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Build an Essentials Rogue, today!

The preview of the final build from the D&D Essentials line is up, and I’m geekgasming that this is (drumroll please……) The Thief . Yes folks, the Thief is back . For too long have the lightly armoured sneaky types belaboured under the misnomer of “Rogue”. Time to reclaim their true title and status as Thieves. Whether there’s forty of them breaking into a Sultan’s palace or one trying…

Warrior, Rogue & Mage is “Free Product of the Week” at DriveThruRPG and other updates

Wow, it has been just a few days since release but it seem I’ve hit a nerve with my free fantasy game “ Warrior, Rogue & Mage ”. Yesterday’s newsletter by DriveThruRPG lists WR&M as “Free Product of the Week”! I can’t put it in proper words how excited I am about all this. And believe it or not, my little game has been “bought” 1024 times now! This …

It’s hard to be a reviewer

Sometimes it’s not easy to be a reviewer of RPG products. If you’ve followed my blog for some time now, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve written quite a few of those in my time. The category “ Reviews & First Looks ” lists 94 posts. This is quite a lot and in most cases these have been based on a read …

Remembering A Legend

Gary Gygax, was a writer and game designer. In the 1960s Gygax founded Gen Con . In 1971 he help develop the war game Chainmail. He co-founded the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR) , and in 1974 Gary Gygax along with Dave Arneson created the legendary Role Playing Game, Dungeons & Dragons . As players of the role playing games we all owe a great debt to Gary…

Inuktitut Scrabble

There are Eskimo games ( here and here ), and games about Eskimoes , and even a company called Little Eskimo Games , but this may be the first game which promotes the Eskimo language. Janet McGrath of the Ikajuqtigiit Society in Cambridge Bay developed an Inuktitut version of Scrabble. She’s not yet producing it professionally, but copies have been sent around to Inuit centers across Canada…

Inuktitut Scrabble

There are Eskimo games ( here and here ), and games about Eskimoes , and even a company called Little Eskimo Games , but this may be the first game which promotes the Eskimo language. Janet McGrath of the Ikajuqtigiit Society in Cambridge Bay developed an Inuktitut version of Scrabble. She’s not yet producing it professionally, but copies have been sent around to …

Jakks Pacific Outperforms

Jakks Pacific has had a number of bad quarters, and it’s founder Jack Friedman recently stepped down and subsequently passed away. It managed to secure a $20 million payout from THQ after losing the WWE license. In the latest quarter, sales were down $22 to $123 million from the same quarter last year. However, income was $3 million, which includes a payout to Jack’s estate, compared…

Jakks Pacific Outperforms

Jakks Pacific has had a number of bad quarters, and it’s founder Jack Friedman recently stepped down and subsequently passed away. It managed to secure a $20 million payout from THQ after losing the WWE license. In the latest quarter, sales were down $22 to $123 million from the same quarter last year. However, income was $3 million, which includes a payout to…

Queen Elizabeth II Plays Carcassonne (*)

(*) Or, a least, one of her family or entourage does. For their vacation, someone in the queen’s entourage packed some jigsaw puzzles and the board games Articulate! and Carcassonne , as discovered in a picture shot through the window. Go Queen. ( source , image by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Queen Elizabeth II Plays Carcassonne (*)

(*) Or, a least, one of her family or entourage does. For their vacation, someone in the queen’s entourage packed some jigsaw puzzles and the board games Articulate! and Carcassonne , as discovered in a picture shot through the window. Go Queen. ( source , image by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

RPGNow’s Christmas in July sale

You can check out the whole list of items here .

Mattel Loses Against MGA in Appeal Over Bratz, Pokemon Sues Beckett

In a stunning overturn by the court of appeals, Mattel has lost on appeal against MGA Entertainment in the fight over Bratz dolls, the first drawings of which were done by Carter Bryant while he was still working for Mattel. The court essentially said that, while the first drawings were misappropriated, that doesn’t give Mattel rights to the hundreds of millions of dollars of…

Looks like it is ENnie time again

ENnie activity is starting again as we get closer to Gen Con this August 4th through the 8th. I just recieved an email newsletter from Lone Wolf Development and it looks like it might be up for an ENnie for Hero Lab. Woo hoo! I use Hero Lab to help build Pathfinder Characters for my

Game Industry and Pimping Roundup

Industry Mattel nearly doubles its profits (Toy Story 3) from last year’s 2nd quarter, yet they still fall below estimates. ( source ) Profits $51.6 million, revenues $1.02 billion. Hasbro’s profits climbed to $43.6 million from $39.3 million in last year’s 2nd quarter. Revenues down ($737.8 million), but costs were down further. ( source ) Meanwhile, video games are down again . …

Coming soon: DM-to-DM

I am starting a new, regular weekly column this week which will be aimed primarily at new DMs. Each article will provide tips and ideas on how to construct and run a successful D&D campaign, using real examples pulled from my ongoing campaigns. I’ll also include a list of web resources and references to help support the advice offered in the column. The goal…

Purple Pawn Joins the TGN Bloggers Network

Tabletop Gaming News is a fantastic site covering a large swath of the miniatures and war gaming market, and they have just launched a TGN Blog Network , with excerpts from over 41 blogs to start with. I expect that number to grow quickly. Purple Pawn’s wargames and miniatures posts feed to the TGN Blog Network. As a reminder, our RPG-related posts already feed to the RPG Bloggers

Donate to Doctors Without Borders and have a chance to win a 40k Army!

The Dave Taylor Miniatures Blog is running an AWESOME promotion and charity event contest. They are giving away an entire hand painted Warhammer 40k army in the style of the Storm Wardens , a yet to be released Space Marines Chapter coming in the new Death Watch RPG .  To enter, all you have to do is give a dollar.  Every dollar…

Another piece of art for Kidz

Check this out. Art from my upcoming Kidz RPG

Interview with Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager, Clint Black

In just the way we knew it would, Savage Worlds has commanded the interest of the readers to make an undeniably successful list of interview questions.  After serving up an appetizer of a dish with my Intro to Savage Worlds last week, I’d like to now present you with the main course, an interview with Clint Black, the Savage…

Great service from Pelgrane Press

I love this kind of email: You purchased Arkham Detective Tales from Pelgrane Press Ltd. The original version included more typos than we were happy with, and did not include an adventure set in Arkham. There is an updated version available with a new adventure, The King’s Men, available for free download from your order page. Simon Rogers Pelgrane Press Ltd It’s stuff like …