As you might have noticed, June has ended, which means it’s now time to gather together all the cool posts that folks wrote for the “What’s in the Hole?” RPG Blog Carnival! And boy are there some cool ones! Monsters, maps, and much much more!
In each case, be sure to not just stop at the one article I’m linking to. Be sure to poke around at the rest of the awesome content that’s on the site. These are all creative folks who spend lots of time writing about cool stuff. Who knows *what* you might find at their sites?
James Eck over at The Mind Weave Role-Playing Platform site kicked us off by designing a network of caves around an underground lake with a collection of politically aligned and quarreling goblin clans… It’s quite cool. The map is in color and gorgeous and he goes into detail talking about each of the clans and their various responsibilities and relationships. Check out more at “Pliinreuk Cavern: Goblin Hive“! And later in the month he took yet a different tack with “Crystal Hold: Dwarven Complex” where he describes an entire dwarven city, complete with another cool full-color map. Who knew the dwarves had specialists in waste management?
James wasn’t done there though. He created two monsters. In “Monster Monday-Exhumer” he describes a fun undead critter with a penchant for digging for fresh corpses. Yum! And in “Monster Monday-Seeper” in which he describes an acid-based creature that may in fact haunt my nightmares for a time…
Garrison James over at Hereticwerks on the other hand offered some entertaining plots and possibilities for an unexplored hole in Wermspittle. Everything from a deep hole containing sleep-inducing vapors to a hole completely overrun by vermin. At least in the first one you don’t risk releasing swarms of vermin on an unsuspecting populace! Read all six plots at “What’s in the Hole? (RPG Blog Carnival for June, 2014)“! And as if that wasn’t scary enough, he came up with six more plots in “What’s in the Hole? (Take Two)“.
Meanwhile, Vance at Leicester’s Ramble took a different approach. He wrote up a short fiction piece describing a character exploring burrows to possibly exterminate whatever was disturbing the dead. Will Farthing and Tig be successful in their venture? Find out in “What’s in the hole? (June 2014 RPG Blog Carnival)“. Hopefully they won’t get devoured by the barrow worms… But he took a completely different approach with “What’s in the Hole II” where he explores a room with a grid of small holes on a wall. Based on Raiders of the Lost Ark alone, I’m not sure I’d walk in the room!
Over at the Alliance of Independent Worlds, Mister Sunshine took us out of the fantasy realm completely and up to a small asteroid. In this short piece, he describes a short arc or one-shot involving the investigation of a floating rock infested by ugly creatures. Will the PCs survive? Read more at “What’s in the Hole?”
Wil at Aggregate Cognizance wasn’t content with putting something small at the bottom of his hole, so he instead put an entire CITY in one! The city of Well seems well positioned to show up in more than a few campaigns I might do sometime soon… Read more in “The People of Well“!
J.D. Jarvis over at Aeons & Augauries decided he’d explore what might be down the wormhole in a science-fiction universe… And I’m not sure I want to go down the proverbial rabbit hole to discover what’s in the center of a hyperspace leviathan. Roll 1d10,000 on the table in “What’s in the Hole?” to explore other entertaining trips through the fabric of space-time!
General Tangent (fantastic name btw) meanwhile explores a love of mine from my days playing 2nd edition D&D… the good old Portable Hole. But he takes it a step further, exploring from a different angle with the “portal-able hole.” Read all the tangential goodness at “June 2014 Blog Carnival – What’s in the hole?”
James Introcaso at the World Builder Blog created a monster, but nothing small like James Eck did. No, the Icebreaker Shark (like the Seeper) will haunt my dreams and keep me from exploring the north pole any time soon. Definitely an alpha predator in the frigid seas and you can read more at “Iceholes.”
If you’ve ever pondered creating an underground complex, you’ll definitely want to check out Phil Nicholls’ article on “Brainstorming the Hole” in which he walks through his process of creating a series of catacombs… And he goes into amazing detail, with some thoughts on encounter structure, ten-scene-plot, a map, and much more.
David Brawley at Tower of the Archmage teaches us that Kobolds may have a very unhappy childhood in his world. Crested Worms offer some terrifying opportunities to thin the kobold clutch with poison and chompers. Best be quick youngsters, or… Read more at “New Monster: Crested Worm.”
And I couldn’t resist getting in on the action either, with a collection of three posts offering random tables to help you describe the hole itself, describe what’s in the hole, and how that hole might have been covered (and why)…
I’m glad we had a great participation – it was a lot of fun to write about!
Never fear… Though June may be over, Garrison James over at Hereticwerks has kicked off a whole new topic for the July carnival. Invasive Species! I can hardly wait to see what nightmares people come up with.
If you’re interested in previous carnivals or hosting your own, be sure to check out the RPG Blog Carnival archive page which has all the details. Maybe you’ll consider hosting a carnival for another month? It’s easy and fun!
Thanks to everybody who contributed!