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Behind the Screen: Staring Literal Daggers

They say love is a battleground.  I say “then why not stat up love-tanks?” I’ve talked before about alternatives to standard combat to break up the monotony.  At the same time, I know that few things bore my combat-monkey players faster than a lengthy negotiation with a semi-hostile NPC, or a complicated infiltration run that […]

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Eldritch Icons: The Goat in the Queen’s Wood, Pt. 1

We start with the unfortunately-named Shub Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, who will continue to be called “The Goat” unless in a textual quote. She, for Lovecraft established her gender in “Out of the Aeons,” was a creation of H.P. Lovecraft (although he calls her a “he” in “Whisperer,” but most stories consider her a she), although she never appeared directly in his stories. Her name is used primarily in incantations by cultists.

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Unreal Worlds: Everybody Loves a Clown

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that this isn’t good news. That’s right: a mysterious clown is silently terrorizing the residents of Northhampton, UK. It’s not the usual murdery kind of terrorizing — at least, as far as we know. The clown just…stands on street corners, silently staring down passersby, but […]

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100 Word RPG Hook: TOP SECRET//MAJIC//EYES ONLY, SERIAL 9/TI/00676-14

DATE: 20141016 0604Z SUBJECT/CRITIC: RESUMPTION OF CONTACT WITH OTV-3/X-37B “PENDRAGON” EXECSUM: STRATCOM/OFFUT AFB/GOG RECEIVED A NEW TRANSMISSION FROM PENDRAGON AT O558Z ON 16 OCTOBER 2014, AT WHICH TIME IT SIGNALED INTENT TO LAND AT VANDENBERG AFB/MAGOG. THIS REPRESENTS THE FIRST CONTACT WITH PENDRAGON SINCE ITS DISAPPEARANCE FROM RADIO AND SENSOR CONTACT AT 0558Z ON 19 […]

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dinnerparty

Behind the Screen: Staring Literal Daggers

They say love is a battleground.  I say “then why not stat up love-tanks?” I’ve talked before about alternatives to standard combat to break up the monotony.  At the same time, I know that few things bore my combat-monkey players faster than a lengthy negotiation with a semi-hostile NPC, or a complicated infiltration run that […]

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100 Word RPG Hook: TOP SECRET//MAJIC//EYES ONLY, SERIAL 9/TI/00676-14

DATE: 20141016 0604Z SUBJECT/CRITIC: RESUMPTION OF CONTACT WITH OTV-3/X-37B “PENDRAGON” EXECSUM: STRATCOM/OFFUT AFB/GOG RECEIVED A NEW TRANSMISSION FROM PENDRAGON AT O558Z ON 16 OCTOBER 2014, AT WHICH TIME IT SIGNALED INTENT TO LAND AT VANDENBERG AFB/MAGOG. THIS REPRESENTS THE FIRST CONTACT WITH PENDRAGON SINCE ITS DISAPPEARANCE FROM RADIO AND SENSOR CONTACT AT 0558Z ON 19 […]

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Dog Day Apocalypse

To celebrate the airing of Season Five of The Walking Dead, we’re having a zombie themed week of posts here at The Illuminerdy. This offering is the outline of a system free zombie survival scenario you can throw at your players. It has a twist, though: The players don’t know that it’s a zombie apocalypse […]

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Zombie Week: Random Zombie Effects Table

Zombies are great as bad guys. But they get a little boring, you know? A few Turn Undeads and they are all taken care of. Spice up your zombies with this random zombie enhancement table. Bill Murray zombie included. Random Zombie Effects Table      01-04     Zombie has been soaked in oil. Vulnerable to fire. […]

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