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Andrus
Greyhawk
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The Journey Begins
Another cold night in the north. I wander into the village mead hall. Everyone looks up, scowls and turns back to their stew or mead. I take my usual seat, farthest from the hearth, and motion fo...
Introduction; Artair Aerodan
I’m an odd bird in a strange land even though I was born to this village. My mother was a raid bride from the south. My father was a typical Ros-man looking to earn glory and wealth through stren...
Love from the Cold Lands
Many, many years ago one of our game masters created his own fantasy setting based on the Open Gaming License 3rd Ed D&D material and then update it to the Pathfinder 1st Ed rules. Lynnyr i...
Starfinder: Resourceful Privateers
Here we are in June, around 10 sessions under our belts and the journey continues. I’ve opted for a more narrative level progression loosely tied to actual earned XP. The sketchiest part of ...
Journal of Jyles Pain
This is Jyles Pain’s journal/notes from his recent excursion in the lands of Iuz in the Greyhawk setting. I may swing back and add dialog but I’ve always sucked a bit at conversations i...
Starfinder: Ships by Frames
I felt the star ship mechanics, as presented in the core rule book, were lacking in specific examples with clearly graduated advancement. I spent way too much time playing an MMO named EVE-Online s...
Starfinder: Drones
Drones are short range, unmanned vehicles with limited AI. Primary control relies on a Drone Control Unit aboard a host ship. Typically used for combat, maintenance or reconnaissance these robots c...
Starfinder: Fantasy-meet-SciFi
Ship image courtesy of 0-hr.com Over a year ago now Paizo published a system titled Starfinder. It’s essentially their fantasy setting with about 10,000 years of advancement tacked on. ...
Once more into Oerth!
Shield of the Raven Legion So, new GM, new game, old setting and rules. We’re going back to old school AD&D 2nd Ed and Greyhawk. My character will be a classic Warrior-Fighter with the My...
Shadowrun: Chicago & CZER Corp
Chicago, circa 2077 Operation: Reclamation (a.k.a. Land Grab) Chicago, once known as the Windy City, fell hard when an astral threat emerged and someone decided to detonate a tactical nuclear devic...
Manx Darkthorn
Currently enjoying a pathfinder based game in our game master’s home-brew setting. This is my character’s background story. Yes, I’m role playing a female. It’s good to sha...
Shadowrun 5E, Round 2
So long Seattle, hello Chicago. I ended my previous Shadowrun session based in Seattle because i just wasn’t feeling the system. It’s such a mechanics heavy system that it’s hard...
Shadowrun, 5th Edition
It’s been forever since we last visited the Sci-Fantasy game system known as Shadowrun. We’ve grown tired of slogging through fantasy dungeons and need a break. It’s my turn to ru...
Draconic Scion
I’m playing a Human Bloodrager in our current game. It’s essentially a Sorcerer mixed with a Barbarian. All the Rage powers are enhanced with Sorcerous bloodline magic. I selected the d...
Darkmoon Vale; Second Session Summary
Onward to Droskar’s Crucible to find the last ingredient. After an uneventful half day’s travel through the forest our heroes top a wooded hill and get their first look at the deteriora...
Darkmoon Vale; First Session Summary
As many may know, Pathfinder adventures are created for parties of four characters of the same-ish level to experience. We began our session with two, first level characters. They decided to genera...
Passing the Torch
I’ve been meeting with my regular group for over 20 years in one form or another. The last 15 years has pretty much been every other weekend like clockwork. Before my last session one of my k...
Part 5: Cosmology & Planar Influences
Andrus exists within the cosmos of normal fantasy role playing games. This includes the presence of all the expected inner and outer planes of existence. However, Andrus has a buffer demi-pla...
Part 4: Geography & Geology
I think maps are more important to a world builder than a player or game master. In order to properly create various cultures it is necessary to know in what type of environment they developed and ...
Part 3: Mystical Powers
Now it’s time to talk magic because, outside of technology, this is the edge used by various cultures in a fantasy setting to manipulate their surroundings. It’s also the spectacular re...
Part 2: Fleshing Out Cultures
When does the world lore begin? This is a difficult thing to answer. Some would refer to a grand creation myth to describe the creation of the very planet in the cosmos. While an interesting opport...
Part 1: World Concept
This is the first in a series on how I’ve undertaken the development of a campaign setting in my spare time. I’m not a full time game designer, just an avid role player with some ideas ...
RPG Classes
Class, as a word, really doesn’t capture what these different roles really are. Profession better describes the combination of skills, feats and capabilities provided to a character. The ter...
RPG Races
Every RPG offers various races to provide players an opportunity to explore the setting from a different perspective. Race, as a term, is a very generic identifier for specific species in various ...
Vrael’Olo: Serpent Fae
My original concept was that this sub-race of Elf has been corrupted as they turned their back on ‘traditional’ avenues to power and began fusing their bloodlines with draconic energies. This stirr...
Oerth Creation Myth
Posted by Samuel Weiss on 02/11/98 12:00:00 AM In the beginning there was nothing, and it was satisfied. And as the Nothing knew satisfaction, it became. And in becoming, was no longer nothing. And...
Dorgha Torgu
Gary Gygax wrote to the World of Greyhawk Fan Club: “I have discovered a heretofore unmentioned deity of the World of Greyhawk, one Dorgha Torgu, an old Suloise god. I will do a brief write-u...
Scarlet Brotherhood’s Agenda
Scarlet Brotherhood’s True Agenda When the Great Binders were created by powerful Suloise mages and used to trap the Genie Sorcerer King and several other powerful Genies the Inner Planar gat...
Yikaria of Oerth
The Yikaria have not always been able to enter the world of Oerth. They have watched Oerik through out much of it’s history and found the planar gates to this world locked. However, when the ...
Genie Origin
Deep Studies and Survival Long ago, ages before time was recorded by the human tribes of Oerth, Bakluni wizards learned to manipulate the elements and excelled in this devotion. This path was to op...