Friday, July 26, 2019



FrequencyCommonDungeon EncGang(1d6)/Warband(1d3 Gangs)
No. Appearing2-20Wilderness EncWarband(1d3 Gangs)
/Village(1d10 Warbands)
Armor Class54
Movement9" / Burrow 1"90 (30')/Burrow 5'
Hit Dice4+14+1
% In Lair20%20%
Treasure TypeIndividuals M (*10), Q, B, S in lairL per Warband + special
No. Of Attacks2 or 1Claw/Claw or 1 Large Club or Weapon
Damage2-5/2-5 or 1d10 or by weapon1d4+1/1d4+1 or 1d10 or Weapon +3
Special Attacksnilnil
Special DefenseProtected backProtected back
Magic ResistanceStandardN/A
Save N/AF4
IntelligenceSemi- to Low Semi- to Low
AlignmentNeutral or Chaotic EvilNeutral or Chaotic
SizeLarge (9+ feet tall)Large
Psionic AbilitynilN/A
Morale N/A+2

Womgrrs are a semi-successful crossbreed between wombats and ogres.  They inhabit plains and unforested hills, digging communal burrows for lairs.  While Womgrrs physically breed true, their mental capacities vary. 25% of the population are Chaotic Evil and Viscous with Low intelligence, resembling their Ogre ancestry, these fight with weapons and armor preferably.  50% of the population are Neutral with Low intelligence, they fight with their claws and rarely are given any armor.  This group makes up the bulk of the gangs and Warbands which will always be led by one of Chaotic Womgrrs.  The last 25% are Semi-intelligent vegetarians, which will only fight if cornered in their burrows.  A particularly cunning Chaotic Womgrr may use these as arrow fodder, pushing them ahead of the Warband to absorb damage and get magic users to self-identify.  These will retreat, underground if possible, in response to any damage. A DM should not award much XP for killing them unless they are used as above.

* the WomGRRs special ability is improved defense against attacks from the rear.  The thick cartilaginous back end provides improved protection, attackers do not receive any bonus for attacking from the rear.

See also: Surreptitious or Burrowing Tiger

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Review Chivalry & Sorcery Supplement - Swords & Sorcerers: Physical Layout

A recent pick up from Once Read Books out of Long Beach C, it's a supplement to my first ever RPG purchase.

Physical Condition as advertised: "Paperback. GOOD. White and green illustrated wraps, approx. 8.5"x11", 94pp., bagged for protection, small creases to spine end, spine hinges, and corners, 3 holes punched into spine hinges, closed tear across middle  hole on back cover, price sticker remains to middle back cover, rub-wear to covers, most pages detached from spine, many loose pages, no missing pages."

Physical Condition as received.  Bagged as advertised, I'd describe the color as mustard yellow rather than green.  The exterior flaws as noted, plus an additional small tear on the top of the back cover.  Only the residue of the price sticker glue remains on the back, so no idea what the original selling price was.  I want to say the original source book was in the $20 range, but I paid cash many miles and a few decades ago - and don't save my receipts.   I'm not concerned about the holes punched in the book, as I did the same to my core rule book, some time around 1982, the Fantasy Games Unlimited bindings weren't of the highest quality.

Opening the package - the book is really feels like it's in remarkably good shape.  Inside the front cover is inscribed "Paul Rado", in much neater handwriting than I ever had.  Anyone know him?

Started paging through it to check for missing pages, the pages really are falling out as soon as I get past the preface, so I'll put it in a three ring binder right away.  All the pages are there, the page count in the advertisement did not include the pages in the dedication, table of contents or introduction, so there are an additional seven pages, every one complete and legible at first pass.

Wow, look at the dedication page.  I just read about Ed Simbalist visiting Chaosium, now I see the connection to Arneson.

All the pages are there and in very good condition.

Layout - the font seems easier on the eyes that in the Sourcebook, but I suspect when I look at them side by side they will be the same.  Nope, I was wrong - this book is laid out in 9 point font, single column; the C&S Sourcebook is 6 point font, two columns per page.  Thank you, unknown  layout artist at Fantasy Games in 1978 - much easier on the eyes!  It's divided into three sections, Nordic, Steppe Nomads and "Gaels and Picts" as a single section.  Just leafing through it, I see that I'll want to do a post looking at each section, checking for new material versus repeating sections from the Sourcebook (reusing content from previous products was a bad habit Judges Guild had in their the Wilderlands campaign setting; first chance to see if FGU did it too.). 

I'm very pleased with this purchase and will look to do business with Once Read Books again in the future.  Maybe chase my old college roommate over there to look for bargains.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Christmas in July (2019 Edition)

Had this waiting for me when I got home Sunday
and yesterday the final piece (I think) of the RuneQuest Classic Kickstarter became available.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Surreptitious or Burrowing Tiger

"You should ask Caldwell, he was Old Master Spratt's gardener."

      "He meant well, he really did," that worthy prefaced.  
      "Master Spratt always said that no matter how much I rolled the lawn, the mole tunnels still made the croquet balls miss the hoops.  So he says to me, 'I'll get you a helper, I will'."
      "So he took Top, a wombat he'd picked up in his travels to further parts.  And he took Lily, a tiger cub he'd been given and sort o' made new creatures out o' them."
      "Well, the critters dug through the ground like butter and took care of all of the moles.  But their tunnels were even bigger!  The master gave up on croquet and put in a shuffleboard court instead."

     "But the chicken coops?"

     "O' course, when they finished w' the moles, the beasties started going after the chickens.  That's why all the chicken coops in this area in these parts are built of stone, jus' like little castles." 

Surreptitious or Burrowing Tiger (ACKS Stats)

% In Lair30%10%
Dungeon EncIdiocy (1d3)/Mob(1d6)      Singular(1)/Den(1d3)
Wilderness EncIdiocy (1d3)/Mob(1d6)      Singular(1)/Den(1d3)
Movement60' (20') / Burrow 5'90 (30')/Burrow 5'
Armor Class33
Hit Dice2*5*
Attacks3 (Claw/Claw/Bite)3 (Claw/Claw/Bite) or 1 (Rake)
Damage1d4/1d4/2d41d6/1d6/2d6  or 2d8
Treasure TypeNone10% Chance of F

My lack of artistic talent
on full display
The Burrowing Tiger (Vombatis tigris vulgaris) is a small marsupial predator, whose prey consists of rats, rabbit, mole, earthworms, snakes and other small creatures living on or just under the surface.  In settled regions they are considered a nuisance due to damage cause by their large (6 - 8 inch) tunnels, which damage fences, small buildings and can cause injury to man and beast if they collapse under foot.  They also tend to preying on small domesticated fowl and animals, such as chickens, ducks and rabbits.  It is vitally important in these areas that such farm stock are kept in stone floored enclosures at night.  *The rear of the burrowing tiger is a mass of tough, cartilaginous tissue providing no advantage to attacks from the rear.

The Giant Burrowing Tiger is merely a rumor from antipodal rain forests.

Excerpt from the Society Report on the fate of the Saynsbury Expedition: Sir Oswalt Saynsbury chartered the brig Skua.  The said purpose of the trip was to investigate reports of a species of surreptitious tiger (Vombatis tigris maximus) said to hunt its prey by digging pits beneath the surface of the trail for it to fall into.  Captain Grimbalde of the Skua deposes that at the South Sea Company factory near the mouth of the Bomberra river, Sir Oswalt engaged a native guide with some rough understanding of our tongue, who promised to arrange bearers for the expedition from local Dorrikimbo villages a few miles up the river in exchange for some trade junk.  His mate Wardeby, deposed that Sir Oswalt debarked with his servant, Beale, at village approximately 5 miles from the mouth of the river called Wahrwahr or Tahrway.  Sir Oswalt instructed the rest of his party to return in two days with the trade junk he had brought.  Doctor Annelsey, of the Expedition, deposed that when Wardeby returned them to the village on the stated date, neither Sir Oswalt, nor Beale nor the guide they called Johnny were present.  The chieftain or high priest of the village (the Doctor was unable to determine the man's role with any precision)  presented them with Sir Oswalt's sword and shield while making a pantomime, the Doctor thought perhaps was of someone being attacked.  Based on the lack of any positive information and the multiple reports of the Dorrikimbo people being cannibal savages - we conclude that Sir Oswalt met his death in a cooking pot.
  The Society is open to backing any member or friend of Sir Oswalt who wishes to organize another trip to the Dorrikimbo lands for revenge or discovery.

Note:  These are wombat tiger crossbreeds, loosely based on the rules for combining creatures in ACKS.  Darren Wheeler on MeWe ACKS group suggested the crossbreed.