Beware of the Spirits of the Woods

web-coverDo you want strange, supernatural encounters that you can confront your players with when they travel through a forest? Something that is a tad more scary or spooky than an ambush of a pack of wolves or a raging owlbear? Beware of the Spirits of the Woods, my latest pay-what-you-want-title, provides you with six such encounters. None of them should be used as a random encounter, as they are in no case something that may happen each and every day to a group of travelers. They are something  special, that perhaps happens once every couple of month (or even less often), or something that happens in a certain, cursed or hexed part of the woods.

All creatures encountered are supernatural (pixies, sprites and spirits) and chaotic, magical beings. Clerical spells like Protection from Evil will affect them. And as nobody reads my blog for my advertisement, I will give you two examples below.

This product is an independent production by Gregorius21778 and is not affiliated with Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Lamentations of the Flame Princess is a registered trademark owned by James Edward Raggi IV.

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[SHA]What the Smithy has to offer

Hi everyone. The weekend is coming a little earlier for me today, and so does my next release: What the Smithy has to offer is another pay-what-you-want, LotFP-compatible title of mine that is now available at drivethrurgp.com. The next time your players ask “what weapons and armor are offered for sale?” instead of stating what they are looking for, roll 2-5 times (or: 1d4+1 times) on this list. All prices assume “silver standard”, of course.

This product is an independent production by Gregorius21778 and is not affiliated with Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Lamentations of the Flame Princess is a registered trademark owned by James Edward Raggi IV.

To sweeten my shameless house advertising I add the whole list to the blog post as well. After all, it is pwyw, anyway! But please remember, everything counts in large amounts.

 

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From the Maw of the Würm came…

coverI took a break from the game aides (well, I need another good idea) but not from pay-what-you-want-titles. So, I released From the Maw of the Würm came… today, a collection of special attacks for dragon-esque monsters.

These are not your regular attacks of “elemental breath” or acid, but were written with a battle against a nasty, hideous monster in mind. One that most would like to leave alone for the harm and woe it might cause. Some of the entries refer to a “cone of “ effect/attack. The GM is the final arbiter in regard to the exact shape and measures of said cone (and how often the monster may make use of its special attack), so that it may be easier to fit the attacks into any given game. All of the entries are Labyrinth Lord(tm) compatible, but every GM worth the title should be able to adapt those to any other OSR RPG.

To lend this blog post some substance, I will post 10 of the twenty attacks of the title right here. Enjoy!

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All titles of Neoplastic-Press FREE/PWYW

Today I noted that all titles of Neoplastic-Press are FREE or PWYW want now. After the hacking of Plate Mail Games I decided to get into contact with Rafael Chandler before posting the info here, but he quickly confirmed that he is indeed offering his titles like that now.

So, here we are: in front of us, the open door to a small vault full of strange and nasty things. A while ago I have bought Obscene Serpent Religion (mature content, through and through) and while I did not put it to use yet, I really liked the ideas and options it offered.

Lusus Naturae had gained my attention as well, and now I can read through the whole text before I decide if it is for me and how much money I want to give.

And there is more, some of it strictly for free (reads: the publisher will not accept money for it).

So, you fellow maggots and rats, all you fellow harpies and ghouls, you friends of feast and carcass: lets swarm in like a black cloud and sate ourselves, but let us also not forget to thank Rafael Chandler for the generosity AND let us all keep in mind: everything counts in large amounts.

All titles of Neoplastic-Press FREE/PWYW

[Spotlight] Bonus: Little Book of Dungeons

A while ago, a indie-map-maker going by the name of Crooked Staff Publishing came to my attention. I bought some of their stock art, but never used it till now. But this blog post is not about stock art or about my titles, it is about a nifty little pay-what-you-want title that Crooked Staff Publishing offers, and what one could do with it

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Technology & Magick

…the two are an odd mix, aren´t they? Well, I am an odd guy known to do odd jobs, and this weekend I felt like mixing something old with something new. Something old is a re-hash of my old Lectures of the Tech-Witch, now available with DH2nd compatible rules, right here in my dropbox.

Something new is the result of a little surge of inspiration that lead to the creation of a pay-what-you-want release for FATE(tm): Techno/Arcana. I am not sure if anybody needs this loose canon of an idea, but then again: it is released already and out there.

Hmm… why do I feel a little blue now?

 

Technology & Magick

[Spotlight] Guests for Dinner

„Guests for Dinner“ is a pay-what-you-want, OSR-fantasy dungeon crawl that weighs in at 10 pages, 7 of them including the little OSR run-in-dungeon it is, as well as a quick guide to a nearby town, how and why the dungeon is what it is, and a small (half page) primer on „character-funnel-type play“.

The dungeon itself pretty much what one has to expect from such a limited format: it includes a total of eleven encounter areas, each with its own (rather) brief description. The map is functional and not a bad one, but I miss a scale or a size description. Not that it is overly important (there is a grid and every GM can easily decide upon the measures that fit his or her needs best), but if sizes were been mentioned somewhere in the module, I missed them.

That being said, the module has a horror touch to it that keeps it from being „just vanilla“. While me, as a „horror-film-friend“, had a lot „deja-vu“ during the read, I guess that this icing on the cake takes „Guests for Dinner“ one notch above the middle ground. You will for sure get a „been there, done that“ feeling if you are accustomed to contemporary horror films, but the fact that you have eaten a steak before will not change the fact that a nice piece of steak is a nice piece of steak. And the meat that is there is nice. Of course, the format means that you only get the general ideas and have to work on the rest of it, but the ideas are good and they are all -linked- into the background/synopsis of the adventure. A GM who wants to build up on what is there will have an easy time doing so.

The module may be used as a one-shot, as the start of a campaign or adventure group, or as a „one on the side“ thing that just happens to a group between other adventures. It seems to be excellent as a one shoot for one evening, as it literally drops the characters into the action right from the start.

All in all, I say give it a look and if you actually use it for an evening of entertainment, give some money, too.

[Spotlight] Guests for Dinner