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Lessons learned from Hack Slash Crawl

Hack Slash Crawl is just one of the countless flash based Rogue-like casual games that litter the intertubes. It is probably not the best of the genre, but it’s darned good fun to play and a great representation of what this kind of game offers – random dungeons, characters that improve with experience and oh-so-cute monsters that you wish they’d make into plush toys. Ok…

A Dragon Age Renaissance

Well, it seems that way to me. Dragon Age 2 is just around the corner. Set 2 for the table top RPG is going to be ready for pre-order soon. It’s hard to believe that Set 1 has been out over a year. Felicia Day has announced her web series Dragon Age: Redemption. Fans are

Total Confusion XXV in Review – A Wicked Awesome Convention

I was fortunate enough to be invited as a guest to Total Confusion XXV in Mansfield, MA.  Not only was I there to participate on a panel and do a podcast, I was also running a few games and (the most fun for me) playing as well!  It was an amazing time at a friendly, accessible and most importantly, fun convention. See the end of the article…

Earthdawn Puzzle #5 – Cathay

Last day in February and to remind you of the upcoming Cathay books (shipping date March 2011, according to Mongoose) I decided to entertain you with a puzzle again. 77 pieces await you! Rotate the…

Life and times of a RPG industry freelancer

The week I spent at Gen Con 2010 was one of the most exciting weeks in my life. These few days were much like a roller coaster ride for me. It was my first Gen Con, my first time in the US even. For me walking through the Indianapolis Convention Center among all those gamers was a feeling I can hardly put into words. …

Using Aspects in the Dragon Age RPG

It’s no real secret that I really like FATE and am a big fan of Dragon Age. Mike over at Wrath of Zombie did a little post on this subject a while ago and then I ended up in little Twitter discussion with the guys over at Dragon Age Oracle. And once again this got

Read an RPG Book in Public Week 2011 Begins This Week

The first week of Read an RPG Book in Public Week for 2011 begins on February 27 to March 5. So go out there with your favorite RPG book or the latest RPG supplement and read it in front of everyone, whether during the commute, at the cafe or the public park for maximum exposure. For the uninformed, Read an RPG Book in Public Week is an annual movement started by…

Redakai: New CCG from Spin Master

Spin Master is launching a new collectible card game for children with some exciting features that we haven’t seen before in products of this type. Most significantly, the cards are not paper but plastic, and quite thick too. This not only makes them more durable, it also allows Spin Master to incorporate holograms on the cards. Some will feature three-dimensional artwork…

The hairy legged Cleric

Free download: the Rusty Dwarf Inn

Not all readers are aware that this blog has a   free downloads page , where all .pdf resources produced by the Athenaeum are posted for reader use. In addition to the popular “100 lists” available there is The Rusty Dwarf Inn , an edition-neutral, 12-page document that details a fantasy inn, including its history, staff, map and complete key. The file was posted …

An Ode To 4e Character Generation

Say what you want about Fourth Edition D&D (and no doubt several of you will), but I love 4e character generation. There. I’ve said it. Whether you’re using good old pencil and paper with a well worn copy of the Player’s Handbook, the (now retired, and therefore better thanks to the sterling work of the community and Jeff Hamm’s CBLoader) offline …

Our first “Story Game Friday” session went well

Myself and a couple of the regulars from my Sunday game decided in 2011 we would start meeting one Friday per month to play a few of the multitude of story-oriented RPGs I have amassed over the past few years. For our first session we chose Fiasco using the Transatlantic playset. The result was a really interesting story that had nothing to do with icebergs but instead revolved around…

Issue 513 [updated] – How to Use Body Language For Better Storytelling

This Week’s Tips and Features: A Brief Word From Johnn: An Experiment, Hero Lab, 7 Nations Session #2 Design: Start With Your Most Limited Resource How to Use Body Language For Better Storytelling 5 Non-Epic Prophecies 7 Ways on How to Run a Treasure Hunt Campaign Mastery Blog

Issue 512 – How to GM Awesome Heists, Part 2

This Week’s Tips: The “All Part Of The Plan” Feat Use Flashbacks And Soft Fails How I Ran A Heist Better Gaming Through Planning, Rehearsing And Training Leverage RPG Create A Set Of Cards Feature: Fun with Traps: Books, Boxes and Baubles Game Master Tips & Tricks: How Do You Make Swarms Interesting? Random Monsters Via Two Monster Combos A Few Quick Campaign Tips Egyptian …

She only wears lace

Rendered in DAZ Studio, tritone conversion in Photoshop.

Free Stuff Friday: Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Save Versus Death ‘s Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich I love materials that can provide inspiration for my own home brew campaign. Save Versus Death ‘s Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich is just that. An adventure that has…

A helping hand for Christchurch!

As many of you probably know a terrible earthquake in New Zealand has caused great devastation in Christchurch. Like they did after the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan RPGNow and DriveThru RPG have put together a bundle for the New Zealand Red Cross and their earthquake relief efforts. The gaming community is truly a global community and we can all chip in…

Axis & Allies Air Force Miniatures

While Wizards of the Coast is discontinuing D&D collectible miniatures , apparently that doesn’t mean that the company has entirely given up on that type of product. Some time this year, WOTC is planning to launch a new Axis & Allies Miniatures series . This one will focus on warplanes and be 1/100 scale, hex based, and compatible with the original land game but with a new system designed…

New Zealand Earthquake Relief

If they’re not careful, DriveThruRPG is going to get a reputation for good deeds. Following previous fund-raising efforts, the RPG download service has organized to raise money for Red Cross efforts in New Zealand . A $20 donation will earn over $300 in product thank-you gifts.

Word of the Week: GARDYLOO

The word of the week is a cute, fun to say word that represents a less than cute or fun event. Gardyloo is what someone would yell before they throw waste water or empty chamber pots from the window above. This will hopefully give the people below enough time to get out of the way.