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GMJ Episode Discussion / Spring Newsletter
« Last post by Lex on March 27, 2018, 12:33:18 pm »
We just sent out our spring newsletter. If you're not a member of our mailing list, please join today. :)
Now that Relics of Power is out, it's time to start working on the next supplement. I have a few ideas I'm considering working on next, so I thought I'd share them with you and let you vote for the one you're most excited to see.

Please let me know which of these ideas you'd like to see first by taking the linked survey.

If you have any additional ideas, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

D&D Discussion / Relics of Power - Share Your Relics with Us!
« Last post by Lex on March 22, 2018, 12:55:47 am »
My new D&D supplement, Relics of Power is now out. Also, for a limited time, I'm offering Relics of Power along with my adventure, The Trickster's Labyrinth, in a bundle. You can get the bundle here.

I thought it would be great to have a place on the forum where you can all share the cool relics you come up with. I'm looking forward to seeing them! So feel free to post your creations in this thread. :)
Other RPG Discussion / Re: Game books for sale
« Last post by jrnewton on March 21, 2018, 05:54:34 pm »
BESM Core 1st Edition
BESM Second Edition (core book)
Character Diary
Centauri Knights (2 copies)
Hot Rods and Gun Bunnies
Big Robots, Cool Starships
Cold Hands Dark Hearts
Cute & Fuzzy Cockfighting Seizure Monsters
Cute & Fuzzy Seizure Monsters (same as above, alternate cover)

Other RPG Discussion / Re: Game books for sale
« Last post by c__beck on March 21, 2018, 01:05:45 pm »
What BESM books do you have?
Other RPG Discussion / Game books for sale
« Last post by jrnewton on March 21, 2018, 09:04:33 am »
I'm trying to clean out my closets, and I have stacks of gaming books that I have finally realized I don't need. Many of these are brand new, never been used or only flipped through. Some of the really old stuff is obviously used (some badly). I thought I would give people here a first crack at it.

My goal is to distribute to people who want or will use them, not to primarily make money. I don't have set prices on this stuff. I was thinking $5 per full size (hardback/permabound) & box sets, less for smaller formats and much less for modules. Prices negotiable, but I would like to sell like things in lots (just to make it easier to ebay leftovers later).

Since Lex was nice enough to say I could post this here, I will donate 50% of all proceeds to GMJ via the Patreon donate (or some other way if he prefers).

Note that this is not a full listing, just the category highlights. If you want to know more about a category or are looking for something specific, I'll get you more information.

D&D in various forms + related
  • 1st & 2nd edition, various hardbacks + splat books (e.g. 2E "Complete" books)
  • 3.0 Core books + wizard published splat books
  • 3.5 Core books + wizard published splat books
  • 2E Ravenloft: Realm of Terror box, Forbidden Lore box + adventures
  • d20 Ravenloft premium hardcover
  • d20 Sword & Sorcery publishing titles (e.g. Creature collection, Relics & Rituals, etc)
  • d20 lots of OGL campaign and splat books
  • d20 Modern + splat
  • d20 Rokugan + splat
  • Modules for 1E - 3E

Other RPGs
  • Deadlands + splats
  • Call of Cthulhu: Original box set, d20 books, original campaigns, etc
  • Iron Kingdoms: main book + adventures
  • Deliria
  • Big Eyes Small Mouth (various books)
  • Middle Earth RPG
  • Tenchi Muyo! RPG
  • Paranoia
  • Toon
  • Exalted
  • Stargate SG1 RPG
  • Sengoku + Shinobi splat book
  • Battletech & Mechwarrior: core books + various splat books
  • Sailor Moon RPG
  • World of Darkness
  • Shardowrun: core + splats
  • Atlantis RPG
  • Ironclaw RPG
  • Chill RPG
  • Hero System: core + splats
  • Orkworld
  • 7th Sea: core + splats
  • Legend of the 5 Rings core books
  • Pendragon RPG
  • Ars Magica: core + splats
  • Sovereign Stone: Core + splats - All signed by Margaret Weiss and Don Perrin

If you are interested in any of this, or would like more information, either post or send me an email. I'll even send photos if you want.

Non-RPG Nerd Culture Discussion / Re: Habitable Planets in Binary Systems
« Last post by jrnewton on March 19, 2018, 11:58:40 am »
You should also check out the YouTube series by Artifexian Among many of the other "How to make planets" videos he has one on making a binary star system under the title "Build your own Tatooine"

His stuff is pretty technical (although pretty understandable), but it is all really good for thinking about these things.
Non-RPG Nerd Culture Discussion / Re: Solo - a Star Wars story teaser trailer
« Last post by jrnewton on March 19, 2018, 11:54:34 am »
Personally, I loved the "Sabotage" remix of the Solo trailer... way more than the original:

The remix trailer has all the goodness of a Star Wars movie, without the somewhat goofy dialog trying to sum up a movie about a young Han Solo... which 90% of the viewers already know what he is like.
Worldbuilding Discussion / Chicken Riding Murder Hobos III+2
« Last post by jrnewton on March 19, 2018, 11:33:58 am »
TL;DR - Maybe skip to "The Way of Things" or "The Midoriyama Green".

Introduction & Background:

What a long strange trip it's been...
My current campaign is going through a bit of flux. The world is something I've been working on for a few years from a concept perspective. Mostly gathering ideas, thinking about how the world came about, how it works, etc. This current incarnation started as a cross between a Firefly game and a Final Fantasy themed game.

We had just finished a disastrous Firefly RPG game run by another member of the group, and she shortly left the group due to time reasons. Well, I wanted to run a Firefly game (using the Cortex Plus rule set), but was advised by my wife that it probably would send the wrong message to the last GM (e.g. "Your game sucked, we hated it; Here is the RIGHT way to run a Firefly game."). So keeping that in mind, I decided to mutate the Firefly rule set using the Cortext Plus Hacker's Guide (using the Fantasy Heroic rules), mix the setting with Final Fantasy and see what came out.

In the end, the world is pretty cool, and I think all the players like it so far... The rules however were not a big favorite. After some talk with individuals and the group, and listening to the Game Master's Journey podcast for the last 8+ months, I decided to try it out with 5E. Which brings us to today, with just having finished our last adventure in Cortex Plus, I'm finishing up the player packet for 5E, and next time we meet we will generate/convert characters. I'm going to start everyone at 1st level, as this is the first time for nearly all of us in 5E, including me as the DM. Quite a few of us have experience with D&D 1st - 4E, as well as Pathfinder, so I don't see this as a huge issue.

Some Ideas About the World:
The original campaign name was "Fall of Dawn" and most of my notes reference that name, but when I made the specific Cortex Plus Fantasy Heroic rules set for the players, I named it "Chicken Riding Murder Hobos III" and the name sort of stuck.

The world is a sky realm of floating islands in a sea of clouds. I think I first really started thinking of this as a game when I saw the video for the Gorillaz song "Feel Good Inc." Specifically the windmill island with the clouds around it (

I also took ideas from various Final Fantasy and similar video games, as well as anime and comics with similar themes. Around the time I was formulating the world, I started reading the Trilemma Adventures by Michael Prescott on his blog at His dark and gritty world was fodder for my dreams, and I've grabbed several themes from his work for this world.


Themes: the corruption of power, unintended consequences, secret history

Why III? Or even III+2?
For those of you who don't get the "Chicken Riding Murder Hobos" joke, I kind of laid it out in my first player packet:
Chicken Riding Murder Hobos III (CRMH3) is a [game] of high adventure in a world similar to certain video games where horses don’t exist and people ride giant chickens (Why III? The first two weren’t released in the US). It references all those sword and sorcery and mixed technology video game tropes you know so well to create a game of amazing heroics, somber monsters, dark dungeons, spell slinging, and fantastic semi-magical technology.

And of course, as I'm moving to 5E I couldn't resist the further joke:
Why III+2? III was for CortexPlus, in the FF universe there were several sequel games indicated by -2, such as X-2, and in our case III+2 is 5th Edition

The Way of Things
The initial Gazetteer info I gave my players was just intended to give them some background on the world that everyone knows, and mix the Firefly and FF backgrounds into a coherent story. This also serves as sort of a creation myth for the current generation of the world.

How the Sky came to be
The Earth that Was is no more. The Seree [Suh-Ree, Sear-E, Seh-rea] reached too high, exceeding their grasp in a blasphemous affront to the natural order. They shook the world, and the Divines responded by breaking it and destroying their civilization as punishment. All sapient came close to extinction due to their arrogance, but we managed to survive. Now we have the Sky.

The Alliance
People slowly established themselves on the ruins and lands that remained. New kingdoms and empires rose and fell, each leaving their mark on different parts of the Sky. Over time the largest, most concentrated, and most stable of these areas became known as the Core and eventually these lands banded together in an alliance.

The Alliance became the focus of sapien civilization, the most magically and technically advanced, with stability for all who lived there. The Border lands lived and traded in the shadow of the Alliance using treaties and trade to grow and protect themselves. There were other contenders for civilization, however, and some were quite aggressive. Eventually the Alliance decided that the best way to defend their borders were to expand them to include everyone.

Unification War
A short time back, the Alliance stopped talking to other lands as equals and instead brought their ships and troops. Some were happy to see them come, some quickly caved, but some took a stand. These Independents fought back in what became known as the Unification War. The war was long and bloody, and some say this was partly because of “Neutrals” like Shinra Corp who are said to have sold weapons and supplies to both sides. Eventually, however, the Independents were forced to lay down their arms, and the Alliance became the undisputed rulers of all the lands. Many of the so-called “Browncoats” that fought against the Alliance still remember the war and fight on today, in their own ways.

How things are now
While the Alliance rules over and controls all the lands, things get a might less formal as you move away from the core. Undeveloped and unexplored lands still fill the Sky and the Rim can be a wild and dangerous place. Even in the Border lands, many of the original kingdoms still remain, managing the day to day lives of their people for the Alliance.

Hot off the Presses
I've been going back throught the GMJ archives and listening to episodes that I didn't get when they first came out, and recently I listened to GMJ 129 & GMJ 131 - Keeping the Game Going Between Sessions (pts 1 & 2). This inspired me to make a newspaper from the current town the PCs are in. This is maybe 1/3 "other's views" of the PCs actions, 1/3 setting fluff, and 1/3 plot hooks. I sent this out a few days before the game, and it seemed to be a big hit with the players and the characters. They used it several times during the session to figure out who to talk to and things they could do in the local town to advance their agenda. In the future I plan to make more newspapers local to place the PCs are in.

The Midoriyama Green:

Did you make it all the way down here?
If you guys are still interested after all that, I'll post more things over time. I have more generic world info, past adventure write ups I've done, as well as the (soon to be finalized) CRMH 5E player packet, and future newspapers, etc.

Let me know if you are interested in more.
Worldbuilding Discussion / Re: Fantasy Genesys
« Last post by c__beck on March 15, 2018, 11:08:12 am »
Most of it is my creation. Some of the items are labeled as "from the book". Also, the dwarf and orc species are straight copy/paste from the core book as well.
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