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World of Aruneus – Play Test Challenge has begun!

You let your sword arm droop as you look at your companions.  Three of you are still standing.  The Cleric lies immobile and feverish, surrounded by rotting corpses.  Wiping sweat from your eyes, you shudder as you hear the moaning challenge of the undead coming from the wood to the East..  This days work is not done yet. The first Aruneus Play…

Guillotine

Tweet Generally my Dungeons & Dragons game starts at 1:30pm on Saturdays. Sometimes not everyone can make it. Sometimes enough people can’t make it that we opt out of D&D all together for some other game to play. Last weekend was one of those days for me. The game we chose to play was a pick by my Fiancé’s. It was …

South Carolina One Step Closer to Legalizing Card Games

In South Carolina, it is still illegal to play any game with cards or other gambling devices, whether in private or public, for money or for fun. Unless you’re the state, or a church, or one of a few other exceptions. Various ridiculous, high media profiled arrests have highlighted this problem over the last few years, and a few cases…

Battle Bands: Silly Bandz Meets Boys

Battle Bands from Scenario is an extensible combat game intended to capitalize on the Silly Bandz phenomenon: rubber bracelets that return to some shape off of your wrist. The bands are more masculine (such as sharks and dragons) and each comes with a card (like a CCG card). The basic game comes with a battle mat. Throw the band onto the mat…

Going to Essen tomorrow!

Tweet Tomorrow is a big day in my gaming-calendar: The Spiel 2010 in Essen starts! I assume, that “Spiel” or “Essen” don’t ring any bells with quite a few of my readers here at Stargazer’s World, especially the non-european ones. So let me explain: The “ Spiel ” (German for “game” or “play”) is an annual gaming fair held…

Review – LeCardo

Today I get to review something I don’t play a lot of: A card game.   LeCardo is what might be classified as an educational card game, although unlike a lot of educational games, it actually plays well as a game – strategy and competition are part and parcel of LeCardo. The game is designed by Hugh Marshall and Priscilla McIntosh, and published by Leo Marshall Designs . How play …

The Brink of War

The Brink of War is the third expansion for the popular strategy card game Race for the Galaxy (RftG for short). It includes more than forty new cards – including four new start worlds – to add to the deck; a handful of new goals for the rules introduced in The Gathering Storm and a range of new chits for the solo variant as well as …

Open Call for Aruneus Play Testers Part 2 – Like Pathfinder and Zombies? Get free stuff and play in the apocalypse.

Are you familiar with Pathfinder? Do you have a reliable group of 3-6 players? How would you like all of the free Aruneus PDFs I can get you? I’m looking for several active groups who would meet at least once a month to run Pathfinder sessions featuring the World of Aruneus material. This would give you a chance to explore…

TactDecks Goes PnP

TactDecks is a game combining the feel of a CCG with a miniatures game. Everything you need to play is in the cards. Up until now, the base set of the game was $22. Now you can print the base set of the game for free to make sure it’s your cup of tea. You can snag the PDF file off the games’ BoardGameGeek page , …

Review: D&D Gamma World

In case you’ve been living in Vault 101 for the past 20 years and are unaware, Gamma World is a post-apocalyptic RPG put out by Wizards of the Coast.  The current version (officially named “D&D Gamma World”) comes in a pretty big box.  You’ll be able to easily find it due to the retina burning green of the box, which is a similar color to …

Descent: Journeys in the Dark

Tweet Descent is part of the FFG Big Box-Line of games. Welcome back to another board game-review at Stargazer’s World. This time I am going to take a closer look at one mammoth of a game: Descent – Journeys in the Dark by Kevin Wilson and published by Fantasy Flight Games . I will try to give you a feel for…

Descent: Journeys in the Dark

Tweet Descent is part of the FFG Big Box-Line of games. Welcome back to another board game-review at Stargazer’s World. This time I am going to take a closer look at one mammoth of a game: Descent – Journeys in the Dark by Kevin Wilson and published by Fantasy Flight Games . I will try to give you a feel…

Gaming with Kids: The Haunted Mine session (4E D&D)

My son decided to write his own adventure for the first session for our new father-son 4E Dungeons & Dragons games.  He’s playing Demeter, an elf fighter (slayer) who uses a bow. I’m playing Nero Ironflagon, dwarf fighter (knight) who prefers a battle axe.  These are both characters made using the new Player Essentials: Heroes of the …

[Meta] Insert Photo Montage Here

It has been a crazy few weeks for me and I am so far behind on Divas posts that we are going to have to resort to a tried ‘n true movie method to get ourselves out of this hole. Yep, photo montage. There have been some great props and some amazing gameplay and dang it! It needs to be…

Building Kobold Hall in Minecraft, part three

In contrast to the first Encounter in Kobold Hall, the second one is just a Nice Big Room. Well, when I say nice, I mean “scary tomb chamber”, but you get the idea. There’s no anteroom, no long corrodor and no Pool of Doom this time around. Instead, there’s four stone coffins in the centre (every single group …

It’s pay-to-play for Gamma World Game Day

I mentioned this over a month ago that the upcoming game day premier of Gamma World required participants to purchase two booster packs of cards (MSRP is $4 per pack of 8 cards) in order to play but was told by a number of people that “WotC would never make people buy something in order to participate in a game day!”. Well, here’s it straight from the …

Dawn of a New Age, Part 4

Tweet Greetings dear readers! This is part four of the introduction I recently wrote for my next campaign. A supers game in a world where no superpowers existed before, but a strange incident has occurred. The world will soon be a very different place. What will the players make of this? What sort of characters will they create to be part of this brand new dawn? …

Old-School Unboxing: TSR’s Dragon Dice circa 1995

Not to long ago I came in to a neat find (and by ‘came in to’ I mean Chris Hopper sent ‘em to me).  Eleven still sealed boxes of TSR’s collectible dice game and answer to Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering – Dragon Dice .  These eleven boxes were still factory sealed in slightly dusty cellophane …

Review: DM’s Kit for D&D 4th Edition Essentials

The DM’s Kit for 4th Edition D&D’s Essentials line is out, and there’s something strange about it.  But I’m ahead of myself…I’ll get to that in a moment. First, the product itself.   This is more than just a book for the DM, it’s a boxed set for the DM.  Let’s take things one at a time, …

“You Seem Trustworthy!” – Bringing the Party Together

Image by chinogypsie This is one of those topics that every GM has run into at one point in time or another. You’re stating a new campaign, your players have their characters all drawn up, you’ve got the opening adventure planned, and this phrase comes blithely tumbling out of your mouth: “You all find yourselves in a Tavern called…