Thursday, 27 February 2020

Show me then the truth of its nature - PARIAH deleted content [RITUAL MAGIC]

I am doing a pre-edit of PARIAH before the real edit by The MoonRat Conspiracy, mainly because if I submitted the manuscript in its current state, it would cost an absolute fortune. So while it's good tor prune and preen, I can't help but feel regret for pulling out lengthy nonsense passages like the magical ritual you're about to read.

Baobab by Beth Moon
This is a magical ritual that any who know may perform, though there are comparatively few of them...

Monday, 24 February 2020

PARIAH - Deleted Content

As stated in my last post, I am presently hard at work on my recently Kickstarted zine, Pariah. As that has led to me neglecting the blog somewhat, I think it's only fair to share some of that work with my readership here. 

Initial drawing by Jef Cox for the zine's cover.
The process of re-drafting the copy has been particularly arduous, as I battle with my secret desire to rewrite all the rules to b/x D&D, produce a running commentary on the design decisions while also suffering the constraints of a forty page A5 zine.

Some of the stuff I've had to omit or seriously edit (and this is prior to passing the copy over to Fiona Maeve Geist and Jarrett Crader of The MoonRat Conspiracy for editing) includes the extensive introductory notes to the game. Before I permanently delete them, have a look for yourself:

Sunday, 23 February 2020

NEWS FROM THE LABYRINTH

I just wanted to make a brief post to update regular readers of the blog and to apologise for the recent spate of inactivity. At the end of last month I returned to my home country of the United Kingdom from Vietnam, and have been looking for employment whilst also running a Kickstarter for my old school RPG zine PARIAH.

A working sketch for some of the PARIAH artwork by Jef Cox.
Thanks to a surprising level of support from the DIY scene, particularly on twitter, PARIAH smashed its funding goal. In total honesty I was not prepared for it to be so successful, and am now devoting much of my free time to ensuring it is fulfilled on time - and also exceeds my own usual standards.

Friday, 14 February 2020

VOLUME XVI, LIBRARY OF BABEL'S FIVE ON FRIDAY (My Bloody Valentine)

So they took you to the fucking shard
But they didn't send a fucking card.
So what? 
So what?

(after Anti-Nowhere League)
If you didn't get any cards it's because you're destroying capitalism! All right, here's yet another belated summary of my favourite posts this week, but not before I ORDER you to read Froth's Humpday Blog-O-Rama and please have a look at this incredible blogroll at Dragons Never Forget.

Done? good. Okay, here's my five favourite blog posts this week:

Saturday, 8 February 2020

VOLUME XV - LIBRARY OF BABEL'S FIVE ON FRIDAY

I suppose I should have done the Brexit edition last week, but then I was already a week behind with my Lunar New Year Edition. I'll catch up next week: Valentines Day, anyone?

THIS IS THE NEWS

What happened to London's giant bell? Is it the bell's end of Big Ben?
Hello. As with last week, I'm going to just post some links then attempt to ramble incoherently into a microphone for twenty minutes, leaving you wondering why you didn't just follow the links in the first place. Do that, no-one will know.... I mean, I will: at least five people listened to it last time...

But first (and in service to the greater blogger gods: read Froth's Humpday Blog-O-Rama and please have a look at this incredible blogroll at Dragons Never Forget.
My five favourite blog posts this week:

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

ZINE QUEST 2: THE QUESTZINING

As mentioned in a previous post I am submitting a zine for Zine Quest 2, providing players and gms with all the tools they need to make and run a psychedelic, animist, neolithic sandbox.

UPDATE: This is now live, Kickstarter page is linked here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sofinho/pariah-0/

Monday, 3 February 2020

VOLUME XIV LIBRARY OF BABEL'S FIVE ON FRIDAY

Chúc mừng năm mới! Happy Lunar New Year!



I know what you're thinking:

  1. What happened to volume XIII of Five on Friday?
  2. Why is volume XIV not on Friday?
  3. What's going on?
Fortunately I am here to answer all of your questions, and to provide you with a round-up of this week's top five OSR blog posts...

Friday, 17 January 2020

VOLUME XII LIBRARY OF BABEL'S FIVE ON FRIDAY

Top posts from 10th - 17th January.

It was Amelia Earhart day this week (January 11th).

If you want to make a GLOG aviator, just visit
https://aloneinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com/2019/12/secret-santicorn-2019-2-glog-classes.html
This post is going to be short and sweet this week. I'll let the titles do the talking.

Monday, 13 January 2020

PARIAH

PARIAH: The working title we're employing ahead of #zinequest

I'm so hyped: here is our proto-neolithic animist classless and levelless psychedelic old school RPG that VERY SOON is going to be launched into the stratosphere.

...a collaborative project that pulls together a rag-tag bunch of friends to produce something genuinely original!


EDIT: Pulled out the swears, I was feeling a little.."exuberant" last night.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

ONE-POST SETTINGS: A COLLATED LIST

Given that god is infinite, and the multiverse is infinite, would you like any toast?

As I was downloading this crude drawing of a ten-pointed star I found by searching for MULTIVERSE I was informed that I would need to credit CHARLES RICHARD BENTLEY JUNIOR: it's written in the picture! Why lord, why? 
Board your spelljammer ship, hop in TARDIS or draw a chalk circle anointed with the blood of a virgin goat by the light of a waning moon, we're about to go on a trip beyond the ordinary limitations set by sight and sound: WELCOME TO THE COLLATED LIST OF ONE POST SETTINGS, extradimensional spaces, parallel worlds, pocket dimensions and demi-planes, each offering an enticing invitation to the brave, the bold, and the brainless.

Read on.. IF YOU DARE

Friday, 10 January 2020

VOLUME XI LIBRARY OF BABEL'S FIVE ON FRIDAY

Welcome to the first Library of Babel of 2020! Please accept my sincere apologies for not publishing a list of blogs last Friday,please accept not FIVE but TEN MORE THAN FIVE blog posts by way of compensation. Oh, and if you have been celebrating Yule, remember that twelfth night has already passed (see below) and you need to remove your decorations at once, or Old Father Time will eat your soul.

If you don't like my writing it means you hate Shakespeare.
First, in service to the greater blogger gods: read Froth's Humpday Blog-O-Rama and please have a look at this incredible blogroll at Dragons Never Forget.

Let us not shilly-shally any longer...

1D20 x 1D20 SPICY HOT TAKES TABLE


You can download a slightly better resolution pdf of the above image FOR FREE using the internet:

https://aloneinthelabyrinth.itch.io/sofinhos-spicy-hot-takes-alternative-rules-generator

Alternatively, cut and paste this table and print it yourself without going to another website.



“Okay, okay so: what if….”
...instead of...
...we simply...
1
...CHARACTER SHEETS...
1
...use jungian archetypes.
2
...SEARCHING FOR SECRET DOORS...
2
...search for obvious windows.
3
...DEATH AT 0 HP...
3
...make characters quantum immortals.
4
...RANDOM ENCOUNTERS...
4
...say that everything’s going to be just fine.
5
...SPELLS...
5
...recognise the right to  believe in pseudoscience even if (or because) it expedites humanity’s inevitable extinction.
6
...LEVELS...
6
...kill all characters to which players have become attached.
7
....MONSTERS...
7
...embody our subconscious fears in a more subtle manner.
8
...SAVING THROWS...
8
... discuss a range of possible outcomes and take a vote on the one which “best serves the fiction”.
9
...SKILL CHECKS...
9
...play “The Game”, not some platonic ideal, but “The Game”, the one we’re always playing but if you remember you are playing it you automatically lose. Which means we all just lost.
10
...EXPERIENCE POINTS...
10
...tune a shortwave radio to the nearest numbers station and interpret whatever message is broadcast accordingly.
11
...CLASSES...
11
...escalate the CLASS WAR!
12
...PERCEPTION CHECKS...
12
...fart into jars and try to identify which fart belongs to which player.
13
...TURN BASED COMBAT...
13
...hold a bake-off (in game or out of game, roll 1d2 to decide which).
14
...ROLLING FOR INITIATIVE...
14
...interpret the entrails of a recently deceased animal.
15
...THE CLASSIC 6 ABILITY SCORES...
15
..improvise a ballet inspired by James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake
16
...HIT POINTS...
16
...cut off a digit. 
17
...CORE RULE BOOKS...
17
...ask everyone to bring their favourite piece of literature to the table and together construct a new fictive reality.
18
...ROLLING DICE...
18
...we each stick our respective heads in our respective ovens.
19
...a GAMEMASTER...
19
...play trust exercises
with our genitals.
20
...PLAYERS
20
...use dogs.