RPG Blog Carnival, January 2020: Little Bits of Randomness

On New Years’ Day, Andrew Girdwood over at Geek Native kicked off a new RPG Blog Carnival all about random encounter tables. And one of the first things he said was that he didn’t always like them. And I can honestly kind of get that. The random tables of my youth (all 1e and 2e…

Adventurer, take this…

Sometimes the RPG Blog Carnival presents an opportunity I can’t pass up. This month, the folks at Rising Phoenix Games are hosting and the topic is… “Adventurer, take this…” And a few things immediately sprung to mind for Aliens & Asteroids. The first thing is inspired by our current A&A referee, Kae. She has done…

Things in the Dark Wrap-up – March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival

We kicked things off back on March 1st with a simple call for the RPG Blog Carnival, inviting the community to write about the “things” lurking in the dark. Maybe a creature. Maybe an encounter. Maybe an item. But whatever it was, shed a little light on it and share it with the world. After…

The Darkness Within (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

In previous posts for this month’s carnival I have spoken about different manifestations of darkness. Creatures. Places where it exists. Some folks have spoken about how to banish it by bringing light. Others have spoken about introducing it to your players to change the mood. This time I want to talk about the darkness within…

Purpose for the Darkness (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

Last time I offered a few ideas on a single dark room in the dungeon, but that got me thinking even further. What are the questions we should ask about those dark places to help inspire more thoughts about their denizens and the encounters our PCs might face in them? Even if we just take a…

Dark rooms in the dungeon (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

Recently I saw some discussion about the idea of natural light in a dungeon, which I honestly thought was hilarious. Unless there’s some sort of natural lighting by way of lava, bio luminescence, or somebody or something living there, the darkness usually doesn’t defeat itself by producing light. The cave doesn’t care if it’s dark.…

Things in the Dark Kickoff – March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival

The darkness. For as long as we’ve been conscious as a species, we’ve tried to chase it away. From the flickering light of a torch and bonfire to today’s daylight-mimicking electric LED bulbs, the goal is always the same… achieve the relative safety of daytime so we can see what’s coming out of the dark.…

Where to find the Vile Witch (RPG Blog Carnival – Garbage and Sewers)

The Vile Witch is at home in the muck and detritus that are the product of a civilized settlement. These creatures are marginalized and tossed away like the garbage they live in, lurking in the shadows and plotting ways to get their revenge. They like nothing more than to dirty up the clean and tidy…

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