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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.  …

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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 …

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Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin 0

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…

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Iron Dynasty – Way of the Ronin 0

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 …

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Aruneus – Where it’s at and what’s coming – or – zombies, goblins, haunted mines and two new classes 0

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 …

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Wolfgang, Baur, Chris Pramas, and Michael Furlanetto to work on new patronage project 0

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…

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Some thoughts on SPIEL ‘10 0

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…

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How to make a kick ass D&D 4e Character card deck, Magic the Gathering style 0

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…

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Free Stuff Friday: Mad Irishman Productions 0

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is: Mad Irishman Productions – Character Sheets Good Gravy this site has a lot of character sheets available for download as PDFs . Character sheets for Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars, True 20, Warhammer, D20 Modern, Arcana Evolved, Lord of the Rings and many more. On The Mad Irishman Productions’s website…

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Communist Sandbox Redux 0

Well, I tried and tried to find my backups but apparently they were on my larger portable hard drive, which got stolen at my old roommates job. Bummer. So I’m trying to recreate some of my better posts. The title of this post is in no way an…

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D&D BITs: Updated sheet 0

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the house rules I’ve been using to add Burning Wheel style Beliefs, Instincts, and Traits to my 4th edition D&D game. I’ve now updated the sheet I’ve been using (which includes all the rules needed). These rules work with any version of D&D (or Pathfinder RPG) although you might need to tweak the…

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World of Aruneus – Play Test Challenge has begun! 0

You let your sword arm droop as you look at your companions.  Three of you are still standing.  The Cleric lies immobile and feverish, surrounded by rotting corpses.  Wiping sweat from your eyes, you shudder as you hear the moaning challenge of the undead coming from the wood to the East..  This days work is not done yet. The first Aruneus Play…

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Kobold Hall for Minecraft, the video preview walkthrough 0

Here’s Kobold Hall from the Fourth Edition D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide recreated in Minecraft. I’m up to Encounter Three so far, so it’s strictly a work-in-progress. Please excuse the horrendous framerate – Minecraft plays wonderfully on my little netbook, but fraps kills it stone dead. I’ll find another way of recording the finished dungeon. If anyone…

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Of Fudge & Fate 0

I don’t know if you have noticed lately, but Fate really seems to have taken off in the last year or two. It doesn’t particularly surprise me. Evil Hat has certainly done a good job of releasing interesting and complete products. That, combined with a good game has been enough to spread the system into more than a few different games. I’ve yet…

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Fudge SRD TiddlyWiki 0

Tweet What’s better than the Fudge SRD? The Fudge SRD in TiddlyWiki format! One of the regulars of the #stargazersworld IRC channel on sorcery.net who goes by the name fudgebob has created a TiddlyWiki of the Fudge system reference document. While all the text is already in, he still needs to do some formatting before it’s truly done! But…

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