Tag Archives: roleplaying

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…

Review: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition

The latest edition of the RPG Legend of the Five Rings is out and, being one of the few major RPGs that I’ve never owned, I decided to finally take the plunge and get it. The pretty artwork didn’t hurt, either. The book itself is a massive 400 page full-color hardback tome.  The margins are rather wide, but rather than detract from the book, it actually makes …

Threads of Sanity #2

Our second Forgotten Realms campaign continued yesterday. It pace of gaming was clearly faster and there was barely need to review the rules. I have to admit that I wonder how easily players can surprise the DM with their resourcefulness and good rolls. Here is the session recap: Village Tameron, a small murky village at

Gaming Online

Many of us no longer have time or opportunity to get together for a regular face to face game.  People move away to remote locations, work schedules conflict, family or other personal matters get in the way but the modern gamer has, through the magic of the internet, options. PBEM/PBP: Games can be played by email (pbem) or played by post (pbp)…

Threads of Sanity #1

Our Forgotten Realms campaign kicked of this Saturday with classic action in the realms. It has been over four months since I have had opportunity to have some fun around the table. Teaching new players to play forced me to check from the books few times, but other than that, the players learned fast and

Threads of Sanity – Forgotten Realms Campaign

It has been four months since I was able to sit down to play some pen & paper roleplaying games. Being father to a small child of course reduces my time to play much, but nevertheless, I was able to pull together a group of new gamers who are willing to join the dark si…

Interview with Reality Blurs President, and author of Realms of Cthulhu, Sean Preston

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to run a session of Realms of Cthulhu for Savage Worlds .  I wrote a review for the setting which can be found by clicking here .  If you aren’t familiar with H.P. Lovecraft or the twisted, dark themes of which he wrote, I recommend you start there. In my review I asked the…

Borderlands Review

I know that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to create a good game. That is why we tend to see games copying each other’s ideas resulting in a flop or a success. But when a game combines different game genress together, it is risky business, but sometimes the risk is worth it; such

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 …

The Lies of Locke Lamora Review

I heard so much good of this book from my friends and the reviews I’ve seen about the book has been almost nothing but praise. So I finally took my time to read the book and see how my expectations from book were fullfilled. “The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a

Basic Fantasy Map Tutorial

Every roleplayer sooner or later finds him/herself in a situation that he wants to create his own fantasy map. Some of us are talented with the pencil while others are not. Endless Bag Of Games shows you a simple way to create fantasy maps with Photoshop and brushes. This tutorial is for the ones who

Time For A Change.

ETA for my firstborn is now 81 days away which means that “the real life” takes toll from all of my hobbies in general. That, and absence of players during the summer in mind, I unfortunately had to put our Shield of Ferelden campaign to a pause. This also means, that there won’t be weekly

Best Served Cold Review

I have not written book review in ages, but when I finished Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold, I knew that I have to say a word or two, just to encourage people to familiarize themselves with Abercrombie’s work. Without further ado, here is my two cents. The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie has earned notions

Few thoughts on our Pathfinder PBeM

My latest experiences with PBeM (Play-by-e-mail) are from a Pathfinder campaign that has recently started. So far I’ve enjoyed quite much since due the tight schedules, the possibility to roleplay when I have the time for it, really works. One thing which has made this PBEM possible is that my friend and I, have tried