Eclectic Campaign

Any gamer worth his/her salt reads Jeff's Gameblog for good reason. He has some really good ideas. I was happy to discover an older post of his through a post on Herb's Places to Go, People to Be site.

In Herb's post, he draws together his recipe for an alchemical campaign. You can read the link to see his sources. Jeff's original post is inspiring in its simplicity and daunting in its execution.

ACKS Space Setting Thus Far

A collection of random things posted on Google Plus:

An item for the ACKS spacefaring campaign:

Patchcloth: When combat pokes holes in a ship, it begins to lose air. In Pythagorian space, the air escapes quickly, but not with enough pressure to throw sailors out into the aether. When the crew has enough time to work on repairs, the first order of business is covering these holes.

Pathcloth is stored as rolled bundles of cloth measuring about 20 feet high and at least 200 feet in length. The cloth is densely woven and fairly sturdy. It is cut to fit any holes.


For spacefaring in ACKS, I figure Thieves have class specific proficiencies that allow for greater maneuverability and/or tactical speed. Other classes can stack the general proficiencies to become better at evasive maneuvers and things like that, but the "rogues" of the world can eek out that extra speed/dexterity to do impossible stuff.

The pilot uses a "wheel" to drive the ship. This is a device with three handles attached to a sphere. One handle affects the pitch, the second the yaw, the third the roll of the ship. Each handle is twisted clockwise or counter-clockwise to affect the ship.

This device can come with a ship, but master pilots always bring their own.

Ship Construction

1. Build a regular boat - carrack, nao, Galley, etc.
2. Attach a device that makes the ship air tight:
- This device is basically a permanent Mend spell. The effect is to close any gaps in the ship, especially the really small ones. If someone forgets a plank, the device will not work. It doesn't stay with the finished ship, it is only used in construction and the final step of repairs at a repair dock.
3. Attach the engine. Again, this is the thing that makes the ship travel a million miles a day at cruising speed.
4. Attach the air system.
- This device is basically a Create Air engine multiplied in effect for up to 128 people that operates once an hour.
5. Attach the weapon systems.

Using my own interpretation of the Magic Item creation system for a Spelljammer helm:

Cost: 125,000 gp

The standard prices in 2e were 100,000 gp for a minor helm. 250,000 for a major helm.

The effects used to calculate this are strictly to move an object approximately 1 million miles in a day. It is a permanent effect usable once a day. The spell level used is calculated based on the number of times the Fly spell has its effect doubled to reach a million miles in a 24 hour period.

Of course, anyone with the formula can crank these out at half price...

Class Templates

In my setting based on Pythagorean ideas - anyone of Neutral alignment will be treated as Chaotic by a Pythagorean.

The Pythgorean template can be applied to the basic classes cleric, magic-user and fighter. Alignment must be Lawful. Provides bonuses to general and class proficiencies based on their "enlightenment" through Pythagorean knowledge.

For example, the magic-user, knowing that all things are composed of numbers, could get bonuses to alchemy, Summoning spells and/or item creation.


From Pythagoras, the center of the universe (a la the solar system) is the Hearth of the Gods. Being a link to the gods' dwelling place, it is comprised of the most important element, fire.

My antibiotics-addled mind: The Hearth is an entrance to the outer planes.

Pythagoras wasn't much different from other Greek philosophers in assigning four elements to the universe.

My antibiotics-addled mind: So there really are Inner planes (Fire, Air, Water, Earth)

Pythagoras assigned the platonic solids to each of the elements. Tetrahedron (d4) - Fire. Octahedron (d8) - Air. Icosahedron (d20) - Water. Cube (d6) - Earth.

My antibiotics-addled mind: Plane of fire is a pyramid.

My antibiotics-addled mind: Each face of plane of fire borders another plane. One face connects to the solar system (and thus to the other planets rotating around it). Another face connects to plane of Air. The triangular face on the border between two planes is the same size. The same is true on a third face that borders the plane of Water. The last face borders a cube. The length of a side of the pyramid is the same as the length of a side of the cube. This means a small triangle-shaped piece of the plane of Fire does not touch the plane of Earth.

Pythagoras assigned the d12 (name escapes me) as the shape of the universe.

My antibiotics-addled mind: The above mentioned combination of planes is all contained in a dodecahedron. Where faces of dodecahedrons connect, there is an alternate universe.

The path to the Outer Planes lies in the center of the plane of Fire.

Links I Want to Save

Unfortunately, I have no way to have a conversation on Twitter. I miss doing that a lot. I can, though, 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.