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No D&D Insider Tools Update in September

I just got this broadcast message from WotC: Unfortunately, we will not have a data update ready for the D&D Insider tools in September.  The process of integrating the new changes from Dark Sun and Essentials is taking a bit longer than we expected, and we plan to update the Character Builder in early October.  We will continue to keep you informed …

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #1 (Trouble at Oleg’s)

Our first session of the 4E adaptation of Paizo’s Kingmaker adventure path involved both play groups altogether which meant 9 players at the table and the second gamemaster acting as my co-DM. Session Summary I started the session off with an explanation of how the characters powers worked since four of the nine players are brand new to 4E D&D, not to mention roleplaying itself. …

Adam Dray’s old-school D&D actual play & analysis

I found Adam Dray’s observations of playing Keep on the Borderlands an interesting read.

Game Chef 2010 Ingredients are Out

The Game Chef 2010 Theme and Ingredients have now been posted. This year Game Chef is official known as Game Chef: Sojourner, and the theme is Journey. In addition to the overall theme, 2010 Game Chef entrants must pick 3 of these 4 ingredients: • City • Desert • Edge • Skin Note: I’m trying to post this using an iPad over public WiFi from a ferry in the middle …

Review – Vexing Sands Printable Tiles

Vexing Sands is a 16-page pdf that provides printable tiles with a desert theme. Note, however, that there are really only three independent pages of tiles: the rest is cover/credits/table of contents/ads (5 pages), an alternate set of tiles without grid lines (3 pages), suggestions on how to use the tiles (3 pages), and seven scenario suggestions using them…

Review – Kingmaker AP: Varnold Vanishing

The third volume of the Kingmaker adventure path takes the PCs into the lands of one of their competitor barons, whose capital city Varnhold has mysteriously been emptied of its residents. Meanwhile, the PCs’ kingdom continues to develop and they explore the mountainous steppes around Varnhold. The adventure takes the PCs from 7th to 10th level. The Physical Product The…

Gaming to save the world

Jane McGonigal’s TED Talk about how online gaming can benefit the world. While the idea is a bit out there, it’s definitely interesting and many of the elements she talks about can also be applied to tabletop roleplaying games.

Review – ION Guard: ICONS Edition

ION Guard is a setting/organization supplement for the ICONS game that presents a new intergalactic organization of heroes. All of the ION Guard’s members wear a golden ION Fist, which provides them with a suite of superpowers including flight, blasts, a force field, and life support. This will sound very, very familiar to most of you (and if not, just wait for a certain movie …

Free public beta version of Synapse RPG available

You can download a copy of the beta version of the upcoming Synapse RPG here .

Gamma World Unboxed

Check out the video here .

Smallville AP: The Mandrake Session #2

This session started with some great news. We are gaining an extra player. The wife of one of the existing players enquired about joining us, and since one of the features (Emilio) was originally designed as a lead he would make an absolutely perfect extra lead for her to play. We spent a little time filling her in on the…

Game Chef – 10th anniversary

Game Chef may not be the original roleplaying game design contest, I believe that honour goes to the Gaming Outpost contest run by Clinton R. Nixon and Jared A. Sorensen, but Game Chef is definitely the most famous. Every year  a number of games enthusiasts try to design role playing games within a single week, using a list of pre-provided …

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #0

Fall is approaching, school is back in session, and that means the after-school game club is up and running again – this our eight year and as I’ve blogged about earlier , we had 16 students (ages 13-19) at the information meeting who said they were  interested in playing 4th edition D&D this year. Two weeks later, we’ve started …

Retrospect wins RPG Geek’s 24-hour RPG Contest

…and in case you didn’t know, I wrote it. ;op  The complete list of winners can be found here .   You can download the free, 24-hr version here . Once I have complete feedback and some playtesting data I will publish a revised version which will be available for free.

4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #6 (The Fey Connection)

The events detailed here span two sessions of play. From the memoirs of Tiberius Cosmourn Bramblewood, Shepherd and former Windrunner Desnus 25, 471 SL The situation in Murray’s Rock has more twists and turns than a bowline. Leaving the sickened Tyrinn and Thalos, who now has begun to show symptoms as well, we have visited the mysterious standing stones on the nearby hill and discovered it was actually a…

Dealing with Problem Players

One of the things which has been on my mind recently is the issue of dealing with problem players. My weekend group has recently shrunk in size due to a lack of shared vision leading to a horrible rift in the group. What follows is a collection of my thoughts on the issue. The events at my gaming table have left me …

4E AP: Osirion Session #7 (Kelmarane Liberated)

The seventh session of our ongoing 4E D&D campaign tied up a bunch of loose ends and set up the group’s next adventure. Session Summary We started in minutes following the group’s dramatic rescue of their employer, Alma Roveski from the clutches of the gnoll Chieftain and his dark warlock consort. Alma, ever the pragmatic businesswoman despite the peril she had faced moments …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 2: Rivers Run Red

The second installment of Paizo ’s Kingmaker adventure path gets to the heart of the campaign: kingdom-building. The PCs found their fledgling nation and begin to build it up; at the same time, they continue to explore the Stolen Lands and confront its many obstacles. This review is really two in one: a look at the adventure (and supplementary material) and a look at the kingdom…

Get your free copy of Retrospect RPG

My entry for RPG Geek’s 24-Hour RPG contest is now available for free download . In case you’re not familiar with the idea, the contest required participants to write a complete RPG from concept to final product in 24 hours or less. I spent about 18 hours on Retrospect , including several hours taking public domain photographs and turning them in to art for the final PDF.

The Hit Point Gauge: A nifty alternative for tracking hit points

A recent post on RPG Geek , along with playing some basic D&D with my eight-year-old son this weekend, got me thinking about different ways of tracking hit points and in a stroke of inspiration I came up with this alternative method that I thought I’d share. I’ve tried the method at my table (for both basic D&D and 4th ed) and so…