A Cat of Tindalos

A Cat of Tindalos

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Star Trek Forever!

September 7, 1966 – The American science fiction show Star Trek premiered with its pilot episode, launching a media franchise that has since created a cult phenomenon and has influenced the design of many current technologies.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

New Dungeon World Monster (Picture challenge by Jim Jones)

Sphere of Eyes Tiny, Magical, Construct
Gaze turns target to stone3 HP0 armor
Hand, Far
Special Qualities: Arcane Construct, Petrification, Flight

A rare magical alchemist's construct created from the eyeballs of petrifying creatures (Medusa, cockatrice, etc.)the Sphere of Eyes guards its maker's treasure unceasingly as long as it exists. While its creator is immune from the sphere's gaze the Sphere itself may be turned to stone by its own reflected image. The Sphere of Eyes is immune to fear, charm and sleep sleeps as it is a purely magical construct without personality.A victim's statue coated with goo from the Sphere's eyes will return to flesh.

Instinct: Guards


Friday, August 25, 2017

New Dungeon World Monster: Gloomwing & Larvae

Gloomwing (Solitary, Large, Stealthy, Planar)
Implant Eggs (d6 damage) 10 HP
Special Qualities: Charm, Flight
This immense moth has huge purple wings marked with spiraling black patterns that seem to shift and writhe.A gloomwing hunts for 2 to 3 hours at dawn and again for 2 to 3 hours at dusk, preferring to spend the remaining hours of the day hiding in abandoned buildings, caves, or deep canyons or foliage where the shadows are thickest. During its periods of activity, it flies through the sky on the hunt for creatures to attack and implant its eggs in—the gloomwing does not need to eat, leaving this urge to propagate its species as its primary drive.The eerie shifting of patterns on a gloomwing's wings is hypnotic—make a Defy Danger +DEX at or become charmed. This is a mind-affecting effect—gloomwings and tenebrous worms are immune to this effect.A gloomwing can lay eggs inside a small or larger helpless creature as a attack.Within 24 hours of a creature's death, 1d4 young tenebrous worms emerge from the corpse, devouring it completely in the process. The eggs can be destroyed via any effect that cures disease or magically heals.For all the dangers a gloomwing presents, it is the creature's young that pose the gravest threat. These creatures are known as tenebrous worms, and despite being the larval form of the adult gloomwing, are much more dangerous creatures. The fact that a gloomwing can lay several eggs a day if presented with enough living hosts makes them dangerous not for what they can inflict themselves, but for what they can spawn.
Instinct: Implant Eggs

Tenebrous Worm (Group, Tiny, Planar)
Acid bite (d6-2 damage)1 HP
Hand, Ignores Armor
Special Qualities: Paralytic poison, Melts flesh into shadows
This pallid worm clatters upon dozens of small legs. Writhing bristles twitch on its back, and its shadow seems strangely mobile.The caterpillar-like tenebrous worm is a voracious predator that hungers for mortal flesh. The tenebrous worm is the larval stage of the gloomwing—but in a strange reversal, these younger creatures are more dangerous than the adults they grow into. A tenebrous worm hatches from the corpse of an unfortunate creature that has been implanted with an egg by a gloomwing. The tenebrous worm is fully grown upon hatching, and immediately begins to scour its environs for flesh to consume.Although the tenebrous worm tends to be relatively pale-colored, its internal organs seethe and roil with shadowy energies and dark fluids. As the creature feeds, these shadowy innards begin to grow out of its body, forming strange bristle-like filaments of semisolid shadowstuff not only capable of piercing the flesh of those who would attack the worm, but also possessing a deadly paralytic poison. Additional shadowy fluids constantly seep from the worm's mandibles—when it bites prey, these fluids melt flesh into shadows that the creature can then consume. When a tenebrous worm feeds on enough of this shadowy flesh, the creature seeks out a secluded, shady area (typically just within a cave entrance or in a ruined building) and spins a shadowy cocoon around itself. A tenebrous worm's cocoon exudes the effects of a darkness spell, muting the surrounding light. After a period of several days, the cocoon tears open and a fully grown gloomwing emerges, ready to seek a host for its eggs.
Instinct: Consume

*Custom Rule: When first hit by a Tenebrous worm the player must Defy Danger+CON or become paralyzed until the party next makes camp.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Campaign Starter and Friends

Some ideas for the DM with players starting off to explore Jeremy Strandberg's wonderful Sapphire Islands Campaign Starter: https://goo.gl/W21vD5

Maybe the Island of the Lizard God is around here somewhere?: http://beholderpie.blogspot.com/2014/04/island-of-lizard-god.html

It has plenty of monsters: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_z2jviQ47OqUlRYczliLTFpclk/edit?usp=sharing
Thanks to Mark Chance

I know that my  Temple of the Shark God has surfaced somewhere nearby: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7cav44145d9RXRZZHBMQ2RIeGc/view?usp=sharing
and isn't the Island of the Apes https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7cav44145d9bWRSd2o1eG1rTXM/view?usp=sharing also in the general vicinity?

Isn't the Tomb of the Pirate Priest also around there somewhere? https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_dDnQ_810l9VFpkWjEtaEJyc2M/view?usp=sharing

Happy Sailing!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

For Bridget...The Dungeon World "It"

It, also known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown or Bob Gray (Solitary, Stealthy, Magical, Intelligent, Planar, Terrifying)
Claws or Bite (d12 damage)12 HP, 0 armor
Close
Special Qualities: Shapeshifter, Charms, Regenerates and can only be killed by magic or magic weapons

A monster of unknown origins, It originated before the creation of the universe itself in a dimension that is referred to as the "Macroverse"; the true form of It is a mass of destructive orange lights known as the "deadlights". It usually takes the form of a clown named Pennywise, which It uses as a decoy when stalking a child. It takes the form of a monstrous black spider in its home under the sewers, where It is revealed to be pregnant.The monster arrived on Earth in the form of an asteroid during prehistory. It awoke, fed on the settlers, and started a cycle of hibernation, in which It would sleep for almost three decades and be awake for approximately two years. Every time its hibernation stage finished, events of extreme violence happened. To feed on its prey, It transforms into the shape of whatever the victim most fears. Instilling this fear, the creature informs readers, is the equivalent of "salting the meat". It could feed on adults just as easily as children, but it preferred children because their fears were easier to embody into a single shape, making hunting easier.It has a variety of powers that include the ability to shapeshift, manipulate, regenerate and go unnoticed by adults. Coming face to face with the deadlights true form can drive any living being instantly insane, and It may only be killed by magic or magic weapons.

Instinct: Consume fearful children

Custom Move: If IT assumes its true form roll +Wisdom; 10+ your O.K.; 7-9 take -1 forward on all rolls directed against IT from now on and if 6 or less you are insane and flee gibbering until you next make camp.




My 15 seconds of fame last year...




                  What Should I Be On the Lookout For? Mark Tygart’s Dungeon Starters (04:37)

                  My Dungeon Starters: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7cav44145d9OXZFNjNpWFdBRFU

                                                      A Great Dungeon World podcast!






New Monster of the Week Mystery:La Llorona


Is She Weeping for You?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7cav44145d9elM4d1B0M0ZzWTQ/view?usp=sharing


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Moon is a Mirror Dungeon Word Conversion

I love one page dungeons.

I love Michael Prescott's one page or more dungeons ("adventure locations").

I love Dungeon World.

Here are my conversion notes of Michael Prescott's "The Moon is a Mirror" for Dungeon World:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7cav44145d9WGtOTjZpMmxBdUU/view?usp=sharing

Michael Prescott's adventure is here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7cav44145d9R1B5bVZTN2RoZjQ/view?usp=sharing

Happy Delving!




Saturday, August 5, 2017

Undead Troll

Undead TrollSolitary, Devious, Terrifying
Talons (d8 damage)12 HP1 armor
Close
Special Qualities: Regenerates all damage except acid and fire, Touch causes paralysis in non-elves


Actually a rare form of ghoul; an undead troll is a troll victim of ghoul attack that arises after death as an undead monster that can only be "slain" by fire or acid. Undead trolls do hate sunlight which causes them great pain and suffering without killing them. A single monster has been known to devour a whole village in the course of an evening. Reasonably intact victims of an undead troll will arise after death as ghouls.

Instinct: Devour the living!







Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tales of Peril

Tales of Peril is now available for general order from Black Blade Publishing; details at https://grodog.blogspot.com/2017/06/how-to-order-tales-of-peril-and-other.html




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another version of the Dark Tower Gunslinger...

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed...

Found another Gunslinger base class posted on the internet for Dungeon World Dark Tower fans. No idea of author or author but kudos.

See what you think...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7cav44145d9b3c4MTFTQUpVcnc/view?usp=sharing


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dark Tower Trailer

Gunslinger Playbook

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7cav44145d9VUZhQ2FBamI0Mlk/view?usp=sharing

I've been thinking how easy it would be to play a Stephen King inspired Dark Tower game in Dungeon World, now that the new film release approaches and looks promising. The casting at any rate seems excellent and making the film a sequel/reboot opens up a lot of space. The playbook I downloaded from the web long ago and with that and the Dungeon World rule book it could be enough to get you started...







Friday, June 16, 2017

Can't Wait!

The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Our Tax Dollars at Work...Hail Hydra!

D&D Creator Gary Gygax's FBI Records Make Him Sound Like a Badass
"He is known to be a member of the Libertarian Party."

C.J. Ciaramella|Jun. 15, 2017 10:20 am

About a year ago I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the FBI's files on TSR, Inc., the company that originally published the iconic Dungeons & Dragons role playing game.

I received several dozen pages of records back on Wednesday, including a May 1995 FBI report that contained several paragraphs on Gary Gygax, the game's beloved creator. D&D may have been the summit of nerd culture in the '80s, but the FBI makes Gygax sound hardcore.

An FBI source in the report alleges that Gygax was "eccentric and frightening," carried a weapon, proudly responded to every letter he received from an inmate, and had a Liberian holding company. It concludes: "He is known to be a member of the Libertarian Party."

In short, Gary Gygax wasn't a snitch and fought the power. When Gygax died in 2008, one of his many fans, the San Francisco artist Chicken John Rinaldi, wrote in an email to Reason eulogizing the original dungeon master:

"Gary Gygax saved more lives than penicillin. When I was 10, he was 39. He knew he was writing a book for 10 year olds...but never talked down to us. He was the only adult presence in my life from the time I was 10 to the time I was like 15 that didn't preach, didn't talk down and didn't have any parameters."

C.J. Ciaramella is a criminal justice reporter at Reason.
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Ecclesiastes

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. —Ecclesiastes 9:10


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tales of Peril has arrived!

From the publisher:

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Tales of Peril: The Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes

Published by Black Blade Publishing
Printed in the USA

334 pages 
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Hardcover with Dustjacket
200 copies signed by Chris Holmes, Zach Howard, Allan Grohe
46 signed, non-numbered copies (comp and contributor copies, spares for losses in the mail, etc.)

ISBN 978-0-9842870-7-9
BP5000
$35

Contents

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Artwork
Introduction by Allan T. Grohe Jr.

FICTION

Preface to The Maze of Peril by Chris Holmes
The Maze of Peril 
Entrances
Dark Water
Green Cloak
Centaurs and Clerics
Theft and Pursuit
An Unusual Ride
The Second Descent
Battles in the Dark
Visible and Invisible
Breakout
Resolutions

Alarums & Excursions Campaign Materials
“Warrior for Hire”
“Were-Shark”
“The Adventure of the Giant Chameleon” by John Eric Holmes and Chris Holmes
“Adventure of the Lost City, Part One” 
“Adventure of the Lost City, Part Two”

Dragon Magazine Stories

Preface to “Trollshead”
“Trollshead”

Preface to “The Sorcerer's Jewel”
“The Sorcerer's Jewel”
Preface to “In the Bag”
“In the Bag”

Unpublished Short Story
Preface to “Witch Doctor”
“Witch Doctor”

NON-FICTION

“Confessions of a Dungeon Master”
“Boinger & Zereth Player Character Summaries and Character Card Scans” by Chris Holmes
“My Time as Murray” by Eric M. Frasier
“The Writings of Dr. J. Eric Holmes” by Zach Howard
“Annotated Bibliography for J. Eric Holmes, 1930-2010” by Zach Howard
“Afterword” by Chris Holmes
Contributor Biographies
Published by Black Blade Publishing
Printed in the USA

334 pages 
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Hardcover with Dustjacket
200 copies signed by Chris Holmes, Zach Howard, Allan Grohe
46 signed, non-numbered copies (comp and contributor copies, spares for losses in the mail, etc.)

ISBN 978-0-9842870-7-9
BP5000
$35

Contents

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Artwork
Introduction by Allan T. Grohe Jr.

FICTION

Preface to The Maze of Peril by Chris Holmes
The Maze of Peril 
Entrances
Dark Water
Green Cloak
Centaurs and Clerics
Theft and Pursuit
An Unusual Ride
The Second Descent
Battles in the Dark
Visible and Invisible
Breakout
Resolutions

Alarums & Excursions Campaign Materials
“Warrior for Hire”
“Were-Shark”
“The Adventure of the Giant Chameleon” by John Eric Holmes and Chris Holmes
“Adventure of the Lost City, Part One” 
“Adventure of the Lost City, Part Two”

Dragon Magazine Stories

Preface to “Trollshead”
“Trollshead”

Preface to “The Sorcerer's Jewel”
“The Sorcerer's Jewel”
Preface to “In the Bag”
“In the Bag”

Unpublished Short Story
Preface to “Witch Doctor”
“Witch Doctor”

NON-FICTION

“Confessions of a Dungeon Master”
“Boinger & Zereth Player Character Summaries and Character Card Scans” by Chris Holmes
“My Time as Murray” by Eric M. Frasier
“The Writings of Dr. J. Eric Holmes” by Zach Howard
“Annotated Bibliography for J. Eric Holmes, 1930-2010” by Zach Howard
“Afterword” by Chris Holmes
Contributor Biographies