A Cat of Tindalos

A Cat of Tindalos

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

the marvelous journey...

Of all fictions, the marvelous journey is
the one formula that is never exhausted.

                       – Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jason should also take a bow!

Jason Lutes

Discussion8:56 AM
+Marshall Miller just brought to my attention the fact that L&B's 20 Dungeon Starters, by Mr. Miller and +Mark Tygart, has been nominated for best RPG supplement over at BoardGameGeek. How do you like that!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Have you seen the Yellow Sign?

Planet of the Apes

"However, in 1968 came the yardstick against which all other ape-related movies would be measured . . . Planet of the Apes."

"My only niggle is the stereotyping of the apes species. The gorillas as warlike brutes, the duplicitous politician orangs and cute humanist chimps. Anthropological research has shown these analogies couldn’t be further from the truth. The gorilla is a contemplative vegetarian, with a more passive nature than its bulk implies. The orang (my favorite I must say) is so laid back as to be almost horizontal, a cross between a Zen Buddhist and a chilled out, Californian surf dude. I agree with Terry Pratchett’s observation (no stranger to orangs in his Discworld novels) that orangs’ bare a remarkable resemblance to a startled coconut. Ironically, the chimps do have a similarity to humans in that they are cunning and violent and not above using tools to get their way. I recall watching a documentary where a troop of chimps systematically hunted down a small monkey. They then tore it apart and ate it while it was still alive. Talk about nature being red in tooth and claw!"

-Ian Edginton on the 1968 classic film Planet of the Apes (Terra Primate tabletop RPG introduction)

Jay & Silent Bob imagine Planet of the Apes

Friday, February 17, 2017

Simpsons' Planet of the Apes musical (I would buy a ticket!)

Primate Planet

Ray Otus' wonderful new Dungeon World zine Plundergrounds issue #1 Ape City (http://www.patreon.com/rayotus) inspired me to think how easy it would be to run classic Planet of the Apes adventures with Red Box Vancouver's Adventures on Dungeon Planet Dungeon World expansion.

This is the result: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7cav44145d9NnAzb01vQzVvRXM

Thursday, February 16, 2017



Vampiric Revenant

Vampiric RevenantGroup, Magical, Terrifying
Bite (d6 damage 1 piercing)13 HP1 armor
Special Qualities: Undead

A revenant in folklore is a animated corpse that is believed to have revived from death to haunt the living.The word revenant is derived from the Latin word reveniens, "returning" (see also the related French verb revenir, meaning "to come back").

Medieval European stories of revenants have some common features. Those who revive from the dead are typically wrongdoers in their lifetime, often described as wicked, vain, or unbelievers. Often the revenants are associated with the spreading of disease among the living. The appropriate response is usually exhumation, followed by some form of decapitation, and burning or removal of the heart. Several stories state that revenants drink blood.Revenants are therefore another example of the widespread historical belief in vampires.

Many stories were documented by English historians in the Middle Ages. William of Newburgh wrote during the 1190s, "It would not be easy to believe that the corpses of the dead should sally (I know not by what agency) from their graves, and should wander about to the terror or destruction of the living, and again return to the tomb, which of its own accord spontaneously opened to receive them, did not frequent examples, occurring in our own times, suffice to establish this fact, to the truth of which there is abundant testimony."

Instinct: Drains blood
  • Preys on the living
  • Can breathe a plague infected mist

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Geek Wisdom

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”
—Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Holy Cross-Promotion, Batman!"

Those who forget the past...

‘If historians neglect to educate the public, if they fail to interest it intelligently in the past, then all their historical learning is useless except insofar as it educates themselves’. G. M. Trevelyan

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

For Dungeon World

Hanging TreeSolitary, Huge
Strangling Noose (d10+3 damage 1 piercing)24 HP1 armor
Reach, Far
Special Qualities: Undead, Vulnerable to fire, Moves Slowly

Undead tree formed by the hanging of the innocent from its limbs. It will attempt to strangle its victim with rope and noose from it limbs and drain them of all life. Bodies that eventually fall from the tree often become undead monsters as well. 

Instinct: Strangles
  • Haunts
Vampire WatermelonGroup, Small
Bite (d6-2 damage)3 HP

Vampire pumpkins and watermelons are a folk legend from the Balkans, in southeastern Europe.The belief in vampire fruit is similar to the belief that any inanimate object left outside during the night of a full moon will become a vampire. One of the main indications that a pumpkin or melon is about to undergo a vampiric transformation (or has just completed one) is said to be the appearance of a drop of blood on its skin.

Instinct: Drain the living

  • Bite
  • Limited mobility
  • Tasty

Strange Fruit

Hanging Tree Song

Monster of the Week Mystery: Hanging Tree

A new Mystery Starter draft from the gardens of the damned! Comments, reviews, lavish praise, constructive criticism and war stories are all appreciated. Enjoy!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Geek Wisdom Plus

New Monster-of-the-Week Mystery Starter: Ice & Terror


A new Mystery Starter draft from the Frozen North! Comments, reviews, lavish praise, constructive criticism and war stories are all very welcome. Enjoy!

Fire and Ice 
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Geek Wisdom

“Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

-Agent K, Men in Black

New Dungeon World Starter: Terror & Ice

New Dungeon World Starter for 2017: Terror and Ice