Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #22

 by Silveressa It’s been almost 2 months now since I last updated Crimson Dawn, due in part to the hectic schedules of the holidays making time to sit down and write a synopsis (or even run a game) hard to come by. These real life obligations combined with a nasty case of food poisoning; conspired […]

Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #21

 by Silveressa “In light of this whole zombie plague I’m thinking they’re going to have to redefine R.I.P to Rise in Putrescence.” –Riley, recalling the usual gravestone markings. “How about Rot In Pieces?” –Jessy, proving acronyms can mean whatever the reader intends. Adventure #21 A cold wind buffets the vehicles as the hiss of static […]

Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #20

by Silveressa “I can’t help but wonder if this whole undead business is restricted to humans or if it affects animals too.” –Riley, pondering the effects of “the wave.” “You do know humans are just another animal in the grand scheme of evolution right? –Renee, showing off her intellect yet again. “Ssh! Not so loud, […]

Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #19

by Silveressa “Thomas Baker? An interesting name for a Bakery store owner.” –Heather, musing over their new acquaintances name. “Back in the day it was common for people to have last names based on their profession. Smith would be a blacksmith, Carpenter a woodworker, and so forth. –Renee, showing off her intellect. “If that’s true, […]

Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #18

by Silveressa “What made you think all these naked dummies were zombies?” –Renee, still amazed at Jessy’s lack of control. “Because normal people don’t stand around naked in the rain? –Jessy, displaying his “common sense.” Adventure #18 At the back of the clothing store Renee spends a good 5 minutes furiously trying to kick in […]

How To Turn A Haunted House Into An NPC

Haunted House NPC

From the GMMastery Yahoo Group A GM asked for help making a haunted house become an interesting NPC. Lots of ideas poured into the thread, which I thought I’d highlight here. I fully support giving locations personality. And as you’ll see below, creative GMs can also make places interactive and dramatic. The Initial Request From […]

Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #17

by Silveressa While later then planned due to Hurricane Irene laying waste to Vermont, and slightly shorter due to a lot of the session time taken up by the characters trying to formulate plans in game on how to deal with a few situations, I present you with the next installment of: Crimson Dawn “Do ya […]

Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #16

by Silveressa This synopsis is the beginning of the second installment of my Darkest of Winters campaign, under the new name “Crimson Dawn.” Now summer is drawing to a close and free time is more abundant I’ll be resuming my campaign synopsis updates on bi-weekly basis, and will return to a weekly basis as fall […]

Designing A Successful Modern Horror Campaign

Horror RPG Campaign

By Jeremy Brown Preparing a Modern Horror Campaign 1. Put a Hovering Menace in the Background This menace should be supremely powerful, old, mysterious, and preferably close to invulnerable at the beginning of the campaign. It’s best to use original ancient evils. Using another ho hum vampire just doesn’t stir the blood of most role […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #15

by Silveressa This synopsis marks the half way point of my Darkest of Winters campaign, look for installment #16 under the new name “Crimson Dawn” coming soon! “Fists of Fury? I wonder if these bandits ever realized their intimidatin’ name sounds more like the title of a gay porno?” –Jessy, pondering how much of a […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #14

By Silveressa While delayed a couple weeks due to unforeseen dental difficulties, (vicodin makes it hard to do much of anything let alone GM or write coherently) the campaign is back on track with regular weekly updates, this one nearly twice the usual size to make up for the missing weeks. (Like usual, whenever possible I’ve kept […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #13

By Silveressa My apologies for  installment #13 coming late and being slightly shorter then usual; it’s been one thing after another this weekend. “At least with most of the industrial plants off line the air pollution level of the world will go down. Soon you’ll be able to smell a rose bush a few hundred […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #12

By Silveressa “I’d Kiss you Jessy, but after everything that’s wound up in your beard of the past few weeks I’d probably catch the plague and become a zombie.” -Heather Wilks, grateful for Jessy’s brilliant landing location. “That might jus be an improvement to both yer looks and yer attitude.”-Jessy Hannaford, being his sarcastic self. […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #11

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By Silveressa “Hey uncle you know why the zombies were all over the airport? Because they wanted plaaaanes!” –Tommy Booths, making yet another zombie joke. “I have enough trouble with airsickness kid without you giving me  pundigestion.” -Riley, un-amused at the endless string of lame zombie Jokes Tommy thought up. Adventure #11   The groups […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #10

By Silveressa “With how fast you go though bullets you should buy stock in an ammunition retailer.” -Renee’s advice to Jessy after seeing how fast he burned through over one hundred .9mm rounds. “My chain of retail stores Hannaford’s actually sells a large selection of ammo, firearms, and firearm accessories.” –Jessy, his usual sarcastic self. […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #9

By Silveressa “Finally! Someone other then me gets covered in nasty crap!” –Jessy, relieved at avoiding being covered in dog puke. “At least until you have to clean your nephew up anyway.” –Heather, reminding him of the unpleasantly obvious.   Adventure #9 Thinking quickly Renee ran in a zig zag crouch toward the parked plane, yelling at […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #8

by Silveressa “I can’t imagine anything more disgusting then throwing up in a gas mask”. –Riley Setson, commenting on the fate of an unlucky pilot. “Really? How about crapping yer drawers in a hazmat suit” –Jessy Hannaford, proving yet again things can always be worse. The rest of the journey towards the air field proceeded […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #7

by Silveressa “What the hell’s wrong with that girl? She got some kinda death wish or somethin?” –Jessy Hannaford, commenting on Heather’s daring acrobatics.” “I think she’s trying to avoid the stench of your cigars uncle.” –Tommy Booths, repulsed by the smell of his uncles’ sewage dipped tobacco products. The bullet riddled truck continues its […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #6

by Silveressa “Fly? Anyone can fly a plane, it’s easy. Landing it in one piece, now that’s a might bit trickier.” –Renee Black, clarifying her piloting skills. “That reminds me why they tell you to put your head between your knees when assuming a crash position, it’s so you can kiss your ass goodbye.” –Jessy […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #5

by Silveressa “And to think this time last year, my biggest worry was keeping my bowels move’n on a regular schedule.” -Jessy Hannaford reminiscing about the good o’l days. “Hey, that’s one upside of a zombie apocalypse; you’re never constipated for very long.” -Riley Stetson, proving there’s a positive side to every situation. Riley is […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #4

by Silveressa Don’t think for a minute just because you’re “go’in commando” it’s going to improve your gun skills or our chances of gettin out of this alive.” -Jessy Hannaford, commenting on Heather’s lack of undergarments. “Cheap talk from the guy wearing *my* panties on his leg.” -Heather Wilks, pointing to her makeshift bandage adorning […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #3

by Silveressa “On second thought I might just get ‘mself a preachers collar and a rabbi cap, jus in case.” -Jessy Hannaford discussing the “spray and pray” method of full auto fire with Riley. “You’d better bring a bible for your last rites as well, and shovel, ’cause if your “friendly fire” comes within spitting […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #2

by Silveressa “Whooeee Uncle! you smell like the inside of a cows butt hole!” -Tommy Booths, commenting on his uncles new “cologne.” “So does his breath.” -Renee Black, quietly stating the obvious. With our adventurers now on horse back and heading in a northerly direction, leaving the now Not-so-Happy Trails Ranch behind them, they wisely […]

Dead Reign rpg campaign synopsis, Intro & Adventure #1

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by Silveressa Intro: For those unfamiliar with zombie rpgs and Palladium’s Dead Reign in particular, you may want to check out this short review of the game setting: (Also the excellent zombie image is courtesy of  James Ryman, check out more of his artwork.) Now on with: Darkest of Winters “A road trip? In this mess that […]