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  1. Campaign: several compelling things happening at...

    Campaign: several compelling things happening at the same time.

    Adventure: one compelling thing happening.

    The PCs should feel compelled to get involved because the hook is right up their...
  2. 52 is fairly young these days. Does anyone know...

    52 is fairly young these days. Does anyone know what he died of?

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  3. You know what's even better than a PC's armor and...

    You know what's even better than a PC's armor and high dexterity? Personality and how it's roleplayed.

    That +1 modifier might help you in a particular situation, but solid character development...
  4. Cthulhu and Tentacled Dice Tower clay sculptures!

    Here's the video: https://youtu.be/UYPOIcBuuAg

    Feel free to comment with feedback!

    Thanks,

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  5. That's pretty cool.

    That's pretty cool.
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    Crimson Dragon Slayer D20

    I've been running a lot of D&D on Roll20, but there's a huge downside - getting everyone up to speed on my house-rules. Because of the virtual format, I run games even quicker and dirtier than my...
  7. While I appreciate the shout-out, that wasn't me....

    While I appreciate the shout-out, that wasn't me. The book you're referring to was published by Lamentations of the Flame Princess, not Kort'thalis Publishing. But it's the sort of thing I would do...
  8. Didn't he write some Real Ghostbusters episodes,...

    Didn't he write some Real Ghostbusters episodes, too? Masks of Nyarlathotep is a work of genius, and for that alone I salute you, hoss!

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    THOT Police

    Part 2 of the THOT trilogy is upon us! You can get THOT Police over here at DriveThruRPG:
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/266675/THOT-Police

    it's 21 pages of full-color, silly, space opera...
  10. Please, let's not derail this thread with further...

    Please, let's not derail this thread with further discussion on the merits and flaws of either H.P. Lovecraft or the Cthulhu Mythos. I'm sure there's another thread in this forum that already goes...
  11. I agree that due process is important. However,...

    I agree that due process is important. However, I haven't heard if Zak S. has confirmed or denied any of these allegations yet.

    No one is going to file charges or go to court for being a...
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    Isn't 5e just a formal, nitpicky version of the...

    Isn't 5e just a formal, nitpicky version of the OSR?
  13. With about 4 hours left to go on the Cha'alt...

    With about 4 hours left to go on the Cha'alt kickstarter, I just wanted to personally thank everyone for supporting me and my vision! If you haven't already gotten the FREE adventure Beneath...
  14. Wow, that's going to be some sweet, sweet...

    Wow, that's going to be some sweet, sweet fan-service!

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  15. My daughter just rolled fantastic fey police...

    My daughter just rolled fantastic fey police chipmunk. She thought it was awesome!
  16. I appreciate the comments and support. Just want...

    I appreciate the comments and support. Just want to jump in and say I can understand both sides of separating the art from the artist and holding artists accountable while voting with your wallet. ...
  17. This may be news to you, but I don't hate anyone....

    This may be news to you, but I don't hate anyone. As for vile... one faction says tomato, the other says toma'ato. ;)

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  18. Not throwing up my hands, just stating the...

    Not throwing up my hands, just stating the obvious. Is it not ok that we disagree? Do you want me banned from this forum because I have different viewpoints? De-platformed altogether? Since we...
  19. Probably at least as double-vile as Jordan B....

    Probably at least as double-vile as Jordan B. Peterson, Alexander Macris, SNL writers... perhaps Andy Kaufman? Just imagine the far-left outrage if I started wearing a MAGA hat!

    But seriously, I...
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    After the first amazing week, I decided it was...

    After the first amazing week, I decided it was worth the risk...

    Now, there's a fancy collector's edition in hardcover: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/chaalt

    Tell your...
  21. I'm at the very beginning stage of teaching...

    I'm at the very beginning stage of teaching myself how to draw maps like a... professional. Ok, ok. Like a :):):):)ing boss! ;)

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  22. AMA with Venger Satanis tomorrow afternoon

    I'll be answering questions for an hour tomorrow, but even if you're a bit early or late, I'll do my best to satisfy your curiosity: ...
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    Cha'alt Kickstarter is live!

    What is Cha'alt? My O5R megadungeon and hexcrawl campaign setting for both old school and 5e D&D. Eldritch sword & sorcery post-apocalypse with plenty of science-fantasy and space opera to keep...
  24. Can't you see the glaring contradiction in your...

    Can't you see the glaring contradiction in your post?

    BTW, I haven't read all the comments in this thread.

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    20 or so softcovers on Amazon, but if you look at...

    20 or so softcovers on Amazon, but if you look at my PDFs on DriveThru, it's over 40 (some are quite short... a few of them are even free).

    No, I don't think most regular posters on ENworld would...
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    It is a gaming handle. My real name is...

    It is a gaming handle. My real name is infinitely more pedestrian. FYI, I've written all of my 40+ gaming books under Venger As'Nas Satanis.

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    Since multiple people asked me to directly name...

    Since multiple people asked me to directly name my GMing book, it's called How To Game Master Like A F'ing Boss (although, f'ing is actually spelled out). It can be found on both DriveThruRPG:...
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    To some, your response might come across as...

    To some, your response might come across as condescending. However, I didn't take it that way. I took it as a sign of the times. Dialog has to be comforting, polite, and considerate of the reader's...
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    Hurtful and impolite? Maybe grow thicker skin,...

    Hurtful and impolite? Maybe grow thicker skin, and be open to improving. No GM is perfect, even Mercer.

    Comparisons have been around since... forever. They're inevitable.

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  30. Just to clarify, it would definitely work for as...

    Just to clarify, it would definitely work for as many times as the character's level per day. But, yes, there would be a chance of it not working if PCs kept spamming healing potions throughout the...
  31. A good idea, but then you take away a primary...

    A good idea, but then you take away a primary motivation for adventuring - acquiring and using epic magic items.

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  32. I think resonance could work if tweaked. What...

    I think resonance could work if tweaked. What about non-magic-users can only use, or bring forth, magical effects once per level. After that, there's only a 2 in 6 chance of success... the sword...
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    It's got a CENSORED bar! Just kidding, well sort...

    It's got a CENSORED bar! Just kidding, well sort of... but it does have a map for some anonymous cargo freighter. Seriously, though, it's pay what you want. Just get it, run it, and stop worrying...
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    THOT Audit

    I just released a Pay What You Want adventure for the sleazy scifi RPG Alpha Blue. It's called THOT Audit - adult themes, irreverent humor!

    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/262136/THOT-Audit...
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    [Alpha Blue] Sexual Predators

    The latest collection of irreverent scifi-parody scenarios is out. It's sleazy space opera you never knew you wanted! If you love Alpha Blue (and why wouldn't you?), get this here!
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  36. Check out the OSR! Independent, grassroots...

    Check out the OSR! Independent, grassroots content that opens D&D all the way.

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    Thanks for all the helpful answers and advice,...

    Thanks for all the helpful answers and advice, everyone! I'm hoping to have something to show you around Thanksgiving.

    Also, feel free to keep commenting in this thread. I'll keep reading it...
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    3 Questions on how 5e is being used

    I have some burning questions for 5th edition gamers. Hopefully, you guys can answer them. It'll help me prepare for the Cha'alt kickstarter launching just before Thanksgiving...


    1) Back in...
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    I've played through half of it 20 years ago, and...

    I've played through half of it 20 years ago, and have run it 3 times over the last 14 years. For those afraid of such a commitment, it can be run in a shorter time-frame. 3 months and 10-12 sessions...
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    Gotta start somewhere! VS

    Gotta start somewhere!

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  41. I appreciate the inclusion of The Last Alpha Blue...

    I appreciate the inclusion of The Last Alpha Blue Supplement, Angus!

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    This thread contains a poll. Please add The Outer Presence! Thanks, VS

    Please add The Outer Presence!

    Thanks,

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    This thread contains a poll. Write-in... The Outer Presence.

    Write-in... The Outer Presence.
  44. Last Alpha Blue Supplement Kickstarter

    Predator & Red Dwarf parody with lots more comedic sleazy sci-fi. Only 15 days to Kickstart Alpha Blue PDFs and softcover awesomeness...
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  45. Sweet! Thanks for including Kobayashi Maroon....

    Sweet! Thanks for including Kobayashi Maroon. You're gonna love keeping track of those blue balls.

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    Kobayashi Maroon

    Want yet another Alpha Blue supplement full of scenarios, campaign setting info, optional rules, and scandalous random tables?

    The PDF of Kobayashi Maroon is now available: ...
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    I stopped watching it around season 5, I think....

    I stopped watching it around season 5, I think. Oldest daughter was getting nightmares and the stories got weirder and weirder... which I actually loved. But still missed the D&Desque episodes.

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    "Adding more mechanical complexity wouldn't...

    "Adding more mechanical complexity wouldn't actually make a better game; it would just allow you to distract yourself for a bit longer before realizing you're just playing the same character, over...
  49. "Hey, barbarian... catch!" [Sphere of...

    "Hey, barbarian... catch!" [Sphere of annihilation] Your build doesn't matter.

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    The wacky 17-sider is probably the only reason...

    The wacky 17-sider is probably the only reason I'd go for something like that.
  51. I believe they're interested in fleshing out one...

    I believe they're interested in fleshing out one rule in particular: monetization.
  52. Sticky and delicious!

    Sticky and delicious!
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    That might also be an old school versus new...

    That might also be an old school versus new school question... at 10th level, could your PC successfully punch-out Cthulhu? If the answer is yes, then it's assuredly not old school.*

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    *...
  54. I predict 2019 will be the worst attendance...

    I predict 2019 will be the worst attendance GenCon has seen in a long time.
  55. Just watched that segment... Awesome! Even...

    Just watched that segment... Awesome! Even Cthulhu was mentioned. Old School meets new school. Nuff said.

    I agree with the person who said that could birth an esport!
  56. Congratulations to my main man Glynn Seal of...

    Congratulations to my main man Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design! Awesome job, hoss... thanks for making my products better. Let's kick ass another 3 years!
  57. Don't forget the written word. Blog posts may...

    Don't forget the written word. Blog posts may not be as flashy, but they are the bedrock of actual play.

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  58. Thanks for mentioning No One Warps For Free!

    Thanks for mentioning No One Warps For Free!
  59. Only read the first hundred comments, but has...

    Only read the first hundred comments, but has anyone considered the natural competition between players and DM? Doesn't have to be ruthlessly adversarial...
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    The Bard's Tale from the 80's on Commodore 64.

    The Bard's Tale from the 80's on Commodore 64.
  61. PDF live - new sleazy scifi supplement

    Want sleazy scenarios and gonzo random tables?!?

    My latest Alpha Blue supplement Alien Ass, Hydrogen Gas, or Cosmic Grass... No One Warps For Free is finally out.

    It's the highest quality book...
  62. Wait, he's leaving the video game industry... for...

    Wait, he's leaving the video game industry... for the RPG industry? That seems like a backwards move, but I'm hopefull this signals a surge in awareness and popularity for paper & pencil tabletop...
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    Awesome, thanks! FYI, in the lower right corner...

    Awesome, thanks! FYI, in the lower right corner of the Amazon page, I just saw a new original (how does that happen) book going for 80 bucks. Yowch!
  64. I'm pretty sure WotC both submitted and won just...

    I'm pretty sure WotC both submitted and won just a few years back when the core books came out. And then a year or two after that they submitted and either were nominated or won for best adventure. ...
  65. And you, Zweihander, may be in the same boat. ...

    And you, Zweihander, may be in the same boat. I've heard about the game, just don't know much about it beyond the name, grim/dark, and it's supposed to be similar to old school Warhammer Fantasy...
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    The d6 dice pool never goes out of style. ...

    The d6 dice pool never goes out of style. Kort'thalis Publishing has been using a variation on that system for the last 5 years.

    When will the re-issued books be available on Amazon?

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  67. Congratulations to all the nominees! The old...

    Congratulations to all the nominees! The old school, independent, DIY spirit of paper & pencil tabletop gaming is still alive and well. Thank Dread Cthulhu!

    Good luck to all, but especially...
  68. I hope he leaves out those long, rambling...

    I hope he leaves out those long, rambling tangents. Could be a cool book if more to the point.

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    The Psychostrategist

    What's it like being a psychostrategist? New silly & sleazy scifi character career/class for the Alpha Blue RPG or whatever floats your space boat:
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  70. The sleazy sci-fi Alpha Blue supplement Alien...

    The sleazy sci-fi Alpha Blue supplement Alien Ass, Hydrogen Gas, or Cosmic Grass... No One Warps For Free! has 17 days left to go and just hit its initial funding... now, for the stretch goals.
    ...
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    Here's two more! ...

    Here's two more!

    https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2018/06/kickstarter-no-one-warps-for-free-alpha.html

    http://daegames.blogspot.com/2018/06/kickstarter-no-one-warps-for-free.html

    Who will be...
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    Here are some blog posts (from happy...

    Here are some blog posts (from happy customers/fans) supporting my latest Alpha Blue supplement Kickstarter:
    ...
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    No One Warps For Free!

    I'm running another sleazy scifi Kickstarter. Full-color Alpha Blue supplement called Alpha Ass, Hydrogen Gas, or Cosmic Grass... No One Warps For Free!

    Just launched it today: ...
  74. I'm just happy you mentioned the Old School...

    I'm just happy you mentioned the Old School Renaissance!
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    All this discussion has me wondering if D&D...

    All this discussion has me wondering if D&D shouldn't be kept simpler. A cross between Basic D&D and the 5e starter set would do the trick.
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    SALE - banned on Amazon?

    I've hit an obstacle with Battle Star: Trek Wars on Amazon. Seems as though it's more than a few keyword issues, but time will tell...
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  77. This year, Kort'thalis Publishing entered several...

    This year, Kort'thalis Publishing entered several titles for consideration.
  78. Just to give everyone a little background and get...

    Just to give everyone a little background and get my personal bias out of the way...

    Sean Patrick Fannon seemed like a "frothing fanatic" to me when he was trashing Alpha Blue. At least Alpha...
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    More Adventure Writing!!!

    Last year, my how-to book Adventure Writing Like A :):):):)ing Boss became a smash-hit. Well, here's Part II: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/240735/Adventure-Writing-Like-A-:):):):)ing-Boss-II...
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    Battle Star: Trek Wars

    The latest Alpha Blue supplement has just been released on PDF. It's everything you wanted for your sleazy sci-fi campaign - adventures, optional rules, advice, artwork, random tables, and a big...
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    poll about social networking

    Here's a link to a quick, 3 question poll. Even though it doesn't directly relate to Kort'thalis Publishing, I'd be very interested in hearing your feedback:
    ...
  82. Ok, I must be thinking of a different 1970's...

    Ok, I must be thinking of a different 1970's inspired RPG that came out sometime around 2005 or thereabouts...

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  83. Is there a non-apocalypse version of Spirit of...

    Is there a non-apocalypse version of Spirit of 77?

    Thanks,

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    Here I blogged about the recently released...

    Here I blogged about the recently released softcover edition bundled with Play Your Character Like A :):):):)ing Boss. Sweet deal: ...
  85. Wouldn't it make sense for 5e to want their own...

    Wouldn't it make sense for 5e to want their own science-fantasy space opera setting in order to directly compete with Starfinder?
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    Updated PDF: Player's Handbook

    Last year's successful Player's Handbook Like A :):):):)ing Boss just got a facelift: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/229503/Players-Handbook-Like-A-:):):):)ing-Boss

    What's new? Better image...
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    Here are 2 more videos geared towards GMing... ...

    Here are 2 more videos geared towards GMing...

    1st Half is on the GM, 2nd Half is on the Players: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIRzmYLEb-I

    The Tyranny of Rules As Written:...
  88. She was really nice when I met her at last year's...

    She was really nice when I met her at last year's Gary Con (so, so sad I won't be there next week).

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    Got a new vid about 5e possibly turning hobbyists...

    Got a new vid about 5e possibly turning hobbyists into consumer sheep:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9g-krkBruU&t=1s

    Enjoy,

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    D&D 5e video series

    I've got some new videos on 5th edition D&D. These focus, more or less, on converting old school and OSR material to 5e:

    vid #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVTNWRIG5BE&t=1s

    vid #2: ...
  91. Lovecraftian location: La Bas Chartreuse

    I just released a PDF that everybody's talking about! It's an eldritch locale that will liven up any investigative horror or weird fantasy campaign.

    Read the reviews for yourself! Welcome to...
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    2nd dumbest sword ever!

    I was reading Jeff Rients' blog and used that inspiration to create Suffoglyd the Impatient, a blade that does not suffer fools gladly.

    You can read about it here on Draconic Magazine: ...
  93. Yes! This looks awesome, Glynn. VS

    Yes! This looks awesome, Glynn.

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    Don't break the oath!

    Those practicing the black arts shouldn't neglect their pact with the Devil, lest their powers wane.

    Here's your latest Draconic Magazine article: ...
  95. That's a great cover!

    That's a great cover!
  96. H.P. Lovecraft all night long!

    H.P. Lovecraft all night long!
  97. Sounds like the reason they didn't OK a Harry...

    Sounds like the reason they didn't OK a Harry Potter RPG is because there wasn't enough money in it. That's really sad our industry is so lacking. Hopefully, it's getting better.
  98. Nice! Glynn does amazing work, guys. And he's...

    Nice! Glynn does amazing work, guys. And he's reliable.
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    Dead God Excavation

    Session zero suprise, you say? Apocalyptic Lovecraftian hellstorm, you say? Chaos annihilation sword & sorcery location-based adventure, you say? Yes, I think I have something for you...

    I just...
  100. There's also the Kickstarter Battle Star Trilogy:...

    There's also the Kickstarter Battle Star Trilogy: Trek Wars! Barely safe for work, sleazy sci-fi independently published.
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