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Quick Note - They're Ready to Believe You!

Found a few things out among the wilds of the web recently that are really awesome. The first is this set of Paranormal Exterminators and their gear from Crooked Dice. Really awesome designs that would go great with the franchise kit recently released by the Nerdy Show. Both of these things of course would go great with Easy as PIE and a certain pdf release that will be shared tomorrow!
So go check these things out and get to busting!

Quick Note - The Genius Loci Great Ebay Sale!

So as almost anyone who has read the blog knows I lost my job back in August. Since then my family has managed to stay afloat through a combination of my freelance work, my individual sales, my wife's pay and my military disability (gained through getting hit by a wrecking ball moving at 20mph) .

Unfortunately things have taken a bad turn ... I won't go into details, but suffice it to say I need have gained a bill I didn't know would exist. As such I have put up the vast majority of my roleplaying game collection on ebay ... right now it is mainly my 3.5 stuff, but it will grow in the coming days.

I ask only for a look to be taken and if anything I have up interests you or someone you know then please bid or spread the word.


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Quick Note - Halloween Adventure Voting has Closed

The Genius Loci Samhain adventure voting has closed and the winning adventure is: A New Basic Modern Adventure with 47% of the vote!

I'm already working on the outline and I should have this up for Thursday next so that you can all run it by Halloween Weekend!


A new adventure for Basic Modern847%A Sci Fi tell on a derelict Ship (Explorers)424%A Fantasy Tale of Vampires and Crypts (S&W)741%A new adventure for Basic Modern847%Nothing, take a break you damned workaholic!212%

Patron Supported 5-Minute Adventures - Easy as Pie

With Halloween right around the corner and the release of The Nerdy Show's Franchise Kit earlier this week I decided to whip out some old .pdfs, look over a Anti-Paladin's Mini Six system and hit the bricks running ... away from some ghosts!
Typically my Patrons would get this 24 hours ahead of the blog, but today ... well, today is not going so well and I wanted to maybe make some people out there happy (they do still get the cleaner pdf version though!)! So strap on your proto ... I mean Electron Blaster and bust some Ghos ... Paranormal Entities!
Easy as PIE A frighteningly Fun Adventure for 4 to 6 Characters! Setting Introduction and Rules modification. Ghosts, demons and the things that go bump in the night are real. They're out there, their in your closets, under your beds and in your breakfast cereals. Some place in the world have high concentrations of the paranormal, some have almost none, but everywhere from the forgotten sewers of New york city to the cult infest…

Quick Poll - Halloween Incoming!

First I would like to say that I really, really wish that Google +'s new poll feature would be integrated into blogger. However, there is no use to lament what is not so I have instead created a survey VIA Google Forms!

Remember folks, Samhain is coming!

What should Genius Loci Do for Samhain?

Quick Note - This Grand World

This morning I played a quick game of "Grand World" with 3 other people who will remain nameless. 

What is Grand World? 4th Edition D&D basically but used as a subsystem. Esentially Grand World is a Fantasy MMO in which is "leaking" into the real world. The players are normal MMO gamers who have been affected by the leaks and are now investigating them in game while still trying to be "normal" MMO gamers. 

Today's game was a micro-dungeon located in the fields of Gloomwood, the last place the Half-Elf Bard was before a TPK that ended with her waking up in a real-world hospital with elf ears. The party found the Dungeon Boss and discovered it was out of synch with the game granting it far more power than normal for a low-level Boss. The session ended with the Defensive Fighter getting hit by a critical and finding himself wounded in the real world.

So far I've found this to be a wonderful way of using 4e because it maintains the tactical aspect of…

Quick Note - We Need a Thunder Rift Appreciation Day!

The more I delve into TSR's Thunder Rift setting for Basic D&D the more I fall in love with it. This is understandable as my young self was the target audience for this setting back in the early 1990s. So as I read Knight of the Newts and the Thunder Rift setting guide the more I want to run a game in that setting and so off to the internet I go ... only to find a lot of dislike for it. Over at Dragonsfoot the consensus seems to be that it is a flawed and unplayable setting and while there is an entire forum dedicated to the setting it is small and hasn't been used in nearly a year.

So I have decided to say that we need to have a Thunder Rift Day! A Day in which we can all go "hey look! This is pretty damn cool!" a day of stories from game sessions long past, a day of NEW sessions in old modules ... or mayhap new modules ... to relive or rekindle interest in a smaller setting.

So, what say you OSR? What say you Dungeons & Dragons gamers? Shall we do this thin…

Quick Note - Gazetteer 13 - The Shadow Elves released & Other News!

Gazetteer 13 - The Shadow Elves is probably the one Mystera Gazetteer that I have been waiting on since WotC started releasing the Basic edition Gazetters last year. Back in my non-gaming days, when video games ruled the world for me, the Sahdow Elves of the Capcom Mystara Games were the most intriguing part of the story to me. They were also the part that I couldn't just nudge into one of my Tolkien corners of understanding. They were different and cool just a people who were left wide open for me to ponder and imagine about.

Eventually the Shadow Elves began to form in my mind as the Phantom Tribe from El - Hazard and when I began roleplaying with 3.5 back in the early 2000s it was these Shadow Elves that made appearances in my Mystara (I talked about my Mystara back when I talked about Gaz1).

At the moment obtaining the book is a bit of a no-go f
or me but it is there in my wishlist ready and waiting for me to grab it and read it so that I can finally learn how much my Shadow E…

Patreon Supported Adventures - Torture Chambers of the Inquisitor

The Torture Chambers of the High Inquisitor
Background In a medium sized trade city a large number of homeless have gone missing. The local governor would normally pay no mind to this as it relieves the city of what he considers to be riff-riff. However, the people of the lower districts have come together to appeal aid and have unwittingly caused a ruckus in the noble districts in the process. With no recourse but to investigate or throw the noble district into chaos the governor has sent out a missive to any foolhardy enough: Find and stop whatever is taking the homeless and if need be rescue those who can be saved.
Adventure Hooks Missive of the Troubled Governor. The missive of the governor has reached the party and eager for the reward (500 gp) and agree to the quest. An Old Friend. One of the party members once journeyed with and formed a fast friendship with an old dwarf named Bomgi. After the two split to go on their separate roads Bomgi ran into some troubled times and ended up a…

vampire abilities varient 5e

Last night I went to see +Dracula Untold with my wife (a review tomorrow on Fili Archives) and found the movie a heck of a lot better than any of the reviews that came out on Friday claimed it to be. Yes it was a bit rushed in some places and drawn out in others, but over all it was pretty wicked.

One of the coolest effects in the film was Dracula's ability to become a horde of bats and reassemble at will in an almost instantaneous fashion. This gave the fighting scenes a wonderful constant momentum where the action was always moving forward and never bogged down. To me this is a cool replacement/combination of the traditional mist form/shape change found in a lot of vampire fiction.
The following replaces both Misty Escape and Shape change in the 5e edition of Dungeons & Dragons for Vampires (MM p. 297). 
Colony of Bats. If the vampire is not in the presence of either direct sunlight or running water it can use its action to shift in a colony of Hive-Mind bats. While in this f…

Maps - Torture Chambers of the High Inquisitor

For an almost done patreon ... a patreon with a huge back log!

This one will be for Swords & Wizardry and is technically a 1-Page Romp.

Quick Note - Still Alive

This past week has been pretty interesting: minor house fire that killed the oven my son getting a pretty nasty fever and my wife's new schedule as a department head. Obviously, this has put a bit of a dampener or pretty much everything going on at Genius Loci Games ... which seems to happen every year at this time ...

That all said I should be back up and running at normal rates this week. I have 3 one page romps in the works an outline for my Halloween adventure that will be my second Basic Modern Adventure and have plans to do layout and mark-up for the September anthology this week.

Never seems to be enough time in the world.