Tag Archives: Adventure

Plot Stat Block For The Organized Game Master

Eureka 501 Plots How do you organize your plot notes so you are on top of the details? In my Riddleport campaign, I have several plots hatching, and I would find tracking them difficult without using my plot stat block. It does not matter if you use Obsidian Portal, another wiki, a notebook or Post-Its; you must find a way to outline your plots to keep yourself sane. A short…

Plot Stat Block For The Organized Game Master

Eureka 501 Plots How do you organize your plot notes so you are on top of the details? In my Riddleport campaign, I have several plots hatching, and I would find tracking them difficult without using my plot stat block. It does not matter if you use Obsidian Portal, another wiki, a notebook or Post-Its; you must find a way to …

ICONS Characters and Adventure

Adamant Entertainment’s first two supplementary products for ICONS: Superpowered Roleplaying are an adventure module and character generation application. In The Skeletron Key , the demonstration of an armored military battlesuit goes horribly wrong and the heroes find themselves mixed up with mercenaries, top secret research projects, and a lot more. The ICONS Character Folio is a JAVA application (functions on Windows and…

Next Steps with WildFire Games

I got a chance to talk with David Stansel-Garner, the head man behind WildFire today (and creator of one of my favorite RPGs, Cthulhutech). We didn’t have a lot of time together (the booth was really hopping), but we did cover a number of things that will probably get people’s interest! First, the Cthulhutech goodness – now that Wildfire has …

Deathwatch: In-Depth Preview Video

This game sounds more intriguing every time I learn something new about it. And the new concept of “Squad Mode” vs. “Solo Mode” that’s explained in the video sounds like a very cool idea for such a game. I can’t wait to play it sometime.

Review: The Kobold Guide to Game Design Volume I

Recently a lot of RPG blogs have posted reviews of the third volume of the Kobold Guide, so it seems I am a bit late to the party. In the long run I plan to post reviews of the second and third volume, too, but today I want to start with the 1st book in the series. Wolfgang Baur’s The Kobold Guide to Game Design Volume I: …

On Castle Greyhawk and My Campaign

The initial plan for my Ultimate Sandbox campaign was to centre the whole thing around Castle Greyhawk, the original megadungeon from Gary Gygax’s campaign. I was going to use the Castle Zagyg supplements from Troll Lord Games for this, in conjunction with the stuff that Rob Kuntz has been putting out. But it seems less and less likely that Castle Zagyg will see the light of day beyond what …

Deconstructing Metaplots

I have a confession to make (another one you say)! As a Game Master I really don’t like pre-published adventures. Don’t get me wrong I know WHY they exist, and I’ve read my share and enjoyed them, but I rarely play them. The reason? Because I enjoy creating the story as much as I do playing it. The same applies to published …

Deathwatch: Final Sanction

Fantasy Flight Games ’ preview adventure to the upcoming Deathwatch roleplaying game is finally available for download at RPGNow . Deatchwatch is another RPG set into the Warhammer 40,000 universe. This time players adopt the roles of mighty Space Marines, member of a Deathwatch Kill-Team. These teams consists of Space Marines from different chapters who work together to fight as the forefront of Mankind’s …

My Bundle Of Joy: Jason Richards Publishing

I won’t be around as much as I would like this week, as I have had the honor of being put on a jury for the next few days. However, I did make good use of my time at the courthouse today, filing my paperwork to register my official business name. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Jason Richards Publishing to the world. Light up…

Endgames

I’ve been thinking a lot about endings lately – and not in a negative way. When it comes to role-playing games many campaigns simply don’t have (nor need) an Endgame; they’re set to run for as long as the gamers want to huddle ‘round a table and chuck dice. The heroes might complete an adventure or story arc but …

D&D Basic Set part 2

Today I’m going to take a look at the races and classes in the Basic Set, and how they differ from their presentation in OD&D. The classes included here are Fighting Men, Magic-Users, Clerics and Thieves. The races included are Dwarves, Elves, and Halflings. The first thing to note is that a whole bunch of classes and races have been dropped. From the classes we have Paladins, Rangers…

The Revenge of the Lazy Sunday Render Dump

All by yours truly, rendered in DAZ Studio with some, lots or no postwork. Click to enlarge, as ever. Phew! There you have it. Muscles, girls, blood and goblins, all in one slice of rendery goodness. Not a bad renderweek, all told. Not too shabby at all. Till next time! Like Unlike

Vuvuzela Goblins!

“I’ll say one thing for them,” Borys shouted over the incessant droning, “They’re useless at ambushes!” Among the many different types of Goblin an adventurer is likely to encounter, few are attacked with more relish than the Vuvuzela Goblin. These horn-playing fanatics proudly announce their presence from a great distance, triggering discordant echoes throughout their cavern homes. These can easily drive…

Free RPG Day 2010

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 19th, is Free RPG Day at participating local retailers . The program seeks to expose customers to new games by giving away products and materials. Some of the things you might find: Fantasy Flight Games —Warhammer 40K Roleplay: Deathwatch Adventure Paizo Publishing —Pathfinder Module: Master of the Fallen Fortress Q-Workshop and Chessex —dice Troll Lord Games —Castles & Crusades Quickstart and Adventure …

Dungeonslayers is now on Facebook

Dungeonslayers , the old-fashioned roleplaying game, is now out to conquer the world using the popular social network Facebook. If you are a fan of Christian Kennig’s rules-light fantasy game, join us on the Dungeonslayers Facebook page and get the latest news and updates about the upcoming Dungeonslayers 4.0! By the way, the translation team is still looking for people to…

An Incomplete History of Oerth – Part 1

Now that I’ve read through every OD&D product, and taken copious notes, a basic outline of the history of my campaign world-to-be is emerging. Certainly none of this stuff was ever intended to fit together, and a good portion of it is conjecture on my part. But all of it has some basis in the official rulebooks and magazines, and I’ll try to explain how I came to …

When Inspiration Is Not Enough: Time Travel in RPGs, Part 1

Extract from ‘The Persistence Of Memory’ by Salvadore Dali When writing my submission to the June 2010 Blog Carnival , A Medley Of Inspiring Media , I said that Time Travel was a special case. This article started off as just another section of that Blog Post, but quickly showed signs of growing into another of those monster subjects requiring a multiple-part post to completely contain the discussion. Rather than…

Star Wars Lives! The Proxis Prospecting Co.

I am quite excited for my upcoming Star Wars game, and I’m always somehow surprised at how easy and fun character generation is in the D6 system is. Every character is different, there are really no “set” classes or templates, and tweaking the ruleset is easier than bullseyeing womp rats in your T-16 back home. In all the excitement, I have three new characters to share…

The Worst Game of My Life

A couple of weeks ago I ran the worst Dungeons & Dragons game of my life!  It was the kind of game that felt like a slow motion train wreck. Something had gone horribly wrong and I didn’t think my players, or myself for that matter, where going to make it through the whole game.  When it was finally all over…