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Another Kingmaker Session Is History

We finished up another session of Kingmaker and the characters are up to third level! What can I say about this session? Well, I continue with my mess with bugs every session tradition. This week it was a giant trap door spider. This time it wasn’t much of a bother but our cavalier did use

Using Corkboard.me as a game planner

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m going to save myself a few and begin this post with a screenshot. That’s a screengrab from my browser of Corkboard.me being put to good use by yours truly. This is a free and simple post-it note site that automatically gives you a unique URL (the one for the site above is http://corkboard.me…

Player Advice: Make your character come alive!

This post came out of a conversation I was having with Michael over IM about my nick, Sunglar. I actually came up with the name for a story I wrote in 8 th grade, before I began gaming and ended up using it for my very first character as a player. Sunglar had many incarnations in RPGs, as a character, NPC, even villain, and eventually became my identity …

Introducing the Batman Irregulars

Our heroes have been sent by Batman to investigate tales of a Vampire stalking the streets of Metropolis , and Superman is nowhere to be found. They heroes are reserve members of Batman Incorporated, and eager to prove their worth in their first mission as a team. This is a one-shot adventure to test the waters in the world of DC Adventures . The current Batman …

Who is Sleeping in the Crypt Tonight?

A scenario idea can begin with just two words. In this case, the two words were: Vampire Superman. That’s a combination far too temping to ignore when it gets into your head, an impossible blend of a Child of the Night and a Child of the Sun, a being of unimaginable power and unrelenting evil that….. Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start …

Dying Earth is back with a vengeance!

Some time ago Pelgrane Press lost the license to produce the Dying Earth RPG based on Jack Vance’s classic novels. Recently they reacquired the license and to celebrate this, the Complete Dying Earth bundle on DriveThruRPG is now available for the half of its original price. By the way, if you are just interested in the core rulebook , it has been…

All Wrapped Up: My World Building Wrap-Up Post

So, since my world building series has now wrapped up, it seems appropriate to put together a little article linking to all of the posts in this series and provide you some links to these articles.  The series was a long time running, but I think there is a lot more to be said and there is a lot of other advice out there on world building that you can…

Free Stuff Friday: Redbox Hack

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Redbox Hack Nothing is better than a free game! I discovered Redbox Hack while looking for something to post for FREE STUFF FRIDAY. Redbox is a free RPG that the developer quit working on a few years ago. But he has…

Review: The M&M GM’s Kit

The GM’s Kit is an odd fish, mainly because it isn’t a fish at all. It is basically two otherwise unrelated products bundled together in a way that is either inexplicable, or very clever indeed. I can’t decide which. Thankfully though, both parts of the GM Kit are very good, and at $10 for the PDF or…

Grave Problems – The Dead in Your Game

Image by vasta My wife and I had a conversation about death recently. More specifically, we talked about what we wanted to be done with our bodies when we died. A morbid conversation, maybe, but one that got me thinking about the same issue in role playing games. I’m not a simulationist gamer, but I do like to add little touches and flourishes to my game…

World Building Part 10 – The End of the World as We Know It?

Well, all good things have to come to an end.  This will be my final post in this series on World Building.  I think it has been a pretty fun ride.  I hope I have given at least a few tips that you might be able to find useful.  Today, we’re going to talk about finishing your world…or …

Pathfinder/Dragon Age Redemption: Do you see what I see?

So I did my daily stop by the good old Paizo blog and I saw this post and thought, Wow, if they ever do a Plague of Shadows movie, the casting would be really kind of easy.” Really, folks I can’t be the only person on the planet to have seen this. I’m really not

Quick Review: Adventure Idea Factory

The Adventure Idea Factory from DwD studios does exactly what it sets out to do. It gives GMs a quick and easy way to create a framework for their SciFi game.  Whether you need a one off for a side quest or are looking to set up an entire campaign, the AIF will give you the basics with just …

Crazy Campaign Chronicles: Defenders of the Earth Redux or a Very Pulpy Future!

Introductory note: As Game Master I constantly get ideas for new campaigns. I take notes and file them away on the hopes of one day retaking them. But since I don’t role-play 24/7 I am pretty sure I will never get to play all these campaigns. I’m sure I am not alone on this! Some ideas are just too weird, too strange or simply not a good fit to …

Ultimate History of Dungeons & Dragons

This might have been around for a while, but I only recently discovered it. The Ultimate History of Dungeons & Dragons! I wish I could buy a poster of this and hang it in my office. Click here to view larger version. Related posts: Free Stuff Friday: Dungeons & Dragons Free Stuff Friday: Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Character Sheets Dead Alewives –

D&D, the TV serial

Thought I’d give the iconic four D&D classes a bit of a made for TV make over. I went with the black-and-white toning partly to bring in that old time classic TV serial feel, but also because all those lovely shades of grey could well be a hint that all is not as it first appears. After all – I might not …

If you just can’t wait for Dragon Age: Redemption . . .

Everybody is just craving some more Dragon Age goodness with all the neat stuff coming up in the next few months. One of those thing is Felecia Day’s Dragon Age: Redemption. But let’s not forget a pretty cool machinima series from last year. Warden’s Fall. I was actually surprised at how good this was. It’s

DriveThruRPG’s GM’s Day sale! All TC products 25% off until March 7th!

DriveThruRPG is having their annual GM’s Day sale !  You can get a ton of stuff for 25% off, including Troll in the Corner products ! You’ve got 7 days to get your stuff. Technorati Tags: rpg , role playing games , drivethrurpg , pdf , sale , deal Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: DriveThruRPG enters the Print on Demand market, and I got to beta…

Three Elements for Constructing a Good Adventure

On the train this morning, listening to some New Orleans blues, it occurred to me; I can think about fantasy RPGs even when listening to New Orleans blues!  Also, I realized that any good adventure, be it SciFi, Fantasy or Horror, can be constructed by including three simple elements. Goals, Encounters, and challenges. Let me expand a bit on this by defining these terms and explaining why each is …

Attributes? We need no stinking attributes! Or do we?

For the last few days I have pondered about attributes in roleplaying game. Most of them use a set of attributes that describe the basic physical and mental capabilities of a character. Basically everyone knows D&D’s six classic attributes: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Wisdom, Intelligence, and Charisma. In one form or another the majority of RPGs uses attributes like these. But one question …