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Stealing Cthulhu preorder fundraiser now open

Graham Walmsley, author of Play Unsafe and The Dying of St Margaret’s (and others),  has now started his indigogo fundraiser to help handle preorders and funding for his upcoming book Stealing Cthulhu , which is a system-agnostic guide to telling H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror. It looks really great and at the lowest funding level ($28, shipped) is a good value. I&#…

A New Blog and Classic D&D Unboxing

A personal friend, mentor, and gaming buddy (as well as regular commenter here on Troll ITC as The Game Hermit ) has just completed his first blog post over on his website, Unboxing the D&D Basic Set! Head over to his site and check it out by clicking HERE , it’s a great read for new gamers and grognards alike. …

Review: Dragon Age RPG Set 2 (pdf)

Recently, Green Ronin has released set 2 of their Dragon Age RPG, available for preorder or, if you’re impatient like me, in .pdf format (which, if you pre-order the dead tree version, you can get the .pdf for a nominal additional cost). So, what do you get? Two 80-page books, one of the players and one for the game master, …

Random thoughts about RPC (Role Play Convention)

Yesterday I went to RPC , my third trip in the past three years. My first year I stumbled upon a booth selling a lot of original TSR box sets and modules and I went a bit nuts . Since then I’ve gone back each year, in search of some cool deals and just to see what’s going on. The con is…

Ask The Readers: Who ya gonna call?

Recently I have rewatched one of my favorite films: Ghostbusters ! Even though the movie is *gasp* 27 years old it has aged surprisingly well. While some of the effects may look a bit outdated the action and humor work as well today as they did in 1984. The 1984 film has not only spawned a sequel but also several computer games and even a pen & paper roleplaying…

Common, Uncommon and Rare Feats

One of the changes made in recent years to Fourth Edition D&D was introducing the concept of Magic Items being Common, Uncommon and Rare. This solved a non-existent problem in our games – all Magic Items are pretty rare, thanks very much – and I would much rather the same concept be applied to something we do have a problem with. Feats. The number of Feats available in…

3000 New Words for International Scrabble from Collins

Harper Collins has added 3,000 new words to their Collins Official Scrabble Lists , increasing the number of trendy and slang words that are now SOWPODS official (for outside of the US, Canada, and Thailand). New words include some that will see some heavy play, including GRRL and QIN. ( source )

Old School Actual Play Podcast Episode 4 – Death in the Dungeon

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG !  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs, unmade beds and thousands of doors using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode, we encounter more orcs than you can shake a pointed stick at.  We uncover a potential enemy in a human …

Star Trek Deck Building Game + Klingon Monopoly

Shortly before the release of the new cooperative-Knizia-Heroclix-WizKids-Star Trek game comes an announcement of planned deck-building Star Trek games based on TOS and TNG. Players take on the role of captain of a starship and explore space. A temp web site is here . And a facebook page is here . And I know you’ll also be excited to hear…

Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow from sggc Arctic Fox , designed by Jemery Galilee, is a treasure looting game. Each player starts on his own island and must sail to the treasure wreck and retrieve the treasure. All well and good, except that you only have rafts, each raft can only hold two things: pirates, treasures, or one of each, and the rafts drift around the ocean currents in capricious, undeterminable…

Jimmy Kimmel Loses in Scrabble to HS Scrabble Champions, Again

Jimmy Kimmel has played the winners of the National School Scrabble Championships (open for 5th to 8th graders) for the last four years. In the first two years, the game was to 100 points and Jimmy won both times. Last year, the game was to 150 points and Jimmy pulled bad letters and got toasted (and humiliated by a snotty kid, too)…

Temple for ELOI

The Temple of Eloi is a board game from sggc Living for ELOI, an organization whose mission is “to fulfill the voice’s request in building HIS board games for denominational and non-denominational organizations to utilize as a tool for acquiring and/or maintaining their members Faith.” The board game was built as a direct result of a heavenly voice instructing Rozell Adams to…

Undungeon, the pdf

From the short-and-sweet dep’t: As requested, here’s Undungeon laid out and neatly reformatted as a 5 page PDF . For people who care about such matters, this is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License so feel free to use, twist and abuse however you will. Enjoy! Like Unlike

Crazy, cool Dresden Files RPG book cover

This is rebind of the Dresden Files RPG is amazing. In case you’re wondering, yes, the runes actually do glow. Definitely check out the others in the gallery too, because there are some amazing rebinds of games like Fiasco and Burning Wheel as well.

Trying out Obsidian Portal

After a half a decade away from play-by-forum games, I’ve decided to jump back in and run a campaign based on the original T1-4: Temple of Elemental Evil super-module over at RPG Geek. I’m planning on talking a bit more about the specifics about game in the near future, but wanted to mention that I’m trying out Obsidian Portal has…

Character du Jour: Warrant

Far above the Earth’s atmosphere, a starship exploded. The occupant’s body vaporized immediately, but immortal Ilirya are far harder to kill than that. Its soul took flight in search of a new host. Meanwhile, a police officer lay dead. His body was twisted and broken by the fall from the bridge onto the hard concrete far below, his last memories of the greenscaled villain that laughed…

Paizo Announces Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box

Paizo Lead Designer Jason Bulhman has finally made the official announcement that Paizo has been working on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box . Similar in concept to the original Dungeons & Dragons Red Box 20 years ago, the Beginner Box is designed to introduce new gamers to the Pathfinder RPG and comes with a set of tools for GMs to take their players’ characters up to 5…

Chthonian Stars Core Setting

2159 AD. It is a good time to be alive. The nations of the world still exist, but they have become more civilized, and we have expanded into the rest of our solar system. But, alas, it is not to be our time. Something approaches, a thing on an orbit from far away. Seemingly a large shard of dark matter, this object is known in obscure prophecy as the Chthonian…

Gogos Crazybones: I detect an upcoming geek fad.

Gogos Crazybones may be just another collectible kiddie craze like Pokemon but I’m pretty sure that this going to catch on with the geeks out there. These things could be a fun little game in the cube farm or at lunch. Hell, they’d make some neat cube decorations too. Let’s face it, us geeks have

Yet Another Election Decided By a Card Game

Date: April 21. Position: City council. Where: North Las Vegas. Game: high card draw. ( source ) Linda Meisenheimer beat Tanya Flanagan, king to five. Previously noted on this blog: July 2010 , Nye County, NV, Republican primary, high card draw. June 2009 , Cave Creek, AZ, city council, high card. March, 2008 , Estancia, NM, town trustee, Texas Hold’em. All sources note numerous previous occurrences.