Saturday, December 26, 2015

Simple Fantasy System



Received some of the old Steve Jackson fighting fantasy books for Christmas.  Namely the first two books out of the Sorcery! series (which I once owned all of but lost them many years ago).  Going through the system provided I got some ideas.  Decided to toss together my own fantasy rpg system using it as the base inspiration  and adding a bit more on top.  That extra bit is necessary, I feel, to help it make the step from a solitaire adventure game to an actual system good for roleplaying. 

Here are my brainstorming ideas that I sat down and came up with in a couple of minutes.  No really hard numbers or anything.  Just laying out the basic direction I want to take it.



Simple Fantasy System



General Skills

Fighting Skills


Luck or Faith


Intelligence


Stamina


General Skill are misc non-combat related skill your character happens to know. Roll 2D6, add your skill and compare to target number. If under you fail, if over you succeed and if you match you succeed with exceptional results.


Fighting Skills, roll 2D6, add your skill and compare to opponents roll. If under you get hit, if over you hit them, if a match no damage to either. A roll of box cars is a critical hit and does double damage. There are three types of fighting skills; Melee, Brawling and Missile. Use of any hand held weapon is covered by Melee. Brawling covers any kind of battling while using your bare hands as the direct weapon. Missile is for bows, crossbows and thrown weapons.


Luck or Faith, player chooses one to believe in. Luck allows you various chances to increase your odds of success on rolls and alter the outcome of unfolding events. Faith allows your character to use Cleric abilities and is used to determine their success.


Intelligence works like General Skills for figuring out riddles, puzzles, etc. It is also used by magic users to cast their spells.


Stamina is a characters ability to take damage. You lose it by taking damage in combat, falling, etc and recover it at one point per day or by magical means.




Faith when being used for Cleric and Holy abilities. Each ability has a minimum Faith rating necessary to attempt to use it and a target number that must be reached on a test. Roll 2D6 and add your Faith score, if you roll over you succeed if you roll under you fail and subtract one point from your Faith rating. Recovering Faith is not easy and requires much from a character. These abilities are activated with a short prayer.


Luck can be spent on rolls before they are made. You may add a point to your total number to increase your chance of success, however if you fail you subtract a point from your total Luck. These points are very difficult to recover.


Spells are kept written in a book. Each spell costs a set amount of Stamina points to cast, you lose these points whether the spell is successful or not. They may be cast either by reading from the book itself or by casting the spell from memory. Each spell has a difficulty for each you determine success by rolling 2D6 and adding your Intelligence and comparing it to the difficulty. If under the spell fails, if over the spell is successful if you roll a match it is successful and you don't lose Stamina for it.

Friday, November 6, 2015

World of Warcraft: Legion Cinematic Trailer









Okay and here is the OTHER Warcraft trailer that dropped today. This one for the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft. I love their cinematic stuff in the game. They could make a movie just using that and it would be bad ass.



Seeing Varian and Sylvania fighting side by side would be a kick ass battle. Talk about heaping up the DPS. Will also be nice to see more Horde and Alliance working together stuff. For the Legion they will put aside all differences to fight them.

Warcraft - Official Trailer (HD)







Okay now this trailer really gives the film a lot of 'oomph' that it needed right now.  It actually looks like it may be pretty good.  So right now it's on my 'see at the theater' list.  Partly because it looks good and I'll admit partly because I'm an old World of Warcraft fan.  Lots of potential for a good story there hopefully they do it right.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Demon Players Guide, Legacy War of Ages and Resident Evil for sale


Demon Players Guide
Condition is used with some rough around the edges on the cover on the bottom corners.  All pages are intact.

Cost: $25 plus cost of shipping
Contact for questions or purchase: peteramthor@gmail.com

Picked this up and I'm passing it along to anyone who has a use for it.  Heard some good things about Demon from White Wolf (and honestly some bad things as well).  Was surprised to see that the books for the game are in relatively short supply as the print runs weren't that high.


Legacy War of Ages and the Blades Immortal Steel supplement. 
Condition is used but all in all pretty good shape, no major damage and all holding together.

Cost: $15 plus the cost of shipping.
Contact for questions or purchase: peteramthor@gmail.com

From Black Gate Publishing.  Picked these up years ago when a friend was running a campaign.  We had lots of fun with it.  Basically it's like Highlander with the serial numbers scratched off.



Resident Evil  Code Veronica X for PlayStation 2.
Condition is like new, discs are free of scratches, booklet is near perfect, both discs (the game and Devil May Cry demo) are perfect.

Cost: $10 plus the cost of shipping.
Contact for questions or purchase: peteramthor@gmail.com

Not much of a video game player anymore.  Used to be a big fan of the Resident Evil games.  Now I need to move them on to someone who may enjoy them more than me. 


Find more stuff I have up for sale (mostly roleplaying games) by checking out the 'game sales' label at the bottom of this post. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Truly Rural on Drivethrurpg



Well I've finally went and done it.  Managed to get my hands on a scanner, scanned in some of my old artwork and sat up a seller account on Drivethrurpg.  So now I will be adding hopefully about two pictures a week up for sale.  All the while I'll be working through a sketchbook as I try to shake the rust off and get to creating some new art to put up there as well. 

You can find the Truly Rural Productions store on Drivethru right here.

Currently as I write this I only have six pieces of stock art up but I've got several scanned in ready to go over the next few weeks.  Not looking to strike it big but just hoping to add in a few extra bucks to my wallet from time to time. 

Now I also need to find more time to put up a few more blog posts on here as well.  But at least I've got the Jaded Gamer Diaries down for a good while. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Jaded Gamer Diary - Archon part two



Let's tackle part 2 of how to run a convention like a dumbass brought to you by the fine folks at Archon. This time we'll talk about their first big show of disdain for the Facebook group in the fight over peacebonding and prop weapons.


Okay I can see the reasons for weapon policies and all that. Especially at conventions where there is quite a bit of drinking going on later in the night. But sometimes the people at the top let the control go to their head which trickles down to the people on the floor.


Things I've personally seen with my own eyes. Telling a person with a leg brace that he could have a walking cane. Going after people who were carrying around umbrellas even though it was raining outside and the con takes place in both a hotel and a con center in which you have to walk between the two. When brought up to staff they hand wave these things off and act like you are making this up. But then they get to walk around with whatever the fuck they want with no problem. They make the rules but never, NEVER, follow them themselves.


Eventually things started getting to a louder roar when they were peacebonding a toy ray gun (small pistol sized) that a child was carrying around. Made him strap it to his outfit so he couldn't hold it. Why? Because he MIGHT run into the art room unattended and he MIGHT damage something and the parents MIGHT not want to pay for it. Yes they basically came and accused the parents of being basically bad parents on this. Nothing was left to be held in the hand. Tried to make a guy in a full Ghostbusters uniform strap his working prop PKE meter into a little belt holster so he couldn't pull it out. Why? Because he may hit somebody with it. Yeah right whatever. Dicks.


Then suddenly ComiCon appeared on the horizon with them opening up a St. Louis date. Archon sat back unworried and said they'll have a promotional desk there. All was cool. Until all the cosplayers started talking on the group about their experience at ComiCon.


Peacebonding and prop weapon policies super lax compared to Archon. They could pull out their fake guns, swords, whatever and pose with them for pictures (at Archon that could get you kicked out because it's not peacebonded on you). The staff was mixed in with them, talking, taking pictures and enjoying the whole thing with them. Then came the big line that made Archon staff shit themselves a little.


“I think I'm just going to focus on ComiCon every year and forget about going to Archon”


A line that was joined in by many of the costuming folks. Tired of the constant harassment by the staff they finally had another option. Many also started asking about who they need to get into touch with to get a refund on their preorder passes. Oh shit, cosplayers were making up a good chunk of Archon attendees, and now they were talking about leaving.


Staff FINALLY paid attention. Pissed off over this all coming up on the group (though never acknowledging the fact that they never gave a damn before) they started to back peddle rapidly. Citing that they needed to talk with their insurance providers and a lawyer before making any official statement to soon.


Well the continued well of unsatisfied folks continued to press that they either wanted a refund or a policy change before the next con date. So finally the staff, gritting their teeth the whole way, caved in. Relaxing on the policy a lot in certain areas, especially during the day but not at night when there are a lot of drunks about. But they also added in the veiled threat that these rules would be enforced more strictly without much of a chance of appeal.


This was the first big blowup that spawned from the fan community for the con. All made possible by them all being in the same place to communicate with each other instantly and easily. But this change put a big chip on the shoulder of another group, some of whom decided to be complete assholes because of it. Security. But the big blow up over them and the second fight from the Facebook group that angered staff will be covered in a near future installment of Jaded Gamer Diary. Can't use everything all at once can I?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Conspiracy X lot for sale


Conspiracy X lot for sale.

Cost: $50 plus shipping costs.  Contact: peteramthor@gmail.com

Includes:

Conspiracy X 1st edition core book.  Slight water damage at the bottom of back cover, with some staining along the bottom.

Conspiracy X 2nd edition.  Like new.

Bodyguard of Lies 2: Mokole

Aegis Handbook

Nemesis

Introductory Kit 16 page booklet. 


Not wanting to buy print copies?  You can find them at:

Eden Studios on DrivethruRPG.

Eden Studios on RPGNow.

Also be sure to check out the 'game sales' tag at the bottom of this post to see what else I have listed up for sale on my blog.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jaded Gamer Diary - Sla Industries



Just for the record, I wrote this about a week ago and updated it a couple of times.  Scheduled it to go live on 9/28.  On 9/27 out of nowhere Dave Allsop sent me a friend request on Facebook.  I'm about to talk badly about how Sla is being handled and I wonder if he would have sent me that friend request if he as seen this first. 

Ah well anyways... on with Jaded Gamer.

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Save Sla Industries.


That's what the folk from Nightfall Games are telling us to do. No really they are, for those who missed here is a link to their announcement of sorts.


http://nightfall.co/540/save-sla-industries.html

Now as somebody who has bought all the Sla Industries books and bought all the pdfs they managed to put out I have something to say about this. We, and others, have been trying to save the game for nearly twenty years, where the fuck have you been?


Seriously the game has been brought back from the dead twice that I can remember. Once from Hogshead Games which did pretty well from what I've heard but in the end didn't work out as the owner decided to get out of the game business (correct me if I'm wrong there). Second time was through Cubicle Seven which put out some pretty decent stuff like CS1 and Hunter Sheets. Then suddenly Dave decided to take his ball and go home.


Now there was that sort of third attempt by the new resurrected Nightfall Games. They gave us the sourcebook nobody really wanted called Hunter Sheets 2 (which I still bought) along with some pretty decent mini resources called Data Sheets. But they never tried any real sort of push and the data sheets trickled off and then died. Yes I bought nearly everything they put out except the print versions of the data sheets and like one or two of the swag items. Hell I still use my Shiver key chain for my keys to this day.


Okay they gave it a decent push but then killed off momentum with one of the things Sla is famous for. Announcing products that never get made. Let's see, Hardware Guide, All in the Family were listed in the old WOTC catalog back in the day. We've heard about various race sourcebooks, White Earth, some planet sourcebooks, 2nd edition to many time to remember, so many others I've forgotten. The new 'improved' Nightfall gave us a cover for 2nd edition... years ago. Not to mention we are still waiting for the announced Manchine data sheet... from a year or two ago.


Now what you can do is absolutely dwarf the amount of official release stuff with the amount of fan produced material out there. The fans for Sla are some of the most dedicated I've seen in gaming. Sadly quite a few of them seem to have walked away after years of this back and forth between companies and constant let downs by announcements that never happen.


So yeah we've been trying to save the fucking game for a good long time now.


Need a constant flow of cash, well then you need a decent output of product. Not to mention someplace to buy stuff from, like maybe t-shirts and swag. There are several sites out there that let you set these up with little or no cost to you. Sell us some freaking standard shirts without any strings attached. No limited printed amount, or sites that pop up and then vanish (like just a month or so ago), give us as many as we want from a site that prints them as we order. Give us good proven marketing that works to get us to give you money in exchange for product. Not bizarro land marketing by making limited edition crap for a damn near dead game with a shrinking fan base. Sell us those Scav miniatures your showing by themselves instead of bundled with some other stuff making it implausible for anyone to buy enough to actually use in a game.


https://www.facebook.com/daruma.productions/posts/833540233423754


Fuck show us you have a clue as to what the hell you are doing before asking for us to jump on some limited edition bandwagon.  Really just give us the shit to buy and make it easy for us.  I mean they are even offering a Halloween Jack hoodie... but only one... they won't make anymore.  WTF?

https://www.facebook.com/daruma.productions/posts/837288696382241?fref=nf

So make something people want, but only make one. For a "get our facebook page likes" contest?

You know it seems more and more like they are trying to make a 'collectible' RPG or something.  I mean what if somebody doesn't hear about this 'limited edition' crap or maybe can't afford it right now.  They are fucking out of luck then once they are gone. But what do I know I'm just a random gamer on the internet, one of those consumers that they probably don't seem to worry about.

I'm out, so completely and totally out.  Not going to buy the limited edition stuff or even try to get it.  My interest in anything Sla coming out in the future has just hit the floor.  I'm done.  Another Sla fan turning his back and walking away.
 
 
If you are interested at all in Sla Industries you can purchase them in pdf.  Most of them are pay what you want (which I would at least suggest tossing them a dollar or two).  It is a great game but I'm just to burnt out and fucking tired of how it's been handled. Not to mention the shitty way they are trying to bring it back through limited edition gimmicks. 
 
 
 
Thanks for reading folks, stay turned for another Jaded Gamer Diary coming at you next Monday. I've got plenty of bottled up aggravation to uncork yet to go.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Primal Order lot for sale


Lot of three Primal Order books for sale.

Price: $65 plus shipping costs.  Contact for purchase: peteramthor@gmail.com

The three books show some shelf wear but are complete, intact and holding together very well.

Includes

Primal Order core book 2nd printint.

Pawns

Knights

The only book missing from making this a complete set is 'Chessboards' which I've never managed to get a copy of.

Also note that the core book is available in pdf format but the supplements are not. 

Primal Order at Drivethrurpg.

Primal Order at RPGNow.

As always thanks for looking and you can see other books and book lots I have up for sale by clicking on the 'game sales' at the bottom of this post.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Skyrealms of Jorune lot for sale


Skyrealms of Jorune 2nd edition lot.  Complete 2nd edition set as far as I can tell.

SOLD    SOLD    SOLD

Includes:

Skyrealms of Jorune 2nd edition boxed set.  Box has some signs of wear and something poked through on the middle right.  One corner is torn.  Includes all material including the character sheets, combat summary sheets, rules supplement/update and even the postcard to join the mailing list.  Contents are in great condition.

Earth-Tec Jorune.  amazingly pristine condition.

Companion Jorune: Burdoth.  Shows wear and a couple bends, still very solid and complete.

Companion Jorune; Ardoth.  Again in very good condition. 

Hope to hear from interested buyers soon!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Quite a surprise really.

Something very interesting caught my eye on Facebook the other day.  Something I never thought I would see.  I must say I am quite surprised by it, here let me show you what it is.


Now what you may see here is simply an add for an upcoming Magic The Gathering tournament at a game shop.  That would be pretty normal.  But it's what kind of group is sponsoring this tournament that really gets my attention.  This one is being sponsored by a local church.

For those who may not understand the importance of this let me explain a little bit.  I live in rural Missouri.  Right smack dab in the middle of the bible belt.  Yeah we remember the 'Satanic Panic' of the eighties very well.   Many religious minded folks here would like to keep that thought alive.  So there has always been a bit of tension between gamers and the local churches, well most of them anyways.  So this really steps out a bit from the norm. 

Personally I hope this works out very well and a few people broaden their minds a bit when it comes to gaming locally.  Although I still have an uphill battle with some religious folks (being an atheist in this area isn't all that fun) hopefully this will make it easier for others.

So I have to give a nice shout out to the church and the game shop behind this.

K&A games can be found at their Facebook page.

While the church can be found at their website.

Hope this works out well for both parties behind this and for the local gaming community as well. 


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Armory for sale


The Armory Volume 1.  There never was a volume 2 that I am aware of.

SOLD   SOLD    SOLD

The Armory was written by Kevin Dockery of Morrow Project fame.  It is a very in depth collection of firearms and weapons, most of the book is not in any form of game stats at all but instead real life details of each weapon.  Each one accompanied by a black and white photo so you know exactly what it looks like.  Gaming tables included are for use with 'Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes' and 'Espionage!'. 

The book is complete all pages still holding to spine,  cover is a bit rough with some wear, tears and bends. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Battlelords of the 23rd Century small lot.


Small lot of Battlelords of the 23rd Century. 

Cost: $10 plus shipping. 
Contact for purchase or questions: peteramthor@gmail.com

Contains
Core rulebook, some of the laminate is peeling along the spine and in a few other small places. 

Lock-n-load.  This one is in rough shape, several pages in the back of the book have pulled out and are lose but they are all present and accounted for. 

If print isn't your thing and you're looking for pdfs find them here:

DrivethruRPG  or on  RPGNow

For other items I have up for sale please click on the 'game sales' label listed at the bottom of this post.  Thank you.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Jaded Gamer Diaries - Archon part one



How to be stupid while running a convention. This could be a title of a book, one written by the higher up staffers at Archon. I swear I've seen some pretty sure signs of stupid there over the years. But this time I'll only touch on one piece of stupid at a time. For those who don't know Archon is a large scifi/fantasy convention that takes place in Collinsville, Illinois.


Lets kill off a social media group that fandom has built. There was an official Archon Facebook group. Was. It's not there anymore but let me give you a few details stacked up here first.


The group was started up pretty shortly after Facebook popped really big so it had been around for quite some time. Plenty of time to build up a lot of members and that it did very well. A nice good variety of folks from a variety of places. All of which either currently attend or attended the con over the years. Now one special thing of note, this group was busy ALL THE TIME, not just a little before con time and a little bit afterwards. ALL THE TIME. Constant posts, costuming discussions, scifi talk, general fandom type stuff. If you needed to get that geek fix you knew right where to go.


Years of pictures had been shared on there, from the Masquerade contests, to hallway costumes. Just tons of images documenting the years that had gone by. There near the end more and more videos as well. It was a really nice retrospective of what had come before.


It was an excellent resource for the staffers if they wanted to utilize it. Large chunk of your fanbase right there at your fingertips.


They had no fucking clue how to utilize that.


Instead they bitched and whined that people wanted to discuss stuff on there INSTEAD of driving hours in the middle of the week into St. Louis once a month to discuss things with the few of them face to face. Which, as we were told by the few who did, they didn't pay any attention then either.


So they got upset that they were to lazy or too technology stunted to use social media.


After many huge blow ups (costume peace bonding stupidity, security stupidity and inviting a Fan Guest of Honor who publishes a zine that regularly features racist, sexist and homophobic jokes and slurs, much of this I'll cover in future installments) they decided they had enough. They put one of their lackies, who also had no clue how to properly use social media, in charge. Draco Fornax made it very clear he had no idea what he was doing in fan relations... at all.


So he created an Archon “page” on Facebook. Y'know the pages where there is almost no room for interaction between people who are members... oh wait, no members, just people who 'liked' it. Then he had them put up an old style forum on the Archon webpage, those things people got sick and tired of years ago and moved on from. Also the sign up process made sure they could tell exactly who you were so they could spot trouble makers easier. Hell even Wizards of the Coast has recently announced that they are shutting down their forums and going to social media instead.

Wizards announcing they are canning their forums.


Then they made the group private and nobody was allowed in without Draco Noclue's permission. Finally a bit later one day he just went through and started kicking out members. All of them as far as any of us know. Right down the list, the group just ceased to exist for us. The years of community building all gone because 'social media hard and people gripe at us there' reasons.


So Archon how to be stupid lesson number one, kill what the community builds. Now in the future I'll tell you the details behind a few of the reasons they killed it. Hint: It's because of those damned con goers using it to complain when we do something they don't like.


At least some of the fans have gotten together and formed their own group to take it's place.  But it's going to take a long time to rebuild that.

Archon STL fan formed group.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Numenera signed hardback for sale



Signed hardback copy of the Numenera core rulebook.  Has signatures of both authors.

Asking price is $75 plus shipping costs.  Contact peteramthor@gmail.com if interested.

For those not interested in a physical copy you can get pdfs at:

DrivethruRPG   or   RPGNow

Keep watching the blog for more random gaming goodness to come up on sale.





Friday, September 18, 2015

Kult lot for sale.


Small Kult lot for sale. 

SOLD     SOLD     SOLD

Includes

Kult 1st US edition core rulebook.  Obviously seen some use as you can see in the picture.
Legions of Darkness sourcebook.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Morrow Project Lot for sale



SOLD    SOLD    SOLD

Contact: peteramthor@gmail.com if interested.

Contains:

The Morrow Project RPG 3rd edition
Liberation at Riverton
Damocles
Operation Lucifer
Ruins of Chicago (newer printing with color cover)
Prime Base
Fall Back

Personal and Vehicular Basic Loads and Hand-To-Hand Combat System

Two copies of the Project Director's Screen.
One nice and clean with the three inserts.
One dirty and more used, no inserts.

Restricted Morrow Project Identity Package dated 1981
Envelope (although moisture has sealed part of it) is empty.
Morrow Industries/Morrow Project Security Classifications list is included.
Morrow Industries MP Form 1D is missing.

Morrow Project Body Percentage Breakdown Chart
Rather old but in great condition, pages have yellowed.  Old print style, not sure on date.  Unsure if this was a release, part of an old package or something given away by company.

Black folder with Restricted MP stickers that used to be on Abacus Dimension releases for Morrow Project on both sides.  Again not sure if this was a release or something home made. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Jaded Gamers Diary: Numenera


Well over on Facebook every now and then they show you a 'memory' of something you posted that day a few years back. Well the other day it showed me one of something that I had sat off to the back of my mind. Two years ago I got really pissed off with the delivery of a Kickstarter and I started posting about it. Then suddenly several eyes were on me as I had caught some attention. Including the attention of the people behind the Kickstarter. Couple that with me being a generally unhappy person at that period of time AND having my fill of pent up anger that I hadn't vented in months. Well lets just say I got a bit bitchy. Looking back on it I wonder if I took it to far, then sometimes looking at other things I wonder if I didn't take it far enough.


Something in my mind clicked and an old name came to my mind. Jaded Gamers. Yes, this would have a made a great Jaded Gamers post. Maybe, just maybe, I need to pull the name back out. I'm sure those who were involved way back then won't mind. Actually I'm sure they will get a good kick out of it. So without further ado I shall make the first (of hopefully many) Jaded Gamers Diaries post. I'll do it covering this Kickstarter and the game it produced.


Perhaps you've heard of the game from that Kickstarter. It was called Numenera, ring a bell?





I can already here a few select people groan. But I must go on, I must.


Long story short on this. The print copy of the game (which is what I backed for, I'm a print copy kind of person) was released at Gencon before it could be sent out to backers due to how close the printing date was to the con. I completely understood that, Gencon is huge and there is no way any big company can pass up on doing a major release there. The day after Gencon it was on Amazon at their usually marked down really low prices. A couple days after that people were talking about their copies they got from Amazon and talking about the copies they picked up at game shops. Then Amazon sold out... and restocked. While people were talking about the copies they were getting at overseas game shops.


We backers were still waiting. Well except for the ones who picked up at Gencon and they told us to be patient. Easy to do when you aren't the one wondering where your backer reward is.


This went on for a month. Some mix ups at the distributor was pretty much what we were told over and over... oh and that it was fixed... over and over. Then the straw that finally pushed me over the edge. You see there was also a Kickstarter for a Numenera video game that came up previously... which I also backed but only for a digital copy of the game. But there was one backer level where you could get a copy of the regular print copy of the game as well. Those backers were getting their books now as well. Yes you read that right, people who backed another Kickstarter were getting the books from the Kickstarter that we had backed before we got our copies.


That's when I started bitching and asking questions. Somebody said they must have used a 'backers last' idea of fulfillment, they said they didn't, but damn if it sure didn't feel like they did. They said backers were a priority, but damned if it felt that way to us. I got loud on my social media about it and started attracting a crowd and a lot of emails from fellow backers who were also angry. Meanwhile they were bending over backwards to make sure a store got their copies as quickly as possible (UNLESS they were a store who backed them at the retailer level... then they were left waiting and told to be patient as well).


Finally I got an email they were sending me a copy directly over night, well two day since the USPS won't guarantee over night to an area as rural as the one I'm living in. They even sent me a signed copy to boot. Months of waiting and watching everyone talk about how great the book was and finally my copy had arrived. I flipped through it for a second tossed in a storage tub and it's been there ever since. A month later a second copy arrived from their fulfillment company also. Oddly addressed to Peter Amthor and not to my real name, which isn't what I gave for my delivery address. I took that one down to a local game shop to put on their shelf in an attempt to sell for store credit... it's still sitting there.


So back to where I was heading and no that wasn't short but fuck how can I expect to make that short. After all there is still stuff I left out. When I saw the memory of that pop up on facebook I headed over to Kickstarter to look at the project page and saw something. Well holy shit, imagine that, people still waiting for their stuff.

The Numenera Kickstarter comments section


Not anything like before but evidently they are still having problems with fulfillment. Or not really trying to hard to fulfill anything. As I said back before when all this was going on they appear more concerned with 'new money' from new people than with 'old money' they've already gotten from people before.


Apparently it's happening on a few of their other Kickstarters as well. People still not getting what they backed for.

The Strange comments section

Numenera boxed set comments section


So after seeing this I'm a still so glad I decided to never again back anything that Monte Cook Games does. Nor will I ever buy anything they do, or even play in a game they put out. I'm just to that much level of 'fuck this' with them.


If you want to buy their stuff I'll give you a link with my affiliate code attached. Because I'm like always needing a few more cents in credit at Drivethru to buy stuff I really want.

Monte Cook Games on DrivethruRPG



Also if you are interested in reading my old blog posts on this just look for the 'numenera' label at the bottom of this post and give it a click.



Now to go find something to complain about next time.  Because bitching about shit feels so good.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Twilight 2000 book lot for sale.


For Sale: Large Twilight 2000 collection.  Books are in used condition and specific questions just ask.  The 1st edition box has some very obvious deep warping on the left side, contents are fine just missing one or two dice. 

Asking price: $300 + Shipping costs.  Shipping from Missouri, USA.

Contact: peteramthor@gmail.com

Book list:


500 Twilight 2000 1st edition boxed set

501 The Free City of Krakow

502 Pirates of the Vistula

503 The Ruins of Warsaw

504 US Army Vehicle Guide

505 The Black Madonna

507 Red Star Lone Star

508 RDF Sourcebook

509 Armies of the Night

510 Allegheny Uprising

511 Airlords of the Ozarks

512 Gateway to the Spanish Main

513 King's Ransom

514 Soviet Vehicle Guide

515 Urban Guerilla

516 Small Arms Guide

517 The Last Submarine

519 Howling Wilderness

521 Boomer

522 Satellite Down

525 Heavy Weapons Guide

526 NATO Vehicle Guide

527 White Eagle

528 Survivor's Guide to the United Kingdom



552 Twilight Encounters boxed set



1991 Desert Shield Fact Book



2000 Twilight 2000 2nd edition book

2002 Infantry Weapons of the World

2003 American Combat Vehicle Handbook

2004 Soviet Combat Vehicle Handbook

2005 Merc: 2000

2006 Bangkok Cesspool of the Orient

2008 Merc: 2000 Gazetteer

2009 Nautical/Aviation Handbook

2010 Twilight Nightmares

2011 Heavy Weapons Handbook

2012 Special Operations

2016 Operation Crouching Dragon

2018 Rendezvous in Krakow



401 City of Angels


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

#RPGaDay2015 Favorite RPG Publisher

Okay for this late #RPGaDAY2015 entry I'm going to do favorite RPG publisher.  Actually it's going to be a few publishers.  As some were great back in the day and have fallen to the side and I feel they need mentioning.

First lets go with a current small publisher.  One I'm sorta biased on since I know the husband and wife behind it.  They produce some great looking material like this:


Second Thought games has produced a small handful of products so far.  All funded through Kickstarter and amazingly enough they've only ran a month late on getting the print products out (pdfs arrived early or on time).  Mostly system neutral adventures that are well thought out and complete with some nice looking maps either inside or as poster in the above product.  They have also done a textbook style guide to potions and oils with another textbook for poisons planned for the near future. 

You can find them on Drivethru here.

Now onto my second favorite RPG publisher.  One that has sort of gone by the side lately, with a late Kickstarter and their last few regular products being somewhat lackluster.  But when they were hitting it with full force they put out some classics like this.


R. Talsorian games.  Most people don't realize just how much material Mike Pondsmith and his small crew of freelancers put out.  From a genre defining game like Cyberpunk to one of the early 'storygame' type of products like Castle Falkenstein.  They really set a mark for creating some really diverse products, something rare for back in the day.  I know Mike is working on a comeback with Mekton, a new edition of Cyberpunk and a Witcher licensed game.  Hopefully it all works out well and it happens.

Check them out on RPGNow.

Hope to have another #RPGaDAY2015 post ready soon!

#RPGaDAY2015 - Favorite Illustration

For todays #RPGaDAY2015 is your favorite illustration.  A hard one but I pretty much can say this one is my all time favorite. 


The second cover for the Sla Industries RPG.  Halloween Jack relaxing in front of an industrial fan while holding his trusty chain axe.  Why you have to know something about the setting to know who it is (and even more to know his backstory) he still captures some of the essence of the game quite nicely.  Also you get a good vibe of that UK/Euro art feel as well. 

You can find the pdf of the game on Drivethru at the 'Pay what you want' price point.  At least throw them a buck or two, trust me it's worth it.

Here it is on Drivethru if you're interested.

Now coming in tied for second would be these two.



The cover of the first US edition for Kult in all it's glory.  Then the amazing art of Elmore on the Dungeons and Dragons red box.  Two of my all time favorites.

Honorable mentions include. 




Monday, August 3, 2015

#RPGaDay2015 Baker Street

Day three of #RPGaDay2015.  Favorite New Game of the Last 12 Months. 

Okay I'm not sure if it came out in the last twelve or not.  I know the print copy did but maybe the pdf version came before that, I'm not entirely sure. But I have to go with another Kickstarter that I backed for this one. 

It's Baker Street the rpg of Sherlock Holmes investigations.  Being I'm a Holmes junkie from way back and this book mixes some really good writing, innovative game design (without waving it around like a prouder than life penis) and some solid layout.   Really a pleasure to own this book, the casebook and the GM screen.  The folks behind this should keep it up and put more like this out.

Baker Street: Roleplaying in the world of Sherlock Holmes


Now a good solid second place to this would be Wield from John Wick.  A game in which you play a powerful artifact and the heroes who use you are the disposable items.

WIELD



Sunday, August 2, 2015

#RPGaDAY2015 Lusus Naturae

#RPGaDAY2015

Kickstarter game most pleased you backed.

Well this one isn't so much for a game but a supplement meant for many different games.  A bit OSR and a whole lot of grueling evil.  It's Lusus Naturae: A Gruesome Old-School Beastiary by Rafael Chandler.  This is dark, damn dark, fucking dark.  This shit will make your gamers toss their lunches and run away in terror. 

Rafael is known for doing some nasty gaming material and he just keeps kicking it up a notch... every... damn... time.  Not for the faint of heart, the prude or those who feel ill at the sight of blood... or bodily organs.  This one not only raises the bar but it wraps a string of intestine around it then paints it with pigs blood.

You can pick it up here: At DriveThruRPG or at RPGNow also.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

#RPGaDAY2015 - Kult Divinity Lost

#RPGaDAY2015 number one.

Forthcoming game you're most looking forward to. 

Well currently I'm looking forward for the all new edition of Kult titled 'Kult: Divinity Lost'. New system, updated timeline, hopefully all new art.  Kult deserves a good chance at a come back after 7th Circle dropped the ball, then kicked it off into the cesspool behind a trailer park. 

It is THE horror game in my opinion.  The setting is so deep with cosmological overtones that really make for a grim gritty modern day game.  Not for everybody but right up my alley. 

You can find more info as it comes to light at the following website: http://www.kultdivinitylost.com/

No new pics yet so here one of the original first US edition.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Question of Faith - Prologue


PROLOGUE



They stood in the center of the room waiting. He was one of the old guard, mid-thirties and worn by fighting. His armor marked by repaired damage and stained with the blood of the dark ones. She was much younger, untested and nervous. Even her armor betrayed her lack of experience, new and unmarked. Both stood beside each other looking about the room. Two empty cells made of barred walls, a table in the middle of the room covered with papers, books and some writing instruments, wooden stools and a single oil burning lamp hanging from the ceiling.


Within a few minutes a third man enters the room through the door. Wearing the leather armor of a town guardsman with one arm colored black to denote his rank as a sergeant. Carrying a bowl of soup in one hand he stops just two steps in as he raises his eyes to meet those of this visitors.


“Chevaliers... I was unaware of your presence or I would not have kept you waiting. It is an honor to be graced by your company. Please have a seat.” he motions to the chairs as he sets his soup onto the table, “I was attending to tonight’s orders and grabbing a late dinner. There is still more left if you are hungry. I can have a man bring you...”


“That isn't necessary Sergeant we are not in need of food at this time. I am Brother Joseph and this is Sister Mary, we are here to look into some matters involving some of your men.” He motioned for the guard to sit down, “Do sit down and enjoy your meal, we have a few questions to ask you while you eat and then we'll be on our way.”


With a little nod he takes his seat. A bit of sweat already appearing on his brow. He pulls a spoon from his his belt and stirs the soup a bit. “Anything you say Brother Joseph, I am always ready to aid the servants of our Lord.”


“Then before your first bite... put this in your mouth for a moment.” He drops a silver coin onto the table where it rolls a bit before stopping. The guard stares at it for a moment, sweat building more on his face, before looking up.


“Why do I need to do that? I mean what is it for Brother?”


“Just put it in your mouth please, on top of your tongue.” Her voice was a bit soft compared to the two men. But very clearly spoken and slow as if every word was premeditated long before they were spoken. Staring at her for a moment he then reached over and retrieved the coin from the table top and rubbed it slightly with his fingertips. Glancing back over at Brother Joseph while laying the coin onto his tongue.


“Good, now please swear your loyalty to our Lord who...” His words are cut short as the coin is spit back on the table, smoking with a good deal of burnt flesh and blood clinging to it. The guards mouth hanging open and a charred twitching chunk of burnt meat laying out of it. The body shook, eyes rolling back into the head, “A prayer of cleansing now Sister Mary!”


The thing that was the guard stands up quickly, inhumanly fast, bringing the table up with it. Running it forward slamming against his enemy as he tried to draw a blade. Running him back into the bars with a metal clang as they met with his armor. Sister Mary pulling her Lords Badge from beneath her robes immediately begins reciting a prayer in a clear determined voice.


With its face growing red with blackened veins it looks over to her and lets out a shrill scream. The skin of it starting to smoke faintly. Joseph regaining a bit of footing shoves the table back pushing the creature back across the floor and against the wall, shattering the table between them. In the close quarters neither are able to pull their swords reducing the fight to short strikes, kicks and shoving each other into the walls. As the prayer continues the smoke gets thicker and an acidic smell fills the room. Finally as the two tumble through the middle of the room one manages a grip on one of the chairs, bringing it across the others head knocking them down in a heap.


“Stop... that... you... wench...” Gurgling out the words as it turns towards her. The eyes bulging out now, face an almost purple red and the neck swollen to twice the width of the head. With a forward lurch and a cracking noise as a jaw dislocates itself a spew of intestines is vomited forth onto the last the Sister. Moving around her body and slithering upwards towards her arms. Pausing for a moment to keep from throwing up herself she keeps on with the prayer as the guts wrapping around her smoldered as well. They continue to pull around her, gripping her arms tightly as they constrict, trying to pull down her arm that holds the badge forward. Her throat burning with each breath from the smoke and eyes running with tears from it as well. Each word a struggle as they fight to see who can outlast the other.


Suddenly there is a flash of steel from behind the thing and the tendrils of guts go limp around her. Brother Joseph had regained his feet and finally managed to pull his sword. Headless and spurting blood the creature falls to the floor. The Sister backs away shaking the gore off of her and stumbles back against a wall gasping for breath and covering her mouth.


“Sister Mary are you injured.” She shakes her head in response as she swallows hard still keeping herself from throwing up. “You did good, your faith did not falter. Well done, especially against a Baalarashi. They are quite a nasty bit of business.”


Speaking from behind, her hand still at her mouth, “I fear my stomach may not be as strong as my faith...”


“Nonsense,” with a grin and a laugh. “the first time I came face to face with one I threw up all over it and myself.”


Lowering her hand and finally smiling a bit she nods. Reaching down and retrieving the fallen coin he tosses it to her. With clasped hands around it she utters a silent prayer and the flesh and blood of the creature turn to dust. As she hands it back over to him she looks out the small window into the night. “ Baalarashi almost never travel alone do they?”


“No... they do not. I fear we have our work cut out for us in this town Sister.”


They both turn as the door suddenly flies open, one with sword at the ready the other holding forth their Lord's Badge. A guard stands stunned by the sight at the doorway, short sword in a trembling hand. “Sergeant! What is going on here? What has happened?”


“Your Sergeant is no more, he had succumbed to the dark ones. Look for yourself at his remains he was one of the unholy soul and body.” The guard glanced down towards his fallen commanding officer and winces holding back emotions. His eyes narrowed and watery now. Finally he looks back up, holding his sword towards the floor and straightens his stance.


“I understand Chevaliers, you do what must be done.” Pausing to swallow hard and keeping his eyes averted from the mess at their feet. “What are your orders for me now?”


“What is your name watchman?” Mary asked.


“I am Morgan Wright sister, named after our patron savior Morgan the Black.”


“Well Morgan,” Joseph fumbles his free hand into his pouch, “you can start by putting this coin in your mouth and swearing loyalty to our Lord who stands behind us at all time.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Little Fears - Hand me downs

This is a collection of hand me downs I made for Little Fears some years ago.  This is before Nightmare Edition.... long before actually.  So the writing may be a bit rough around the edges as I'm just copy pasting from an old file.  Hope somebody gets a bit of use out of these.


The Old Remote

This is an old remote for a no longer used television or other electrical appliance. With the power of a child’s belief behind it this old button box becomes a very useful tool. When used it can operate nearly any electrical device that is within site. Garage doors, televisions, alarms, cars, etc. So when you absolutely need to wake up everyone in the neighborhood you simply aim it out the window at the nearest car and set off the alarm. Maybe open the garage door a bit so you can slide under it in order to get away from a nasty beastie that is right on your tail. Even set off the television to act as a distraction or to hide the noise of your own movement. The possibilities are endless.

Toy Phones

Nice plastic phones with a bit of rope that connects to the base. Four little wheels on the bottom so it can be drug around and a rotary dial that doesn’t do a return spin. These things can be a godsend when it comes to calling in some help or warning others.
First you need to identify you phone by giving it a number. This is done by taking a crayon of your favorite color and writing it on the bottom. Now when anybody else with a Toy Phone that also has a number dials up yours they connect to each other. It’s time to give Jerry across the street a ring and let him know that there is something on his roof looking in his window.

Grandpa’s Coffee Cup

Grandpa was the greatest person you have ever known. He was always there for you when you needed him. He always had a few quarters in his pocket ‘tucked away for a special day’ when the ice cream truck came along. Every morning he would get up and drink a few cups of coffee and then you and he would be off. That morning cup would always get him going. Now that he’s gone that cup is still setting there on the shelf waiting to be used.
If it got grandpa going then it should get you going also, or at least reinvigorate you when things have gotten a little rough. Drinking out of the cup restores a level of health and can be used once in the morning, afternoon and evening. Also if drank from when you are first waking up it clears your head and gives you a boost of energy (+1 to all your die rolls).

Dad’s Pocket Knife

You remember back before your Dad went away. He used to spend every moment he could with you. He always carried one thing with him everywhere he went. His pocketknife. It always seemed to come in handy every time you turned around. Cutting fishing line, carving your name in a tree and other such things. When he was no longer there you found his knife tucked in a drawer in your Mom’s room, it never leaves you wherever you go anymore.
This allows you to cut through anything you need to. It’ll slice a door open, tear the skin of that thing that sticks it’s arms out from under your bed and even cut that metal barb wire that raises up out of the backyard from time to time.

Witch's Mirror

An old metal handled mirror. The handle and back is of ornate design containing all sorts of symbols such as pentagrams, stars, moons and such. Well over a foot long and never seems to get dirty. The mirror surface is circle shaped.
Anything a child sees in the mirror is shown in its true form. Thus illusions and other deceptions are useless. Any human possessed by a King shows up with that Kings features mixed with their own.

Rumors abound among those who have seen this item, or ones similar, that it is also linked to the mirrors possessed by the King of Pride but the truth is unknown.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tabletop RPG Kickstarters - Things to do part three.



Okay todays bit of Kickstarter advice may seem like a bit of common sense to most.  But for some reason there are several cases of people running projects who cannot seem to fathom this simple idea.  It doesn't require a lot of effort even.

Give updates about your project ON KICKSTARTER! 

I don't know why some people think we want to keep track of what they are doing on the project by going to their Facebook page.  Or having to subscribe to a Twitter feed.  Or join a community.  Or whatever social network/forum/outdated social network they want to suddenly use.  Kickstarter has a place for you to give all your backers updates BUILT INTO THE DAMN PAGE. Every one of your backers have a login for Kickstarter or otherwise they couldn't have backed you in the first place.  Not everyone has an account at whatever social network you seem to think is so important.

Give us the updates where you pitched your product, right there on the project page. 

Now of course this is all based on the idea that you give us updates in the first place.  We all know there are some project managers who can't even grasp that.  So, I guess, first you should give us updates and then second put those updates on the 'updates' section of the project page.  That is why it's there you know.

Okay this one was a bit more of a rant than I'm used to.  Must have had a flashback to giving bad gamers advice on how to play in a group properly or something.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The passing of a gamer.


A local gamer has passed away.  From diagnosis of throat cancer to the time of his passing was three weeks. While I only met him a few times he always seemed like a nice guy.  Quiet and reserved most of the time he was brilliant at the gaming table according to those who played with him on a regular basis.  He will be missed greatly by those who knew him and those who didn't will have missed out.

This has also sent his family into some financial distress as one can imagine.  They have set up a fund to help pay for funeral costs if anyone would like to help. 

Chris Jennings may you rest in peace and may your family and friends find the strength to carry on.

The Go Fund Me page to help pay for funeral costs.

The Empty Chair - Eulogy for a gamer.





Friday, February 20, 2015

Liber Elixirium now available via POD

Liber Elixirium: The Essential Guide to Potions and Oils is not available for POD over at Drivethru and RPGNow.  So if the leather, gold gilded version with the silk bookmark isn't in your budget you have an alternative for a cheaper one. 

Find it at RPGNow here.
Find it at Drivethrurpg here.

Below are some shots of the POD version of the book that Vince uploaded in an update on the Kickstarter page earlier  Looks pretty good, not as good as the leather version I'm holding, but still pretty nice.




 


Also don't forget they are running a Kickstarter right now for the City of the Lich module. 

You can find that Kickstarter here.

That's all the blogging for this week.  See you next Monday.





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kult Retroclone

Retrocloning when the setting nor the system are open for use.  I've seen several fans of Kult ask about somebody writing up a retroclone of the game over the years.  Well ever since people started the DnD clones oh so many years ago.  My answer as to why not is because with most of those are based of a system that can be pulled from the OGL for D20.  Nearly the entire 'guts' of the old system are there you just have to strip away everything added and work your way around what is missing.  Then most of them are just variations of that system and NOT of the old settings that DnD was known for.  It's all generic fantasy settings for the most part.

The system in Kult isn't under the OGL in any way shape or form.  Besides the system is not what made the game popular and loved among its fans.  It was always the setting, that particular bend of dark horror, with a twisted take on cosmology and how it alters the very reality around us.  That is what people were after, the rules were just a means to an ends.

Now Kult, lock stock and barrel, is owned by a company called Paradox.  This company produces nothing, it exists and earns income by licensing out intellectual properties that it owns.  Maybe you've heard of a few things that belong to them like: Mutant Chronicles, Mutant Year Zero, Chronopia and oh yes lets not forget they own a good chunk of Conan (enough to lawyer up against anybody who uses the name without permission).  They are dedicated to keeping these properties their own and don't like it when people infringe upon them.  Short story, they will take you to court over it really quick.  So a 'fan edition' of the game would probably end up with somebody getting sued.

The only way around this would be coming up with a new setting from the ground up.  One that has a same cosmological control over the world and the same end result on the reality around those hapless characters who live in it.  That would be the key challenge, capturing that same lightening in a bottle from a different storm.  After this is done a system could be bolted into it, preferably one with a decent way of handling sanity/mental balance as that was the only memorable part of the original.  Arguments could be made all day long for systems but that's neither here nor there.  That setting would have to be the core nugget of interest.

So this is why there is no Kult retroclone.  So please stop asking.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Six Pack - More modern magic items.



Time for another six pack.  Here are six modern day magic items, stats are given for use with the WaRP system.  Enjoy.

'Free Money' Card

What appears to be a blank credit card made of a gray plastic with just the magnetic strip showing on its surface. Most wouldn't think anything of it this but a curious one will try it out. When put into an ATM and any four numbers entered as PIN code it will cause two hundred dollars to be dispersed. Now this only works once per day, any extra attempts come up with an error reading the card. Another benefit the user is usually unaware of is all surveillance of the transaction is blurred out. Rendering any attempt to ID them from security camera footage an impossibility.



The Stop Watch

What appears to be a simple non-digital wrist watch with a leather strap. There is an extra button on each side that are unusual and seem to serve no purpose. However when one presses both in at the same time while staring at the watch it will cause time to freeze in the area around them. This will last as long as the wearer is looking at the watch face, one look away and it breaks. So they have to use peripheral vision to move around. The more complicated the movement the harder it is to not break eye contact. Only works once per month. Trying to use this at any other time simply cause no effect what so ever.



Reading Lamp

A rather old and decorative table lamp. Made of a dark heavy wood with inlaid carvings of what appear to be educated wise men reading books. Even the cord is decades old and most would think it unsafe. When somebody turns on the lamp and lays a book in the light it visually translates the text into the primary language of the reader. There seems to be no limit on how long you can keep it on nor how many time it can be used.



See Through Mirror

A small hand held mirror, about the size of those that come in compact make up kits. Kept in a felt lined leather pouch and the back of the mirror seems to be covered in the same felt material. If placed against a wall and the person holding it concentrates it allows them to see through the wall as if they were looking through a hole. There seems to be no limit on how long you can look through the mirror and can even slide it about on the wall moving the 'hole'.




These two pistols are known for being the reason why some people have survived incredible odds. Hurt, bleeding and facing the end they are suddenly able to wield these firearms better than ever before. They've been in the hands of everybody from staunch lawmen to criminals on the edge of society believing it's kill or be killed.


'Last Man Standing' pistol – Walther P .38

For every ten points of HP that are lost while the user had this pistol on them they gain a bonus die whenever firing.



'Bloody Defender' pistol – Colt M1911 .45

Activated when the users own blood is smeared onto the gun. After that they gain a bonus die on all actions for as long as the blood is wet and the gun is in their possession.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dig where you stand.


Over on G+ a Swedish larper by the name of Elin Dalstal of recently mentioned something in one of her posts that I really liked.

This is where the digging comes in. ”Dig where you stand!” is Swedish proverb. It means sort of ;”Start with your own community's knowledge and skills”, ”“Start with what you have skills for, with what you know!”, ”Take charge of the problem yourself” or ”Work with the local community”.


This struck me as something the RPG community could learn from.  Especially when it comes to local real life communities and not just the ones that have developed online.  Not to mention showing support for those who are already doing this.  Hell it's something that I need to do more often as well.

With the advent of the internet and it crawling into everything we do I've noticed the collapse of old fashioned local gaming communities.  While in no way am I saying doing things online is bad, I don't see going that direction as your only outlet a healthy way of doing things. The close knit feelings that used to develop among gamers seems to be fading out more and more.  Something that I feel needs to be fixed.

Even I'll admit to slowly pulling away from the locals and being more at the keyboard in the last few years.  Now I've managed to keep some ties nice and strong as well as helping promote the local game scene as best I can.  Pushing local game publishers online, attempting to bring a local game con back to the area, things like that.  But its not nearly as much as I used to do, and I miss that.

There needs to be an effort, a movement, to get gamers back out in the local communities.  After all that is where many of us started and its where we can still bring several more back into the fold.  Forming local communities, keeping in touch with each other and building a strong local base.  Revive small local cons again, use the online tools at our fingertips to create contact points for locals, promote each other and what they are good at.  Rebuild a strong base community from the ground up once again.

So what can you do to 'Dig where you stand' in your local community? 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Eoris Essence saved from the shredder



Back in 2010 a RPG called Eoris Essence was released.  It was two very nice looking hard cover books in a slip case.  The art was pretty damned high quality and the overall appearance of the books was jaw dropping.  A lot of work had gone into producing this game and you could see it dripping off of each page.

For some reason I had never heard of it until recently.  Apparently it got some talk when released but just didn't catch on.  From what I've heard there was a price tag of somewhere around a hundred bucks attached to it (no proof just what others have told me) and that would definitely keep a game from selling in the RPG market.

So on rpgnet the people who own the game made the following post:

"We are very sorry to inform that on February the 15th 2015 the remaining books of Eoris Essence will be destroyed. We simply do not have the resources to keep the books in storage anymore and have no alternate choice.

This is the last week to get a copy.

We love and appreciate those who followed us during these harsh years and apologise to those who could have gotten a book but will not be able to.

Sincerely,

Daniel Torres "


The thread on rpgnet can be found here.

Of course I went and took a look at what they were talking about since this was the first I had ever heard of the game.  Just judging from what they have up on their site I was impressed.  Then I clicked over to Amazon and checked out the price and they had reduced it to 30 dollars.  So I picked up a copy.

Find the Eoris website here.

Find Eoris Essence on Amazon here.

Having received my copy I will say that this is a hefty pair of books.  Solid production with quality above and beyond just about anything else on the market.  A bit of fast reading gives me the impression that the base mechanics are a bit similar to early Storyteller from White Wolf except using D20's.  While the setting is really detailed and would probably take a good while to be absorbed.  That's my quick impression.

Evidently enough people went and bought books that the folks behind the game could rent the warehouse space from Amazon for another semester.  So I'm guessing they still have quite a few books on hand to sell.  So please go give a look to what they have up on their site and see if' it's something you would like to add to your collection.  If anything just the visual appearance of the book alone is something nice to have around.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kickstarter: City of the Lich



Second Thought Games has their third Kickstart project up and live now.  It's about at the half way point time wise and is about 75% funded.  So lets hit up on some of the details that have been revealed.

Find the City of the Lich Kickstarter page here.

First off I asked about the map.  After looking at the provided link to the person who they have hired to create it and their samples I was impressed.  So I enquired if they were going to be doing a full poster sized map as was done with Ryubix Manor.  The answer was no, but they were going to do something better.

" City of the Lich will be printed in the style of the OSR modules of yore: The cover will not be attached to the manuscript, allowing the GM uninterrupted access to the City Map printed on the inside left cover. The inside right cover includes the Location Key, names of all Clans, Clan Elders, and Random City Encounter Tables. Stand it up and use it as a impromptu GM Screen! The map inside the cover will be in full color, while a b/w Player's Copy is included in the manuscript (without location key, of course) to be laid on the table. "

Ah sweet some old school goodness in the style.  Afterwards somebody asked if the image will be provided to backers so they could have it printed out poster sized if hey wanted.  Their answer, again, was one that we wanted to hear as backers.

"Sure! We'll provide a link to an .eps image of the City Map to all digital/physical backers at fulfillment. My wife (the technical half of STG) tells me an .eps image can be blown up without losing definition."

Second they have been providing images of some of the work being done by their artists. This has been shown in the updates section.  Allowing you to get a good idea with the over all 'look' the book is going for. 

Hopefully for a project with a low funded amount, that is already fully written and is from some folks who have a track record for getting their electronic rewards out on time and the physical rewards only slightly behind, they can get a full funding on this.  With only one stretch goal to reach as well, they should do well.

You can find their previous books available in pdf at the usual places.

Ryubix Manor at DrivethruRPG.
Ryubix Manor at RPGNow.

Liber Elixirium at DrivethruRPG.
Liber Elixirium at RPGNow.

You can also find them in print at the Second Thought website.

Ryubix Manor in print.
Liber Elixirium in print.