The Shrine of Six Fingers


I have a special treat for you here, an enormous shrine dedicated to Graz’zt!

You can either use this as part of Out of the Abyss, or simply adapt it for those times when you need a creepy imposing audience chamber. I originally created this to juice up an encounter in DDEX3-04 It’s All In The Blood.

Whatever fiendish ends you serve, ENJOY!





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A Demo of Atomic Robo: Punching Evil IN THE FACE!

robo_divebombHELLO GAMERS!

Recently my alter ego and his geeky partner in crime ran a set of demo games of Atomic Robo at the Geek & Sundry Headquarters during International TableTop Day.

If you’re not familiar with the comic, Atomic Robo is a snarky machine man invented by Nikola Tesla and acts as the the chief super agent of Tesladyne Industries. In this capacity he’s tasked with fighting Nazi-cyborgs, evil vampires, Lovecraftian horrors, kaiju, and the occasional giant mutant ant. It’s big, pulpy fun.

The demos were meant to be quick 20-30 minute scenes designed to teach players the rules of Fate and give them a taste of the zany Atomic Robo world. You can read a recap of the design approach that went into them here.

Various gamers online asked for a copy of the resources and I’m happy to say, with the permission of the kind folks at Evil Hat, I have posted them here for you to enjoy!

NOTE: Although the character sheets explain most of the basics of the rules, it is HIGHLY recommended whoever is running the game have a copy of Atomic Robo, Fate Core, or at the very least Fate Accelerated. You will likely NOT be able to suss out the details of running the game without being familiar with the basics of Fate.

ALSO: These are demo characters. They have been streamlined and simplified for demo purposes. In some cases, two lesser side characters were combined to create one main PC. Some characters may not have the full suite of abilities they have in the comic or (in a couple cases) were substantially adapted or invented from whole cloth. The math may not work out perfectly if you go through it with a fine-tooth comb. As with any demo, YMMV.

That said, grab a copy of Atomic Robo, grab your Fate Dice, print off some character sheets and GET YOUR ACTION SCIENCE ON!

Click to download:
The PCs
The intro and mini-scenarios
The NPCs

EXTRA SPECIAL UPDATE: Some of you asked for a template version of the individual character sheets. BY YOUR COMMAND. Note that this template uses two fonts from the fine BlamBot studios. Please support them.

PC character sheet template (.doc file)
Armor-Piercing font by BlamBot
Creator Credits font by BlamBot

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Go Get the Extra Gas Can – It’s the VORPAL CHAINSWORD!

wwdc_gameholeconGo DEEP INSIDE the mind of the Dungeon Bastard as I talk with Cory Scanlan of The Vorpal Chainsword about He-Man, time travel, gaming with Frank Mentzer, and more!

Check out the episode webpage here (with snippets, links, and notes) or download the podcast directly.


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Adventure Coaching the D&D Podcast



In the latest installment of the D&D Podcast, I join hosts Bart Carroll and Trevor Kidd to talk gaming gifts, the new DMG, and rules hacks!

Click on the image above or listen to it here.

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School’s Out: Running a Game for Kids

db_kidsgameHELLO GAMERS!

This past weekend I ran a special one-shot for a birthday party of 10- and 11-year-olds. Introducing kids to gaming is always a privilege but it’s not without its own set of special circumstances to consider.

FORTUNATELY FOR YOU, I collected my thoughts into a series of tweets and storified them here.


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On Nov 26th, I took the new D&D 5E Dungeon Master’s Guide out for a little spin to test all those tasty charts, lists, and tables that are baked in to help inspire your adventure planning. Step-by-step I live-tweeted the results. BUT DON’T WORRY, you didn’t miss it.

Thanks to the magic of Storify, you can check out the entire sequence HERE.

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Join me at GameHoleCon for the World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl!

In two short days I’ll be making the journey to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2nd Annual GameHole Con. Last year’s festivities were an unparalleled mix of old school and new school gaming and this year they are continuing to raise the bar with an ALL-STAR line-up of guests including Ed Greenwood, Chris Perkins, Ernie Gygax, Frank Mentzer, Matt Forbeck, and Jolly Blackburn!

And, of course, YOURS TRULY.The World's WORST Dungeon Crawl

But what’s in it for you?

I’M in it for you GAMERS!

Most of my events are sold out, HOWEVER there are TWO NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS.

First off, this SATURDAY at NOON I will be holding court with a LIVE session of ASK THE BASTARD.

My EXPERTISE cuts like a +5 VORPAL AXE and my insight will force you to make a SANITY CHECK. You’ve got PROBLEMS, I’ve got ANSWERS. Maybe not to YOUR PROBLEMS but HEY THAT’S ONE OF YOUR PROBLEMS. No one said Adventure Coaching was easy.

Or effective.

FINALLY, I will be running a very special CHARITY session of The World’s WORST Dungeon Crawl!

“But Mr. Bastard,” you say, “that event is sold out!”


It’s true, FOUR guaranteed seats at the table have been sold off. HOWEVER any spectators who choose to make a donation of $20 will ROLL-OFF for the remaining TWO SPOTS! ALL proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Shelf!

This is a RARE chance to GET IN ON A GREAT GAME, raise money for a WORTHY CHARITY, AND suffer the WRATH of the BASTARD.



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FIREBALL of WISDOM: 26 Adventure Hooks

dungeon_bastard_wingspread_potionGAMERS, on my way back from Gen Con I got bored and put a call out on Twitter to send me a monster and I’d send back a hook. Well RUN FOR COVER so-called Dungeon “Masters”, it’s time for a FIREBALL of WISDOM.

26 Adventure Hooks

Stirge: The most feared assassin in Domaht is Khered, an elven sorceress-turned-ghoul who hunts her victims with a swarm of stirges.

Umber Hulk Ghost: An umber hulk ghost tunnels through the Astral, weakening the borders between the planes, loosing unnatural beasts & chaos.

Rust Monster: A dodgy wizard seeks the antennae of six rust monsters to create a potion that HE claims will make him invulnerable to weapons.

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Schedule of Appearances – Gen Con 2014!!


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Exclusive Gen Con Preview – The CRITS or FAILS Coin!

GAMERS, the fine folks at Campaign Coins make some PRETTY SWEET accessories for your gaming table. (If you play Fate, you owe it to yourself to check out the tokens in their current Kickstarter.)

Well, sound the Horn of Nerdhalla, because the special release they’ve created for Gen Con is ABSOLUTELY BADASS.

IT’S THE D20 “Crits or Fails” COIN!

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