Tag Archives: Adventure

Review: Curse of the Crimson Throne Player’s Guide

I recent reviewed the Rise of the Runelords Player’s Guide quite favorably. Little did I realize that Paizo had taken what I thought was a great approach to introducing an adventure path to players and improve upon it so significantly. What exactly did they do that I like so much? Let’s take a look inside and find out. The Physical Book Like…

How To Be A Confident GM, Part 1

Treasure your confidence Gnome Stew recently posted an article about running on minimal prep game . One of the points was to GM with confidence, and that got me wondering about how exactly do you be a confident GM? Following are a few ingredients to that recipe. I look forward to your comments about what you do to bolster your confidence. GMing is 80% confidence…

Gaming Ads of Your – Daredevils

This looked like a fun game to me. Sort of like Call of Cthulu (minus the insanity) meets Indiana Jones. I always liked the old black and white adventure movies that would play way later than I was supposed to be awake. There is something more adventurous about the 1930’s when firearms were a little more rudimentary, travel was an adventure in itself and there were no …

Palladium Books Embroiled in Another Crisis

Palladium Books weathered a “crisis of treachery” in 2006 – 2008, following embezzlement by a former Sales Manager, through the generosity of its loyal fans. And Palladium Books is reported to be aggressive in its pursuit to control of IP, and is run with highly centralized management control by Kevin Siembieda, to the annoyance of some fans and commissioned writers. So when PB…

Loot and Scoot

Victory Point Games is a publishing venture that began as an extension to Alan Emrich’s game design course at the Art Institute of California. For the most part, the company has focused on war games, but it also offers a couple of Euro-style or family strategy games. The latest is Loot and Scoot , a dungeon-crawl adventure game where players design the dungeon, …

Part 2 of NERD FIGHT! The Rifts Trademark Battle

Welcome back, one and all. Just a brief recap, for anyone with a short memory or who happened to miss Part 1 of this discussion . In the ongoing legal battle between Palladium Book (publisher of the Rifts RPG) and Trion Worlds (publisher of the upcoming Rift: Planes of Telera MMORPG), there have been some haymakers thrown. Some have hit for crushing …

D&D Basic Set part 1

Yes, it’s been a long time. And yes, I know that I promised to do some consolidation and campaign-building in the meantime. That stuff is still going to happen. But in the interests of keeping this blog ticking over, I’m leaving the OD&D era behind and forging blindly ahead into the AD&D era, starting with the D&D Basic Set, as…

Is Palladium’s Rifts Trademark Legit?

This is just a quick hit as I write tomorrow’s blog post. This bit of information doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the article, but I felt like this was an important distinction. When I read Palladium’s Rifts trademark as it applies to movies, which you can read here , I started to wonder if it really was intended to cover a video game, or simply…

My summer reading list

Our summer holidays are rapidly approaching and that means a few weeks of sun, sand, and…books. I usually get through a bunch of books during my summer holiday time, including several RPGs. Here’s what is going with me this year: Fiasco – This is a Cohen Brothers inspired  ”capers gone awry” story game which I picked up in soft cover when it came out but…

Field Report (part 2): Alien Survivor (via Lady Blackbird)

That is the most convoluted title to any of my posts… But I digress! When we last left out intrepid heroes (i.e. my players) we were about to play Alien Survivor . Let me give you a little background, just in case you didn’t read part one . After having played Lady Blackbird at the Puerto Rico Role Players Geeknic II I decided that …

What about ICONS? A review…

ICONS RPG is a new superhero role-playing game by Adamant Entertainment . It has been enthusiastically received by the role-playing community, if blog posts and sales at RPG Now / Drive Thru RPG are any indication. Since first hearing about it I was excited! It’s designed by Steve Kenson who has worked in some of my favorite RPGs, I own various PDFs by Adamant that I’ve enjoyed very …

Adding To The Star Wars Legacy

I’m not less than three weeks away from running my first of three Star Wars RPG one-shot adventures, all of which will lead up to the start of a new campaign. I thought I’d spend a few minutes discussing the setting, my plans, and what is in store for the players. For starters, you might consider catching up on what was discussed a few weeks…

Review: Sunken Empires

Sunken Empires is one of Open Design ’s latest Pathfinder compatible products. On 82 pages you get in my opinion the definite works on underwater adventuring for Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG and much, much more. I don’t exaggerate when I tell you that this book is packed! It’s amazing how many stuff you can squeeze into a 82-pages softcover book. The softcover …

Having a Rod of Wonder means never having to say you’re sorry.

OK, maybe it does but it certainly is one of the funnest magic items out there. Let me tell you a little about our Friday Pathfinder game. We’re running two adventure paths on alternating weeks but the one that’s important for this story is Council of Thieves. We have a nice little party; a half

Changes to Paizo’s Pathfinder product line

Paizo is making a number of changes to their  Pathfinder product lines to help distinguish between the various lines, although most of them appear to largely be simple changes to the names of various lines. Specifically: The Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting’s name is being shortened to the Pathfinder campaign setting. The Pathfinder Chronicles line will become the  Pathfinder Campaign Setting line which makes good sense considering…

Free Stuff Friday: Dungeons & Dragons

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This weeks Free Stuff is : Dungeons & Dragons . I know what your thinking. “ Free Dungeons & Dragons ? How can this be?” Well it’s true everyone. If you have ever wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, or you just wanted to give the 4th edition a spin, now you can! Wizards of…

Blog Carnival June 2010: A Medley Of Inspiring Media

This month’s RPG Carnival, which Campaign Mastery is delighted to host, poses the question: What non-game media have most inspired your games and how? A doozy of a topic, this. Sure, there are the obvious genre-related materials – you can’t talk about Fantasy in this context without mentioning The Lord Of The Rings, first the book, and then the movie…

Pathfinder Session One Tonight

Tonight, we play the very first Pathfinder session of our summer. I've neither GMed nor played the game at this point, so it'll be an adventure for all of us, to be sure. I don't want to reveal too much here, just in case one of my players happens to read this pre-game, but if you want an idea what the…

BBQ and D&D

Over this past Memorial Day weekend my gaming group and I got together for a barbecue and some Dungeons & Dragons.  Normally the games are at my and my fiancé’s place, but with spring and summer here the weather has been nothing short of amazingly perfect.  This last week we have had sunny days with temperatures in the mid to …

Field Report: Lady Blackbird

Just to get some expectations out of the way, this is NOT a review of the Lady Blackbird adventure module by One.Seven Design ! There are plenty of those out on the Web. This is a great “steampunk adventure module for 2-6 people. It contains a starting situation, setting, pregen characters, and quick-play rules perfect for a no-prep game of 1-6 sessions or more” (that’s the …