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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…

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 …

Rifts Lawsuit Settlement? Call Your Shot.

Good afternoon, dear Internet. It appears that it may be a great day for fans of Rifts, but we don’t yet know any details. It was reported today on the amazing livingdice.com that the Trion Worlds versus Palladium Books legal battle may have finally come to a close. If you’re just joining us and don’t want to go through the whole story as I lay it out…

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 …

40K Rogue Trader’s Rising Star

A quick hit today, as I frantically attend to matters of business across the real world and Internet. This absolutely deserves a post, however, so I will proceed. Jason Marker, the man behind Motor City Gamewerks , is one of my very dearest friends on the planet. Despite our close personal and professional associations, he has somehow managed to rise above and continues to impress in the freelance game design …

Thinking Like An Artist

I always loved to draw, and I guess I still do, but my problem is that I can never get that image in my head to appear properly on the paper. It seems like it should be such an easy thing to do, but it’s one of those genes that I just don’t have, like caring about cars or understanding the appeal of reality television. Luckily, there are…

Thinking Like An Artist

I always loved to draw, and I guess I still do, but my problem is that I can never get that image in my head to appear properly on the paper. It seems like it should be such an easy thing to do, but it’s one of those genes that I just don’t have, like caring about cars or understanding the appeal of reality television. Luckily, there are …

Discussion: Gaming With Family

It’s been a while since we had an old-fashioned discussion here on Jason Richards cannot be trusted , so I thought that today would be as good a day as any to take a stab at another one. I was a little curious as to exactly how many readers here regularly game with family. Do you game with a spouse? Kids? Siblings? Parents? I know…

Qucik Hit: My Fantasy Writing Retreat

Ah, to be alone with my pen As my writing “to do” list picks up and the day job continues to pile on its burdens, I find myself fantasizing about getting away from it all. I’ve often wanted to just take a week off, get out of the house with nothing but a stack of notebooks and a box of…

The Ensemble Cast Of Characters In RPGs

What if you’re not just a one-character kind of guy (or girl, if any of you mythical female gamers are reading)? The role-playing hobby teaches us that we should create a character and hold on to it, pouring ourselves into that stat sheet and working hard toward achieving that character’s hopes, dreams, and goals. We become incredibly attached to these fictional people because, most of …

Read My New Comic Book Online, TODAY!

What an amazing day! I’m very pleased to announce the online release of my new comic book, The Uniques Tales #5: Around the World . I’m grinning from ear to ear as I read the final product, and I can’t be more thrilled. I was approached some time ago, probably six months or more, about writing an installment of an ongoing project for the dynamic team of Adam Withers…

Train-Wreck: Some Of My RPG Writing Failures

Some things go horribly, horribly wrong. Actually, make that most things. Despite my best efforts, I have often fallen short of the mark on a number of my RPG-writing endeavors. Let’s turn the spotlight on some of my blunders and broken promises, shall we? Read on for more. Destinations I have a fairly unique skill set and knowledge base …

Hypothetical: Buying A Custom Campaign

This came up in the discussion from earlier this week about how much players should know about a given game session, be it the adventure, the stats for monsters, the layout of the dungeon, etc. With how accessible game information is to players, be it online or in soucebooks that a given player is likely to own, the theoretical was raised about having a…

Trion Adding Insult to Injury?

Trion is now just trying to mess with Palladium’s collective head. I just read over at mmorpg.com about the new character class for Rift: Planes of Telera, the upcoming MMO game that has resulted in legal battles with Palladium Books. What’s this new class? The Rift Walker. Of course, to fans of Palladium’s Rifts RPG, this invokes the imagery of the iconic Ley …