Elder Gods and What New Gods Should Know

New Gods’ View of the Elder Gods and History (30 Years after the Frinthian Wars)   History   Some new gods are spontaneously born through the worship of a family group or a village…

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Murder Hobos vs Nurse Paladins/ Responsibility in Playing Characters

When you escape into a game, should you escape all responsibilities as well?   Escapism is a HUGE part of our culture. Everyone wants to soar with the eagles, surf the volcanic moons of Jupite…

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Miracle Casting/ Primary and Secondary Domains for 2nd Edition

Working on 2nd Edition New Gods of Mankind Miracle Casting for the Gods. Here is what I got so far.

New Gods of Mankind

This new edition of New Gods of Mankind will streamline miracle casting. Due to the complexity of 1st edition miracle casting, this will get players to focus on playing the character and developing strategy, not just casting miracles to stay within the rules.

2nd Edition of New Gods of Mankind will be more focused and geared towards miracles already written. 1st edition emphasized players creating their own miracles. You will have that option in 2nd Edition, but it will require a game master’s approval.  We want to develop more books based on domain miracle casting.

The four types of miracle casting, Creation/ Destruction/ Transformation and Control go away. You may only cast Creation or Transformation. Control miracles go away as more objects and beings gain autonomy. Unless something is willing miracles can be resisted. Destruction falls under Creation style miracles.

The following is a list of Primary and Secondary Domains…

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A Resurgence of Gods

So it is time,

The 10th anniversary of my table top RPG New Gods of Mankind is around the corner. To celebrate, we will be working a kickstarter next ear along with a 2nd edition of New Gods of Mankind!

A new website is up now for your viewing pleasure.


Some noteworthy things.

2nd Edition will streamline the rules with only 13 primary domains and several secondary domains (including the primary ones)

Miracles will be easier to cast.

Levels for Gods will be introduced.

You can play as god or hero.

A new campaign, Lions in the storm will come forth. This will be also titled the Great War of Naalrinnon.

The timeline will be sped up to 500 years in the future. Humanity has advanced and uses Natural gas along with steam engines. (Steampunk setting).

Overall it will be an exciting time. More details will be released in the monthly newsletters coming out. Sign up now at the website above.

I will be personally posting more here and on Niume. I just need to find a good subject to write about.

Take care,

Your Nerd,




Fail Forward!

The Heavy Metal GM

Why did we come here? To roll dice, damn it! Skill checks are a really important part of playing an RPG. However, sometimes, the fear of failure in a critical situation can hinder players from taking the plunge and sending that d20 cascading across the table. So why haven’t we found a way to tweak this and take that fear away? Oh, would you look at that! Someone has!

While not a new idea, the Fail Forward mechanic in 13th Age really solidifies it as an “Indie” RPG by philosophy. The idea of this mechanic is that a character never really fails something, whether it be picking a lock or climbing a cliff face. Rather than outright not being able to do it, there’s an added complication upon your success.  As an example, instead of failing to pick the lock, they simply fail to do so quietly and alert whoever…

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