5 Lovecraftian Game Ideas that aren’t Tentacles

I’m not a smart man, Jenny, but I do know what “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” means. It means it’s time for me to write something that doesn’t require loads of research because I am still full of opiates. Opiates, for when you will still be in pain, but you don’t care because you are riding a cloud that is shaped like a dog-headed crow, and now you are pretty sure that you are fighting ninjas. I should have pursued that advertising career, after all. Isn’t that right, opiates? Anyway, things are still tough for me, but enough of that. Let’s talk Lovecraft.

D&D Force Grey: The Lost Episode

The cliffhanging conclusion to this summer’s smash hit series on Twitch, D&D Force Grey: Giant Hunters, comes to a dramatic end on Monday, December 5. DM-to-the-Stars, Matthew Mercer, and his crazy group of players, including comedians and actors, will be battling the giants one last time at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. matthew-mercer

Fans will get some sweet loot, including a free 32-page adventure, a print of the Stranger Things-styled poster (see below!), chocolate bars, stickers, and other D&D swag they can’t get anywhere else.

Iron & Blood: Warriors of Ravenloft

The 90’s were a lawless time. Hypercolor tee shirts, peace frogs, and Home Improvement walked the land, and our only hope was to hide behind our friends in No Fear apparel or the closest giant hair-do. During this bleak era, a game was release for the PC and Playstation 1. This game, like many before it, was a D&D game. However, rather than be set in Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance – remember, Planescape: Torment was still four years away from saving us all – it was set in Ravenloft. This was around the first peak of Ravenloft popularity. Sure, the setting was released six years earlier, but a few things happened to raise its profile over time. Knight of the Black Rose, the inclusion of Lord Soth in Ravenloft, was released in 1991, and I, Strahd, the first novel solely about that totally-not-Dracula Count Strahd von Zarovich, was released in 1993. More importantly, the film Interview with the Vampire was released in 1994. This coincided nicely with the rise of Hot Topic, which had an IPO in 1996. So, even though Ravenloft was released in 1990, it wasn’t until the mid-90’s that the 90’s new-goth scene was really taking off. So, it was a perfect time for a Ravenloft game to be released.

NPC For Hire – Print and Mobile Tools by Knights of Vasteel

There is a new Kickstarter project that I think you will really like from Nathan and Austin of Knights of Vasteel.  The project is called NPC for Hire and uses a 52 card deck of hand draw portraits that you can use in a fantasy RPG game to add life to your non-player characters. These cards are very similar to Paizo’s Face Cards that I have used in the past. But along with the NPC for Hire cards, there is also a companion application that they have developed for iOS and Android.

Gobble-ins, Centaurkeys,and Thanksgiving One-Shots

Happy American Thanksgiving, everybody! I expect most people are reading this on Thursday, because they are drinking as often as possible on Wednesday. This is going to be a hard holiday for a lot of people, and I bet bars and liquor stores are looking forward to Black Wednesday. Let’s assume for a minute that you are woefully hungover and are reading this from your smart device while praying to the porcelain gods. First, I feel your pain, and suggest you pop some alka seltzer and make yourself an egg cream. Second, double up on the mashed potatoes, heavy on the butter. Third, let’s talk about a Thanksgiving themed one-shot you can run while everyone is barely keeping it together.

My Steampunk Heist One-Shot on the GM Showcase Podcast

This week on the Campaign Trail I’m excited to let everyone know about my Steampunk Heist D&D 5th editon one-shot I ran titled ‘One Last Job‘. The 5 part series was released earlier this week on November 13th, 2016 by the GM Showcase podcast. The series includes, an short introduction, 3 adventure episodes and a conclusion interview. It’s really exciting to hear the finished product with editing, sound effects and music.

Watch Force Grey: The Lost Episode Streamed Live on December 5th

This summer, actors and comedians from The Sarah Silverman Program and The Mindy Project congregated at Meltdown Comics in L.A. to play a session of Dungeons & Dragons led by Matthew Mercer (Critical RoleOverwatch). The seven episodes produced and presented by Nerdist earned more than 1.1 million views on YouTube. You can catch up by binge watching the series on the Nerdist YouTube channel here, but the story’s conclusion was left as a cliffhanger.

Fantasy Grounds – D&D Volo’s Guide to Monsters

I’ve been going through the newly released D&D Volo’s Guide to Monsters module on Fantasy Grounds, and was also surprised to find a new Fantasy Grounds 3.2 update waiting for me. There are a lot of great new features and changes in the update. If you don’t know, Fantasy Grounds is a virtual tabletop experience that you can run games for your friends on your computer. It wotc5evgmautomates a lot of things like dice rolling, character sheets, campaign maps, and monster stats. You can play online, or use a digital screen on a table or a projector on a wall. Now if you want to learn more, you can go to Fantasy Grounds and get a demo version or you can get one on Steam.

e-D&D and Parallel Experiences

In a lot of ways, I’m a curmudgeon of a luddite who is afeared of technology. I mean, sure, I’ve literally worked on space telecommunications, but for some reason podcasts seem new and terrifying. Video streams, and even YouTube channels, don’t seem weird or foreign, but podcasts? It’s strange magic performed in the woods by the Sheldon gang summoning the Black Goat of a Thousand Young. Shubby N. is a good dude, I’m sure, but we have a hard time relating to each other. We just have very different backgrounds, ya know?