Tag Archives: Adventure

Dust Moving

Well this is breaking news. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Josh was showing us new pictures of Dust Tactics miniatures from Origins and telling us how eager AEG was to support the game. Two days ago, I reported on AEG’s release of Mad Zeppelin . It seems, though, that all these products were just too much.  Alderac Entertainment Group is transferring most …

What about the ICONS Character Folio? A review…

I am a confessed ICONS fan, you can see my review and various character write ups ( here , here and here ), so when new products came up for sale in RPGNow I was thrilled. The new products are ICONS: The Skeleton Key , an adventure, and the ICONS Character Folio , an electronic tool to help create characters, randomly or point based. The blurb for the Character …

Eureka! – Some inspiring notions

There is a cooking show in Australia (it actually started in the UK, and a US version was recently announced) called Masterchef Australia. The goal of the series is to identify and winnow through the best amatuer cooks in the country until they are left with the one best cook of the bunch, who gets $100,000 and a book deal. Along the way, they are expected …

Soapbox Games Reviews

Moritz Mehlem, a German old-school advocate who is pretty well known for his blog “ Von der Seifenkiste herab ” and his involvement in the Labyrinth Lord community, has recently started releasing his works on DriveThruRPG / RPGNow under the “ Soapbox Games ” name. I’ve had the chance to review some of his works. Let’s start with The Adventurer , a new class for Labyrinth…

It’s not what you say, but how we read it

Ah Mr Mearls. You sure do have a way with letting your well meaning and well written words cause controversy, don’t you? The Commencing Countdown article which serves to officially introduce the D&D Essentials line and begin the big push to launch took off on the intertubes like a backfiring rocket with all and sundry bemoaning that…. well, I’m getting ahead of myself. …

Review: End Time

Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere’s End Time is a dark vision of the future, a world where the stars where right and humanity had to abandon Earth. The book itself also had a quite tumultuous past. The basic idea came from LaBossiere’s own adventure Blood Moon which has been published in Chaosium’s Strange Aeons. Then “End Time” was meant to be published by Pagan Publishing but…

How Much Should Players Know?

I was musing to myself while mowing the yard yesterday, in addition to how much of a pain home ownership can be, about how role-playing sourcebooks are put together, to whom they are targeted, and how I, as a game designer, can create the most utility in my products for the widest possible scope of gamers. So, here I am bringing these thoughts to you, instead …

Review – The Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting

Another couple weeks, another Paizo review. Yeah, I know I’ve had quite a few reviews for Paizo stuff lately but that’s because I am using a couple of their adventure paths as the basis of ongoing 4E campaigns, plus to be frank, I find a lot of their products really interesting to read and thus it’s easy to write reviews on them. Today’s review is the…

Other sources of inspiration for RPGs: Comics

It’s easy to list off the inspiration and influences from literature and movies on role playing games. Historically there are lists and appendixes dedicated just to this. The newly released (and excellent by the way) Pathfinder Game Mastery Guide has an updated version of a similar Appendix in the AD&D 1 st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. While I can certainly find my influences on…

Venture

Previously known by us for their RPG map products, 0one Games is trying it’s hand at something new with Venture , a dungeon exploration adventure board game. Venture is a print-and-play game and comes in standard and travelmate versions, the latter of which replaces the paper models and miniatures with counters. The game is designed for 2-5 players, one of whom …

D&D Basic Set part 5

Reactions: Since monsters don’t always attack, we need a way to figure out just how they react to adventurers. This is done by rolling 2d6 and finding the result on a table. This table has been slightly altered from the one in OD&D. The original table had just three results: negative reaction, uncertain reaction, and positive reaction. In the Basic Set version, a roll of 2 means the …

Character du Jour: Ratman

When nerdy insular Drew Duayne saw his wealthy socialite parents gunned down by a laughing criminal, he ran. After several months the search was called off and he was declared missing, presumed dead. Ten years later, he returned. Drew had fled into the sewers, hiding in the comforting darkness. Silence enveloped him as he considered his fate and the evil he had faced that day. That was when they…

Issue 495 – Prep Faster, Breathe Easier + City Encounters Contest

This Week’s Tips and Features: Prep Faster, Breathe Easier + City Encounters Contest A Different Guide To Adventure Writing RPG Micro Reviews Campaign Mastery Blog

Like Sand through the Klein Bottle: Time Travel in RPGs, Part 3

Hopefully, this will wrap up the article on Time Travel! Part 1 looked at the problems of Time Travel in RPGs, and reached the conclusion that the GM had to have some understanding of the nature of time in his campaign before he could adjudicate the complexities that could result. Part Two comprised excerpts relating to the Nature of Time from…

D&D Basic Set part 4

Today I get into the portion of the book that deals with adventuring. Time and Movement in the Dungeons: No changes from OD&D here. We get a turn defined as ten minutes in the game, and unencumbered characters are said to be able to move 240 feet in that time if they are moving cautiously. Characters can go double that speed if they …

Realms of Cthulhu Giveaway Contest

I promised you another giveaway contest and here it is! I still have one PDF copy of Reality Blurs’ excellent “ Realms of Cthulhu ” to give away. Realms of Cthulhu is a game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and uses the Savage World rules. Please note that you need a copy of the Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition to play this game. For…

Review – The Dresden Files RPG, Volume 1: Your Story

The Dresden Files RPG is the latest offering from Evil Hat Productions . Based on their popular, award-winning  FATE system , it represents a culmination of many years of effort – the game has been five years in development, and the extremely popular Spirit of the Century was something of a dry run for this game. It is obviously based on the popular Dresden Files line of novels by Jim Butcher…

Superhero Tarot Cards

Some people have speculated on the idea of a superhero tarot deck (for example here , here , and here ), but iHero Entertainment actually created one. It’s called the The Fradella Adventure Tarot , by Frank Fradella , drawn by JP Dupras, and published by US Games Systems .

Quest Adventure Cards CCG

Quest Adventure Cards is a CCG from sggc Le Groupe Counseil K2. It’s a fantasy based game where you have to win quests using various creatures and spells, and plays for 2-4 people. Complete rules and a demo are on the site. Packs are 10 cards each, boxes are 100 packs, and they appear to be looking for distributors and retailers (packs

Build A Better RPG

Innovation is key I’m not much of an expert when it comes to game design. I’ve never published a role-playing mechanics set that stands on its own. I haven’t even played that many different systems. I am a gamer, however, and I have sat behind a screen with my head in my hands from time to time thinking, “Isn’t there a better way?”…