It’s a good time to get excited about gaming: introducing Classic Realms of Adventure

Classic Realms of Adventure

This is one of the real delights of the Interweb. Encountering positive, enthusiastic and like-minded people.

One such chap is Wes, who has been shouldering a lot of effort and stress as he single-handedly creates a new online resource for gamers, with a helpful slant towards folks who are new to RPGs and gaming in general. All of this from over four decades of experience and a jaw-dropping spread of different game types and systems.

There’s a healthy adoration of all things Lovecraftian, too.

Classic Realms of Adventure is the umbrella site, folding in several strands such as a YouTube channel, Darkness over Dunwich (my favourite, of course) and some old-school war-gaming joy mixed in with board games.

So if that whets your appetite then please step through the portal into a different land.

Darkness over Dunwhich part of Classic Realms of Adventure blog

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Festive holiday idea for game geeks: make chocolate RPG dice for your gaming buddies

Festive holiday idea for game geeks make chocolate RPG dice for your gaming buddies

Critical Success for Chocolate - image: Ariel Segall, offbeatbride.com

Either you’re a GM looking to soften your reputation for cruelty with player characters or maybe a game geek with an angle on bribing camaraderie out of your fellow players: “Sure, we’ll let you walk away with that amazing artefact… since you baked us these amazing chocolate dice”.

Or maybe you’re a “game widow”?  One of those long-suffering girlfriends or boyfriends who regularly lose contact with their partner when they vanish off to do battle with… whatever.

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Here’s a link to a great step-by-step guide for creating some functional chocolate goodies. And what’s better, if you happen to roll a ‘1’ fumble on a d20 or a ’00’ critical fek-up on 1d100, just pop the evidence in your mouth before the GM can dispute what they think they saw.

This isn’t a quick win by the way. Some effort required. First you’ll need to make a mold that’ll allow you to batch the scrumptious polyhedrons.

baking mold based on role playing dice  to make polyhedrons chocolate munchies

Baking mold - image: Ariel Segall, offbeatbride.com

The article by Ariel Segall contains a comprehensive list of required crafting components that you’ll need to buy in before you begin, including liquid molding silicone, modelling clay and food-safe wax, to name a few. So anybody munching down on your treats should be prepared to get a lecture from you on how difficult they were to make.

If you’re up for the challenge then read the full article here: How to make your own Dungeons & Dragons chocolate dice mold – via offbeatbride.com

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Game geeks: Thorn Dice by Ceramic Wombat, twisted fusion of organic form and metal

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Game geeks: Thorn Dice by Ceramic Wombat, twisted fusion of organic form and metal

Thanks to Sammi Rule for sliding these beneath my glazed eyeballs and causing an immediate upright posture and blast of interest.

Game geeks Thorn dice for role-playing games RPG by ceramicwombat

Thorn Dice by Ceramic Wombat

Perfect dice for Yellow Dawn as they look like the kind of objects that have been warped by exposure to the corruptive influence of Hastur.

Game geeks Thorn dice for role-playing games RPG by ceramicwombat

Thorn Dice - illustration

I think these are fantastically crafted. No idea how well they roll but I’ll let you know when I get myself some.

Relevant links:

  • Thorn Dice purchase point via Shapeways website – click
  • Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur – Official Webpage – click

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Cthulhu Britannica: Shadows Over Scotland + PDF Bundle *PRE ORDER – December 2010*

Cthulhu Britannica Scotland Sourcebook for Call of Cthulhu 1920sPRE-ORDER; In stock from December 2010

Edit (27th Nov) This date now moved to February 2011.

All pre-orders will also be sent a complimentary copy of the PDF of this product ahead of physical release!


Mysterious, wild and beautiful, Scotland in the 1920s is home to horrors modern and ancient, man-made and star-born. From the rolling pastoral Lowlands to the snow-capped peaks of the Highlands and the seaweed-choked Western Isles, creatures and cultures have taken root in Scotland whose maddening, corrupting influence can be felt far and wide. Fiendish things haunt the hive-like alleys and wynds of old Edinburgh, while Glasgow’s streets whisper with rumours of dark terrors in the shipyard shadows on the snaking, poisonous Clyde. And in the isles, murmurs on fishing boats and ferries speak of far older things, of sites of power and standing stones, awakenings and stirrings in forgotten places. Something terrifying lurks in the night, casting dark shadows over Scotland.

Features

Shadows over Scotland is a massive new hardback sourcebook for Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game covering Scotland in the 1920s. It features:

  • three comprehensive sections detailing the Lowlands, Highlands and Islands
  • individual sections on history, folklore, language and life in 1920s Scotland
  • a complete mythos timeline
  • detailed coverage of nine cities and their various inhabitants
  • seven sinister adventures complete with extensive handouts

Product Details

Game Line: Call of Cthulhu

Category: Sourcebook

Size: 288 pages, Hardcover

Interior Art: B&W

Author: Stuart Boon

Stock Code: CB7353

ISBN: 978-0-85744-046-4

Cost: £28.99

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