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Bring a little 1e lethality – and some background- to your new 4e character

The AD&D module “Treasure Hunt,” published in 1986, can prove instructive in bringing the lethality and tension of the game's first edition to the game's current edition. Years ago, when opening the fourth edition Player’s Handbook for the first time, this writer discovered some good news and some bad news. The good news was that, since heroes…

Fortune Cards, my two cents…

Tweet There’s been a storm in the Twitterverse and the Blogosphere, a storm of FORTUNE! (Fate would have sounded much cooler, thanks designers at WotC for ruining my opening line; you are the cause of all evil!) Well that does seem a little bit extreme, but I had NO idea what the D&D Fortune Cards until I started reading tweets about them. So I went …

Looking for a change of pace in your D&D game? Switch sides!

The “Reverse Dungeon” module was a breath of fresh air for the writer's game 10 years ago. Adventures like it can do the same for your game today. In this writer’s estimation, one of the high points of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons history was the publication of Reverse Dungeon module in 2000. As the title implied, the module reversed the roles…

Detroit in Ruins – Photographs of a city in decline

These are some very haunting, cool, and evocative photos of just a few of the once grand, now decrepit, places in Detroit. The first thing that springs to my mind is “post-apocalyptic” making these great sources of inspiration or props for games like Apocalypse World or Gamma World. http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/jan/02/photography-detroit

What about the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards? A review… (And slight ramble!)

Tweet With such a convoluted title to this post, I better make some sense out of this! What is this post? First and foremost a review of the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards … What are this cards I speak of? Well they are part of a series of GameMastery Cards produced by Paizo that illustrate treasure, items, NPCs, etc. While I …

New game, new tools!

Tweet This past weekend I began a new campaign. We reached a natural lull in the ongoing Pathfinder RPG campaign, which has run for 65 (almost) weekly sessions and decided to put the game in hiatus for a couple of months and try the superhero campaign I’ve been itching to play for a while now, and about which I have written here in the blog (Here is the …

Second Look—New World Colony

Back in October I had posted about New World Colony , a board game released for the iPad. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to play the game, and even got early access to version 3 ( which is now in the App Store ) The game really does feel like a cross between The Settlers of Catan and Risk . Every turn you get …

Catanimals, Plush Resources From Settlers

Catanimals are plush resources inspired by Settlers of Catan: wood, brick, wheat, sheep, and ore. The brick and ore are a little abstract, but the wood, wheat, and (naturally) sheep are pretty clear. There will be a special rules variant for using these in a game, apparently. ( source ) Previously: plush meeples .

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff reporter in the Daily …

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff …

Resident Evil [Deck Building Game]

Every video game deserves a card game version, right? Must be so; the latest is Resident Evil. And as you can tell from the subtitle, Bandai has decided to follow the deck-building trend, rather than the standard CCG. Good for them! Resident Evil Deck Building Game includes three modes of play: Story mode—where each player tries to collect the best weapons and other resources for fighting …

Treasure Detail Generator & Dice Giveaway

Win these dice! You can win a set of the dice that appear in this blog post. Details at the end. Thanks for Q-Workshop for supplying dice to give away! A gamer recently mentioned a disappointing lack of detail when his GM handed out a “pouch of gems.” The player wanted more flavour. It is difficult detailing every little…

On my “to read” list

The Christmas holidays are rapidly approaching and that means I’ll have some more time to read. This year I’m going to focus on reading books that will help improve me as both a player and a GM, particularly on my ability to work with others at the table to tell a satisfying story rather than trying to pre-plan the story & …

40 Great Name Resources, Lists and Generators

Names resources for your games Great names are critical for immersion. Name an NPC Bob and you set a bad tone for any serious campaign. However, even the best GMs get stumped occasionally on generating great names. Following are links to several online names resources, lists and generators. Before diving into the links though, I have a naming tip for you. We’…

Smugglers of Kablam!

In the second episode of the new Canadian sitcom Men With Brooms (small town, four curler players, associated female interests, something like a Canadian version of How I Met Your Mother), two of the characters take a few days to play Smugglers of Kablam!, a send-up of Eurogames and Eurogamers … sort of. The game not-too-subtly pokes fun at Settlers of …

Smugglers of Kablam!

In the second episode of the new Canadian sitcom Men With Brooms (small town, four curler players, associated female interests, something like a Canadian version of How I Met Your Mother), two of the characters take a few days to play Smugglers of Kablam!, a send-up of Eurogames and Eurogamers … sort of. The game not-too-subtly pokes fun at Settlers of Catan, liberally using the Eurogame’s…

Second Look: Nile by Minion Games

This is a review of the card game Nile from Minion Games, designed by Daniel Callister with publisher editing by James Mathe. Disclosure : James sent me a free review copy. Summary : A light high-luck card game suitable and possibly more interesting to children, sort of enjoyable for grown ups, with poor quality components and rules. Overview : James is enthusiastic about Nile, one…

We All Have Our Roles To Play: Personality Archetypes, Part 3

The Premise Archetypes for RPGs are usually defined either by the psychology of the character or the abilities of the character, but other classifications systems are possible. These can yield a different perspective, which can be invaluable. This series’ approach is based not so much on what the characters could do as a team, but of how the characters fit into a team. I have defined 27 …

d20 Help! My Appeal To Better Geeks Than Me

Help me figure this thing out Help me out, fellow gamers. But first, a confession: I have never played d20. By that, I mean no D&D, no Pathfinder, no d20 Star Wars. Nothing. The closest I’ve come is playing Knights of the Old Republic, which I understand is exactly the same thing, but somewhat more limited. Knowing that, I just need a little help getting acclimated so…

4Kids Kills TC Digital aka Chaotic

In 4Kids Entertainment’s 3rd quarter report , they announce that they have “discontinued the business operations of our majority-owned trading card subsidiary, TC Digital Games LLC ,” publishers of the Chaotic TCG. They go on to say The cessation of the Chaotic related businesses should save approximately $1 million per quarter. In addition, the closing of the Chaotic business enables the Company to focus…