Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GLOG: Druid Circle: Woodland Protector

A long time ago the Squirrel Princess was singing on her branch-balcony when a terrible hawk snatched her away for lunch. Her father, the Earl of Squirrels, was outraged.

The Earl sent word to all the lords of the Woodland Realm and they convened at his court. It is there that they decided they were done living their lives in constant fear from their predators.

The Woodland lords and their constituents drafted a declaration of war and presented it to the Unseelie Court. Unfortunately the declaration was declined by the court, cited as "petty" and "selfish."

Then the Woodland lords presented their declaration to the Seelie Court, and again it was denied. But the gentle adjudicators of that court offered the Woodland lords a trial.

The prosecution was of course the Woodland lords. The defendants their predators. Acting as judge was illustrious Prince Obristo of the Faerie Clan of Yarnborough.

The trial was long and arduous but eventually a settlement was met. A law was put into place forbidding the hunting of the Woodland lords and their constituents. To enforce this law, the Seelie Court conscripted a special unit of Druids that would work closely with the Woodland Lords to ensure their protection.

This special unit was dubbed the Woodland Protectors.

by Diego Rodriguez

Woodland Protector

Keeping with the police metaphor, Woodland Protectors are more like boy/girl scouts than full fledged officers.

They are given special privileges by the Woodland Lords in the form of conscripted soldiers. Squirrel Knights, Raccoon Spies, and Siege Platypuses are all on standby to assist the Protector at a moment's notice.

However they are enchanted to be easily swayed by authority figures. Most druids are not critter sized and the lords realize this. They want to keep their protectors gullible and trusting.


  • If a critter is in danger, you must answer the call to protect them. Refusal to due so results in a revocation of your spellcasting ability. Said revocation may be disputed in Fae Court. A critter is defined as a non-predatory mammal no bigger than a capybara, a non-raptorial bird, or a frog.
  • You're terrible when it comes to dealing with mayors, kings, lords, and authority figures. -4 to your Charisma checks when trying to convince them.


  • When you level, instead of learning a random spell you may choose to learn wildshape if you don't already know it.
  • Whenever you deal damage with one of your spells, you call that many critters to arms. The critters obey your commands and fight for you. They act on their own initiative and function as a horde.*
  • Whenever you cast the Bigify spell on yourself and you know wildshape, you can choose to shapeshift into a giant animal. A giant animal is defined as any animal bigger than a wagon.


  1. Befriend
  2. Smolize
  3. Bigify
  4. Wildshape
  5. Aura of Innocence
  6. Goodberry
  7. Raucous Joy
  8. Flamestart
  9. Cloud of Faeries
  10. Fireseed

R: 50' T: creature D [dice] hours
You charm a creature. A charmed creature will place themselves into danger for you, up to and including combat, but will not take on extreme risk.
If you invested 4 [dice] or more, the duration becomes permanent.

R: touch T: creature D: [sum] minutes
You shrink a creature to a fourth of its original size, causing them to lose [dice] HD and deal -[dice] damage (minimum 1HD and 1 damage). The creature gets a Save to negate the effect.

R: touch T: creature D: [sum] minutes
You grow a creature to four times its original size, granting them [dice] HD and +[dice] damage. Unwilling creatures get a Save to negate the effect.

R: 0' T: self D: [dice]*10 minutes
You shapeshift into an animal of your choice. The animal can be no bigger than a horse. The animal's stats are overlaid onto your own, but you maintain your own mental aptitude. Your DM has their stats.

Aura of Innocence
R: 0 T: self D: [dice] rounds
You emit pure innocence, causing creatures to want to avoid harming you. Before a creature attacks you, they roll a d6. On a roll of [dice] or less, they have to redirect their attack or give it up.

R: 50' T: ground D: instant
You grow a goodberry bush that bares [sum] berries. Each berry restores 1 HP when eaten. If two or more dice are invested, the berries restore d4 hit points each. The berries shrivel away at dawn the next day.

Cloud of Faeries
R: 200 T: [dice]x20' area D: [dice] rounds
You summon a kaleidoscope of faeries equipped with toothpick-swords. They fly around hostile creatures and sting them like angry hornets. The combined efforts of the faeries deals d6+[dice] damage per round.

Raucous Joy
R: 50' T: [dice] creatures D: [dice] rounds
You infect a creature with overwhelming joy, which causes them to fall to the floor laughing uncontrollably for [dice] rounds. They get a Save at -2 to negate the effects.

R: 0 T: 1 creature D: [dice] turns
You summon a small flame at your fingertips that emits light up to [dice]x10'. If 2 or more dice was invested, you can throw the flame for [dice]xd6 damage. The flame ignites clothes and flammable objects.

Fire Seed
R: 0 T: palm of the hand D: [sum] minutes
You grow a group of fire seeds in your palm or the palm of another creature. The fire seeds can be thrown up to 40' and deal 1d8+[dice] damage in a 10' area. If the fire seeds are not thrown, they will explode in [sum] minutes from being grown.

Monday, April 16, 2018

GLOG: Class: Druid / Sir do you Realize how Fae you were Going?

Druids are to the Animal Kingdom what Clerics are to humans.

Starting Equipment: Druid Badge, Tchotchke Bag, Druid Chalk

A Druid Badge signifies your authority in the Animal Kingdom. Most humans don't recognize its significance, but animals definitely do.  

Druid Chalk is an ordinary piece of chalk given to all Druids once they take up the cause. It's enchanted so whenever a door is drawn near nature, the door becomes real and the Druid can use it to enter Fae Court. Otherwise it's just ordinary chalk. If a Druid loses his Druid Chalk it will find its way back to them in d3+2 days.

A: +1 CD, +1 Spell Slot, +2 Spells(1-6), Wildspeak
B: +1 CD, +1 Spell Slot, +1 Spell (1-8), Tchotchkes
C: +1 CD,+1 Spell Slot, +1 Spell (1-10), Survivalist
D: +1 CD, +1 Spell Slot, Deputize

You gain+1 Casting Dice (CD) and +1 Spell Slot for each Druid template you possess, up to a maximum of 4 each.

When you first gain a Druid template, you must choose a Druidic Circle from the list below. Later you can submit a transfer to Fae Court to change your circle, pending its approval.

You can talk to animals and plants.

Most animals will be willing to talk once they realize you're a druid, or flash your druid badge.

Plants are less sociable and don't have a lot to say. Getting one or two words out of a plant requires a successful Charisma check.

Druid spells come from fae spirits and they hate stuffy scrolls and books. As a result Druid spells can only be moved to a tchotchke.

A tchotchke is a small magic object decorated with paint and baubles. They're no bigger than your palm, and they function like a druid specific super charged scroll.

Making a tchotchke requires a Tchotcke bag, which contains enough supplies to create one tchotchke. You can buy more bags from Fae Court for 30 gold pieces each.

Once you've created the tchotchke, you can move a spell into it. Then roll 4d4. The result is the tchotchke's Integrity. Whenever you use the tchotchke roll a d20. If you roll over the tchotcke's integrity, it loses d6 integrity. When a fetish reaches zero integrity, it breaks, causing a mishap and unleashing the spell into the wild.

Tchotchkes aren't destroyed after being used and they can be used more than once a day. A druid or wizard can't move the spell inside the tchotchke once it's been moved to one. The spell will only exit the tchotchke when it's destroyed.

Choose one of the following:

Forager: You can gather d4+2 worth of rations by foraging in the wild. Foraging takes 6 hours. Additionally you can tell when food and water is safe to consume.

Scavenger: You can forge items from natural materials. 2 slots worth of materials is enough to make two light weapons, one medium weapon, a longbow and 20 arrows, or a wooden shield.

Sleeper: You can rest anywhere, under any conditions, and no longer require a campsite, fire etc.

Cataloger: You can identify any natural fauna or flora.

You can enlist a member of the Animal Kingdom as a temporary deputy.

The conditions and compensation of the enlistment must be written down and submitted to Fae Court, pending approval of course.

Most animals will be willing to work for an extended period of time if their needs are met. Their compensation could vary from food to gold to a good scratching behind the ears.

By Inkognit
List of Druid Circles

Woodland Protector

Monday, April 2, 2018

Program Your Life Today!

If wizards are zookeepers. And sorcerers are locomotives. What does that make psions?

Imagine a World Computer. It's computations result in cause and effect, and time itself. It's not the source of space and matter, but it organizes it all according to its programming.

Psions are its programmers. They discovered the World Computer a long time ago and figured out its code. They manipulate probability and causality by sending it mental code to get what they want. But they have to speak the computer's language

The World Computer only understands binary relationships. Love-Hate. Death-Life. Create-Destroy. Bitter-Sweet. Obviously psions are capable of understanding concepts more complex than this, but to the World Computer it's all 1s and 0s. Psions have to speak to the World Computer in its own language if they want to get any results.

by Dio Mahesa


A: Psionic Programming, +1PP, +1PD, +1RR
B: Living in the Database, +1PP, +1PD, +1 RR
C: The Third Integer, +1PP, +1PD, +1RR
D: Master of Minds, +1PP, +1PD,+1RR

Psionic Programming
You manipulate probability and causality by speaking to the World Computer.

You speak to the World Computer with Programming Dice (PD). You start with 1PD and gain +1 PD per Psion template up to a maximum of 4. 

When you want to invoke a Psionic Power (see below) you invest any number of PD. The number of [even] or [odd] dice rolled determines which power you invoke, which is affected by the [sum] rolled or the number of [dice] invested.

You start with 1 Re-Roll (RR) and gain +1 RR per Psion template up to a maximum of 4. You can spend 1 RR to re-roll up to 4PD. All RRs come back at dawn.

PD do not go away. Instead psions lose the ability to program the world computer in their favor over the course of the day by spending RR.

Living in the Database
Each morning roll 2d20 and record the results for each. Throughout the day you can replace the results of any d20 roll with one of the results from those d20. You can only use one result once.

The Third Integer
Chose a psionic power that you know. Once per day you can invoke both sides of that power simultaneously. 

Master of Minds
Learn 4 psionic powers or create your own (DM's discretion.)

by Cuba Lee

Psionic Powers
Psionic Powers (PP) are binary relationships. The number of [even] and [odd] dice determines which side of that binary relationship you invoke. If the number of [even] and [odd] dice is equal, you get to chose which side you invoke.

[even]: You create something nonmagical. It exists for [dice] rounds.
[odd]: You destroy something. If that something is a creature it gets a Save at -[dice] to avoid obliteration.

[even]: You restore [dice]+[sum] hit points to a creature.
[odd]: You deal [dice]+[sum] damage to a creature.

[even]: You charm a creature for [dice] rounds, granting you +[dice] on reaction rolls.
[odd]: You repulse a creature. It will stay [dice]x10ft away from you for [dice] rounds, granting you -[dice] on reaction rolls.

[even]: You move something to a location [dice]x10ft away.
[odd]: You immobilize something for [dice] rounds. It can't move but can still interact and attack.

[even]: You create a loud ruckus that deafens all creatures in a [dice]x10ft area for [dice] rounds.
[odd]: All sound within a [dice]x10ft area is silenced for [dice] rounds.

[even]: You grant a creature +[dice] to Move and Initiative rolls and they can make an extra attack for [dice] rounds.
[odd]: You give a creature -[dice] to Move and Initiative rolls and they can only Move or Attack on their turn for [dice] rounds.

[even]: You manipulate a creature's metabolism so it can go without food or drink for [dice] days
[odd]: You manipulate a creature's metabolism so it requires twice the normal amount of food and drink for [dice] days.

[even]: You summon a small fire in your palm that radiates light up to 10 ft. If 2+ PD was invested you can throw the fire for [dice]*d6 damage.
[odd]: Your finger tips drip a cold mist. The next thing you touch is flash-frozen for [dice] rounds and takes d6 freezing damage a round.

[even]: You gain a fly speed for [dice] rounds.
[odd]: You become ethereal for [dice] rounds and can pass through solid material.

[even]: You cure one disease, poison, or ailment afflicting a creature.
[odd]: You afflict a creature with an ailment. The ailment must be one you know of but not necessarily experienced.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Street Toughs and Vertical Slums

Skerples said you can judge a system by its Fighters. With that said here's the version of the GLOG fighter I made for David Lewis Johnson's Gathox setting.

Class: Street Tough

A: A Limb for Your Life

B: Tats
C: Intimidate
D: Dirty Fighting, Cleave

You gain+1 HP for every Street Tough Template you possess.

A Limb for Your Life
Once per day you can reduce incoming damage by 1d12. If you choose to sacrifice an arm or a leg you can reduce the damage by 12 points instead of 1d12. If instead you sacrifice a small sensory organ, such as an eye or finger, you reduce the damage by 6 points.

Each time you obtain a total of 10, 20, 30, and 50 kills with a weapon type, you gain enough street cred to get a tattoo of that weapon along with a new ability for that weapon chosen from the list below:

  1. +1 Damage
  2. +1 Advantage (max 2)
  3. Special Ability (negotiated with DM, one per weapon)
Dirty Fighting
Once per combat you can fight dirty. Make an Attack with +1 Advantage and your target is stunned for d4 rounds.

Once per day you can intimidate another humanoid. They roll a Charisma save. On a failure you force them to obey one request.

Whenever you kill a creature, you can make another attack with the same weapon.

by Seo Hee

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Drop Giants

There's only one population of giants on Elsai, and it's the cloud giants of the Geralt mountain range, far north of Wundergauss on the continent of Nebelkuste.

These cloud giants stand between 16 and 20 feet tall. Their skin is blue grey. Their hair is white, grey, or charcoal. Their eyes are foggy and dead with glowing white irises. They wear garbs of cloudsilk etched with geometric patterns.

The giants despise Wundergauss and its inhabitants. The reason for this hatred is because the giants are old enough to remember the eldritch horror that lies within the city and how screwed they'll be if it is unleashed.

Giants can also walk on clouds. This is known because their frequent raids on the city begin with squads of giants propelling from the clouds like members of SWAT. The fun ones, known as Berserkers, take the quick way down like drop bombs. Other giants harry ground forces with boulders from atop their cloud platforms.

Despite their hatred for Wundergauss and the other cities of wonder, there exist peaceful giants that wander Elsai. However these giants are always characterized by some form of disfiguration, be it a severed limb, missing eye, or severe scar tissue. These giants never divulge the secret of their maiming, nor are they want to discuss giant culture.

by Kenneth Solis
HD 10 Con 18 Str 18
Weapon 1d10 Boulder d20

Crush - Once per round the giant can squash, swat away, or otherwise obliterate a humanoid size creature. The creature gets a Dex Save to dodge out of the way. Exceptionally strong creatures (Strength 16+) can roll a Str Save instead. Creatures larger than a humanoid are immune.

Hardiness - Convential weaponry only deals a maximum of 1 damage against the giant. Siege weaponry, such as catapults and cannons, deals listed damage.

Cloudfoot - The giant can walk on clouds as if it was a hard surface and takes half damage from falling from great heights.

by Eric Griffin
Giant PCs
Players can opt to play a giant character. Giant PCs get the abilities above in addition to the following:

Giant Ability Scores - Giants apply their bonus twice to Strength Checks when doing "human things" but they leave destruction in their wake.

For example a giant opening a human sized stuck door would apply their bonus twice, leaving the door in splinters and pieces if they succeed.

When doing giant things, such as opening a giant stuck door, the giant only applies their bonus once.

Additionally, giants apply half of their bonus to Dexterity Checks when doing "human things", again leaving destruction in their wake if they succeed, but add their full bonus when doing giant things.

Disfigurations - Giants that don't want to kill humans are horribly disfigured. Therefore giant PCs begin play with d3+1 horrible disfigurations.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


You gain +1 HP and Move for every Farrier template you possess

A: Origin of Concept, Materialize: Object, Materialize: Sacred Relic
B: Divining Strike, Read Object
C: Resolute Soul
D: Materialize: Inner World, Inner Journey

Origin of Concept
Your inner world revolves around a single idea. This idea can be anything. It can be vague, or it can be specific. The only stipulation is that the idea must be something grounded in the real world. For example, you couldn't choose Darwinism because that idea is completely conceptual. It must be something tangible like a toy or gun.

Materialize: Object
You can materialize one object from your inner world into reality. This object remains tangible for one round per Farrier template.

Materialize: Sacred Relic
You can materialize one sacred relic from your inner world. You possess one relic per Farrier template. Sacred relics are objects of extraordinary power that reside in your inner world. They remain tangible for one round per Farrier template. Once you utilize a relic's power, you must take a long rest to meditate and realign your thoughts in order to utilize its power once more.

Divining Strike
Your specific martial arts allows you to read your opponent psychically the longer you fight them. As part of an Attack, you can mark your opponent. As long as they are marked you gain an advantage against them, and if you roll a gambit, you can ask the DM one question about the opponent instead of taking the usual result. The DM is obligated to answer the question truthfully, however he is not obligated to be clear and precise.

Read Object
You can hold a real object that is associated with your Origin of Concept and concentrate for a round to learn certain information related to that object. You learn who the owner of the object is and of any events that occurred recently in which the object was present.

Resolute Soul
You gain +1 Save against Fear, Charm, and Sleep per Farrier Template

Materialize: Inner World
You can replace a 40ft area of reality with your inner world. The area is filled with 1d20+10 objects that you can control mentally. You can psychically attack with one of these objects for d6 damage by concentrating for a turn. Alternatively you could concentrate for a round to make a psychic barrage attack for d12 damage. You gain +1 HP, Save, and Move while you stand within the area.

Inner Journey
Once in your lifetime you may take an Inner Journey. You can transfer your complete consciousness to your inner world, along with the consciousnesses of anyone willing to share in your journey. On this journey you will face true peril. You will face fears you never knew you had. You will be tempted by vices that at once seemed petty. And before the end what it means to be you will be redefined. However, at the end of your journey you will discover your Id Mythos. An Id Mythos is a sacred relic all your own. It is constructed from you and made by you. It is an object that represents the mental you and the physical you. It is both your twin and yourself, and in your hands it is capable of terrible power.

By Ken Jyi Lim
Mechanical Notes
This class is very open-ended and requires a lot of cooperation on the part of the DM and the player. Therefore it is not recommended for new or inexperienced players.

Sacred Relics: Sacred Relics are supposed to be objects with powerful effects that are out of the ordinary. They should have an effect on the game bigger than a simple mechanical bonus. Likewise a Farrier's Id Mythos is a Sacred Relic taken to 11. Much consideration must be devoted to a Farrier's Id Mythos if he plans to obtain it.

Advantages and Gambits: These are oddities of the homebrewed attack system I'm using for my current campaign. In a traditional OSR game a gambit is the equivalent of a critical success. An advantage can be equated to a system's situational bonuses.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Coming Back, Moving Forward, and Maxims for Better Rpgs

Around New Years, I took the plunge to improve my life via negativa. I deleted all of my social media, including this blog. I did this for several reasons.

The first is that I felt I was pandering to the OSR community. Now that might not be the case and I blame no one but myself for this pandering syndrome. Regardless, I found myself asking Will the OSR like this? every time I edited my posts, and the experience was just frustrating and soul-sucking.

The second is that I felt out of place in the OSR. Now I'm just your average middle class straight white dude, and I feel that the OSR is compromised of many liberal-minded people. There's nothing wrong with that, but I've gotten the impression on more than one occasion that cis-scum such as myself was unwelcome. Now this is admittedly completely wrong and I am full of bullshit. This liberal cis-scum-hating SJW was a phantom of my own creation, and I used it to motivate my hasty exit from the OSR. I bare no hatred towards liberal-minded people, and I doubt they harbor any hate towards me.

The third is that my life was in dire needs of getting set straight. Now I wouldn't say I was using my OSR writtings for pure escapism, but it hadn't reached hobby status either. I had just moved out of a roommate situation, meaning I was on my own for the first time in years, and I definitely needed more time to focus on life stuff. However, I feel I've developed my skills enough to a point to where I can cultivate my OSR writings into a full blown hobby.

So those are the reasons why I cut my ties with the OSR in a fever-fueled haze, and in a similar fashion I'm diving back in.

Now this is the part of the post where I will outline the things you need to do in order to do rpgs better. I call them maxims because that's a cool word.

Now I lay down these maxims as a completely unpublished, unsuccessful author or game designer. So take these maxims with as big as a grain of salt your mines can provide.

1. D&D is your Hobby
Yes. This silly elfgame is your hobby. Not World of Warcraft. Not anime. On a list of your top 3 things that makes you happy, D&D is number 1, and you cross out the other two. Now that doesn't mean you shouldn't have other hobbies. In fact you should. Admittedly there are people that take these elfgames too seriously. Having a hobby allows you to get away from these elfgames when you're in too deep, at least for a time, and once you're refreshed, you can dive back in with renewed vigor. But don't forget. This. Is. Your. Hobby.

2. When in doubt go to the most Prolific source
You don't need me to tell you this. There are dozens of blogs out there that have been around for years, run by great people that write alot. D&D with Pornstars, Jeff's Gameblog, and Goblinpunch are probably the top three that I rely on the most. But there's also Ten Foot Polemic, In The Land of Twilight Under The Moon, and Fists of Cinder and Stone. Read them. Use them. They are an inexhaustable source of inspiration, which leads me to maxim number 3.

3. Find Inspiration in the most unlikely places
Here reads the introduction to Talislanta 5th Edition:
I read all of Jack Vance's Dying Earth books, Lovecraft's The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath, Marco Polo's The Travels, and back issues of Heavy Metal magazine.... And I confess to partaking of one of Turkey's finest products nightly, which helped inspire most of the visual elements of Talislanta, and some remarkably lucid dreams I had of actually visiting Talislanta.
Now you don't have to read good literature or smoke good weed to write a good game or setting. Find inspiration everywhere: TV, anime, dreams, what you had for lunch this morning. Just always be thinking how you can apply what you experience to your game.

4. Steal don't plagarize
Nothing original exists under the Sun. It is impossible to not steal something at one point or another. All art is derivative anyway, so embrace your inner thief. However, this doesn't mean you can just take someone else's idea or mechanic and slap your name on it. That's plagiarizing. Stealing means taking something and making it your own. That means you have to put your own spin on it, your own stamp, your own signature. Breathe your breath into it. Steal something and make it yours!

5. Write for Yourself
Don't be like me. Don't fall into the trap of pandering to others for whatever reason you make up for yourself. Additionally, don't let others dictate your writing. If someone has issues with the way you do things, well that's their fucking problem, not yours. There's generally two ways you can check these kind of people. 1) completely ignore them. Hit that block button and move on. Nothing to see here. 2) get stuck in. Embrace your inner Zak S and talk to these people until they go away or you talk some sense into them. These are the two choices, but don't forget there's usually a third.

6. For every 1 masterpiece, you will produce 99 pieces of shit
That is assuredly a gross overestimation. But this maxim presents you with two options. 1) Wade through the shit to get to your masterpiece. Or 2) Don't bother at all. Give up. Go home. Who wants to smell like shit anyway.

Obviously, I chose the second option—and more than once in the past I admit. The bottom line is this. Just create something. 

You'll think it's shit. Someone else will think it's shit. That doesn't matter. If you're me, you'll look back at something from years ago and realize it's a masterpiece when you thought it was a heaping pile of doody. To this day the greatest thing I have ever written is some three-fourths page horror story in 3rd grade. 

I was eight. It has to be shit right? No. It's amazing. The structure, the build-up, and the pay-off is unremarkable. And the fact that it was penned by a third-grader makes it that much more charming. It is one of my few masterpieces.

7. Always ask "why?"
Why do you need this houserule? Why do you need this custom class? Why do you need this highly intricate lore?

It can be any reason really. You need this custom class because your player wants to play it. You need this lore because your setting wouldn't make sense otherwise. You need this houserule because there's surprisingly no rules for adjudicating the thing you need to adjudicate.

The reason you ask yourself why is to get to the core of your ideas and to prevent you from recreating the wheel. The world already has enough elf variants. It doesn't need another.

8. Don't rush
Shigeru Miyamoto said "A delayed game is eventually good. A rushed game is always bad." 

While you might not be trying to create the next Zelda, this advice applies to you.

That cool idea for a monster you've been sitting on? Don't try to rush it on to your blog in a day. Work on it. Leave it alone. Go do something else. And come back to it. Even when you think its ready, don't put it out there until you've left it alone for at least a day. Because once it's out there, it's out there. And fine-tuning an idea after it's already reached the eyes of others is an awkward fix.