Monday, March 23, 2020

Gaming at a Distance

After my rather bleak post the other day, I thought today I'd suggest something for virtual roleplaying.

Obviously, gaming online is going to be easier than face-to-face, what with the Coronavirus pandemic.  And it just so happens that I created the perfect rules-light, minimalist D&D hack.  The latest version of Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 Revised was uploaded a few weeks ago.

It's both old school and 5e compatible, plug and play arcade-mode for those quick and dirty pick-up games on Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, Discord, or wherever you guys are playing these days.

Send your players a link ahead of the game and they can read it all in less than 15 minutes, and make a PC in under 5.  It's absolutely FREE, so why not grab it, use it, share it?



p.s.  I'm currently taking order reservations for luxurious Cha'alt hardcovers.  Wisconsin has been officially locked down (non-essential travel verboten).  But when the self-quarantine is lifted, I'll send them all out.  $60 for USA residents and $85 for non-USA residents (shipping included in those prices).  I accept paypal at

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Rough Week

I'm already running out of time (my 4 year old needs me to watch one of her stupidly ridiculous youtube videos... probably something the RPG Pundit recently uploaded), so I'm copy/pasting my latest Kickstarter update below.

What's up, everyone?
It's been a not so good week for many of us, myself included.  Briefly... a week from this past Friday, my 3 year old had to be put under because he had a hard bean stuck up his nose and finally extracted with a team of people in the OR.  Then multiple people in our family were sick with either a cold, flu, or strep throat.  Plus, the self-quarantine because of the Coronavirus.  Oh yeah, and Amazon is taking their sweet time (delayed due to the virus, I'm sure) sending me envelopes for Cha'alt packaging.  
Unless Wisconsin gets locked down this coming week, I hope to get the 7 or 8 Cha'alt books in the mail (both KS and direct sales).
What else?  With 5 kids, it's Daddy daycare ever since they closed schools.  So, my productivity (writing, etc.) has dropped about 85%.  However, I anticipated a week and a half away from writing, anyway.  Yesterday was supposed to be the start of our family's 10-day Disney World vacation.  That's shot, too, obviously.
So, it's been a week.  Just know that I'm doing my best, keeping shit together, and optimistic about coming out the other side of this relatively soon.  And if things go further south, I'm preparing for that, as well.  
Feel free to ask questions or chat or whatever.  Stay strong and keep your distance... Cha'alt!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Gonzo Flavored Ice Cream

A friend came to me with a question the other day, "How would you adjust using [generic fantasy adventure or campaign] with Cha'alt?

My advice was thus...

If you're interested in mixing vanilla fantasy with Cha'alt, I'd suggest separating the two.  There's the "normal" D&D world, and then there's Cha'alt.  Just like Alice tumbling into Wonderland, Dorothy being swept into Oz, or Neo leaving the matrix.  There needs to be a dividing line.

Mixing the two would be like mixing vanilla ice cream with raspberry, pineapple, and lime sorbet with a banana split and double-chocolate mint rocky road.  The vanilla would get utterly lost in the wild flavor extravaganza.  Mix any generic fantasy setting with Cha'alt and you get Cha'alt.  It dominates, and rightfully so... my eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic campaign setting and megadungeon kicks fucking ass!

Ok, so what about introducing the PCs to Cha'alt?

Instead of Ravenloft mists, I'd suggest fuchsia and chartreuse slime.  It creeps up on the adventurers, rises up over their heads, and then SPLASHDOWN on the hapless PCs!  Consumed but not devoured, they're transported to the weird world of Cha'alt.

FYI, I've got less than 250 hardcover books in stock.  They're going fast!  These signed, limited edition, luxurious books are going for $60 (USA shipping included) or $85 outside the USA.  I take paypal.  My email address is:



Monday, March 9, 2020

The Cha'alt Challenge

I laughed quite a few times when listening to the 3T RPG Podcast.

This episode... they review Cha'alt!  Loved it, and they loved Cha'alt.  I thought it was funny, awesome, and interesting... what are your thought, and what is this challenge?

See for yourself.  Make up your own mind.  Is Cha'alt the best D&D campaign setting and megadungeon ever made?  Can you play it without falling in love and/or die laughing?  Challenge yourself!

FYI, I've got about 250 hardcover Cha'alt books left.  If you want yours before these gorgeous, signed, limited edition books are all gone, then send $60 via paypal to

If you live within the USA, no further postage is necessary.  If you live overseas, that's going to be an extra $25, I'm afraid.



p.s. If you buy the hardcover, you get the PDF for free!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Bryce "Ten Foot Pole" Lynch reviews Cha'alt

I waited until I had the house to myself before I read it...  because who knows what kind of ranting, raving, macho-man t-shirt ripping high-jinx I'd get up to. 

After all, he savaged Dead God Excavation in his review last year.

Well, I was sorely disappointed.  This was an extremely positive (for Bryce), albeit brief, analysis of Cha'alt.  Here it is... enjoy!

Meanwhile, I've got about 250 premium, gorgeous, hardcover Cha'alt books remaining.  You want one?  It's $60 via paypal:

Price includes shipping throughout the USA.  Overseas, it's an extra $25.

Books are signed and numbered.  PDF is included in the price.  If you already have the Cha'alt PDF, you can choose any other Kort'thalis Publishing PDF in its place.



p.s. Want a counterpoint review?  This one by Endzeitgeist is more in-depth, and he loved the two non-pyramid dungeons!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Gamers Harassing Gamers

There's a gamer on twitter @DraconickGaming who's been harassing a friend of mine (and fellow gamer).  Targeting him and the people he works with.

What kind of a loser does that?  Let's end his kind of abuse.  If I wasn't blocked, I'd confront him myself.  Why this guy can't leave people and products he doesn't like alone, I have no idea.  But I'm not going to lay down, do nothing, and let him destroy my friend and his small, independent gaming business.  


Leap Day Cha'alt Sale!!!

Every 4 years, right?  Lots of sales going on, so here's mine...

Get the premium, luxury hardcover book of Cha'alt for $40 (shipping inside the USA included, otherwise, it's an extra $30).  Normally, Cha'alt retails for $60.

Not familiar with this eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic campaign setting + megadungeon?  Here's a text review and this is a video review.

Each book is signed and numbered (limited to 2,000 and I'm almost out - no reprints!)... plus, since it's leap day and all, I'll "ultra-personalize" it with an amateur drawing of some tentacled monstrosity.

This offer is only good until midnight tonight, so don't delay!

You can paypal me the money using my email address:



p.s. Of course, if you order the hardcover, you'll get the PDF for FREE

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Alpha Blue 50% Off

Want that sweet, sweet sleazy sci-fi action?  Well, Alpha Blue is half-off this week!

What is Alpha Blue?  It's a rules-light, random table heavy, humorous, space opera RPG with occasional XXX dalliances... and that's what makes it different, what makes it special.

No other RPG combines science-fiction with sex like Alpha Blue.  Get some!

Prefer the softcover?  Amazon has slightly higher quality [search for "Alpha Blue" in books or you can't find it].  Buy the softcover, get the PDF for FREE!

Just email me:


p.s. Don't think sexy space opera is a viable sub-genre?  Check this out!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Low Stock Alert - Cha'alt

All the recent reviews, such as this one and that one, Pundit's one... plus Oh Yeah! and Nic Cage helped sell a lot of hardcover copies of Cha'alt.

Local RPG stores have started carrying Cha'alt, as well, which is fantastic!

Additionally, the PDF just went ELECTRUM (!!!) the other day on DriveThruRPG.

However, the best news ever is that an eccentric (sorry, hoss, but you're only a short step from crazy) gaming collector just bought up 500 copies of Cha'alt so he can sit on them for 10 years and sell them for double the retail price on ebay, as I have no plans for a 2nd printing of Cha'alt (too many new projects I want to pursue).  Dirty pool?  Maybe, but I'm a proud capitalist, so whatever.

After squirreling away the books I owe Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise kickstarter folks, that means I have precisely 297 luxury hardcover Cha'alt volumes left to sell.  Low stock alert, indeed!

You can send me $ via paypal at

It's $60 per book (shipping included if you live within the USA).  Otherwise, the shipping is $30 per book.  Sorry, no discounts on multiple copies...

Also, if you buy the hardcover, you get the PDF for FREE!!!  If you already purchased the PDF, then you get a $10 discount on the hardcover.

Big thanks to everyone who's supported me and Cha'alt and all my Great Work.  Love you, folks!


p.s. If you're looking for a minimalist O5R (OSR + 5e) rule-set for D&D noobs and novices, then look no further than Crimson Dragon Slayer.