City Government Power Bases – Land

What forces govern your city? In many societies, landowners have great power. With all the economic, defensive, military, and strategic benefits land provides, most governments use this as a starting power base for their regimes. For high fantasy games, consider land as an abstract concept that encompasses many possible dimensions. Land can be the ground, the clouds of sky realms, the flames …

Infinity Tokens From Litko

The latest from miniatures accessory maker, Litko, are markers for the futuristic skirmish game Infinity . These markers aren’t authorized by the game’s publisher. They’re also not as good looking as some markers we covered earlier from Litko , but they’re functional, I guess.

Patch Reaches In To Stores With QR Codes

Patch Products has announced that it will begin placing QR codes on game packaging as a way to deliver product information, demonstration videos, and current promotions to customers while they shop. QR codes are those two-dimensional patterns that can be read by most smartphones and are used to deliver web links or other information. With the code on the box, a customer strolling …

Worst part of moving is

Almost done with our move to our new home. I found the box with my model tortoise cities, unfortunately they did not move well. Now I have to build them up again with clay, except I gave my clay to my son to keep him busy while moving, and now I have no colored stock,

Sci-Fi Miniatures Accessories From CorSec

CorSec Engineering has produced some neat accessories for sci-fi miniatures games. The latest are status tokens for BattleTech and acrylic planets . The tokens are just rectangular or triangular plastic pieces with the words, “prone”, “jump”, “pilot check”, etc. on them. Not exciting, but useful, I guess. The planets are spheres that come with mounting rods and bases, and are available in sizes of 1.5 to 4 inches.

Periodic Quest

Periodic Quest is a game for teaching chemistry and about the periodic table of elements. Actually, though, it’s a box with more than eight different games that can be played with the included board and cards. Y’know, just in case you didn’t get it the first time.

Gamewright’s Port-a-Party Line

Speaking of disturbingly-named games, Gamewright introduces the Port-a-Party line of games. By which they mean card games. The first two games are Who Would Win? and Joe Name It. Who Would Win? is a reprint of a 2009 Gorilla Games title. Each player draws a historical or literary character and then battle over who would win the event (e.g. gardening). They argue to persuade the…

Bowel Bingo and Other Games from NHS Bolton

If you regularly check for cancer, then you’re not the target audience of the games from NHS Services in Bolton and Bolton CVS. The games, which have won various health awards, include Bowel Bingo , The Road to Cervical Screening , and Open Wide (yuck, I know, but it’s just an anti-smoking game). ( source )

Old School Podcast – I talk to the future: an interview with my daughters, ages 5 and 8

Over the past few days I was able to sit down with my two daughters, Izzie (aged 8) and Luca (aged 5) to talk about their gaming experiences, and what our semi-weekly gaming nights looked like through their eyes. The interviews happened over the course of a week, with the first interview happening just before game night (and bed time for them) and the second interview happening a…

It’s been a heck of week

Really, it’s been a great week for discussion on Castles and Crusades. I’d like to thank all folks who stopped by. Next week things are going to get back to what passes for “normal” here at the old blog. The usual features and hopefully some new stuff. And if you liked the Castles and Crusades

Castles & Crusades: My First Crunchy Bits

There’s a really odd thing I had realized. The last time I ran a Dungeons & Dragons game or any of its kindred was Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. Sure, I’ve played each edition since then but I haven’t ran it. I’ve been running all sorts of other games but not D&D. The good thing about

RPG (and geek) news from around the Internet and beyond!

It’s Friday – and that generally means a slow news day, so I thought I’d take some time to catch you all up on some cool things going on with Troll in the Corner and the rest of the world as we know it. First, this slot here on Fridays will soon be filled by our newest Editor, talking about all things literature related.  Their introduction…

The Euchre Cube

The Euchre cube, designed by Patrick O’Donnell and self-published , differs from your typical Euchre scoring pads and peg tracks in that it prominently indicates the dealer (the guy next to the cube) and trump. The inside has a recessed Euchre scoring track. It’s patented, includes a bag to hold the cube (a deck of cards will also fit in …

Quick Tip on Creating Place Names

Earlier today I was trying to come up with a place name for a small area that I am working on for a “Secret Project.” I was having a bit of difficulty as names are probably the hardest part of my gaming prep. I usually wing it and always end up naming the NPC “Bob.” This …

Zero Charisma, The Movie

Zero Charisma will be an indie movie about a nerd DM trying to protect D&D for the true nerds after a cool hipster joins his campaign. The trailer is promising and the project is being partially funded through IndieGoGo . ( source )

Osama bin Laden’s Compound in 1/285th Scale (6mm)

This was already up a few days ago; in any case, rather quickly. From Game Craft Miniatures for only $35. Combine this with Barbie dolls to create the jihadist edition of Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman. I’m on Youtube clicking refresh. ( source )

Four Card Games From Cartamundi and Puzzler

Puzzler Media , a puzzle manufacture and publisher (owned by D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.), is teaming up with venerable card publisher Cartamundi to publish four card-based party games (Cartamundi is the licensee): Match Play, The Connection Game : Match a list of items with another list of items (e.g. cities and rivers) Take Five, The Selection Game : Find the list …

What I plan on doing with Castles &Crusades: The Campaign

For the campaign, over all I want to do what I’m calling an “ensemble collaborative sandbox campaign”. Yeah, I know that sounds kind of crazy but hear me out. “Ensemble”: Every player is going to have two characters. The main reason is character death. That’s going to happen and I hate when a player gets

What I plan on doing with Castles &Crusades: The Campaign

For the campaign, over all I want to do what I’m calling an “ensemble collaborative sandbox campaign”. Yeah, I know that sounds kind of crazy but hear me out. “Ensemble”: Every player is going to have two characters. The main reason is character death. That’s going to happen and I hate when a player gets

Top-Down Plug-in Game Design: The Perfect Recipe?

Click on the image to see a larger version As someone who writes about RPGs