Welcome to my Anchor channel. You'll find nothing serious here. I talk about tabletop RPG gaming with a focus on the older editions and retro clones. Some folks call it the OSR, I just call it gaming. If you like rolling weird dice, talking in weird voices and just being weird, pull up a chair and stay a while.
In campaigns I run in my Komor Forest setting I use a thing called Divine Acts. I've taken the turn undead ability and fused it with a multipurpose tool. The effects are determined by the player and GM because these are not in the ruleset. It is a freeform tool to allow clerics to get their kiss ass holiness into high gear.
I borrow and twist a topic from Rob C from the Down in the Heap podcast. He talked about why campaigns don't usually go much farther than 5th level. I say that old school GMs are afraid of high level characters.
A couple of calls about my recent undead episode from Che Webster and John Large which led me to discuss my most recent creations, zombie NPCs. Then Cody M called in about the Froghemoth episode. Which now I need to generate magic items and treasure. I go over a few if items I plan to include.
Another Manor After Dark episode where I open a Zine Quest 3 arrival, Scoundrel's by Jeffery Jones. You can find his Kickstarter here to check it out for yourself. And if you are interest in buying them, there are three zines!, go to Twitter and look for @I_Am_Jeffery. It is very worth it!
With my new urban campaign there is going to be failures. But not necessarily resulting in death. Failures in game give the players and the GM ways to explore ideas and situations that otherwise wouldn't be. It's been a lot of fun so far.
Just received my ZineQuest copies of Ben Lawrence's, Through Ultan's Door. Just perusing the pages and the blurbs I can tell these zines a rich with content. Ben has set a standard for zine makers out there. They look amazing.
The Necropolis of Nuromen |
The Abandoned Tower (an OSR B/X Style RPG Adventure Module) |
First Edition Fantasy: Into the Mite Lair |
Forgotten Tales of Sword & Sorcery |
The Blackapple Brugh |
The Curse of Buckthorn Valley |
I've got a backlog of messages that demanded answers. Callers like The Good Jason, The Evil Jeff, and the divine Che! We go back over some map talk, random encounters, and a little more talk about 5e.
Thanks for listening!
It's been over a year since I last ran a campaign. Well, I'm gearing up to begin a new one. This time set in the City of Scorn. At least in the beginning it'll be an urban setting and see where the players take it. Crawlers of Scorn coming soon.
Okay, this is a weird episode. It starts off with me talking about music in games. Then the podcast gets interrupted by three chickens. Yes, it did. Then in the second half I'm joined by Whisk as we continue our discussion about music in videos and in game. Then we end the podcast with deciding which rock bands would be what character classes.
I'm back several zines so far. Here's a list of what I've backed...so far.
Zine 3 Pack of Futuristic Post-Apocalypse and Fantasy
Wild Blue Yonder
The Vast in the Dark - Exploring Ruins in an Infinite World
The Lair of the Manticore
Through Ultan's Door
Scoundrels: Make Your Game Criminal
Tomb of Immolation
GrimBlade: A Grim Fantasy RPG
The Lighthouse At The Edge Of The Universe - Solo RPG
I've got a new game I'm playing in. Rob Conley is running a 5e version of his Majestic Fantasy game. A couple of call ins from Jason and Josh. And lastly, I got a couple of books in the mail. Blood & Coin 2nd Edition by Alan Bahr and The Frighteners by Peter Laws.
With all the negative thing in gaming these days I doubt the 10 year-old me would have considered joining tabletop rpgs. There was a social cost back in the day. But it was more of outsider who attacked us. Who didn't know anything about what we did. Today, we eat ourselves from the inside. Like a cancer. Bombarded by different groups on how they think things should be. 10 year-old me would have given tabletop rpgs a hard pass.
I got a big box of goodies delivered to my door this morning.
Goodman Games updates of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks and The Lost City. Big fat books.
Exoterrorists book Worldbreaker.
A couple Necromancer Games d20 adventures Prisoners of the Maze and Morrick Mansion.
Then small stash of Ares Magica, Mythic Places, Medieval Bestiary, and a copy of Mythic Perspectives.
Super happy with the haul and looking forward to getting my nose between the pages.
Hey folks, thanks for checking out my latest episode. I invite you into the Manor on a Sunday afternoon as I come up with ideas on how to finish an adventure. This time around it's for my adventure called Kobold Invasion. I sit and talk with out about my ideas, what tools I'm using, and the process I go through to finish off an adventure. Pull up a chair, grab something to drink, and enjoy the adventure.
I talk with Joe the Lawyer and Matt Jackson after a marathon gaming session that ending the year-long campaign. We go over what worked and what didn't. It was a fun time and I appreciated the guys who stuck through it.
Thanks for all the call ins everyone. It was a good time. And thank you Matt for being a good sport. But what you really want to know is who won. Well you'll need to listen to find out.
For those interested in buying a copy of Matt Jackson's book, Dungeon Masters Book of Cartography Vol. 1, click the link and get a copy for only $7.99.
I chatted with my good friend Steve C. who is at the tail end of his Zine Quest 2 Kickstarter, Dice Roll Zine 3. It's funded! But I want to fund him more! He has a super secret stretch goal even he doesn't know about. Let's help him reach it. We discuss his trials and tribulations with his first Kickstarter.
Hogtown Games Store
Hogtown Games on DriveThru RPG
Dice Roll Zine #1 on Lulu
Dice Roll Zine #1 on Amazon
The Borderlands: Steve's Dorky Old-School Gaming Blog
Dice Roll Zine Podcast on Anchor
This is the first episode of a series, I hope, of shelf delves, where I scour my gaming shelves and feature a few selected tomes. This first time out I break out my 2nd edition GURPS boxset with a treasure trove of ancient documents. Including my first GURPS character sheet from 1986. Then I break the seal on the Dungeon Fantasy boxset and explore its innards. What's a boy to do late on a Friday night, but crack open some good gaming books.
A warning, I didn't notice the harsh sound levels until after I finished. I have attempted to sand off as much of the harshness as I could.
I talk about a lot of stuff in this one. We've got voice mails, we've got Joe's brother giving him shit, a new topic for the Adventure Design Sessions, the man who created the Jackson will be joining me, Mr. Matt Jackson himself, Kickstarters, unboxings, both books and gaming stuff, my blog, a giveaway, and finally my floundering Patreon. Whew. That's a lot. Now I need to eat.
Joe the Lawyer is my first guest in a series I am calling Adventure Design Sessions. I will speak to one or more people about a topic around creating adventures! This week's episode is all about villains. Enjoy!
I order gaming stuff from Noble Knight Games, EBay, and Amazon. They all came in today. So instead of having me do one of my normal unboxings I had Ivy assist me with the unboxing and add her commentary.
My package with my two d and d essentials box sets said they were delivered two days ago but the post office can't find them. Then I get a shitty shirt from China. Wasn't supposed to be from there. Probably toss it because it's horrible made.
It starts on one day. Ends on another. Call ins about post apocalyptic games and comment on my Stinky Game Session. Then is end with a recap of Monday's game and considering how to tweak the cleric to make him a bit more useful.
I just finished up my 15th NPC card, Gish. He's a froggy dude. It's the first one finished for my April Patreon. Then I give sneak peeks into my next adventure, The Solemn Dark. But that title will change. Oh, and I hit 90 patrons! Thanks to my new patrons. Jon Mayo, Richard Fraiser, a reupped Hobbs & Friends, and James Richards.
I wrangle Ian McGarth and Jayson 'Rocky' Gardner of Silver Bulette into the Gothridge Manor to talk about their current Kickstater, Creeping cold.
There are creatures, groups and places that have an influence with the world around them. I talk about mini boss monsters that hold sway over small territories and they could intersect with other mini boss monsters. Then taking these influences and add them to your campaign world.
Plus great calls from Joe the Lawyer, Vance A., and Spikepit! Thanks guys!
I completed my 80th Micro-Adventure, Macceum Sewer. I go through each of the thirteen room and share ho I created them and ways I may GM a situation.
I am planning on moving Gothridge Manor in 2019. Not sure yet, but looking at potential property. Some how I digress into details of my Patreon and all the fantastic people I back there and a a view backstage of how much is made and how much goes out. Lastly, a unneeded reminder to enjoy the holidays. We have a finite number of them.
I recently purchased two Anchorcasters products. Larry Hamilton's, Locks, Vaults, and Hiding Places. And Howard Belieff's, A Bakers Denizen. Both use the PWYW option. I wanted to share my experience this pricing strategy.
Want to know more about my Micro-Adventures for June. Hyroth my NPC card, leader of a fake cult. Adventure Time game time tracker card. And Into the Ruins, a short adventure that could take the party to Hell.
I like to develop character background using the players ideas and then giving them information specific to the character. Run one or two individual sessions to grow the character into the campaign world.
I'm developing a hexcrawl campaign using Komor Forest, my setting I've used for the past year when writing my Micro-Adventures and Micro-Locations. I put a poll into my G+ feed to see what folks would prefer, a podcast or video.