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Palladium Rules Round Table 2: Skill Failure And Success 0

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…

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Wow, D&D is now truly a CCG 0

*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.

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[Horror] Take Your World and Break It 0

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 …

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[Horror] Take Your World and Break It 0

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…

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Palladium Rules Round Table 1: The Importance Of Mechanics 0

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…

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What’s new with Aruneus 0

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 …

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Detroit in Ruins – Photographs of a city in decline 0

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

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What about the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards? A review… (And slight ramble!) 0

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 …

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Huge news: Adamant’s New “App-Pricing” Model 0

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…

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Gauntlgrym Review 0

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

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Total Confusion XXV Reminder – I’d love to see you there! 0

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…

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Gaming-related plans for 2011 … and a look back at 2010 0

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 …

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Gaming-related plans for 2011 … and a look back at 2010 0

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 …

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RPG Solitaire Challenge: 3 Dice 0

Here is my entry for the RPG Solitaire Challenge . I chose the Build a Better Choose-Your-Adventure theme. Hope y’all like it! Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks are wonderful things. They contain little paragraphs scattered across the pages in a seemingly chaotic order, each one ending with a set of choices and numbers which take you flicking through the book to the next paragraph in your personal…

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Initial thoughts on Mutants & Masterminds Third Edition 0

The Second Edition of Mutants & Masterminds is, without a doubt, my all time favourite RPG. As I’m concerned it is as near as you can get to being the perfect role-playing game. It is mechanically flawless, fantastic to play and, despite being unashamedly all about superheroes, a wonderfully generic system that can handle anything you throw at it. And now…

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Ask the Readers: Do you know of any gaming supplements where Puerto Rico is mentioned? 0

Tweet This is a purely personal question, but I figure with the worldly and well read audience of this blog (flattery goes a long way, I know), you out there may know of other instances where my native island of Puerto Rico is mentioned in game materials and/or supplements. This comes from a conversation I was having with a …

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Post Christmas Gaming Loot! 0

Tweet I’m currently on holiday (I love using that term, I feel so refined!) in central Florida, and despite having tickets to various parks the weather has been too cold (I blame my tropical constitution). So instead we’ve been visiting family and practicing that most sacred holiday tradition, shopping! And while I have done some normal shopping, what sort of gamer would I be if I did…

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4e divided by 2 0

One of the (surprisingly few) things that I don’t like about 4e D&D is the speed of advancement. Those class levels fly by and it seems like every session ends with the players levelling up and gaining yet more cool stuff. I’m sure that’s not really the case, but as GM it feels like I’m continually playing catch-up with…

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What about Advanced Feats: The Cavalier’s Creed? A review… 0

Tweet Ok let me say it outright, I love the cover! After complaining about previous covers in the Advanced Feats series, with the exception of The Witch’s Brew, I must say this is my favorite cover thus far. It has action, it tells a story and it makes me want to read what’s behind the digital cover. After such …

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