Author Archives: Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

The Plain People of Gaming: Otherworld (1)

Some of the fantasists of the early 20th century are arguable more popular and well-known than they were when they were alive. HP Lovecraft or Robert Howard, for example, with their Cthulhu and Conan tales cast titanic shadows over the fantasy genre. Other writers have slipped into comparative obscurity, like the wonderful James Branch Cabell. […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Keepers of the Dungeon

Eyes of the Stone Thief, the megadungeon campaign for 13th Age Roleplaying Game, is out now! Some of the many monsters trapped in the living dungeon are the Custodians – a group of earth elementals forced to serve the animating spirit of the dungeon. Ever since the Stone Thief was blinded when the Prince of Shadows […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Trapped In The Stone Thief

Eyes of the Stone Thief, the megadungeon campaign for 13th Age Roleplaying Game, is out now! Trapped In The Stone Thief To the Stone Thief, people are the irritating meaty grist in the delicious cities it consumes. Most of the unlucky souls swallowed by the dungeon are crushed to death, or fall victim to one of […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Dissecting the Dungeon

Eyes of the Stone Thief, the megadungeon campaign for 13th Age Roleplaying Game, is out now! If your ongoing 13th Age campaign doesn’t have a place for a gigantic megadungeon like the Stone Thief (listen! Can you hear its plaintive earthquake-like whimpering as it begs you to let it rampage through your game?), then the thing […]

Spoilers! Secret Achievements for the Dracula Dossier

The Dracula Dossier is an improvised campaign in the style of the Armitage Files. It’s got multiple takes on everything and everyone, so the term “spoiler” doesn’t necessary apply, depending on which way the quantum vampire hops. Still, here are some waypoints that are going to crop up in nearly every run-through of the campaign. Not […]

Achievements for the Dracula Dossier

Double Tap introduced the concept of video-game-style Achievements into Night’s Black Agents (Will Plant’s original is here, but Double Tap‘s list is bigger, better and has more bonuses for blowing things up.) As the Dracula Dossier consumes my every waking hour, and I start to see connections to the Mas… to Dracula everywhere, here’s a list of custom achievements for the […]

The Plain People of Gaming: 13th Age monster-tech in GUMSHOE

Continuing Ken’s theme of looting 13th Age for GUMSHOE twists, let’s talk about monsters. In 13th Age, monsters have a sort of rudimentary AI – instead of the GM deciding to use their special abilities in advance, they’re triggered by the result of the attack roll. So, for example, if a ghoul gets a natural […]

Escaping the Transylvanian Whirlpool

The action in the original Dracula novel takes place in a handful of locations – Transylvania, Whitby, London, and then back again. The Dracula Dossier expands the reach of the vampire count, and brings in the globe-trotting vampire-hunting action one expects in a Night’s Black Agents campaign. England and Romania – Edom and Dracula – are the two poles around which […]

The Plain People of GenCon

Coming to you live… Well, obviously not live live – while I may be writing this from a hotel room in Indianapolis, it won’t be up on the Pelgrane site for a week. And for that matter, I’m hardly alive either, after the arguably best but very definitely longest four days in gaming. Let us […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Six Tips on Convention Games

With Gencon upon us like an amorous gorilla of fun, here are six precepts that have served me well when running games at conventions. 1. Know The Player Characters The PCs are the players’ interface with your adventure. If there’s one bit of preparation you can never skimp on, it’s the player characters. You don’t […]

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