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Hellish Dungeons Review + Giveaway!

Here we are again with another review from IndieBundle.org! Today I’m reviewing something I think you guys will like a bit more than the last, seeings as they all seem like classic RPGs, the Hellish Dungeons Bundle! This Bundle includes 99 levels to hell, rogue’s tale, and Guy vs The Wicked and Nefarious Land. We were able to… Read More »

A Meeting in the Bends – New Pathfinder Fiction (from my campaign setting)

Original Image for Scavengers logo by: zen zen Sutherland A few weeks ago, I told you guys about Joseph Devon, an author friend of mine . Well, I have introduced him to the dark and inescapable time sink that is playing RPGs. We had our first session of  a new Pathfinder campaign on Sunday and he was inspired by what we did. So inspired, in fact, that …

Review: Ultimate Magic for Pathfinder

Ultimate Combat is the latest sourcebook from Paizo Publishing for the Pathfinder RPG.  So, what is it?  Basically it’s a big ol’ hardcover book full of options for magic characters, as well as a completely new and optional spell system called Words of Power. The art throughout the book is up to Pathfinder standards, which means it’s very nice overall.  The book …

V20: Everything Old is New Again

In case you haven’t heard, White Wolf Publishing is releasing a special 20th anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade , which compiles all of the Clans, Bloodlines and Disciplines into one book and updates the game to more modern day.  I’ve been thinking about this since the announcement last week and what it means to me. You see, while Vampire wasn’t …

V20: Everything Old is New Again

In case you haven’t heard, White Wolf Publishing is releasing a special 20th anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade , which compiles all of the Clans, Bloodlines and Disciplines into one book and updates the game to more modern day.  I’ve been thinking about this since the announcement last week and what it means to me. You see, while Vampire wasn’t the first RPG …

Earthdawn Puzzle #5 – Cathay

Last day in February and to remind you of the upcoming Cathay books (shipping date March 2011, according to Mongoose) I decided to entertain you with a puzzle again. 77 pieces await you! Rotate the…

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…

Play(er) Review: Dragon Age RPG

I have a tendency to spend a lot of time “behind the screen”.  I get the new games, I spend far too much of my free time reading them, and I come up with stories to play and run at the game table.  In the reviews I’ve done for this site, I have been opposite parties of intrepid adventurers, time travelers, and…

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…

Review: Grimm

Grimm, from Fantasy Flight Games ,  is a game with a somewhat interesting premise:  you are a normal modern-day kid that gets stuck in a fairy tale. No, Grimm isn’t a “big name” like the World of Darkness or D&D, and that’s kind of a shame. The Product The .pdf is a 238 page product and is also available in hardcover, dead-tree edition.  Part of the book is in …

Corporate Gamers: Battle Report

Recently, I ended an ongoing class designed to build skills used in a corporate environment.  The techniques and focuses learned were to improve a worker’s capability to innovate, to recognize communication styles, and presentation methods.  All of which, oddly enough, are valuable skills for a Game Master to learn.  When I took my Presentation class, I used the opportunity…

Play Review: Interface Zero

In the year 2088, the interface has been eliminated.  The Tendril Access Processor creates a direct link to the brain, downloading the user’s entire consciousness to a virtual-scape known as The Deep .  This is Interface Zero , this is Savage Cyberpunk. Booting Up Interface Zero has been waiting in my rpg queue and calling to me since the day I got it.  …

Communist Sandbox Redux

Well, I tried and tried to find my backups but apparently they were on my larger portable hard drive, which got stolen at my old roommates job. Bummer. So I’m trying to recreate some of my better posts. The title of this post is in no way an…

Salad Bowl! The game you don’t need to buy to play

Here’s a fun game to play with 8 or more of your closest friends.  It won’t cost you much more than your time provided you own all of the components, which you probably do. Salad Bowl! Required to play: 1. A salad bowl. 2. Paper. 3. Pens. 4. An egg timer, or stop watch. Preparing to play: 1. Set up teams. To make things more fun, put SO’s on…

Review: Enemies of the Empire

I have a philosophy about RPGs, and that philosophy is, for a game to feel “right,” it needs three things:  a set of core rules, at least one book devoted to antagonists and at least one book devoted to “toys;” additional character options, tools, spells and so on. Enemies of the Empire is the antagonist book for Legend of the Five Rings…

Review: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition

The latest edition of the RPG Legend of the Five Rings is out and, being one of the few major RPGs that I’ve never owned, I decided to finally take the plunge and get it. The pretty artwork didn’t hurt, either. The book itself is a massive 400 page full-color hardback tome.  The margins are rather wide, but rather than detract from the book, it actually makes …

Castle Ravenloft (the Boardgame)

Do you like boardgames with a lot of pieces?  Do you like D&D?  Do you like Ravenloft?  Then you will probably be pretty pleased with this board game! In case you don’t know, Castle Ravenloft is a board game produced by Wizards of the Coast, the same guys that bring you Dungeons & Dragons.  The game is loosely based on an old AD&D module of the same name…

Cleric Token Set Review

Last March, the table-top gaming world was pleased to learn that Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine were teaming up to release a new line of accessories for the Dungeons and Dragons game. I’ve used Gale Force Nine products in the past, particularly during my miniature painting and kit-bashing phase. I’ve always found the quality of their tools be great and I was eager when …

D&D 4th Edition Essentials…Essential?

Having recently picked up the Rules Compendium and Heroes of the Fallen Lands for D&D, a part of their Essentials line, the question of course begs to be asked:  How Essential is it?  The answer, dear readers, lies in this article. What is the Rules Compendium?  It’s one of the 10 D&D “Essentials” products for the 4th edition of Dungeons …

Play Review of Warrior, Rogue and Mage

This weekend I had an opportunity to sit down and play a new game you might not have heard of yet, but it is definitely something to put on your radar. Background Warrior, Rogue and Mage is written by Michael Wolf of the Stargazer’s World Blog for Stargazer Games .  About a month ago he released it as a 100% free …