February 27, 2020

     I have been working on a Kickstarter project recently, and that led me to research stagecoaches. I had always thought that the stagecoach was exclusive to the American Western frontier; a trope unique in time and space like cowboys, prospectors, and gunslingers. I...

January 24, 2020

 Last week I posted a collection of wilderness encounters for western games, as well as a link to a few of the more popular games in the genre. This week I thought that I might share some town encounters for your wild west role-playing games, but first let's talk a lit...

January 24, 2020

Recently I have been working on a project of a western nature and that has led me to create a few western themed tables. I am thoroughly embracing the "New Year, New Game" resolution. This allows me both to move away from what I normally do to give my players a "palate...

July 26, 2019

             Medieval City by Robin Tran

     As a DM, one of my favorite methods of getting the "upperhand" for the villains is distraction. It is sometimes easy to bait characters away from the main quest with side quests and rumors. If they can be baited away at the...

June 7, 2019

Here is a cool little bit of lore that you may be able to use to "dress up" the talk of your NPC's for nautical games. Today we will discuss how sailors and pirates told each other where things were in relation to the ship. You should know that this method is no longer...

March 29, 2019

>Treasure Map created by freepik -

Today we go back to the sea to search for fabulous treasures. This list is a bit different than most that appear on this blog. Instead of being adventure seeds, items, or npc's that you could directly use in your game,...

March 15, 2019

This week we're going to look at the town message board. A place where adventurers can gather information about the town that they are in, perhaps find a job or two, and maybe even something to buy with all of their loot. The message board is a simple community communi...

March 1, 2019

     Welcome to the crew of the Black Shark. We share and share alike here and no one gets any special meals or extra portions from the cook. Work hard and it will serve us all well. Slack off and I'll throw ye to the sharks. Simple, no? I've told the quarter-master to...

February 15, 2019

Photo © Chris Reynolds (cc-by-sa/2.0) 

Almost 2 years ago, I wrote a blog entry entitled "20 Lines of Bad Guy Trash-Talk for RPG Fights ". It seemed to be well-liked at the time and I have decided to make some more trash talk for you to use to spice up your fights. The...

February 1, 2019

When running a nautically-based game, one thing that you can never have too many of is NPC ships. Ships can be complicated encounters to do well "off the cuff". Unlike many wandering monsters, each ship has several elements that define it, including its name, size, arm...

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