12/09/2013

Free GM Resource: Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque

Free GM Resource: Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque
This week's Free GM Resource is a series, well a trio for now, of GM sourcebooks that seems like a huge yearly zine.

Called Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque (say that 5 times fast), this annual compendium of "gothic fantasy" from Jack Shear comes from his blog of the same name.

These three sourcebooks are intended to be used in a custom game setting outlined in the first book, but they are filled with all kind of goodies you can use in any FRPG. Monsters, poisons, spells....you name it.

The first zine/sourcebook is 164 pages, the second is 118 and the third runs 112 pages. That is a ton of content. It took me quite a while just to skim the first volume and I want to go back and read it before moving on to the second, much less the third.

I'm not big on running a gothic campaign and there is pretty much no way I'd run this special setting, but there are lots of bits I will be using, like the "Random Weird Organization Generator" in the first volume. I'm going to put my players up against The Unutterable Cult Of Opheliacs and see how they fare.