Oh, it is so good to be online again! Starting with last Saturday, I was not online against my will (my router gave up on me). All the things I had to read up on today… oh, and this title of mine that had been waiting for its release since the weekend. Yes, dudettes and dudes, I am happy to announce that Weird Contaminated World Vol. 03: The Aberrant Form is on sale now. And as nobody reads my blog for my advertisement, I will share 20 of the mutant powers with you in this article.
A while ago my good friend Theobaldt made me aware of a computer game named “Nyheim” (I guess this is Finnish). The whole thing is best described as a one-player boardgame emulation with a post-apocalyptic theme (and in my opinion: the game is pretty neat).
I would like to inform you all about a $1-Sale that is currently going on at Fat Goblin Games. Till the end of this week, a lot of products of said Publisher (both Supplements and StockArt) will be available for $1.00 Dollar (which, in my opinion, is a really good price for what you get). According to Fat Goblin Games, this sale is meant as a fundraiser, as the publisher tries to get $500 USD this way to make a donation to the Rape Crisis Center of Horry County.
Aside from this bargain deal, I would like to bring a free offer from The Forge Studios to your attention. The latest release of the publisher is The Lost Temple of the Wormgod, a free RPG aid (for personal use). What you get is a (simple) map of the region, a picture of the (broken) portal that leads into the hidden temple, and of course map of the temple itself (the dungeon). All of this comes with a lot of space for your personal notes. If you have the ideas for an adventure but don´t want to draw your own map, this product is for you. And it is not the only free map of The Forge Studios.
But if you would excuse me for now…
…I got my hand on very neat looking, bizarre mini-rpg that is called Fleshscape. This pay-what-you-want title provides you a world where everything in the environment is part of a living, breathing, weird world of organ, sinew, bones and a lot of other things that belong to a (human?) body. They players take the role of the leaders of a small nomad tribe that tries to survive and and thrive in this merciless place were the flesh you walk on is inedible, you drink Clearblood and everything you make use of in your daily life (weapons, tools, clothes, food) was either harvested from the world-thing you life upon, from some monster… or form another human.
It is only eight pages long and “rules-light”, but it seems to give you all you need to run the game, has a nice idea for a game world and has two other nice ideas in regard to the rules. But that is something for another blog post…
Once again, I want to direct your attention to a post by Eric F. on his blog swordsandstitchery. On the 23rd of January 2017 Eric posted an article that contains a d20 table of his own design that contains Random Remains of the Passing of the Mythos. If you run Chthonian Highways you can use any of these results to provide your players with a scary reminder that the world is not theirs anymore. If you play Lamentations of the Flame Princess(tm) you can easily use this as the inspiration for a godforsaken, twisted location your (by comparison) mundane PC will stumble upon in their next adventure. If you run a game in CARCOSA or play BlackCrusade this could just be what one expects as soon as one ventures into the realms of the gods. In a game of DarkHeresy, a team of the Ordo Malleus might find themselves in a place like that after a major warp incursion (“corruptions points per hour” seem appropriate here).
My salutations to Eric F. for his creativity.
Page 32 of the Mutant Future(tm) rules book includes an entry about “Phobias” and offers six broad categories ( Technologies, Weapons, Animals, Plants, Common Object and Insects) …and the advise that the GM should work out the details. Well, I am a GM and I am kinda good at working out details. So, I hereby offer you 30 Things to be Afraid of in the Weird, Irradiated Future. Feel free to assign them to your neo-savages, inbreed bunker dwellers and beasts-mutated-into-sentient-humanoids.
By RAW (“rules as written”), an affected character will turn and flee for 1d4 turns after a Phobia is triggered. As an optional rule, the GM may decide that the character refuses to get near the object of his or her fear instead (when said object is non-threatening in nature) for the said number of turns and/or that the PC will suffer from a penalty to all rolls (-1 to -4; according to the results of the d4) for as long as he or she is in the presence of the object as well as the turn after.
If you would like to have the following 30 Things to be Afraid of as a PDF, please have a look at my pay-what-you-want offer at drivethrurpg.com.
It is a new week, and thereby it was time for another release. I proudly present to you By-Names for Dwarfs. And as nobody reads my blog posts for my shameless house-advertising, I will take 20 example by-names and turn them into the Dwarfs of Finvale.
And now, to something completely different. I would like to introduce you to the artwork of the jflaxman on deviantart.com. I don´t know the person behind this nickname, but from the quality of what I see I could imagine that he is a professional.
I personally like After the rain, as it is something I could imagine to acquire as a print to hang it into my living room. As somebody who likes to read/write/watch things that are related to the post-apocalyptic, I have to admire the battlecar artwork he titled Cordoba as well as a picture named Last Voyage of the Charon. If will have to describe a small, run-down ship for a private RPG session again, I will for sure remember the “Charon” as a base for the description.
For a dark/weird fantasy game, his more sinister artwork like Anguish or the Panniculus provide plenty of inspiration for supernatural and otherworldy horror. Especially as jflaxman writes stories to his pictures as well (see the Panniculus or his scifi-artwork Diamaur Rider). And there are lots and lots and lots of those strong, macabre and unsettling pictures in his portfolio, enough to compensate for every lag of nightmares one might have.
Thereby, I advise every reader of my blog (the few that I have) to stop by and take a look. Pour yourself a cup of tea or a mug of coffee and browse a little. Chances are that this will be a better way to spend your time than switching between tv channels.