Thursday, December 31, 2020

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (13)


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! May 2021 find you often at the game table, virtual or otherwise!

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (12)


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (11)

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (10)

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (9)


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (8)

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (7)

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (6)


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (5)


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (4)

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (3)

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (2)


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: Rime of the Frostmaiden (1)

To close out the year, let's go back to Rime of the Frostmaiden to close out the artstravaganza!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.11


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.10

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.9


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.8

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.7

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.6


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.5


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.4

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.3

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.2

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.1


End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.V1.0

End-of-Year Artsravaganza: CARBON2185.README


Ah, 2020... did this year actually live up to some dystopic fiction? Truth indeed seemed to become worse than fiction for this year, touted in Cyberpunk 2020 back in the day. Now that we're here in "the future," it makes me turn my mind back to that genre. I've read tons of cyberpunk fiction but never really gamed in that genre. In 2021, I hope to return to the gaming table in the flesh, and I'm considering finally using the Carbon 2185 rules to jack into some cyberpunk gaming goodness! 

So, to close out this wild and futuristic year, I'm dedicating the first day of my annual artstravaganza to Carbon 2185 and all things cyberpunk!

Friday, December 11, 2020

End-of-Week Game Art (12/11/20): Carbon 2185 Cover

I know there's that big cyberpunk video game everyone's buzzing about right now, based on that cyberpunk tabletop RPG from the early 90's (which is also getting a new version). But in the meantime, there's a little game called Carbon 2185, built on the D&D 5E chassis, that is pretty swell, too! Check it out when you get a chance!

Friday, December 4, 2020

End-of-Week Inspirational Art (12/4/20): Mork Borg Cover

Have you heard the good word about Mork Borg? If not, disciples of darkness, go ye forth and obtain your own copy of this occult roleplaying tome! That's all I'll say for now. I'm hoping to delve into a discussion about this grim, fun little RPG gem on this here blog at some point. Until then, do thy own digging! 

Friday, October 30, 2020

End-of-Week D&D Art (10/30/20): Coldlight Walker

 This is a really cool creature from the Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure for D&D 5E! It was inspired by the iconic poster for 1982 version of The Thing:

I love that movie, so I really appreciate the homage! Coldlight walkers are the reanimated corpses of humanoids who died from cold exposure. Awesome! Really makes me want to run this adventure, just to have players encounter this creature! 

I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween! 

Friday, August 14, 2020

End-of-Week D&D Artwork: Rime of the Frostmaiden


I'm kinda excited about this next D&D campaign book, set in Icewind Dale, the frozen north of the Forgotten Realms made famous in the books of R.A. Salvatore. Check it out!

Friday, May 8, 2020

End-of-Week Elmore (5/8/20): Journey to The Rock

The road to The Rock leads to the smell of peril that has claimed the life of many a jabroni who didn't know their role. Rashness and folly will lead to a smackdown of your candy ass, but riches await the clever and the brave. Have you the wits, courage, and skill to go one-on-one with the Great One?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dragonlance - After the Dawning: Adventures 2 & 3

Here's the highlights from the last two sessions:

Varhauth (the barbarian of the Qlettaar tribe in Estwilde played by Jim), Auger Tambac (a hill dwarf from the Palanthas foothills played by Jay), and Raph Knotwillow (a kender played by Dan) were asked by the Knights of Solamnia (specifically Sir Nigel, an old knight) to head south and investigate the whereabouts of a caravan from Abanasinia. The caravan, including a good number of refuges, is overdue for arrival at Palanthas. 

The party agrees to take the journey south on recon. They are accompanied by Valen, a newly anointed Cleric of Paladine who seems very young and unready. Also along for the journey are Solamnic squires Boras and Horot. 

Once equipped, the group heads south through the mountain passes. Eventually, they come to a village called Goodheart, a relatively young settlement that straddles the pass south of Palanthas. The party heads to the village inn (as you do) and they receive a relatively chilly reception from the innkeeper, not to mention the cold stares of the locals (and not just because the party brought a kender with them). 

The party was still settling in when the inn door burst open and in strode a fat man in red robes, flanked by several large men with clubs. The fat man introduced himself as Highseeker Eldridge. It seemed the village of Goodheart was still steeped in the Seeker religion, even after the return of the old Gods.

The Highseeker demanded that the party leave the village immediately. The PCs didn't take well to being pushed around or threatened, and they launched into attack mode! The ensuing fight resulted in a chaotic scene that amounted to a fighting retreat. The took out the Highseeker and several of his henchmen (most likely killing them) and managed to set a portion of the village market on fire.

The party managed to flee the town and continue south. They had almost reached the High Clerist's Tower when they saw a red dragon in the distance, flying over a small stand of trees in the pass. The dragon breathed flame over the trees before flying off to the east. 

The party approached the trees and saw a figure in robes laying in the grass beyond the burning trees. The figure was a Qualinesti elf named Faeron (Player Pat's elven wizard) who had narrowly escaped being incinerated by the dragon. He told them he had been camping in the trees with the remnants of the caravan from the south that the party was sent to find! Now, he was the last of them...the rest having been burned by the red dragon!

The party decided to continue to the High Clerist's Tower to alert the garrison there about the red dragon attack. But, the party had barely been allowed entry into the fortress when a shadow loomed overhead. They looked up to see a massive flying citadel, one of the few that were used by the Dragonarmies during the War of the Lance!

The knights and the party scrambled to prepare for battle as flights of draconians (baaz and bozak) leaped from the citadel and dropped from the sky to attack. There was a desperate battle, with the knights being overwhelmed. The party fought well beside the knights, but they ultimately were forced to flee the fortress and escape back north, to bring warning to Palanthas...if they are able to make good their escape!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

End-of-Week Unknown (3/21/20): Plague Doctor

Howdy folks! Hope you're all well and staying that way. I figure the roleplaying/gaming crowd in general is pretty used to being inside for long periods of time. In other words, social distancing is second nature to us! We're better equipped mentally that many others for long periods of low social contact, right? Stereotypes aside and in all seriousness, may you and yours be well during this surreal time of pandemic!

Friday, February 21, 2020

End-of-Week Hannuniemi (2/21/20): Visiting the Blacksmith

Illustration by Pauliina Hannuniemi

If you're a fan of the products being produced by Necrotic Gnome, you've probably encountered the enchanting artwork of Pauliina Hannuniemi. I'd describe it as "stylized Viking illustration." However you might describe it, I think it is wonderfully whimsical, and definitely encapsulates what Necrotic Gnome is doing with their Dolmenwood setting.

Definitely check out Pauliina's work on Twitter and Instagram:

Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020

End-of-Week Mullen: Patrons Be Trippin'

Those kooky Dungeon Crawl Classics patrons, amirite?