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The third in a series of spellcasters that use another class' mechanic to cast spells. Just like the other two, the rest is two or three tweaks.

If you have spellcasters in your game making scrolls at all levels, this spellcaster is different in that he or she makes potions.

Enjoy!
The first spellcaster relied on the Swords & Wizardry saving throw. The second relied on reaction rolls, very loosely based on Chainmail. This post will talk about using percentile dice like a ...
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A second class of spellcasters created with small tweaks. I say something like Chainmail casting because I do not own it.
As a player and a referee, my experience has been that for a class to feel different, the mechanics have to be different. Running one (maybe two) games, I appreciate smal changes or tweaks to exist...
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The force is strong in this one.
 
You underestimate the power of a dark roast. Darth Vader Lidded Mug: http://j.mp/1KB6OO0
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The caffeine is strong with this one.
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Hi folks! It's the last day of my summer sale. Only a few hours left to get 25% off all of my card games! This is a major boost to Smart Play Games revenue each year, so please spread the word if you can. :) http://www.drivethrucards.com/browse.php?manufacturers_id=5381&affiliate_id=491087
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The best four days of staying at home!
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A new issue of The Sandbox is out now, for your free perusal. 

In this issue...

* Lifepath Characters for Stars Without Number, a new method of character creation for my free sci-fi game Stars Without Number. Use guided rolls and the Life Event generator to brew up a hero for interstellar adventure. The PCs created with this system are essentially compatible with the results you get from the standard method, so you can freely mix the two together in your campaigns.

* The Blademaster, a new character class for Scarlet Heroes and similar old-school-inspired games. Learn the secret arts of the ancient schools of war and wield their ineffable powers in battle. It comes with guidelines and tips for creating your own blademaster schools personalized for your own campaigns.

* Quick Temples and Shrines is a one-roll generator for quickly generating a temple or fane for your freshly-brewed planet or time-lost city. Discover the problems that raddle the priests and the friends and foes that might complicate a PC's pilgrimage.

* Quick Religious Revolts will help a GM discover the details behind a recent uprising of some oppressed faith or the savage revolt of a sect of zealous fanatics. If your PCs are unlucky, they might just be able to get front-row seats to the festivities.

Scarlet Heroes and Stars Without Number get the most attention in this one, but GMs can cheerfully loot the one-roll tables for their own use, particularly the Life Event generator which can be generalized for creating points of crisis for plots and NPCs.
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So what do you get when you cross a board game and an ongoing RPG campaign? A new mechanic to figure out the background events in the world.

That is not the best summary of this article, but it is very cool. I really want to do this.
For this year's two-week summer enrichment games camp I turned once again to RISK as a reliable, clear, and rapid paced "tent pole" game around which to build our tournament. Rather than the traditional board, I used a board ...
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+John Payne Discworld: Ankh-Morpork is pretty jolly if you are a Pratchett fan.  It's pretty swingy, but that matches the source material nicely.  The only thing I dislike about it is that it can only take 4 players.

Meanwhile, Back at the Fief by Thomas M Kane was in Dragon 125 (sorry for the typing fail), one of my favorite covers too.
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More #rpg #stock art for my patrons from THEIR submissions!
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Monsters really do have similar stats. Going through the Swords & Wizardry monster database demonstrates that.

For a numbers guy like me, it can be hard to admit that it is not so much the Armor Class, Hit Dice, Attack Damage that are important.
So, I've been thinking about how to differentiate monsters, and I don't think it's through stats.  Here are a bunch of monsters that are pretty similar statistically, but vary in their tactics, descriptions, and goals. They h...
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It lays flat. This could be so handy for many projects around here.
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Speaking of cards, this would work well with the solitaire dungeon game I mentioned a month ago.
Yet again, I'm using this blog to cross-promote my Inked Adventures products. Seemingly mercenary, I genuinely want to share this with you, for some players, this product may, in fact, enhance your overall quality of life, in the way that practical, yet novel, luxuries always do.
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Hey, yeah, as a 52 card deck with jokers, they would definitely work. And are on theme! Plus you can use them as geomorphs, and as random number generators. +Billiam Babble's work is awesome!
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I'm John Payne. If you knew me before April 1992, then you know what my parents and everyone else called me up until that point.

I love pen-and-paper RPGs, history, conlangs (and artlangs) and thoughtful Christianity.

My son is hard of hearing. Although he is quite verbal, his preferred method of communication is sign. For that reason, I know some Signing Exact English and a smattering of ASL. More than that, my son is wildly imaginative and very curious about a myriad of things like planets, dinosaurs, letter and number systems, dolphins and gardening.

My daughter is precious. She signs better than I do. She is also fearless, thoughtful, loving and energetic. It goes without saying that she takes after her mother.

My wife is simply amazing. There's not a good summary for all that she is.
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Bragging rights? Not really, but I did take five different languages in college.
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    Education, 1996 - 1997
  • North Carolina State University
    British Medieval Literature: Non-Chaucer, 1989 - 1995
  • College of the Albermarle
    General, 1992 - 1992
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