31/01/2020 at 18:59 #130710
I’ve begun an RPG campaign using Frostgrave/Ghost Archipelago as the base rules.
This one is based on the Monster Blood Tattoo series by D.M. Cornish. There’s a trilogy, Foundling, Lamplighter, and Factotum, and a forth book of unrelated novellas, Tales from the Half Continent. It’s an incredibly imaginative fantasy world that Cornish has provided a huge amount of details – there are large glossaries in the back of each book of the trilogy.
In this world, humanity has been engaged in an struggle against “monsters,” sentient creatures who inhabit the wilderness between the large fortified cities. One of the worst things for a human to be accused of is being a sedorner, someone who demonstrates any sympathy for the monsters.
While there is no magic per se, many characters exhibit special powers based in weird science and alchemy. Many of the specialized monster-hunters have undergone surgical body modification to give them the special powers, such as telekinesis or the ability to manipulate electricity. Technology is a blend of mechanical and biological machinery. For example, many machines, particularly ships are driven by “gastrines” living organisms like muscles which produce the energy required for the machine functioning. There are also devices called sthenicons that are wooden boxes worn on the face containing biological organisms that enhance human senses but have the risk of embedding themselves into the wearer’s face.
The setting is the Half-Continent, part of a larger world called Harthe Alle. The world of the Half-Continent is based heavily on early 18th century Europe but, if anything more Baroque. The great power is the Haackobin Empire, a collection of bickering city-states not unlike our Holy Roman Empire but with a much more powerful Emperor. There are other analogues to Earth cultures.
My campaign is called “The Peltryman’s Behest” I’m documenting it with pictures and a description on my blog;
The Prologue is here:
The first session of the main story is here:31/01/2020 at 19:26 #13071101/02/2020 at 11:55 #130752
Yes, they are unofficial, made from plastic bits from various kits. The figure wearing the sthenicon on his face is from the Old Glory pirate range with a hat and cartridge box from Perry plastic AWI pack. Some one said the Eureka was planning on making an MBT line but the toy license had already been sold.01/02/2020 at 11:57 #13075306/02/2020 at 20:02 #131165
We’ve completed the third session of our Monster Blood Tattoo role-playing campaign. As previously, I’ve posted a report on my blog:
Our heroes return to the city of Brandenbrass seeking the body of their late comrade’s deceased stepdaughter. Investigating the king of the grave robbers, their surveillance turns to battle as one of the party members acts a bit rashly.07/02/2020 at 09:23 #13119107/02/2020 at 10:24 #131203PatriceParticipant
I’ll follow this with interest. 🙂
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We’ve completed the fourth session of our Monster Blood Tattoo RPG campaign, the report on the session can be found here:
Our heroes conclude their attack on the ashmonger Scollfyld and discover that the remains of Albany Portent have been sent much farther afield21/02/2020 at 17:12 #132008
We were able to do the fifth of our weekly sessions of the MBT role-playing campaign, The Peltryman’s Behest.
Our heroes, facing arrest for a crime they did not commit, escape Brandenbrass but not before a most unexpected encounter. Undergoing an attack at sea, the mystery of the Albany Reeves grows.
More may be found on my blog:28/02/2020 at 12:38 #132373
We did the sixth session of our Monster Blood Tattoo RPG campaign, The Peltryman’s Behest.
Our heroes encounter the dubious entertainment provided to an Imperial army, meet some old friends, and arrive at the ruins of Winstermill.
The report is on my blog:28/02/2020 at 17:42 #13238129/02/2020 at 11:45 #13242708/03/2020 at 12:55 #132845
We did the seventh session of our Monster Blood Tattoo RPG campaign
Our heroes are attacked by the undead in the ruined fortress of Winstermill but discover an important clue to the whereabouts of the remains of Albany Reeves. More on my blog:12/03/2020 at 19:05 #133119
We completed the eighth of our weekly sessions of the MBT role-playing campaign, The Peltryman’s Behest. (Maybe only about 3 or 4 sessions left). After escaping from Winstermill, our heroes have several interesting encounters on the Wormway.
As previously, I have a report of the session on my blog:12/03/2020 at 21:14 #13312015/03/2020 at 07:27 #133223Graham HarrisonParticipant
An interesting read and an unusual setting which makes a change from the more “conventional” fantasy settings.01/04/2020 at 20:07 #134148
With all the disruption caused by the Covid-19 quarantines, our gaming session were disrupted. However, we recently were able to resume our campaign using the Discord app to “meet” virtually. While I’m not at my usual residence right now, I did bring along some scenery and figures that I hope will allow me to continue with these pictorial game reports. So, I’ve posted the ninth session of our campaign on my blog at:
in which our heroes meet an old friend, make a few new ones and escape the clutches of the wily Lady of The Wight.07/04/2020 at 20:25 #134456
I’ve posted the photo report on our (now remotely conducted) RPG campaign based on the works of D.M. Cornish’s Monster Blood Tattoo:
In this session, our heroes proceed further down the Wormway in search of the body of their friend’s late stepdaughter, making an important discovery and facing an attack by fearsome cultists of a slumbering monster sea god.18/04/2020 at 19:27 #134992
I’ve posted the 11th installment of our remotely-conducted RPG campaign set in the world of the Monster Blood Tattoo book series and using the Frostgrave/Ghost Archipelago rules system. In this episode, our heroes defeat the cultists who had captured an imperial fortress but this may not have been the most helpful move. They also learn a trouble new fact about the world in which they live.18/04/2020 at 20:38 #13499721/04/2020 at 22:43 #135136
Just posted on my blog the penultimate session of this RPG campaign set in D.M. Cornish’s Monster Blood Tattoo series.
In this session, our heroes finally confront Dr Corvinus and discovery the fate of the late Albany Reeves’ remains.28/04/2020 at 20:05 #135533
I’ve posted on my blog the final chapter of this RPG campaign, based on D.M. Cornish’s Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy and using the Frostgrave rules as the base mechanism for the games. The report may be found here:
Our heroes complete the peltryman’s behest and fulfill their friend’s dying wish, although in ways in which no one anticipated.
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