Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Krshal Trilogy Bundle


If you want to grab the whole Krshal Trilogy (Towers, Tombs, Legends) in PDF format for reduced price, click the link below :)

One rule to rule them all... Or not?


Do I need any rules? That's the question I ask myself everytime i run the game. And now, when my gaming group is no more, I ask it when it comes to write down the ideas for something new, be it Perilous Frontiers, whY or something else. I ask myself even if I know the answer.

Please note that I speak for myself and everything depends on multitude of different aspects.

I do NOT need any rules. In fact, I ran game sessions for years (and we had them on a daily basis, back in the late 90s) without a single dice roll. Character sheets were used to track PCs belongings - and nothing else.

Did it worked? Yes. But you must remember one extremely important thing.

YOU MUST NOT BE AN ASSHOLE.

When there are no dice and no stats, you - the GM - are the only arbiter of any actions. And I guarantee you that it will work out for almost any GM/DM in 99% cases - except combat. During combat, things may get ugly really quickly. And they will get ugly if you are an asshole. And - most likely - no one would participate in your diceless / rules-less games anymore.

This is how I determined the results of combat:
  • PCs are stronger than ordinary mortals. They are not ubermenschen but they are significantly stronger, faster, more agile and/or more skilled.
  • Description of the actions means everything. It was the most important factor.
  • Wounds were the most difficult part of the game, as descriptive nature of all damage caused many problems, such as bleeding, broken bones etc. It was extremely gritty but we liked it.
  • As we were gaming in the more or less Sword & Sorcery setting, PCs were healing pretty fast - although there were portions of the game that were fast-forwarded (or railroaded, heh), when all the player characters were so fucked up that players decided to let it go for two or three weeks to let them heal their wounds. Also, even though there were little spellcasters, healing potions and/or healing items were relatively common.
These things caused my players to be pretty skilled in descriptive combat and the overall survivability of their characters was really good, maybe except the fact that we were teenagers and peeps tended to slaughter each other on a daily basis, over slightest argument :D

Now - if I will be lucky enough to assemble a new group of players - I plan to go back to similar method of running games, except some addidtional features:
  • Most likely, Diamond Diceless will be my weapon of choice, too keep track of the stats and abilities...
  • ...but I will use the dice. Solely for the random content - I love random tables! I always add some randomness to the story / module, so I need the dice.
  • I'm also considering to give players something in the shape of Fate Points from WFRP/40K RPGs, to allow them to cheat death - or, in some cases, my decisions.
Of course, I'm not sure if it will work - it all depends on the players. Some people prefer this kind of "storytelling", some prefer dice chucking. We will see (or not!).

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Rats (half of the table from Tombs of Krshal)



This is the 50% of the table from Tombs of Krshal. Vicious, unsettling rumors about the Vermin. Chuck yer fucking deesix!
  1. We must kill them all. They are in fact parts of the soul of the Great Flayer. When there are enough of them, he will be reborn.
  2. There is an artifact, buried somewhere beneath the oldest ruins at the fringe of the Palatial District, which allows its user to look through the eyes of a rat. Of any rat.
  3. There is a new breed of rats in Krshal. Slightly smaller, with darker fur and much longer tail. They say that they were designed by mages, to get rid of the monsters living in the city’s vast underworld.
  4. The Thieves Guild is using rats as spies for years. They also use them to steal small objects but people are saying that they can steal almost anything.
  5. Beware of the Silver Rat. It's a very powerful magical creature, a true god of rodents. They say that it can turn gold into mud - and vice versa.
  6. There is a homeless girl, living in the Leper's District, able to communicate with rats. In fact, mages protect her, as they cooperate with her quite often.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Perilous Frontiers - some changes in the idea of the booklet


So, can you spot the difference? Probably not, as you must click the image to see it.

If you ever used any of my releases, you probably noticed that they are extremely raw in terms of form. Little or no artwork, dry descriptions, very informative tone. To be honest with you, I still suck at English and I don't feel comfortable with procuring any lengthy descriptions. Also - I just like it the way it is. No bullshit, 100% creative content. You don't need to pay extra for pages full of meaningless garbage.

Numero due - there are fuckloads of game systems, rulesets and so on. Even the percentile ones (if you're unaware - the whole "Perilous" family is NOT about yet another clone of the Original Game). Even though Perilous Ages was more or less "complete", I do not think it's a complete rulebook. I suck at rulebooks - moreover - and when I managed to assemble the whole BandB game, I was totally drained of the creative energy. For weeks. Even though the feeling of getting job done was absolutely amazing. That's why I dropped the idea of creating another complete rulebook.

What does it mean for you - the potential user of Perilous Frontiers? Most likely nothing. Or even it will make the book better, as sometimes I get tricked by myself and constrained by some (imaginative) barriers or requirements that new release must meet. And - obviously - more constraints mean less fun from the creative process. And I want to have fucking fun from writing new stuff. Having fun is the most important thing that should come from any hobby. Because it's a hobby, not a fucking day job. Even if I work on board games as my day job.

If you're not familiar with the Perilous Ages, which will be the basis for the Perilous Frontiers, you can grab it here. Also, I've set a 50% discount to make it easier to get the copy :)

Monday, April 22, 2019

Six Bizarre Collections (Tombs of Krshal sample entry)


Sometimes PCs can find something extraordinary - the collection of... something. And sometimes, "something" may be way more unusual than anything encountered before.

The table below can be found in the Tombs of Krshal booklet, along with additional two dozen of tables of unholy, wicked randomness.
  1. Seventeen dried hearts, apparently human. Each of them rest in a separate wooden box and each is pierced by a thin piece of a polished, sharpened bone.
  2. Eight sets of ornate plate mails, obviously made for cats.
  3. Huge jar of eyeballs of different colors and sizes. There is an inscription on the lid, saying “UNSEE ME NOT”.
  4. A dozen of finely crafted shoes, made of various exotic leathers. Each shoe is way too big for a human being - they should fit the giant’s foot better. Each shoe is the left one.
  5. Several hundreds of keys, displayed on nine large boards. Each key is made of yellowish bone, and each one is snapped in two.
  6. Five jars with organs preserved inside. Each organ is very similar to each other, although they are clearly not human. What is even stranger - all of them totally differ in colors.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Tombs of Krshal out now!


You know, sometimes writing a new supplement (or a new game) can be a fucking chore, lasting centuries. But on some occasions, you just sit down on your god forsaken ass and write stuff down. Just like that. Several days and POOF - it's already done.

That's what I did with Tombs of Krshal. That's what actually happened with all current Krshal booklets! I just loved the creative process. It was a pleasure for me.

OK, enough bullshit for today. The supplement is out, ready to be grabbed. Links below!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tombs of Krshal contents preview


Well, what can you expect from the newest Krshal expansion? Let's find out!
  • Ten Magical Skulls;
  • Shape of the Crypt;
  • Six Bizarre Vampires;
  • Rumors About the Labyrinth;
  • Rumors About Rats;
  • Features of the Ghoul Mothers;
  • Mysterious Coffins;
  • Crypt Entrances;
  • Strange Undead Creatures;
  • Undead Magic Items;
  • Inhabitants of the Crypt;
  • Lost Souls;
  • Gravediggers;
  • Grave Robbers; 
  • Magical Flowers;
  • Magical Birds;
  • Pillories;
  • Funeral Processions;
  • Tombstones;
  • Mad Poets;
  • Mourners;
  • Magical Tools;
And probably something more. I'm still working on the actual contents so things might change!
If you still don't possess your copy of Towers of Krshal, you may grab it HERE! Also, Legends of Krshal may be obtained by following THIS link.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tombs.


Coming soon.
Yeah, I know I promised something else. But to be honest, sometimes ideas just attack me and I can't do shit to prevent it. The only thing I can do is to write them down.

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