Gaming and other Nonsense
“Just the place for a Snark!”
Welcome to a collection of random pages about tabletop roleplaying and wargames, with a bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure. It contains campaign notes and chronicles for various games I've run and played it, design notes for game systems, and designs for armies and characters. Since some of the material dates back almost 30 years, the style may be inconsistent.
Though there is material here for both Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder, it also includes Ars Magica, Traveller, Star Wars, Legend of the Five Rings, Pendragon, as well as various home brewed game systems.
Frequent updates on the games I'm currently playing can be found on my blog.
Campaigns Roleplaying Wargaming
Most of the content on here is entirely original. Some of it is based on material published by other people - e.g., game content for published RPGs or Wargames.
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.
News and Updates
A Travellers' Dozen 2
My final TAS product of 2022 is A Travellers' Dozen 2 which contains another dozen, randomly rolled, characters for Mongoose Traveller. Each character has a detailed background, a list of connections and half a dozen story hooks for getting them involved in your campaign.
The characters are located in the Reft and Trojan Reach sectors of the Third Imperium, but it shouldn't be too hard to move them to a different location or setting. Though statistics are included for Mongoose Traveller 2nd edition, most of the material is system agnostic.
The main characters are:
- Michelle Mandeville - a ‘truther’ who strongly believes that the Third Imperium is a lie
- Nigel Mikateema - an artist famous for his portrayals of urban life
- Okhegan - a small Vargr seeking a pack that won’t treat her badly
- Paul Peterson - a disillusioned, alcoholic, ex-law enforcement officer
- Quilla Quartermaine - an enforcer for a local street gang
- Ronald Reed - a steward aboard the Electric Blue subsidised liner with a colourful past
- Samzan Shalaj - the red headed lead vocalist of the Frantic Reds
- Tony Turner - a scout turned data analyst
- Ushle Ujarii - a psion who doesn’t play well with others
- Valkentana Vidar - a fallen nobleman who is now part con-man and part drifter
- Willa Weber - an arms dealer
- Xander Xenakis - a rich psychopath with a history of corporate greed and callousness
As well as the main characters, there are detailed descriptions of four organisations:
- The Broken Arrows - a criminal gang of arms dealers operating out of the Trojan Reach.
- Reaching Shipping - a company that runs subsidised merchant vessels in the Outrim Void.
- StarChat - a social media company that runs a distributed chat system across the Islands in the Reft sector.
- United Defence Alliance - a mercenary group who specialise in the protection of VIPs.
In addition, there are full write ups of four ships associated with the characters. Each ship has a set of statistics, deck plans, a crew and background information. Adventure hooks are also provided, from D66 tables to more detailed stories that can be fitted into your campaign. All deck plans have both a gridded and un-gridded format and are provided at both 100px and 256px resolutions.
I've published another TAS supplement - Garden Worlds. This is a set of d66 tables for describing what can be found on (not too surprisingly) Garden Worlds, and is my latest addition to my Wonders of a Solar system collection.
I've also been continuing to work on some Dungeondraft assets for Traveller, with plans to use them for ship deck plans in a bigger supplement I almost have finished.
I've also published two (Traveller related) modules for FoundryVTT:
It also looks like we're going to shifting our normal weekly schedule around a bit, in order to start getting in a bit more wargaming. I'm putting together a Vikings war band for Saga in preparation.
We have started a new Ars Magica campaign, called Druids' Dale. Set in mythic Scotland, in the ruins of an old Díedne covenant. A weekly write up of it can be found over on the blog.
Wonders of a Solar System: Hot Worlds
I have recently published the third supplement in my Wonders of a Solar System series: Hot Worlds. This provides a list of random world descriptions for small, barren worlds similar to Mercury.
Designed for use with Traveller, and published under the Travellers Aid Society on DrivethruRPG, it provides a D66 list of short world descriptions for use when the GM needs a quick description of an interesting world in the inner solar system.
Examples include worlds with ferro-volcanoes spewing molten metal into orbit, transparent quartz mountains embedded in the crust, and towering glaciers on the night side of tidally locked worlds.
Also included is a D66 list of things to find on such worlds - from abandoned cities to research stations and mining outposts.
It joins Kuiper Belt Objects and Gas Giants.
Wonders of a Solar System: Gas Giants
I've published a second Traveller supplement over on DrivethruRPG - Wonders of a Solar System: Gas Giants. This is a smaller book, really just a list of random events of natural phenomena that can be found at gas giants. It's pretty system neutral, but has some references to the Mongoose Traveller rules so I've once again released under the TAS license.
I plan for this to be the first in a series of supplements - Kuiper Belt Objects and Rogue Planets are probably up next. The idea is to provide some random encounters that are mostly natural in nature.