This is the ninth in my series of capsule reviews of non-fiction books from my library that would be useful or inspiring in RPGs – Weird Books for Gamers The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, From the Ice Age to the Present (Goodreads) In Chris Gosden's book, he covers the history of magic … Continue reading Weird Books for Gamers IX: The History of Magic – From Alchemy to Witchcraft, From the Ice Age to the Present
Godstar is a campaign setting for the Cepheus Engine system from Zozer Games. It's essentially Dune with the serial numbers filed off. The setting is centered around a small desert world called Aurelia. Aureila doesn't have spice, but it has the Godstar. The sun of the Aurelian system (the titular Godstar) seems to be a … Continue reading Godstar: A faux-Dune Cepheus Engine setting and my custom character sheet
Vaults of Vaarn is a great little OSR game by Leo Hunt. It's a sort of a far future Dying Earth-style science fantasy setting. There's the remains of dead civilizations littering the blue sands, bizarre technologies, and all kinds of mutants and robots roaming about underneath a dying red sun. Highly recommended. The rules are … Continue reading Vaults of Vaarn: A custom character sheet for an OSR science fantasy game.
Last year I released Buffalo Commons, my hack of 2600 about park rangers flying airships over a near-future Great Plains, slowly being returned to its wild prairie state. I've just added a quick update to the project. A few typos have been fixed, and I've added a fillable character sheet and airship sheet. Buffalo Commons … Continue reading Quick update to Buffalo Commons
Michael Brown creates a lot of simple one-page settings for the Cepheus Engine system, many inspired by various sci-fi properties. One of them is Wings over the World, a science fiction setting based on Things to Come, the 1936 science fiction film. I've made a Cepheus Engine character sheet specifically designed for this setting. The … Continue reading Wings Over The World: a character sheet for the retro sci-fi Cepheus Engine setting
I recently picked up a copy of the Fallen Justice expansion book for the Tiny Supers RPG. It's designed to allow the GM to run low-powered vigilante superheroes inspired by the grim and gritty figures of the Iron Age of comics - Daredevil, The Punisher, Elektra, etc. Tiny Supers, by Gallant Knight Games, is their … Continue reading Fallen Justice: A custom character sheet for the Tiny Supers RPG
In 1956, the English writer Colin Wilson released the book The Outsider. It was sort a cultural and literary analysis of so-called "outsider" figures, and served as an early introduction to existentialism. The book received a lot of early acclaim from critics, and Wilson was as feted one of the "angry young men" of his … Continue reading Planet of the Spiders: A campaign idea I’ll probably never get around to.
I just ran a one-shot of Brindlewood Bay, the RPG by Jason Cordova about little old ladies who solve murder mysteries in a quaint New England town. It's a fun little Powered-by-the-Apocalypse system. I was running the game over Discord, so I needed to see how the players filled out their character sheets. To make … Continue reading Brindlewood Bay: Fillable version of the official character sheet
In 1981, Kirby Lee Davis designed and self-published a small homebrew fantasy RPG - The Spawn of Fashan. It didn't sell particularly well, and was soon out-of-print. The author left the RPG scene altogether. Normally, it would be completely forgotten, but the game has developed a strange afterlife. For a long time, Spawn of Fashan … Continue reading The Spawn of Fashan: Some notes on a mostly-dead RPG and a new character sheet
I recently picked up a copy of the Sword & Sorcery RPG ZeFRS over on Lulu. I'll be running a one-shot of this, so I thought I'd put together a quick mini-review and show off my custom character sheet. History In 1985, TSR (the original D&D publisher) released their Conan RPG. The rules were by Dave … Continue reading ZeFRS: A mini-review and free character sheet for the Conan retroclone