Archive for October, 2010


Happy All Hallows! With a look back over October and towards November

31 October, 2010

My best wishes to all on this All Hallow’s Day and Eve.  It is truly the gamers best holiday, so have fun!

October was a busy month, most full of monsters!


Game Theory – Adventurers at Celebrities?, another look at how adventurers might fit into a campaign world.

Through the Lens of History 15 – Latrones, Bandits in the Roman Republic and Empire.

Variant Heal Skill Use for Pathfinder.

New Monsters:

Aspect of Autumn, a template for those tied to the Fey Court of Autumn.

The Four Elemental Jeweled Birds: Diamond Eagle, Emerald Owl, Ruby Hawk and Sapphire Falcon.  With a set of plot seeds for them.

Fear Fragment, minor undead that feed on fear.

Hakkakukei, an obsidian clad killer for Legend of the Five Rings and the Octagon for Pathfinder.

Smilin’ Jack, a haunt of a killer who has returned to kill again.

StagWolf, a chemeric and dangerous hunter.

New Magic Items:

Cavalryman’s Half-plate, to keep both rider and mount safe.

Mother Sugarfoot’s Infinite Sandwich Knife, good for stretching food.

Mountaineer’s War Pick, climb and conquer your enemies.

Physician’s Case, to help those who treat the wounded.

Campaign Reports:

L5R JYTB Campaign Reports: Episodes: Episode 20 – Darkness and Jade, Episode 21 – New Duties, and Episode 22 – Arrival at Samuzora.

The Legend of the Jade Legion, part of the background to the JYTB campaign.

Secrets of Taren Kost – Interlude 2: Lost Hawks, Bones and Ghosts.


Fencing and Firearms (for Pathfinder).

Genius Guide to: Air Magic.


Wandering the Web [6], interesting things found across the web.


L5R – JRTB Campaign Report 22

30 October, 2010

Arrival at Samuzora

Having fought off the walking dead and dark magic, the new magistrates arrive at Samuzora.  The characters work their way through the shanty town that has sprung up around the old village of Samuzora.  Arriving at the old village inn, ‘the Golden Carp’, they are met by Akodo Katsu who had been attempting with his assistant Ikoma Sen’yuu to keep order in the town, with minimal success.  The Akodo greets them and welcomes them to town, the innkeeper prepares rooms and a meal.

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New Monster – Smilin’ Jack

29 October, 2010

Smilin’ Jack
Smilin’ Jack
Watch out for Smilin’ Jack
He’ll cut your throat
or stab you in the back
-Traditional children’s rhyme in Iphos

The legends of Smilin’ Jack are confused at best, he may have been a pirate, a drunkard, an adventurer or even a spurned lover or any or all them.  What seems to be true is that he was found with his throat cut and buried in a pauper’s grave from which he clawed his way out of six days later.  Since then, he has preyed on high and low, favoring a cut throat as the way to dispatch his victim.

Iphosa Legends by Jokalin Rose of the University of Iphos

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Wandering the Web [6]

28 October, 2010

A variety of interesting articles I have stumbled across in my recent explorations:

An amazing eleven or so minutes of film called “A Trip Down Market Street“, shot from a street car in San Francisco just weeks before the great earthquake tore the city apart.  A fascinating look at a different time.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Cavalryman’s Half-plate

26 October, 2010

The Thunder Lancers and the King’s Own Cavalry are the elite of the Arsagosian cavalry and are justly feared, they equipment and training is superb as is their discipline.  The enemies of Arsagosia know to avoid facing the knights of that kingdom when going to war, seeking ways to avoid meeting these units on an open field,

Cavalryman’s Half-plate

These suits of half-plate are designed specifically for horsemen, providing excellent protection while mounted and simply good protection otherwise.  Depending on who they are made for their can be elaborately decorated with enamel work and accents of precious metals while others are plain and functional. Read the rest of this entry ?


New Monster – StagWolf

25 October, 2010

Oh, it is just some deer.  Wait!  There is something wrong.  Look at that muzzle and tail.  Oh no.  Run!  Just run!  Stagwolves!

StagWolf                                               CR 3 (800 XP)
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L5R JYTB – Campaign Report 21

24 October, 2010

New Duties

Having survived the assault by the forces of the Dark, Seppun Keikyoku places new wards and ofuda to protect the temple.  Our heroes limped their way back towards Yasuki Yashiki.  The next day, they run into a reinforced Crab patrol lead by Kuni Hotohara, the Kuni commander of the Yasuki lands, who had sensed the awakening of the forces of evil, he sends part of his patrol to safeguard the temple while escorting the group back.  Once back, the Seppun requisitions transport and the then they ride north through Scorpion lands to Beiden Pass, where the Emperor is again trying to negotiate a peace between the Lion and the Scorpion Clans.

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