Sunday, August 2, 2020

Varanid Empire

Recently I read the "new" Turok : Blood Hunt Comic series by Chuck Wendig. This is a different setting/storyline from the regular Turok comic. Blood Hunt is set in a Post Apocalyptic setting that has a slight Rifts vibe to it. One of the main villainous factions is the Varanid Empire. The Varanid Empire is made up of a race of Fascist humanoid dinosaurs! 

 Reading the comic, I immediately thought these would be great in Troll Lord Games Amazing Adventures line.  For AA stats just use the Saurians as a basis for the Varanids give them WW II era German weapons instead of hi tech weapons. Amazing Adventures even has stats for the German era weapons used by the Varanid Empire. You can use stats for Velociraptors from the Amazing Adventures Manual of Monsters to represent the riding beasts used by the Varanids and presto you have a cool vicious Faction to unleash on your players.

The Varanid Empire could also be used in other settings from Barbarians of the Ruined Earth, to Gamma World, Mutant Crawl Classics, and more.

The Six-Pointed Star used as their symbol could strike terror in many a campaign! 

T-Rex Stats for this big fella!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Barbarians of the Ruined Earth

Hope everyone is doing well. I haven't posted much in awhile. I work in healthcare and things as you know have been hectic.  My face to face gaming is on hold, have done a bit of online play, but I much prefer face to face gaming.
I did recently pick up a cool Sci-Fantasy Post Apocalyptic RPG. Barbarians of the Ruined Earth.
     Barbarians of the Ruined Earth (BotRE) uses Back Hack (first edition) as the mechanical basis for the game, you don't need a copy of those rules to play. BotRE presents a fun, rules-lite gonzo P.A. game. Inspiration comes from Thundarr the Barbarian (yes I am old enough to remember watching it on T.V. when it first came out), Pirates of Darkwater and some Mad Max thrown in for good measure.  As a fan of Gamma World going way back I had to grab this one. Keep in mind it has more of a wahoo Thundarr vibe, than a grim and gritty vibe, so if the concept of weaponized critters (Exploding Hedgehogs) would ruin your immersion, this may not be for you.  But, if like me you need some wahoo, gonzo, crazy fun in the midst of all the world's current problems this may be worth your while.  Not sure when I will get to run it, but hopefully soon, even if it is just an online pickup game.  I may try to use it with Christian's Wasteland of Gath mini-scenarios?
     Good Gaming and Be Safe Everyone!
and speaking as a Nurse out there on the lines, PLEASE wash your hands, wear a mask and social distance, this shit is real.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells

May the 4th Be With You!
Hope everyone is safe and healthy during these challenging times.
I wanted to post something for May the 4th, and on my reading stand is an OSR RPG I've had for a bit, but have been rereading of late.
               Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells
I've seen this game described as "Solar Blades and Cosmic Spells reads like Star Wars if it was retold in an issue of Heavy Metal Magazine." I think that is a great description, it is rules lite, player's roll under their stats for success, whereas the GM will need to roll over a character's attribute to hit or enact other effects.  Player's will come up with a concept for their character and then can select one of four archetypes; Tough, Nimble, Smart and Gifted. Gifted have sorcerous/psychic, abilities, but using your powers can be risky. My favorite thing about the book is it is LOADED and I mean jam packed! With random tables upon random tables enabling the GM to generate all kinds of encounters, events and adventures. Even if you are using a different Space Opera RPG, you should be able to pull in inspiration from all the wonderful tables. I'm hoping to give these rules a spin soon, may even try them for some online play, something I am starting to dip my toes into. More to come on this one!
Have a safe, healthy and wonderful day!