I'm thus going to use this page as a handy way to keep it all in one place. I'll update it as I add more.
General Setting Information and Game Rules
- Against The Wicked City: An Explanation
- Random PC motivation table
- Rules for exceptional and magical mounts
- Rules for Mongolian wrestling
Weapons, Armour and Technology Rules
- Technology rules and Clockwork marvels (with Low, Mid, and High-level examples)
- More clockwork devices
- Airships and Clockpunk technology in your campaign
- Firearm rules and rules for Central Asian armour, weapons, and mounted combat
- Clockpunk undead and the Reborn.
- The basics
- The shaman class and shamanic healing
- Spirit bargaining and spirit pacts
- Deceiving spirits with effigies and the Great Spirit Dance
- Fighter (and 20 things for them to look at grimly)
- Trickster (and 20 things they might have stolen)
- Scholar (and 20 books they might have forgotten to return to the library)
- Traveller (and 12 stories they might tell around a campfire)
- The Noncombatant
- Origins of the Wicked City
- 24 reasons for PCs to visit the Wicked City
- The King's Tower (continues here)
- The Cobweb (continues here, random encounters here)
- The Great Bazaar (random encounters here)
- The Streets (random encounters here)
- The Rubble (random encounters here)
- The Maze (random encounters here)
- The River
- Armies of the Wicked City
- The city's state religion, the Way of Light.
- Clockworkers and scrap mechanics
- Street gangs and street fashions of the Wicked City
- Fields of the Wicked City
- The mines in the hills beyond, and the Clockwork Confederacy which hides in them.
- The Men Without Faces and the Man With Stones For Eyes
- The Maimed
- Liquid Brightness and the Shining Ones
- The Red Brotherhood
- The Blue Necropolis
- The Wicked King and his cult
- Liberating the Wicked City
- The Unkindness
- Fan Dancers and Murder Harlots (more information on the Murder Harlots here)
- Brass Men
- Steel Aspirants
- Blood Men
- Serpent Folk
- The Blighted and the Adepts of the Diamond Mind
- The Mindblade Orders
- The Golden Ones
- Clockwork Beasts
- The Great Road, the Cities of the Great Road and the Sunset City
- Religions and Oasis Kingdoms of the Great Road
- Ruins of the Great Road
- Khanates of the Endless Steppe
- The march of empire
- The Brigands of the Noonday Dark
- Nomad clans of the Deep Taiga
- The Crimson Lake
- Bronze Gods of the Frog-Men
- Hive-Cities of the Scarab Queen
- The Plains of Rust (and their war-mounts)
- The Golden Lady and the Sea of Darkness
- War Masks of the Wolf Khans
- Bone Witches of the Cold Desert
- The Island of Cairns
- Sable Gold of the Taiga: the Fur Trade
- Random encounter tables for the Great Road, Steppe, Taiga, and Desert.
- Tombs of the Pale Riders
- The Three Thieves of the Triple Crown
- The Children of the Sun
- The Disciples of the Word
- The Wise Folk (continues here)
- Children of the Pines
- The Blue Folk
- The Bog Folk
- Skull Chieftains
- The Cruel Ones
- Ironclaw Ravens
- Storm-Worms of the Cold Desert
- The Hortlak
- The Kergeden
- The Sirtya (also a playable class!)
- Divs of the desert
Hello, I'm Yuri, an italian OSR DM and player. Let me say that your blog is aewsome, man! I visited Uzbekistan in 2015 and I was thinking about running a campaign in a Central Asia inspired setting. I'll plunder shamelessly your ideas!ReplyDelete
Glad to hear it - hope you find the blog useful! Good luck with the campaign!Delete
I'm so glad to have stumbled onto this. Brilliant stuff!ReplyDelete
I would love to have the opportunity to purchase this as a setting book.ReplyDelete
I'd like to put it together, but it's tricky to find the time, and I have no art budget. I may eventually put it all together using out-of-copyright images such as Ottoman miniatures and Orientalist paintings.Delete
I'm embarrassed that I didn't find your work until *after* I wrote rules and a setting for Central Asian steampunk, am preparing it for publication, and now finally someone told me that you might be interested by it. Would you be interested in reviewing?Delete
Sure - I'll give it a go. Good luck with getting the game over the publication line!Delete
Hi! My name’s Ada. I just started DMing recently (which I’ve wanted to do for like 25+ years), and I just wanted you to know that your blog has been a huge inspiration for my campaign.ReplyDelete
I’m running a hexcrawl loosely based on the Iron Gods Adventure Path (your condensation of which was very helpful, btw), because I love the idea of basically doing Expedition to the Barrier Peaks as an entire campaign, but for the non-spaceship parts of the setting, I’ve been drawing a bunch of flavor from your posts about the AtWC setting, and the tone of the campaign is very heavily influenced by your posts about Romantic Fantasy (it helps that my players are already more inclined to solve problems with talking than with stabbing).
Anyway, just wanted you to know you’re not shouting into the void, and I really appreciate what you’re doing here. I hope you keep blogging about this stuff, and if you ever decide to publish an AtWC setting book or anything, I will absolutely buy it.
Thanks - glad you've found it helpful! I've not had as much time as I'd like for blogging recently, but I do hope to keep it up, and one day I may even get around to compiling all the ATWC stuff into a pay-what-you-want pdf on Drivethru.Delete
Good luck with the campaign! Hopefully your PCs can come to a better arrangement with Meyanda, Hellion, and the rest than the rather pitiful 'shoot them in the head' insisted upon by the original modules...
Way ahead of you - Meyanda’s goons captured them (as an alternative to a TPK), and they talked their way out of it by proposing a compromise wherein Meyanda would be able to transmit power to Scrapwall for a few days a week, and the plasma-venting failsafe would be engaged the rest of the time so Torch’s metalsmiths can get back to work.Delete
It’s not a long-term solution - the reactor is still destabilizing and will eventually explode unless the failsafe is engaged permanently - but they’re working on trying to find someone who might know how to stabilize it, so that both Meyanda and Torch get what they want.
Interestingly, the idea of going to Scrapwall and killing Hellion (who I renamed to Abaddon, because it sounds cooler) doesn’t even seem to have occurred to them. Although that may have something to do with the fact that Meyanda consistently refers to him as a god, and they don’t have any particular reason to think that’s a fight they could actually win.
Nicely done! Now that's a decent solution to the problem. Now all they need to do is befriend someone in the League to make it permanent...Delete
I've found it very striking that published adventures so frequently take it for granted that the PCs will simply move from one location to the next murdering everyone who is vaguely antagonistic, but that as soon as you remove the assumption that things have to go down that way, the very idea starts to seem fantastical. Run opponents as people rather than murder-bots, and slaughter quickly becomes the exception rather than the rule.
Over the years, the players in my current game have built deals, friendships, or alliances with a whole range of different factions: goblin tribes, supernatural creatures, subterranean fishmen, forest-dwelling outcasts, and so on. The idea that they were 'supposed' to just kill all these people because they were 'monsters' or 'enemies' would seem very strange to them, even on a purely pragmatic level. How dim would someone have to be not to be able to think of a more advantageous solution than 'kill them all'?
Hey, just wanted to say thank you so much for making this setting. I've been in a pretty dark place the last few months, dealing with a whole bevy of issues, and being able to get lost in such a coherent and wonderful setting has been a constant comfort when I really needed it. I love the whole setup, but especially your defining of it as a romantic adventure. Having a setting where baked into it is the chance of making real, tangible change is something I always try with my campaigns, and this entire blog has been tremendous. I've never run someone else's setting, but I'm hoping to run some folks through the Wicked City in not too long. Thank you so much, and I hope your games go well.ReplyDelete
Thanks - glad you've enjoyed it! And, yes, the possibility of change is very important to the setting (and to me). The Wicked City isn't some eternal realm of darkness - it's a ramshackle dictatorship just waiting for your PCs to knock it all down. Pull down the cobwebs. Bring back the sun.Delete
Hope things get easier for you in the near future, and good luck with the game!
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I just wanted so say that I absolutely love this setting you've created, and how the rules are easy to pick up. I'm looking forward to the next article you post, maybe a couple of tables for generating spirits, and the abilities they have, similar to the Hortlak article?ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for all your work on this setting and this system, and thanks for putting all the info in one easy to access page. This is one of the few games that I have ever read and been excited to runReplyDelete
(as opposed to reading and being excited to be a PC, lots of those). There is such a great wackiness, a sense of endless possibility, and yet also order and structure. Darkness of the setting balanced against the inherent and assumed heroism of the player characters.
I'd really love to read anything more you have to add to it, and I'm looking forwards to running it some day, if I can find the time and willing participants.
I'm thankful for all the work you've done. The whole material regarding the Wicked City is delightful, and I have read it several times.ReplyDelete
I'm wondering where I can learn more about the folklores of Central Asia. Could you point out any material?
Do magic-users of the traditional OSR kind exist in this setting, or are they replaced entirely by the shamans?ReplyDelete