Roleplaying & Resources
As I start to get more questions about what resources I use in my games, I'm going
to try and keep a relatively up-to-date list of where I go for these things. I've
split things up into blogs, podcasts,
2 Minute Tabletop: You need maps?
The 9 & 30 Kingdoms: I kinda
fell off reading this blog a while back, but it presented quite a few useful
The Alexandrian: One of the best for posts on
how to run a game. Covers GMing techniques, both good and bad, with a lot of depth.
Ars Magisterii: Good insights
into running games, even if I don't always agree.
Blog of Holding: OSR blog, mostly aimed
at D&D. Good ideas for settings and magic items, good mechanics for maps and
trimming down cluttered systems.
Campaign Mastery: This blog
is hit-and-miss for me. They present fantastic ideas, but tend to over-analyze.
Deeper in the Game: Not particularly
active, unfortunately, but well thought-out and almost always has something to
offer. Tends to focus on GM techniques and game design.
Detect Magic: Unfortunately defunct,
but the backlog has good stuff. Fairly traditional OSR blog.
Don't Split the Party: A
thoughtful blog, with a lot of data on the medieval period. Also has a fantastic
series on theology and morality in RPGs.
Dungeon of Signs: Another old-school
blog. Occasionally has an interesting take, mostly just has a lot of resources that
I like to steal.
Dyvers: Something of an outlier,
old-school but with a different tone and viewpoint. The "Great Blog Rollcall" is great.
Elf Maids & Octopi: Massive
collection of resources to take for your games. Quite a few of the results in my
Homunculus generators come from this site.
False Machine: A wonderfully odd
blog. Valuable resources, mostly, but also the occasional post on gaming philosophy
that I've tried to incorporate.
Fantasy Art Watch: Every so often one
of these images will stand out to me and I'll use it as a springboard.
Fuck Yeah Vikings & Celts: Lots
of inspiration from this one, similar to the above.
games with others: Easily one of my
favorites. Good ideas for mechanics, lots of stuff that's creepy and strange.
Gloomtrain: Very similar to the above,
but a little more strange and a little less creepy.
Gnome Stew: More of a magazine than a blog, so
different writers will be more or less useful. The comment section has, strangely enough,
also been valuable.
Goblin Punch: Another favorite. When he
talks gaming philosophy it's gold, and the resources are always creative.
Hack & Slash: Hardcore OSR blog.
Fantastic articles on GMing techniques/philosophy. Wrote a book about NPC creation
that's quite good.
Hill Cantons: Good posts on settings,
both resources to steal and ideas/mechanics about how to build up an environment.
Middenmurk: Tragically dead, but still
a favorite. Everything in here, if you can parse the writing, is gold.
Monsters & Manuals: Occasionally
I get cool resources from this blog, but overall the genres/settings he focuses on don't
click with me. Great articles on philosophy/how to run a game, though.
Necropraxis: Good systems and mechanics here,
every once in a while there will be a post of resources to steal.
Never Engine: Now defunct (I haven't
yet checked out the podcast mentioned in the last post), but the PDF downloads section
has quite a few random tables I've stolen from.
Papers & Pencils: Not my cup of tea, but
sometimes still useful. Decent resources to steal. I like his game design, but not
how he runs a game.
Questing Beast: Another sadly defunct blog. Good
resources here, with an OSR bent.
Roleplaying Tips: A little hit-and-miss
for me, but when they nail it they nail it. They've been going for a while, so there's
quite a backlog.
Roles, Rules, and Rolls: OSR blog with
some really great setting ideas. Works through the process of making the elements
instead of just presenting them, which is nice.
Rotten Pulp: Great for stealing
setting resources. Tends towards the dirty and the brutal.
Save vs Hollowing: Not really OSR
but it sometimes feels like it. Has some historical data, and sources of inspiration.
Spriggan's Den: Posts on settings and a little
bit of gaming philosophy, plus some bonus content for writers that I've found helpful.
Tales of the
Grotesque and Dungeonesque: Good for getting ideas for horror games (particularly
with a Gothic bent). Occasionally will just make a post of links, which are always
worth checking out.
Telecanter's Receding Rules: More OSR,
lots of micro-systems. I get a lot of my "minigames" from here.
Ten Foot Polemic: Occasionally has
good resources or posts on running a game, plus plenty of setting for Lovecraftian games.
Throne of Salt: OSR, lots of resources,
very similar to False Machine. Really interesting stuff that I'm going to be stealing
from in the future.
Wandering Gamist: OSR, good ideas for
how to change a game up. Good ideas for systems and settings.
WayspellGood resources for settings, sort of
a Norse feel to everything. Occasionally has good systems for low-fantasy games.
Wizard, Thief, Fighter: OSR, but
more into the weirder side of that community.
Blogs on Tape: This is a collection of
posts from OSR blogs (many of which can be found above), read aloud. It's a good way to
keep up to date even with blogs you don't normally follow.
Fear the Boot: I was never able to get into
them, but I listened for a while and they have solid advice.
The Good Friends of Jackson Elias: Quickly
becoming my favorite. Good discussions of how to run a game, and how to make a scenario.
Entirely focused on Lovecraftian games.
Happy Jacks: My go-to for general RPG talk and
advice. One of the best RPG podcasts out there right now.
Idle Red Hands: This podcast went on a long
hiatus and I haven't listened since they came back, but their old episodes are great for
getting ideas for settings and stories.
wiki full of random generators. The content isn't always the most polished, but
there's a lot of it.
Chaotic Shiny: Good source of online
generators. I pulled a lot from them when first making my Homunculus tables.
donjon: A classic tool, but mostly centered on
D&D. There are some useful tidbits.
Seventh Sanctum: More generators.
These span quite a few genres.
Stack Exchange: It's Stack Overflow
Strolen's Citadel: A compendium of user-made content
for RPGs. Not much activity, but plenty to steal.