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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,249 posts. 15 reviews. No lists. No wishlists.


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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

04/17- A little late this week due to work but I've posted over at Shadows over Vathak where I talk a little bit about the upcoming GMs' Gazetteer for the Colonies. I also mention vampires!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Finally cracked open the bottle of Ommegang's "Take the Black Stout" after my Pathfinder session last night. Split it with the guys while we watched GoT. Very good, kind of smoky, I thought. Our next session, I have a bottle of the "Blood Red Ale" to try.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

4/14- Inspiration blogs will now be on Sundays instead of Saturdays. Today, I discuss insane asylums and the movie "House on Haunted Hill" over at Shadows over Vathak.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

04/09- Short update over at Shadows over Vathak- the players' guide for the Colonies is coming along very well but I still need to write up an incantation.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
Neverwillibreak wrote:
In the event we include a creature which has multiple forms, if only one is relevant to the encounter, do we need to include all the alternates?
If only one is relevant, I can live with one form. Normally, I shoot for all a creature's forms but in the case of lycanthropes (for example) that can eat word count.

Tell me about it!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

04/05- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, we take a visit to the Sedlec Ossuary- a great location for a Vathak adventure!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Happy birthday! My first Frog God product was preordering the Tome of Horrors Complete (and my players have never forgiven me).

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

04/02- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I give a brief update on the progress of the first Shadows over Vathak Players' Guide where I briefly discuss designing spells for rogues...rogues? The Old Ones must have driven me insane!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

03/29- Shadows over Vathak is a setting suitable for many types of different horror themed campaigns, whether you want to run something more akin to Call of Cthulhu or have your players attempt to survive battling on the frontlines against the Spawn of the Old Ones. So for the latter, on today's blog I discuss the anime series Attack on Titan which can serve as inspiration in running a survival horror type of campaign or adventure.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Happy birthday, Raging Swan. It's been a privilege working with you the last three years!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Skeeter Green wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
I'm in. I missed out on all of these back in the day. I'm hoping that Frog God Games gets to run some S&W games at Paizocon this year (I've gotten to run it a few times, but never get to be a player!).

John- Bill and Jillian both run S&W games at PaizoCon, look for them when registration opens. If we're not overwhelmed by other duties, we typically have a pickup game going in the evening, as well.

You could always make the trip to NTRPGCon, in Dallas, as well. Its a LOT of S&W.

SG

Thanks, Skeeter! Glad to hear their will be some games. I'll definitely have to check out NTRPGCon at some point.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

I'm in. I missed out on all of these back in the day. I'm hoping that Frog God Games gets to run some S&W games at Paizocon this year (I've gotten to run it a few times, but never get to be a player!).

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

03/26- What are "Lineage feats?" Well, the name may change but its something I'm working on as part of the players' guide for Shadows over Vathak.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Azazyll wrote:
Any idea when this will be back in print? Sounds good enough to warrant a dead tree copy on my shelf.

If Scott doesn't reply here (he's been busy with his Broken Eye Books Kickstarter project), I'll send him an e-mail to see if he's still got copies for sale on the Zombie Sky website.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

03/22- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I try to escape the snow and go below the earth of Vathak to the underworld known as the Filth Reaches where I might find the works described by sci-fi author, Richard Shaver.

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Mike Welham wrote:
I hope it wasn't my map that sent the last cartographer off screaming.

The one I did for Wolverton was pretty intense. My hand was so cramped doing all those little buildings that I had to apply multiple cold cans of beer compresses to it afterwards.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

03/19- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss my process for outlining adventures.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Thanks, Endzeitgeist, for the review!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

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3/15- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss how to use one of my favorite movies, "13th Warrior," as both inspiration in depicting the evil bhriota and as an adventure.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

The scotch ale I used to get was called McEwan's, an import that I used to have to go to Maine to get (don't think I ever saw it in NH). Sam Adams used to release a scotch ale as part of one of their seasonal variety packs but I haven't seen that in years, either.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

3/12- I discuss my approach to looking at traits in the forthcoming Players' Guides over at Shadows over Vathak.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka John Benbo

Congratulations! Like others have said, the competition this year, especially in the final round was very tough.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

3/8- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I take a look at the old 1990 Ravenloft boxed set and some of the things that you can pull into a Vathak adventure.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Endzeitgeist listed It Came From the Stars as #5 on his "Best of 2013" list! You can check it out in the lastest issue of Rite Publishing's Pathways #36 which also happens to be free! Thanks, Endzeitgeist (and Rite Publishing for hosting the list).

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Thanks, everyone! Pathfinder version is a definite plus. Just picked it up as part of the GM's Day sale! Hopefully, these posts will bring some attention to this product.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Shadowborn wrote:

As it happens, yes I do. There's a lot of stuff in there that can be incorporated into almost any campaign. It starts off explaining the "degree of success" mechanics that are used throughout the book. Rather than just relying on a "fail or make, one die roll" system, it gives you degrees of success and failure to prolong the games and contests presented later.

There's quite a bit on alcohol and its effects, including five different stages of intoxication (well, six if you include "unconscious") and strengths of various alcoholic beverages, as well as rules for hangovers and recovery.

The gambling section goes into alternate uses of skills for games of chance.

All the new rules lead to the biggest section of the book, which covers all the different sorts of games, contests, and martial events you'd expect to find in, well, tournaments, taverns, and fairs. There are drinking games, games of skill and chance, races, archery contests, jousting, bear "wrasslin'" and numerous others.

The latter portion of the book has locations you can drop into existing campaigns, including possible encounters and interesting NPCs.

Finally, there's a short appendix with some random tables for vendor stall goods & quality, tavern fare, and drinks.

If this is the sort of thing you want to throw into a campaign, then it's well worth the price.

Cool, thanks for the headsup. Sounds perfect for my Kingmaker campaign then.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Jason Nelson wrote:

My hope is to get done writing Ultimate War by the end of March.

Legendary Tournaments is not quite done with writing, and I also don't have all the art in yet, so it's looking unlikely that it will be done this month. I'll ping the artist again and get a status update, but I'm guessing April is much more likely to see publication of both books.

Thanks for the status update! I'm looking forward to that book and I'll have to check out Ultimate War as well.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Does anyone own this and what do you think about it? I'm looking to add more games to a tournament I'm running in my Kingmaker campaign and this sounds like it could be helpful.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Legendary Tournaments in March? Oh, this could be perfect. I'm looking for more tournament stuff since my PCs will be starting that part of book 5 on the 16th.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Shem wrote:
Okay, what is Crooked?

Crooked is Richard Pett's novel that was published last year by Broken Eye Brooks through Kickstarter. I'm hoping that once Rich wraps up "The Blight" that maybe we'll see a new novel. Of course, I'll be Kickstartering the snot out of the Blight when it materializes.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Mike Shel wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
If you like Rich's work, I recommend you check out his novel released last Fall- it has everything I like about Rich's writing, but amped up a 100%. The book is called Crooked.
Thanks for the heads-up on this! I immediately purchased a copy for my Kindle and am gobbling it up greedily. Wonderful stuff!

It's a big book! I'm hoping we get a sequel at some point. I encourage anyone who's a fan of Rich's adventures to check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Also, my players just ran into some Jezurein cultists with a map to a certain tomb...

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Richard Pett wrote:

“The Blight is a place, a vast corpulent thing, but it is so much more than that. Its veins seep into other places, drawn across the Between, which rips at its fabric and tosses it about like a child throwing a ball. You might find a curiosity shop from the Blight crammed amongst the mighty tenements of some other city, a horrific character staggering along the streets of an otherwise normal town, or perhaps even a whole block perched within another city like a cuckoo in a nest.

Yes, the Blight is a place, but it is a place that touches others, like a cancer, suddenly infesting a brighter place and poisoning it. There is no escaping its touch, and once it draws you in, you may never escape.

Welcome…”

Looking forward to the Blight. Also, got my fingers crossed for a sequel to Crooked.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

3/5- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss a bit about my planning process- what I've been doing the last couple of months and how that is shaping up.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

If you like Rich's work, I recommend you check out his novel released last Fall- it has everything I like about Rich's writing, but amped up a 100%. The book is called Crooked.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

3/1- March, finally! Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I discuss the amazing novella, The Great God Pan, by Arthur Machen.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Had a bottle of "Durty" by Smuttynose, a NH brewer. It's described as a hoppy brown ale. I enjoyed it- it was rather malty as well as hoppy but a bit heavy to drink, though.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

2/27- Today over at Shadows over Vathak, I get to discuss one of my favorite topics- adventure writing and give you a glimpse of how I am going to approach creating Shadows over Vathak modules.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

I've been enjoying recently Sam Adam's "Rebel IPA." I, personally, don't think that Sam Adam's has ever really been able to brew a decent IPA, however, this is an amazing step up for them and it's a very good IPA when compared to others. It's touted as a West Coast style IPA and it has a lot of floral character. It's also pretty strong for a Sam Adam's beer at 6.5%.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

2/21- Today on Shadows over Vathak, I discuss how the popular anime series, D. Gray-man, can help you inject a sense of horror in your Vathak, or other horror-themed, campaign.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Good luck, Sean. I'm glad I got to meet you at GenCon last year and I was surprised that you remembered who I was!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Kthulhu wrote:
Will the Vathek Times subscription be revived? I subscribed for 12, there have been 5, iirc.

I will let Rick know there's a question here.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka John Benbo

Congrats!...and I can't believe that another year of RPG Superstar is already winding down to a close!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

2/19- It's been a snowy past week in New England, but I managed to avoid getting buried and discuss the forthcoming GMs' Gazetteer for Shadows over Vathak.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

2/15 update- Today over on Shadows over Vathak, I discuss one of the key influences in designing Vathak and how his stories make great ideas for adventures- Clark Ashton Smith.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

2/12 update- Today on Shadows over Vathak I discuss what kind of player options you'll find in the Players' Guide.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka John Benbo

Good luck, everyone! I'm looking forward to the reveal. I had the most fun doing the encounter round (which is why I probably got so thoroughly stomped!).

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

2/8 update- Today on Shadows over Vathak, I talk about the movie, Black Death, which serves as a perfect inspiration for adventuring in Vathak's plague ridden Ina'oth region.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

2/5 update- Today on Shadows over Vathak I give a broad overview of the types of new products you can expect to see this year. Check it out and let us know what you think!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka John Benbo

Congrats, everyone!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

People should definitely take advantage on the sale of a print copy of Midgard Tales.

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