Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Don't make me summon my Winged Monkeys!

I am very pleased to present the first piece of art to be completed for the Oz RPG. This piece is Copyright Bryan Fowler and used with permission.

What do you think?

Check back for new developments (and sometimes new art) every Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I've got part of the Quadling Country uploaded today. Just partially done it's on par with one of the other, complete, sections.

The hardest part is coming up with the adventure hooks. I'm sure experienced Game Masters can share my pain on this one. Coming up with one plot is hard enough. Coming up with several in a row is a huge challenge, but it seems to be the one I have set for myself.

Now, I'm asking for help. If you can come up with adventure hooks, story seeds, what have you, and email them to me at, I would appreciate it greatly. While I don't mind getting comments on this blog, I'd prefer to be able to contact the people who submit this stuff. That way, should I use your adventure hooks, I can give you proper credit when I publish, and possibly even work a complementary copy of the game or other stuff your way.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

3 of the 4 corners of Oz

The big news today is that I uploaded overviews of Gillikin Country, Munchkin Country, and Winkie Country. For each major location in these lands, I've tried to come up with character options and adventure hooks to make each location useful in the game. I succeeded most of the time, but a few areas are in need of help. Feel free to send me your ideas either by commenting on this blog or by and email at If I use them, I'll put your name on the credits page of the final book.

Quadling Country is next on my list and it's rather scary. It's one of the most developed and interesting corners of Oz, featuring the Hammerheads, the Hoppers, Bunnybury, and a host of interesting places. That document, once finished, threatens to outmass the other 3 documents on the other lands of Oz.

By next week, I should have at least some Quadling material on my site @

See you then

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Munchkinland is boring

A few minor tweaks were made to the system this week, but the big news is the Overview of Oz that I just uploaded. It's starting fairly small, with only one location representing each of the four countries in Oz, but it will be expanded as my resources develop.

One thing I discovered is that Munchkinland is boring. All of the other lands of Oz are fairly well explored in the stories, but Munchkinland receives little attention. It's one of those places that everybody comes from, but nobody ever goes.

My target was to come up with 5 locations from each land, give options for players who wanted their character to be associated with each location, and give the Narrator some adventure hooks to lead players in exploring each area. Quadling Country was easiest, and Munchkin Country the hardest. While the other countries might merit supplements of their own, it's likely that Munchkin Country will exist primarily in the core book.

While it's true that later Oz authors did expand on all of the countries, not much of that material has fallen to the public domain. One of the benefits of this project is that it can be done on a shoestring, which is all I have at the moment.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Welcome to Oz!

Welcome to the official blog for F. Douglas Wall Publishing. I look forward to updating this blog weekly, so check back every Wednesday. If you need more frequent updates, check out the product site at So what you get here is more of a weekly "State of the Union" address.

Even so, feel free to comment. I do read them.

"There's more to Oz than the Yellow Brick Road." That's an idea that's very important to me. If you've only seen the movie, or only read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, you're missing out. There is so much more to see and to read. That's one of my goals in producing Adventures in Oz. If I can break even one person of the habit of thinking that there's only one story to Oz, that all Wicked Witches are vulnerable to water, and that "lion" means "guy in a suit,"then I'd like to give it a try.

Adventures in Oz is looking for playtesters. I want people to try it out, see what works, what doesn't work, and see how I can make it better. Do hurry, though, as the playtest period ends in June.
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