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Garesia: Land of Broken Shackles, Part 2


Dear reader, thank you for coming back! This is part 2 (although technically it is the third post) of the Garesia campaign. This all began as an adventure that became the idea for a campaign. When I wrote the first post I thought I’d be done with this topic in one or two entries, but here we are and the ideas just keep coming.

After the last post I started writing about the peoples and races of Garesia, but I kept referencing a creation myth that I had in mind. As more and more ideas and details for the creation myth came to me, I set aside the races and people details for another post, and ended up writing this one. The topics for today are creation myths and the gods of the world of Garesia. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Creation Myth of Garesia

The people of Garesia share a common creation myth, and while the relentless passage of time has indubitably led to different peoples embellishing these tales to reinforce their particular place in these legends, the longer lived races still preserve the tales as told to them by their deities. Continue reading Garesia: Land of Broken Shackles, Part 2

Garesia: Land of Broken Shackles, Part 1


Welcome back! Building upon last Friday’s post, I plan to continue detailing the campaign I inadvertently came up with wile creating an adventure for the last geeknic. You can read all about that the post in the previous link.

Garesia began to coalesce as I wrote the adventure and in the following days after running the adventure it had been bouncing around in my head. Since I created the adventure for D&D 5e and that the system I’m currently playing, many elements from that game made their way into my conception of the setting, but I’m sure it could easily be adapted to other systems. I’m going to try and organize my thoughts and provide an overview of Garesia’s history and the people and creatures that make up the campaign. I’ll cover the first part, history, on this post and continue with other topics in other posts. I’ll probably revisit some of the ideas presented here once I’m finished, so there may be revisions. If there is significant real interest I could compile all this information into one PDF to share with the readers of Stargazer’s World. Let’s see how it goes… Continue reading Garesia: Land of Broken Shackles, Part 1

Buck Rogers XXVc: Gear Quality


Before I even knew that pen & paper RPGs existed I was a fan of computer RPGs like SSI’s Gold Box Series. My two favorite games from that series were actually the games based on TSR’s Buck Rogers XXVc game.

While doing some research in preparation to next week’s game I watched some “Let’s Play” videos of the first game in the series: Countdown to Doomsday. There I noticed a something which is missing from the pen & paper game: gear qualities (or it’s not mentioned in any of the books I own).

Gear qualities are basically the “magic weapons and armor” of the Buck Rogers game. Standard weapons have a +0 to hit and a –0 to AC. So far so good. Martian weapons on the other hand are +1 to hit and –1 to AC. I think you get the drill. So if you want to provide your players with a particular useful piece of treasure you can make use of this. I’ve added a table of the various Gear Qualities available in the Countdown to Doomsday game below.

AC to hit
Standard -0 +0
Martian -1 +1
Venusian -2 +2
Mercurian -3 +3
Lunarian -4 +4

You can use something similar in your D&D games as well. If you don’t want to hand out boring longswords +1 or daggers +2, think of more descriptive terms fitting your game world. For example Imperial plate mail sounds way better than plate mail +1, don’t you think?