Doc’s (back) on Patreon!

So, about two years ago, I tried to boot up an account and I didn’t really know what to do with it.  In short, I ultimately took it down.  However, it’s time to bring it back up.  I’m hoping this provides a great way to help revise my old content, preview new stuff and help to improve my work along the way; all while providing my viewers with awesome things worth coming back to.  As always, stay tuned!

You can check out my patreon page here!

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Accursed Vampire Swashbucklers!

It’s talk like a Pirate Day and here I find myself fending off seaworthy undead!  The process has left me a bit drained.  But seriously, I hate constantly making these posts, but at the same time I want to keep everyone in the loop.  I’ve been exhausted from work, a lot of personal stress has gotten me down, among other things.  I’m not completely sure that my current post (Evard) will reach too much of an audience, granted this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.  It’s also a conversion document, which might be a fair bit more niche… even more so, since it was a somewhat obscure module meant for organized play MAAAAAAANY years ago.  Needless to say, I’ll push myself to create something, probably for next week.  Whether it’s another DM’s Guild update or some more fearsome creatures of the realms of the Gothic, I’m not sure yet.  Heck, I might try to toss up something tonight or tomorrow!  We’ll see!  But first, I need a moment to recoup from the challenges of both the otherworld and the real world.

 

On another note, I think I created a name for an adventure or a monster post!  Even in my fatigued state, I still have tons of crazy ideas!

Updates, Overhauls and Musings

So, I’ve been putting some thought to this.  Paypal isn’t really working for me, especially since they have come across as kinda seedy.  With that, I might fully switch to Patreon instead.  I might have some neat bits for future projects put there, perhaps the prototypes as well.  On top of that, older posts might be given new life there, using patreon as a workshop space to brush them up so they’re more up to snuff with newer content… or at the very least, the core of the game itself.  So, content like the beastfolk races and various other things will likely be moved to this work space at some point.  I’m honestly not proud of them and am tired of seeing these dated drafts getting the most views.  For the time being, they’ll probably be set to private.  However, something will be made available at some point.  Perhaps.  I’m not sure yet.  I’m not really good at the Patreon thing and can’t really think of rewards, but extra support helps me continue, especially as things get slightly rougher and time is more of the essence.

Anyway, this is mostly just rambling and putting my thoughts out there in regards to the blog.  Nothing is really set in stone yet, with anything.

Horrors by Gaslamp – Gothic Creatures and Tales of Woe

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“Why do they always faint when they see me?”

The streets are seemingly cast in a dark and gloomy shade among the lit up lamps.  Flittering insects cast sinister shadows on the cobblestones below.  However, the chill down your back is far from a winter wind.  You feel it, don’t you?  A cross between a clacking of razor blades upon your coat mixed with the sharp feeling of exposure to ice.  It’s right behind you.  As to what it is?  You dare not find out, but your doom is likely spelled out for you, regardless.  Before you can react, the words, “I have use for you” buzz in your mind before all turns to black.

Author’s Note:  Weird Western stuff is fun, but it’s only a single flavor of the Gothic.  I’ve always been one for horror in an urban environment, such as jolly old London.  Plus, I wanted to switch gears to something a little more traditional D&D.  Also, I was really eager to bust out some references to Castlevania!  (Yes, most of them are Symphony of the Night.)

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Lore from the People Part 2 – More Beings of Legend

A lot of locals aren’t that friendly to outsiders…  This one is no exception.  It even drove off most of the natives themselves.

“Ah, another wanderer wanting to carve up the land.  Surely, you don’t plan on heading to the caves of golden walls?  There are tales of sinister things that guard the glistening walls of incredible rock and earth!  No, friend, you should leave the golden cave down that way alone and continue on your way…” – Crafter-of-Words, a scout for the Clan of the Split Basin, trickster who loves pulling malicious pranks on settlers and travelers alike.

Here’s a continuation of my previous post.  These creatures are inspired by various beings from lore and legend.  Enjoy.

Author’s Note:  This technically marks post # 300!  Wow, that’s crazy!  Anyway, thanks again to all who support me!

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Lore from the People Part 1 – Classic Mythologies of the Americas

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“You call it wendigo, I call it target pract-AAAAAAAAAAAA!”

The settlements and towns of the west have always been weird.  The supposedly more natural things out there?  They are far weirder.  While the natives are not overly inclined to disclose much about the local wildlife and mythic beings, any information that can be gathered will save your life.  You’ve already heard about a fair bit of some of the strange critters in prior lessons and briefings, but there’s a fair bit more to behold. 
– a snippet from The Cactus Sting Rangers’ Handbook

There is tons of fascinating mysteries and legends that are indigenous to these regions, much like the people who have long since lived here.  Some of the natives know these secrets quite well and most prefer to keep them hidden from outsiders.  Whether out of a mutual sense of racism or a fear of what might be done with such knowledge, it remains as strange as the creatures that dwell just beyond one’s vision.

Author’s Note: While a lot of classic monsters are punted around all willy-nilly, a lot of awesome creatures from various native nations often got left in the wayside.  While not exact adaptations, I wanted to highlight a few creatures that might appear in a Weird Western type game (or regions a little outside of that, which I started to do with some creatures that have origins in Mexico, the Appalachian mountains, the northern states/Canada and then some).  And what better creatures to show up than the folklore and stories of the Americas?  For the time being, this will close out the “Weird Western” theme I’ve been doing, at least in terms of monsters.  I might be up for crafting magic items or doing something else, but we’ll see.  See the previous post for the Wendigo.

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