Lazy Sod Press | 2017 news

 

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Daemon Boar by devashard @ DeviantArt

Last year I accepted a new post at work, increasing my mental workload a lot, leading to a total crash on the game creative side. No adventure writing and no figure painting. Basically, my diminished game time and energy had to be used on my own table games.

However, I have missed the writing and publishing side of the hobby, so this week I decided to get back into the game again.

First out will be a dark classic style short dungeon romp called “Tomb of the War-Pig” for OSR style gaming. Also, today I commissioned the art for the project from fellow Swedish artist Mr. Jim Magnusson of Aenglum fame!

Next, I will take up work on a larger adventure project called “Fiery the Angel Fell” that has been sitting on my hard drive for a while now. Maps and 95% of the art are ready as is about 50% of the text. So it’s really just to finish the text and do the layout thing. The art is awesome: cover by ArcticSpring and interior art by Mr. Jim Magnusson and Mr. David Lewis Johnson.

Both are set in my homebrew world “Terra Innominata” (or “The Wörld” as I call it myself, heh) but easily transplanted to your world of choice.

I have also decided to support Blood & Treasure 2e from now on, so that will be the “main” release. I will probably make a Swords & Wizardry Complete version as well as the audience seems bigger in that department and have also been toying with the idea of trying out a D&D 5e edition as well.

And see you guys in the Tomb!

 

Blood & Treasure 2e GM screen

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The Blood & Treasure 2e Treasure Keeper’s screen

Somehow I had totally missed out that this thing existed!

The screen is 3-pane and in standing A4 format with very old school style art and 3 pages of useful tables.

I must confess that the art isn’t really my cup of tea these days, but the TK side of the screen looks very useful plus it’s ready-made so I don’t have to make my own as I did with Blood & Treasure 1e.

I would just wish that Mr. Stater would make a landscape version so it would fit my 3-pane Savage Worlds insert screen…

Available from DriveThru RPG in PDF format. And if you hurry, there’s a GM’s Day Sale now so you can get it at a discount 🙂

Game plan for 2017 continued…

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Black Queen | Yaroslav Gerzhedovich

A while back I wrote down some thoughts on games I wanted to run during 2017 and provided a short list of those I thought we could realistically be able to play this year.

We are now playing Masks of Nyarlahotep (Call of Cthulhu 6th edition), which is a mega-length campaign that would realistically take a year or more to complete. In our youth, this wouldn’t be a problem since we played several times a week and the “recruitment process” was like:

“-Do you guys want to play D&D this afternoon?”

These days it’s an online mail/Google Docs/Texting affair to (i) set the next play date, (ii) get people to say yes or no and (iii) decide the location. Basically, you have decided about a month in advance. So much for spontaneity…

These ALC™ (adult life complications) is why I try to think of my more recent games as TV-show seasons, thus being able to break the story at a convenient point in order to be able to play something else without scrapping the previous game entirely and we can always come back to Season 2 of the game when we feel like it.

Games that I’d very much like to run like tomorrow include:

  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2e/Zweihänder (The Thousand Thrones – dark fantasy)
  • Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (Ravenloft – Gothic Fantasy)
  • Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (Greyhawk – vanilla fantasy but with my own darker touch)
  • Castles & Crusades (Aihrde/Haunted Highlands – vanilla fantasy but with my own darker touch and with a nod to old AD&D)
  • River of Heaven (basically OpenQuest in space – Hard SF in the vein of The Expanse TV-show)
  • Call of Cthulhu 7th edition (to try the new system – maybe run a short adventure to get a feel of the rules)
  • Delta Green (the new edition, but also the old CoC 6th edition)
  • Achtung!Cthulhu (CoC 6th edition WW2 coolness)
  • Dark Streets (Renaissance d100 variant set in 1800s London – Victorian Horror galore)

When we wrap up Season 1 of Masks of Nyarlahotep (probably after the New York chapter that has now swelled out infinitely – I mean, I’ve got side treks and ideas that have come up due to the PCs actions, that would fill a year of play if we wanted – I will run any one of the games in italics above. It will probably be “Curse of Strahd” for 5th ed D&D, but Warhammer is a strong contender as is both Delta Green and River of Heaven (although, for those I have to write completely new adventures, so it’s easier at this point to run a published adventure, mainly due to my exponentially increasing workload).

Life was definitely easier when I was a teenager…

 

GM tip | 5e D&D notes using OneNote

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The Digital DM’s awesome 5e D&D notebook!

The Digital DM has made a very cool OneNote version of the free D&D rules. Even cooler, he has made the notebook public so that you can import it into your own OneNote for offline use and of course you can rearrange things and add your own stuff – new monsters, new spells, the geography of Greyhawk, the religions of ancient Sapain – whatever you like! In this new version of the notebook he has also added 5e style background graphics and a 5e style layout. Very pretty and professional.

If you are a 5e GM and like OneNote, this is a very useful tool and I suggest that you check out The Digital DMs blog right away.

As a note, I had problems with the DropBox download link, but the DOCS link worked like a charm after logging in with my Microsoft credentials.

Thanks a lot for your efforts, Digital DM 🙂

Game plan 2017

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2016 was an abysmal year for me game-wise.

New leading position at the university, with loads of administration and putting out fires all the time diminished my free time as well as my energy to use the little free time I have for creative RPG projects, i.e. writing and publishing game stuff.

Instead, I’ve allocated that precious time to preparation and planning for my own game group, and I’ve had to reduce prep time as well, running things more “on the fly”.

I will keep my work position this year as well, but since I’m no beginner this time I suspect that things will be a tad easier this time around and hopefully I will manage to write at least some short things for publication.

On the game side of things I have some visions of what I’d like to accomplish.

We play Call of Cthulhu now (Masks of Nyarlahotep) and as that is a very long campaign I want to break it up into “seasons”in order to be able to run other games, also in seasons. That way we can get to play multiple games/settings but only one at a time.

Those other games I’d like to kick into gear this year is:

  • Curse of Strahd (5e Ravenloft)
  • The Thousand Thrones (Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2e)

Judging my player’s preferences I’d say we’ll go with Ravenloft first. Planning that classic I thought it would be cool to start in a standard fantasy world and have the PCs drawn into the Mists classic style. Which led to thoughts on what setting to use. I’ve now decided to combine an old campaign that I started on long ago with Curse of Strahd.

That campaign was set in Greyhawk, so Greyhawk it is for my 5e games. I was never a big fan of Forgotten Realms and to be honest, the new 5e FR has done nothing to convince me otherwise. So, the “base world” will be my version of Greyhawk, but I also want this to be a multiverse kinda over the top game over time, so I plan to incorporate elements from Planescape as well.

It will be a weird, crazy and pretty cool ride I think. Greyhawk Dawn is afoot again!

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Now, back to the drawing table…