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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: Mystery Served Cold

It’s like something out of a bad horror movie. An isolated team of scientists working under drastically harsh conditions suddenly stop communicating with the outside world. It’s unclear if their communications equipment is malfunctioning, or if something has happened to the team itself to prevent them from calling out to the rest of the world. […]

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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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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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