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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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Old School Actual PlayPodcast Episode 3 – We open doors 0

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG !  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs and Ogres using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode, we get jumped by a pig.  With a stinger! Then we talk a bunch of highly trained, heavily armed troops in to letting us scout…

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Lessons learned from Super Meat Boy, Part Two 0

We’re looking at D&D through the lens of Indie hit Super Meat Boy , and what lessons we can take from the blood-splattered and pixelated screen to our game tables. So far we’ve had part one , so that can only mean one thing: it’s time for part two! Traps are death Traps generally fall into one of …

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Thinking about Old School Games 0

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about OSR games a lot lately. It’s not that not that I have some sort of new found dislike for Pathfinder or any other game. It’s just that I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic and a little annoyed. I keep seeing too much crap about character optimization, splitting

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Mudpuppet 0

Continuing with images of the Batman Irregulars , here’s teeny-tiny Mudpuppet and her Mud Golem. She’s effectively two characters in one – Mudpuppet herself is a capable superhero magic-user in her own right, but then the player can summon the golem, play as him and go smash things. It’s like Raven from Teen Titans and The Thing, …

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Help playtest the High Score RPG 0

High Score is a roleplaying game currently in development by fellow RPG blogger Dennis Santana which has an interesting premise. Each event in the game has a certain high score the players have to reach before they “won” the scene. Of course there might be different objectives. Killing all the bad guys may grant you enough points to finish the scene successfully but rescuing…

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Review: Eternal Lies Suite 0

I love using music in roleplaying games since my first GM used the “Nightmare on Elm Street” soundtrack in a CHILL game he was running. Before that we had no background music but I can remember no session without it after that. Music can touch you at a deeper level than the spoken word can and it’s great to convey emotions. I am …

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Johnny Cool, Johnny Cool 0

I thought it’s about time to put a few renders together of the Batman Irregulars , considering they passed their first mission ‘n’ all. Starting the ball rolling, here’s Johhny Cool with stats repeated below. I could go into details about how tricky it was to get his body to look like it is made of ice – getting the transparency, translucency and…

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And You Thought Your School Was Bad – Book Review of Curriculum of Conspiracy 0

It’s no secret that I fell in love with Monsters and Other Childish Things when I reviewed it some months back. It’s a game that offers you the opportunity to relive childhood, except this time you’ve got a slavering Horror From Beyond as your best friend. When the opportunity came to review an adventure/setting for the game, I was more than pleased to do so…

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First look: Interface Zero (Savage Worlds Edition) 0

Savage Worlds is among my favorite roleplaying game systems and I was quite happy when I heard that Gun Metal Games was going to release their excellent Interface Zero setting for it. Interface Zero is a modern cyberpunk setting which takes the technological advances of the last decades into account. The problem of most available cyberpunk setting is that they are based on an early 1980s understanding of …

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Web Clip Wednesday: Banned Demons & Daggers Commercial 0

Yeah, I’ll probably get a nasty comment or two about 80′s stereotypes and how some really dumb assed people still equate D&D with Satanism. But really it’s still pretty funny. It’s almost a Chick Tract. Hell, if we can make an off colored joke or two about ourselves to illustrate the total ignorance off a

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Need to give your fantasy campaign a boost? Arthurian Mythology to the rescue 0

It happens to the best of us.  Whether it is the start of a new campaign or two years in to an ongoing, persistent world, sometimes coming up with a great adventure hook is tough.  The same old fantasy tropes we’re used to in our games can get boring.  One more orc, one more dragon, one more litch. When this happens to me, I do what…

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RPG Blogging 101: Primer 0

For some time I have been pondering whether I should write a series of blog posts about my second favorite hobby: blogging about RPGs. I asked around on Twitter and the #stargazersworld IRC channel and I got quite a few positive replies. And while I might not be a blogging expert, I think I am around long enough to have learned a…

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Day of Fudge 0

As you probably know I have a soft spot for the Fudge system . Alas I never had the opportunity to actually run a game with it, but from time to time I leaf through the huge Fudge 10th Anniversary book and think about what games I could run with it. And perhaps the upcoming “Day of Fudge” is finally my chance to play or run some Fudge. Every first Saturday…

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3 to 18: Why do we really need it? 0

Let’s face this is a sacred cow that really deserves to be taken out back slaughtered and then barbecued. Really the 3 to 18 for attributes mean pretty much nothing after character generation. Most of the uses for your attributes use just the modified and not the attribute itself. Skill checks, Saving throws, attacks damage

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Convention Report: RavenCon 2011 0

Another Con weekend washes away in a haze of cheese dusted fingers, steampunk costumes, and hoarse throats.  This weekend, I went to Richmond, Virginia’s very own RavenCon ! None of our readers will be surprised that I spent hours upon hours hunched or standing over game tables casting dice to the fates this weekend, but RavenCon is actually not…

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Review: Dragon Warriors 0

Dragon Warriors is a classic British fantasy roleplaying game that has originally been released in the mid-eighties by Corgi Books. In 2008 Magnum Opus Press released Dragon Warriors in a new edition which basically compiles the material of the original game into a series of new books. The core rulebook is a 258-paged hardcover book with mostly black-and-white interior. The book has a pretty clean…

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Get 20% off of selected titles at DriveThruRPG this month 0

Like in the months before I can provide you with the coupon code for a 20% discount for selected titles at DriveThruRPG . This month’s code is DTRPGAprilPodBlog2011 and it’s valid for the following products: Dirty Secrets [Dark Omen Games] Wraith Recon [Mongoose] Lexicon of Traps [Ennead Games] Shadow, Sword & Spell [Rogue Games] Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. [Third Eye Games] Enjoy! Print PDF Related posts: 20% discount @ …

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I got my JourneyQuest DVD! 0

My JourneyQuest Season 1 DVD came in the mail Friday! This is another piece of comedic geeky greatness from the folks behind Gamers and Dorkness Rising. I sense another cult classic coming on and it’s well deserved. JourneyQuest is the tale of the reluctant and incompetent hero, the wizard Perf and his companions; Nara the

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Campaign Primer Ideas! Part 1 0

Fellow poster, and all around nice guy, Shinobicow (who also has a really cool nick, but I digress) wrote an excellent series of posts on World Building that he shared here on the blog. They are full of useful advice to get your campaign creation juices flowing.  One in particular caught my attention, Part 8 , on actually getting your campaign started, touched up on a …

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