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Complete Characters, Reviewed! And Discounted!

Just a quick hit tonight as I get back into my writing routine after battling the great monster known as The Cold. After a week of alternating my Day- and Ny-Quil like an addict, I’m nearly back to being me. Well, maybe an extra mucus-y me. I awoke from my OTC-induced coma to find that my fellow blogger over at Reality Refracted took the time to…

Taking d20 Modern Into D&D 3.5

The best thing about d20 and the Open Game License is the ability to port elements within the d20 family back and forth from one game or genre to another, and have everything speak the same language. Nothing can be simpler than taking skills, feats, talents, equipment, or even whole characters from, say, D&D 3.5 and into d20 Modern, or Pathfinder, or Star Wars, or Mutants …

The Keys To Your Horror Campaign

Sometimes lost beneath the piles of fantasy RPGs, followed by the various incarnations of sci-fi and superhero games, falls the incredibly compelling, but often overlooked genre of horror. I don’t mean a game where player character take on the roles of dark creatures as you might see in White Wolf’s various World of Darkness titles, or Nightbane from Palladium Books, but a game where…

The Keys To Your Horror Campaign

Sometimes lost beneath the piles of fantasy RPGs, followed by the various incarnations of sci-fi and superhero games, falls the incredibly compelling, but often overlooked genre of horror. I don’t mean a game where player character take on the roles of dark creatures as you might see in White Wolf’s various World of Darkness titles, or Nightbane from Palladium Books, but a …

Fighting The Gods: Supreme Beings As RPG Enemies

Any time you apply stats to gods for your RPG, you’re playing with fire. Most fantasy games with an epic component allow for this sort of representation of any game’s most powerful beings, but we as designers and Game Masters have to be a little careful when it comes to implementation. If we’re not, we often end up with a big letdown as the endgame comes to …

Ends Justify The Means: Vigilantism in RPGs

Vigilantism is a cornerstone of the role-playing experience. Second to the “adventuring party” of the typical fantasy game, which arguably veers into vigilantism as well, I’d say that it’s the biggest core motivation for player characters, particularly in a modern setting. In a fantastic world of “good guys” and “bad guys,” the hero that works outside the law …

Building the Barbarian: Creating Complete Characters #1

Good evening, fellow gamers. Today is the day that Complete Characters finally comes back into view. It’s an exciting day for me, as it always is when some of my work makes its way to the public. Briefly, what this retooling means is that the previous incarnation, with its full character description, custom illustration, and systemless stats, now includes stats for the d20 system. Not one set of stats, …

The Superiority of d20 Modern

Say hello to my little friend . Hello, one and all. It’s very nice to see you. I thought this morning I would talk a little bit about my experiences over the past month or two with the d20 systems as I have spent this time getting my Complete Characters up and running using the OGL. Mostly, I really want to talk up d20 …

Quick Hit: The Latest Complete Characters d20 Character Sheet

I really need a better header image than this Well, boys and girls, this should be it. This is a real character, with real stats for all three levels, with the character sheet as it will be on the final product. I feel like I’m obsessing about this, but it needs to be clear and concise so that everyone can benefit. This latest version has one final change to…

Quick Hit: Meet The d20 Character Sheet

So, we’ll see if this is the FINAL final character sheet, but I believe that it is. That is, of course, unless some of you find flaws with it. It’s pictured below (click on the image for a larger view). What we have here is an example of what will be the final page of every Complete Character for the

Quick Hit: Discarding d20 Stats

So, as I build the new d20 Modern character sheets for my Complete Characters , I’ve decided to exclude a few stats that I have come to view as extraneous, and easily replaced should any particular Game/Dungeon Master decide to add them back in. These are Reputation. I feel like this modifier limits the character creation process, and isn’t really that useful for a character that is …

A Preview Of d20 For Complete Characters

Building a masterpiece takes time I know I’ve been fairly absent, but it’s not all for nothing. Just a quick hit for now, demonstrating some progress on Complete Characters. I even think it’s pretty sexy, as gaming goes. The plan here is for Complete Characters to begin to incorporate stats from one or more OGL gaming systems, most notably d20. My love for D6 will likely bring me to …

d20 Help! My Appeal To Better Geeks Than Me

Help me figure this thing out Help me out, fellow gamers. But first, a confession: I have never played d20. By that, I mean no D&D, no Pathfinder, no d20 Star Wars. Nothing. The closest I’ve come is playing Knights of the Old Republic, which I understand is exactly the same thing, but somewhat more limited. Knowing that, I just need a little help getting acclimated so…

Complete Characters Review

Good morning, Internet. Just a quick hit, pointing you toward a review of Complete Characters that is up at the greatness of RPG Blog 2 . Zack does a rundown of the seventh issue, Sir Aric Devilkin . So, check out his review , and then head over to DriveThru and give the download a try. Don’t forget to peruse the

Quick Hit: New Stuff, Early Success

Just a quick hit tonight, but it’s a good one! I just posted Complete Characters #7: Sir Aric Devilkin, Evil Knight, Demon’s Son up at DriveThru. I’m hoping that it will fly off the metaphorical shelves, seeing as it’s perfect for any fantasy campaign, whether it’s D&D, Pathfinder, Palladium, or whatever. It features more stellar artwork from Joseph Scott Lawn, who I have now convinced to blog…

My First Publishing Dollar

Suitable for framing “Here goes nothing.” That was my thought at about 1:30 this morning when I uploaded the file for Complete Characters #6: Noriax, Ancient Robotic Terror to the server at DriveThruRPG.com . In that mouse click was carried far more anxiety than I had anticipated, which is why I was about two and a half hours beyond my…

A New Rifts Chaos Earth Sourcebook, and Other Notes

Motivate the clock I have several notes his morning as I stare, bleary-eyed at my computer screen. But hey, it’s Friday, which means that the day will get progressively better as the hours roll off the clock. In the meantime, let me project a number of announcements and notes out onto the Internet, in no particular order. Read for more on Rifts, …

Free For All! Complete Characters So Far.

Rule of life: Everything worth doing is harder than it looks. I talked yesterday about getting things going with Jason Richards Publishing , mostly just announcing that such a thing exists and that you can run over to DriveThruRPG and download some great gaming materials, for free. I thought that tonight I would go a little deeper and talk about the waves of emotion that I’ve endured…

Welcome to Jason Richards Publishing!

It’s finally here! Jason Richards Publishing is up and running with our first offerings after many months of planning. If this is your first time on the blog, or if you’re rediscovering this ridiculous corner of the Internet, I welcome you. Look around and let me know what you think. Read more about what we’re offering today, this week, and into the future, below the fold. Just…

The Return of Complete Characters

I have returned I’m not going to go into my mysterious absence in any sort of detail. Let’s just say there were monkeys. Lots and lots of monkeys. I really can’t say anything more. I’m back now, and we’re together. Isn’t that what really matters? Let’s not dwell on my many failings as a blogger, but instead talk about the gift I have for …