Those Who Would Follow – Mercury Elementals

Hello, everyone, and Happy Friday! Today’s article provides a stat block for a new type of Elemental, the Mercury Elemental. This creature was interesting to design as, much like the Primordial Cultist, I wound up needing to design a creature with spellcasting abilities. Typically I try to avoid designing such creatures in my campaigns, as the ability to cast spells has a much harder measured effect on a monster’s Challenge Rating and adds difficulty for the Storyteller who has to cross-reference spells with their monster’s stat blocks. Despite these considerations, though, I felt that the ability to cast spells was important thematically to these creatures, and hope that you’ll find that you agree that without spells these enemy stat blocks would not accurately reflect their concepts in combat. Continue reading “Those Who Would Follow – Mercury Elementals”

Month in Review – July 2017

Hello, everyone! It’s been an amazing first month for TBM Games – so far, for Primordial Power, I’ve published six articles of original game content, in addition to four reviews. To draw this first full month of articles to a close, I’d like to answer a few questions, explain some of my upcoming plans for articles, and thank you all for your support. Continue reading “Month in Review – July 2017”

Primordial In Profile – Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant

Hello, everyone! As I’d hinted in the article for the Primordial Cultist stat block, today I’m revealing another Primordial profile for you to use in conjunction with the Primordial Cultist stat block or the Primordial Shard background. This time, I’d like to introduce you to Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant. Like most Primordials, Zyagi’s¬†manifestation would result in catastrophe for the mortal plane. However, unlike other Primordials, Zyagi dreams of conquest – It dreams of a mortal plane ruled by its literal iron fist, populated by inhabitants who fear or actively resist it. Zyagi savors the challenge of conquering a land, and will readily demonstrate its fearsome powers towards that goal.

To further detail what sort of foes a party may face if they were at ends with a cult of Zyagi, expect a future article on the leadership of such a cult and a stat block for Zyagi itself.

Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant

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Planet Mercenary RPG Review

Planet Mercenary is a tabletop role-playing game based on the universe of Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler.¬†As a comic running for 17 years now, an RPG based on the setting is unusual but not inconceivable – Tayler’s space opera has introduced several exciting locations and races. Additionally, Howard Tayler’s cartooning history includes illustrating XDM: X-treme Dungeon Mastery, and, as he mentioned in conversations I had with him a few years back, has had a fair amount of experience in tabletop RPG’s. While not my usual fare(I’m more of a fantasy guy than sci-fi), I’ve been reading Schlock Mercenary almost exactly as long as I’ve been playing tabletop RPG’s(I began reading it at my first DM’s recommendation), so the union of the two felt completely natural to me.

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Empire of Imagination Review

It’s no secret that tabletop role-playing games are a niche hobby, but I for one can’t imagine the world in which I don’t play them. My involvement in the hobby started during the Spring of 2009, a little before the passing of Dave Arneson and a little after the death of Gary Gygax. Little did I know how profound of an effect on my life the duo would have posthumously.

Empire of Imagination, by Michael Witwer, is a biography of Gary Gygax and ultimately an account of the origins of Dungeons & Dragons. Witwer has written a compelling account of Gygax’s childhood, meteoric rise to an unexpectedly rock and roll lifestyle, and fall from grace through corporate politics at TSR. I received the book as a present sometime last winter but felt compelled to write this review this week as I went to Lake Geneva to see some small pieces of D&D history for myself. Continue reading “Empire of Imagination Review”