Two Weeks until the Sea of Stars Kickstarter begins

17 December, 2014

Yes, and I am terribly unprepared.  But I will get it started this year even if only barely.

I will definitely have a short adventure, Rogue Island, as a free download so that people can get a taste of the Sea of Stars and what the setting is like.

The current plan is to produce an illustrated PDF, about 120 pages, broken down (roughly) as follows:

  • Introduction to and history of the Sea of Stars, 12 pages
  • New and adapted species with support material, 24 pages
  • Magic items, spells and such, 24 pages
  • New Monsters, 20 pages
  • The world and places to visit, 20 pages
  • GM Advice and adventure seeds, 20 pages

Most of this, apart from the GM advice, I already have written just not organized into a form ready for publication but then it will need to be properly vetted and edited, art commissioned and proper layout make it readable and interesting.

What would people want to see more of?  Less of (down to none at all)?  The initial mechanics would be for Pathfinder but I would be happy to include a D&D5 or FATE adaption or both as stretch goals.

In other stretch goals, I have tentative agreements from Ben Baugh (noted game author), Brandes Stoddard, and Trey Causey to contribute to a Sea of Stars Companion PDF which would be a bonus beyond the base campaign setting.

Here is a list of some of the artists I hope to have involved on the project, but always looking for more.

I would love to hear back from you about what you would like to see in such a kickstarter and what would make you more likely to participate in one for the Sea of Stars.  Thank you in advance.


Tuesday Magic Item – Dark of Night Cloak

16 December, 2014

Stars the only lightsUnder the long night, the figure spread the dark cloth upon the neglected stones and began a chant that was ancient when the world was young.  At midnight, the last words were said and the figure cut their palm and sealed the magic of the night within the cloth by use of their own blood.

When dawn came, there was no indication that the stone circles had ever been disturbed in the night.

Dark of Night Cloak

There is nothing remarkable about this hooded cloak of dark cloth, indeed it is easy to overlook in its plainness.  A more through investigation would show that is in made of strong but simple cloth, sewn by someone with  great skill as every stitch is nearly invisible.

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Dark Future Ahead 9 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

12 December, 2014

I have ended up with a mostly nautical theme here, inadvertently:

Would you live in an underwater city?  Even if not, it would be a great place to visit.  This one is designed to be self-sufficient in energy through various means.

Which would be shipped in containers carried by ships like the new massive Triple-E container ships, the largest currently in service carrying 18,00 containers.  And here is some information, and amazing photographs, about how it was built.

And those ships, heavily insured and it is Captain Nick Sloane’s job to board troubled vessels and salvage what he can, read about his fascinating career.  Nautical salvage, an interesting idea for an adventure (or campaign).

The US Navy has deployed its first laser armed ship.  More to follow soon.

I am writing this from shaky.hatch.exacted, what does that mean?  Well, a company called what3words has divided the world up into 3m x 3m squares and given each a three word code that you can use to find that location.  Interesting and full of potential.

Lastly, Harley-Davidson is working on an all-electric bike, the Livewire.


Review – Monster Movie Matinee

10 December, 2014

Monster Movie Matinee provides ten new monsters plucked from horror and other movies and able to be dropped into a Pathfinder campaign.  While some are probably best suited to one-shot adventures, others could be woven into an ongoing campaign.  Pretty much, this product does what it says on the tin, if you want some movie monsters to bedevil your players, this is for you.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Snowflake Ring

9 December, 2014

Snowflake“But without snow, how will Father Frost be able to get to us?” asked the smallest of the children.

“His sled will get stuck,” worried the middle one.

“Do not worry, my dears,” said I, playing with the ring on my right hand.  “Indeed, I think if you look outside, you will see that the snow has already begun to fall.”

They rushed to the windows and squealed with delight as the first flakes of snow began coating the garden.

Snowflake Ring

These magical rings are a plain silver band set with a piece of cut crystal that resembles a snowflake.  The sharp-eyed may notice that the crystal is never the same snowflake twice, changing subtly between viewing.

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Scythe Drake for 5E

5 December, 2014

Large dragon, unaligned

Armor Class 15 (natural armor, Dexterity)
Hit Points 102 (12d10 + 36)
Speed 20 ft., fly 80 ft.

    STR        DEX        CON        INT        WIS        CHA
19 (+4)    12 (+1)    16 (+3)    7 (-2)        12 (+1)    8 (-1)

Skills Perception +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Lower Draconic
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)

Multiattack. The scythe drake makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its tail. While flying, it can use its claws in place of one other attack.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 9 (2d4 + 4) piercing damage.
Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) slashing damage.
Tail Slash. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 19 (3d8 + 6) slashing damage.

Closely related to wyverns and distant cousins to great dragons, scythe drakes have two scaly legs, leathery wings, and a powerful tail that ends in a blade of sharpened bone.

The rare twin-tailed variant of the scythe drake has the following Tail Slash. Melee Weapon Two Attacks: +7 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 15 (2d8 + 6) slashing damage.

Notes: Think that maybe the Challenge should be dropped, still feeling out the new edition.

For the Pathfinder version.


Tuesday Magic Item – Scythetail Sovnya

3 December, 2014

Sharper than a serpent's toothThe nobles rode out on fine horses and carried a variety of weapons but the one bearing a pole-arm whose blade seemed to be made of polished bone caught the eye, though perhaps as much as from the confidence of the bearer as the weapon itself.

The other nobles gave him a wide berth but the common soldiers cheered him as the “drake killer”.

Scythetail Sovnya

These glaive-like pole-arms are made from the alchemically treated bone tail of a scythe drake mounted on shaft of strengthened hardwood.  The fittings are usually made of alchemical bronze and the maker’s mark is often placed just below the blade.

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