Tag Archives: Adventure

The Keys To Your Horror Campaign

Sometimes lost beneath the piles of fantasy RPGs, followed by the various incarnations of sci-fi and superhero games, falls the incredibly compelling, but often overlooked genre of horror. I don’t mean a game where player character take on the roles of dark creatures as you might see in White Wolf’s various World of Darkness titles, or Nightbane from Palladium Books, but a game where…

On The Nature Of Flaws

Disclaimer: This article was prompted and inspired by my receipt of a free copy of Player’s Option: Flaws from 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming, but it is largely based on my experience with the Hero System. 4 Winds did not solicit this review and did not recieve notice of the content. /Disclaimer So that we’re all on the same page, let’s start with a quick review of just…

Ask the readers: Does not play well with others…

Over in the  Paizo Blog I’ve been reading with some interest their proposed changes to the  Pathfinder Society Organized Play program. I have never participated on such programs. When I began role playing I was intrigued by the  RPGA , joined and got their  Polyhedron Magazine . I still have the laminated card and the pin somewhere, but besides reading the magazine I never…

Fighting The Gods: Supreme Beings As RPG Enemies

Any time you apply stats to gods for your RPG, you’re playing with fire. Most fantasy games with an epic component allow for this sort of representation of any game’s most powerful beings, but we as designers and Game Masters have to be a little careful when it comes to implementation. If we’re not, we often end up with a big letdown as the endgame comes to …

You only have yourself to blame

As reported over at 6d6Fireball (among other places), Adamant Entertainment have ended their $1.99 pricing model on all of their products and returned to regular pricing, citing that it isn’t sustainable for their business. This is sad news indeed. What Adamant Entertainment were doing was spear-heading the transition of the PDF RPG market from being one which mimics the print market…

Inner Sea World Guide: First impressions …

This past Saturday I went down to my FLGS and got my hands on the new Pathfinder RPG campaign setting, the Inner Sea World Guide . Any casual reader of my posts will know I am a homebrewer at heart and that I rarely run pre-published campaigns, but I am not below getting campaigns settings and mining them for ideas, rules or even …

Life & Death in RPG Blog Carnival Wrap-Up

March 2011′s RPG Blog Carnival covered Life and Death in RPG . Full XP to everyone who participated with insightful and inspirational articles, and thanks for your contributions. Readers, you are in for a treat as you have many articles to choose from this month. I encourage you to read through them and make life and death more memorable elements of your games. …

LPJ Design Apologizes for April Fool’s Joke

Louis Porter Jr. from LPJ Design has apologized for his April Fool’s joke which had seemed to be taken less humorously than intended by the customers of Sinister Adventures who had pre-ordered a product that has not seen the light of day for 3 years. It started when LPJ Design posted up an announcement on their website on Wednesday (March 30), stating that LPJ Design would …

Completely Horrible and Utterly Made Up Covers – A wonderful way to make your game night awkward and uncomfortable!

Well, it happened.  Enough people asked me where they could actually obtain some of these covers (thanks Rita!) that I went ahead and published the entire 8 of them as a 9 page PDF.  Go figure. It’s available right now from DriveThruRPG for half a buck.  What do you get for that small, impulse buy, less than a …

Issue 515 – 29 Minis Tips For The Frugal Gamer

This Week’s Tips and Features: A Brief Word From Hannah: Donkey Catapults and Leather Jackets 29 Minis Tips For The Frugal Gamer Use Google Documents For Campaign Organization Spy Tips: Blind Communication Demonstrate Character Heights Tips For Naval Battles Turn Terrain Into A Monster Three Quick Equipment Tips One More Tip: How to Handle Pursuit Adventure Campaign Mastery Blog

AD&D Monster Manual part 30

Lurker Above: This monster, sort of like a manta ray that clings to the roof of a dungeon and drops on the heads of adventurers, first appeared in The Strategic Review #3. Gary must have been very happy with this one, because the only change to it is that it is now better at gaining surprise. Lycanthropes: Lycanthropes first appeared in OD&D Vol. 2 , and…

Review – Labyrinth Lord, Revised Edition

Up for review today, the Revised Edition of Labyrinth Lord (LL). What is LL? As one of the earlier entries in to the retro-clone releases of old versions of Dungeons & Dragons, LL’s goal is to emulate the rules from the original Basic & Expert D&D sets (often refer to as B/X, or the Moldvay-Cook version – if that doesn’…

Game Bandit—Loot Edition

A new daily-deal website, Gamerati Loot , offers 45-75% off games (both board game and RPG products), 5 days a week. Spin Master is inviting fans to design their own Mechtogans for Bakugan’s Mechtanium Surge Dream Team Contest . The top prize award will include a custom, one-of-a-kind Mechtogan Activator Card, as well as one Mechtogan T.itan, two Mechtogans, two Bakusolo, one BakuTrinity, a Mechtogan …

Review: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Player’s Guide

I haven’t been aware of the WHFRP Player’s Guide until I got a coupon code for a review copy in my email inbox. But I have to admit it was a pleasant surprise. Even though I changed my stance on the latest iteration of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay there where still a few things that irked me. The new Player’s Guide remedies a lot of the issues I had with …

Word of the Week: FRIPPERY

Frippery is defined as finery in dress, especially when showy or gawdy. I can not help but think of the movie “I’m gonna get you Sucka!”. This also reminds me of an adventure our party went on and we were invited to a ball and would be dressed by our host in the “finest” garments.

One Third of a Six-Pack – Reviews of Battle’s End and Desecration

If you’ve not come across the 6-Pack Adventures from Postmortem Studios while browsing RPGNow, then you need to do yourself a favor and check them out. These are small adventures, designed for a single session and are a available for only $1.99 apiece. They include everything you need to run them, including maps, tokens, and even PCs. Right now, there are adventures for both Pathfinder and D&D 4e…

Where are the Wrath of Ashardalon bonus adventures?

I’ve owned Wrath of Ashardalon for a couple of months now and like the game – it’s fun, plays fast, and offers enough replayability that playing the same scenario twice isn’t boring. Nevertheless, I’m annoyed that on page 2 of the Adventure book, the writers say, and I quote: And check out www.DungeonsandDragons.com, where you can find bonus adventures for use with this …

One plus one equals four: Solo Gaming With 4e

Let’s face it. Four Edition D&D is unashamedly geared toward group play. This is a game which has taken a leaf out of MMORPGs (and, I would argue, the superhero genre) and each character has a specific role and set of duties in a team. The Defender acts as a shield for the others, the Controller takes down hordes of foes, the Striker goes against them one by one, …

Into the Caverns

Our start the next day was not as late as it could have been. Shasuki, number one maid, was sent to the market to buy many healing potions. The human child, Hekari, sulked over her breakfast porridge. “ What is it, small one? ” Mir’Itus looked concerned. Gami-Gami put her spoon down. “You do not like the food, child? This is fine food. Better…

One Million XP

1,000,000XP is how many experience points it takes to go from 1st level to 30th level in Fourth Edition D&D. A large part of the game is how you get from one end of the scale to the other. It’s a journey full of adventure, excitement, danger, not to mention a whole horde of monsters to be slain along the way. …