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Monday, July 30, 2012

Spider-headed Beastman

Spider-headed Beastman
Hit Dice: 2
Armor Class: 5 [14]
Attacks: Bite+poison(2d4) or weapon (1d10)
Saving Throw: 16
Special: Poison(+1 save or die)
Move: 9
Challenge Level/XP: 3/60

Spider-headed beastmen are tall humanoids with spider-like heads. They may
be found both above ground and in subterranean caverns. They form into loosely organized herds, often ranging far from lair in order to steal and kill with rapacious ferocity.

The truth of their orgins fade in to the distant past when an ancient and powerful sorceror conducted several vile experiments on barbarians trying to interbreed them with animals to achive a strong and obedient army to conquer near by kingdom. 
Experiments succeeded, but he underestimated their wit. The sorceror died torn apart by his "children" and here the story ends.

Check out  Justin S. Davis' great take on my Spiderhead at A Field Guide to Doomsday blog

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Barbaric Frontier is the Blood and Flesh movie

Digital Orc asked, what movie best reflects our games - so here's mine: Blood and Flesh, movie from 1985 directed by Veerhoven starring Rutger Hauer. Great - late medieval swashbuckling story of band of filthy mercenaries.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ten books

Brendan at Ultimately blog asked what 10 rpg books would one keep if they were the only one to be kept. Here's my list:

1. Swords & Wizardry Core Rules (4th printing)
2. DMG(3.5rd ed.)
3. MM(3.5rd ed.)
4. PHB(3.5rd ed.)
5. Dzikie Pola (2nd ed)
6. Call of Cthulhu (6ed)
7. Barbaric Frontier Compendium
8. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1st ed.)
9. Klanarchia
10. Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Wargaming in the Barbaric Frontier

Readers may have noticed that from time to time I post photos of painted miniatures. These are not for rpg sessions. From time to time I like to solo play small skirmish games using Ganesha Games' Song of Blades and Heroes rules. For now I've got three warbands for gaming in the Barbaric Frontier setting:

- Bandits/peasant rebels
- Dwarfs
- Barbarians

Also I'm working on the Neuburg Town Watch warband, and got plans for the skraeling and elven warband,  but these will need some extensive converting for which I do not have neither time nor money at the moment.

Some write-ups of my warbands:

Bandits/peasant rebels

Bandit/Peasant leader x1
Q4 C3 Cost 53
Leader, Forester, Greedy

Bandits/Peasant rebels x7
Q4 C2 Cost 252
Shooter(long), Forester, Opportunistic


Dwarven Chieftain x1
Q3 C4 Cost 76
Leader, Short Move, Shieldwall, Heavy Armor

Dwarven Warriors x10
Q4 C3 Cost 200
Short Move, Shieldwall

Dwarven Archers x1
Q4 C3 Cost 24
Short Move, Shooter(medium)


Barbaric Warlord x1
C3 Q3 Cost 60

Barbaric Shaman x1
Q3 C1 Cost 40

Barbaric Warrior x4
Q4 C2 Cost 60

Barbaric Archer x2
Q4 C2 Cost 52

Barbaric Berserkers x2
Q4 C2 Cost 48
Savage, Fearless

Barbaric Chosen Warrior x1
Q4 C3 Cost 32
Big, Savage

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Finished colored map of the Barbaric Frontier

Catacombs of the Sorcerors' dynasty

These are catacombs of a petty dynasty of sorcerors who ruled part of the Barbaric Frontier few hundred years ago. Now forgotten the catacombs lies abandoned covered in dust. Apart from the tombs, adventurers'll find there a shrine dedicated to some old forgotten tentacled good, a death-shrine and a treasury, but what lies beneath? Who knows.

Zombies, mummies, liche, carrion crawlers, oozes, skeletons and maybe few dedicated cultists or cannibals scavenging on the remainings of those who once dared to trespass.

Acid pools, dart throwers, spikes, falling roofs, curse glyphs, summoning glyphs etc.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

First birthday of the Barbaric Frontier

Well not exactly today, but on 8th July, but I missed it. Here're some numbers:

- 20,000 page views
- 162 posts

I would like to thank you for all the encouragement, inspiration you gave to me and a lot of great stuff.