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Quick Review: Alice in Chains

Last night I found myself in a good sized arena, with a few thousand friends, watching my favorite band perform live.  Today I am tired, slightly deaf, profoundly happy and will somehow tie this in to Role Playing Games.  Forgive me as I wander slightly far afield with this but I can’t help myself. Believe it or not, there is a tie…

Castle Ravenloft (the Boardgame)

Do you like boardgames with a lot of pieces?  Do you like D&D?  Do you like Ravenloft?  Then you will probably be pretty pleased with this board game! In case you don’t know, Castle Ravenloft is a board game produced by Wizards of the Coast, the same guys that bring you Dungeons & Dragons.  The game is loosely based on an old AD&D module of the same name…

Cleric Token Set Review

Last March, the table-top gaming world was pleased to learn that Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine were teaming up to release a new line of accessories for the Dungeons and Dragons game. I’ve used Gale Force Nine products in the past, particularly during my miniature painting and kit-bashing phase. I’ve always found the quality of their tools be great and I was eager when …

Oh gods not another Red Box review

‘Fraid so. In a hobby where our only limit is our imagination, it seems like that’s something in short supply among we blog writers with darned near everyone filling the ether with their thoughts and opinions about the Red Box and the Essentials line in general. And I’m not going to be any exception 😀 The Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Red Box Starter …

D&D 4th Edition Essentials…Essential?

Having recently picked up the Rules Compendium and Heroes of the Fallen Lands for D&D, a part of their Essentials line, the question of course begs to be asked:  How Essential is it?  The answer, dear readers, lies in this article. What is the Rules Compendium?  It’s one of the 10 D&D “Essentials” products for the 4th edition of Dungeons …

Quick Review: Advanced Feats – Secrets of the Alchemist – 30 new feats & a few character builds for Pathfinder’s Alchemist class

Advanced Feats: Secrets of the Alchemist by Sigfried Trent offers an in depth look at the Alchemist class as it’s available in the Advanced Player’s guide.  Trent introduces 30 new feats designed with Alchemists PCs in mind, as well as a discussion on what the Alchemist can do as a class, and several suggested builds. I’ve often toyed with the idea of…

Review – Vexing Sands Printable Tiles

Vexing Sands is a 16-page pdf that provides printable tiles with a desert theme. Note, however, that there are really only three independent pages of tiles: the rest is cover/credits/table of contents/ads (5 pages), an alternate set of tiles without grid lines (3 pages), suggestions on how to use the tiles (3 pages), and seven scenario suggestions using them…

Fantasy Flight’s Talisman 4th Edition Massive Review – Base Game, Reaper, Frostmarch, Dungeon, and the Highland

What started in 1983 as an interesting idea in board games has become one of my all time favorite games to play in that or this century.  I love Talisman (well, all but the 3rd edition).   I’ve played the 1st edition once or twice, owned everything for the 2nd edition and logged hours upon hours of play, but passed on the 3rd edition to keep…

The free PIE RPG.

Something about this RPG is making me hungry… The internet is a pretty spectacular thing, but I can’t say I’d ever imagine it would bring me an RPG based on pie charts.  It just goes to show that the gaming market is far from tapped out.  There are a million ways to game and a million more are fast approaching. PIE is a…

Freeport Companion: Pathfinder RPG Edition Review

The Freeport Companion: Pathfinder RPG Edition (affiliate link) does a great job of translating Green Ronin’s classic setting into the Pathfinder RPG system.  I also have the Savage Worlds version of the book, and somewhat prefer the Pathfinder implementation. The first chapter of the PDF discusses race in Freeport.  In addition to the standard races, there is …

Review – ION Guard: ICONS Edition

ION Guard is a setting/organization supplement for the ICONS game that presents a new intergalactic organization of heroes. All of the ION Guard’s members wear a golden ION Fist, which provides them with a suite of superpowers including flight, blasts, a force field, and life support. This will sound very, very familiar to most of you (and if not, just wait for a certain movie …

Odin’s Table Review

The last board game review was about the two-player game Lord Of The Rings: The Confrontation. Since the game was a big success at our home, I decided that there is always room for more board games in my cupboard. The lates additions are Odin’s Table and A Touch of Evil. Today we concentrate on

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 2: Rivers Run Red

The second installment of Paizo ’s Kingmaker adventure path gets to the heart of the campaign: kingdom-building. The PCs found their fledgling nation and begin to build it up; at the same time, they continue to explore the Stolen Lands and confront its many obstacles. This review is really two in one: a look at the adventure (and supplementary material) and a look at the kingdom…

WR&M v2 Review

A while back I ran a playtest of Warrior, Rogue & Mage because it had captured my attention as a real DIY fantasy roleplaying game with a lot of potential.  The playtest was a success, and my understanding is that it provided some useful information when Michael revised WR&M into the second version.  It’s been out for a while already, but I…

Play Review of Warrior, Rogue and Mage

This weekend I had an opportunity to sit down and play a new game you might not have heard of yet, but it is definitely something to put on your radar. Background Warrior, Rogue and Mage is written by Michael Wolf of the Stargazer’s World Blog for Stargazer Games .  About a month ago he released it as a 100% free …

Why I should hate DC Adventures, but I don’t

My rpg time has suddenly become a barren wasteland, and that’s a Bad Thing especially given we’re only three sessions away from the end of the world in our Endday Campaign. Here’s hoping that things pick up when normality returns after the school holidays. The Good Thing though is it gives me time to think more about the …

Interview with Reality Blurs President, and author of Realms of Cthulhu, Sean Preston

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to run a session of Realms of Cthulhu for Savage Worlds .  I wrote a review for the setting which can be found by clicking here .  If you aren’t familiar with H.P. Lovecraft or the twisted, dark themes of which he wrote, I recommend you start there. In my review I asked the…

Review – Slasher Flick: The Director’s Cut

Slasher Flick is a rules-light roleplaying game meant to emulate this horror film subgenre. The Director’s Cut is a nicely formatted version of the original rulebook, priced at $14.99 through RPGNow.com , with some bonus material. The Product The rulebook is 170 pages long (including covers), although each is digest-sized with a fair amount of empty space, so it is a pretty quick read. The writing is easy…

Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot DLC Review

The Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot DLC for Borderlands has been released a while ago, but since the fourth DLC is already in development, I decided to make a review for each DLC Borderlands already has. In short: Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot consist of three small 5 round tournaments and three large 20 round tournaments. Smaller

Quick Review: DC Adventures Hero’s Handbook

DC Adventures Hero’s Handbook – I’ve heard a lot about this product on various podcasts and blogs and I was interested in seeing it when it arrived.  I’ve never been a huge fan of the super hero genre for role playing or honestly of the DC Universe.  Now that I have this PDF in my hands, my expectations were…