Ramblin Man Part Deux: Game Edition


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Scarab Sages

I was watching the old 1960 Christopher Lee movie City of the Dead (or Horror Hotel), and was hit by a magic item idea.

Chains of the Condemned - maybe some kind of cursed magic item, or just one that's evil. Some small town had a lot of evil cult activity in its past. When a cult member was found out, they would chain the person to a post and burn them at the stake. Over time, the chain that was used took on supernatural properties.

Not sure what the magic would be, but it just sounded like a cool idea in my head.

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Sadly, since I don't game anymore, I rarely have reason to post on this thread of mine.

However, with the kids currently being enamored of the Disney movie Onward, I was thinking it would be funny to have a role-playing game based on that movie.

Scarab Sages

For some reason, I was looking through old gaming material today. Perhaps one day I shall gather up all my Undermountain material and create more maps. The maps from the original two boxed sets are awesome. So are the maps from the three modules. That Expedition to Undermountain book had a good overall layout of Undermountain, but many of the individual maps sucked ass.

There was a map of level 5 (I think) created by someone using campaign cartographer. I have that map somewhere on my computer.

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After typing the above post, I had to go back and check my computer. That's when I realized....

...I own (or once owned) the digital FR Atlas. However, it seems to be not currently loaded onto my computer. And I have no idea where I might have put the CD, or even if I still have it.

This bums me out greatly. I may have to try and find it as an electronic download.

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After scouring most of the house, I've come to the conclusion I no longer have the Interactive FR Atlas. Since I'm pretty sure I'd never have thrown something like that away, the only thing I can think is I let someone borrow it, and never got it back. Probably one of my former gaming compatriots in Philly.

This saddens me greatly.

Scarab Sages

With all these memories of gaming days past running through my noggin these days, I find myself wondering what to do with all the gaming stuff I currently have.

If I were to ever start gaming again, it would most likely be 5E D&D. Not that I want to go back to WotC, but that would probably be the easiest (and most acceptable) way for me to get at least one other gamer to play with. My brother introduced his family to it. That would at least give a gaming group of two, unless he insisted on adding the kids in as well.

If I went that route, I'd probably get rid of a most, if not all, of my Pathfinder stuff. I think the easiest way to do that would be Half-Priced Books.

Scarab Sages

To console myself over the loss of my Interactive FR Atlas, I fired up CC3 and started drawing a new map. A continent, one geographical feature of which is The Trident Sea.

The southwest corner of the main continent is a big peninsula. A large island lies south west of that, and the two land masses form a channel. The channel is very narrow at the south end, and an evil tower on the peninsula guards it, making travel through the channel risky. So folks go around the island instead, and a port city on its south side has grown wealthy for that.

Scarab Sages

I may do a slightly different version of this same concept, with the island and channel. Making the island slightly bigger.

Scarab Sages

I started a third map, this one inspired by an old Green Lantern story arc called Mosaic. That story had the, at that time, sole remaining Guardian of the Universe (referred to as The Old Timer) kidnapping entire cities and towns from worlds he had visited. Then he put them all on Oa, so that he wouldn’t be lonely anymore. He was quite mad.

Anyway, in this case, I was thinking a god of travel and exploration leaves his world for several hundred or thousand years, to explore the multiverse. When he comes back, he finds the world devastated and barren, and the last of his god family dying. So he absorbs their waning power, cleans up the world a bit, then pulls an Old Timer.

Scarab Sages

It would also contain some elements of the Frank Herbert novel The Dosadi Experiment. Mainly, the idea of a God Wall keeping people in. And, perhaps, some similar affect such long-term confinement might have on the mortals.

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I’m also once again toying with the idea of going back to Christopher West’s Lands of Mystery map and creating maps for some of the map-less locations.

Scarab Sages

Did a map for a settlement/stronghold I call Greenhome. I think of it as kind of Elven/Druid, with a little halfling thrown in. The idea is it's a big ellipse shaped place, with the outer wall formed of magically grown thorn bushes, strengthened against various forms of damage (fire, etc). There are also four big trees growing as part of the wall. The gate/entry is flanked on either side by wooden towers.

In about the center of the place is a lake, out of which grows a massive tree. There's another, smaller lake just northeast of the big one, closer to the wall. In the center of the smaller lake is an elf-made fountain. These two lakes are connected by a stream that circles around the perimeter. There are a few bridges over this stream.

There's a main dirt road that circles around the interior, with a few more roads connecting the bridges and this main road. Mostly, though, the inhabitants just walk through the woods.

Housing is a mostly platforms built in the trees, maybe a few caves or halfling holes, or just out in the open. I might put a few more traditional buildings.

As to the purpose....other than being a home/meeting place, it also serves as a kind of hospice for sick or injured animals.

Scarab Sages

So....last night I was watching The Woman in Black (the newer version, with Daniel Radcliffe), and I was inspired by the location they filmed with the causeway that floods. According to IMDb, that was Osea Island, in the UK.

So, I went to Google Maps, and found an overhead view of the island and the area around it. It was cool, looking, so I (sort of, kind of) re-created the location in CC3. Now i have a map of a creepy haunted town.

Or IS it haunted?!?

Dun! Dun! DUUUUNNN!!!

Scarab Sages

I should find someone to share some of these maps with. Maybe my nephew and his friends can use them in their 5E games.

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I think I had forgotten how much fun world-building can be. I was fooling around with CC3, just testing various techniques for doing an overland map. Before I knew it, I had a rudimentary world developed, alonng with some interesting tidbits.

One of those tidbits is a group I call The Revealers. They are a small, but fanatical sect of Hecate worshippers (I have her as the Witch Goddess of magic and harmful knowledge). These dudes travel around, learning secret truths that can hurt those they are revealed to.

Scarab Sages

For nature worship, I was inspired by Swamp Thing, and just have a deity-force called The Green (also kind of like the Green Man myth).

Scarab Sages

And now I'm wondering if The Green Man myth inspired Len Wein to create Swamp Thing.

Scarab Sages

Years ago, when I was living in Philadelphia and still had "friends" to game with, one guy in my gaming group gave each of us a little journal type notebook. They'd had extras at his work, and he thought we'd each like one.

Since then, I've used that as a kind of idea book for gaming stuff. If an idea pops in my head, and I like it enough, I'll write it down (or sketch it out, in the case of a map).

So that's where some of the stuff I've been working on lately comes from. Mostly just to pass the time.

Scarab Sages

Just the other day, I did two new maps.

One was of a castle called The Hawk's Nest. A cliff-side castle, with broken off parts of land extending out into the ocean. There are bridges leading out to those broken parts of land, with more of the caslte built on them.

The other was this small port town (no name). This one also has a cliff, but there's a deep channel/ravine in the cliff side, and the town is built on either side of the outer harbor. The inner harbor, however, is blocked off by two towers and a wall. Only town folk are allowed in the inner harbor. My vague notion on that is they are into some kind of Cthulhu-esque worship, and MAYBE there's something living in the inner harbor.

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So....I my own little Facebook Page. It's someplace I can share my maps with "Friends". At least, those who've so far asked for and accepted my invitation. Right now that's about 4 people.

I do know that I missed some folk in my initial message out telling people about it. When I built the list of folk to send a message to, I just scrolled back through my own FB page for the last month or so, looking at "likes" and comments, just to get an idea of who hadn't "unfollowed" me yet.

There's at least three or four people, just off the top of my head, whom I'm pretty sure still game and that I haven't told about the page yet.

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