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Head Shot Zombie Action Roleplaying Looks Better Than Ever

HEAD SHOT! A Zombie Apocalypse Hack for Cortex Plus Action Roleplaying

UPDATED 4/21/17 – Back in June of 2016, neuronphaser.com released the zombie apocalypse action roleplaying game HEAD SHOT! for the Cortex Plus system, made famous by Margaret Weis’ Firefly RPG, Marvel Heroic RPG, Smallville, and Leverage. It received some good feedback, did respectable sales, and ultimately was a really fun project

…And it just got reanimated!

Craig Judd — creator of the PowerFrame RPG, layout & graphics guru on Fear the Living and Blade Bind, editor on titles like Golden Sky Stories, Tenra Bansho Zero, and others — just beautified the book and redesigned the character sheets! And it’s now available as a 32-page book in Print-on-Demand through DriveThruRPG.

Let’s take a look at what improved:

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Updating the 5th Edition Monster Spreadsheet

Work continues on the 5th edition D&D monster index!

Just a quick update: the 5th edition D&D Monster Spreadsheet (a Google Sheet) is being updated with all the terrain information contained in Kobold Press’ recent Monsters By Terrain PDF update for the Tome of Beasts.

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Factions of the Flanaess: Seekers of the Arcane

Seekers of the Arcane

In a short series of articles, I will detail six examples of Factions that are appropriate for the Greyhawk setting. Some of these might be old hat for setting purists, but are written up in the somewhat simplified, player-friendly manner of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition factions. Others are heavily modified or all-new creations, meant to provide a few more widespread organizations as options, but keeping them relatively loose-knit so their sudden appearance in the setting isn’t jarring if you’ve already spent a lot of time using the Greyhawk setting.

Remember, these are just examples. Use them to your own ends, whether it’s whole-cloth or as templates for your own factions!

This final article in the series (for now!) presents an all-new faction write-up for the Seekers of the Arcane. The bulk of this article draws directly from The Oerth Journal #25, 25th Anniversary Gary Gygax Tribute Issue, with only minor lore changes.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Scarlet Brotherhood

The Scarlet Brotherhood

In a short series of articles, I will detail six examples of Factions that are appropriate for the Greyhawk setting. Some of these might be old hat for setting purists, but are written up in the somewhat simplified, player-friendly manner of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition factions. Others are heavily modified or all-new creations, meant to provide a few more widespread organizations as options, but keeping them relatively loose-knit so their sudden appearance in the setting isn’t jarring if you’ve already spent a lot of time using the Greyhawk setting.

Remember, these are just examples. Use them to your own ends, whether it’s whole-cloth or as templates for your own factions!

The Greyhawk Grognard already posted a faction writeup for The Scarlet Brotherhood, so this article explores a form of sub-faction within the Brotherhood, known as Cabals.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Old Faith

Holy Symbol of Beory, and insignia of The Old Faith

In a short series of articles, I will detail six examples of Factions that are appropriate for the Greyhawk setting. Some of these might be old hat for setting purists, but are written up in the somewhat simplified, player-friendly manner of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition factions. Others are heavily modified or all-new creations, meant to provide a few more widespread organizations as options, but keeping them relatively loose-knit so their sudden appearance in the setting isn’t jarring if you’ve already spent a lot of time using the Greyhawk setting.

Remember, these are just examples. Use them to your own ends, whether it’s whole-cloth or as templates for your own factions!

This article looks at The Old Faith, using the Emerald Enclave as a template.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Knight Protectors

Knight Protectors of the Great Kingdom

In a short series of articles, I will detail six examples of Factions that are appropriate for the Greyhawk setting. Some of these might be old hat for setting purists, but are written up in the somewhat simplified, player-friendly manner of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition factions. Others are heavily modified or all-new creations, meant to provide a few more widespread organizations as options, but keeping them relatively loose-knit so their sudden appearance in the setting isn’t jarring if you’ve already spent a lot of time using the Greyhawk setting.

Remember, these are just examples. Use them to your own ends, whether it’s whole-cloth or as templates for your own factions!

This third article covers The Knight Protectors, six orders of knighthood that have a common origin in the Knight Protectors of the Great Kingdom, but have varying motives and goals in their day-to-day activities. Much of the faction write-up is based on the Lord’s Alliance, and could easily be used to work for Greyhawk’s Iron League, as well, which we present as a variant at the end of the article.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Guild

Sample heraldry for The Guild (Original art: Colourbox)

In a short series of articles, I will detail six examples of Factions that are appropriate for the Greyhawk setting. Some of these might be old hat for setting purists, but are written up in the somewhat simplified, player-friendly manner of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition factions. Others are heavily modified or all-new creations, meant to provide a few more widespread organizations as options, but keeping them relatively loose-knit so their sudden appearance in the setting isn’t jarring if you’ve already spent a lot of time using the Greyhawk setting.

Remember, these are just examples. Use them to your own ends, whether it’s whole-cloth or as templates for your own factions!

Article #2 brings us a play on the Zhentarim faction by way of the Thieves’ Guild of the Free City of Greyhawk. Here’s to the new mafia of the Flanaess: The Guild.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Circle

Sample faction symbol (Original artwork: FMA: Tucker Circle Revamp by dazwolf)

In a short series of articles, I will detail six examples of Factions that are appropriate for the Greyhawk setting. Some of these might be old hat for setting purists, but are written up in the somewhat simplified, player-friendly manner of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition factions. Others are heavily modified or all-new creations, meant to provide a few more widespread organizations as options, but keeping them relatively loose-knit so their sudden appearance in the setting isn’t jarring if you’ve already spent a lot of time using the Greyhawk setting.

Remember, these are just examples. Use them to your own ends, whether it’s whole-cloth or as templates for your own factions!

First up is an all-new one: The Circle.

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Tips for Using Published Campaign Settings

The DIY Attic D&D Gaming Room by Gregory Han

You’ve got the D&D 3rd Edition-era Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, or maybe the Eberron Campaign Setting. Maybe you’ve read every damn one of those Dragonlance novels. Ever check out how many publications exist for the prolific Savage Worlds fantasy setting, Hellfrost? Think of all the folks that have read Tolkien’s novels, all of his letters, own Karen Wynn Fonstad’s Atlas of Middle-Earth and can speak fluent Sindarin! Remember that guy who’s memorized every detail of Star Fleet command and the technical manuals for the various versions of the Enterprise?

Some folks have encyclopedic knowledge of a setting, and others own a campaign setting book that is as big as — and maybe reads as boring as — an entire set of Encyclopedia Brittanica.

How do you use these things? What is the actual value of the word count if you end up setting your game in just one region, covered in 4-5 pages of a 320 page tome? Let’s look at some options!

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Baby Bestiary Table Now Available for Free

Tables for Baby Bestiary Vol. 1 and 2

Metal Weave Games recently put out two volumes in the Baby Bestiary line, allowing us to Discover the Adorable! when it comes to the pups, kittens, foals, and kids of various monstrous races in our fantasy RPG campaigns. The books include tons of advice for training these monsters, world-building information, ecology, and more.

neuronphaser.com now brings you a Google Spreadsheet featuring a table of all the monstrous kiddos found in both volumes, but there’s more!

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