"Black Dougal gasps 'Poison!' and falls to the floor. He looks dead."

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Again Putting Pen to Paper

I have decided to begin working on a few things, in no particular order:

1. Picking up the pen again on Pit of Tortured Souls which I am considering renaming "The Pits of the Ghoul-Queen".

2. Using the two page format that I have employed with The Pits of the Ghoul-Queen, I am working on a six page pdf with two pages for a settlement/homebase, two pages for the surrounding wilderness (using the guidelines given on page X54 of the Expert Rulebook), and two pages for the nearby dungeon (think mini KotBL).

3. Using the same type of format (one page map, one page key), working on a four map hex crawl. The "theme" will be a mix of the ideas posed in a great thread at Dragonsfoot called City of the Scorpion Men about the monster that is behind the evil cult of the city and the feel of the world of Sinbad as portrayed by the Harryhausen films and the Canadian series The Adventures of Sinbad so lots of boats and islands. Subsequently, various sites (islands, cities, dungeons, etc.) may also get the one or two page treatment.

4. I am still hoping to find some guinea-pigs to run the 4E scenario as a B/X one-shot using skype.


  1. Despite my love for old-school D&D, in my heart I feel that any Harryhausen-inspired gaming should be run as a Mazes & Minotaurs session...

    (And I didn't think that *anyone* watched Adventures of Sinbad. What's up - not meeting your CanCon quota?)

  2. Yeah, I know. The site where it was hosted is gone. I am working on a pdf combining Amazons, Kobolds and the first part of the next level. I will post it when it is done.

  3. I love M&M but it is not quite what I am going for. I don't think M&M is built for a hex crawl. Also, I am not going for a "greek" feel but instead a darker mix of Al-Qadim and the Wilderlands. I think that B/X with its roster of monsters would do this very well.

    If I was going to go for "greek" I would use Agon.

  4. Hey Patrick - you ever watch Krod Mandoon?

  5. No, I didn't think we got it here and I never bothered to look for it online.

  6. I actually prefer the title Pit of Tortured Souls. Giving away the Big Bad in the title (Queen of the Demonweb, Vault of the Drow, Aerie of the Slave Lords) was more of an AD&D 1E trait. "Tortured Souls" is so flavorful, and could mean anything...the PCs, captured victims, the ghoul-queen's henchmen...

    Plus PoTS is an easier acronym to pronounce than PotGQ.
    ; )

  7. PoTS is a nice acronym...
    "Tortured Souls" just sounds so novelist-wannabe. I will have to think on it some more.