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4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #7 (Fey Dreaming)

The events detailed here cover a single session. From the memoirs of Tiberius Cosmourn Bramblewood, Shepherd and former Windrunner Desnus 29, 471 SL Despite the destruction of the tainted statue, Thalos’s condition has continued to worsen and in some way seems lied to the fate of Cabot who we have learned is a member of the druids. Shades! What has the fool human gotten himself in to? In an attempt …

Spiel ’10 is less than a week away!

That’s right, the magnificence that is Spiel ’10 , located in Essen Germany is less than a week away. This will mark my 10th trip to Spiel in a row, although this year I can only attend on Sunday, due to work on Thursday and Friday and the after-school club’s fall game day which will take place on Saturday. Given the size and breadth of the…

It’s pay-to-play for Gamma World Game Day

I mentioned this over a month ago that the upcoming game day premier of Gamma World required participants to purchase two booster packs of cards (MSRP is $4 per pack of 8 cards) in order to play but was told by a number of people that “WotC would never make people buy something in order to participate in a game day!”. Well, here’s it straight from the …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 6: Sound of a Thousand Screams

Sound of a Thousand Screams concludes the Kingmaker adventure path with one of the most interesting high-level adventures I have ever seen. Although it is a much more “standard” linear adventure than the rest of the series, it nonetheless provides a very satisfying conclusion. The adventure should take PCs from 15th to 17th level. The Physical Product The book itself…

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 5: War of the River Kings

War of the River Kings is the penultimate episode in the Kingmaker adventure path. The PCs – whose kingdom is now major player in its region – must lead their forces to war, and they also take their first real steps to understanding the overarching plot of the adventure path. The adventure should take PCs from 13th to 15th level. The Physical…

Retrospect nominated for a Golden Geek Award

Much to my surprise, my winning entry to RPG Geek’s 24-hour RPG contest was nominated for a Golden Geek Award in the Best Free RPG category. That’s really cool, especially considering I didn’t submit the nomination. ;o)  Now, looking at the list it’s clear that Lady Blackbird should win the category in my opinion but I can’t help but…

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #4 (The Gold Mine)

Our fourth session picked up where session #3 left off and saw the addition of a new player, bringing the total number of kids involved in the roleplaying activities of the after-school club to a record 18!  Thank that I have a few older students willing to DM this year (both appear to be doing a great job BTW). The fifth player in my group is playing an elven…

4E AP: Osirion Session #8 (The Lost Tomb)

Session #8 saw the addition of a new player to our group who happens to be a colleague of mine; although he had never roleplayed before, he had all the other geek “credentials” so I figured he would fit right in and decided to extend the invitation which he took me up on. Since he was brand new to the…

Dungeons & Dragons story in the New Yorker

D&D is the subject of a new piece of fiction in New Yorker magazine. Check it out here.

Smallville AP: The Mandrake Session #4

Session 4 of the campaign happened after a short break. I’d been away in Dublin doing family things. Iain was still on holiday so the session took place without Nazario. We did however have Mark with us playing Karlos Milano for the first time. The first couple of sessions showed how well Smallville as a system handles drama, last session swerved suddenly in to comedy/farce and the system handled…

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 4: Blood for Blood

Blood for Blood marks an important transition for the Kingmaker PCs, transforming them from adventurers who run a kingdom on the side to rulers who adventure to protect their kingdom. They find their nation under assault and must strike back at their neighbor – all the while maintaining their kingdom’s position and even expanding it. The adventure takes PCs from 10th to 13th level. See here, here…

An Announcement

I hope Mike doesn’t mind me making this announcement here, but I know that most of my friends now read this blog. My wife Karen and I are expecting our first child. I’ve been dying to tell the world for month now, but we decide to get into the second trimester before telling anyone. We’ve just come back from Ireland where I told most of my family. It turned…

Smallville AP: The Mandrake Session #3

This Action Report has been a little delayed by my involvement in Game Chef 2010. I’m picking it up after two weeks away from the game, so my memory of some of the events which transpired may be a little off. The third Mandrake session was an eye opener for me. Over the years I’ve played many ‘funny’ roleplaying games. They are…

Gaming with Kinds: Kingmaker Session #3 (Perlivash & Tyg)

Our third session was an abbreviated one due to one missing player and another who had to leave early. However, it moved the story ahead nicely and set up a major showdown between the group and the bandits. Meanwhile the other group (you might recall there are two separate 4E groups who are working together but adventuring separately), was back in session, taking on …

Get all of Vincent Baker’s games on PDF for $25

This is too good a deal to pass up . All 6 of Vincent Baker’s games in PDF form for $25, which is $40 off the normal price.

Get your free copy of Memoir

My entry for Game Chef 2010 is now available for download . We are into the final hours of the contest. There are already fourty entries available to download from the GameChef 2010 submissions page many of which look superb. Can I request that all players in either of my gaming groups hold off on reading through my game though. There is something in there I&#…

4E Starter Set: Actual play with photos

My 8-year-old son and I played through the “Your First Encounter” section of the Starter set’s DM’s Book using characters we created using the solo adventure in the Player’s Book. He’s playing Ruflin, elf rogue, while I am playing Nero, dwarf fighter. I acted as DM and player (which works well when playing with younger players since …

(Call of) Cthulhu meets Old Spice

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #2 (The Moon Radish Patch)

The second session of my 4E adaptation of Paizo’s  Kingmaker adventure path turned out to only have my four players, the other 5 (plus the co-DM) all being out of town on a field trip to Weimar . That was ideal since it meant I could spend some time focusing on explaining a few more of the rules since everyone is new to 4th edition D&D…

Talk Like a Pirate Day Sale

RPGNow/DriveThruRPG’s annual “Talk like a Pirate Day” sale is starting this Friday (Sept 17th) and runs through Sept. 22nd.  Aside from ongoing sales there’s also a scavenger hunt like activity to find free eBooks.