Tag Archives: Adventure

Mouse Guard RPG Boxed Set

Tweet David Peterson posted on his blog today some new information about the upcoming release of the Mouse Guard RPG Boxed Set. At the NYCC we announced that there will be a Boxed Set of the Mouse Guard RPG to be out later this year. We have currently sold out of the Hardcover (though your local shops and online retailers may still…

The Unknown Regions

The Unknown Regions is the final sourcebook for Wizards of the Coast ’s Star Wars : Saga Edition Role-Playing Game . The book serves as a placeholder for all the books left unpublished, and promises to carry players to the unexplored corners of the Star Wars galaxy. It does this by venturing into the Unknown Regions to explore what fans know – the Chiss…

Review: DM’s Kit for D&D 4th Edition Essentials

The DM’s Kit for 4th Edition D&D’s Essentials line is out, and there’s something strange about it.  But I’m ahead of myself…I’ll get to that in a moment. First, the product itself.   This is more than just a book for the DM, it’s a boxed set for the DM.  Let’s take things one at a time, …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 6: Sound of a Thousand Screams

Sound of a Thousand Screams concludes the Kingmaker adventure path with one of the most interesting high-level adventures I have ever seen. Although it is a much more “standard” linear adventure than the rest of the series, it nonetheless provides a very satisfying conclusion. The adventure should take PCs from 15th to 17th level. The Physical Product The book itself…

Gaming: The Social Contract

Gaming is a social endeavor, we all know that, but sometimes we lose sight of what it means to respect one another.    It may help to hash out a “social contract” between members of the group, be it something that’s written down or something that’s just understood by everyone in the group.  This can serve to ease…

“You Seem Trustworthy!” – Bringing the Party Together

Image by chinogypsie This is one of those topics that every GM has run into at one point in time or another. You’re stating a new campaign, your players have their characters all drawn up, you’ve got the opening adventure planned, and this phrase comes blithely tumbling out of your mouth: “You all find yourselves in a Tavern called…

Building Kobold Hall in Minecraft, part two

In which I dig dig dig dig dig the whole day through. I’m calling this Part Two rather than Day Two as days two, three and four merged together into an unholy flurry of digging, making fresh shovels by torchlight, then digging some more. I’m building Kobold Hall from the Fourth Edition DMG inside Minecraft , and developing a healthy respect for…

Games I was sad to see go away…

Tweet I guess we’ve all had them. The system you love; the one you can’t wait for the next supplement to come out for. And then all of a sudden, BOOM, cancelled! Thankfully in the age we live in most systems with a modicum of popularity live on in the internet. Some even thrive. Still it’s not easy seeing the one you love go away. If you’ve…

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 5: War of the River Kings

War of the River Kings is the penultimate episode in the Kingmaker adventure path. The PCs – whose kingdom is now major player in its region – must lead their forces to war, and they also take their first real steps to understanding the overarching plot of the adventure path. The adventure should take PCs from 13th to 15th level. The Physical…

“A rose by any other name…” Poetry and Role Playing Games

Tweet The much quoted line in this post’s title is from a play you might have heard about, Romeo and Juliet, written by a Billy Shakespeare. This guy was old school, so much so that when he got to be a Bard he had already gotten levels as a Fighter, Thief and Druid! (If you did not get that AD&D 1 st edition joke just read this .) I love poetry…

Dark Sun Campaign – PDF of the first adventure here for you to download

As promised and delivered early – Part one of my Dark Sun Campaign is available for download. This is intended for informational purposes only. I have made every effort to make it a coherent document from which a game can be completely run. All possible disclaimers apply to this adventure, including bodily harm. Not included are any tactical battle maps, mostly because I use a vinyl battle …

RPG books on the iPad

Tweet One of the reasons I was interested in getting an iPad was to be able to use it as a PDF viewer since I own a lot of RPG-related PDFs. Initially I thought about using an ebook reader like Kindle for that purpose, but alas these devices are currently not fast enough to display complex PDFs adequately. It usually takes to long to switch from…

Dark Sun Campaign Prep – The Introduction

You awaken to the sound of trumpets nearby, and find it blends rather un-harmoniously with the ringing in your ears. Unfocused vision meets and even more unfocused mind as you begin to remember who you are. As your eyes clear, you notice the others around you. You begin shaking each other awake, and you find you have more questions than answers. Looking …

Once Upon a Delve

I could wax lyrical about the delve format of adventure design. I could talk about its use as a three-act play with exposition, obstacle and climax forming a framework for a tightly packed single session. I could talk about how it makes Games Masters of all of us where even the laziest player in your group can throw together an easy to run session packed …

AD&D Monster Manual part 4

Beholder: Now we’re getting into some classics. The Beholder first appeared in Supplement I. It’s still the same ill-tempered beastie here, a floating orb with ten eyestalks and one central eye, each with a special power. There are a few minor tweaks in the stats, with Treasure Type changed from I and F to I, S and T. % in Lair is also lessened from 90% to 80%…

Dora the Explorer Games

Dora and Diego are popular characters in two animated shows; Diego is a spin-off from Dora. Note that certain Dora and Diego toys were part of a Mattel product recall for lead paint, but none of the games were affected. Dora the Explorer Memory . Another version . And another . Dora the Explorer Bean Toss Dora the Explorer ABC Game : Match letters to objects to earn…

Chaos in the Old World

In the eighties and early nineties, Games Workshop was a major producer of board games. Behind the incredibly popular Talisman came titles like Chainsaw Warrior , Dungeonquest , Fury of Dracula and of course the legendary Space Hulk . Over time, GW seemed to abandon the world of board games and cardboard chits to focus solely on selling as much metal as possible, and the…

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #4 (The Gold Mine)

Our fourth session picked up where session #3 left off and saw the addition of a new player, bringing the total number of kids involved in the roleplaying activities of the after-school club to a record 18!  Thank that I have a few older students willing to DM this year (both appear to be doing a great job BTW). The fifth player in my group is playing an elven…

Stargazer’s World Book Club: And the winner is…

Tweet Sometime ago I proposed the idea of starting a virtual book club here in the blog. The original post received a lot of feedback and interest but sadly real life kept me away from the blog for a while and my follow up post did not get as much feedback (thanks to those of you that did respond). Still I believe that if we get this going …

Lessons learned from Minecraft, part one

I’ve been playing rather a lot of Minecraft lately, and I’m not alone. For those few of you who don’t know, this is a game which has taken the intertubes by storm, a cuboid sandbox nirvana where you can build, explore dungeons, create whole cities, and much more. You begin on a procedurally generated random world, population…