Links of Interest After a Long Workday

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There's not a lot of continuity to these links. I just really enjoyed them for one reason or another. After a very long day, these got the imagination going even after the craziest day at work.

Making a Zine

Fall of Autumn is a site with resources, links and locations about zines. One of the links that got my attention pertained to making a zine. I keep thinking in terms of folded 8.5 by 11 paper held together with staples. Here is a link on how to make a perfect bound book of cards. The idea I had was a book of NPCs for Adventurer Conqueror King. Each NPC fits on an index card and would be readily available. I could even add index tabs to mark the level of the NPC.

New Games to Play

Want some martial arts action? Try Flying Swordsmen. Want  a fast and free d20 fantasy game? Try Heroes Against the Darkness.

Flying Swordsmen has only four classes, but all of them can use martial arts. It feel like many of the older clones, but has a fun system for the crazy moves straight out of the old kung-fu movies I watched as a kid.

Heroes against the Darkness has 11 classes. It is well-written and has great art. I appreciated the example character creations. It looks like once you have created a character, then it is a fast-playing game. I've not read all of it yet, but it is fun.

Something for the Game You Already Have

With the One Page Dungeon Contest, you'll always have more than enough adventures for you and your friends. Alex Schroeder talks about what he likes in a one-pager along with his favorites so far. I agree that I also like adventures that allow sneaky characters to be sneaky.

Solo Play that Is Not T&T

Nothing against Tunnels & Trolls at all. It's great. This is about a solo adventure for USR. Locket Away is an adventure in a non-traditional fantasy setting. This says it better:

You play as a hard-boiled detective in a fantasy realm on a hunt for a mysterious locket that belongs to the beautiful mistress of Prince Talos. Thrilling brawls, seedy locales and strange denizens await you on this investigation into the heart of Jailton.

I'll let you know how it plays after this weekend. Woot!

Speaking of New Places

Just read about The Ruins of Char'realra - A Failed Dwarven Colony on Mars!

Any Port in a Storm

Bruce Heard unearths an old document talking about the ports of Mystara. It deals with size and capacity, but also provides a ranking system. I'd like to see this adapted to ACKS. You can download the pdf here.

I hope to have more meaningful content sometime soon. Until then, happy reading!

A Few Links to Keep Around

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I post a lot of links in my Twitter feed. Unfortunately, I cannot engage in much conversation on Twitter due to it being blocked at work. Through feed.ly, I can post links, but that's about it.

Sometimes, though, I find links in other places. Here are a handful I want to keep for later:

Space and Planet Photoshop Tutorials:

Make cool looking planets with a variety of effects. It includes nebula and planets with rings.

Djervy's Dungeon Door:

A Dungeon generator with a ton of choices. Perfect for when a have a little time to think of the big bad, the not-so-big bad and the twist for a dungeon.

Here is an example, The Hill of the Escarabat Foc.

ACKS Classes:

I love ACKS so far. Until I get the Companion with the official class creation system, here are a couple of links to think about.

In the Autarch forums, there's this gem.

Which includes a link to this classic.

Zines:

I have a two-hole punch for making small booklets with 4.25 by 5.5 inch pages. The long stapler will come later. Until then, there's a long list of 'zines available.

This is an old list, but still valuable.

I have a couple scans of the Beholder zine. Not sure where I found it. I like the point-based magic system I found in one of the issues.

Something more substantive soon, I hope. Everyone here has pink eye, two have ear infections (I am one of the two) and two have physical exhaustion. Note that there are four members of the family, not including the cat. He would claim physical and mental exhaustion, but I'm not in a place to really listen to him now. 🙂

Links I Want to Save

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Unfortunately, I have no way to have a conversation on Twitter. I miss doing that a lot. I can, though feedly.com, share links to Twitter. This makes my twitter account a long list of links with little to actually say.

At some point soon, I'm going to start doing a round-up of all the links I send to Twitter.After all, since I've become a curator of sorts, I can at least summarize.

For now, though, I've been keeping the following links up because I don't want to lose them.

A Word List of Shapes

Over at the phontistery, you can find all kinds of wonderful word lists. This list of shape words is my favorite. Many of the names just ooze Old School Odd.

Open Game Content from Mutants & Masterminds

The D20 Hero SRD has the goal of providing all the OGC from the third edition of M&M. Of interest to me is the Measurements Table. I keep thinking I can use it in Andras somehow...

Secret Maps of the 1930s

I found the link from another blog, but I've had a heck of a time finding out who pointed me here. My apologies. Anyway, this link features a tale of a man that claims to have mapped a secret underground world. Map is included in the article. Woot!

Irregular Magazine

Who knew? Not me, that's for sure. What a great magazine - and it is free!

Project Gutenburg Is Great

Noisms publishes a list of great source material for gaming from Project Gutenburg. I have greatly enjoyed reading the books by Baron Dunsany.

Speaking of great source material, I have begun reading Almuric. The English Major in me reels at the thought. It's like mental bubblegum. The twelve year old in me, though, just relishes the story. For the record, this is a poignard.

Rethinking the Core Races

Sword and Board provides a 5e take on core races. Very cool. Speaking of cool core races, here is the reskinned Halfling as rat-people. Very, very cool.

The Fantasy Trip Resources and Clones

This kind of speaks for itself.

I have been feeling awful for quite a while. I'm hoping to be back to writing soon. I have revised The Needle post so many times, I fear I won't just push the Publish button and move on.