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Quick Hit: Discarding d20 Stats

So, as I build the new d20 Modern character sheets for my Complete Characters , I’ve decided to exclude a few stats that I have come to view as extraneous, and easily replaced should any particular Game/Dungeon Master decide to add them back in. These are Reputation. I feel like this modifier limits the character creation process, and isn’t really that useful for a character that is …

4E AP: Osirion Session #11 (Old Friends & Enemies)

Another somewhat abbreviated report as I attempt to get caught up. Session Summary Having decided the easiest and least violent way to eliminate the Katapeshian Pactmasters’ interest in Kelmarane was to destroy the pesh cacti fields and that the only effective way to do that was to infect the field with Feverblight. The irony here was that they would need a sizable …

World Building Part 5 – Macro meets Micro

In the last few weeks, I have focused on fairly broad ideas in this series on world building, but now I want to get a little closer to actually designing your campaign setting.  There are two words that get thrown around a lot when it comes to campaign setting genesis: micro and macro.  Lots of people, famous people, have talked about world building …

How Do We Sleep While Our Beds Are Burning? – Book Review of Misspent Youth

Sometimes, enough is just fucking enough. You’ve been kicked, beaten down, repressed, controlled and it’s time to do something about it. You’re young, you’re a little idealistic and you’re mad as hell. It’s time to pull out the stops and give The Man a big, fat middle finger. Sound like a good time? Then you’ll want…

4E AP: Osirion Session #10 (Separate Ways)

Due to a heavy work load I fell behind writing my campaign summary despite the sessions marching onwards. Over the next couple days I hope to get caught up. As a result these are going to be more cursory than my normal AP reports. A lot has changed since this session (which occurred way back in November), not the least of which is we’ve stopped playing 4th edition D&D…

Free Stuff Friday: Vikings & Valkyries

Tweet Some of you probably know Mazes & Minotaurs the old-school game which is much younger than it claims and which is set into Mythica, which is a mythic version of ancient Greece. Today my good friend Andrew pointed out a thread on theRPGSite to me that mentions Vikings & Valkyries, an alternate setting for M&M. When I was a kid I loved reading ancient myths…

The Future Will Not Save Us – Book Review of Maschine Zeit

There comes a time in every review’s life when they look out over the landscape of the products they review and they ask themselves: “What need is there for another product in genre X?” In RPGs, there are obviously the heavy-hitters in every genre and there are groups of indie darlings that have bright flashes that may or may not last. After…

The Future Will Not Save Us – Book Review of Maschine Zeit

There comes a time in every review’s life when they look out over the landscape of the products they review and they ask themselves: “What need is there for another product in genre X?” In RPGs, there are obviously the heavy-hitters in every genre and there are groups of indie darlings that have bright flashes that may or may not…

What about Kobold Quarterly, specifically the winter issue, number 16? A review…

Tweet The publishers of Kobold Quarterly , Open Design Publishing, provided us with a review copy of their latest issue, the winter edition of their excellent publication, number 16 . Michael has written about the magazine before, issue 10 to be exact, and I’ll try not to repeat what he said before. He offered a great overview and I invite you to read his post which gives …

Hide Yo’ Brains, Hide Yo’ Brainpans! – Book Review of Outbreak: Undead

In June of last year, my players asked me to run a zombie game for them. I adapted the Pathfinder rules to accomodate that kind if game and I was rewarded with three really good sessions of gaming. However, I felt like the game wasn’t sustainable, which is why it only lasted three sessions. What should have happened, had we wanted to continue with a zombie-themed game…

Roleplaying in the world of Star Trek

Tweet I still remember the late 70s, early 80s when I first watched Star Trek on TV. My parents actually introduced me to the series, since they were fans themselves back then. Luckily for me, Star Trek was shown in the afternoons, so I was able to watch it regularly. I didn’t mind the sometimes bad acting, weird scripts and the flimsy cardboard …

Roleplaying in the world of Star Trek

Tweet I still remember the late 70s, early 80s when I first watched Star Trek on TV. My parents actually introduced me to the series, since they were fans themselves back then. Luckily for me, Star Trek was shown in the afternoons, so I was able to watch it regularly. I didn’t mind the sometimes bad acting, weird scripts and the flimsy cardboard sets. I was thrilled by …

Quick Hits: 2011 Tasks

I never got around to doing this in the last couple of weeks since 2011 has stormed in, but I have a few minutes here during my lunch break, so I thought I would ramble on about what is to come here on the blog, and for Jason Richards Publishing. 2010 was great, and saw some good things happen. Wrote a little for Palladium, turned in my manuscript for Chaos Earth: …

Quick Hits: 2011 Tasks

I never got around to doing this in the last couple of weeks since 2011 has stormed in, but I have a few minutes here during my lunch break, so I thought I would ramble on about what is to come here on the blog, and for Jason Richards Publishing. 2010 was great, and saw some good things happen. Wrote a little …

School is back in session

School is now back in session and that means the after-school gaming club starts up again tomorrow. First on our agenda is finishing up our Dresden Files RPG character creation session, including the shared stories and their associated Aspects. With six players I expect this will take the entire session with actual play starting up next week. As far as where we’ll begin, I think …

Essentials is not a Porsche

Few people would disagree that the Porsche 911 GT2 is a fantastic car. With iconic looks, decades of award-winning history and heart-stopping speed and acceleration, it well deserves its place in the Motoring Hall of Fame. The D&D Essentials line is not like a Porsche 911 GT2. For a start, it’s not a car. It’s a lot cheaper too. But it is…

Fortune Cards, my two cents…

Tweet There’s been a storm in the Twitterverse and the Blogosphere, a storm of FORTUNE! (Fate would have sounded much cooler, thanks designers at WotC for ruining my opening line; you are the cause of all evil!) Well that does seem a little bit extreme, but I had NO idea what the D&D Fortune Cards until I started reading tweets about them. So I went …

Midgard

Tweet Recently Open Design LLC has started Midgard , their most ambitious Open Design project ever. Wolfgang Baur, Brandon Hodge and Jeff Grubb are co-authors of this upcoming campaign setting for BOTH Pathfinder and D&D 4th Edition. The news post on the Kobold Quarterly website also mentions the possibility of using Green Ronin’s AGE system (from the Dragon Age RPG). But of …

Bridging the Gap

Tweet There is a lot of animosity between the old-school and new-school gaming groups. A lot of this I think is unnecessary. I mentioned briefly in my introduction that I am more of an old-school gamer. This isn’t entirely true. While I do enjoy the older games much more than the newer ones. There is a…

Bridging the Gap

Tweet There is a lot of animosity between the old-school and new-school gaming groups. A lot of this I think is unnecessary. I mentioned briefly in my introduction that I am more of an old-school gamer. This isn’t entirely true. While I do enjoy the older games much more than the newer ones. There is a lot…