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It’s Called A Widget

You can some raw crafting material in the strangest of places. So I had craving for some Guinness the other day. And I usually get some bottles but the store just didn’t have any so I had to settle for cans. Of course, it was great but then why the hell is there a plastic ball in the can?

So yes we may attribute this to my own ignorance. Like I said, I usually get bottles when the craving strikes. Other than that I’ve always had from the tap. And yes it is called a Widget. So what the hell does this have to do with gaming? Well, it’s like the free toy in the bottom of a cereal box. I know I can use this for something, some time. And well it’s basically free and comes with some good beer. And here’s a quick pic with a mini for scale.

So always keep your eye out for cool little doodads. You may find some near stuff in the most odd of places.

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White Box Wednesday: You Meet In A Tavern

Yes, I know. It’s a cliche. But it works and does make a little sense. So hear me out.

The tavern of a village is going to be social and political hub of the place. It’s where the locals hang out, gossip, and bitch about the local lord or the weather. It’s where travelers like the player characters hang out. So it’s where things are happening and everyone is talking about things that already happened and things that might happen.

Whole books have written on making taverns and inns for your campaign and such detail is beyond the scope of this post but I do want to lay the seeds for some inspiration and throw an example from my current campaign.

First, what makes a tavern cool? It’s the people and off the top it should the proprietor and staff. These are folks that the PC’s will probably interact with most. So the party feels about them and vice versa is going to foretell what happens in the future. After that there’s the regulars who most locals and they’ll be other contacts for the player characters. And there’s the random rabble and hirelings. Secondly, you need a cool name. Because if you don’t the players will give it a silly nickname. Trust me. So let’s make this tavern.

Name: Pinky’s Fingers.

Proprietor: Pinky. A retired adventurer. He’s missing an eye and a few fingers. But he keeps those fingers in a pickle jar on the bar. The jar has a large label reading “DON”T EAT THE FINGERS!” Rumor is that if eat a finger in drunken bout of the munchies then you’ll have to contribute one to the jar. He displays a won long sword over the bar (It may or may not be magical) and keeps a club under the bar for less lethal solutions to drunken brawls.

Pinky: Level 5 Human Fighter (+3 Atk, SV: 10 AC: 12, HP: 15)

Primary Staff: Rosie (Pinky’s adopted daughter). Sure she wants a more exciting life than waiting on tables and working in the kitchen but she’s seen too many adventurers seek fame and fortune never to return.

Locals: Agatha: The local apothecary and healer. Close friends with Pinky.

Hirelings: Merle The Dwarf: Lean, mean and looking for a fight and to earn some gold. (0 Level Fighter).

Yes, I know these are the bares bones of characters but wait there’s two more things that you need in a tavern.

The Quest Board: It’s another staple so you might as well let it do some of the heavy lifting. Farmer is missing sheep. A bounty on bandits. Missing children. Whatever kind of trouble that you as the GM have up your sleeve.

Rumors: While the quest board is sort of the “official” adventure hooks. Rumors are adventure bait. A way to find out what interests the players. Lay the ground work for future adventures. And maybe give the players an idea about the general attitudes of the local villagers.

Like I said, it’s beyond the scope of a single post but here’s hopefully some inspiration for you.

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Thinking About Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay

There’s a lot of stuff that bounces around inside my head and this one has finally made its way to the surface. I know I haven’t really talked about Warhammer in the past. And I’m by no means an expert. I did play 1st Edition way back in the day so I’m totally ignorant on the basic rules. So let’s get this rant started.

I’ve ranted about Warlock before. You know the stripped down, ultra light take on Warhammer FRP. It’s a cool game. But there are points where I feel it’s a little too lite. And you can’t mention Warhammer without mentioning Zweihander. Yes, I have the PDF. Yes, I’ve read it. The politest thing I can say that if publisher acts like a total jerk online, well, I ain’t got time for that stuff. And I know jerk is a relative term. But let’s get on with the game stuff.

What I really want to focus on the tone. You know you’re character starts off as rat catcher or beggar and works their up the food chain (hopefully.) Dungeon Crawl Classics does have the 0-level funnel but after one adventure or so, the character goes from gong farmer to wizard or whatever. I know YMMV. I’m just looking at the emergent story of a character improving over a longer period of time. Really, zero to hero stuff. You kind of have that with most old school games but you still start off as a fighter or a paladin or a ranger. The Sword of Cepheus does a pretty job with the Traveler style character generation but you still have a bunch of the growth before the game even starts.

I know what you’re saying. Why don’t I just play Warhammer? Well, to be honest, it is a bit clunky especially with the way progression works. There’s just too many primary attributes. And my current gaming group is full of new comers and a lot of that game will probably confuse them even more.

So does all this lead me? Well, I’ve been bouncing around a lot of ideas for cool projects to get out the door next year. I know I didn’t really do crap this year. There’s no reason the right set of old-school rules can’t be hacked to make something that fall into these weird thoughts in my head. Take a gaggle of mere mortal characters and throw the world at them. Yes, another project. Maybe another heartbreaker. But we shall see.

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Gently Used Cart

Would up buy a used cart from this guy? I grabbed up this mini from Reaper because I’m too lazy and unskilled to try to build one from scratch.

It came with a box and barrel. I guess they wanted to glue to the cart but I think it’s much more useful at the table with them being loose. And I think this is also the first appearance of my road/forest/grasslands UDT. It’s on the other side from my favorite one that’s shown up in a lot of pictures.

Thanks for stopping by and have some great games out there.

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White Box Wednesday: Now What?

It’s another White Box Wednesday and I’m surprised that I’ve managed to keep this going this long. But I’m thinking just how long can I keep this going? And what should I do in the future?

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I know that’s it not the popular with all the cool kids. I don’t care. I still love it and enjoy it. There’s not a lot of stuff that’s being made specifically for White Box games either. We know that Barrel Rider Games does have something coming up soon and I know I’ve got some money in my grubby little hands just waiting. And want everyone out there to make stuff and have fun.

So that’s what I’m going to start doing here if there isn’t anything else that grabs my fancy. I don’t what you would call it. Maybe a campaign or hexcrawl or maybe supplement. I don’t know. I’d say probably these post will end up being a bit like a zine. And then when a sufficient quantity of material comes together, it’ll get thrown into some sort of handy format.

It’s going to be interesting. I’ve got all sorts of projects going on and coming up. So if anything, wish me luck. And thanks for stopping by.

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