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Gaming with Kids: Mouse Guard Session #8 (The Lost Session)

A reader pointed out that I suggested in session #7 that session #8 would wrap up the campaign, but session report was missing. The reason? I had forgotten completely about posting the session’s events!  Hence, we have the “lost session” from the Mouse Guard campaign I ran in the fall & winter of 2009. I’ve gone back through my notes although a …

Smallville AP: The Mandrake Session #1

In the last report I talked about how we came up with the basic premise for our campaign and created the characters. I took these details to try and create an adventure. After a little thought I’ve decided on a name for the campaign:- “ The Mandrake “. The Mandrake (or La Mandragola ) is a satirical play by Italian Renaissance writer Niccolò Machiavelli. It’s a tale of corruption within…

R.I.P. DM Rewards program

It appears that the DM rewards program is also being largely eliminated. There is a lot of uproar about the fact that the latest D&D reward is a single card for the Ravenloft board game, which turns out just to be the promo card that was given out at GenCon. I’m not sure who thought a card for the Ravenloft board game was an appropriate…

Smallville AP: The Mandrake #0 (Brainstorming)

Our gaming group is just about to start the third session of our “Mandrake” game. I’m really impressed by how the first couple of sessions have gone. I think we are really pushing the system and I’m proud of the game we’ve started, so I thought I would share a few details… Our gaming group has recently suffered the loss of several players. One…

Sunday morning D&D with kids

My son Niklas and his friend trying to play the solo adventure out of the red box D&D game. They’re both playing elves (naturally).  The little guy in the foreground is Timmy – he’s only two and a half so he’s still in training. Sorry about the blurriness of the photos but photographing three little kids in action indoors…

Wil Wheaton’s talk at GenCon 2010

I’ve seen a few links around the RPG blogs but the talk deserves more attention. I can completely identify with most of his experiences, especially his recollections from what it was like playing D&D when I was a kid. Part 1 Part 2 You can find the links to the rest of the parts of the talk on youtube here .

Dapper Devil 4E Tokens

Check these out . The condition markers are nothing particularly special in my opinion (though they look good), but the tracking tray is a really cool idea. I already have a full set of Litko markers and at $15/player they’re not exactly cheap, so I’m wondering if I can’t figure out a way to make something similar …

Where to buy RPGs in Germany

No, I’m not asking the question although if you have a suggestion, let me hear it. Instead, I just wanted to put out a free and unsolicited plug for Sphärenmeisters Spiele . Not only do they carry (and more importantly actually stock) a huge variety of mainstream and indie RPGs, their prices actually beat Amazon.de’s prices most of…

A few minor changes to the blog’s appearance

You probably won’t notice but I’ve gotten rid of the Google AdSense advertisement block, along with the star ratings plug-in. My original intention with the AdSense block wasn’t to actually make any money but instead I was hoping it would actually yield interesting or useful contextual ads once in a while. Instead what it’s done (at least from what I’ve seen here …

4E AP: Osirion Session #6 (The Rescue)

Our sixth session saw my four core players all present for the first time in a month and we even had a guest player take control of our sometimes companion NPC, Rakash. Session Summary Our story picked up with the morning after Amaruq & Dashki’s return. The reunited group headed in to Kelmarane, stopping to see Undrella to pick up the poison Hoam had arranged …

School club update: 16 players!

Today was the first meeting of the after-school game program I’ve been running for the past seven years and we had quite a turn-out: 16 players, all of which were interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons. Yikes! Three of the players are “maybes” (they want to play Warmachine but the low #s makes it hard to do that week after week). The other 13 are all …

4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #5 (Murry’s Rock)

I’ve condensed a few more real life sessions in to this report since I’m still several behind and doing so also tends to give a better view of the overall story. From the memoirs of Tiberius Cosmourn Bramblewood, Shepherd and former Windrunner Desnus 17, 471 SL Our journey to Murry’s Rock proved just as problematic as I initially worried…

Review – Slasher Flick: The Director’s Cut

Slasher Flick is a rules-light roleplaying game meant to emulate this horror film subgenre. The Director’s Cut is a nicely formatted version of the original rulebook, priced at $14.99 through RPGNow.com , with some bonus material. The Product The rulebook is 170 pages long (including covers), although each is digest-sized with a fair amount of empty space, so it is a pretty quick read. The writing is easy…

Monster Vault Unboxed

This box set also looks really nice – the tokens alone make it very appealing to me.

Essential Dungeon Master’s Kit Unboxed

Looks pretty cool.

D&D and Poison’d in the LA Times

You can read the full article here.

Contest: One Cool Thing I saw at GenCon

RPGNow has been nice enough to supply me with some PDFs to give away and so let’s get to it. To enter the contest, all you need to do is comment below with the coolest thing you saw at GenCon 2010. This could have been first hand, in a picture on a blog, or maybe in a video posted to YouTube – in other words, there’s no need…

4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #4

It’s been a few months since my last session report about our ongoing 4E D&D Teerna campaign. We had a couple months layoff due to busy schedules followed by a little reshuffling of both players and characters. However, for the past few months we’ve gotten back on track. One of the changes is that I’ve moved from the DM’s seat…

ENnie Award Winners

Here are the 2010 ENnie Awards winners. Best Game Silver: Shadowrun Gold: Pathfinder Product of the Year Silver: Eclipse Phase Gold: Pathfinder Best Cover Art Silver: Eclipse Phase Gold: Pathfinder Bestiary Best Interior Art Silver: Shadowrun 20th Gold: Pathfinder Core Rulebook Best Cartography Silver: Aces & Eights: Judas Crossing Gold: Pathfinder City Map Folio Best Writing Silver: Victoriana Gold: Eclipse Phase Best Production Values Silver: Shadowrun Gold: Pathfinder Best Rules Silver…

Pathfinder’s Serpent’s Skull Player’s Guide and #37 now available in PDF

The first two items in Paizo’s next Adventure Path: Serpent’s Skull are now out and available in PDF format. The Player’s Guide is free, #37, Souls for the Smuggler’s Shiv , sells for $13.99 for the PDF.