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Teaching RPGs to Corporate Co-workers

So I had a pretty awesome opportunity this week, and I’ve been trying to decide just how to share it. For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been in a program at work designed to help corporate environment folks become… better corporate environment folks. We take classes on topics like communication, innovation, and most importantly for this post, presentation.  Wednesday and Thursday we had a guest…

Teaching RPGs to Corporate Co-workers

So I had a pretty awesome opportunity this week, and I’ve been trying to decide just how to share it. For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been in a program at work designed to help corporate environment folks become… better corporate environment folks. We take classes on topics like communication, innovation, and most importantly for this post, presentation.  …

Aruneus – Where it’s at and what’s coming – or – zombies, goblins, haunted mines and two new classes

A lot has happened since my last official update in late July , so lets dig right in and see what’s new! Last December I sat down with a good friend and we talked a bit about what a standard high fantasy world would be like if a worldwide zombie apocalypse were to happen to it.  What would happen to the various …

The Rule of Three

Making an interesting, evocative  scene that invokes the senses of your players is the holy grail of GMing, and it can be made a bit more achievable by following what I call the “Rule of Three.” Simply put, the Rule of Three involves picking at least three things to describe to give a bit more realism to a…

How to make a kick ass D&D 4e Character card deck, Magic the Gathering style

Ben from Ben’s RPG Pile has a fantastic idea.  Create a character deck in the style of M:tG for players to quickly reference their character, powers, items and whatnot.  Here Ben shows how to make a Dungeons and Dragons character deck (Magic style). See how he assembles the cards and all the different kinds that make a typical deck. Technorati Tags: D&D , rpg…

World of Aruneus – Play Test Challenge has begun!

You let your sword arm droop as you look at your companions.  Three of you are still standing.  The Cleric lies immobile and feverish, surrounded by rotting corpses.  Wiping sweat from your eyes, you shudder as you hear the moaning challenge of the undead coming from the wood to the East..  This days work is not done yet. The first Aruneus Play…

Of Fudge & Fate

I don’t know if you have noticed lately, but Fate really seems to have taken off in the last year or two. It doesn’t particularly surprise me. Evil Hat has certainly done a good job of releasing interesting and complete products. That, combined with a good game has been enough to spread the system into more than a few different games. I’ve yet…

JourneyQuest! Episodes 4 and 5

They’re here!  JourneyQuest IV and V!  Also episodes four and five! Here, Perf runs away. . . with Nara’s destiny. And here Perf blows another spell, Glorion encounters a gargoyle, and the orcs have a very bad day. Enjoy! Technorati Tags: rpg , journeyquest , role playing games , dead gentlemen Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: JourneyQuest Episodes 1 and 2 available! From the makers …

A wonderfully large hex map of the United States circa 1870 and other cool tools

I was doing my normal perusal of the RPG web corners when I happened across this wonderful map by Joe Wetzel (I believe, please correct me if I’m wrong).  It’s a large hex map of the US circa 1870, with railroads, major cities and Native American territories marked out.  This image is a small one, as it isn’t my map.  If you want …

We have a winner! The International D&D Essentials contest!

Congratulations to Judith, of Oregon!  The random numbers have favored you today and you’ve won!  I’ve already sent an email off to you letting you know. We had 198 people who emailed in for the contest with a total of 1472 entries. Each entry was assigned to a contestant in the order I received their emails. The winner was chosen by a random number generator (thanks random….

Open Call for Aruneus Play Testers Part 2 – Like Pathfinder and Zombies? Get free stuff and play in the apocalypse.

Are you familiar with Pathfinder? Do you have a reliable group of 3-6 players? How would you like all of the free Aruneus PDFs I can get you? I’m looking for several active groups who would meet at least once a month to run Pathfinder sessions featuring the World of Aruneus material. This would give you a chance to explore…

D&D Economics – Magic Items

With Essentials, D&D introduced the concept of item rarity.  Item rarity provides some interesting ways for DMs to create plot hooks.  Here’s some ideas to make item rarity matter in your game. By default, uncommon and rare items cannot be easily created or bought by players; they need to be found.  Yet, someone had to make these magic items, and if not…

Want to Draw a Gaming Webcomic?

Our friend Olan, author of the Loaded Dice rpg webcomic over at Red Dragon Inn is looking for some help.  Unfortunately, due to busy schedules his artist Lyra needs to drop the comic and that leaves him desperately searching for someone new to take over. This could be a great opportunity for an artist to jump into the RPG comic crowd and…

Add to your Blogroll: The Hopeless Gamer

One of my favorite RPG Blogs to read, The Hopeless Gamer , is currently running a contest until next Friday, October 29th.  I thought I’d help spread the word, both to give our readers a shot at his PDF prizes and to infuse a little hope into the Hopeless Gamers with some exposure for their blog. Just in time for Halloweeen, they are giving out PDFs of …

DriveThruRPG offers over $700 worth of RPG PDFs for $25 – proceeds help Pakistan flood relief

Record monsoon rains caused flooding that left almost 2,000 people dead and 20 million homeless. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani estimates crop losses at $3.3 billion, total damage of about $7 billion. People displaced by the flooding that began at the end of July are still living in temporary shelters, such as schools, or in tents. Doctors Without Borders continues to provide medical care, clean water, and…

The International D&D 4e Essentials Contest. Last Day to Enter!

This is your last day to enter!  Contest ends tonight at 11:59pm EST! Well, this is something a bit new for us! We’ve gotten a number of authors who are writing authoritatively on Dungeons & Dragons 4e! I’m very excited by this prospect because D&D 4e represented a big gap in Troll in the Corner’s collective RPG knowledge. Now that’s remedied it’…

What is Essentials?

One of the exciting new things in the land of D&D 4th Edition (4E) is the release of the Essentials line of products. This line has generated a fair amount of discussion in the online D&D community in large part due to the confusion around what the products mean to the game and why they were made. Given this confusion, I’d like to first outline my understanding of…

Review: D&D Gamma World

In case you’ve been living in Vault 101 for the past 20 years and are unaware, Gamma World is a post-apocalyptic RPG put out by Wizards of the Coast.  The current version (officially named “D&D Gamma World”) comes in a pretty big box.  You’ll be able to easily find it due to the retina burning green of the box, which is a similar color to …

Corny Coverage – Con on the Cob Day 2

My second day at Con on the Cob started out well, due largely to the efforts of two amazing con goers. You see, I really had planned to go to CotC at the last minute, and I had not arranged for a place at which I could sleep for the night that I was going to be over. I figured something would work out, and thanks to two…

Corny Coverage – Con on the Cob Day 1

As I mentioned in my first post on the subject, my arrival here at Con on the Cob was somewhat hurried. I left work as soon as I could and made my way north with all speed. The convention is held in the Clarion hotel in Hudson, OH, and there seemed to be enough space for all of the attendees. I got…