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beers and dragons and gamery
2021-04-18

Eow Links 16

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 16. …
2021-04-16

Initiative Board

This week's Marble Madness made me want to explore more marble powered game helpers. …
2021-04-14

The Art of War in Dune

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. …
2021-04-12

Marble Madness

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. …
2021-04-10

Eow Links 15

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 15. …
2021-04-08

A Semblance of Order

from the Vastemonde …
2021-04-06

Gin and Dragons #1

"Beers and Dragons" becomes "Gin and Dragons". …
2021-04-04

Eow Links 14

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 14. …
2021-04-02

The Jaculus

" 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. … "
2021-03-31

Ecce Eco

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. …
2021-03-29

Nuits-Saint-Georges

Water in my wine? Are you kidding? …
2021-03-27

Eow Links 13

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 13. …
2021-03-25

Shatter a Shield

Among its common combat actions , Worlds without Number has "Shatter a Shield" and it reads: …
2021-03-23

Ryuu Ex Machina

Ryuutama "Edition Anniversaire" Cover …
2021-03-21

Eow Links 12

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 12. …
2021-03-19

Situation Intent Missions

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. …
2021-03-17

Olivier Sanfilippo

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. …
2021-03-15

Beers and Dragons #5

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. …
2021-03-13

Eow Links 11

from A forgotten OD&D Rule for Fighters …
2021-03-11

Freies Kriegsspiel

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: …
2021-03-09

The King's Table

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. …
2021-03-07

Eow Links 10

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 10. …
2021-03-05

Abacus Hit Gauge

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. …
2021-03-03

Anglo-Saxon Thegn

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. …
2021-03-01

Histrion Npc Generation

I have enhanced the histrion NPC generator I use for Wolves of Gods . …
2021-02-27

Eow Links 9

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 9. …
2021-02-25

L'Empire des Cerisiers

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. …
2021-02-23

Index Card

Another session, another experimentation. …
2021-02-21

Beers and Dragons #4

our table, note the langskip/knarr/spatha/row boat images on the ref screen …
2021-02-19

Eow Links 8

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 8. …
2021-02-17

Doctor Holmes

Yesterday's marked the 91st anniversary of the birth of J. Eric Holmes in 1930. …
2021-02-15

Ref Screen

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. …
2021-02-13

Eow Links 7

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 7. …
2021-02-11

Thread Weaving

I am tinkering a magic system for my table, my own magic system train wreck. …
2021-02-08

Creatures And Opposition

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. …
2021-02-06

Eow Links 6

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 6. …
2021-02-04

Wog Npc Generation

This is Enwald, a dane warrior: …
2021-02-02

Casus Belli 35

There is a black swan on the cover, let's hope our RPG practice is antifragile, our crashes making it sturdier. …
2021-01-31

Beers and Dragons #3

The session 2 (third session actually) was crowned by Oswald, Gerald, and Anders meeting the Child King at his court. …
2021-01-29

Eow Links 5

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 5. …
2021-01-27

The Flower of Battle

" 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. … "
2021-01-25

Wog Character Sheet

The Corona front is quieting down a bit here. On Friday evening our campaign Beers and Dragons starts again. …
2021-01-23

Eow Links 4

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 4. …
2021-01-21

Geoffroy Hassoun

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. …
2021-01-19

Mapping Lindisfarne

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. …
2021-01-17

Engine Room

Dungeon World is a game powered by the Apocalypse. There is a direct gate to its engine room. …
2021-01-15

Eow Links 3

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 3. …
2021-01-13

Creatures with Numbers

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. …
2021-01-11

Damascene Wolves

"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. …
2021-01-09

Eow Links 2

"Eow" for "End Of Week". Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 2. …
2021-01-07

Grognard

Each time the excellent Professor Dungeonmaster says Grognard it hurts. Grognard is a french term lifted by wargamers. It means the Grumblers . …
2021-01-05

laconi.co

I combined the excellent Umbiology rework of the SRD document to Markdown with the Edward Tufte CSS and came up with laconi.co . …
2021-01-03

At least two Tongues

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. …
2021-01-01

Eow Links 1

"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. …
2020-12-30

Les Oubliés

The player: "I am a sprite and the guard is a sprite as well, I try to seduce him!" …
2020-12-28

Mobile Eminences

Hundred meters wide hexagons with elevation, wood cover, rivers, ponds and lakes. This is starting to get nice. …
2020-12-26

Star Frontiers

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. …
2020-12-24

Egg Laying Orcs

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. …
2020-12-22

New York Crossings

"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. …
2020-12-20

Eminences in Green

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. …
2020-12-18

Mythological Objects

The excellent 2019-03-20 Adventuring Party episode points at Wikipedia's list of Mythological Objects . It's a font of inspiration. …
2020-12-16

Ravenfeast

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. …
2020-12-14

Eminences in Progress

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... …
2020-12-12

Enchanted Woods

" 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 … "
2020-12-10

Pile of Ideas

I, as a game master, subverted a writing technique to prepare role-playing game sessions. …
2020-12-08

The Maid of Orléans

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. …
2020-12-06

Beers and Dragons #2

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). …
2020-12-04

Factions and Societies

I don't like being served "factions" in settings books. …
2020-12-02

The Weaver

The Weaver is a spellcaster class we are experimenting with in your beers and dragons campaign. …
2020-11-30

Légendes Celtiques

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. …
2020-11-28

Thirty Fourty Sticks

We play on top of a hex/square battlemat and I was/am looking for a way to measure ranges. …
2020-11-26

That Goblin Tribe

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. …
2020-11-24

Character Sheets

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). …
2020-11-22

La Grande Aventure

La Grand Aventure du Jeu de Rôle is a book by Julien Pirou about, well, the great adventure of the role playing game. …
2020-11-20

Supernova Slayer

On Sunday morning, I went to see the Kimetsu no Yaiba movie with the girls. It was nice. …
2020-11-19

Wizards of the Costco

"High Fantasy" or "Costco Fantasy"? Books after books of plenty? Cornucopia of feats, monsters, subclasses and optimizations? …
2020-11-17

Neverland

" 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. " …
2020-11-15

Oswald's miniature

Oswald is the rogue in our Beers and Dragons . He is equipped with a short bow and a dagger, possibly a Seax . …
2020-11-13

Beers and Dragons #1

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. …
2020-11-12

Links 0

I'll get to add a blog roll to this blog, but for now, let's point at stuff from a simple post. …
2020-10-29

Beers and Dragons session zero

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. …