Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Throw Halfling Feat

Because dwarf tossing jokes never get old...

Throw Halfling [Barbarian, Fighter, Ranger]
Using a full-round attack action, you may throw a willing gnome or halfling at a target within 20+1 ft per Strength bonus. Your BAB is used to modify the roll. If your attack is successful, the target suffers 1d6 points of damage from the impact. If the thrown gnome or halfling makes a successful Fort save (DC15), he or she may immediately perform melee attacks as normal. If the save fails, the gnome or halfling loses attacks for the round. The following round, the gnome or halfling must roll initiative to see when they attack in the initiative order.
   Special: If the thrown character has a Dexterity of 18 or better, his or her Dex bonus is added to the initial damage.

(This feat is presented under the Open Game License. Copyright NUELOW Games and Steve Miller 2014)

Cartoon by Aimo. (Proof great minds think alike.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A big bundle of NUELOW horror!

Get yourself a last minute Halloween treat with a collection of 20 horror-themed books from NUELOW Games. There are comics, fiction, RPG material... everything you need for a bone-chillingly good time.

Art by Warren Kremer
The products in the bundle feature work by such great talents as Robert E. Howard, Steve Ditko, Joe Kubert, Dick Briefer, Lily Renee, Bill Madden... and many more. NUELOW Games' own Steve Miller either edited or contributed to all the products featured... and as a former key contributor to the Ravenloft horror setting, he knows scary!

The collection is available for $13, which is roughly half off the full retail price of the individual books. So, at least for now, 13 can be your lucky number!

Click here to download NUELOW's A Bundle of Horror, or to read details about each included book.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Coming soon: A baseball-based product by people who know nothing about baseball

"The Royals are going to the World Series!" someone stated.

"Really?" I thought. "All of them, or just Queen Elizabeth?"

The person was, of course, referring to the Kansas City Royals who are going to the World Series for the first time since 1980s. However, I don't usually associate baseball and "Royals," since I wasn't raised in the States. My partner in Things NUELOW, L.L. Hundal, knows even less about baseball than I do. Therefore, we decided that it was time to do a baseball-themed NUELOW Games product. We've already put our ignorance about politics, social justice, and good manners on display, so why not add sports to the list?

Here is a draft of the cover. The product will contain a ROLF! battle scenario, a OGL d20 Modern rules for making a baseball player PC, and an illustrated guide to help those who, like us, don't know a damn thing about baseball. Art will be by Samm Schwartz. We hope to finish and release the booklet in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, if you feel like checking out some of our other offerings, you can click here to see previews of them all.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Do you need some horror art for Halloween?

Look no further than NUELOW Games' royalty-free art packs for your horror art needs! Each contains a variety of color and black-and-white line art that was adapted from Golden Age comic books. They are released under a flexible license that gives you pretty much permission to use these illustrations in whatever manner you want -- be it to spruce up your website with spooktacular art, or to illustrate that chilling ebook you're releasing.

Stock Art Collection: Cruise of the Dead

Most of the illustrations are provided at a resolutions only fit for digital use. However, they are generally provided in large enough size that if you are a wizard with Photoshop, you may be able to squeeze 300dpi out of them. Each collection features dozens of illustrations (except for "The Mystic" and "Cruise of the Dead" which is are special sets presenting high resolution art by Alex Schomburg and Tony Mortarello respectively). Click here to see the entire selection of NUELOW Games art packs, or click on the individual titles below for details on each set.

Stock Art Collection #2: Dames, Danger & Death
Stock Art Collection #3: Beauties and the Beasts
Stock Art Collection #5: Visions of Beauty and Nightmares

Stock Art Collection: The Mystic

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Spear and Magic Helmet!

Just for fun, here are a couple magic items for use with OGL d20 games (and a host of other RPGs). This text is presented under the Open Game License. Copyright Steve Miller 2014.

The Spear 
This enchanted weapon gives its wielder a+1 bonus to attack and damage.
   Special: The character gains +1 to all Perform (singing) checks when weapon is wielded.

Magic Helmet
This enchanted helmet gives its wearer +2 bonus to all saving throws
   Special: The character gains +2 to all Perform (singing) checks when the Magic Helmet is worn.

The Spear and Magic Helmet
If the character uses both the Spear and Magic Helmet at the same time, he or she has an additional +2 bonus to all Charisma-related skill checks for a total of +5 on Perform (singing) checks.
  Also, once per day, the character can summon ominous storm clouds and cause a lightning bolt to strike and reduce a single non-living small or medium-sized object to ash. The lightning bolt cannot harm living creatures or magically animated constructs.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

'The Three Lives of Fantomah: Book One'

NUELOW Games launches a new series with The Three Lives of Fantomah. This three volume series will present the best from the 49-episode run (in Jungle Comics #2 - #51) of a character that started out as the first female superhero in comics, transformed into a standard "jungle girl," and ultimately became the ruler of a "lost civilization."

The cover for The Three Lives of Fantomah: Book One
The book features four stories by the character's creator Fletcher Hanks (known for ultra-powered heroes who kill evil-doers in creative ways) and the first by "W.B. Hovious," a pen-name that various writers and artists produced the series under after Hanks' departure. In addition, it contains some d20 System/OGL Modern rules that are designed to capture Fantomah's unusual nature and development as the series unfolded. If you liked the quirkiness of the Modern Advances and Modern Basics series of products, you want to check this one out, as it makes unusual use (perhaps even abuse) of the d20 System's magic, level, and XP systems.

Click here to see previews or to download your own copy of the book. You can see further previews of the series at the Shades of Gray blog by clicking here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The roots of ROLF!

NUELOW's ROLF! game began its life as a parody of RPGs. One of the first battle scenarios (which has since been lost to time) that was played using a draft of the game that was little more than three paragraphs, involved two male models beating each other up during a fashion show, and the winner then having to face off against a child model (which may or may not have been skinny little Milla Jovovich--neither L.L. Hundal nor I remember for certain if that was the case... but our Jovovich obsession does go way, WAY back).

But we both recall that the one thing that was present in the game from the earliest draft was a battle maneuver (that later became a trait) called Too Sexy For My Shirt. And it was there because that very first battle scenario was inspired by Right Said Fred's song and video "I'm Too Sexy."

That song remains part of ROLF!'s DNA even now, some 20 years later. Check it out below.


They're too sexy for their shirts: Right Said Fred