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The Lost Locations - The Anicent Ship

With Pyramid of the Lost King coming in at 103 pages currently and expected to grow to about 105 after all the artwork is in you would think nothing would have had to be cut.  After all, at 103 pages what the hell could be left for me to add.  Surprisingly at least 4 more locations that were dropped for various reasons.  Today we look at one of those: The Ancient Ship

As you can see with the image the ship was going to be three levels and feature over 20 areas, and would have been occupied by Gnoll Exiles, Ghosts, Mechanical Constructs, and Flammable Oil Oozes (who could still attack for 10 rounds after being set on fire and do their damage plus 1d6 fire damage when on fire).It was a fun experiment and gave a lot of environmental hints as to the type of world Usarm once was before the Collapse (or Cataclysm).
In the end, it was dropped for 2 reasons.The main reason was the idea for it occurred to me late in second generation production when PotLK went from being 40 pages to the 103-pag…

[Kickstarter] Scion 2nd Edition surpassed $310,000

While I was never the biggest Storyteller system supporter I have played (mostly OWoD Hunter thanks to the X-Box games) and find that in the right climate the system is very enjoyable.  Scion has been an offshoot that I have wanted to play in since I first learned of it thanks to a series of reviews done by Game Geeks.  Unfortunately the few opportunities I have had met little success (mainly at cons where as an alt. player I got bumped when all the players showed). That said, while I backed at the $20.00 level for the pdfs I see little hope in finally playing ... however, this stretch goal opens up an entire world to the Storyteller system that has been locked away until now.  From the backer update: Having passed $310,000, we will create a Community Content section on that will allow folks who adhere to our standards' guide to create and post their own Scion 2e material on a royalty basis. We will also open Scion 2e to licensed publishing with other companies. Setting …

Deviant Fridays - The Art of Refiend

Refiend is a digital artist from Kazakhstan and is a new find for me.  There is a real sense of wonder in his pieces, a sense that this is a glimpse into an actual alternate world and while it seems familiar to all those other worlds I have seen there is something truly unique and original about it.

First Look at The Dark Eye Kickstarter rewards

New youtube video up with a look at the kickstarter physical rewards for The Dark Eye Kickstarter.

Next week I should have a short video up for Green Ronin's "Fantasy Age Bestiary".

Also take a look at the "Adventures of Rena" my short [not quite] Let's Play for Tree of Savior.

Deviant Friday's - Zeich

Zeich (or Gustavo Arteaga) is a digital and mixed-media artist from Spain who focuses highly on the fantastic.  He currently runs a patreon to help support his comic Custos Titan.  Zeich's work is very invocative to me and reminds me a lot of mid-to-late-1980's Capcom artbook works (Dungeons and Dragon's Mystara, Castlevania - Simon's Quest mainly).

Deviant Fridays - Respects by Taylor Paton

Taylor Payton is a digital painter from the United States.

Magic Item - Arcane Gauntlet

Arcane Gauntlets are small devices of leather and copper fitted to the wearer's primary hand and feature a small, thin gem imbued with pure arcane energies affixed to the palm. As a standard action the wearer of an Arcane Gauntlet may release its energies up to four times in a single encounter safely, and up to eight times if the wearer is willing to endure the burning residual heat from sustained use of the device.  If an Arcane Gauntlet is used to its maximum effect (eight times) it is inoperable until such a time as its wearer takes a long rest.
Arcane Gauntlet- Rare Magical Item - Requires Atunement - Ranged Magical Weapon - Range 60/120ft - One Target, Hit 6 (1d6 + 2) Arcane Damage - Special After 4 uses the Gauntlet inflicts 2 Arcane damage on its wearer during every use in an encounter, on the 8th such use the wearer incurs 1d6 damage from the gauntlet's use.

Deviant Friday's - All of Time and Space by Qinni

Qinni is a traditional and mixed media artist hailing from our chilly northern sister, Canada.

Thunder Rift - Assault on Raven's Ruin

I have never made it a secret that Thunder Rift was one of my favorite settings for Basic edition D&D. I've gone as far as bugging the good folks over at Save or Die to do some reviews on the early 90s settings (to a response of a resounding no).  Much of my love for Thunder Rift didn't start with the Thunder Rift Box Set but with a very small stand alone adventure entitled "Assault on Raven's Ruin" which was part of a collection of ratty, not very well cared for, adventures I picked up for $2 at a garage sale in the mid 2007.

At the time I wasn't into the OSR so the adventure like everything else in that box of goodies set untouched until around 2013 when - after I was thoroughly indoctrinated into the OSR - I found the box while collecting things to give to Good Will.  I read the adventure several times, added the town of Kline to the northern shores of the Azure Marsh (Oh don't worry it will eventually show up in an adventure), and ran the kids th…

A Note on Expansion

One of the things that has been holding PotLK back has been expanding it.
The Old Entry:
Baleful Construct

<I>A towering figure rising from sands as if waking from a long nap.  Eldritch green light crackles from its joints and seams.  It turns its head toward you disgorging a wave of sand and debris as it opens a craggy maw, releasing a thunderous torrent of inhuman sound and eldritch light that washes over the everything in its path.  With slow, deliberate steps it begins to move North. Without knowing exactly why, you all know in the deepest pits of your gut that the creature is heading toward Basq.</i>
The Baleful Construct is immune to all mundane and magical attacks, becoming merely annoyed at the later. It cannot be stopped by traditional means and instead must have its power cores (located on the head) removed.
The New Entry:

Baleful Construct

Genius Loci's Outlook for Feb/March 2016

Gate File 001 - First Approach
This is the next and the big project for the month of February for my Patreon and the one I want to push for public release in March/April.  The Gate File is being developed for 5th Edition SRD and will incorporate Modern rules and make suggestions as to that fact.

The Smoke Giant's Heir
A second 5th Edition SRD release, The Smoke Giant's Heir was originally meant to be published last July but ran into a number of difficulties including lost maps, Scribus and libre files becoming corrupted due to system failures as my tower died a slow and horrible death.  The Text is written out for this one but one map still needs to be redrawn and the layout needs to be put through Serif now that I have it back.

More Fantasy AgeI don't know yet what I want to do exactly but I want to start doing a fan version of my favorite MMO using Green Ronin's Fantasy Age system.  Obviously this will be a "serial numbers filed off" deal for the possibility …

[AGE] Iron Horse

I am starting to see a theme evolving here ... and it wasn't even planned.  Enjoy, and feedback is always welcomed!

As Doctor Samuel Beckett would say "Ooooh Boy."

2015 was in may ways the lowest point in the existence of Genius Loci Games. Some of this was due to a lot of changes in the real world during that year. The continued loss of employment, my family's move to the state of Texas, and many - oh so many - computer issues. Couple this with stress, life issues and the realization that the kickstarter funds just weren't going to cover it, and I went pretty loopy and to dark places I thought I left behind long, long ago.

New Year though, new promises, new light, new beginnings ... maybe, maybe not.

I am not going to bother with resolutions or promises ... save one:

If it kills me Pyramid of the Lost King will be released by my 35th birthday (March 29th)!

I have an e-mail to send today, one that I've been avoiding ... hopefully it ends well.

Now ... where's the aspirin ...

[AGE] The Gun Priest

Trying my hand at the AGE System again after the failure of last year's open call with Green Ronin.  This time, however, there is no pressure to try and win a contest and inside I get to focus on the fun.

Thoughts and suggestion are always welcome.