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14
May

Rates of Ruin

Ruins factor prominently in tales of adventure – they are exotic locations that tell a story of fate and inevitability – they have elements of familiarity, failure, and abandonment. The mood is set by such a setting. But modern world-builders have little experience with ruination outside of the occasional un-mowed lawn, urban blight, ramshackle shed, or museum visit. The main question is: how fast does decay happen?

13
May

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month May 2019 – Aether and Ashes

There was a time when superstition and folk belief protected mankind; safeguarding them through the horrors of antiquity. But no longer. Technological innovation has stripped them of these defenses, and given them a false sense of security. In these hazy, gaslit streets Creatures of the Unknown prowl, free to lurk and stalk. If something does not change, humanity may soon find the lantern of hope reduced to Aether and Ashes – May’s Campaign of the Month! So come with me as we meet Nicesociety, GM of this fantastic campaign!

6
May

Your Battlemap is Too Small and Boring and You Should Feel Bad

Do you find that your combats feel claustrophobic? Do your encounters seem eternally enclosed – a dull series of clashes where warriors quickly close the distance and smash each other until a winner is decided by who rolled the most dice? It may be because your battlemap is too small (and boring… and you should feel bad!). But don’t worry. It’s an easy fix.

30
Apr

Making Mounts More Momentous

The Overlooked Advantages of the Riding Animal

Most game systems relegate mounts into a kind of travel buff – treating them essentially like vehicles that boost overland speed. Other mechanics grant combat stats and carrying capacities, but mounts can be more than that. A clever GM can make it worthwhile to drop some hard-earned cash at the stable and add some interest into any scene that includes such pragmatic pets.

24
Apr

Weekly Update – April 24, 2019

Hey there OP, just checking in with a quick update on the goings on around the Portal. Things might seem a bit quiet, but that just means everyone is hard at work – which is certainly a good thing.

So let’s jump into it, shall we?

23
Apr

Randomizer Retrofit

Every GM has the occasional need of a random table for something – the contents of a treasure chest, the files on a Megacorporate server, or the embarrassing medical condition that you give to a character whose player keeps skipping game.  But what happens when you find a great set of tables, but they don’t fit your genre? For a good tool kit, we retrofit!

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