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  1. SAVAGE SWORDS AGAINST THE NECROMANCER is here!http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225 ... ecromancerhttp://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225 ... REE-TASTERGet it now, while it's on sale for Halloween! One hot night in the City of a Thousand Vices, the fates of three strangers become intertwined, as two chases, a kidnapping, and a hunt for fabled treasure fuse and transform into a mission to save...everyone. For as wicked as the denizens of Tozer may be, they pale in comparison to the sorcerer Oto Xar and the disciples of Gish. Come, weave a tale of blood-spattered heroes who pit rippling muscles and keen blades against otherworldly vengeance an eon in the making! SAVAGE SWORDS AGAINST THE NECROMANCER is a reverent homage, meant to recreate the wonder and excitement of the weird tales that became popular in the pulp magazines of the 1930s. These stories of brawny warriors, black magic, and terrible monsters established the genre that later was dubbed Sword and Sorcery. Definitive examples of this literary style are the tales of Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard. Considering the zeitgeist and Howard’s relationship with H. P. Lovecraft, it is not surprising that elements of Cosmic Horror sometimes appear in Sword and Sorcery fiction, and likewise in this adventure. SAVAGE SWORDS AGAINST THE NECROMANCER has been designed as a one-shot adventure full of danger and mayhem, for a long weekend or perhaps tournament play, but also should be easy to integrate into an existing campaign. It is intended for three or four player characters; three sample adventurers are included, for an instant start. Mechanical details have been constructed using the MYTHRAS game system from The Design Mechanism, and the write-up should translate well to other d100-style rules. This adventure should be suitable for players of any experience level, including those trying MYTHRAS for the first time. OLD BONES PUBLISHING strives to provide high-quality writing in a stylish, minimalistic presentation. Thanks for your interest!
  2. I'm working on an adventure set in Ummayad-era Damascus circa 725 CE, and I'm trying to make sure I have brought the era to life while also making sure to provide answers to common things the Investigators (and the players) would want to know or ask questions about. I'd also like to write this up for other Keepers, so I have to cover the problem that no one knows exactly what you know, so a different Keeper might only be working with whatever I am able to write up for them. Here's my rough idea so far: Some "boxed text" type descriptions that the Keeper can read for the Investigators as a prelude (what you see when you approach Damascus for the first time, for example) and whenever they enter a new area or scene. Then a list of flavorful "encounters" that a Keeper can drop into the background or add to another scene to help it feel more grounded. I have a historical background for the Keeper to fill in basic ideas and themes about the city and setting. I also have a rough timeline of historical and Mythos and adventure background. I also have a lot of pictures and I'm working on several maps. I have a list of common and nonexistent things (that I believe was in the 6th edition rules for the 1920s?) like "coffee hasn't been developed yet!" "backgammon is popular!" etc. Common player/Investigator knowledge or areas of curiosity: How does trade work? How is knowledge recorded? What weapons/tech are common? How do people travel? What does art look like? What are science levels, particularly astronomy, and how does the government/religious groups view it? What are medicine levels and how is it viewed? What are superstitions? How multilingual is the society? How is the society balanced economically? What are the roles of the sexes? What are the interactions of religions? What are the interactions of minorities? What food is common? (I'm not sure I can answer all that but I'd like to know if I missed any important areas! Or if you have a good source for 8th Century Middle Eastern cultural history!) What has worked best for you as Keepers to help you feel grounded in bringing a historical era (1920s or whatever) to life? As an Investigator, what did you need to know to feel like you could play in a different era? thanks! -jared
  3. Christmas in July at Old Bones

    We are participating in DriveThruRPG's annual sale, so stock up now and save 25%. Hey, only two products are behind a paywall anyhow, but now's your chance. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/10499/Old-Bones-Publishing I regret that the timing was not better for the release of Savage Swords Against the Necromancer. We are still on track for the end of the month, though. It won't be too much, I promise.
  4. In short terms: Do you know any good cosmic horror/lovecraftian adventures for Call of Cthulhu? Either 7th or previouse editions. In not to short terms: I have been playing Call of Cthulhu since the 5th edition, but all the published adventures I have read and run are not exactly what one would call cosmic horror or lovecraftian. The classic haunted house is a ghost story, and one of the scenarios in the Keeper's Rulebook isn't exactly horror/mystery, but more gun action oriented (as the 7th edition tends to be, anyway). The second scenario is much better but terribly wordy and hard to prepare. Do you kknow any good adventures for CoC, that are cosmic horror or more in the Lovecraft vein? Lovecraft almost never wrote about cultists and gangs of investigators fighting with guns, much less with regular guys punching monsters in the face. I know it's not easy to capture Lovecraft style into a game, but that's why I'm asking if you know any adventure like that. Even if not for CoC.
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  6. This scenario/sourcebook features two open and non-linear adventures and information about the city-state of Miraz and the setting of the Shattered Lands. It is an epic self-contained mini-campaign that is designed to be picked up and played, or be a mine of ideas for a Gamesmaster looking to adapt it to his/her own campaign. Miraz the Golden sees itself as inheritor of the old Lion Empire. It is an oppressive military police state which seeks to dominate its neighbours. Some say the wrath of the gods has been brought down because of its hubris and it is currently stricken by a plague. Its Tyrant looks on from his remote palace, as the victims of the plague shuffle round the streets as newly-risen zombies. While his heirs fight amongst themselves to see who will succeed their father, once he is toppled by the rebellion that is fermenting in the streets.Into this madness step the beginning adventurers, out to make a fortune and a name for themselves. A Travellers Guide to the Shattered Lands: A brief overview of the setting with Cults and example character concepts. Enough for a GM to use the setting without clipping the wings of inspiration. Dead Pot Country: Enter the ancient ruins of the River Valley Civilization in search of a missing Merchant. Life and Death: Journey to the tyrannical city of Miraz and stop the plague of Undeath that afflicts it. Six Pregenerated characters: So you can pick up and play. “One day this city will have to choose between Life and Death” The Prophet, before being taken to his execution one hundred years ago in the city state of Miraz. By Newt Newport. 100 pages. Published by D101 Games November 2010.
  7. THE SAVAGE NORTH

    Contained within is a Saga of Swords and Sorcery action set in cold barbarian lands, where savage warriors stalk evil monsters in mist shrouded forests. New lands and religions to explore and four new adventures for OpenQuest, also compatible with other D100 systems: Guide to the Savage North: A new mini-setting filled with Tundra, Glaciers, Mountains and Barbarians. Although self contained it ties in with the setting in the OpenQuest rule book. Cults of the Savage North: The Barbarian Gods and the terrifying Blood Gods detailed with full cult write ups. Adventures: • Sellswords of the North: Adventurers are working as caravan guards, and arrive at northern trading post to find it ransacked. Hired to track bandits and bring them to justice. • To Frost Hold!: Adventurers meet priestess who is on quest to recover a magical artefact from the Sorceress daughter of a Frost Giant. Their Quest leads them into an ancient fortress half buried in a Glacier where even more ancient horrors awaken. • The Cauldron and the Pig: A priest has been cursed and thinks he's a pig. Has to be taken to the druids in Bogdan to have curse broken. • The Isle of the Sorcerer: An isle of riches untold and death in abundance. Appendix A: Six heroes of the North: Six pregenerated characters to use directly in your games or as inspiration for your own characters. "Know, oh Emperor, that between the years when the Dragon Drakkar froze the evil Serpent Empire and the rise of your own father's domain to the south, there arose barbarian kingdoms in the Savage North..." By John Ossoway and Newt Newport. 122 pages. Published by D101 Games March 2010.
  8. BRP Adventures presents thirteen adventures for the Basic Roleplaying system. These are drawn from the submissions from the first Basic Roleplaying Adventure Contest. Organized by genre, these stories illustrate the versatility of BRP and its adaptability to different kinds of storytelling. The following are the general genres and adventures included: • Fantasy: Sharazar, by Andrei Baltakmans. Travelers of Ka'rang, by Chad Bowser. King John's Treasure, by Jean-Philipe Chapleau. The Caravan, by Sverre Larne. • Horror: The Sign of the Goat, by Guy dondlinger. • Alternate Realities: Going Up the Country, by R.J. Christensen. The Black Book, by Stuart Godbolt. Daybreak Tomorrow, by Rich Leduc. Escape From the Slavelands, by Sarah Newton. Terror At 6666 Feet, by Matt Steele. Ruin Nation, by Jason Williams. The Time Share, by Simon Yee. • Science Fiction: Planet-Fall, by Bruce Thomson. By many authors. 168 pages. Published by Chaosium March 2009.
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