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What’s going on at the RPMN? 0

As you know I usually don’t rant on this blog, but sometimes there are things that rub me the wrong way. This is one of those rare cases… Some of you might still remember when Berin Kinsman announced the Role Play Media Network . In my first blog post about it I called it “ a social network for gamers done right! ” For the first few months the …

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Kingmaker Notes: Our dice hated us. 0

Another session of our Kingmaker Campaign is done and amazingly enough we haven’t had a single PC death. But our dice were really trying hard to kill somebody. In just about every encounter, a string of bad die rolls left the party in the lurch and with at least one member near death. In one

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It’s Complicated 0

I usually don’t post on Mondays, but I saw a conversation on Twitter that has me a bit upset and I felt the need to write about it. I’m not going to name any names, but  the first party was thoughtfully (in my opinion) discussing the complexity of RPG rules and the problems that could arise from introducing a new player to a game. …

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Review – Paizo’s Inner Sea Poster Map Folio 0

The  Inner Sea Poster Map Folio is the culmination of several years of Paizo’s development of their Golarion setting. Let me start out by saying [i]I love maps.[/b] I have very fond memories of the maps from the original  Forgotten Realms Campaign Set and still pull them out from time to time to look at. I also am a sucker for the …

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Remodeling the gaming room 0

I decided to spend some of my spring break holidays (I’m off work for two weeks every spring), cleaning, upgrading, and remodeling my game room. Over the past few years I’ve been slowly and incrementally upgrading the basement which serves as my gaming cave, adding book shelves, lights, etc. This year I decided to replace the miniatures gaming table I built …

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Dragon Age Set 2 is out. My First Impressions 0

Like so many I scooped up Set 2 from Green Ronin and I spent much of last night reading through it. I’m proud to announce that it is well worth the wait. I did take the chance to go over the play test documents released a while ago and and thought a lot about whether

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Old School Podcast: Geek Chat Episode 2 with Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Quinn Murphy, Tracy Hurley, Logan Bonner and Phil Menard 0

At PAX East, Tracy was able to sit down and record a series of talks about the state of the RPG industry today, GMing, gaming in general and all things geek. In this episode, Tracy chats with RPG luminaries Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Quinn Murphy, Tracy Hurley, Logan Bonner and Phil Menard Rob Donoghue and Fred Hicks you may know from Evil Hat Productions , who…

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Teacher Effectively Uses an RPG to Teach World Issues 0

In what apparently originated in my city, John Hunter has developed an incredible role playing game experience he calls The World Peace Game, for his 10 year old gifted students. The video below will no doubt give the best description of his game, so I won’t try to tell it better than the man himself: For more information on this …

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Castles & Crusades: First Thoughts 0

I mentioned earlier that I was thinking about some old school stuff and looked at the major contenders. The one that just seemed to hit my sweet spot for old school feel, crunchiness of the rules and general over all mechanics was Castles & Crusades. I got my copies of Castle & Crusades Players Handbook

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Building better characters 0

One of the most important steps when starting a new game is creating characters. If you are interested in the full roleplaying experience, creating your character is much more complex than just “picking a guy”. Even if the process of creating your character’s stats is pretty simple and straightforward (like in many rules-light or old-school games), the character creation doesn’t…

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Dragon Warriors is back 0

Some time ago I reviewed the Dragon Warriors RPG here on Stargazer’s World. Alas Magnum Opus Press lost the license to produce the game a while ago and all Dragon Warriors products went out of print again. Luckily I was able to get a hardcopy of the core rules and several PDF products before that. As I already mentioned in my review, Serpent King Games picked up the license…

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Part-Time Gods 0

I just got word from Third Eye Games’ Eloy Lasanta that they have an interesting project up on Kickstarter called Part-Time Gods . Part-Time Gods will be their third game line and will be a roleplaying game along the lines of “Nobilis” or “Scion”. But I am sure Eloy can explain it better than I could do it: If you are interested in learning more about that game…

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Scratching That Itch – Winds of Change Session 7 0

WARNING: This session features a particularly raunchy joke within the first 5 minutes of the recording. It’s not just NSFW content, it’s kind of Not Safe for Life. That said, here’s the link to that audio ! =) In this session, the party ventured back into Freeport to begin their search for the Cultists of Haagenti that had cursed the Hall of …

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New RPG Teaser: Gateworld 0

To begin with, this game is almost certainly not going to be called “Gateworld.” That is what we in the biz call a “working title” and it is little more than a placeholder until the proper name strikes the authors. A few thing are certain, though. First, this will be a smallish release of what I anticipate to be 50 pages or so. Second, it will be…

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Old School Podcast: WoD Mortals at RavenCon 0

Yet another game session audio post from Richmond, Virginia’s RavenCon 20111 !  This week’s actual play is an almost two hour, role playing “get to know you”, with a nice dramatic battle to cap it off, all within the New World of Darkness rules set.  Although it was run as a con game, it seems to be more suited to a longer campaign.  You don’…

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What about Northlands? A review… 0

Northlands is a new supplement for the Pathfinder RPG published by Open Design games. It is setting book for their Midgard campaign setting. It’s a 112 page book, including a gorgeous color map of the Northlands and the Open Gaming License in the last two pages. The book is available in print for $19.95 (which includes a PDF copy of the book) and in…

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My experiences with Fudge 0

Last Friday I ran my first game of Fudge . An old friend visited me and asked me to run a roleplaying game since he hasn’t played in ages. At first he showed some interest in Esoterrorists, but then he told me that he would love to play the one-page dungeon I wrote for the 2009 One Page Dungeon Contest. “The Horror Of Leatherbury House” is a short …

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Old School Podcast: Amaranthine Interview with David Hill 0

Last week, I heard about a new project on Kickstarter called Amaranthine . I checked it out and was intrigued. Imagine a group of immortals that are continually reborn into new bodies. As they live their lives, flashes of the previous lives are unlocked when they bump into others of their kind. Think Highlander but with a hefty dose of memory loss (also, without…

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Lazy Thursday video post 0

As you all well know the people running this blog just love H.P. Lovecraft’s work. So it’s no surprise that I am very excited about “The Whisperer in Darkness”, a movie that should soon be available on DVD. It was created by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society which already brought us the most awesome “Call of Cthulhu” silent movie! Check out the latest trailer below!

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Shakespearean Background Options for D&D 0

Here’s a handful of Background Options pluck’d from the Bard himself. Add these to your PC to inject some good old-time Shakespearean flavour to your character, or (if you GM) run a Shakespearean campaign complete with quick witted duelists, storm-tossed lovers, rival noble houses, clowns, shipwwrecked magicians and more. Each player can choose as many Background Options as they want for their character…

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