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A new Patreon release: part 3 (and the final part) of my megadungeon series.
I finally finished the Salamander Mines! Here’s the PDF for the lowest levels. I plan to collate this all into a nicer PDF file somewhere down the road, but it may take a while, because I’m about to become slammed with work for the next 6 weeks. I’d also love to make a saddle-stitched booklet of it for the $10+ patrons. I’ll keep you posted! I also spotted a few typographical errors in the previous 2 pdfs. Fixes for all that are planned in the c...
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Some more nice press release for our work, this one from SSN Insider.
 
by Naomi House On May 22nd, 2015 SSN Insider named T160K crowdfunding campaign, the Cataloging of the Timbuktu Manuscripts and Dr Abdel Kader Haidara, to their Development Pick List! SSN Insider pr...
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In the time of some half-forgotten tyranny that spread its arms over half the world, Storgall was an immense palace with a single resident. As the tyranny waned, Storgall was subdivided and subdivided again without plan or even much thought to the maze of interpenetrating rooms and apartments we see today.

But because of its ancient history, Storgall remains a favored haunt of the oldest most patrician families. And there are advantages to this. No one can tell that the gilt façade of your chambers hides a meagre five rooms stuffed with the last remaining heirlooms of an ancient but crumbling fortune. No one need know that this particular palace has a number of unmarked back entrances for unsavory traffic and dealings. And what of the rumored secret doors, known to a few, offering clandestine access to any number of treasure vaults, bedchambers, and secret libraries?

The Duke still occupies the highest levels of Storgall. And even though the powers of this office are now greatly weakened, obscured by arcane laws and customs, and opposed by powerful interest groups, it retains a certain influence, partially by virtue of its privileged position among the privileged.

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A bequest includes a single locked room on a prestigious level of Storgall. In that room there is a box. And in that box, there is a secret.
A desperate running duel on the upper parapets and walkways of Storgall tower.
A low-born merchant holding the deeds to the dwelling of an ancient and respected family who have fallen on hard times.
A decayed noble line still containing the trace and the taint of a powerful and insidious sorcery.
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So Good Tony. This is a Dark Heart Map/adventure in a nutshell. I'm pitching this the next time we play DW.
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Every campaign needs an upstart religion. This campaign’s upstart religion is an obviously corrupting and dangerous frog cult. Their precipitous rise has been so high that they’ve been able to afford this sumptuous temple in the heart of the city. Where will it all end? 

Your upstart religion should have all the trappings of danger: hooded figures, clandestine meetings, whispered rumors, and alarming disappearances. Someone speaks out against the cult’s more obvious evil doings—they worship a frog and drink blood at midnight! A few days later, the would-be critic disappears or turns up dead.

Your upstart religion should have a valid point. What’s the one terribly wrong thing in your campaign world that no one’s talking about? Slavery? The frog cult declares everyone is free. Despotism? They deny the legitimacy of the crown. Conscription? Disband the armies, tear down the walls and trust to the Frog god for protection. See how easy that is?

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A spectacular frog-shaped temple appears in the city practically overnight. Oddly, no one seems to be able to remember what occupied that block previously.
A devout frog-cult convert approaches the PCs to offer the cult’s assistance in eradicating an evil practice or organization that has been worrying the PCs.
A beloved NPC converts to the cult. Nothing really changes except that they now wear an obvious cult adornment and are unavailable on certain festival days.
The PCs are hired to investigate an occurrence or resolve a problem in the city, but given specific orders not to interfere with Frog cult activities.
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Ribbit! Rrrrribbit! I propose a new fertility ritual that heeds the example of our sacred amphibious brethren!
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The Go Play NW forums are open! Come and start talking about what you want to play, see, and do at Go Play NW this year.

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Hi All, a reminder that we have some changes in our venue this year, and some more details on the location. Unfortunately, the Campion ballroom is not available for gaming on Saturday and Sunday this year. Instead, gaming will take place in Casey Hall, a separate building a short distance across ...
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One of these days I gotta make it up there
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The Obsidian Dungeon doesn't have any particular backstory, and I haven't written it up as an adventure or anything. Nevertheless, I like it a lot. It hung on the wall over my dinner table for a while until I decided to take it down and scan it. I really like how the watercolors and the stark lines meld together. I'm hoping to make some really nice prints of this for some of you this month.
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Dungeon preschools!

There's been pretty good response to this one, so I'm going to look into a way I can make it more widely available as a print. Stay tuned!
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Southside’s a bit catawompas as neighborhoods go, with the South Side Dregs nestled against the pale haunches of the Opera House all under the gritty smoke and glittering ash fairies of the manufactory district.

But it makes a certain sense, as both the high and low of the city enjoy the benefits of the Endless Opera Company and it’s productions profane and high. Here the elite Kammersangers in their paper-thin bone-masks keep the ancient Operatic law of sanctuary that allow friend and foe to site side by side. The performances are often as much an opportunity for diplomacy and assignation as they are for art–a place to see and be seen by all strata of society.

The manufactories, by contrast, are strictly a low class affair. If there’s something you need, it’s either being made here or can be, for the right price.

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A prominent montebank sharing a balcony seat with a pretty young heiress, despite the large price on his head

The pages of a once-banned performance, rumored to bring death and madness in its wake whenever it’s performed

A desperate chase through the undertunnels and secret passageways linking the Opera house with the factories

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"glittering ash fairies of the manufactory district." That phrase alone makes me want to start a game!
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I've been fooling around with Society 6, which is a site that does prints and merch based on your art. The margins aren't great, but they do fulfillment, so it's all good.

So if you've always wanted a Seattle Doomsday Map duvet cover, now is your chance. No really, the duvet cover looks amazing. Also you can get prints. And leggings. A coffee mug? I'm boggled.
Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.
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Rugs! This is amazing.
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I Love his work Tony.
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What’s interesting about your goblins, O gamemaster? Do they have one lobster claw on their right arm that they can use as a weapon or shield in battle, clinging in mobs to a foe until at last they bring them down? Do they possess a crude hooliganistic hive mind, such that the more of them are gathered in one place the more cunning, capable, rude, and ornery they become? Are they actually magic creatures full of laughter and occasionally deadly mischief? Are they they only people able or allowed to carry out some nasty bit of work in the town, like unplugging the sewers, manning the catapults, lending money, dying wool, or disposing of corpses?

Whatever the weird thing is about goblins, we’ve put them all in this enclosure here so you can manage it. The Ghetto closes at dusk. No decent folk go in, no goblins come out. Attending an all-night bender in the Ghetto is quite the craze among the younger and more dissolute of the city youth. Goblins can’t hold certain jobs and offices, may not wear yellow, and must yield to carriages or be run down. Other than that, they are normal and even somewhat respected part of the city. Almost people, even.

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A charismatic leader has organized a campaign of passive resistance among goblin kind, disrupting certain economically essential operations.

The player characters find their most recent hire can only pay them in goblins. One goblin, to be exact. Mind you, he is well trained, housebroken, and accompanies by all the required paperwork.

A young lady of respectable family has declared her undying love for her goblin paramour

A tough, motivated gang of goblins has a really good plan to carry of the same score the player characters are currently working on.

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The headless one is REALLY nasty.. if it can find you.
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This is the whole problem with Words with Friends.
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Bigger than supersizers - that is really TERRIFYING!
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It’s a total coincidence that the purple emitter and the prison district are located adjacent to one another. Keep telling your players that. When one of the two comes up, mention the other, which just happens to be right next door. See what theories they spin.

And while we’re on the topic, isn’t it odd that that the records for prisoners kept on sublevel 8 are stored in a separate locked strongbox off premises from the rest of the prison records? Or that the Emitter stands on ground that was once prison property still connected, they say, by underground service tunnels? That certain cells listed as vacant in the rolls still receive regular visitors? That certain cells listed as in-use never do?

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A powerful gang operating from inside the prison, with a secret source of contraband
A midnight shipment, a midnight blue coach, crates wrapped in inky silk, the sound of windchimes on the air
An earthquake tumbles the east wall of the prison, releasing a certain most wanted from solitary
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Ooooh, I love me some prison / supernatural shenanigans.
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