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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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More Savage Worlds Deluxe Info 0

Pinnacle Entertainment group released their official website announcement for the upcoming Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition this morning, but readers of their forums know that is really where the action is.  Since their Savage Worlds Deluxe thread started last Thursday, the forums have been filled with questions.  Core Rules Manager Clint Black (who previously did an interview with us here on this site), Pinnacle Company VP …

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RPG Blogging 101: Writing posts 0

Writing posts is actually the hardest part of running any blog. Everything else up to this point was mostly theoretical or technical stuff, but now we come to what really makes a blog. A nice theme may help grasp a readers attention, a good blogging software might make things easier for you, but if you’re unable to get any posts written…

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Eau d’Gamer: The Good Kind 0

That’s right a line of RPG themed perfume oils. I just heard about Black Phoenix Alchemy and its RPG Line via Geek Girl Diva. Dang, this is pretty cool idea. Black Phoenix makes a whole line of natural scents and body oils. This little grouping is really interesting for you gamers out there, a series

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Old School Podcast: Rippers at RavenCon Actual Play 0

If there was one game that I knew I wanted to get in at RavenCon , it had to be a game run by Paul Charran.  I met Paul at one of his games last year and I learned from him one of the major elements missing from my own games at the time, bringing energy to the table.  Paul is filled with laughter, movie …

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My quest to run a Fudge game 0

I’ve been flirting with the Fudge RPG for quite a while now. It was in April 2009 when I wrote about my plans to run an urban fantasy/horror game for my girlfriend using FUDGE. Alas this game never left the early planning phase. Recently I have thought about a SF game using that system and again, I had huge problems getting started…

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Review – Fiasco 0

Fiasco is a game about plans gone awry, bad decisions made worse, and stupid people doing even stupider things. Okay, so that’s not exactly true because while it may have been inspired by movies like Fargo and A Simple Plan, it turns out that Fiasco is capable of a lot more thanks to the brilliant way playsets interact with the core Fiasco rules. The result …

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Kingmaker: Moral Choices or Being Good Isn’t So Easy 0

We had another session of our Kingmaker game last Friday. Normally, I throw up the funniest parts of the session but this time there was a really good bit roleplaying. Out little kingdom, Ruskov, is basically Good aligned. Our fearless leader is a fighter/cleric and he’s doing a great job of playing the protector and

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RPG Blogging 101: Let’s start at the beginning 0

So you want to start blogging about tabletop RPGs? Alas that’s easier said than done. Especially in the beginning you have to make a lot of decisions that will shape the future of your blogging career. Luckily blogs are not set into stone, so you can change quite a few things later if you are later unhappy with your initial decisions. Why? The first thing you should think about is…

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