Free GM Resource: RPG Themed Cookbook

Free GM Resource: RPG Themed Cookbook

Today is the Monday before Thanksgiving, 2020.....too early to freak out about the holiday cooking, but not too early that there isn't a lot to think about, prepare, and hopefully get your menu together so you can get what you need before the appointed cooking freakout time.

Today's Free GM Resource was inspired by the new WotC D&D cookbook that has just come out. Of course that cookbook isn't free and this offering is technically PWYW, and a year old already, but the place I found it was promoting is as "a FREE product for every fellow Ravenloft enthusiast!", so take it at their word or toss them a buck or two, your choice.

The fine folks at Mistfactor Press advertise Antonia Lúpri's Ravenloft Cookbook as containing:

          - Antonia Lúpri's Ravenloft Cookbook with art made by us.

          - The great NPC, Antonia Lúpri with her Statblock and lore background

          - 5 quest ideas that Antonia can give to your players

          - 18 food recipes that can be prepared for your players to enjoy an actual Ravenloft dinner while you play

          - 5 Dark Cocktail recipes to taste the dread!

          - A menu handout for your players to order what they desire and feel like they are in an actual restaurant!

          - 2 fully illustrated maps of the Cornucopia Tavern (DM's and player's version)

          - 20 Magical side effects accompanying each dish and drink. 

I liked this product and found it cool that the cookbook was separate from the handouts/GM aides, although the cookbook is only pages 10-24 of the main book, so you could just as easily print off the pages you need for the kitchen.

Like usual, click on the link/graphic above, or feel free to use this link.


Free GM Resource: The Magus Divlantia (Netbook)


Free GM Resource: The Magus Divlantia (Netbook)
After my home-groups' game this weekend my Magic User managed to get some new spells and I figured I might make up a custom spellbook so I could have a quick reference during the game without needing to open a full-on copy of the rulebook. Before I was going to start on this task I thought it'd be smart to do a quick interweb search and see if I could find anything already done as it's an OSR game.

Well I didn't find what I was wanting, but after too much link-hopping I came across this excellent rendition of an old netbook: The Magus Divlantia.

This netbook has been really well done and really reminds me of my old HackMaster game and if I had this 30 years ago I totally would've used it in my game! As is the nature of these things I'm not really sure who is hosting this file on their Google Drive, but I'm grateful for it and if nothing else, it's a great resource in general for an old-school rules game. If you haven't already seen all the books that this netbook used as reference material, the author listed them out starting on page 72. There's only one I don't have and should probably pick up.....


Free GM Resource: The Spudfield Good Girl (Freebie B/X mini adventure)


Free GM Resource: The Spudfield Good Girl (Freebie B/X mini adventure)
This week's Free GM Resource is technically a single thing, but you should really look at it as more of a twofer, or even a threefer!

The surface-level offering is a freebie adventure (for personal use, naturally) called The Spudfield Good Girl. I came across this via Facebook, but you really (hint, hint) need to poke around the Paths Particular blog.

There you'll find some cool art, a newsletter, and even some holy-crap-I-can-do-that! art tutorials. Seriously, just stop reading this post and head over there for while........I'll be here when you come back.


Free OSR Tweak & Toss Adventure Seed


Free OSR Tweak & Toss Adventure Seed
I swear here in Oklahoma we had two days of fall....TWO! It was 90* Friday and today we have freezing sleet. I had to turn on the gas registers/heaters yesterday and I just want to curl up into a ball and not do anything for today's post....

....so I'm kind of phoning it in. Instead of a regular "Free GM Resource" this week I'm making a short adventure "thing" I made free for one week. I've already checked and nobody has bought one for this month so I don't have to feel guilty about that.

IF you use the link....and you have to use the link here, you can get the OSR location/mini adventure "thing" called The Horrors of Halfling Hollow for free.

The Horrors of Halfling Hollow

It's an eight-page Tweak & Toss that might be a good seasonal stopping point for your party as they transition from one area to another. I suggest they stop by and try the Selsig......it's to die for.


Free GM Resource: WikiArt.org


Free GM Resource: WikiArt.org
I might be in the minority, but I find artwork important to my gaming experience. I like to use art to "punch up" my gaming projects, to show to my players as examples, and even as inspiration for sessions/games/adventures/etc.

A while ago I was on a huge Dutch Golden Age kick......I didn't know it was the Dutch Golden Age, I just knew I got a lot out of artists such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Actually Bruegel the Elder was Flemish and not part of the Dutch Golden Age, but bear with me as this is part of my point......

WikiArt.org is a wonderful website where you can view the works of so many artists. Do a search for a subject, artist, genre...whatever. Take a look at the results and then....start link hoping.

Links from Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Example of links (in blue)

For me....that's it. I can hop through a bunch of different art and inevitably find something cool I can use.

What you do with the art once you've gotten here.....well, that's up to you. All I suggest is that you document/attribute your art appropriately. 


Free GM Resource: 5th Edition Spellbook Generator


Free GM Resource: 5th Edition Spellbook Generator
So I was planning on bailing on this week's Free GM Resource....well, not bailing per se, but pushing back at least a few days. On my way home from work today I got my annual Flu shot and now I feel like I'm coming down with the flu. I've had this happen before, but not so quickly and not so strong. It's been only 3 hours now.....


This weekend I was looking to see if anyone had an OSR spellbook generator. I'm looking for something that actually prints out the spell info and the closest I found was something for Old School Essentials that randomly made a spellbook, but basically just listed name, level,, and where I can look up the info. Thing is....I don't want to look up the info. I want to just be able to see the spells I currently have in my spellbook and call it good.

A trio of 1st level spells

Exactly like this Spellbook Generator for 5th Edition, which I thought I should share for those of you that might play that game. I like how you can select spells and then print off just your selection.

This is pretty good and I hope that one of my 12 13 regular readers can get some use out of it.


Free GM Resource: Modellismo Fantasy


Free GM Resource: Modellismo Fantasy
I'm just coming off quarantine after my business trip, and also resting up after a back injury, so I've had waaaaaaaay too much time to myself....and "lost" too much of it to YouTube.

I know I said I wasn't going to do too many YouTube channels....I think my goal was no more than one a month, but I did one last week so I should be good until October, BUT I found an awesome terrain building channel and I'm not waiting a month..

Modellismo Fantasy does some pretty cool stuff at a level of detail that I found pretty aweseomtastic (yes, I made up a word for this channel). I stumbled across one video and thought that this might be a bit overkill for some table-top RPG use and more appropriate for diorama, but if you want to make something drool-worthy for your players............


It's in Italian so you might want to make sure that you have the close captions on......


New Frugal GM PWYW Tweak & Toss Location/NPC

New Frugal GM PWYW Tweak & Toss Location/NPC
A conversation on Facebook yesterday made me think of a particular establishment I created in one of my campaigns to serve as a potential base of operations for a new fledgling party.

I couldn't get the idea out of my head, partially because I barely tapped into the potential I had planned for the place, but the campaign didn't last....as these things happen. The next best think I could do is try to get they crap, er stuff in my head down on paper in some fashioned and set if off into the world where maybe some other enterprising GM can makes some tweaks to it and call it their own.

FGM046: The Guildhall GoodsI had never tried doing one of my "Tweak & Toss" supplements on this particular laptop and I was having some issues with the PDF printing I'll have to iron out, but since I started late and it was after 3 AM when I finished......well I just made it a full page landscape print you'll have to duplex and then fold yourself instead of a simple "booklet print". This exchanges the ability to print the inside fold page which is the map for the ability to easily navigate it as an electronic document.

Of course this isn't an exact copy of what I used in my campaign, and I had to leave some details out, but the base shell is there and I think there is enough "meat on the bones" for a GM to work with, which is my general point with these things.

It's PWYW and believe me you are not insulting me by downloading it for free. Getting this idea out of my head and out into the world is plenty good for now. Like usual, click on either graphic in this post to go to the appropriate DTRPG page, or use this link.