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Mudpuppet

Continuing with images of the Batman Irregulars , here’s teeny-tiny Mudpuppet and her Mud Golem. She’s effectively two characters in one – Mudpuppet herself is a capable superhero magic-user in her own right, but then the player can summon the golem, play as him and go smash things. It’s like Raven from Teen Titans and The Thing, …

Studio 360: Help Design a Better Monopoly

Studio 360 talks with famed game designer Brenda Brathwaite about Monopoly , old and new. Together, they invite listeners to submit ideas by May 1 on how to make the game into something playable. Brenda will take the best ideas and make a new unofficial game out of them, and Studio 360 will revisit the topic in a few weeks. Another podcast, This American Life, uses card games as a metaphor this…

Help playtest the High Score RPG

High Score is a roleplaying game currently in development by fellow RPG blogger Dennis Santana which has an interesting premise. Each event in the game has a certain high score the players have to reach before they “won” the scene. Of course there might be different objectives. Killing all the bad guys may grant you enough points to finish the scene successfully but rescuing…

Review: Eternal Lies Suite

I love using music in roleplaying games since my first GM used the “Nightmare on Elm Street” soundtrack in a CHILL game he was running. Before that we had no background music but I can remember no session without it after that. Music can touch you at a deeper level than the spoken word can and it’s great to convey emotions. I am …

Mensa Mind Games 2011

This weekend in Albany, around 200 Mensa members will gather at the 2011 Mensa Mind Games to play games submitted for consideration for the 2011 Mensa Select badge. The winning games are typically simple abstract games that take only a short time to learn and to play, and the selection is limited only to games that were submitted for consideration. As a result, True …

Johnny Cool, Johnny Cool

I thought it’s about time to put a few renders together of the Batman Irregulars , considering they passed their first mission ‘n’ all. Starting the ball rolling, here’s Johhny Cool with stats repeated below. I could go into details about how tricky it was to get his body to look like it is made of ice – getting the transparency, translucency and…

Leela

No, I’m not referring to Doctor Who’s animal-skin wearing companion, though it’s possible that her name was inspired by this game. Leela, or Snakes and Arrows, is the allegedly ancient Hindu game from which Snakes and Ladders (known in America as Chutes and Ladders) is derived. The game-play should be familiar to most everyone: roll the die, count the boxes, and move up or…

Experience for the ordinary person

Johnn’s recent mention of the Ostrich-GM approach he sometimes takes to the question of how Administrators and Nobles get their character levels (comments, City Government Power Bases – Class and Level ) struck a chord. There are really only two answers besides the close-you-eyes-and-hope-it-goes-away approach, and adopting one of them has some interesting implications for the rest of the game…

Fantasy Chess League

You’ve heard of fantasy football and fantasy baseball, so why not fantasy chess? You too can track top Chess player results and organize the players into leagues. It’s been going on since at least 2003 ; unfortunately, that site is old, and I don’t know if they’re still doing it. But don’t despair. You can get in on a new …

And You Thought Your School Was Bad – Book Review of Curriculum of Conspiracy

It’s no secret that I fell in love with Monsters and Other Childish Things when I reviewed it some months back. It’s a game that offers you the opportunity to relive childhood, except this time you’ve got a slavering Horror From Beyond as your best friend. When the opportunity came to review an adventure/setting for the game, I was more than pleased to do so…

37th Annual Origins Awards Nominee List

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design has unveiled the list of nominees for the 37th Annual Origins Awards that will be held at the Origins Game Fair in Greater Columbus Convention Center on June 22-26 . Five nominees have been named in each of the 9 categories (except for Best Historical Board Game) through a vote by game retailers in March 2011 during the GAMA Trade Show from a shortlist…

First look: Interface Zero (Savage Worlds Edition)

Savage Worlds is among my favorite roleplaying game systems and I was quite happy when I heard that Gun Metal Games was going to release their excellent Interface Zero setting for it. Interface Zero is a modern cyberpunk setting which takes the technological advances of the last decades into account. The problem of most available cyberpunk setting is that they are based on an early 1980s understanding of …

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Web Clip Wednesday: Banned Demons & Daggers Commercial

Yeah, I’ll probably get a nasty comment or two about 80′s stereotypes and how some really dumb assed people still equate D&D with Satanism. But really it’s still pretty funny. It’s almost a Chick Tract. Hell, if we can make an off colored joke or two about ourselves to illustrate the total ignorance off a

Need to give your fantasy campaign a boost? Arthurian Mythology to the rescue

It happens to the best of us.  Whether it is the start of a new campaign or two years in to an ongoing, persistent world, sometimes coming up with a great adventure hook is tough.  The same old fantasy tropes we’re used to in our games can get boring.  One more orc, one more dragon, one more litch. When this happens to me, I do what…

Old School Podcast: Posthumous Z at RavenCon

Nathan Little of This is a Cow , his gaming company, was a major hit at RavenCon 2011 and kept a constant crowd gathered around his new zombie-based team board game, Posthumous Z . I truly wish I could tell our readers more about this game, but I haven’t had a chance to play it myself yet.  What I can say …

Angry Birds the Tabletop Game Available for Pre-order

Pre-order your overdeveloped game of Tiddlywinks – or your under-developed game of Crossbows and Catapults – now from Amazon for $20. Ships on May 5.

RPG Blogging 101: Primer

For some time I have been pondering whether I should write a series of blog posts about my second favorite hobby: blogging about RPGs. I asked around on Twitter and the #stargazersworld IRC channel and I got quite a few positive replies. And while I might not be a blogging expert, I think I am around long enough to have learned a…

Day of Fudge

As you probably know I have a soft spot for the Fudge system . Alas I never had the opportunity to actually run a game with it, but from time to time I leaf through the huge Fudge 10th Anniversary book and think about what games I could run with it. And perhaps the upcoming “Day of Fudge” is finally my chance to play or run some Fudge. Every first Saturday…

April Kickstarter Game Projects 2

A scant 9 days after our last post and things are really hopping on Kickstarter. Furthermore, the site is starting to be used by larger, experienced, traditional designers and publishers, and not only first-timers. A show of hands: if projects keep getting added at this pace, how many readers want this roundup to be weekly? Here are new projects since the last post : Project Description Required …