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Friday, December 24, 2010

Other P&P RPGs #5: Fabled Worlds RPG System: Part 3

Spotlight On: Jeff Freels and his Fabled Worlds RPG System

Part 3 of 4: Uncle Cucuy’s ¡Lucha Libre!

Uncle Cucuy’s ¡Lucha Libre! is a quick, fast-paced dice game based on Mexican Wrestling, capable of a quick diversion or extended play, solo or multi-player. With a rules set only four pages long, you’ll have them read and memorized in minutes, and be playing faster than a flying Luchador! A character is created in seconds, and a match may be played in just a few minutes, making this an ideal lunch break or beer-and-pretzels game. The potential for character improvement allows for long-term play, and even some character development if one desires. The character sheets (neat little stand-up cards) even have a place for designing your own special Luchador mask.

Interview Part 3
(Plus TWO exciting announcements!)

Q: Where did the idea for Uncle Cucuy's ¡Lucha Libre! come from, are you a fan of Mexican wrestling?

A: Actually I believe it was Jack Black's Nacho Libre movie that planted the seed for ¡Uncle Cucuy's Lucha Libre!. It reminded me of the Mexican wrestling figures my wife's family would bring back from Mexico, and I thought it would be cool to have a quick little game that you could play for a few minutes or even a whole afternoon. My favorite Luchadores are the ones who seem to fly through the air and do all the amazing stunts.

Q: Do you have a favorite Luchador, real or imagined?

A: I think Santo is the Luchador who springs to mind. He embodied the idealism and honor of Mexican wrestling and really became his character. He wore his mask continually until his last days...and he fought zombies!

Q: You call ¡Lucha Libre! a dice game, do you not see it as an RPG? I know when my son and I play, we like to do a little acting, calling holds and attacks, and we even describe the results of our actions after the dice roll. What a blast we had the other night when two Rudos battled and a chair made its way into the match! Do you role play your bouts at all?

A: You're playing it the right way to be sure, but then that's how my wife and I play Monopoly too. If you're going to play a silly game you might as well go over the top and enjoy the spectacle of it! I didn't feel it was fair to call UCLL a true Role-Playing Game though because the rules are really only about dice challenges, a bit of strategy, and luck. It's more fun to get into character while playing, but as the rules stand now it's up to the players to bring personality to the game.

Q: Would you do me the honor of telling our readers about our project, the exciting first release from TROLL HAMMER PRESS?

A: I feel like I'm letting your cat outta the bag here! Paul was inspired by the flavor of UCLL and did some great research on the luchador culture. The product is ¡Luchas de Apuestas!, which gives some great insight into elements that players can bring into their games. It's a really inspiring little booklet, and we're offering it as a Freebie!

Q: Have you got any plans for expanding ¡Lucha Libre! further?

A: I was approached by another game designer who wanted to expand on my basic rules to add a more traditional role-playing component to build stories between matches and drive the characters to different settings. It's a fun idea, but we'll have to see how it develops as we both have a lot of other projects going.

Announcement # 1: Available NOW, for FREE, ¡Luchas de Apuestas!, the first supplement for UCLL:

You can download it from the files section of the (announcement # 2) NEW FABLED WORLDS YAHOO GROUP:

The Fabled Worlds Yahoo Group is a place to discuss and ask questions about the FW games, share ideas and house rules, upload files and photos, play online FW games by email or chat, or just plain hang out! You'll receive news and updates regarding future FW projects, and perhaps a freebie every now and again.

Join today (membership requires approval):

The supplement is also available at RPGNow.

Order the Uncle Cucuy’s ¡Lucha Libre! core rulebook at or at RPGNow.

Next: Fabled worlds Part4: BEAN!
Previous: Z-Town

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Trollhalla Expands Its Borders

Ken St. Andre, creator of the Tunnels & Trolls game, and affectionately known as the Trollgod, has pushed the borders of his trollish kingdom, Trollhalla, to include a presence on the mega-popular Facebook social website.

While Trollhalla is 'members only' in its classic incarnation (although membership is simply a request away), Trollhalla Facebook is far more accessible to the casual player or curious gamer, as well as a potentially more interactive forum for the dedicated Trollhallan. The wall format is old hat to any member of Classic Trollhalla, and the built-in chat function at Facebook should probably spark some real time conversations.

The best part? You can bet if you hang out at Trollhalla Facebook, you'll get your chance to chit-chat with the Trollgod himself, Ken St. Andre!

Trollhalla, now in two flavors:

Trollhalla Facebook:
Classic Trollhalla:


can you feel the ugh?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Other P&P RPGs #4: Fabled Worlds RPG System: Part 2

Spotlight On: Jeff Freels and his Fabled Worlds RPG System

Part 2 of 4: Z-Town

Do you have what it takes to live through the night in Z-Town?

The first title in the Fabled Worlds series is a classic zombie romp. The rules lite, all-in-one-book game system is easy to learn, complete in only seven pages! The majority of the rest of the 72 pages are filled up with not one, but two complete solo adventures.

No spoilers here, but I’ll tell you, you just might end up on the menu in Z-Town. The first character I ran through Z-Town was toasted pretty quickly, but my second character survived both adventures.

The story was well written and fresh, lots of typical zombie fare, but infused with a few new surprises. Jeff’s location descriptions drew me in and helped me visualize my surroundings quite well. Overall, a fun pair of solos with a great, easy to use rules set.

Interview Part 2
Q: So what inspired you to create Z-Town, what were your major influences?

A: The story of Z-Town is a long and winding road of ghoulishness. I worked in a Haunted Attraction for several years and zombies just kinda get into your brain after awhile. I created The Year Of The Zombie Calendar as kind of a joke. It was a retro styled look at how the age of the good citizen might have responded to zombie outbreaks. The calendar had a bit of success, and some local film enthusiasts wanted to do a short film version of the writing featured in the calendar as their first project. That was a lot of fun, and the film appeared in several little film festivals. I created The Zombie Coloring & Activity Book, and shortly thereafter I wanted to write a solo role-playing adventure and it was suggested that I draw from the mythology of the zombie projects. Ziggurat Chemical Company was born, and Z-Town was a great way to break in my Fabled Worlds RPG system.

Q: What was your involvement with the ‘In The Event Of A Zombie Attack’ movie?

A: I was pretty involved. My wife did most of the make-up work and we were there for most of the filming. I stagger around as one of the zombies, and it was a lot of fun to help other actors develop their zombie walk. It was really amusing to see the actors struggling to get out the overly dramatic lines of psuedo scientific wackyness I'd written, but they all did a great job. 4d4 Films was learning as we went along and Will was amazing at building his own gear and learning how to do all the technical stuff.

Q: Do you have any plans to release more solos or any supplements for Z-Town?

A: I can't say for certain that I won't be hit with the sudden drive to write more doom an' gloom zombie apocalypse stuff, but if so that's probably a ways off.

Q: How about a multi-player version of the rules, maybe with more archetypes, a weapons chart, zombie creation rules, and other GM goodies?

A: That's a great idea. I suppose it would be kind of a toss up as to whether I should release the Fabled Worlds Core Rules, which would have everything you mentioned, or to do a dedicated zombie romp. If only there were more time in the day!

Order your copy of Z-Town in print or pdf today:

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Other P&P RPGs #3: Fabled Worlds RPG System: Part 1

Spotlight On: Jeff Freels and his Fabled Worlds RPG System

Part 1 of 4: Introduction

Fabled Worlds Role Playing Game System by Jeff Freels of Jeffwerx is a generic RPG system that Jeff uses to create and release ‘all-in-one’ game books based in various settings. Although the core system for Fabled Worlds has not been released on its own to date, there are three fantastic stand-alone titles available from FW: Z-Town, ¡Lucha Libre!, and BEAN! They are all short on rules and big on fun and playability.

Each title has its own setting and variation of the FW rules: Z-Town is a classic zombie apocalypse romp complete with two deadly solo adventures set in a town overtaken by a zombie horde; ¡Lucha Libre! is a quick, fast-paced dice game based on Mexican Wrestling, capable of a quick diversion or extended play, solo or multi-player; and the crown jewel of the FW line is the newly released BEAN!, a fantasy rpg that is simple and flexible, great for beginning gamers, and best of all: you get to toss your beans!

Who better to tell you about Fabled Worlds than the game creator, Jeff Freels, so lucky for us he agreed to an interview!

Interview Part 1
Q: Hi Jeff! How about an introduction, tell us all about yourself and your work.

A: Hello Paul! Well, I'm just the average blind cartoonist who spends his time drawing monsters, designing games, and playing uke.

Q: Tell us about the Fabled Worlds RPG System in general.

A: I wanted a rules-lite gaming system that put most of the emphasis on role-playing and storytelling. It was important that the mechanics be consistent, and that they work in any genre. The Fabled Worlds core rules have been tweaked slightly for each of the stand-alone releases as I've experimented with different kinds of games (modern zombie horror survival, Mexican Wrestling non RPG, and my favorite, BEAN!), but it's still essentially the same easy system. I think that's the coolest thing about the Fabled Worlds system, that with very little adjustment it can be the basis for any kind of game genre.

Q: Do you have plans to release the Fabled Worlds core rules?

A: I have a draft that's mostly done, and I would like to polish it up a bit before releasing it. The stand-alone games have also done quite a lot to help solidify and streamline various points of the core mechanics along the way. It's mostly a question of finding the time when I'm not illustrating Tunnels & Trolls stuff and working on BEAN!

Q: What future plans do you have for the Fabled Worlds games line?

A: BEAN! The D2 RPG is getting a lot of great attention lately, and I want to keep developing this. Several people, including Ken St. Andre and Mike Holcomb, have contributed adventures that I want to offer as cool little freebies on the BEANpage while I work on the next "Official Release".

Next: Fabled Worlds Part 2: Z-Town
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 11

Creature Name: Sickening Hornets
MR: 10
Combat Dice: 2d6+5
Combat Damage: none
Special abiliites: Sickening sting. If a player get stung they must make a Con SR lvl 2 or start hurling untill their next turn. After that they will make a Con SR lvl1 if they fail that they will hurl untill their next round. After that the sickening feeling leaves them.
Description: Sickening Hornets look just like a normal hornet, only larger, and are the size of a normal man's fist. They are mostly black with a black and yellow butt end like a bee. They usually occur in groups of 3-5.

Written by Arrdhann Trrelish, Copyright © 2010,

Next: A purr-fect new kindred!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Other P&P RPGs #2: Zombie Death Town

Zombie Death Town
A solo role playing game book
By Charlie Fleming
Published by Rarr! I'm A Monster Publishing

With my recent excitement over the new AMC TV series 'The Walking Dead', I have slipped into zombie mode once again. To that end, I've hunted up a few zombie games to try out. Last night I gave Zombie Death Town a whirl.

In the tradition of Tunnels & Trolls and Fighting Fantasy, ZDT is a complete solo adventure in one book, including a very basic rules set. The rules comprise only two (actually 1 2/3) pages, and the only equipment needed to play are 3d6, pencil and paper. Ultra-simplistic, there are only three steps to character creation: 2 attributes (Hit Points and Combat Score) and a name (which is optional, according to the rules). Aside from character creation, the only other rules cover basic combat, weapons, and a few special combat rules.

The remaining nine pages contain the solo adventure. I don't want to spoil any surprises, so I'll just say the adventure is short, heavy on flavor text, and had enough excitement to keep me going. My character did not survive.

I wouldn't exactly call it an award winning game or solo, but for 2 bucks, it was worth the diversion, and I did enjoy playing it. There is also a set of multi-player rules for the mini-system, available for free. It basically mirrors the solo rules set, with the main addition being a weapons chart. It could make for a good night of zombie splatter fun, but there are no rules for character development or ongoing campaigns whatsoever, and no rules for situation resolutions other than combat. Basically, a hack-and-slash system for zombie apocalypse games, good for short, combat heavy adventures.

Both the solo and multi-player booklets may be found as pdfs at:

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 10

Creature Name: Vampire Rat
Monster Rating: 9
Ability Modifiers: n/a
Combat Dice: 1d6+5
Special Damage: 1/1 Normal Spite Damage
Special Abilities: Blood Drain - Whenever a Vampire Rat attacks successfully, it attempts to lock its jaws into its prey. Defender must make a L1SR vs. Luck or the rat has locked on and will do an automatic three points blood drain damage per round until it or its victim is killed. The rat does this automatic damage instead of rolling for combat each round.
Description: Vampire rats are the result of a magical experiment gone wrong. They are the size of a small dog, black or brown in color, with the body of a rat and the head of a monkey. They have large human-like ears, and long, curved fangs. They are very rare, and prefer to live in forests or swamps, but can adapt to almost any temperate environment. They generally appear in groups of 2 - 6.

Concept by Paulie Ingrassia (9 years old), written by Paul Ingrassia (42 years old)

Next: This one will get you buzzed!

Copyright © 2010, Paul Ingrassia and Paul Ingrassia Jr.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 9

Creature Name: Tumbleweed
Monster Rating: 20 to 95
Ability Modifiers: n/a
Combat Dice: 3+10 to 10+47
Special Damage: Ennui - Anyone run down by a tumbleweed must make a CHR saving roll of a level equal to the weed's MR. Failure means the victim is stricken with spiritual desolation and must make another SR to summon up the will to take any action at all. The effect lasts a number of combat rounds equal to the weed's dice without adds (in other words between 3 and 10).
Special Abilities:Rapid regrowth - Every 12 damage a tumbleweed contributes to its side's total in a fight restores 1 point to the weed's MR.
Description: Tumbleweeds are rootless, leafless plants that grow outward from a central node in a sphere of light brown twigs and shoots. New-grown weeds are about the size of a man's head, but with time and enough food they can grow to the size of a wagon wheel or even larger. They proliferate in dry, flat desert areas where they can use the wind to move across unobstructed plains in search of victims. Born out of the very despair and bleakness of the landscape, their food is the vital energy of any independently mobile creature unlucky enough to wander into their territory. The damage they do in combat leaves no visible outward sign; victims killed by tumbleweeds look like they have simply lost the will to go on, lay down and died.

Concept by Deborah Rice, written by Mark Krawec, Copyright © 2010,

Next: This one just sucks!

Other P&P RPGs #1: Backswords & Bucklers

Backswords & Bucklers
Adventuring in Gloriana's Britain
Book One: Basic Rules
By Christopher Cale
Published by Tied To A Kite

Backswords & Bucklers is based upon the Swords & Wizardry Whitebox Rules, but although born of the retro-clone genre, B&B evolves into its own game. This is Elizabethan Fantasy set in the Britain of Gloriana, quite different than your standard fantasy RPG filled with elves and dwarves and orcs.

Inspired by classic archetypes, the three character classes take a fresh, campaign specific flavor: Fighting Men, Scoundrels, and Wise Women/Cunning Men. Generally a low magic and no humanoid setting, with many throwbacks to that first of fantasy RPGs, including the six standard attributes, and a return to 1d6 damage for all weapons. Saving throws are class based, and each class has a single score to cover all possibilities, making the system easy to use.

The setting and flavor of the game is especially unique, with characters tavern trawling instead of dungeon delving. In essence, characters haunt their local tavern (the focal point of most games) in search of work, legitimate or otherwise. The different character types earn XP in different ways, specific to their archetypes, quite a nice touch for a scoundrel to earn XP by spending money! There are no monster lists, and it is encouraged that if monsters are used, they should be infrequent and quite terrifyingly evil, and supernatural in nature.

I think this setting shows a lot of potential for a good time role playing. I think adventures will be quite a challenge, both for the GM to write and the players to conquer. The book promises over half a dozen future supplements offering expanded rules, for those who want more than the basic all-in-one rules. The game being heavily inspired by Michael Moorcock's novel Gloriana, I found myself immediately going to Amazon and ordering a copy of the novel, which I have not yet read. I just may tackle writing an adventure for B&B after reading the novel.

Rounded off with a sample tavern, online resources, very nice character sheets, and a map of Old London, B&B stays rules lite, and complete in one book, my favorite type of game. Add the fact you can get a free pdf of it, and you can't go wrong.

ADDED 11/16: It occurs to me, Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane stories would also make for a rich alternate setting or source for adventure seeds for B&B. The period, as expressed by Howard, is correct, and Christopher's interpretation of the period fits the model pretty closely. Kane himself would be a Fighting Man archetype, his arms all found within B&Bs charts, and his monstrous foes are certainly terrifying and generally of a supernatural nature. Kane's world is generally low magic in terms of amount, but what magic does exist can be powerful. If you are into B&B, you MUST check out some of Howard's Solomon Kane stories, you will definitely find inspiration. If you are interested in a complete collection of the Kane tales, track down The Savage Tales Of Solomon Kane.

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I look forward to checking out the future supplements for B&B. Hopefully they will continue the simple, rules lite approach.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 8

Creature name: Flail Fiend
MR: 60
Combat Dice: 7d6+30
Special Damage: 5/Flail Fury: if monster rolls 5 6s in one roll he gets an extra hit with each of his two flails for 1d6, which acts like spite damage.
Special abilities: Trip: can trip up to two characters at a time knocking them on their back. Disarm: can remove up to two weapons at a time characters having to beat a SRlvl1 for dex to keep hold of their weapon.
Description: This is a tall lanky red skinned fiend, usually 7ft tall, and about 130 pounds, appearing as skin and bones. They are completely covered in mail armor (even their feet), except for their head, which is bald with two small curved horns coming out from their forehead. They have an evil toothy smile with a long, wide, pointy black beard.

Written by Arrdhann Trrelish, Copyright © 2010,

Next: Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'!
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Eald Scōl # 2: Monsters! Monsters!

Do you ever get tired of playing a human or elf or dwarf? Have you ever fantasized about being a troll terrorizing the countryside? Have you ever wanted to know what life was like from the monster's perspective? If you answered 'yes', than Monsters! Monsters! by Ken St. Andre is for you!

First published by Metagaming, and later reprinted by Flying Buffalo, the edition of M!M! that I own is a reprint of the original FBI print, also published by FBI, and currently available.

While players of later editions of Tunnels & Trolls are used to being able to play monstrous kindreds, Monsters! Monsters! was first released over 30 years ago, at a time when playing a monster was far less common. Basically, Ken adapted the T&T 4e rules to give us M!M!, but there are plenty of 'monster only' rules and guidelines, like handling Charisma and gaining experience, which make this game unique.

M!M! is packed full of great stuff, and is wonderful as its own stand alone game, or as a reference tool for any T&T GM: the five pages of monster descriptions and the included Woodsedge Inn (an 8 page removable center insert containing a scenario) are worth the cost of the rule book alone! Additionally, although I'm not sure if it is still included, the current printing contains a special insert by Ken which includes monstrous versions of myself and other members of Trollhalla, and artwork by the awesome Jeff Freels!

So, if your ready to storm an Inn, ransack for treasure, devour good kindreds, and be rewarded for your evil, depraved actions, then head on over to Flying Buffalo and order your copy today:

Additional Notes: 'The Toughest Dungeon In The World', a solo adventure published by Judge's Guild way back when, is playable with M!M!. They also published 'Rat On A Stick', a GM adventure usable with M!M!. Of course, because of its relation to T&T, many T&T solos can be used with it as well. You can also find 'Bludgeons and Flagons', an M!M! GM adventure written by Justin T. Williams, in issue #3 of TrollsZine, a FREE T&T magazine published in pdf format.
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Eald Scōl (Old English for Old School) showcases Old School P&P RPGs, first published 1990 or earlier, ranging from rare and obscure games to well-known favorites.

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T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 7


Creature Name: Bile
Monster Rating: 75
Combat Dice: 8d6+38
Special Damage: 1/2 - severe spite damage (from digestive juices).
Special Abilities: Fire or cold will hurt it, but weapons only serve to spray the attacker with diseased filth (disease at GM's whim) and lightning will heal, rather than hurt the foul beast.
Description: A disgusting reddish blob, covered with hairy warts and pus-filled blisters, this member of the "clean-up crew" is the dungeon delver's worst nightmare. Some Biles will grow to the point of being collosal horrors, with up to 180 MR or more and human-like Intelligence. These fortunately rare things are called Vicious Biles by the few who have survived them.

Creature Name: Fell Beast
Monster Rating: 45
Combat Dice: 5d6+23
Special Damage: 2/3 - ferocious blows from it's wicked horn.
Special Abilities: Fly Me - Fell Beasts can fly, if somewhat clumsily.
Description: Often mistaken for a winged horse or even a unicorn at a distance, this nightmarish creature is the death of many who wander into ancient, primeval forests and jungles. They almost look like large, pale, emaciated horses, except for the leathery, clawed wings in place of forelegs and the long, twisted horn (dark at the base, fading to blood red at the tip) sprouting from it's forhead. They attack nearly anything on sight, and cannot be tamed except by the most evil and powerful of beings (who may use them as mounts).

Both Creatures Written by Matthew Urquhart, Copyright © 2010,

Next: Prepare to be bludgeoned!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 6

Author's Note: After reading some Edward Lear, and after going as the Quangle Wangle to a party, I present THE QUANGLE WANGLE!

Creature Name: Quangle Wangle
Monster Rating: 50
Ability Modifiers: none
Combat Dice: 6d6+25
Special Damage: None
Special Abilities: Because the Quangle Wangle cannot be seen (a clearly magical ability - this is not just regular hiding) it can only be hit in combat if the attacker makes a lvl 1 SR on Dex after a successful hit. The Quangle Wangle is also skilled at throwing rocks - delvers are hit if they fail a lvl 1 SR on Lk. Rocks cause 3d6 damage.
Description: Made popular by the work of Edward Lear, no-one is certain what the Quangle Wangle looks like. All that is ever seen of it is a pair of spindly legs and a pair of slender arms with long, attenuated fingers. No matter where the Quangle Wangle is found, or encountered, and no matter how the adventurers might try to get a clearer look, this is all they see! What can be seen is inky black, and rough edged. Most often, the Quangle Wangle will attack from around a corner, inside a crevice, or under a very large hat.

Here is a link to a site I found containing Lear's work, including an image of the Quangle Wangle:

Written by Simon "Darknight" Rafe, Copyright © 2010,

Friday, October 15, 2010

~now for something completely different~

Khenn Arrth, Trollgod
{Sung to the tune of the Spongebob Squarepants Theme Song}

Are ya ready trolls?
Ugh, ugh Mist-tikk!

I can't heeeaaar yooouuu!



Who lives in a troll cavern far from the sea?
Khenn Arrth, Trollgod.
All mighty and greenish and vicious is he.
Khenn Arrth, Trollgod.
If dungeons and delving be something you wish
Khenn Arrth, Trollgod.
Then prepare to die and be gutted like fish.
Khenn Arrth, Trollgod.

Khenn Arrth, Trollgod,
Khenn Arrth, Trollgod,
Khenn Arrth, Trollgod,
Khenn Aaarrth, Trollgooood!

Ugh ar ar, arg arg arg, ugh, ar-ar...

In tribute to Ken St. Andre. First scrawled on the Trollhalla Walla by Mist-Tikk Foo-all.

Copyright © 2010, Paul Ingrassia

Thursday, October 14, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 5

Creature Name: Froglin
MR: 22
Attribute Modifiers:
STR: x1 CON: x1 DEX: x3/2 SPD: x1 INT: x1/2 WIZ: x1/2 LK: x1 CHR: x1/2
Combat Dice: 3D6 + 11
Special Damage: Poisonous bite--For each 6 rolled in combat, a froglin manages to bite its opponent, and each point of poison damage will reduce the victim's DEX by 1 point until the poison is nullified or wears off in about a month.
Special Abilities: A true amphibian, a froglin can stay underwater indefinitely. Its powerful hindlegs also enable it to leap up to 15 feet at a time.
Description: Half frog, half goblin, all trouble. (Picture the creature from the Black Lagoon, but it isn't black.) Froglins are goblin-sized creatures that live in the lakes and swamps of Trollworld. They usually wear only belts of snake or gator skin which are used to carry such tools as knives, scrapers, blowguns. They prefer weapons made of bronze which they obtain by trading with the Dwarves, the more corroded the better. Each froglin has a mouthful of dagger-like teeth, and its bite is mildly poisonous. They have finned ears that are movable and lie back against the sides of their head when they are swimming, but extend at right angles to the head when fighting. The front of their bodies is pallid white shading into light blue while the back is dark green that turns brownish with age. Froglins imitate goblins in most things, even to the point of speaking the Goblin language, although their pronunciation is so thick that it is very difficult to understand it. True goblins sometimes keep froglins as slaves or pets--it's hard to tell the difference with goblins and froglins.
Weapons and loot: Froglins usually carry specially made bronze machetes worth 3D6 in combat. The weapons are corroded and jagged and will also inflict poison damage doing half again the number of hits that get through when a froglin wins a combat round.

Written by Ken St. Andre, Copyright © 2010,

Next: Be Lear-y of this beastie by Simon "Darknight" Rafe

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Eald Scōl # 1: The Creatrix

The Creatrix
Multi-Purpose Role-Playing Game
Written and Created by A.C. Donovan
Creative & Technical Consultant: Yoon S. Chung
Artists: Bob Park, Edward Reynolds, Robert Hayles
Cover art: Edward Reynolds
Copyright 1990 by Alexander C. Donovan

This just might be the rarest RPG in my collection, I've never seen another copy of it, and I've not been able to find reference to it online anywhere. I'd love to hear from anyone who owns, has played, or even heard of The Creatrix.

I think the back cover describes the spirit of the game best, so check it out:

The Creatrix is a classless system, characters are built based upon their Traits (Attributes) and Skills by spending Creation points, as opposed to random dice rolls. The game has only one mechanic, a 5 x 5 matrix based on Action vs. Resistance, decided by the roll of a single d6, and generally based on character's Traits and Skills.

As the game says, this little matrix and a d6 are all you need to play, along with a ton of common sense, creativity, and of course time to build your game setting. There is no setting for the game at all, hence the 'Muti-Purpose' bit of its moniker, The Creatrix is a generic RPG, like GURPS or Risus. The text hints at setting books to come, but, as I mentioned, I cannot find any references to confirm if any further books were produced.

The Creatrix weighs in at a light 16 pages of 'rules', in reality mostly example after example of how to use the matrix in various circumstances. Also included are a reference sheet and character sheet, which, as the booklet says, you can play Creatrix with and never once have to pick up the book.

The combat system is based on the matrix as well, of course, but I think a bit of the simplicity is lost here. For some reason, where the matrix determines outcomes in a single roll in virtually all circumstances, Donovan made combat a series of many rolls on the matrix to determine a single attack outcome. One must roll twice (at least) just to see if armor is penetrated after a hit has been scored. Damage is deteremined by a series of individual d6 rolls, the number of which is determined by various factors such as traits, skills, and weapon strength. These rolls include the armor rolls I mentioned earlier, and rolls left over from penetrating the armor finally score damage.

Overall, I like this little set of rules. So much so, I would love to 'rescue' The Creatrix from RPG obscurity by tracking down A.C. Donovan to talk to him about reprinting it. If anyone knows Mr. Donovan, or any of the others mentioned in the credits above, please ask them to drop me a line.

Paul Ingrassia
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Eald Scōl (Old English for Old School) showcases Old School P&P RPGs, first published 1990 or earlier, ranging from rare and obscure games to well-known favorites.

Copyright © 2010, Paul Ingrassia

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T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 4

Creature Name: Inner Child
Monster Rating: 80
Ability Modifiers: none
Combat Dice: 9D6 + 40
Special Damage: none
Special Abilities: ESP, Blasting Power, Shield Me

Description: The Inner Child is a semi-parasitic organism that lies dormant inside it's human host. It has the ability to dimensionally shift outside it's host but remains bound by a psychic umbilical cord (6ft).

It resembles it's host creature but with mutated features. The host creature is aware of the Inner Child but usually keeps this a secret.

The Inner Child has strong psychic abilities, and also has a psychic blast (60ft) and a force wall that can shield itself and the host. If the host is killed, the inner child dies within 1D6 turns. Any person, PC or NPC, within the six foot range of the deceased host needs to make a contested Will power (Average of Int+Con) SR or end up the Inner Child's new host.

by Chad Thorson, Copyright © 2010,,

Next: The Trollgod births a new Kindred

Friday, October 8, 2010

T&T Supplement: A Fragmentary History of Trollworld

A Fragmentary History of Trollworld
By Ken St. Andre
Art David A. Ullery
Edited by Paul Ingrassia
Published by Peryton Publishing

It's finally here, the latest update to Ken's Trollworld Timeline, with lots of great art, a compelling storyline that spans millennia, and about a million story points for GMs. I don't want to say too much and spoil the fun for everyone, so go ahead and check it out:

Copies are also available for purchase right here at TROLL HAMMER:

This was a great project to work on, lots of fun, Ken is awesome, and Tom and Robin at Peryton rock!

In the words of Ken St. Andre:
Paul Ingrassia

Thursday, October 7, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 3

Creature Name: MRSA (Mer sa)
Monster Rating: 2
Ability Modifiers: none
Combat Dice: 0
Special Damage: Rotting Flesh
Special Abilities/Description: Attacks open wounds doing 0.02 pts of damage the first combat turn. This damage is progressive, as the number of MRSA attacking the open wound increases by 20 every combat turn. The creature reproduces by mitosis (cell division). This monster is a one-cell organism that can survive on damp surfaces indefinitely and on dry surfaces for months. When not infecting a host, it feeds off its offspring. Any liquid containing at least 61% (122 proof) alcohol will kill the beast. Due to the extensive saturation of underground populations, any wound not treated for one combat turn has a 50% chance of becoming infected. The initial infection does not present any visible manifestation until the second day, when a large number of boils appear around the wound. Within two days of the boils formation, they will burst and begin to ooze a dark green, odiferous, and thick liquid. This liquid is very dangerous and can spread the infection not only to other wounds on the victim but also to others that are exposed to the liquid. If not treated these weeping boils will enlarge and deepen eventually reaching the bone. Left untreated it will result in the death of the victim.

Written by Douglas (Trrrommm) Mitten, Copyright © 2010,

Next: Chad Thorson gives us a twisted peek inside

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

T&T Supplement: Specialist Classes

Tunnels & Trolls Specialist Classes, by James 'Grim' Desborough, published by Postmortem Studios, is a great little supplement written for T&T7.x. It expands upon the Specialist Classes introduced by Ken St. Andre in T&T7 by covering the specialist attributes that were not included in the rule book: Strength, Intelligence, Constitution, Luck, and Speed. The classes James has come up with are pretty inventive, based upon some less common but no less well known archetypes: The Brute (str), The Defender (con), The Trickster (luck), The Swashbuckler (spd), and The Tinker (int).

Hands down, my favorite is the Tinker, plenty interesting, lots of neat gadgets, and tons of room for expansion and, forgive me, tinkering with. The Swashbuckler and Trickster tie for next in line as the coolest, with Brute and Defender taking up the rear for me. Of course, that represents my playing style and preferences, no reflection of the quality of the characters. In each instance, James gives us some exciting abilities and challenges, along with fresh and unique possibilities for character development and role playing.

Overall, I think this little booklet is an essential supplement for Tunnels & Trolls 7 and 7.5 editions, rounding out and filling in a wonderful character concept introduced in these editions. For a $1.50 in pdf format from RPGNow, you've really got nothing to lose, and trust me, even if you like just one of these specialists for your game, it's worth the price of admission.

Pick it up today at:

Don't forget to check out the home of Postmortem Press at:

Copyright © 2010, Paul Ingrassia

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 2

Creature name: Cthonic Wyrm
Monster Rating: 180
Ability Modifiers: none
Combat Dice: 19d6+90
Special Damage: 3/Methane Breath - curls back it's tentacles, revealing a sucker-like maw that spews forth a gas that may poison those exposed and ignite any open flames into a deadly fireball.
Special Abilities: Eldritch hide - absorbs 10 hits per combat round.
Description: A huge (30'-100'), dark, wormlike creature with a facefull of writhing tentacles, this terror is thankfully quite rare. Cthonic Wyrms are often mistaken for dragons, hydras, even gorgons by the unwise and are rumored to be a curse on the land from dark and ancient gods. The beast travels underground, bursting up on prey and surprising on a 1-4 (on 1d6). A Cthonic Wyrm uses it's tentacles to draw subdued food to it's maw for feeding.

Written by Matthew Urquhart, Copyright © 2010,


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As an aside, I just ordered a copy of Jeff's (J Freels) Z-Town, a solo zombie p&prpg adventure, completely self-contained. I'll be posting a review of it after I get it and give it a try. In the meantime, learn more about it and Jeff's zombie-phobia at The Ziggurat Chemical Company:

Saturday, October 2, 2010

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature # 1

T&T 7.5 Creature Feature will be an irregular column here. It will showcase new creatures, monsters, and kindreds created for the Tunnels & Trolls 7.5 edition, and written by a variety of players. The first offering was sent by the Trollgod himself, Ken St. Andre, creator of Tunnels & Trolls.

Creature Name: Small Chimera
MR: 20
Ability Modifiers: none
Combat Dice: 3D6 + 10
Special Damage: none
Special Abilities: none
Description: It is about the size of a dog, but it has the head of an eagle, the body of a spider, and the claws of a lobster. It is all black, head, body, and claws. They get bigger as they get older, and this form of chimera could reach a monster rating of 200 if it survived long enough. A big one like that could be more than ten feet tall, and its claws could cut a horse in half.

Written by Ken St. Andre, Copyright © 2010,

Friday, October 1, 2010

T&T Supplement: New Khazan

Might as well start things off with a few words about my latest aquisition, New Khazan: The 9,000 Worlds, written by Tom 'Kopfy' Loney and put out by Peryton Publishing.

I love the cover, it's dark, brooding, atmospheric, perfect for epic space fantasy. And this is definitely epic space fantasy, Tunnels & Trolls style. There are many nods to everyone's favorite mega-space fantasies, but I won't spoil the fun by saying which ones. This supplement is written with T&T 5.x and 7.x editions in mind, but should be fairly easy to adapt to whatever flavor of T&T you play.

Creativity runs rampant in this supplement. There is an element called Krestle, a wonderful solution to the problem of how to bring Kremm into space. Fantastic technology abounds, among my favorites being Veggie-Tek, a type of living technology. The space battle rules are simple, in true T&T style. The possibilities for New Khazan are limitless, and Tom has planted an Amazonian Jungle's worth of seeds for germination, with several sections for adventure ideas, complete with sample ships, plenty of npcs built with personalities, and a nice sampling of creatures dwelling in The 9,000 Worlds.

There are 4 character types, similar to T&T 5e, with updates to bring them into a futuristic setting. There are a wide variety of kindred to play, depending on which part of the galaxy you come from. Lots of potential character background plots, lots of room for variation in character development. As with all else here, possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Wait until you see what Tom has done with Warrior-Wizards, they are a force to be reckoned with.

I think New Khazan is fantastic, lots of crunch, a good amount of flavor, gobs of nostalgia, and heaps of creativity. Well done! The very few down sides were very minor, easily fixed by way of an errata or slight re-edit. I think the possibilities for New Khazan are endless and exciting, fresh yet familiar.

To purchase your copy of New Khazan, visit Peryton Publishing at:

Copyright © 2010, Paul Ingrassia



Recently, my spare time interests have turned back to pencil and paper role playing games, and most specifically, Tunnels & Trolls created by Ken St. Andre.

I've been playing Tunnels & Trolls on and off since about the mid-eighties, and of all the RPGs I've ever played, it is the single one I always end up returning to. I started off playing the Corgi boxed version, which contained the 5th Edition rules in a digest sized book, a format I loved. I quickly bought up the Corgi digest sized double solos, and a bunch of solos published by Flying Buffalo/Blade, including the limited edition solo Elven Lords by Michael Stackpole. One of the best parts about T&T, at least for me, were (and still are) the solos. Eventually, I started GMing a small group, and the rest, as they say, is history. For about twenty years that small pile of books was all the T&T stuff I ever needed. T&T is that good, that flexible, and that much fun.

A few years ago, after several years of being away from rpgs, I bought the Tunnels & Trolls 7th Edition 30th Anniversary Tin published by Fiery Dragon, and most recently I bought the pdf version of Tunnels & Trolls 7.5 Edition, as an update to my T&T7E set. I like a lot of the changes in these editions of the rules, they addressed and solved some issues that cropped up in earlier editions.

I've amassed a small trove of T&T and related products recently, specifically: Monsters! Monsters! reprint edition by Flying Buffalo; The Toughest Dungeon in the World solo for T&T or M!M!, by Ken St. Andre and published by Judge's Guild back in the heyday of P&PRPG gaming; Gamma Trollworld, a post-apocalyptic setting for T&T; a 1985 special print edition of the rule book for Tunnels & Trolls 1st edition; New Khazan, a fantastic space fantasy setting for T&T written by Tom 'Kopfy' Loney and put out by Peryton Publishing; T&T Monstrum Codex vol 2; Sacramentum Gladiatorum, combat rules for gladiatorial combat in T&T; I've ordered copies of T&T 5.5 edition rule book and Power Trip, a supers setting for T&T, both from Ken St. Andre; I'm also waiting for an order from Flying Buffalo for all the Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes rpg material they carry, offered as a bundle special at their website; and, finally, I've got my eye on a copy of the T&T 4e rule book, but not sure about it yet.

Even more exciting, I've been working on some projects that have to do with Tunnels & Trolls, but I'll leave those announcements for future posts.

Also, keep an eye out for the eventual launch of Troll Hammer Press, but again, I'll leave the details for the future...

Due to my renewed interest in T&T, and in an effort to not clog the posts of my other blog, DECADENT BLOSSOMS BENEATH AN ABSTRACT SUN, with P&PRPG-related posts, I've decided to start this new blog, TROLL HAMMER.

I hope you enjoy your visit, and will consider following/subscribing to TROLL HAMMER.

Paul Ingrassia
Mist-Tikk Foo-all