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Games done right: Lessons from Force Unleashed

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 …

Con on the Cob – Retrospective

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 …

Zombiepocalypse the SpyLite route…

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 …

The dice are falling!

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…

Metagame, RPG Web Series

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…

A brief report from Spiele 2010

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…

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

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 …

Eclipse Phase – A Study in Philanthropy

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…

The State of the Industry and SPIEL

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…

Review – Dread

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…

Rifts Lawsuit Settlement? Call Your Shot.

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…

Teaching RPGs to Corporate Co-workers

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…

Teaching RPGs to Corporate Co-workers

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.  …

Infinities

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 …

Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin

Tweet It’s been months since Gen Con and I still haven’t read all the books I’ve picked up there, let alone reviewed them. One of the books that impressed me most in August was Reality Blurs ’ Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin , a fantasy setting for Savage Worlds written by Sean Preston.  At first glance it might look like a run-of-the-mill “feudal Japan…

Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin

Tweet It’s been months since Gen Con and I still haven’t read all the books I’ve picked up there, let alone reviewed them. One of the books that impressed me most in August was Reality Blurs ’ Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin , a fantasy setting for Savage Worlds written by Sean Preston.  At first glance it might look like a run-of-the-mill “feudal …

Aruneus – Where it’s at and what’s coming – or – zombies, goblins, haunted mines and two new classes

A lot has happened since my last official update in late July , so lets dig right in and see what’s new! Last December I sat down with a good friend and we talked a bit about what a standard high fantasy world would be like if a worldwide zombie apocalypse were to happen to it.  What would happen to the various …

Wolfgang, Baur, Chris Pramas, and Michael Furlanetto to work on new patronage project

Tweet I just got word from Open Design that they’ll be launching a new adventure design project called “ Dark Deeds in Freeport ”. As already revealed in the title, Wolgang Baur (Kobold-in-chief of Kobold Quarterly ), Chris Pramas ( Green Ronin ) and Michael Furlanetto will be all on deck for this new adventure. It will be set into Green Ronin’s Freeport setting and compatible with…

Some thoughts on SPIEL ‘10

Tweet On Saturday my girlfriend and I accompanied some friends to the world’s biggest consumer fair for gaming, the SPIEL in Essen, Germany. On over 44,100 square meters, all kinds of games are shown, sold and played. From what I’ve heard approximately 152,000 people visit SPIEL every year, which makes it five times larger than this year’s Gen Con. And from what I’ve experienced this…

How to make a kick ass D&D 4e Character card deck, Magic the Gathering style

Ben from Ben’s RPG Pile has a fantastic idea.  Create a character deck in the style of M:tG for players to quickly reference their character, powers, items and whatnot.  Here Ben shows how to make a Dungeons and Dragons character deck (Magic style). See how he assembles the cards and all the different kinds that make a typical deck. Technorati Tags: D&D , rpg…