Tag Archives: rpg

A Week of Castles & Crusades

I don’t normally do things like this but what the heck. I’m going to dedicate this week to a bunch of posts about Castles & Crusades. Why would I do something crazy like this? Well, the game has been out quite awhile and I finally got around to checking it out in detail. So I

Stealing Cthulhu preorder fundraiser now open

Graham Walmsley, author of Play Unsafe and The Dying of St Margaret’s (and others),  has now started his indigogo fundraiser to help handle preorders and funding for his upcoming book Stealing Cthulhu , which is a system-agnostic guide to telling H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror. It looks really great and at the lowest funding level ($28, shipped) is a good value. I&#…

A New Blog and Classic D&D Unboxing

A personal friend, mentor, and gaming buddy (as well as regular commenter here on Troll ITC as The Game Hermit ) has just completed his first blog post over on his website, Unboxing the D&D Basic Set! Head over to his site and check it out by clicking HERE , it’s a great read for new gamers and grognards alike. …

Random thoughts about RPC (Role Play Convention)

Yesterday I went to RPC , my third trip in the past three years. My first year I stumbled upon a booth selling a lot of original TSR box sets and modules and I went a bit nuts . Since then I’ve gone back each year, in search of some cool deals and just to see what’s going on. The con is…

Ask The Readers: Who ya gonna call?

Recently I have rewatched one of my favorite films: Ghostbusters ! Even though the movie is *gasp* 27 years old it has aged surprisingly well. While some of the effects may look a bit outdated the action and humor work as well today as they did in 1984. The 1984 film has not only spawned a sequel but also several computer games and even a pen & paper roleplaying…

Common, Uncommon and Rare Feats

One of the changes made in recent years to Fourth Edition D&D was introducing the concept of Magic Items being Common, Uncommon and Rare. This solved a non-existent problem in our games – all Magic Items are pretty rare, thanks very much – and I would much rather the same concept be applied to something we do have a problem with. Feats. The number of Feats available in…

Old School Actual Play Podcast Episode 4 – Death in the Dungeon

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG !  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs, unmade beds and thousands of doors using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode, we encounter more orcs than you can shake a pointed stick at.  We uncover a potential enemy in a human …

Undungeon, the pdf

From the short-and-sweet dep’t: As requested, here’s Undungeon laid out and neatly reformatted as a 5 page PDF . For people who care about such matters, this is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License so feel free to use, twist and abuse however you will. Enjoy! Like Unlike

Crazy, cool Dresden Files RPG book cover

This is rebind of the Dresden Files RPG is amazing. In case you’re wondering, yes, the runes actually do glow. Definitely check out the others in the gallery too, because there are some amazing rebinds of games like Fiasco and Burning Wheel as well.

Character du Jour: Warrant

Far above the Earth’s atmosphere, a starship exploded. The occupant’s body vaporized immediately, but immortal Ilirya are far harder to kill than that. Its soul took flight in search of a new host. Meanwhile, a police officer lay dead. His body was twisted and broken by the fall from the bridge onto the hard concrete far below, his last memories of the greenscaled villain that laughed…

Lazy Friday Video Post: Roll a D6

The music video below has been making the rounds on the internet lately and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share it here, so that my readers who haven’t watched it yet, can do so! Enjoy! Related posts: Lazy Friday Video Post: Ballad of the Monster Manual Lazy Friday Video Post: D&D Session with Skype Lazy Friday Video Post: 1-900-NERD-GIRL

Another video: Roll a D6

Another one circulating on Twitter. The music isn’t really my taste but the video is entertaining. Roll a D6 from Connor Anderson on Vimeo .

Video diversion: The Doubleclicks

In case you haven’t seen the video…. It’s from a Portland band called The Doubleclicks.

What Old School Means To Me

I found some neat stuff in the closet that should never be opened or named and that got me really thinking about Old School Games. When you hear Old School just about everybody first thinks about the old editions of D&D. But for me it means more than just that. It’s not about a particular

The Heart of the Matter – Winds of Change Session 9

Go here, get the audio. Seriously. You want to hear this one. I said it in my last update on this campaign , but it bears repeating: this is the best gaming session that I have ever GMed. It is also quite possibly the best session that I have ever been involved in, period. This session started with things falling apart …

Weird West Roleplaying Game

A couple of days ago Stuart Robertson released his extremely rules-light “ Weird West Roleplaying Game ”. Like the name suggests its meant for “weird western worlds of cowboys, kung-fu, magic and otherworldly malevolence”. For just 1$ (at DriveThruRPG ) you get the game in two PDF versions: one for viewing on your PC, tablet PC or smartphone and a special PocketMod version for printing. The rules…

May Days At The DriveThru …


The points of light have faded. Darkness overtook the land and once prosperous towns and hearty villages now lay deserted or suffer the depredations of evil. In a wicked twist of fate mankind has been driven to the very place that was once home to the scions of malice. Underground. Now humanity and her allies cling onto life below the surface, fighting a constant…

Web Clip Wednesday: Damsels & Dragons

I admit that I am not a LARP’er. But still this little web series is pretty darned funny from the table top gamer point of view. “Just think of the XP and the loot.” Trust me on this one, it’s worth the watch.

Pre-pre order Ashen Stars now and get a lot of cool stuff at release!

I have no idea how I could have missed that, but quite a while back, Pelgrane Press opened the Ashen Stars pre-pre order phase. You’re probably asking yourself now what Ashen Stars and a pre-pre order phase are. Let me try to explain: Ashen Stars is the latest game powered by Robin D. Laws’ GUMSHOE system. Ashen Stars is a …