Month: January 2019

cover for the spire RPG book

Spire: Appendices

Appendix 2: Shadow-Under-Spire The settlement that has grown around the towering Spire is known as Shadow-Under-Spire, and is home to a variety of souls. The shadow of the mighty spike looms over all. It has farms, places to eat and drink, and a market that swells once a week as merchants come to trade. In game terms, if this used the ACKS rules, it would normally be a Class VI settlement, with a boost on market day bringing it to

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Sanctum of the First Blade

A Free Adventure by Simon Forster Another freebie, this is one that I ran a few years back during our long Against the Giants campaign (lasted 214 sessions!). An abandoned monastery lies forgotten in the depths of the mountains. Within lies a sanctum that holds the very first forged blade used to take a life. The monks that dwelt here worshipped it as a deity in its own right, protecting it from would-be thieves and scholars. They have long since passed away,

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cover for the spire RPG book

Spire: Appendices

When I published my system-agnostic setting, the Spire in 2018, I planned on adding supplementary information to this site. It’s taken a while to get around to that, but I needed some distance between it before I made a start; and since the book has now been downloaded by lots more people than previously, it seems a good time to start. For the most part, standard classes and monsters, spells and magic items work perfectly well with the setting. It

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The Prison of St Lucy

A Free Adventure by Simon Forster Once upon a time there was a demon who ravaged the land. It was eventually stopped by the combined forces of the Holy Order of the First Blade, but proved unkillable. Instead, one of the Order, a priestess by name of Lucy, crafted a cage for the demon and trapped it. The demon-cage was then placed inside a purpose-built prison, and Lucy was made a Saint for her triumph. That was centuries ago. The prison, for

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Book of Lairs: People and Places

Book of Lairs: People & Places

My latest Book of Lairs: People & Places was published recently and is available here. This is my fifth Book of Lairs: People & Places, written with the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System in mind, but easily compatible with other similar old school fantasy RPGs. This book has ten ‘lairs’ and the NPCs that inhabit each, again on two-spreads: a double-page for the usual map/lair combination, and another double-page covering the NPCs and whatever treasure can be found. I have used stock art by William

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