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You gragdok! The evolution of setting-based swear words in RPGs

While reorganizing Athenaeum content into a forthcoming post index, this writer happened upon this post , which dealt with creating a unique flavor in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign by developing slang words for the common tongue. One area of language that post didn’t explore, though, was the evolution of campaign-specific curse or “swear” words to express increased …

What’s new with Aruneus

We’re a few days in to 2011 and getting closer to completion of the Aruneus project !  Here’s a brief overview of where the project stands and what’s coming soon. In late 2010, the Zombies and Orcs each went through several rounds of playtesting with great results.  The Zombies are in the process of being revised a final time.  The Orcs will see a few changes …

Game Criminal Statistics 2010

Our game criminal roundups are mostly a result of Google News alerts. It’s fair to say that a great majority of game related violence is not reported (assaults, petty robberies, and so on), or not noted as game related (not noting that a robbery was of a card game), or simply not carried on Google News. What do we learn from a year of game related…

The Very Best of Troll in the Corner Vol. 2 available at DriveThruRPG

The Very Best of Troll in the Corner Vol. 2 Here you’ll find a collection of the best 10 articles we’ve featured over the past six months on our site. We’re gamers. We love RPGs, board games, video games, CCGs, dice games; games where you juggle live hedgehogs. You name it, we love it. We’re figuring you do…

Roll vs Boredom: Mentally Challenged

Roll vs Boredom is an ongoing project to fight off boredom from behind the game master’s screen.  My challenge to myself, to create one signature mechanic for every “adventure” I run in my current campaign, whether that be one night of play or a whole month to complete.   In the first article of this series, I discuss the…

Treasure Detail Generator & Dice Giveaway

Win these dice! You can win a set of the dice that appear in this blog post. Details at the end. Thanks for Q-Workshop for supplying dice to give away! A gamer recently mentioned a disappointing lack of detail when his GM handed out a “pouch of gems.” The player wanted more flavour. It is difficult detailing every little…

What about Advanced Feats: The Summoner’s Circle? A review…

Tweet On earlier posts I have reviewed the two previous installments of the Advanced Feats series by Siegfried Trent, Secrets of the Alchemist and The Witch’s Brew , published by Open Design . This third outing, The Summoner’s Circle , focused on another classe introduced in the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Players Guide , doesn’t disappoint. On the contrary I would say that with every installment the series…

Double Review, All the Way – Dragonchow Dice Bag and Q-Workshop Steampunk Dice

A couple of a weeks ago, while hanging out on Twitter , I saw a tweet from one @GeekyLyndsay , the owner and operator of Dragon Chow . She wanted to know if any bloggers out there wanted to review her new Tall Pencil Strap Dice Bag . I thought back to the raft of stuff that I brought back from GenCon and realized that one…

The Great Locomotive Chase: The Andrews Raid 1862

There are few more respected military volumes in the gaming world than those by Osprey Publishing, and the company is now applying its deft literary hand to a series called Raid . Herein they dissect the great incursions of history, tales of the few versus the many. Today’s lesson is The Great Locomotive Chase: The Andrews Raid 1862 . During the American Civil War, Union agents stole …

It’s Tracy’s birthday today! Instead of cake, have some free zombies for your Pathfinder game!

Hey!  It’s Tracy’s birthday!  Tracy has been serving as an Editor here on TC for a bit now, and I think he deserves a happy birthday! I’d like to send him to a few conventions to celebrate, but he seems to have attended them all.  So, to celebrate, the World of Aruneus – Contagion Infected Zombies is free!  That’s right, this bad boy won’…

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 …

Extreme Makeover: Gnome Games Edition

Gnome Games took advantage of an opportunity to take part in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (see their credits under furniture & accessories), and also got their friends at Mayfair Games, Sandstorm Games, Out of the Box Publishing, Alliance/Days of Wonder, Winning Moves Games, Fantasy Flight Games, ACD, and Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast on board. Together, they tucked 180 games…

The Unknown Regions

The Unknown Regions is the final sourcebook for Wizards of the Coast ’s Star Wars : Saga Edition Role-Playing Game . The book serves as a placeholder for all the books left unpublished, and promises to carry players to the unexplored corners of the Star Wars galaxy. It does this by venturing into the Unknown Regions to explore what fans know – the Chiss…

Quick Review: City of Jade, Haunted Houese Lonely Graveyard and Serial Killer – music and sound effects for your RPG session

Sonic Legends specialize in creating aural ambiance for your gaming session. Whether you’re playing in an Asian themed game, or something of a darker nature, with perhaps vampires, zombies or elder gods of old, they’ve done a fine job with their three latest creations. It’s not often that I get to review audio products for this site, with the possible exception of my post on …

AD&D Monster Manual part 5

Wild Camel: Like a lot of the normal animals featured in the Monster Manual, wild camels were first seen in the updated Wilderness Encounter Tables from Supplement III. Gary being Gary, he makes sure to distinguish between bactrians and dromedaries, with a special focus on how much treasure you can load them up with. My favourite bit is their spitting attack, that can blind…

PAX Celebrity Dungeons & Dragons

Tweet While I was at PAX Prime this year I went and saw the Pax Celebrity Dungeons & Dragons game. I was maybe sitting 5 rows back.  The game featured Wizards of the Coast R&D’s Chris Perkins as DM, along with players Jerry Holkins, Scott Kurtz, Mike Krahulik, and Wil Wheaton. If you have been following the D&D podcasts for Acquisitions Incorporated then this is the …

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 …

Like Zombies? Heard about Aruneus? The official Aruneus shop is open with T-shirts and a $5 off coupon

Zombies rise. Heroes die. You are what remains. The world was a large place. The four races, Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs coexisted with an uneasy peace, but at the least, they were able to share the land and survive. Empires were formed, lives created and destroyed, magic flourished and for a brief time, Humanity strove to master the globe. Then the undead scourge broke the world…

Review: MECHA

Tweet I love the mecha genre! I remember back in the 80s when we got cable TV I watched Robotech on some British TV station, although I couldn’t understand most of it. It has been many years later when I finally had the chance to rewatch the series. And this time I could finally understand what’s going on. But even though the language barrier kept me from fully…

The Anatomy Of Evil: What Makes a Good Villain?

I’ve been watching some of my old Stargate: SG1 episodes during the last week, and (as often happens) some of the commentary (in the season 9 extras) sparked an interesting question. The discussion was about the relative merits of Apophis, Baal, and Anubis as villains. This in turn connected in my head with a discussion that I had with my co-GM in our Pulp campaign about a villain created…