I had some free-time this weekend and while in the process of clearing out things happened upon the backups I had made of the old site.
So for nostalgias sake I set about seeing if I could resurrect the old forum.
Back then the site served as a way for us to play our Civilization games. With turns getting uploaded as there where made available, along with the final replay getting uploaded once a game had completed (normally with Max or ‘Tash snatching victory). These where months long if not years long affairs, so perhaps worth restoring.
The site used to run off vBulletin 4 which has reached end of life and is not receiving any support, added to which it would no longer run on current versions of PHP.
Hence necessitating a move to something else, which in this case was phpBB3.
You can access the restored forum using the link at the top of the blog or going to forums.darkkeep.com
Most things work, but some links are broken, many are after all nearly a decade old.
Just like us after all this time, not everything works as well as it used to.
I’ve been dabbling with Vaesen by Free League Publishing for a bit now. It’s nice investigative driven RPG set in an alternative Nordic 19th century, along with an expansion which covers Ireland and Britain during the same time period.
So as a forever DM, I was pleased to see a set of rules for solo play has been released. It utilities a series of random tables to drive the story and encounters, making use of both dice and standard playing cards.
It was the later, the playing cards which I found rather cumbersome in use, so to that end I knocked up a simple web-page to simplify that part of the process.
You’ll still need the solo-rules, but image below (showing a sample card) takes you to web-page.
Pressing “Deal Card” will deal a new card from the deck of 52, creating and shuffling a new card deck as required.
Pressing “NPC State” will deal two cards, which are used to determine an NPC state to the players.
AI Art is such a godsend when it comes to generating images/art for role-playing game sessions. I’m using it constantly now to generate pictures for player characters and tokens.
The results are getting exponentially better as time goes on.
Here are a few I did a while back using Midjourney while not free, does have the edge out of the box over Stable Diffusion. That said Stable Diffusion is more than capable of generating useable images and tokens, added to which it is free.
Now this was an unexpected announcement, Wizards have walked back their talk of revoking the OGL 1.0a and even gone further than anyone imagined by putting the SRD 5.1 into the Creative Commons.
Over the past few weeks you, the community, have made your voices heard. And we’ve listened. OGL 1.0a will remain untouched AND the entire SRD 5.1 is now available under a Creative Commons license.🧵 https://t.co/hJTm2Rgruopic.twitter.com/qiBODaB7oj
Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ll have to be aware of the turmoil within role-playing games community over Hazbo/Wizards of the Coast attempting to revoke the OGL 1.0a license which has been used for 20 or so years.
And replace it with one which is closed (in spite of the name) and also performs a serious land-grab of third-party IP at the same time as looking to milk everyone they can.
Naturally this hasn’t gone down to well 🙂
The following video gives a good run-down on the situation along with providing a link to the revised license.
We’re currently playing through the Keep on the Borderlands on our weekly DnD sessions. As such in preparation for some possible encounters which the party might have I’ve knocked up some simple maps we can use in the VTT we’re using.
These are shown below, maybe they’ll be of use to others.
The Stone Hovel – A mysterious hut in the forest.The Forgotten Portal – An ancient inactive(?) portal.Pit of Demise – A place of evil in the woods.