Midderlands Expanded Kickstarter

Crikey, Glynn Seal of Monkey Blood Design is at it again. Six months after the original Midderlands book, which focused on the small region of Gloomium soaked land of the title, successfully kickstarted and delivered (sometime before Christmas if my hazy memory is correct), he’s bringing us a sequel, The Midderlands Expanded.

This new book expands the setting to cover rest of the fantasy UK that is hinted at (and apparently expands some of the places I whimsically put in the Midderlands Crypts and Things Conversion Guide) as well as adding more “gaming juice” to the original Green and Unpleasant Land that is the Midderlands.  You can also get the original Midderlands book as part of this Kickstarter.

I can firmly recommend this. The original book was delivered on time to a high quality (full colour, properly printed not POD), and was one of my favourite releases of all time. The previews on the Kickstarter show more of the same. I’m in 🙂

Here’s the KS video.

D101 Games Winter Sale

By Krum, I’m having a 50% off Winter Sale over at D101 Games!

That means the following have had their cover price hacked and slashed:

Crypts and Things, OpenQuest, The Hollow West, Hunters of Alexandria, Gloranthan Adventures, Hearts in Glorantha, River of Heaven, Project Darklight and their associated adventures/supplements.

Seeing as I want to clear out some space for new stock, the large number of River of Heaven softcovers I have have been reduced to £5 ($7) each. Also its the end of the line for Project Darklight, so it’s your last chance to pick up one of the last five remaining copies of the game for £5.

Free Postage to UK addresses for orders over £10.

Sale ends Jan 31st.

Mythras Sale

Been holding off buying Mythras or some of its supplements? Got a bit of Crimbo money that is burning a hole in your pocket? Or perhaps you just like January Sales? Then run over to the Design Mechanism Site, armed with the code below, and bag yourself a bargain.

Lawrence Whitaker lays it down….

It’s the 2017 Boxing Day Sale!

From 26th December until 2nd January, there’s 30% off print and PDF books at The Design Mechanism’s store. Everything is on sale, with the exception of our December 2017 release title (Mythic Constantinople and The Lonely Lighthouse).

So if you missed out during the year, or want to introduce friends to Mythras, there’s no better time to snag a bargain!

Simply use the code below at checkout to get 30% off your order.

TDMBOXINGDAY17

Www.thedesignmechanism.com/store

And if you like sales, we’re having a big D101 January sale that starts on 1st of Jan and runs until Jan 31st.

Behold the Muckus!

It is a little-known fact that the bloodshot eyes on the cover of the Muckus version of The Midderlands, are googly-eyed Glenn’s (creator of the book) own. You see every time he goes out and in Midderlands parlance “Gets Bladdered” on a special gloomium ale (known as Green Monster) at the local tavern, he wakes up the next morning with bulging bloodshot eyes. Quickly he pops them out and puts them in a jar kept by his bedside for this purpose. New eyes have fully grown by around lunchtime, while the red eyes have been inserted into the leather cover. See how the red eyes (which includes Glynn’s rather swollen third eye – which pre-Green Monster bingeing is hidden behind his heavy set brow) glowers accusingly at his current set of eyes for all the proof you need in the world.

While the Muckus edition was a high-end Kickstarter reward, you can pre-order the regular version of Monkey Blood Design.

All Rolled Up Fighting Fantasy Assessories in Stock

My friends over at All Rolled Up have signed a deal with Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson of Fighting Fantasy fame to do their world-famous game rolls, dice trays and messenger bags in Fighting Fantasy themes. They had them on sale over the weekend while they were at the mighty Dragonmeet, Now they have returned home and they are now offering them through their web store.

So that’s me sorted for Christmas, only got to decide whether to go with the funky Shamaunti Hills Manticore or the Death Trap Dungeon nasty for my new game roll 🙂

Look here’s the All Rolled Up gang with Ian and Steve, manhandling the goods!

Image courtesy of All Rolled Up

 

Green is the new Black!

Rejoice fellow OSRians, Glynn Seal’s (aka Monkey Blood Design) The Midderlands, as previously Kickstarted and supported by this here blog, has been released;

As a stretch goal for the Kickstarter I promised a Crypts & Things Conversion Guide, so you could use the Midderlands (which uses Swords and Wizardry as its base) without much fuss with C&T.

I’ve just finished the conversion guide, which is on its way for proofing/checking before a quick layout and release as a freebie via DriveThruRpg.com and the D101 Webstore, which I anticipate will be sometime next week.

In the meantime, he’s a quick excerpt from the C&T Conversion Guide.

Gloomium

Gloomium is everywhere in the Midderlands. It seeps up from the Middergloom, an ambiguous underworld below the Midderlands. It is toxic and corrupting. It is green in colour and is the source of much strangeness, corruption and twisted magic. This section explains how gloomium works in the context of Crypts & Things magic system.

As a Source of Khaos

Crypt Keepers should assume that the seepage of gloomium is the source of Khaos monsters and mutations, for games set in The Midderlands.

Corruption

Whilst in the Midderlands, use the Gloom-touched rules (Midderlands page 10 and 11), instead of the standard Crypts and Things Corruption table on page 64 of Crypts & Things.

Green is the Brightest Colour of Magic!

While in the Midderlands there is only two colours of magic; Green and Colourless.

Green is the magic of gloomium; it’s harmful, toxic and glows a malignant shade of luminous green when cast. It causes corruption when cast, using the rules on page 84 of Crypts & Things. All the spells on the Black Magic spell lists (see page 50 of Crypts & Things) are Green.

In addition, the following new spells from the Midderlands are Green Magic spells:

Curse of Old Hobb, Gloomium Shield, Middergloom Missiles, Morgontula’s Vomit.

Colourless magic is everything else (i.e. Spells from the Grey and White Lists). It does not have a colour when cast and its effects are usually boringly beneficial or utilitarian in nature.

What Did That Do? (see Midderlands page 74) is a colourless spell.

While in the Midderlands ignore The Summons of Evil rules for casting beneficial (white) magic.

Also, ignore the rules for Blood Magic (unless you are using The Others from Crypts and Things or a similar body of Demonic beings who provide magic for blood sacrifice).

Sorcerer’s Magic Sensitivity to Gloomium

Gloomium is green-hot, radioactive stuff as far as a Sorcerer’s magic sensitivity ability (see page 23 of Crypts & Things) is concerned. It drives many Sorcerers ‘up to the wall’, with the constant throbbing of the temples when their magic sense is triggered by a pool of the green stuff in some swamp, or from a creeping feeling of unease because the house they are lodging in is built over a large gloomium deposit. This does have the benefit of sorcerors being great at finding gloomium.

Using Gloomium to Regain Magic

Since gloomium is nasty raw magical stuff, sorcerer’s may regain magic by ingesting it. This is a particularly dangerous and insane practice which is not recommended by the Royal College.

The procedure is thus:

For each ‘gulp’ of gloomium, a sorcerer regains one level of cast spell and loses 1d6 hit points, from the toxic and corrosive nature of the substance, and upon a failed Sanity Roll loses 1d6 sanity points.  It takes one combat round to take a gulp. They also glow bright glowing green for the number of gulps you took in days. All these effects add to each other, so for example, if you take four gulps you take 4d6 hit points of damage and potentially lose 4d6 Sanity if you fail your Sanity Test and you can remember up to a fourth Level spell or any combination of spells whose levels.

For example, Ned the Anxious, a rather foolish apprentice of the Royal College, finds himself in a spot of bother in Cairn Chase Forest. About to be skinned alive by some rather Unmerry Men, and out of spells, he decides to take two gulps of gloomium, from a readily-prepared flask of the substance. This takes him two rounds, during which time the Unmerry Men close on him and fire off bows. In round three, the gloomium kicks off. He takes 2d6 Hit Points damage, rolling a four and a five for nine points of damage, and successfully makes his sanity roll – so keeps hold of his mind. With his innards burning from the liquid, he rememorizes the 2nd Level Spell Web and wastes no time in firing off a sticky web of green stuff at the Unmerry Men. If he had not been so worried, he could have taken his time firing off one Magic Missile this round, and another the round after (two first level spells equalling 2 levels of spells remembered as allowed by two glups). If he survives, he will glow bright luminous green for the next 1d10 days, making sneaking about and hiding very difficult and becoming a magnet for any nearby witch hunter.

Chronicles of Erun now in Development

I’m developing the Chronicles of Erun, a game based off OpenQuest but written from the ground up.

It’s early days yet, I’m hoping to get it out the first half of 2018, but I’ve started giving details out at BasicRoleplaying Central, which now has a dedicated subforum (under OpenQuest).

The aim with the game overall is to have a very quick playing, pick up and play system, where you can play a very focused (and fun) campaign in about 10 sessions, with breaks for real life stuff.

All art will be by British Artist Jonny Gray.

The Chronicles of Erun cover by Jonny Gray

The Chronicles of Erun cover by Jonny Gray

Troika needs Paterons!

Daniel Sell of Melsonian Arts Council  (who publishes the Undercroft fanzine and has previously successfully Kickstarted the adventures Crypts of Indormacny and Fever Swamp) is looking for Patreons to help him develop the full edition of Troika.

I’ve got a copy of it, and a very simple appreciation of it is that it is a grown-up version of Fighting Fantasy on LSD. It’s like the Russ Nicholson pictures have come to life!!! 🙂 In fact, if my scrambled brain can remember, you can actually play a Rhino Man (as seen casually guarding the gate in the FF classic Citadel of Chaos).

Interested? go check out the current edition (artless version is free).

Want to see this small seed bloom into something big and malevolent?

Then back David’s Patreon….see his blurb below.


I’m Daniel Sell and I make role-playing booksTroika! is my latest effort, already released in a limited form. It is a game about lost people traipsing across the hump-backed sky, meeting curious folks in curious places and moving ever rimward.

While slim, the current iteration of the game has been met with praise and heralded as something that definitely exists, written and illustrated with good strong hands.

The mechanical aspects of Troika! are robust, reminiscent of the gaming hinterlands of 80s Britain, flexible and self-effacing with nothing to prove. Characters are generated from vast lists of randomly chosen options, thrusting you directly into the world with no time for a haircut. They are very important. Feel free to read them for yourself.

People like these lists, I like these lists, but books are small or expensive. In the first instance of Troika! it was small, the second will be expensive. Beyond writing, I also publish, which means the onus to pay for art and printing falls on me. Since I do not have the double-edged benefit of an external money-man I must ensure the survival of this work myself. Now we turn our faces towards the necessary demon of crowdfunding, as we have done from time to time, in order to do what needs doing.

Crypts and Things Deal of the Day at DriveThruRPG.com

40% off the price of the pdf bringing it down to $8.40 from $14.00 for the next 24 Hours.

Be a wild Barbarian, a deadly Fighter, a soul-torn Sorcerer or a sword sharp canny Thief, fighting evil tyrants and foul demons in a world rapidly dying and heading towards its final nemesis.

Crypts and Things (C&T) is a Swords and Sorcery Roleplaying game based on the Old School Rules of the 70s/80s. It also draws upon the British fantasy games and game-books of that period to bring a distinctly dark and dangerous feel to the game.