Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Origin of Bard College Names?

With a bit of research I recently stumbled upon this information from an article in The Dublin University Magazine (Vol 67) called “Laws of the Ancient Irish” from way back in 1866. (Link goes to a google book, the text below is on page 5 left column.)

The Ollamh's memory was enriched with his seven times fifty stories; the Anruth's with thrice fifty and half fifty; the Cli remembered eighty, the Cana sixty, the Dos fiftv. the Mac Fuirmidh forty, the Fochiuc thirty, and the Drisac twenty. The poor Taman could only tell ten, and the Ollaire of still worse memory soon wearied his hearers; he had only seven.

This also hints that perhaps there are three possible new instruments of the bards awaiting discovery for the Drisac, Taman, the the Ollaire. I’d make them wind or percussion instruments were I to create them – ie. more primitive than the stringed instruments.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Working and Music

Today's another editing day with a bit of creative writing on Advanced Adventures thrown in so I've got the music box a'playing soundtracks. The Beastmaster may only be a B movie, but its soundtrack is A++. If you don't have it, and if you like soundtracks, pick it up!



Thursday, January 11, 2018

More Arden Vul Convention Schedule Dates

I've two more convention game to add. These are for Escape from Arden Vul.

At Gary Con
Escape from Arden Vul Thur - 10:00 AM (6 hours)
Escape from Arden Vul Fri - 10:00 AM (6 hours)

Escape from Arden Vul
System: 1e/OSRIC
Players: 6-10
Levels: 4-7
Duration: 6 hours

Brief Description: Teleported into in the legendary dungeon Arden Vul, you must find a way out.

Long Description: Dammit, Lightfingers! You had one job! Of course the rings of the friendly defenders would be trapped and now you find yourself in a cramped cave somewhere deep underground. The magic mouth that taunted you as you left said “Arden Vul will be your grave!” Well, you’ll have to see about that, won’t you?


Monday, January 8, 2018

Arden Vul Convention Games Schedule - The Tomb of the Twins

Here's the schedule for the 2018 Arden Vul convention games GM'd by Jon Hershberger.

Gary Con
Event # 354 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Thursday 7:00 PM - Loramoor room
Event # 355 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Friday 8:00 PM - Evergreen 3 room
Event # 356 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Saturday 8:00 PM - Loramoor room

North Texas RPG Con
Event # 68 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Thursday 8:00 PM - Oak Ballroom Table 1
Event # 69 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Saturday 8:00 PM - Oak Ballroom Table 1

Gen Con
RPG Event # 18125956 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Thursday 7:00 PM - (not assigned a location yet)
RPG Event # 18125957 Arden Vul - The Tomb of the Twins (AD&D) - Saturday 8:00 PM - (not assigned a location yet)

The Tomb of the Twins
System: 1e/OSRIC
Players: 6-10
Levels: 6-8
Duration: 4 hours
Brief Description: Can you locate the tomb of the Twins and plunder the Gemini blades ahead of a planned imperial expedition?
Long Description: Big news! The tomb of the legendary hero-twins, Tekla and Taticus, has been confirmed as lying along the Drowned Canyon, deep within the deadly Halls of Arden Vul. Your shadowy patron has hired you to locate the tomb and 'liberate' the famous Gemini blades from it. The catch? The imperial authorities are planning to do the same. You have three days to locate and loot the tomb before the official expedition descends like a hammer.

1. Basina, Female Archontean (F7)
2. Hearthminder, Female Imperial Goblin (C6/I6)
3. Rosco Barleystalk, Male Halfling (T8)
4. Paullor, Male Archontean (C8)
5. Aethelred, Male Thorcinga (M8)
6. Nagellor Belladorson, Male Elf (F6/MU6)
7. Ebbe, Female Thorcinga (B5)
8. Thorvald, Male Wiskinga (C8)
9. Callista, Female Archontean (I8)
10. Olaf, Male Wiskinga (F7)


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Arden Vul Convention Games 2018 - Gary Con, NTRPGcon, Gen Con

I've spent the last few days making pre-gens for the two Arden Vul scenarios that will play out at Gary Con, NTRPGcon, and Gen Con this year. For those who will be attending, below is the information on the modules. If you're going to those conventions, you'll have an opportunity to experience the awesomeness that is AV before it comes out. I, of course, recommend such. (Note: Archontean, Wiskinga, and Thorcinga are types of humans).

Escape from Arden Vul
System: 1e/OSRIC
Players: 6-10
Levels: 4-7
Duration: 6 hours
Brief Description: Teleported into in the legendary dungeon Arden Vul, you must find a way out.
Long Description: Dammit, Lightfingers! You had one job! Of course the rings of friendly defense would be trapped and now you find yourself in a cramped cave somewhere deep underground. The magic mouth that taunted you as you left said “Arden Vul will be your grave!” Well, you’ll have to see about that, won’t you?

1. Heraclion, Male Archontean (C6)
2. Wicktrimmer, Male Imperial Goblin (F5/T6)
3. Njal, Male Wiskinga (F6)
4. Cyneburga, Female Thorcinga (MU5)
5. Zhorak, Male Dwarf (F5)
6. Godric, Male Wiskinga (T7)
7. Valerian, Male Archontean (I7)
8. Hallgerd, Female Wiskinga (C7)
9. Livinia Greenthumb, Female Halfling (F4/T6)
10. Theodora, Female Archontean (F6)

The Tomb of the Twins
System: 1e/OSRIC
Players: 6-10
Levels: 6-8
Duration: 4 hours
Brief Description: Can you locate the tomb of the Twins and plunder the Gemini blades ahead of a planned imperial expedition?
Long Description: Big news! The tomb of the legendary hero-twins, Tekla and Taticus, has been confirmed as lying along the Drowned Canyon, deep within the deadly Halls of Arden Vul. Your shadowy patron has hired you to locate the tomb and 'liberate' the famous Gemini blades from it. The catch? The imperial authorities are planning to do the same. You have three days to locate and loot the tomb before the official expedition descends like a hammer.

1. Basina, Female Archontean (F7)
2. Hearthminder, Female Imperial Goblin (C6/I6)
3. Rosco Barleystalk, Male Halfling (T8)
4. Paullor, Male Archontean (C8)
5. Aethelred, Male Thorcinga (M8)
6. Nagellor Belladorson, Male Elf (F6/MU6)
7. Ebbe, Female Thorcinga (B5)
8. Thorvald, Male Wiskinga (C8)
9. Callista, Female Archontean (I8)
10. Olaf, Male Wiskinga (F7)





Sunday, December 31, 2017

A New Year's On The Way...

The numbers are in and I'm pleased to say that I've lost 31.35 lbs. in 2017 and exercised 122 times. I started in Jan of 2016 and am now down a total of 68 lbs. Several more years of this to go before I hit my target weight, but it now seems like an inevitability, rather than something that requires difficult and constant striving. Here's hope to all who make a New Year's Resolution to lose weight and get healthier succeed! It sure isn't easy.

On a professional note, I'm working through Arden Vul editing and my excitement with the project continues unabated. I've an Advanced Adventures manuscript or two that I should also be editing and one that I'm writing, both of which will see more attention next month. And long-term, I'm still slowly (oh so slowly) chugging away on Sorcery and Super Science! 2 using the ICONS system.

But now, back to editing, and the music of choice is the wonderful Diablo I soundtrack, released a little more than 20 years ago. (FRESH MEAT!!!!) :-)


Friday, December 29, 2017

The Halls of Arden Vul

I'm sure not everyone knows that I've been working on a mega-dungeon for the past 6 or so years. It's called the Hall of Arden Vul, authored by Richard Barton with cartography by Andreas Claren. I've done the 1st pass edit, and am about to start the second pass edit. The manuscript is more than 800,000 words. Yes, that's right, the current PDF of it is 1,200 pages. It is truly magnificent, and IMO, nothing like it has ever come before or will come again. A monumental work. Here's the table of contents at the moment... (sans the new items - more than 300, and new monsters - more than 140).

Overview and Timeline p. 1
Exterior: the Long Falls and the Long Stair p. 5
The Ruined City of Arden Vul p. 11
The Pyramid of Thoth p. 39
The Tower of Scrutiny p. 45
Halls of Arden Vul - the Dungeon Levels
Level 1: the Basement p. 50
Level 2: the Howling Caves and the Well of Light p. 57
Level 3: the Halls of Thoth (3-1 to 3-70) p. 94
Level 4: the Forum of Set p. 193
Level 5: the Obsidian Gates, the Midnight Road, and the Sanctum p. 278
Level 6: the Troll Lifts and the Arena p. 350
Level 7: the Court of the Troll Thegn p. 431
Level 8: The Nether Reaches p. 506
Level 9: The Floor of the Great Chasm p. 575
Level 10: The Ziggurat of Kauket p. 641
Sub-Level 1: the Tombs of Light p. 669
Sub-Level 2: the Hall of Shrines p. 676
Sub-Level 3: Lesser Baboon Caves p. 691
Sub-Level 4: the Goblin Warrens p. 702
Sub-Level 5: the Lizardman caves p. 732
Sub-Level 6: the Drowned Canyon p. 749
Sub-Level 7: the Flooded Vaults p. 794
Sub-Level 8: the Caves Behind the Falls p. 809
Sub-Level 9: the Kaliyani Pits p. 816
Sub-Level 10: the Domain of the Sun-Scarred Knights p. 845
Sub-Level 11: the Tomb of Isadora p. 870
Sub-Level 12: the Workshops of Kerbog Khan p. 881
Sub-Level 13: the Lost Chambers of Arden p. 895
Sub-Level 14: the Chamber of the Beacon p. 918
Sub-Level 15: the Druid’s Retreat p. 925

And here's one of Andreas's maps. It's for Level 4. AV is just beautiful. A true beast of a dungeon.


Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Ho Ho!

Nothing says Merry Christmas more than 2 and a half pages of stat block editing! I've hit that part of The Halls of Arden Vul and now my friends at Devo are helping me though the important, but rather mind-numbing, part of putting out a megadungeon.



Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Bee Gees and the Post-Apocalypse

I wrote much of Sorcery & Super Science! to the dulcet tunes of the Bee Gees, so now when I hear them I think of crazy post-apoc madness. Which, come to think of it, isn't really that different than the late 70's. :-)






Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bundle of Holding Worldbuilder's Toolkit +5

I'm happy to say that I am once again involved in a Bundle of Holding project! This one is the fifth iteration of the Worldbuilder's kit and includes the third edition of our ever-popular A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe. It also includes Be a Better Campaign Master, Book One: Building the World, and Sly Flourish's Fantastic Locations.

But IMO, the coolest thing is that there's an actual Palladium product included: The 1999 print edition of their wonderful Compendium of Weapons, Armour, & Castles. This is the first time that book as ever been available in electronic form. It's available if you pay enough to get the bonus products, which also include Alderac's Ultimate Toolbox and the Kobold Guide to Plots & Campaigns.

This one's chock-a-block full of good stuff, so take a look! The charity of choice for this bundle is Heifer International, a charity that Suzi and I contribute to yearly, so I'm glad to be putting a little extra in for them this year.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Advanced Adventures #38: White Dragon Run II now available

The continuation of AA#13: White Dragon Run is now up for sale at rpgnow.com and at Lulu. It contains all of the village information of the original module as well as four new adventure locations in the Skathernes: The Sane HermitThe Rainbow In The Dark, the rare and unusual Ambulatory Tower, and the deadly Temple of the Snake God.

White Dragon Run II is an OSRIC(tm) module designed for 6-10 adventurers of levels 2-5.
Return to the little village of White Dragon Run! At the edge of civilization— the place where monsters are a constant threat and adventurers thrive—reputations are made or broken, and deeds are performed only to be set in verse decades after the real story is long lost. On this thin line between country and chaos lies White Dragon Run, the last stop for the civilized before the well-trodden road becomes the weed-infested trail leading to creatures that would rather fight than herd, fish or farm.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Advanced Adventures #37: Under Ruined Onm is now available!

Pleased to say AA#37 is now available for purchase. You can find it at rpgnow at at Lulu. Enjoy!

Nearly seventy five years ago the greatest bard ever known in the dry land of Zanzia disappeared. Anton Deangelo was a hero famous for some of the greatest songs in Zanzian history. His compositions are still sung at taverns and inns all over the land. In verse, countless dragons he slew, dozens of giants he felled, and hundreds of demons he put to the sword! Outside of the world of song, he and his band of adventurers gathered significant riches and looted many dungeons all over the land. Then suddenly…he was gone. 

The last time he was heard from he and his merry band were outfitting an expedition to explore the ruined city of Onm in search of the lost mandolin of Duaree the Mad. The Onm ruins are on the edge of the Blood River and the Dragon Teeth Mountains and no other ruins fabled enough to attract Deangelo are known to be in that area.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Advanced Adventures #38: White Dragon Run II Preview


This follow up to White Dragon Run contains all of the village information of the original module as well as four new adventure locations in the Skathernes: The Sane Hermit, The Rainbow In The Dark, the rare and unusual Ambulatory Tower, and the deadly Temple of the Snake God. It'll probably be out in late November, 2017.

White Dragon Run II is an OSRIC(tm) module designed for 6-10 adventurers of levels 2-5.
Return to the little village of White Dragon Run! At the edge of civilization— the place where monsters are a constant threat and adventurers thrive—reputations are made or broken, and deeds are performed only to be set in verse decades after the real story is long lost. On this thin line between country and chaos lies White Dragon Run, the last stop for the civilized before the well-trodden road becomes the weed-infested trail leading to creatures that would rather fight than herd, fish or farm.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Advanced Adventures #36: Aerie of the Cloud Giant Strategos is now available!

...and #36 is out in the wild. Continue the battle against the giants in their very stronghold: Death Cloud Castle! You can pick it up at rpgnow or at Lulu for only $16. Lulu's currently running a 20% off sale with the coupon code LULU20, so it's a bit cheaper there.



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