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A Whole New World – The Introduction

About a year and a half ago, my home group decided to make the switch from D&D 3.5 to Pathfinder. Upon buying the Core Rules book, I began seeing references to Golarion, the default setting for Pathfinder. Honestly, I ignored them. Our group was playing a Forgotten Realms game and I had little issue adapting the FR campaign setting to the Pathfinder rules. As time went on, however, I…

Roll vs Boredom: Dream Worlds

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Roll vs Boredom article, my little experiment with  a new mechanic per adventure hasn’t gone as well as I’d hoped initially.  In truth, I think the requirement of coming up with a new mechanic and the subsequent implementation has been distracting rather than enhancing my game play.  …

Parahuman NPC: Phyr

Here is the statblock, created in Hero Lab, for one of the villains of the Parahuman campaign setting:  Phyr.  Phyr is the daughter of Charon, and was the favored of his children, right up until she cruelly slew an entire village in Korea for no other reason than she was bored. Charon did not approve of this, and a battle ensued…

Old School Podcast – I talk to the future: an interview with my daughters, ages 5 and 8

Over the past few days I was able to sit down with my two daughters, Izzie (aged 8) and Luca (aged 5) to talk about their gaming experiences, and what our semi-weekly gaming nights looked like through their eyes. The interviews happened over the course of a week, with the first interview happening just before game night (and bed time for them) and the second interview happening a…

RPG (and geek) news from around the Internet and beyond!

It’s Friday – and that generally means a slow news day, so I thought I’d take some time to catch you all up on some cool things going on with Troll in the Corner and the rest of the world as we know it. First, this slot here on Fridays will soon be filled by our newest Editor, talking about all things literature related.  Their introduction…

Old School Podcast: Interface Zero at RavenCon Part 4

Part 4 of my Interface Zero game run at this year’s RavenCon is now live, featuring the continuing adventures of a group of misfits on the run from corrupt Martian law forces in the year 2088… This final segment brings the end of the Interface Zero adventure.  The team has learned who their enemy is, found evidence to shut them down, and now just needs…

What a Mind Job – Book Review of Psionics Unleashed

As you might know by now, I really started my gaming career after the release of D&D 3.0. I was passing familiar with the previous editions, but 3rd Ed was what I cut my teeth on. When the Psionics Handbook came out for that edition, I was thrilled. It looked awesome and, of course, it was more than a bit broken if you picked the right combinations…

Old School Podcast: Interface Zero at RavenCon Part 3

Part 3 of my Interface Zero game run at this year’s RavenCon is now live, featuring the continuing adventures of a group of misfits on the run from corrupt Martian law forces in the year 2088… In this segment, we finally hit The Deep , the portion of the game I rewrote featuring a new system based on mental attributes and …

A New Blog and Classic D&D Unboxing

A personal friend, mentor, and gaming buddy (as well as regular commenter here on Troll ITC as The Game Hermit ) has just completed his first blog post over on his website, Unboxing the D&D Basic Set! Head over to his site and check it out by clicking HERE , it’s a great read for new gamers and grognards alike. …

Review: Dragon Age RPG Set 2 (pdf)

Recently, Green Ronin has released set 2 of their Dragon Age RPG, available for preorder or, if you’re impatient like me, in .pdf format (which, if you pre-order the dead tree version, you can get the .pdf for a nominal additional cost). So, what do you get? Two 80-page books, one of the players and one for the game master, …

Old School Actual Play Podcast Episode 4 – Death in the Dungeon

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG !  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs, unmade beds and thousands of doors using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode, we encounter more orcs than you can shake a pointed stick at.  We uncover a potential enemy in a human …

Deniath – Private sales for gaming geeks

A few days ago I stumbled on an interesting site, Deniath .  What is it?  “Deniath offers invitation-only access to exclusive, deals for game enthusiasts and pop-culture fans at up to 70% off retail.”  They’re a bit like Woot.com, in that each sale features either one item, or a group of items from a single source.  …

The Heart of the Matter – Winds of Change Session 9

Go here, get the audio. Seriously. You want to hear this one. I said it in my last update on this campaign , but it bears repeating: this is the best gaming session that I have ever GMed. It is also quite possibly the best session that I have ever been involved in, period. This session started with things falling apart …

Quick Review – Aihrde: Cradle of the World Map

The Aihrde: Cradle of the World Map published by Troll Lord Games is a beautifully rendered map generated for the Castles & Crusades world, but great for any campaign, or just to look at yearningly.  Seriously, this is one very nice looking map – suitable for hanging on a wall, laminating on top of your gaming table or any other number of …

Get 20% off these Drive Thru RPG titles, because it’s Wednesday

Hump day.  The day of the Middle.  Woden’s other Eye will meet you at the Bar day.  It’s Wednesday, and because of this the fine folks at DriveThruRPG have opted to give you 20% off the below titles.  As they used to say in olden days: Go thee nuts! When you check out, simply type …

Old School Podcast: Interface Zero at RavenCon Part 1

My RavenCon 2011 experience continues to be the focus on my posts here at Troll ITC , but this post begins the audio for the final game, and the first convention game I’ve ever run. This year I ran my first convention game, and not only that but one that used my very own rules created as an alternative to the Hacking/Virtual …

Cultist Hunting – Winds of Change Session 8

At the end of this hypertext link, you will find the audio to the session in question . Every time I look back on one of these sessions, I feel like saying “and here’s where things really take off.” It’s a bit of an odd feeling considering that I really like the way the campaign is developing. I guess I’m …

It’s Complicated

I usually don’t post on Mondays, but I saw a conversation on Twitter that has me a bit upset and I felt the need to write about it. I’m not going to name any names, but  the first party was thoughtfully (in my opinion) discussing the complexity of RPG rules and the problems that could arise from introducing a new player to a game. …

Parahuman Playtest Podcast: Issue #1–Eulogies

And the playtesting continues…in their first adventure our heroes foil an assassination attempt against he daughter of the famous Patriot by the Parahuman assassin, Friction and face down the infamous Blitz, WWII Nazi Wunderkind and Patriot’s greatest enemy… Technorati Tags: actual play , mutants & masterminds , parahuman , playtest , podcast , superheroes Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: Parahuman Character Conceptualization Podcast Parahuman Preview: The P-…

A final goodbye to an old friend

Yesterday afternoon my family had to say our final goodbyes  to one of our cats, Echo.  He was a pretty special cat, even as far as this site was concerned.  Out of all of my cats, he’s the only one who appears, if silently, in every single Old School Actual Play podcast, including the one to be released a week from today.  You may …