It’s March, and that means mad March hares, aggressive duck sex in the back garden and the feeling that the year has finally, actually started and one should get on with things. So it goes.
There’s a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ stuff going on that is already interfering with the projects I had planned, albeit in the best way. There’s a possible new computer game project I might be writing for, a couple of guest writers for the few Gorean Adventures and the new store continues to gain traction. Actual Fucking Monsters continues at a reasonable pace in spite of the interruption – I’m currently working on a nice big section of suggested monster powers. I’m also looking to get Alice Through the Garbage Grinder edited late spring/early summer – so there’s some new fiction to look forward to.
In addition to all that I am (slowly) creating an audio version of the 5th Edition D&D SRD, which will be hosted first on my Youtube channel, and then made available as an mp3 audiobook.
Things are productive, even if they don’t necessarily look it.
First things first, do be sure and go and check out our new online store. I’d love to see the majority of our sales shift to that channel, where I’ll also be offering a limited number of ’boutique’ items, physical products, second-hand gaming material and more.
There’s a mailing list you can sign up to there too, to hear when we have something new out, like our new Metacard, roleplay encouragement system. You can also get cheeky discounts by signing up.
The ever-lovely Anna Cherry of Erinyes Angels has modelled some of our t-shirts, so look forward to seeing more of that coming along! I’d love to work with more cosplayers and nerdosphere models of all genders, so if you’d like to model or pose for other products, get in touch.
If you like the shirts, you can get them at Teespring. Anna Cherry’s not included, separate purchase necessary.
So where does that leave various projects?
- Unfortunately, the person I had pegged for the Zelart Scholarship had to drop out and couldn’t deliver a final piece due to an injury. I’ll be doing a separate update on this for you.
- Actual Fucking Monsters should be written by the end of the month, I’m not sure if I need more art for it or not, so it may be out at that time.
- I have to devote some time and energy to this potential computer game project.
- The SRD will be recorded as and when I have the time, but I do intend to see it through to the end.
MetaCards provide a means to encourage roleplay and verisimilitude in your TTRPG games.
MetaCards are a generic system that can be overlaid on top of any other game system.
The cards provide prompts to roleplay in a certain way. The players can then represent a certain mood or perform certain actions that can provide verisimilitude for games that are designed to seem ‘real’, or thematic cues for games that are more narratively focused.
The players are encouraged to follow the cards by a small, mechanical, near-universal bonus. Decks can be customised with prompts specific to your group or campaign if you’re seeking to encourage a specific kind of roleplay. You could customise the deck to prompt players in a horror game to do stereotypical horror-movie things, or those in a romantic fantasy game to engage with the romantic preconceptions of that genre.
This is meant to be introductory, allowing you to take the concept and run with it for your own games.
Tiny beast, unaligned, bad pun
Without access to treasure, the Lutit is a dull grey colour with a black ‘cap’ of feathers. With access to treasure, it breaks down precious metals and jewels with its tough beak and binds the gilt to its feathers, giving each (male) Lutit a brilliant and unique, gold, silver and jewel-encrusted appearance. Lutits build nests out of hardened spit and purloined treasure in inaccessible parts of dungeons and survive on a diet of carrion, moss, lichen, slime and parasites. Their nests are communes of d100 birds who will attack as a swarm to protect their nests and young.
Armour Class: 12
Hit Points: 1 (1d4 – 4)
Speed: 10 ft., fly 30 ft.
STR: 1 (-5)
DEX: 13 (+1)
CON: 3 (-4)
INT: 2 (-5)
WIS: 12 (+1)
CHA: 6 (-2)
Senses: Passive Perception 11
Challenge: 0 (0 XP)
Treasure Finder: The Lutit has a preternatural ability to sense treasure, especially gold. It can seemingly sense treasure within 30 feet of its current location and is capable of carrying off a single gold piece at a time to its nest. Some are trained to find treasure and lead their owners to it.
Toxin Resistance: Advantage on Constitution checks against poison.
Gilt feathers: A gilded Lutit is worth 5gp to collectors, alchemists and taxidermists. Trained Lutits are valued as familiars and treasure-seekers (and messenger birds) by adventurers and dungeon-owning masterminds.
You can buy this piece of stock art, for as little as $1 this month as part of a promotion. We have a promotion running all month, 31 pieces of monstrous stock art, one a day until all are at on sale culminating on the 31st for Halloween.
Some spies do their deeds in the shadows, hidden completely from sight. Disguises of all kinds, magical and mundane, let them do their work. Others ‘hide’ in plain sight, relying on people’s horror, disgust, and even compassion to complete their work – some without even knowing that is what they are doing. Dark magic can twist people into grotesque puppets, and certain inheritors of the magic of the Tyrant Orb delight in making ‘improvements’ to their victims.
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Good news everyone! Not only have Teespring allowed the B&D t-shirt back, with a couple more adjustments, but we now also have caste shirts for players of Tales of Gor!
You can find these lovely vestments at our Teespring store and can hide your shame. They absolutely should not be torn, cut or otherwise altered to resemble slave rags or a ta-teera. Especially not the red one.
Head on over and pick yourself out something nice.
PS. If you’re a slightly attractive human being (or close approximation thereof) and would like a couple of free shirts and a small amount of money for modelling some of these, let me know.
Well that about wraps that up! I hope you’ve enjoyed Starfinder Month here on the blog. If you think you might be interested in seeing me give Starfinder a more full re-working for Machinations of the Space Princess, let me know. Also let me know what other RPGs you think might be worth giving some love to another month!