Friday, October 20, 2017

Interview at Multiverse

Timothy Connolly of TSR, Inc. interviewed me for their Multiverse blog, and the interview went live today:

http://multiverse.world/blog/2017/10/19/qa-joseph-bloch-greyhawk-grognard/

This was a lot of fun to do, and I hope folks check it out!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Darker Paths Halloween Sale

Hello, kiddies! 
It's that wonderful time of year again, boys and ghouls... The annual Halloween sale, when the Darker Paths series of supplements are on sale for a ridiculously low price. And of course they're all usable with almost all old-school, 0E/1E/2E type games. This is honestly some of my favorite work.

How low, and what do you get?

Darker Paths 1: The Necromancer
The necromancer is a master of death and the undead; his spells are centered on dealing with crypts and tombs, creating and treating with the undead, as well as emulating some of the powers of the undead at higher level. 20 pages, on sale for $3.42.

Darker Paths 2: The Witch
This witch is not a sexy nature-worshiper. Nor is she a misunderstood and unjustly persecuted healer and herbalist. This is the witch of the Brothers Grimm, the Malleus Maleficarum, and Medieval folklore. It features approximately fifty new spells such as Hand of Glory, Blight Field, Candle Magic, and Masse Noire, plus full descriptions of spells that are shared with other classes, so players will have everything they need at their fingertips. Cover art and an interior character illustration is by veteran OSR artist Jason Sholtis. 20 pages, on sale for $3.42.


Darker Paths 3: The Demonolator
Demonolaters are priests who serve demon lords and ladies. The character class is a sub-class of cleric, but each demon lord has priests with special powers and spells, nearly 40 of which are included (with names like dark offering, invite possession, and warp reality). 
This supplement also includes rules for demonic pacts and statistics for the demon lord Dagon and his minions, the dreaded carcharo demons. 15 pages, $2.93.

And best of all, there's a bundle of all three available for just $9.95! Dude, I wrote this, and I'd pay that much for it, easy.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ogre coming to Steam

I normally hate video games, but this looks amazing. I've been a huge fan of the game since the 70's, including the miniatures version, and this looks like a very worthy addition to the family. Now I'll have to figure out how to get a Steam account, just for this.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Greyhawk Gods in 5E

As I've been posting my progress on my Greyhawk 576 material for 5th Edition, someone asked if they could see a list of all the deities I'm planning on including. So here it is, subject to change, of course. Names marked with an asterisk are already done, with full write-ups including a unique divine domain for clerics who choose to take it, rather than one of the standard divine domains. (Where applicable - a couple of gods don't have clerics, only druids, but since Oerth has two moons, there's a Circle of Luna and a Circle of Celene.)

Allitur
Atroa*
Beltar*
Beory*
Berei
Bleredd
Boccob*
Bralm*
Celestian*
Saint Cuthbert*
Cyndor
Dalt
Delleb*
Ehlonna*
The Elder Elemental God*
Erythnul*
Fharlanghn*
Fortubo*
Geshtai
Heironeous*
Hextor*
Incabulous*
Istus*
Iuz*
Jascar*
Joramy
Kord*
Kurell*
Lendor*
Lirr
Llerg*
Lolth*
Lydia*
Merikka
Myhriss
Nerull*
Obad-Hai*
Olidammara*
Pelor*
Phaulkon*
Pholtus*
Phyton*
Procan*
Pyremius*
Ralishaz*
Rao*
Rudd*
Sotillion*
Stern Alia
Stratis
Syrul*
Telchur*
Tharizdun*
Trithereon*
Ulaa*
Vatun
Velnius
Wastri*
Wee Jas*
Wenta
Xan Yae*
Xerbo*
Zagyg*
Zilchus
Zodal
Zuoken

A few notes on the selections; I've deliberately left out Baklunish gods not listed in the Guide to the World of Greyhawk/From the Ashes. I am using non-Living Greyhawk material wherever possible, and am trying to make a synthesis of all the 1E, 2E, 3E, 4E, and 5E material I can. A few entries might surprise you, but I thought they were interesting, such as Stratis from the Sundered Empire setting of the early 2000's Chainmail game (brother of Hextor and Heironeous, who is still alive as of 576), and Vatun, the Suel god of winter who is imprisoned by the Oeridian god of winter, Telchur!

It's also worth noting that a few didn't make the list. Mayaheine and Vecna, for instance, didn't achieve demigod status in Oerth until around 585.

As a reminder, this is just a thought-exercise on my part, until and unless Wizards of the Coast allows third-parties to publish Greyhawk material on DM's Guild.

UPDATE: I'll be keeping this list up to date as I finish off gods, just in case anyone is interested in seeing progress made.