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Quick Review: Adventure Idea Factory

The Adventure Idea Factory from DwD studios does exactly what it sets out to do. It gives GMs a quick and easy way to create a framework for their SciFi game.  Whether you need a one off for a side quest or are looking to set up an entire campaign, the AIF will give you the basics with just …

Crazy Campaign Chronicles: Defenders of the Earth Redux or a Very Pulpy Future!

Introductory note: As Game Master I constantly get ideas for new campaigns. I take notes and file them away on the hopes of one day retaking them. But since I don’t role-play 24/7 I am pretty sure I will never get to play all these campaigns. I’m sure I am not alone on this! Some ideas are just too weird, too strange or simply not a good fit to …

Ultimate History of Dungeons & Dragons

This might have been around for a while, but I only recently discovered it. The Ultimate History of Dungeons & Dragons! I wish I could buy a poster of this and hang it in my office. Click here to view larger version. Related posts: Free Stuff Friday: Dungeons & Dragons Free Stuff Friday: Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Character Sheets Dead Alewives –

AD&D Monster Manual part 24

Imp: Imps are a new monster, a type of minor devil that often serves as the familiar to a lawful evil wizard or cleric. And as far as familiars go, these guys are just about the best. Their own abilities are formidable, including a poisonous tail, regeneration, invisibility and suggestion . They’re immune to normal weapons, can’t be harmed by fire, cold or electricity…

Life and Death in RPG – March 2011 RPG Blog Carnival

This month’s RPG blog carnival theme covers life and death in RPG. When thinking about what I’d write for the carnival my attention wandered to my Riddleport campaign. There, I spotted how death was a theme in at least two plots. Then another plot. And then another. Soon, I was seeing death everywhere. It makes me wonder – could death …

D&D, the TV serial

Thought I’d give the iconic four D&D classes a bit of a made for TV make over. I went with the black-and-white toning partly to bring in that old time classic TV serial feel, but also because all those lovely shades of grey could well be a hint that all is not as it first appears. After all – I might not …

Purple Parlay—New or Old?

A quick Parlay poll this week. Do you find yourself spending your time playing new games, or old games? When I game, I tend to play older games, and play them more often, since I don’t have the disposable income to buy new games all the time. While I’d love to be able to put in a new…

Bastion Back in Business

A new investor has brought Bastion Studios back to life: Bastion 2.0 is born, with a new investor. There will be quite a lot of changes, but it can only be for the good of Ex illis! We will be finalizing our battle plans and we will come back to you on thursday about what will be Bastion 2.0 ( source ) This is good…

Time’s 100 Greatest Toys Includes Only 1 Analog Game

Earlier this month,Time Magazine posted their list of the 100 greatest toys from the last 87.5 years (yeah, me neither). Leaving aside the usual bickering over this or that toy that should have made it to the list (we have Mattel Electronic Football but not the PSP or Atari ?), as well as the rather odd items on the list ( Little Golden Books…

If you just can’t wait for Dragon Age: Redemption . . .

Everybody is just craving some more Dragon Age goodness with all the neat stuff coming up in the next few months. One of those thing is Felecia Day’s Dragon Age: Redemption. But let’s not forget a pretty cool machinima series from last year. Warden’s Fall. I was actually surprised at how good this was. It’s

Parahuman Preview: The P-Factor

A GENETIC STUDY OF THE PARAHUMAN UNCERTAINTY FACTOR By: Takashimi Oshoti, Director of P-Factor Genetics, Zaibatsu Corporation (translated) Despite access to the best genetics technology available in the world, the Parahuman Uncertainty Factor, or P-Factor as it is commonly called, remains a solid mystery. But what, exactly, do we know? Through study of genetic samples from parahumans ranging…

DriveThruRPG’s GM’s Day sale! All TC products 25% off until March 7th!

DriveThruRPG is having their annual GM’s Day sale !  You can get a ton of stuff for 25% off, including Troll in the Corner products ! You’ve got 7 days to get your stuff. Technorati Tags: rpg , role playing games , drivethrurpg , pdf , sale , deal Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: DriveThruRPG enters the Print on Demand market, and I got to beta…

Three Elements for Constructing a Good Adventure

On the train this morning, listening to some New Orleans blues, it occurred to me; I can think about fantasy RPGs even when listening to New Orleans blues!  Also, I realized that any good adventure, be it SciFi, Fantasy or Horror, can be constructed by including three simple elements. Goals, Encounters, and challenges. Let me expand a bit on this by defining these terms and explaining why each is …

Is this what they mean by Half-Plate?

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Attributes? We need no stinking attributes! Or do we?

For the last few days I have pondered about attributes in roleplaying game. Most of them use a set of attributes that describe the basic physical and mental capabilities of a character. Basically everyone knows D&D’s six classic attributes: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Wisdom, Intelligence, and Charisma. In one form or another the majority of RPGs uses attributes like these. But one question …

Board Game Costumes

This one is about right: While this one is about wrong: On the other hand, this one seems right: While this one seems wrong: There seems to be a pattern in the adult costume line up, such as for Monopoly Checkers and Scrabble Though these costumes probably predate her video, I still blame Katy Perry.

Board Game Costumes

This one is about right: While this one is about wrong: On the other hand, this one seems right: While this one seems wrong: There seems to be a pattern in the adult costume line up, such as for Monopoly Checkers and Scrabble Though these costumes probably predate her video, I still blame Katy Perry.

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

PocketMod Spellbook for D&D

Stuart over at Strange Magic has come up with something pretty awesome for all you D&D wizards out there. He’s created a PocketMod spellbook that references all the spells available to a 1st level Dungeons and Dragons Wizard. It’s just not a useful little guide, but it looks great as a prop. You can download the book on his site, then follow the folding guide for PocketMods…