Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Reflecting on 2022 and Looking Ahead to 2023

Yesterday marked the 13th anniversary of this blog, and so I thought I should write something to mark the occasion. What is more, there have been some developments in my gaming life during the past year that are steering my present and future activities. Here are some highlights.

  • Probably the biggest development this year was the release of the Spelljammer campaign setting for D&D 5e, back in August. I read it, loved it, and decided to run Light of Xaryxis as my campaign for this school year. Happily, my players agreed to it.

  • As a result, I also backed a Kickstarter for an adventure anthology called Graveyard of the Gods. The premise of that has the heroes exploring the corpses of various deceased deities, starting at about 3rd level, and providing the foundation for an interesting campaign.

  • I also picked up a scenario from Kobold Press called Rise of the Mimic Moon, which I've already previewed. That, combined with the City of Freeport, seems like a great way to launch the campaign that would lead into Graveyard.

  • For that reason, I'm planning to write a series of posts called “Revisiting Freeport,” in which I look back at the material for that setting and plan a future campaign.

  • I'll also continue writing short supplements for use with Spelljammer and D&D 5e, which I call Captain Quin's Logbook, the first three of which are already available on the DMs Guild website.

  • Finally, 2023 should see the conclusion of the Apotheosis Campaign, the (working) title for the series of scenarios for use with Treasure Hunter Adventures and the Savage Worlds RPG. Once it's finished, that campaign is intended to take a party of Novice characters all the way to Legendary status, and hopefully it tells a fun and engaging story along the way.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Trailer

I neglected to post about this back when the trailer was released, but here it is now. I'm not sure how I feel about the title, but I'm hopeful that this installment is better than #4. 


Saturday, December 17, 2022

Operation Portmanteau

Operation Portmanteau is now available on DrivethruRPGThis full-length scenario, for use with Treasure Hunter Adventures and the Savage Words RPG, sets the heroes on the trail of a treasure last seen during World War II--and one that carries a legacy of betrayal. 

Operation Portmanteau


Friday, December 16, 2022

Second Preview of Operation Portmanteau: Pictures

This second preview of Operation Portmanteau, the newest full-length scenario for use with Treasure Hunter Adventures and the Savage Worlds RPG, is a series of pictures that relate to the adventure and the mystery behind it. 


Thursday, December 15, 2022

First Preview of Operation Portmanteau: The Letter

The first preview of Operation Portmanteau--the newest scenario for use with Treasure Hunter Adventures and the Savage Worlds RPG--is a letter, recently received by Agent Joseph Clark from the Office of Strategic Services. 


To whom it may concern,

I am writing to unburden myself of a secret that I have carried for seventy-five years. During the Second World War I served in a church in Bürglen. There I met a young man, Emanuel LeGris, who claimed to be an art dealer from Switzerland. He was working with those Nazis who were occupied in looting religious and art treasures from territory conquered by their army. In spite of that, though, I could tell that he was different from them—that he was not a true believer in the Nazi cause.

I was saddened when I learned that he was accused of being a traitor and killed. On that same night they burned down my church, and so after the war I ended up moving to the Convent of St. John in Müstair. There I have lived a life of service and contemplation—but always with this secret.

Enclosed you will find an item that Mr. Grey entrusted to me on the night before he was killed—a small crown. I do not know the importance of it, but I believe it might be connected to some secret that he wanted to keep from his enemies, perhaps something that he left behind in Altdorf. Hopefully you can make some sense of it.


Sister Margaretha

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Captain Quin's Logbook: The Ship in a Comet

This two-page supplement, for use with the Spelljammer setting, presents a ship trapped in the ice of a comet, a mini-dungeon ready for exploration. 


Captain Quin's Logbook: The Ship in a Comet