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I'm an old time roleplayer who became a soldier who became a veteran who became a developer who became a dba who became a manager who never gave up his dream of a better world. Even if I have to create it myself.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Origin of the Huecuva

Most of us know the huecuva as a fairly low-level undead priest or monk, cursed by the gods which they presumably betrayed and with some sort of disease or another of the four-horseman-styled special attack. I believe they first appeared in the Fiend Folio but I might have missed them in an earlier place.

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I recall there being a Dungeon magazine issues with these guys in it that was somewhat amusing, but otherwise they are usually overlooked.

Where did this odd name come from?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Creature: Rougarou

Like this, but with less vandalism.
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Many gamers are already familiar with the loup garou, which is basically a werewolf by most standards. The rougarou (pronounced roo ga-roo) is related in form, but not in function. They have the head of a wolf, but the body of a strong human. There is no shapechanging here - this is their one and only form.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monsters, Assemble!

Played a good game this last weekend. And they even figured out my clock puzzle.

The party consisted of:
  • A werewolf. Rawr.
  • A gremlin tailor.
  • A creepy teddy bear with a soldier complex.

I won't say a whole lot about it, but there was a giant spider, some itty bitty dwarf-gnome things (actually I call them Cretins), some giant stones, a little keep, and some giant wooden trouble.

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The gremlin spent much time contemplating what sort of random things she could sew onto the teddy bear. Luckily for the teddy bear, he didn't have to sleep. Because he is a teddy bear. Of DOOM.

There was a long discussion about how well endowed the gremlin's imaginary pet cockroach was, for reasons I cannot even begin to contemplate.

As for the game mechanics that I was trying to test, it went pretty good. The core mechanics seemed to make sense to everyone, and they left plenty of room for player creativity.

I clearly need to tweak some things on the origins (the "races/classes" of the game), but it wasn't as bad as I feared it might be. Need to increase the power of the werewolf as he wasn't badass enough, and maybe bring the Created One (the teddy bear) down just a tad. The gremlin was real fun outside of combat but probably needs to have some consideration for in-combat.

Can't wait to play again!

Friday, July 12, 2013

An Unusual Clock

BabyBat helped me make a prop for my Monstrarium adventure this weekend.

All the circles can be moved, and so can the hands. I can't wait to see if anyone solves it - doing so isn't required for the adventure to continue, but it might offer some assistance.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Axe Pr0n

Watch a real blacksmith make an orcish axe (as inspired by Skyrim)....  then use it to smash things. Including a disturbingly realistic dead body.

Some people have cool hobbies.

Also... Happy 4th of July!

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