Tag Archives: Card

A Terrible Idea for RPGs, which is actually a Great Idea – free to use character portraits

It sounds a bit confusing but A Terrible Idea actually has a great idea!  60 “Terrible Character Portraits” which, once created, would be released under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and be free to use by anyone!  Folks looking for a good character sheet portrait.  Newly minted game designers *cough* – anyone would be able to use these character portraits. They’re …

Build an Essentials Cleric, today!

We’ve had the Fighter & Wizard , now it’s the turn of the Cleric to take centre stage. As before we’re looking at how to create a simpler starting character using only the PHB and the design decisions evident in the D&D Essentials line. The end result should be a set of Archetypal characters which would serve to introduce any new player (or old player still …

Yu-Gi-Oh! Hidden Arsenal 2

The latest Yu-Gi-Oh! is Hidden Arsenal 2 , an all-foil 60 card set of monsters. One, the new Naturia Beast , neutralizes opposing spell cards. Hidden Arsenal 2 comes in packs of one Secret Rare and four Super Rares.

Mattel Loses Against MGA in Appeal Over Bratz, Pokemon Sues Beckett

In a stunning overturn by the court of appeals, Mattel has lost on appeal against MGA Entertainment in the fight over Bratz dolls, the first drawings of which were done by Carter Bryant while he was still working for Mattel. The court essentially said that, while the first drawings were misappropriated, that doesn’t give Mattel rights to the hundreds of millions of dollars of…

We All Have Our Roles To Play: A Functional Perspective on Personality Archetypes, Part 1

Everything that I’ve ever read on the subject has defined archetypes for RPGs either in terms of the psychology of the character or the abilities of the character. Filling out a team roster is often a case of players selecting from a chinese menu – “let’s see, we need a fighter, a mage, a rogue, a cleric, and once those are filled, anyone else can…

Review – GameMastery Face Cards: Enemies Deck

The GameMastery Face Cards Enemy deck is the latest in Paizo’s line of playing card-sized play aids. They are designed to be handed out by GMs to give their players a face to put to the names of major NPCs. Most of the faces come from Paizo’s previous adventure paths and thus are perfectly suited for GMs running one of the adventure paths. For example, King …

Board Games—The Ultimate Form of Social Entertainment

An inspired presentation by Chris McInnis at Ignite: London on the awesomeness of board games: [via Going Cardboard ]

Bakugan Battle League Organized Play

A new Bakugan organized play program is being launched by Spin Master at Toys R Us stores across the United States. The first Bakugan Battle League will take place this coming Saturday, July 24th. Brawlers will be able to collect exclusive promo cards and decide the outcome of a Bakugan story line. Participants will be asked to choose sides in a …

4E AP: Osirion Session #3 (The Old Monastery, part 2)

Our third session picked up immediately where session #2 ended: the group was gathered in the monastery’s chapel having defeated the major infestation of pugwampis calling it home. Session Summary The group continued to carry out a search of the monastery, with Amaruq volunteering to climb up in to the choir loft and have a look at the pugwampi nest. While there were no signs …

Toy Story 3 Games

Time to throw all of those Toy Story 2 items in the trash. We’ve got Toy Story 3 items now. Despite the grand creativity of the Pixar storytellers, it should come as no surprise that this creativity doesn’t extend to their licensing department. What’s surprising is how many ways they have to repackage games in different combinations. Toy Story 3 Operation Buzz Lightyear – From the…

Think-ets, a Cuter Version of Whatever’s In Your Drawer

Think-ets from sggc Think-a-lot is a small pouch with a bunch of random miniature things in it: a little wrench, a little pig, a little milk bottle, a jack, etc … Each pouch comes with different items. Along with the pouch comes rules for a few games, such as “I’ll take one away, and you tell me which one is missing”, or “Make …

Paizo’s Plot Twist Deck

Just got the Plot Twist Deck today and it’s pretty darned sweet. If you’ve stopped by here enough you’ll know that I’m one of those story over rules guys which makes this right up my alley. Here’s what you get. Fifty-one cards with nifty bits of inspirational artwork. Each card has a title and four

Cholent, the Game

Cholent, the Game is a game in production from new sggc Epicure Games – or so BGG tells, me. The company’s name doesn’t appear on the site. The game is a simple blind bidding filler card game. Flip over an event card, which also tells you how many ingredients are up for auction, blind bid on the ingredients, and take the cards. Each player also gets …

Elemental Clash 4.0

You may remember a post about Elemental Clash from a while ago. Andreas has now released Elemental Clash 4.0 with new full-color artwork, a new layout, more balanced play, and even a special promo card in the starter set. Never mind my hatred of the Papyrus font, but the cards actually look pretty nice. The starter set is $19.99, and

Ask The GMs: Rubbing Two Dry Words Together

Why have different languages in an RPG? How can they be used to enhance a story? And what’s wrong with Universal Translators, anyway? I have a question about using languages in fantasy RPGs. There are numerous articles and advice out there on how to create fictitious languages and make them sound realistic or add verisimilitude to the campaign setting, but that’s not my question. My question is…

Interview with Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager, Clint Black

In just the way we knew it would, Savage Worlds has commanded the interest of the readers to make an undeniably successful list of interview questions.  After serving up an appetizer of a dish with my Intro to Savage Worlds last week, I’d like to now present you with the main course, an interview with Clint Black, the Savage…

KantCon 2010 – Retrospective

If you’ve spent any time on TC in the last few weeks, then you are probably aware that I spent some time in Kansas City this past weekend. The reason for this trip was KantCon . KantCon is a convention by gamers, for gamers. If you missed Ben’s interview with KantCon founder, Ethan Parker of The Gamer’s Haven , then you can find it here . That interview cover’…

Hacking Father’s Day [Blog]

Image via Wikipedia This is a little late, so please forgive me.  It took me a while to turn this idea around in my head until it was ready to be written.  Here it is. I was musing this morning on the importance of hacking.  I don’t mean computer hacking, though that’s one part of it.  Hacking, to…

Obsidian Twilight

Out from LPJ Design is Obsidian Twilight , a post-apocalyptic horror setting for the Pathfinder RPG. After being struck by a meteor, the world of Abaddon has been overrun by undead and is now ruled by the vampiric lich Calix Sabinus. The main book (PDF) contains new races, feats, spells, prestige classes, equipment, weapons, magic items, and monsters. As an accessory, LPJ Design also offers Ultimate Spell Decks: Obsidian Twilight…

More Open Source CCG Links

Previously: Conspiracy (new home page ) and Phylo . Open card games : A site devoted to open source card games. Open Card and Tabletop Gaming Network : Software for creating and playing online games, especially card games. Cosign : A SourceForge project for creating an open source CCG gaming network. Libre : Another SourceForge project, just the game. Chronogeddon : A Dvorak open source CCG based around…