Saturday, December 8, 2018

Elemental journey!

Back in January I was showing off my Reaper Bones elementals, lamenting the lack of an Air Elemental to complete the set.

Well, my elemental lamenting is over. Behold!


 So now I got the whole set!

Miniature Madness has kicked in early on me this year, and now that the snow has started to fall here in Western PA, I've been hunched over my painting station working on a whole new genre of minis, who'll be making their debut in one of my games at next year's Helgacon.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Happy Godzilla Day!

Today in 1954 the movie "Gojira" saw general release in Japanese theaters.
What a long, strange trip it's been...

And for an extra bit of giant radioactive mutant nostalgia, visit the very first site I ever went to when I first got online back in 1995-ish:
 Barry's Temple of Godzilla

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Have a spooky one!

And while you're at it, there's still time to run a Creepy Crawl, so download the .pdf and terrorize your players until the wee hours of the night!

Stay sick, group!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Trick or Treat!

Now appearing in print, the Creepy Crawl!
Spiderwolf Approved!
Yes, now you too can own this handsome volume to terrify and tantalize your ghastly gaming group! Just in time for a little bit of Halloween havoc around your attic, basement, or crypt's gaming table. The spooky season is nearly upon us! Now is the time!

And while you're at it, check out my other literary offerings, always available in the sinister sidebar to your left.

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Creepy Crawl for One and All !

Announcing the latest in grisly game books from Bigfella Games!

As my regular revenant readers know, I've been spinning tales for the past several months about this spooky setting. Little did any-body suspect that all the while I've been working in my secret laboratory to stitch together this marvelous monstrosity for every-body to enjoy!

Halloween is only 54 days away, and if you and your group wanted to run something in an old school vein (both in terms of rules systems and/or horror theming), then consider folding this feature into your frightful festivities. Written for Labyrinth Lord, but easily adaptable to any rule set you prefer, this book features a sinister small scale sandbox setting containing 5 discreet adventure areas, three custom creepy classes, a mass of manglesome monsters, and more grave robbing than you can shake a shovel at. Bring some stakes, some wolfsbane, a mandrake root, and of course some candy!

Available for download as a .pdf here: The Creepy Crawl

Give it a week or so, a fortnight tops, and I'll be digging up a Print On Demand version too in the same bat location.

Happy haunting, you exquisite corpuses!

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Creepy Crawl Chronicles - Session 73

Vlad Draculastein – Lvl 5 Flying Dampyr Head and zombie body.
Tysis – Lvl 5 Fighter
Tarvinir – Lvl 5 Magic User
Greed – Lvl 6 Homanculus
Srehn – Lvl 5 Barbarian

Ritzy – Lvl 6 Homanculus

Monsters Mashed:
3 Throghrin, magic missiled, stabbed, and then finished off with the acid sword.
240 EXP/5 players = 48 EXP apiece

9 Strangulating Elderberry Bushes: Hacked, smacked, and magic missiled.
261 EXP/5  players = 52 EXP apiece

Total: 100 EXP apiece

Casualties: Vlad’s body is pretty crushed up right now, and has one broken, useless arm.
The group bedded down in the tunnel for the night, and found that Ritzy had vanished during his watch. Turned out he’d been waylaid by a bunch of throgrin, who are hideous monsters combining qualities of ghouls, hobgoblins, and trolls. They paralysed him and dragged him back to feed the blood drinking roots of their foul elderberry bushes.

The party tracked them down and did battle, with Vlad getting badly crumpled by the entangling, crushing vines of the evil plants. Once the monsters had been defeated and Ritzy brought around, they climbed up thru the canopy of woven branches covering the sunken chamber where the bushes were being grown, and snuck away, avoiding the lone hill giant who sat watching the top of the shaft next to the overturned hulk of the hunting lodge.

Marching back to Castle Von Himmel, they encountered Uncle Nukus stalking something large and horrible in the forest by the road, armed with a garden rake. The wily supercentinarian pounced on his prey but was knocked back, and an infuriated owlbear with a rake stuck in its forehead has charged onto the road into the party’s midst.


And that was all for the Creepy Crawl. A couple days after this session I got laid off, and this epic campaign passed into the realm of legend among my former co-workers at [Company Redacted]. If any of you guys are reading then here's to ya!

I guess it's kind of an anti-climax, but that's generally the way campaigns end in my experience. They get rolling, hit some high notes, and then life intervenes somehow and that's that. It was fun while it lasted, though. 

Don't shriek 'cos it's over, howl 'cos it happened.

Despair not, my gentle readers. I've got something exciting to announce, so watch this space for more very soon. Let the rumor mongering commence. 
A little bat told me, somethin's comin'... somethin'... creepy.

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Creepy Crawl Chronicles - Session 72

Vlad Draculastein – Lvl 5 Flying Dampyr Head and zombie body.
Tysis – Lvl 5 Fighter
Tarvinir – Lvl 5 Magic User
Greed – Lvl 6 Homanculus
Srehn – Lvl 5 Barbarian

Ritzy – Lvl 6 Homanculus

Monsters Mashed:
8 Bugbears - Whupped in the usual fashion.
800 EXP/ 5.5 players = 145 exp apiece

3 Trolls – Zapped and finished off with the acid sword.
1800 EXP/5.5 players = 327 exp apiece

Total: 472 EXP apiece

Monsters avoided:
1 Frost Giant and his 4 Hill Giant buddies.
Events: Feeling beaten up with Cardille Keep merrily burning in the background, the party wandered over to the hunting lodge to maybe rest for the night.

Opening the door they narrowly avoided a spiked log trap and got to work beating up on the contingent of trolls and b-bears (yo) who made up the garrison. After murderating the monsters and chucking their bodies down the shaft in the pantry, they bedded down for the night.

During Tysis’ watch (I think) a huge knock came to the door, and found a fearsome frost giant, inquiring after Granny Maw. He was indifferent to the party’s answers, and strolled up to the keep and blew out the fire with a blast of arctic breath, then came back and asked his hill giant companions if any of them were hungry. When one answered yes the party fled for the shaft in the pantry while the giants each took a side and hoisted the hut off of its foundations. The group cowered in the catacomb hallway as the giants dropped boulders on the pile of bugbear and troll corpses then got bored and went away.


Again, a less terse email doesn't leave me too much to comment on. 

I always think a game hits a whole new level when you've got giants in the mix, as I consider them the apex of the humanoid goon hierarchy. (Kobolds being the short end of that particular stick.) Not that the group was really ready to take a frost giant on toe to toe. 

I styled the big frosty goon as essentially an 18 foot tall Norwegian death metal guy. I would have been fun to have had more interactions, but in this case for the party discretion was probably the better part of valor. You roll with the chances you miss and tuck 'em into your deck for later.

Anyway, stay tuned for next week, when I'll be bringing you a conclusion (not so much a finale) and an announcement.