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Release the Kraken on Mad Fenrick’s Manor!

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It is time, once again, to delve into the back catalog of maps here on the Dodecahedron and pull out two more to be re-released under the free commercial use license thanks to the amazing support of our Patreon backers. Mad Fenrick’s Manor and Basement were released in April and May of 2014 and are back!

Mad Fenrick's ManorMad Fenrick’s Manor

A few miles from the nearest outposts of civilization, just over those hills to the west of here, are the old estates of the Trent family. Sitting almost smugly on a hill in the midst of overgrown hedge mazes and fallow fields is the manor of “Mad” Fenrick Trent. Sure the first parts of the structure were initially built by his grandfather, and the last Trents to live in it were his great-grandchildren, but Mad Fenrick is the Trent who put the most work into the half-fortified squat monstrosity.

Of course, a massive cobbled together and defensively structured manor like Mad Fenrick’s Manor doesn’t stop with just the main level and a few towers. In the main courtyard of the manor is a set of stairs that originally lead to the Trent family crypt, but that now connects to a small dungeon (as well as Mad Fenrick’s Root Cellar, Mad Fenrick’s Family Crypt, Mad Fenrick’s U-Store-It, and Mad Fenrick’s Large Rodent Repository, of course).

Mad Fenrick's BasementMad Fenrick’s Basement

With the manor grounds now abandoned, who knows the sorts of things that crawl about beneath the old manor house. Whatever they are, they are probably very lonely and would love to play with any visitors.

And to be true to the originals, I’ve included versions without a grid:

Mad Fenrick's Manor (no grid)Mad Fenrick’s Manor (no grid)

Mad Fenrick's Basement (no grid)

Mad Fenrick’s Basement (no grid)

It would, of course, be absolute foolishness to claim that these maps weren’t in turn inspired by the classic Tegel Manor adventure which I first encountered as a player and that has haunted my games ever since.

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This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use under the “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” initiative thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 awesome patrons have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make this map free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $400 mark, we choose a map from the blog’s extensive back catalog to retroactively release under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under the commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

Creative Commons LicenseCartography by Dyson Logos is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Le Grand Sondage

Après deux précédents sondages (en 2010 et 2014, avec respectivement près de 3000 et plus de 4400 répondants), le site Le Thiase se remet au travail avec une réédition en 2018.
Ce sondage vise à mieux connaître la population rôliste. Il se présente sous la forme d’un sondage web, pouvant être complété en quelques minutes.
Les personnes qui y répondent peuvent laisser leur adresse pour recevoir directement les résultats à la fin du sondage.
Le sondage.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)

The Caves of Chaos – Dyson Logos Edition!

I’ve been posting the individual Caves of Chaos redrawn in my style (Caves A-F) (Caves G-K) – so this was pretty much inevitable. Here they are all collected into a single massive map. This was done at 1200 dpi at ledger size (11 x 17 inches) so you can print it out, fold it in half, and slip it into your module (probably between the cover and the module proper).

Each of these files is roughly 6 megs, far larger than most of the maps posted to the blog. Click on them to get to the full-sized 1200 dpi version.

The Caves of Chaos - AssembledThe Caves of Chaos – Assembled

Originally I made this just as an accessory to go with the original map and adventure. Something a little more clear to my eyes without the contour lines, trees, numbers, and in black instead of blue because I’m an old man and my eyes just don’t like the low-contrast blue. I also didn’t include pit traps, so the maps could be used by those who want them on the table.

The Caves of Chaos - NumberedThe Caves of Chaos – Numbered

But for ease of use, I realized that the room numbers could come in handy. So I made a numbered version to help those DMs who want it. And then, because I know I’m in the minority in my hatred of the blue maps… I finally broke down and made a blue one for y’all.

The Caves of Chaos - BlueThe Caves of Chaos – Blue

So enjoy your adventures through the Caves of Chaos. I’ve been going there regularly since 1979.

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The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

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More Caves! More Chaos!

Last post I put up six of the various caves of the legendary Caves of Chaos, a cavern-infested box canyon overrun by vile humanoids northeast of the Keep on the Borderlands. But Five is the true number of chaos (ignore the fools who claim it is 8), so here are five more caves of chaos, including the dread Shrine of Evil Chaos!

Bugbears and the Shunned Cave (Caves G & H)Bugbears and the Shunned Cave (Caves G & H)

The residents of these caves are significantly stronger individually than those of the earlier caves in the set. This set includes the lair of the foul bugbears who are fortunately few in number, as well as the wet “shunned cave” which is home to an owlbear and a foul ooze.

Minotaur's Labyrinth (Cave I)Minotaur’s Labyrinth (Cave I)

As if to drive the point home that the end of the box canyon is dangerous, it also includes the labyrinth of a mighty minotaur – enchanted of course so that the intersections are always in the wrong directions and it becomes ridiculously easy to become lost and confused.

Gnoll Lair (Cave J)Gnoll Lair (Cave J)

South of the final Shrine of Evil Chaos (and connected via secret passage) is the lair of a small number of the fierce hyena-warriors that some call beastmen and others call gnolls.

Shrine of Evil Chaos (Cave K)Shrine of Evil Chaos (Cave K)

And finally, the Shrine of Evil Chaos itself – the centrepiece of this collection of caves, ominously looking down over the box canyon from the back. This extensive set of caves has been finished and cut and most of it bears little resemblance to the natural caves that were once here. This is the home of the evil that is bringing the many humanoids of the caves together in one place and keeping them from each others’ throats.

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The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

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Système 4C (Système 4C)

Publié à l’initiative du blog ludique Living Libre, cette version du jeu ne contient que ses éléments libres de droits, c’est-à-dire qu’il ne comporte aucune illustration, hormis sur sa couverture. Cette dernière est illustrée, en VO, d’un dessin du jeune Will Eisner, tiré de la couverture du premier numéro de Wonder Comics (1939), d’une peinture d’Alphone Mucha en VF

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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5/5 – Ecran du MJ (Chroniques Oubliées)

Difficile de noter un écran.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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Tigres & Dragons du Jiang Hu

Éditions du Troisème Œil (Les)Wulin. Une cinquantaine d’arts martiaux pour étendre les possibilités d’action des Youxias.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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Tigres & Dragons du Jiang Hu (Wulin)

Tigres & Dragon du Jiang Hu est un supplément pour le jeu Wulin. Il s’ouvre sur une page pour les crédits.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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Déclin du Camélia (Le)

Éditions du Troisème Œil (Les)Wulin. Quand des Youxias sont reçus au Manoir du Camélia…

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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Hebdo du 27 aout 2018

Z39 se détendit dans son fauteuil.
L’absence du pacha était déjà bien sympa. Mais l’absence du second et du responsable des machines ne gachait absolument rien.
Farniente.
Bon bien sûr, il y avait bien des rapports qui s’accumulaient sur la passerelle, y compris un rapport sur le Grand Projet de l’un des principauix conglomérats de la galaxie !
Ca, ça valait le coup quand ça arrivait.
Bon récapitulons…, pensa-t-il.
Le Grand Projet, les légions silencieuses, les Bêtes, les anciens Terminateurs, le Grand Ancien, les Dominateurs, un droide de protocole, des génériques TVMF, une icône religieuse, des historiens de l’Empire du Milieu et même les compte-rendus des derniers exploits de Starfleet !
Bref, du beau travail, au final.
(1316 jeux, 13293 ouvrages, 30 systèmes, 15799 critiques, 502 jeux amateurs, 1170 éditeurs, 2322 bios, 5185 utilisateurs)

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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Six Caves of Chaos

Venture with me to 1979 and my first encounters with kobolds and other darstardly goblinoids. For today we are investigating six caves (some interlinked) in the dreaded Caves of Chaos.

Kobold Caves (A)Kobold Caves (A)

The Kobolds keep themselves in a small set of caves with long tunnels – better for guerrilla engagements and to be honest, it is frightening for many low level characters to see tunnels leading off into the darkness well beyond the limits of your light sources…

Orc Caves (B & C)Orc Caves (B & C)

The two orc tribes live next door to each other, although the tribe on the right has significantly more living space within their caves. They also have the distinct downside of being closer to the floor and to the entrance of the box canyon, making them one of the most likely lairs to be attacked by raiders or adventurers. The leaders of the clans also have a secret meeting space because sometimes being orcs is enough to keep you together when things are getting rough.

Goblinoid Caves (D, E & F)Goblinoid Caves (D, E, & F)

On the south side of the box canyon are three goblinoid caves. Inhabited primarily by goblins (down near the entrance of the box canyon) and hobgoblins (higher up and deeper into the canyon), these two labyrinthine cave complexes link to each other and a third – the small cave of the local ogre, one of the more frightening and potent humanoids in the area.

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The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

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Playtest Rulebook (Pathfinder)

Le contenu de cet ouvrage est identique à celui de l’édition standard du livre de playtest. Ce livre se différencie néanmoins par une couverture souple et un prix de vente inférieur.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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Playtest Rulebook

PaizoPathfinder. L’ouvrage qui prépare à la métamorphose de toute une gamme.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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Guy Blavin

Il a découvert le JdR il y a plus de 30 ans, sans règles et sans dés ! Plus tard, il a eu un coup de coeur pour Dungeon World et autres jeux PBTA. Ce qui l’a amené à traduire Masques : une nouvelle génération.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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More Barrow Mounds of the Lich and Famous

Burial mounds are a staple of fantasy games and stories. Today’s offering is a collection of six more burial mounds for those occasions when you really need to loot a a small tomb or small tomb complex right now.

More Barrow Mounds of the Lich and FamousMore Barrow Mounds of the Lich and Famous

This set of tomb maps go from simple single-chambered mounds to multi-chambered mounds and finally to a pair of mounds that incorporate multiple crypts and passages such as “Shadow Dragon’s Tomb” on the lower right.

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The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

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4/5 – Amas de Corvus (L’) (Mindjammer)

Globalement, j’aime beaucoup l’univers de Mindjammer que je considère comme une version réaliste de Star Trek où la Fédération des Planètes Unies ne semble avoir aucun défaut, appliquant la charte des droits de l’homme à la lettre. Ici, la Communalité est bien moins altruiste. Elle n’apporte sa technologie avancée aux mondes isolés que sous certaines conditions.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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4/5 – Starter Set (D&D5 – Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition)

Je me souviens encore de ma première boîte de D&D. Elle était rouge, et elle contenait tout ce qui était nécessaire pour se créer un personnage et le mener jusqu’au niveau 3. Dans la boîte, on trouvait même un scénario un peu bac à sable qui permettait d’explorer une vallée creusée de toutes parts par des cavernes abritant autant de clans de monstres qu’il fallait expédier ad patres pour sécuriser la région…

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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Fear my delicious undead unagi!

Drew this map during tonight’s D&D game (player map, so not 100% accurate to the DMs map).

We had decided to take over this little island fortress of dwarven design as a safe place to sleep because it had been a long (and painful) day of adventure so far. Of course, such a nice little fortification already had someone squatting in it (we call the lizard person Zuul, because it has mastered the use of keys and had every bloody door in the place locked)…

When it told us to leave, and had zero interest in letting us crash there for the night, it turned into a home invasion and we sent them packing (unhurt!) into the night.

The highlight though, was going into the fish storage room and animating the smoked eels with an animate dead spell. Zombie smoked eels were then tasked to guard the water entrance to the fortifications and keep Zuul away while we slept.

Because really, who expects to be attacked by delicious smoked undead unagi, right?

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Protocol Fantasy Omnibus

Post World GamesProtocol. Une série de jeux pour des parties courtes centrées sur les personnages plus que l’histoire.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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Protocol Fantasy Omnibus (Protocol)

Protocol Fantasy Omnibus présente le système Protocol, suivi d’une série de jeux, rééditions de jeux précédemment parus sous format électronique ou jeux originaux, pour le mettre en œuvre.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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