Helm: A mini-review and character sheet for a low fantasy game

I recently ran a session of Helm, the new OSR system from Jon Davis (sivads-sanctum.itch.io). It's a genuinely fun little system, very much worth picking up. Here's some system notes and a couple of character sheets. Making Characters The character generation system is quite unique. You roll a 1d6 for each body location - Head, … Continue reading Helm: A mini-review and character sheet for a low fantasy game

The Slayers: Preview of my Cepheus Journal article

I'm finishing up my submission to the Cepheus Journal, the free Cepheus Engine fanzine. The upcoming issue is centered around the theme of aliens. I decided to make some fantasy aliens inspired by the bad guys in the 1983 movie Krull (Wikipedia / YouTube Trailer) . I've previously posted about the research I did for this, and now … Continue reading The Slayers: Preview of my Cepheus Journal article

Making RPG stuff from a mostly-forgotten film: Krull

I've been working on my submission to the Cepheus Journal fanzine. My plan is to create an adaptation of the 1983 science fantasy movie Krull (Wikipedia / YouTube Trailer) for both the Sword of Cepheus & Barbaric! games. Krull itself was a fairly unsuccessful movie, creatively and financially, with some nice visuals. However, the basic … Continue reading Making RPG stuff from a mostly-forgotten film: Krull

Warlords of Atlantis: Character sheets for the Barbaric! setting

Barbaric! There's an interesting low fantasy RPG, based on the Cepheus Engine system, called Barbaric! from Stellagama Publishing. It's a much lighter, quicker version of the whole 2d6/Cepheus/Traveller style of game. There isn't any career lifepath system and the stats have been completely replaced with a common set of seven skills. It's somewhat closer to … Continue reading Warlords of Atlantis: Character sheets for the Barbaric! setting