back to homepage

Tag "rpg"

Death & Traps 0

Tweet As a Dungeon Master (DM) I have a confession to make. I want to kill a player character at my table. Just one. Not the whole party. Just one, or maybe two and I don’t care which one. I just want to kill one. I have wanted to kill one since I started this 4th edition D&D game two years ago. My D&D game has…

Read More

New RPG forum 0

Tweet Today the “ RPG Table Talk ” forums went life, a new forum for roleplaying game discussions hosted by Jeff Uurtamo of RPG Circus fame.  Currently the number of active threads can be counted with just one hand, but there’s hope that the activity will improve as soon as we get the word out. By the way, Jeff offers…

Read More

Freebie: Arcane Heroes 0

Tweet Yesterday I finished my first play-through of Fable III , the latest game by Lionhead Studios. For some reason this game inspired me to create a 5-paged roleplaying game which uses a few elements similar to what we see in the video game. Characters in Arcane Heroes are members of ancient bloodlines which have produced many great heroes (and dreadful villains) in…

Read More

Why stop with the Anti-Paladin 0

Why should the Paladin be the only Class to get an opposite? What makes those tin-can wearing smugheads so special? Let’s set the record straight with a serious dose of Anti-Everything! As with the Anti-Paladin, these aren’t new classes as such (though they could be) but rather a re-imagining of the class’s origin and outlook through a distorted …

Read More

Chimera Basic is out! Get it now for free! 0

Tweet The Welsh Piper just released his latest RPG: Chimera Basic. Like Chimera 2.0 it’s a rules-lite RPG that can be used in any genre. Chimera Basic is a 42-paged PDF which is a fully-playable preview of the upcoming Chimera 3.0 game. The Basic PDF is free for a limited time, so you should get it now ! Here are a few features of Chimera Basic, copied from the …

Read More

Free Stuff Friday: DinoPirates of Ninja Island 0

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : DinoPirates of Ninja Island Need a game? Need a free game? That what Free Shit Stuff Friday is all about! I got your back. Why not give DinoPirates of Ninja Island a shot? On DinoPirates of Ninja Island website they wrote this stuff up: Ninjas, pirates, …

Read More

Games done right: Lessons from Force Unleashed 0

For starters, let me clarify that this blog post is about the original Force Unleashed, not the newly-released sequel. If it seems weird that I’m talking about a game that has been on the market for two years, you must be new to the blog. I never played Guitar Hero in any incarnation until about nine months ago . I’m still occasionally working on unlocking everything in the 2006 …

Read More

Con on the Cob – Retrospective 0

One might think that with the little time I spent at Con on the Cob (especially in comparison to the multi-day affairs that were my other convention experiences this year) that I wouldn’t have anything to offer in terms of a look back at my experience. The truth is, I learned as much from my time at CotC as I did at any …

Read More

Zombiepocalypse the SpyLite route… 0

Tweet At a recent local convention the Puerto Rico Role Players group set up a table to spread the love for pen and paper rpgs. This time around since we are so close to Halloween I figured what better game to run than a zombie game. I decided to use the SpyLite 2.0 supplement Zombiepocalypse , a handy little 3 page document for turning SpyLite into a zombie game. What’s …

Read More

The dice are falling! 0

Tweet RANT WARNING! The following post contains hyperbole, conjecture and unfounded opinions. Read at your own peril. These days there is a lot of speculation about the death of the pen and paper RPG industry. Those who see the glass half empty make some excellent points about units sold and speculate whether RPGs remain a viable business. Those who see the glass…

Read More

Metagame, RPG Web Series 0

Via Reddit.com/r/rpg , I just discovered a great new gamer web series called Metagame, that focuses on the out of character comedy that transpires at a typical game table, with little dips into character done in some fun, cheesy cartoons. Their first episode, below, is the best place to start.  Though it’s only picking up in the latest episodes, these short little tabletop humor vignettes actually…

Read More

A brief report from Spiele 2010 0

I only was able to go on one day this year to Spiel and for the first time took my eight-year-old son. As a result my pace was somewhat slower – some might say “relaxed” – and I also didn’t have the chance to explore every nook and cranny of all of the halls. However, I…

Read More

Gaming in the Classroom – an interview with Pete Figtree, teacher, gamer, innovator. 0

Pete Figtree is a teacher with a mission.  He is bringing gaming in to the classroom in a way that will positively influence his present and future students.  He is doing something real and important with real students.  I get a neat, shiny and warm feeling whenever I think of this.  Pete has designed coursework to encourage creative thinking, which moves beyond …

Read More

Eclipse Phase – A Study in Philanthropy 0

Tweet If you are even remotely interested in Science Fiction roleplaying games, you might have heard about Eclipse Phase by Posthuman Studios . It’s set in a future where being human is quite different from what it used to be. People’s mind can be transferred to clones or android bodies. Body modification by surgery, bioware or cyberware is common. If you are rich enough, even death…

Read More

The State of the Industry and SPIEL 0

Tweet On last Saturday I attended SPIEL, the international game and toy fair in Essen, Germany. It’s the largest consumer fair of its kind with over 150,000 people attending every year. Especially this year roleplaying game fans in Germany have noticed that there were less RPG publishers at SPIEL than last year and theorized that the RPG hobby is in the decline. For various reasons this contradicts what I…

Read More

Review – Dread 0

Not for the faint of heart! Dread is an innovative horror RPG with (perhaps) the most unusual resolution mechanic out there: a Jenga tower. Although not for everybody, this excellent storytelling game is a tour de force of a rules-light system perfectly matched to its genre – with an exemplary presentation as well. The system is light and elegant…

Read More

Rifts Lawsuit Settlement? Call Your Shot. 0

Good afternoon, dear Internet. It appears that it may be a great day for fans of Rifts, but we don’t yet know any details. It was reported today on the amazing livingdice.com that the Trion Worlds versus Palladium Books legal battle may have finally come to a close. If you’re just joining us and don’t want to go through the whole story as I lay it out…

Read More

Teaching RPGs to Corporate Co-workers 0

So I had a pretty awesome opportunity this week, and I’ve been trying to decide just how to share it. For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been in a program at work designed to help corporate environment folks become… better corporate environment folks. We take classes on topics like communication, innovation, and most importantly for this post, presentation.  Wednesday and Thursday we had a guest…

Read More

Teaching RPGs to Corporate Co-workers 0

So I had a pretty awesome opportunity this week, and I’ve been trying to decide just how to share it. For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been in a program at work designed to help corporate environment folks become… better corporate environment folks. We take classes on topics like communication, innovation, and most importantly for this post, presentation.  …

Read More

Infinities 0

Tweet Roleplaying game settings based on an existing book, movie or computer game franchise can be either a boon or a curse. On the one hand you usually get a fully fleshed-out world which your players are already familiar with. When you play a Star Wars game for example, you don’t need to explain what a Jedi, a blaster or a snow speeder is. After explaining the …

Read More