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Since October 2014, I've been writing a weekly blog titled "Studded Plate" devoted primarily to RPGs and LEGO, with occasional columns about my other geeky hobbies.

Today's post, "Building the Bestiary #121: Aquatic Animals," is part of an ongoing series in which I discuss building LEGO miniatures for role-playing games. (See the bottom of that post for links to past installments.)

I also frequently discuss RPG campaigns that I'm running (or have run in the past). Last week's post was a summary of the second session of my brand-new homebrewed Pathfinder campaign, "Time of the Tarrasque." (A link to part 1 is included in that post.)

A few other subjects I frequently cover include Green Ronin's Freeport setting (for which I've run multiple campaigns, and maintain an errata wiki), new monsters I've created for Pathfinder (or converted to that system), and reviews of new LEGO Minifigure series (with an eye towards using them for RPG minis).

I will try to post a link here to each week's column when I publish it. Please feel free to post any feedback here or (better yet) post comments directly to the blog entries. I hope you enjoy them!


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[Correction to previous post: As you would have seen if you followed the link, "Aquatic Animals" is #11 in that series, not 121!]

Last week's blog post:

Time of the Tarrasque #3: Under an Autumn Moon: A little giant lore, some fun at a festival, and a desperate clash with orcs.

And this week's posts:

Time of the Tarrasque #4: Rock Bits on a Dais: In which our heroes find a desert tomb containing many disturbing things.

Time of the Tarrasque: Sources Used: A bonus column for this week, in which I discuss the rulebooks used in the campaign.


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Lego ideas has reported that the Dungeon master themed idea has hit 10,000 votes and will now be considered for production

Lego Dungeon master set

also, the Elves line will introduce Goblins this year.

Thanks Tim, for keeping Lego themes and adventure gaming in our heads


You're welcome!

And here's today's blog:
Time of the Tarrasque #5: Beetle Mania: The conclusion of the tomb adventure, then parting ways with the caravan.


Time of the Tarrasque: Funeral Customs: What to do with your dead in the Lands of the Sun. (Assuming you're not a necromancer, that is.)


Unearthed Arcana and Freeport, Part 4 (Class Options, Part 2): More thoughts on incorporating new 5E subclasses into your Freeport game.

(For links to my previous 5E Freeport posts, see the end of the article.)


Time of the Tarrasque #6: Where All the Bodies are Buried: In which the elf bard gets news from his troubled homeland, and the party investigates graverobbing.


Storing and Transporting LEGO Bricks and Minis: For anyone who's curious about how I organize my collection.


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Building the Bestiary #12: Vermin: When you really want to bug your players.


A bonus blog for All Fools' Day! The Gazebo: "A little vocabulary is a dangerous thing."


Building the Bestiary #13: Non-OGL Monsters: This week, we deal with creatures from the 3E Monster Manual that Wizards of the Coast never released as Open Game Content.


Time of the Tarrasque #7: Zombie Dogs: In our last session, the heroes ambushed some graverobbers, then had a run-in with their employer.


Tales from the Yawning Portal: Half game review, half update on gaming with my kids.


The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures: I bought a few new minifigures today, so here's a quick bonus review. (Expect a summary of our last Tarrasque session tomorrow.)


Time of the Tarrasque #8: Privy of the Void Cult: The party raids the alchemist's shop...but loses the alchemist.


Unearthed Arcana and Freeport, Part 5: The mystic, new feats, and even more subclasses.


D&D with the Kids: Lost Mine of Phandelver, Part 5 (Finally!): The kids face their biggest challenge yet: an ogre!


Time of the Tarrasque #9: I Double Dog Dare You: The party has a dog-gone hard time tracking and taking down the wolf-rider who stole their prisoner.


Building the Bestiary #14: Plants: "April showers bring May flowers," so this week is all about plants.


The Sunless Citadel #1: Down Into the Ground: In which we start the first adventure from Tales from the Yawning Portal.


The Sunless Citadel #2: Lost Dragon: Kobolds and goblins and a dragon, oh my!


Building the Bestiary: Index: A bonus column indexing the creatures that my "Building the Bestiary" series has covered so far.


First, a brief note about some recent projects, then on to this week's main feature.

Errata for D&D 5E and AGE: Tim's Errata Archive gains its first 5E pages, as well as pages for Blue Rose AGE.

The Sunless Citadel #3: Through the Dragon Door: In which the party opens a section of the dungeon undisturbed since the burial of the citadel.


GURPS Sluggy Freelance: My fan adaptation from 2000 is available online again.

Some Big Anniversaries as a Game Master: Including 20 years of running games for two of my best friends.


Time of the Tarrasque #10: Where Do I Get a Bird Like That?: In which our heroes visit Spine Hollow, an enclave of nature-worshipers.


Adventures in Arcadayn Revisited: The complete history of my three-year homebrew fantasy GURPS campaign is finally online again.

(My previous blog post on this campaign can be found here: Adventures in Arcadayn.)


TBT: Misuhiro Yoko, a character for BESM: High school is even harder when you're a lost alien, and in an anime story.


I will be away for a family vacation next week, so am posting two blogs this week instead.

Time of the Tarrasque #11: Where's the Cactus?: In which our heroes pursue a small spy...and her even tinier cactus?

Building the Bestiary #15: For the Birds: Building LEGO minis for birds, bird people, and other winged monsters.

(Finally, don't forget to Fight for the Future: Defend net neutrality!)


TBT: A Beginner's Guide to LARP: Once upon a time, I played a lot of LARPs, and even wrote a few. I also wrote this.

Eberron Changelings for Pathfinder: A playable doppelganger-descended race converted to Pathfinder.


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 1: What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now?


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 2: What is an RPG you would like to see published?


Plane Shift and Freeport 5E: Mixing the Magic: The Gathering multiverse with The City of Adventure.


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 3: How do you find out about new RPGs?


#RPGaDay2017: Day 4: Which RPG have you played the most since August 2016?


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 5: Which RPG cover best captures the spirit of the game?

[Hint: I love me some WAR.]


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 6: You can game every day for a week. Describe what you'd do!


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 7: What was your most impactful RPG session?

(A little story about my wild child fencer, Trick.)


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 8: What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hrs or less?


#RPGaDay 2017: Days 9-10:
Day 9: What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions?
Day 10: Where do you go for RPG reviews?


The Sunless Citadel #4: Goblin Boss Battle: In which we finish the first level of The Sunless Citadel.


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 11: Which 'dead game' would you like to see reborn?


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Tim Emrick wrote:
A lot of other posts.

Interesting stuff. I like the LEGO addition to the game, but I'm also a LEGO geek so the small additions are cool to see.


Dhampir984 wrote:
Interesting stuff. I like the LEGO addition to the game, but I'm also a LEGO geek so the small additions are cool to see.

Thanks!


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 12: Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 13: Describe a game experience that changed how you play.


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 14: Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play?


#RPGaDay 2017: Days 15-16:
15th) Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?
16th) Which RPG do you enjoy using as-is?


Time of the Tarrasque #12: Alarming Some Orcs: In which our heroes find and assault Ilgash's hideout.


#RPGaDay 2017: Day 17: Which RPG have you owned the longest but not played?

TBT: #Drawlloween 2016: Adding a couple of missing drawings to the set.


#RPGaDay 2017: Days 18-22 (Eclipse Edition): My family and I will be traveling the next few days to see the total eclipse and do general sightseeing in Nashville, so I've decided to post my answers to the next few days' questions now.

18th) Which RPG have you played the most in your life?
19th) Which RPG features the best writing?
20th) What is the best source for out-of-print RPGs?
21st) Which RPG does the most with the least words?
22nd) Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?

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