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Jeff Rients
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fun with treasure chests
I'm going to begin this post with an outright act of theft.  Here's a pic I swiped from an old post from Mike Monaco's excellent blog Swords & Dorkery : Those are painted-up examples of Grenadier's old hirelings.  I am normally inclined to obsess over which...
I'm going to begin this post with an outright act of theft. Here's a pic I swiped from an old post from Mike Monaco's excellent blog Swords & Dorkery: Those are painted-up examples of Grenadier's old hirelings. I am normally inclined to obsess over which minis have torches and rope but these ...
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Anybody make use of this in there games?  Reminds me a bit of the Necromican from Otus, Genser and Reiche.
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I've used thelevel1 spells. They rarely get rolled but while they are more powerful they strangely don't see more play.
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Cheesy video for the French theme music for the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon.
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Trying to name a dungeon.  Soovyzor, Soovyez, Devyzer, Devyez, Vyzor, Vyez.

I kinda like the Vaults of Vyzor.  But Catacombs of Soovyez scans nicely.
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Always alliterate.
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Needed to get pumped for a presentation in linguistics today and I hadn't watched this in a while.
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Challenges System adapted to LotFP combat
The Challenges Game System was an 8 page restatement of D&D written by Tom Moldvay.  James Maliszewski has a brief rundown of the game here .  The one place where Moldvay seriously complicates his otherwise streamlined system is with the attack table.  It's...
The Challenges Game System was an 8 page restatement of D&D written by Tom Moldvay. James Maliszewski has a brief rundown of the game here. The one place where Moldvay seriously complicates his otherwise streamlined system is with the attack table. It's an interesting one-roll alternative to ...
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Nice system. Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Since +Svebor Midzic mentioned spellcasting, it seems like the next thing to jazz up with this. Cool. 
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iso-dungeonry
Lately I've been scribbling a lot of dungeon maps.  I think because it's a stress reliever and this semester has been rougher than most.  Anyway, I've farted around with isometric graph paper once before and my love for 3-D dungeon environments is pretty we...
Lately I've been scribbling a lot of dungeon maps. I think because it's a stress reliever and this semester has been rougher than most. Anyway, I've farted around with isometric graph paper once before and my love for 3-D dungeon environments is pretty well-documented, but until today I never ...
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Gabe is a first class douche.
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This Chris Bourassa guy's work seems congruent with LotFP vibes.
I'm a Concept Artist & Art Director in Vancouver, BC. I'm currently working like a maniac on my indie rpg Darkest Dungeon!
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He's been on my watchlist at DA for a long time :)
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Just popped into my head:
"Fear not: Pioneer, Warrior, Warlock, Criminal, Doxy, and Psi-Witch. That was Viraxis, the force of evil. I am Journey Master, your guide in the realm of Encounter Critical!"

Not sure what magic weapon Eric the Doxy gets, though.
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A Phasic Bow, of course.
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Add one and only one item to this list:

Wizardry
Utima
Bard's Tale
Might and Magic
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Definitely Temple of Asphai.
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1895 London on a 2 mile hexgrid
Maps contained within the pages of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century books are still being unearthed. Of the one million images that the Library extracted from scanned volumes and explosed on Flickr Commons, over 2,100 have already been tagged as maps by the public! As these map images are in the...
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The images on flicker are pretty rad, and the PDF looks to be gratis as well. https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/tags/sysnum002122317
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Anybody remember Diamond Dice?  Apparently they're the only outfit that attempted to compete with Lou Zocchi in the precision edge polyhedron market.  They've been out of production since the 1970's but there are a few sets for sale on the eBay right now.
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All of this said, if looking for more accuracy (for some reason) there are manufacturers today who are precision machining dice, which should increase accuracy beyond GS, or any other old companies precision cast dice, as the machining of the dice should create a truly flat surface, where any mold based production will produce at least one flaw (the sprue.)
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