Review

Here's a list of stuff I feel like is an achievement, given 2020 has basically been a write-off of a year! I've upgraded to a .com URL.It was a long time coming, and it took me the first six months of the year to make a decision and pull the trigger. I'm glad I did, … Continue reading 2020: A Year in Review

December worldbuilding prompts II

This time I'm going to focus on the lower half of the prompts. ReligionGodThe members of the Ascended Host are nearly omnipotent, but don't mistake them for infallible. They still hold all their flaws and desires from their mortal lives, for all their airs and graces.The Host are also not impossible to remove. The Garden … Continue reading December worldbuilding prompts II

December worldbuilding prompts I

I thought about writing something festive up, since it's Christmas Eve, and I did it with Halloween, but I've always felt Xmas specials can be a bit lacking, especially when I do them! So instead, I'm going to go through the December Worldbuilding Challenge I found, and write some stuff for it.All in one go! … Continue reading December worldbuilding prompts I

A Town Called Mud: The Haunted Mine

I've recently released my first DMsGuild product, an adventure called A Town Called Mud: The Haunted Mine. (You can get it for even cheaper if you pick it up as part of this RPG Writer Workshop bundle!)It's a Six-guns & Sorcery adventure for D&D 5e. That means there's a Wild West vibe to the whole … Continue reading A Town Called Mud: The Haunted Mine

Thoughts on the RPG Writer Workshop

For the month of November in 2020, I took part in the RPG Writer Workshop. For thirty days, I focused my creative energies of building, writing, testing and eventually releasing an RPG product into the world. (Find it here now, half price for December!) I'll be writing a couple of posts soon that focus more … Continue reading Thoughts on the RPG Writer Workshop

Halloween Special

Well, tonight is Halloween so I thought I'd write up something about it. I think we're all pretty familiar with the monsters and scares and stuff as a Halloween trope, but I wanted to look a bit more into what else is going on with this day of the year, where it came from, and … Continue reading Halloween Special

More site changes and a new challenge

If you've been paying attention to my site for a while, you might have seen a couple of tweaks recently. Here's what's changed. I've added a Resources section. I'm going to use this area for my Appendix ï section, a collection of links to great resources, and a new Downloads section.The downloads are a work … Continue reading More site changes and a new challenge

Old Stuff – Adding extra sensations

Another post from Troll in the Corner, this time from February 3rd 2012. There’s an important rule in GMing: show, don’t tell. Now, when you put a setting together, you of course tell the players various things, but once the game is in full swing, it’s obviously much more important to involve the players in … Continue reading Old Stuff – Adding extra sensations

Draft One Page Campaign Opener – Beyond the Pale

Centuries ago, the good people of the Commonwealth took ownership over the lands of the Pale by conquest and divine right. In the ensuing time, life has been good both for the people of the Commonwealth and the locals, with both seeing great strides in the cause of civilisation. Unfortunately, there are still those who … Continue reading Draft One Page Campaign Opener – Beyond the Pale

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

Old Stuff – Hooks, lines and secrets

This one first published on Troll in the Corner on 11th October 2011, my first post there. Over the past few months, I’ve been getting a lot more involved with my fantasy campaign setting project, working title Kingsmead. (Now known as the Old Crown)Getting into the setting meant thinking about the tools that a GM … Continue reading Old Stuff – Hooks, lines and secrets

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 31 – Experience

And that's the end of the RPGaDay prompts for 2020. It's been fun, and actually doing it in the right month (and the right year) has made for a nice change! I feel like taken together, there's less change to my games going forward than I ended up with after the 2019 prompts. No doubt … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 31 – Experience

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 30 – Portal

I think it's fair to say that I love a good portal in D&D (less so in Dresden Files, where occasionally you end up on the surface of the Sun). I've been taking a look through 6 Legendary Dungeon Doors from Dreadful Dungeons - that's the free preview supplement to Deadly Dungeon Doors.The book gives … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 30 – Portal

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 28 – Close

Well, I'm in the home stretch now and close to the end of this year's writing prompts, so it's time to think about what I'm going to write about once all this is over. Back in 2011 and 2012, I wrote a handful of posts for the website Troll in the Corner. I'd link to … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 28 – Close

RPGaDay 2020 prompt 27 – Favour

So since writing this, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything has been announced and I've read the blurb - possibly the mention of group patrons and 'perks' covers some of what I've written below. Let's talk a bit about patrons in D&D. No, not the ones for Warlocks. In Eberron - Rising from the Last War, the … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 27 – Favour

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 25 – Lever

I guess I could talk about the Leverage RPG? I picked it up for free of DrivethruRPG a few years ago I think. Maybe it was a Halloween freebie? (It seems to be gone from DrivethruRPG, so have a nice article about it instead)I heard recently they're bringing it back to TV after eight years … Continue reading RPGaDay 2020 prompt 25 – Lever

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