Wednesday, July 31, 2019

GameStorming: Heroes Unlimited + Shadow of the Demon Lord


While my first RPG was Champions 4th Edition, I have always had a place in my heart for Palladium Games' Heroes Unlimited. Sadly, I'm not a big fan of the system and as young gamer, wasn't prepared to fill in the gaps that were missing.

However, I'm exploring the idea of plugging in Shadow of the Demon Lord's skill system for HU's skills.

For those not familiar, SotDL's skill system assumes the difficulty of a task is 10 on a d20 roll. You add the appropriate ability modifier. If the task harder than normal you add a Bane (1 or more d6's that the highest roll subtracts from the d20 roll). If the task is easier than normal you add a Boon (1 or more d6's that the highest roll adds to the d20 roll). Finally, Banes and Boons cancel each other out.

I'm pretty excited about this and hope it works.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Gaming ADD



For most of my time as a gamer, I've experienced serious Gaming Attention Deficit Disorder, and it's only been the last 6 years or so where I've been able to focus on a very narrow set of games (DnD 5E, the OSR, and Shadow of the Demon Lord).

The last few months have seem some changes and I've found myself feeling Gaming ADD again.

Currently, I'm playing in two great games with two wonderful Game Masters, a DnD 5E game and a Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition game.  I'm content to be a player, my life has been pretty hectic this year and it's great to just have fun on game nights without any prep work.

However, me being me, I started brainstorming a near-modern day setting with conspiracies, magic, super powers, and uplifted animals.  I've always liked Green Ronin's Adventure Game Engine and read through Modern AGE, which is excellent. However, somehow the setting reminded me of TORG and that led me to read through TORG Eternity, which is also excellent. Then, I'm looking at Champions Now playtest file, and Icons Assembled Edition.

One of the side effects of Gaming ADD for me, is focusing on system over story. So, I'm trying to work on the story first and then see what system makes sense.

Hopefully, that will keep me out of trouble, which would be nice for a change.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Occult Philosophy for Shadow of the Demon Lord



I back the Occult Philosophy Kickstarter from Schwalb Entertainment.

The PDF of Occult Philosophy and expansion for new spells (with all the old ones presented for ease of use) for Shadow of the Demon Lord was released today, a month early even.

I love Shadow of the Demon Lord and greatly admire Robert Schwalb, the game's creator and author.

The book adds spell levels from 6 to 10 and also presents stats for summoned creatures.

It's a great book and I urge you to buy it right now.

I'm now going to share the names of several 10th level spells:

Fury of the Heavens; Demigod; God of War; Undo Reality; Kill Them All; Crack The World; Extinction; The Old Ones Awaken; Undead Plague; Create Life; Hurricane; World-Breaker Bomb; Apocalypse.

Rob has outdone himself this time. Go pick up your copy immediately!

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