Tag Archives: ask the readers

“Spanish, Spanish, Spanish saving throw, Spanish”: Role-Playing in different languages

Recently I had a tweet exchange with Shaun and Michael about which language we role-played in, and Shaun wrote an excellent post about languages in RPG games here in the blog last week. However our exchange made me think about languages on the other side of the equation, or the screen so to speak, the language we speak as we play. I am well aware that role-playing…

“Spanish, Spanish, Spanish saving throw, Spanish”: Role-Playing in different languages

Recently I had a tweet exchange with Shaun and Michael about which language we role-played in, and Shaun wrote an excellent post about languages in RPG games here in the blog last week. However our exchange made me think about languages on the other side of the equation, or the screen so to speak, the language we speak as we play. I am well aware that role-…

My thoughts on PDF pricing and print + PDF bundles

In Youseph’s recent unboxing post the subject of PDF pricing came up again. He criticized that Troll Lord Games doesn’t provide free (or at least cheap) PDFs with the purchase of the hardbound books. In his reply ( Editor’s note :  the thread the reply was in got deleted, so the link is not working anymore ) to that, Troll Lord Games CEO said, that …

Ask The Readers: What is your favorite “noir” RPG?

Last weekend I have played L.A. Noire the latest video game created by Rockstar Games and Team Bondi. The game tells the story of LAPD detective and WW2 hero Cole Phelps. It’s set into the late 1940s and shares a lot of tropes with movies from the “film noir” genre. And as it is often the case playing the video game made me think …

How we buy games… A retrospective!

This week I purchased some digital RPG supplements in PDF, pre-ordered a book, and I got home today (Saturday) from the Puerto Rico Comic Con (shameless plug) to find a box from Amazon with the copy of Traveller by Mongoose Publishing . As I sat down with the book to reminisce about that system in particular (and that’s a whole…

How we buy games… A retrospective!

This week I purchased some digital RPG supplements in PDF, pre-ordered a book, and I got home today (Saturday) from the Puerto Rico Comic Con (shameless plug) to find a box from Amazon with the copy of Traveller by Mongoose Publishing . As I sat down with the book to reminisce about that system in particular (and that’s a whole other post, and hopefully…

Being a better Game Master: Credit where credit is due!

Being a Dungeon Master, Game Master, Storyteller, Referee, call it what you may, is not an easy task. It requires a lot in terms of creativity, passion, preparation, but it’s not the thankless job they make it out to be. It’s a great creative outlet, if you like to tell stories well there is no better pastime, and you get to spend …

Ask The Readers: Who ya gonna call?

Recently I have rewatched one of my favorite films: Ghostbusters ! Even though the movie is *gasp* 27 years old it has aged surprisingly well. While some of the effects may look a bit outdated the action and humor work as well today as they did in 1984. The 1984 film has not only spawned a sequel but also several computer games and even a pen & paper roleplaying…

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…

Minigames in roleplaying games

Recently I have started playing Sid Meier’s Pirates! again. Pirates! is a single-player, open world game set into the Caribbean during the late 16th and early to late 17th century. You play a ship captain working as a privateer for either the English, French, Dutch or Spanish. During the game you can freely choose your allegiances, choose to attack enemy ships or towns, hunt pirates, seek…

Ask the readers: Filing off the serial numbers

If you follow me on twitter (@sunglar ) or read my recent posts about Breaking the D20 Paradigm you may know I am struggling to find a system for a future sci-fi game (pun intended). While the game may be some time away, anywhere from 10 months to a year, I like to plan ahead and I want to work …

Breaking the d20 Paradigm

“Dear d20 System, we’ve had a good run you and me… No, no relax, this is NOT that conversation. I am not breaking up with you! I just think we should see other people. You have your legions of adoring fans, and that shiny new 4 th edition, you can see whoever you want, I have met some new systems, Indies mostly, and I want to explore my options. You …

Lazy Friday Video Post: “She don’t like Firefly!”

It has been quite some time since the last “Lazy Friday Video Post”, but I thought I should resurrect this tradition. This week’s video is not really RPG-related but I know that a lot of gamers also like Firefly, so it’s not totally off-topic. www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-yHSaP0Dyg By the way, this song is definitely fun to listen to, but I doubt it’s based on a…

Crazy Campaign Chronicles: Defenders of the Earth Redux or a Very Pulpy Future!

Introductory note: As Game Master I constantly get ideas for new campaigns. I take notes and file them away on the hopes of one day retaking them. But since I don’t role-play 24/7 I am pretty sure I will never get to play all these campaigns. I’m sure I am not alone on this! Some ideas are just too weird, too strange or simply not a good fit to …

Fighting the good fight…

I’ve written about Puerto Rico Role Players before , many times , and probably will some more. This is one such instance, so humor me if you please (if not there are some excellent posts down the page…) (Still here? Good, let’s go on…) One of the reasons I became so active in the group was to give back something to the gaming community. Through…

Would a near-future science-based space exploration roleplaying game work?

Yesterday I stumbled upon this post at the famous BoingBoing blog which featured two pieces of awesome NASA artistic renderings of possible future space missions. I love science and space exploration. Even as a kid I read and watched everything I could about astronomy, space exploration and physics. And of course I almost devoured any SF novel I could find in the house. Ever since I …

Best of Stargazer’s World

The 1000th post at Stargazer’s World is approaching fast. A couple of months back I had the idea to release something special when this blog hits a thousand posts. The idea is to compile 20 or 30 of the best articles and release them as a PDF, much like a Stargazer’s World-only Open Game Table . But in order to do this I need the help of my readers. …

Ask The Readers: Fighting Gamer ADD

Tweet Currently I am having a bad case of gamer ADD again. I start a gaming project, scrap it, think about running a game using system A, then I switch to system B while returning to the first project, scrap it again… For some reason I can’t just focus on one campaign and one system. Dozens of ideas are floating around…

Roleplaying in the world of Star Trek

Tweet I still remember the late 70s, early 80s when I first watched Star Trek on TV. My parents actually introduced me to the series, since they were fans themselves back then. Luckily for me, Star Trek was shown in the afternoons, so I was able to watch it regularly. I didn’t mind the sometimes bad acting, weird scripts and the flimsy cardboard …

Roleplaying in the world of Star Trek

Tweet I still remember the late 70s, early 80s when I first watched Star Trek on TV. My parents actually introduced me to the series, since they were fans themselves back then. Luckily for me, Star Trek was shown in the afternoons, so I was able to watch it regularly. I didn’t mind the sometimes bad acting, weird scripts and the flimsy cardboard sets. I was thrilled by …