As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a massive fan of the Midderlands setting by Glynn Seal of Monkeyblood Design and have even been privilieged enough to write on a couple of projects for them. One of my other loves in RPGs is the random trinket table from D&D 5E, so it seemed only natural to combine these two loves.Continue reading Random Things: Midderlands Trinkets
In this episode of the podcast I talk about a couple of games I’m playing in at the moment, and how ‘finding my fun’ has helped me enjoy different systems:
It’s a familiar scene, your adventurers have just rolled into town after mostly surviving a terrible dungeon. Songs will be sung, ale quaffed and fallen comrades lamented. Often these scenes are handled off-screen, but potentially this is missing out a source of fun/adventure–after all–think about how much trouble rowdy celebrants get into in the real-world and that’s without the powers of adventurers.
Below is a D10 table of potentially embarrassing antics that your hungover PC could wake up to find out they were involved in.
|1||Someone has defaced the statue of a local dignitary, inventively using mud and dung to give them a large beard and moustache.|
|2||Several barrels of ale were stolen from a local tavern, they were found a couple of streets away drained of their contents.|
|3||The son/daughter of a local noble claims to have been visited in their budoir by a dashing young adventurer.|
|4||A pig was dressed in a stolen nobles wig and released into the main street, leading to much chaos and hilarity.|
|5||The town/city guard are currently looking for an adventurer (matching one of the PC's description) who assaulted one of their officers after they tried to arrest then for urinating into a public fountain.|
|6||Authorities are looking for a person responsible for menacing a nearby halfling settlement, the inebriating person rampaged through the settlement claiming to be a giant.|
|7||The Thieves Guild have placed a bounty on the head of one of the PCs after they drunkenly interfered with the operations of one of their operatives, leading to the operatives arrest by the guard.|
|8||The PC is wanted for questionning concerning damage to a local tavern when a bar brawl got out of control.|
|9||The PC wakes up a in a farmer's barn wearing a jester's hat with a sat full of live frogs lying next to them.|
|10||A person matching the description of one of the PCs was heard proclaiming the short-comings of a local person of influence, whilst drinking ale and playing a drum in the town square.|
What could be a more archetypal RPG scene than a group of adventurers re-grouping in an isolated village tavern, to plan their next move and soak up some local flavour? Below is a D10 table of random rumours that a PC might hear at a tavern, these rumours may lead to further adventures down the road or are perhaps just talk.
I’ve been running my Rose of Westhaven LOTFP campaign for a little while now, we’re running every other week (schedules allowing) and have just wrapped up session 4 (as of the time of writing this blog).
Prior to running this campaign my experience of playing OSR style games was minimal and my experience with running it was non-existent, although I’ve been a fan of the idea of OSR for a while and have been steadily accumulating games such as White Star, ASSH 2E, LOTFP and the like, so I’m by no means an expert. Given that I’m still finding my way around the whole OSR deal–although my players seem to be enjoying it at the moment–and having come more from a background of highly cinematic games such as Fate, one thing that I have noticed is that the combat in OSR games seems to be extremely deadly. Continue reading Is OSR combat deadlier than 5E?
It may seem a little odd to do a teaser video for the campaign, after all we’re 3 sessions in to our 5E D&D Campaign with the fourth session taking place tomorrow, however I had some free time and wanted to make a short video hinting at some of the campaign worlds history, the battle to throw off the shacles of Gith oppression occurred 100 years before the start of our campaign.
The Obisidian Portal site for the campaign can be found here: https://threebrothersdd5ecampaign.obsidianportal.com/
These random things articles are designed as quick idea generators for time-pressed GMs who want to inject some additional details into their game, in this article we look at trinkets. Trinkets were one of my favourite things about character generation in D&D 5th Edition, each character starts with at least one, a small item or curiosity that has some odd property or something strange about it, it’s not a powerful magic item, just something interesting that could spur conversation and plot.
These items can of course be used in other RPGs.
To honour the recent of the Curse of Strahd by Wizards of the Coast this article provides 100 gothic/horror themed trinkets that can be substituted for those in the 5E PHB. Continue reading Random Things: Gothic horror trinkets for D&D 5E
These random things articles are designed as quick idea generators for time-pressed GMs who want to inject some additional details into their game. This series of tables are designed to create interesting in-character insults that can be used during a RP session.
This post differs from previous ones in the series since it has three tables, you roll a D20 on each table and apply the results to the following formula/madlib to get your devil/demon name.
For example: If I roll 3D20 and get 12, 14 and 20 then I might call someone a villainous, knock-kneed cur.
After watching the second session of TheRogueDM’s excellent Clockwork Opera steampunk D&D 5E game I noticed that Jenny had set up an Obsidian Portal page for the game (you can see that by clicking here), I remember using this campaign management website years ago but had never really got into it, I took a look and was please to see that it looked like a possible solution for my note/plot management concerns for my 3Brothers Campaign so I rolled up my sleeves and dived in.
You can find my the 3Brothers Obsidian Portal page here: https://threebrothersdd5ecampaign.obsidianportal.com/