Review – Fiasco

Fiasco is a game about plans gone awry, bad decisions made worse, and stupid people doing even stupider things. Okay, so that’s not exactly true because while it may have been inspired by movies like Fargo and A Simple Plan, it turns out that Fiasco is capable of a lot more thanks to the brilliant way playsets interact with the core Fiasco rules. The result …

Kingmaker: Moral Choices or Being Good Isn’t So Easy

We had another session of our Kingmaker game last Friday. Normally, I throw up the funniest parts of the session but this time there was a really good bit roleplaying. Out little kingdom, Ruskov, is basically Good aligned. Our fearless leader is a fighter/cleric and he’s doing a great job of playing the protector and

Call of Cthulhu 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Chaosium is offering a special, one time printing, of the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (6th Edition) to celebrate its 30th anniversary (1981-2011) of immersing roleplayers in the Cthulu mythos by HP Lovecraft. The 320 page rulebook would be covered by a 3mm leatherette hardcover, with the front cover and spine stamped with gold foil wordings. The interior pages …

The Mutant Epoch Roleplaying Game

The Mutant Epoch Roleplaying Game, by William McAusland, is about humankind’s attempt to reclaim some semblance of civilization in a post apocalyptic setting. Players take on the roles of pure stocks, mutants, cyborgs, beastial humans or synthetic humans to form excavation parties as they venture into ruined cities, junk strewn wastelands, twisted forests and polluted seas to uncover lost…

Dungeon Crawl Classics Adventure Starter and Beta Rules on Free RPG Day 2011

Goodman Games has announced that they will be releasing the first published adventure module for their upcoming Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) Roleplaying Game to retailers participating in this year’s Free RPG Day . The release of the Adventure Starter would also coincide with the online release of the DCC RPG beta rules, which will give players a chance to have a…

Weekly Kickstarter Game Projects

I don’t know that this will be a weekly post; maybe as long as there are five or more new projects. We’ll see how it develops. Some major players again this week. I’m wondering if Hasbro, etc will ever take a yen to Kickstarter. Project Description Required Raised Ends The Road to Canterbury FRED Distribution A Euro-style game about …

Parahuman Designer’s Diary: Secret Origins

I wanted to take the opportunity this week to discuss the secret origins of the Parahuman world; where it came from, how it evolved and why it seems to have a pretty rich history despite there being no comic series or previous sourcebooks published for it. Simply put, the world of Parahuman is much older than you might think and has evolved over about 30 years into something far…

RPG Blogging 101: Let’s start at the beginning

So you want to start blogging about tabletop RPGs? Alas that’s easier said than done. Especially in the beginning you have to make a lot of decisions that will shape the future of your blogging career. Luckily blogs are not set into stone, so you can change quite a few things later if you are later unhappy with your initial decisions. Why? The first thing you should think about is…

It’s Passover and I’m Clearing Out My Browser Tabs Roundup

NECA has bought Icarus Studios , which is designing an online version of HeroClix. ( source ) The long-running Scrabble News abandoned its print and paper offering and is now online-only. ( source ) Game Briefs Commander-in-Chief from X Plus Products is a Chess variant. $40. Coffee Talk from Pressman Toys is a game of generating associated ideas based on a single idea. Scoring like…

You want the good news or the bad news?

Okay, first the bad news.

Word of the Week: MENDICANT

Mendicant can be an adjective to describe the act of begging or a noun than means… you guessed it, “a beggar”. It can describe religious followers who rely on charitable donations for survival. This word definetely reminds me of the Monty Python skit in which an ex-leper is trying to beg for money, and having

Old School Actual PlayPodcast Episode 3 – We open doors

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG !  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs and Ogres using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode, we get jumped by a pig.  With a stinger! Then we talk a bunch of highly trained, heavily armed troops in to letting us scout…

Casting Call For Season 2 of Family Game Night

You missed the casting call for Hasbro’s Family Game Night on The Hub in Los Angeles, which was yesterday. You can still make it to the one in Irvine in two weeks. There will be another chance in LA (in Hollywood) and in San Dimas. If you make it on the show, your family gets to play life-size TV-like games of Cranium, Sorry Sliders, Connect…

Tableau Infractus #7 released

The first year since the free fanmade Ebook series of Drucifer is being released is over and we received 7 issues of his magazine. The lately released 7th issue contains an interview with Andrew…

Tableau Infractus #7 released

The first year since the free fanmade Ebook series of Drucifer is being released is over and we received 7 issues of his magazine. The lately released 7th issue contains an interview with Andrew…

Lessons learned from Super Meat Boy, Part Two

We’re looking at D&D through the lens of Indie hit Super Meat Boy , and what lessons we can take from the blood-splattered and pixelated screen to our game tables. So far we’ve had part one , so that can only mean one thing: it’s time for part two! Traps are death Traps generally fall into one of …

Some minor changes to the blog.

In short: the campaign logs will continue in another blog titled Noppakoura, which is a blog about roleplaying games in Finnish. The reason why I’m doing this is because I want to serve such content that the majority of my readers want to read. In this blog, the majority of readers enjoy all sorts of

Paper Money #48: Little Wars and Printing Cards

Rett returns from Little Wars with tales of unimaginable – and very small scale – beauty, while Ben yammers on about the arcane art of printing cards for your game. All in a spritely 40 minute (give or take) package!

Thinking about Old School Games

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about OSR games a lot lately. It’s not that not that I have some sort of new found dislike for Pathfinder or any other game. It’s just that I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic and a little annoyed. I keep seeing too much crap about character optimization, splitting

Hasbro and Mattel Report Drops in Q1 Profits

Hasbro’s profits dropped 71% in Q1 2011 against Q1 2010 ($58.9 million to $17.2 million; source ). However, revenues were about the same for both quarters, which means that they took in the same amount of money but spent a lot investing in their new projects, such as The Hub. Beyblade was a big seller, but games and puzzles overall fell 12%. Still, profits were…