Category Archives: Collaboration

Face Folio | Deck of Cards

I recently tried an experiment, making poker cards with the Face Folio images, and I think it worked out well:

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There a 50 cards, with a portrait on each side of the cards – so 100 images (plus 1 card with ‘Face Folio’ printed on both sides).

  • Useful in TTRPG gaming
  • NPCs, PC, rival PC parties etc.
  • Compact – fits neatly into any gaming/convention bag.
  • Makes a neat at-the-table tool – cut the card and find a NPC etc.

If you are interested in these, then here is a link (with some preview images to look at):

>> LINK <<

I’ll just add that these are printed in the USA, so postage outside the USA is expensive (I know, I ordered this proof set sent to the UK!).

:O)

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Me on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

[FUNDED] Face Folio | for Zine Quest 4

After some thought, I decided to re-Kick Face Folio for Zine Quest 4, and which now has funded:

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Kickstarter page:  

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/facefolio2/face-folio-for-zine-quest-4 

Face Folio layout: 

:O) 
#zinequest 
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Me on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Re-Kicking Face Folio | for Zine Quest 4

After some thought, I’ve decided to re-Kick Face Folio for Zine Quest 4:

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Basically, I have 50 or so Zines left over from Zine Quest 2 and want to get these out to people. Then I noticed Zine Quest 4 pop up. 

Why not

This time, for the Kickstarter I’m 100% set and can start fulfilment as soon as the KS formalities are done.  

Pre-launch page:  

>> Sign up for the pre-launch page here <<: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/facefolio2/face-folio-for-zine-quest-4 

Face Folio layout: 

:O) 
#zinequest 
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Me on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Face Folio | Ukraine Appeal

We’ve decided to release Face Folio early as a PDF to raise money in support of Ukraine:

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Links

All funds raised in at least April will go to supporting Ukraine in this time of need. 

Signal boost – If you are not able to support financially, then perhaps please consider giving this appeal a signal boost! 

KS Backer – If you are one of the KS backers and have not got your PDF, please follow this link: UPDATE

 #facefolio

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Me on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Face Folio | PDF rollout to KS backers

Face Folio as a PDF is being distributed to the Kickstarter backers!

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We’d like to thank them for their collective patients, and it’s now great that we can show them what @MARCINsRPGart  has done. #facefolio

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Me on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

What floats your Astral boat ? | Planar Compass 2

This is now Live on Kickstarter

I’m excited to let people know that I’m collaborating on Issue 2 of Planar Compass for Zine Quest 3, which is written for OSE.

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I’m working on some Hex Flower goodness to navigate/traverse the astral sea and on a living dungeon.

 LINK

Background 

See Issue 1 (where it all began with Zine Quest 2)

PC issue 1

For a video review of Issue 1, please see Questing Beast
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Face Folio | the 180 concept sketches are now all in …

This is just a little preview of all 180 concept sketches for the ‘Face Folio‘ Kickstarter (100 PC/NPC portraits for your RPG game), which funded last year as part of Zine Quest 2:

FF sketches all in

This set of sketches has now been narrowed to 100 portraits (a difficult job), and Marcin is working on the full art version.

Our priority is the KS backers, but the longer term plan is to have this product available as a PDF and in hard copy form (perhaps a limited print run). 

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Me on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Face Folio | just an update

Just a little preview of some concept sketches for the ‘Face Folio‘ Kickstarter (100 PC/NPC portraits for your RPG game):

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Funded last year as part of Zine Quest 2.

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Me on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Collaborative Audio Dungeon III | locations 21 to 30

During my self-imposed blogging break over Christmas, I started an Anchor podcast.

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Anyway, I recently thought it would be neat to make a collaborative ‘Audio Dungeon’, so here is Part III.

The idea being that people leave an audio message of 1 minute or less (preferably using the Anchor record feature) detailing something found in a fantasy dungeon (whatever that means to you), e.g. room, location, encounter, statue, fresco etc.

If you are interested you can find out more (and record a message) here:

>>link <<

Rules (for want of a better word):

  •  By making a submission you agree to make the content Creative Commons
  •  The message is for a fantasy dungeon
  •  Each message is 1 minute or shorter
  •  It’s probably useful to think of the submission as the audio equivalent of ‘box text’
If I get enough of these audio submissions, I’ll pull them together as a Creative Commons Audio Dungeon. I’m imagining a dungeon of audio ‘box text’ which people can them populate with their own encounters, perhaps from random tables.
At least one listener has pointed out that while this idea is fun in its own right, it might also be a helpful resource for anyone with a visual impairment/disability.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Collaborative Audio Dungeon II | locations 11 to 20

During my self-imposed blogging break over Christmas, I started an Anchor podcast.

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Anyway, I recently thought it would be neat to make a collaborative ‘Audio Dungeon’, so here is Part II.

The idea being that people leave an audio message of 1 minute or less (preferably using the Anchor record feature) detailing something found in a fantasy dungeon (whatever that means to you), e.g. room, location, encounter, statue, fresco etc.

If you are interested you can find out more (and record a message) here:

>>link <<

Rules (for want of a better word):

  •  By making a submission you agree to make the content Creative Commons
  •  The message is for a fantasy dungeon
  •  Each message is 1 minute or shorter
  •  It’s probably useful to think of the submission as the audio equivalent of ‘box text’
If I get enough of these audio submissions, I’ll pull them together as a Creative Commons Audio Dungeon. I’m imagining a dungeon of audio ‘box text’ which people can them populate with their own encounters, perhaps from random tables.
At least one listener has pointed out that while this idea is fun in its own right, it might also be a helpful resource for anyone with a visual impairment/disability.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Last Day – Face Folio

Last Day info

Face Folio 100 NPC/PC portraits for your RPG needs

::  300% funded

:: has 100+ backers

:: has reached all of its first stretch goals

:: option to get some original brilliant @MARCIN s  artwork

:: less than 1 day to go (12pm EST Tuesday 3 March 2020)

To find out more, please see: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/344642534/face-folio/

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Face Folio for Zine Quest2 | 100 Fantasy Portraits for Tabletop Role-playing Games

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>> Preview and get notifications of when the Kickstarter goes live here <<

Very soon this Kickstarter for Zine Quest2 is going to go live.

UPDATE: Now live !!

About the Kickstarter:
This is a simple project with a simple goal: to provide 100 fantasy portraits for use in your tabletop role-playing games. Referees are always on the lookout for NPC faces to show their players and players are always looking for portraits for their character sheets. This project aims to meet that need.

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The portraits will be organized into the following sets:

  • Human NPCs/PCs
  • Dragon-blood
  • Dwarf
  • Elf
  • Gnome
  • Halfling
  • Orc-blood
  • Demon-blood
  • Human nobles
  • Human peasants and towns folk

Each set will contain ten portraits, half male and half female. With the exception of the human nobles and peasants, the portraits will be a spread of adventuring classes.

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The Zine will have a simple elegant layout with 10 portraits per two-page spread, and organized in the above groups. There will be no blocks of text and no fluff to get in the way. That way this book can be used right at the table, as and when needed, for example when the referee suddenly needs an NPC to drop into the game.

The idea is also to provide initiative trackers like these which can be printed out for each portrait:

Well that’s the crux of it.

Hopefully, if you like this blog, this idea might be of interest to you.

:O)

#FaceFolio #ZineQuest2

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Collaborative Audio Dungeon

During my self-imposed blogging break over Christmas, I started an Anchor podcast (that doesn’t count as Blogging right?).

AD icon sm

Anyway, I recently thought it would be neat to make a collaborative ‘Audio Dungeon’.

The idea being that people leave an audio message of 1 minute or less (preferably using the Anchor record feature) detailing something found in a fantasy dungeon (whatever that means to you), e.g. room, location, encounter, statue, fresco etc.

If you are interested you can find out more (and record a message) here:

>> Episode 12 – Audio Dungeon | not that one <<

Rules (for want of a better word):

  •  By making a submission you agree to make the content Creative Commons
  •  The message is for a fantasy dungeon
  •  Each message is 1 minute or shorter
  •  It’s probably useful to think of the submission as the audio equivalent of ‘box text’
If I get enough of these audio submissions, I’ll pull them together as a Creative Commons Audio Dungeon. I’m imagining a dungeon of audio ‘box text’ which people can them populate with their own encounters, perhaps from random tables.
At least one listener has pointed out that while this idea is fun in its own right, it might also be a helpful resource for anyone with a visual impairment/disability.

– – –

InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Secret door puzzle

Secret door puzzle:

This is my contribution to this collaborative dungeon: http://www.msjx.org/2020/01/collabodungeon-01.html

Location 3:

secret door puzzle

:: East wall – holds a man-sized circular plate. The top half of the plate is polished brass and the bottom half has been coated in black enamel. In the middle of the plate is a rotatable arm. At the end of the arm is a small brass Sun sculpture that has a small pivoting cup behind it. The cup has traces of wax in it. The arm can be rotated 360 degrees, such that the Sun can be positioned anywhere around the circumference of the plate.

:: West wall – is painted black showing the stellar constellations. In the middle of the wall is a perfect sphere about a foot in diameter. Half of the sphere is inside the wall and the other half protrudes into the corridor. The sphere can be spun, and if spun it can be seen that half the sphere is white and the rest black.

:: Solution (spoilers!!) – a small lit candle must be place in the cup of the Sun arm and the ‘dial’ moved to the correct time of day (straight up is noon and straight down is midnight). The Moon sculpture must be rotated to show the present phase of the Moon (e.g. if the Moon is presently a Full Moon, the half sphere in the corridor must be rotated to show all white). The secret door will then open. The door will lock again when any of the above conditions cease to apply, e.g. the candle goes out or the time of day changes. The door has no opening mechanism on the inside.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural:
:: High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea,
:: Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown,
:: Dungeon/network generator – In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous

Aadercap | The Harry Clarke Bestiary

Aadercap

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Come closer …

When a psychic dies, sometimes there are enough malign thoughts to coalesce into a being of sorts. The entity resembles an impossibly dark fluid-like mass, with slit eyes and massive maw.

Aadercaps want thoughts, it needs them to grow.  Its name in the corrupted form (i.e. Headercap) comes from its tendency to wear its victims’ heads on its body, like a macabre meat cap. This because, direct contact with the brain stem leads to visceral memory adsorption.

Stats
They have the same stats as a goblin, except:

Hit dice – Each time it consumes an intelligent creature’s thoughts, it gains one hit dice. However, the new HD total cannot be more than +2 of the victim’s HD/level. So, devouring endless Kobolds only leads to a 3 hit-dice Aadercap. Therefore, it needs to dine on more powerful creatures to become more powerful.

AC – as leather; gaining one class type/grade improvement per HD gained.

Attacks – 1 x bite (damage like a two-handed sword); 2 x claw (as dagger).

Special attack – for each HD it can do a special attack (the set regenerating after rest):

:: Charm/hypnotise
:: Fear/project nightmare
:: Telekinesis
:: Telepathy
:: Sleep
:: Hold person/fright
:: Anti-charm/Animosity to friends
:: Invisibility
:: Soul bite – ingest victim’s intellect, wisdom or charisma points

So, a 3HD creature can do any three special attacks per day.

Ascension
At 10 HD the Aadercap either dies (see below) from the accumulation of its malign thoughts; or it manages to transcend into the ethereal plane to digest its accumulated memories; excreting what remains into the prime material plane as base and virulent prejudices.

Death
If killed or dies, roll a die equal to its HD and subtract a D4. If the number is negative, the creature is dissipated and dead. If positive, the Aadercap regenerates later having that number of HD.

This work is Creative Commons under https://creativecommons.org/licen ses/by/4.0/

For more information, please see: https://cavegirlgames.blogspot.com/2019/04/community-project-harry-clarke-bestiary.html

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Tuesday Toot!! | MAD (magazine) Map Musings

Tuesday TootG+ is closing. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

Background
MAD Mag Map.jpegI think anyone reading this blog post will probably remember MAD Magazine, and in particular the inside back cover, which often had a picture which would fold-in to form a new unexpected picture.

I wondered if a RPG map in this format would present some interesting gaming challenges. For example, the PCs trigger some event and suddenly the map literally expands. Perhaps an interesting trap for a heist type adventure. For example, it might be easy to get into the tomb, but a great deal harder to get out again.  This idea might work well for a Cthulhu adventure where mind-bending antics are the norm.

Anyway, I had this idea because someone posted a vertical (cross-sectional map) on G+. Sadly, I can’t recall who did this now. I believe it was someone that I was following, but not someone I interacted with a lot. For some unknown reason this MAD idea immediately occurred to me when I saw their map. So, no random third-party G+ post, no MAD idea from me. This completely random cross-pollination of ideas will be one of the the thing I miss most about G+ when it is gone (in about a week).

In the wild

After posting this idea, at least one person (i.e. Eneko Menica on YouTube) put the idea into practice, with this nice map, i.e.:

 

More recently from me …

The Indefinite Train – Community Project

I saw this post by Skerples. for a new collaborative project about a sort of Twilight Zone locomotive. I decided to make a train carriage that makes use of this MAD concept.

The idea being the train carriage is about 2/3 normal size (top image). But, if the PC’s solve the puzzle an inter-dimensional portal opens between the carriage (bottom image). So, when triggered, the DM unfolds the map to reveal the portal. The PC’s may even be separated by the portal space when it is triggered causing some potential problems. You can read my submission here (along with the other submissions to date).

Skerples.’s idea is a fun one, please consider submitting your own entry to this collaborative project.

Well that’s it. If you ever make a MAD map, I’d be interested in seeing it!
:O)


1988 Dungeon

1988 Dungeon

Me on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural adventure ‘Carapace‘ about a giant ant colony and my ‘1998 Dungeon‘.

OSR: The Indefinite Train – Community Project

train side finalSkerples. has started one of those Gygaxian Democracies, a collaborative megadungeon, where people submit a train carriage.

The train being a Twilight Zone affair. Read the blog!

If you want to get aboard, here’s the link

Anyway, submitted mine. A carriage with a secret portal …

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1988 Dungeon
Me on DriveThruDriveThru
At the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural adventure ‘Carapace‘ about a giant ant colony
and my ‘1998 Dungeon‘.

Ability Checks are you doing them wrong? | Dies, Dies, and Statistics

Is a D20 ability/skill test system better than a 3D6 test system?

Download the full article

and-mag-i14-thumb-150x150The full article on this (with numbers) can be found here:
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please see pages 29 to 35


TLDR summary

1) For a ‘mundane tasks’ (where even competent (or good) characters could pass or fail) use roll-under using D20

2) For ‘genius task’ (needing genuine skill or ability) use roll-under using 3D6, or if especially especially difficult 4D6.

Below is a snippet for the core idea and some examples:

Basis: Comparing the two graphs (linear vs not):

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Examples of possible applications:

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1988 Dungeon
Me on DriveThruDriveThru
At the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural adventure ‘Carapace‘ about a giant ant colony
and my ‘1998 Dungeon‘.