Tag Archives: random musings

Chimera Basic is out! Get it now for free!

Tweet The Welsh Piper just released his latest RPG: Chimera Basic. Like Chimera 2.0 it’s a rules-lite RPG that can be used in any genre. Chimera Basic is a 42-paged PDF which is a fully-playable preview of the upcoming Chimera 3.0 game. The Basic PDF is free for a limited time, so you should get it now ! Here are a few features of Chimera Basic, copied from the …

The dice are falling!

Tweet RANT WARNING! The following post contains hyperbole, conjecture and unfounded opinions. Read at your own peril. These days there is a lot of speculation about the death of the pen and paper RPG industry. Those who see the glass half empty make some excellent points about units sold and speculate whether RPGs remain a viable business. Those who see the glass…

Eclipse Phase – A Study in Philanthropy

Tweet If you are even remotely interested in Science Fiction roleplaying games, you might have heard about Eclipse Phase by Posthuman Studios . It’s set in a future where being human is quite different from what it used to be. People’s mind can be transferred to clones or android bodies. Body modification by surgery, bioware or cyberware is common. If you are rich enough, even death…

The State of the Industry and SPIEL

Tweet On last Saturday I attended SPIEL, the international game and toy fair in Essen, Germany. It’s the largest consumer fair of its kind with over 150,000 people attending every year. Especially this year roleplaying game fans in Germany have noticed that there were less RPG publishers at SPIEL than last year and theorized that the RPG hobby is in the decline. For various reasons this contradicts what I…

Infinities

Tweet Roleplaying game settings based on an existing book, movie or computer game franchise can be either a boon or a curse. On the one hand you usually get a fully fleshed-out world which your players are already familiar with. When you play a Star Wars game for example, you don’t need to explain what a Jedi, a blaster or a snow speeder is. After explaining the …

Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin

Tweet It’s been months since Gen Con and I still haven’t read all the books I’ve picked up there, let alone reviewed them. One of the books that impressed me most in August was Reality Blurs ’ Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin , a fantasy setting for Savage Worlds written by Sean Preston.  At first glance it might look like a run-of-the-mill “feudal Japan…

Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin

Tweet It’s been months since Gen Con and I still haven’t read all the books I’ve picked up there, let alone reviewed them. One of the books that impressed me most in August was Reality Blurs ’ Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin , a fantasy setting for Savage Worlds written by Sean Preston.  At first glance it might look like a run-of-the-mill “feudal …

Some thoughts on SPIEL ‘10

Tweet On Saturday my girlfriend and I accompanied some friends to the world’s biggest consumer fair for gaming, the SPIEL in Essen, Germany. On over 44,100 square meters, all kinds of games are shown, sold and played. From what I’ve heard approximately 152,000 people visit SPIEL every year, which makes it five times larger than this year’s Gen Con. And from what I’ve experienced this…

Guillotine

Tweet Generally my Dungeons & Dragons game starts at 1:30pm on Saturdays. Sometimes not everyone can make it. Sometimes enough people can’t make it that we opt out of D&D all together for some other game to play. Last weekend was one of those days for me. The game we chose to play was a pick by my Fiancé’s. It was …

Dungeonslayers in the pub

Tweet Yesterday I had the opportunity to run a session of the upcoming 4th edition of Dungeonslayers at our regular RPG pub meeting . We actually had two groups with four and three players respectively. The second group was run by my friend Mirko. While I have run DS before, it was Mirko’s first time. But I have to admit he put a bit…

Stargazer’s World Book Club reminder…

Tweet We are past the half of the month and consequently past the half way point of our first book club reading. As posted at the beginning of this month the official selection for our first virtual book club discussion was the DC Adventures RPG. By the end of the month I’ll write a post about my initial impression of…

Lapsus Calumni

Tweet Lapsus Calumni is the title of M.S. Jackson’s internet fanzine and its accompanying blog. His more recent fanzine issues contained great material for Warrior, Rogue & Mage . Lapsus Calumni #5 – The Head of Gazoul Lapsus Calumni #6 – Goblyn Grotte Each of these fanzine issues (in PPDF format) contain a short story as introduction, and some high quality roleplaying material. In the…

Dawn of a New Age, Part 5

Tweet Well here we are the last installment of my experiment at using the blog to share the introduction I wrote for my upcoming superhero game. I am happy with the way it turned out. I had some corrections to do on the posts as they were published; it’s never easy to edit your own writings. I hope you liked it, my players are still digesting the …

Dawn of a New Age, Part 4

Tweet Greetings dear readers! This is part four of the introduction I recently wrote for my next campaign. A supers game in a world where no superpowers existed before, but a strange incident has occurred. The world will soon be a very different place. What will the players make of this? What sort of characters will they create to be part of this brand new dawn? …

Return of the Immortals

Tweet Note: The contents of this post first appeared at Polyhedral Dreams in two parts. This collated post has been slightly edited. It began with a dream. I had found a new group to game with, and to my pleased surprise they were running a game of classic D&D’s Immortals — the godlike beings of the setting. While I was rolling…

Dawn of a New Age, Part 3

Tweet This is the part three of the fiction I wrote for my new supers campaign. Over the previous two days I’ve published the first two installments. This is something new for me; I’m sharing this with the readership of the blog at the same time I’m showing it to my players. I figured it would be a great way …

Dawn of a New Age, Part 2

Tweet This is the second part of the fiction I wrote as an introduction to my upcoming superhero campaign. The first part is posted here . You dear readers are getting to experience this for the same time along with my players. I hope you like it! I f you have any feedback, positive or negative, I’d love to hear it…

Gaming finds!

Tweet For quite some time I could not understand the appeal of antiquing and the TV shows about it. Likewise some of you may find the idea of shopping for bargains at discount stores unpalatable and would do anything to avoid being dragged by your significant other to either of the aforementioned activities. But what role player worth his weight in gold pieces would refuse the opportunity to hunt…

Strands of Fate

Tweet Strands of Fate is a heavily modified version  of the FATE rules written by Mike McConnell. The idea behind Strands of Fate was to create a streamlined version of FATE which can be used to run games in any genre. The 471-paged PDF is now available directly from the author for $10 right now, but it should appear on DriveThruRPG soon. Here’s a …

Dawn of a New Age, Part 1

Tweet This is the first installment of my experiment at sharing with you, our dear reader, some of the fiction I have written for my upcoming supers game. You, along with my players, will be discovering details about the upcoming campaign. My hope is that it generates some discussion, and I can get some feedback from my players and the readers of Stargazer’s …