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Crumbling UpKeep: Teenage Angst and Things from the Flood

I am 38 years old. I was born in 1981. That puts my graduating year as 1999.

Have you started caring yet? Don’t worry, I plan on giving you many more dates and numbers inconsequential to your own life.

The reason I mention this is that my prime teenage years were during the sunset of grunge. The economic growth of the late 80s crashed into the recession of 1990. There was a sense of fatalism and that the cultural excesses of earlier times had robbed us of some important authenticity. It’s not a new story, as “The Catcher in the Rye” had been telling it since 1951, but it’s a good one. Nineties culture just made the story that much dirtier.

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The Sweet Pine Inn, a good place to find books and a helpful NPC

The Sweet Pine inn is one of the more delightful places we’ve made. A balcony overlooking a river, a room full of books, fresh eggs… I mean, I think I was doing some personal wants projections on this one. While maybe not the place for an adventure, it’s definitely a place to rest afterwards. Don’t worry, the dangers of Samsarras are coming real soon. In the interim, have yourself a rest in Sweet Pine.

View the interactive map here!

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Crumbling UpKeep: Your Magic Sucks

A while ago, I wrote an article about describing your combat. People like to think that role playing and combat are two separate things, but they don’t have to be. The way your character fights says something about them too. Does your fighter hammer away repeatedly with their sword, relying on their strength to batter away the enemies defenses? Or do they dance away from their opponents sword, spinning underneath their blade to stab forward under their guard? Both of those are very different and very visually pleasing.

What about magic, though? People often fall into the same trap. “I cast magic missile.” Roll some d4s. Done.

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The City of Dane Caelen- A resource for GMs and PCs to explore with maps, NPCS, and more!

The third map in our interactive atlas series has arrived, and it’s a big one! You can use it to get info on all the locations on the map, but you can click to zoom into the Dreaming Veil, Ankhor’s Dive, and more to come! You’ll find adventure hooks, npcs, encounter tables, and more. We’ll be adding more locations in the coming weeks! If you want to run an urban game, this is your resource.

Click here to visit!

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Crumbling UpKeep: Campfire XP

Player’s have this long and elaborate backstory. They have 20 some years of tragedy written out, just waiting for that moment their character can be vulnerable and explain what dire straights have forced them into this life of adventuring. Normal well adjusted people don’t want to go sleep on the ground in the cold woods to save the world from whatever abominable threat has reared it’s head this time. Hell, I get cranky if I just skip breakfast.

But what if that moment of vulnerability never comes? What if the heroes are so busy running around killing the baddies and solving the mysteries that they just don’t get that opportunity? Sometimes I want to know about a character’s first love, what their favorite smell is, what keeps them awake at night, and their best drinking stories. The players generally want to share that with you if you just give them an opportunity.

Enter Campfire XP.

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Crumbling UpKeep: Elements of Horror

Once upon a time, I was a young DM playing Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition. Yes, that does date me a bit. Long before Curse of Strahd was a thing, there was the Ravenloft box set, which contained all the world building and additional rules you need to play in the demiplane of dread. Vampires, ghouls, zombies, and mists that would wrap you up and take you away. It had all thing things it needed to be scary.

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A Traveler’s Guide to Samsarras: Samsarras.

Before all things, there was the void, the realm of Sribinet. It would become the demon realm and birth the first of its kind. Braxult, Queen of Death and Peace, would create the world below, the Isles of Samsarras. They would torture the races of their making and bask in their screams. The songs of agony floated into the heavens. Continue reading “A Traveler’s Guide to Samsarras: Samsarras.”

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Vampire the Masquerade is Back- Game with Crumbling Keep!

The classic 90’s RPG of Vampire Angst is back with a whole new edition. Modiphius has taken the reigns on the property, which can only mean good things. Taking place in modern day, V:TM deals with the hidden world just underneath our own. The players are vampires, torn between their monstrous and human aspects. It’s the game that turned RPGs on their head. Nothing was ever the same since.

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Crumbling UpKeep: Giving Your Cities Character

Heroes can spend a lot of time out in the wilderness. There is a lot of action outside of town, what with monsters ravaging the countryside, forgotten dungeons, and that pesky environment to contend with. Eventually, the characters are going to come to a settlement, however. Maybe they just want to grab supplies or have a long rest without worrying about pesky Anhkegs for once. Perhaps the city is actually a focus, and you’re planning to run an urban campaign. Whatever the reason, the forests and plains are giving way to wood smoke and buildings. How do you make this community stand out? Continue reading “Crumbling UpKeep: Giving Your Cities Character”

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A Traveler’s Guide to Samsarras: The Dark Garden of Mak

The citizens of Mak are subjected to beauty all their lives; It does not stop with death, however. Those that die in the city are interred in The Dark Garden, a series of fields and catacombs that are as lovely as they are macabre. The monuments to the dead rival the structures built for the living. The death of a prominent citizen is the last chance for them to contribute to their artistic legacy. Continue reading “A Traveler’s Guide to Samsarras: The Dark Garden of Mak”