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" Plans are worthless, but planning is everything … "
" About the passage of the Gauls into Italy we have received the following account. Whilst Tarquinius Priscus was king of Rome, the supreme power amongst the Celts, who formed a third part of the whole of Gaul, was in the hands of the Bituriges; they used to furnish the king for the whole Celtic race. … "
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 31. …
I was investigating a lizard and I found a snake. There was a crab in between. …
Ogres, not a maiden. Ogres de Gel is an adventure in eight acts for the OSR game Gallant & Bold (which I reviewed here ). …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 30. …
I am translating here a piece of the introduction by Olivier Caïra to Jouer avec l'Histoire . The anecdote here sends me on multiple reflection paths. …
Cuervo Moera, could be misread as "Curve Death". That's a useful name when one belongs to the Guild of the Whisperers, that coordinates the assassins of Ciudalia, the rich city by the sea struggling to reaffirm its independence from the King. …
In the previous session ( Gin and Dragons #2 ), the adventuring party confronted some cold spraying creature emerging from the sea, they started making plans to capture it... …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 29. …
I am looking at ways to integrate money in my current campaign a mix of Wolves of God and other TTRPGS between Britain, Norway and the north of the Carolingian empire. …
I read somewhere that giving the advantage on a d20 was similar to giving a +5. I ran the numbers, thanks to AnyDice and here are the results, arranged in a table: …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 28. …
" The lost bay is a fictional place but it's also the place where I grew up, or at least it is very much inspired by it. I call it "lost" because I was involuntarily and abruptly severed from it as I was just getting out of my teenage years. We were in 1993. I had to pack my stuff in less than 48hours. My whole family left and I followed. We moved abroad. I waited 15 years before I could go back to the bay. I had become an adult then, and it was work that took me back to my homeworld. … "
Let me translate the opening section of Trip to Skye , a recent french game by Romaric Briand, the main proponent behind the ttrpg podcast La Cellule . …
My intention was to write about Coureurs d'Orages , the game by Islayre d'Argolh , but since it claims its filiation to Searchers of the Unknown , I'll look at the ancestor first. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 27. …
This is a map I made but did not use. Let me discard it here. …
" From earlier conversations on our journey, I knew that Gaven believed magic comes from nothing, that all a Guildsman needs is knowledge and skill to create miracles. I saw no reason to disillusion him then. But in truth, all magic requires fuel. Aelvan magic is fed by wind, rain, sun, and soil; dragon magic, by fire; the magic of the fey, if they ever existed, by light and sound. … "
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 26. …
" A brave hero is sometimes faced by a chance of dire misfortune. He may … "
Less than seven days after receiving my copy of Casus Belli 36 , my copy of Casus Belli 37 showed up in my mail box. It was thinly wrapped but survived all the miles. Maybe thanks to the Alien on the cover. …
It's hard to play a higher INT character, and probably as hard playing a higher WIS one. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 25. …
I just received my physical copy of Casus Belli #36. It's actually the second physical copy of it that was fired towards me. The first copy didn't seem to be arriving so I sent an email to Casus services and Eric there was very friendly and sent me a second copy, "Yes, such things happen, especially since you live outside of France. We'll send you another copy". …
Someone in a Discord channel was pontificating, "Kings are high level characters". …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 24. …
Somehow, the gods in Asgard need Idun 's apples for eternal "youth" …
I am currently reading Tabletop RPG Design in Theory and Practice at the Forge, 2001-2012 . It's an expensive book, I think I got lucky and got a very good second-hand copy. …
Here is a thought dump at the intersection of two blog posts I read this week, Bosch and Tarot. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 23. …
I saw a fragmented conversation passing me by on Mastodon the other day. It was about "bad DMs". Okay, I get it, it feels good to vent about bad DMs, but at some point I realized that the table had turned since I had started gaming and that the Dungeon and its Dragons might be a place where players consumed entertainement and ranked the middlemen. …
" Novice heroes begin with no coinage. Shillings are usually mere units of account, and actual coins are more trophies and art objects than currency. … "
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 22. …
My latest podcast addiction is La Cellule , it's a gathering of french RPG authors and theoricians and it's a weekly delight. They have a various formats for their podcast episodes and one of them is the "one shot", where a game is tested over a day and debriefed the following day. A few years back they tried Dungeons & Dragons in its fourth edition and they actually had a great time. …
In End of Week Links 20 I linked to Vaesen: Deep Dive and there, there is a link to Nordiska Väsen by Johan Egerkrans. I couldn't resist. …
The combat resolution system in First Legends is interesting (at least to me). It is a 1986 French system that came as a simplification of a 1983 system named Legends . …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 21. …
First Legends , its character creation, skill and combat system. …
Our national television aired Excalibur one Monday night in the 1980s. I was in primary school, I can still remember my classmates commenting it the next day. I could probably not watch it on that night, but it was safely taped on VHS for my later enjoyment. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 20. …
This is a game from John Grümph, the prolific french author. He released it in French as Coeurs Vaillants and in English Gallant & Bold . The illustration above is from John Grümph, his imagination and his taste are well served by his hand, in writing and in drawing. …
It should be simple. Three set of dice in a box, a lid that can be placed under the box or used as a dice tray. …
" Inside the blackness, the mound visitors stoop blindly down the low, narrow passageway. The howling wind outside is muffled, then silenced. Finally, they findthat they can straighten up in the darkness. Torches are lit, revealing the high, dry, stone-lined chamber that lies in the middle of the mound. Warm fires are kindled. Booze and food emerge from travelling-bags. As the group settles down to wait out the storm, the dusty heat and fierce sunlight of Jerusalem seem vague and far away: an abstract unreality. … "
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 19. …
This is a translation of Ensemble tout devient plus lent (September 2012) by retired Colonel Michel Goya . I am thankful for his kind authorization to translate and publish here. …
I cannot remember in which book it was, the reasoning was that the christian relegion was successful in sixteenth century Japan because it promised the paradise after a single life of suffering, unlike the reincarnation grind promised by Buddhism. Die, respawn, die. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 18. …
The blog post My Earliest Comic Issues got me thinking about the bandes dessinées that were part of my childhood. …
At the beginning of the month, I wrote about the Jaculus , and had devised stats for it to include in my setting, the next step was to make a miniature for it. …
In the previous session ( Gin and Dragons #1 ), the adventuring party was escaping slavers, through tunnels they arrived in the lair of a troll on an island. They tried to steal the boat of the creature, but that failed. After a small fight and some parley, the troll accepted to ferry them to the next island north. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 17. …
The battlemat was on the table, I was holding a black dry-erase marker and my daughters each had a miniature. "There is an entrance to a cave..." …
The next game session will host one more experiment, 3d printed hex maps. The picture above isn't about the Giant's Causeway , it's an island off Norway . …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 16. …
This week's Marble Madness made me want to explore more marble powered game helpers. …
This is a translation of L'art de la guerre dans Dune (May 2013) by retired Colonel Michel Goya . He authorized me to translate and publish this article. Translation is treason... But I'm no Doctor Yueh. …
One month ago, I was sawing one dollar plastic abacuses in three and getting ready to track damage for the creatures I opposed to my players. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 15. …
from the Vastemonde …
"Beers and Dragons" becomes "Gin and Dragons". …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 14. …
" It was carpeted with dragons. Because they were asleep, he stretched out his spearshaft towards a particular gold ring, and pulled it towards himself. At once, one of the little dragons woke up and stirred the others close to him, until the jaculus was awake. … "
The algorithm fed me the "Making of The Name of the Rose" where Jean-Jacques Annaud, the director, describes various episodes, especially the ones around casting. …
Water in my wine? Are you kidding? …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 13. …
Among its common combat actions , Worlds without Number has "Shatter a Shield" and it reads: …
Ryuutama "Edition Anniversaire" Cover …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 12. …
Turn-based wargames are deceptive. The military commander doesn't move each of the pawns in his troop, he gives orders. The subordinates execute the orders, not the commander. …
I did a review of L'Empire des Cerisiers and Olivier Sanfilippo . Olivier wanted to answer some of the points in it. We convened on a Q&A format and here is the result. …
The session 4 ended with the party dragging their prisoner down to the beach. The youngsters had posted a watch, but the majority of them had drunk heavily the previous night and were still asleep. Everybody had to wake up and hastily depart the cave and beach. They had wind in their back, but nobody thought about putting up the mast and the sail. …
from A forgotten OD&D Rule for Fighters …
The two words "Free Kriegsspiel" seems to come up more and more in my blog feed. I can't help telling myself "Freies Kriegsspiel". There is a nice article and thread about it at BoardGameGeek: …
The King is on his throne, surrounded by his retinue. Attackers appears from all four corners. It's the defenders' duty to safeguard the King's escape. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 10. …
I went to the one dollar shop and got two japanese abacuses for 2 dollars each. Once I got back home, I saw them 4 - 5 - 4. See picture above. …
The Osprey books are great for iconography, you can show your players the plate to give them a feel for the period you're aiming to play. …
I have enhanced the histrion NPC generator I use for Wolves of Gods . …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 9. …
L'Empire des Cerisiers is a french roleplaying game. As you might have guessed it's about Japan, it's about the fantasy Japan dreamt by Olivier Sanfilippo. …
Another session, another experimentation. …
our table, note the langskip/knarr/spatha/row boat images on the ref screen …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 8. …
Yesterday's marked the 91st anniversary of the birth of J. Eric Holmes in 1930. …
It is probably the first thing I noticed when I watched this documentary about role playing games on a french channel with my dad, around 1985. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 7. …
I am tinkering a magic system for my table, my own magic system train wreck. …
Héros et Dragons is a french adaptation of the 5th edition SRD. If I understood correctly its story, it was (kick)started because the Wizards said something like "We will not translate 5th edition to French". Black Book Editions jumped on the occasion and created Heroes and Dragons. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 6. …
This is Enwald, a dane warrior: …
There is a black swan on the cover, let's hope our RPG practice is antifragile, our crashes making it sturdier. …
The session 2 (third session actually) was crowned by Oswald, Gerald, and Anders meeting the Child King at his court. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 5. …
" As a young man, I desired to learn armed fighting, including the art of fighting in the lists with spear, poleaxe, sword, dagger and unarmed grappling, on foot and on horseback, armored and unarmored. In addition, I wanted to study how weapons were made, and the characteristics of each weapon for both offense and defense, particularly as they applied to mortal combat. … "
The Corona front is quieting down a bit here. On Friday evening our campaign Beers and Dragons starts again. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 4. …
Geoffroy Hassoun and Samia Aci-Sèche are the authors of the RPG Les Oubliés . I had the opportunity to ask Geoffroy a few questions, here are his answers. …
I am building this archelaus tool to generate hex maps I use as gamemaster in my session preparation. I've just generated a map of Lindisfarne and its surroundings. …
Dungeon World is a game powered by the Apocalypse. There is a direct gate to its engine room. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 3. …
I was considering the SRD creatures I had turned from Markdown to HTML in laconi.co , and then I was looking at the Wolves of God post I had written. …
"You should use Wolves of God "... you know you don't want to use it, but at least, with the age, you know that, at least knowing why someone gives you a piece of advice does yield useful information. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 2. …
Each time the excellent Professor Dungeonmaster says Grognard it hurts. Grognard is a french term lifted by wargamers. It means the Grumblers . …
I combined the excellent Umbiology rework of the SRD document to Markdown with the Edward Tufte CSS and came up with laconi.co . …
My Father's mother tongue is Patois, my Mother's mother tongue was French, but her "grand-mother tongue" was Patois, she was spending a good deal of time with her grand-parents who spoke Patois to her. …
"Eow" for End Of Week . Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 1, I plan to post in this way once a week on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. …
The player: "I am a sprite and the guard is a sprite as well, I try to seduce him!" …
Hundred meters wide hexagons with elevation, wood cover, rivers, ponds and lakes. This is starting to get nice. …
It is the first RPG that I bought. If I remember correctly it cost me twenty Swiss Francs, it was 1986. A friend from medium school sold it to me, the illustrations were awesome and the box was in excellent condition. …
In the world of Hârn, orcs and gobelins are called "Garguns". They were created or brought to Hârn by a renegade mage named Lothrim. They survived the demise of their initial master, and since the dwarfs didn't press on and retired to Azadmere, it left space for the Garguns to proliferate. …
"N.YX Fantasy Urbaine" is a french diceless roleplaying game by John Grümph , a prolific author and illustrator . He creates original games and also translates and illustrates english works to French, for instance, his version of HârnWorld is beautiful. …
I am writing this tool named Archelaus to draw hexmaps with elevation. It's work in progress. I am experimenting with ways to render the contour, the screenshot above shows at what stage I am as I am typing those lines. …
The excellent 2019-03-20 Adventuring Party episode points at Wikipedia's list of Mythological Objects . It's a font of inspiration. …
Ravenfeast is a set of skirmish rules for the Viking Age. It is freely available as a 44 pages PDF booklet. The rules themselves only span 6 pages, the rest covers the historical context, wargaming as a hobby, miniature painting and terrain crafting. …
Our campaign is taking place in Dark Ages England. I can fire up Google Maps and have a look at the locations and imagine what they were twelve centuries ago. The woods were perhaps larger, lowlands may have been swamps, that place name hints at what used to be here... …
" They live out their passionate lives not far off, as I think, and we shall be among them when we die if we but keep our natures simple and passionate. May it not even be that death shall unite us to all romance, and that some day we shall fight dragons among blue hills … "
I, as a game master, subverted a writing technique to prepare role-playing game sessions. …
Despite being titled Joan of Arc , this RPG is written in French, and yes, it's set in Western Europe in the fifteenth century. It comes after the Time of Legends: Joan of Arc board game. This RPG game can be used on its own or as a 5e setting. It deserves a careful look. …
At the end of session 1 our three player characters, Oswald, Gerald, and Anders had a quick fight with a band of Norwegians. They just had recovered the young sister from the goblins (those fled has the Norwegians intervened). …
I don't like being served "factions" in settings books. …
The Weaver is a spellcaster class we are experimenting with in your beers and dragons campaign. …
It was in 1987. I had introduced a friend to roleplaying games and in turn, he became a game master. In fact that was an excellent thing in our group, everybody chose a different game and mastered it for the others. …
We play on top of a hex/square battlemat and I was/am looking for a way to measure ranges. …
Goblins in the north say they've seen three or four human migrations. The men that came on the island on rowing boats, they dislike the most, because they worship in forests, forests where the goblins used to live. …
In the eighties, I cannot remember AD&D having an official character sheet (or it never reached us). Other games came with a page to photocopy (bad for the booklet). …
La Grand Aventure du Jeu de Rôle is a book by Julien Pirou about, well, the great adventure of the role playing game. …
On Sunday morning, I went to see the Kimetsu no Yaiba movie with the girls. It was nice. …
"High Fantasy" or "Costco Fantasy"? Books after books of plenty? Cornucopia of feats, monsters, subclasses and optimizations? …
" You, the Gamemaster of this game, this is your Neverland. This is your world to shape and create. Your sandbox to play in. Your board upon which the pieces move. (...) It's time to tell your own tales of Pirates and Mermaids and children who fly. " …
Oswald is the rogue in our Beers and Dragons . He is equipped with a short bow and a dagger, possibly a Seax . …
Oswald, a rogue, and Gerald an axe-wielder, both saxons of around eighteen of age are pursuing a band of small sized humanoids that kidnapped the little sister of Gerald's girlfriend. They have with them Rudgard an old, fourty-something, fighter. They found a hidden cave where the goblins seem to have stopped briefly, the fire pit hasn't been used recently. The left side of the cave seems to be used as a jail. There is nothing of value left, only rags that they use to make some kind of torch, outside the night is falling. …
I'll get to add a blog roll to this blog, but for now, let's point at stuff from a simple post. …
Sometimes around AD 890 in the lands north of Jorvik, two saxon teenagers, Oswald, a jack of all trades, and Gerald, strong with an axe, were having a good time with their girlfriends. It would have been a most fine time, if one of the girl's little sister weren't throwing stones at the couples and sermoning them about not getting lured by the two boys. …