Month: July 2020

  • Lings and related things

    A ling is a type of elemental being or golem, formed from a non-organic substance with a tiny organic heart. They can control their own shape within a fixed diameter sphere (only waterlings are ever likely to be precisely spherical). The tiniest, size 1 lings, are adorable things an inch or two across, something like […]

  • Fish-maggot Paté

    An artifact found in every fish folk settlement, fish maggot paté is almost always stored in a tiny jar of dark blue glass with a lid of marbled precious metals streaked with jade. Inside is a paste which looks a loose liver paté: slightly runny, pink, and homogenous save for occasional veins of deeper red. […]

  • Sak Shibboleth

    (Some random dumped a big load of “don’t you know who I am” on me in a blog comments thread. I didn’t know who that person was. I googled them, and now I do, and so I wrote this game) You are Sak Shibboleth, some-time writer of games and game-related content. Your transatlantic flight, where […]

  • The Adventures of Bleaklow Part 1

    Pleased to Meat You Content warning: everything. So you’re dithering in the the street one day, trying to work out which turn to take to reach Gampforth’s Exotic Potionérie when you fail to notice a dwarf, and you walk right into him. “EX-FUCKING-SCUSE ME” he spits into your face from a distance of two inches, […]

  • Adventurer’s Snap

    Lard Iron Rations Ever wonder what’s in those packs of iron rations that adventures have to encumer themselves with for any journey longer than a few hours? Wonder no more, here are the ingredients – at least, the Peak District version. There’s not actually much “iron” in them. In fact, in the southern Peak District […]

  • What’s so great about OSR?

    What is so great about OSR? Genuine question. I gather people can get quite heated about this topic but… help a newbie out here. Since I started playing RPGs again about 3 months ago, I’ve gravitated towards some of the more indie stuff out there (I have to say that it’s great to see the […]

  • Rediscovering RPGs

    I played Dungeons & Dragons as a kid. A lot. I still remember the excitement of opening that D&D Basic set in 1980, when I was 11. And the cake decorated with lead figures* for my 12th birthday. And when I wasn’t playing RPGs, I was usually reading, writing, drawing or dreaming about them. In the […]