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Quick Hits: 2011 Tasks

I never got around to doing this in the last couple of weeks since 2011 has stormed in, but I have a few minutes here during my lunch break, so I thought I would ramble on about what is to come here on the blog, and for Jason Richards Publishing. 2010 was great, and saw some good things happen. Wrote a little for Palladium, turned in my manuscript for Chaos Earth: …

Quick Hits: 2011 Tasks

I never got around to doing this in the last couple of weeks since 2011 has stormed in, but I have a few minutes here during my lunch break, so I thought I would ramble on about what is to come here on the blog, and for Jason Richards Publishing. 2010 was great, and saw some good things happen. Wrote a little …

Pathfinder: My First Experience

2011 has brought two new campaigns to my group.  One of them, which started Friday, is Pathfinder.  While I played D&D 3.x since it was released, I had never played or run Pathfinder until now. After running the group through 4e Heroic and Paragon Tier, I was feeling a bit bogged down by all the tactical game play and drawn out combats that…

Palladium Rules Round Table 3: Skill List Overload

Preparing for skill selection feels like this Goal #1 for today’s blog installment? Keep it to fewer than 100,000 words. It seems somehow wrong to ramble overly long about trimming the fat out of what many feel is a bloated system, so I’ll dive right in. Skill overload There are tons of skills in the Palladium system. Hundreds of them occupy scores of pages in core rulebooks, …

Palladium Rules Round Table 2: Skill Failure And Success

Time to learn. About skills. As we move forward in our discussion about various dice mechanics in various Palladium Books games, our spotlight falls on a fairly large hot-button item: skills. While most elements of Palladium’s system (and, in fact, the system of any publisher) have fans and detractors, skills have perhaps the widest variety of complaints. Today, I think we’ll talk principally about the actual mechanics of how…

Palladium Rules Round Table 1: The Importance Of Mechanics

Gather round, friends and neighbors, as I begin this first discussion by standing on this conveniently placed soapbox. I promise the speech portion of this discussion will be short, then we’ll get into the back-and-forth of honest Internet conversation. I just think that I should firmly establish a few positions, so everyone knows where I’m coming from as we begin this academic journey together. If, when I…

Palladium Game Mechanics: What Shall We Discuss?

Time to dissect.

Retro-gaming, actual play podcast now on iTunes

You can now grab and/or subscribe to our retro-gaming, actual play podcast right from iTunes ! As of now we have exactly one episode online, which spans over two hours of gaming.  Our game of choice?  Palladium Fantasy RPG, circa 1985.  1st edition – which means no MDC, no glitter boy integration and more of the experiences our 15 year old selves had playing…

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 …

Five Underrated RPGs

There are always games that are cool, but aren’t as well-known as the “big guys.”  I present to you five of my favorite, most underrated RPGs, in no particular order. 1.  Palladium Fantasy RPG Yes, the Palladium house system has issues; it’s in serious need of an upgrade for one.  Yes, some of the Palladium worlds are very unbalanced and suffer from bloat …

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

Recapturing the Magic – a serious argument for gaming like you’re 12 years old

One of my earliest clear memories of role playing in any form is of running a few friends through an AD&D adventure.  We were 12 years old and having the time of our lives. I know that one of our characters was a 44th level Dwarven Wizard.  I also know that we had access to the most powerful spell we&#…

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…

Games done right: Lessons from Force Unleashed

For starters, let me clarify that this blog post is about the original Force Unleashed, not the newly-released sequel. If it seems weird that I’m talking about a game that has been on the market for two years, you must be new to the blog. I never played Guitar Hero in any incarnation until about nine months ago . I’m still occasionally working on unlocking everything in the 2006 …

Metagame, RPG Web Series

Via Reddit.com/r/rpg , I just discovered a great new gamer web series called Metagame, that focuses on the out of character comedy that transpires at a typical game table, with little dips into character done in some fun, cheesy cartoons. Their first episode, below, is the best place to start.  Though it’s only picking up in the latest episodes, these short little tabletop humor vignettes actually…