Book Review: Unusual Suspects: Guide to an Interrogation Session by Robert Oglodzinski from Library of Ancient Scroll

When I started working with Robert Oglodzinski a few months ago, I reviewed Walls Can Talk, which collects a few “legends and adventure ideas” for fantasy and horror games. The layout, done by Michael Wolf (Stargazer of Stargazer’s World), was simple and effective to put the focus on the stories at hand. I thought it . . . → Read More: Book Review: Unusual Suspects: Guide to an Interrogation Session by Robert Oglodzinski from Library of Ancient Scroll

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: To Punish and Enslave (or “Being Lawful”)

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. – Albert Einstein

One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: To Punish and Enslave (or “Being Lawful”)

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: The Rules of Chaos

Last week I spoke about playing good and evil characters but promised that I’d follow up with my thoughts on playing lawful and chaotic PCs. When I started to think about it, I decided to break this post into two parts – one for chaos, the other for law. So today we start with chaos. . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: The Rules of Chaos

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: What makes evil *really* evil?

Welcome back my dear readers!

Recently I grabbed my old 1st Edition Warhammer book, jumped over a few pages and found the alignment section because one of my friends asked what type of characters I like to play. My answer? Scoundrel. Then he asked “Like Han Solo?” And I said: nope, more the “devil on . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: What makes evil *really* evil?

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Scary Christmas Tales

Today’s post comes from my friend, Aleksander Daukszewicz. He is part of the Polish creative collective Lans Macabre. Those guys are one of most talented groups in the Polish RPG industry. I am proud that they publish some of their ideas with my self-publishing label – Library of Ancient Scroll.

Recently Aleksander wrote a set . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Scary Christmas Tales

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: An Interview with Alex Schroeder from 1PDC

Since 2009, the One Page Dungeon Contest (or 1PDC for short) offers designers a chance to describe a dungeon, village, or cave to be used during a roleplaying game session, but only using one side of an A4 sheet of paper. Over time, many of the submissions described standalone adventures more than a single map. . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: An Interview with Alex Schroeder from 1PDC

Resource Review: Walls Can Talk: Castle legends & adventure seeds by Robert Oglodzinski and Library of the Ancient Scroll

Where do you get your fantasy adventure ideas? I tend to find ideas all over the place, but most commonly from watching television and movies, reading books and magazines, and even listening to song lyrics. For example, one of these days I’ll manage to turn parts of the song “All Along the Watchtower” into a . . . → Read More: Resource Review: Walls Can Talk: Castle legends & adventure seeds by Robert Oglodzinski and Library of the Ancient Scroll

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: You Are Under Arrest!

How many times have you, as a player or GM, had characters face the long arm of the law? Usually this isn’t a happy meeting, since most characters have (at one time or another) broken the law at some point. Yes, you might say “My group’s conscience is clear like a Paladin’s heart,” but even . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: You Are Under Arrest!

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Slavery as a Moral Trap

Today I will provoke you with an issue that goes completely below the line of sight of most Game Masters and players. What’s that issue? Slavery.

Slavery is common for most fantasy RPG systems. In fact, many fantasy worlds are some variation on medieval or ancient times, when slavery was more or less accepted. Slavery . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Slavery as a Moral Trap