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



dimanche 5 avril 2015

  • Apparently this is some sort of holiday...
    At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared (...)

vendredi 27 mars 2015

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 7)
    Boy, has it been a long time since I've done one of these. But we're not through the book yet, and there's plenty more to cover. This time: the Hall of Heroes. The Hall of Heroes is a selection of fourteen NPCs with stats and in-depth descriptions and histories. Seven of them are in the City of (...)

mercredi 11 mars 2015

  • Review: Elemental Evil Player's Companion
    A few days ago, Wizards of the Coast released their Elemental Evil Player's Companion, a 5th edition D&D supplement intended to expand player capabilities and possibilities for the upcoming Elemental Evil - Princes of the Apocalypse story arc. It is a free download, and is available either (...)

lundi 9 mars 2015

  • Working on...
    Hi all. Sorry that I've been relatively silent this past month or so. I've been distracted by a number of things, almost all non-game-related, including setting up an Asatru group here in northern NJ, (real-world) work stuff, and family in general. But I've not been completely idle on the (...)

vendredi 27 février 2015

mardi 20 janvier 2015

  • Temple of Elemental Evil boardgame coming
    This just in from our friends in Renton... Other products tied into the Elemental Evil storyline include the Temple of Elemental Evil Adventure System Board Game and pre-painted collectible miniatures, both from WizKids Games. WizKids has also partnered with Perfect World Entertainment to (...)

  • Temple of Elemental Evil boardgame coming
    This just in from our friends in Renton... Other products tied into the Elemental Evil storyline include the Temple of Elemental Evil Adventure System Board Game and pre-painted collectible miniatures, both from WizKids Games. WizKids has also partnered with Perfect World Entertainment to (...)

lundi 19 janvier 2015

  • Making Temple of Elemental Evil bigger
    Some of the criticism of T1-4 over the years has been around the idea that it's just too big. There's too much detail in there, too many things going on for the DM to get a grasp of. I beg to differ. As I've gone through my (literal) deconstruction of the module, I've come to the conclusion (...)

dimanche 18 janvier 2015

vendredi 26 décembre 2014

mercredi 24 décembre 2014

  • Table rules vs. between-game rules
    Back when I was playing AD&D 1st edition on a nearly continual basis, there seemed to be two kinds of rules. The first set of rules were the ones that got used all the time at the table during play. Combat, spellcasting, movement, climbing walls; that sort of thing. That was the sort of (...)

mardi 23 décembre 2014

  • Greyhawk Gold Box now available in pdf
    The "gold box" set of the World of Greyhawk Fantasy Setting (for AD&D 1st edition), considered by many fans to be the definitive treatment of the setting, is now available in an official pdf version from DnDClassics.com. You get three pdfs in the package; one for the Guide, one for the (...)

lundi 22 décembre 2014

  • For all those serving this Christmas
    As a veteran myself, I would like to extend my thanks and everlasting appreciation for the millions of men and women who do, and have, spent their Christmas away from family, whether on a safe and secure Air Force base like I did, or in the face of hostile guns, as many still do today. They (...)

  • In Memoriam
  • In Memoriam

jeudi 18 décembre 2014

  • Goblins vs. humanoids
    I've long felt that the "goblinoid races" (goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears, and norkers) form a sort of sub-group within the broader category of humanoids in the implied (A)D&D universe, but this implicit unifying feature has almost always been ignored. I think that portraying goblins and (...)

mardi 16 décembre 2014

  • Gamergate the Card Game has arrived
    The so-objectionable-it-couldn't-be-sold-by-DriveThruStuff Gamergate: The Card Game came today. Obviously I haven't had a chance to play it, but on its face, having skimmed through the cards, it seems a cute little bit of sarcastic social commentary that skewers the participants on both sides (...)

dimanche 14 décembre 2014

  • Interview with Steve Wieck re: Gamergate the Card Game
    For those who haven't heard, recently OneBookShelf (the purveyors of online gaming retail websites such as DnDClassics, DriveThruRPG, DriveThruCards, and RPGNow, among others) decided to ban a game by Postmortem Studios (run by James Desborough) entitled Gamergate: The Card Game. It has also (...)

jeudi 11 décembre 2014

  • Alas, GaryCon
    Unfortunately it looks like I will not be able to attend next year's GaryCon after all. Despite having asked several months ago and not having gotten a reply, I am now told that there is no more room in the dealer's area. So no way to hopefully offset part of the cost of the trip. Ah, well. (...)

  • Merry Yuletide!
    I thought some carols might be in order: Edit: I just had to include this one as soon as I saw it:

  • What the MCU and the Marx Brothers have in common
    It might be odd to think that the creators of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has been phenomenally successful and either has or will spawned many would-be imitators, might have something in common with the likes of the Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, and their like. But they do, and (...)

samedi 6 décembre 2014

  • Adventures Dark and Deep Players/GM Screen now available
    Now available, an eight-page print-it-yourself Player/GM screen for Adventures Dark and Deep™. It's a buck and a half, and has 40 tables, diagrams, and charts that you'll want at your fingertips. And naturally, most of those tables are usable with most other OSR-type games. You can get yours by (...)

mercredi 3 décembre 2014

  • Giving up on fixing the Temple of Elemental Evil
    For the past week or so, I've been working on something I've been calling T5. It was essentially meant to be an expansion of the existing T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil, adding new elements like additional preliminary adventures similar to the moathouse, allowing the PCs to have a better chance (...)

vendredi 28 novembre 2014

  • 5E DMG: First Impressions
    I picked up the new 5th Edition D&D Dungeon Master's Guide today at one of my FLGS's (and scored a 20% discount because it's Black Friday, which was totally unexpected but welcome nonetheless). The regular street date is December 9th, but stores that are part of the Wizards Play Network can (...)

mercredi 26 novembre 2014

  • The Green Wine of Celene
    I thought I'd try my hand at something a little different - I give you The Green Wine of Celene, a short story set in the World of Greyhawk, presented in the long tradition of fan fiction. The World of Greyhawk and its associated characters and names are the property of Wizards of the Coast, (...)

vendredi 21 novembre 2014

  • By the Lords of Kobol, I would buy this!
    This is apparently a demo reel done as a "proof of concept" to propose redoing the special effects of the original Battlestar Galactica using CGI, in much the same way they redid the effects for the classic Star Trek a couple of years ago. Oh man would I buy this. In a heartbeat. Demo Reel - (...)

  • New Adventure: Bitterbark's Circus
    Hot on the heels of the best-selling Adventures Dark and Deep™ GM's Screen, BRW Games is proud to announce the release of Bitterbark's Circus, an adventure locale designed for characters level 8-9. Because it's written for the Adventures Dark and Deep™ rules, it can be used with most Basic or (...)

mardi 18 novembre 2014

  • No capes
    "No capes!"Over at The Hollywood Reporter, talking about the Universal plan to turn their classic monster properties into action-adventure films (presumably because that worked so well with Van Helsing), Universal chairman Edna Mode Donna Langley is quoted as saying "We don't have any capes" (...)

dimanche 16 novembre 2014

  • Agents of SHIELD, the Inhumans, and the MCU
    Speculation has been rife for months that Marvel's Agents of SHIELD television show (now in its second season) is going to be introducing a new element into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU); namely, the Inhumans. This post is going to have some spoilers about recent episodes of AoS, so if (...)

mardi 11 novembre 2014

  • Metatopia Post-Con Report
    This past weekend saw me at the annual Metatopia convention in Morristown, NJ. Metatopia is run by Double Exposure, the same folks who put on the Dreamation and Dexcon conventions (the latter now including the old-school OSWARP con as a featured subset), as well as the First Exposure playtest (...)

lundi 10 novembre 2014

  • Dune: The Television Series
    It's no secret that big-budget shows, with a shortened (10 episode or so) season, are all the rage right now. Of course the trend is exemplified by Game of Thrones, but we've seen it in other historical dramas like Rome, The Tudors, and The Borgias, and with more sci-fi/fantasy/horror fare such (...)

jeudi 30 octobre 2014

  • DungeonScape for 5E is gone before it started
    This just in from OSR Today: This morning it was announced by Trapdoor Technologies, who were creating the new character generator called Dungeonscape for Dungeons & Dragons 5e, are shutting down the current version of the tool, effective noon MST October 31, 2014, giving little more than (...)

lundi 20 octobre 2014

  • BRW Games Call for Submissions
    It's that time of year again - BRW Games is looking for authors who think they have what it takes to get published. At the moment, we're looking for RPG adventure modules that aren't tied to any particular campaign setting, either using the AD&D 1st Edition/compatible or D&D 5th Edition (...)

dimanche 19 octobre 2014

  • Review: Sea of Death
    (Caution: Spoilers) No, I haven't forgotten my reviews of various Greyhawk novels. When last we left, I had just reviewed Artifact of Evil, the second in Gary Gygax's "Gord the Rogue" series of books, published right before he left TSR. Now we turn to the first in the series to be published (...)

lundi 13 octobre 2014

  • Metatopia schedule now up
    The schedule of events for this year's Metatopia convention in Morristown, NJ on November 6-9 is now up. For those who don't know, Metatopia is a rather unique sort of convention that caters to game publishers and designers, and hooks up people looking to playtest new games with companies in (...)

dimanche 12 octobre 2014

  • What is the OSR? The *definitive* answer
    With all the hullabaloo around the definition of "OSR", I felt it was incumbent upon me to provide the definitive answer. And of course, given that it's the OSR we're talking about, that means a random table! .tg border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0; .tg tdfont-family:Arial, (...)

mercredi 8 octobre 2014

  • A Tale of Two Castles
    Miniature Building AuthorityWell, two modular castle-building miniature Kickstarters, anyway. Coincidentally, both of these launched on September 30, and both look remarkably similar on the surface. Which shouldn't be too much of a surprise, given what they are, but it is probably unfortunate (...)

lundi 6 octobre 2014

  • Rebasing Prepainted Miniatures
    One of the advantages of modern pre-painted miniatures is that there is usually a glut of suitable figures available in the after-market. Right scale, more or less, and covering both the usual fantasy tropes as well as some interesting monsters. Many of these, especially those that are (...)

vendredi 3 octobre 2014

  • The most useless miniature ever
    I give you... the doppelganger: Let's make a miniature of a creature that only appears in the shape-shifted guise of some other creature. Something that quite literally is never, ever seen in this form in the game. At least there's a shot that the rakshasa (also a shape-shifter) could choose (...)

mercredi 1er octobre 2014

  • Pig Faced Orcs, Part II
    A couple of weeks ago, I posted that my pig-faced orcs from Miniature Figures had arrived from the UK. Well, now I've painted the beasties, and folks seemed interested enough that I thought I'd share the results. Here's what they looked like out of the box, with flash and shields still attached (...)

mardi 30 septembre 2014

  • Chronicles of Gor Indiegogo Campaign Ends Today
    The Chronicles of Gor Indiegogo campaign is only about $800 short of its goal, and ends today. I'd urge everyone who is interested in swords-and-planet type settings to give it a look-see. Yes, the Gor novels have a reputation for an ever-increasing focus on the slave and sex angle. But the (...)

samedi 27 septembre 2014

  • Is the OSR anti-miniature?
    The always-excellent Chirine has a post up today about miniatures. One of the things he mentions, based on his experience in OSR message boards (he doesn't mention which ones), is that the OSR in general feels miniatures are a Bad Thing in RPGs. With all due respect, I don't think it's the case (...)

vendredi 26 septembre 2014

  • Review: D&D Miniatures by Wizkids
    Although I passed on the Icons of the Realms miniatures starter set that came out earlier this summer in conjunction with the big Hoard of the Dragon Queen release, I finally found a FLGS that actually had some of the boosters, and decided to check them out to see how they look. I got two boxes (...)

  • Pig Faced Orcs!
    I got yet another piece to the miniatures puzzle in the mail today. Pig faced orcs from Britain! Now, as you might be able to tell, these are not the pig faced orcs that you can get from Otherworld Miniatures. Nor are they the pig faced orcs that you can get from Wargames Foundry. Nor still are (...)

samedi 20 septembre 2014

  • Review: Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual (5E)
    Today was the early release date for the new Monster Manual for the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, available at Wizards Play Network stores. I picked one up, because I don't mind paying full price for an early copy ($49.95 MSRP, $29.97 at Amazon, available in a couple of weeks). (...)

vendredi 12 septembre 2014

  • So cool...
    While you're waiting for that to load, you might find this of interest.

jeudi 11 septembre 2014

  • Looking forward to the D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual
    Next Friday the second core rulebook for D&D 5th Edition, the Monster Manual, will land at Wizards Play Network stores next Friday, September 19th, and at all retailers (and Amazon) on the 30th. I was very impressed with the Player's Handbook, and I just wanted to give a quick recap of what (...)

dimanche 31 août 2014

  • Greyhawk is a mess
    The Marklands, 20 miles per hexIn the process of getting ready for my 5E Greyhawk sandbox campaign (in two weeks - yikes!), I started where I always start. Maps. So in the process of trying to put together a map of the Gnarley Forest and the surrounding environs, I went to the sources and (...)

  • It is coming...
    Soon. Soon I can let the world know. But not now. Not yet. Soon.

mercredi 27 août 2014

  • Hasbro brings D&D brand to Shapeways via SuperFanArt
    The site originally launched just for "My Little Pony", now includes Dungeons & DragonsThis caught my eye this morning: As you may have heard, Hasbro and Shapeways are working together to encourage artists to create and sell 3D designs based on Hasbro brands. Our July launch of (...)

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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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