Broken backs and horrific tomes

Today was the first real spring day up here in the Cold North. I went out to do some grown up stuff – gardening – and immediately managed to break my back (lumbago style)…

[BTW – are the Lumbago related to the Wendigo?]

After that I regrouped with a glass of rosé wine and Tome of Horrors Complete.

Awesome, awesome book. And a certain “wanna-play” inspirational tome.

Frog God Games are doing some things right :)


Some new Old School coming up


After our other GM so abruptly decided not to run 5e with us, I’ve been thinking of what type of game I would feel like running next. After having been in Dark Fantasy/Ravenloft/TotGaD/WFRP-land for a long time I think it’s time for some good ole high (well, high for me that is) fantasy again.

As I was on playing hiatus during the 3.x era the Necromancer Games modules feels fresh to me, and I really like what Frog God Games is doing, so my traditional fantasy is going to be taking place in the Lost Lands using S&W Complete with some minor hacks from B&T.

Really excited about this!

Hand drawn character sheet for Swords & Wizardry Complete

S&W Char sheet mk I

S&W character sheet mk I

Labour Day. Free from work. Shops are closed. Kids with their mom. Wife ill. Rain outside. What to do? Draw a new character sheet for my upcoming Swords & Wizardry game! Here’s the first version of the sheet. It is inspired by a lot of the fine OSR sheets out there and especially by my favourite S&W sheet. I wanted to try out a hand drawn sheet and also add some house-specific stuff. There’s also a page 2 on the back with more space if you’re into that kind of thing. Here’s the PDF (or click the pic above).

There’s some stuff left to adjust and I must improve my scanning process, but I like the rough DIY feel!

Games we have played since returning to gaming in 2011


I was just sitting and thinking of the games I have played since returning to the hobby. I started lobbying with my old gaming buddies in 2010 and finally, early 2011 we got the wheels going. As we only play about one 8-hour session per month, longer adventures take up many sessions. Not a very effective lot, my crew…but fun!

But I want to play more often, and will probably recruit new players and try to play at least every 2 or 3 weeks. Maybe shorter sessions, like 4-6 hours. 

Adventure Rule Set Crew Gm
Caverns of Thracia (JG version) Rules Cyclopedia With a fistful of d20’s (table game) me
Horror on the Orient Express (from Sophia chapter) Call of Cthulhu 6th ed. With a fistful of d20’s (table game) me
No Country for Weak Men (original version) Labyrinth Lord + AEC With a fistful of d20’s (table game) me
Come to Daddy (original version) Labyrinth Lord + AEC With a fistful of d20’s (table game) me
The Haunted Tower (GL0, Basic Fantasy) BECMI (Swedish version) My son (table game) me
Hollows Last Hope (Falcons Hollow 1) Pathfinder With a fistful of d20’s (table game) Berndt
Revenge of the Kobold King (Falcons Hollow 2) Pathfinder With a fistful of d20’s (table game) Berndt
The Haunting Call of Cthulhu 6th ed. The wife crew (table game) me
No Country for Weak Men (original version) Swords & Wizardry Core My son & nephew (table game) me
Ruins of the Gorgon (Dyson’s Delves 1) Swords & Wizardry Core My son & nephew (table game) me
Tower of the Stargazer (LotFP) Swords & Wizardry Core My son & nephew (table game) me
The Dire’s Maw (Forgotten Realms homebrew) D&D 5e The Dire’s Maw crew (online game) Dave (ongoing campaign)
Night of the Walking Dead extended version (Ravenloft) OpenQuest 2 With a fistful of d20’s (table game) me
Bloodnut Pass (Pits & Perils) Blood & Treasure With a fistful of d20’s (table game) me
Tomb of the Iron God Swords & Wizardry Complete My daughter & son me (ongoing campaign)
The Stoneheart Valley (Lost Lands) Swords & Wizardry Complete With a fistful of d20’s (table game) me (upcoming campaign)
When a Star Falls (TSR module) D&D 5e With a fistful of d20’s (table game) Berndt (upcoming game)

Tomb of the Iron God [may contain traces of spoilers]

From left to right: Monk, Cleric, Fighter & Thief. In the back, 3 hirelings and 2 mules.

Today I ran the first session of Tomb of the Iron God (by Matt Finch) with both my kids. My son has played before, but this was the first time my daughter wanted to play.

Character generation took some time with explaining and all, and I’m glad I chose a simple system like Swords & Wizardry on that point. I let them create two characters each and raised all classes HD by one step to increase survivability (i.e. Fighter d8➞d10 etc). Some may frown at this heresy, but I see no point in PCs having a d4 for HD. They are heroes! (Or at least wannabee’s…). Also, boosting the starter hit points a bit lets me use tougher monsters and not having to pull punches too much. Still, I intend to run this old school deadly.

The character roster was:

Skogs Mulle, Male Elf Cleric (player: Astrid)

Asai, Female human Thief (player: Astrid)

Haldurth, Male human Fighter (player: Martin)

Kar Bang Li, Male human Monk (player: Martin)

We started in a small nameless village at the foothills of a mountain range in a nameless land. The PCs had heard rumours about this secluded monastery that had been destroyed by the wrath of the gods some months ago. Apparently, their god, the Iron God had been displeased with the way the monks hoarded treasure and had punished them accordingly. This had taken place a few months ago, but no one have  had the courage to go there and see in the treasure rumours were true. The PCs went around the village, talking to the local priest and some other villagers and got to hear some rumours. Then (to my surprise) they tried to recruit some help in the form of three men-at-arms (straight from Meatshields). They also bought two mules to carry their stuff.

I decided that the abandoned monastery was about a day’s trek from the village and they armed with a hastily drawn map our heroes departed for adventure. I now decided it was autumn and quite rainy and windy in these parts. The trek took them though farmlands, then into more forested areas and finally into the mountains. In the afternoon they met and battled a Grizzly Bear (rolled a random encounter on the 3rd check for the day, and this came up from the encounter tables in the Monstrosities book. I rolled very bad, and the PCs managed to slay the bear unscathed!

Upon reaching the monastery ruins they made camp and posted a hireling to guard the camp and mules and the rest went searching through the ruins. Soon they found  a dark opening and a narrow stairway down. Torches were lit and they went into the darkness…

So far, they’ve only searched the first room and opened the east and west doors. They did a quick foray in those corridors, but then decided to take a break for the night and rest. As it was a natural break (and I had to start on the dinner) we stopped the session.

It was a total success, and Astrid especially was very into the game and had some very bright ideas. I must say that they surprised me a lot by playing much smarter than my “old dog” crew, who sometimes seem to have get stuck in a certain routine.

Afterwards, I took out my old Forgotten Realms and Greyhawk maps and asked them which one they preferred. They both liked Forgotten Realms best, so FR it is. It really doesn’t matter because I do them both about the same and very non-canon. Still, it’s nice with a simple framework to weave the stories around.

I will also create that village (trying out the d30 Sandbox Companion by New Big Dragon Games Unlimited) with some entertaining NPCs and roughly map the area with interesting stuff to do. It’s really nice to start small and let the story unfold by itself.

Next time, I hope to bring in my wife also so that we can run a family session!

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Tomb of the Iron God