Gates Update

It’s been a while since we heard about Gates, so here’s James from Stormforge West to talk about how he’s been getting on with it:

Gates has been in progress for close to four years now. A long time for sure. Schooling has taken up most of my time. Senior year is rough, but it is just about over. Though I can see my bachelors degree on the horizon, and I am itching to focus on making games.

The current state of Gates is playable. Hell, it is damn near complete. What I need to do to finally finish this game is to continue to polish and play it over and over. I need to wait for art, which will take a while because the art style of gates is a beautiful hand-painted (with real paint) aesthetic. I suspect another year will be needed to get Gates to where it needs to be. I am patient, and I hope you will not lose hope. Gates should be given the care it deserves, rather than rushing it out. Similar to what I did for Haunt. Some other time sinks include another RPG project (I am a fool, I know. More on that soon) and a video game studio that I am starting here in a month or two. That, and a full-time job so I may eat.

With the depressing stuff out of the way, here is some info about the game. I have fleshed out some of the rules for worlds. Different rule changes based on the genre of the world. For instance, in a wild west inspired world, there are rules for duels. One of my favourite rules for that genre is the tumbleweed rule. Essentially, combat pauses whenever a tumbleweed blows through the scene.

Naturally, you do not need to follow these rules. But they can make the worlds feel like the genre they are in.

Artifacts are something else I did not talk about in length. So this is a prime opportunity to do that. Artifacts are magic items, but they are also a part of the character. They influence your characters actions as well as give different boons. More importantly, they grow with the character as well. With more spirit, the character can have a more powerful artifact. Here is a quick example is taken from the book (western themed to keep the post consistent, of course.):

Gates is starting to look very good, but its snail pace is frustrating. But, slow and steady, right?

Anyway.

The other RPG I am working on will be a free product. It is an OSR game, and if you are not familiar with that I will make a blog post later to go over the game in detail. In a nutshell, its a retro DND clone. Though, this game has a heavy bronze age theme to it. Instead of saving princesses from dragons, you will be fighting dinosaurs to gain favour with the gods. It’s working title is Stone and Spear: Dawn of Kings.


If you want to chat with James and the other devs of Stormforge West about the games they’re making, come join our Discord server.

d100 Recipes: One-Pot Mac ‘n’ Cheese and One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

When it comes to cooking, I can be a lazy man; and when you got a game night coming up with a lot of hungry mouths to feed, you could feel pretty lazy too. That’s why I got the lazy-man’s guide to mac ‘n’ cheese and chocolate cake here for you. Make wholesome food and do it the easy way.

One-Pot Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 3 cups of macaroni
  • 4 cups of grated cheese
  • 100g of cream cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  • Stove top/hob

Method

  • Put the milk and macaroni into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer it (and keep stirring) until the macaroni is tender and the milk has reduced and thickened to a cream-like consistency. Will take around 5 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the grated cheese and cream cheese.
  • Stir the cheese through to let it melt, and season with salt and pepper.

The mac ‘n’ cheese will thicken as it cools so thin it out with some hot or boiling water if needed.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 cup hot water

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking tin (approx 33cmx22cm/13”x9”)
  • Baking/parchment paper

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  • Line a baking tin with baking/parchment paper.
  • Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt together.
  • Add in the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  • Add in the hot water and mix through.
  • Pour into the baking tin and bake for around 30 minutes, or until a skewer stuck into the centre comes out clean.

Get some ready-make chocolate frosting to top it with, or serve with custard and whipped cream.


If you like these recipes, have a go at making them, and let us know how it turns out!

If you’ve missed any of the previous recipes, find them HERE.

Enforcer in progress

ENFORCER, our INQ28 game is coming along stunningly. We’re already getting it on InDesign and getting the layout sorted, and we are busy getting the cover art done.

enforcer layout

So expect to see ENFORCER out soon on DriveThruRPG very soon alongside our other projects. In the mean time, if you want to see how the draft rules for ENFORCER looks like, come join our Discord server and have a look.

Z-LAND S3 Chapter 2 “Terra Mortis” Part 3

Our survivors follow the tracks of Ismail’s men to an old territorial supply point but what happened to those who walked before them?


Not caught up yet? CLICK HERE to watch all the apocalyptic action.

And get your hands on the Z-LAND corebook now by CLICKING HERE.


If you want to chat about Z-LAND with other players and the developers, then come join our Discord server!

d100 Recipes: Quiche Toast Cups and Health Potion

Today’s recipes is all about feeling good and feeling comfy. And what’s better for the body than a health potion and some tasty snacks?

Quiche Toast Cups

Ingredients

  • 12 slices of bread
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup diced bacon
  • 1 cup of grated cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Muffin/cup-cake tin
  • Spray oil

Method

  • Preheat oven to 170C/340F
  • Spray your muffin tin to grease it
  • Cut the crusts off the bread and press into the muffin tin, one slice per hole
  • Crack one egg into each slice of bread
  • Mix all the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl, and divide the topping mixture evenly between all the breads/eggs
  • Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes

You can get creative with the toppings you put in your toast cups, and put whatever you love into it. Personalise it and make it your own.

Health Potion

Ingredients

  • 200ml cranberry juice
  • 550ml orange/blood orange juice
  • 250ml vodka/white rum
  • Grenadine to taste

Equipment

  • Just the glasses

Method

  • Mix it all together and enjoy yourself

This makes around 4 glasses worth of Health Potion.


If you like these recipes, have a go at making them, and let us know how it turns out!

If you’ve missed any of the previous recipes, find them HERE.

Entropy, A new game by Stormforge West

The Stormforge family keeps on growing, and we have a new developer join our Stormforge West team: Charly. Charly is working on an awesome new game called Entropy, so without further ado, here it is:

Entropy is a Science Fiction Cosmic Horror roleplaying game, made with the intent to make players and a game master experience a near future in an alternate universe where monsters and strange things lurk in space.

Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and many other futuristic sources, Entropy offer a balance of horror and action and allow anyone to play from a range of twenty-six player races to adventure and have politics and martial dilemma in space with. Spend your talents and experience how you see fit in a free form system which values a good and story driven character and honour the ones who can manage to survive through what the game has to offer.

Discover strange meanings in reality, become insane trying to make sense of the unknown, have intense shootouts with futuristic weapons and magic, get ripped open by an alien monster on your own ship, or summon a god by mistake when trying to open a portal! Entropy can offer scares and an eerie environment in a world rich with lore and plenty of stories to live through with your friends or strangers with a unique mature theme and plenty of ways to meet your end.

In Entropy, the game is about how you died, not how you live.


If you want to know more about Entropy join our Discord server, and chat with the dev himself.

Z-LAND S3 Chapter 2 “Terra Mortis” Part 2

Our survivors begin the journey north to Kholm. With Max in tow, will she get the treatment she needs and what exactly do the Russians want.


Not caught up yet? CLICK HERE to watch all the apocalyptic action.

And get your hands on the Z-LAND corebook now by CLICKING HERE.


If you want to chat about Z-LAND with other players and the developers, then come join our Discord server!

d100 Recipes: Shepherd’s Pie and Banana Bread

When you have a long night of gaming ahead of you, you want a proper hearty meal to keep you going, and that’s precisely what we got for you here: the dinner of champions.

Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 large egg
  • 500g/1lb beef mince
  • 2 rashers of bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce/ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 ½ cup of frozen mixed vegetables
  • Cheese for topping

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking tin
  • Baking/parchment paper
  • Stove top/hob

Method

  • Wash, peel and roughly cut up the potatoes, and boil them in a saucepan until cooked.
  • Drain the potatoes and mash them up.
  • When they are a bit cooled, mix in the egg and season with salt and pepper
  • Cut up your bacon and fry it and the beef in a frying pan
  • Chop up the onion and add that into the frying pan along with the tomato sauce/ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and mustard
  • Dissolve the stock cube in ½ cup of boiling water and add that in to the meat with the mixed vegetables and cook it all together for a couple of minutes
  • Put the meat and vege mix into baking tin and top with the mashed potatoes and cheese
  • Cook for about 20 minutes and serve hot

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self raising flour (or 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 170g butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (3 if they are small)
  • 80g yoghurt
  • 2 cups mashed up bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking tin (approx 22cmx12cm/9”x5”)
  • Baking/parchment paper

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  • Line a baking tin with baking/parchment paper.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar
  • Add in eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly
  • Mix in the yoghurt, bananas and vanilla
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix through, but don’t overmix
  • Pour the mix into your baking tin and bake for 30 minutes
  • Check the centre of the banana bread with a knife or skewer, if it’s still wet, bake for another 10 minutes and check again

After the banana bread is baked, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.


If you like these recipes, have a go at making them, and let us know how it turns out!

If you’ve missed any of the previous recipes, find them HERE.

Enforcer, an INQ28 game

In the early 2000s, I loved playing Inquisitor, a miniature based RPG for Warhammer 40k. Before I ever knew what D&D, Shadowrun, GURPS or any other RPG was, my friends and I were spending our weekends playing one.

Now, with a rise of interest in INQ28 games, I’ve been drawn back to my love for the mini-based RPGs, and have decided to make one of my own.

As the title of this post shows, the game will be called Enforcer and its setting will be a dystopian, cyberpunk earth in the far future. The rules will take heavy inspiration from the old Inquisitor game, but use 28mm scale and be based on centimetres rather than inches (because we all love the metric system, don’t we?).

I’m making the rules as accessible and intuitive as possible, so it’s quick and easy to learn, and you spend more time working on your strategy and tactics in the game, rather than what rule goes where. The fun of mini-based RPGs is about the game itself, how and where the models are, what can be done and how to do it. I will really emphasise this part, and make you as the player just as important in how the game goes, as the character you play. Player skill is really an important factor here.

When and where is it coming out?

A large chunk of Enforcer’s rules are already done, so the “when” is very soon. We’ll also be taking a different track with Enforcer than we have with previous games, and will be releasing it as an Early Access game. So once the rules are in a playable state, we will put it up on DriveThruRPG. The early access phase of the game will work as an open beta where we can collect feedback from anyone playing the game, and improve it as we build it.

Every dollar that Enforcer makes during the early access phase will go towards the art that will litter the book, so that when the full release comes out, it will look absolutely gorgeous. Also, everyone that buys the game during its early access phase will be able to get the hardcover version at cost-price.

We’re already working on the cover art, so expect to be able to get your hands on it real soon. In the mean time, we are already talking about it on our Discord server, so if you’re keen, come on by and find out more about Enforcer.

d100 Recipes: Chewy Choc Chip Cookies & Hot Chocolate

Since it’s getting onto winter here in the southern hemisphere, we’ve got some snacks and drinks that will make your game nights warm, cozy and comfy, like a good winter’s night should be.

Chewy Choc Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 200g/7 ounces butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking trays
  • Baking/parchment paper

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking/parchment paper.
  • Make sure your butter is room temperature and soft
  • Cream together the butter and sugars.
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla essence
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder and salt
  • Lastly, mix through the chocolate chips.
  • Roll the dough into balls and place onto the baking sheet, making sure to leave around 2cm/1 inch space between them all.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

You can always freeze the dough, and keep it for a later date!

Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 cups whole fat milk
  • 200g/7 ounces dark/semisweet chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Whipped cream and cocoa powder for serving

Equipment

  • Stovetop/hob

Method

  • Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, and turn the heat down to a low simmer.
  • Add in the cocoa powder and whisk it until no lumps remain.
  • Pour in the milk and bring it back to a simmer.
  • Add in the chocolate and sugar, and whisk continually until all the chocolate has melted, approx 5 minutes or so.
  • Pour into mugs, and top with some whipped cream and more cocoa powder.

Makes around 4 or 5 mugs’ worth.


If you like these recipes, have a go at making them, and let us know how it turns out!

If you’ve missed any of the previous recipes, find them HERE.


Runed Age Dev Journal 4

On the last Dev Journal we showed how the new Skills will look in the Runed Age 1.3. This time we are talking about the most important part of the Runed Age: the runes.

What’s new with the runes?

Absolutely nothing. Well that’s not entirely true, but the runes, runic arrays and their rules will not be changing in the Runed Age 1.3. All the designs you’ve come up with in your games will still be working exactly the same way in the new Runed Age as in the old. That also means that all the runic arrays from the Journal of Array Design 1, and it’s sequel will work normally as well.

What we will be doing, however, is rewriting how we explain the rules, to make it easier to pick up and start designing your own runic arrays.

Minor additions

Since the Runed Age went on sale, we’ve developed several new runes, and most of these will be making their way into the new 1.3 version. These are runes such as the Rotate rune that we showed off with the Furious Breath array, the Life rune from the Circle of Life array, and the Invert rune from the Effective Solution array. These are all runes that exist within the world of the Runed Age, and so will eventually find their way to the grand city of Middelburg for you to play with.

New Skill Rules

As we talked about in the previous dev journal, two of the new Skills will be majorly involved in all things runes: Logic and Fine-Craft. Logic is all about analysing runic arrays and their effects to determine what’s going on, whodunit, and all that carry on.

Fine-Craft is the new Skill for actually drawing out the runic arrays, and will be the Skill to use for rolling to see how effective it was. So out with rolling your Runes Skill, and in with Fine-Craft.

As with everything else in life, it’s not just that simple. We have some new runic modifiers for the Fine-Craft Skill Check that will come into play in 1.3. I say “new”, but if you’re familiar with Runes of Power, then you already know these modifiers.

Diligence

The first modifier is the Diligence Modifier and it does pretty much what you think it does. It is all about how much effort you put into drawing the array perfectly. The better a runic array is drawn, the better it will work, so being diligent will get you what you need every time.

The Diligence Modifier runs all the way from a +30 if you’re a perfectionist, to a -30 if your runic array is near illegible. How do you know which you are? Well that is the decision the GM will make, based on your roleplay. And speaking of GM decisions…

Suitability

The second modifier at work for your Fine-Craft Check. This modifier says how suitable your array design is for what you want it to do, and like the Diligence modifier runs from +30 for perfectly suitable to -30 for not suitable at all.

Your GM will determine where it falls on that scale, but it is a common sense thing. If you want to take down a stone wall, making an array that said “Contain-Exclude-Wall” would be perfectly suitable for what you want, and you’ll get that +30. If you made a runic array that said “Pull-Heat-Bird” then no, that just won’t work at all.


So between these two Modifiers, you could potentially get up to +60 to your Fine-Craft Skill Check, which is a near certainty that you’ll be succeeding in anything you try to do.

And that’s it for the runes. It’s a short update, but then we are intentionally not changing much about them.


And while we are busy with The Runed Age, you can have your say about what we should work on afterwards by filling out this little survey.

d100 Recipes: Bacon & Egg Slice, Mum’s Apple Tart

What’s better than having a night with your friends, enjoying each other’s company, and immersing yourself in a fantastical adventure? Doing so with some good comfort food. This time we’ll show you how to make a good and filling meal in the bacon & egg slice, and a tasty desert with my mum’s apple tart recipe.

Bacon & Egg Slice

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets Pre-rolled savoury short pastry
  • ½ cup Tomato ketchup
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup cream/milk
  • Enough streaky bacon

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking tin (approx 30cm x 22cm/12” x 8”)
  • Baking/parchment paper

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking/parchment paper.
  • Line the bottom and sides of the baking tin with the pastry
  • Spread the tomato ketchup over the pastry, and lay the bacon rashers over that
  • Thoroughly mix together the cream/milk and eggs and pour on top of the bacon
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and the egg mixture is set

Mum’s Apple Tart

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder (or just 1 cup self raising flour)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 can of sliced apples

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking dish (approx round 22cm/10”)
  • Electric mixer

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
  • Cream together the sugar and butter (mix them together until they turn light, pale and airy)
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time while continuing to mix
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well
  • Drain the apples of any juice and pour the apple slices into the mixture, and gently fold them in
  • Pour the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until you can stick a knife into the centre and it comes out clean

If you like these recipes, have a go at making them, and let us know how it turns out!

If you’ve missed any of the previous recipes, find them HERE.