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Bayhaven Gazeteer

BayHavenDTRPGthumbThe Bayhaven Gazetteer is available for sale on Drive Thru RPG!

I’ve been hard at work cobbling together all my scattered notes and scraps of paper to tie them all together into one document. I feel it is important to note that the gazeteer is not finished yet. The price is currently set for what the gazetteer currently contains, and as I add more content (and artwork!), the price will increase. However, if you buy it now, all future updates will be free to you! That’s a great reason to grab it in its unfinished state.


As of right now, it includes:

  • A town map
  • 34 locations
  • 21 NPCs
  • 4 Optional Rules: Experience Tokens, Time Units, Inventory, and Apprenticeships for Heroes.
  • Also included are several hooks tied to locations and NPCs for GMs to use as a jumping off point to write their own Bayhaven adventures.

You can buy the Bayhaven gazetteer (Bayhaven: Port on the Bay) here.

Adventures in Bayhaven Contest Winner

CompassRoseOk, I’ve spent a lot of time with these contest entries, and I’m ready to announce a winner: Miles Glauser for his submission of Old Man Milo, his ramshackle home, and his strange “fishing” boat. I picked this submission because there were a few details in the description of Milo and his backstory that I immediately knew I could incorporate into adventures I already have planned. It was like Miles designed an NPC that I didn’t know I needed to be designed! So you will be seeing Old Man Milo appearing in several future adventures.

HOWEVER! I received 5 entries into this contest, and I honestly loved all of them. I truly did have a very hard time picking a winner. Because of this, I will be including EVERYONE’S submissions in the Bayhaven Gazeteer, to be titled “Bayhaven: Port on the Bay.” And all four runners up will be receiving 3 free Adventures in Bayhaven (their choice), PLUS the first adventure that their NPC character or location appears in.

Here are the other entrants and their entries, in the order I remember receiving them:

  • Leah Hostetler – Bayhaven Bakery, whose owner is Leah Callemae, and her mischievous brother Tyler. Leah Callemae’s shop is very popular in Bayhaven, and she uses that popularity to stay on top of rumors and whisperings around town. Why? Well, she and Tyler may be involved in a secret organization…
  • Ivan and Daniel Castro – Don Pepito’s Weapons Store. Don Pepito dresses in a flamboyant feathered cape, and looks a little… bird-like. He also may or may not be the head of a secret organization.
  • James and Ethan Maxwell-Meyer – Bayhaven Center for Magical Pets run by siblings Sybil-Sage and Jayden. If you use the Hero Kids Pets expansion, you may be visiting this location a lot…
  • Will Vandervalk – Jackson King, and the crew of the Black Lotus, which is a river skiff that merchants hire to ferry their goods from Bayhaven to Rivenshore. Jackson King is well revered among the river skiff operators – he is the only one not afraid to sail the river at night ever since the hauntings started…

(Those of you that entered may see slight changes to your entries that I made to better integrate your characters or locations into what I have planned for Bayhaven. When your NPC’s appear in the adventures, I hope you’ll agree.)

A Teaser for the next Adventure in Bayhaven

BayHavenDTRPGthumbI’m hoping to release the next Adventure in Bayhaven by the end of the week, or early next week. (The variable is Drive Thru RPG – they review every PDF for inappropriate content before it goes up for sale). It’s titled “The Mystery of the Stolen Pendant,” and it has the kids running around town, gathering clues, and eliminating suspects until only one remains! It’s got a couple of combats, but the fun part for the kids is being able to cross off suspects as clues rule them out.

Wes Hall has been hard at work drawing the suspects for this adventure, so I thought I’d share the preliminary sketch, as a fun teaser for the adventure. Click the jump to see it… Continue reading

Mini Map Monday 9



There are a lot of spiral staircases in this map. It’s a great “switchhouse” for the PCs to get to different levels of the dungeon. But what will you do with those three rooms? Will manipulating something in one change the destination of the staircases? Or is there something more mundane, but no less curious, in them?

Weekly Roundup: Two Year Anniversary Edition

I practically missed it last week, but the blog is two years old! Yay! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the articles as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. And here’s to another year!

If you’re looking for a good horror RPG to try this Halloween, try picking one off this list from RPG Native. From Call of Chuthulu to Eclipse Phase, you’ll be sure to find something you like.

And speaking of Halloween themed – The Dungeon’s Master had a great article on making undead more creepy. And it’s not with mechanics, not really. Check it out.

Sly Flourish updated his great article on Tips for New Dungeon Masters. This is a great subject worth revisiting over and over. We need to keep training new DMs into the hobby.

DMG 42 pulled back the curtain on how he house-ruled items in his home campaign. From mundane items to rituals to magic consumables, these all have problems he needed to fix.

IntWisCha gave us “a parent’s history of role playing games” with some historical examples of things that could loosely be called such.

How do you deal with burnoutGeek’s Dream Girl might just have the answer.

Michael asks Gaming As Women, “Is it ok for a guy to roleplay a female?” See what they had to say.

Finally, RPG Research pointed us to a Danish school that teaches its curriculum using LARP. Yes, all of it.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Play A New RPG Month Is Underway Edition)

The ID DM discussed how to use scarcity to add tension and engagement in your game. As they always say… less is more.