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Deadly Dungeons is now available in Print & PDF! – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils Do you remember my old Deadly Dungeons posts? Each entry in the series described a tricky dungeon room for the players to unravel. They were meant to ready to drop into most any dungeon, and novel enough to challenge even a seasoned adventurer. They were the sorts of puzzles […]

Santicore 2017: d100 Alchemical Accidents – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils Secret Santicore 2017 is finally available thanks to the diligent stewardship of Steve Sigety and layout savior David Sugars. Tons of folks came together to produce these beautiful 90 pages of cool game shit. My own contribution was a d100 table of Alchemical Accidents: While attempting to mix the […]

Free PDF: Mice with Legitimate Grievances – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils I made a three page dungeon for you all. It’s about how roof damage caused by an onioneer’s hubris can lead to violent misunderstandings with other species. You’ll like it. Download “Mice with Legitimate Grievances” ^ That’s the link. ^ Now go play some D&D my friends…. Read more […]

Thoughts on “The Financier” by Daniel Dean – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils The Financier is a phenomenal little class recently posted over on Basic Red. The idea is that you’re the wastrel offspring of some far off nobility. Too pampered to be any use on an adventure. Your main ability is to spend money on the rest of the party, and […]

No-Prep Social Encounters – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils Running a satisfying social encounter can be a stressful prospect. You want your NPCs to feel like people rather than props, and to do that they need to have their own perspectives and goals. They can’t go along with everything the party wants, but neither can they be so […]

I Stand with Mandy. – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils If you haven’t yet, please read these much better accounts written by more relevant figures. Nothing I can say will be as valuable as what they’ve said. Mandy Vivka Stacy Patrick Scrap Princess Scrap Princess 2 Mable Fiona Kiel Kirin I don’t have a unique perspective. I don’t have […]

The Legend of Zelda Adventure System – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils In 2012 I had a head full of dreams and a blog full of dumb filler posts that nobody should ever subject themselves to. That said, the seven people who did read my blog back then might remember the couple months I spent bloviating about a game called LOZAS. […]

Magic Words suck. Here’s Magic in the Moment. – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils Fighters are good at fighting. Their core mechanic is the same attack and damage roll used by every other class and creature. To do the thing they are good at they roll a d20, add some bonuses, and compare the result to a target number. This bare-bones framework has […]

Discovering Dungeon Moon: What is a God? – Papers and Pencils

New Post from Papers and Pencils Most of my games share a nebulous theology. There are vague deific entities who feed on human devotion. They perform miracles as a way of planting seeds for later harvest. I don’t put energy into crafting gods as agents in their own right because that pretty much never comes […]