Paper Money #51: Retailer Unfriendly Packaging

Ben and Rett talk about Hasbro layoffs and HQ move, make a laconic attempt to cover other game news and finally, tear into some seriously crazed packaging problems on two new games that have just hit the market – from what is a bad package to why you shouldn’t be creative. Also, we learn that Rett’s prefered podcast beverage is…water. Next Show: Summer Releases – are they…

RpgZorg -> RPG.ORG fusion

Today RpgZorg Magazine and RPG.ORG fusioned, from now on you can reach both on www.rpg.org.   Site is under some re-design and content renewals, we ask your patience. This update may lasts until end of July. Thanks for your understanding.   Thanks, RPG.ORG Team

Fastest Pathfinder Combat Ever – How We Did It

Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth Two weeks ago I reported on my combat timing and discovered I was taking the longest turns at the table. I vowed the fix this, and Friday’s session bore great results. Here’s the lowdown on how we did so well. Fight To The Death To Lift A Paladin’s Curse The PCs had just finished exploring parts of a mission dungeon. (A mission…

Silver Fox Crosses Minis with Settlers of Catan

Silver Fox Productions’ subsidiary RAFM presents officially licensed miniatures to replace your wooden bits for Settlers of Catan. Unless I’m mistaken, pictured is a few settlements and cities, roads, and a robber. Minis come in Vikings, Chinese, Egyptian, or Bavarian flavors (tasty [1]). [1] Yeah, you probably shouldn’t eat them.

G.G.’s Red/Blue Electoral College Game

G.G.’s Red/Blue Electoral College Game is a one off game by great-grandmother Dorothy Schabeck. Having realized that, after 84 years, she didn’t understand America’s electoral college system, she decided that there was a pressing need for a board game to explain it. Imagine: a game about the US elections! The game has 100 questions. Spin the spinner, land …

Crazy Campaign Chronicles: Childhood toys…

Introductory note: I wrote a previous post on this series about those crazy ideas one gets for campaigns and never gets to plays. This is a little different because I got to try to play with this idea but it never took off. I still have hopes for this idea. This is a little rantish, proceed at your own peril, you have been warned. I …

Update on the Technoir RPG Kickstarter

Some days ago I told you about the Technoir RPG and that it’s author Jeremy Keller started a project on Kickstarter to fund creation of a full-color softcover book. The initial goal of $2500 has been met in under 12 hours, so Jeremy decided to raise the ante. Of course the next milestone was hit only hours after that, but the current goal $10,000 hasn’t been …

A Rant on House Rules, Tweaks & That Guy

You see this debate pop every know and then or some forum. Rules As Written must be obeyed. Rules As Intended must be obeyed. Or whatever you want to call it. Blah. Blah. Now the thing that really bugs me is the view that Rules As Written are some sort gospel that Moses brought down

Triune Corebook (Gamemaster’s Edition) Review

In the interest of full disclosure, this review is based on a review copy of the .pdf provided by the publisher. Triune is a sci-fi RPG from small press publisher Happy Bishop Games.  The game is set in the far future, after humanity has accidentally opened a hole to dimensions claiming to be Heaven and Hell.  After getting dragged into Heaven …

Weekly Game Kickstarter Projects

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25 Excellent board and card games for (mostly) under $20

I’ve been keeping an eye out lately for games that are fairly inexpensive, fun and have a re-playability.  It’s one thing to drop $40 on a new board game now and again, but it’s a habit that can grow extremely expensive very fast.  As a way to archive these for myself and share these ideas with you…

“Spanish, Spanish, Spanish saving throw, Spanish”: Role-Playing in different languages

Recently I had a tweet exchange with Shaun and Michael about which language we role-played in, and Shaun wrote an excellent post about languages in RPG games here in the blog last week. However our exchange made me think about languages on the other side of the equation, or the screen so to speak, the language we speak as we play. I am well aware that role-…

“Spanish, Spanish, Spanish saving throw, Spanish”: Role-Playing in different languages

Recently I had a tweet exchange with Shaun and Michael about which language we role-played in, and Shaun wrote an excellent post about languages in RPG games here in the blog last week. However our exchange made me think about languages on the other side of the equation, or the screen so to speak, the language we speak as we play. I am well aware that role-playing…

Stargazer Games presents … BADASS!

Have you ever wanted to play a game that kicks that logic in the face, twists its arm behind its back and makes it cry for its momma? Jay Steven Anyong ’s BADASS is exactly that game. In this rules-light roleplaying game filled with pure awesomesauce and badassery you can kick a reinforced metal fire door down off its hinges, catch a bullet with your teeth…

Stargazer Games presents … BADASS!

Have you ever wanted to play a game that kicks that logic in the face, twists its arm behind its back and makes it cry for its momma? Jay Steven Anyong ’s BADASS is exactly that game. In this rules-light roleplaying game filled with pure awesomesauce and badassery you can kick a reinforced metal fire door down off its hinges, catch a bullet with your…

Ticket to Ride iPad Review

On May 19th, 2011 Days of Wonder released Ticket to Ride for the iPad. As a longtime Ticket to Ride fan I have been using it for nearly a month and have been generally pleased with my purchase. First, the App is a recommended buy. I love Ticket to Ride and enjoy playing it on the iPad. Unfortunately, you have to either play Solo or…

Florida is full of cons

Wow, I can not keep up there are gaming conventions this month in Tampa, FL and next month in Jacksonville, FL. What I know so far is that it is too late to pre-register for the con in Tampa called Metrocon 2011 for June 17-19 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. they plan to

Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 3)

We’ve reached the third and last installment of my end-of-year review and reflection of the after-school club’s activities.  In this part I’ll talk a little about the observations I’ve made about the play of the various groups and list out the games I’m planning on introducing next year. Different games = different…

Adventure begins with the first step

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Tonight’s the night! Last minute River Song predictions

Here’s a few ideas floating around my head as I foam with anticipation over tonight’s episode of Doctor Who ( 6:40, BBC1. Don’t miss it!). Much as I would love River Song to be the spirit of the TARDIS in human form , we’ve already seen that to awesome effect this season. I’m actually quite proud that …