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Corny Coverage – Con on the Cob 2010

I’m writing this well before the time when I’m actually going to be at Con on the Cob , but in the frenzy of packing, I felt the need to sit and clear my head a little. Writing is one of the things that can do that for me, so you lucky TC readers get to be subjected to some pre-con ramblings…

Ask Harry Dresden anything about his new RPG – The Dresden Files

Okay, so the title may be a tad misleading.  It ain’t Harry, as he’s a fictional character and all.  You can get your chance at Leonard Balsera, Fred Hicks, and Ryan Macklin though.  They are integral parts of the team that designed the recently released the highly praised Dresden Files RPG. They have all generously offered to give …

Jumping Jackrabbits! It’s an Icons Review.

I was perusing www.rpg.net, as I tend to do, and I came across a thread where an artist was drawing superheroes on the cheap . I’m talking about a criminally good deal. I looked through the thread some more and discovered it was for something called Wave One, a supplemental product for the upcoming Icons RPG from Adamant . This…

The Dresden Files RPG Followup

The postman arrived at my door a couple of months ago containing a rather heavy package from Hero Games. Turns out that this box contained the hard copies of the newly released Dresden Files RPG. What does this mean? Well you might remember that I had previously done an early review of The Dresden Files RPG based on the pre-order PDFs. I’…

The Dresden Files RPG Followup

The postman arrived at my door a couple of months ago containing a rather heavy package from Hero Games. Turns out that this box contained the hard copies of the newly released Dresden Files RPG. What does this mean? Well you might remember that I had previously done an early review of The Dresden Files RPG based on the pre-order PDFs. I’d said that I would …

Old-School Unboxing: TSR’s Dragon Dice circa 1995

Not to long ago I came in to a neat find (and by ‘came in to’ I mean Chris Hopper sent ‘em to me).  Eleven still sealed boxes of TSR’s collectible dice game and answer to Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering – Dragon Dice .  These eleven boxes were still factory sealed in slightly dusty cellophane …

I Hate you Jim Butcher – a Love Letter

Unless you’ve been purposely avoiding bookstores, amazon.com, your library or anyone who pretends to read, even with the book upside down, you’ve heard of Jim Butcher .  That guy who writes about that other guy. The magic one.  Who’s funny and gritty and kicks faerie ass. It’s hard boiled, psuedo-noir detective meets modern urban fantasy.  And…

Reminder: The International D&D Contest! Win four new D&D Essentials products – anywhere in the world!

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’s time to spread the D&D love a bit. We’re giving away a copy of …

Review: DM’s Kit for D&D 4th Edition Essentials

The DM’s Kit for 4th Edition D&D’s Essentials line is out, and there’s something strange about it.  But I’m ahead of myself…I’ll get to that in a moment. First, the product itself.   This is more than just a book for the DM, it’s a boxed set for the DM.  Let’s take things one at a time, …

Gaming: The Social Contract

Gaming is a social endeavor, we all know that, but sometimes we lose sight of what it means to respect one another.    It may help to hash out a “social contract” between members of the group, be it something that’s written down or something that’s just understood by everyone in the group.  This can serve to ease…

“You Seem Trustworthy!” – Bringing the Party Together

Image by chinogypsie This is one of those topics that every GM has run into at one point in time or another. You’re stating a new campaign, your players have their characters all drawn up, you’ve got the opening adventure planned, and this phrase comes blithely tumbling out of your mouth: “You all find yourselves in a Tavern called…

Making a Fight Dynamic and Memorable

By my estimation, I’ve run about 150 to 200 encounters in D&D 4e in the two years since it came out.  Maybe one tenth of those are truly memorable.  When I say “remember that gnoll fight?” I’ll get a deep groan from everyone in my party, and when I say “how about the fight with the larva mage with the masks?” I’ll get a…

Quick Review: City of Jade, Haunted Houese Lonely Graveyard and Serial Killer – music and sound effects for your RPG session

Sonic Legends specialize in creating aural ambiance for your gaming session. Whether you’re playing in an Asian themed game, or something of a darker nature, with perhaps vampires, zombies or elder gods of old, they’ve done a fine job with their three latest creations. It’s not often that I get to review audio products for this site, with the possible exception of my post on …

Total CONfusion XXV – It’s official, I’ll be a guest! Anyone else planning on going?

I guess this is official now, as my ugly mug is up on their industry guest page. I’ll be an industry guest (and attendee, and rabid fan, and over-caffeinated player) at Total Confusion XXV! What is Total Confusion? Let me give you a brief history. Total Confusion has over twenty years of experience bringing great gaming moments to…

Salad Bowl! The game you don’t need to buy to play

Here’s a fun game to play with 8 or more of your closest friends.  It won’t cost you much more than your time provided you own all of the components, which you probably do. Salad Bowl! Required to play: 1. A salad bowl. 2. Paper. 3. Pens. 4. An egg timer, or stop watch. Preparing to play: 1. Set up teams. To make things more fun, put SO’s on…

JourneyQuest Episode 3 – Orcish grammar and fighting rivers

The latest episode of JourneyQuest from the Dead Gentlemen is live!   Perf gives an orcish grammar lesson. Meanwhile, Glorion battles the river… Created by the makers of “ The Gamers: Dorkness Rising ” Written and Directed by Matt Vancil Produced by Elizabeth Heile Starring: Christian Doyle Anne Kennedy Brian Lewis Kevin Pitman Emilie Rommel Shimkus Samara Lerman Jesse Lee Keeter Technorati Tags…

Dark Sun Campaign – PDF of the first adventure here for you to download

As promised and delivered early – Part one of my Dark Sun Campaign is available for download. This is intended for informational purposes only. I have made every effort to make it a coherent document from which a game can be completely run. All possible disclaimers apply to this adventure, including bodily harm. Not included are any tactical battle maps, mostly because I use a vinyl battle …

Dark Sun Campaign Prep – The Introduction

You awaken to the sound of trumpets nearby, and find it blends rather un-harmoniously with the ringing in your ears. Unfocused vision meets and even more unfocused mind as you begin to remember who you are. As your eyes clear, you notice the others around you. You begin shaking each other awake, and you find you have more questions than answers. Looking …

Con on the Cob – Next Week!

We’ve not had a chance to talk about this one yet, but there is still time to get in on some awesome Fall Gaming Action! If you live in the North-Central Ohio area, then you need to take some time between October 14-17 and come check out Con on the Cob in Hudson, OH. As your friendly, local convention-coverer, I will be taking some time and heading there…

Review: Enemies of the Empire

I have a philosophy about RPGs, and that philosophy is, for a game to feel “right,” it needs three things:  a set of core rules, at least one book devoted to antagonists and at least one book devoted to “toys;” additional character options, tools, spells and so on. Enemies of the Empire is the antagonist book for Legend of the Five Rings…