Last 15 posts from JP on Gaming

Back in the saddle

Posted on December 6th, 2017 under Posted by

After the sad events of October when I was suddenly without employment, I spent the last six weeks in a frantic dash for a new job. Frantic is the word because i spent more time on the phone during that time than I did for the whole of the two years pr…

[Akhamet] Insight into design of a new campaign setting

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I have been working non-stop on Akhamet, my idea for a mini-setting with an adventure path linked to it.

So I put together a few bullet points that give insight into this latest idea.

Akhamet is NOT like Egypt

Akhamet is not Ancient Egypt. The presence of active magic, the presence of many different, intelligent races, the gods’ direct involvement in the affairs of the world, and the geography are all different.

Throughout the history of Ancient Egypt, it was a nation connected to the rest of the world. Akhamet is an insular nation without any neighbors.

The gods themselves are named and based on the gods of Egypt. However, their portfolios, domains, and attitudes are not the same.

Akhamet is like Egypt

Akhamet draws upon Ancient Egypt: the architecture, appearance of the people, the people’s view of the world, the desire for peace, and the ecology. These serve as great

Its gods, peoples, legends, cities and stories are quite different. While this setting is inspired and draws from Egyptian folklore, it is not.

Dead Rise

Dead bodies left unattended and without receiving proper funerary rites arise as undead creatures, typically ghasts, ghouls, or zombies. These creatures roam about, hunting for the living.

Priests of Anubis cannot mummify everyone using the full rites, so the gods provided their priests with spell to prevent this.

God among us

Pharaoh is a living god whose home is the palace in Ophara. As the god of the Sun, he is eternal and benevolent. Any word of His immediately becomes law.

The recent announcement of his illness and new state is highly unsettling for the people of Akhamet, for to doubt or wish ill of Pharaoh is to commit a major crime. Therefore his current status makes most people try to avoid talking about it.

No Heir

Much like the previous point, Pharaoh has over a thousand living children, the Retids. None of them ever dreamed or was ever groomed for the throne if Pharaoh were to die. The retids spend their lives trying to reconcile their divine nature with their common ancestries.

A few princes begin to think of themselves as potential successors to their father. More than a few are gathering loyal forces in case of an eventual civil war.

Priestly Administration

The civil service is composed of priests dedicated to one of the many gods of Akhamet. In any areas, priests rule over the populace. They serve as barristers, magistrates, professionals, scribes, and local rulers. Priests touch every aspect of life.

While not all priests are altruistic or moved by the plights of the locals, this arrangement brought stability, peace and prosperity to life.

There is no idea of a separation of church and state, or a lay administration. Saying such things, could be considered seditious.

Akhamet is yours

The idea of this mini-setting is to provide a basic framework to create adventures with an Egyptian-them. The content of this book is to support the adventure path.

How can I help with Akhamet

I am looking for people wanting to write for Akhamet: I want land, desert, island settlements written, sidetrek-style adventures (like a one-page dungeon). If you are interested in helping out and getting yourselves some writing credits – and a little cash, contact me directly at [email protected].

[Akhamet] Insight into design of a new campaign setting

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I have been working non-stop on Akhamet, my idea for a mini-setting with an adventure path linked to it.

So I put together a few bullet points that give insight into this latest idea.

Akhamet is NOT like Egypt

Akhamet is not Ancient Egypt. The presence of active magic, the presence of many different, intelligent races, the gods’ direct involvement in the affairs of the world, and the geography are all different.

Throughout the history of Ancient Egypt, it was a nation connected to the rest of the world. Akhamet is an insular nation without any neighbors.

The gods themselves are named and based on the gods of Egypt. However, their portfolios, domains, and attitudes are not the same.

Akhamet is like Egypt

Akhamet draws upon Ancient Egypt: the architecture, appearance of the people, the people’s view of the world, the desire for peace, and the ecology. These serve as great

Its gods, peoples, legends, cities and stories are quite different. While this setting is inspired and draws from Egyptian folklore, it is not.

Dead Rise

Dead bodies left unattended and without receiving proper funerary rites arise as undead creatures, typically ghasts, ghouls, or zombies. These creatures roam about, hunting for the living.

Priests of Anubis cannot mummify everyone using the full rites, so the gods provided their priests with spell to prevent this.

God among us

Pharaoh is a living god whose home is the palace in Ophara. As the god of the Sun, he is eternal and benevolent. Any word of His immediately becomes law.

The recent announcement of his illness and new state is highly unsettling for the people of Akhamet, for to doubt or wish ill of Pharaoh is to commit a major crime. Therefore his current status makes most people try to avoid talking about it.

No Heir

Much like the previous point, Pharaoh has over a thousand living children, the Retids. None of them ever dreamed or was ever groomed for the throne if Pharaoh were to die. The retids spend their lives trying to reconcile their divine nature with their common ancestries.

A few princes begin to think of themselves as potential successors to their father. More than a few are gathering loyal forces in case of an eventual civil war.

Priestly Administration

The civil service is composed of priests dedicated to one of the many gods of Akhamet. In any areas, priests rule over the populace. They serve as barristers, magistrates, professionals, scribes, and local rulers. Priests touch every aspect of life.

While not all priests are altruistic or moved by the plights of the locals, this arrangement brought stability, peace and prosperity to life.

There is no idea of a separation of church and state, or a lay administration. Saying such things, could be considered seditious.

Akhamet is yours

The idea of this mini-setting is to provide a basic framework to create adventures with an Egyptian-them. The content of this book is to support the adventure path.

How can I help with Akhamet

I am looking for people wanting to write for Akhamet: I want land, desert, island settlements written, sidetrek-style adventures (like a one-page dungeon). If you are interested in helping out and getting yourselves some writing credits – and a little cash, contact me directly at [email protected].

[Starfinder] Sailor Scouts… for adults

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

With Starfinder released, I bought a number of futuristic miniatures, from Foundry’s Near Future range. I sold quite a few already and I kept a few to myself. However, my mix feelings towards Starfinder mean that I will not need to keep them. These s…

[Starfinder] Sailor Scouts… for adults

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

With Starfinder released, I bought a number of futuristic miniatures, from Foundry’s Near Future range. I sold quite a few already and I kept a few to myself. However, my mix feelings towards Starfinder mean that I will not need to keep them. These s…

YARRR! Pirates Gallore!

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

This group I won as part of a reward from a Kickstarter I took part in. A full crew of Halflings pirates! Can you say “Yarr” in a high-pitched voice? The sculpt is good and simple, but very effective, reminding me a little big of Old Glory miniatures…

YARRR! Pirates Gallore!

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

This group I won as part of a reward from a Kickstarter I took part in. A full crew of Halflings pirates! Can you say “Yarr” in a high-pitched voice? The sculpt is good and simple, but very effective, reminding me a little big of Old Glory miniatures…

[Undercity] City Guards

Posted on November 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Here is a mob of city guards. These guys are from Croe’s Cutthroat set, but I got this mob from the Undercity game. I am not overly impressed with the crispness of the details, so I opted to paint them in three groups of six. These guys will serve as …

[Undercity] City Guards

Posted on November 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Here is a mob of city guards. These guys are from Croe’s Cutthroat set, but I got this mob from the Undercity game. I am not overly impressed with the crispness of the details, so I opted to paint them in three groups of six. These guys will serve as …

New Art for Akhamet

Posted on November 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

As I keep working on Akhamet, Zam keeps sending me these awesome pieces of art, completing the iconic characters (the others were posted in the previous post). I will be posting additional info on the races.

New Art for Akhamet

Posted on November 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

As I keep working on Akhamet, Zam keeps sending me these awesome pieces of art, completing the iconic characters (the others were posted in the previous post). I will be posting additional info on the races.

[ArcadiaQuest] No more pets

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The final batch of Pets for Will’s ArcadiaQuest. I am quite fond of the Mogwai and the turtle!

[ArcadiaQuest] No more pets

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The final batch of Pets for Will’s ArcadiaQuest. I am quite fond of the Mogwai and the turtle!

Akhamet: A new mini-setting/adventure path from FOE

Posted on November 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

All this quiet time… I miss you guys, my reader. Since becoming unemployed, I have not been idle. Between the interviews and work-related training, I came up with a wacky idea. As I churned the idea in my mind, I kept liking what I had. So here goes…

Akhamet: A new mini-setting/adventure path from FOE

Posted on November 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

All this quiet time… I miss you guys, my reader. Since becoming unemployed, I have not been idle. Between the interviews and work-related training, I came up with a wacky idea. As I churned the idea in my mind, I kept liking what I had. So here goes…