Rondak's Oracle

News and fun things about the games we play

Month: September 2017

Query of Sevens

Your mother’s library has ever been a place of wonder and strangeness, a place to get lost in other worlds, absorb knowledge and escape the hardships of the world for a time. As time passes, it becomes clear that there is more to this library than you first thought ….

Question of Sevens

Every evening you come in to work on it, and the doll never seems to be in quite the same pose twice. After it is finished, dressed and painted and in all ways perfect, you turn your back to get the box in which it will be presented, and …

GM’s Tip of the Week

So, we’ve been quiet on this front; if anyone has any suggestions or requests for new GM Tips, please, speak up!

This week I’m going to talk about building a dungeon; not so much the nitty-gritty of designing and balancing an encounter, although we’ll cover that eventually when I find someone who can do that better than I can. Designing and balancing encounters isn’t as easy as it looks, but actually doing the layout and figuring out what’s going on and why.

This is more for people who’ve never built a dungeon before, and are going around going ‘ahhh! what do I dooooo!’ – well, first, don’t panic. Grab a pencil and some graph paper, or your photo-manipulation program of choice, and take a deep breath.
You may want something to take notes on; if I’m building a dungeon from scratch, I usually have paper for the mapping portion, and several PDFs and a Notepad file open at the same time. You can use whatever combination that works.

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Kickstarters of Note

Kickstarters! I found you guys a whole bunch of random things that you might want to get into.

I should note that – literally, as I am typing this! – the guys and gals at Monte Cook Games are doing a live thing on Kickstarter, answering questions and talking about Numenera. You guys might want to take a look at that, on the assumption that they’re going to leave a copy up.

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Question of Sevens

Since the day of your birth, since the heavens rained down a shower of splendor and destruction, the village has not prospered. Waters have risen, fields have at once burgeoned and, more recently, suffered. What could possibly be going on?

Wudinar’s Adventuring Tips

Magic frequently is finicky. Whether it’s a limited-scope divination (reading entrails only counts when an actual spell or ritual is involved) or a full Wish going awry, one can often not rely on the results of spellcasting to solve a problem. So, figure out to deal with things the mundane way… it will help when your wizard is out of spells or there is an antimagic field interfering.

Question of Sevens

The bitter frosts make the best wines, so they say. But this year, the frosts have not been so bitter, and the wines have been poor; what could be causing it?

Kickstarters of Note

Hey, fellow Portalites.

Got a couple of interesting Kickstarters for you this week; and a note for those who … well, let’s face it. No one /needs/ to know this, but I’m the sharing type, so I’m going to tell you anyway. While Bones IV has ended, it is still possible to get in on the party, using their pledge manager. Sadly, not at Kickstarter prices, unless you got in in the last few minutes, but, possible.

With that out of the way, on to the active kickstarters!

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Wudinar’s Adventuring Tips

Help yourself, and the gods’ help shall follow. This might seem trite advice, but when the gods are real and take an active interest in the world, it is something to be remembered and followed – after all, noone likes a freeloader. At the same time, demonstrating resourcefulness and ingenuity leaves the gods with a lot of opportunity to intervene in favor, without being directly seen as doing so.

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