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Devious NPCs and Curious Creatures – a new Pathfinder PDF now available

Devious NPCs and Curious Creatures is a document designed to give GM’s interesting creatures and NPCs to mesh in to their ongoing Pathfinder games. The creatures and NPCs and Adventure Seeds are designed for low to mid-level campaigns.  Get it now for $0.99 from DriveThruRPG ! These NPCs and creatures are a bit different from what one may …

Pax East 2011 – A Critical Success

I feel like I’m in a relatively unique situation. Not only did I just get back from PAX East, at which I had a fantastic time, but my one-year anniversary as a writer here at Troll in the Corner came up just a few weeks ago. Thinking about Pax through that lens has given me a different perspective …

Parahuman: Wasp & Tankbuster Power Armors

(Note: This is still early stage stuff and may go through some revisions/corrections before the final product) The Special Parahuman Police Force normally could not stand against a Parahuman threat and makes use of power armors when it must stop a Parahuman threat in the city. Below are examples of two of the SPPF power armors in common usage. SPPF Wasp …

PAX East in review – my side of the table

PAX East has come and gone.  Throughout the entire convention we only managed to get out one extremely small podcast .  Why?  Because we were having too damned much fun, that’s why!  Here’s our first in a series of PAX East related posts. Today I’m going to highlight my experiences at PAX East, touch on the games we played, the people…

Old School PAX East ultramini podcast

Our first dispatch from PAX East! A quick, ultramini podcast highlighting our first day at PAX East. Lots more coming! Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: Retro-gaming Actual Play – Palladium Fantasy RPG, Old School Podcast Old School Actual Play – Mini podcast #2 – A British Archaeologist and a Gamer walk in to a bar Actual Play Old School RPG Podcast …

Old School PAX East ultramini podcast

Our first dispatch from PAX East! A quick, ultramini podcast highlighting our first day at PAX East. Lots more coming! Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: Retro-gaming Actual Play – Palladium Fantasy RPG, Old School Podcast Old School Actual Play – Mini podcast #2 – A British Archaeologist and a Gamer walk in to a bar Actual Play Old School RPG Podcast Episode 2 – A Largish …

The blog, it is empty!

Well, not quite – but there’s not much going on around here this week.  Why?  Well PAX East , that’s why! A bunch of us are preparing for the convention by doing all of our standard, pre-convention rituals.  Packing, sacrificing chicken(McNugget)s, fantasizing over bumping in to Steve Jackson in the loo. Tracy’s even lost the ability to swear correctly on Twitter – we’…

PAX East!

That’s right folks, this coming Saturday, lost among the 60,000 other folks there, will be three representatives from Troll in the Corner! PAX East is nearly here, and we’re going to be there! Which means if you’re there, we’ll be there as well and since two of us live here, it’s here in our backyard! There! Myself, Tracy and Scott will all be present. Digitally …

Plotting a Better NPC with the Rule of Three

In a previous post , I discussed the “Rule of Three.” That’s all well and good for descriptions, but how can that be used to build better plots and stories? Simple, give each major NPC three plot ideas. These can be secrets, things the NPC wants to accomplish or things the NPC wants to stop. Everyone has goals and secrets, right? And …

Grave Problems – The Dead in Your Game

Image by vasta My wife and I had a conversation about death recently. More specifically, we talked about what we wanted to be done with our bodies when we died. A morbid conversation, maybe, but one that got me thinking about the same issue in role playing games. I’m not a simulationist gamer, but I do like to add little touches and flourishes to my game…

Quick Review: Adventure Idea Factory

The Adventure Idea Factory from DwD studios does exactly what it sets out to do. It gives GMs a quick and easy way to create a framework for their SciFi game.  Whether you need a one off for a side quest or are looking to set up an entire campaign, the AIF will give you the basics with just …

Parahuman Preview: The P-Factor

A GENETIC STUDY OF THE PARAHUMAN UNCERTAINTY FACTOR By: Takashimi Oshoti, Director of P-Factor Genetics, Zaibatsu Corporation (translated) Despite access to the best genetics technology available in the world, the Parahuman Uncertainty Factor, or P-Factor as it is commonly called, remains a solid mystery. But what, exactly, do we know? Through study of genetic samples from parahumans ranging…

Three Elements for Constructing a Good Adventure

On the train this morning, listening to some New Orleans blues, it occurred to me; I can think about fantasy RPGs even when listening to New Orleans blues!  Also, I realized that any good adventure, be it SciFi, Fantasy or Horror, can be constructed by including three simple elements. Goals, Encounters, and challenges. Let me expand a bit on this by defining these terms and explaining why each is …

Total Confusion XXV in Review – A Wicked Awesome Convention

I was fortunate enough to be invited as a guest to Total Confusion XXV in Mansfield, MA.  Not only was I there to participate on a panel and do a podcast, I was also running a few games and (the most fun for me) playing as well!  It was an amazing time at a friendly, accessible and most importantly, fun convention. See the end of the article…

The Granny Drake – a free Pathfinder/d20 creature to add to your menagerie

Every village seems to have one – the village Granny. The old woman who has lived forever in a tidy, but small hut out by the outskirts of the village. She never hurts anyone and always has a kind word for people. She owns a good pair of sturdy boots has a great sense of family dedication and loves to cook. She often has several generations of offspring and seems…

Hoppiness and Unhoppiness – Winds of Change Session 5

I had a blast with this session. Go ahead, give it a listen . In this session, the group hightales it after Sister Regina and ends up meeting up with one of my favorite races: the grippli. I first encountered the grippli in Ross Peyton’s New World setting . I loved Ross’ voicing of the little frog guys in his Actual Play sessions and I decided to run a few…

DriveThruRPG’s New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Relief – $260+ of RPG stuff for $20.

A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s already-bruised city of Christchurch on Tuesday, collapsing buildings, burying vehicles under debris and sending rescuers scrambling to help trapped people amid reports of multiple deaths. DriveThruRPG and several publishers have teamed up to raise funds to aid those affected by this earthquake. You can buy the bundle for $20 or simply donate $…

The Con Job – Troll in the Corner Goes to the Conventions

Some of us here at Troll in the Corner are going to be at a few gaming conventions in the near future.  Here’s what’s going on! First, I’ll be at Total Confusion XXV as an industry guest, GM, player and all around gawking tourist come this Friday, February 25th!  Among other things, I’ll be running two Aruneus sessions (PFRPG) and also hosting a massive Talisman…

Preview: Parahuman

LIVING WITH PARAHUMANS By: Ross Green Reporter for the New York Daily Times Parahumans have always been with us, though we haven’t always noticed them.  In the ancient times we revered them as gods or demigods.  In more recent times, we view them as celebrities. Parascientists classify parahumans into several rough groups.  The exact cause or mechanism by which one becomes a parahuman is unknown, with a …

Actual Play Old School RPG Podcast Episode 2 – A Largish Army of Orcs

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG !  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs and Ogres using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode – we begin to record just as a nasty thunder and lightning storm moves through!  We rescue the salty mouthed innkeep, reunite her with her …