Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Beleaguered Burrow - An OSR Fantasy Adventure

Hi folks, my latest project The Beleaguered Burrow is now available.

It's a small OSR fantasy sandbox locale/adventure for low level characters. Here's the blurb:

A lonely hill. A terrible tragedy. Orcs and goblins in a standoff. A monstrous predator.

What will you find here, wealth or death?

We got four fun sessions worth of play out of this, there were a few deaths but the players managed to clear the place out. It took some creative thinking and good planning to defeat the "monstrous predator" but they pulled it off well.

If you're looking for a introductory adventure for your Labyrinth Lord or other OSR fantasy game I think you will enjoy The Beleaguered Burrow. The link in this post or the icon on the upper-right of this blog will take you to it.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

What You Do Is The Adventure

The best RPG sessions I've ever GM'ed were not scripted adventures but Situations.

Players have motivations, NPC Group A has motivations compatible with the players, and NPC Group B has motivations which oppose the players.

Stat the NPCs. Detail the setting. And that's it.

Principle = What the player characters do is the adventure.

Don't guide the players. Have no expectations of what should or shouldn't happen. 
Let them trash the scenery. Let them hose the NPCs. Let them feel pain.
Keep the pressure on and don't let off.
Run the NPCs true to their motivations.

Fun will happen and all you have to do is sit back and respond as needed.

I think this is why Keep On The Borderlands is so popular. You have the Keep NPCs who have goals compatible the PCs. Then you have the several groups of adversary NPCs (monsters, goblins, and orcs) who oppose the PC goals but can be manipulated by the PCs to potentially oppose each other.

The PCs are dropped into a situation already in progress (Keep vs. Chaos) and their actions are the adventure.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Weird Tales Special Elder Gods Issue

Weird Tales is back with a special issue devoted to the Cthulhu Mythos (Yog-Sothothery to you purists out there) and Ray Bradbury. Kind of a strange mix as I don't recall Bradbury being at all connected to the Mythos. But what the heck, I love 'em both!

Here's the blurb:

"Weird Tales #360 is a special Elder Gods issue, featuring creepy new stories by many horror & dark fantasy luminaries, including:
Brian Lumley - "The Long Last Night"
Michael Shea - "Momma Durtt"
Michael Reyes - "The Darkness at Table Rock Road"
Darrell Schweitzer - "The Runners Beyond the Wall"
Matthew Jackson - "Drain" 
William Blake-Smith - "The Thing in the Cellar" 
Parke Godwin - "To Be a Star"
Jessica Amanda Salmonson - "The Empty City"
.....& many more!
As if that isn't'll also find a Ray Bradbury tribute, with rare fiction, poetry, and non-fiction about Bradbury: 
"The Exiles" (original version), by Ray Bradbury
"My New Ending to Rosemary's Baby," by Ray Bradbury
"Personal Memories of Ray Bradbury," by Marvin Kaye
"Remembrance," by Ray Bradbury
Note: This digital edition includes the PDF, ePub and Mobi (Kindle) versions of the magazine."

You can pick this up right now for only $2.99. 
"Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the following link!" (Sung to the tune of Follow the Yellow Brick Road.)   <grin>

Weird Tales: Cthulhu Returns