Greyhawk Grognard, ces 30 derniers jours

Blog de Joe Bloch - Amateur de longue date de Greyhawk et rédacteur du fan module "Castle of the Mad Archmage"



samedi 20 janvier 2018

  • Are You Going to GaryCon?
    Hey-oh! This year will mark my first time going to GaryCon. I'll be there hawking my wares as BRW Games, so this will be your opportunity to pick up all the Castle of the Mad Archmage and Adventures Dark and Deep goodness. Special convention-only thingy: I'll be there with a number of printed (...)

vendredi 19 janvier 2018

  • GURPS Now on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG
    For those who are fans of Steve Jackson's GURPS (Generic Universal RolePlay System), good news. SJG has just released a ton of content on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG. Everything's in pdf, but that's what all the kids these days are using. I understand they're adding new titles all the time, so if (...)

mercredi 17 janvier 2018

  • Treasures of the Greyhawk Wars
    In the much-maligned Greyhawk Wars game, there are quite a few nuggets of Greyhawk lore to be had. The most are obviously found in the Adventurer's Book, which details the history of the wars and the events leading up to them. But in the game itself there are also some items to be found. I'm (...)

mardi 16 janvier 2018

  • Stretch Goal!
    One of my fans has suggested that I set a stretch goal to come out with a print edition of one of my earlier adventures, Bitterbark's Circus. The Circus is a mirthfully malevolent place, and can also be used as an expansion for Castle of the Mad Archmage (Level 11, Area 34, for those keeping (...)

lundi 15 janvier 2018

  • Want ADD Classes? You Got 'Em
    I've gotten a bunch of inquiries about putting out stand-alone versions of the new classes and sub-classes in Adventures Dark and Deep: BardJesterMysticMountebankSavant Well, after a bit of work, that request is now a reality. All of the "new" classes in Adventures Dark and Deep, based on the (...)

samedi 13 janvier 2018

  • Musicland Kickstarter Update
    In response to several inquiries, a new reward level has been added; the Musicland Standard Edition, for those who want to get the book in print, but missed out on the limited edition print version. This new reward level will include a standard POD version of the book, plus the pdf. You'll need (...)

  • WotC to Require Background Checks
    Well this is interesting. Over at Quest for Fun! there's a new post about a new mandate from Wizards of the Coast, requiring stores that run official WotC events to do background checks on their staff. Here's the relevant text: As part of our commitment to safe and inclusive spaces, tournament (...)

jeudi 11 janvier 2018

  • Why isn't there a Full Magic: the Gathering Setting for Dungeons & Dragons?
    I saw this post over at the Nerds4LifeBlog, and it got me wondering about something I've contemplated over the years. Why the Hell hasn't Wizards of the Coast developed a campaign setting (or settings!) based on the implied setting of Magic: The Gathering? I mean, the stats on the available (...)

mardi 9 janvier 2018

  • Pics vs. Description
    As part of my project to convert as much Greyhawk material as I can into 5th Edition D&D stats, I've come across a weird anomaly. Two creatures - the Greyhawk Dragon and the Dragonnel - have descriptions that diverge from their images in some sources. Normally, that might be a minor glitch, (...)

jeudi 4 janvier 2018

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 11)
    Yes! I am still doing this! Two more sections to go. This time I'm going through Adventures in Greyhawk, a collection of mini-adventures set in various places, and geared towards parties of varying level. First up is Horse Sense, a zero-level adventure (more about that in part 12 of this (...)

mercredi 3 janvier 2018

  • Kickstarter is now live!
    The Kickstarter for the new Castle of the Mad Archmage level, Musicland, is now live. This will be your only opportunity to get a copy of the hand-made and signed print versions of this level. I've never done this before, and might never do this sort of thing again. These will be collector's (...)

lundi 1er janvier 2018

  • Looking Ahead to 2018
    Every once in a while, I find it helpful to take a step back and list out the things I've got cooking. It helps me prioritize, and gives my friends and fans a chance to see what might be coming. Of course, this isn't set in stone, especially the stuff out in the later part of the year, but it's (...)

dimanche 31 décembre 2017

  • New Year's Eve's Gone By
    When I was a kid growing up in New Jersey, naturally we watched television out of New York City. This was back in the 70's, when there were only three networks (2, 4, and 7) and three independent channels (5, 9, and 11). But what I remember most about New Year's Eve wasn't the ball dropping on (...)

dimanche 24 décembre 2017

  • More Castle of the Mad Archmage Coming in January
    It is with great pleasure that I can announce a new expansion to the Castle of the Mad Archmage will Kickstart in January. But this is going to be something special. On Level 5 of the castle dungeons*, there is a magical gate to a land of living music, where if the PCs enter, "...they will be (...)

jeudi 21 décembre 2017

  • Cyneric's Call Kickstarter
    I thought I'd bring your attention to a Kickstarter that just launched; Cyneric's Call RPG. You can read the full blurb over at the Kickstarter page, but the lowdown is that it seems to be pretty rules-lite, uses only d12's (some love for the d12 fans out there!), and also comes with a setting. (...)

vendredi 15 décembre 2017

  • A Serious MCU Proposal - Ka-Zar and the Savage Land
    With all the talk about the possibilities of the Fantastic Four and X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which possibilities I myself covered not too long ago), with the announcement today's announcement that the Disney-Fox deal is indeed going to happen, I thought I'd do a head-fake (...)

jeudi 14 décembre 2017

  • Playtest Closed
    Just a quick admin note - I've got more playtesters for my 5th Edition Greyhawk 576 project than I need. Way more. Response has been terrific, and I thank everyone. But for now, I'm closing the door on new playtest groups. I'll still keep making updates on overall progress here. Stay (...)

vendredi 8 décembre 2017

  • MCU Implications of a Disney-Fox Deal
    With the news that Disney and Fox are very close to a deal, I thought it might be fun to speculate on the implications such a thing might have on the various Marvel movie and TV properties. For those who haven't been keeping up, Fox is looking to shed everything except their sports and news (...)

mardi 5 décembre 2017

  • Thoughts on the Frost and Fire Giants (and Stone Giants, too!)
    Following up on my musings about the connection between the Elder Elemental God and the Hill Giants in G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief, I would like to move on to the other two modules in the series. The next one, G2 The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl is going to be the shortest in (...)

dimanche 3 décembre 2017

  • The Elder Elemental God and the Hill Giants
    One of the little things tucked away in the original Against the Giants modules (G1, G2, and G3) is the connection to the Elder Elemental God that runs throughout the first and last in the series. I'd like to tease out some of those connections and see where they lead, especially in the context (...)

mercredi 29 novembre 2017

  • 5E Greyhawk Update - Players Guide Done
    Hey-o! I posted about this on my FB and G+ pages, but for everyone else, I wanted to point out a milestone in my 5E Greyhawk project. The Greyhawk 576 Players Guide is now complete. That means all the thumbnail descriptions of countries, races, languages, classes, magic items, backgrounds, (...)

samedi 25 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design XIII - Wrapping Up
    I started with this...So this will likely be my final post in the National Campaign Creation Month (NaCaCrMo) series. I've gone from a quick map and a couple of notes on a piece of paper to a campaign setting I could run tomorrow. There are maps both of the setting itself on a large scale, and (...)

  • Greyhawk Gods in 5E
    As I've been posting my progress on my Greyhawk 576 material for 5th Edition, someone asked if they could see a list of all the deities I'm planning on including. So here it is, subject to change, of course. Names marked with an asterisk are already done, with full write-ups including a unique (...)

jeudi 23 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design XII - Artanian Blood Magic
    As noted previously, one thing I want to use to differentiate Artanian magic from the more standard type used by the colonists from Hanar-across-the-sea is its basis in blood sacrifice. This is thematically similar to Defiler magic in the Dark Sun setting, which consumes plant life in order to (...)

  • The Miracle of the Bones
    I've been doing a lot of reading on Medieval witchcraft trials for a non-gaming project I'm working on, and over and over I see references to "the miracle of the bones" wherein an animal is killed and eaten, and then resurrected when its bones are placed in its skin, and the whole blessed. The (...)

mardi 21 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design XI - Merchants and Mercenaries
    Now that the local area where the PCs are starting has been filled in a little more, I'd like to pull back out and take a look at some of the more macro bits of detail. Specifically, I'd like to look at the merchant houses and mercenary companies that were either brought here or established (...)

dimanche 19 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design X - Local Color
    In the previous post in the series, I sketched out the small area the PCs will be operating in at the start of the campaign. Now I'd like to add a little more detail by laying out some encounters, both fixed and wandering. The stats below are for 1st edition AD&D, but they're very minimal (...)

samedi 18 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design IX - Campaign Map
    In the previous installment of this series, I laid out the starting scenario for the PCs. They will be starting in the area indicated by the box on the map below: For me, the maps are where things really come alive. I took the area on the large-scale map, and blew it up to a scale of 2 miles (...)

mercredi 15 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design VIII - Fresh Off the Boat
    Part of the conceits of the Lost Artanis campaign setting is the idea that it so easily fits the "classic" campaign set-up, as a consciously inherent aspect of its design. That is, the PCs can literally enter the setting fresh off a ship from Hanar-Across-the-Sea, into a land they only have the (...)

lundi 13 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design VII - Lost Artanis
    I wanted to take some time to discuss the realm of Lost Artanis, which, although it no longer exists in the time-frame of the campaign, will still cast a very long shadow upon it. Artanis is a kingdom that covered the whole of the colonized area and beyond, which fell some 500 years ago due to (...)

dimanche 12 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design VI - Aedgaria
    Following on the previous installment where I talk about the second of the three colonies in some detail, I'm rounding out Aedgaria in this post. Aedgaria is the last of the three colonies to be founded, by the kingdom of Wynnland. Because of this, they got the leftovers when it came to (...)

vendredi 10 novembre 2017

  • Cavalier for 5th Edition
    Today is the hobby store release day for Xanathar's Guide to Everything, and apparently one of the things it includes is a cavalier martial archetype for the fighter class. It just so happens I also wrote up a cavalier martial archetype for my own Players Guide to Greyhawk 576, so I thought I'd (...)

jeudi 9 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design V - Lippegen
    So last time I covered some details about New Valais, and now I'd like to put a little meat on the Lippegen bone. The map hasn't changed: Lippegen is my pseudo-Germany colony, linked back to the Dual Kingdom of Grott-Heimburg, with its Summer King and Winter King who swap roles at the (...)

  • Universal's Dark Universe
    Well, that didn't take long. News has come out that Universal's Dark Universe, which was supposed to be a shared universe with their various monster properties like Dracula and Frankenstein, has folded after just one (well, two, if you count Dracula Untold, which was in, and then out, of the (...)

mardi 7 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design IV - New Valais
    As mentioned in the previous installment, I've filled in a lot more detail in the eastern portion of the map, and added one large and one small lake, to give the terrain some interesting features. Here's what it looks like now (click to embiggen): The scale is 10 miles per hex, and bear in mind (...)

  • November Campaign Design II - Better Map, Firmer Concepts
    So after the previous effort, I sat down with Hexographer and took a stab at a first-draft map. Here's what I came up with: Click to embiggen A few things are different from the sketch map, of course. There are more towns. There are islands, Things have names. This isn't a final map by any (...)

dimanche 5 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design III - The Religion Question
    As mentioned in the previous post in this series, here's the trimmed-down map that only focuses on the northern, settled, parts of the continent (which I've christened "Lost Artanis"): The map has a scale of 10 miles per hex. The eastern areas definitely need some more detailing, and I might (...)

samedi 4 novembre 2017

  • Review: Thor Ragnarok (Spoiler Free)
    I saw Thor Ragnarok tonight in a mostly-filled theater with the new (to me, anyway) Dolby system installed. Supposed to have better sound and visuals. The sound was definitely more rumbly; the seats would shake when there were explosions or ships flying past, but I didn't notice anything (...)

vendredi 3 novembre 2017

  • Worthy Cause: Extra Life
    Starting tomorrow, Thramack and Darth Cupcake will be participating in Extra Life's game stream marathon tomorrow into Sunday. You can pledge any amount, which will go to help ill and injured kids in need. Do check it out, here: (...)

  • November Campaign Design I - Rough Map, Broad Concepts
    In my first installment in my NaCaCrMo series, I have a quick sketch of a map done, a big concept for the campaign, and a few details that occurred to me as I was contemplating the whole thing. Here is the map I came up with, along with marginalia which I'll transcribe below (click to (...)

mercredi 1er novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design
    I'm declaring November to be NaCaCrMo. Sodium-Calcium-Chromium-Molybdenum for the win! Oh, wait. No. With all the national month of this or that or the other thing in November, I thought I might turn my own attentions to creating a campaign setting in a month, both to see if I can do it, and to (...)

mardi 31 octobre 2017

  • 1st Edition Paladin Spells (Part 2)
    Following up on the previous post, here are the remaining paladin-specific spells, converted from 5E to 1E format. The 5E paladin spell list goes up to 5th level, but in 1E paladins can only cast up to 4th level spells, thus this list is a little smaller than the total list of paladin spells (...)

  • 1st Edition Paladin Spells (Part 1)
    One of the things I like about 5th Edition is the notion of special spell lists for paladins and rangers. (I have no idea if this was also a thing in 3rd or 4th edition, since I never got into either.) I think this is precisely the sort of thing that could translate into 1st edition very well. (...)

mercredi 25 octobre 2017

dimanche 22 octobre 2017

  • Interview at Multiverse
    Timothy Connolly of TSR, Inc. interviewed me for their Multiverse blog, and the interview went live today: http://multiverse.world/blog/2017/10/19/qa-joseph-bloch-greyhawk-grognard/ This was a lot of fun to do, and I hope folks check it (...)

vendredi 20 octobre 2017

  • Darker Paths Halloween Sale
    Hello, kiddies! It's that wonderful time of year again, boys and ghouls... The annual Halloween sale, when the Darker Paths series of supplements are on sale for a ridiculously low price. And of course they're all usable with almost all old-school, 0E/1E/2E type games. This is honestly some of (...)

mercredi 4 octobre 2017

  • Ogre coming to Steam
    I normally hate video games, but this looks amazing. I've been a huge fan of the game since the 70's, including the miniatures version, and this looks like a very worthy addition to the family. Now I'll have to figure out how to get a Steam account, just for (...)

samedi 30 septembre 2017

  • Review: Marvel's Inhumans (spoiler-free)
    I watched the first two episodes of Marvel's Inhumans last night (I did not see the Imax screening a few weeks ago). This is a property that has had a sort of rocky history at Marvel studios; it was originally supposed to be a movie, and then it got downgraded to a TV series at ABC. (...)

vendredi 22 septembre 2017

  • Project Oasis now on sale!
    Hey all! Just a reminder that my post-apocalyptic RPG setting, Project Oasis, is on sale as part of OBS's Setting Sale. One third off is a pretty sweet deal! For those who haven't heard of it, Project Oasis is my gonzo post-apocalyptic setting, written for Mutant Future and Apes Victorious, but (...)

lundi 4 septembre 2017

  • Quick Greyhawk 5th Edition Update
    Real quick update on the 5E Greyhawk material. The Greyhawk 576 Players Manual is very far along. Races, classes, backgrounds, feats, spells, and quick descriptions of the Lands of the Flanaess are done. 23 gods out of 70 are completed, 13 are mostly done, and the rest still need to be started. (...)

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dimanche 12 mai 2019

Février 2019 : Parution du numéro 28 du Oerth Journal
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Oerth Journal 27

vendredi 20 janvier 2017

Il a mis 5 ans à arriver, mais il est là...

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Greyhawk Reborn !

samedi 21 novembre 2015

Greyhawk Reborn is a new living-style campaign based in the legendary World of Greyhawk using the D&D 5E rules !

Sur le Web : Greyhawk Reborn

Best of Greyhawk # 15

lundi 26 août 2013

Voici le 15e fichier qui compile les meilleurs articles postés sur le forum Greyhawk d’AOL (Juillet - Aout 1996).

Best of Greyhawk #15

Canonfire Chronicles

vendredi 2 août 2013

Un petit frère (un fork amical) à Oerth Journal, vient tout juste d’être publié. Il contient plus de 150 pages, essentiellement d’aventures, rédigées par les amateurs et les spécialistes du monde de Greyhawk.

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