Monday, May 10, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
|This is just the stuff I've got in physical form, there's a ton more in PDF and waiting in carts.|
I bought Lamentations of the Flame Princess Rules & Magic in January of 2019, since then for the last two years I've been absorbing OSR material.
I've been gaming for 30 years, but I always played Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying, mostly Call of Cthulhu, because of the Satanic Panic of the 80's I wasn't allowed to played D&D. So I missed out on playing BX or AD&D, but I always wanted to. By the time I got into D&D it was 3rd Edition. If we wanted fantasy we played 3E, if we wanted sci-fi it was West End Games' Star Wars d6, and for horror Call of Cthulhu.
That was the rotation until I got sick of 3E and went exclusively to Call of Cthulhu, and Basic Roleplaying for everything else, from fantasy to superheroes. BRP is a GREAT system, its where we cut our teeth, but I was kinda getting burned out on it.
When D&D 5E came out I got into it because I still had an itch for classic D&D, or fantasy, that wasn't 3E. But after awhile I felt like 5E really had all the same problems as 3E, rules bloat, piles of expensive, heavy books, and it wasn't old school enough for me. I wanted death, I wanted resource management, I wanted hexcrawl! I wanted the players to have to think and work as a team. So, I turned to the Retro-Clones.
OSRIC, OSE, LotFP
I tried OSRIC first because I wanted old-school d&d, but 1E is clunky AF, even with the better layout of OSRIC. I wanted simpler, more streamlined, so I checked out Old-School Essentials, back when it was still BX Essentials. I really liked the smooth layout and easy reference, but it had race as class, which was so strange to me at the time. But I gave it try and found I kinda liked it. So I was debating which one to buy a physical copy of, and Lamentations of the Flame Princess won out because of the art and more mature theme, and it was readily available on Amazon.
So for the last 2 years I've become an LotFP addict, a Flaming Lamenter, or a Lamenting Flamer, or whatever. But the OSR is vast and varied. It's awesome for its compatibility and there are tons of awesome games out there. The OSR has rejuvenated my interest and participation in gaming. It's what I've been missing my whole life.
Here's a quick note on some of the OSR products I've picked up.
LotFP, my favorite, the best in my opinion. Not for kids, deadly, weird, historic.
White Star is very awesome for sci-fi. You can recreate any classic sci-fi trope with this game. Star Wars, Flash Gordon, Transformers, you name it.
Old-School Essentials, perfect for referencing with its easy to read layout. Being able to reference spells and monsters quickly and easily at the table is very important to me.
DCC is a massive tome that I have only scratched the surface of. But they seem to have a ton of weird adventures out there.
So, my OSR journey continues. There's plenty more I'd like to pick in the future as funds allow.
OSR is King! Long Live the OSR!
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
As if Call of Cthulhu or Lamentations of the Flame Princess aren't deadly enough on their own, let's bash them together anyway.
Back at Christmas we played a 3rd party module called Santa is Dead. It was a lot of fun and had some neat ideas for character creation. The idea that every character is a Specialist, no one wears armor, some new skills appropriate to the era, and Knowledge sets which are more specialized skills. So I decided to run a Cthulhu game with these ideas in mind, using LotFP as the base system. We just lifted Call of Cthulhu's Sanity and Magic systems, though that never came into play in our 2 part game.
Lamentations of CthulhuYou play the role of an esoteric investigator. All characters are first level Lamentations of the Flame Princess (LotFP) Specialists but with the following changes:
Starting Skill Points = 4+ Intelligence modifier.
Knowledge Sets: Knowledge Sets require only a single Skill point to obtain. Extra information can be gleaned by those with the proper knowledge sets. Knowledge Sets include specialties such as: Anthropology, Archaeology, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, History, Law, Occult, Other Language
General Skills: Drive, Pilot and Ride checks are determined with a Dexterity Check.
New Skills: Make Maps, requires Cartographer’s Tools.
Photography, requires Photographer’s Tools.
Psychology, used to diagnose mental disorders and to lessen the effects of sanity loss.
Sanity: Same as Call of Cthulhu.
Magic: Same as Call of Cthulhu.
Monsters: Use the Mythos monsters from Carcosa.
Saturday, January 30, 2021
A simple option to let classes gain some skill points or raise their base attack bonus without bothering with multi-classing or tinkering with the rules too much.
Upon leveling up a Fighter could sacrifice their +1 to attack for 2 skill points.
A Specialist could sacrifice their 2 skill points for a +1 to attack.
A Cleric or Magic-User could sacrifice a spell slot for either +1 attack or 2 skill points.
Fighters and Specialist cannot gain spells this way.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
So, I was playing some old 1st edition Greyhawk, and checking out this awesome map. Greyhawk with its cool maps and detailed history just made me want to work on my own home-brew world again. So, I started with updating our campaign map.
Now, I don't use photoshop, never had the motivation to learn it, so I had to go the roundabout way. My goal was to digitize our hand drawn composite map into the computer.
It was too big to scan, and far to smudgy with sloppy writing, so I needed to trace the whole thing on new paper. So I used my game table, by taking out the insert and using a piece of glass with a desk lamp shining up from below, I had a makeshift ligthboard.
Then I tediously traced the whole thing, everything came out pretty good, except the mountains.
After getting a clean trace, I folded it at the creases to get it on the scanner. I scanned each piece (9 pieces of paper) into the computer.
Once in the computer, I had to piece it back together into one picture. I used GIMP to reconstruct it, I can also put a hex grid on with GIMP but I choose not to on this one. I used Paint 3D to add color and labels.
Still had to be printed in separate pieces and taped together. I left it in 3 pieces like those old d&d maps.
And it turned out pretty awesome.
Not sure I would recommend this method, but it worked.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
For anyone who got my Colony of Death module here are a few free extras to go with it. If you haven't got yourself a copy of Colony of Death get the PDF here and print copy here.
The Buffalo Head Shaman a creature encounter.
Full color map of the Province of Maryland 1650.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Things have been slow over here. But I plan on getting back to posting with the new year. I've been playing 1st edition Greyhawk lately and might post some stuff from that. I also have my own fantasy homebrew world (who doesn't?) that I might start fleshing out more. All of this is pending on how I feel and what inspiration strikes.
Our Lamentations of the Flame Princess campaign came to an end so we may take a break from LotFP for a bit. We also discovered White Star this past year and will probably revisit that at some point.
With all the crazy stuff going on this year, it was actually pretty good for me creatively. I published three supplements for LotFP this year, which you can check out on Drivethru and Lulu. Not sure what the new year holds, but I'm excited to find out, 2020 can suck it.
So anyway, just wanted to post something so I get back in the mode. Keep gaming, people! See you soon.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
I made another product for LotFP/OSR over at drivethrurpg. This time with a little help from some friends.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
1608. Blood Rain in Aix, France. Residents are horrified to find a rain of blood had fallen on their village and on neighboring villages for several miles around. It was thought to be the work of sorcerers, or the Devil himself.
1609. French explorer Pierre de Champlain records seeing a lake monster on Lake Champlain in the New World.
1611. Chinese records show, that as late as 1611, the Emperor is still appointing the post of a "Royal Dragon Feeder."
1613. In Southampton, England, in the middle of the night “lightning” strikes a house injuring the family within. The wife is burnt on the side of her body and her husband and child, both dead, are burning slowly with no flame. Despite her wounds the wife drags the husband out of the bed and into the street. The corpse continues to burn, smoking with no visible flame, for the space of three days until it is reduced to ash and bone.
1614. A pamphlet published in London reports a large serpent or dragon living in St. Leonard's Forest near Horsham (about 40 miles south of London). The animal is allegedly about nine feet long, with a long neck and tail; can move as fast as a running man; leaves a slimy trail that smells powerfully noxious; and can spit its poison up to 60’.
1632. On a winter night around twelve o'clock, a miller, working near the small town of Chester-in-the-Street, England is confronted by the apparition of a young woman with five gruesome wounds on her head.
1639. Residents of the Massachusetts colony tell of a sea-serpent or snake, that lay coiled upon a rock at Cape Ann.
1643. John Evelyn witnesses a “shining cloud in the air in the shape of a sword, the point reaching to the north. It was as bright as the moon. It began about 11 at night and vanished not till about one, being seen by all the south of England."
1644. Doctors in Lyons, France, while examining a woman's body to determine cause of death, are startled by a large plume of flame bursting from the dead woman's stomach.
1645. Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins hangs 18 witches at Bury St. Edmund in Suffolk, England.
1653. Two noblemen of Curland drink strong liquors, and die from a flame coming from their stomachs, scorching and suffocating them!
1660. Swedish clergyman claims in a sworn statement that a fairy or troll requested his wife to deliver a fairy baby. Rahm’s claims she did just that and returned to find a payment of silver strands in their house.
1661. In May a Rain of Wheat occurs at Tuchbrooke, England.
1663. The Robozero Marvel of 1663 occurs. A cleric is sent to investigate the incident, and learned that people heard a rumbling noise at midmorning. In the clear blue sky, a glowing red spherical object with blue smoke emerging from its sides and rays of light extending from the front crossed over the lake and disappeared. Less than an hour later, the people came out of church again to see the same or a similar object going in another direction. About noon, the object returned a third time, this time to hover over the lake for 45 minutes. The diameter of the sphere was enormous, equivalent to the height of a 15-storey building; the light rays illuminated the lake all the way to the bottom; and men in a boat could not approach near the object because the heat was so strong. The fish in the lake fled toward the shore and the red light from the object covered parts of the lake with a rusty color.
1666. Rain of Fish seen over a pasture at Cranstead England.
1670. A Dutchman, captured and enslaved by Armenian bandits, met a hermit on Mount Ararat. The Dutchman was believed by his captors to possess magical healing powers, and he treated the old man, who in gratitude handed him a piece of hard wood of a dark color and a sparkling stone, both of which the old man said he had taken from under the Ark.
1676. A doctor in Bologna, Italy witnesses a giant globe, appearing twice the size of the moon, pass by overhead.
1678. The earliest known crop circle, known as the "Mowing Devil," is shown on a woodcut from Hertfordshire, England. The inscription reads, "Being a True Relation of a Farmer, who Bargaining with a Poor Mower, about the Cutting down Three Half Acres of Oats: upon the Mower's asking too much, the Farmer swore That the Devil should Mow it rather than He. And so, that very Night, the Crop of Oat shew'd as if it had been all of a flame: but next Morning appear'd so neatly mow'd by the Devil or some Infernal Spirit, that no Mortal Man was able to do the like. Also, How the said Oats ly now in the Field, and the Owner has not Power to fetch them away."
1680. Madame Le Voisin, a French fortune teller, commissioned poisoner, and professional provider of sorcery, is executed in Paris. Le Voisin was the head of a coven of fortune tellers providing poison, aphrodisiacs, abortion, magical services and the arranging of black masses. Their clients were among the aristocracy. Her network of commissioned black magic and poison murder is suspected to have killed upwards of 2,500 people.
1682. In Fahrenholz, Germany a number of people are put on trial, accused of lycanthropy.
1683. In a basement in Strasbourg, France six rats are found with their tails tied together, dubbed roi des rats, the Rat King.
1683. Shower of Toads invades Acle, England a few miles from Norwich.
1688. Salem Witch Trials. In Salem, Massachusetts 20 people are executed for witchcraft, nineteen are hanged and one is crushed under heavy stones.
1692. A giant skeleton, measuring just over seventeen feet, is found in a tomb near Angers, France.
Robert Kirk, a Presbyterian clergyman who served in the Scottish Highlands, had a keen interest in the supernatural lore of the region, and was convinced that fairies existed. He believed his studies could accurately describe the nature of fairy life down to its smallest details. According to Kirk, fairies were of a "middle nature between man and angel" with bodies "somewhat of the nature of a condensed cloud." They dressed and spoke "like the people and country under which they live." Sometimes passing fairies could be heard but not seen. They traveled often, frequently through the air, could steal anything they liked (from food to human babies), and had no particular religion. Mortals with "second sight" (clairvoyance) were most likely to see them, since they were usually invisible to the human eye.
1693. Spanish sailors capture a 12-foot tall two-headed giant. It kills four of its captors before having a pike driven through its heart.
Calcutta is plagued by a man-eating tiger. Edmond Hoyle discovers it is a shapechanger and kills it.
1697. Two glowing wheels are sighted in the sky over Hamburg, Germany.
For mundane world events see the 17th Century Timeline.