The Arcanum

I just got this update from K. David Ladage on his 30th Anniversary Reprint/Refresh of the Atlantean System Kickstarter….I’m getting pretty excited.


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Posted by ZiLa Games (K. David Ladage) (Creator)
So, I was asked to provide a little more detail as to the state of the project:

Pages — the book — currently (see Artwork, below) — is 364 pages long. All of the text has been written and edited with the exception of the last two pages. These two pages will hold the Wall of Heroes — a listing of the names of all those that contributed high enough to be included. The names, as they will appear, will be based on a survey question, once those go out.

Artwork — Cory has done a lot of art for the book. In fact, it will all be his handiwork when it is all said and done. The artwork for the main body of the book (i.e., everything but the Bestiary chapter) is down to 28 pieces that remain. The Bestiary I need to do some adjustments to in order to get a solid count of the number of pieces that section will need. Depending upon what needs to happen there to get the artwork in, the number of pages within the book may go up slightly. I want to limit to book to 368 pages (personal reasons).

Bestiary — as indicated, I have some layout work to do in the Bestiary in order to fit in some art. Right now, that section includes thousands of potential encounters. That is because the chapter includes not only beast stats, but templates that can be applied to the beasts so as to alter them slightly or drastically as the Game Judge may desire. For example, the DARK template turns a creature into a demonic entity (e.g., DARK HORSE = Nightmare). It is really a chapter I am quite proud of, especially given how long it took me to write it.

Surveys — I will send out the surveys when it is near time to order the books and fulfill the orders. Addresses can change, and that is something I do not want to deal with. Call it being skittish if you wish. With all that went wrong the last time I attempted this, I want this to go as smoothly as possible. I assure you, surveys will go out, people will get their books, dice, character artwork, and so on.

Thanks all. I really appreciate you all for your support and continued patience.


HAG Black Forest Campaign

5eac92c008a0e647ed878010.LAnd like that….we have a group!
Pen and Paper, Table-top Dungeons and Dragons….compleat with tweaks and house-rules (not too many)! Fathers and Sons (and Daughters if I can suck her in…)! Here we go.

Here’s the breakdown:
1) The Player Characters (PCs) are HEROES. They don’t focus on piddly schtuff. More on this later.

2) The Setting – The Atlantean World: in the 80’s S. M. Sechi and the rest of the Bard Games crew put out the Atlantean Trilogy: The Arcanum, The Lexicon, and the Bestiary…later revised into The Arcanum and Atlantis – The Lost World (Lexicon/Bestiary combined). This is probably the most evocative, flexible, awesome setting ever for fantasy role-playing. It is essentially our Earth thousands of years ago, before the oceans drank Atlantis….More on this later (it deserves it’s own post). Anyway, this is the setting!

3) D&D 5E – The most current incarnation of Dungeons & Dragons is probably the best ever (and I’ve never said that about a current “new and improved” rule set before). They’ve taken all of the best of the old and mixed it with the best of the new. I like it a lot!

4) Players Roll All the Dice – this innovation puts all the rolls in the hands of the players and can greatly increase player engagement. They roll an attack vs. a static defense score, but they roll a defense vs. a static offense score….and so forth. More on this later too!

5) 0-Level is in effect – The 1st Class Level is on top of this ( 4-12 extra hitpoints for each PC)

6) Instead of rolling a single d20 or a hi/lo (advantage/disadvantage) 2d20 for everything, we’ll be rolling a mid20 (3 d20s, take the middle result or the advantage/disadvantage result). This increases the predictability of random die rolls.

7) Looking at removing secondary “damage” rolls and putting the damage determination into the primary “to hit” roll. More on this later.

8) Hitpoints are always maximum for PCs

9) Magic Missile may be a bit different…..more later.


Back at the Table

Back at the table

Wow! It has been a while and I’d lost my way. Too much going on to indulge my hobbies, but I’m back. After some unexpected surgery and the mandatory recovery time, I’ve realigned with some of the fun things in my life.  This post was originally entitled “Father’s Day Update – Summary Campaign with my Minions”, in which I described my re-emergence, my recent involvement/re-involvement with Table-Top Role-playing Games, and described the fun new campaign I’m running with my family this summer.

You read that right….”Father’s Day”. I’ve been working on this post for more than a week now. Now some of that is related to making decisions on the nature and form of the campaign as I wrote about them, but mostly, I think I was just trying to write about too many different things at once. Obviously, that isn’t helping me actually complete any writing in a meaningful time frame and it certainly isn’t developing the sort of engagement for which I was hoping online. So I’ve decided to break things down into smaller bite sizes and see how that goes.

As chance would have it, somehow Baldur’s Gate started itself up as I was typing this….Boo must need me.

I’d been filling the gaming void in my life with some Baldur’s Gate with one of my minions (10), but it is now time to come back to the table and table-top games. Time to come back to Dungeons & Dragons.

By D&D, I have come to mean essentially any table-top role-playing game (generally, meaning with a fantasy slant, but not always).  HAG and Aega Mythea essentially grew out of my need to house-rule and tinker with game engines/mash stuff up and out-of-the-box D&D is somewhat of a rarity in my gaming history, but in this case (as it were), you will see that I actually mean actual D&D…D&D 5E to be more exact. More on that later.

With regard to the most basics of the campaign, let’s start with the players and their circumstances. First of all, due to some unexpected surgery, I am home on the mend, healing up from that. Hence both my time and inclination to play again (you look death in the face and you may find yourself refocusing your life a bit….in this case, time with family). I have three players: my wife (who loves games, but was never really into D&D, but is excited to give it a go) and my two kids (12 and 10, both of whom have a little experience with D&D and such games). We are very excited to do this together and I’ll be sure to provide updates and expansions on this post as appropriate.

With regard to Baldur’s Gate, for those not in the know, the game is now available on Steam and elsewhere as an Enhanced Edition. I highly recommend you pick it up.


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