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City Government Power Bases – Law and Affiliation (plus NBOS software giveaway)

What forces govern your city? In the introduction last week I covered the goal of this series, which is to use the idea of power bases – where do fantasy governments, government officials and factions get power and influence? – to make your cities interesting places to adventure. Each part in this series will cover two or three power bases in detail…

What I’ll be doing at Total Confusion XXV – games I’m playing and running

I’ve just finished up my pre-registration at Total Confusion XXV – here’s my schedule for the weekend.  I’ll be running two Aruneus sessions and premiering The Haunted Mine in New England.  That’s the first World of Aruneus adventure. Friday 1pm – 5pm R050  The World of Aruneus – The Haunted Mine (Running) 7pm – 9pm Game Design 9pm – 11pm…

Kobold adoptions going on right now! Free Kobold Quarterly #11…

Tweet Kobolds ! Some of those little humanoids, that went from being the pesky scaled doglike bane of 1 st level PCs to dragon blooded opponents of the modern adventurer, so renowned that they have a publication named after them, need a home! The wonderful people at Open Game Design are putting up for adoption issue #11 of Kobold Quarterly; will you find a home for it? Ok, enough…

Word of the Week; BESOT

Besot is 1) to stupefy or intoxicate with drink, 2) to make stupid or foolish, 3) to infatuate or obsess. This word totally describes my friends kobold thief character; “Ack”. Ack was usually drunk, or obsessed with gems and did stupid and foolish things. One example is when our party came into a temple with

January Board and Card Game Patents

A light month; I skipped a few computer and slot related gambling games. Card game enabling separate evaluations for multiple game outcome combinations – This is – what – the five thousandth patent for poker where you choose a line of cards from a 3 x 3 grid? Addition and subtraction dice game – A dice and peg game, where you remove pegs by adding or subtracting dice. Simulated football …

January Board and Card Game Patents

A light month; I skipped a few computer and slot related gambling games. Card game enabling separate evaluations for multiple game outcome combinations – This is – what – the five thousandth patent for poker where you choose a line of cards from a 3 x 3 grid? Addition and subtraction dice game – A dice and peg game, where you remove pegs by adding or…

The Racial Beholder Class

There’s been a request for it and here it is. The beta version of the Beholder racial class. Like I’ve said before we’re not a bunch of rules lawyers so we have nothing against making it up as we go along but this is the basis of what we are using. One person is playing

American Wins Tata Steel (Corus) Chess Tournament

American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won the Tata Steel Chess tournament, beating out many of the world’s top players, including Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, and Vladimir Kramnik. ( source ) Hikaru, born to an American mother and a Japanese father in Japan but moved to America at age 2,  is (was) ranked #10 in the world. The last American to win Corus was Walter Browne …

5 More Underrated RPGs

Need more underrated RPGs?  Here you go! #1:  Feng Shui Feng Shui , currently by Atlas Games, is the “Action Movie RPG game.”  If you’ve ever watched Big Trouble in Little China and thought “man, that’d make an awesome RPG,” then this is the game for you.  Throw in a little time travel, giant firebreathing netherworld babies and…

Confusion Reigns! Total Confusion XXV is rapidly approaching – get registered!

Total Confusion XXV , New England’s largest gaming convention, will kick off on Thursday, February 24th and keep the gaming going through Sunday the 27th.  If you’re anywhere near the New England area you should stop in and check it out, even if it’s only for a day.  There are tons of events going on and pre-registration is open now! …

Paper Money #43: Not the one about NY Toy Fair

Ben and Rett decide to wait one more show to talk about NY Toy Fair and instead ponder the Star Wars license and delve into some excellent reader mail about why you can’t find game sales figures on the Internet and more. All wrapped in a cozy blanket of friendly banter and, as is becoming the norm, weekly corrections! This is another long show, running just under …

What about The Ruins Perilous? A review…

Tweet Rite Publishing has recently unveiled a new Patronage Project, The Ruins Perilous for the Pathfinder RPG . I received the first two rooms for review and here are my thoughts. The model they are using is what they define as a Ransom Model, where participants pledge a contribution, and once a goal is met they release the next room in the series. If…

Experience the Definition of Board Game

Qwiki is a new service that draws on a variety of internet sources to provide what it calls an “information experience.” This is how it defines “ board game .”

NPD: US Games Down 9% in 2010; Lego: UK Players Fight Over Games

According to market research group NPD, game and puzzle sales were down 9% in 2010 compared to 2009. ( source ) In other news, a Lego Games survey indicates that half of the people in the UK have gotten into fights over board games, with 12% becoming so angry that they never spoke to that person again. ( source ) 19% discovered that their friends are stupider than they originally …

NPD: US Games Down 9% in 2010; Lego: UK Players Fight Over Games

According to market research group NPD, game and puzzle sales were down 9% in 2010 compared to 2009. ( source ) In other news, a Lego Games survey indicates that half of the people in the UK have gotten into fights over board games, with 12% becoming so angry that they never spoke to that person again. ( source ) 19% discovered that their …

My Powers are Fading

A long time again, on a PC far far away I used to play Ultima Online, one of the first and, in my humble opinion, one of the best MMORPGs ever made.

Flourish and Blotts for the Pathfinder in all of us

I was directed to a great site the other day TheGM.org has a great utility called Perram’s Spellbook, that allows you to print out spells on cards of varying sizes that are easy to take with you and eliminates the constant page flipping that all you wizards and clerics out there do. You can print them out as 3″x5″, 4″x6″ or playing card sized …

Issue 511 – How do you make the boring stuff fun?

This Week’s Tips and Features: How To Make The Mundane Tasks In Gaming Fun And Playable Idle Hands are the DM’s Plaything – Make your players’ jaws drop to the floor Game Master Tips & Tricks: 2010 GMing Learnings Creating Emergent Stories Use Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs To Create Cultures Another Way To Make Plots For Your Game Campaign Mastery Blog

Old School Actual Play Mini-cast #1 – 22 Minutes of RPG Goodness

We’re back!  Welcome to our Old School, Actual Play Mini-cast!  This is a 22:25 mini-cast, in which Scott and I get together to chat about old school RPGs vs newer systems. What’s good about Palladium FRPG 1st edition?  What about D&D 4.0, or 3.5?  Pathfinder? And just why does Savage Worlds rub Scott the wrong way?  Find out the answers to these burning questions and a bunch more…

NPC the RPG

The world needs heroes. Small pockets of civilization are surrounded by darkness and monsters lurk in every shadow. Heroes are all that stand between survival and overwhelming chaos. The hero fights back the darkness, discovers treasures from older, brighter times and earns accolades and praise from King and Commoner alike. You are not that hero. Welcome to the world of the NPC. You are the lowly …