The Index Card Box of DOOM!

box of doom
One of the things I like about gamin is little DIY projects. Not only making neat stuff for the game table like terrain but neat stuff to use. I also like having little easy projects that I can work on over time. And speaking of time, I don’t have as much as I used to so any idea that pops in my head that will be good for later shouldn’t go to waste.
I had this nifty box sitting empty on the shelf and then finally it hit me. I bet index cards would fit in it. Yes, I have a near fetish for index cards. And lo and behold. They fit. Picked up some dividers, multicolored cards and heck even found some graph paper cards.
So here’s what I’m filling this thing up with as time permits.

  • Crazy Monsters
  • Encounters
  • Little Dungeon Maps
  • Weird Treasures
  • Normal Treasures & Magic Items
  • NPC’s
  • Traps
  • Rumors & Adventure Seeds
  • Pretty simple. Just a card and run with it.

    YARC: The Final Version

    I did a few tweaks to my little Sword & Sorcery OSR hack. Made it a little lighter and hopefully more streamlined. The whole idea is to get this little game running and have some fun. My first gut instinct is to see what kind of interest I can drum on Google+, so we shall see. Any way, here go enjoy.
    Here it is the final version after some feedback and just little bit more editing. And for you enjoyment, included with some inspirational from the ‘net.
    YARC: Final 1st Edition (Some slightly NSFW art.
    This is the old one.

    Famine Fairies

    These friendly and ever helpful fairies enjoy lending a helping hand to mortals. They will repair shoes, boots, clothing and even magic items. They will clean homes and put everything into an orderly fashion. There’s just a couple of catches. First, they will do this without even being asked. Second, the price is food. All of your food. More distressing, they are drawn to areas that happen to short on food which generally leads to disastrous consequences.

    Famine Fairies
    Hit Dice: 1d4 Hit Points
    Armor Class: 5[14]
    Attacks: Sword or Tiny Bow (1d3)
    Save: 18
    Special: Invisible at will, Magic Resistance 60%, Teleport Any quantity of food at will, Repair any item at will.
    Alignment: Chaotic
    Challenge Level/XP: 3/60
    These spry little fae will descend on an area like a locust plague and leave any inhabitants well dressed but starving. Enterprising player characters might even attempt to lure a small hoard of the creatures to repair their gear or possibly magic items at the cost of food. This may seem easy but the Famine Fairies only seem to appear in areas where famine and huger are real threat.

    Hauling Your Loot

    In case you didn’t know, I just spent a great time at Chupacarbracon. Nothing like a sore back and shoulders from hauling around all sorts of gaming stuff gets you thinking about the best way to carry that stuff.
    Pretty much everybody knows or uses those handy plastic storage boxes to carry their mini’s and other gaming accessories. Heck, you could almost spend more money on storage cases than you would on the actual mini’s. My favorite place to pick up those storage boxes at a good price is the local Harbor Freight Tools. They’ve got a good selection and really good prices so go check out a store if there’s one in your area. And bonus, they have coupons available just about every week. Like 20% off anything. But thinking to future cons and gaming on the go, I’m probably going to pick up a couple of these.


    I’ve looked at these before and I don’t feel they are quite big enough to carry every mini and bit of terrain that I have. But two of these should give me enough carrying capacity to haul around the mini’s and other bits that I would need for the game/session that I would be running at particular time. Add throw in one those handy luggage trolleys, my muscles will thank me.

    More Dollar Store Treasures!

    Yes, I’ve been bouncing around since the New Year happened so it’s time to catch on those dollar store finds.
    First, there’s a couple of pieces I picked then did a little touch paint job. Originally these were Christmas decorations and little paint took care of that. Even though there are three pieces, it was two “items” at the store. The bridge was one and the two wall sections and tree were another. These are resin and not plaster so they should be durable to take getting thrown into the big box of terrain. Pictured with some figures for scale. Yes the bridge is a little narrow but I can live with it.
    Next up TREASURE! I’ve been a pack or two of these at time whenever I find them. Perfect for games that use some sort of token like Fate Points in FATE or Bennies in Savage Worlds. Note: I’ve had that old jewelry box for years just seemed to cool to use that for the picture. And heck adventurers always want treasure.
    And finally, most recent acquisition. I just saw this thing and had to have it. It was only $1 so what the heck. I know I can scare the crap out of PC’s with this one.
    That’s the recent haul’s from the dollar store. Need to take some time to hit up some second hand stores and in the spring there’s gonna be garage sales.

    YARC: Final And Ready To Go

    It’s been a while since I posted anything about YARC! (Yet Another Retro Clone). There’s no real sense in coming up with a whole new game. But throwing together many of the things I like into one crazy document and running with it. Now that sounds more fun. I deliberately keep this document brief and simple.
    First, you’ll note I went for a heavy Sword & Sorcery feel for this. No elves or dwarves. I really felt like breaking out of that mold. Also, consider this a little bit of a preview for my Skarynth project (a setting/rules variant/supplement for Swords & Wizardry and Crypts & Things).
    Looking at this you’ll the strong influence of Lamentations of the Flame Princess (Heck it uses the same spells) and a variation on the random character advancement from Green Devil Face No. 5. Plus there’s a few things that were influenced by Swords & Wizardry and Castles & Crusades.
    So there you go what inspired me to create this little set of house rules. Now, what am I going to do with it? Chances are I’ll either get a game started either on G+ or at the FLGS. Exact dates aren’t set yet. I’ve a few little scheduling things I have to take care of this month before I can commit.
    YARC Rules V 1.0

    What’s in your DM notebook?

    It’s handy. It’s personal. And it’s all yours. Your DM Notebook. There’s a whole crap load of stuff available and what you choose to put in your notebook all depends and your style of gaming. What you like, what you want and so on. There is no wrong answer in this case.So here’s what I’ve put together.
    Yes, it’s nice and handy. I’ve got my little hands on one those nifty notebooks that can stand up. Here’s what’s inside:
    Obviously, select charts from Vornheim.
    Select Charts from Green Devil Face No. 5.
    Also select charts from the d30 Companion. I don’t have the d30 Sandbox Companion yet but I’ve heard good things about it.
    The Drunken Debauchery Table and the Random Sword & Sorcery Adventure Generator from Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea.
    My own Teleportation Mishap Chart.
    And my handy little “What the Hell is that?” Drop Chart
    Also crammed in the notebook are these gems.
    Troll Lord Games Engineering Dungeons.
    The ancient d30 Book of Charts by the Armoury and Chaosium’s old Cities book. (So far I haven’t found a place where you legally can get the PDF’s. So if you can find these in the good old used book store. Grab them up.)
    And finally my own YARC! hacked rules. But more on that in the next couple of days. Yes, I know I didn’t specify exactly which charts I’m using. Use the tools you like and need. Use the charts that you think are cool and will add neat stuff to your game.

    Roll Dice. Kill Monsters. Take Their Stuff. And Have Fun!

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