Monday, November 19, 2018

Crabclopse


This was originally intended to get posted for Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, but got lost in the Drafts folder. Better late than never...


Crabclopse
Hit Dice: 5
Armor Class: 4 [15]
Attacks: 1 Weapon (Pincer-Club) 3d4 or 1 Slam 1d10
Saving Throw: 12
Special: Immune to Charm, Immune to Non-magical Poisons
Move: 9 (walking or swimming)
Alignment: N (30% are Chaotic Evil)
Challenge Level/XP: 6/400

Crabclopses are Lesser Cyclopses relegated to the rocky coasts of various desolate islands by their kin for some ancient transgression that none of them will talk about willingly. They hunt Giant and Gargantuan Crabs as well as Crabmen, feasting upon their flesh and crafting their distinctive armor from their chitinous outer shells.




Which version of the Crabclopse (above) do you prefer?
Swords & Wizardry (Complete) Free Download or better yet go buy a copy at Frog God Games, There's also a handy online SRD for S&W.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Curated Links: Basic Era Games (Mostly Retroclones)


Last updated: November, 2018

Goblinoid Games
Labyrinth Lord (No Art)  Free.
Advanced Edition Companion (No Art)  Free.
Mutant Future (No Art)  Free.
Apes Victorious (No Art)  Free.

Starships & Spacemen (2nd Edition) (PDF, Softcover, Hardcover)
Realms of Crawling Chaos (PDF)
Original Edition Characters (PDF)
These rules-sets are available in very inexpensive PDF versions.

Goblinoid Games Homepage
Goblinoid Games Blog
Goblinoid Games Forums
Goblinoid Games at Facebook
Goblinoid Games at Lulu

Dan's Advanced Labyrinth Lord Project
The Kickstarter
An Interview
More details will be posted as they become available...


WotC Reprints
Actual WotC-Approved Reprint Basic Era Rules (PDF)
Wotc-Approved Reprint Expert Rules (PDF)
WotC-Approved Reprinted Rules Cyclopedia (PDF)

Newfangled "Basic"
New 5th Edition "Basic Rules"


Essentials
B/X Essentials


Rules-sets included on this list may be closer than they appear in a mirror. Please refrain from operating these sorts of rules while driving heavy machinery. There will eventually be a follow-up post listing various resources & tools built to support these style of rules. But it isn't getting put together today. There's other work to get done.

Work In Progress (Oculent)


Our Ongoing Oneirological Efforts Continue.
Indeed, they never stopped.
We just got quiet...So we could focus on getting healthy and work on our various projects.

A Door Opens...

We don't do much in the way of reviews here at the blog. So this isn't a review.
Go buy this Zine. Really. Just go buy a copy. Reading it is a far better use of your time than reading the reviews that talk all about it. Buy it, read it, use it or collect it; whatever you decide to do with it, this is great stuff.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Misplaced Mollusc...

...some time ago I sent out a version of this little creature to a fellow blogger who was putting together a zine or some such project, but I seem to have misplaced the file with the pertinent info. Has anyone seen this little guy anywhere?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Other Worlds (OD&D Inspirations)

A bit of inspiration from the Little Brown Books...

OTHER WORLDS
There should be no natural laws which are certain. Space could be passable because it is filled with breathable air. On the other hand the stars could be tiny lights only a few hundred miles away. Some area of land could be gates into other worlds, dimensions, times, or whatever. Mars is given in these rules, but some other fantastic world or setting could be equally as possible. This function is up to the referee, and what he wishes to do with it is necessarily limited by his other campaign work. However, this factor can be gradually added, so that no sudden burden will be placed upon the referee.

Gary Gygax, from OD&D, Volume 3: The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures


Sunday, April 1, 2018

RPG Blog Carnival: April 2018 Kick-Off

The Theme for this Month's RPG Blog Carnival is Journals, Grimoires and Spell-Books and we're hosting it right here at Hereticwerks. You can find out all the details about the RPG Blog Carnival and RPG Blog Carnival Archive by clicking over at the always excellent Of Dice and Dragons blog (well worth a visit!). The RPG Blog Carnival has been going on for years now (since 2008) and the Archive is a virtual treasure trove of great ideas and advice from quite a range of contributors.

If you're interested in participating, it's super easy; just post something pertinent to the month's topic and leave a comment below with a link to the post and at the end of the month the host (this month that's us) will write a round-up post for the moth and include links back to all the participants. Any questions? Just ask in the comments below or click over to the RPG Blog Carnival Home Page for all the details, including how you can sign-up to host one of the monthly carnivals at your blog!

Journals, Grimoires & Spell-Books

A 'Journal' could be a daily newspaper (including tabloids and scandal sheets), a periodical dealing with matters of current interest such as a magazine or an academic journal; a record of daily experiences, personal reflections, ideas or observations such as a diary; a record of transactions as in book-keeping, politics or gambling; or it might take the form of a journalist's notebook, a naturalist's sketchbook, the log book of a ship, or the daily records of an expedition into some previously unexplored region of time and space. There's a lot of leeway as to what counts as a journal so here are a few examples to consider:

Dracula by Bram Stoker
One of the best examples of a journal in fiction that you are likely to find, and that's just the beginning. Dracula is an Epistolary Novel containing newspaper excerpts, diary entries, letters, telegrams, log entries, doctor's notes--everything you could ever want in terms of inspirational examples for creating your own journals and whatnot and it's still a great book. Read it.

The Diary of Alonzo Typer.
One of the more infamous examples of how a doomed investigator into things probably best left alone manages to somehow scrawl details of his demise into his journal even as he is dragged away into the darkness by massive, inhuman paws in a manner reminiscent of the Caves of Caerbannog scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Completely demolishes any lingering tension or suspense and effectively kills the horror aspect of the story mostly because the author just wouldn't shut up. Delete the last sentence and you leave it hanging as a mystery of sorts...less of a farce.

Spurious Crypto-Diaries?
Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd was a truly great explorer who reached both the North and South Poles at a time few could have made such a claim. Byrd's actual career and accomplishments are plenty inspirational enough, but if you want to delve into conspiracies, hollow earth theory and ufos...then you might want to do a Google Search for "Secret Diary of Richard Byrd" and enjoy your journey down the rabbit hole...

Historical Journals
Townsend's offers quite a bit more than just cookbooks and youtube videos, including a selection of reprinted historical journals that are absolutely fascinating reading. The 18th Century Journals site provides access to loads of digitized examples of historical journals from (you guessed it) the 18th Century. Appleton's Journal as published in the 19th century and their archives are online for one and all. The US National Library of Medicine offers a lot of rare books, herbals, brochures, pamphlets, and more...much of it digitized and easily searchable. Just click on the Early Manuscripts and see how far that takes you. If that's not enough there's the Sixteenth Century Journal,
Wikipedia has an extensive list of Historical Journals if you want to dig deeper into this sort of thing...and there's also a nice listing of 19th Century British Periodicals to consider.

The Diary of Anne Frank
Very serious stuff. A young girl and her family hide from the Nazis for two years before dying of typhus in a concentration camp. Grim, heart-breaking and written in a child's voice that is more chilling and disturbing than any made-up horror story. If this is a bit too real, then there is a list of Fictional Diaries at Wikipedia to help you find something a bit more to your taste.

One of the Greatest Travelogues?
The Travels of Marco Polo remains a real classic and a great resource for developing a campaign based upon exploration and all sorts of politics, skullduggery, and adventure opportunities that come with traveling into the heart of a great empire on a 'trading mission.' There are quite a lot of Traveler's Accounts worth investigating if you're at all interested in this sort of thing. Some of the strangest monsters you're likely to encounter in RPGs such as the Arimaspians derive from old traveler's tales, so it can be quite entertaining to go digging around in these sorts of resources.

So that barely scratches the surface of just the Journals part of the topic...but it feels like a pretty fair start on things. Later this week we'll have more on Grimoires and another follow-up on Spell-books, including some examples and details of how we handle these things in Wermspittle and beyond.

What sort of Journals or Grimoires do you use in your games or campaigns? How do you handle Spell-Books?

ShareThis