Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Midderlands - The hamlet of Whorle

I have recently started up a 1on1 game with a friend, as we are both very busy, we figured this was the best way to get some gaming in. I have owned all three of the main Midderlands products and loved them, but just did not know where to start. So, on a fluke, I randomly picked a spot on the main Midderlands map and realized there did not exist a map in the booklet already. So, like any good cartographer, I started with a map.


As a side note, As of October 31st, I will be suspending my Patreon page indefinitely. Thank you to all those over the years who have supported me, I greatly appreciate all the support, kind words, and dollars you gave me. From this point forward, all the maps I draw will be posted here on the blog free for all to use in their games (non-commercial, etc etc)


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

Games: Lunch Box Heroes

I have decided to start using my blog again a bit more and recently I have gotten into a game writing feeling and this caused me to check out my previous attempts at writing games. Releasing that these were not available on the blog any more, I decided to start re-sharing these simple games. First up is Lunch Box Heroes.

I made this game a few years ago when I had the idea that someone could carry this around with them, pull it out, and run a quick session over lunch. Not sure I was successful or not but it I had a good time time writing it. Instead of using dice, it uses coins to determine success or failure mechanics.

Link to PDF:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=10sxTahnZ-cHEWz21tMbsqPy4T39hxJvy

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019

map: cavern 02


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

throwback map: whyckham


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

map: a cavern entrance

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

map: scaldwater bay

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

map: a small tomb


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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

map: the bandit hideout


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Thursday, July 25, 2019

map - Cartoony Style


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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

map: Lair of the Mushroom Baron


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

map: Ducelar's Crossing


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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

map: a small three level Dungeon

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

map: experimental region map


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Saturday, July 13, 2019

map: The City

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Map: The Bridge

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Morning Thought: Easy ability scores/modifiers

A strange thought with my morning coffee:


With most Old School games we roll 3d6 when rolling abilities. Instead of doing math and writing down the total score for each ability, how about we simply write the modifier? 

QUICK AND DIRTY EASY ABILITY SCORES:
For every "6" you roll you get a +1, but for every "1" you roll you get a -1. 

You roll three 6s, you have a STR +3.
You roll a 1, 1, and a 6, you have a DEX -1.
You roll a 6, 3, and 1, you have a 0 modifier (I always like when people write a +0, as if a zero is better when there is a plus in front!)

Sure, sure, I can hear you saying it already. "A +3?!?! What the hell!?" But really, three 6s? Rarely will come up, and if it does, will that little extra +1 really throw off your game? Also, this is easily balanced off with the possibility of a -3 for an ability. 

ADDED BONUS:
Combine this with the previous post on doing ability checks the Tim Shorts' Way, you simply add the character's level, add the ability modifier (now conveniently just the modifier) and add those to a d20!