Pre-pre order Ashen Stars now and get a lot of cool stuff at release!

I have no idea how I could have missed that, but quite a while back, Pelgrane Press opened the Ashen Stars pre-pre order phase. You’re probably asking yourself now what Ashen Stars and a pre-pre order phase are. Let me try to explain: Ashen Stars is the latest game powered by Robin D. Laws’ GUMSHOE system. Ashen Stars is a …

Quick Review – Aihrde: Cradle of the World Map

The Aihrde: Cradle of the World Map published by Troll Lord Games is a beautifully rendered map generated for the Castles & Crusades world, but great for any campaign, or just to look at yearningly.  Seriously, this is one very nice looking map – suitable for hanging on a wall, laminating on top of your gaming table or any other number of …

Get 20% off these Drive Thru RPG titles, because it’s Wednesday

Hump day.  The day of the Middle.  Woden’s other Eye will meet you at the Bar day.  It’s Wednesday, and because of this the fine folks at DriveThruRPG have opted to give you 20% off the below titles.  As they used to say in olden days: Go thee nuts! When you check out, simply type …

What about Advanced Feats: The Inquisitor’s Edge? A review…

All good things must come to an end! Such is the case with the Advanced Feats PDFs, a great series of supplements for the classes introduced in the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player’s Handbook . All written by Sigfried Trent , each has thirty new feats useful to the class covered in the specific installment, but, with very few exceptions, often useful to other classes. …

Ingeniørspillet, aka The Engineer Game (Norwegian)

Ingeniørspillet by sggc Reakfokus AS is a trivial pursuit-like game for engineers. The player who looks most like Albert Einstein starts. The playing pieces are all Greek letters. The categories are the hard sciences, aimed at university students or higher. Only trouble is that it’s all in Norwegian, at least for now.

Old School Podcast: Interface Zero at RavenCon Part 1

My RavenCon 2011 experience continues to be the focus on my posts here at Troll ITC , but this post begins the audio for the final game, and the first convention game I’ve ever run. This year I ran my first convention game, and not only that but one that used my very own rules created as an alternative to the Hacking/Virtual …

Cultist Hunting – Winds of Change Session 8

At the end of this hypertext link, you will find the audio to the session in question . Every time I look back on one of these sessions, I feel like saying “and here’s where things really take off.” It’s a bit of an odd feeling considering that I really like the way the campaign is developing. I guess I’m …

Review: Emerald Empire

It’s good to dust off old books and give them a new shine sometimes and that’s what Alderac has done — they first came out with a source book called Emerald Empire for the 3rd edition of Legend of the Five Rings RPG in 2008. It has stayed popular in the ensuing years, so when the new 4th edition of L5R came out, well of…

Spring is here… Can’t you smell the kobold? The Kobold Quarterly that is!

After such a long and convoluted title, I guess you know it’s time to look at the new issue of Kobold Quarterly, in this case issued 17, the spring issue. Both Michael and I have previously blogged about Kobold Quarterly ( here and here for two instances) and if you are a regular reader you know we both are fans of Open Design products. …

Help a friend…

A friend, fellow member of Puerto Rico Role Players and all around swell guy Rallaster, has been working on new base classes for the Pathfinder RPG. I’ve been looking over his creations, the Mystic Knight and the Shadow Knight , both in beta versions in his blog . He’s looking for constructive criticism on these classes, so if you like the Pathfinder…

Complete Characters, Reviewed! And Discounted!

Just a quick hit tonight as I get back into my writing routine after battling the great monster known as The Cold. After a week of alternating my Day- and Ny-Quil like an addict, I’m nearly back to being me. Well, maybe an extra mucus-y me. I awoke from my OTC-induced coma to find that my fellow blogger over at Reality Refracted took the time to…

What’s going on at the RPMN?

As you know I usually don’t rant on this blog, but sometimes there are things that rub me the wrong way. This is one of those rare cases… Some of you might still remember when Berin Kinsman announced the Role Play Media Network . In my first blog post about it I called it “ a social network for gamers done right! ” For the first few months the …

Kingmaker Notes: Our dice hated us.

Another session of our Kingmaker Campaign is done and amazingly enough we haven’t had a single PC death. But our dice were really trying hard to kill somebody. In just about every encounter, a string of bad die rolls left the party in the lurch and with at least one member near death. In one

It’s Complicated

I usually don’t post on Mondays, but I saw a conversation on Twitter that has me a bit upset and I felt the need to write about it. I’m not going to name any names, but  the first party was thoughtfully (in my opinion) discussing the complexity of RPG rules and the problems that could arise from introducing a new player to a game. …

UNO Reflex

UNO Reflex is the latest UNO branded game from Mattel, designed by the Catapult Concepts design team. It’s not really UNO; it’s a speed game. The electronic doodad displays a color and you have to be the first to play it. There doesn’t appear to be much more to it, but the rules are not available online. I hope that at least, when the doodad breaks…

Fight! Round 2

Round 2 , the first supplement for the only role-playing game designed to emulate the characters and fighting styles of fighting video games! This book adds more of everything to vastly expand the possibilities for your characters and campaigns. Everything contained herein has been designed to bring both the newest fighting games as well as some of the most obscure fighting games of the past 20 years to …

Crime Pays: A Godfather’s Grimoire

Crime Pays: A Godfather’s Grimoire includes everything a player or DM needs to bring the grim and gritty underworld into stark focus in a fantasy world. Forget thieves’ guilds – this is the mafia in a world of dragons and magic! Form your own band of rogues, make a bid for master of thieves, and win a king’s ransom…

DungeonMorph Dice

DungeonMorph Dice are not just your ordinary normal D6s, but are D6s with a in-built random dungeon layout generator that is carved on its facets. Each face has a 10

Rifts World Book 8: Japan and Rifts World Book 13: Lone Star back in print

Palladium Books have brought back Rifts World Book 8: Japan and Rifts World Book 13: Lone Star to print which are now available at their storefront. In Rifts World Book 8: Japan , find out what happens when technology clashes with tradition as a result of pre-rift cities re-entering the world through a pocket dimension that had lived three days after the Great Cataclysm instead of 300 years. Rifts World Book 13: Lone Star…

Rifts Dimension Book 14: Thundercloud Galaxy

Palladium Books has released Rifts Dimension Book 14: Thundercloud Galaxy , a 160 page companion to the Phase World/Three Galaxies Rift Dimensions and Minion War series. Written by Braden Campbell and Kevin Siembieda, readers would find an overview of the Thundercloud Galaxy with avenues for any type of space opera and science fiction scenarios to be found, whether as cutthroat pirates and raiders or as explorers and defenders of the colonists…