Tag Archives: random musings

Crazy Campaign Chronicles: Childhood toys…

Introductory note: I wrote a previous post on this series about those crazy ideas one gets for campaigns and never gets to plays. This is a little different because I got to try to play with this idea but it never took off. I still have hopes for this idea. This is a little rantish, proceed at your own peril, you have been warned. I …

“Spanish, Spanish, Spanish saving throw, Spanish”: Role-Playing in different languages

Recently I had a tweet exchange with Shaun and Michael about which language we role-played in, and Shaun wrote an excellent post about languages in RPG games here in the blog last week. However our exchange made me think about languages on the other side of the equation, or the screen so to speak, the language we speak as we play. I am well aware that role-playing…

“Spanish, Spanish, Spanish saving throw, Spanish”: Role-Playing in different languages

Recently I had a tweet exchange with Shaun and Michael about which language we role-played in, and Shaun wrote an excellent post about languages in RPG games here in the blog last week. However our exchange made me think about languages on the other side of the equation, or the screen so to speak, the language we speak as we play. I am well aware that role-…

Communication Breakdown: Language in RPGs

The other night I got my hands on a copy of Rogue Trader , one of the Warhammer 40,000 role-playing games released by Fantasy Flight Games . Naturally, the most immediate way to give the system a once-over was to craft a character (a Forge World Explorator, if you must know). I liked what I saw, and recommend giving the game …

My thoughts on PDF pricing and print + PDF bundles

In Youseph’s recent unboxing post the subject of PDF pricing came up again. He criticized that Troll Lord Games doesn’t provide free (or at least cheap) PDFs with the purchase of the hardbound books. In his reply ( Editor’s note :  the thread the reply was in got deleted, so the link is not working anymore ) to that, Troll Lord Games CEO said, that …

Mass Effect and Ashen Stars – Could this work?

From time to time I get the urge to run a SF campaign using the setting presented in the Mass Effect series of computer/video games. The game series has been critically been praised for it’s graphics, gameplay and story, but also for the extremely deep and detailed background. The ingame Codex contains a lot of information about known space, alien species…

Mass Effect and Ashen Stars – Could this work?

From time to time I get the urge to run a SF campaign using the setting presented in the Mass Effect series of computer/video games. The game series has been critically been praised for it’s graphics, gameplay and story, but also for the extremely deep and detailed background. The ingame Codex contains a lot of information about known space, alien species, technology, and history. I found it especially…

First Impressions: Caladon Falls

Although Caladon Falls and Savage Suzerain have been around for a while now, I was pretty much oblivious of the Savage Suzerain product line. From what I gather, Savage Suzerain starts where normal Savage Worlds campaigns end. In Savage Worlds the highest rank you can attain is Legendary. In Savage Suzerain this is when things really start getting interesting. So Suzerain …

Plastic Crack is Wack!

As I’ve said before , miniatures in my games a relatively new addition, only since 2001 when we started playing Dungeons & Dragons 3 rd edition. I was not weaned into gaming through minis; I did not migrate from wargames to RPGs, instead I jumped right into gaming and was pretty much self-taught, so I never used miniatures. In fact I resisted! When D&D 3 rd edition came out I realized the …

Ask The Readers: What is your favorite “noir” RPG?

Last weekend I have played L.A. Noire the latest video game created by Rockstar Games and Team Bondi. The game tells the story of LAPD detective and WW2 hero Cole Phelps. It’s set into the late 1940s and shares a lot of tropes with movies from the “film noir” genre. And as it is often the case playing the video game made me think …

How we buy games… A retrospective!

This week I purchased some digital RPG supplements in PDF, pre-ordered a book, and I got home today (Saturday) from the Puerto Rico Comic Con (shameless plug) to find a box from Amazon with the copy of Traveller by Mongoose Publishing . As I sat down with the book to reminisce about that system in particular (and that’s a whole other post, and hopefully…

How we buy games… A retrospective!

This week I purchased some digital RPG supplements in PDF, pre-ordered a book, and I got home today (Saturday) from the Puerto Rico Comic Con (shameless plug) to find a box from Amazon with the copy of Traveller by Mongoose Publishing . As I sat down with the book to reminisce about that system in particular (and that’s a whole…

RPG Blogging 101: Be different!

As someone mentioned in the comments section of the second post in the series , the RPG blogosphere feels pretty saturated right now. The RPG Bloggers Network alone has over 300 member blogs and the RPGBN itself is only a small part of the whole RPG blogosphere. Even if you follow all the tips I’ve given so far, you might still have a …

The pros of Cons!

Last weekend I attended a convention. This was not a gaming convention per se; we haven’t had that down in Puerto Rico to the best of my knowledge. I remember hearing about a gaming convention being held at the Universidad de Puerto Rico around 1990 or 1991. Back then I had just started going out with my first girlfriend and let’s be realistic, hormones trumps gaming. If anybody from …

Weird West Roleplaying Game

A couple of days ago Stuart Robertson released his extremely rules-light “ Weird West Roleplaying Game ”. Like the name suggests its meant for “weird western worlds of cowboys, kung-fu, magic and otherworldly malevolence”. For just 1$ (at DriveThruRPG ) you get the game in two PDF versions: one for viewing on your PC, tablet PC or smartphone and a special PocketMod version for printing. The rules…

What about Advanced Feats: The Inquisitor’s Edge? A review…

All good things must come to an end! Such is the case with the Advanced Feats PDFs, a great series of supplements for the classes introduced in the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player’s Handbook . All written by Sigfried Trent , each has thirty new feats useful to the class covered in the specific installment, but, with very few exceptions, often useful to other classes. …

Help a friend…

A friend, fellow member of Puerto Rico Role Players and all around swell guy Rallaster, has been working on new base classes for the Pathfinder RPG. I’ve been looking over his creations, the Mystic Knight and the Shadow Knight , both in beta versions in his blog . He’s looking for constructive criticism on these classes, so if you like the Pathfinder…

What’s going on at the RPMN?

As you know I usually don’t rant on this blog, but sometimes there are things that rub me the wrong way. This is one of those rare cases… Some of you might still remember when Berin Kinsman announced the Role Play Media Network . In my first blog post about it I called it “ a social network for gamers done right! ” For the first few months the …

Building better characters

One of the most important steps when starting a new game is creating characters. If you are interested in the full roleplaying experience, creating your character is much more complex than just “picking a guy”. Even if the process of creating your character’s stats is pretty simple and straightforward (like in many rules-light or old-school games), the character creation doesn’t…

My experiences with Fudge

Last Friday I ran my first game of Fudge . An old friend visited me and asked me to run a roleplaying game since he hasn’t played in ages. At first he showed some interest in Esoterrorists, but then he told me that he would love to play the one-page dungeon I wrote for the 2009 One Page Dungeon Contest. “The Horror Of Leatherbury House” is a short …