Tag Archives: Adventure

AD&D Monster Manual part 8

Devils: With Demons out of the way, we go straight into their Lawful Evil counterparts, the Devils. Surprisingly, this is the first time that any devils have gotten stats. They’ve been mentioned in a couple of articles as inhabitants of Hell, but that’s it. The main difference between demons and devils is that devils adhere to a strict hierarchy that they don’t want …

BattleLore Update

Ever since Fantasy Flight Games acquired the BattleLore line from Days of Wonder, we’ve been a little uncertain about the game’s future. The first few expansions— Heroes , Dragons , and Creatures —seemed to take the game in an RPG-like or adventure-game direction (admittedly, those were inherited from DoW). More recent expansions appear to be returning the game …

Game Bandit—Kudos to GMT Edition

The sales… Amazon is offering a free Sorry Revenge game with the purchase of $25 in select Hasbro games , or a $10 discount with the purchase of $25 in Mattel preschool games . Use the promo code “EXCLUSIVE20″ to get 20% off at Hasbro’s online toy shop . Thought Hammer’s Spooky Specials for Halloween include sale prices on horror…

Dungeonslayers in the pub

Tweet Yesterday I had the opportunity to run a session of the upcoming 4th edition of Dungeonslayers at our regular RPG pub meeting . We actually had two groups with four and three players respectively. The second group was run by my friend Mirko. While I have run DS before, it was Mirko’s first time. But I have to admit he put a bit…

Open Call for Aruneus Play Testers Part 2 – Like Pathfinder and Zombies? Get free stuff and play in the apocalypse.

Are you familiar with Pathfinder? Do you have a reliable group of 3-6 players? How would you like all of the free Aruneus PDFs I can get you? I’m looking for several active groups who would meet at least once a month to run Pathfinder sessions featuring the World of Aruneus material. This would give you a chance to explore…

D&D Economics – Magic Items

With Essentials, D&D introduced the concept of item rarity.  Item rarity provides some interesting ways for DMs to create plot hooks.  Here’s some ideas to make item rarity matter in your game. By default, uncommon and rare items cannot be easily created or bought by players; they need to be found.  Yet, someone had to make these magic items, and if not…

The Return of Complete Characters

I have returned I’m not going to go into my mysterious absence in any sort of detail. Let’s just say there were monkeys. Lots and lots of monkeys. I really can’t say anything more. I’m back now, and we’re together. Isn’t that what really matters? Let’s not dwell on my many failings as a blogger, but instead talk about the gift I have for …

Stargazer’s World Book Club reminder…

Tweet We are past the half of the month and consequently past the half way point of our first book club reading. As posted at the beginning of this month the official selection for our first virtual book club discussion was the DC Adventures RPG. By the end of the month I’ll write a post about my initial impression of…

RPGs for Pakistan Flood Relief

OneBookshelf and participating publishers are again raising money for Doctors Without Borders , this time for Pakistan flood relief. Those donating just $25 will receive an incentive package including 70 RPG products with a total retail value of over $700 . A few highlights of the products include: Accent Your Character (dialect training) Don’t Rest Your Head Dragon Warriors Exalted Fear Itself HarnMaster ICONS Spycraft Starblazer Adventures The…

6 Ways to Enhance Magic Items

1. Give them personal names A simple but effective method. Even minor items get a personality boost when named. Tip: A name could imply special powers if you are not in the habit of naming most magic items, so you might need to explain the first time that Felix the Cape is what the previous owner called it, and it truly is just a +1 Cloak …

4E AP: Osirion Session #9 (Lost Empires)

We picked up our game right where we left off last session with Fea’ma’reth and Amaruq clinging on for dear life and the others rushing to their aide. Session Summary As Uno and Shai Hud rushed back to retrieve the remainder of the rope the group had left by the entryway, Amaruq did a balancing act on the narrow beam …

What is Essentials?

One of the exciting new things in the land of D&D 4th Edition (4E) is the release of the Essentials line of products. This line has generated a fair amount of discussion in the online D&D community in large part due to the confusion around what the products mean to the game and why they were made. Given this confusion, I’d like to first outline my understanding of…

Review: D&D Gamma World

In case you’ve been living in Vault 101 for the past 20 years and are unaware, Gamma World is a post-apocalyptic RPG put out by Wizards of the Coast.  The current version (officially named “D&D Gamma World”) comes in a pretty big box.  You’ll be able to easily find it due to the retina burning green of the box, which is a similar color to …

Descent: Journeys in the Dark

Tweet Descent is part of the FFG Big Box-Line of games. Welcome back to another board game-review at Stargazer’s World. This time I am going to take a closer look at one mammoth of a game: Descent – Journeys in the Dark by Kevin Wilson and published by Fantasy Flight Games . I will try to give you a feel for…

Descent: Journeys in the Dark

Tweet Descent is part of the FFG Big Box-Line of games. Welcome back to another board game-review at Stargazer’s World. This time I am going to take a closer look at one mammoth of a game: Descent – Journeys in the Dark by Kevin Wilson and published by Fantasy Flight Games . I will try to give you a feel…

Gaming with Kids: The Haunted Mine session (4E D&D)

My son decided to write his own adventure for the first session for our new father-son 4E Dungeons & Dragons games.  He’s playing Demeter, an elf fighter (slayer) who uses a bow. I’m playing Nero Ironflagon, dwarf fighter (knight) who prefers a battle axe.  These are both characters made using the new Player Essentials: Heroes of the …

DC Adventures Hero’s Handbook

DC Adventures Hero’s Handbook is the newest super-hero role-playing game made by Green Ronin. It is not only the first in a new line of games that uses the DC Comics setting and characters, but it also introduces us to the new third edition of GR’s beloved Mutants & Masterminds system. The DCA Hero’s Handbook is the first in a set of four books that use …

Jumping Jackrabbits! It’s an Icons Review.

I was perusing www.rpg.net, as I tend to do, and I came across a thread where an artist was drawing superheroes on the cheap . I’m talking about a criminally good deal. I looked through the thread some more and discovered it was for something called Wave One, a supplemental product for the upcoming Icons RPG from Adamant . This…

Building Kobold Hall in Minecraft, part three

In contrast to the first Encounter in Kobold Hall, the second one is just a Nice Big Room. Well, when I say nice, I mean “scary tomb chamber”, but you get the idea. There’s no anteroom, no long corrodor and no Pool of Doom this time around. Instead, there’s four stone coffins in the centre (every single group …

It’s pay-to-play for Gamma World Game Day

I mentioned this over a month ago that the upcoming game day premier of Gamma World required participants to purchase two booster packs of cards (MSRP is $4 per pack of 8 cards) in order to play but was told by a number of people that “WotC would never make people buy something in order to participate in a game day!”. Well, here’s it straight from the …