Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Marvel Superheroes RPG -- NEW Fan-Created Nth Edition!


You know I love me some MSHRPG. So I was stoked to see that a fan has undertaken to update my favorite supers game to the modern era. Take a look at the MSHRPG Google+ Community and see what Jayson Jolin has created.

I mean, just look at it:

Jayson Jolin is one proud papa!

Jayson is using Scribd to host his files. I hate Scribd with a rabid passion. Just google "scribd.com rip-off" to see why there is a significant problem with its entire business model.

Since Jayson has released his materials for free download, I've placed the files in a Dropbox folder for you. You can find them here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Three-fer Bookface Thrifty Finds

This cost me 25¢ in the clearance bin at my local comic shop. Great B-movie, even better B-comic.

Another 25¢ find! This was in fair shape, too, so I'm surprised it was in the clearance bin. It was the only Conan comic there, so I grabbed it. In this issue, Conan kills a dude and then realizes some unsettling implications about that dude's provenance. Quite frankly, this story line would be really cool to see in the new Legend of Conan Schwarzenegger reboot.

Got this at the local Savers for a buck. If you've never heard of Savers, it's like a for-profit Goodwill or Salvation Army store. Actually, it's the place where people dump the stuff that doesn't sell at garage sales. Still, I've had good luck finding books there.

The book is in pretty good condition, but it was missing its character sheet bookmark. Luckily Demian's Gamebook Web Page had me covered.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bookface: Underworld Lore Edition


My name is Bookface and I approved this message.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Where Have You Been, Bookface?

Summer is over. Bookface is back. He's just getting through the backlog of mail. Here are some highlights.

Tim Shorts' excellent sixth issue of The Manor. The seventh issue just dropped, so I need to re-up by subscription.

This is definitely one of the gems of the bloggers-turned-zinesters scene. Worth every penny and then some.

Rev. Dak's Crawl! #10. This issue is all about new class options. Definitely something to steal for your game here. The first of the DCC RPG fanzines is still one of the best.

Of course I say this not having subscriptions to the others, so if Crawljammer and Crawling Under a Broken Moon want to comp me subscriptions so I can make a fair and honest comparison,  I have no problems with that.

Wizards, Mutants, Lazer Pistols #5 & #6.

If you haven't checked out this old school photocopied zine, you are in for a treat. Issue 2 is sold out, but the other issues are still available.

You gotta dig the hand-drawn covers and Xeroxed vibe of this baby. It's like an old junior high school zine, but written by adults mixing Xanax and tequila watching early Sam Raimi movies to a Rob Zombie soundtrack. That's a compliment, by they way.

(In writing this post, I mistyped the title of this excellent zine as "Wizards, Mutants, Lizard Pastels," which sounds like a random table in Underworld Lore.)

New Big Dragon does good work. Richard LeBlanc sources and ships his own print books and they are cheaper and better than the POD versions that he used to sell on Lulu.com.

The Ogress of Anubis is a solid adventure scenario for levels 4–6 (BX/LL) and crams a lot of goodness into 16 pages. Richard does a great job at layout and production, and the design quality of both the adventure and the physical product is among the best I've seen in the self-published OSR scene.

If you don't have a copy of both the d30 DM Companion and the d30 Sandbox Companion, your DM toolbox is incomplete.

If you want to check out just how useful his d30 tables are, hit this link and download every damn thing labeled under this tag.

Remember, if you order stuff direct from Richard, he throws in cool metal buttons, too. Collect them all!

Also, Richard runs the Order of the d30 G+ Community and the Classic Microgames G+ Community, so join up or check those links for even more old school goodness.

John Yorio's 6 Iron Spikes & A Small Hammer has a cover that just screams "old school" and delivers on the goods inside, too.

Stalin's Tanks & Rommel's Panzers. Picked these up at Half-Priced Books sometime at the beginning of summer. Mint, minus the dice. These are great micro war games and I don't have the heart to cut them up and play them, so they are merely displayed on my office game shelf.

I played the hell out of Dragonmaster when I was 12. Saw it on eBay and grabbed it at a ridiculously low price. I love the art. Check it out this site, which has high-rez scans of all the cards (also be sure to check out that dude's Dark Tower pages!).

Mechanically, it's a trick-taking card game that uses plastic gems to keep track of points. It plays fairly fast, but given the age of the games, I need to get some card sleeves to protect the art and I haven't found a size that fits yet. See more about the game at the Board Game Geek entry.

Tune in later this week for another Bookface post. The mailbox overfloweth!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Underworld Lore #4!

Get it here:


A Weird Thing To Drop In Any Dungeon

Note: Here's a PDF of this post for easy printing.

You’ve Been Schooled
A Stop, Drop, & Roll Adventure Seed Dice Table
(You’ll need a d4, a d6, a d8, and a d10)

The PCs have stumbled into a schoolroom in the middle of the dungeon. The teacher is having a bit of trouble with the students. Can the PCs give Mrs. Winterwitch a hand?

Drop a d4, a d6, & a d8 on the Class Picture.

If any die lands on Mrs. Winterwitch, drop all the dice again.

If more than one die occupies a square on the chart, leave one and drop the other(s).

The d4 is X
The d6 is Y
The d8 is Z

Roll the d10 and consult the Situation Table

Situation Table

1. Z convinced X to place a whoopee cushion on Y’s chair just before the PCs entered the room. Hilarity ensued. Y has asked Z to help beat up X. X is claiming innocence. Can the PCs help sort it out?

2. Z forged a mush note and signed it with Y’s name, and passed it to X. X wrote a response and got caught passing it back to Z. Mrs. Winterwitch made X read the note aloud. Now Y is seething mad at X and things are about to get out of hand. . .

3. X and Y were caught playing “seven minutes in heaven” in the coat closet by Z, who spread the news around the classroom. X and Y are actively trying to beat the crap out of Z, and Mrs. Winterwitch is having trouble restoring order.

4. Z has copied test answers from Y. X ratted out both of them to Mrs. Winterwitch. Y is having an emotional breakdown about how this mark on their record will affect college scholarship offers. Z is actively attacking X while Mrs. Winterwitch tries to console Y. Can the PCs get to the bottom of all this?

5. Three new students have transferred into the class and have decided to make things tough on Mrs. Winterwitch. Of X, Y, and Z, one is an honor student, one is a juvenile delinquent, and one is always confused. The honor student always tells the truth, the juvenile delinquent always lies, and the average student can either lie or tell the truth.

Y says Z is a juvenile delinquent.
X says Y is the honor student.
Z says “I am an average student.”

Mrs. Winterwitch can’t figure out who is the honor student, who is the juvenile delinquent, and who is the average student. Can the PCs?*

6. Z has eaten all the glue in the classroom (and does not regret that decision). Mrs. Winterwitch sent X and Y to the supply cabinet to get some more. When they opened the supply cabinet, they were sucked into a time portal to Cleveland circa 1976. If they’re not back before school is dismissed, Mrs. Winterwitch could lose her job. Can the PCs go get them?

7. X and Z won’t allow Y to sit with them for in-class lunch (it’s too dangerous in the dungeon right now to go to the cafeteria). Y ate lunch with both of them all the time before today and doesn’t know why they are acting this way.

8. Z & Y used to be BFF, but today Z claims that Y is nothing but a dimwitted banded skink and is claiming X is now his/her BFF. Y is crushed and mad at Z more than X, but is trying to woo X away from Z with bribes of candy & other sweets.

9. Y has been having an affair with Mrs. Winterwitch. Mrs. Winterwitch thinks X suspects something. Z is the one who actually knows something and has been writing lewd notes & stick-figure drawings on the chalkboard hinting at that knowledge, but has tried to frame X by leaving chalk in X’s desk & chalk dust on X’s coat in the coat closet, etc. Y is madly in love with Mrs. Winterwitch and is plotting to whisk her away from the dungeon during the Beltane break. X has a crush on Y and hates Mrs. Winterwitch because she’s recommending X be held back a year because of poor math grades.

10. Mrs. Winterwitch has lost it. She’s imprisoned X, Y, and Z inside an isolation orb (a flaming sphere set on simmer) because she’s sick of their constant bickering over who said what about whom and all the snarky, gossipy, whining noisy-noise. What’s going on in the orb? Look at the result of the d4:

1. Y claims X secretly likes Z, but Z says that X really likes Y, even though Z secretly likes them both. Oh, man, the arguments . . .

2. X and Z say Y’s mother wears combat boots. Even though she does indeed wear combat boots as a member of the Demon Lord’s Fighting Fifth Regiment, Y was offended and has started an epic “Yo’ Mama” rant in reply and won’t shut up.

3. Z has made 1000s of rubber cement boogers and is flicking them at Y. X is attempting to stop the assault by shooting rubber bands at Z. Y, caught in the crossfire, is whining. Loudly.

4. X and Y are siblings. Z’s dad accidentally ran over their pet rust monster. X and Z engaged in a shoving match and things escalated to a fist-fight and so . . . isolation orb. Everyone is pouting and not talking to each other.
Resolutions & Rewards
If combat ensues, treat all students as Humanoid Thugs (they are 3rd graders, after all). Mrs. Winterwitch is a 6th level wizard working out the tail end of a community service sentence (for littering) and has two months left on her sentence. As part of her sentence, she is supposedly limited to only casting cantrips but has a trick or two up her sleeve (see #10, above).

If the PCs can successfully resolve the rolled situation without resorting to violence, reward them 1000XP and roll 1d20 on the below treasure table (all treasure is worth 1d10 cp, but are priceless to the school kids . . .):

  1. Fortune Telling Mystic Medallion (with Zodiac symbols!)
  2. Skin Head Wig
  3. Joy Buzzer
  4. Trick Black Soap
  5. “How to Become a Ventriloquist” informational booklet
  6. Phony Cast
  7. 1 pack Onion-flavored gum
  8. 1 pack Hot Pepper gum
  9. Sling Shot
  10. Sneezing Powder
  11. Itching Powder
  12. Luminous Wrist Compass
  13. Hypno-Coin + 25 lesson “How to Hypnotize” pamphlet
  14. Exploding Fountain Pen
  15. Whoopee Cushion
  16. 100 Monster Stickers
  17. Jiu+Jitsu Nerve Center Chart
  18. Finger Guillotine
  19. Snow Tablets
  20. 1 pair X-ray Specs

*Solution to #5
Y is the honor student.
Z is the average student.
X is the juvenile delinquent.

Z is not the honor student, since if she/he is, then Y would also be the honor student.

X is not the honor student, since his/her statement would then be a lie.

Therefore Y is the honor student. Hence X is the juvenile delinquent, and Z is the average student.