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An ICONic interview: Steve Kenson!

As part of my love for all things ICONS I recently contacted the author, Steve Kenson for an interview about the game and superhero role playing games in general. Steve was kind enough to answer my questions quickly despite his busy schedule and was an all around great guy!  I want to publicly thank him for taking the time and for …

First Impressions: DC Adventures

As soon as it was available, I decided to preorder the DC Adventures Hero’s Handbook from Green Ronin Publishing. Although I never actually had the chance to run a superhero game I really like the genre. I very much enjoyed reading Mutants & Masterminds, and since DC Adventures is our first chance to have a look at the new M&M 3rd edition rules, I decided to give it a …

Freebies: Marvel Super Heroes

Recently the interest in superhero RPG is rising again. The recent release of ICONS made a lot of gamer extremely happy, DC and Green Ronin cooperate to bring us DC Adventures , there will be a 3rd edition of Mutants & Masterminds and BASH! Ultimate Edition just got nominated for the ENnies. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. One of the all-time classic …

Review: Legends of Steel – Savage Worlds Edition

There are campaign settings for Savage World for almost every genre. One genre I’ve been missing for some time was Swords & Sorcery. But luckily Jeff Mejia aka EvilDM released Legends of Steel in a Savage Worlds edition some time ago. I recently had the chance to check it out as he now sells his works on DriveThruRPG now. The 70-paged PDF is truely a great introduction into …

Video Review: Fantasy Craft

On the weekend I finally sat down and tried to record a video review of Fantasy Craft . I am using the word “try” because the result is probably not the best review possible but it works as a proof of concept.  The text I am spoken was pretty much improvised on the spot, there has been some glaring editing errors and after watching the video …

Video Review: Fantasy Craft

On the weekend I finally sat down and tried to record a video review of Fantasy Craft . I am using the word “try” because the result is probably not the best review possible but it works as a proof of concept.  The text I am spoken was pretty much improvised on the spot, there has been some glaring editing errors…

What about the ICONS Character Folio? A review…

I am a confessed ICONS fan, you can see my review and various character write ups ( here , here and here ), so when new products came up for sale in RPGNow I was thrilled. The new products are ICONS: The Skeleton Key , an adventure, and the ICONS Character Folio , an electronic tool to help create characters, randomly or point based. The blurb for the Character …

Is the OSR mainly driven by nostalgia?

I am not sure what got me thinking but recently I asked myself why all the retro clones have to look like they were produced back in the day? In most cases, the layout, the artwork is reminiscent of the RPG products of the 80s or even the mid to late 70s. I don’t know a single new old-school …

Soapbox Games Reviews

Moritz Mehlem, a German old-school advocate who is pretty well known for his blog “ Von der Seifenkiste herab ” and his involvement in the Labyrinth Lord community, has recently started releasing his works on DriveThruRPG / RPGNow under the “ Soapbox Games ” name. I’ve had the chance to review some of his works. Let’s start with The Adventurer , a new class for Labyrinth…

Review: End Time

Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere’s End Time is a dark vision of the future, a world where the stars where right and humanity had to abandon Earth. The book itself also had a quite tumultuous past. The basic idea came from LaBossiere’s own adventure Blood Moon which has been published in Chaosium’s Strange Aeons. Then “End Time” was meant to be published by Pagan Publishing but…

Review: Cthulhu Rising

Usually Call of Cthulhu games are set into the 1920s, the Victorian age or modern times. But there are some exceptions. This week I want to have a look at two books that help Keepers running Call of Cthulhu games in the future. Cthulhu Rising starts off as a classic SF setting. Humanity has reached the stars, FTL travel, extrasolar colonies, androids and artificial intelligence …

Other sources of inspiration for RPGs: Comics

It’s easy to list off the inspiration and influences from literature and movies on role playing games. Historically there are lists and appendixes dedicated just to this. The newly released (and excellent by the way) Pathfinder Game Mastery Guide has an updated version of a similar Appendix in the AD&D 1 st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. While I can certainly find my influences on…

Review: Hounds of G.O.D.

Hounds of G.O.D. by Adam J. Weber Games is a

Ulisses Spiele GmbH now owns TORG

According to a post on the West End Game fan forums , WEG’s Eric Gibson sold the rights to TORG to the German company Ulisses Spiele GmbH , which is known as the publisher of “Das Schwarze Auge” (aka The Dark Eye). This is definitely great news. Markus Plötz, the chief executive of Ulisses Spiele is a great fan of the game (he even uses TORG as his …

Free Stuff Friday – Firefly RPG

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This weeks Free Stuff is : Firefly RPG Here’s How It Is… The Earth got used up, and we found a new solar system and used terraforming technology to create hundreds of new Earths. The central planets formed the Alliance and decided that all worlds should unite under their rule. There was some disagreement on…

My Orcus & Me!

Today I got my Orcus, Prince of Undeath Gargantuan Figure. I was so excited to get the news that my FLGS had received it that I spent all day daydreaming about it. To the points where I remembered an old toy commercial from the late 80s for a doll for boys, My Buddy, and spent the whole day singing my version of it on my head. My …

Realms of Cthulhu Giveaway Contest

I promised you another giveaway contest and here it is! I still have one PDF copy of Reality Blurs’ excellent “ Realms of Cthulhu ” to give away. Realms of Cthulhu is a game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and uses the Savage World rules. Please note that you need a copy of the Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition to play this game. For…

Your daily dose of ICONS!

Some time ago, when I was just getting on this superhero bandwagon I wrote a post about supers, including a tool to illustrate characters called Hero Factory (Fábrica de Heroís). On that post I included some samples of characters I had illustrated using that program. Shortly after doing that I purchased the ICONS rpg and had the idea to write up these characters using the ICONS rules…

Does the GM Screen deserve to go the way of the Dodo?

I always tell myself I’m not going to buy it. But I always do and I’m consistently underwhelmed or outright disappointed! There was a time when I had a use for Game Master Screens. They offered cardboard-based defense technology from the prying eyes of my players as well as tactical displays of essential information. When I played AD&D and AD&D 2 nd edition …

Deathwatch: In-Depth Preview Video

This game sounds more intriguing every time I learn something new about it. And the new concept of “Squad Mode” vs. “Solo Mode” that’s explained in the video sounds like a very cool idea for such a game. I can’t wait to play it sometime.