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Just in time for your holiday shopping: RPGNow discount code

Get 20% off selected products from RPGNow.com through January 5th with this code:   Holiday2010BPCX .  What’s on the list of selected products? Weird War II Player’s Guide Adventurer’s Guide to Cthonia ArcheTech Special Report: An Assortment of Armor Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade Martial Cultures: the Daikort Pack Legend of the Five Rings (4th Edition) Dungeon Dwellers (Rev. 2nd …

Gaming with Kids: From D&D to Fiasco

It’s official, 4E D&D is a dead at the after-school gaming club. At the moment the students are really grooving on playing Fiasco – we’ve played three weeks in a row and I’ve had new kids showing up wanting to play, or just watch, based on word of mouth. That’s really odd (and cool) to me since having run the …

On my “to read” list

The Christmas holidays are rapidly approaching and that means I’ll have some more time to read. This year I’m going to focus on reading books that will help improve me as both a player and a GM, particularly on my ability to work with others at the table to tell a satisfying story rather than trying to pre-plan the story & …

Bi-annual Podcast Round-up: Fall 2010

It’s time to go through my podcast feeds and decide what will go and what will stay.  Here are my mini-reviews of the RPG podcasts I’m currently subscribed to and whether they will stay as part of my regular feed. I always give new shows at least 3-4 episodes before I kick them out of the queue. New since last time 4 Geeks, 4E &#…

The Düsseldorf Files (Dresden Files RPG AP)

Our Dresden Files game is set in the Dusseldorf/Neuss/Cologne region of Germany, and we want to have a noir / pulp feel to it. The backdrop is that three known mob factions are vying for territory and control, while a fourth, unknown faction is scheming against all of them. The player characters are all connected to a PI firm. Session #1 The player characters…

Nice – the new web-based Character Builder crashes reliably

I only have 4 days left on my DDI account, but I figured I’d still take a look at the new DDI Character Builder to see what the new character sheets look like. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem possible since it’s crashed five times in the first 8 minutes of use. Trying to make a warforged paladin crashed it. So did …

What Improv Has Taught Me About GMing

Great stuff.

Memoir: My First Review

I’ve received what I consider the first review of a game I’ve written. Jonathan Lavallee over at Gamish Designer has been working through the Game Chef entries one by one and published a mini-review of mine in his blog. Did he love it – no, but nor did he hate it. He’s given a balanced review highlighting the highs and lows and commenting on …

Memoir: My First Review

I’ve received what I consider the first review of a game I’ve written. Jonathan Lavallee over at Gamish Designer has been working through the Game Chef entries one by one and published a mini-review of mine in his blog. Did he love it – no, but nor did he hate it. He’s given a balanced review highlighting the highs and lows and commenting …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #3

Friday night’s session (#3) involved a game of  Apocalypse World , something I was anxious to try out having read a lot of positive reviews. For this game we headed back to the GM’s chalet since it was a quieter place to play than the main hall. Session #3 – Apocalypse World This session involved four players plus the …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #3

Friday night’s session (#3) involved a game of  Apocalypse World , something I was anxious to try out having read a lot of positive reviews. For this game we headed back to the GM’s chalet since it was a quieter place to play than the main hall. Session #3 – Apocalypse World This session involved four players plus the GM – 3 …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #2

My second game was an impromptu one: I couldn’t find an available slot in the second session and so coming off the awesome Fiasco game I played in during session #1, I decided to facilitate a game of it myself. Declan played in this game as well. Session #2 –  Fiasco We ended up with five players at the table once again. This time the group chose…

Gaming with Kids: We played some Fiasco and it was a big hit

Fresh off my games of Fiasco at IndieCon, I decided to teach the kids at the game club how to play it. We had five players, including myself. I let them choose the playset (they choose the Wild West playset from the rulebook) and we set about creating the situation.  The results were a tangled mess of relationships, locations, objects, and needs: My character …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #1

I had the great fortune of playing in seven sessions at IndieCon.  Here are a session report from session #1. Session #1 – Fiasco This was facilitated by Declan Feeny with 5 participants. We chose Graham Walmsley’s Gangster London playset which was a bit ironic since Graham was playing with us. The set-up phase saw us playing a very interesting assortment of characters: A …

Back from IndieCon 2010

I’m back and will have a bunch of session reports and other comments over the next few days. The short summary: Fiasco is unbelievably good when it’s firing on all cylinders, although if you get a player who starts negating or introducing supernatural stuff it can be a struggle. Apocalypse World is really cool, but probably is better suited to multiple sessions than a…

Review – Dread

Not for the faint of heart! Dread is an innovative horror RPG with (perhaps) the most unusual resolution mechanic out there: a Jenga tower. Although not for everybody, this excellent storytelling game is a tour de force of a rules-light system perfectly matched to its genre – with an exemplary presentation as well. The system is light and elegant…

D&D BITs: Updated sheet

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the house rules I’ve been using to add Burning Wheel style Beliefs, Instincts, and Traits to my 4th edition D&D game. I’ve now updated the sheet I’ve been using (which includes all the rules needed). These rules work with any version of D&D (or Pathfinder RPG) although you might need to tweak the…

Review – LeCardo

Today I get to review something I don’t play a lot of: A card game.   LeCardo is what might be classified as an educational card game, although unlike a lot of educational games, it actually plays well as a game – strategy and competition are part and parcel of LeCardo. The game is designed by Hugh Marshall and Priscilla McIntosh, and published by Leo Marshall Designs . How play …

4E AP: Osirion Session #9 (Lost Empires)

We picked up our game right where we left off last session with Fea’ma’reth and Amaruq clinging on for dear life and the others rushing to their aide. Session Summary As Uno and Shai Hud rushed back to retrieve the remainder of the rope the group had left by the entryway, Amaruq did a balancing act on the narrow beam …

Gaming with Kids: The Haunted Mine session (4E D&D)

My son decided to write his own adventure for the first session for our new father-son 4E Dungeons & Dragons games.  He’s playing Demeter, an elf fighter (slayer) who uses a bow. I’m playing Nero Ironflagon, dwarf fighter (knight) who prefers a battle axe.  These are both characters made using the new Player Essentials: Heroes of the …