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Quick Review: The Genius Guide to Simple Monster Templates [PFRPG]

Super Genius Games have given us an 8 page document that can really give that needed bit of extra life to your Pathfinder encounters, the Genius Guide to Simple Monster Templates . Even with two Beastiaries published,  encounters can still get a bit stale – especially after all of your players have read through both of the books and won’t really be surprised by anything you throw …

Making NPCs come alive!

Tweet After bashing NPCs on a previous post I think this time around I’ll show them some love. I won’t claim the advice I’m going to give is wholly original. It’s the collected wisdom of many GMs that came before me, sprinkled with my own humble experience. If you are an experience GM some of this advice may seem basic, …

Kolejka: Polish Board Game About Waiting in Line

Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance ( Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (IPN) ) has created a historical board game about the Communist era. The game simulates citizens waiting in line to buy scant supplies of groceries. Players jockey for position in the lines, using excuses like “I’m a woman with a baby”, but may end up at stores that have run out of supplies, anyway. It …

The Gamification Platform

Gamify.com has launched a Gamification Platform. The platform is essentially an online score keeping and reward system that lets you turn any online based activity into a game of sorts. While interesting in its own right – I could turn commenting on Purple Pawn posts into a game, for instance – I can also envision its use by game companies to connect all of the people who …

Quick Hit: The Latest Complete Characters d20 Character Sheet

I really need a better header image than this Well, boys and girls, this should be it. This is a real character, with real stats for all three levels, with the character sheet as it will be on the final product. I feel like I’m obsessing about this, but it needs to be clear and concise so that everyone can benefit. This latest version has one final change to…

Rokugan: Here’s How It Is

The year is 1158 in the Empire of Rokugan.  After years of unity and prosperity, the seven clans of the empire are threatening to splinter again. An oni is said to have killed the Emperor and Empress While traveling through Scorpion lands, Emperor Toturi I and his wife, the Empress, were slain in a combat against Shadowlands creatures.  They died leaving four children, but no designated heir. Their four…

Coryphée

Coryphée : a ballet dancer who dances in a small group instead of in the corps de ballet or as a soloist. DAZ Studio, postwork in Fotosketcher. Like Unlike

Fate AP: Osirion Session #13 (The Tale of Sakarra)

Back on track and using a new system based on a hybrid of Strands of Fate and the Dresden Files RPG, our Osirion campaign kicked off the 2011 season. Session Summary  The session began with Shai Hud overlooking a shallow valley in which an immense jackal-headed sphinx stood buried up to its chest in desert sand. All around it …

Classic Dungeon Trivia 5

Damn it! I just realized I’ve missed the last TWO Classic Dungeon Trivia Fridays. So I’m gonna do one now, and in 4 minutes after one of you D&D Savants answers it I’ll start posting one every Friday…I hope. As for the last one JB answered correctly in 1hr 11min, and I think he stalled just to make me feel better. Or maybe he was hung over from New…

Photoshop and Dundjinni

If you know me at all, you know I’m the Rain Man of computers without all the gambling ability. I barely know how to fill out this blog much less do anything with Photoshop. So I was wondering if anyone out there know much about it and can help me out.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Tom Vassel and his family

Some sad news today.  Jack Vassel, son of Tom Vassel has passed away. Tom does lots of good gaming work with The Dice Tower and is also slated to be a fellow guest at Total Confusion XXV . You can read a bit about his son here . My heart goes out to the Vassel family.  As a father myself, I can only begin to …

Our First Kingmaker Session and Playing with Aspects in Pathfinder

We finally started out Kingmaker game on Friday. Most of the session was eaten up by everyone finishing up their characters. But here’s the juicy bits on how the GM is handling using Aspects. Each character has seven Aspects and a Refresh of 3. Compelling and invoking Aspects works basically the same way as it

Blood Magic in the Twilight Mountains

Princess, she stand there for a moment. Then she nod. “Yes, heal these poor people. I will join you soon.” I not sure, at first what she mean by that, but later, she beside me kneeling on cold hard ground, wrapping bandages. Hmmm, my first princess, sure but they not usually kneel and help with wounded, right? As we work, she say to me “Neiki had…

Fallout: Nuka Break

Thought not technically the same sort of role playing game we tend to deal with here on Troll ITC, the Fallout series games are very near and dear to my heart.  Last night, while browsing, the web I stumbled on this awesome example of a fan film set in the Fallout universe and had to share it with the world. This clever and hilarious…

Review: The Book of Unremitting Horror

Tweet As a GM I love the horror genre. I think I have some talent for setting up a creepy atmosphere on the gaming table and I love confronting my players with unsettling mysteries. Luckily my players agree. My favorite sub genre as a player and GM is definitely investigative horror. Back in the day we played a lot of Call…

Which RPG to play? Find out with the RPG selection chart

Inkwell Idea’s made a selection chart with over 90 RPG systems/games that guides you to your favorite RPG. The first versions of the selection chart didn’t include Earthdawn, but the chart has been…

Gaming in the Digital Age: Living in the Cloud

Gamers in the digital age need never worry about lost character sheets again, thanks in part to could based storage services.  For those not in the know, “could based storage services” are services that allow you to store items, like documents and .pdfs, online where they can be accessed by pretty much any computer with access to the internet. I’ve found Dropbox to be excellent for …

City Government Power Bases – Overview

What forces govern your city? The topic of city government causes GMs big yawns. Other than picking a government type, you find it a difficult city element to make interesting for game sessions, adventures and city design. However, it is an important part of urban environments that should not be ignored. And it does not have to be a difficult or boring thing. The key is …

Letting go of that NPC

Tweet Attention: Slight rambling ahead, with a point to make about RPGs somewhere in there, you have been warned! I recently finished reading the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (that’s the girl with the dragon tattoo, which then played with fire and ended up kicking the hornet’s nest). And in case you are wondering, yes I do read other stuff that is…

Weekly Game Promotion Roundup

The Chicago Courier-News promotes local Magic players. ( source ) The Chicago Daily Herald promotes local game stores. ( source ) The SC Island Packet promotes a Bridge program for kids. ( source ) The New Brunswick Daily Cleaner promotes local game store Geek Chic Boutique. ( source ) The Wichita Family Eagle promotes a community center organized game night. ( source ) The UK Guardian promotes several …