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News and Adverts / Saving Cha'alt gonzo review
« on: May 07, 2021, 11:17:46 AM »
Lord Matteus reviews Saving Cha'alt on his blog... 

I kept expecting the DM to roll a random encounter or something, but he wouldn't initiate anything in lieu of the players doing something.  After 20 or 30 minutes of random talking, I just gave up and exited the video.  It was just a conversation about a game that wasn't actually in motion.

Now, imagine that being someone's initial exposure to D&D.  Like an episode of Seinfeld, it was a game about nothing; because nobody was actually playing the game.

Remembering, rehashing, discussing, planning, whatever; but no actual gameplay.

As a DM, how would you handle something like that?

But in an episode of Seinfeld, that "nothing" is actually something.  What you watched was paint drying - boring and lame.  I've had the same experiences.  It's painful to watch.  Even the high production value shows are fairly bad.

News and Adverts / Re: Negative traits for PCs
« on: April 30, 2021, 07:38:35 AM »

Ok, here it is.  This is a work-in-progress, so go nuts!  I'll be playtesting it next weekend at the earliest, so I appreciate any and all feedback...

News and Adverts / Re: Negative traits for PCs
« on: April 29, 2021, 02:25:07 PM »

I happen to be a 10th level game designer/thief/acrobat.  ;)

I'm fixing that by having any bonus tied to the use of that negative trait.  I used this example in the comment section of the video...

Let's say you choose (or randomly rolled) "vengeance".  Any time the character indulges in his vengeful nature, he'll get a point of divine favor (similar to 5e's inspiration).  That way, if it never gets used, the PC never gets the bonus.  If it's over-used, well, being vengeful comes with its own set of disadvantages. 


I'm going to do a proper blog post tomorrow on the whole thing, plus a list of negative traits.


Reviews / Re: RPGPundit Reviews: Cha'alt Fuchsia Malaise
« on: April 28, 2021, 10:41:59 PM »
I've never actually thought of it that way, but you're right!

News and Adverts / Re: Negative traits for PCs
« on: April 28, 2021, 10:55:45 AM »

Yeah, I know they aren't new.  I've used them in my own stuff before (i.e. The Outer Presence).  What I would like to know, specifically, is how such mechanics would be received if added to Crimson Dragon Slayer D20?

News and Adverts / Negative traits for PCs
« on: April 27, 2021, 11:46:40 AM »

Good idea, bad idea, or promising but could use improvement?  Watch the video, tell me what you think...


Some type of sword & sorcery for mature audiences.  I prefer rules-light old-school type games, but with a few modern innovations (ascending AC, inspiration, leveling quickly, etc.)


Reviews / Re: RPGPundit Reviews: Cha'alt Fuchsia Malaise
« on: April 27, 2021, 10:46:24 AM »
Thanks for the review, hoss!

FYI, many are the times I wanted to roll on some kind of morale or reaction table, but didn't have that extra book with me.  So, now the GM has those tables right there in the book he's using to run the campaign world + adventures.  And I didn't want to just copy what had already been done, so I put a fresh coat of paint on it. 


News and Adverts / Re: [KS] Saving Cha'alt - series of one-off adventures
« on: February 26, 2021, 06:05:11 PM »
Only 45 hours left before the KS campaign ends.  Back now!

News and Adverts / Re: [podcast] Gonzo Up Your Ass!
« on: February 25, 2021, 05:34:01 PM »

I think it can be defined a little better than "blue", but you're right, it's malleable.  Like obscenity, you know it when you see it. 

News and Adverts / [podcast] Gonzo Up Your Ass!
« on: February 24, 2021, 02:25:42 PM »
If you're looking to make your D&D more METAL & GONZO, then Aaraon the Pedantic and Venger Satanis are here to help with a new monthly podcast called Gonzo Up Your Ass!

Reviews / Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise video flip-thru
« on: February 22, 2021, 06:44:09 PM »

 Grim Jim Desborough attempts to review the pulpy, max-gonzo, psy-fi, weird vomit that is Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise...

As related before. Back in the 90s iteration of this stupid I was at ground zero when the moral guardians stepped up their campaign from bitching and trying to "cancel" people to actively sabotaging a major art and indie comic con. They got every comic artist they disapproved of censored at their tables and disapproved art removed from the gallery. Cosplayers were restricted or in a few cases outright denied. They even had armed security in the gaming room watching us.

Next year they had completely taken over the con and "fixed" it. A year later it was gone. A con that had been around over a decade. As of a year or so ago the new iteration of this stupid was at it again.

You mentioned the 90s.  Well, my wife and older daughters watched PCU (short for Politically Correct University) circa 1994 last night.  Amazingly, that movie is more relevant today in 2021 than it has been in the last 15 years.  So many protests, angry college kids raging at "the machine" and each other, faculty actively trying to get certain groups kicked off campus, etc.

One of the few differences was that the suit-wearing young republicans were the bad guys (of course), and today they'd be fighting for free speech and equal opportunity to be heard.

Did anyone see WotC official apology last week?  I copied it (with commentary) on my blog:


Never forget Tiddy Gate!  It's right up there with the Tiddy Alamo!

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