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HJfor4e #7

HJfor4e #7

Contents include: – Races & Classes: Gnomes Revisited – > A Gname of Gnomes (part 1) – > Nine-Inch & Forest Gnomes – Skills, Talents, & Flaws: Skill Sets Revisited – The Unexplained Chart(s): Beasts of Burden (speed, carry cap, & price) – Assayed Equipment: 

HJfor4e #6

HJfor4e #6

Contents include: – Races & Classes: The Halfling Conundrum (Halflings revisited) – Manors & Manses: Halfling Agriculture – Assayed Equipment: Halfling Armor & Other Equipment – The Unexplained Chart: HM4e Reincarnation (by Michael Mars Russell) – Lairs Monstrous: GM’s Advantage – Dragons (by Mykal Antczak) 

Where do I get ideas for articles?

Where do I get ideas for articles?

Basically everywhere.

I have ideas on thousands of topics in some state of development, but often a Facebook post on a particular topic spurs on development on that topic especially if I did some more research to phrase or confirm statements for my responses and may have found something I had not noticed before or did not exist last time I looks.

Another source, especially of late, has been youtube videos, particularly Tod's Workshop, scholagladitoria, and Modern History TV: Knight, and Townsends. These cover topics from ancient to colonial period, but a lot of the technology and discussions have bearings or origins in medieval technology and thus can be very pertinent to articles for medieval fantasy RPGs.

A third, and actually the primary, source for ideas for articles is from work I did on the HackMaster 4th Edition RPG. There were things they had me work on that I was never satisfied with my work as I did not have enough time (Fumble chart), items that slowed down play (Critical hit charts), rules that created a situation where the gaming experience divorced from reality (polearms & initiative), and finally errors I made. See, in regards to that last item, I was the one who created the HM4e damages for weapons in Kenzer & Company's Goods & Gear. Since I automated the expansion based on the values given, and followed the basic guidelines of "flatter/crushing weapons do more vs tiny opponents", etc, a few items became notorious for damages that were out of whack, particularly the Frying Pan. Well, this post was inspired by my looking through Goods & Gear for certain polearms and running across the Hoe, a simple agricultural tool.

D'oh! Another item with ridiculous damage compared to dedicated weapons. So now I am gathering up all the makeshift weapons I can find and then retuning them for an article on halfling militia weapons, including arming the halfling cooks with frying pans and the rank & file with hoes and/or slings!

It happens.
-D.M.Zwerg, creator of errors

HJfor4e #5

HJfor4e #5

Contents include: – Polearms, part 1: A Closer look at Halberds – Transportation, Part 3: Sleds, Sleighs, & Stoneboats – Mapping Mania, part 1 (Sandboxigons) – Squad Hit Matrix: 5-man – Herbalism and Poison Overhaul – A Closer Look At Dragons, Part Three – Encounter 

Spears & Pole Arms: The Main Battlefield Weapons

Spears & Pole Arms: The Main Battlefield Weapons

In playing tabletop role-playing games I notice that few people, other than myself and a friend of mine, ever take pole arms. This is odd since spear of various types dominated most of human history. Greek hoplites used spear, the Macedonian phalanx used long spears 

Lykam’s Monsters

Lykam’s Monsters

An A-Z monster and coloring book for the Heroes and Henchmen RPG in PDF format. Can be used for monster cards

PDF $6.00

Heroes & Henchmen

Heroes & Henchmen

This is an Early Beta Release that contains the basics for Race, Class, Armor, Weapons, and Equipment for “Heroes and Henchmen”. Purchasers will be able to download final for no additional cost. PDF $6.00 (currently discounted to $0.01)

HJfor4e #2

HJfor4e #2

Contents: Class-Odd, Buildings: Frat House, Equipment: Style Points, Spell Components part 1, Transport part 1 – Containers, Magic Items: Fliers & Skimmers Lairs: Crits & Kickers, Stats: Roll & Keep System PDF $3.00

HJfor4e #1

HJfor4e #1

Contents: B√Ętonneur class,
Equipment: Horses,
Charged Wands,
Crafting & Recharging Wands,
Bag of Useless Items,
(The Unexplained Chart: Fumbles),
Lairs: Goblins

PDF $3.00

HJfor4e #3

HJfor4e #3

Contents: ADHOC Tattooed Mage, Multitudinous Magic: ADHOC Fatigue-Spell Point System, Equipment: Transportion part 2 – Wheels, Spell Components part 2, Magic Items: Bag of Many Tomes Lairs: Dragons part 1 (by Mykal Antczak) PDF $3.00