The World of Allusia



This is a fantasy campaign I had started and played only a few sessions and ended before the big reveal could occur. This kingdom was made for an  Advanced Dungeons & Dragons high fantasy campaign where the characters started exploring. Two Kingdoms on the verge of war one to the north of the Chimera Sea and the other to the south, strained relations between them with a powder keg situation. Then you have Stoneface Stronghold where the dwarves are from, Whispering Woods home to the elves, and as well as Adelard Took where the halflings resided. Most of the names of settlements in the kingdoms where a play on words taken from synonyms.

The kicker was that this was just an illusion for a reality television series that the characters were the stars of! The players didn’t know this yet since I wanted to reveal little facts and tidbits here and there as well as show a map of the section where they started off at. Along the way there were little clues left like “a feeling your being watched” and some areas had “reset” to its default settings.

This whole campaigned was inspired by a movie “The Truman Show” and I thought wouldn’t it blow the players mind once they realized that their characters were just part of a reality tv series.

In my notes we played five sessions then we never picked up again since the playing group disbanded.

There was an incident that a player suspected something weird was going on but he never clued in until maybe a year or two when we stopped playing Illusia that he remembered in the first scenario. As they where walking along a roadway from Seeming Falls to Willowby that something fell from the sky and landed in a field next to them. There they had found the body of a halfing crushed by a huge metal black “cauldron” that seemed to be filled with glass. All he before he passed on was “Look out for Fresnel”.

Fresnel they thought was a evil wizard in the area. But, actually it was just a spotlight that fell from the heavens… or a Cloud City over head.

Maybe, one day I will dust this idea off once again and give it another go.

Since I’ve been redoing some of my old maps I had stumbled upon this world tucked away in a box in the spare room and figured to give it the map make over and unleash it here.


10 Role-Playing Games

List 10 Role-playing Games that made a lasting impression on you as a TEENAGER. Don’t take too long and don’t think too long:

  1. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
  2. Gamma World Science Fantasy Role playing Game
  3. Top Secret Espionage Role Playing Game
  4. Boot Hill Role playing Game in the Wild West
  5. Dark Conspiracy
  6. RuneQuest
  7. Traveller
  8. James Bond 007 Role Playing in Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  9. DC Heroes Role Playing Game
  10. Tunnels & Trolls The Complete Fantasy Role Playing Game.

RPGaDay 19,20 & 21: Ketchup


19. Best way to learn a new game?

Is probably still the learn as you go routine. That’s how I done it.

Back when I first discovered a group of fellow students playing AD&D I didn’t know what the heck was going on but I knew there was a lot of imagination. There was no board, no tokens, just paper, pencils, and dice (as a few rule books here and there). I was asked if I wanted to play and I told them I didn’t have any dice. A chair was pulled out and they told me to take a seat and I was handed a player sheet and some dice and viola! The game looked imposing but it’s simple to learn! Someone loaned me a rulebook to look over and it was a learning experience.

So, today I guess the best way to learn is to watch Youtube videos of the game you are interested in. Because, there are tons of them out there.

20. Most challenging and rewarding system you learned?

I have played a ton of games over the years, considering that coming from era when rpgs were sprouting up trying to out do each other with game mechanics and additional little twerks to make their game stand out more: Rolemaster, Space Opera, DC Heroes, and there’s more.

Though the most challenging and rewarding system I learned? Has got to be Anime: Beyond Fantasy. It’s just a few years old and is inspired by Japanese video games such as Final Fantasy and Suikoden. The game features anime/manga styled art, Eastern concepts of honor codes, mysticism and martial arts and combing those with traditional elements of western fantasy as magical and medieval. I guess what is challenging is that the game is a direct translation of the original Spanish rules and a few things got lost in the fold but it is easy to figure out once you get the hanging of it.

The action is percentile base and plays a lot like RoleMaster system and is a very beautiful game with a lot of crazy genres thrown in to make it. It’s a fun game to play and I wouldn’t mind running another campaign with it.

21. Funniest misinterpretation of a rule in your group.

Hmmmm, I can’t think of one at this moment since it mustn’t of be that funny. I know there’s been plenty of misinterpretation of rules at the game table and some of them have led to arguments where dice have be thrown in disgust. But, funniest one eludes me at the moment.

RPGaDAY 14: Dream Team


Your dream team of people you used to game with?

Dang, this question really made me think about the players I had around my table over the years. This is a tough question for me since I’d game with all of the them again (well except for YOU… you know who you are!) So, after some serious thought it all boils down to a large list of people.

So, I really can’t do this question without writing a freakin’ novel and I’m not about to do that. Let’s just say I love everyone who had a chance to play at my table (well except for You… you know who you are!).

RPGaDAY 11: The Gamer


Which gamer most affected the way you play?

I thought long and hard on this one, and it boils down to two people; but I will go with one for this one and that fellow is Jack Campbell. Back when I first started playing in 1979 it was just an after school club, but it expanded to the weekends when we did some gaming over either at Bob’s house or it was at Chris’s place. But, it was mostly over at Bob. His dad Jack, let us play our geeky game but he was interested in what we were doing.

It was quite a few sessions later that when one adventure had ended, Jack piped in and said do you fellows mind if I run something for you. Bob was quite surprise and he said sure, he wouldn’t mind being a player. So, the next session his father wrote up and ran us through one of the biggest mind-farked adventure. Now, this wasn’t run of the mill, since he told us everything in the beginning about the big bad boss in the adventure who was just a low level peon in Hades but managed to get himself banned on earth. Once there he had set up one of the biggest scams ever for adventurers. A resort island with a magical vault, several islands to explore and treasure to be had.

The way Jack told the adventure in the story and building it up as he went along, had all our high level characters around the table in fear for our lives. Our characters were trapped in the resort, our items locked in the vault that we couldn’t get out except for a key gem and to get this demon to give us what we truly wanted. Everything was there in his rhymes, riddles and events but we couldn’t see it.


Though, upon reflection we had discussed about it once the session was over and boy were ever fooled. Jack had billed up to the huge conflict and when that little demon appeared before us we fled like chickens from a fox! It wasn’t until someone realized that the demon couldn’t do us no harm since we were told that in the first place….

Jack delivered one hell of a session. He never did run another session since life sometimes gives you a kick in the shins. When I started GMing I wanted to emulate his style and finesse and incorporate mundane into a mystical magical fantasy setting.

RPGaDay 4 – Impressive Thing


Most Impressive thing another character did?

I’ve witness a lot of impressive things at the game table over the years, though to hone it down to just one would be a sin.  This is a perplexing question and it’s hard to signal out just one person and his/her character.

Is the time Dan’s character ran up the side of a Frost Giant and hamstring the beast, then flipping over the giants head and landing on his feet as the slain giant fell?

Or Mark’s character when he rolled three 20’s in a row when a Purple Worm erupted from the ground and slain the creature in one fell swoop?

Or the time Dave’s character wanted to know why a band of Hill Giants ran through a small village and discovered the reason they were fleeing the area in terror?

Maybe it’s the time Peyton and Shelby’s characters did a high five and took out half a city because they had forgotten that they where like matter and anti-matter when they touched?

Or could it be the time when Angie’s ninja dropped from 13 stories from a New York City high-rise and battling a demon on the way down to the ground?

And these are just a few…

So many moments to choose from.

I really can’t narrow it down to one!