Author Archives: John Large

Writer’s Block

By | 8th February 2018

Okay, so I’m sat at work at the moment on my dinner break, still suffering from lack of sleep/sleep apnea (hospital appointment soon) and thinking about some particularly non-exciting work I have to do this afternoon, I’ve also got the first game for a 5E Ravenloft (not Curse of Strahd) game I’m running tomorrow and… Read More »

20 Abandoned Dwarf-hold Encounters

By | 7th February 2018

Ancient–and often abandoned–Dwarven strongholds have been a staple of the fantasy genre ever since the mines of Moria captured the imagination of readers, and perhaps for even longer. There’s something about the great stone halls of the Dwarves, delving deep below the surface of the earth, bedecked in the faded grandeur of a one mighty… Read More »

Good Kickstarter: Leagues of Cthulhu [ Triple Ace Games ]

By | 25th January 2018

To kick off my posts about Kickstarters (both good and bad) that I’ve been involved in, I decided to start on a positive note with Triple Ace Games Kickstarter for their Ubiquity powered Leagues of Cthulhu game; this is a sort of spin-off of their Leagues of Adventure and Leagues of Gothic Horror books that… Read More »

Good Kickstarter/Bad Kickstarter

By | 25th January 2018

Kickstarter is a great thing, there can be no doubt about that. Many games and RPG products that might never have make the leap to published, finished article if it weren’t for the funding provided by backers via the site. However there is a darker side to backing products on the site, for every person… Read More »

How like the Midderlands is Rose of Westhaven?

By | 23rd January 2018

As I’ve mentioned in my main campaign page, our Rose of Westhaven campaign is heavily influenced by Monkey Blood Design’s Midderlands OSR campaign setting and bestiary, I wanted to jot down some notes about how far that inspiration goes. Campaign Genesis The Rose of Westhaven first started germinating as a campaign idea after I picked… Read More »

Want to make campaign creation easier? Make like Doctor Frankenstein

By | 19th January 2018

JosIn-case anyone is planning to point it out, I’m aware that the featured image for this post in Frankenstein’s monster rather than Frankenstein himself 😉 Any of us who’ve created and ran a campaign world–whatever the game may be–you know that it can be an awful lot of work. Not only are you having to… Read More »

A few things I’ve learnt about LOTFP low-level dungeon crawling

By | 17th January 2018

As you may or may not be aware, I’m currently running a Lamentations of the Flame Princess campaign called Rose of Westhaven, the aim of the campaign was to get me some more experience at running OSR and also to do a game where old-school dungeon-crawling was a big part of it. Currently we’ve had… Read More »