Sunday, February 24, 2013

"Some Points About..." Series

This is a really great series of videos on different ancient and medieval weapons and equipment that I learned about at Tenkar's Tavern. The videos cover details on the proper way to handle different weapons and their effectiveness in different situations, the use of shields, the utility and design of different types of armor, even torches and water bottles. The information is perfect for running games; lots of ideas for combat stunts for players and hazards for game masters.

Here are some samples:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Deep Where the Liche Lord Lies: New T&T GM Adventure from Tavernmaster Games

At long last Andy Holmes has returned with a new GM adventure, Deep Where the Liche Lord Lies, published by Tavernmaster Games. The book contains 72 pages and features cover art by Simon Lee Tranter and interior art by Jeff Freels. You can get a paperback copy of this new adventure from Lulu for $16.00. As with all of Andy's T&T adventures you can expect a rich gothic horror theme and a substantial pile of deceased delvers before the adventure is completed.

Here are the details from the Tavernmaster storefront at Lulu:

Beneath an ancient mausoleum, deep within the Forest of Maugaral, there is a mighty dungeon; a stronghold of goblins, ogres, and worse. At its deepest point, surrounded by earthly riches, lies the tomb of Vasarax, an ancient and malignant sorcerer. Though entombed for centuries, stories abound that the long dead mage has arisen as a powerful Liche-Lord. It is said that whoever steps foot into his resting chamber will instantly perish... Deep Where the Liche Lord Lies: A Descent into Horror is a huge, multi-level GM adventure for Tunnels & Trolls compatible with 5th or 7th edition rules. It will test even the strongest of parties as they penetrate its gloomy depths. Everything a GM requires to run what would amount to a mini campaign can be found within its pages, including detailed maps of each level and the surrounding terrain, plus descriptions of all of the rooms and contents. This is the largest GM module ever produced for T&T from the master of gothic horror adventures, Andy Holmes.

You can learn more behind the scenes information about Liche Lord at the Tavernmaster Games website.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Final Hours of the dT&T Kickstarter

We're into the last 9 hours of the dT&T Kickstarter campaign now. So far there are 1547 backers pledging $111,919. That's pretty amazing. So far every Milestone set by the Fellowship has been reached leading to a huge number of freebies for even small pledges (you can get in for a pdf copy of the rules for only $14 and still get most of the swag). Could there be one last milestone in the final hours? We can only wait and see. If you have not pledged yet, this really is your last chance.

Monday, February 4, 2013

dT&T Kickstarter Campaign Hits $100,000

Yes, that is right, the dT&T Kickstarter campaign has met and exceeded the $100,000 milestone. It's hard to believe, but there it is. I'm really happy to see material from Sorcerer's Apprentice to be included in the incentives. Plus a new milestone has been set. At $104,000 (400% of the original goal) Liz Danforth will produce a T&T bookmark for everyone contributing $5 or more.

Only 43 hours to go. If you have not done so, get your pledges in!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Spears of the Dawn Free Art Pack

I don't know how many of you are aware of the new game Spears of the Dawn by Sine Nomine Publishing. I certainly was not until it was mentioned at Tenkar's Tavern. It is a new fantasy RPG with an African theme. Now, I'm not really looking for a new rule set, but I do like the idea of the setting. The standard western European settings do tend to get a little dull. What is even more amazing is that due to the success of the Kickstarter campaign that funded this project, all of the art has been released into the Public Domain. Yes, that amazing illustration above is free to use. The download includes 61 illustrations from seven different artists (Note: you do need to be a registered user to view this item). They are all of the highest quality. Just looking at these images makes me want to look further into this system, if nothing else to get ideas. I do enjoy exploring alternate mythologies. It would be easy enough take this campaign setting and use it with the T&T system. Either way, the art is certainly worth a look. I'll be be featuring some more of these illustrations in later blog posts.