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My 2011 Gaming Resolutions

I’m a few days late since I was on vacation through the holidays, but better late than never. Here are my 2011 game-related resolutions: Continuing playing RPGs on a weekly basis – we get to play nearly every Sunday now, up from once per month just a couple years ago, and I’d like to keep that going so …

World Building Part 4 – Campaign Setting Genre

Tweet Last week, I took a short break from this series because of travel and the holidays, but I am back this week to talk about the genre that your game world is going to fit into. In the last post in this series, we talked about the importance of deciding the tone you want for your world. While world tone is the first thing you…

World Building Part 4 – Campaign Setting Genre

Tweet Last week, I took a short break from this series because of travel and the holidays, but I am back this week to talk about the genre that your game world is going to fit into. In the last post in this series, we talked about the importance of deciding the tone you want for your world. While world tone is the first thing…

Palladium Rules Round Table 3: Skill List Overload

Preparing for skill selection feels like this Goal #1 for today’s blog installment? Keep it to fewer than 100,000 words. It seems somehow wrong to ramble overly long about trimming the fat out of what many feel is a bloated system, so I’ll dive right in. Skill overload There are tons of skills in the Palladium system. Hundreds of them occupy scores of pages in core rulebooks, …

Book Review: Pathfinder Bestiary 2

No matter what kind of GM you are, chances are that, at some point in time, you’ve needed something… more. The usual round of orcs, goblins and dragons. But, by now, you’ve likely taken your players through most of the usual suspects. You’ve added templates, class levels and you’ve used all of the monsters that you’ve …

Wile E. Coyote at your service!

Tweet Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, genius. I am not selling anything nor am I working my way through college. Wrong cartoon? My name is Michael Garcia from all over the US. Currently in Oklahoma. I know, right? I’ve gamed since I was about 10 years old with the 1st Edition AD&D. Most of the time we didn’…

Wile E. Coyote at your service!

Tweet Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, genius. I am not selling anything nor am I working my way through college. Wrong cartoon? My name is Michael Garcia from all over the US. Currently in Oklahoma. I know, right? I’ve gamed since I was about 10 years old with the 1st Edition AD&D. Most of the time we…

Palladium Rules Round Table 2: Skill Failure And Success

Time to learn. About skills. As we move forward in our discussion about various dice mechanics in various Palladium Books games, our spotlight falls on a fairly large hot-button item: skills. While most elements of Palladium’s system (and, in fact, the system of any publisher) have fans and detractors, skills have perhaps the widest variety of complaints. Today, I think we’ll talk principally about the actual mechanics of how…

Wow, D&D is now truly a CCG

*Gag* I predicted this would happen when WotC announced that the Gamma World boosters would involve a collectible element. This one is the ultimate in stupidity though: I especially love the fact that these are clearly being positioned to be released in waves of card series. Talk about ruining a RPG by monetizing every aspect of it.

[Horror] Take Your World and Break It

Tweet One of the most powerful ways to run a modern day horror campaign is to take the familiar and start blending in a little bit of strange.  The differences don’t have to be dangerous right away, just strange enough to make the players feel threatened or at least ill-at-ease.  This form of discomfort keeps the players …

[Horror] Take Your World and Break It

Tweet One of the most powerful ways to run a modern day horror campaign is to take the familiar and start blending in a little bit of strange.  The differences don’t have to be dangerous right away, just strange enough to make the players feel threatened or at least ill-at-ease.  This form of discomfort keeps the players guessing as to what…

Palladium Rules Round Table 1: The Importance Of Mechanics

Gather round, friends and neighbors, as I begin this first discussion by standing on this conveniently placed soapbox. I promise the speech portion of this discussion will be short, then we’ll get into the back-and-forth of honest Internet conversation. I just think that I should firmly establish a few positions, so everyone knows where I’m coming from as we begin this academic journey together. If, when I…

What’s new with Aruneus

We’re a few days in to 2011 and getting closer to completion of the Aruneus project !  Here’s a brief overview of where the project stands and what’s coming soon. In late 2010, the Zombies and Orcs each went through several rounds of playtesting with great results.  The Zombies are in the process of being revised a final time.  The Orcs will see a few changes …

Detroit in Ruins – Photographs of a city in decline

These are some very haunting, cool, and evocative photos of just a few of the once grand, now decrepit, places in Detroit. The first thing that springs to my mind is “post-apocalyptic” making these great sources of inspiration or props for games like Apocalypse World or Gamma World. http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/jan/02/photography-detroit

What about the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards? A review… (And slight ramble!)

Tweet With such a convoluted title to this post, I better make some sense out of this! What is this post? First and foremost a review of the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards … What are this cards I speak of? Well they are part of a series of GameMastery Cards produced by Paizo that illustrate treasure, items, NPCs, etc. While I …

Huge news: Adamant’s New “App-Pricing” Model

Just before Christmas, the good folks at Adamant Entertainment dropped the price of all their PDF products to just $1. Considering these are the guys who released the utterly lovely ICONS RPG, that’s not a sale you wanted to miss. Now they’ve upped the ante even further by announcing it’s not a sale, but a major shift in…

Gauntlgrym Review

Haven’t read a book from R. A. Salvatore for a while, but wouldn’t spare some time to get back together with friends of old: Drizzt and Bruenor (Especially if you got the book as gift from your wife). It was time to return to Forgotten Realms with R.A Salvatores Gauntlgrym: A first book in new

Total Confusion XXV Reminder – I’d love to see you there!

What are you doing February 24th through the 27th?  If you’re going to be anywhere near New England, then I hope you’ll stop by Total Confusion XXV and say hello! Total Confusion is New England’s largest gaming convention.  There will be non-stop RPG stuff going on the entire time, as well as healthy amounts of other tabletop and LARP events thrown in for…

Palladium Game Mechanics: What Shall We Discuss?

Time to dissect.

Gaming-related plans for 2011 … and a look back at 2010

Tweet Last year I posted a long list with things I wanted to do in 2010. And as expected I didn’t actually reach all the goals I’ve set myself. But that’s not necessary a bad thing. Before talking about what I intend to do in 2010 let’s have a look back at my resolutions from 2010. Play some new games While I only managed to play one of the games I’ve listed …