In this post, I’m going to make a (kinda) comprehensive list of what inspires my writing and my design.
- Jules Verne’s assorted works
- H.G. Wells’ assorted works
- Robert E. Howard’s Conan
- Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane
- Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
- Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot
- Isaac Asimov’s Foundation
- H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour from Out of Space
- H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu
- Baldur’s Gate
- Dwarf Fortress
- Star Wars
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Dungeons and Dragons 3.0e/3.5e
- Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2e
- Spelljammer (AD&D 2e setting)
- The Black Hack
- Swords and Wizardry
- White Star
- Apocalypse World
- Dungeon World
- Call of Cthulhu
- Lasers and Feelings
- Barbarians of Lemuria
I just wanted to make a short statement on why I like old school RPGs, so here are the (top) three reasons I like them:
- Compatibility: Almost any OSR RPG is compatible with/can be converted to every other, this means that you can take Labyrinth Lord module Y and convert it to The Black Hack, or other system Z.
- Simplicity: Unlike the d20 system, most OSR games are very rules light and simple, often fitting in a few pages (see Swords and Wizardry Light).
- Fans: OSR game often have more rabid fan bases and more DNA created content than other games.
A new product called Fantast Hackbreaker will be coming out on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow soon. It combines bits and pieces from Fate and The Black Hack to make a wonderful new dungeon delving game.
Diagnosis? 100% fantasy heartbreaker, and proud of it!
Witches and Wyverns is now LIVE on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow if anyone wants to check it out. I’m working on conceptualizing a class expansion for Witches and Wyverns as a PWYW product.
I’ve begun work on a short OSR RPG called Witches and Wyverns based on the predecessor to The Original Roleplaying Game. It uses 2d6 for the main mechanic and has four classes: dwarf, elf, knight, and wizard. There are also three advanced classes, classes that only members of certain classes can take levels in: monk, paladin, and warlock.
I just wanted to share something with any readers that I threw together a couple months ago and update you on The Modern Hack. The Elysium Campaign Setting is basically a campaign setting where all of the characters are adventuring in a king’s twisted dreamscape, oh and the king is in a coma and there’s steampunk.
The Modern Hack is finished and should be up on DTRPG/RPGNow sometime next week.
Elysium Campaign Setting
I’m currently working on converting (or hacking) the OSR RPG The Black Hack to work in a modern setting. This product, The Modern Hack, will contain four classes: the Burglar, the Doctor, the Scientist, and the Soldier. The Modern Hack will be available for 99 cents on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.
There is a really cool new Kickstarter from Kenzer and Company to fund Aces and Eights Reloaded. Its already funding and is smashing stretch goals.
Just wanted to list a few forums and such that are useful for game designers and gamers. It’s not the authorative list, it’s just a starting point, yadda yadda.
Just wanted to list a few things I think make for great inspiration for campaigns:
- Avatar: the Last Airbender
- Skulduggery Pleasant
- H.P. Lovecraft (in general)
- Solomon Kane
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
I might add more things later as I come upon them.