Monthly Archives January 2018

Resource – Anydice

Meant to post this yesterday, but got caught up in another project

Anydice is a “Dice Probability Calculator”. For the majority of people this won’t be useful, but, for designers or GMs who want to know the various possible outcomes of a certain dice roll, it can be very helpful indeed.

The way the site works is quite simple:

  1. Input the dice range you want into the box at the top of the page – This can range from the simple, such as 3d6, to the complex 3d6+(d210/3) or even really complicated formula
  2. Hit the calculate button
  3. The possible options and their chances are displayed in the section below
  4. The results can be shown in a table, graph, exported or as a dice roller
  5. The data can also be shown as normal distribution, the highest first, the lowest, transposed, on in a summary that shows ...
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Assorted Slang and Terminology – Volume 1 – Thieves Cant and the RPG-blog Round Up

Assorted Slang and Terminology – Volume 1 – Thieves Cant

Thieves Cant, sometimes referred to as the Cant, rogues’ cant or TC for short, was/is a secret language formerly used by thieves, beggars and hustlers in Great Britain and other English-speaking countries.

It is a common trope of the fantasy genre – a series of coded words of phrases so the rogues and thieves can talk about various activities

There are two chapters provided here. One is English -> TC and the other is the reverse, TC -> English.

In the E – > TC translation, if there are multiple versions they are separated by a comma. These can be regional variations and so on.

Some sample translations:

English —> TC
Betrayer – turncoat
Constable – harman, myrmidons
Cutpurse – nipper

TC —> English
Academy – brothel
Beak – judge
Cackle – inform

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Random List – Sample of 20 Arcane Babble words or phrases

A project that has been on my to-do list for a while is “Arcane Babble Generator” – This is a set of word parts that can be combined to create arcane-sounding words, perfect for spell casting or an arcane language. The tables are something I can, relatively, easily expand later (by using the same base word-chunk and changing vowels and so on). But , for now, thought a sample of what it can generate.

*Disclaimer* – I take no responsibility for any eldritch horror saying these words aloud may summon 😉

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D20 Babble
1 Aciarran Zybus Zeoyyic Walic
2 Atenaisis Attouoba Voellus
3 Attuoialkus Ateneyenea
4 Cisdius Tasalo Acioaigui...
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Star bases and fantasy towns/cities are basically the same

A while ago I was talking to a friend about sci-fi things and the conversation got around to starbases. The friendly debate was that, from my side of things, starbases are, essentially, towns and cities in space.

The logic ran as follows:

  • They are places to stay that harbour you in a possible dangerous environment
  • You can have your transport looked after there
  • There are NPCs to interact with
  • You will often find security forces there watching over you and the other inhabitants
  • Can often buy goods and services of various types
  • Depending on the size, there are some kind of defence systems in place, such as walls, mounted weaponry etc
  • Shady deals and criminals can be found here

The list goes on and on.

This, with minor adjustments for the genre, makes it easy to take a favourite city and mak...

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Fifth Edition Fallout homebrew setting from Spilled Ale Studios

TodayI want to give a quick bit of information about something that one of the players in my STA game has been working on that I quite enjoy – A homebrew of sorts for Fallout and Fifth edition D&D.

Originally published on the Spilled Ale Blog, FO5 is an add-on that requires Fifth edition Players handbook or Basic Rules.

I had seen a few posts about it before, but now the pdf is practically completed I thought I’d shine a spotlight on things. In the Fallout universe, the setting is a what I dub, retro-futuristic, with a 1950’s vibe to things. A nuclear attack sent thousands of people into what is dubbed Vaults for protection. A few of the vaults were quite safe, but many of them were used for testing, experiments, and sometimes what can best be described as a “This will be a laugh…”...

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