Monday, July 01, 2019

Oh Dear...

This is a bit embarrassing. Following on from the role-playing games I have played and the games I own but have not played, here are the adventures and campaigns that I own and have not played. Again, I am not including free stuff that's been shoved at me by Drive Thru RPG, nor am I including adventures from magazines, because that would be ridiculous and this is quite bad enough.

Adventure Number Ten - Lamentations of the Flame Princess (LotFP)
Assault on Blacktooth Ridge - Castles & Crusades
Bad Myrmidon - OSR
Barrowmaze - OSR
Better Than Any Man - LotFP
Blades - Earthdawn
Blood in the Chocolate - LotFP
Broodmother SkyFortress - LotFP
Carcosa - LotFP
The Cursed Chateau - OSR/LotFP
Dark Frontier - Rogue Trader
Death Love Doom - LotFP
Death's Dark Shadow - Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
Deep Carbon Observatory - OSR
The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children - LotFP
Doors to Darkness - Call of Cthulhu
Dungeon of the Unknown - LotFP
Dwimmermount - Adventurer Conqueror King/OSR
- I have played one session of a pre-release version of the dungeon online with the author, James Maliszewski, so maybe I shouldn't count it.
England Upturn'd - LotFP
Eyes of the Stone Thief - 13th Age
Fantastic Four: Fantastic Voyages - Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game
Fever-Dreaming Marlinko - OSR
The God that Crawls - LotFP
Going Through Forbidden Otherworlds - LotFP
The Grinding Gear - LotFP
Hammers of the God - LotFP
The Idea from Space - LotFP
Kafer Dawn - 2300AD
King for the Day - OSR
Lamentations of the Gingerbread Princess - LotFP
Lure of the Expanse - Rogue Trader
Masks of Nyarlathotep - Call of Cthulhu
Maze of the Blue Medusa - OSR
Misty Isles of the Eld - OSR
The Monolith from Beyond Space and Time - LotFP
Nameless Horrors - Call of Cthulhu
No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides - LotFP
No Salvation for Witches - LotFP
Oddpool - Into the Odd
Palace of the Silver Princess (DIY Remix) - OSR
The Pale Lady - LotFP
People of Pembrooktonshire - LotFP
The Punchline - LotFP
Qelong - Lamentations of the Flame Princess
A Red & Pleasant Land - LotFP
Sacraments of Evil - Call of Cthulhu
Scenic Dunnsmouth - LotFP
Silent Titans - Into the Odd (I think)
A Single, Small Cut - LotFP
Slumbering Ursine Dunes - OSR
Sounds of the Mushroom Kingdom - LotFP
The Squid, the Cabal, and the Old Man - LotFP
Tales of the Scarecrow - LotFP
Thulian Echoes - LotFP
Tomb of the Iron God - OSR
Tower of the Stargazer - LotFP
Towers Two - LotFP
The Weird that Befell Drigbolton - OSR
World War Cthulhu: Europe Ablaze - Call of Cthulhu
X-Men: Who Goes There? - Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game

There's a lot of OSR -- LotFP in particular -- stuff there because I do a fair bit of work in that area, but my own group doesn't play old-school games unless I'm playtesting something. It's a feeble excuse but it's all I've got.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Space Barbarians!

These are from Barbarians of Orange Boiling Seas, an upcoming adventure written by Zzarchov Kowolski for Lamentations of the Flame Princess.

This one was supposed to be the matriarch of a Neanderthal clan, but it looks more like Doctor Who person Steven Moffat. Oh well.

I believe the adventure will be released at this year's Gen Con in August, and will be on general sale soon afterwards.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Missed Opportunities

Following on from the probably-incomplete list of games I have played, here are the games I have owned but have not played, and in some cases haven't even read:

3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars 
13th Age Glorantha
Apocalypse World
Cyberpunk 2020 (I have to play this next year, before it's too late!)
Forgotten Futures
Into the Odd
Lacuna Part I. The Creation of the Mystery and the Girl from Blue City
Lady Blackbird
Lords of Creation
Mage: The Ascension
Make You Kingdom
Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game (I may never play this as I don't have the cards!)
Masque of the Red Death and Other Tales (this is technically a campaign setting but it changes AD&D2 to such an extent that I'm going to include it; thanks to Martin for the inspiration!)
Mekton II
Mutant Future
Night's Black Agents 
Psi World
Silent Legions
Silent Titans
Small But Vicious Dog
Tenra Bansho Zero
Villains and Vigilantes

These are the games I've bought or -- in the case of freebies -- made an effort to acquire. Most are hardcopies, with a handful of pdfs; I am not including all the free pdfs you get given every so often at Drive Thru RPG because then the list would go into the hundreds and that way lies madness.

It's not as bad as I thought, although it is a little bad; there are things here that I will never play and I know it. The bigger issue perhaps is the number of adventures and campaigns I've bought with no clear idea of when they will be played; perhaps that's a list for another post, if I can stand the crushing shame of it all.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Playa Got Game

This popped up on Twitter the other day:

I replied with a list. Then remembered a few more. Then another few more. Then some more, then I gave up and decided to post the list here instead. I knew I'd played more than four. I didn't realise it had been more than ten times that.

This list doesn't include the games I've owned and never played -- which is a smaller list, but only just! -- nor the games for which I've generated characters and then the game never happened.

13th Age
Adventures in Middle Earth
Barbarians of Lemuria
Call of Cthulhu
Cold City
Conspiracy X
Cypher System
Dark Conspiracy
Deadlands Noir
Delta Green
Dragon Age
Dragonlance: The Fifth Age
Dungeons and Dragons
(Basic, 2, 4, and 5)
Feng Shui
Fighting Fantasy
Golden Heroes

Hot War
Lamentations of the Flame Princess
Legend of the Five Rings
Middle Earth Roleplaying
(Year Zero, Genlab Alpha, Mechatron)
Mutant Chronicles
The One Ring
Phoenix: Dawn Command
Red Box Hack
Rogue Trader
Savage Worlds
SLA Industries
A Song of Ice and Fire
(sort of; Ben used the rules to run an Arthurian game)
Star Wars (d6)
Trail of Cthulhu
Traveller: The New Era
Vampire: The Masquerade
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay

I think that's it, but I expect to remember half a dozen more games about thirty seconds after I click "Publish".

Monday, June 10, 2019


My group is always forgetting about Inspiration when we play D&D5 so here's an idea to make it more memorable:

When a player gains Inspiration, give them a d30 and when they "cash in" the Inspiration they get to use the d30 instead of the usual d20.

(To clarify, instead of rolling two d20s and keeping the highest result, you're rolling one d20 and one d30 and keeping the highest result.)

This method gives the player a unique token that stands out amongst the usual table detritus, plus Inspiration itself gets a bit more oomph, both of which should make the mechanic less forgettable in play.