Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Homicide - The Devil's in the Details

Our prime suspect Gabe Babbett, is looking more and more like our man. When we left he was in custody in Chicago, and his truck had been impounded. We have a witness reporting he was involved in an altercation with our two murder victims near the site of a theft, and testimony indicating he was trying to sell stolen property on his trip to Delaware. We'll flash forward a bit, and allow some forensics work to get done in the background. The two things we're most interested in are the crime scene at the church and Babbett's truck. Specifically we're looking for fingerprints at the former, and blood evidence at the latter.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Hidden Guild

Every city has its shady side, thieves, pimps, assassins, smugglers, and drug dealers who provide illegal goods and services to anyone who can pay. The Hidden Guild is the black heart of illicit commerce, providing stability and security to both its members and its customers. The Guild does not operate at the street level. Instead it works behind the scenes through intermediaries and hired agents, selling bulk product and commercial services to those that live on the edge.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Halloween Demons Already

Bogleech breaks the ice with their Top Ten "Dictionnaire Infernal" Demons. As always Bogleech is a great source for random weird stuff, be it the hell of nature's own creations or the site's own bizarre finds and creations, it's always worth a read.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Torchlight II - Original Soundtrack

Runic has made the entire Torchlight II soundtrack available as free mp3 download. As usual, Matt Uelmen does a fantastic job with the music. Well worth a download, even if you're not a video-game player. The tunes on this soundtrack could easily work as background/theme music for a tabletop RPG.

Deadly Blows - Critical Hits Tables

Over the years my regular gaming group has oscillated between using and not using critical hits tables. Our original tables dated from the late 70s/early 80s and were type-written copies from The Arduin Grimoire. Later we expanded these tables with new entries, and finally created multiple tables linked to various damage types.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Homicide - Sins Discovered

When we left our investigators, they had just finished up their interrogations of Albert Burns and Rose Marie Orr, the roommates of our murder victim, Scott Marin. Both had alibis for the night of the murder, and our primary suspect, Gabe Babbett, is looking better and better. Evan and Jeff's next move was to head over to Michelle Allen's place of work, a local religious center, and poke into the stolen property that seems to be the core motive for these murders.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

One Page Dungeons 2012 - Preorder Now

Precis Intermedia now has the complete One Page Dungeon Contest 2012 softcover available for preorder. 208 pages of dungeon crawl goodness for $29.95 sounds like a pretty good deal.

If you're unfamiliar with the One Page Dungeon Contest, it's pretty much what it sounds like, an open contest to create a dungeon on a single sheet of paper. That includes maps, notes, room details, monsters, well, the works. It's been running for several years now, and I regularly mine the various archives for ideas. Check it out!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Guild Wars 2 - Food Farms

This is a concise listing of the various cooking material farms in Guild Wars 2. It's currently incomplete, but I'll be adding entries as I find them. Zones are listed in alphabetic order. As always if you have an update or correction, feel free to leave a comment. I've tried to verify all these sites, but when it's 3:00 AM and you're running from trolls... well, you get the idea.
  • Update Sept 29, 2012: Sparkfly Fen, Straits of Devestation
  • Update Sept 27, 2012: Diessa Plateau, Field of Ruin, Brisban Wildlands
  • Updated Sept 23, 2012: Dredgehaunt Cliffs
  • Updated: Sept 21, 2012: Blazeridge Steppes
  • Updated: Sept 17, 2012: Harathi Hinterlands, Metrica Province
  • Updated: Sept 9, 2012: Fireheart Rise, Iron Marches, Mount Maelstrom
And now... on with the listings!