AD&D Monster Manual part 31

Mammoth: Mammoths first appeared in the wilderness encounter tables in OD&D Vol. 2 , but they get stats here for the first time. They’re pretty much exactly the same as elephants, only with more Hit Dice, and the ability to dish out a lot more damage. Their tusks are worth 1½ times as much as an elephant’s, as well. There are two types of mammoth, woolly and imperial, and I’m shocked …

Web Clip Wednesday: Girls Play D&D

There’s a really good post over at RPG Musings on Gender and RPG’s. I was going to post this clip next week but decided to move it up and add another. First by digging through the bowels of youtube I found this little mini documentary about a D&D group consisting of a male DM and

Quick Review: Pathways #2 – a free Pathfinder ‘zine with tons of good stuff

So you’re looking for some new creatures, a template or two to apply to your existing monsters, maybe some new religions and subdomains?  Interview with Pathfinder folks or reviews of a number of products?  But you don’t want to pay for this, right?  Well you’re in luck, because Rite Publishing’s Pathways Zine is here , and it’…

Feelin’ Froggy? Jump! – Winds of Change Session 6

Right off the bat, here’s the link to the audio for this session . The idea for this session spawned from a conversation I had on Twitter a few months ago. I wanted the party to fight some type of were-creature, but I wanted it to be something other than the standard fare. The result of my questioning led me to the following creature: The Werefrog Pirate. My…

Issue 516 – 22 Terrain Hacks For the Low Budget Game Master

This Week’s Tips and Features: A Brief Word From John: Riddleport Session 19 – Power Struggle 22 Terrain Hacks For the Low Budget Game Master Three Ways To Game With Casual Players Organize Your Information With Evernote When You Need To Cast In Secret A Trick For Easier In-Game Communication Speeding Up Combat One More Tip: I Smell Props Campaign Mastery Blog

Ends Justify The Means: Vigilantism in RPGs

Vigilantism is a cornerstone of the role-playing experience. Second to the “adventuring party” of the typical fantasy game, which arguably veers into vigilantism as well, I’d say that it’s the biggest core motivation for player characters, particularly in a modern setting. In a fantastic world of “good guys” and “bad guys,” the hero that works outside the law …

Tiltfactor Lab: Games For Social Change

Dartmouth University’s Tiltfactor Lab creates both analog and electronic games addressing social issues, as well as games addressing the creative process of game design itself. The lab is headed by Mary Flanagan , a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities, and author of Critical Play: Radical Game Design . A recent release is POX: The Board Game , a board game…

Skippity, A Freaky Colored Abstract

From the designer (Susan McKinley Ross) and publisher (Mindware) of Qwirkle comes a new abstract game Skippity . The game board and pieces are in 6 and 5 colors, respectively. To set up, pieces are placed randomly on the board. Each turn you jump pieces into an empty spot, collecting the pieces you jumped. At the end of the game, you score for each complete set of …

Purple Parlay—Where Do You Buy Your Games

Parlay time! This one’s a real easy one. Where do you buy a majority of your games? I tend to shop around online, but have been known to pickup games at Target from time to time. We don’t really have any hobby/game stores local, and the few toy stores we have charge a crazy amount over retail price.

Game Bandit—Memories of Play Edition

The Strong National Museum of Play is collecting video recollections of playing with friends. The top videos, as chosen by a panel of experts and by public voting, will win Flip video cameras and Amazon gift certificates. Starlit Citadel of Canada , and a Purple Pawn advertiser, is running a 4th Anniversary Sale with discounts of up to 70%. For 20% off at…

I’m going to RavenCon!

This weekend I’m headed to RavenCon , and I am stoked to be going back for my second year of this local Richmond, Va gathering of writers and writer fans of all genres nerdy, focusing largely on Fantasy, Sci-fi, Horror, and Mystery. In addition to meeting up with great folks met at last year’s convention, this year I’ve done my best to…

You only have yourself to blame

As reported over at 6d6Fireball (among other places), Adamant Entertainment have ended their $1.99 pricing model on all of their products and returned to regular pricing, citing that it isn’t sustainable for their business. This is sad news indeed. What Adamant Entertainment were doing was spear-heading the transition of the PDF RPG market from being one which mimics the print market…

Minigames in roleplaying games

Recently I have started playing Sid Meier’s Pirates! again. Pirates! is a single-player, open world game set into the Caribbean during the late 16th and early to late 17th century. You play a ship captain working as a privateer for either the English, French, Dutch or Spanish. During the game you can freely choose your allegiances, choose to attack enemy ships or towns, hunt pirates, seek…

I Hate Swarms

Seriously, am I the only one? Swarms suck in 4e, and 3e, and Pathfinder. I remember my first try with a swarm in 3e, I was the one that summoned it, then I got knocked out, and the swarm proceded to kill me and two other members of the party. Yeah, I am not as

Adamant Drops App Pricing

Adamant Entertainment announced today that it is dropping the app-pricing model ($1.99 for all ebook products) that it launched just a few months ago. The reason, basically there was no appreciable increase in sales.

Building the Barbarian: Creating Complete Characters #1

Good evening, fellow gamers. Today is the day that Complete Characters finally comes back into view. It’s an exciting day for me, as it always is when some of my work makes its way to the public. Briefly, what this retooling means is that the previous incarnation, with its full character description, custom illustration, and systemless stats, now includes stats for the d20 system. Not one set of stats, …

Link Advice #15

For German fans of the RPG DSA: Android Character sheet (via rollenspiel-almanach) GMPC? Have a look at the RPG Glossary at Gnome Stew to find out. Great illustrated Soviet Russian version of…

Superpowerful Bonanza, a Superhero Combat Board Game

Azikwe Games is back ( also here ) with Superpowerful Bonanza , a new game based on superheroes, unique superheroes created by the designer and publisher Luanga Nuwame. The game comes with a comic book illustrating the characters. How does it play? I can’t really tell. It looks to be some kind of card based combat game. An additional game…

Some More Kingmaker Fun

We had another session of Kingmaker on Friday. At least this time I didn’t run into any bugs. Maybe that’s a bad sign. I dunno. This week we continued building our kingdom. Pretty much mundane stuff. Continued work on roads and built a smithy. Really the whole kingdom building thing is already starting to feel

Parahuman: Zaibatsu Corporation Bio-Organic Technology

Zaibatsu Corporation Bio-Organic Technology Bio-organic technology was pioneered by Zaibatsu Corporation and has become all the rage in Japan.  These devices are made of specialized symbiotic cells, vat grown and manipulated to for the devices below.   There are two grades of bio-organic technology.  Common bio-organic technology can be purchased on the open market, though it’s not cheap, and is considered …