Articles By Author - James Thomas

The Egg Thief: A Sidetrek

The Egg Thief: The Purloining Pernicious Platypus While visiting a provincial festival, an eccentrically dressed man wearing a leather helmet and goggles approaches the PCs. His name is Halm Hogarth, and he takes the PCs aside, saying he needs their help with an investigation. A large number of chicken eggs have disappeared from several farms east of town. Worse, he is also missing two hippogriff eggs. When the PCs arrive at the hamlet, they...

Your Summoned Gamer Ally: Convention Game Mastery, Part 2

It’s Game Day! So you’re ready to go and you bring all your gear to the right room at the right time. You find your table and meet your players! Before things really get started, take time to introduce yourself and the adventure ahead. Now the gamers coming to your table will most likely have never met you or each other. Ask them to introduce themselves to the group by giving their names and what games they’ve played....

Your Summoned Gamer Ally: Convention Game Mastery, Part 1

There’s something special and exciting about running an adventure at a big gaming convention like PaizoCon and Gen Con! Are you ready for this experience—especially now that convention season is upon us? If this is your first time gamemastering at a convention or even if you’re a veteran convention GM, here are some helpful tips to make your game the best it can be. Before the Game A great GM is a ready GM. Prep as much as you can...

Saga of Saint Vadim (Part 2)

Learn more about Saint Vadim of Midgard in this tale of his trials. Scholars of this particular tale sometimes argue as to its true source, but those who have faith in Saint Vadim care not for these quibbles. Instead, they look to this tale in those times when they need the most hope in dire circumstances. You can read part 1 here. Vadim did not perish in the Boiling Blood Pits. After a time, he was brought out and returned to his cell. After...

Saga of Saint Vadim (Part 1)

Learn more about Saint Vadim of Midgard in this tale of his trials. Scholars of this particular tale sometimes argue as to its true source, but those who have faith in Saint Vadim care not for these quibbles. Instead, they look to this tale in those times when they need the most hope in dire circumstances. Vadim, the Hell Tried, led an ill-fated expedition to the Infernal Realm. He lost. And he won. Pursuing Bargasus, a great devil who had...

Seize the Tin Crown Entry: Saint Vadim, the Hell-Tried

Over the past several days, we’ve been posting the entries we received for the Seize the Tin Crown contest. These will each be only lightly proofread so that you, our voting public, have a chance to judge them based on your own criteria. After we post the last of the entries, we’ll be calling for you all to vote. The winner will seize the tin crown! Oh, the power! This time around, we have an entry that focuses on a patron saint....

Relic: Danermind’s Fist

This grossly oversized fist-shaped gauntlet is a fused amalgamation of plates, spurs, gears, and rivets. It smells of grease and machinery. Aura strong conjuration and transmutation; CL 20th Slot none; Weight 12 lbs. Description The artifact is a hulking, fist-shaped lump of mechanical adamantine components. The wearer is considered armed with a metal gauntlet. Because the fist is awkwardly oversized, the wielder has a –2 penalty to attack...

Familiar Roles: Practical Ideas for Animal Familiars (Part 2 of 2)

The empathic connection between a master and familiar has a way of shaping the behavior of both… [previously] __ Lennox pleaded with the grey-bearded man in the park. “C’mon… I know you know the old woman in the swamp outside the city. You told a nobleman she could raise animals from the dead. Now please, help me broker a deal.” Shevats replied instead, “Well, there’s also this pet cemetery I know of… you know, the soil of a man’s heart is made...

Familiar Roles: Practical Ideas for Animal Familiars (Part 1 of 2)

The empathic connection between a master and familiar has a way of shaping the behavior of both… Lennox rose lazily in his small apartment: his first real sleep in days. He slept better here than he did in his company’s last dungeon delve. He yawned and stretched and splashed his face with cold water from a basin to revive himself. Squinting through the shuttered windows, he saw it was late afternoon. He proceeded to wash himself and comb his...

Skum Temple Guards

Wearing bronze helmets green with age and armor made of seashells, each scowling fish man passes its hand over an odd-looking, tube-like device at its hip attached by a line to a round metal shield. A magnetic whine is heard and each shield thrums with energy as each warrior draws a deadly looking trident and takes a practiced defensive stance. For Sunken Empires fans, the underdeep holds many challenges. All the more challenging when they use...

Sewer Sweep

A metallic, barrel-shaped, quadrupedal contraption systematically makes it way along the underground passageway. It pauses suddenly as the mechanical “head” on top spins around, pointing a glowing red gemstone and an odd-looking nozzle in your direction. Sewer sweeps were created ages ago to keep sewers and underground chambers clean of vermin, slime, mold, fungi, and flammable garbage. Whether they were created by some ancient civilization or...

The Pett Scale

The gruesome, the ghastly, the horrific, the sick. How often have we come across monsters, traps, or adventure scenes and wondered just how morbidly dreadful they are? Sure, I’m both drawn and repelled by it, but how much? Is it more grisly than the last book I read? Less so than the last guest I invited over? Or the last time I ate? Is there some standard by which we may measure all things grotesque and macabre? As I sit here, typing...

The Magic Circle: Lesser Curse (Part 2)

Continuing from last week’s lesser curse with more than 40 new minor curses: Loses all sense of hygiene Loses all sense of modesty Large warts (-1 charisma) Acquires a rare, but harmless, skin disease (-1 charisma) Drools constantly Stutters constantly Enlarged body part (e.g. ears, nose, chin, feet, hands) Becomes a pathological liar (will always tell an untruth, even if it is pointless or harmful to do so) Is convinced a common...

The Magic Circle: Lesser Curse (Part 1)

With a fling of spittle and a forbidden gesture of the hand, the victim receives a subtle and annoying minor curse. Effects vary and are not terribly debilitating, but the effect on the superstitious and those in the public eye can be devastating. Everyone’s heard of “the gypsy curse” or the “evil eye.” Country folk have blamed “the curse” for all kinds of misfortunes: poor harvest, cows not milking, acne, bad luck, unrequited love, diseases,...

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