Worst Adventuring Parties EVER Thursday, Nov 26 2015 

Gandalf and Thorin

Fellowship 2

Uncle Balin was right, you can’t put a balanced party together.

Shut up Gimli.

A wizard, an elf fighter, a dwarf fighter, two human fighters…

I’m a ranger

…one of whom speaks ‘Bunny’

and four level 0 halflings.  At least Bilbo levelled up to a Thief.

I’ve got 3 skill points in Cooking.

And again, not one bloody cleric or healer.

And anyway, it’s “Speak to Stoat” actually.

Why count in decimal? Sunday, Oct 26 2014 

I’ve long wondered why we don’t count in base 11 or base 6. People will say ‘We have 10 fingers’, but that is rather my point: You don’t need a “10s” column until you reach ”11”. Imagine an early farmer counting sheep- he gets to 10, then on 11 puts a stone in the ‘hands full’ pile.

Likewise, you can count to 5 on your one hand, then use the other to record 6.”1,2,3,4,5, Onehand, Onehand-1, onehandy-2 etc” This would allow you to count to 35 on just 10 fingers (Fivehand-five), then ‘Stone’ (say) for Sixhand.

Of course over time these would be slurred and contracted (like four-ten is 40): twoston threehandy four is nine-tens four.

Feel free to steal this for alien cultures in your RPGs!

Project Xenocide – A XCOM style wargame campaign Sunday, Feb 28 2010 

Due to this thread on TMP:
I am putting the files to the Xcom inspired game I ran in the latter half of 2008. They use Two Hour Wargames “Chain Reaction” rules (the basic rules are FREE), with some modifications (the armour effect) from the supplement 5150. Scenario 3 is a fighter combat game- the simple rules are presented here. It was a intro to the actual game – scenario 4.

I also ran two others. Scenario 5 was an alien attack on a town, with civvies running about. This is where I used the chrysalids along side normal warriors. If they ‘killed’ a human hand to hand, the human became a zombie type, and if that was killed it hatched another chrysalid.

Scenario 6 was an attack on the Aliens base on earth, hidden in Aztec ruins. I used a model of a Games Workshop Dreadnaught during this.

There was also a flash back scenario after #2- early hours of 6 June 1944, where the human player was the Germans dealing with suspected paratroops.

I ran the game as more of a GM/Umpire rather than play the aliens competatively. This allowed me to adjust difficulty on the fly. Part of this I realised that aliens were too few in number to be able to give first aid, so I came up with blood borne nano-bots. These make a first aid roll as though the alien was healing himself- ie roll REP or under. See Chain Reaction for details

1- Players Brief

1- Umpires Brief

2- Players Brief

2- Umpires Brief

3- Players Brief

4- Players Brief

4- Umpires Brief


Fighter combat


Title page

Weapon stats

Why the Bible isn’t an RPG Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

GM: “On Sunday evening you see your Master”

Matthew: “You all told me he was dead- I’ve joined this party under false pretences”

Thomas: “It’s a Zombie!  I try to ‘Turn’ it.”

Peter: “I draw my sword, +3 vs Ears”

Please feel free to add your own!

Irregular Webcomic Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

Found a great webcomic by an Aussie guy.

Go and check it out- RPG parodies, Indiana Jones parodies, discussion of physics in Star Wars, plus incompetent DEATHS.

The home page (where the link is to) is the latest post. Start at ‘1’ and read ’em all. (Though the various story lines are interleaved you can use the links under each strip to just navigate one story.)

Serenity the Roleplaying Game (RPG) Sunday, Sep 30 2007 

It’s must be 16 years since I last bought an RPG, and 11 since I last played. However recently I’ve been thinking about playing again.

Browsing through the RPG section of Waterstones in Milton Keynes I came across Serenity RPG, based on the Joss Whedon film (and, not credited, the SF series ‘Firefly’). As I love the series (I have watched approx half on DVD) I was drawn to it. I must say I was impressed. If you are into either Serenity or RPG it’s definately worth a look.

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