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GenCon 2010 – Day 3 Ennies and Such

My third day in Indianapolis dawned…. well, I’m sure that it did dawn, but unlike when I went to Origins, I am getting a lot more sleep here. Not sure if that means I’m doing this right, or doing it wrong, but I feel better. Anyway, I got up at around 8:30, which was nice, and walked over to the Convention Center. The Morning The morning was an…

GenCon 2010 – Day 2 (What everyone else is calling Day 1)

Yeah,, I guess I started my day count a little early since  technically the convention didn’t start until yesterday. So, if you’re trying to keep score at home, yesterday was the official first day of the convention, but since it was my second day onsite, I’m going to stick with the date that brought me to the dance. So yesterday was my Day 2, and…

We have our winners! The International Pathfinder Contest!

This morning I hit the old random number generator and gathered up our 16 winners! First, a quick breakdown. We had 362 individuals enter, with a total of 2,532 entries generated. Out of all of those entries, just under 60% came from the continental US, with England and Australia following in second and third place for number of entries (total). 15 people didn’t tell me where they were from, so…

GenCon 2010 – Day 1

Well, I arrived safe and sound in heat wave that is Indianapolis. I found my hotel with no problem, met one of my two roommates, railed in vain against the amount that the hotel charges for parking, and then walked my way over to the Indiana Convention Center to find out what this GenCon thing was all about. So, far, it has been…

Quick Review: In One’s Blood – new bloodlines and spells for Pathfinder Sorcerers

In One’s Blood is 25 pages of new Sorcerer bloodlines, spells and abilities which can add some oomph, or ooze, to your game.  Done in an easy to print black and white format, light on the graphics but heavy on content, players and GMs will find this expansion to the Sorcerer class fun and useful. The new blood lines consist of Aquatic, …

Cool things afoot for Aruneus. Maps, a layout artist and more! Real zombies in your high fantasy

Lots of cool things going on for the Aruneus Project !  I have new art, more new art, maps and a person who’s going to give the project a whole new look.  If this looks interesting, you may wish to become a backer and find yourself with lots of interesting rewards above and beyond a new Pathfinder RPG expansion.   New to Aruneus?  Take your standard…

Prepping for a Convention Game, Pt 2

Yesterday, I wrote the first part of this article . I talked about the games and I prepped for KantCon, and what made them easier or hard to get ready. Today, I’m going to work those ideas down into some general tips for getting a convention game ready to go. Be Aware of Your Time Budget At most conventions, unless you’re running…

Prepping a Convention Game, Pt 1

Given that I’m only a few days out from GenCon, and I recently got some experience with prepping convention games ( see KantCon Actual Play Sessions ). I figured that on the eve of the eve of my departure for Indianapolis, I’d take some time and give some insights on how I went about prepping my games for KantCon, …

Quick Review: Making Craft Work – a workable system for crafting items in Pathfinder

Crafting items is one of those things that just hasn’t worked correctly according to the rules, since the advent of the d20 system.  Easy crafting tasks, that in game should take a day or two could stretch on for weeks or months of in game time and hard tasks, well, some of them could be completed in a…

Please post your questions for Reality Blurs President, Sean Preston!

Just wanted to remind you guys that Reality Blurs president Sean Preston has agreed to answer your questions!  Sean’s company publishes books primarily for Savage Worlds , but they are branching out to other systems, including True 20 .  For more info, you can visit their website HERE , as well as read our review of Savage Worlds HERE and Reality Blur’s Realms of Cthulhu HERE . We really need…

GenCon 2010 – The pre-convention post

I’ve been to a couple of conventions this summer, as you no doubt know. Origins was a really good time , and KantCon gave me some good friends (and a killer snack table). I have never had experiences like this before. They were both amazing, but now it’s time for something even bigger. I leave for GenCon in one…

The status of the Aruneus Project – making a 100 page zombie apocalypse source book for the Pathfinder RPG system

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 nations, empires and races?  Who would be affected most?   How would it change the political structure, the formation of cities, or just …

A new creature for Pathfinder/d20 – The Coilicoot

Preferring temperate or cold forests above all else, the Coilicoot is a snake-like mammal which has claimed many curious victims. Appearing like a cross between a large snake and a house cat, the Coilicoot can be found in many northern forests throughout the world.  Their coloration ranges from whites and blacks through dark orange and brown. Unlike their reptilian counterparts, …

Gary Gygax was born today in 1938 – let’s give him an honor roll!

Today marks what would have been Gary Gygax’s 71st birthday.  Let’s all grab our favorite dice, pause a moment to think about RPG’s and how much Gary influenced everything we do with them, and then give him an honor roll.  Feel free to report any Natural 20′s here. Technorati Tags: honor roll , gary gygax , rpg , role playing games Troll…

A Terrible Idea for RPGs, which is actually a Great Idea – free to use character portraits

It sounds a bit confusing but A Terrible Idea actually has a great idea!  60 “Terrible Character Portraits” which, once created, would be released under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and be free to use by anyone!  Folks looking for a good character sheet portrait.  Newly minted game designers *cough* – anyone would be able to use these character portraits. They’re …

Quick Review: The Secrets of Martial Mastery – an expansion for Pathfinder RPG

Rite Publishing scores again with The Secrets of Martial Mastery , a nice little book filled with over 25 new feats and their corresponding combat maneuvers sure to spice up any fight.  Drawing from everything between plain old fisticuffs to fencing moves, you can now do a lot more with your hands-on type characters.  In addition to the new feats and combat maneuvers, there’s a new …

Realms of Cthulhu, Savage Lovecraft

Published in October 2009, it has clearly taken me far too long to get a copy and start playing this product.  As a game master relatively new to Savage Worlds by Pinnacle Entertainment , but utterly infatuated, as well as one prone to fits of madness and visions of eldritch aberrations, Realms of Cthulhu is right up my alley.  For those woefully unfamiliar with H.P…

Help the Hobby! Read an RPG Book in Public!

Gamers are many, but we are the quiet many. There is an upsetting number of people who still have misconceptions about what an RPG is and the type of people that play them.  Sure, we know that gamers come in all types, but the world doesn’t. Let’s fix that.  Someone over at The Escapist has had the brilliant …

Quick Review: The Genius Guide to the Time Thief, a new character class for Pathfinder

Leave it to the folks at OtherWorld Creations to come up with new, inventive and plausible character classes.  Plausible that is, in the sense that elves and dragons are wandering around out there as well. The Time Thief takes a neat spin on a rogue-like character – one who can literally steal time.  Taking little bits of time (motes) from their own future and…

Quick Review: Swallowfeld – a Pathfinder adventure setting for a low level party

Raging Swan Press have put together a solid, 37 page adventure for a lower level Pathfinder party .  Taking place in and around the village of Swallowfeld, this adventure is something of a murder mystery packaged within a weather torn priory, for one.  Actually, Swallowfeld contains several adventure hooks revolving around the village and what goes on there. What I really enjoy about this …