Tag Archives: Adventure

Prepping for a Convention Game, Pt 2

Yesterday, I wrote the first part of this article . I talked about the games and I prepped for KantCon, and what made them easier or hard to get ready. Today, I’m going to work those ideas down into some general tips for getting a convention game ready to go. Be Aware of Your Time Budget At most conventions, unless you’re running…

What about the GameMastery Guide? A review…

The Paizo GameMastery Guide is an excellent companion to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rule Book . The Core Rulebook combines all the rules you used to find in the old D&D 3.5 Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide into one book, but there was much more ground to cover, especially for the Game Master. Enter the GameMastery Guide, full of advice, ideas and rules for new and experienced …

What about the GameMastery Guide? A review…

The Paizo GameMastery Guide is an excellent companion to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rule Book . The Core Rulebook combines all the rules you used to find in the old D&D 3.5 Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide into one book, but there was much more ground to cover, especially for the Game Master. Enter the GameMastery Guide, full of advice, ideas and…

Review – Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters

Today I’m reviewing Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters , a book produced by the authors of GnomeStew.com. Here’s how the publisher describes their book: Featuring a foreword by gaming industry legend Monte Cook, Eureka contains 501 complete adventure plots usable with almost any roleplaying game, plus GMing advice and tools for making the most of every plot. If you game…

Prepping a Convention Game, Pt 1

Given that I’m only a few days out from GenCon, and I recently got some experience with prepping convention games ( see KantCon Actual Play Sessions ). I figured that on the eve of the eve of my departure for Indianapolis, I’d take some time and give some insights on how I went about prepping my games for KantCon, …

DMing 101: Start small

This week’s DM advice is primarily aimed at anyone looking to begin their first campaign, although it’s just as useful to experienced DMs. The advice, which comes straight out of the 4E Dungeon Master’s Guide: (p. 142), is  Start small .  By this I (and the DMG) mean, set your campaign in a well-defined, specific area or region. Ideally…

Quick Review: Making Craft Work – a workable system for crafting items in Pathfinder

Crafting items is one of those things that just hasn’t worked correctly according to the rules, since the advent of the d20 system.  Easy crafting tasks, that in game should take a day or two could stretch on for weeks or months of in game time and hard tasks, well, some of them could be completed in a…

[meta] Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition RPG

A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I got an email from Alderac Entertainment Group. Their new edition of the Legend of the Five Rings RPG was out and they asked if I wanted to review the book. I jumped at the chance! After spending over two years in Cauldron and then the last half year in The Black , I’m eager to visit…

Free Stuff Friday: DC Adventures Character Sheets

This week’s Free Stuff is : DC Adventures Character Sheets . We wrote about DC Adventures last month . It’s a new RPG from Green Ronin Publishing based on the soon to be released the new Mutants & Masterminds 3rd edition rules. Recently Green Ronin released a Black & White , and a Color version of their Character Sheets for DC Adventure for…

Build an Essentials Rogue, today!

The preview of the final build from the D&D Essentials line is up, and I’m geekgasming that this is (drumroll please……) The Thief . Yes folks, the Thief is back . For too long have the lightly armoured sneaky types belaboured under the misnomer of “Rogue”. Time to reclaim their true title and status as Thieves. Whether there’s forty of them breaking into a Sultan’s palace or one trying…

Character Death, woe or wow?

Last night I played a particularly long session of my weekly Pathfinder RPG game. During this game I killed a player character. Well that’s not quiet accurate. I wasn’t gunning out for him; it was a mixture of chance and strategy.  Scar, the half-orc dragon blooded sorcerer rolled a 1 on his saving throw and died from the maximized Acid Ball (the enemy wizard’s version of Fireball). This …

The status of the Aruneus Project – making a 100 page zombie apocalypse source book for the Pathfinder RPG system

Last December I sat down with a good friend and we talked a bit about what a standard high fantasy world would be like if a worldwide zombie apocalypse were to happen to it.  What would happen to the various nations, empires and races?  Who would be affected most?   How would it change the political structure, the formation of cities, or just …

Sci-Fi Setting, looking for some feedback…

Unlike some of my fellow writers here in Stargazer’s World I haven’t tried my hand at designing an RPG for some years now. I must admit that meeting so many great and creative people in this community has gotten my creative juices flowing and I may just try my hand at game design in the near future. One thing I do a…

It’s hard to be a reviewer

Sometimes it’s not easy to be a reviewer of RPG products. If you’ve followed my blog for some time now, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve written quite a few of those in my time. The category “ Reviews & First Looks ” lists 94 posts. This is quite a lot and in most cases these have been based on a read …

A Terrible Idea for RPGs, which is actually a Great Idea – free to use character portraits

It sounds a bit confusing but A Terrible Idea actually has a great idea!  60 “Terrible Character Portraits” which, once created, would be released under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and be free to use by anyone!  Folks looking for a good character sheet portrait.  Newly minted game designers *cough* – anyone would be able to use these character portraits. They’re …

Remembering A Legend

Gary Gygax, was a writer and game designer. In the 1960s Gygax founded Gen Con . In 1971 he help develop the war game Chainmail. He co-founded the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR) , and in 1974 Gary Gygax along with Dave Arneson created the legendary Role Playing Game, Dungeons & Dragons . As players of the role playing games we all owe a great debt to Gary…

Build an Essentials Cleric, today!

We’ve had the Fighter & Wizard , now it’s the turn of the Cleric to take centre stage. As before we’re looking at how to create a simpler starting character using only the PHB and the design decisions evident in the D&D Essentials line. The end result should be a set of Archetypal characters which would serve to introduce any new player (or old player still …

4E AP: Osirion Session #5 (First Contact)

The fifth session marked a bit of a change, format-wise because rather than pushing the hereto missing player’s character in to the background by having him wait at the camp, I created a simplified NPC version of him (following the guidelines in the DMG2) for the characters to take along. We did this for two reasons: The first was to preserve the possibility, for now, for…

Realms of Cthulhu, Savage Lovecraft

Published in October 2009, it has clearly taken me far too long to get a copy and start playing this product.  As a game master relatively new to Savage Worlds by Pinnacle Entertainment , but utterly infatuated, as well as one prone to fits of madness and visions of eldritch aberrations, Realms of Cthulhu is right up my alley.  For those woefully unfamiliar with H.P…

Dungeon Master Burnout… My cure!

Some context… I read a post by Chatty DM on twitter this past Sunday about him possibly taking a D&D sabbatical and ended up briefly tweeting with Greywulf about D20 burnout and how despite having been a D20 game master continuously for over 17 years I’ve avoided it. Greywulf suggested this may be a good blog post, so here it is! I’ve been a DM most of my…