The Stolen City - One Page City Crawl

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I started working on an urbancrawl setting/adventure to enter in the One Page Dungeon Contest.

It’s a sprawling city that you generate as the players explore it. You travel block by block and populate each block as players explore the city. There are gangs you need to watch out for, or join! The gangs are only briefly described right now. I’m working on fleshing them out and adding some more faction stuff for the player to interact with.
An early draft is available on my patreon.

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Ghost Star Spread Sheet Version

Using Google Sheets, I threw together a quick character sheet for my discord sessions of In The Light Of A Ghost Star. I went back to it and ended up adding the game rules to it. So here’s the spread sheet version of ITLOAGS. Playing it over discord on voice chat went well and really made me feel like I accomplished what I set out to when making Ghost Star. It’s easy to play with little prep and new RPG players have no problem getting the hang of it.

Pamphlet Dungeon: The Mephitic Laboratory of the Pescamancer

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I made a little dungeon adventure module on a trifold letter sized piece of paper. I found a letter folding machine at work and that inspired me to make something in this format. I like how it turned out but I want to take more advantage of the format on the next one when it comes to layout.

The adventure is called The Mephitic Laboratory of the Pescamancer.
It’s loosely inspired by the area of Oaxaca Mexico I lived in as a kid. I even used the name of a town in that region called Mazunte and have a small reference to its history of sea turtle farming.

I will be mailing copies of these to some folks so watch your mailbox! It’ll also be available for download eventually.

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Eventful Journey Generation for Wandering Knaves

Here are some random encounter tables to use in your Knave games or whatever game your playing! The monsters are statted up in my previous Knave Bestiary post. This is also something I posted a while back on G+ before it failed it’s death save.

First roll on the D4 Encounter Types table then on the appropriate D12 table.

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D4 Encounter Types

  1. Monstrous Activities

  2. Wanderers

  3. Sights & Sounds

  4. Objects

D12 Monstrous Activities

  1. 3 Trolls preparing a fire. 2 Troll Toddlers screeching and wrestling. A lamb and an indigo dwarf are tied to a nearby tree.

  2. 2d6 Goblins wait to ambush a Mold Ogre who arrives in 1d6 turns. They have 2 bear traps hidden in the grass.

  3. 4d8 Sugar Bees escorting bejeweled Queen Bee to hive.

  4. 2d4 Koalas wait to drop on unsuspecting travelers.

  5. A One-Eyed Fitch scouting a Skulltrich nest guarded by 2d4 Skulltriches. Will enlist PCs in it’s scheme to get a Skulltrich egg.

  6. 1d6 Fluorescent Wolves on the hunt.

  7. A Goblin with a twig crown and tattered rug cape demands tribute from wanderers in it’s land. It’s accompanied by 2 Orc Warriors.

  8. 2 Troglodytes on Scorpions dragging a Koala in a net to their lair.

  9. 2d4 Goblins are gathering berries and nuts while singing an ear piercing goblin shanty.

  10. 1d4 Giant Cockroaches guard their nest inside an old hollow log.

  11. 3d4 Slime Bats looking flying to or from their cave lair.

  12. 2d4 Spiders about to eat Shroomkin traveler trapped in their web.

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D12 Wanderers

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  1. Goatfolk water caravan. Transporting pure mountain cloud water in clay vats on pushcarts to nearby settlements. 3d6 Goat Mercenaries guards. 2 merchants selling water, rations and soap. 1 Goat Priestess (HD: 1; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 6;  SP: 30’) chanting prayers.

  2. An Elf fortune teller selling incense and prophecies. Has a large telescope strapped to their back. Wears an amulet of Smoke Form. (HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 6;  SP: 30’)

  3. Beetle Archaeologist (HD: 1; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Cane 1d6; ML: 6;  SP: 30’) with 2 Beetle Guards (HD: 3; AD: 15; ATT: 1 Scimitar 1d8; ML: 7;  SP: 30’) and a Grey Dwarf porter (HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 6;  SP: 30’). Will offer Hibiscus Tea to PCs. Hungry for rumours of ruins or artifacts.

  4. 2d4 Doggo Hunters (HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 6;  SP: 30’) riding Skulltriches. Tracking a Shark Bear.

  5. 2d6 Human Bandits in a hurry to their hideout. Might stop to rob anyone displaying flagrant wealth. One of them wields a golden scepter with a lily pad shaped emerald on the top.

  6. 3d4 Frogling Bounty Hunters (HD: 3; AD: 13; ATT: 1 Spear 1d8; ML: 7;  SP: 30’) are searching for human bandits who stole a Frogling Prince’s scepter.

  7. 2d6 Well dressed Beetlefolk teenagers (HD: 1; AD: 12; ATT: 1 sword 1d8; 1 slingshot 1d4; ML: 6;  SP: 30’) on the run from their strict boarding school, they are cruel and will taunt the PCs on their looks and wardrobe.

  8. 4d6 Ratfolk (HD: 1; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 6;  SP: 30’) on their way to religious celebration.

  9. Catfolk Wizard (HD: 3; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 8;  SP: 30’) seeking escort to nearby village. Will give a scroll of Miniaturize when escorted safely. Equipped with Spellbooks of Sleep and Magic Missile.

  10. 2d6 Black cloaked, hooded dwarves (HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 hammer 1d8; ML: 6;  SP: 40’) kneeling and praying in front of a black standing stone.

  11. Avian Bard (HD: 1; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 6;  SP: 30’) eager to hear of the PCs deeds. Accompanied by a heavily armored Apefolk warrior (HD: 3; AD: 16; ATT: 1 Warhammer 1d10; ML: 7;  SP: 30’)

  12. 6d6 Cultists (HD: 1; AD: 11; ATT: 1 Club 1d6; ML: 6;  SP: 30’) seeking a prophesied incarnation of Doki, Hamster God of Chaos. Prophecy is vague and they are gullible.

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D12 Sights & Sounds

  1. Loud boom from high in the mountains.

  2. An airship extremely high above shooting fireworks.

  3. A mournful song from deep in the forest.

  4. Angry yells and howls in the distance.

  5. A shadow figure peeks at PCs from behind a tree. Vanishes suddenly.

  6. Large snails slowly crossing the PCs path.

  7. Orange and purple clouds in the sky. Shaped like people.

  8. Hundreds of large migrating butterflies pass high overhead.

  9. Cheerful whistling comes from an indeterminable location.

  10. A giant purple whale flies through the sky. Vanishes through a glowing portal.

  11. A ring of large quartz pillars that seem to hum with energy.

  12. A 9 foot perfectly round stone orb. The area around it is unnaturally quiet.

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D12 Objects

  1. Love letter to “Sugar Snout”, bad handwriting, orcish slang, gross.

  2. Bottle of purple phosphorescent liquid, strong alcohol smell. Mushroom stamped on cap.

  3. Rusty broken manacles.

  4. Small leather pouch full of sharp beastly teeth.

  5. Crudely carved wooden idol of a plump pig faced person.

  6. Bloody travelers pack: 1 torch, 1 ration, empty wine skin, pouch of marbles.

  7. A bundle of 3 bottle rockets.

  8. A large empty turtle shell covered with carved runes.

  9. A note, fancy handwriting: “Meet me in the mountain cave. Bring the book!”

  10. A disturbingly lifelike ceramic gnome coin bank, contains 1d6 gold.

  11. A sentient black arrow. Offers aggressive advice when asked. +10 to hit if you whisper the targets name to it. Explodes for an extra 3d4 damage on hit.

  12. A bottle of extremely spicy Shroomkin made hot sauce.

D8 Peculiar Peregrinations

 
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Here are some overland travel encounters. Meant for use with Knave. References my homebrew player species list.

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1. Jerchu’s Millipede Camp - A giant opalescent millipede with brightly colored howdahs and large leather travel sacks strapped to it’s back. This is the travelling merchant camp of Jerchu, a portly Ratfolk merchant captain. His entourage consists of 3d6 Ratfolk camp workers, 3d4 beetlefolk camp guards and Fizpok, a red plumed Avian poet and scribe.
They spend the temperate season travelling between settlements trading goods. Jerchu will sell mundane items to travelers and will buy valuable items. Fizpok will pay $1 for a good adventure story and will write letters or poems for $5.
Jerchu- HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Sword 1d8; ML: 6; SP: 30’
Ratfolk Workers- HD: 1; AD: 11; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 4; SP: 30’
Beetle Guards- HD: 3; AD: 15; ATT: 1 Pike 1d10; ML: 6; SP: 30’
Fizpok- HD- 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Slingshot 1d4 and 1d8 Sword; ML: 6; SP: 30’

2.Off Season Carnival Troupe- A group of circus performers currently in between jobs. Travelling to small towns to busk until the next large circus tour begins. Eager to perform for other travelers, will expect donations in return.
Fizlo, heavily tattooed dwarf fortune teller- HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Dagger 1d6; ML: 5; SP: 30’
Bamelzar, large Doggo strongman- HD: 3; AD: 13; ATT: 1 Dumbell 1d10; ML: 6; SP: 30’
Yomdar and Melfiz, Human acrobats- HD: 2; AD: 11; ATT: 1 Darts 1d6; ML: 6; SP: 30’
Radizobek, Goatfolk juggler- HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: Throwing Knives 1d6; ML: 4; SP: 30’
Badudimi, Catfolk sword swallower- HD: 2; AD: 13; ATT: 1 Sword 1d8; ML: 5; SP: 30’

3. Shroomkin Foragers- 4d6 Shroomkin on a flora cataloging expedition. They can create various potions, poisons and poultices.
Foragers- HD: 2; AD: 11; ATT: 1 Hand Scythe 1d6; ML: 4; SP: 30’
Healing Potion- Restores 2d6 HP, $25.
Nullodour- Removes ones natural smell for 48 hours, $20.
Braveleaf Potion- Makes one immune to fear for 1d4 hours, $25.
Slugdream Poison- Makes one very sleepy, CON save or fall asleep, causes pleasant dreams, $50.

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4. Iron Cult Crucifixion- A red robed procession of the Iron Cult carrying a tall metal cross with a rusted ancient robot attached. These 12 cultists are led by Yimbet Mudscar, a serene but serious blue-spotted Frogling. Robots are considered by many to just be statues from the Time Forgotten. The Iron Cult believes they are sleeping gods that can be awakened by crucifixion in the lighting fields on the Storm Plateau.
Yimbet Mudscar- HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Sword 1d6, 1 Magic Missile Scroll; ML: 6; SP: 30’
Cultists-HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Sword 1d6, or 1 Bow 1d6; ML: 6; SP: 30’

5. Giant Pangolin Migration- 3d6 giant golden pangolins travelling to ancestral mating grounds. They are in a hurry and will be greatly annoyed if delayed.
Giant Pangolin- HD: 4; AD: 16; ATT: 2 Claws 1d10; ML: 7; SP: 50’

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6. Beetle Slab Draggers- 4d8 Beetlefolk drag a large stone monolith carved with runes to their mound city library. They argue passionately about the possible meanings of the runes.
Beetle Slab Draggers- HD: 2; AD: 13; ATT: 1 Scimitar 1d8; ML: 6; SP: 30’

7. Skulltrich Herd- 3d4 humans are trying corral an out of control herd of 4d6 Skulltriches. They are trying to take them to market in a nearby settlement.
Human Herdsmen - HD: 2; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Staff 1d6, or 1 Bow 1d6; ML: 4; SP: 30’
Skulltrich, like an Ostrich but with bone like natural armor growing on it’s body.
HD: 3; AD: 15; ATT: 1 Talon 2d6, 1 Beak 1d8; ML: 6; SP: 40’

8. Goblin Landship- A wooden ship attached to large wooden wheels propelled by a large sail careens wildly across a grassy plain. It’s manned by a crew of 15 goblins. A seemingly magical small storm cloud follows closely behind blowing a strong wind into the sail.
Goblin- HD: 1; AD: 12; ATT: 1 Club 1d6; ML: 5; SP: 30’

Ghost Star Back In Stock!

I just made some more Ghost Star zines. I’m out of the map posters and buttons, so it’s just the zine and some character sheets.

In The Light Of A Ghost Star (ZINE ONLY, NO MAP, NO PIN)
5.00

In The Light Of A Ghost Star is a rules-lite system and setting for sci-fi roleplaying. It comes with a hex crawl and random tables that can also be used with other RPG systems.

Ghost Star was designed to be quick and easy to play. It’s perfect for one shot games and short campaigns. Characters can be created quickly and can die even quicker!

In The Light Of A Ghost Star by Nate Treme is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. So feel free to chop it up and make your own game out of it!

These are homemade prints of In The Light Of A Ghost Star. Like many zines, they are handmade and NOT PERFECT. Sometimes the pages and staples aren’t perfectly straight. They are all a little different. I used different colored paper randomly so no two are exactly alike.

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Working on Wanderers. Ghost Star sold out.

Thanks everyone who bought a copy of In The Light Of A Ghost Star! I’m not planning on making another batch except for some to sell locally in Shreveport. I was asked to do a book signing at the library. I’m thinking about that. I really want to run some open games at the library. Also Ghost Star is a copper seller on DriveThruRPG, I’m not sure what that means exactly. Maybe that you sold at least 50? I’ll probably sell copies here on my website again since I can make them pretty easily as they’re ordered. I’ll also make a booklet pdf with the pages in booklet order to make DIY printing easier.

I started working on Wanderers Of The Strange Earth again. I stopped to focus on Ghost Star and also was having trouble getting motivated. It’s based on Knave and every time I hacked into it I kept changing it back to vanilla Knave cuz guess what? Knave is clean AF! That sucker is pretty tight and balanced and it feels like I’m screwing it up anytime I change it. Then I started doing that Descendants idea in my last post. That was fun but I think it’s gonna stay a thought experiment for a while. But I really like the combat idea. So I wrote out the rules of Wanderers, which is basically Knave and tried to fit that combat system into it. I’m bad at math so it’s going to take some time to get the numbers feeling right but I’m having fun with the combat test I’m doing by myself.

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Descendant

 

I started working out an idea for a new game. The working title right now is Descendant. Mechanically it’s a basic d20 D&Dish game but with a couple unusual features.

Advancement
The initial idea that kicked it off was how could a campaign stretch across a long time frame instead of just the lifetime of a single adventuring party. So instead of leveling up their characters, the party retires. The GM rolls a d6 to determine how many generations have passed and the players create new characters that are the descendants of their previous characters.

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They use the same stats as the previous character but can redistribute a number of ability points equal to the number of generations that have passed.

Also, PCs gain a Legend Point (XP) for every adventure/quest/mission they complete. Those points are spent to improve the next PC in their bloodline. So the party has to decide to risk another dangerous adventure or to retire and let future generations have a better shot. Realistically, how many adventures could a person have in a single lifetime. And how many old adventurers would there be.

Legend Points can be spent on stats, Health Limit, or on increasing the damage or armor rating of Heirloom items.

Heirloom Items are items that get passed down through a family. Each character may designate one item as an Heirloom. So the second character in a bloodline will inherit an item from the previous character and can also designate another item as an heirloom. The third character in a bloodline will inherit both those items and can designate another..

Health and Damage

The other unusual part of the game is Health. A character has a Health Limit. Any damage a character takes is added up until it reaches the Health Limit. Then the character must make a death save by rolling a d20 over their accumulated damage, or Injury Score. If they succeed, they continue as normal. They must make a death save again if they take more damage and roll over the new Injury Score. I got this idea from Daniel Sell’s blog but his version (smash bros HP) is more extreme and I might try it out like that.

I also made a character sheet because I feel like I need one to really test out a game idea.

I don’t know if this will go anywhere or end up as a fun or playable game. It’s just a thought experiment right now.

Here is the early draft rules doc and the character sheet.
I’m sure my maths are super wonky and not working too well but I’ll update it as I play with it.