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2d10 Peace On Earth And +3 To Goodwill To Men

It's only the 24th, but I think I already got the best present.

Certain Happy Sorceresses to whom I am married turned up this little 24-drawer cabinet to use as an advent calendar.

So what's in there?

A die?


Lots of dice!

Lots and lots of dice. d6s, d20, and everything else, even a d30. Individual dice and sets. Plastic, metal, wood, and stone. She's absolutely the best, and oh brave new world that has such dice in it.

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Pyramid Dungeon Collection Reference List

As I've mentioned over on the forum, the Pyramid Dungeon Collection contains an article ("The Wellsprings of Creation") which fits most PDF-Pyramid and GURPS 4e fantasy locations and adventure locales not already spoken for (for example, nothing from Yrth is included) into a single game world. Here, for everybody's dining and dancing pleasure, is a list of what those are and which publications they're in.

Amadan, Pyramid Dungeon CollectionAmanapur, Pyramid Dungeon CollectionAquaclaro, Pyramid #3/40Aulos, Pyramid Dungeon CollectionCaerceol, Pyramid Dungeon CollectionCaverntown, GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Setting 1: CaverntownDevouring Lands, GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Adventure 1: Mirror of the Fire DemonEcho Wall Mountains, GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Adventure 2: Tomb of the Dragon KingEmpire of Thebor, Pyramid #3/41Golden Geniza of Ezkali, Pyramid #3/38Hellsgate, GURPS Locations: HellsgateKunruk, Pyramid Dungeon CollectionSaroo, Pyramid Dungeon CollectionTanir Aesayya, Pyramid …

Painting Practice

As anybody who ever reads what I write here surely knows, there's a new edition of the classic automotive combat game Car Wars in the offing, with the Kickstarter beginning in about a week as of this writing. I have very fond memories of playing it back in high school, and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the new, faster playing version coming out soon.

One notable feature of the new version is that it'll contain plastic minis rather than the old cardboard counters we used back in the 80s. That's awesome, but there's an issue. Minis want painting, and my painting sucks. So, then, to get in some practice, I printed out a bunch of cars and weapons I got off Thingiverse. And I also tweaked a watchtower, attached a few TV cameras, and modified it to be a dice tower. Fun!

Layers of red and blue metallic paint making an interesting purple.


Of course, what I'm getting out of this is that once the game comes out, I'll probably leave the min…

Not So Anachronistic

Through the power of wireless, steam, and Gaming Ballistic's new GURPSDay feed, I was reading a post by Peter about "modernisms" in his campaign. One of them struck me, so I thought I'd put on my historian hat and discuss it a bit. This is what Peter says:
Racial Equality is generally a thing - so much so that you get a whack of points back if you aren't treated equally and few people earn those points. The thing about that, from an historical point of view, is that if you're presenting a pseudo-Medieval society (which dungeon crawl games more or less are), then racial equality is, in fact, the norm, not a projection of modern attitudes.

Certainly, there were all manner of ways in which historical societies might divide the world into "us" and "them:" language, ethnicity, religion, place of origin, and so on. But by sets of physical differences? Not so much. Racism as we know it is literally a modern invention. Before the Renaissance, fo…

Making More Terrain

I've been using 3d printing to make gaming terrain.

That's cool, but there's a time issue. That piece took a couple of hours to print. Doing enough for a large room takes days, or weeks for a sizable dungeon. Pieces can be reused, certainly, but that's still a lot of lead time, and if I want to have terrain representing, say, forest floor vs. natural cave vs. paved dungeon floor, that's either a lot of repainting or a lot of new prints.

Then I saw that there are people selling reusable rubber molds for casting terrain pieces. You can mix up a little plaster or, if you're willing to spend a little extra, dental stone, fill up several of them at a go, pop them out a few minutes later once it sets adequately, and in...well, not no time at all, but in vastly less time than it'd take to print them out, you've got an awful lot of terrain to play with. So I wondered: Can I do that?

And the answer is yes. I got some two-part silicone rubber stuff which is inten…

DFRPG Monster Adventure Seed I Should Have Done

In addition to the adventure see which I should have suggested Peter write (and which he eventually did), it crossed my mind that there's one I should have come up with:

As-Sharak, Do Do Do-do Doo: Delvers encounter small demonic creatures with elemental powers, like vicious feral kittens. While as-Sharak are thought to be produced by curses on mortal wizards, they discover that some have figured out how to reproduce. The adventurers must fight off the hunting hordes of juvenile as-Sharak, defeat their parents, and seek out the lair of the formidable grandparent as-Sharak.

DFRPG Monsters 2 and Adventure Seeds

I was going to make a post compiling or at least giving links to the monster seeds Peter Dell'Orto and I wrote for the DFRPG Monsters 2 Kickstarter (which, if you haven't already, go and pledge now), but Peter already did that here.

I'll only add something I mentioned over on the SJ Games forum: I can't believe I didn't think of this when we were reviewing one another's drafts, but Peter should have written an adventure seed about trying to reach a destination before some Draugr does and called it Draug Race.