Critical Role: Diablo RPG One-Shot

Lots of good characters and laughs in this one. Wait ’til you hear Mercer’s Cain impression!

Descrip: We teamed up with BlizzConline 2021 for a special one-shot inspired by Diablo! Matthew Mercer runs players Laura Bailey, Marisha Ray, Liam O’Brien, and special guests Mica Burton and Carlos Luna through a dungeon-crawling adventure!

Roleplay Cafe: Basic Fantasy RPG, Time Wizard

4 older guys having a good time, with some adult comedy mixed in.

Descrip: This was a fantastic one page dungeon run by Kevin, using Basic Fantasy and featuring Del, Justin, Todd and Jason as characters.

Before The Seven 2 – horror novel now available!

This novel of horror, set in the Chaos Rift Universe, was recently re-edited and re-released. It is available for purchase at $5.99 on Smashwords.

About this title: Some people don’t ask to become heroes. All they want is to live a nice peaceful life, and to get laid every once in a while. Destiny, however, might have other plans for a few of us, evil plans including witches, Satanists, demons, zombies and even possessed babies. One man, Scary Peter, can’t hide from his destiny anymore. Destiny is coming, and it wants to kill him. Rating: HIGH controversy.

This title’s page on Smashwords.

This book’s title blurb:

Scary Peter’s Introduction

(Sighs heavily.)

Where do I begin?

I mean, so much heavy shit has gone down, I don’t even know where to start. You probably won’t even believe most of it. I know I wouldn’t, if I hadn’t gone through it myself. Heck, I’d be standing right there next to you calling ‘bullshit’ on the whole thing. But it really happened, man. It happened to me.

To hell and back, that’s where I’ve gone, and probably where I’m headed to as well. It’s like something bad got a hold of me, and it’s dragging me all over the place like I’m a chunk of meat stuck in the teeth of some big-ass dinosaur. And it’s not just a bad thing that has me clamped in its jaws, either, but the most evil and corrupt thing in the universe. I’m watching this thing trampling down on innocents and chomping them up like so many dried twigs. It’s like a roller coaster ride that I can’t get off of. And I’m on this ride all the time, man, even right now that I’m sitting here talking to you.

I know what you’re thinking; that I’m some big and stupid biker that fried up one too many brain cells using speed. I’ve got to tell you, I ain’t never used hard drugs in my life. And as for the jeans and jacket, well, what can I say? The chicks dig it. I’m not talking about the ugly ones with all the scars and the tats, but about the pretty office girls at work. You could say that I’m playing the part of a hardcore biker, but let’s get one thing straight. I ain’t no pussy and I ain’t no bitch. I’m not really a troublemaker either. But if push comes to shove, I’m not the type to run away with my tail between my legs, like some others guys I’ve known.

Except when it comes to the supernatural. Call me a chicken-shit if you want. Let’s see how you react when you have some horned demon gnashing its fangs and dripping saliva right in front of your face, and you’re using all of your strength to keep yourself from becoming its lunch.

That’s part of how I got nicknamed Scary Peter. I run into some scary shit, and when I tell other people about it, they think it is scary, too. People who don’t know my past assume I’m called Scary Peter because I can look intimidating when I’m not even trying, but I don’t know, that’s just my ‘look.’ I’ve heard that a couple of guys call me ‘Scary Peter’ because they claim I get so scared I wet my pants sometimes, although none of these clowns has the balls to say that to my face.

I’ll tell you my stories, but I’m not going all the way back to my early childhood or anything, because there isn’t much to tell from back then. Besides, it’s none of your business. Matter of fact, let me start over a bit, but this time I’ll use what I like to call my ‘friendly approach,’ like when I’m training a new employee or giving a revenue rundown to one of my bosses. You just have to pretend that I’m wearing a long sleeve button shirt and a semi-psychedelic tie, instead of the leather jacket and jeans you see me in now.

(Pauses to snort, and hawks a loogie into a nearby planter.)

5 Monstrous Half-Human Races by Raymond Towers

After watching Mind Unveiled’s video on the Blemmyes and other monstrous races, I thought, it will be pretty cool to stick some of these weird kinds of people into the fiction project I’m working on. With that in mind, I went searching for oddities from Mesopotamia, where my story is loosely based. I came across a research paper mentioning Zoroastrianism and monstrous races, and that makes for a perfect fit. The info from the research paper is condensed into a short article, basically containing short descriptions of the five races, and I’ve added several images so you can see what they could have looked like. Get the PDF article free on Raymond Towers Dot Com, on the Freebies page. (In case you didn’t know, Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions, going back to the 10th century BCE.)

And a link to my sister site, where I posted the vid:

Mind Unveiled: The Blemmyes And Other Monstrous Races


ull title:

5 Monstrous Half-Human Races From Zoroastrianism


This article briefly describes five strange, and in some cases, truly monstrous, humanoid races found in ancient Zoroastrianism literature, collected for the purposes of historical curiosity and fictional creativity. Additional information on these specific races, and others, is available from more recent historical sources, especially from medieval European and Moorish tomes. I may expand or rewrite this article in the future with additional detail, but for the moment here is a quick and easy overview for your consideration. The information for this article was condensed from Domenico Agostini’s article Half-Human And Monstrous Races In Zoroastrian Tradition

Critical Role: Diablo RPG, BlizzConline 2021 One-Shot

I’ve been watching a lot of RPG videos lately, but putting off delving into the bigger channels because I wanted story and substance over celebrity allure. Well, I couldn’t resist having a look at CR when I saw they played Diabo RPG, since Diablo II is my favorite video game. The adventure is non-stop action, with one battle scene after another for over 2 hours, but the characters were great to listen to, from Mercer’s Cain impression to Lazlo’s animated skellie Spell Shot. This was a dungeon run, basically, with little plot except right at the end when the band of heroes confront the Big Bad’s motivations. Really fun watch.

Descrip: We teamed up with BlizzConline 2021 for a special one-shot inspired by Diablo! Matthew Mercer runs players Laura Bailey, Marisha Ray, Liam O’Brien, and special guests Mica Burton and Carlos Luna through a dungeon-crawling adventure!

Character Therapy: Ironsworn RPG, Varou In The Tunnels

I’m studying story, characters and tactics here. CT has an odd twist in that his protagonist sees the ghost of his dead friend and sometimes has mental episodes. That’s kind of neat.

Descrip: We continue our new solo, tabletop RPG series playthrough of Ironsworn. This playthrough is inspired by Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and will feature a protagonist suffering from psychosis. In Episode 1, Lago ventures into the tunnels connecting Mournriver with the outside world and faces a group of Varou intent on assaulting the protected village.

Link to episode 1.2.

Link to episode 1.3.

Wandering GM: The Witcher RPG, The Beast Of Oxenfurt

Awesome game-play from The Wandering GM. A couple of the PCs are excellent, notably the grim and guarded mage Idruc, and the seductress elf Ilona. The other two are not as dynamic, but they do have their good moments. There is an epic seduction scene at the start of part 2, and the end of part 3 has a lot of unexpected twists that I’m still trying to figure out.

Descrip: A stream of a witcher campaign played on using the system by R Talsorian Games. A group of adventurers are called by a common friend to investigate the disappearance of a local merchant.

Link to Part 2.

Link to Part 3.

Three Sumerian Myths by Raymond Towers

For those of you who are interested in Sumerian myth, provided here is a breakdown of events for three of the most popular: The Descent of Inanna, the Legend of Etana, and the Epic of Gilgamesh. The breakdowns are simple and concise, without the extraneous redundancy and artful prose of the originals. The purpose of this document is to increase knowledge of ancient myth, of course, but also for writers to have an idea of how Sumerian stories were structured, in the hopes that their imaginations will become stirred and new, modern interpretations on these ancient ideas and themes will be created. The article includes 9 ideas for creating your own fiction based on the mythological stories.

Download the free PDF on the Freebies page at Raymond Towers Dot Com.

Tales From The Grim: Conan RPG, The Way Of Teeth

The characters aren’t as lively as in my previous post from the Grim channel, but that’s okay. It created a darker, more sinister atmosphere. GM Grimjack is back to his visceral descriptions, too.

Link to part 2.

Descrip: In a new stand-alone adventure, The Thieves are hired by the King of Zingara to investigate a terrible disaster in a disputed region. Sorcery is afoot in the Age Undreamed Of!

Starring: @ActualSlack @emmaking85 @superrobotbear @bigpig50000 & @karohemd

GM: @grimjack21502 —