Monday, January 17, 2011

Jewel Throne Update

Regarding The Jewel Throne, I'd like to thank everyone for both their kind encouragement, as well as those who have generously offered to contribute in any fashion to the project.

In true Gamer-ADD fashion, I've been shuttling between several different articles for first issue of the Jewel Throne, and here are some of the contents:

- "War...War Never Changes:" Wasteland & Fallout inspired equipment for Gamma World & Mutant Future.

- Cave/Lair Geomorphs: A set of 36 geomorphs for quickly assembling caves and lairs; they conform roughly to the Dyson Logos format, but not entirely...they don't always "play nice with others."

- Snake Men: Statistics for strictly Robert E. Howard style Snake Men of varying levels.

- Twenty Sorcerers, with statistics, details, backgrounds, personalities and spellbooks; their spellbook selection ties into the following.

- "Grammaree:" Twenty-odd Magic-User spells, inspired by Eldritch Weirdness (one of my favorite OSR products) and Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets. Incantations to become an iron colossus; raise a sunken ship for 1 day; know all of your target's shameful secrets; possess telescopic vision particle beams; curse a victim to slowly transform into an ape; summon a polyp of the upper vapors to serve as a flying carpet; and so forth. Some of these are inspired by my own Magic-User PC going "Fricking heck, why isn't there a spell for X so I can do Y!", others by the events of current and past campaigns, as well as fantastic literature. EDIT: Here is a list of the spells I am working on:

Become the Form of the Mog-Molarch
The Black Lasher
Black Vapours of Anthrophagic Fever
Call Servitor Polyp of the Upper Vapours
Crystal Armor
Curse of Lunar Possession
Exhale Cloud of Stinging Flies
The Eyes of Far Death
The Golden Spheres
Luminous Purple Mist
Mass of Serpents
Psychic Reaping
Raise Drowned Vessel
Ray of the Ape Curse
Returning Missiles to Their Sources
Shaft to the Underworld
Shroud of Shining Shards
Speak With Cats
Swarming Leaves of Death
Uproot by Black Storm


The focus for this issue will be "material that can be immediately useful for GMs in a wide variety of campaigns." For possible future issues some of the ideas I'm considering include D&D-compatible Fighting Fantasy/Tunnels & Trolls style solo adventures and  mini-rpgs such as "Action Movie D&D" (with random fire-escape determination tables and explicit rules for jumping from rooftop to rooftop ;D).

Also, JDJarvis has posted some great one-hour dungeon maps Here, Here and Here.

15 comments:

  1. Sounds groovy! I'm a big fan of Eldritch Weirdness myself.

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  2. When's your deadline for contributions? Without deadlines, I am a meandering fool, easily sidetracked by small shiny objects and blog reading.

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  3. @ Pat: Janurary 28th!

    @ C'Nor: Thanks!

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  4. Sounds excellent. Stuff will be showing up in your inbox shortly...Those spells sound very fun and yes, they would be welcome in Zalchis.

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  5. Thanks! More will be forthcoming. Also I asked a question about Cactoids.

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  6. Oops. Meant "You're welcome". It seems I can't type right today.

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  7. OKAY SHIT! I CANNOT FIGUER OUT THESE FLUMPS SO I INSTEAD WILL I SEND YOU A.........

    THE BRABARIAN!!!! CLASS.

    THIS IS THE REALDEAL, NOT SOME DORK WHO HAS A BONUS TO SARVIVAL SKILLS BUT A KILLER WHO WILL CHARM THE PANTIES OFF THE PRINCESS AND A SORCERER MUST LOOK OUT FOR A FACE STABBING!!!!1

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  8. Awesome. I'd love to illustrate any number of these. Anything in particular that you want art for?

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  9. @ C'nor: Awesome, I love the name!

    @ Joesky: AWESOME! I CANT WATE! ALTHO I WAS REALLY LOOKIN $WARD TO THE FLUMPH CLASS!

    @ Mattias: Thanks!

    @ Johnathan: Email sent :)

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  10. Whispered words on dead breath reach my ears in the dark gloom of the underworld...

    But still, a week late almost. Thank you for the kind words and that spell list is tremendous, Blair. I cannot wait to see more.

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  11. @ Ancientvaults: Thank you very much...to quote Chicago, "You're the inspiration" :D

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  12. You're welcome! Thanks! Though credit for the name goes to the random generator Seventh Sanctum.

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