Sunday, March 25, 2018

Armor Plating Rules for "Ten Liter"

The page featured in the image covers Armor Plating and Armor Dice, which need to be degraded by heavy damage before a vehicle starts to take damage to its Hit Points.

Armor Plating also negatively affects a character's attempts to control a vehicle (by making drive (DRV) tests, which is a new derived stat.

I originally had two separate categories, Speed and Handling, and each were tracked independently as bonuses or penalties to a characters DEX test to drive, but tracking and calculating all of that was a pain in the butt, so I abstracted everything down to a simple DRV modifier.  A vehicle will have a total DRV modifier based on its stock value and any modifications that have been made, and this total value can be negative (a bonus to DRV test) or postive (a penalty to DRV tests). 

Driving the armored compact car featured on the page would not be pleasant, with +2 penalties on every DRV test (used to escape pursuit, catch another vehicle, avoid damage, inflict damage with ramming and hard mounted weapons, etc.)

Wasted Hack Vehicle Rules: New Cover Image Process

Pulling sketch in from Clip Studio to Illustrator and
re-drawing it with the pen tool/ adding pistons and rods.

Pulling into Photoshop, outlining and filling blacks with 
white in prep for cover.

Adding the new image to the existing cover file/ tweaking the size
and arrangement of text.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

One Page Dungeon Contest 2018

Cover Art by Michael Richards
(CC By 3.0 )
One of the other hats that I wear during part of the year is serving as the organizer for the One Page Dungeon Contest. I have creating several Compendia featuring the single page "dungeons" created by members of our community each year.

On the off chance that you are familiar with this blog, but not the contest, check out, or, or Alex Schroeder's G+ page to learn more about the contest so that you can get involved.

"Get involved you say? Tell me more."
Why sure, I would be glad to tell you how you can be involved this year.

For starters, you can submit an entry following the guidelines in the submission guide, but be sure to send it to this year (which is a change from last year, and has not been updated in the submission guide at this time).  One page dungeons come in all genres, and include wilderness hex crawls as well.

"That sounds good, but I really don't have the time for this year, how else could I get involved?"

I'm so glad you asked. You can sponsor the contest by supplying digital or physical prizes. Sponsors get listed and hyperlinked on the front page of, as well as being included (and linked) in the 2018 One Page Dungeon Compendium, which will be made available after the contest has ended. You get to be a part of a successful contest on its 10th anniversary! mail

"I don't have any prizes to offer this year, so I guess I will just close this post and wait for you to post a picture of an armored squidling with a submachine gun..."

No, no, don't close this post yet.  You can still help support the contest by grabbing a copy of one of the One Page Dungeon Compendium PDFs or even a Print on Demand version. In fact, I have just made several new titles available, with print on demand versions uploaded and waiting for proofs as well, just like my "Wasted Hack Titles" These titles are loaded with great adventures, included "Aftermath", my one page dungeon entry that helped to inspire "The Wasted Hack". Just Click the squidling below to browse the titles on .

New Print on Demand titles coming soon

I am waiting for what I hope to be the final proof copies of The Wasted Hack, Waste-Land Beasts, and Miserable Wrecking Wreckers to come in, and I will make these titles available as soon as possible.
I am finishing up the vehicle rules and Bubb's Diner, and hope to make them available soon as well. I am also working on a revised version of "Lost and Forgotten", merging it with another book I have been working on called "Everything Falls Apart", a series of rule variants designed to make the Great Ruined World feel as miserable (for your characters) as it should.