Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rabeleis is my Dungeon Master

Over on the Unseen Servant, I'm running a new game:

We're using Chris McDowall's Into the Odd for Patrice 'Kabuki Kaiser' Crespy's Castle Gargantua.

It's early, yet, but so far it's been a lot of fun. The procedural generation of Castle Gargantua keeps everything low-prep, and Into the Odd is extremely good for play-by-post.



For flavor-enhancement, I'm keeping a copy of The Life of Gargantua and Pantagruel close at hand. This is a collection of late Renaissance novels by Fran├žois Rabelais. It's bawdy, violent, scatological, profane, and unrelentingly dismissive of every pretension that society has to offer, then or now. Right in line with the mindset of your average dungeon party.

So far, the party has conversed with a door that recited "Antidotal Jokes," viciously dispatched the first living thing they encountered, and poked their heads through a couple doors.

If you're curious about how any of these elements play out, feel free to pop over and check out our campaign forum. If you think you'd like to join, get in touch and I'll let you know when a good time to hop in rolls around.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Kickstarter: Operation Unfathomable

There is one week left in the Operation Unfathomable kickstarter!


Having had a chance to review a draft pdf that was provided to backers, let me say this: Operation Unfathomable lets you crawl into the random tables of Jason Sholtis' The Dungeon Dozen and live there. If you're familiar with The Dungeon Dozen, you surely don't need any more of a recommendation than that.

If you're not, the short pitch is that it's the sort of saturated gonzo science fantasy craziness that only makes sense in the context of D&D or prog-rock album covers. It is sumptuously weird and fun and very, very playable.

A longer pitch can be found in my review of The Dungeon Dozen book.

The longest pitch is going and reading the contents of the blog, which is probably the single most entertaining gaming resource on the net.


The one sour note is that the backing levels on the kickstarter aren't all that great. Some kickstarters have that sweet spot between feeling generous in your support and satisfied in your purchase. Others feel like a car lot where, just when you think you've arrived at the price, the salesman says "And do you want wheels on that? Any interest in seats?"

BUT. This is a great project, and you'll want to have it. I recommend the $25 pdf level.