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

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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

DMG Map drawn in my Simple Excel Mapper

It’s been a little while since I updated and mentioned my Simple Excel mapper.

The mapper is PWYW on DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/282764/Simple-Excel-Mapper

Example
To show what this simple mapper can do, I thought I’d have a go at recreating the blank map in the classic 1e Dungeon Masters Guide (DMG):

DMG map in Simple Excel Maper

Here’s a detail shot:

DMG map detail

Here’s an example of a customisable popup:

DMG map detail (pop up)

Here are some icons you could add to the map:

Icons

Here’s a (oldish) demo video of the mapper:

 

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Tuesday Toot!! | Amulet of Unseen Minions

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. 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+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Amulet of Unseen Minions ::

Summary
The item can summon a weak force; or (only once) a mass of weak forces

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Detail
Once per day
– the item can summon an ‘unseen minion’.

The minion is in fact a ‘soft force’ that obeys the user’s will. When focused, the force can exert a force of up to about a pound. It can turn a door handle, lift a latch, knock over a vase. The force is not hard enough to do inflict HP damage directly. But, a knocked vase falling on someone’s head is another matter. The force only works in line of sight of the user.

Once, and only once – the item can summon 100 to 1000 minions. This action completely depletes the item of unseen minions, thereafter rendering the item useless.
This mass of minions could be used for example to:
• slow the passage of a foe through a corridor as a plethora of minions grasp at them;
• slow/break a deadly fall; minions grasping and pulling against gravity
• form a ‘human pyramid’ for the character to climb;
• combine together to generate enough force to nudge a heavy object, e.g. nudge a boulder down a ravine

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea, and my procedural Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown.
More on Hex Flowers Game Engines.

Tuesday Toot!! | Baton of Three Strikes

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. 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+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Baton of Three Strikes ::

Summary
This item can capture and store up to 3 spells

Baton of Three Strikes

Detail
This item is useful in powering up a cleric or magic user character a bit.
This item allows them to take 3 extra spells into the dungeon, and at a risk, use the item defensively to suck up spells used against the party. The item might for example also allow a fighter to carry a ‘curing stick’ with him with healing spells stored inside.
The item stores spells – Therefore, spell-like abilities do not count, e.g. a stare attacks.

Use – the item has 3 gems on its shaft. Pressing a gem allows a single spell to be captured and stored by that gem. That is, provided the spell effect is directed at/near the item.
To release a spell stored in a gem, the other two gems must be pressed simultaneously. Spell can be released from the item by anyone without penalty.

Failure – there is a % chance that the gem capturing the spell is denatured/destroyed instead of capturing the spell.

Level of spell – The % chance of failure is equal to the spell level of the spell being captured (e.g. a 5th level spell has a 5% chance of destroying the gem).

Hostile spells – The % chance of failure is 10 times larger if the spell being capture is hostile to the user (e.g. a 5th level hostile spell has a 50% chance of destroying the gem).

Class conflict – anyone can use the item to capture a spell, but if they are not familiar with that branch of magic there is a +25% increase in the chance of failure.

Table summary:

Spell Lv Friendly Base % Hostile Base % Class Conflict modifier
1 1% 10% +25%
2 2 20
3 3 30
4 4 40
5 5 50
6 6 60
7 7 70
8 8 80
9 9 90

Examples
(a) A cleric (or fighter) trying to store a (non hostile) Web spell (i.e. a 2nd level magic-user spell) would have a % failure chance of 2%+25%=27%.

(b) If the above spell were hostile, then (2%x10)+25%=45%.

If the cleric were a magic user instead, then the +25% class modifier would not apply, so (a) would be 2% and (b) would be 20%.

Therefore, it is far safer to ‘bank’ your own spells prior to an adventure, rather than trying to catch a foe’s spell on the fly. That said, sucking a hostile fireball into the item might save the party’s skin!

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea, and my procedural Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown.
More on Hex Flowers Game Engines.

Tuesday Toot!! | Blackstone’s Bracelet of Cauterised Cutting

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. 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+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Blackstone’s Bracelet of Cauterised Cutting ::

Summary
Allows cutting without drawing blood

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Detail
When the bracelet is put on, the hitting surface of any held weapon is covered in a thin layer of super-hot air.

Edged weapons
The super-hot layer of air, riding the edge of the blade like a razor, instantly cauterises any wound caused by the weapon. So, when used, no blood is spilled in combat.
Therefore, this item allows (those) clerics who are not normally allowed to spill blood in combat, to use bladed weapons.

The damage caused by cauterisation is cancelled out by the reduction in blood loss, so no extra damage is caused.

Blunt weapons
The sheath of hot air actually makes blunt weapons more unwieldy, and so harder to hit with (-2 to hit); but it does do some extra searing damage (+2 damage).

Cold Ones & others
Clearly creatures not fond of ‘heat’ will find this weapon especially vexing.
In addition, the cauterisation effect might interfere/prevent special creature abilities, e.g. the regeneration ability of trolls.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea, and my procedural Wilderness Hex Crawl – In the Heart of the Unknown.
More on Hex Flowers Game Engines.

Hex Flower Game Engines | an overview and some thoughts

Background:
For about the past year I’ve been blogging on-and-off about Hex Flower Game Engines (they are like a random table but with a memory). For example here and here.

Download
I decided to bring together a lot of what I’ve learnt about Hex Flower Game Engines and their design in one place, in a downloadable .pdf document.

The document can be downloaded from here: image_preview  Link

This document is not intended to be prescriptive, but it might be a good jumping off point if you are interested in the topic and/or want to make your own Hex Flowers.

Screen clipping:
And here’s an outline image of the document:

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Cover image:

Hex Flower Game Engines Cover

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