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Adventures » The Hybrid Bone-Effigy Crucible of the Urgent Chimera » 7/26/2022 8:49 am

You guys rock! Very cool to see it in the wild. If we can make it to GaryCon next year, I'll run it there, too. Here's hoping! We're going feral out here on our own.

Adventures » The Hybrid Bone-Effigy Crucible of the Urgent Chimera » 7/18/2022 4:54 pm

gizmomathboy wrote:

I gave a new to the campaign berserker a +0 weapon so they would at least have a magic weapon. :-)

The system works! Hey, Gizmo!

mabon5127 wrote:

Handy! My heart is happy to hear from you! I'm certainly glad to hear that all is well and your crew is still gaming strong. I look forward to receiving your adventure. Please say hello to all the folks and let them know I miss them.

Mabon! So glad to see you! Oh, man, indeed -- the NYC Crew misses your for sure, and it was everyone's biggest regret about missing GaryCon that we wouldn't get a chance to see and play with you! I will definitely pass along your greetings, friend!

And thanks so much for reading the adventure. I would love to hear what you think!

Adventures » The Hybrid Bone-Effigy Crucible of the Urgent Chimera » 7/18/2022 12:10 pm

Hey hey, Hyperboreans! It's been a long time! I am surfacing from the nighted gulfs to let you all know that some poor foolish company has published an adventure that I wrote:

It grew directly out of our AS&SH game and was written originally for AS&SH, though I statted it for OSE for publication. It should be pretty trivial to translate back to AS&SH as you play it. It definitely has its roots in Hyperborea -- and there's even a +0 magic weapon in there for Chainsaw!

Our game goes on. The Monsters of the Prophecy, our NYC crew, all hope to see you fine dice-rolling folx at GaryCon again next year, if hotel reservations and COVID will just cooperate!

Hope all are well! And thanks for taking a look at the adventure.

Adventures » Around the Ruins » 6/27/2020 9:32 pm

This is sad -- I can't remember if that DID happen to one of Ross's characters or if I just assumed it would.

Adventures » Around the Ruins » 6/26/2020 8:17 pm

Ghul wrote:

I was doing some forum search on something unrelated and stumbled on this gem by Handy posted six years ago. It's got some great, creative stuff in it. Handy, did you ever make use of this in your campaign?

Ha! Yeah, Ghul, I used this precisely as long as my players kept heading over there. It led to a couple of fun weird circumstances and also revealed some monkey phobias that I had not suspected. Then eventually they tried to stage a coup in their base town in Brigands Bay, managed to cast inflict madness on the Kybernetes, and got "megalomania" as the result. They had to escape through an extradimensional garden (Ynn!)!

Rules Discussion » Reversing Petrifaction » 5/20/2020 10:19 pm

Me, well, I'm more of the you pays your money, you takes your chances school.

But I did want to say that once my players ended up using stone shape on a petrified character who had fallen and smashed. They had to put him back together before using flesh to stone ... and they made a few minor modifications along the way. And that's how Mike Hunt the bard became known as "Old Chin Balls."

Announcements » Glacial Ice ~ Hyperborean Dice » 5/20/2020 10:16 pm

Oh, I backed it. And wanted to thank you for making the dice pouch optional.

For the record, this is the first time I'll own one of those 10s-column d10s. And the first time I have ever bought a 1-20 D20 or a D4 with numerals at the vertices instead of the edges. Times. Changing.

Announcements » HYPERBOREA SOLD OUT! » 5/20/2020 10:14 pm

Collector's item, eh? I'll have to stash one copy in my Cave of Wonders. Once I kick out the dog.

Congrats, Ghul!

This is a kind of ridiculous ask ... but I've been using the PDF a lot more lately because of reasons. Is there any chance of updating it so that the bookmarks aren't ALL expanded? Or even like, not expanded at all? There's so much scrolling involved -- and I think this is something that can be controlled in bookmark creation, no?

General Discussion (Off-Topic) » Anybody else ready to get back to the table? » 5/20/2020 10:08 pm

We've doubled our time spent gaming. And it just doesn't matter if we're sick of it or not. Getting together in person is not possible now. So we do this. And I am trying not to look too far ahead because there's a real possibility that this is going to go on far longer than any of us hope. The rest of 2020 seems totally possible.

That said, we have welcomed in two players from out of state and have frequent drop-ins from people who could never make it over to my apt. to play. So that part's a blast.

But I sure wish Melan would pump out a few more issues of the zine in a hurry! They are gonna run out of dungeon soon!

Convention and Game Day » NTRPG Con XII (2020) » 5/20/2020 10:05 pm

This con is still happening? Wow. I am shocked. And, really, very sad to hear that.

General Discussion » Party Tracker for DMs » 5/08/2020 6:18 pm

Thanks! Useful in vid. conf. times for sure!

Bestiary » Understanding Rust Monsters » 5/08/2020 5:22 pm

Blackadder23 wrote:

Try to guilt the players into calling off the attack!

I had my players tested. They can't actually feel guilt -- or shame! The doctors say it's the opposite of a medical miracle.

General Discussion (Off-Topic) » Happy birthday, Dread Necromancer!!! » 5/08/2020 5:17 pm

I think I speak for all of us in wishing you the happiest of days and and hoping you and your family and those you love are well and and together.

But also -- you're gonna have to answer for what you've done ... questionable things. Blood for the blood god, Ghul! You knew what you were signing up for!

Happy birthday, pal!

Bestiary » Men as monsters » 4/03/2020 9:38 pm

Yeah, Chainsaw, I will also happily give NPCs powers and abilities that PCs don't have. Different paths to power. I think I have blethered on about it in other posts!

Bestiary » Men as monsters » 4/02/2020 4:42 pm

For random encounters and mixes, see BA's Encounter Tables. Shows how many 0-lvls. back up yr typical classed person.

I am more comfy with more people being classed in Hyperborea than I ever was in D&D. It's a harsh world and a lot of normal people die. And a lot of adventurers retire after a big score since being an adventurer is even MORE dangerous. Or retire once too tentacular to continue their duties!

Rules Discussion » XP for places and new things » 3/23/2020 3:16 pm

After an attempt to read a strange necromancer spell book went horribly sideways, three characters in my game gave birth to seeming clones of themselves through their mouths. The two who thought to eat the mouth babies gained a point in a random stat. The one who didn't is now aging one year every day -- as is her mouth baby. A few XP really seems like gilding the lily here.

I would not grant XP for any of that list. It's a list of stuff that happens to you on your way to get XP, i.e.: game play.

General Discussion » background music for Hyperborea » 3/21/2020 1:26 am

The one show when Ningen Isu was played on WFMU looks pretty interesting!

Will check them out.

Hyperborea » Winter is coming » 3/21/2020 1:06 am

So I don't really* think that the long months of summer could ever produce enough food to keep settlements going through the long years of winter.

In Myperborea, I kind of try to keep the Howardian civilization-vs.-savagery thing going, though mostly under the surface. It's kind of a PC vs. NPC thing. Like for example there are PC druids, who embrace the balance &c. &c. but REALLY are accessing power through a certain progression that gets them more power up to potentially ridiculous levels -- if they can stay alive. Then there are "chaos" druids (specific references would include "Ruined Palace of the Metegorgos" and some stuff from Arnold K's blog) that have given themselves over fully to natural forces and are, at best, orthogonal to humanity now. The zooanthropes from the Gene Wolfe torturer books are also analogs here.

But then and but so the point is that then there are the "civilized" classes, and these are the people that make human civilization possible pretty much everywhere except maybe the Khromarium peninsula. Druids are a solid example again and probably the most common ones. These are the people collecting prisoners and captured monsters and deformed adventurers to burn in the wicker person at the festival days. Their dedication to channeling life energy into the ground creates tiny arable zones that endure in all except the year of full darkness, where all life energies are canceled. But even in spring and summer years, most of Hyperborea is just too damn cold for growing enough to support human settlements.

And so the blood. And so the lotus. And so the people of fell aspect and intense mien who will hire adventurers and use them for whatever they are worth to get whatever is needed to shave the fine percentages between existence and extinction for these isolated settlements in the great dark.

Fun part is me, I don't care whether human civilization survives in Hyperborea! I'm just letting the dice talk!

Anyway, that's my take on winter: blood,

Convention and Game Day » Gary Con XII (2020) » 3/13/2020 11:55 am

mabon5127 wrote:

I feel pretty awful for Luke Gygax after he revealed the Grand Geneva is holding him to the contract unless the State of Wisconsin moves from recommendation against, to a ban on large gatherings. The FB page has a great run down by Luke as to what is going on.

I wonder if that will change on March 20, mabon. We'll see if the governor stops holding his constituents hostage to other concerns ...

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