Monday, June 18, 2018

I made a new zine: The Kobolds' Exhibition!

Bookship18 is still active until midnight and I finished my kobolds zine:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/evlyn-moreau/the-kobolds-art-exhibition/paperback/product-23688076.html

You can get the PDF on LULU or on Gumroad: https://gum.co/koboldexhibition
(If you contributed to the zine, check out first on G+)

I want to try to make a "print at home" PDF to put on Gumroad, but I will try to do it a few days (I need a break from this project). :)

The 32 pages zine present a tribe of kobolds who move from dungeon to dungeon in search of artworks to collect.

Content:
>The art collector, the exhibition,
>the kobolds (their roles and how they collect artworks),
>a d100 artworks random table,
>art forgeries,
>artworks enchantments,
>how to dungeon delve into artwork,
>tables to generate a artwork point-crawl,
>a list of 30 kobolds troubles to solve.



Saturday, June 9, 2018

Daruma

This Daruma doll was a birthday gift from my friend Iris in 2017. I wished to earn my life with my art. Or at least to be able to pay my rent.

I painted the other eye because 1 year later, with my hours being completely cuts at the library I now have to pay my rent with my art. So while I don’t earn enough money to do it, I guess I kind of achieved my goal.


On other news, I finally found the courage to call some clinics and I have a rendez-vous to hopefully start my Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rolling on my random tables...

You arrive at the City of a Thousand Baths 

Travelers on the road told you (rolling on the people talking about towns tables):

  • The city folks are relaxed, sensuous and open minded. 
  • The city is a combination of new and very ancient architecture, the oldest building are linked together by underground tunnels. 
  • The Folded Lotus is one of these very ancient bath house, it inner bath decorated in lapis lazuli is a marvelous sight. 


You settle first at the Folded Lotus (rolled on the city of a thousand bath houses post) 
  • The building is a very ancient bath house.
  • The bath house is run by a private administration (a old lady from a forgotten noble bloodline) 
  • The staff wear special gloves and veils decorated with blue lotus flowers. 
  • The lapis lazuli bath boost saving throws by 4 points...
  • ... if you mix blood in the bath (at least a total of d6 dmg) ... 
  • ... but you Gain a obvious non human trait (bio-luminescent spots)  
  • the bath house is linked by labyrinthine passages to ancient city vestiges full of poisonous traps 
  • While venturing in the tunnels you encounter outcasts, human hybrids of a ancient aquatic race. They seem scared and flee. 
  • While resting at the bath house you discover that one of the baths is forbidden to some type of people. 
The ancient city vestiges contains (rolling on Random cultural influences for dungeon building tables)
  • Artworks influenced by... a sworn enemy or competitor: water fountains and statue inspired by the Shadow Water School (forbidden stuff). 
  • Philosophy tablets influenced by... a allied race or nation: tablets from the ancient coastal city of Xephir.  
  • Luxury goods influenced by... a sworn enemy or competitor: perfumes from the kuo-toa (forbidden stuff). 
While resting at the Folded Lotus you learn about the issues of it personnel. 
(Rolling on the troubleshooters sandbox tables)

You learn that the old lady who own the Folded Lotus...
  • actively seek help.
  • her problem is stable.
  • the problem is about a group or creatures.
  • if resolved she will gain access to a useful location.
You learn also that a girl from the staff...
  • don't seek help, but her problem is obvious. 
  • her problem is very unstable
  • her problem is about a special event, project.
  • if not resolved, she will gain a negative reputation.

While helping people in the city you also visit other bath houses.

The Quiet Flame
  • is a ancient building newly converted into a bath house 
  • it foundations belonged to a ancient temple 
  • the bath house is run by a guild
  • the staff is well trained to protect the bath house
  • one of the bath boost one wisdom by one bonus step...
  • ... if you bath during the rising or setting of the sun...
  • ... but you get a penalty of 3 in your saving throws when you are in the dark. 
  • the bath house is linked to a place of knowledge (a old library full of stone tablets) 
  • while travelling in the tunnels you meet shady people, smuggler of knowledges. 
  • while resting at the bath house you notice that someone seem strangely out of place.
This out of place person...
  • actively seek help
  • her problem is stable
  • her problem is about a NPC neutral toward her
  • resolving this situation would grant her a positive psychological trait 

The Jade House
  • is a new construction build by a avant-garde architect.
  • the bath house is run by a mysterious oracle blessed by the gods  
  • the staff are all betrothed to him  
  • one of the bath boost hit points by one hit die...
  • ... if you bath with a magical fish... 
  • ... but you get a penalty of 1 AC point. 
  • the bath house is linked to a private house
  • while travelling in the tunnels you meet members of the bath house staff.
  • while resting at the bath house you notice that one of the people bathing know one of the PC 
The oracle
  • actively seek help
  • his problem is stable
  • the problem is about a creature neutral toward him (a magical fish)
  • if the problem is resolved he will gain a new blessing
The person bathing who know one of the PC
  • is secretive, he hide his problem and want it to remain secret. 
  • his problem is unstable
  • the problem is about a a special project 
  • if the problem is not resolved he will enter in conflict with a faction

The Aquatic Tribes

While exploring the ancient levels of the city, you begin  to know the ancient aquatic folks who live in the underground lakes. (Rolling on the why these orcs are "evil"? table) 
  • 6000 years ago, sad with the lost of a loved one, their leader made a dark pact with a dark deity. But a wise sorcerer was able to break the pact and sealed the dark goddess in one of the underground lakes. 
  • 300 years ago a booming and ruthless economy followed by a crash destroyed their alliance with the upper city. 
  • 100 years ago their territory was colonized by the forbidden Shadow Water School. Many hybrids were born during this time. 
  • 6 years ago new rumors about the tribe started circulating, people fear that they want to awaken their dark goddess. 
  • 1 month ago the Water Engineer Guild claimed ownership over one of their ancient cisterns to exploit it magical waters.  
  • 4 days ago. human refugees from the city started to build a shanty town near one of their underground lake.
  • The aquatic folk do everything as a family unit, children or elders are always present.  
  • They have a good relationship with many of the declining human noble bloodline 
  • They dislike the Oracle of the Jade House.
  • They have a different historical version of a the city foundation. 
One day you discover a baby aquatic hybrid (rolling on the orc baby generator table):
  • You see a giggling little thing with chubby arms, breaking things with a blood soaked doll, she look at you and wince,

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Spinetooth Oasis actual play

First session of running the Spinetooth Oasis with the Black Hack.

We used the Fabulous Tiny Guild mini-zines to create the characters, this worked very well as the tiny illustration inspire the players but at the same time they are simple enough that you can interpret them in different ways. They kind of work like canvas.


The group:


The setup was that the player characters were the henchmen of the Wizard and now that he is dead they have to work for themselves and become full fledged adventurers. But after a while I realized that since the Black Hack award levels for completing quests or something that I had to give them goals. So we modified the setup a bit. The players are now in charge executing the will of the Wizard and to bestow the items from it inheritance. So instead of delving to find loot, they delve to deliver loot!

The first item to bestow was a frog bottle of transmutation to the Cactus Mother.

  • They met some owl faced cultists and learned about their vendetta against the city state of Zar Naf.
  • They walked through the purple grass and avoided a group of lost soldiers from Zar Naf. 
  • They picked up some narcotic cactus flowers. 
  • They encountered the succulent owl bear and pointed him toward the soldiers.
  • A halfling kid shoot someone in the head with a sling shot and vanished in the cactus bushes. 
  • They encountered a group of sisters of filth who stole cactus flower from the Reboo's gang. 



Session 02

There was no fights, but there was a lot of fun interactions.
  • The group evaded goons from the Reebo's while hiding in the cactus grooves. 
  • They met with the Cactus Mother who revealed that the old Wizard was once her apprentice. 
  • They gave her share of the wizard's inheritance: a bottle of transmutation liquor. 
  • She made one of the PC her champion and transformed him into a giant jade spider. She gave them the quest of awakening the statue of the Succulent Goddess.
  • The group ventured in the caves and traded with the succulent guardian. 
  • Someone tasted the nutritive poop and said it tasted like caramel pudding. :P 
  • The group was ambushed by succulent spiders but the jade spider PC was able to recruit them. 
  • They awakened the Succulent Goddess and convinced the owl cultist that her people must help the goddess to protect the oasis instead of desiring vengeance over the city people. 
  • The goddess transmuted back the PC. 
  • Everyone leveled up to level 2. 

The next item on the list is a set of garden gnomes that must be delivered to Reebo Carubo!

I think that the cactus caves could have used a few more rooms to explore, but it would have been probably a bit different if the succulent creatures were not friendly to them.



I like the Black Hack but I think that I don't like awarding levels for quests because it short-circuit the exploration as the group only focus on accomplishing their goal. I prefer exploration oriented award but I am also curious about the option of awarding a level each session presented in the Black Hack book. I want to see what happen when the players don't have to worry about doing specific things to level up.

Since we rarely have the occasion to play, I think that I will use this option and award a level every session. This way if we play up to level 09, this will give us a 9 sessions campaign. Considering that we play maybe once a month, this give us reasonable campaign length and pacing.


To avoid the feeling that the whole campaign is a accelerated 9 days leveling up, I will run it as a episodic campaign, a month passing by between each session. This will also let me re-setup the seting a bit to underline the consequence of the player character's actions.