A Cat of Tindalos

A Cat of Tindalos

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Hidden Shrine Converted


This is the last of the "incomplete one page dungeon conversions" I have now completed from my archive...A cool module for a "race against the clock" adventure to test the players!

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Eye of Gruumsh Translated

The characters are looking for a relic of the god Gruumsh they will give to the shaman of a tribe orc in exchange for the antidote to save one of their comrades from a deadly poison. The wizard that stole the Eye of Gruumsh lives in a remote location just under three hours south of a major city. Luckily for the characters, the owner is away and took with him 4 of his best men, but 5 others remained in his abode. The house is protected by a wall of 3 meters high.

The entrance is closed by an iron gate, near which was built a small hut. A hundred meters barely separates the entrance gate of the house. Another building, which seems to be a stable, stands at the edge of the path that connects the entrance to the house.

Inside the cabin permanently resides a caretaker, who patrols regularly every night and every morning, and is always accompanied by 2 mastiffs. The hut contains a bed, a table, a stove, and a rope that drives a bell on the roof. The man has in his pockets 17 coins. Even at night, the caretaker is often awake.
As for the stable, it contains five boxes. But, as previously stated, the wizard left with four of his men. The boxes are empty; so there is no horses; only hay and a pitchfork.

Ground floor
The roof of this large stone house is thatched. The building has two floors. All the windows of the ground floor are provided with bars and the floors of heavy wooden shutters. All is closed since the master of the place is gone.

1. Hall
The front door is solid oak 5 cm thick reinforced with large iron nails. It is closed from the inside by a solid metal crossbar. If the characters do not manage to open the door of the interior, they will have to make a Force roll to push it, which will inevitably involve the guards in Room 4.

2. Reserve
This is a pantry that contains food for ten people for at least a week. Mainly the foodstuffs are salted meat, cheese and bread.

3. Kitchen
This small room is equipped with all the necessary to concoct good dishes.

4. Guard Room 1
This is where the five men that the wizard left on his place during his absence. During the day, the guards (apart from the one at the entrance) spend their time here talking and drinking beer and wine. From midnight until the next day, they sleep. 4 guards are present and one of them has the key that opens the door of the cellar. They have 10, 11, 10 and 12 coins respectively. Aside from five straw mattresses, there is nothing very interesting here. If the characters ask them about Gruumsh's Eye, they know that their employer came home with this relic, but has left without it. So it's in the house, but they do not know where.

1st floor

5. Library
This large library houses a multitude of books, mostly history. None deals with magic.

6. Office
 One piece of major furniture here, a very beautiful mahogany desk. In the drawers’ one can find about twenty leaves of virgin parchments, feathers and various inks.

7. Guard room
 Similar to the previous guard room on the ground floor, except that its occupants are not there at the moment and there are only four benches. This is the dormitory for the four men who accompanied the magician to Egonzasthan.

2nd floor
Sorcerer's apartments are located on the second floor of the house. The three doors of this floor are locked.

8. Bedroom 1.
A bedroom with furniture stripped but tasteful. It seems however not to be inhabited.

9. Bedroom 2.
Another bedroom that does not seem to be occupied by anyone currently.

10. Room 3.
This is the spy's room. There are only a few items of furniture in this room, but all are of very good quality. Other than human-sized change clothes and two bags containing 600 coins, 100 coins and 6 small gems worth 40 coins in each bag but nothing else of interest.


11. Wine cellar
This cellar houses three barrels of beer and a shelf against the wall on which rest a dozen bottles of red wine of mediocre quality. The secret corridor passage from Room 13 only opens on the other side. It cannot be detected it or opened it from the cellar.

12. Cave
The door of this room is locked. One of the guards in Room 4 carries it on him. Inside this large room rest many bottles of fine wines as well as three large barrels of good beer. If a character conducts a search, he finds that a brick wall is not sealed and seems slightly sunk into the wall (press it and it opens the secret passage).

13. The Sorcerer's Lair.
Its big room is a sinister look, and strange smells float in the air. On the multiple stables and shelves are Eye of Gruumsh as well as two potions, a grimoire and various material components. In a jar on a table, a right elf hand. And on the ground, a big locked iron chest. While the characters will be busy filling their pockets, 7 large spiders will attack them. Their bite does not represent a great danger; the problem with these small critters is their venom.

Potions are a climbing potion and a healing potion. The Grimoire is the magician’s spell book that contains many level 1 and 2 spells of the enchantment school, with all the material components needed. The elf's right hand is useless item. The iron chest contains 2, 100 coins.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Sorcerer's Jewel

A “Map Not Required” Dungeon World Adventure by Mark Tygart

Inspired by the “Boinger and Zereth” short story The Sorcerer’s Jewel by Dr. Eric J. Holmes and the works of Edgar Allen Poe

Adventure Background
The young human had a map. Zereth had seen innumerable treasure maps, and he was not impressed with this one.

“Whoever sold you this, sire,” he said callously, tossing it down on the table between them, “did a poor job. The parchment isn’t even aged.”

“You wrong me, Sir Elf,” said the man, “for I never claimed this to be authentic. It was drawn yesterday; I saw it drawn myself.” The arched eyebrows of the black elf shot up on his forehead. “Drawn? By whom?”

“By Misteera the Medium.”

“At a séance?”

“Verily. The controlling spirit claimed to be one Yartoosh, a sorcerer dead these two thousand years.”

---The Sorcerer’s Jewel by John Eric Holmes (first published in Dragon #46, recently republished in Tales of Peril.)

To order Tales of Peril: https://grodog.blogspot.com/2017/06/how-to-order-tales-of-peril-and-other.html

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Slime Eternal

A classic one page dungeon by Duamn Figueroa Rassol

Conversion Notes for play with the tabletop RPG Dungeon World by Mark Tygart


Something has happened in Lady Bellerose’s Abode! The sorceress has disappeared and strange ooze is seeping through the river.

A flunked a summoning spell invoked forth THE SLIME GOD from beyond space-time. Now THE SLIME GOD will consume everything around it unless someone stops its influence from inside the magical abode.

Will the adventurers turn into the unknown saviors of mankind?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


My favorite G+  Tabletop RPG Communities are being closed in April, 2019

My RPG writing assignment for an excellent RPG tabletop zine has been cancelled (nobody's fault)

On positive news: Monster of the Week: Tome of Mysteries is scheduled by Evil Hat for publication this year

Wednesday, December 26, 2018



“With its rich sense of time and place, nuanced portrayal of individual destinies, precisely rendered imagery, and poetic expression of themes, Jason Lutes’s Berlin is truly a masterful narrative.”―Amor TowlesA Gentleman in Moscow
“A watershed achievement―Berlin charted new territory for the graphic novel and comics at the same time, at once a story about artists trying to make art during the rise of the Nazis in Germany, and a bildungsroman of the first order. This landmark collection returns this story to us now when we need examples of how to stay human to each other in the face of a politics that turns friends into enemies―a newly necessary book.”―Alexander CheeThe Queen of the Night
“Lutes covers the cabaret scene, the struggles of the press and riots as the Nazis rise, and lives that seemed full of possibility are twisted by the grasping arms of the state… A modern classic.”The Guardian Best Books of 2018
Berlin reads like not just a masterwork but also a life’s work.”The Washington Post, 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2018

““Recommend” isn’t a strong enough verb for conveying how badly you need to read Berlin… The stories that play out between those two bookends sway from the romantic to the apocalyptic and back again, and the intricate linework and oft-mind-blowing layouts are incomparable. For a reader who’s white-knuckling it through our present period of social collapse, Berlin is a beacon of both warning and hope.”Vulture
“One of the most ambitious, important and fully-realized works of graphic literature yet created, a real masterpiece of both story and art.”Forbes

Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967 and grew up reading American superhero and Western comics. In the late 1970s he discovered Heavy Metal magazine and the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, both of which proved major influences on his creative development. Lutes graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, and in 1993 he began drawing a weekly comics page called Jar of Fools for Seattle’s The Stranger. Lutes lives in Vermont with his partner and two children, where he teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies.