I’m on the RedPhoneZone movie podcast, talking about epic/historical movies

Ethan and Aaron over at RedPhoneZone invited me on to their podcast to discuss historical epics, film, focusing on the Ethnographical, psuedo-biographical and antidisestablishmentarianism position that all film is actuality as reflected by societal mores.  Nah, just kidding, we jabber on about our favorite six flicks and swear a bunch. I’ve had dealings with Ethan before, as he’s the guy who…

Building better characters

One of the most important steps when starting a new game is creating characters. If you are interested in the full roleplaying experience, creating your character is much more complex than just “picking a guy”. Even if the process of creating your character’s stats is pretty simple and straightforward (like in many rules-light or old-school games), the character creation doesn’t…

Dragon Warriors is back

Some time ago I reviewed the Dragon Warriors RPG here on Stargazer’s World. Alas Magnum Opus Press lost the license to produce the game a while ago and all Dragon Warriors products went out of print again. Luckily I was able to get a hardcopy of the core rules and several PDF products before that. As I already mentioned in my review, Serpent King Games picked up the license…

Part-Time Gods

I just got word from Third Eye Games’ Eloy Lasanta that they have an interesting project up on Kickstarter called Part-Time Gods . Part-Time Gods will be their third game line and will be a roleplaying game along the lines of “Nobilis” or “Scion”. But I am sure Eloy can explain it better than I could do it: If you are interested in learning more about that game…

The Oligarchs

The Oligarchs of Taern rose to power in 1370 during an incursion by the undead princes of Morgau and Doresh. They declared the city independent of both Wyte and Tele, which had fought over the territory for centuries. The Oligarchs are ruthless leaders who have brought prosperity to the region. In addition to economic advancement, the Oligarchs have also encouraged the growth of Taern’s culture and fund art and theater…

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes Review (PS3)

Here is another review about a game I’ve really enjoyed recently. Hours well spent compelled me also write few words about the game. Clash of Heroes tells the story of five heroes from five different areas of the same world, all coming together to fight the same overreaching demonic malevolent force. In short: the game

Web Clip Wednesday: Gravy Rainbow

I’ve watched this thing about half a dozen times and still have no freaking idea what it’s about. But I’m sure that there’s some sort life lesson hidden in the lyrics. Hmm. Gravy.

Scratching That Itch – Winds of Change Session 7

WARNING: This session features a particularly raunchy joke within the first 5 minutes of the recording. It’s not just NSFW content, it’s kind of Not Safe for Life. That said, here’s the link to that audio ! =) In this session, the party ventured back into Freeport to begin their search for the Cultists of Haagenti that had cursed the Hall of …

RPG Blogging 101: Attracting Readers

So you’ve started your RPG blog but for some reason nobody is actually reading your stuff. Especially if you want people to read your posts and give some feedback this can be a very disheartening experience and it’s probably one of the main reasons why new blogs die after just a few weeks. So what can we do about this? Regular content …

Paper Money #49: Mail Bag and Our Favorite Games

Ben and Rett answer questions about copyrighted PDFs (sort of), game conventions in Western Canada (sort of), producing plastic minis terrain(mostly) and more (again, sort of). Then, after 49 episodes, they indulge themselves in a gabfest about their favorite games. No worrying about business, or production or anything other than talking about games they love – gems, dogs and other faves. Why? Because its fun! Show Links: Crazy cool…

New RPG Teaser: Gateworld

To begin with, this game is almost certainly not going to be called “Gateworld.” That is what we in the biz call a “working title” and it is little more than a placeholder until the proper name strikes the authors. A few thing are certain, though. First, this will be a smallish release of what I anticipate to be 50 pages or so. Second, it will be…

Old School Podcast: WoD Mortals at RavenCon

Yet another game session audio post from Richmond, Virginia’s RavenCon 20111 !  This week’s actual play is an almost two hour, role playing “get to know you”, with a nice dramatic battle to cap it off, all within the New World of Darkness rules set.  Although it was run as a con game, it seems to be more suited to a longer campaign.  You don’…

What about Northlands? A review…

Northlands is a new supplement for the Pathfinder RPG published by Open Design games. It is setting book for their Midgard campaign setting. It’s a 112 page book, including a gorgeous color map of the Northlands and the Open Gaming License in the last two pages. The book is available in print for $19.95 (which includes a PDF copy of the book) and in…

My experiences with Fudge

Last Friday I ran my first game of Fudge . An old friend visited me and asked me to run a roleplaying game since he hasn’t played in ages. At first he showed some interest in Esoterrorists, but then he told me that he would love to play the one-page dungeon I wrote for the 2009 One Page Dungeon Contest. “The Horror Of Leatherbury House” is a short …

Word of the Week: DRAGOMAN

When looking at this word, I thought “Dragoman” would be a chimeric creature that is part dragon and part man. But Dragoman is actually the title of an interpretor, specifically someone who helps relations between Arabic, Persian and Turkish speaking countries and European countries, like during the Ottoman Empire. In our games we frequently run

8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Dungeon Tiles

This month’s RPG blog carnival is about cartography and mapping. So, I thought I’d talk about D&D tiles, of which I have several sets, and I like them a lot. If you own more than a couple sets of D&D tiles you understand the challenge in organizing them. The tiles are double-sided, so you want to see …

Five More Characters Who Just Might Be Time Lords Too

Dr. Who is back and the blue police box has hit the shores on this side of the pond but you already know that don’t you? So what other what other Time Lords might be out there hiding. I think I just might have found a couple. James Bond Every few years he changes appearance

Arma’s easter egg hunt 2011

The Eye in the Sky aka Arma has published again a forum post wherein he gives us an update of the upcoming Crystal Raiders sourcebook. He talks about added stuff like new Adventure Hooks, new Goods…

TAG! You’re it!

Sometimes, creating an dynamic and interesting environment can be difficult.  I have found an interesting way to help organize my thoughts to so that I can say “yes” more often when a player decides they want to try thinking outside of the box a little bit.  Tags. This is something that I’ve borrowed from the FATE system.  In that system, every scene has certain aspects that…

Close to Death

I felt the wind as the katana sliced at my throat. Ha , I thought. Missed me! And then I felt the pulse of blood flowing out. I did the only thing I could. I straightened my tail out, stiff like a plank and fell over backwards. If the thief thought that I was dead, I may have a chance to heal myself before doom fell. I…