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RPG (and geek) news from around the Internet and beyond!

It’s Friday – and that generally means a slow news day, so I thought I’d take some time to catch you all up on some cool things going on with Troll in the Corner and the rest of the world as we know it. First, this slot here on Fridays will soon be filled by our newest Editor, talking about all things literature related.  Their introduction…

A final goodbye to an old friend

Yesterday afternoon my family had to say our final goodbyes  to one of our cats, Echo.  He was a pretty special cat, even as far as this site was concerned.  Out of all of my cats, he’s the only one who appears, if silently, in every single Old School Actual Play podcast, including the one to be released a week from today.  You may …

The creative process in game design or sandpaper golem sex and letting go of ideas

Yesterday I came up with a brand new game.  In fact, I came up with a new board game and a new creature to add to my slowly growing list of Pathfinder oddities, both based on the same idea. While doing the creative lifting that goes in to making something like this I was also conversing with a friend who suggested that I document this process in writing. …

I’m on the RedPhoneZone movie podcast, talking about epic/historical movies

Ethan and Aaron over at RedPhoneZone invited me on to their podcast to discuss historical epics, film, focusing on the Ethnographical, psuedo-biographical and antidisestablishmentarianism position that all film is actuality as reflected by societal mores.  Nah, just kidding, we jabber on about our favorite six flicks and swear a bunch. I’ve had dealings with Ethan before, as he’s the guy who…

Need to give your fantasy campaign a boost? Arthurian Mythology to the rescue

It happens to the best of us.  Whether it is the start of a new campaign or two years in to an ongoing, persistent world, sometimes coming up with a great adventure hook is tough.  The same old fantasy tropes we’re used to in our games can get boring.  One more orc, one more dragon, one more litch. When this happens to me, I do what…

Three Elements for Constructing a Good Adventure

On the train this morning, listening to some New Orleans blues, it occurred to me; I can think about fantasy RPGs even when listening to New Orleans blues!  Also, I realized that any good adventure, be it SciFi, Fantasy or Horror, can be constructed by including three simple elements. Goals, Encounters, and challenges. Let me expand a bit on this by defining these terms and explaining why each is …

Mi Gato se Incendia! (My Cat is on Fire!) A new board game by Benjamin Gerber

Six years ago I started playing around with a neat board game idea. It was based around cats.  And fire.  More specifically, it was based around a cat on fire.  As morbid as this may sound, I assure you, no cats were harmed in the making of this game.  I love cats. I own four.  But I also know…

Confusion Reigns! Total Confusion XXV is rapidly approaching – get registered!

Total Confusion XXV , New England’s largest gaming convention, will kick off on Thursday, February 24th and keep the gaming going through Sunday the 27th.  If you’re anywhere near the New England area you should stop in and check it out, even if it’s only for a day.  There are tons of events going on and pre-registration is open now! …

Our deepest sympathies go out to Tom Vassel and his family

Some sad news today.  Jack Vassel, son of Tom Vassel has passed away. Tom does lots of good gaming work with The Dice Tower and is also slated to be a fellow guest at Total Confusion XXV . You can read a bit about his son here . My heart goes out to the Vassel family.  As a father myself, I can only begin to …

Failed fantasy and horror novel titles and the blurbs that love them

I spend a decent amount of my time reading fantasy and horror novels.  I’ve often toyed with writing something a bit longer than a blog post, but I have a hard time pinning down enough time to do so.  I do occasionally get flashes of brilliance where ideas and titles are concerned. These six titles, they are not my flashes …

Anyone know what this is?

No?  Well you will soon! Take a quick gander at my latest project. It’s not Aruneus.  It’s not Palladium. It’s not even an RPG.  It is quite fun, humorous, involves spy satellites, BBQ grills and flaming cats, and will in no way get a file opened on you by the FBI. Although I can’t honestly vouch …

I was lost but now I’m found

Actually, I got myself lost on purpose.  Over the past 12 days, I’ve done nothing but spend time with my family, enjoy my kids and perhaps get in a smidge of computer gaming as well. It was glorious!  I’m very thankful I have the kind of job that affords me a lot of time off around the holidays.  My decision to spend …

Ho! Ho! Hold on a second there….

It’s that time of the year again folks!  I can’t speak for the other authors and editors here on TC, but as for myself, well I can’t plan on spending a lot of time here over the next few weeks. My last official day of work before I’m on holiday break is today.   My family is pretty deeply involved in that whole holiday …

Troll’s Guide to Gifting Geeks for under $20

I get it.  Like nights in Arabia of old, there are 1001 shopping guides out there this holiday season that focus on squeezing the last dollar bill out of your pocket in the name of saving a buck to purchase that thing you never thought you needed until now.  This list is a little different.  There will be no iPods….

Recapturing the Magic – a serious argument for gaming like you’re 12 years old

One of my earliest clear memories of role playing in any form is of running a few friends through an AD&D adventure.  We were 12 years old and having the time of our lives. I know that one of our characters was a 44th level Dwarven Wizard.  I also know that we had access to the most powerful spell we&#…

Happy Halloween!

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I Hate you Jim Butcher – a Love Letter

Unless you’ve been purposely avoiding bookstores, amazon.com, your library or anyone who pretends to read, even with the book upside down, you’ve heard of Jim Butcher .  That guy who writes about that other guy. The magic one.  Who’s funny and gritty and kicks faerie ass. It’s hard boiled, psuedo-noir detective meets modern urban fantasy.  And…

Total CONfusion XXV – It’s official, I’ll be a guest! Anyone else planning on going?

I guess this is official now, as my ugly mug is up on their industry guest page. I’ll be an industry guest (and attendee, and rabid fan, and over-caffeinated player) at Total Confusion XXV! What is Total Confusion? Let me give you a brief history. Total Confusion has over twenty years of experience bringing great gaming moments to…

Sensationalist Headline! The end of buying minis as we know it!

Yes, this may be a bit forward thinking and yes the headline is a bit sensationalist but we could be looking at the beginning of the end of buying minis for RPGs and strategy games such as Warhammer.  Of course, all that money your spending on minis doesn’t just head straight back to your bank account, you’ll need …

Quick Review: Alice in Chains

Last night I found myself in a good sized arena, with a few thousand friends, watching my favorite band perform live.  Today I am tired, slightly deaf, profoundly happy and will somehow tie this in to Role Playing Games.  Forgive me as I wander slightly far afield with this but I can’t help myself. Believe it or not, there is a tie…