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A great opportunity and a good cause!

Tweet I know many fine folk in the blogosphere, in Twitter and other places have already shared the news, but just in case you have missed it, the fine folk at RPGNow and DriveThru RPG have put together a package of products, similar to what they did for Haiti relief after the devastating earthquake in the island nation, this time for Doctors Without Borders Flood …

Building Kobold Hall in Minecraft, part four

Only in Minecraft can the following two statements be true: “I was killed by a pig” and “I’m sorry. I got distracted and built a pyramid instead.”. I’m part way through re-creating Kobold Hall from the 4e D&D DMG in Minecraft, and things are starting to get more than a little silly. We’re up to Encounter Three which is, in …

4E AP: Osirion Session #9 (Lost Empires)

We picked up our game right where we left off last session with Fea’ma’reth and Amaruq clinging on for dear life and the others rushing to their aide. Session Summary As Uno and Shai Hud rushed back to retrieve the remainder of the rope the group had left by the entryway, Amaruq did a balancing act on the narrow beam …

What is Essentials?

One of the exciting new things in the land of D&D 4th Edition (4E) is the release of the Essentials line of products. This line has generated a fair amount of discussion in the online D&D community in large part due to the confusion around what the products mean to the game and why they were made. Given this confusion, I’d like to first outline my understanding of…

Review: D&D Gamma World

In case you’ve been living in Vault 101 for the past 20 years and are unaware, Gamma World is a post-apocalyptic RPG put out by Wizards of the Coast.  The current version (officially named “D&D Gamma World”) comes in a pretty big box.  You’ll be able to easily find it due to the retina burning green of the box, which is a similar color to …

Lapsus Calumni

Tweet Lapsus Calumni is the title of M.S. Jackson’s internet fanzine and its accompanying blog. His more recent fanzine issues contained great material for Warrior, Rogue & Mage . Lapsus Calumni #5 – The Head of Gazoul Lapsus Calumni #6 – Goblyn Grotte Each of these fanzine issues (in PPDF format) contain a short story as introduction, and some high quality roleplaying material. In the…

Corny Coverage – Con on the Cob Day 2

My second day at Con on the Cob started out well, due largely to the efforts of two amazing con goers. You see, I really had planned to go to CotC at the last minute, and I had not arranged for a place at which I could sleep for the night that I was going to be over. I figured something would work out, and thanks to two…

What about Advanced Feats: The Witch’s Brew? A review…

Tweet The fine folk at Open Design , i.e. Kobold Quarterly, are at it again, producing excellent third party products that support the Pathfinder RPG, specifically the classes in the Advanced Players Guide . I received the second installment of their Advanced Feats series, Advanced Feats: The Witch’s Brew , this time dealing with the new Witch class from the Advanced Players guide. I reviewed …

What about Advanced Feats: The Witch’s Brew? A review…

Tweet The fine folk at Open Design , i.e. Kobold Quarterly, are at it again, producing excellent third party products that support the Pathfinder RPG, specifically the classes in the Advanced Players Guide . I received the second installment of their Advanced Feats series, Advanced Feats: The Witch’s Brew , this time dealing with the new Witch class from the Advanced Players guide. I reviewed their previous Advanced Feats …

Corny Coverage – Con on the Cob Day 1

As I mentioned in my first post on the subject, my arrival here at Con on the Cob was somewhat hurried. I left work as soon as I could and made my way north with all speed. The convention is held in the Clarion hotel in Hudson, OH, and there seemed to be enough space for all of the attendees. I got…

Gaming with Kids: The Haunted Mine session (4E D&D)

My son decided to write his own adventure for the first session for our new father-son 4E Dungeons & Dragons games.  He’s playing Demeter, an elf fighter (slayer) who uses a bow. I’m playing Nero Ironflagon, dwarf fighter (knight) who prefers a battle axe.  These are both characters made using the new Player Essentials: Heroes of the …

4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #7 (Fey Dreaming)

The events detailed here cover a single session. From the memoirs of Tiberius Cosmourn Bramblewood, Shepherd and former Windrunner Desnus 29, 471 SL Despite the destruction of the tainted statue, Thalos’s condition has continued to worsen and in some way seems lied to the fate of Cabot who we have learned is a member of the druids. Shades! What has the fool human gotten himself in to? In an attempt …

Corny Coverage – Con on the Cob 2010

I’m writing this well before the time when I’m actually going to be at Con on the Cob , but in the frenzy of packing, I felt the need to sit and clear my head a little. Writing is one of the things that can do that for me, so you lucky TC readers get to be subjected to some pre-con ramblings…

Ask Harry Dresden anything about his new RPG – The Dresden Files

Okay, so the title may be a tad misleading.  It ain’t Harry, as he’s a fictional character and all.  You can get your chance at Leonard Balsera, Fred Hicks, and Ryan Macklin though.  They are integral parts of the team that designed the recently released the highly praised Dresden Files RPG. They have all generously offered to give …

Jumping Jackrabbits! It’s an Icons Review.

I was perusing www.rpg.net, as I tend to do, and I came across a thread where an artist was drawing superheroes on the cheap . I’m talking about a criminally good deal. I looked through the thread some more and discovered it was for something called Wave One, a supplemental product for the upcoming Icons RPG from Adamant . This…

Building Kobold Hall in Minecraft, part three

In contrast to the first Encounter in Kobold Hall, the second one is just a Nice Big Room. Well, when I say nice, I mean “scary tomb chamber”, but you get the idea. There’s no anteroom, no long corrodor and no Pool of Doom this time around. Instead, there’s four stone coffins in the centre (every single group …

Free Stuff Fridays: Javascript Character Generators

Tweet This is usually Youseph’s territory but I’m trying my hand at writing a Free Stuff Friday post because it’s a topic I’ve recently become very interested in, Character Generators. Every so often I become convinced there is a tool out there to help me create characters and NPCs for my games. I’ve tried a lot of them, with wildly different experiences (from elation to frustration) but …

Dawn of a New Age, Part 5

Tweet Well here we are the last installment of my experiment at using the blog to share the introduction I wrote for my upcoming superhero game. I am happy with the way it turned out. I had some corrections to do on the posts as they were published; it’s never easy to edit your own writings. I hope you liked it, my players are still digesting the …

Spiel ’10 is less than a week away!

That’s right, the magnificence that is Spiel ’10 , located in Essen Germany is less than a week away. This will mark my 10th trip to Spiel in a row, although this year I can only attend on Sunday, due to work on Thursday and Friday and the after-school club’s fall game day which will take place on Saturday. Given the size and breadth of the…

Introducing the Stargazer’s World IRC chat channel!

Tweet Stargazer’s World now has a chat channel! This channel is accessible both by chat client (mIRC, Xchat, and so on). It is also accessible by a browser-based Java applet on the network’s website. I will provide instructions for both forms of access: Using an IRC Client 0.) If you do not have a client but wish…