Saturday, December 31, 2022

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make me a Map...

 I finally got Wonderdraft and the long and short of it is this: there's a learning curve.  It's not crazy steep, but my first few maps are not quite there.  What you see below are attempts 1 & 2.  The first is Camortine for TOTM, and the second is a map for my live table group (all that grey and black is meant to represent 'the unknown' if you're wondering). There's a balance of detail, business, and scale that I haven't quite got the knack of yet, but I do think I'm improving. If you have any tips, please put them in the comments!

Friday, December 30, 2022

A Table of Random Names (For Pendulum or General Use)

 This is the table I have on hand to grab names from for the show - don't be surprised if you hear one of these in future episodes.  I don't really have a system for making names... I just mash sounds together until they sound like something.  I try to avoid ending all female names with 'a' as I find it does get a little samey.  With that in mind, here's a table of: 

female names for a fantasy setting

1 Runotha

2 Ayen

3 Eiyeen

4 Kaliron

5 Colvin

6 Kabaleth

7 Kava

8 Darlee

9 Ehghondra

10 Tiahn

11 Janelle

12 Kavan

13 Kallen

14 Layaan

15 Eiluned

16 Myriahn

17 Janna

18 Ofrian

19 Cenina

20 Bryonny

Friday, December 23, 2022

AI Generated Images of Some Characters From Season 1

 I know how divisive AI art is, and as a musician, I get why it's problematic.  Still, I cannot deny that these portraits, sent to me by Royal Fish Games are unbelievably cool.




and finally, GyrAIos

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 18

 Theme                       Enchiridion

Welcome                     148 Barovian Castle

Previously On     Scott Buckley Legionnaire 


Some  FX:         

Monday, December 19, 2022

That Time I Went to the Inquisition Museum


Years ago I was traveling in Granada, Spain, and I decided to check out this little museum dedicated to torture devices. I'm not entirely sure why I wanted to go there... ghoulish curiosity? I guess that's why... what other reason could there be?  

I think my curiosity quickly curdled into revulsion and I remember feeling pretty ill when we left.  And some of the things I saw there stayed with me.  Most notable was a kind of combination screw-press and metal cap.  There was a chin rest at the base and the idea was to twist the press until ... ugh.  I can't even bring myself to write about it in detail.  

There's a version of that awful thing in a recent episode of TOTM; I called it the iron wolf.  

If you ever get the chance to visit one of these places, I'd say: don't.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Weird Things in a Wizard's Laboratory (3 Tables) MINOR SPOILERS

 These are the tables I used when Catsbane 'had an idea' in episode 17.  Technically, these might be considered minor spoilers, though I'm only showing the tables here - not the results of the dice.


  • A pot of wizard's glue, whatever that is
  • A pot of sleeping dust
  • An explosive of some kind that detonates in cold, not fire.
  • A pouch of diamond dust worth 1000gp
  • A sack of Yellow Mold spores
  • A pot of oil that is not flammable but creates a 3' x 3' frictionless surface that lasts for 24 hours


  • A potion of diminution
  • A potion of gaseous form
  • A potion of fly
  • A scroll with a random 2nd level spell
  • A scroll with a random 3rd level spell
  • A wand of paralyzation with 2 charges


  • A rust monster
  • A silver living statue (see TSR supplement AC9)
  • A cockatrice
  • A smoke mephit
  • A case of rot grubs
  • A pixie

Monday, December 12, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 17

Theme                        Enchiridion

Welcome                    148 Barovian Castle

Previously On     Scott Buckley Legionnaire

Part 2b    Tabletop Audio - Defiled Temple

Dramatis                     RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:        

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Quarter Million, Baby!

 I have been looking forward to this for a while now... but today it happened:

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Behold! It's Yet Another Craft


I got the eye-dea for this when I was painting something else and realized I could make a good looking central eyeball by using a contact lens package.  I put the black paint in the inside for the pupil, let it dry, then did the blue, then the white.  It worked really well.  The teeth are made from plastic forks.  The 'body' is mostly toilet paper mache with a web of hot glue drawn across it for texture.  Super easy to make and it turned out OK.  Wish I had the chops to make these things to scale - it would not be usable as a figurine in an actual game.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 16

Theme                                     Enchiridion

Welcome                      148 Barovian Castle

Previously On                Scott Buckley Legionnaire

Dramatis                       RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX: