Sunday, 8 September 2019

The Purple Hashish House


Adventure hooks:
- The vizier is visiting his favourite hashish house and needs guarding
- There are rumours a group of leprechaun thieves works out of the house.
- A frost wand was stolen from a local Wizard who believes the miscreants frequent the house.
- A dwarf thief with a manticore trapped in an opal was seen in the house. The Extreme Guild of Merchants will pay 1000gp for it.
- You're hired by rat people to assassinate the vizier for his crimes against their kind.


1. Entryway: A lounging catfolk (MR14) lazes, playing with a yellow frog called Ereep (MR4 - does 1d6 damage if touched with skin). A silver mechanical bird sits by his feet, picking the sand from his toes. A grouchy bonobo (MR12) wearing an emerald eye patch (30gp) is serving ice cold camel milk for 2sp. Patrons pay at a small counter manned by an over-enthusiastic pink djinn called Tamara (MR40). She can cast 3 spells 3rd level and under.

2. Massage parlor: Three geckomen nomads (MR20) set their poisoned spears on a rack. Two are getting roughly massaged by a talkative pelican woman (MR10). One smokes a long pipe and watches their belongings (10gp, spears, scorpion venom, smoked frogs). A quiet elf called Heloras (MR16) is looking for a stolen dragonfly brooch.

3. Royal den: A smooth-spoken turbaned ostrich visier (MR34) takes deep huffs of a yellow pipe, rapier in his belt. Two overworked fairy handmaids (MR8) cast water spells to keep him cool. A pouch of 30gp sits unattended. A blue cobra (MR26 - spite 1/ extra 3 damage) slithers in. A rotund selfish astrologer inspects a silver dragonfly brooch (300gp).

4. Main den: A pink haze lingers. A suspicious dark hob (MR20) in sparkling robes sits with his two-headed tiger (MR80), telling it old stories in a dead language. An assassin of the Green Cobra disguised as a forgetful old lady (MR60) sips jasmine tea and scans the room cautiously. A chattering blue imp (MR16 - can cast wink wing) scurries around carrying a manticore opal (if smashed, an MR120 manticore emerges), chased by a drunk dwarf thief with one arm. A glass bottle of lilac perfume belonging to the imp sits on a small table (25gp).

5. Backroom: Guarded by a 7ft sarcastic sand golem (MR86). Three robed leprechauns (MR22) are counting blood money at a sandy table. A devious fat rhino woman (MR40) paces the room, complaining about discretion and paying off the city guard. A green concoction sits on the table that increases CHA by 10 for an hour when drank.

6. Secret underground chamber: Three demon rats (MR30) plot to assassinate the visier with a frost wand (three uses, costs 5 WIZ, does 2d6 CON damage and immobilises for 1 minute). They speak the language of the desert. Cases of hashish are stacked against the wall. It smells sweet.

Random encounters. Roll 1d6.

1. A boastful purple djinn (MR36) barrels through the door, challenging anyone to a sprinting contest.
2. An eloquent elephant soldier (MR70) charms a cobra.
3. A noble emerges from the main den, a dagger deep in his gut. He says the words "snake scar" before dying.
4. Two demon belly dancers (MR28) entertain a pale elf Wizard called Lania (MR80). She holds an ever-refilling goblet of wine and eats skewered fire drake.
5. An elderly puppeteer (MR10) has an argument with her sentient llama puppet (MR12) over who will pay the bill.
6. The snake sultan (MR28) walks in with a retinue of four royal guards (MR32). People fawn over him, asking for a slither blessing.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Rick Loomis has passed

I'm saddened by the news that gaming luminary Rick Loomis has passed away. I'll be doing a full post tomorrow.

Rest in peace, Rick.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Gaming legend Rick Loomis needs your help


Recently Rick Loomis, founder of Flying Buffalo and all round gaming icon, has been undergoing treatment for cancer. Unfortunately this has left him with staggering medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars. This is where you come in.

There's a gofundme page set up for Rick and your donations would be hugely appreciated.

Please dig deep for the guy who published Tunnels and Trolls, Nuclear War, Grimtooth's Traps, and who was one of the pioneers of PBM roleplaying games.

From this week, all sales from any Tunnels and Trolls product from Trollish Delver Games on Drivethrurpg will go directly to funding Rick's medical bills.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

The Midnight Chimes out as part of Tunnel Goons Jam


Just a quick update to say I've released a new game as part of Nate Treme's Tunnel Goons Jam over on Itch. Tunnel Goons is a simple one-page d6 game using classes as stats. I quite like it.

The Midnight Chimes is a Victorian pulp horror game in a few pages, inspired by The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hellboy and Penny Dreadful.

While Tunnel Goons has three classes to pop your points into, I decided to widen this with six archetypes: Ruffian, Hunter, Occultist, Priest, Acrobat, and Aristocrat. Putting points into archetypes determines the type of skillsets you have.

I've introduced Afflictions into the mix. These are what make your characters ghastly, but superpowered. These include Hyde, Invisible, Vampyre, Shadow and Demon. There's also a Ghost Affliction you get if you die.

To round off a character, you gain a knack. This offers another edge, whether it's being better at swordfighting, guns or simply being able to dismember an opponent easily.

I've included a monster codex and an extended play example in the mix.

You can download for free (at the moment) at itch.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Modiphius resurrects Edgar Rice Burroughs books with original stories


Holy fucking shit, my friends.

Just received the following email from Modiphius:

San Diego Comic Con has been running over the weekend and there's been exciting announcements for fans of John Carter from the Edgar Rice Burroughs panel.
A series of new novels based on characters from the world of Burrough’s have been announced for release, these new tales will expand on the original stories and form part of the new official canon.
Book one, Carson of Venus: The Edge of All Worlds, will be written by Matt Betts.
Book two, Tarzan: Battle for Pellucidar, will be written by Win Scott Eckert. It’s slated to be a mad cap pulp tale with Ape Men fighting WWII Nazis riding dinosaurs.
Book three, John Carter of Mars: Gods of the Forgotten, will be written by Geary Gravel.
Book four, Victory Harben: Fires of Halos will be written by Christopher Paul Carey and introduces a new character to the world Victory Harben.
The books will be published in 2020 and will form part of a ‘super-arc’ of connected stories.
Burrough’s The Land that Time Forgot is potentially going to be adapted into a television show, a script has been written and with any luck will go into production.
Dear lord, that's tasty. Most people are excited for the slew of 5000 Marvel shows and films next year, but this right here is hitting my sweet spot.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Vote Trollish Delver Games for Fan Favourite Publisher

A very quick update to say that ENnie voting is live and you can cast your vote for Trollish Delver Games as a fan favourite publisher: http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/2019/index.php

I'd really appreciate it if you took a few seconds out to vote for me. Thank you.