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Dragon’s Den Warms to It’s First Board Game

Every dragon in every edition of Dragon’s Den has eaten up every hopeful board game designer, a six year pattern that has finally been broken. George Ward, creator of Syl-la-bles is the first to set foot into the Den and come out with the money. In his case, it’s a $50,000 investment in making an electronic version of the game. Watch the segment:

Forgotten Artist of Yor – Unknown

This is another poster that lived on my bedroom wall throughout my formative, early D&D career. I picked it up at the mall but I never knew who the artist was. Anyone have an idea who it might be? I always loved his/her use of rich, deep colors. I’d like to see more of his/her work.

Freeport: Winds of Change – Session 1

First things first, here’s a link to the audio . As I mentioned in my Prelude post , that we had our first session of Winds of Change recently and I think it went pretty well. When I start a new campaign, I like to take things slowly. My group is made up of folks whose first priority in life is not gaming (shocking, I…

Traveller RPG Week Day One: What is Traveller?

Traveller and I go way back. It was the first role-playing game I ever played (back in the early ’80s), and that first time spawned my love of the hobby that has lasted a lifetime. I have vague memories of that first scenario. We had docked at a spaceport and managed to annoy the station overseer during entry (something about “not waiting in …

The Largest RPG Download Store introduces POD

Tweet A couple of days ago I have been invited into DriveThruRPG ’s Print-On-Demand preview program. Yes, you read that correctly: In the near future you will be able to order hardcopies of the PDFs sold at the site. As beta testers we were given some store credit that we should use to pick a print product and order it to test the …

Retro-gaming Actual Play – Palladium Fantasy RPG, Old School Podcast

Welcome to our first retro-gaming podcast!  Join a group of late 30-somethings (almost two 40-somethings) as they embark on an epic campaign against all things modern RPG. We’re playing the Palladium Fantasy RPG (1st edition, thank you very much) and enjoying the hell out of it. No maps, no minis, no censors, almost no editing! In this, our second…

Retro-gaming Actual Play – Palladium Fantasy RPG, Old School Podcast

Welcome to our first retro-gaming podcast!  Join a group of late 30-somethings (almost two 40-somethings) as they embark on an epic campaign against all things modern RPG. We’re playing the Palladium Fantasy RPG (1st edition, thank you very much) and enjoying the hell out of it. No maps, no minis, no censors, almost no editing! In this, our second session but first adventure, join…

Link Advice #11

Collection of the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers (via ED_Chronicler’s forum post) Those pictures of a sulfur mine in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia are very…

Top 20 Game News Items for 2010

Board and card games did fine in 2010, just as they have been doing for at least the last 20 years. Today’s board and card games are harder to distinguish from video and electronic games. Many board and card games come with electronic components, come in hand-held versions, or are playable on your video console, in either traditional or enhanced versions. The biggest distinguishing factor …

The Wild Wild Lazy Sunday Render Dump

We are finally back up to speed with our renders here at Greywulf Towers. Here’s a handful of creations thrown together this week whilst fighting with recalcitrant Python scripts (such fun). The Joy of Dice In preparation for the Traveller RPG Week (which kicks off on Monday if all goes to plan), I put together a couple of concept spaceships just to get myself…

Issue 508 – How to Run Killer Zombie Campaigns

This Week’s Tips and Features: How to Run Killer Zombie Campaigns Modern and Sci-Fi City Encounters Campaign Mastery Blog

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff reporter in the Daily …

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff …

Bastion Terrain Mats

Bastion is now offering the terrain boards from it Ex-illis miniatures game as a separate product. The box includes 20 9″ x 9″ tiles and is priced at $100. With the included connectors, the tiles can be assembled in to quite a large board suitable for a variety of miniatures games.

RPG Buffet plays 4E D&D

I just finished listening to the latest episode of the All Games Considered podcast in which their “RPG Buffet” group discussed their experiences playing 4th edition D&D. This is their last stop on a yearly goal of playing all the editions of D&D. Although they do their best to avoid saying it outright, it’s clear the game didn’t really appeal to any of…

Classic Dungeon Trivia

This picture is not from the module Thought I would try something a little different. I’ll post an excerpt from a classic D&D module, and we’ll see if anyone can identify which module it was pulled from. Sometimes it will be from the adventure’s background or a description of a memorable room or encounter. I’ll stick with published TSR modules so I don’t get …

Game Industry Catalogs

The Greater Games Industry Catalog is a quarterly directory of the hobby game industry, covering mostly US and mostly publishers and distributors. It contains contact and inventory information for around 7-800 companies and 45,000 products (by order number and MSRP). In addition, it contains a small amount of information on non-US companies as well as several articles on the industry in each issue. They have sent me complimentary copies of the…

Quick Review: Wizard Character Folio for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Look, we all know that there are rules in life.  Rules that we have to follow.  Rules that make things easier for all of us.  The problem is, when you have a 540 page rule book, some of those rules get lost. The Wizard Character Folio helps with this – putting everything you need, from your base character sheet through all of your wizardly schools …

World Building Pt.1 – Addiction and Acceptance

So, if you are like me, and you have been Role Playing for some time, you have probably taken a shot at getting out of the Player chair and going behind the screen to GM a few games.  If you are even more like me, you tend to get drafted into the GM spot fairly often.  I have been gaming since early high…

Dark Dungeons, The Movie

An animated video version of the well-known, religiously-motivated comic story ( Chick tract ) about the evils of playing Dungeons & Dragons. A taste for the new generation of some of what we had to deal with in the 1980s.