Tag Archives: random musings

Preparing for Gen Con: Almost There!

I can’t believe it’s just a few days to Gen Con ! To say I am excited would be an utter understatement. Currently the emotional state I am in can only be described as a weird mixture of anticipation and sheer panic. This will be my first trip to Gen Con and the first time I ever leave Europe. Alas I am the kind of …

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 …

Character Death, woe or wow?

Last night I played a particularly long session of my weekly Pathfinder RPG game. During this game I killed a player character. Well that’s not quiet accurate. I wasn’t gunning out for him; it was a mixture of chance and strategy.  Scar, the half-orc dragon blooded sorcerer rolled a 1 on his saving throw and died from the maximized Acid Ball (the enemy wizard’s version of Fireball). This …

Sci-Fi Setting, looking for some feedback…

Unlike some of my fellow writers here in Stargazer’s World I haven’t tried my hand at designing an RPG for some years now. I must admit that meeting so many great and creative people in this community has gotten my creative juices flowing and I may just try my hand at game design in the near future. One thing I do a…

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 …

Dungeon Master Burnout… My cure!

Some context… I read a post by Chatty DM on twitter this past Sunday about him possibly taking a D&D sabbatical and ended up briefly tweeting with Greywulf about D20 burnout and how despite having been a D20 game master continuously for over 17 years I’ve avoided it. Greywulf suggested this may be a good blog post, so here it is! I’ve been a DM most of my…

Preview: Warrior, Rogue & Mage Revised Edition Part 1

For the last weeks I have been working hard to get the revised edition of WR&M done. The revised edition is currently 38-pages long, contains a lot of small fixes and clarifications and a couple of optional rules that gamemasters can use to personalize your game further. Non-human races are now supported and there are now rules for mounted combat and …

Growing the Hobby: The Horticulturist Way!

Mad Brew Labs is hosting this month’s RPG Blog Carnival and the topic is an interesting one, how to help the growth of the hobby? This is a topic I’m very interested in since over the last year I’ve tried to take an active role in the gaming community where I live. I think the best thing we as individuals can do to help the…

Atomic Highway

Recently I learned about the awesome post-apocalyptic roleplaying game Atomic Highway by reading Berin Kinsman’s review . While he’s not really into the genre, he really like the games’ mechanics and toolbox approach. I wanted to run a post-apocalyptic game for a long time, so I decided to get a copy of the game. And I haven’t regretted this decision once, not even for a second! Instead…

I Voted!

Please don’t forget to cast your vote for the 2010 ENnie Awards! I just submitted my vote. The voting polls are still open till midnight, July 25th (no idea, which timezone we’re talking about here), but voting a few days earlier than that is probably a good idea. Especially because this year the nominations have been kinda weird. Some products who IMHO should have been nominated were ignored by…

Dark Sun Light… Microlite that is!

Andrew Mordo, also known as Corvus, fellow contributor to this blog and all around nice guy put together a little gem called Dark Sun Microlite . He’s our resident Microlite expert but I’ll take a stab at doing a review of his work. Corvus is not alone in his love for Microlite, a rules light version of the D20 system that retains many of the familiar elements…

Salmon and D&D

Last Saturday I ran my weekly Dungeons & Dragons adventure. This weeks adventure was one I called “ The Royal Sword of the Elvish Plains People ” which addressed the back story of one the player characters in particular. In planning this adventure I did things a little differently then I normally do. I picked up a copy of Sly Flourish’s Dungeon Master Tips book and used the game planning…

Preparing for Gen Con: Geek Wear

When I finally decided to attend Gen Con this year, I also decided that I wanted to have at least one t-shirt with my blog’s logo made. Why? Because it makes it much easier for people to recognize me. There are a lot of people I’ve never met in real life and in some cases I have no idea how they look like. But if I wear a …

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 …

My GenCon Schedule

Recently Zachary Houghton posted his GenCon schedule . I think this is a great idea, because so you a) know where you find him, if you want to meet him and b) other GenCon attendees can see what events other people are attending. This year I will attend GenCon for the first time and I picked a couple of seminars to attend to. But like Zach’s schedule, mine …

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…

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 …

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…

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 …