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The Splintered Realm - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 02:35

I now have a final map, taking my 5-room mod of Tomb of Horrors one step closer to completion. I'm thinking I might start packaging these and releasing them as PWYW downloads just so I can generate a little more visibility for my game. I like how this is coming together.

RICH INTERVIEWS: Rachel Quinney

First Comics News - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 14:35
First Comics News: Have you always been interested in weird and strange creatures? Rachel Quinney: Always! As a kid I was always submerged in books about mythology and monsters (and…
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COMICS SHIPPING THIS WEEK

First Comics News - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 07:01
1FIRST COMICS Space Negro The Last Negro #3 (Of 5), $6.99 ABLAZE PUBLISHING Torpedo 1972 #3 (Cover A Eduardo Risso), $3.99 Torpedo 1972 #3 (Cover B Goran Sudzuka), $3.99 Torpedo…
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RICH REVIEWS: Big Bang Adventures # 26

First Comics News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 22:40
Title: Big Bang Adventures # 26 Publisher: Big Bang Comics Front Cover by: Luis Lorente Written by: Pedro Angosto Pencils by: Luis Lorente, Jorge Santamaria Inks: Luis Lorente, Juan Moreno…
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2024 KING & QUEEN OF THE RING results

First Comics News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:32
PRE SHOW WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Countdown Match Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill (c) def. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell   KING & QUEEN OF THE RING Women’s World…
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RICH REVIEWS: Gravesitter # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:19
Title: Gravesitter # 1 Publisher: Wolf Comics Story/Art/Covers by: Brian Wolf Price: Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Website: www.wolfcomics.net Comments: We start in a cemetery and the undead is on…
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Calvin’s Commentaries: STAIRS

First Comics News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:15
First look at the rule set of the 2023 release Stairs, the feeling was the game might be a bit scant in depth. The first play was a pleasant surprise…
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Calvin’s Commentaries: KAMON

First Comics News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:14
Games, where the goal is to connect two opposite sides of the board, are sort of a mixed bag in how they play – at least in the estimation of…
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Calvin’s Commentaries: ACORNISM

First Comics News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:14
Few things are more gratifying as a board gamer than getting a new game to the table and being surprised by it – well as long as it’s a positive…
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Calvin’s Commentaries: EARTH

First Comics News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:14
It’s only April, so eight more months to come in 2024, but I’m calling it right now – Earth will be in my top five new games played this year.…
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ARCHIE MILESTONES DIGEST #24: JUGHEAD SUMMER SPLASH preview

First Comics News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 06:40
ARCHIE MILESTONES DIGEST #24: JUGHEAD SUMMER SPLASH Join Jughead for a crave case of tasty tales filled with picnic parties, BBQ bashes, and tons more to satisfy your hunger for…
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MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES OF GRAYSKULL

First Comics News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 19:54
BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL AND TURTLE POWER, THE CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE YEAR ARRIVES FALL 2024 WITH “MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES OF GRAYSKULL” Sometimes heroes are…
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MAGIK AND PSYLOCKE SHARPEN THEIR BLADES IN NEW X-MEN #1 VARIANT COVERS

First Comics News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 19:52
Check out new variant covers for Jed MacKay and Ryan Stegman’s X-MEN #1, on sale July 10.   New York, NY— May 24, 2024 — On July 10, the first…
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TITAN MANGA ANNOUNCES I.L. VOL. 01

First Comics News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 19:49
From creator Osamu Tezuka, author of world-renowned titles Astro Boy and Dororo! Explore a story infused with fantasy and science! On sale October 2024 See below for more details… I.L VOL.…
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ToH MM Riddles

The Splintered Realm - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 16:07
In my design for the Tomb of Horors mini-mod, I want there to be a significant interplay between character problem solving (a classic approach) and the use of character abilities (a more modern approach). I think that giving the characters a riddle that was left by the demilich to others is a good place to build in the 'player thinking' part of the process. Here's the riddle I've written:

To those who’d dare to delve my tomb,

I'll deliver unending doom.


And any who its traps would foil,

I'm trading you incessant toil.


And if you may still my great wealth pursue,

This missive marks your only clue.


Spoilers Ahead (so, like, stop reading if you think you might end up playing in this one day and want to be surprised)...
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The doors at the opening would each have a clue in the six lines. I am thinking the number of words (8, 4, 7, 5, 9, 6) are labeling the doors (so the order would be 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Since last line of the poem has 6 words, that would be the correct door. All others are trapped. The players would enter through the first line (8), since that is the first line of the poem. Five other halls lead out from the center chamber. I guess they could try the 'why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9' approach, but that will lead to remarkable pain and suffering. But whatever.
The next clue is that the first letter of every line spells TIAMAT. You will have to spell that name out to bypass one of the puzzles. I am thinking that the four statues each have the Old Gallan letters A, I, M, and T. Six keys are requied to open the door at the far end. Statues have keys in their gaping, toothy maws. The A and T statues have two keys each, the I and M have one. You have to gather keys in order. Only physical touch can remove a key. Taking a key out of order results in the hand being bitten off. The players will have recovered a bag of severed hands of undead - getting a hand severed will allow you (if you survive the shock check) to affix an undead severed hand with strange powers in place of the lost appendage, Vecna-style. So that's nice. There is no door out of this room - but there are three pit traps. Two of the traps have terrors at the bottom, but a third has a secret door, with only a keyhole revealed (successful sense mind check to see it).
Thirdly, the alliteration of the lines (D, T, M) would be the clue to defeating the gargoyles. You must destroy them in that order or they are immediately reborn. When the M gargoyle is destroyed (after destroying D and T, in that order), then its corpse would spit out the key to the next door. I might combine the alliteration with the end rhymes, so the statues would be marked 'D-M', 'T-L' and 'M-E'. Maybe even combine clues - lore checks on the letters reveal these are in two different ancient languages, so you'd be able to use either or both clues in tandem to make the same conclusion.
The final room would have two pathways - life and death. You must choose one and travel forward. Life will lead out of the dungeon - and the dungeon finally falls into a distant pocket realm for all time. Death leads into his tomb (because that is what he seeks above all things). I could be really mean and have 'life' instantly disintegrate you, because that is an immediate entry into eternal life. Maybe then I'll mark these 'eternal life' and 'eternal death'. I guess that it depends on how I'm feeling (or what the GM decides to do - maybe include both as options, so players never know which one it is - but either way, 'death' leads into the tomb and the demilich, which is the path they'd want to follow regardless).
By the way, I just googled how much a 10'x10'x10' slab of stone weighs, and it's like 80 tons. So if that falls on someone (which is likely to happen), they are not surviving. I am thinking of mechanics like this: any character in the square when the door is opening must check reflex. Failing means they are crushed by the stone. Making it without a 12 means that they get partway out; either an arm or leg is crushed entirely, and has effectively been decapitated. The character must make a system shock roll (might check) or die. That's fun. A natural 11 means that they leaped inside (and are stuck on one side), and a 12 means that they actually jumped to the correct side and avoided it entirely. Good on them.

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER MORGAN SPURLOCK DIES AT AGE 53

First Comics News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 15:08
NOVEMBER 7, 1970 – MAY 23, 2024 New York, NY  May 24, 2024,  The family of the award-winning documentary filmmaking maverick, Morgan Spurlock, announced today that he passed away peacefully…
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PROJECT: CRYPTID #9 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 13:22
PROJECT: CRYPTID #9 (W)  Alisa Kwitney, Kirk Vanderbeek (A) Mauricet, Shane Oakley Cover: Mauricet, Shane Oakley   More tales of strange, unlikely creatures! Alisa Kwitney and Mauricet take us on…
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Potential Madness & Secret Origins in Your First Look at BRIAR #6

First Comics News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 13:14
The new chapter in the reimagined Sleeping Beauty story continues in June! LOS ANGELES, CA (May 23, 2024) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at BRIAR #6, the next issue…
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Garth Ennis & Brian K Vaughan bring back Battle Action this August!

First Comics News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 13:14
Get ready for action! Garth Ennis, Brian K Vaughan, John Wagner, Torunn Gronbekk and more head up the powerhouse creative team for the new Battle Action series – coming this summer! Launching in…
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