Tuesday, August 16, 2016

#RPGaDay2016, Day 16 - Historical person you'd like in your group. What game?

For my answer, I'm creating a fantasy that Edgar Rice Burroughs is proficient in GMing RPGs. He runs a campaign in which we all discover Pellucidar for the very first time. Using the Hollow Earth Expedition RPG.

There. That's my answer.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fans of Hollow Earth settings microbadge at RPGGeek.com

RPGGeek.com has microbadges for almost anything you can be a fan of. Last week one was created for fans of Hollow Earth settings. Amazingly relevant to this blog.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sagoths by Spearhafoc

Hollow Earth Cultures: Sagoths from the Pelludidar series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. They're the apish servants of the Mahars.

Warning, some racism ahead.

"Behind them, streaming through the pass which leads into the valley, came a swarm of hairy men—gorilla-like creatures armed with spears and hatchets, and bearing long, oval shields. Like demons they set upon the ape-things, and before them the hyaenodon, which had now regained its senses and its feet, fled howling with fright. Past us swept the pursued and the pursuers, nor did the hairy ones accord us more than a passing glance until the arena had been emptied of its former occupants. Then they returned to us, and one who seemed to have authority among them directed that we be brought with them."
"Our guards, whom I already have described as gorilla-like men, were rather lighter in build than a gorilla, but even so they were indeed mighty creatures. Their arms and legs were proportioned more in conformity with human standards, but their entire bodies were covered with shaggy, brown hair, and their faces were quite as brutal as those of the few stuffed specimens of the gorilla which I had seen in the museums at home.
Their only redeeming feature lay in the development of the head above and back of the ears. In this respect they were not one whit less human than we. They were clothed in a sort of tunic of light cloth which reached to the knees. Beneath this they wore only a loin cloth of the same material, while their feet were shod with thick hide of some mammoth creature of this inner world.
Their arms and necks were encircled by many ornaments of metal—silver predominating—and on their tunics were sewn the heads of tiny reptiles in odd and rather artistic designs. They talked among themselves as they marched along on either side of us, but in a language which I perceived differed from that employed by our fellow prisoners. When they addressed the latter they used what appeared to be a third language, and which I later learned is a mongrel tongue rather analogous to the Pidgin-English of the Chinese coolie."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Threshold Magazing issue 9 - Hollow World

The Mystara RPG setting has a magazine devoted to it called Threshold. Issue number 9 is devoted to the Hollow World part of that setting!
The new issue of Threshold, the fan magazine entirely devoted to the Mystara setting for Classic D&D, is now available for download (of course for free). Here is the announcement from one of the editors:"I'm very happy to announce that Issue #9 of the Threshold Magazine is available now from the Vaults of Pandius! In this issue we cover the Immortals and their Hollow World playground that was first introduced to us by Aaron Allston back in 1990. Argentmantle delves into the unique culture of the Icevale Elves, and Geoff Gander explores the history of Selhomarr. The life cycle of megaliths is unfolded before our eyes (as told by LoZompatore) and the Signs of the Universe (by Sturm) are laid bare.... and so much more. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all those who answered Threshold's call for support - we have some new names on our team as well as many of the ones you are already familiar with. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank julius_cleaver for stepping up to the plate and taking on the role of editor-in-chief for our next issue - Elves! Thank you to all of the contributors and Threshold staff that worked on this issue. I'm very proud of the material that we have turned out, and I hope that you enjoy reading through this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. As always, feel free to use this thread to send us comments and feedback on this issue.
Happy reading!
Here is a link to the PDF of the issue.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hollow Earth Expedition - favorite RPG setting

August is the month that various gaming geeks post blog articles that follow the #RPGaDay2015 list (see the image at the bottom). This was my choice. Porting it over to this blog as well.

Hollow Earth Expedition is my favorite RPG setting.

There is a list of reasons:
  • Dinosaurs
  • Nazis
  • Hollow Earth
  • Mars
  • 1930s
  • Pulp
  • Secret Societies
  • Unique and light-ish system
  • High quality production value
  • Excellent art
  • Excellent fan support
  • Friendly fans
This hits all of the tropes that get me going. Ever since I got into the Indiana Jones films, 1930s pulp has been such a favorite! And there has been no lack of it in RPGs. One thing that makes this game unique is that it isn't a pulp setting for a game system trying to cover all the bases. It is a pulp game that fully tackles one major pulp trope. The Hollow Earth theory.

The Hollow Earth theory is a literary setting that caught my interest when I veered away from Tarzan and John Carter in my Burroughs obsession several years ago. I had discovered Pellucidar! I was also getting into old back issues of DC Comics Warlord. As I wrapped my head around the concept and particularly what the effects of time in the Hollow Earth were, I was completely hooked and still am. I've even created a blog that allows this obsession to vent occasionally.

Other things I like about this setting is it is not grim-dark. This is an aspect of many settings that I fear sells well these cynical days. No need for it. Too much of it anywhere else. I also like that it isn't at all inappropriate for kiddos. As a geek dad, I do desire to foster the interest in this hobby to my littles and this remains a pretty safe game to do that with. Also, plenty of elements that may appeal to my parents, who also want to share in the kiddos gaming occasionally.

So that's my choice. Hollow Earth Expedition. It's a good one.

My wife says the only thing missing from this most excellent game is Nathan Fillion.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Warlord on Diversions of the Groovy Kind


Sword and Sorcery Week! Greetings from Skartaris: "Lair of the Snowbeast!" by Grell

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! It's SWORD AND SORCERY WEEK, and what better way to kick it off than with another timeless tale featuring Travis Morgan aka The Warlord! This time, Travis, Mariah, and Machiste are in for onewhopper of a violent version of Beauty and the Beast! Not only that, but this is the issue in which Travis gets his loin-cloth outfit (but only after he spends a couple'a pages fighting a Sasquatch-type character in the buff --both of 'em, actually, but the Big Foot at least has plenty of fur)! It's an action-epic with heart, and more of Iron Mike Grell's ground-breaking storytelling style! Go back with us to Warlord #9 (July 1977) to visit the..."Lair of the Snowbeast"!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Finally she spread her giant wings, flapped them vigorously a score of times and rose above the blue sea.

"Finally she spread her giant wings, flapped them vigorously a score of times and rose above the blue sea." Pellucidar