Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dee-Deedly-DEEEEE!!! Fight On! #13 Magazine is OUT!

The newest issue of the freshest old-school rpg mag is available on Lulu.  Behold, below, the Table of Radness/Contents:

Table of Contents
The Swashbuckler (Calithena) 3
Elves as Green Men (Walt Jillson) 4
Variant Kindreds (Age of Fable) 5
Grognard’s Grimoire (Erin “Taichara” Bisson) 6
Cantrips Gone Wild! (John Laviolette) 7
Battle School (Ken St. Andre) 10
Mysterious Laboratory of Xoth-Ragar (Alex Fotinakes) 15
Knights & Knaves (Andrew “Venomous Pao” Trent) 22
Creepies & Crawlies (garrisonjames) 25
Artifacts, Adjuncts, & Oddments (Hudson Bell & Cal) 27
Slaughter in the Salt Pits (Gabor Lux) 28
The Library of Karvu Naudra (Jason Vasché) 33
An Unfamiliar Encounter (John Larrey) 36
The Goblin Market (Richard Rittenhouse) 40
Bonus Tables (Jeff Rients) 45
What is this Monster Scared Of? (Dustin Brandt) 46
Fruiting Towers (Patrick Wetmore) 47
Tricks & Treats (Andreas Davour & Wayne Cayea) 58
Mythal (Calithena) 61
The Tale of an Egg (Baz Blatt) 69
The Darkness Beneath (Makofan) 78
Champions of ZED (Daniel Boggs) 98
In the Shadow of the Catskills (Michael Curtis) 111
Scramp! (Richard Rittenhouse) 116
Education of a Magic User (Douglas Cox) 120
Top Tips for Tunnels & Trolls (Big Jack Brass) 121
Doxy, Urgent Care Cleric (J. Linneman & K. Green) 122

Front cover by Liz Danforth. Back cover by Ravi Shankar ( Fight On! logo by Jeff Rients. Ken St. Andre illustration by Mark Mena. Interior art and cartography by Anthony Stiller (3), Alex Schroeder (3,16,19,81,85), Ndege Diamond (4,15,18,22,23,64,94,117), Michael Pacher (4), Tom Gordon ( ~tgordo: 6), Kelvin Green (7,43,122), Black Blade Publishing ( 8), David A. Ullery ( 9,10,11,12,14,22,24,27,31,33, 35,56,66), Brian Mangino (20), Toren Atkinson (thickets. net/toren: 20,59,69), Richard Jean LeBlanc, Jr. (21,86), OSRCon ( 24), garrisonjames (hereticwerks. 25,26), DEI Games ( 26), Hudson Bell (27,106,107), Gabor Lux (29,30,32), Jason Vasché (33), Liz Danforth (34,77), John Larrey (37,38, 102), Kevin Mayle (44), Kevin Vito (47,51), Patrick Wetmore (48,53), Kesher (50), Lawrence Raymond (60), Jennifer Weigel ( 61,67), Baz Blatt (72), Greengoat (73), Patrick Farley (74), Robert S. Conley ( 78), F.C. Brandt ( 84,91, 119), Lee Barber (91, Creepies & Crawlies logo, Knights & Knaves logo), Jason Sholtis (99,110), Philp H. Smith (112,113,114,115), Katje Romanov (119), Douglas Cox (120), and Peter Schmidt Jensen (121).

Monday, November 21, 2011

Portal in the back of the Trolls' water closet?

This is where it takes you:

Props to whomever created this image.  It's the bomb.  (Or after the bomb, tee hee.)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Rules Cyclopedia and OD&D

Here is a very interesting quote I discovered from Dave Arneson.  In his opinion, it appears, Rules Cyclopedia "Mentzer" D&D still qualifies as "OD&D".  Though I realize there are many legitimate differences, and each player or DM has his own reason for making distinctions, recent play of B/X and AD&D 1e support Dave's grouping.  I find that, at least according to the aspects I'm interested in, B/X, Mentzer, Holmes, and OD&D feel almost the same.  AD&D, on the other hand, has a distinctly different feel.

Here's the quote:

 Re: If you could own only one game, what would it
« Result #8 on Mar 2, 2009, 9:02pm »

D&D Rules Cyclopedia. I has almost everything set down for an OD&D game.
Harold Johnson is to be highly praised as the one responsible.

Dave Arneson
"Dark Lord of Game Design" 


Thursday, August 4, 2011


One of the PC's in my Lost Continent campaign owns a hawk whose name is Mahawkma Gandhi.  We have gotten more fun mileage out of that fact than out of some of the dungeons I've created.  D&D is awesome.  That is all.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dungeon Master Impartiality - Players, please read!

I'm really glad somebody else explained this: DM Impartiality.

[...trying really hard not to write a bunch of ideas here that would just muddy the waters...]

Excellent post, Al.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Holmes Reviewing Moldvay D&D

Just in case you're interested and didn't see it, this is an awesome post of Dr. Holmes' (of the Holmes edition of D&D) review of the "new" Basic D&D set edited by Tom Moldvay.  B/X is still my favorite iteration of the game and it's fascinating to hear a predecessor discuss the changes that distinguish it.  If you love B/X, or just classic D&D in general, check it out.

Holmes Discusses B/X

Oh Snap! It's the new Fight On! Magazine #12

Yes. It is here, and it's got the science with the fantasy.  The following is copied straight from Calithena's post because it's kinda late and I'm pretty buzzed:

Mutants! Androids! Robots! Pure Strain Humans! Fight On! is back, with another 88 pages of gut-wrenching, laser-pulsing, fist-pounding action! Rules variants, tables, adventures large and small, science fiction and fantasy, races, classes, monsters, spells, magic items, NPCs, history, opinion, and lore can be found herein! Featuring art and articles by Mark Allen, Ian Baggley, Lee Barber, Erin "Taichara" Bisson, Daniel Boggs, David Bowman, Simon Bull, David Coleman, Fat Cotton, Michael Curtis, Liz Danforth, Ndege Diamond, Ron Edwards, Kelvin Green, Tim Kask, John Larrey, John Laviolette, Lester, Gabor Lux, Heron Prior, Jeff Rients, Chris Robert, Zak S., Alex Schroeder, Jason Sholtis, Tim "Sniderman" Snider, Jennifer Weigel, and this issue's dedicatee James M. Ward, alongside many others! If want to take your FRP experience to the next level, don't delay - buy this issue and Fight On!

The print version is available here:

and the PDF is available here:

To encourage you to check us out, we have put two other products on SALE along with the release of Issue 12. These prices won’t last forever! The Fight On! Compiled Compilation +4, combining our first four fabulous issues under one cover, can currently be purchased for $19.99; and Roll the Bones, our well-reviewed collection of fantastic fiction, is available for just $14.99. We’d be honored if you checked one or both out!

The compilation is available here:

and Roll the Bones is available here:

If you buy by the end of the day TOMORROW (July 15), you can save even more on all of these – lulu is offering a site-wide discount of 20% off everything with the coupon BIG (BIG305AU, BIG305UK for some foreign readers), making this one of the best times to check us out for the first time or check back in if you’ve missed a few issues! While you’re at it, check out some other lulu gaming products – there is a ton of good stuff on there from all kinds of producers.

Thanks for your interest, and whether you pick up an issue or not, keep fighting on!

Table of Contents
Champions of ZED (Daniel Boggs) 3
Fast Company II – Nonhumans (Schroeder & Shieh) 11
It’s All in the Cards (Michael Curtis) 12
The Tomb of Kaman-Doh Rey’d (David Coleman) 17
The Apen (Andrew “The Venomous Pao” Trent) 20
Geologians (Tim “Sniderman” Snider) 22
The Witch Doctor (Scott Moberly) 24
Knights & Knaves (Barber, Green, Rients, & Cal) 25
Grognard’s Grimoire (Erin “Taichara” Bisson) 27
The City State of Dusal Dagodli (Gabor Lux) 28
The Darkness Beneath (Heron Prior & David Bowman) 32
Education of a Magic User (Douglas Cox) 44
Doxy, Urgent Care Cleric (J. Linneman & K. Green) 45
Sir Tendeth (Tim “Sniderman” Snider) 46
Creepies & Crawlies (T. Snider and Jeffrey P. Talanian) 60
Monstrous Ecology (Ron Edwards) 63
Random’s Assortment (Peter Jensen & Random) 64
Curses Gone Wild! (John Laviolette) 65
Artifacts, Adjuncts, & Oddments (Jason Sholtis) 67
Treasure Types (Simon Bull) 68
Dungeon Modules: The Rondo Rooms (Jeff Rients) 69
Pigdivot! (Chris Robert) 72
Where the Action Is (Zak S.) 80
Merlyn’s Mystical Mirror (Gabor Lux & Jo Kreil) 84
Notes from a Master (James M. Ward & Tim Kask) 86

Front cover by Mark Allen ( Back cover by Kevin Mayle. Fight On! logo by Jeff Rients. Jim Ward photos by John Sapienza, Jr. and Breck Ward. Interior art and cartography by Jason Sholtis (4,9,21,67), OSRCon ( 6), Fat Cotton (7,80), (10), Anthony Stiller (12,64), Black Blade Publishing (blackblade 13), Liz Danforth (15), Hudson Bell (16), David Coleman (17), Netherwerks (netherwerks.blogspot. com: 18,42), Lawrence Raymond (18), Ndege Diamond (19,33,40,47), Lester (22,60,61,86), Centers for Disease Control (24), Kelvin Green (25,45,65), Lee Barber (26,51, Creepies & Crawlies logo, Knights & Knaves logo), Alex Schroeder (27,34), Gabor Lux (28,29,30), Antonio Sant’ Elia (31), Robert S. Conley ( 32), Heron Prior (37,48,51,52,53,57), Bronze Age Miniatures (bronze 41), Douglas Cox (44), Tim “Sniderman” Snider (46), DEI Games (, 46), John Larrey (54,63), Ian Baggley (62), Jennifer Weigel (69,74,79), Matthew Howerter (70), Kevin Mayle (72), Greengoat (75), Peter Schmidt Jensen (83), Henchman Abuse (henchman 84), and F. Douglas Wall Publishing ( 85).

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Xenoscript Transvisualizer

Found within the navigation suite of a spaceship lodged in a dungeon, the Xenoscript Transvisualizer is a piece of Pahreen technology that allows one to read alien text.  To use the XT, one simply mounts it on the noggin, lowers the transvisualizer visor, and examines the text in question.  A turn must be spent on examination, but no roll need be made to decipher the script, the sense simply transfers to the wearer's consciousness via invisible ideation rays (yeah, that's right).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lost Continent Session 33

(As of late, I've been waffling on whether to post write-ups of our Lost Continent sessions, knowing that I have never really done this before and most anyone reading it would be jumping in mid-story.  Well...I decided to go for it anyway.  Those who find them tedious can easily skip the posts, and it will serve its main purpose well: helping me and my players remember what happened when, and remain recollected when the details of the campaign proliferate.)

Session 33

Bellor Ruthenia, 5th level Moravian Shieldsman
Zoe of Zoe, 5th level Colonist Thief
Tune of Santa Monica, 6th level Stranger Sorcerer
Itchy of the Brotherhood of the Dawn, 7th level Colonist Cleric
Shaan Solo, 7th level Colonist Bounty Hunter

The party has been working out of Pentastadion for the past few months, adventuring professionally as "The Company of the Belching Dragon".  They have taken on odd delving jobs outside of town and under Pentastadion itself, and have attracted the attention of one of the powerful Syndics.  Her attendant, Rolando Blackman, recently negotiated with them, and they contracted to do a practice job: to explore and map a newly discovered underground complex accessible only through the cellar of a brewery in the warehouse district of Pentastadion.

The last session (32) found the Company venturing through the strange hidden door behind the brewery's mash tun again, descending a long stair and exploring what they would discover was the Den of the Thief Kings.  They cautiously moved through several decrepit rooms until they entered a small gallery with portraits hung on all the walls.  Two disparate figures stood on the far side of the room, stock still and unresponsive, staring at a large portrait of a human man.  Upon inspection, the two figures turned out to be a scruffy barbarian type, with pale skin and scant clothing, and a tall, thin, erudite looking man in a robe.  Both appeared alive and well, but completely still.  Tune judged them frozen somehow, perhaps by gazing at the portrait, and had Bellor throw a cloak over the painting.  They examined the rest of the room and found nothing, so as a last measure, Itchy called upon the power of Solus to banish any magical effect in the room.  In a flash of action, both men came to life.  The barbarian spun around and, seeing a sinister figure at his shoulder, stabbed the man in heart.  A tense standoff ensued between barbarian and adventurers while the robed man's life quickly ebbed away.  After attempts at communication proved futile, the party slowly backed out of the room and left the barbarian some space to leave safely.

More exploration of rooms followed, with the discovery of an empty lair and a shadowy altercation with foul humanoids resembling hyenas and covered with coarse bristling fur.  Arrows, plasma blasts and arcane bolts of energy flew back and forth, and several hyena men were slain.  The battle brought on fatigue, however, so the Company retired to a defensible room and locked themselves within for the night.

Session 33 began with the Company rising from a fitful rest in the small room.  Shaan smelled the odor of oil, while Zoe could hear several figures moving in the hallway outside.  Abandoning the better part of valor, Bellor threw open the door and Itchy charged into what he assumed was combat.  He guessed right and was able to engage the last two of the hyena men before they escaped down the hallway.  Itchy slew one, but the other shot a flaming arrow that brought fire licking all about the cleric's divine boots.  Itchy ran to escape the burning oil and Shaan sniped the last of the bestial fiends with a powerful blast of his plasma rifle.

The Company paused to catch its breath, then continued to explore the rest of the Den.  Among other things, they found a prop room used by an ancient thieves' guild.  Costumes and wigs filled numerous chests and wardrobes, but the main attraction was a raised platform set before a mirrored triptych.  A multitude of chains hung down with handles on them.  Itchy was the first to ascend the platform and pull a chain, finding himself immediately 30 lbs. heavier!  Disgusted but undaunted, he pulled again, and was rewarded with a Fu Manchu.

The Company moved on, encountering a shrine to Hermes wherein they gambled with the god, and other less exciting rooms.  (I can't remember anything else, honestly).

When they finished mapping the floor, they ascended the stairs and were immediately intercepted by Rolando Blackman's henchmen, who directed them quickly through panic-stricken streets.  Something was very amiss in the city by the sea.  But that's where we leave our party...

[I've forgotten big chunks of these sessions, apparently, and must set about fixing that by writing notes soon after the next session.]

Next installment: Panic in Pentastadion!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Something is weird on blogger...

The "Stats" section of my dashboard reports that I had 475 pageviews yesterday, and similarly high numbers for the past week or two.  Now, while that would be kind of cool, it's just not realistic.  I mean, very unrealistic.  Is anyone else experiencing this? 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Den of the Thief Kings: Prop Room

Last night we concluded an adventure where the party was tasked with mapping out a newly discovered complex below the city of Pentastadion.  The entryway was through an iron door hidden in the cellar of an abandoned brewery.  After descending a winding stairway, the party found itself exploring the Den of the Thief Kings.

Though not unusually creative in its design, one simple room turned out to be lots of fun (for both Labyrinth Lord and players, I think!):

Prop Room.   A thick burgundy curtain covers the walls of this room, but more importantly it is filled with a multitude of wardrobes and chests.  Each wardrobe and chest contains various costumes and clothing, jewelry and accessories, mostly of low quality but accurate appearance.  They are ratty and moth-eaten, for the most part, and have no value.  At the far end of the room is a large polished metal mirror in triptych, with a platform to stand on and a series of handles hanging by chains from above.  If the handles are pulled while a character is standing on the platform, a random effect is generated:

Roll d6
Skin changes color.
Hair style changed.
Random facial hair.
Gains/loses d4 x 10 pounds.
Grows/Shrinks d6 inches.
Eyes change color.

The room was used several centuries ago by thieves on the lam.  One quick stop in prop room gave them a disguise with an added twist: a permanent change of appearance.

One of the players tested it out and immediately gained 30 pounds.  He then laughingly tried again--Fu Manchu facial hair! We determined also that one of the NPCs would be goading into trying it also.  An already large warrior, Bellor Ruthenia instantly grew another 4 inches taller.  Russian accented complaints about trying to [Yakov Smirnoff's voice]"fit into peasant bed already big hassle!" ensued.

Good times.

(By the way, there is a hilarious table of Random Facial Hair in one of the issues of Fight On!, written by Jeff Rients, I believe.  I can't remember which, though.  Anyway, this room would put it to excellent use.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Under Pentastadion

To Itchy and Tune,

Here's a little map I put together from what I knows and what my buddy Treddo's herd.  I thot you guys could use the help and you've always been big tippers.  Let me know if you guys ever wanna hear some more stories about all those twisty places under Pentastadion.


(Thanks to Dyson for the map making lessons he's posted!)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Robotic Arm and Plexiglass Skull Flap

This is what I randomly rolled when one of the party's NPCs got "repaired" by the little tin men in a recent adventure.  They roam the ancient halls of the underworld picking up and repairing discarded life forms (dead or dying people and monsters).  As they are quite ingenious in their use of the scrap material at their disposal, they often provide extremely unique solutions for replacing the original "equipment".  Often they will drug and pick up an adventurer trying to sleep off his injuries, only to place him back where they found him after they finish their work.  Many a dungeon explorer has found himself thus: awakened as if out of a dream, possessing a slinky-like spring where his mangled foot used to be.

Tin Men
(No. 1-3; AC 6; HD 2; ATT 0; Dmg Nil; AL L.)

These 3' tall tin men are made of hollow pipes and have a hollow, cylindrical torso with a hinged door on the front.  If opened, a small, visible wisp of green or blue mist moves rhythmically within.  Of mysterious origins, they wander the halls of the underworld, seeking "broken" lifeforms to "fix." They will readily help any creature they encounter, regardless of alignment.

Random Repairs (d10)
1. Robotic Arm
2. Clear Fiberglass Breastplate (replaces skin; organs visible)
3. Rubber Tentacle-like Appendage
4. Subcutaneous Metal Plate
5. Wooden Hand (completely wired for movement)
6. Permanent Stone Helment
7. Plexiglass Skull Flap
8. Wooden (workable) Ear
9. Metal/Electronic Forearm that emits Heavy Metal Guitar sound effects once/hour
10. Kaleidascopic Glass Eyeball

The Mysterious Laboratory of the Magi Xoth-ragar

This is coming soon.  We played through it and had a blast, so I'm thinking of posting it up on the blog somehow (this will take some technological fumbling on my part).  Anyone have advice on how to post something that 8 pages or so?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fight On! #11 Available Now

Another issue of my favorite fanzine just came out: Fight On! #11.  For those of you who haven't seen an issue yet, it always comes through with a tremendous amount of great inspiration.  I read these issues over and over and frequently have a copy on the table while we game.  Below the links is the table of contents for this issue.

You can buy the print version here:

and the PDF version here:

Table of Contents
Level Limits & Monstrous Protagonists (John Vogel) 3
Sylvan Elves (Scott Moberly) 4
Vampire: The Delve (Calithena) 5
Sword Priests of Humakt (Baz Blatt) 7
Ducks, Dragonewts, & Draala (Jason Vasché & Cal) 10
The Barbarian King (Gabor Lux) 14
Knights & Knaves (Kristen Lee Knapp) 25
Have Sword – Will Travel! (James A. Smith) 27
Scrolls Gone Wild! (John Laviolette) 28
Grognard’s Grimoire (Baz Blatt) 29
Tables for Fables (Age of Fable) 30
…and three more: (Jeff Rients) 32
Creepies & Crawlies (Erin “Taichara” Bisson) 34
Caverns of the Sea Hag (David Coleman) 37
Education of a Magic-User (Douglas Cox) 44
Doxy, Urgent Care Cleric (J. Linneman & K. Green) 45
Sir Tendeth (Tim “Sniderman” Snider) 46
Artifacts, Adjuncts, & Oddments (Erol Otus, Jason Sholtis, Jennifer Weigel, & John Hitchens) 52
Cavern Adventuring (Calithena) 54
Of Dungeons Dreaming (Sean Wills) 57
Twelve Free-Standing Tombs (Geoffrey O. Dale) 58
Pernicious Undercroft of Dark Matrimonies (L. Barber) 61
Handy Tables for Hexcrawling (Alexey Fotinakes) 63
On Fantasy Chronography (Del Beaudry) 67
Heroquests (Steve Marsh and Calithena) 70
The Darkness Beneath (Matthew Riedel) 72
Bust-up at the Moon and Parrot (Baz Blatt) 81
Doomquest (Scott LeMien) 86

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

No Labyrinth Lord Tonight

Instead I'm writing up clinical progress notes.  I feel like the kid in front.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Megadungeon Design: Mega-Mini-dungeons

Okay, here's an example of what I was talking about the other day: a megadungeon made up of lots of minidungeons.  The difference, for me, is that my normal megadungeon would have lots of long corridors and generally intersecting areas.  Nasty monsters would lair in a certain area, of course, but there wouldn't be as many areas that were structurally distinct.

On the map below, there are basically three mini-dungeons that articulate at certain points.  This reflects the fact that they are all on the first level below the sewers of an ancient city on the Lost Continent.  Over a couple thousand years (or 10), many cults, government agencies, guilds, etc. have carved out their own areas, often using an abandoned area as an entryway.

In meta-gaming terms, my players can explore a certain area and end with what we have started to consider the perfect mixed emotion: the feeling that you found a new area and explored it's eldritch secrets, while also realizing that the dungeon is far larger and stranger than you could imagine, and that there're still countless hidden hallways and forgotten chambers deep below.

Anywhoo, as I mentioned before, I'm sure this is not new to some.  It represents a nice insight for me, however, in that it's one of the best types of knowledge: those that come from actual play experience and communal realization.

Here's a crappy map:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

For those who are wondering...Classic D&D and Labyrinth Lord

I've recently noticed that I get quite a bit more traffic on this page than I would expect.  And I suppose it's because I talk about D&D and lots of people my age are searching the internet to see what's become of their estranged friend, old-school D&D. 

So for those interested in Old School D&D, I recommend a clone that you can download free as a PDF.  It's called Labyrinth Lord and is an excellent emulation of the 1981 version of D&D edited by Tom Moldvay.  The one that looks like this:

You should get back into gaming!  Remember how simple and fun it was?  It still is.
Get Labyrinth Lord free here: 1981 D&D!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Megadungeon Design: Honeycomb Hideouts

I've been fascinated with Megadungeons for a long time, reading all the great blog posts and forum threads on this adventure-site/play-style/philosophy and mulling over all the possibilities.  I have a megadungeon placed on the Lost Continent, in fact.  The party adventured there quite a bit and it was pretty rad, even.  But we've also encountered a sticky issue.

My players are not that excited about exploring just for the sake of exploring.

They like to have particular reasons for going into some deathtrap, for one thing.  They take their roleplaying pretty seriously--not in terms of making weird voices or wearing costumes, but in regards to making decisions in-character rather than as a player.  By that I mean, Brian wants to be able to come up with some reason why Shaan (a deadly, but soft-hearted, bounty hunter) would want to wander down into a dark place where demons eat kittens and wait for larger meals.  He doesn't need much reason, mind you, but something either he creates or I create.

One easy fix for this is the utilitastic Megadungeon Missions Table by Al over on Beyond the Black Gate.  I've used this several times to generate a seed for an adventure.  I'm lucky that my players follow hooks like a googler follows hot elven chicks.

So, partly in response to the style of adventuring we do, and partly because of how I like to draw maps, I'm experimenting with a new type of megadungeon: the honeycomb hideout.  This might not be new to others, but it's different than what I've done before.  Basically, it's a megadungeon made of numerous interconnected mini-dungeons.

Lo, verily I say unto thee...scanned, badly drawn dungeon maps will follow.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Under Qatar: The Eldritch Vault

"You know the door to Hades is in my cellar, right?"

The old man laughed recklessly, wheezing between each breath in a way that made my lungs ache.  He feigned humor, but in his eyes I could read the nervousness.

"Lo, I've been down there but three times.  Once as a child, jess lookin' at the big door.  Agin as a young man, fightin that curiousness until the pee ran down my leg warm and full. Hehehee.  The last time, though, I leaned real close...and damned if that door didn't bulge out, all creakin' and warpin'.  Like it was dying to open for me.  Beggin' to have me come within..."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Qatar, the Whispering City

Just at the edge of the Great Desert squats a strange city built around an oasis.  The water is hardly more than a large mud puddle, and sandstorms turn the sunlight into an odd purplish glow upon the sickly clay dwellings.  But desert dwellers flock there nonetheless, for there is black cacti growing all around the Whispering City.  The visions gained from the powdered cacti's use are very popular among the empty headed as well as the greatest of magi.  In fact, people have flocked to the site for centuries, a fact attested to by the layers of ruins upon which the city is built.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Billy Ocean Pelvic Thrusts into my Gaming Session

So another session of the Lost Continent was kicked off with an amazing video, brought to us by our host Brian (the player behind the bounty hunter Shaan Solo).

You'll love this one from the moment that Billy Ocean turns into a 4-sided die in the first 20 seconds of the video.  For fun, try to count the number of pelvic thrusts he busts out.  I get the distinct impression that somebody just said, "Look Billy, put this vest on and sing the song; we'll take care of the rest."

Friday, February 25, 2011

Blog Update! "Playing D&D with Special Ed Service Providers"

Dang, I got smacked with some creativity today!  Not only did I draw a dungeon, but I also thought up a totally original new "look" for my blog!  (Now I just need actually to write some worthwhile posts...)

No, but seriously...Did you read his post on D&D as an example of the picaresque novel?  The man is like a freaking D&D scientist.  Loved it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hall of the Fallen: Arthur the Fighter

And so passes into legend Arthur the Fighter:

Bold and eager for Adventure, Arthur climbed the dizzying heights to the Keep on the Borderlands.  He impressed the Castellan immediately when he interrupted his conversation with the Captain to offer the services of a trained warrior (and rolled a really good reaction roll).  Just at that moment the Castellan had been describing the foul hooligans who had lately been entering the keep, looking only to quaff ale in the tavern and lounge in the common room.  "Where shall I find a man stout of heart and eager to quench his thirst for renown by slaying dark creatures?", he asked.

"I'm down", replied the hero.

The hero thus ventured forth into the black caves of chaos, in search of goblin heads (worth 5 gp a piece) and a lost expedition in need of resupply.  He found them and mounted a successful attack against a group of guards.  But alas, the second contingent they encountered (he and his retinue of uncoordinated torch bearers) was much craftier, summoning forth with a sack of ill-gotten gold the furious Ogre.  Spears flew, goblins screamed, torchbearers cried, and blood flowed.  The dirty goblins died or fled, but still the Ogre pressed on, receiving blows but dropping meatshields, nonetheless.  Finally, when hope seemed to return, the cruel Ogre rolled a natural 20 and his knobby club showed Arthur the way to Valhalla.

May he rest in peace.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Some Awesome in Your Face

Each time we play Labyrinth Lord, our host likes to treat us to a little something to get the flow going (and not just beer).  One night it was the intro to Zombie Land, an exquisite montage of hilarious doom, knit together with the quilt of awesomeness that is "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica.

I thought I'd share the video he used to get us pumped last Thursday.  Plug it into your speakers, for heavens sake!