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Simple writer boy. LEADER OF THE OSR CTRL-LEFT! You play what I allow you to play.
Simple writer boy. LEADER OF THE OSR CTRL-LEFT! You play what I allow you to play.

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Why does my brain make me write things like "Beside the road is a booth at which travelers must pay a toll." instead of "Beside the road is a toll booth."
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At some point today I crossed the line from "It's been a little while since I last showered." to "I am a beast of slime and filth. I need to stay away from the villagers lest they come at me with torches."
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Pages like this make me terrified of actually publishing this book.
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I want to redesign Papers & Pencils in pink and cyan.
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The early 2000s were not a great time for D&D adventure modules. Not many were even published compared to the volume of splatty rule supplements WotC was pumping out every month. Only a few left any kind of lasting impression on me. Of those which did, this is by far the most notable.

That’s not to say The Standing Stone isn’t a product of its era. It is. There is boxed text. There is terrible information design. Most of the book is embarrassingly divided into “scenes.” The implied setting is blandly kitchen-sink. There are sections which bloviate on about nothing at all. There are names like “Ashardalon,” and “Saithnar.” Underneath all that malarkey, though, is a fairly robust location-based adventure that I’d be happy to run even today.

http://www.paperspencils.com/2018/09/16/looking-back-at-the-standing-stone-by-john-d-rateliff/
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A campaign setting on a planet where aliens store a breeding stock of various endangered species.

There are no large numbers of any creatures.

Players are humans rescued from the apocalypse.
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Spell: Dire Familiar
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Going through an old idea folder, this seems like a decent idea but I have no idea how to use it:

Generate characters by rolling 3d6, down the line, on each of Aristotle's twelve virtues.

https://www.cwu.edu/~warren/Unit1/aristotles_virtues_and_vices.htm

For each, if you roll 3-9, the character suffers the vice of deficiency. (e.g. Cowardice).

If you roll 12-18, the character suffers the vice of excess. (e.g., being Rash).

If you roll a 10 or an 11, the character has the balanced virtue. (e.g., Courage).

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For the past year I’ve been maintaining private play reports for Fuck the King of Space, same way I’ve always done for ORWA. They’re dry, soulless things intended strictly for my own records. None the less, I’d always intended to create a section of the site where I posted them publicly, same as I’ve always done for the ORWA recaps. I was lazy about it, which is why they’re still not up even though the game is 9 months old now.

Or, rather, they weren’t up until today! A few hours ago Play Report Author Extraordinaire +Anne Hunter prodded me about my laziness, and knowing someone is actually interested in reading something is always a great motivator. So now they’re all up and ready to be read if you’re interested. You can always access them using the little “Fuck the King of Space” link on the top navigation bar.

http://www.paperspencils.com/2018/09/14/play-reports-for-fuck-the-king-of-space/
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