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Indie RPG Award Winners

The year’s winners of this year’s Indie RPG Awards have been announced. Indie Game of the Year Winner: Kagematsu First runner-up: Fiasco Second runner-up: Beat to Quarters and Little Fears, Nightmare Edition (Tie) Indie Supplement of the Year Winner: The Day After Ragnarok First runner-up: RPG = Role Playing Girl 2009 Second runner-up: Thou Art But A Warrior: A …

Review – Pathfinder’s Kingmaker, Volume 1: Stolen Land

Paizo’s newest adventure path is a marked departure from their earlier efforts. Previous paths have had six closely linked adventures with a more or less linear plot leading PCs from 1st to 15th (or so) level, where they then meet and (we hope) defeat the evil mastermind behind the vast majority of the trouble they have faced. The key point is that …

The cover to my 24-hour RPG contest submission

Here’s the cover to the game I completed (design, writing, editing, layout, and art) in 22 hours for RPG Geek’s 24-hour RPG contest. RPG

Review – Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters

Today I’m reviewing Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters , a book produced by the authors of GnomeStew.com. Here’s how the publisher describes their book: Featuring a foreword by gaming industry legend Monte Cook, Eureka contains 501 complete adventure plots usable with almost any roleplaying game, plus GMing advice and tools for making the most of every plot. If you game…

DMing 101: Start small

This week’s DM advice is primarily aimed at anyone looking to begin their first campaign, although it’s just as useful to experienced DMs. The advice, which comes straight out of the 4E Dungeon Master’s Guide: (p. 142), is  Start small .  By this I (and the DMG) mean, set your campaign in a well-defined, specific area or region. Ideally…

Audio tips for RPG podcasters

I listen to quite a few RPG-related podcasts and while the audio quality of most have improved immensely over the last couple years, some still have a way to go. Therefore I thought I’d offer some simple advice for podcasters to improve their audio quality of their product. What makes me think I’m qualified to offer advice? In my …

DMing 101: An introduction

Welcome to the first installment of my new weekly advice column, DMing 101. Since it’s the first installment I thought I should include a little introductory explanation about the purpose and nature of the column first. My goal is to provide tips and advice to new 4th edition D&D DMs – or those still on the fence – in easy to digest chunks. These will be…

4E AP: Osirion Session #5 (First Contact)

The fifth session marked a bit of a change, format-wise because rather than pushing the hereto missing player’s character in to the background by having him wait at the camp, I created a simplified NPC version of him (following the guidelines in the DMG2) for the characters to take along. We did this for two reasons: The first was to preserve the possibility, for now, for…

Review – Dresden Files RPG: Our World (vol. 2)

The second volume in the two Dresden Files RPG books released by Evil Hat , Our World features an incredibly detailed overview of the world, creatures, and characters featured in the Dresden Files universe as established by the series of novels. The authors (and specifically Chad Underkoffler) clearly put in an exhaustive amount of research in detailing every notable character (these are likely to be used as NPCs in the …

Review – Dresden Files RPG: Our World (vol. 2)

The second volume in the two Dresden Files RPG books released by Evil Hat , Our World features an incredibly detailed overview of the world, creatures, and characters featured in the Dresden Files universe as established by the series of novels. The authors (and specifically Chad Underkoffler) clearly put in an exhaustive amount of research in detailing every notable character (these are likely to…

Fantastic post-apocalyptic images

The images shown on Life After the Apocalypse are really awesome.

RPGNow’s Christmas in July sale

You can check out the whole list of items here .

Review – GameMastery Face Cards: Enemies Deck

The GameMastery Face Cards Enemy deck is the latest in Paizo’s line of playing card-sized play aids. They are designed to be handed out by GMs to give their players a face to put to the names of major NPCs. Most of the faces come from Paizo’s previous adventure paths and thus are perfectly suited for GMs running one of the…

Review – GameMastery Face Cards: Enemies Deck

The GameMastery Face Cards Enemy deck is the latest in Paizo’s line of playing card-sized play aids. They are designed to be handed out by GMs to give their players a face to put to the names of major NPCs. Most of the faces come from Paizo’s previous adventure paths and thus are perfectly suited for GMs running one of the adventure paths. For example, King …

4E AP: Osirion Session #4 (The Desecrated Shrine)

Here’s the AP report from the fourth session of our ongoing 4E D&D campaign. Session Summary A few nights after reclaiming the monastery the group had finally recuperated enough to move forward with the next phase of their mission. Almah’s major domo, in the mean time, I spent the days watching Kelmarane through his spyglass and sketching the village’s layout. With…

Coming soon: DM-to-DM

I am starting a new, regular weekly column this week which will be aimed primarily at new DMs. Each article will provide tips and ideas on how to construct and run a successful D&D campaign, using real examples pulled from my ongoing campaigns. I’ll also include a list of web resources and references to help support the advice offered in the column. The goal…

4E AP: Osirion Session #3 (The Old Monastery, part 2)

Our third session picked up immediately where session #2 ended: the group was gathered in the monastery’s chapel having defeated the major infestation of pugwampis calling it home. Session Summary The group continued to carry out a search of the monastery, with Amaruq volunteering to climb up in to the choir loft and have a look at the pugwampi nest. While there were no signs …

For the little geek in everyone: Legos for adults

This is a short and very cool TED talk.

Another piece of art for Kidz

Check this out. Art from my upcoming Kidz RPG

Great service from Pelgrane Press

I love this kind of email: You purchased Arkham Detective Tales from Pelgrane Press Ltd. The original version included more typos than we were happy with, and did not include an adventure set in Arkham. There is an updated version available with a new adventure, The King’s Men, available for free download from your order page. Simon Rogers Pelgrane Press Ltd It’s stuff like …