#RPG – Grimdark: Deadly, Nasty Rules for the World’s Most Ubiquitous RPG RELEASED!


(Hardcopy will be available soon, technically you can buy it now at Lulu, but I’m waiting on a quality check).

Many fantasy games, if not all of them, follow the lead given by Dungeons & Dragons, and rapidly become superheroic parodies of themselves. This has been especially true of the newer editions, since AD&D Second Edition. It’s great, but it’s not for everyone.

At least not all of the time.

There are many kinds of fantasy, and Dungeons & Dragons’ increasingly sanitised, fluffy, generic, high-escapist fantasy – dripping in magical weapons and character invulnerability, isn’t necessarily what people want.

A Grimdark game is in part made from difficulty. In this context, that has to come from encouraging the players to play tactically and carefully. To do everything they can to swing advantage in their favour. 

It’s also as much about encouraging players to deal with difficult and horrifying role-playing and decisionmaking consequences, all with less resources and power than they might be used to. It also encourages them, when necessary, to run away. 

We need to take that, lustrous, heroic, ‘fantasy-Portland’ edge off 5th Edition’s default rules-set, to amp up the difficulty and make people play more carefully. At the same time, we don’t want to just turn it into an unfair meatgrinder. 

So why not a game designer, literally known as ‘Grim’, to do it?


#RPGaDay2020 – Favour

d66 Favours offered by Sponsors

11. Some of their wealth

12. Some of their goods

13. Transportation

14. To fight alongside you

15. To send retainers with you

16. To send servants with you

21. To send men-at-arms with you

22. The loan of a horse

23. The loan of an exotic beast

24. A gift of rations

25. A gift of equipment

26. A feast

31. A place to stay

32. Vouching for you

33. The offer of a bride or husband

34. Access to their library or lore

35. Provision of weapons

36. Provision of armour

41. Loan of pack animals

42. The use of their experts and friends

43. The making of a record of your deeds

44. An undertaking to pray for you

45. Hospitality

46. Safe passage

51. The gift of a man at arms

52. The gift of a servant

53. A portion of their harvest

54. A cottage on their lands

55. Rooms in a palace/manor, always available

56. A place at court

61. A promise to come to your aid

62. A song, commissioned from a bard

63. Hunting rights

64. A stretch of forest for their own

65. The bequest of a magical item

66. Roll twice

#RPGaDay2020 – Lever

d66 Pressure, applied at a particular point, can cause great impact…

11. An assassination

12. A marriage

13. The birth of a child

14. A rite

15. A blessing

16. An auspicious celestial alignment

21. A message

22. A rabble-rousing speech

23. The outbreak of a plague

24. The rise of a cult

25. A religious vision

26. A heresy

31. A book or pamphlet

32. The use of a powerful weapon

33. A new spell development

34. The rise of a new union or guild

35. A charismatic leader

36. A political shift from one pole to another

41. Something stolen

42. Something destroyed

43. A natural disaster

44. A fire

45. Sabotage

46. A monarch’s succession

51. A religious succession

52. A blight

53. A famine

54. War that spreads beyond its borders

55. An enormous storm

56. A sign from the gods

61. Mass movement of nomads or refugees

62. A rising by a persecuted minority

63. The revelation of a secret

64. Acts of terrorism

65. An alliance is forged

66. Roll twice and combine

#RPGaDay2020 – Humour

D66 Mildly Amusing Magic Items

11. Dwarfbread Throwing Bagels

12. Sword of Healing

13. Arrow Magnet

14. Nipples Tassels of Hypnotism

15. The codpiece of a Thousand Oozes

16. Axe of Questions

21. Halfling-Flinger

22. Head of Vecna

23. Potion of Falling

24. Oil of Rigidity

25. Potion Solid Form

26. Potion of Soda Form

31. Lego of Golem Building

32. Ewer of Endless Gravy

33. Pants of Incontinence

34. Rod of Penile Compensation (inversely powerful compared to…)

35. The Staff You Cannot Get

36. Staff of Drizzle and Mist

41. Wand of Midge Domination

42. Wand of Firecrotch

43. Sorcerous Pimp Cane

44. Ring of Gin Summoning

45. Ring of Elementary Command (from ages 4 to 11)

46. Ring of Carrying Protection

51. Ring of the Monkey Paw

52. A Mullet of Charisma

53. Deck of Decking

54. Duvet of Consuming Comfiness

55. Clockwork Monkey Butler

56. Spectacles of Yourself

61. Gauntlets of Fisting

62. Hat of Wise Guys

63. McNoogin’s Headcase

64. Bass of Dropping

65. Gelatinous Rube

66. New unique item

#RPGaDay2020 – Edge

d66 Edgy Elements

11. Gore

12. Sex

13. Swearing

14. Angst

15. Failure

16. Sadism

21. Murder

22. Incest

23. Disowned

24. Hunted

25. Human sacrifice

26. Assassination

31. Hate

32. Bigotry

33. War

34. Terrorism

35. Revenge

36. Violence

41. Mutilation

42. Torture

43. Genocide

44. Insanity

45. Possession

46. Mutation

51. Betrayal

52. Feud

53. Mutation

54. Body horror

55. Fascism

56. Cannibalism

61. Demons

62. Amputation

63. Rape

64. Trafficking

65. Kink

66. Child abuse

#RPGaDay2020 – Rare

d66 Magical Ingredients

11. Rocking horse shit

12. A hen’s tooth

13. Horse feathers

14. Desert snow

15. Toe of snake

16. A whore’s virginity

21. A mouse’s courage

22. Blood of stone

23. A ball’s corner

24. White coal

25. A thief’s conscience

26. An owl’s roar

31. A drunkard’s sobriety

32. Clear dirt

33. A blind man’s vision

34. An apostate’s grace

35. A king’s humility

36. A beggar’s ransom

41. Frozen hellfire

42. Burning ice

43. Fallen sky

44. A horse’s horn

45. Glowing salt

46. Flagpole blossom

51. A rooster’s egg

52. Hair of palm

53. Red snow

54. A mule’s foal

55. A clam from a field

56. The horn of a cat

61. A woman’s moustache

62. Willow grapes

63. A white crow-feather

64. A black egret-feather

65. A whistling crawfish

66. A singing fish

#RPGaDay2020 – Push

John Wallin Liberto

d66 Sci-Fi Button Effects

11. Shields on

12. Shields off

13. All stop

14. Red alert

15. Yellow alert

16. Vent drive plasma

21. Jump to lightspeed

22. Fire lasers

23. Fire missiles

24. Antigravity on

25. Antigravity off

26. Gravity up by 1G

31. Gravity down by 1G

32. Hailing frequencies open 

33. Engage cloak

34. Disengage cloak

35. Turn left

36. Turn right

41. Turn up

42. Turn down

43. Cancel alert status

44. Launch a probe

45. Deploy a beacon

46. Vent cargo bays

51. Abandon ship

52. Entertainment system activate

53. Bring up a local starmap

54. Activate system diagnostic

55. Ship-wide transmission

56. Open cup-holder

61. Active sensor ping

62. Adjust seat

63. Transfer controls from another station

64. A loud error noise

65. A little light lights up saying ‘Please do not press this button again’.

66. Roll twice

#RPGaDay2020 – Investigate


d66 Things to Look Into

11. Infidelity

12. A missing person

13. A murder

14. A theft

15. Espionage

16. A missing treasure

21. A lost pet

22. An assault

23. A cult

24. A kidnapping

25. Arson

26. Fraud

31. Smuggling

32. Trafficking

33. Piracy

34. A conspiracy

35. Sabotage

36. Extortion

41. A poisoning

42. The origin of a mysterious creature

43. The origin of a plague

44. Vandalism

45. Graverobbing

46. Poaching

51. Illegal necromancy

52. The origin of an unflattering song about the monarch

53. A secret recipe

54. A new spell

55. A supplier of weapons

56. A supplier of drugs

61. Find dirt on a politician or noble

62. A new kind of monster, spotted nearby

63. The location of a merchant’s treasure

64. A foreign kingdom

65. A crime boss

66. Combine two

#RPGaDay2020 – Tower

d66 Tower Inhabitants

11. A wizard (d’uh).

12. Nobody, it’s completely and mysteriously abandoned.

13. There’s little more than animals, but the tower is dangerously dilapidated and could well collapse.

14. A necromancer, who has filled it with perverse undead creations.

15. A huge flock of corvids.

16. A screeching nest of harpies.

21. A griffon and its hatchlings.

22. The spectre of the former inhabitant.

23. A nest of giant spiders and their web.

24. Giant bees, who have hollowed out the interior.

25. An ooze that lurks in the tower’s basement.

26. The strange cross-bred creations of an insane wizard.

31. Roosting bats, and their valuable guano.

32. Bandits, seeking shelter and protection.

33. A druid, who is tearing the tower down, piece by piece.

34. It has become the meeting place of an unholy cult.

35. A filthy band of goblins, who hurls stones at attackers from the upper levels.

36. A gang of apes.

41. A satyr has turned it into a love nest.

42. A young dragon, trying it out for a first hoard.

43. A dryad whose sacred tree has grown out of the partially collapsed building.

44. Mushroom men, spores growing in the wet and rotting wood and material within the shell of the tower.

45. A basilisk, who has surrounded the tower with ‘statues’.

46. A trio of trolls, a small family.

51. A vampire, carving out a new domain.

52. A rampaging wyvern, who hunts in the surrounding forest.

53. A golem, and other constructs who maintain the tower even in the owner’s absence.

54. Jovial animated objects who launch into song at a moment’s notice.

55. A djinn, who has made it his minor palace.

56. The demons who were summoned by the hapless former owner.

61. It’s not a tower, but rather an enormous, sleeping earth elemental.

62. A band of guards from the nearest town, using the tower for keeping watch.

63. A hunter’s lodge and hide.

64. A charnel pit of dead animals and people.

65. Giants have turned it into a smokehouse.

66. Roll twice and combine.

#RPG – NEW RELEASES! EroTech Gazetteer 2 and All New Autopsy Issue 2!

Yes, it’s true. You can get the new EroTech gazetteer now, but only directly from the Postmortem Studios store, or by signing up to Tabletopless.

Autopsy, on the other hand, you can buy as an electronic version, or get it in print from Lulu.com

Don’t say I never do anything for you.