Thursday, March 23, 2017

Update

What's this a post on ye old blog by Brutorz Bill?
Hello everyone,
I know it has been ages since I posted on the blog. Other than some simple posts over on G+ I haven't been doing much  blogging and such. The short version is that after the holidays I became quite ill and had to have a surgical procedure (3 procedures actually). It took me part of January and all of February to recover from my illness. On the days I could mostly function I was still working and fighting my way through the final courses of Graduate School. The good news is I'm much better now, and will complete my degree next month!
During this time I haven't done any gaming to speak of, I had to drop out of my gaming group. Other than reading and collecting a bunch of different OSR products, gaming hasn't been a priority for me. Now that I'm back to normal (actually healthier than I was before) and about to be finished with school (YAY!) I'm pondering my next steps regarding gaming and this blog. I've even considered just retiring it. It has had a good run, but I haven't created/posted anything of substance on it in quite awhile. I don't intend on "nuking" the blog. I think some of my older content might still be of use to the OSR community, so even if I decide to stop officially updating it, I'll leave it up. Also I think I'd rather do some actual playing, rather than just thinking/talking/reading about playing. School is almost done and life is too short, I'm ready to round up some friends, roll some dice and have some laughs! 
Later -B.B.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Let the Christmas Vacation Begin!!! The Metal Gods of Dwimmermount!

Reading....
while listening to...

up next
and don't forget the...
Special Thanks to Kevin for the copy of Dwimmermount!
Special Thanks to Tormentor for the Helion Prime and Sabaton CD's!
Special Thanks to the Great State of Tennessee for the Jack Daniel's!  

Sunday, December 18, 2016

ACKS : Let the Work Begin!

The kids aren't home, my paper has been submitted, my honey-do list is complete (for now), that means it is time for CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT!
After months of going back and forth as to which Fantasy RPG System I wanted to run, I find myself back in the OSR, and sitting down comfortably to work on and hopefully run a Campaign using the Adventurer Conqueror King System (ACKS).  There are a ton of awesome Fantasy RPG's out there, my bookshelves are full of them, which was part of my issue, I kept chasing after that perfect system. Oftentimes to the detriment of my creativity and my players. The key thing I like about ACKS is that at it's core it is B/X D&D. The edition I grew up with and have arguably played the most over the years, yet ACKS has some fun new features and rules tweaks that allows players to customize their characters without me finding myself overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the different fiddly bits (like I experienced with Pathfinder). Given my hectic schedule this system really looks like it will meet my current gaming needs. While I haven't decided 100% on the campaign setting, I am leaning towards going with the official ACKS Campaign, set in and around the Auran Empire. The late Roman Empire feel to the setting seems like a refreshing break from the straight Tolkien Fantasy gaming that I grew up with, while keeping some of those elements familiar to D&D gamers (i.e. Dwarves and Elves).  Of course with all the cool stuff on my gaming shelves, I will be working in other material from my gaming library to use in my ACKS Campaign. Pictured above are a few of the books I'm planning on using. I've always liked Labyrinth Lord's Realms of Crawling Chaos, while I don't intend to go full-blown Cthulhu, this book is a great resource for Chaos elements to pull into my games. I'd also like to have some psionics in my game, not in a heavy handed way but having some out there, to make the game a bit more unusual and unique from things I have done in the past. And what campaign would be complete without monsters, but with ACKS even the traditional humanoid races have an interesting twist about them, so I'll be using my copy of the Monster Alphabet to put unusual spins on the monsters in the campaign. Well, that's all for now, I need to quit typing about the campaign and start working on it!  Have a great week and Good Gaming!

Friday, December 16, 2016

By This ACKS I Rule!

Here's a little something I worked up to kick-off my upcoming ACKS Campaign!


Original cover by Mike Ploog, from the Marvel Comics adaptation of R.E. Howard's Kull. No copyright infringement is intended.