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"



jeudi 1er octobre 2015

  • More video reviews of Adventures Dark and Deep!
    Seems that someone really likes Adventures Dark and Deep! Keegan Reid has posted two reviews on his YouTube channel, one for the Players Manual and one for the Game Masters Toolkit, that are positively gushing. :-) Please do take a look, and subscribe to his channel. Lots of other interesting (...)

lundi 28 septembre 2015

  • Marvel's Jessica Jones
    Following up on the success of the really excellent Netflix show Daredevil, the next Netflix/Marvel project is Jessica Jones: In the comics, Jessica Jones is a former B-list superhero who screwed up massively and became a private detective in Hell's Kitchen. She's also noted for her, shall we (...)

samedi 26 septembre 2015

  • Showing, rather than telling
    One of the great differences between the "silver age" of AD&D 1st edition, and more modern editions, is the preference for showing in the earlier products, vs. telling in the newer ones. "Showing" means that details are given in the context of an adventure, and only those details that (...)

jeudi 24 septembre 2015

  • Irons in the Fire
    So, I know my product schedule is somewhat... mercurial. I work on something, and it just doesn't gel, and then I get a burst of inspiration and push the thing over the finish line in short order. Sometimes things just hit me as I'm working on other things, and I can't even think about the (...)

mercredi 23 septembre 2015

  • Cyborg 101 (Terminator/Duran Duran parody)
    h/t the robot's voice

  • Convention Report: Shore Leave 37
    The First DoctorThis weekend saw me at the Shore Leave science fiction convention in Hunt Valley, MD. I went with my 14-year old daughter (the wife stayed home to enjoy some much-needed alone time), whose main experience of conventions has been NY Comic Con. Shore Leave is, as might be (...)

dimanche 20 septembre 2015

  • A Belated Happy Birthday
    I'm a day late, but a warm Happy Birthday to Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, who turned 63 years gorgeous yesterday. I remember catching her show while in college in the mid-1980's in Boston on Saturday nights, and it was a blast. I want to say it was on channel 38, which (...)

mercredi 16 septembre 2015

  • Generic clerics
    There is something of a dichotomy in the way the Dungeons & Dragons (and its descendants and emulators) approach religion. On the one hand, there are clerics, which as a class tend to transcend religious boundaries and be used for priests of wildly differing religions. On the other hand, (...)

mardi 15 septembre 2015

  • Fall TV starts this week
    You know it's really fall, not by the color of the leaves, or the date of the equinox, but by the return of television shows out of summer rerun hell, and the beginning of new shows. Here's the line up of some of my favorite shows, some of which are starting off this week. The Bastard (...)

  • Why am I a publisher?
    The discussion over at EnWorld about the OSR dying (yet again) did get me to indulge in a bit of self-reflection as to why I turned from a hobbyist blogger into a professional publisher. I can assure you, it wasn't for the money or the fame! Indeed, at first, I was offering stuff here for free. (...)

lundi 14 septembre 2015

  • Thoughts on the OBS Offensive Content Policy
    I've been reluctant to make any formal comments about the "Offensive Content Policy" that OBS (the company that runs RPGNow.com and DriveThruRPG.com, which I use to sell my own products) until there was an actual policy upon which to comment. But last Wednesday, the company published its policy (...)

vendredi 11 septembre 2015

lundi 7 septembre 2015

  • Kickstarter announcement - Golden Scroll of Justice
    And the big announcement concerning the Kickstarter for The Golden Scroll of Justice, my upcoming mythic China/Wuxia sourcebook for old-school RPGs is... There will be no Kickstarter. A funny thing happened when I ran the numbers while I was preparing for the Kickstarter of this book. I (...)

mardi 1er septembre 2015

  • Call for Artists - fast turnaround needed
    Let the word go forth from this time and place, that I am hereby looking for artists to work on my next project - a book which is a blend of of Mythic China (including Chinese mythology, folk religion, and the like) and classic Wuxia movies. The book will be Kickstarted, and I'm looking for (...)

mardi 25 août 2015

  • Know any programs make maps that look like this?
    An appeal to all my friends out there who do a lot of mapping. I'm looking for something very specific, and was hoping that someone out there might know of a cartography program that can make forest terrain that looks like this: That's a scan of one of the old SPI wargames from the 70's, and (...)

mercredi 19 août 2015

  • Games I'd like to run
    Every once in a while, there's a wave of "games I'd like to run" posts across the blogs. It does seem like a neat idea to get down what I'd like to run, but haven't, so here goes. I'll leave out the "wuxia game set in the Celestial Imperium of Suhfang in western Oerik" because, well, I've done (...)

samedi 15 août 2015

  • Secondary skills in Adventures Dark and Deep
    One thing that I'm discovering as I'm writing the Mythic China/wuxia book is just how flexible and powerful the secondary skills are. As they appear in Adventures Dark and Deep, they're an expansion of the skill system that Gygax wrote for the Castles & Crusades game (specifically for use (...)

mercredi 12 août 2015

  • Metal Band Name or Game Title?
    Bonus points if you can figure out what this says without looking at the image name.A little fun on a Wednesday morning. Let's do a quick quiz! Without looking it up, can you tell whether each of the following is the name of a metal band or a tabletop game (board games and miniatures both (...)

  • Metal Band Name or Game Title?
    Bonus points if you can figure out what this says without looking at the image name.A little fun on a Wednesday morning. Let's do a quick quiz! Without looking it up, can you tell whether each of the following is the name of a metal band or a tabletop game (board games and miniatures both (...)

samedi 1er août 2015

  • Amazon: up to 50% off strategy board games today only
    Amazon is having an absolutely amazing sale on strategy board games, today only. Get 50% off titles like 7 Wonders, Smallworld, Catan, Tsuro, and tons more. Definitely worth checking out even if you're just a casual board gamer, and some RPGs even snuck in there as well. Click here for the (...)

mercredi 29 juillet 2015

  • Talking About Games reviews
    A few weeks ago, Abraham Zetina of the Talking About Games YouTube channel asked for some review copies of the Adventures Dark and Deep books. I dutifully sent along the pdfs, and he's come out with a series of very nice, in-depth reviews of the three core rulebooks. He's got quite a number of (...)

mardi 28 juillet 2015

  • Why no Nations in Gamma World?
    I've been doing a little preliminary work on my massive Gamma World/Metamorphosis Alpha/Gammarauders/Gamma Knights (new element!) campaign, and something occurred to me. Why in the Gamma World default campaign setting, does it seem like there aren't any large nations? We're centuries past the (...)

mardi 21 juillet 2015

  • One Giant Leap
    On this day in 1969, American Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. What an achievement of the American spirit and the human will. Let us follow up this great achievement and spread humanity to other (...)

samedi 18 juillet 2015

  • Review: Ant-Man (spoiler free)
    I saw the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man today. As a rule, I don't do 3D, so I caught a showing that was plain old 2D. I promise no puns about things being small. I have to say, after the BIG BOOM BOOM show that was Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man was something of a (...)

vendredi 17 juillet 2015

mardi 14 juillet 2015

  • Step Right Up and Spin the Wheel!
    Lately, it seems that every year there's some sort of politically correct outrage coming on the heels of GenCon. This year, with GenCon slightly more than two weeks away, I thought I'd save everybody the trouble and just let the SJW's take a spin on the Wheel of Outrage to figure out what they (...)

vendredi 10 juillet 2015

  • Miniatures!
    Last summer and fall, I went through a big spate of painting some old-school figures; mostly Grenadiers, but there are Ral Parthas, TSRs, Citadels, Minifigs, and others in there as well. I finally got around to painting them, mostly because I'm about to start another round of painting, and (...)

mardi 7 juillet 2015

  • New arrival: 2WW by One Small Step
    One Small Step games, publishers of the redone Ares magazine (that comes with a game in every issue) just came out with "a small foot-print, moderate complexity game of the entire Second World War in Europe" called 2WW. The back of the box says solitaire suitability was high and the complexity (...)

samedi 4 juillet 2015

  • Happy Birthday, America
    No apologies. No soul-searching. We're the best nation on the planet, and I'm not ashamed of it.

  • Film Review: Terminator Genisys
    It doesn't count as a spoiler if they put it on the effing POSTERI'm actually a little conflicted about whether to include spoilers in this review, since the trailers have done a pretty thorough job of revealing some of the bigger plot twists. I'll try to keep them to only what's been revealed (...)

mardi 30 juin 2015

dimanche 28 juin 2015

  • Review: Empire of Imagination
    Nice homage to the cover of "Unearthed Arcana"Michael Witwer's Empire of Imagination (coming October 6, but available for pre-order at Amazon) is a biography of Gary Gygax, an individual who will need no introduction to my readers. Witwer's book covers similar ground to other books published (...)

lundi 22 juin 2015

  • OSWARP 2015 Events
    The schedule of events for this year's DexCon convention was just posted, and with it the OSWARP "Old School con-within-a-con" events. Here they are, broken out for your convenience: THU 8 PM - 12 PM: R0305: Adventures Dark and Deep; "DA1: Adventures in Blackmoor"FRI 8 PM - 12 PM: R0374: (...)

mercredi 17 juin 2015

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 8)
    Slowly but surely we make our way inexorably through this book! This time, I'll be talking about a particularly juicy section; Magical Spells. Here we have more than a hundred(!) new spells, purportedly from the spellbooks of the most famous magic-users in the Flanaess; Bigby, Drawmij, (...)

jeudi 4 juin 2015

  • Is Spider-Girl coming to the MCU?
    So, there's been quite a hullabaloo lately about the 2015 Marvel character poster (click to embiggen): Some folks are claiming (and they're probably correct) that Marvel is deliberately sidelining characters for which they do not own the film rights. So, unlike years past, there's no Fantastic (...)

mercredi 3 juin 2015

  • Now Available: Castle of the Mad Archmage Level 3E expansion
    The first fourteen levels were only the beginning! Confound your players with a whole new level to add to your Castle of the Mad Archmage™ adventure. Level Three East describes the wonders of the Mad Archmage’s own museum, which contains curiosities and treasures from all over the multiverse, and (...)

  • Designer's corner: wuxia rules
    I've got a long way to go before it's done, but I've recently had a spurt of inspiration and energy for my wuxia/Chinese folklore supplement for old-school gaming, and I thought I'd post some of my thoughts on how it's going to be organized, and what sort of stuff will likely find its way into (...)

dimanche 31 mai 2015

  • Last call for OSWARP game masters!
    Game proposals for this year's OSWARP (Old School Wargaming and Role Playing) convention, held in conjunction with Dexcon in Morristown, NJ July 3-5, are due by this Friday, June 5th! Types of games we're looking for: Old-school RPGs (Basic, AD&D, White Box, BECMI, Metamorphosis Alpha, Boot (...)

lundi 25 mai 2015

  • Remember
    Remember those who gave their lives, that we might be free.

dimanche 24 mai 2015

  • Game shelf porn
    I've recently engaged in moving my office into another room of the house, to allow my daughter to use the spare bedroom as a music room (drums take up a lot of space). In so doing, I had the opportunity to go through my game collection, reorganize everything, get rid of junk, and generally get (...)

jeudi 21 mai 2015

  • Innovation: settings, rules, or... what?
    Just like the good old days, there's a debate flying around certain centers of the OSR blogosphere, and naturally I've got a thought or two. The debate is (yet again) about innovation in the OSR. Some people seem bound and determined to shoot down anything the OSR has produced as derivative and (...)

mercredi 20 mai 2015

  • Call for GMs - Dexcon/OSWARP 2015
    Registration for this year's Dexcon/OSWARP 2015 convention is open, and proposals for games are being accepted now! Last year's OSWARP, held in conjunction with the huge general gaming convention Dexcon in Morristown, NJ was a blast, and this year's convention should be better still. The sort (...)

lundi 18 mai 2015

  • Last hours for Ral Partha's Chaos Wars
    You've only got a few hours to get in on the resurrection of Ral Partha's late great "Chaos Wars" minis and game. This is a real blast from the past, and I'm so very glad to see it coming back. So if you haven't pledged, now's your chance! Click here to see the (...)

jeudi 14 mai 2015

  • White Star: Commerce Raider and Raider Tender
    The massive shipyards of Astor and New Austin, the premier industrial worlds of the Athena Sector, have been turning out spacecraft of all types and descriptions for centuries, many of which find their way to every corner of civilized space (and beyond). Here are some of the most (...)

jeudi 7 mai 2015

  • What I'm working on...
    Deep in the heart of the Black Swan Nebula, mostly cut off from the rest of the civilized galaxy, lies the Cygnus Sector. Underpopulated, rich in resources, and wracked by conflict and religious strife, it is a magnet for the dregs of the Far Rim. Mercenaries looking for work, fanatics looking (...)

mardi 5 mai 2015

lundi 4 mai 2015

  • Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron (spoilers below the fold)
    On Friday I took my daughter to see the newest Marvel film, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Even in the middle of the day on a weekday, the theater was quite full, but not sold out. We saw it in normal 2D, and I couldn't see any scenes where seeing it in 3D would have added anything, but someone who (...)

lundi 27 avril 2015

  • Elements of a Homebrewed Campaign
    I've been giving some thought lately to setting up a homebrew campaign for some 1st Edition gaming. I'm a big proponent of Gygax's "bulls-eye" method of campaign design; sketch out the broader world first, and then do ever-more-detailed descriptions of a given area, until you've gotten down to (...)

samedi 25 avril 2015

  • Review: Daredevil (spoiler-free)
    A few weeks ago, Netflix released all thirteen episodes of their Daredevil series on their service, based on the Marvel comic (and having nothing to do with the 2003 film starring our new Batman, Ben Affleck). The series has already been picked up for a second season, even though its companion (...)

mardi 21 avril 2015

  • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD getting spinoff
    Entertainment Weekly is reporting an exclusive story - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD is getting a spinoff show next year (which pretty much means a third season is a given). That, and there's a 60% chance that the excellent Peggy Carter will also be getting another at-bat, probably during AoS's (...)

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Oerth Journal 28

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...

Sur le Web : Canonfire

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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