Pre-Christian Finnish Proper Names Table

Here I present to you a d200 table of Finnish/Finnic “pagan” proper names, drawn from various historical sources. Some of these names still remain in usage today, with the bulk of them dating from approximately 5000 BCE to 1300 CE.

Personally I use the table for PCs/NPCs in my DCC RPG campaign set in a fantasy version of Iron Age Fennoscandia.

Name Table

Cheerio,

MM

 

 

Mapvember 2017 Adventures

They say our small world of men is built on the backs of dragons, gone from the world aeons ago.”

So last month, I took part in the Mapvember 2017 challenge.

I don’t like the usual “top-down gridmap” -style at all personally, so I figured that I’d make each map an adventure on its own, with some notes and annotations included.

Tools used were my Micron pens, a single wide-brush Copic, and ink and brushes.

Here you have the maps I drew, pulled into a little PDF, with a tiny bit of commentary. Make them into stories! (And tell me how it goes!)

Cheers,

AMP

Mapvember 2017 Adventures: AdventureResource_Mapvember2017_AMP

 

Random Encounters, in a Weird World

“Hitting the road, with your wagons and followers in tow, you wonder what the winding way has stored for you this time?

Wolves? Trolls? Something altogether more sinister? There’s no way to know. You can only push forward.

And that is precisely why you push through this bleak landscape. To surprise yourself.

There was nothing new to find under the cold soil of your father’s fields, so you took the risk to become a delver. A reaver. A knower of things, a finder of secrets.

The road is your home, the inns on the way are the closest you want for  a restful place.

You can never go back home again. But what is home anyway?”

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I vomit out a whole bunch of my own strange and painful life into these rules and blog pieces, and the stories reflect my odd path.

And what do I have, but a bunch of random encounters? This is the way I run them in my games, and this should help you Judges along  while making the wilderness interesting, or at least weird. Check out the PDF for my tricks to run a random encounter table in the wild, and five strange encounters to befuddle your players with.

This was actually one of the first things I wrote for the blog. Took me a while to clean it up to this stage: still isn’t perfect, but I can pop it out here now.

Cheers,

AMP

Random Encounters: RandomEncounters_Rules+5_AMP

PS. The Broken Promise in the featuring picture is an actual magic item (although in resin, not old flesh). I’d gladly trade it for a DCC belt buckle, or a similar artefact.

Tavern Names 101

“Yeh ever been ta the Screaming Duckling? Up on the east side? Yea, tha’s the one! Awesome ale they got there, but stay outta the bogs, I hear they’s haunted by a shit-daemon! Ha!

Wha’s aboot the Rough Arse? Down the Southway? Yea, the one with the one armed barmaid. Blimey, she’ll give ya a sound trashin’ any night o’ the week. How’d ya think I lost me front teef?

Hmm… Well riddle me this then: where’s the best place for a pint o’ dwarven scrummy? Don’t know? Well, tha’s where we’ll go next!

Handle the tab, will ya, tha’ssa good boy. Then we’re off to the Stinky Otter!”

I’m running around the Baltics like mad this week, so it’s time for some content from a new contributor: a tavern name generator from a good friend of mine, the mysterious Mr. MM.

We’ll definitely hear from him again later, but there was a demand for something of this sort from the Finnish RPG-community over on Facebook, so we decided to push out the content  right quick.

And exceptionally, this content is brought to you in bi-lingual format, both in English and Finnish.

Tavern Name Generator: Resource_TavernNameGenerator_MM+AO

Tavernannimigeneraattori: Resurssit_TavernanNimetNopalla_MM+AO

Cheers,

AMP & MM

PS. “Tavernannimigeneraattori” is a linguistically correct word in Finnish, even though I’m almost certain I’m the first git to use it! Isn’t it a lovely language…

Equipment, improved

“You say you’re heading out to the caves up in the mountains?

Well, I’ve got just what you need: climbing spikes, rope, hooks, shovels, pick axes, crowbars, compasses, chalk, perfume and…

…what do you mean you won’t need perfume in the caves? Haven’t you heard of the stinkgoblins?”

I like to approach OSR dungeons like puzzle boxes or tool use challenges: push and prod the problems the right way, and you’ll get a prize. If you actually end up rolling dice you’ve lost, as the events aren’t in your control anymore. So, a good list of tools goes a long way in making the game fun for me.

When I started GMing DCC last autumn this was the first augmentation I added to the game. It’s based on an old, hand written list of items I had in one of my notebooks, meant for an upgrade of my own system I used to develop (and still might, maybe).

This equipment list has many more options compared to ones I’ve seen in rulebooks, and includes entries for provisions, animals, and a bunch of specialist equipment. A similar upgrade for weapons and armour can be found here .

In addition to handling most of the shopping needs you can imagine, I use this list to randomize small item loot in my games. Characters find some corpses? Roll a check (search or Luck, depending on situation) and if successful, roll a d100 on the equipment list. Finding the right tool at the right time is worth much more than gold pieces. And finding the wrong tool usually leads to hilarity.

I intend to use this as a reference in much of the content I’ll post later, so anyone intent on following my posts should pick it up and try it out. The list has been tested in DCC and Swords & Wizardry so far, and seems to work just fine in both.

It should be noted that the economy suggested here is very lenient on food prices. I don’t want to make my players count their coppers just to eat, we do enough of that in our real lives already; high adventure is what we want from a night of gaming!

Cheers,

AMP

Extended equipment tables for fantasy roleplay: OSR_TablesOfGoods_AMP_v1.1

Header image courtesy of Sami Kuopusjärvi