Interview with Wobblies & Wizards4>
Chatting about my game design journey with Logar the Barbarian
After seeing my Knave module The Frozen Temple of Glacier Peak featured on Wobblies & Wizards, I got the chance to get on the show myself.
We talked a bit about Frozen Temple, Salthaven, my love for rules-light games, the NSR, and how it all started for me. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/...
The final journey4>
A story prompt
You don't remember how it happened. Only that afterwards you were falling. Falling through a void of misty blue. It didn't feel dark or cold or sad as you had imagined. It just felt as if you were a snowflake among countless other snowflakes falling through the winter sky, getting buffet...
And a glimpse of what lies ahead
This post was inspired by https://www.neverendingpretending.net/what-i-ran-or-played-in-2021.
In this post I will briefly go through and reflect on my tabletop RPG experiences of last year.
2021 was the year I fully took the step towards embracing the creative part of the hobby. Previously I...
An adventure for Cairn
Salthaven, the setting I was writing for a new campaign, took a twist and became a short 3 page adventure for Cairn!
The quiet fishing town of Salthaven, located on an island with the same name, is suddenly plagued by terrible storms. No ships are able to leave or dock due to the relentless wa...
Demise of the Lone Adventurer4>
I'm doing weird stuff again.
d10 relics for Cairn4>
Some magic items to use for Cairn
Some relics for the excellent Cairn by Yochai Gal.
- Skull Cap, 1 charge. A helmet that transforms the bearer's head into the appearance of a skull until dawn. Recharge: Bury with human bones for one night.
- Hood of Silence, 2 charges. A hood that envelops the bearer in complete sile...
The mysterious northern lights
The Aurora Borealis, or the northern lights, is something that has fascinated me for my entire life. Growing up in Sweden I have been able to experience its splendor several times on trips north of the Arctic Circle. There is something about it that just sparks my imagination. Standing below the d...
Simple side quest for Salthaven4>
Just one of the simple side quests I had in mind for Salthaven.
Baron Werner von Geld, the wealthy merchant baron from the distant lands to the west, wants someone to pick up a shipment for him. The party must meet a boat at midnight outside Echo Cove then bring the shipment through the caves i...
Why did the mansion fall into the ice cave?4>
Brainstorming holiday adventures
Up on a frozen mountain lies a frozen lake with an island and a mansion on it. In summer the lake's ice melts causing maelstroms and huge blocks of ice to appear in its fast currents making it impossible to cross. But now it's winter and the lake has frozen again. The villagers from the edge of th...
100 things you might find on the street in Salthaven4>
A salty random table!
This is part of a series where I blog about the development of the coastal setting of Salthaven.
Every coastal town has a lot of junk on the streets right? I figured mine would anyway. So here is a list of 100 mostly junk items!
100 things you might find on the street in Salthaven
Welcome to Salthaven!4>
The beginning of a coastal adventuring hub
I'm a huge fan of coastal and maritime settings. Curse of the Emerald Sea and Pastel Paradise are proof of that. Those were both pretty much experimental. The former's hex tile system was based on Undying Sands by Games Omnivorous and the latter was my first try at making something for Troi...
A map of my hometown4>
Feel free to use it!
I drew a simple map of my hometown and applied some filters to it. Feel free to use it for anything.
A vacation sphere for Troika!
After two long pandemic years I wanted something that wasn't so dark and serious. At first I set out to make a pirate setting or adventure, maybe a treasure island. But what I ended up with was this. Pastel Paradise is a vacation sphere for Troika, a place to go and relax between adventures and sp...
Listing pros and cons of 13 favorite games4>
Another step towards ZineQuest 4
The amazing cover of Acid Death Fantasy
As I said in my previous post I decided to make something a bit more ambitious than my current content for ZineQuest 4. So I figured, why not start by looking at the giants who came before me?
I've taken a look at 13 of my favorite books and listed so...
Setting the course to ZineQuest 4!4>
The first stumbling steps towards a zine
Tools of the trade
I've spent the past week thinking about what I want to make and people who know me wouldn't be surprised to hear that I settled...
Bumpy Ride At Bore IX published!4>
A one-shot on a frozen planet
I made a fancy image using my test print
What was just supposed to be a simple iridium ore pickup is about to take a wild turn. Something at the mining outpost is turning people into lethal, mindless wretches. To make matters even worse, there is a traitorous psychopath among them.
Strap in, ‘...
Writing for Sci-fi4>
My first Mothership experience
Some of the notes before writing the Halloween one-shot
I've been fascinated and interested in running Mothership for the better part of this year and yesterday I finally got the chance. Coming from a background of running almost exclusively fantasy games, it felt a bit intimidating to jump stra...
The Fallen Paladin of Fort Forlorn4>
A short story
The illustration that inspired this text is provided by Finn Lloyd of Into the Weird Blue Yonder.
There once was a splendid fort in a deep valley in the most distant mountain range. It was said that it was built to protect the lands from a cave containing an evil so great that would it ever be...
Life paths for Knave4>
I wanted some more detailed backgrounds for my Knave games, so here are some simple life path rules for Knave. Just pick your character's age and find out what they did during various stages of their life.
- Young: +1 to STR, DEX, CON. Roll for one Young background
- Adult: No ability score ch...
A look in the mirror4>
How many books do you really need to run a game?
My frayed and well used home-printed copy of Maze Rats
Some ramblings while drinking Korean raspberry wine during a rainy evening in Seoul.
While preparing to move back to Europe, I'm facing the challenge of shipping all my stuff back there. With a global shipping crisis going on, it's safe to...
Our community zine is finished
After a month of receiving submissions, we have now finally finished compiling the community zine The Quaranzine.
Personally, this project has been a way for me to get the community over here in Korea together one last time before I leave for my home country after three years. Even though this p...
Base building rules!4>
A set of system-agnostic rules
I just finished making this spread for the community zine we are working on here in Korea. Enjoy!
UPDATE: The Quaranzine is now published. You can find download links here: https://ialath.com/blog/the-quaranzine
It's also revised with some more tables and refined rules. The new version should...
The Frozen Temple of Glacier Peak4>
My latest module for Knave, inspired by Nordic folklore
My latest module is a dungeon adventure made for Knave. I ran this with two different groups and they really seemed to enjoy it!
The idea for the module was sparked when I read about the Nordic Sami people and their myths about double-bottomed lakes leading to the spirit realm, the home of creat...
Kickstarter Top 5 - September 20214>
A look at some of the more interesting kickstarters
I said that this would be part of a series exactly one year ago, so better late than never, here we are!
The following are some campaigns of note that are currently on Kickstarter (as of September 17). While I don't intend to back all of them, they all have interesting elements that peaked my in...
Next Project: Stygian Library/Knave Hack4>
Initial ideas for my next game
I absolutely adore Emmy Allen's The Stygian Library and The Gardens of Ynn. I think it's safe to say that the former is my favorite tabletop RPG book of this year. Make sure to buy the physical copy if you get the chance. You won't regret it!
I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that it would be...
Curse of the Emerald Sea4>
I published a swashbuckling sandbox setting for Knave
It's been a while since I've been active here, but that's about to change. I have a couple of interesting posts coming up but figured I'd start with this sandbox setting I made for Knave.
Curse of the Emerald Sea is the culmination of a game I played with my game group earlier this year. It star...
Review: The Soul of Adventure: Islands of the Meencan Seas4>
A new but completely unknown RPG
I stumbled over this book written by Robert Bird while browsing for odd RPG's to try out. I liked the cover and considered buying it, but I couldn't find any reviews at all. I asked reddit with no results, so I decided to buy it anyway because I liked the cover and my curiosity got the better...
Gary Gygax 75 Challenge - Week 34>
A dungeon. No actually - A full adventure module!
Last week I finished week 3 of the Gary Gygax 75 Challenge. In that part of the challenge you are supposed to create and populate a dungeon. I did that. And a whole lot more!
What was supposed to be a fairly simple one page dungeon blew up completely and turned into a 13 page adventure module!...
Choosing an OSR System for Hot Springs Island4>
My notes for making the decision
I've been wanting to run The Dark of Hot Springs Island ever since I discovered it this spring. Even though I have the pdf I feel like a game like this deserves to be run with the hardcover books. Especially the excellent player-facing Field Guide.
I have decided to run it with an OSR system...
Review: The Sealed Library4>
A solo journaling game by Matt Sanders
It's time for my first review!
I have a few other games I want to review, but I played through this one today and figured I'd give it a shot while it's fresh in mind. It's the first solo RPG I've played in probably 20 years.
The Sealed Library by Matt Sanders is a solo journaling RPG powered by...
An exercise in creative motivation
During these plague-ridden days it’s difficult to go out and experience new things to become inspired or motivated. We need something to break free from our regular patterns. I created this abstract system to help with that. It’s an exercise in letting the mind wander and attain new experiences from...
Kickstarter Top 5 - September 20204>
A look at some Kickstarter campaigns
This is the start of a series on Kickstarters that strike my interest.
It should not be thought of as a review since I don't really have anything to review other than what's on the campaign page and I'm not getting paid by the creators to promote their campaigns. This is merely my own subjective o...
Gary Gygax 75 Challenge - Week 24>
Hexmap and random encounters
Next step in the journey towards building a campaign setting in 5 weeks.
I finished the week 2 challenge after just 2 days. Of course it could be polished more, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
I'll probably add more random encounter tables and a bestiary, but that's out of scope...
Gary Gygax 75 Challenge - Week 14>
First step towards a new campaign setting
As many readers might be aware of there's this thing called the Gary Gygax 75 Challenge going on. The gist of it is to use a simple framework to write a complete campaign setting in just 5 weeks.
You can read more about it here.
I just finished the first week yesterday, and even though I didn...
Let's Get This Blog Started!4>
What is it and why?
I have been extremely interested in tabletop role-playing ever since my childhood friend introduced me to them back in the mid 90s. I spent countless hours reading Swedish RPG books (Eon and Drakar & Demoner) and creating my own settings. I didn't get to play much, as I was terrified of asking my fr...