Friday, 4 December 2020

Save vs. Dragon Breath... but there aren't any dragons...

By Turner Mohan

I'm trying to write a new post for every day of advent... mainly so that I can catch up with Archon's March On.

 The 5 classic saves, going back to pre D&D are:

  • Poison or Death Ray
  • Magic Wand
  • Turned To Stone or Paralysis
  • Dragon Breath
  • Spells or Magic Staves
But what do you do when there's no dragons... and "breath attack" is a rare and unusual feature?

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

PARIAH DISCORD SESSION 20: Isle of the Eagle-Witches?

These events run parallel to those of the NINETEENTH session. The real world session took place on Saturday 21st November on the Atelier Hwei Discord.

- Eugene https://twitter.com/eakiselev playing as Mercifully-Wasted-from-the-Tribe
- jfur https://jenniferixon.itch.io/ playing as Fallen-far-from-the-Wind
- Oisín https://twitter.com/OisinoftheHill playing as Over-Hollow-Hills-Flies-the-Cuckoo
- Semiurge http://archonsmarchon.blogspot.com/ playing as Mortally-Garnished-of-the-Fallen

To find out more about PARIAH please read this post:

https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/p/pariah-proto-neolithc-psychedelic.html 


 DAY 21, CROW MOON WANING

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Scale & Sublimation

CW: swears

I'm writing this post because I need to and I'm not sure why. I have a feeling that once I reach the end I'll just put a full-stop (Americans: a "period") and leave it at that and press post and never look at it again.

There are still a few posts to be written up concerning the regular PARIAH Saturday sandbox, there's more to come from the guide to building a proto-neolithic psychedelic animist sandbox and I still need to do a follow-on post for my interpretation of Jones' Oracular Dungeon Generator. I'm not even going to mention the number of unpublished drafts (well, I just did) sat on my logger dashboard taunting me each time I come to check in on the spam-commenters.

Nonetheless, after this unnecessarily lengthy intro which none of you asked for, I present this:


Yep, squares and hexes again folks...

(JAUNTY THEME MUSIC STARTS...)

Saturday, 28 November 2020

PARIAH DISCORD SESSION 19: THE TEMPLE OF WATER

This is a continuation of events in the EIGHTEENTH session of the ongoing PARIAH campaign on the Atelier Hwei discord server. This session took place on Saturday 14th November.

Eugene https://twitter.com/eakiselev playing as Nervously-Rides-the-Grave
- Oisín https://twitter.com/OisinoftheHill playing as Earnestly Wooded
- Semiurge http://archonsmarchon.blogspot.com/ playing as Witheringly-Footed-in-the-Point

To find out more about PARIAH please read this post:

https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/p/pariah-proto-neolithc-psychedelic.html 


DAY 21 (continued)
(CROW MOON WANING)

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Setting up a Proto-Neolithic Sandbox Part 2: Spirits of Place

 A series of posts about building a proto-neolithic Sandbox for PARIAH:

  1. The Base Map https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/2020/11/setting-up-proto-neolithic-sandbox-part.html
  2. Spirits of Place

One change I made to the old map was the colour of clear land: I matched it to the base tone of the forest as I feel it shows the forested hills better.

The map is also mostly sea so I don't have to write up so much! You will recognise this as the southeast of England: while I'm drawing on that part of the world for inspiration, I'm not going to be trying to create a remotely historically accurate gameworld. I don't play on alternate earths, even if they might look like them.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

PARIAH DISCORD SESSION 18: MENDING NETS

This is a continuation of events in the SEVENTEENTH session and took place on Saturday 8th November on the Atelier Hwei Discord.

Eugene https://twitter.com/eakiselev playing as Nervously-Rides-the-Grave
- Oisín https://twitter.com/OisinoftheHill playing as Earnestly Wooded

To find out more about PARIAH please read this post:

https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/p/pariah-proto-neolithc-psychedelic.html 

Indigenous people of the Andaman Sea prepare a hunting-fishing trip, 1903

DAY 20(CROW MOON WANING)

Monday, 23 November 2020

Altar of the Ancestral Spirits

Neolithic temple in Malta

 This post addresses three elements within the PARIAH game that weren't fully explored in PARIAH VOLUME ONE:

  • The "ancestral relic" mentioned in the "creating the band" section.
  • This piece of text from the kickstarter blurb: "lay down your lie for the good of your allies, knowing that your spirit can assist the fledgling band from the beyond!"
  • The application of the "true name" in the game.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

PARIAH DISCORD SESSION 17: THE REALM OF THE DEAD

A summary of the SEVENTEENTH session of the discord live voice-chat game of PARIAH. This is a continuation of events in the SIXTEENTH session.

To find out more about PARIAH please read this post:

https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/p/pariah-proto-neolithc-psychedelic.html

...or trawl through the many, many posts tagged pariah at this link:

https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/search/label/Pariah.


Little-is-the-Gazelle had been given a vision of how to conjure a spirit, and also of the proper way to perform the sorcerers' sage rite... 

Friday, 20 November 2020

Setting up a Proto-Neolithic Sandbox Part 1: the Base Map

About 5 years ago I started getting back into RPGs and was delighted to find a thriving DIY scene utilising the editions of D&D upon which I had cut my teeth — B/X and BECMI. This was 2015 and of course the OSR scene was already long established (for some people it was just a continuation of the campaigns they'd been playing since 70s, 80s and 90s) but for me it felt fresh and exciting and more than a little weird.

Because I was very much alone in this labyrinth,  a lot of energy that would otherwise be spent on game prep — or actually playing — ended up going into innumerable worldbuilding experiments. One of the posts that I returned to again and again was this one by Bat in the Attic:

http://batintheattic.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-to-make-fantasy-sandbox.html

While it probably goes to depths that I don't think I would bother going to now, what's great about this huge series of articles is that it presents a formal procedure: follow the steps and you'll end up with a sandbox in which to drop a party of adventurers. 

I wanted to include something akin to this in the first volume of PARIAH but the limits of a 64 page zine put paid to that notion fairly early on and the project was sidelined....

Until now!

Now the time is right for me to put something back into the world and to present:

Setting up a Proto-Neolithic Sandbox Part 1: the Base Map 

Sunday, 15 November 2020

PARIAH DISCORD SESSION 016: TURTLE LAKE

A summary of the SIXTEENTH session of the discord live voice-chat game of PARIAH. This is a continuation of events in the FIFTEENTH session.

To find out more about PARIAH please read this post https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/p/pariah-proto-neolithc-psychedelic.html or trawl through the many, many posts tagged pariah at this link https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/search/label/Pariah.

Sorcerers' Sage by Abigail Lingford

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Monsters, Beasts & Spirits

 One of the things about making your own RPG inspired by the original version of the world's most popular RPG is that in recreating even the broad strokes of it you bite off an enormous amount.

Thus, when... "detourning"... the famous expert set wilderness encounter tables, one is compelled to write an entire bestiary.



I haven't quite written that bestiary, but it's in the process of being written...

...and YOU can influence how that turns out! 

(if you want)

Download BETA version here:

https://atelier-hwei.itch.io/monsters-beasts-spirits

It's PWYW but it defaults to one English pound because I need it. Please don't feel obliged to give me any though, there is an option to reduce your payment to £0.00.

Grateful for your feedback in the comments below or on ITCH.IO. It's very rough and ready so spelling and grammar are likely to be uhhh... idiosyncratic but I'm more on the lookout for how you feel about what should/shouldn't be in there!

The plan is to update the downloadable file each week until it starts to look like something real.

UPDATE:

I've had hundreds of downloads at £0.00 pounds but an equivalent amount of feedback! 

For this reason I'm no longer making it available on itch.io for free. 

If you would like a download key for no charge please come along to the Atelier Hwei discord server and ask!

https://discord.gg/BdasKhNrBj

Saturday, 17 October 2020

WILDERNESS SUPPLEMENT UPDATE (2)

 Those of you who backed PARIAH will be aware that I've been working VERY SLOWLY on a robust (and free) set of rules for adventures in the wilderness. I've already received a couple of nudges on itch and Kickstarter to get a move on, and I've set myself a deadline for the end of this month. But this recent post https://www.osrelfgame.com/post/a-primer-on-hex-crawling (which I think was the first time I've followed up a  Facebook post then found it on r/osr)

Let me talk you through what sort of stuff you're going to find inside:


This post was originally conceived as a follow-up to this  one: