Exploring the Future’s Past, Part 1

This week I received some input on A&A from friends of mine from way back… Derek, who I’ve known since college (nearly 30 years now) and Mike, who I’ve known since my days at Sybase (more than a decade). Both offered some intriguing feedback. But first, we’ll take a look at the wacky history that…

A Handful of Graves in the City of the Dead in Venn

Venn exists as a trade center where three rivers meet to flow into the Inner Sea. At the center of the city is the City of the Dead, maintained by The Knells – a religious order organized with the sole purpose of dealing with the dead. Knell society revolves around death and a reverence for…

Phaedrus Friday: Not All Who Wander the Great Plains Are Lost

On the great plains west of No Man’s Land lies an ocean of grass punctuated only by the forgotten places of the once great Kingdom of Bede. Where communities once bloomed, nature has reclaimed wood and stone. Ruins dot the landscape, explored only by herds of grazing beasts, the occasional predator, and the wandering tribes…

Little Spaces Design: Abandoned Places

Our created worlds (mostly fantasy, with a smattering available in modern or futuristic settings as well) are full of strange little forgotten places. Whether it’s cans of gold coins buried during the California Gold Rush and found in someone’s back yard, a hidden shrine to some forgotten god, or a place of antiquity holding tightly…

Game Fodder: Twenty (d20) Places to Find a Body

Sometimes bad things happen to people. We won’t discuss whether the people were good or bad themselves, but sometimes these things do happen. And someone will die as a result. The PCs may stumble upon the results of such an event at any time. If you’re looking for someplace for one of these bodies to…

One Spot #2: Angar’s Magic Shoppe Is Now Available!

Welcome to Angar’s Magic Shoppe! Here you’ll find Angar Bossz reading one of his latest book acquisitions, tinkering with a new toy for his collection, talking with his assistant Radu, or petting the store cat Iago. Will he help you in your quest with a nugget of information or just the right book? Only time will…

Setting Concept: The Veil

For as long as we can remember, there have always been myths and stories of magic and monsters. Some explain them away as ways to explore phenomena in the natural world or assuage the fears of the young and weak. Others know that stories are often based on the truth. They are the ones who…

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