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I'm trying to start a Marvel Heroic Roleplaying campaign set at the beginning of the American Revolution with the heroes being members the Sons of Liberty, a super-group put together by Benjamin Franklin. To help players get ideas for heroes (and to help me get a better grasp of the game system), I statted up several sample heroes (and wrote some guidelines as well). Enjoy!

Guidelines for Making a Hero / The Fife / Liberty & Justice / Liberty Belle / The Patriot / The Puritan


Spes Magna Games hasn't done much lately, and little of what's been done has related to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Well, that's changing a bit pretty soon-ish. I’m going to try and finish Astounding Archetypes: Bloodhand Gang. This PDF will be a return to Pathfinder material for Spes Magna Games. It features five new archetypes, one each for barbarian, fighter, magus, monk, and rogue, plus five villainous NPCs, one for each archetype.

Unfortunately, my goal of getting Astounding Archetypes done by this coming Monday, 3 December, ain't gonna happen. Not enough time left, and I've got other things that must take priority, such as the jazz cafe luncheon my wife and I are going to Sunday afternoon.

Still, work has progressed, and I figured it wouldn't hurt to put a preview out for folks to take a gander at. So, permit me to introduce Catarina Rocha, member of the Bloodhand Gang.

In other news, it's been a while since I as productive with Spes Magna Games as I have been this Thanksgiving. So far this week, I’ve managed to get:

1. Metro Gnomes on-line for sale.
2. The Quid Novi? Collection on-line for sale.
3. Rantz’s Fair Multitude on-line for sale.
4. The Amphitheater of the Continuum on-line for free download.

Huzzah!


More Old School gaming goodness from Spes Magna. :)


Thirty pages of Old School gaming material found in Rantz's Fair Multitude, including new magic items, monsters, spells, and other goodies to reward and challenge your players.

Huzzah!


Stars Without Number. It's easy to learn, it's free, and it's well-written.


Metro Gnomes is a short, beer-and-pretzels scenario for the free RPG Geodesic Gnomes. Get your copy today before the universe runs out of electrons.


Metro Gnomes is a short, beer-and-pretzels scenario for the free RPG Geodesic Gnomes.


Since posting this announcement here and a few other places, sales are increasing. That's excellent news for Rick and his family. :)


There're about 98 pages all together between the 10 PDFs. The shortest PDF is about 6 pages long; the longest about 19.


When I started Spes Magna Games back in 2009, I also started Quid Novi?, a twice-monthly e-mail newsletter of gaming goodness that eventually became a monthly PDF of gaming goodness which has now fallen by the wayside. The Quid Novi? Collection includes the 10 individual PDFs as originally published.

About 80% of the content in The Quid Novi? Collection is for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. You get two short adventures, and curses, diseases, magic items, haunts, monsters, giant lilypads, spells, and a Psionics domain for clerics. The other 20% of the collection was written for Old School gaming, and includes two short adventures as well as curses, magic items, prismatic mists, monsters, deadly mushrooms, and spells.

Caveat emptor: If you were a Quid Novi? subscriber, you've got no reason to buy this collection. You already received all of these PDFs for free. The zipped file for sale includes 10 separate, bookmarked PDFs.

In other news, for my day job, I teach 5th grade at Aristoi Classical Academy, a small classical liberal arts charter public school in Katy, Texas. Being a charter school in Texas, we do not receive the full funding from the state that a traditional public school receives. (For example, we receive no monies for facilities.) Consequently, my salary at Aristoi is thousands of dollars a year lower than it would be in a traditional public school. Now, mind you, I'm not complaining; I'm simply informing by way of a preface.

One of my fellow teachers, who has fewer years experience than I, has hit a difficult patch. Rick and his wife have three daughters, ranging from elementary school to high school. They live in a rough neighborhood. His house has been burgled more than once. One of his daughters has been a victim of violence. Rick needs to get his family out of that neighborhood, but moving, as I'm sure you all know, requires money.

I want to help my friend and co-worker, and I figured that Spes Magna Games might be a good way to do this. For the entire month of November until the end of 2013, 100% of my Spes Magna sales will be donated to Rick to help him get his family to a safer neighborhood.


Woo hoo! :)


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Thanks, Endzeitgeist! :) You da man!


Ariakon: Most of the information is geared for the GM. Swords & Wizardry, for which the PDF is written, doesn't have specific rules for goblin PCs in its core. There's a early preview at this link.


And it's live. :)


The expanded PDF has been uploaded. It should go live soon. :)


I've started re-editing, clarifying, and expanding Rewarding Roleplaying. In addition to the original Action Point system, I'm adding alternative rules for giving players more narrative control, for exploding dice, and other goodies.

I'm shooting to have the expanded PDF available the first week of August. Of course, if you've previously purchased Rewarding Roleplaying, you should receive the updated file automatically.


The Realm of the Lonely Heart, an incomplete AD&D adventure I wrote in 1983, inspired by the Beatles.


Everything I have at DriveThruRPG is on sale for Christmas in July.

:)


Now available at Paizo.com:

That's a Goblin!?

Catch your players off guard with That's a Goblin!?. This Old School supplement presents 23 goblin mutations, 15 fey goblin abilities, 3 goblin subspecies, and 6 goblin tactical specialties. Mix and match to create scores of different goblins!

That's a Goblin!? also includes Tributary of Terror, a mini-adventure taking place within Reyr's Well, a detailed fantasy hamlet suitable for just about any campaign world.

Check out this 5-star review at DriveThruRPG!


Now at Paizo.com: The Accordian Files Playtest Packet

The Accordian Files pits the forces of accord, the player characters, against the forces of discord, controlled by the Discord Master. In the zipped file, you'll find all you need to playtest this new, rules-lite RPG.

* The Player's Book tells you everything you need to know to make and run a character.
* The Discord Master's Book offers helpful advice and insight for presenting the forces of chaos in your game.
* The Ghost in the Washing Machine presents an introductory adventure that pits the heroes against a sinister business owner.

Join the good fight today!


Now at Paizo.com:

Ars Natatoris

Dive into adventure with Ars Natatoris! This brief product presents swimming and drowning rules compatible with a wide range of old-school games.


Now available at Paizo.com:

That's a Goblin!?

Catch your players off guard with That's a Goblin!?. This Old School supplement presents 23 goblin mutations, 15 fey goblin abilities, 3 goblin subspecies, and 6 goblin tactical specialties. Mix and match to create scores of different goblins!

That's a Goblin!? also includes Tributary of Terror, a mini-adventure taking place within Reyr's Well, a detailed fantasy hamlet suitable for just about any campaign world.


Curious about The Accordian Files? Ask me questions, please.


Curious about Ars Natatoris? Ask me questions, please. Also, check out this 4-star review at DriveThruRPG.


Curious about That's a Goblin!?. Ask me questions. You can also check out this 5-star review at DriveThruRPG. :)


Paizo.com notified me that the updated file is ready for download. :)


Paizo.com notified me that the updated file is ready for download. :)


Dodeca Weather has been updated to include Dodeca Weather Metric. If you've already purchased this PDF via DriveThruRPG or Paizo.com, I'm pretty sure you should get an e-mail about the update automatically. :)


Dodeca Weather has been updated to include Dodeca Weather Metric. If you've already purchased this PDF via DriveThruRPG or Paizo.com, I'm pretty sure you should get an e-mail about the update automatically. :)


Says Megan R., DriveThruRPG Featured Review:

Are your players bored with goblins?

Spice up your opposition from mere cannon fodder with such delights as a table of random goblin traits (maybe the next one they face has a beer gut or remarkably huge ears... maybe there's a battle singer in that horde, singing off-key and quite ribald songs...

Maybe you want to sling in a specialist unit, a burn squad perhaps - arson specialists - or the (thankfully unique) Gurk Wound-Licker: a goblin renowned for beating a bugbear almost to death, dragging him back to the campsite and then entertaining everyone by proceeding to lick the poor creature until it expired!

These and more can be used to spice up any goblin encounter, but if you are in need of a ready-made one, then there's Tributary of Terror, a mini-adventure for characters of 1st-2nd level. It involves a small but prosperous hamlet, but there's more to it than meets the eye. This isn't just a goblin-bashing festival either, it's a fine living community with plenty going on that has the potential to spawn further adventures as well as the one presented here.

Well worth a look!

Huzzah!


Are your players unimpressed by goblins? Do they yawn and roll their eyes when these common monsters show up in your game? Then catch your players off guard with That's a Goblin!?. This Old School supplement presents 23 goblin mutations, 15 fey goblin abilities, 3 goblin subspecies, and 6 goblin tactical specialties. Mix and match to create scores of different goblins!

That's a Goblin!? also includes Tributary of Terror, a mini-adventure taking place within Reyr's Well, a detailed fantasy hamlet suitable for just about any campaign world.


Consider these genres: fantasy, science fiction, western, horror, and high school melodrama. What are the iconic villains for each genre?

Fantasy: black knight
Sci-Fi: HAL
Western: land baron
Horror: serial killer
High School: killjoy teacher


Dive into adventure with Ars Natatoris! This brief and free product presents swimming and drowning rules compatible with a wide range of OSR games.

Says Megan R., Featured Reviewer, "Despite disclaimers about going for playability rather than realism, this has captured most of the niceties of aquatic exploits quite well, and unless you have a troop of Navy SEALs for a party should cover at least casual waterborne activities as an addendum to your chosen ruleset."


The Accordian Files Playtest Packet has had about 100 downloads at DriveThruRPG last time I checked. Any second now, gobs of playtest e-mails will start pouring in. Maybe. :)


Edited draft swimming rules for Swords & Wizardry. Ignore the previous post, please. :)


Rough draft swimming rules for Swords & Wizardry. Enjoy!


That's a Goblin!? is ready for the next set of edits! It's expanded to included goblin mutations, goblin types, goblin weapons, fey goblin abilities, and a mini-adventure for 2nd-4th level PCs set in Reyr's Well, a complete hamlet with hand-drawn map and descriptions.

After this next set of edits, I'll columnify the document, add some art, shift this or that here or there, and give it one more go over. I expect That's a Goblin!? to go on-sale at DriveThruRPG and Paizo some time next week.


From the Goblinarium section of the expanded PDF:

Gurk Wound-Licker
Hit Dice: 2
Armor Class: 6 [13]
Attacks: Weapon (1d6)
Saving Throw: 16
Special: -1 to hit in sunlight, rasping tongue
Move: 9
Alignment: Chaos
Number Encountered: Unique
Challenge Level/XP: 2/30

Gurk Wound-Licker rose to legendary status among goblins when he allegedly defeated a bugbear in single combat. In truth, Gurk drugged the creature and bound it hand and foot before beating it within an inch of its life and then removing the fetters. Gurk then presented this trophy to the clan, and then entertained everyone for next several hours by licking the bugbear to death.


I'm finally sitting down to work on metric conversions for Dodeca Weather, and only a year late. If this were a Kickstarter project, I'd be ahead of the curve. :)


Well, here I am a bit more than a year after I posted the message above, and I'm finally sitting down to work on metric conversions for Dodeca Weather. Apparently, when I said "July", I meant July 2013. :)


Soon to be released, That's a Goblin!?, Spes Magna's first OSR game supplement. Written as compatible with Swords & Wizardry but usable with other OSR fantasy RPGs, That's a Goblin!? introduces ways to make your game's goblins different.

The free preview PDF at this link presents 23 random goblin mutations. The final version of the PDF in the works includes not only the goblin mutations but also goblin types, tactics, weapons, and stat blocks for sample goblins.


Not a problem, Hitdice. If you end up playing, let me know how it went. :)


If you'd like to download the whole shebang in one fell swoop, a zipped file is available right here at DriveThruRPG.


The Accordian Files is a complete RPG that pits the forces of accord (the player characters) against the forces of discord (run by the Discord Master). Three books comprise the system: The Player's Book, The Discord Master's Book, and the introductory adventure, The Ghost in the Washing Machine. All three PDFs fit on 24 pages, or you can use the PocketMod versions to fit the entire game on three sheets of paper folded up small enough to fit in your back or shirt pocket. Here're the linkies:

Regular PDF Versions
* The Player's Book
* The Discord Master's Book
* The Ghost in the Washing Machine

PocketMod Versions
* The Player's Book
* The Discord Master's Book
* The Ghost in the Washing Machine

Enjoy!


The Accordian Files introductory adventure, The Ghost in the Washing Machine, is available for download.

* PocketMod Version
* Regular PDF Version


Play Swords & Wizardry? :)


Sounds like a plan, R_Chance!

FYI: I'm expanding That's a Goblin!? to include goblin subspecies, special tactical leaders, and a few goblin weapons. It's in the editing stages at the moment.


Free stuff on Google docs! Huzzah!

The Accordian Files RPG (Playtest Version)
* The Accordian Files Player Book
* The Accordian Files Discord Master Book

For Risus: The Anything RPG
* It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Whimsy World Fantasy Setting

For Sci-Fi Gaming
* Random Elements for Sci-Fi Technobabble

For Fantasy Games
* That's a Goblin!? (23 random goblin mutations for Old School fantasy)
* The Lure of the Jade Throne (1-Page Dungeon)
* The Elemental Mosaic (A magical trap room for Pathfinder)


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I established Spes Magna Games roundabout December 2009. Between then and now, I've written and published almost 20 gaming PDFs, mostly for The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. On average, I guesstimate I've made about $25 a month from the sale of my PDFs. That's not a lot; I'm in no danger of retiring early, but that's okay. I run Spes Magna Games because I love the hobby.

Those of you who follow my site know that I teach at a small, open-enrollment public charter school in Katy, Texas. I've been there three years. Aristoi Classical Academy strives mightily to offer tuition-free the sort of classical education normally available only in private schools charging several thousand dollars a year per student. As far as I know, we're the only public school in Texas that offers a classical education.

A few years before I started teaching at Aristoi, the previous administration irresponsibly took out way too much debt in the form of bonds. The school's debt situation the year before last was bad enough that the Texas Education Agency could've shut us down. This year we're no longer in danger of being closed because of bad debt. Our current administration has worked heroically, and this year our debt has been reduced by about $1.4 million dollars (approximately half of the overall debt). We did this by cutting some salaries, freezing others, streamlining costs, eliminating overhead, consolidating jobs, et cetera. About a half a million dollars was saved through these efforts.

The state education commission has been so impressed by Aristoi's financial and educational accomplishments that we have been approved to expand our enrollment from 325 to 440 students for the upcoming school. We've also been green-lighted to add a 9th grade class for the 2014-2015 school. To fully meet the needs of our incoming, larger student body, we need more space. Aristoi's school board and administration have a plan to grow the school's facilities.

Part of that plan includes raising $550,000 for construction and purchasing adjacent, undeveloped land.

At Aristoi, we don't teach to a state test. We educate the whole child, mind, body, and spirit, and seek to fill the students' hearts with great tales of heroes such as Jason and Argonauts, Don Quixote, George Washington, Stuart Little, Sherlock Holmes, and Frederick Douglass, to name just a few. I know classical education works better than traditional public education for many students because I've seen the difference it can make in the lives of children, including my own.

I've been a gamer longer than I've been a teacher, and I've also seen the hearts of gamers in action. We gamers know the value of education, the importance of friends, and about the wonders of imagination that can be inspired by great stories. So, here I am, asking for donations. But I'm not forgetting the lesson I learned from First Lieutenant Freehill while I was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I'm not asking anyone to do something I'm not willing to do.

Spes Magna Games has donated $50 to Aristoi's indiegogo campaign. I'm asking you to donate one-tenth of that amount just one time. Help us at Aristoi inspire our students to aspire toward lives of heroic virtue.

Thanks for your time and attention.


Stop the Cycle of Violence: Or turn loose a pair of New Dawn Syndicate terminator drones on your Stars Without Number players.

The Gibbering Sea: Spend a week by the Gibbering Sea. If you dare!

The Book Golem: The library is open.

Planetary Tour: Adhara: Visit Adhara. Buy anti-imperial music. Flee from the art police.

The Sleeping Knight: A champion who sleeps until his time comes.

The Masked Diva: Grace Jones as a demonic servitor of the god of deceit!

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