Sunday, April 26, 2020

CyclopsCon Recap II

It's time for another recap (before I forget most of details!). This time I'll be focusing on my Blights ov the Eastern Forest session. Lets begin!


A Merrily to Our Deaths Do We Go!

Knowing how deadly the forest could be I decided that each player should have at least two 1st level PCs. Almost every player decided to roll up a wizard/warrior combo with not one Cleric among the bunch! (Note: We decided to use the Luck rules for healing via the DCC: Lankhmar boxset.) I provided the group a map of the Eastern Forest, something one of the wizards had acquired from the Elders of the nearby village of Reed. The conclave of wizards huddles up away from the warriors and other vagabonds of the party to discuss their next move and decided that from what they could gather about the Wrook (a soul stealing fiend) there was bound to be some sort of treasure or magic to be had at his hut. So without further a due they ventured into the forest.

Fortunately for them there were no random encounters to be had on their journey (For this session I didn't roll 1d6 for every hex as the adventure says). After about half a days march the branches of the forest began to be filled with hundreds if not thousands of murderous looking crows, much larger, uglier than one's average avian. Though the birds did not bother the party, they did continue to swoop down from their branches every once in a while and called out continuously, creating quite the  cacophony of sounds, and unknown to the party alerting the Wrook that someone was approaching his hunt.

When the party finally made it to a the clearing in which the hunt sat, one of them, at the direction of a wizard no doubt, decided to sneak up to the hunt to take a peak behind the leather straps hanging over the doorway. Before that character could make it halfway across the clearing the flock of crows began to attack! A battle ensued and which things were looking pretty dire for our heroes! A pair of 0-level villagers came running into the forest to help (one of my players arrived late and rolled up 0-level PCs instead of 1st level!) and one was immediately killed! (That player rolled up another 1st level character, who was also slain I believe.)

Eventually using a bit of magic, and the luck of the halfling, the party was able to scare off the majority of the crows. After assessing their wounds they entered the hunt and found a treasure trove piled around the edges of this dirty abode, but something sinister lay in the nest of the next room. (Here I should add that one of the character had a goose they would honk if danger lurked by, or so that character believed his goose did...)

In that room was a nest with 13 two foot tall black eggs. Ghostly faces could be discerned swirling up to the semi-transparent edge of the eggs. Like any good wizards of ill repute, one of them took an egg and stowed it in his backpack. Just as they were about to destroy the eggs and grab the treasure the Wrook arrived in a torrent of feathers, calling them thieves and vagabonds and promising to take their filthy souls to add to his collection!



Unfortunately for the Wrook (aka me, the Judge) I rolled far too low on my initiative and they party was able to get many a whack in, summon a wolf to bite the Wrook's chick legs and popped out one of his golden eye balls. (In retrospect maybe I should have allowed this "big baddy" 2d20 action dice...)

Before he could suffer anymore damage he fled his hut vowing revenge on the party and took off in a storm of wind and feathers to the East! The party, suffering few losses took up as much gold as they could carry and headed back to the village to rest up till their next outing of which was decided to be Jumbii-Beyr Glen, but that is for another post!

Monday, April 20, 2020

CyclopsCon Recap I

Hello everyone! It is the Monday after the first annual CyclopsCon and I couldn't be happier! Though I only ran 3 games I had a blast! This entire venture was a brand new experience for a lot of people including myself. I choice to run my games through Discord and though I had some prior experience with the app nothing I didn't really know that much about. Now however I really enjoyed the experience and will continue to run games through it while we all are stuck in quarantine!


Running Sky ov Crimson Flame (again!)

 


I can't tell you how many times I've run this adventure, you'd think I'd be sick of it by now, but (and for obvious reasons: new players, etc) every experience is different and this go round was just as fun as my first playtest. It should be noted however that I like to change things around a bit, test out new ideas, change the monster stats, and other various things to keep myself interested. I'm counting each one of these sessions as a mini-playtest of sorts so that the 2nd printing will be better than the original and maybe even different than the first.

Anyways on to the session recap! (This weekend is a bit hazy, but I'll try to remember as much as I can.) As some of you may know this is a 0-level adventure. I had 6 players, each with 4 0-level PCs. The first encounter they faced were the wretched villagers, flayed humans whose minds had cracked and were now essentially zombies of a sort. The party as a whole did well with this first combat challenge, but at least one PC went down, his belly having been ripped open and his innards pulled out.

[Judge's Note: Over the years I have learned that if you roll initiative in the standard fashion in a funnel adventure the PCs may over take the monsters before you get a chance to attack. My fix is to have the players roll initiative (a simple d20 roll). I right down their scores and all their characters go in order, but one or two monsters get to interject between the players turns, pop-corn style. I feel like this makes combat more "cinematic". This usually only works when you have a group of monsters or a monster with multiple attacks.]

After the dwarves of the party chanted funeral rites over the dead and gave them a quick burial, the party continue East, heading in the direction of the fiery red star that was falling from the sky. They eventually ended up at the edge of a cliff, where two flayed forms hung crucified. A natural rock bridge lead over the valley to the Ancient Keep. There was a horrid fat bat chewing on one of the corpses. They decide to attack the bat and miss sticking the corpse with an arrow. The bat flies up to the attack  the party and they discover it's actually a child's head with bat wings attached! At the same time the corpses heads pop off and attack, attempting to spear the PCs with their spinal cords.



The party easily dispatches this bunch and decides to quickly rush across the bridge, pressing close against the portcullis as to not be seen from the battlements. One of the PCs (I forget who now) nimbly climbs up the 40' tower walls (they rolled really high!) and peaks over the edge. At the same time they do this they spot a pair of cherub head-bats, cooing and giggling to themselves, as they push over one of the stag-headed gargoyles. The PC climbing has time to warn the party, dropping the dagger in his mouth to do so, and most of the characters below jump out of the way except one who is pancaked by the falling statue.

Other PCs decide to start climbing as the bridge begins to collapse, but another statue is pushed over by other pair of head-bats. When this statue crashes, the entire bridge section collapses and the PCs luckily fall to the ledge below. Another unfortunately PC was splattered! 

[Judge's Note: In the adventure it is written that each PC must succeed a Reflex or Luck save or fall to the valley below. I decided I did want to kill too many PCs this early in the game and waved this save.]

Now on the ledge the party could head either left or right. They decided right, but before they traveled down this ledge one of the PCs just happen to have a cart (don't you just love the nonsensical nature of 0-level PC equipment!) and decided, with the help of other PCs equipment, to build a sort of mannequin by stacking wood in the cart to look like a person, with a carved face and some hair glued on with honey. They rolled their decoy down the rocky trail in the hopes of avoiding a trap.


Well it worked! Three head-bats swooped down and exploded (they had bombs attached to them) where the cart landed. This created a hole in the side of the rock that lead to the catacombs beneath the keep. The PCs entered the catacombs and after some hesitation, his skeleton seemed cursed or had elephantiasis, took the sword from the skeletal remains of an ancient king. A series of steps lead to a backside of a secret door which led to a corridor within the keep.


After inspecting some old tapestries they managed to pick the locks to the library. As soon as they opened the door they spotted a nude figure standing on the balcony. Deciding this person was no good one of the PCs attempting to push it over the edge and MISSED! With a swirl of liquid like movement the things flesh instantly turned around and swallow the PC whole inside it's corrupted puss filled flesh. After a few of the other party members stabbed at the monster (and killed the PC within) one of the players wanted to perform a mighty-deed to decapitate the monster!

(As Judge I decided that if they could hit the creature's AC and roll a 6 on a d6 it would happen and guess what... IT DID!) 



The PC ran and sliced the things head from its shoulders! Being only a husk of flesh the head was caught up by the wind and flew over the edge of the balcony while the rest of the creatures body deflated and melted in to a steaming pile of yellow goo! With the horror gone the PCs decided to explore the Library and found: a scroll (which one opened and was immediately mummified, the rest of the party burned the body lest it rise anew), a box with a face (which ended up being the face of a PC's lover, he lost a point of Intelligence from the shock!), some letters, fleshy pants, and a bottle with a grey phallic thing. 

(At this point we we're at the 3 hour mark at it was 2am on my side of the world so we decided to call it a night and resume at a later date.)

If you liked this story, then consider purchasing my adventure Sky ov Crimson Flame! As of this writing there are only 20 copies left!

Til next next adventurers!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Cyclops Con 2020!


Cyclops Con is almost upon us! Goodman Games is hosting a cyber con (how cool is that?) and I'll be running 3 games via Discord.

Sky ov Crimson Flame  - Friday at 11:00pm EST
Blights ov the Eastern Forest - Saturday at 11:00am EST
The Croaking Fane - Sunday at 11:00pm EST

You can register to sign up here.

During the days of the con Owl Knight Publishing will be running two sales. One DriveThruRPG the PDF for Sky ov Crimson Flame will be $4.00! Here on the site the physical copies (which come with a free PDF) will be $10.00 + shipping, but I've got a very limited run of first printings left and once their gone they are gone!

I hope you're all doing well and remember to stay safe out their! This plague is no joke! Wash your hands you filthy animals!


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Hey! Woah! It's 2020!

Hello! Is there anyone there? Hello? 

Yes... I'm bad at this blogging thing, sorry about that, but if you are reading this, then please BUY MY ADVENTURE MODULE! (Just kidding, but seriously you probably should.) So what's new, you may be asking, well let me tell you!

I'm still writing the follow up adventure to Sky ov Crimson Flame, entitled Seekers ov the Other Worlds, and though I had some play-test sessions at last years GenCon I'm beginning a whole new series of re-writes! Hopefully this will transition in to a full 1st draft, which will need more through play-testing before publishing of course. I believe all this will be more easily obtainable than before simply due to the fact that I no longer need to travel out of state for work, having permanently moved to Atlanta, GA for film/television work last year.

Speaking of publishing! Goodman Games is about to drop a Kickstarter for The Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar of which I was honored to write a small, but deadly, encounter for Round 3 of the Tournament style adventure. So be sure to check that out when it drops! I've also been working on some other top secret writing assignments that I can't speak of yet, but you'll all be in for a hell of a treat!

AnyHOO! That's what's new. I wish I could write faster and publish quicker, but life tends to say otherwise! Till next time friends!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Adventures at GenCon 2019: Day 2, Part II

So where was I... Oh yes! I completed several hours of booth service for Goodman Games then ran No Small Crimes in Lankhmar and by that time it would be around 7pm and I would have been up for over 12 hours at that point I believe.

Between the Lankhmar game and my next session I ate an 8 hour old cup of noodles. (Total noodle cup count would now be at 5? Anyways, I had a great talk with one of my players whilst I hungrily scarfed down my noodles. (Later that night he shared some find moonshine with me). Soon though it was time to play Sky ov Crimson Flame!


Sky ov Crimson Flame!

How many times have I ran this adventure? I mean... I know I wrote it, but jeez... Anyways, I never get tired of, because every since it's released I do something different, try new scenarios, invent new rooms, etc. Technically I count all this as "play-testing" for the eventually 2nd printing release, where I plan to go through a "George Lucas" the shit out of it. (Well maybe not as much as Lucas might, but you get the idea!).

This session was ran from 8pm-Midnight and only 3 of my 6 players showed up, which was kind of a bummer, but we made due as I provided the characters with extra cannon fodder, I mean... PCs. The adventure went down as it always does with the Death Stamp glowing red hot as I killed up characters left and right. 

When it came to the crossing of the Rocky Mount, the players chose to go left. In the book this means an attack from more Head-bats, which in retrospect I wish I would have changed. Instead I opted for an attack from a creature in the back of the module called the Cherub Spider, which entangled one of the PCs in its sticky intestinal webbing. It was a dire situation, but these players were smart and survived with a bit of brains and lucky rolls. 

Later they fault against the Corrupted Flesh which was an intense battle between the book shelves and causes quite a mess, allowing one PC to get utlra HD infra-vision, which unfortunately for them meant they could focus on every detail of this nasty flesh monster (including the swaying sagging ball sack!) which put them in a rage! In the end they over came the creature only to be stumped by the Soul Chamber, which is just a trap room, and killed off about 5 party members.

Later, as they headed up the sloping hall towards the courtyard of the keep, they encounter a Ghost Knight and some great role playing along with some good die rolls had the Ghost Knight joining their party!

The Crimson Witch at the top of the tower couldn't complete her ritual as one of the PCs (the one who controlled the ghost and now believed himself to be the King of the Keep) sacrificed himself by tackling the witch so fiercely that they both plummeted to the rocks below!

What a session! I had a blast, they had a blast, and those three people that didn't show up missed out on all the fun! Oh well!

More GenCon recaps to come!



Friday, August 9, 2019

Adventures at GenCon 2019: A Recap, Day 2

Day 2:

Day 2 began like the day before, waking up early and heading into the exhibitor hall a couple hours before it open to organize the grand selection of Appendix N tomes that were on display at the Goodman Games booth. This was followed by 4 or so hours of working the actual booth before heading into DCCRPG game room and Judging two games back to back! (As a side note I should mention that as of this point I had only been eating cups of noodles from a vendor near by and was determined to eat only noodles! Current cup count was at 4 cups over the day and half spent at the con thus far).


No Small Crimes in Lankhmar!

ATTENTION SPOILERS AHEAD:
This was my first game session for the day and first time actually running the new DCC Lankhmar rule set. If you're familiar with the module, all the PCs are shrunk in size and must venture through the house at a mere 5 inches, fighting hairy spiders, giant cats, and the rats from Lankhmar Below.

Fritz Leiber's  The Swords of Lankhmar is probably one of my favorites and so running this adventure that is obviously inspired by that story was a blast. I had a great group of players, some newbies, so not, but all were having a blast. We had a Wizard who was illiterate and so the player decided that the only way he could cast his spells was through limericks and actually wrote a limerick for each spell he had! Needless to say that blew me away and every time he recited his limerick I awarded him with fleeting luck!

In this adventure the cat is probably the biggest adversary, and threatened the party a couple of times, once from under a door and then again at the top of the stairwell. Unfortunately for me I was rolling low and they were rolling high! One of the PCs rolled a critical and mortally wounded the cat who was then fleeing down the stairwell when the wizard cast magic missile and blew him away!

The end of the adventure was probably the most fun as the wizard got stuck under a steel door. On the opposite side of that door stood a bronze automation. Before the automation could attack the wizard spell-burned a ton of points and summoned a gorilla into the room! The gorilla and automation fought, destroying the laboratory equipment and several bottles which would have helped the party grow to full size. Lucky for them there was another way and with the gorilla's help they managed to unlock a door and eventually undo the curse placed on them.

Check back for a continuation of Day 2 into Day 3!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Adventures at GenCon 2019: A Recap, Day 1

Ah yes... GenCon! The gathering of Nerdom from far and wide. Chaos reigns those 4 days and coins are tossed like so much fodder. Those of us who can make the journey wait for an entire year to spend 4 days and nights gaming and drinking in the best of company!

Day 1:

This day started off early with a trip to the DCC gaming room, followed by several hours of work at the Goodman Games booth. Afterwards I had two play-tests of my latest adventure Seekers ov the Other Worlds.


The 1st Play-Test

This was the first time anyone has played what I've written and the play-test was only 1/5 of this very long and epic world hopping adventure! I had 6 players, all of whom had some experience with DCC and some of whom I had the pleasure of playing with last year.

After showing off Stefan Poag's new cover art for the adventure (see above) we dove right into the thick of it. This Other World is heavily inspired by both Michael Moorcock and H. P. Lovecraft. It's a very dream like reality and is not the standard dungeon crawling experience. In retrospective though I believe I will need to reign in some of these ideas and add a tad bit more structure to the adventure.

One of the main goals for this session was to find a means of getting the "Bridge Machine" running again. This requires the PCs find the needed parts, putting them in the machine and then activating it so that a black rainbow bridge projects in the direction of the floating tower in the sky. (All of which may change once this adventure is finally published, but that's TBD). Anyhow the players did well and in the end defeated this incarnation of the Necromancer with no casualties (gotta amp those baddies up!). 



The 2nd Play-Test

After that session, I had an hour or more to kill before the next session starting at 8pm. In that time I study the mental notes I'd taken and prepared to try some new things. Again I had 6 players, several of which played with me last year! This session went smoother than the last (mostly in part to the fact I had some practice and knew what the hell I was doing).

One of the main segments that both play-test parties went through was a dinner party with a Minor Chaos Lord named the Duke of Yooh, a slime yellow blob with a hefty appetite. All the players had a blast and both parties manage to narrowly escape the party.

We had but one death in this session (I know, I know... I'm slacking). This occurred in a area called The Great White Void. The character had three chances to roll under their luck and failed all three! In the end they begin one with the void, never to be seen again.

In the end the Necromancer was again defeated and the PCs won! After the session had ended (around midnight) I was feeling quite drained, so of course I went over to the embassy suites to drink and hang out! 


So what did I take away from these play-tests?

More structure to the Other World, baddies may need to be amped up a bit, and certain area/ideas should either be combined or abandoned. That said it appeared that everyone was having a blast and dished out some great feedback. So if my play-testers are reading this, thanks for gaming with me and thanks for the support!

Check back later for Part II!








Saturday, June 22, 2019

ALL HAIL THE SUN!

Happy Summer Solstice to All!

I'm running a sale on my Etsy Store for Free Shipping this weekend, just use the code HAILTHESUN.

I have some pretty niffy products, including t-shirts, mugs and of course the adventure module Sky ov Crimson Flame. So check that shiz out yo!

In Other News:

As is par for the course I am working this Sunday to prep for a big shoot this week, so today is my only day off. I will writing as if devils are flogging my back to get a workable draft ready for play-testing come GenCon. 

So without further ado, enjoy the longest day of year and PRAISE BE THE SUN!

Friday, June 21, 2019

TV Shows and GenCon

Hello! Here's a bit of an update concerning a little be of everything.

First off, I have redesigned the website and if you find any missing links, please let me know. I have also reopened the Owl Knight Publishing Etsy page. There's you'll be about to purchase t-shirts and other gifts.

Writing Update:

I recently moved to Atlanta, GA to further pursue my film career and am currently working a TV show called Brockmire. The next adventure module still sits at around 100+ pages and is still in draft form. Unless I have some slow days on set I'll only be able to focus writing over the weekends. I am going to heavily concentrate on 2 of the 5 Other Worlds the PC can journey to as I will be play-testing one or both worlds at GENCON.

Which brings us to!

GENCON 2019!

The time of the great convention is nearly upon us. As I did last year I will be officially running 4  sessions of DCC-RPG for Goodman Games (Sky ov Crimson Flame, 2 play-tests of Seekers ov the Other Worlds, and 1 session of DCC Lankhmar). All of which are SOLD OUT!!! Crazy!

When is your next module coming out fool?

This answer is... yes... So unfortunately with my busy work schedule at the beginning of the year (which had me traveling up and down the East Coast) and then up rooting my life and moving to GA  and now my busy work schedule for the second half of the year, I have cemented the fact in my mind that I will not be able to publish Seekers ov the Other World this year...

Boo! Hiss!

I know, I know... it blows, but such is the real world. (I hate the real world...) In the longer run though, this move of mine will help not only my film career, but also my writing (as I don't have to travel as far anymore for work).

Well, that's all I have for now, time to get back to work (real world work that is).

Cheers Friends!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Free RPG Day 2019

What Ho Adventurers!



Free RPG Day is almost upon us and I Thorin "Son Ov Thrain" Thompson will be running DCC-RPG at Raven Nest Games (688 Whitlock Ave NW #400, Marietta, GA 30064) starting around Noon!

Of course I'll be running my 0-level adventure Sky ov Crimson Flame because, y'know, I sure as hell can't seem to finish the next adventure module! (Hahaha... oh...)

If you're in Atlanta and have the time, and are brave (or foolish) enough, come join the game!






Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 has finally arrived...

Where are my spinners? Where are the off world colonies? The star ships on fire off the should of Orion! Where I say! We're on track for a shitty world sans on all the cool cyberpunk stuff... And as disappointing as that is I'd still like the start off the new year on a bright note!

SKY OV CRIMSON FLAME IS 40% OFF!


I was out of the country for Cyber-Lich Monday and couldn't throw you folks a good deal! So take this one instead! Not only that, but I'm putting the t-shirts I have over on Etsy for sale too. I have a limited supply of my adventure module left so get your's while supplies last.

And in Other News!

I've been writing diligently since my return from Japan. The next module (and subsequent sequel) Seekers ov the Other Worlds currently sits at 37000+ words and growing! Should the gods be willing (and I don't stab my hand at the start of this year) I will actually have a finished draft soon. I know there is a looming cloudy called film work approaching from all sides that will more than likely sweep me away from my books and cats, but if I just keep up this pace I'll be in a good spot.

I also want to come into this digital age and record some playtest sessions, podcasts, or something similar and game related. But we'll see if any of that actually pans out.

Enjoy the New Year (and the sale!) and my your rolls be high and your character deaths glorious!

CyclopsCon Recap II

It's time for another recap (before I forget most of details!). This time I'll be focusing on my Blights ov the Eastern Forest sessi...