I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
- William Blake
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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Friday, June 10, 2022
Truman Burbank is the unsuspecting star of The Truman Show, a reality television program filmed 24/7 through thousands of hidden cameras and broadcast to a worldwide audience. Christof, the show's creator and executive producer, seeks to capture Truman's authentic emotions and give audiences a relatable everyman.As Truman was selected from birth following an unwanted pregnancy, Christof claims that Truman came to be adopted not just by the show, but by the whole "world". Truman's hometown of Seahaven Island is a complete set built within an enormous dome, populated by crew members and actors who highlight the product placements that generate revenue for the show. The elaborate set allows Christof to control almost every aspect of Truman's life, including the weather.To prevent Truman from discovering his false reality, Christof manufactures scenarios that dissuade Truman's desire for exploration, such as the "death" of his father in a sea storm to instill aquaphobia, and by constantly broadcasting and printing messages of the dangers of traveling and the virtues of staying home. However, Christof cannot predict all of Truman's actions.
Monday, June 06, 2022
If you've been waiting for a while, I want to say I'm sorry it took me so long.
While not as stunning as the work of actual artists (like the ones by Prosaiko and JV West), it is functional, works well for my games, and it has a "gothic" vibe that's adequate for DFB.
You can get it here ("DFB sheet"). BTW, I'm making this a "public folder" with all my free stuff.
Friday, June 03, 2022
Replacing EquipmentThe game assumes you keep your gear in good repair, patching holes in your clothing, keeping your metal weapons oiled and sharpened, replenishing your stores of food and water with materials you forage during your travels, and recovering your ammunition. No matter how fastidious you are about keeping up with your goods, old items wear out and must be replaced.When you choose an expert path or master path, your old gear that is not magical in nature wears out and must be replaced.
Using the ShadowThe Shadow of the Demon Lord is an optional element thatcan greatly enhance the mood of foreboding and terror inyour game. It might loom over the entire campaign or be anunstable effect that changes once, twice, or many times. Itcan be the main crisis in your stories or a distant threat thatlurks in the background. For example, a campaign mightbegin at the time of the orc uprising, which some believewas sparked when the Shadow fell upon Drudge, now kingof the orcs. From there the Shadow moves on to the GreatDruid, who watches over the hidden Well of Life, leading toa global pandemic. Toward the end of the campaign, it fallsover a demon prince that the group imprisoned and loosesit into the world.If you want to use the Shadow in your game, you can rolla d20 and consult the Shadow of the Demon Lord table torandomly determine its effect. Alternatively, you can choosea suitable effect or come up with one of your own, usingthese examples to guide your design.Next, you need to think of a reason for why theShadow behaves as it does. Does it fall randomly or doesit have a cause? For example, the “restless dead” effectcould happen when a powerful necromancer comesunder the Demon Lord’s influence, or the Shadow mighthave fallen over the Underworld. When possible, tie theShadow to the group in some way. Perhaps its influencecorrupts a patron, or the characters’ actions somehowtriggered the event.
The Shadow of the Demon Lord is an optional element thatcan greatly enhance the mood of foreboding and terror inyour game. It might loom over the entire campaign or be anunstable effect that changes once, twice, or many times. Itcan be the main crisis in your stories or a distant threat thatlurks in the background.
Thursday, June 02, 2022
This "advanced" version is NOT an AD&D clone, but B/X with many new options taken from AD&D, dragon magazine, etc.
I really like OSE rules (and their great SRD). This is one of the best versions of my favorite D&D (B/X) and this "advanced" book includes monsters, magic items, etc. I haven't read this one yet.
Here is the blurb (affiliate links):
The essential old-school game of fantastic adventure, monsters, and magic — expanded with advanced monsters and treasures!
Referee's Tome of Monsters and Treasures
- This book contains full guidelines for creating and running adventures, over 300 fearsome monsters, and over 300 wondrous magic items.
- Simple rules let imagination and fast-paced action take the spotlight.
- Clear, modern presentation makes the game easy to learn and quick to reference.
- Compatible with decades of classic adventures and supplements.
Requires the Companion Player's Tome
Referees will also require the companion book, the Advanced Fantasy Player’s Tome.
Classic Fantasy or Advanced Fantasy?
Deluxe Print Edition
A deluxe, sewn-binding hardcover edition of this book ( + free PDF) is available from Exalted Funeral, along with all of the other books in the Old-School Essentials line.
Note that there is no print-on-demand edition of this book.