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Iron Age FRP Mini Review + Discount Link !

Iron Age is a game I mentioned back in a previous post, and the author has set his sight on a determined path of constant updating and bettering of his book. This tabletop rpg is set around 1st BC, or 727 Roman. Though the historical based game is based in Europe, the races you can play still may… Read More »

Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 3)

We’ve reached the third and last installment of my end-of-year review and reflection of the after-school club’s activities.  In this part I’ll talk a little about the observations I’ve made about the play of the various groups and list out the games I’m planning on introducing next year. Different games = different…

I’ve contributed to the Bulldogs! kickstarter

I just bought in to supporting the Bulldogs! kickstarter project . I love Fate and the game looks really great, from a talented designer. However, I’ve only gone with the $10 PDF option because the $50 level where you receive a book seems quite overpriced: Bulldogs! will be a 168-page, full color hardcover; in contrast, The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story is a 416-page, full color hardcover which …

I’ve contributed to the Bulldogs! kickstarter

I just bought in to supporting the Bulldogs! kickstarter project . I love Fate and the game looks really great, from a talented designer. However, I’ve only gone with the $10 PDF option because the $50 level where you receive a book seems quite overpriced: Bulldogs! will be a 168-page, full color hardcover; in contrast, The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story is a 416-page, …

Preordered Pelgrane Press’s Ashen Stars

Okay, so I’m a sucker for just about anything Pelgrane puts out, especially when it comes to Gumshoe, but of all the games have proven to be worth the price so I decided to preorder Ashen Stars . I’m definitely planning on using this next school year with the the after-school club, but maybe I’ll even get my home group…

Played “A Penny for my Thoughts” with the after-school club

Today we tried out Paul Tevis’s A Penny for My Thoughts at the gaming club and the students really liked it. The game was a little slow getting started, and like many of these games I had to act as both a player and facilitator to demonstrate and model how the storytelling process worked, but the players all picked it up reasonably fast. The biggest challenge was…

Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple raises $24k+ on Kickstarter

The Kickstarter for Daniel Solis’s game Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple finished up last night having raised $24,383 which is about six times what he originally set out to raise. Check out the page here .

Burning Wheel RPG Gold Edition preorder?

Check out what is up on Paizo’s webstore .

I have my advance PDF copy of the Fiasco Companion and it’s awesome

I received my complementary advance PDF of the upcoming Fiasco Companion – I had the great honor of having an interview with me included in the book – and it’s awesome. The book looks great, is filled with tons of useful advice for both running the game and creating your own playsets, and includes four new playsets including the fantastic  Fiasco High playset …

A follow-up for my Montsegur 1244 review

I failed to mention that Thoughtful Games, the game’s publisher, has also recently put out a free expansion to the game which adds more character, scene, and story cards. You can find out more information here.

Review – Montsegur 1244

Montsegur 1244 is a story-telling roleplaying game inspired by the historical events that surrounded the siege of a castle located in southwestern France. In it, each player adopts the role of one of the castle’s inhabitants, with the group exploring the time period of the siege in a series of acts that span a single session of 3-6 hours. It is a GM-less game and prep-…

Stealing Cthulhu preorder fundraiser now open

Graham Walmsley, author of Play Unsafe and The Dying of St Margaret’s (and others),  has now started his indigogo fundraiser to help handle preorders and funding for his upcoming book Stealing Cthulhu , which is a system-agnostic guide to telling H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror. It looks really great and at the lowest funding level ($28, shipped) is a good value. I&#…

Crazy, cool Dresden Files RPG book cover

This is rebind of the Dresden Files RPG is amazing. In case you’re wondering, yes, the runes actually do glow. Definitely check out the others in the gallery too, because there are some amazing rebinds of games like Fiasco and Burning Wheel as well.

Review – Fiasco

Fiasco is a game about plans gone awry, bad decisions made worse, and stupid people doing even stupider things. Okay, so that’s not exactly true because while it may have been inspired by movies like Fargo and A Simple Plan, it turns out that Fiasco is capable of a lot more thanks to the brilliant way playsets interact with the core Fiasco rules. The result …

Review: Lady Blackbird – Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder

Lady Blackbird is an award-winning, free RPG written and illustrated by John Harper. The 15-page PDF is an all-in-one RPG which consists of the rules, setting, characters and situation for a complete gaming experience typically lasting for one to two sessions. The scenario is set in a very evocative steampunk/sci-fi setting that is clearly influenced…

Our first “Story Game Friday” session went well

Myself and a couple of the regulars from my Sunday game decided in 2011 we would start meeting one Friday per month to play a few of the multitude of story-oriented RPGs I have amassed over the past few years. For our first session we chose Fiasco using the Transatlantic playset. The result was a really interesting story that had nothing to do with icebergs but instead revolved around…

Review – A tale of 3 Fudge dice sets

This is a review of three different sets of Fudge dice – two made by Grey Ghost Press (the GM’s Pack and the new Olympic set) and one made by Evil Hat Productions (the Wizard set). A Brief Overview of Fudge Dice For those not familiar with Fudge dice, these are 6-sided dice with two faces marked with a +, two …

A couple of photos from our Dresden Files game

City Dossier Character Dossier

Review – Dust Devils Revenged

Dust Devils is a rules-light storytelling game that focuses on tales of redemption in the Old West. The elegant system both cleaves close to the source material (poker hands for task resolution!) and does a great job generating stories of inner demons and redemption. It takes role-playing in several unusual directions, but it is sufficiently clever that everyone should…

Review – Dust Devils Revenged

Dust Devils is a rules-light storytelling game that focuses on tales of redemption in the Old West. The elegant system both cleaves close to the source material (poker hands for task resolution!) and does a great job generating stories of inner demons and redemption. It takes role-playing in several unusual directions, but it is sufficiently clever that everyone should at least…