Friday, June 18, 2021

RotLA and THA: Combining Archetypes

The previous post suggested which Archetypes from Treasure Hunter Adventures would fit the heroes from Raiders of the Lost Ark. GMs and players can also combine archetypes to create more advanced characters, especially for parties small parties who still want to cover the whole variety of skills and abilities that might be required when hunting for a treasure. Detailed below are two examples of this. 



Archetypes: Retrieval Specialist and Scholar

Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d8, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d6

Skills: Academics d8, Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d4, Driving d4, Fighting d6, Language d8, Notice d6, Occult d6, Persuasion d4, Research d8, Shooting d6, Stealth d8, Thievery d8

Pace: 8, Parry: 5, Toughness: 5

Edges: Alertness, Calculating, Fleet-Footed, Scholar

Hindrances: Phobia (Major) 


Archetypes: Holy Person and Guide

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d6, Vigor d8

Skills: Academics d6, Athletics d4, Boating d4, Common Knowledge d6, Driving d4, Faith d8, Fighting d6, Healing d6, Language d4, Notice d6, Persuasion d8, Riding d6, Shooting d6, Stealth d4, Survival d6

Pace: 6, Parry: 5, Toughness: 5

Edges: Arcane Background (Miracles), Connections, Quick, Woodsman

Hindrances: Code of Honor

Special Abilities

  • Power Points: 10; Powers: Boost/lower Trait, deflection, protection

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

RotLA and THA: Stats for the Heroes

Here are ways in which the Archetypes from Treasure Hunter Adventures can be used to create the heroes from Raiders of the Lost Ark. This assumes that they use all of the established stats, but with changes to hindrances, which are tailored to those characters. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

RotLA and THA: Happy Anniversary!

Today marks forty years since Raiders of the Lost Ark was released in theaters. This film is, of course, the inspiration for Treasure Hunter Adventures, as well as the gold standard for adventure movies. Throughout the rest of the month, I will have more posts about how it can inspire RPG scenarios and campaigns. 


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

RotLA and THA: The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Continuing the lead-up to the fortieth anniversary of Raiders, here are links to three different Youtube options for watching the rather short-live prequel series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Personally, I hope these episodes eventually find their way onto Disney+. 


Saturday, June 5, 2021

RotLA and THA: Two Anniversaries

Today marks two notable anniversaries. The first is for Treasure Hunter Adventures, which I released one year ago today on 

Treasure Hunter Adventures

Since then, it has gone on to become a Copper Best Seller. 

Finally, this is also the 67th anniversary of an influential film being released: The Secret of the Incas, the main character of which is said to have inspired the look of Indiana Jones for Raiders


Thursday, June 3, 2021

RotLA and THA: Two Influential Books

This post is the first of what I hope to add every three days this month, to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark--which occurs on Saturday, June 12th. It presents two books that inspired my Treasure Hunter Adventures projects. 

The first book, by Graham Hancock, is The Sign and the Seal. It describes the author's efforts to fid the lost Ark of the Covenant--something that was intriguing, of course, for me as a fan of Raiders. I don't wish to debate the academic merits of the book. Instead, I'll just say that it made me start thinking about working on modern-day treasure hunting adventures. All I needed was a rules system to use for writing them. 

The second book provided an answer to that first conundrum. It was, of course, the D20 Modern RPG, released in November 2002. It took the still new D20 System that premiered with 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons, and retooled it for use with modern adventures. It was a perfect fit! I still think this RPG was underrated, even though it now feels a little clunky. Equipped with that, I put together D20 Modern Treasure Hunter, which was published by Emerald Press. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Out of the Darkness

The next scenario for Treasure Hunter Adventures is now available: Out of the Darkness. It sends the heroes to investigate a curious map in search of a missing person, and leads them into a previously undiscovered danger in the middle of a quiet American community. 


Out of the Darkness