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One plus one equals four: Solo Gaming With 4e

Let’s face it. Four Edition D&D is unashamedly geared toward group play. This is a game which has taken a leaf out of MMORPGs (and, I would argue, the superhero genre) and each character has a specific role and set of duties in a team. The Defender acts as a shield for the others, the Controller takes down hordes of foes, the Striker goes against them one by one, …

Off to Action 2011 in Rheindahlen

This weekend is Action 2011 in Rheindahlen, Germany. I’ve been going to Action faithfully for the past 7 years and while it’s largely aimed at historical miniatures, I always find something interesting to look at or play. Unfortunately this is the final year for the convention since the NATO base that it’s held on is preparing to close and the club has decided to end…

Lazy Friday Video Post: A Night’s Work

In the ‘90s I played a lot of Shadowrun . It has been one of my favorite games for quite a long time and even though I always struggled with the rules I have a lot of fond memories of that game. Yesterday my friend and fellow RPG blogger Roberto pointed this video out to me: It’s a promotion video created by now…

One Million XP

1,000,000XP is how many experience points it takes to go from 1st level to 30th level in Fourth Edition D&D. A large part of the game is how you get from one end of the scale to the other. It’s a journey full of adventure, excitement, danger, not to mention a whole horde of monsters to be slain along the way. …

The Legend of the Skull Fairy

One of the fun things things about gaming is how sometimes things just happen spontaneously. Just one little comment can lead to a whole new bit of lore. Such is the case with the Skull Fairy. Just like any other parents, orcs want to instill certain virtues in their children. As orc children play and

Treating In-Game Relationships with Respect

I was reading through my RSS feed today when I came across this post over at More Than Dice. Go ahead, give it a read. … Done? Great. Let’s talk about why I found it interesting. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts about the campaign I’m running with my home group ( The Winds of Change ), then you’ll know that…

Adult themes in RPGs

WARNING – While this is NOT a post about Porn the RPG (imagine the stats for that game) or a review about the Book of Erotic Fantasy , it will deal with complex issues, or what may be called “adult” topics and whether they belong in an RPG game. If such themes offend you, disturb you, or are not appropriate, please read…

Web Clip Wednesday: The Dungeon Master

Yet another gaming comedy. But I recognize some of the faces in this little clip. To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s going to be good or what. But we shall see. The Dungeon Master Trailer from The Strong Brothers on Vimeo.

Batman Irregulars versus Vampire Superman, part four

Our heroes are on the ground, and Vampire Superman is hovering above them, looking down. This is Not A Good Place To Be. So far they’ve done a pretty good job of battling Silver Banshee and she has teleported away. It’s time for the main attraction. Now, it has to be said that Superman is not the smartest superhero around…

Crypts and Things

When it comes to the Old-School Renaissance I have some mixed feelings. On the one hand I enjoy the simple old-school charm of games like Swords & Wizardry or X-Plorers, but on the other hand I am unhappy with the lack of innovation and creativity in this part of our hobby. Games like the aforementioned X-Plorers , Stars…

Kingmaker: Welcome Storm Lake & Some Great Roleplaying

We just started our city for Kingmaker. Storm Lake. We haven’t gotten that far. We have a castle, some housing, started a road and some farm land. This part of Kingmaker is what everyone has been talking about. It’s a pretty abstract system. We’ve likened it playing Settlers of Cataan, Age of Empires or Civilization.

Kingmaker: Welcome Storm Lake & Some Great Roleplaying

We just started our city for Kingmaker. Storm Lake. We haven’t gotten that far. We have a castle, some housing, started a road and some farm land. This part of Kingmaker is what everyone has been talking about. It’s a pretty abstract system. We’ve likened it playing Settlers of Cataan, Age of Empires or Civilization.

Kingmaker: Welcome Storm Lake & Some Great Roleplaying

We just started our city for Kingmaker. Storm Lake. We haven’t gotten that far. We have a castle, some housing, started a road and some farm land. This part of Kingmaker is what everyone has been talking about. It’s a pretty abstract system. We’ve likened it playing Settlers of Cataan, Age of Empires or Civilization.

Kingmaker: Welcome Storm Lake & Some Great Roleplaying

We just started our city for Kingmaker. Storm Lake. We haven’t gotten that far. We have a castle, some housing, started a road and some farm land. This part of Kingmaker is what everyone has been talking about. It’s a pretty abstract system. We’ve likened it playing Settlers of Cataan, Age of Empires or Civilization.

Kingmaker: Welcome Storm Lake & Some Great Roleplaying

We just started our city for Kingmaker. Storm Lake. We haven’t gotten that far. We have a castle, some housing, started a road and some farm land. This part of Kingmaker is what everyone has been talking about. It’s a pretty abstract system. We’ve likened it playing Settlers of Cataan, Age of Empires or Civilization.

Kingmaker: Welcome Storm Lake & Some Great Roleplaying

We just started our city for Kingmaker. Storm Lake. We haven’t gotten that far. We have a castle, some housing, started a road and some farm land. This part of Kingmaker is what everyone has been talking about. It’s a pretty abstract system. We’ve likened it playing Settlers of Cataan, Age of Empires or Civilization.

Batman Irregulars versus Vampire Superman, part three

One of the (many) fun things about Mutants & Masterminds is that what is written on the character sheet is just a starting point. You can guarantee that once the action starts, your players will come up with all kinds of awesome funky stunts and tricks, and the game comes alive. Here’s a case in point. Our heroes have been sent by Batman Himself to …

Batman Irregulars versus Vampire Superman, part three

One of the (many) fun things about Mutants & Masterminds is that what is written on the character sheet is just a starting point. You can guarantee that once the action starts, your players will come up with all kinds of awesome funky stunts and tricks, and the game comes alive. Here’s a case in point. Our heroes have been…

Breaking the d20 Paradigm

“Dear d20 System, we’ve had a good run you and me… No, no relax, this is NOT that conversation. I am not breaking up with you! I just think we should see other people. You have your legions of adoring fans, and that shiny new 4 th edition, you can see whoever you want, I have met some new systems, Indies mostly, and I want to explore my options. You …

So. How do you follow Vampire Superman?

Here is a not so subtle clue.