Tag Archives: ask the readers

Bridging the Gap

Tweet There is a lot of animosity between the old-school and new-school gaming groups. A lot of this I think is unnecessary. I mentioned briefly in my introduction that I am more of an old-school gamer. This isn’t entirely true. While I do enjoy the older games much more than the newer ones. There is a…

Bridging the Gap

Tweet There is a lot of animosity between the old-school and new-school gaming groups. A lot of this I think is unnecessary. I mentioned briefly in my introduction that I am more of an old-school gamer. This isn’t entirely true. While I do enjoy the older games much more than the newer ones. There is a lot…

Ask the Readers: Do you know of any gaming supplements where Puerto Rico is mentioned?

Tweet This is a purely personal question, but I figure with the worldly and well read audience of this blog (flattery goes a long way, I know), you out there may know of other instances where my native island of Puerto Rico is mentioned in game materials and/or supplements. This comes from a conversation I was having with a …

Post Christmas Gaming Loot!

Tweet I’m currently on holiday (I love using that term, I feel so refined!) in central Florida, and despite having tickets to various parks the weather has been too cold (I blame my tropical constitution). So instead we’ve been visiting family and practicing that most sacred holiday tradition, shopping! And while I have done some normal shopping, what sort of gamer would I be if I did…

The wonderful world of gaming!

Tweet I was too young to see the original Wonderful World of Disney on TV. I did catch reruns on local TV, in Spanish too, but that fact did not diminish my enthusiasm. I dreamt of the day that I would visit Walt Disney World. It’s the common dream of many Puerto Rican kids; there is almost a religious fervor …

New game, new tools!

Tweet This past weekend I began a new campaign. We reached a natural lull in the ongoing Pathfinder RPG campaign, which has run for 65 (almost) weekly sessions and decided to put the game in hiatus for a couple of months and try the superhero campaign I’ve been itching to play for a while now, and about which I have written here in the blog (Here is the …

And then she said, “Wait, Professor Jones can help us with this one!”

Tweet Have you said that in a game? For the longest time that was taboo in my games, but these days I’m willing to consider it. I’m not talking about Professor Jones per se, but famous characters from novels, movies or TV in general appearing in my games. I’ve talked about names in games before but this time around I’m not talking about name…

Ask Your Readers: Christmas Gifts for Roleplayers

Tweet Christmas is approaching quite fast and people all around the globe are getting ready to purchase gifts for their loved ones. Roleplayers are usually no exception here and quite a few of them plan to get RPG-related gifts for their friends and family. I am sure we all have some friend or relative who has some interest in RPGs but hasn’t started playing …

Ask the Readers: Any good supers themed questionnaire out there?

Tweet I’m a big believer in character questionnaires, I’ve even written about it before . I’m currently preparing for my upcoming superhero campaign and I’m struggling with creating a superhero themed questionnaire. I’m interested in asking my players about their expectations, what elements of the superhero genre they like; feel comfortable with and would like to see in the game. I have not given up on…

The State of the Industry and SPIEL

Tweet On last Saturday I attended SPIEL, the international game and toy fair in Essen, Germany. It’s the largest consumer fair of its kind with over 150,000 people attending every year. Especially this year roleplaying game fans in Germany have noticed that there were less RPG publishers at SPIEL than last year and theorized that the RPG hobby is in the decline. For various reasons this contradicts what I…

Gaming fiction weal or woe?

Tweet Role playing games are so entrenched in their literary roots, from Beowulf to El Cantar del Mio Cid , from Howard’s Conan , to Tolkien’s Middle Earth that it is sometimes hard to separate one from the other. Inevitably role playing games in turn spawned fiction based on the games, their character’s and the campaigns. For me the Dragonlance Chronicles were a formative experience in my development as…

Book Club Reminder!

Tweet Just a quick reminder, after probably waiting too long, I finally made a post about starting the Stargazer’s World Book Club. I’m waiting for feedback on the possible books or games we could read. If you are still interested make sure you click your way to the post ( CLICK HERE ) and express your opinion. You still have time to express your…

And finally, the Book Club!

Tweet Missed me yet? Anyone… Are those crickets I hear? Well I certainly missed all of you! Real life has kept me away from the blog for too long, and I figured what better way to come back than tackling a topic I brought up little over a month ago, the Stargazer’s World Book Club. Last time around I expounded the benefits and opportunities of a book club …

Are mini-campaigns the solution?

Tweet Back in the day, when we were still young and had too much time on our hands, we played in long campaigns, sometimes even spanning years. But in recent years I haven’t finished any campaign properly. Either we lost interest in the game or the group dissolved before the campaign has reached a satisfactory conclusion. Don’t get me wrong, we still have a lot …

The one RPG I wholeheartedly recommend to any gamer is …

In my case it’s Savage Worlds . Savage Worlds is a generic roleplaying game that allows you to run games in any genre, the rules are easy to learn but have a certain complexity that will not disappoint more tactically-minded players. In fact Savage Worlds can easily be used as miniature strategy game, or you can play it without any miniatures at all. The latest…

Food & Games

Don’t worry; this has NOTHING to do with all the electronic cooking games out there. This is about gamers and the food they eat when they game. Junk food and role-playing games are connected in poplar culture, and in all truth some games will devour prodigious amounts of chips and soda. Undoubtedly some groups try to eat healthy, bringing fruits and veggies to…

So what about a Book Club?

Those of you that follow me on Twitter (and if you are interested you can find me as @sunglar, but be forewarned I do ramble on) will know that besides RPGs I work way too much, been called a workaholic, and literature. Currently I’m participating in the second book club I’ve belonged to and loving every minute of it. I think books clubs …

Sci-Fi Setting, looking for some feedback…

Unlike some of my fellow writers here in Stargazer’s World I haven’t tried my hand at designing an RPG for some years now. I must admit that meeting so many great and creative people in this community has gotten my creative juices flowing and I may just try my hand at game design in the near future. One thing I do a…

Ask The Readers: What’s your take on Exalted?

White Wolf’s Exalted is one of the games that immediately piqued my interest when it came out. I’ve enjoyed several White Wolf games before and I was excited to see White Wolf’s version of high fantasy. While I still leaf through the rulebook once in a while, I never have played or run that game. That has several reasons. I like a lot of the concepts of…

Ask The Readers: What do you want to see in a revised edition of WR&M?

I am currently collecting ideas for a revised edition of my rules-light fantasy game Warrior, Rogue & Mage . Aside from a better presentation I want to add things I missed last time, add some optional rules and expand on the included setting. But most important than that, I want YOU to be happy with that revised edition. I want it …