Saturday, March 19, 2011

Flier Announcing My Old School Campaign

Used an ad James Raggi made as a base, added some stuff form Mythmere's Old School Primer, put some of my own spin in, and here you looked a bit prettier in flier form, but this is the best I could do with the blog

Traditional Vintage Fantasy Role-Playing

“I know you desire to leave these valleys and make your mark on the world. I don’t know what you'll find. Many have attempted the dangerous trek over the mountains, and none have returned. They may be out there right now, fighting for power, or being thrown in a ditch to feed the worms. Perhaps it’s true that a new age is dawning. Whether it be forged by faith, steel, or magic is yet to be determined. Which race will rule is unclear. One thing is certain—the future will be forged in blood. Ancient powers, long lost mysteries, and tomes of lore must be pried from the horrors of ancient ruins. They will discovered by the bold, held by the strong, and wielded by the ambitious. The currency of power is blood---hopefully blood of your enemies and rivals.


Old School is the excitement and the terror of exploring someplace new, strange, and dangerous. You’re not supposed to be there, and you'll only survive by your own skill and wits.

Old School is when the Game Master is not on your side. The system is not on your side. They are neutral and will just as soon kill your characters to death as watch them succeed and grow. You can fail---which makes success all the sweeter.

Old School is defeating challenges by realizing that player skill is far more important than what's on your character sheet.

Old School is a fantasy world, with all its perils, contradictions, and surprises: it’s not a “game setting” which somehow always produces challenges of just the right difficulty for the your level of experience. You have no “right” only to encounter monsters you can defeat, no “right” only to encounter traps you can disarm, no “right” to invoke a particular rule from the books, and no “right” to a die roll in every particular circumstance.

Old School is the freedom to try something crazy without worrying that it will screw up the plot, because the plot is something you create through your actions, and not an “adventure path” to follow through to its predetermined end. You are in charge of your own destiny, not the DM, in pure sandbox campaign style, and can do anything you want in the campaign world.

It's a game of ambition and power


(Players who like to min/max, use mini's on grids rather than narrative combat, who like to play goody-two-shoes type characters, who are rules lawyers, whose favorite alignment is chaotic-stupid and don't understand that actions have consequences, and those who lack ambition and the desire for power and glory, need not apply. )

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Real Life Zombie Flies? WTF?

Check it out...If this doesn't inspire a new monster you should turn in your DM Screen.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Greatest Paradox in Geekdom

Ina fight between Star Trek the original series Redshirts and Star Wars A New Hope Storm Troopers, who would win?

On the one hand, the Redshirts have to die.

On the other hand, Storm Troopers can't ever hit anything they aim at.

Who wins and how?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

WOTC Poll Results Up

I made a big deal about it last week, and someone brought it to my attention that they are now showing results.

It looks like they are giving out the results with the following week's article and poll. This week's poll is a 2-parter:

How much player content would you feel comfortable reading and incorporating into your campaign each year?


What kind of stuff do you want the most?

They seem to be doing some real analysis on how to go forward with their product lines.

Annoyingly, whereas the last article had a link for discussion that took you to the specific discussion of that article, the link for discussion under this article drops you into what appears to be the top level of the WOTC boards. I wanted to read what others had to say, but I am not going to spend all night looking for the right discussion thread. Way to go...

I assume we will get the results next week. I would rather see the results as we go, so we can see the number of votes before we vote, and then see after we vote the new total, to see our vote accurately reflected. Not that I have trust issues or anything...