Monday, December 21, 2020

More actual play of the Kobolds' Art Exhibition

There is a new actual play of my zine The Kobolds' Art Exhibition on Seed of Worlds.

This time the group ventured in the paintings! I am so glad they did, I was hoping to see how people would handle that part of the zine. Making the paint dry and using it as a timer is clever, I like it. It is so nice to see people play with my zines. 

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I wish my zines were still availlable in print but honestly I don't know how to handle them since LuLu updated. I feel like I should do a re-edition but it would take a lot of work and I prefer to spend the few creative energy I have these days to work on my current projects. I guess that I could work with a editor but I don't know how I feel about that since all my zines include contributions from other people. 



(photo from Seed of Worlds)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Keyed Version of the Cozy Land map

I added keying numbers to the Cozy Land map.

I would like to try to write descriptions for all of them to do a mostly non-violent problems solving campaign.

Get the giant plushy print: https://gumroad.com/l/kvhJW

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

My collection of maps

I assembled all my maps into a collection on Artstation, I was surprised by how many I drew.

I have to admit that I did that because sometime I feel like my map work is a bit under appreciated/celebrated. Probably simply because I am a bit shy and that my anxiety make it difficult for me to participate to big projects and events (like cons).

(Note that you can open most of these projects to reveal additional maps.)

Anyway, enjoy. 😊

https://www.artstation.com/evlynmoreau/albums/2782193

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Four Pregens / followers

I used my prompts generator for NPCs backgrounds to generate these four pregens or followers

(I decided their gender identities and sexual orientation on my own) 

(That generator is fun but it need more work) 





Monday, November 2, 2020

Folklore and characters classes

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast discussed how folklore can be used to present varied and often contradictory interpretations of creatures. We often apply this to monsters and mythos entities but I thought that it could be interesting to apply this to the player characters' professions, like how The Witcher and The Mandalorian depict common folks as having all kinds of stories and rumors about their professions, some trues and some false, sometime these rumors profit the characters but sometime they also complicate their live.

You could ask each player to roll and answer up to three rumors about their character class. Their answer are not necessarily trues, but some parts could be. With a small group of players, going around the table and letting each player roll and answer a question to establish a rumor about the other players profession can also be fun. An other option is to roll and answer one question by level. 

If you don't want these rumors to apply to all fighters, cleric and magic-users, make them about a specific character guild.

When the characters explore a new location or region, modify one of their answers to create a local variant.

Folks tell stories about their... (d10)
  1. Origins (How their profession was funded? When? Where? By whom?)
  2. Purpose (What is the official or secret purpose of their profession?)
  3. Recruitment (Who do they recruit and how? What is their initiation?)
  4. Interdictions (What does their coda prevent them to do?)
  5. Obligations (What does their coda force them to do?)
  6. Abilities (What special abilities they are rumored to have)
  7. Gear (What special gear they are rumored to use?)
  8. Affiliation (What secret alliances or grudges they are rumored to have?)
  9. Payments (What they accept as payment? For which task?)
  10. Exploits (What kind of exploits they are rumored to have done? Or which historical events they participated in?) 
Exemples

People tell stories about the Fighters Guild's...
  • Gear: they only use weapons of defeated foes.
  • Recruitment: they must recruit kids who survive raids or wars if they are holding a weapon when they find them.
  • Payment: you must include a copper piece that tasted blood with their payment
People tell stories about the Thieves Guild's...
  • Origins: the guild was funded by serpent men 600 years ago
  • Abilities: they drink so much poison that their blood is poisonous
  • Obligations: hang a snake skin on your belt or window and they will never rob you.
People tell stories about the Clerics Cult's...
  • Affiliation: the cult has a secret alliance with dwarfs and they will always help them if they give them a piece of hematite as it represents their alliance.
  • Origins: their prophet was petrified, each member of the cult bear a tiny piece of her petrified body.
  • Exploits: during the Iron War, the cult's prayers animated a statue that saved the city.
Now if a cleric of the cult visit a distant village, you can imagine the villagers asking the character to animate their village statue to save them from the ogre that harasses them. Or a soldier asking the character to show them the petrified fragment of their prophet to prove who they are. Or someone giving them an hematite and expecting a service in return.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Spookyfication

I spookyfied the OSE (Old School Essentials) Level 1 random table using some Halloween keywords. 
I rolled an Halloween flavor for each entries and I mixed the results to create Halloween themed variants of these level 1 encounters.  

Halloween flavors table (d12) 
  1. bat|vampire
  2. crow|scarecrow
  3. witch|cat
  4. ghost
  5. skeleton|zombie
  6. pumpkin|turnip|lantern
  7. owl|alien
  8. demon
  9. monstrosity
  10. candy|masked
  11. twisted tree|dead leafs 
  12. patchwork bodyparts 
LEVEL 1
  1. Acolytes of the Black Cat (cultists who use a living black cat as a holy symbol)  
  2. Scracrow Bandits (remain still until the ambush) 
  3. Balefire Beetles (greenish flames) 
  4. Bat Dwarfs (molerat like dwarfs who eat metal and use echolocation) 
  5. Vampire's Gnomes (thralls of a subterrean vampire)
  6. Skeleton headed Goblins (cackle a lot) 
  7. Shambling pile of rotting leaves (Green Slime but as a mass of decomposing leaves)
  8. Halfling's monstrosity (an hairy giant foot with eyes, who smell tobacco) 
  9. Murdered hornets (Ghosts of giant hornets ) 
  10. Twisted Roots Gecko (unded gecko with roots that grow inside them) 
  11. Dead leaves orcs (orcs who use dead leaves as camouflage cloaks)  
  12. Pumpkin Shrews (glowing shrees who live in giant pumpkins) 
  13. Kobolds disguised as (roll a d12 on this table) 
  14. Bone caged demon (tiny demon caged in a skeleton's ribcage)  
  15. Witch Snake (human headed snake, witch's familiar)  
  16. Cotton Candy Spider (colorful "tim burtonesque" spider who weave suggary webs) 
  17. Crows Sprites (sprites riding crows) 
  18. Alien Stirges (stirge faced grey humanoids who drink blood)    
  19. Bodyparts Traders (buy, sell and stiches used body parts) 
  20. Masked Wolves (wolves being controlled by weird masks) 
 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Review & Actual Play of The Kobolds Art Exhibition

There is a short review and actual play of my zine The Kobolds Art Exhibition on the Seed of Worlds blog.

Reading actual plays of my zines is still the best thing in the world, I missed that kind of interacting. :) 

Sadly because of the LULU big update my zines are all currently out of print. I am thinking of moving to DriveThruRPG even if it is not ideal. I guess that it will take me some time to regroup all the files and the covers and to upload everything. I will post an update here once this is done. 

As for the kobolds capacity to survives dangerous environments, I wonder if they could weaponize their magical paintings...

If the kobolds migrate to one of your dungeons, let me know about it. Especially if your group dares to venture into one of their paintings. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020