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DriveThruRPG enters the Print on Demand market, and I got to beta test and review it

[Full Disclosure: Not only am I a featured reviewer for DriveThruRPG but they also carry my products.] DriveThruRPG , has recently entered the print on demand market, offering a small but rapidly growing number of PDFs as actual, honest to goodness physical books. I was recently asked to participate in a beta test with this new offering, following the print on demand process from ordering right through …

Quick Review: The Genius Guide to Simple Monster Templates [PFRPG]

Super Genius Games have given us an 8 page document that can really give that needed bit of extra life to your Pathfinder encounters, the Genius Guide to Simple Monster Templates . Even with two Beastiaries published,  encounters can still get a bit stale – especially after all of your players have read through both of the books and won’t really be surprised by anything you throw …

Returners FFRPG: A Short Review

Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post.  New job, new home, new love life, and new lack thereof have taken most of my time.  Now that I’ve started writing again, I figured I’d start out with a post detailing my thoughts on a system I had the misfortune of playing recently.  Now that my cards are…

Convention Report: MarsCon 2011

I’ve had the misfortune of not getting around to much in the way of gaming lately.  I started a new job which changed my schedule pretty dramatically.  I run and play in a few play by post games, but my in person games went on hiatus for a while and are only now starting back to their…

Review: Courts of the Shadow Fey (pdf)

Courts of the Shadow Fey by Open Design and Wolfgang Bauer is a 100 page adventure for 4e Dungeons & Dragons designed to take characters from 12th level to 15th level.  If you’re interested in purchasing the product, you can get it  here. In the interest of full disclosure, this was a review copy of the .pdf.  This won’t change how I feel about…

Hide Yo’ Brains, Hide Yo’ Brainpans! – Book Review of Outbreak: Undead

In June of last year, my players asked me to run a zombie game for them. I adapted the Pathfinder rules to accomodate that kind if game and I was rewarded with three really good sessions of gaming. However, I felt like the game wasn’t sustainable, which is why it only lasted three sessions. What should have happened, had we wanted to continue with a zombie-themed game…

Review – A tale of 3 Fudge dice sets

This is a review of three different sets of Fudge dice – two made by Grey Ghost Press (the GM’s Pack and the new Olympic set) and one made by Evil Hat Productions (the Wizard set). A Brief Overview of Fudge Dice For those not familiar with Fudge dice, these are 6-sided dice with two faces marked with a +, two …

Book Review: Pathfinder Bestiary 2

No matter what kind of GM you are, chances are that, at some point in time, you’ve needed something… more. The usual round of orcs, goblins and dragons. But, by now, you’ve likely taken your players through most of the usual suspects. You’ve added templates, class levels and you’ve used all of the monsters that you’ve …

Review: Earthdawn 3rd Edition Player’s Guide

Let me preface this review by showing my predjudices up front. I love Earthdawn, I have always loved Earthdawn. I loved the original Earthdawn, I loved the 2nd edition from Living Room Games, I loved Earthdawn Classic from Red Brick. Do I love Earthdawn 3rd Edition? The Product Unlike the Classic Edition Player’s Compendium, which covered all 15 Circles, this rulebook only covers the first eight Circles for …

Something Under the Bed is Drooling – Book Review of Monsters and Other Childish Things

When I was walking through the vendor hall at GenCon, I saw a book that caught my eye. I mean, how could it not? As I was growing up, I read a lot of the wonderful comic series Calvin & Hobbes . If you’re not familiar (and you should be), the comic is all about a young boy and his …

Play(er) Review: Dragon Age RPG

I have a tendency to spend a lot of time “behind the screen”.  I get the new games, I spend far too much of my free time reading them, and I come up with stories to play and run at the game table.  In the reviews I’ve done for this site, I have been opposite parties of intrepid adventurers, time travelers, and…

Quick Review: Wizard Character Folio for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Look, we all know that there are rules in life.  Rules that we have to follow.  Rules that make things easier for all of us.  The problem is, when you have a 540 page rule book, some of those rules get lost. The Wizard Character Folio helps with this – putting everything you need, from your base character sheet through all of your wizardly schools …

Book Review: How We Came to Live Here

Image by: Stryfe589 I had the pleasure of talking to Brennan Taylor when I went to GenCon this summer. One of the results of that conversation was a copy of How We Came to Live Here for me to put my eyes on and review for the lovely readers of TC. I was able to take the time to do that recently and these are the results. How We Came…

Review – Dust Devils Revenged

Dust Devils is a rules-light storytelling game that focuses on tales of redemption in the Old West. The elegant system both cleaves close to the source material (poker hands for task resolution!) and does a great job generating stories of inner demons and redemption. It takes role-playing in several unusual directions, but it is sufficiently clever that everyone should…

Review – Dust Devils Revenged

Dust Devils is a rules-light storytelling game that focuses on tales of redemption in the Old West. The elegant system both cleaves close to the source material (poker hands for task resolution!) and does a great job generating stories of inner demons and redemption. It takes role-playing in several unusual directions, but it is sufficiently clever that everyone should at least…

Review: Grimm

Grimm, from Fantasy Flight Games ,  is a game with a somewhat interesting premise:  you are a normal modern-day kid that gets stuck in a fairy tale. No, Grimm isn’t a “big name” like the World of Darkness or D&D, and that’s kind of a shame. The Product The .pdf is a 238 page product and is also available in hardcover, dead-tree edition.  Part of the book is in …

Gaming in the Digital Age: iTabletop

I wanted to like iTabletop .  I tried to like iTabletop; it seemed to be exactly what I needed in a virtual table top.  Unfortunately, it has failed which is sad because it has a lot of potential. What is iTabletop?  It’s a virtual table top program that allows you to play RPGs online.  It has a bunch of really cool features, which I’ll…

Bi-annual Podcast Round-up: Fall 2010

It’s time to go through my podcast feeds and decide what will go and what will stay.  Here are my mini-reviews of the RPG podcasts I’m currently subscribed to and whether they will stay as part of my regular feed. I always give new shows at least 3-4 episodes before I kick them out of the queue. New since last time 4 Geeks, 4E &#…

Good Little Children Never Grow Up

I’ll freely admit that I’m biased against 3rd party adventure modules for 4th edition.  Wizards hasn’t exactly made it easy to modify the character builder, especially since the web relaunch, so any new power, item, or feat presented is much more difficult to use. At the same time, the soul of a good adventure is the story, not the mechanics within, so with that …

Complete Characters Review

Good morning, Internet. Just a quick hit, pointing you toward a review of Complete Characters that is up at the greatness of RPG Blog 2 . Zack does a rundown of the seventh issue, Sir Aric Devilkin . So, check out his review , and then head over to DriveThru and give the download a try. Don’t forget to peruse the