Interview with Lortas programmer of the Earthdawn Character Editor

The following interview is the first real interview since a long time and of course the first for the year 2011. The title of the post almost says it all, for all those who missed the Earthdawn…

Old School Podcast – PAX East with Smirk and Dagger

Welcome to the second of our two Old School Paxcasts!  Podcast interviews recorded at PAX East in March of 2011.  Today’s episode features an interview with Curt Covert from Smirk & Dagger games. To read more about PAX East, check out what Tracy had to say and also my review . Smirk & Dagger Games have a wide variety of slightly…

Google Tech Talk: Peter Struijf (Krakow 1325) on Game Design

Here’s an hour-long 2009 talk from Peter Struijf on the design of his game Krakow 1325 .

Where are the Wrath of Ashardalon bonus adventures?

I’ve owned Wrath of Ashardalon for a couple of months now and like the game – it’s fun, plays fast, and offers enough replayability that playing the same scenario twice isn’t boring. Nevertheless, I’m annoyed that on page 2 of the Adventure book, the writers say, and I quote: And check out www.DungeonsandDragons.com, where you can find bonus adventures for use with this …

One plus one equals four: Solo Gaming With 4e

Let’s face it. Four Edition D&D is unashamedly geared toward group play. This is a game which has taken a leaf out of MMORPGs (and, I would argue, the superhero genre) and each character has a specific role and set of duties in a team. The Defender acts as a shield for the others, the Controller takes down hordes of foes, the Striker goes against them one by one, …

Into the Caverns

Our start the next day was not as late as it could have been. Shasuki, number one maid, was sent to the market to buy many healing potions. The human child, Hekari, sulked over her breakfast porridge. “ What is it, small one? ” Mir’Itus looked concerned. Gami-Gami put her spoon down. “You do not like the food, child? This is fine food. Better…

Off to Action 2011 in Rheindahlen

This weekend is Action 2011 in Rheindahlen, Germany. I’ve been going to Action faithfully for the past 7 years and while it’s largely aimed at historical miniatures, I always find something interesting to look at or play. Unfortunately this is the final year for the convention since the NATO base that it’s held on is preparing to close and the club has decided to end…

Japon Brand: Japanese Board Game Design Collective

Japon Brand is a diverse collection of designers and self-publishers from Japan. Their gaming portfolio is growing steadily. Their games look intriguing and many bring a unique Japanese perspective to game design. Several have been picked up and republished by international publishers and have received acclaim; recent examples include R-Eco , a game about garbage dumping and recycling, and …

Lazy Friday Video Post: A Night’s Work

In the ‘90s I played a lot of Shadowrun . It has been one of my favorite games for quite a long time and even though I always struggled with the rules I have a lot of fond memories of that game. Yesterday my friend and fellow RPG blogger Roberto pointed this video out to me: It’s a promotion video created by now…

Donkey aka Spoons With Silliness

Donkey from sggc Cleveland Kids is a proprietary version of Spoons. Donkey adds a silliness card that imposes a rule on each round, like “when you pass a card, you must say a word that starts with the letter ‘M’”, etc.

AD&D Monster Manual part 29

Lizard: There are four types of lizards detailed here: Fire, Giant, Minotaur and Subterranean. Fire lizards first appeared in Supplement II . Their Armor Class has worsened from 2 to 3, and their Hit Dice has been lowered from 12 to 10. Their breath weapon has now been given a specific range and area of effect, and the damage has changed from 1-10 to 2-12. Somewhat uncharacteristically, Gary seems to have dropped a lot of…

One Million XP

1,000,000XP is how many experience points it takes to go from 1st level to 30th level in Fourth Edition D&D. A large part of the game is how you get from one end of the scale to the other. It’s a journey full of adventure, excitement, danger, not to mention a whole horde of monsters to be slain along the way. …

Bang! Blat! Whoomph! Character Conventions In Pulp (Continued)

This article is being co-written by Blair Ramage, with whom I co-referee a Pulp Hero campaign. Although it started as a single item, it has grew so substantially that it became necessary to split it into multiple parts. The first part dealt with the relationship of genre to other aspects of a roleplaying game, and furnished a context for the whole series. The…

The Legend of the Skull Fairy

One of the fun things things about gaming is how sometimes things just happen spontaneously. Just one little comment can lead to a whole new bit of lore. Such is the case with the Skull Fairy. Just like any other parents, orcs want to instill certain virtues in their children. As orc children play and

Threads of Sanity #8

“Your masters are dead!” Sharim yelled with booming voice and Rhadec kicked the carcass of Alabus to the courtyard. “Leave or die!” and the drow didn’t had to command twice. They fled. Alabus was dead, but Jeiram had escaped. The dwarven fortress was once again regained, but there were still many questions to be answered.

Treating In-Game Relationships with Respect

I was reading through my RSS feed today when I came across this post over at More Than Dice. Go ahead, give it a read. … Done? Great. Let’s talk about why I found it interesting. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts about the campaign I’m running with my home group ( The Winds of Change ), then you’ll know that…

Adult themes in RPGs

WARNING – While this is NOT a post about Porn the RPG (imagine the stats for that game) or a review about the Book of Erotic Fantasy , it will deal with complex issues, or what may be called “adult” topics and whether they belong in an RPG game. If such themes offend you, disturb you, or are not appropriate, please read…

Review: Paizo GameMastery Flip-Mat: Bandit Outpost

Given the simple nature of this product, this will be a very quick review but I figured it might be useful nonetheless, especially if you happen to be considering purchasing the map to use with the Kingmaker adventure path since it’s specifically referenced in the  Pathfinder #31: Stolen Land adventure. The Physical Product The map is double-sided, laminated heavy card stock and is designed…

Longest Underwater Card Game

16 divers in turns played Sheepshead underwater for 125.5 hours, at least according to source . I know, incredible, right? You could never get me to play Sheepshead for that long.

The Art of Service: The Game

The Art of Service , designed by Fred Sirieix and published by Northgate Training Games, is a pricey board game tool to teach service principles to restaurant wait staff. The box includes two games. The first is a Memory game, where the matching cards are questions about service goals. The second is a roll and move game where you pick cards containing situations that …