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40+ old style photos for use in your noir, horror or d20 modern campaigns

Early this morning I downloaded the Retro Camera app for my android phone, on a whim.  I started taking a few pictures of my commute with it, and I realized that some of the industrial settings I was commuting through would make cool photos for use in some sort of noir RPG campaign.  It also occurred to me that I work in a place with many buildings…

40+ old style photos for use in your noir, horror or d20 modern campaigns

Early this morning I downloaded the Retro Camera app for my android phone, on a whim.  I started taking a few pictures of my commute with it, and I realized that some of the industrial settings I was commuting through would make cool photos for use in some sort of noir RPG campaign.  It also occurred to me that I work in…

Leverage RPG – The Full Review… Finally…

Alternate Title – Everybody Needs Some Leverage Well, after quite the long hiatus from the world of the internet, I’m back again, this time to finally finish what I started so many weeks and months ago. I finally bring to you my full review of the Leverage Role Playing Game by Margaret Weis Productions . The company that developed the Cortex Plus rules and has brought…

Pawn: A Love Story

By Imagination Asia. Felipe Jose Ramirez composer. Inspired by “Ballade del Cid Campeador”.

Some advice for the new RPGBA members

When I woke up this morning I was amazed to see that the number of member sites with the RPG Blog Alliance almost doubled since yesterday. It’s good to have you, guys! And aside from a few minor hiccups everything worked great so far. But one of the issues is that the RPGBA Announcements from the official forums don’t appear in the feed yet. That’s why …

Huquuqi, the UAE Human Rights Board Game

Huquuqi, or “My Rights”, is an Arabic-language board game from the Emirates Association for Human Rights , an organization that doesn’t appear to have an English website, and Falconcity of Wonders , a 40 million sq foot Dubai construction project that was halted in 2009. The game is supposed to teach children about their basic rights under UAE law. It appears to be some kind of roll and…

My Group’s Time Thief Revealed – Chronology iPad App Review

Chronology for iPad helps me time combats I was curious to see how long combat encounters last in my Riddleport campaign , and how long my group takes on each turn to do our actions. I surfed around for a long time, looking for the right timer software, and then I finally found it, for the iPad. This is a review of how long we took to play out our…

The RPG Blog Alliance is now open for business!

Jeff Uurtamo just announced the start of a new blog community for RPG-related blogs and podcasts. For quite a while now Jeff and I have been more or less secretly working on our vision of a blog community and now we can finally share this vision with the RPG blogosphere. So what sets the RPGBA apart from similar services? Check out the full text of the official announcement …

Hail Caesar

In 2009, famed Warhammer co-designer Rick Priestly left Games Workshop to join Warlord Games. Warlord produces their own rules and minis, and also sells rules and minis from other companies. Rick’s first book for Warlord (with Jervis Johnson – who also worked on Warhammer as well as Blood Bowl – and John Stallard – also of Warhammer fame) was Black…

Guest Entry: Earthdawn Dice Roller for Android

The following post comes from Fletcher and is part of my open call for Guest Bloggers. Earthdawn is a game that holds a special place in my heart. I honestly haven’t played it a great deal (I need…

Vornheim: We ain’t in Kansas any more

“You all meet in a tavern. There is a dark stranger in the corner.” Really, this has become a joke but we’ve really done little to make towns and cities interesting. The local town becomes a place to buy and sell swag, pick up and cash in quests and heal. Butcher, baker magic shop. Yawn.

Review: Ultimate Magic for Pathfinder

Ultimate Combat is the latest sourcebook from Paizo Publishing for the Pathfinder RPG.  So, what is it?  Basically it’s a big ol’ hardcover book full of options for magic characters, as well as a completely new and optional spell system called Words of Power. The art throughout the book is up to Pathfinder standards, which means it’s very nice overall.  The book …

How we buy games… A retrospective!

This week I purchased some digital RPG supplements in PDF, pre-ordered a book, and I got home today (Saturday) from the Puerto Rico Comic Con (shameless plug) to find a box from Amazon with the copy of Traveller by Mongoose Publishing . As I sat down with the book to reminisce about that system in particular (and that’s a whole…

How we buy games… A retrospective!

This week I purchased some digital RPG supplements in PDF, pre-ordered a book, and I got home today (Saturday) from the Puerto Rico Comic Con (shameless plug) to find a box from Amazon with the copy of Traveller by Mongoose Publishing . As I sat down with the book to reminisce about that system in particular (and that’s a whole other post, and hopefully…

Joystic: Human-Player Controller

Launched at Hackathon this weekend in NYC, Joystic is a smartphone-based platform for issuing instructions to people acting as game pawns. [via TechCrunch ]

Fourthcore Armory, Mythic & Deadly for D&D 4e

Y’know what excites me? Other gamers who are so excited about the games they love to play, that they get together to make really cool stuff and share it with everyone else! The latest hot concept I’m watching is called “fourthcore”. It’s an approach to playing Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition in a style reminiscent of earlier versions …

Another slow day in Alidor

Just another slow day here in Alidor. I have not added much to the website for a while, but today the wife gave the nod for me to get the new Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2. I have been wanting the book since I heard it was coming out. I was going to buy it at

Issue 519 – Cunning Cohorts Build Character: Four GM Tips

This Week’s Tips and Features: Cunning Cohorts Build Character: Four GM Tips Riddleport Session 21 – If He Has a Cape, Run! Time Travel Tips From RPT Readers One More Tip: Top 12 Ways to Stop Sounding So Damn Metagamey [Leonine Roar Website] Campaign Mastery Blog

Guard Duty

DAZ Studio + a touch of postwork in Photoshop. Click to enlarge. File this one under Dragon With Stereotypical Fantasy Babe. Alternative title: How to Hide a Dragon. Like Unlike

Character du Jour: Sir Grey

Following on from last post , here’s an example showing that Interesting Characters don’t necessarily have to mean bizarre mashups of unusual Character Classes or Races (Revenant Shaman/Swordmage, anyone?). The easiest to play Classes can often produce the most enjoyable and memorable characters too. Meet Sir Grey. The old Dwarf’s voice echoed through the dark of the barn…