Category Archives: Blog

Steve Jackson Games Sneak Peeks

The new dice games, Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice , have been a big hit for Steve Jackson Games . The company’s latest Report to the Stakeholders reveals that these mid-year releases already account for 8.4 percent of sales (that’s about 50,000 units in my estimation). This year, Zombie Dice is set to get updated packaging. Instead of a cardboard dice cup…

Catan GmbH Takes Down Island Settlers Android App

A guy named Neil has taken down his Android game with the same game play as Settlers of Catan after facing a legal threat from Catan GmbH. ( source ) The legal threat explicitly notes that game rules cannot be copyrighted, but, since the game of Catan also embodies a storyline (“Players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan.&#…

Board Game “Addiction” Article in China Daily

Writing for the China Daily, Zhou Wenting becomes the first journalist that I know of to claim a surge in board game “addiction” among children. Yeeha, board gamers have finally joined a club whose membership previously only included collectible card gamers and video gamers. Ok, seriously. Let’s take a look at source : The title is “Concerns surge as children become hooked on games&#…

If I Were President

Apparently self-published by Gail Thornton, If I Were President is a debating game. Players pick a card with a presidential challenge (such as “Your VP just yelled at the Russian VP during peace talks”) and must role-play a speech addressing the issue. The other players vote them up or down with paddles. It’s a tad pricey: $60 …

Table Length Space Maps

CorSec Engineering has moved on from $2.50 magnetic mounts to $150 7-foot fabric tablecloths depicting outer space or a top-down ocean view. They come in several patterns, with or without hex or square grids.

Inside the Automatic Mahjong Table

Here it is in action (from Florida’s Versatile Machinery ): The pieces have magnets in them. The table comes with two sets of mahjong tiles and can be programmed for forty styles of Mahjong play. $850 + $275 US shipping.

Checkers With Football Helmets

According to source, part-time inventor James Pickett has spent 17 years trying to sue somebody – anybody – in order to claim his reward for having invented using little football helmets in place of Checker pieces. What’s odd about this is that Pickett actually owns three patents, one from 2002 involving a new method of playing four player Checkers (using helmets, of course), …

Wham! Clang! Kapow! Character Conventions In Pulp

The Story So Far… 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, …

The Granny Drake – a free Pathfinder/d20 creature to add to your menagerie

Every village seems to have one – the village Granny. The old woman who has lived forever in a tidy, but small hut out by the outskirts of the village. She never hurts anyone and always has a kind word for people. She owns a good pair of sturdy boots has a great sense of family dedication and loves to cook. She often has several generations of offspring and seems…

Hoppiness and Unhoppiness – Winds of Change Session 5

I had a blast with this session. Go ahead, give it a listen . In this session, the group hightales it after Sister Regina and ends up meeting up with one of my favorite races: the grippli. I first encountered the grippli in Ross Peyton’s New World setting . I loved Ross’ voicing of the little frog guys in his Actual Play sessions and I decided to run a few…

Classy move…

It’s always sad, often frustrating, to see the things we love increase in price. In the current economic environment increases in price seem inevitable, from foodstuffs and other necessities, to the leisure items we love like gaming books, DVDs and gaming magazines! Yesterday I received a surprising e-mail from Kenzer & Company informing me they were increasing the price of Knights…

New Year Poll results

On January 2nd 2011 I opened up the New Year Poll for 2011 to reflect your expectations and wishes for upcoming Earthdawn releases. Now that the poll is closed, I want to show you the results of the…

The Ashcroft House: Card Stock Model and AD&D 2E Module

The Ashcroft House by Buddy Epling of Rook Stone is an elaborate card stock haunted house at 1/64th scale for 25 mm minis. The delivery is print-and-play instructions on CD, including the house, outbuildings, fence, over 100 pieces of furniture, and 40 figures. The CD also includes a walk-through and a 60 page 2nd edition AD&D module set in Ravenloft, “A Night in the Ashcroft House”. Buddy also carves a…

Stratego

Spin Master is by no means giving up on the mass collectible market, but they did confirm at the show their strong interest in traditional board games . The company’s plans include both extending existing brands and further acquisitions. While they wouldn’t give any specifics regarding potential acquisitions, Spin Master did feature board games prominently in their booth (actually, more like a walled-off compound). Most interesting, at …

Webclip Wednesday: Let’s Play Enviro Bear!

This is the most realistic bear driving simulator out there. Really. Just watch the clip and find out. In case you didn’t know it bears drive cars and have one really long arm. This one is a little longer than the usual Wednesday Webclip but it’s well worth it. Watch out for those badgers!

DriveThruRPG’s New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Relief – $260+ of RPG stuff for $20.

A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s already-bruised city of Christchurch on Tuesday, collapsing buildings, burying vehicles under debris and sending rescuers scrambling to help trapped people amid reports of multiple deaths. DriveThruRPG and several publishers have teamed up to raise funds to aid those affected by this earthquake. You can buy the bundle for $20 or simply donate $…

Sky Raiders Flying Bakugan

First, though, let’s catch up with the current releases… For season four, Mechtanium Surge Bakugan are made from die cast metal. Core Bakugan in this series include new Dragonoid, Ingram, Elfin, and Percival figures. Mobile Assault Mechtanium Surge Bakugan include Axellor , which stands tall on tank-like tracks, Hurrix , which spins at an amazing speed, and the circle-shaped Raytheus . Debuting with this group are Mechtogan Bakugan …

The Con Job – Troll in the Corner Goes to the Conventions

Some of us here at Troll in the Corner are going to be at a few gaming conventions in the near future.  Here’s what’s going on! First, I’ll be at Total Confusion XXV as an industry guest, GM, player and all around gawking tourist come this Friday, February 25th!  Among other things, I’ll be running two Aruneus sessions (PFRPG) and also hosting a massive Talisman…

Me (of the Dead!)

Hello, I’m Shaun. I live in Maryland, on the east coast of the United States, and I’ve been playing roleplaying games for almost 19 years now. For the first half of that, I never really had a regular group. I was lucky if I could get two people together to game. I played a lot of regular one-on-one sessions …

Freebie: Stars Without Number

I’ve known of the existence of this game for quite a while now, but for some reason I just picked it up pretty recently. That’s why I don’t want to call this post a fully review. Stars Without Number is a surprisingly well-made SF roleplaying game “influenced by the Old School Renaissance and partially inspired by the great fantasy role-playing game editions written by Tom…