An internet audio show about open and Creative Commons lore that you can reuse in tabletop game design and other forms of fiction. Releases in the free Ogg Vorbis, Opus, and FAAC (.m4a) formats. Reclaim folklore one tall tale at a time.

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2019-05-13T10:47:17Z

C&C is branching out. To better reflect its parent website, Mixed Signals, the show will now cover not just lore but also open gaming in general. This is partly to buy time required for researching in-depth lore episodes, but also because it can be difficult to not talk about game mechanics when talking about the lore around a game.

In this episode, Klaatu takes a look at the 3 Pillar XP system developed by Wizards of the Coast for D&D 5e. The idea for this new system is to better reward players for exploration and social interaction, and not just combat.

Download a cheat sheet for this system at mixedsignals.ml/games/blog/blog_noncombat-xp.

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Links:
3 Pillar XP (Unearthed Arcana)
3 Pillar Cheatsheet

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2019-05-06T10:56:36Z

More technology, this time from the early sf books Armageddon 2419 and the Airlords of Han.

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Links:
Philip Francis Nowlan

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2019-04-29T11:03:25Z

The gods of the Norse pantheon, as defined by D&D, part 3.

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Links:
Norse-mythology.org

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2019-04-22T02:49:26Z

Technology and fantasy.

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Links:
Technology Guide from Paizo

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2019-04-15T15:53:58Z

Norse mythology, part 2.

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Links:
Yggdrasil Compendium: an interesting look at a Nordic D&D setting

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2019-04-08T13:54:09Z

A discussion of feats, and what makes characters unique, and how it all fits into 5e.

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Links:
Fifth Edition Feats by TPK Games (affiliate link)

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2019-04-01T23:10:21Z

Turn to page 299 of your Player's Handbook, because it's time to review the Norse pantheon as D&D dieties.

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Links:
thenorsegods.com

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2019-03-25T15:00:53Z

Herbalism and incorporating it into games.

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Links:
Herbalist base class
Herbalism by Dalagrath

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2019-03-18T14:21:25Z

Learn about the magic of names with the Super Genius Guide to Name Traits. It's a fun way to gamify name creation for player characters, with a bunch of implied lore by nature.

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Links:
Genius Guide to Name Traits

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2019-03-11T14:47:15Z

The final god of the Porphyra pantheon: Vortain, the chaotic evil bringer of chaos, the corrupt one.

The Porphyra pantheon was written by Christopher Kaiser, Perry Fehr, Mark Gedak, August Hahn, John Hazen, Sean Holland, Sam Hing, James H. Lewis, Chris Longhurst, Scott Messer, Sean O’Connor, David Nicholas Ross, and Jeremy Whalen. It is published by Purple Duck Games.

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (affiliate link)

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2019-03-04T07:14:28Z

All about haunted regions ("haunts" in Pathfinder), featuring an excellent guide by Super Genius Games.

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Links:
Genius Guide to Horrific Haunts (Mixed Signals affiliate link)
Game Mastery Guide

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2019-02-24T20:14:11Z

Rajuk Amon-Gore, so bad he's good, or so chaotic he's bad?

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2019-02-17T21:49:38Z

The beasts (and constructs) of Pellucidar, the land at the center of the Earth.

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Links:
At the Earth's Core

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2019-02-11T03:34:03Z

Mal, the chaotic evil god of annihilation, the destroyer of worlds.

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2019-02-05T23:24:08Z

The environments of Pellucidar, a world within a world.

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At the Earth's Core

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2019-01-28T16:08:00Z

Ul'ul, the Mad Maiden, the Vortex: the chaotic neutral goddess of art, madness, and storms. Hers is an appropriately tumultuous tale, so buckle up!

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2019-01-20T10:47:24Z

A review of some optional gem socketing rules, and the idea of upgrading items and powers with magickal gemstones.

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Links:
Magical gems and gear socketing by Greg Schreurs
Gem socketing: How to enhance your weapons by Anthony L.

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2019-01-13T20:20:51Z

Explore the Earth's core! In this episode, Klaatu takes a look at the pulp fiction ideas of a hidden world at the very center of the Earth.

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Links:
Librivox
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Herland
At the Earth's Core

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2019-01-07T08:03:04Z

Rune magic is a great addition to magic systems, whether in a tabletop game, video games (like Witcher 2), or books. This episode takes a look at some of the mechanics and runes in Kobold Press's Deep Magic: Rune Magic.

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Rune Magic

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2018-12-31T09:43:26Z

Hear all about the chaotic neuntral goddess, Nise.

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)
Porphyra source books

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2018-12-25T03:15:49Z

An extra episode to get you through the holidays: the Hyborian Age by Robert E. Howard, in its entirety, read by Klaatu. It's a little academic as lore goes, but it's the authoritative history of the world of Conan the Barbarian.

Links:
The Hyborian Age on Gutenberg.org

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2018-12-23T03:15:49Z

Winter magic from Super Genius Games.

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Genius Guide to Ice Magic

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2018-12-16T23:28:40Z

All about the chaotic neutral god, Nemyth Vaar, called Nemesis, the Knight Demise, the God of Betrayal, Insanity, and Revenge. Worshipped by fallen knights, mercenaries, and outcasts.

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Links:
Gods of Porphrya

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2018-12-09T21:50:15Z

Wrapping up our exploration of the Conan universe, this episode mentions a bunch of elements, like Ophir, Xapur, Hyrkania (home to expanded universe heroine Red Sonja), and others, that didn't quite fit in any of the previous Conan episodes.

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Links:
Conan books on Gutenberg.org

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2018-12-03T01:58:47Z

The chaotic good goddess, Yolana: the Twin Liberty, the Maid of Memory, the Truth Light.

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra

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2018-11-25T23:54:35Z

Two factions by Brent Newhall: the Invisible Hand and the Blackblades.

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Links:
Geek Archaeology

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2018-11-19T01:56:18Z

Crom, Set, Ishtar, Asura, Mitra, and more. Yes, it's an overview of ALL the gods in the Conan universe.

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Links:
Queen of the Black Coast
Black Colussus

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2018-11-12T13:36:13Z

Tulis, the martyr. The chaotic good goddess of strength and defiance.

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2018-11-05T16:23:24Z

The kingdom of Turan, along the Vilayet Sea, from the Conan the Barbarian universe.

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Shadows of Zamboula

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2018-10-29T12:29:21Z

The chaotic good god, Saren the Untamed, of the Porphyra pantheon: the god of forests, animals, and lust. A god for druids, foresters, rangers, and sylvan creatures.

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2018-10-22T14:34:59Z

The kingdom of Nemedia from the world of Conan the Barbarian.

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Tower of the Elephant

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2018-10-14T06:46:34Z

Shade, the master of murder and god of subterfuge, from the neutral evil division of the Porphyra pantheon.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)
Kukri

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2018-10-08T14:34:43Z

Learn all about the kingdoms of Koth and the land of Shem from the world of Conan the Barbarian.

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Black Colossus
Scarlet Citadel

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2018-10-01T06:04:34Z

Lyvalia, the neutral evil goddess of deception.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2018-09-24T14:49:37Z

Zingara and Argos, two kingdoms of Conan the Barbarian's Hyperborean world.

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Hour of the Dragon

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2018-09-17T10:54:16Z

Visit Aquilonia, the ancient kingdom situated between the Bossonian Marches and Nemedia. It's a frontier kingdom, holding fast against Pictish savages. Can it hold back the threat, or will its own internal political strife tear it apart first?

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Links:
Hour of the Dragon
The Phoenix on the Sword

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2018-09-10T21:54:36Z

The evil continues. Stygia last week, the god of destruction this week. This episode introduces the neutral evil division of the Porphyra pantheon, starting with Fenris Kul. Grab your battleaxe and vulture.

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Links:
purpleduckgames.blog

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2018-09-03T10:45:05Z

Get a tour of the mysterious lands of Stygia, a kingdom of Set worship, necromancy, and vampires. This is information taken from the original Conan stories by Robert E. Howard.

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Links:
Howard E. Robert stories on Gutenberg.org

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2018-08-27T21:06:36Z

Myketa, a neutral goddess of Porphyra.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2018-08-20T11:17:54Z

Ferrakus, the neutral god of mining, stonecraft, earth, and caverns.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2018-08-13T11:49:24Z

Stat blocks for a Kala war party.

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Copyrighted history of Draconian races taken from the book DragonLance Adventures TSR 2021
Read up on the Kala, a Copyleft draconic race by Brent Newhall

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2018-08-05T18:04:59Z

D&D 5e allows for playable Dragonborn, but so far lacks much information about the race. In this episode, Klaatu briefly talks about Draconic races since the early days of DragonLance, and then discusses the rich alternate history for the Kala, as developed by indie game designer Brent Newhall.

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Copyrighted history of Draconian races taken from the book DragonLance Adventures TSR 2021
Read up on the Kala, a Copyleft draconic race by Brent Newhall

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2018-07-30T18:32:24Z

Indian vampyre lore from Vikram and the Vampyre as transribed by Richard F. Burton in 1870.

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Vikram and the Vampyre

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2018-07-23T12:06:41Z

Vampires before Bram Stoker.

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Vampyre by John William Polidori

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2018-07-16T16:26:25Z

Chiuta, a true-neutral god of Porphyra.

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Gods of Porphyra source text

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2018-07-09T18:38:25Z

The neutral good god Veloria, goddess of adventurers and travellers.

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Gods of Porphyra source text

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2018-07-02T13:49:26Z

The neutral good god Paletius, brother of Camus. God of knowledge, magick, and the sun.

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Gods of Porphyra source text

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2018-06-25T12:44:47Z

Marie Corelli's Romance of Two Worlds, a Victorian treatise on the mysticism of electricity and a good primer on building up a fantasy-based science for sorcerers and wizards specialising in spells dealing lightning damage.

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Links:
gutenberg.org/ebooks/4394

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2018-06-18T17:32:37Z

The mysterious land of Leng revealed at last, and the final installment of Lovecraft's Dreamlands.

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Dream-quest of the Unknown Kadath source text

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2018-06-11T10:31:52Z

Overview of the neutral good god, Neria, the dreamspeaker, the oracle of fate, the singer of songs.

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Gods of Porphyra source text

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2018-06-04T13:54:17Z

Inquanok, home to the descendants of gods.

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Dream-quest of the Unknown Kadath source text

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2018-05-28T14:36:06Z

Rolterra, the lawful evil god of Porphyra.

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Gods of Porphyra source text

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2018-05-21T13:15:23Z

A tour of the island of Oriab, including the great Mount Ngranek. It's basically a Lovecraft resort. So don't fall asleep outside.

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Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath source text

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2018-05-13T20:52:56Z

Kamus is a lawful evil god from the Porphyra pantheon. Stop by and say hi to him in this exciting but informative episode.

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Gods of Porphyra source text

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2018-05-06T17:07:56Z

West across the Southern Sea, starting out from Dylath-Leen, with views of the Temples of Zak, the demon city of Thalarion and its eidolon Lathi, Zura the land of pleasures unattained, Sona-Nyl, Cathuria, and the void cataract, Oriab, and a mysterious sunken city.

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Links:
Other Gods by HP Lovecraft

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2018-04-30T12:36:11Z

Eshsalqua, the lawful evil god of Porphyra.

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Gods of Porphyra source text

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2018-04-23T13:38:55Z

Visit the Cerenarian Sea, within Lovecraft's Six Kingdoms. It's should be horrific, this time of year.

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Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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2018-04-16T11:23:05Z

Do you like the lawful neutral alignment? Then you'll love Shankhil, the god of transition, from Porphyra.

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Gods of Porphyra source text

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2018-04-10T13:46:05Z

What are the six kingdoms of HP Lovecraft's Dreamlands? Klaatu speculates, and then takes you on a tour to the magnificent city of Thran and the Oukranos River.

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Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath source text

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2018-04-02T15:46:39Z

Part 2 of the pantheon of ancient Egypt, as interpreted by Appendix B of the D&D Player's Handbook.

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Links:
Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction by Geraldine Pitch
Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt by Stephen Quirke
Player's Handbook

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2018-03-25T20:46:50Z

This week, we take a break from reviewing open lore to meet one of its creators. In this episode, Klaatu interviews the very non-fictional Brent Newhall, a prolific game designer, creature creator, faction founder, and tabletop geek.

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Links:
GeekArchaeology.com
A bunch of awfully good games by Brent
Digital character sheet for LibreOffice, for Brent's Dungeon Raiders game

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2018-03-19T09:29:50Z

Part 1 of the pantheon of ancient Egypt, as interpreted by Appendix B of the D&D Player's Handbook.

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Links:
Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction by Geraldine Pitch
Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt by Stephen Quirke
Player's Handbook

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2018-03-12T09:22:53Z

Exploring the Moon of Lovecraft's dreamland realm.

New creatures: moonbeings, folk of Leng, men of Parg, cats from Saturn.

New locations: the moon.

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Links:
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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2018-03-05T17:59:14Z

Introducing lawful neutral god Linium, the forge father, from the Porphyra pantheon.

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2018-02-26T15:56:15Z

Visit the underworld of HP Lovecraft's dreamland realms.

New creatures: ghouls, ghasts, gugs, dholes.

New lands: the Peaks of Throk, Pnoth valley, Vaults of Zin, and the Kingdom of the Gugs.

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Links:
Tome of Beasts by Kobold Press
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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2018-02-19T12:01:14Z

Introducing the lawful neutral goddess Ithreia from the Porphyra pantheon.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2018-02-13T02:13:22Z

Meet Toma Thule, a lawful good god from the Porphyra pantheon.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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2018-02-08T05:55:01Z

Part 2 of 2. Finishing up the Gods of Pegana by Lord Dunsany. In this episode, the last couple of main gods, and thousands-and-thousands of house gods.

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Pegana d20 is a summary of everything discussed in this episode, as a free ebook
Gods of Pegana is the source material, available on Project Gutenberg

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2018-01-27T20:16:46Z

Part 1 of 2. A look at the Gods of Pegana, a book by Lord Dunsany. This is an old book, and freely available on Project Gutenberg. It's definitely worth a read.

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Gods of Pegana by Lord Dunsany

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2018-01-22T22:52:45Z

Meet Aleria, a lawful good goddess from Porphyra.

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Links:
Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)
Purple Duck Games on Patreon

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2018-01-15T02:18:43Z

Klaatu, who is not a lawyer, takes a break from the regularly scheduled programme to discuss open licenses and how to read them.

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Open Game License
Creative Commons license chooser
Kobold Press

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2018-01-08T16:09:29Z

A tour of the enchanted woods and countrysides of the dreamlands realm, around the river Skai, in the Six Kingdoms.

Three cities are covered in varying levels of detail: Nir, Ulthar, and Dylath-Leen.

One new creature type: the zoogs, with approximate stats.

Two gods are briefly mentioned: Azathoth and Nyarlathotep.

Priests of Nasht and Kaman-Thah maintain a cavern-temple and a pillar of flamethe, where they offer assistance to travellers on their ways to the dreamland realm.

One new potion: moon-tree wine, a zoog delicacy, served in a gourd. The wine is produced from a magical tree that grew from a seed dropped by someone on the moon. Like many wines, it is known to induce intoxication and drowsiness.

There is much more to cover, but this is a good introduction to the dreamlands. We will definitely be returning later.

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Lovecraft stories online
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Cats of Ulthar in audiobook form
Nyarlathotep

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2018-01-01T21:17:44Z

This episode covers Gerana, the Lawful Good goddess from the pantheon of Porphyra, and keeper of the Divine Record.

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The Gods of Porphyra

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2018-01-01T21:06:42Z

New to the show? Start here.

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Links:
Dungeons & Dragons
Pathfinder, modern old-school D&D
Dungeon Raiders, a retro-clone of 1st Edition