Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Raiders! Organizations - Rules that almost made it in

There were quite a few rules ideas I dabbled with that didn't quite make it into Raiders! through play testing, final writing, and editing. At one point I wanted to have each character beholden to a larger organization, like how our favorite archeologist taught at a University which helped to fund his adventures. At some point I realized it took too much autonomy from the players and also was covered well enough in the backgrounds section for the kind of game play that Raiders! encourages.

If you're curious though, here was the initial write up for Organizations. Not much detail here and it would need a lot more fleshing out to be a real game system. Still, I think it has some intriguing potentials and in the right gaming group could work out well.


Each character may choose one organization that sponsors their adventurous activities. This organization will provide funding, support, and information that may help during the adventure. But they must also abide by the demands and restrictions of that organization. A player who chooses no allegiance is a free agent, but will not benefit, or may even be hindered, by these organizations when their activities conflict with the agency's goals.

  • A Secret Society, consult with the GM
  • A Museum
  • A University
  • A Government

Raiders! of the Lost Artifacts available now at DriveThru RPG and Lulu

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Star Trek: Red Shirts

The new Star Trek television series was in the news, and I'm mildly curious. I may have gotten Star Trekked out like a lot of people did when Star Trek Enterprise was on the air. However, it made me think of my pitch for a new Star Trek series that I think would be really fresh and work with a modern audience.

The show is centered around the peons working in the engineering section of a Federation starship making the impossible demands of the captain and the head of engineering possible. Imagine a tone like the IT crowd or Office Space. You have your incompetent boss who grovels to the head of engineering and always agrees to his ridiculous repair time estimates. The rest of the cast is filled out with a jokester, a nerd, a hottie, and so on. Casting is critical to get that right mix of chemistry, which is true of any show. The idea is to hit that right tone of humor and seriousness, not to totally make fun of Star Trek, but to have fun with it.

Every episode a couple of them get called on an away mission with the captain. They don't return.

This may seem like a joke post, but I'm not even joking. I think it'd be great.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Remember Fractured Dimensions?

I was following the blog of Fractured Dimensions for some time, then they stopped posting. I stumbled across their page today and see that they have made several new minis - fantastic looking old-school minis.

Has anyone purchased any of these? If so, how are they in person? The photos look pretty good.


2 Lulu codes are currently active!

Got a great tip that 2 Lulu codes are currently active! A great time to pick up the new Raiders and Freebooters RPGs. :)

MARMAIL - Free shipping
SAVENOW30 - 30% off all print books


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Warriors of the Red Planet BUNDLE

I've put together my first Bundle package on DriveThruRPG.

Includes Warriors of the Red Planet RPG, and the Sword & Planet style adventure: Mechanized Men of Mars. Both PDF and print editions. Original retail price was: $31.97, the bundle is only $23.53

It's a great deal at 21% off the original prices!

Also, when I eventually get around to putting up some Character Sheets and other GM resources the bundle will be updated, and you'll get those PDF extras for no additional charge.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Freebooters and Raiders! PDFs arrrr available on DriveThruRPG

The PDF version of Freebooters and Raiders! are available now on DriveThruRPG. The Print + PDF combos are still in the works as the printer has to approve the print versions of each file.



Drawings Inspired by Old-School DND

Now that Freebooters and Raiders! are in the bag, what's next for Night Owl Workshop?

A project idea I mentioned last year a "sketchbook" filled with drawings with original edition stats that could be used as a reference book at the gaming table is in the works. Here is a preview of the cover:

It took me a while to figure out the right format for it, then when I was at Emerald City Comic Con I was looking at the Book of Drawings I recently made and it struck me exactly how the project should look and feel. It is going to be an eclectic menagerie of stuff that will be useful for a variety of gaming styles and campaigns. The closest analogy is probably the OSR fanzines like Wormskin or Knockspell, but even more varied with some sci-fi and sword & planet action in there. At any rate, I am deep into writing the descriptions and working out the stats for weird creatures, martian princesses, pirates, space ships, and the undead!