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The Mindripper, or, You Want Me to do What With my Adventure?

In the time that I have been writing for TC, I have tried to push myself as a gamer. I enjoy many different facets of the hobby so if I have had a good opportunity to make myself a better GM or a better player, I have tried to take it. One part of the hobby that has gotten my attention recently has been the writing side of things, …

Old School Podcast: Fantasy Flight Games at PAX East talk Mansions of Madness, Warhammer 40k, and more

In his extremely productive wanderings around PAX East, Tracy stalked and successfully caught the Fantasy Flight Games booth, where he procured an interview talking about Mansions of Madness, Warhammer 40k and a product that is almost released, and almost talked about. As always, this podcast is available right here, through DriveThruRPG and on iTunes . Technorati Tags: fantasy flight games , ffg , warhammer , mansions of madness , board…

My homework for you today: try out a new game

Ok, you don’t have to do it today, but if you try out a new roleplaying game in the next six month at least, I would be very pleased. As most of you probably already know I am the total opposite of a monogameist. I have played and run dozens of different game systems from the venerable Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st Edition to …

The Keys To Your Horror Campaign

Sometimes lost beneath the piles of fantasy RPGs, followed by the various incarnations of sci-fi and superhero games, falls the incredibly compelling, but often overlooked genre of horror. I don’t mean a game where player character take on the roles of dark creatures as you might see in White Wolf’s various World of Darkness titles, or Nightbane from Palladium Books, but a game where…

The Keys To Your Horror Campaign

Sometimes lost beneath the piles of fantasy RPGs, followed by the various incarnations of sci-fi and superhero games, falls the incredibly compelling, but often overlooked genre of horror. I don’t mean a game where player character take on the roles of dark creatures as you might see in White Wolf’s various World of Darkness titles, or Nightbane from Palladium Books, but a …

Reclaiming the Blade: A Must See for Fantasy Gamers

If you haven’t seen this documentary, you really should. Even if you aren’t a gamer but have some interest in the the history of swordplay, watch it. This documentary is focused the history of the sword and especially in the scope of the Western world. The rise and fall the art and those attempting to

One of those annoying coming soon posts. And a fantasy babe.

Coming soon to a Greywulf Lair near you! Here’s what you can expect over the new few weeks. Hold on tight folks. It’s going to be one heck of a ride! Ok, enough over-enthusiastic hyperbole. Here’s the list, as much for my use as a reminder as for your entertainment and erudition. The question for you is: which should…

Ask the readers: Does not play well with others…

Over in the  Paizo Blog I’ve been reading with some interest their proposed changes to the  Pathfinder Society Organized Play program. I have never participated on such programs. When I began role playing I was intrigued by the  RPGA , joined and got their  Polyhedron Magazine . I still have the laminated card and the pin somewhere, but besides reading the magazine I never…

Fighting The Gods: Supreme Beings As RPG Enemies

Any time you apply stats to gods for your RPG, you’re playing with fire. Most fantasy games with an epic component allow for this sort of representation of any game’s most powerful beings, but we as designers and Game Masters have to be a little careful when it comes to implementation. If we’re not, we often end up with a big letdown as the endgame comes to …

Web Clip Wednesday: Girls Play D&D

There’s a really good post over at RPG Musings on Gender and RPG’s. I was going to post this clip next week but decided to move it up and add another. First by digging through the bowels of youtube I found this little mini documentary about a D&D group consisting of a male DM and

Quick Review: Pathways #2 – a free Pathfinder ‘zine with tons of good stuff

So you’re looking for some new creatures, a template or two to apply to your existing monsters, maybe some new religions and subdomains?  Interview with Pathfinder folks or reviews of a number of products?  But you don’t want to pay for this, right?  Well you’re in luck, because Rite Publishing’s Pathways Zine is here , and it’…

Feelin’ Froggy? Jump! – Winds of Change Session 6

Right off the bat, here’s the link to the audio for this session . The idea for this session spawned from a conversation I had on Twitter a few months ago. I wanted the party to fight some type of were-creature, but I wanted it to be something other than the standard fare. The result of my questioning led me to the following creature: The Werefrog Pirate. My…

Ends Justify The Means: Vigilantism in RPGs

Vigilantism is a cornerstone of the role-playing experience. Second to the “adventuring party” of the typical fantasy game, which arguably veers into vigilantism as well, I’d say that it’s the biggest core motivation for player characters, particularly in a modern setting. In a fantastic world of “good guys” and “bad guys,” the hero that works outside the law …

You only have yourself to blame

As reported over at 6d6Fireball (among other places), Adamant Entertainment have ended their $1.99 pricing model on all of their products and returned to regular pricing, citing that it isn’t sustainable for their business. This is sad news indeed. What Adamant Entertainment were doing was spear-heading the transition of the PDF RPG market from being one which mimics the print market…

Minigames in roleplaying games

Recently I have started playing Sid Meier’s Pirates! again. Pirates! is a single-player, open world game set into the Caribbean during the late 16th and early to late 17th century. You play a ship captain working as a privateer for either the English, French, Dutch or Spanish. During the game you can freely choose your allegiances, choose to attack enemy ships or towns, hunt pirates, seek…

Building the Barbarian: Creating Complete Characters #1

Good evening, fellow gamers. Today is the day that Complete Characters finally comes back into view. It’s an exciting day for me, as it always is when some of my work makes its way to the public. Briefly, what this retooling means is that the previous incarnation, with its full character description, custom illustration, and systemless stats, now includes stats for the d20 system. Not one set of stats, …

Some More Kingmaker Fun

We had another session of Kingmaker on Friday. At least this time I didn’t run into any bugs. Maybe that’s a bad sign. I dunno. This week we continued building our kingdom. Pretty much mundane stuff. Continued work on roads and built a smithy. Really the whole kingdom building thing is already starting to feel

Inner Sea World Guide: First impressions …

This past Saturday I went down to my FLGS and got my hands on the new Pathfinder RPG campaign setting, the Inner Sea World Guide . Any casual reader of my posts will know I am a homebrewer at heart and that I rarely run pre-published campaigns, but I am not below getting campaigns settings and mining them for ideas, rules or even …

A word on our Alternity April Fool’s post

On April 1st, commonly known as April Fool’s Day, we posted a fake press release claiming we had acquired the rights to Alternity from WotC to create a 2nd edition of that fine game. A few of you have been very disappointed that this was only a joke, since the ‘90s SF roleplaying game is still dear to the heart of many gamers even today. Trust …

It Didn’t Go the Way Your Ancestors Said – Book Review of Colonial Gothic

What if history as we knew it had holes in it? What if the things that we hold true about the French and Indian Wars or American Revolution were only partially true? What if all of those kooks as Salem were really right? That there were witches and magic and all manner of unspeakable things lurking around in the dark, just out of your field of vision? That’s …