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thastygliax 07-13-2016 08:26 PM

My blog: Studded Plate
 
I used to be active on these forums years ago, and only just recently started reading a handful of forums here again. I've finally updated my woefully out of date profile, including a link to the "Studded Plate" blog I started a couple years ago (during my absence from these fair shores). My blog is devoted primarily to RPGs and LEGO, but occasionally wanders into my other geeky hobbies. I do my best to post once a week, usually on Wed or Thu.

thastygliax 07-13-2016 08:34 PM

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This week's installlment:

Expedition to the Barrier Peaks: Some musings on my history (and possible future) with a classic AD&D adventure.

thastygliax 07-21-2016 02:33 PM

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The look and feel of "Time of the Tarrasque": As the Time of the Tarrasque (my next Pathfinder campaign) draws nearer, I've been experimenting with Pinterest to collect visual references for the game.

Past columns related to this upcoming campaign include:
Time of the Tarrasque
Lands of the Sun teaser
Javanian Temples
Cactus leshy

thastygliax 07-28-2016 12:02 PM

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This week's Studded Plate offers two related columns:

Creatures of Freeport: Skulldugger: A Pathfinder conversion for a creature from Green Ronin's The Book of Fiends.

Occult Rituals for Freeport: Using Occult Adventures to update Freeport incantations to Pathfinder.

Click on the "Freeport" tag on either article to see my many previous columns using Green Ronin Publishing's Freeport: The City of Adventure setting.

thastygliax 08-04-2016 10:05 AM

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Disney Minifigures: My review of a selection of figures from this series.

Previous LEGO Minifigures series reviewed on this blog include:
LEGO Minifigures Series 14: Monsters!
Series 15 Minifigures

And I will be reviewing the new Series 16 Minifigures (due out this month) as soon as I can acquire enough of them!

thastygliax 08-06-2016 09:53 PM

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#RPGaDay 2016: Days 1-6

thastygliax 08-08-2016 06:08 PM

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#RPGaDay 2016: Days 7-8

thastygliax 08-11-2016 10:38 AM

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D&D 5E with the Kids, Part 3: Our heroes explore the town of Phandalin and start to deal with the troubles they find there.

For links to Parts 1 & 2 of my series about running "Lost Mine of Phandelver" for my kids, a friend, and his kids, see the beginning of this week's installment.

thastygliax 08-11-2016 12:06 PM

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#RPGaDay 2016: Day 11

thastygliax 08-12-2016 08:19 PM

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#RPGaDay 2016: Day 12

thastygliax 08-14-2016 01:38 PM

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#RPGaDay 2016: Days 13-14

thastygliax 08-17-2016 11:21 AM

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#RPGaDay 2016: Days 15-17

thastygliax 08-18-2016 05:38 PM

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LEGO Minifigures Series 16: Time for another LEGO review!

thastygliax 08-22-2016 05:26 AM

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#RPGaDay 2016: Days 18-20

(Days 21-22 coming soon!)

thastygliax 08-24-2016 09:53 AM

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D&D 5E with the Kids, Part 4: More "Lost Mine of Phandelver"!

thastygliax 08-26-2016 11:05 AM

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#RPGaDay2016: Days 24-26

(I'll have to go back later to do Days 21-23.)

thastygliax 08-31-2016 07:00 AM

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#RPGaDay 2016: Days 27-31: The last installment of #RPGaDay for 2016.

thastygliax 08-31-2016 02:18 PM

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Unearthed Arcana and Freeport, Part 2: An update to a previous review of the D&D website's "Unearthed Arcana" column and how it can used in Green Ronin's Freeport setting. This time, I cover the installments released since then, for April-August 2016.

thastygliax 09-08-2016 04:46 PM

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Winds of Freeport: The Last Adventure gives some thoughts on the end of the campaign I recently ended.

thastygliax 09-15-2016 05:46 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque: The Praetorian Guard: The Empire of Thovalas (from my homebrew "Time of the Tarrasque" setting) can be best described as "the Roman Empire, if it was ruled by Amazons." This week, I present stats for Her Imperial Majesty's personal bodyguards.

thastygliax 09-22-2016 03:54 AM

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"Building the Bestiary" is a series of articles about constructing LEGO models to use as RPG miniatures. Past installments include:

#1: Humanoids
#2: Underwater Races
#3: Giants
#4: Undead
#5: Tiny Creatures

This week, Building the Bestiary #6: Four-Legged Friends tackles some quadrupedal creatures.

thastygliax 09-29-2016 09:08 AM

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Building the Bestiary #7: Oozes: A rather sticky subject...

thastygliax 10-06-2016 01:36 PM

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Building the Bestiary #8: Spell Effects: Miniatures for spells that do things other than summoning and transforming creatures.

This column was inspired by the current building contest in the "LEGO Dungeons & Dragons" Facebook group: build a model inspired by a spell or ritual from a RPG product.

thastygliax 10-09-2016 07:10 PM

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I've been participating in #Drawlloween2016 and posting my artwork on Facebook and my blog. Here's what I've done so far:

Day 1: Return from the Dead
Day 2: Carnival Creeps
Days 3-4: Mummy Monday & Tentacle Tuesday
Day 5: Better Gnomes & Goblins
Days 6-9: Urban Legends; What Lies in the Mist?; 8 Legs, 1,000 Eggs; He's a Dummy, Doll

thastygliax 10-13-2016 02:17 PM

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Advanced Bestiary: Gigantean Trilobite: More fun with templates!

thastygliax 10-13-2016 02:36 PM

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And more #Drawlloween: Days 9-15 includes He's a Dummy, Doll. (bonus sketch!); Demonday; Slimy Swamps, Foggy Bogs; I've Got a Hunchback; Thursday the Thirteenth; Scarecrow Row; and Drive-In Creature Feature.

thastygliax 10-23-2016 03:59 PM

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#Drawlloween2016 Days 16-20: Full Moon!; Mad Scientist Monday; Nosfera-Tuesday; Witchcraft Wednesday; Horses & Headless Men.

Dreamlands Pathfinder Bestiary: Yaddithian: A lesser-known alien race from the Cthulhu Mythos.

#Drawlloween2016 Days 21-23: Phantom Phriday; Bat-urday; Superstition Sunday.

thastygliax 10-27-2016 08:42 PM

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The Kynthiad: The Witches: In honor of Halloween, I talk about some of the most memorable recurring NPCs in my Greek myth campaign.

thastygliax 11-03-2016 10:01 AM

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The "Dungeon Interludes" party: LEGO miniatures for the heroes in my wife's Pathfinder campaign.

thastygliax 11-08-2016 10:39 AM

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#Drawlloween2016 catch-up: Days 24-28: Mechanical Monstrosity; Entombed Tuesday; They Came from Outer Space!; Call of C'Thursday; and Ghosts-A-Go-Go.

thastygliax 11-09-2016 04:56 PM

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After Harrowing Election, Santa Reassures American Children that Christmas Will Not Be Cancelled

thastygliax 11-17-2016 09:22 PM

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Jedi Academy: DIY Lightsabers: I got to be a Jedi Master last month!

thastygliax 11-23-2016 09:06 PM

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LARPs in Limbo: Ideas for LARPs that have yet to come to pass...

thastygliax 12-01-2016 10:30 AM

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The Advanced Rulebook Series: Revisiting three v.3.5 Green Ronin books with an eye towards using them with Pathfinder.

thastygliax 12-07-2016 11:48 AM

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Thumbs Up for Matthew Colville's "Running the Game": A brief review of a YouTube series about how to be a DM.

Unearthed Arcana and Freeport, Part 3 (Class Options, Part 1): Reviewing recent UA articles that present new class options.

thastygliax 12-15-2016 09:58 AM

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TBT: My New Kentucky Home: The amazing, true (albeit rather short) story of how Tim once painted some LEGO bricks. (gasp!)

thastygliax 12-22-2016 09:25 AM

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I'll be travelling Christmas week, so have posted two blogs this week:

Building the Bestiary #9: Elementals

Building the Bestiary #10: Devils

thastygliax 01-04-2017 03:42 PM

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Dreamlands Pathfinder Bestiary: Wenelian: To start off the new year, here are a couple of alien monsters converted from Call of Cthuhu to Pathfinder.

thastygliax 01-11-2017 12:15 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque #1: New Companions: At long last, my new campaign is underway!

thastygliax 01-18-2017 08:51 AM

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"Hey look, a Dungeons and Dragons ride!": For those gamers who, like me, wax nostalgic over goofy cartoons from their childhood.

thastygliax 01-25-2017 02:51 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque #2: Featherclaw, Terror of the Sands: A scorpion, a giant vulture, dead giants, and another mystery.

thastygliax 02-02-2017 12:38 PM

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Building the Bestiary #11: Aquatic Animals: More animals, this time going under the sea.

thastygliax 02-08-2017 10:26 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque #3: Under an Autumn Moon: A little giant lore, some fun at a festival, and a desperate clash with orcs.

thastygliax 02-16-2017 02:43 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque #4: Rock Bits on a Dais: In which our heroes find a desert tomb containing many disturbing things.

Time of the Tarrasque: Sources Used: A bonus column for this week, in which I discuss the rulebooks used in the campaign.

thastygliax 02-23-2017 10:56 AM

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Time of the Tarrasque #5: Beetle Mania: The conclusion of the tomb adventure, then parting ways with the caravan.

thastygliax 03-01-2017 01:11 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque: Funeral Customs: What to do with your dead in the Lands of the Sun. (Assuming you're not a necromancer, that is.)

thastygliax 03-08-2017 03:24 PM

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Unearthed Arcana and Freeport, Part 4 (Class Options, Part 2): More thoughts on incorporating new 5E subclasses into your Freeport game.

(For links to previous 5E Freeport posts, see the end of the article.)

thastygliax 03-15-2017 07:50 AM

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Time of the Tarrasque #6: Where All the Bodies are Buried: In which the elf bard gets news from his troubled homeland, and the party investigates graverobbing.

thastygliax 03-22-2017 10:32 AM

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Storing and Transporting LEGO Bricks and Minis: For anyone who's curious about how I organize my collection.

thastygliax 03-30-2017 08:51 AM

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Building the Bestiary #12: Vermin: When you really want to bug your players.

thastygliax 03-31-2017 10:06 PM

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A bonus blog for All Fools' Day! The Gazebo: "A little vocabulary is a dangerous thing."

thastygliax 04-05-2017 09:03 PM

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Building the Bestiary #13: Non-OGL Monsters: This week, we deal with creatures from the 3E Monster Manual that Wizards of the Coast never released as Open Game Content.

thastygliax 04-12-2017 02:30 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque #7: Zombie Dogs: In our last session, the heroes ambushed some graverobbers, then had a run-in with their employer.

thastygliax 04-19-2017 06:38 PM

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Tales from the Yawning Portal: Half game review, half update on gaming with my kids.

thastygliax 04-26-2017 01:52 PM

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The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures: I bought a few new minifigures today, so here's a quick bonus review. (Expect a summary of our latest Tarrasque session tomorrow.)

thastygliax 04-27-2017 01:30 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque #8: Privy of the Void Cult: The party raids the alchemist's shop...but loses the alchemist.

thastygliax 05-04-2017 12:57 PM

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Unearthed Arcana and Freeport, Part 5: The mystic, new feats, and even more subclasses.

thastygliax 05-11-2017 11:50 AM

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D&D with the Kids: Lost Mine of Phandelver, Part 5 (Finally!): The kids face their biggest challenge yet: an ogre!

thastygliax 05-17-2017 10:52 AM

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Time of the Tarrasque #9: I Double Dog Dare You: The party has a dog-gone hard time tracking and taking down the wolf-rider who stole their prisoner.

thastygliax 05-24-2017 08:38 PM

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Building the Bestiary #14: Plants: "April showers bring May flowers," so this week is all about plants.

thastygliax 05-31-2017 01:02 PM

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The Sunless Citadel #1: Down Into the Ground: In which we start the first adventure from Tales from the Yawning Portal.

thastygliax 06-07-2017 04:06 PM

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The Sunless Citadel #2: Lost Dragon: Kobolds and goblins and a dragon, oh my!

thastygliax 06-10-2017 08:03 PM

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Building the Bestiary: Index: A bonus column indexing the creatures that my "Building the Bestiary" series has covered so far.

thastygliax 06-14-2017 08:16 AM

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First, a brief note about some recent projects, then on to this week's main feature.

Errata for D&D 5E and AGE: Tim's Errata Archive gains its first 5E pages, as well as pages for Blue Rose AGE.

The Sunless Citadel #3: Through the Dragon Door: In which the party opens a section of the dungeon undisturbed since the burial of the citadel.

thastygliax 06-21-2017 08:52 PM

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GURPS Sluggy Freelance: My fan adaptation from 2000 is available online again.

Some Big Anniversaries as a Game Master: Including 20 years of running games for two of my best friends.

thastygliax 06-28-2017 08:54 PM

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Time of the Tarrasque #10: Where Do I Get a Bird Like That?: In which our heroes visit Spine Hollow, an enclave of nature-worshipers.

thastygliax 07-04-2017 01:07 PM

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Adventures in Arcadayn Revisited: The complete history of my three-year homebrew fantasy GURPS campaign is finally online again.

thastygliax 07-06-2017 03:21 PM

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TBT: Misuhiro Yoko, a character for BESM: High school is even harder when you're a lost alien, and in an anime story.

thastygliax 07-12-2017 01:48 PM

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I will be away for a family vacation next week, so am posting two blogs this week instead.

Time of the Tarrasque #11: Where's the Cactus?: In which our heroes pursue a small spy...and her even tinier cactus?

Building the Bestiary #15: For the Birds: Building LEGO minis for birds, bird people, and other winged monsters.

(Finally, don't forget to Fight for the Future: Defend net neutrality!)

thastygliax 07-27-2017 09:53 AM

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TBT: A Beginner's Guide to LARP: Once upon a time, I played a lot of LARPs, and even wrote a few. I also wrote this.

Eberron Changelings for Pathfinder: A playable doppelganger-descended race converted to Pathfinder.

thastygliax 08-01-2017 07:20 AM

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 1: What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now?

thastygliax 08-02-2017 04:54 AM

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 2: What is an RPG you would like to see published?

thastygliax 08-02-2017 05:08 AM

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Plane Shift and Freeport 5E: Mixing the Magic: The Gathering multiverse with The City of Adventure.

thastygliax 08-03-2017 06:23 AM

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 3: How do you find out about new RPGs?

thastygliax 08-03-2017 09:59 PM

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#RPGaDay2017: Day 4: Which RPG have you played the most since August 2016?

thastygliax 08-05-2017 08:38 AM

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 5: Which RPG cover best captures the spirit of the game?

thastygliax 08-06-2017 12:47 AM

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 6: You can game every day for a week. Describe what you'd do!

thastygliax 08-06-2017 09:44 PM

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 7: What was your most impactful RPG session?

(A little story about my wild child fencer, Trick.)

thastygliax 08-08-2017 12:16 PM

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 8: What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hrs or less?

thastygliax 08-08-2017 10:52 PM

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#RPGaDay 2017: Days 9-10:
Day 9: What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions?
Day 10: Where do you go for RPG reviews?


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