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Dungeons & Dragons Red Box Review

Tweet I received and early copy of the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Red Box Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starter Set last week. It’s the first product to be released from the 4th edition Essentials product line. I have already posted an unboxing video , but now that I have spent a couple of days with the Red Box it’s time to let you know…

Dealing with Problem Players

One of the things which has been on my mind recently is the issue of dealing with problem players. My weekend group has recently shrunk in size due to a lack of shared vision leading to a horrible rift in the group. What follows is a collection of my thoughts on the issue. The events at my gaming table have left me …

4E AP: Osirion Session #7 (Kelmarane Liberated)

The seventh session of our ongoing 4E D&D campaign tied up a bunch of loose ends and set up the group’s next adventure. Session Summary We started in minutes following the group’s dramatic rescue of their employer, Alma Roveski from the clutches of the gnoll Chieftain and his dark warlock consort. Alma, ever the pragmatic businesswoman despite the peril she had faced moments …

The International Savage Worlds contest: Win the Explorer’s Edition and Deadlands Player’s Guide!

To celebrate another wonderful game system, Savage Worlds, we’ve gotten together with the fine folks at Pinnacle Entertainment Group to give away a few Savage Worlds books.  Since the PEG folks graciously provided the Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition and the Deadlands Player’s Guide, I’ll be happy to ship them off to one lucky winner anywhere I can via the USPS…

Check out these WR&M reviews!

Tweet Recently a few more reviews of WR&M have been released. The first has been written by Ina Vegt of the “ Tales of the Swampwitch’s Adventures ” blog. Some while ago she already reviewed the 4-paged version of the game and now she picked up the revised version to give it another look. Here’s an excerpt from her review: All in all, this is an improvement over …

From campaigns past: The County Men

Our long-running superhero campaign has trod a long and twisting path. The whole campaign began in a faux-Marvel Universe where the events of the Secret Wars took place, but the heroes (and villains) never returned, leaving a void that our superheroes came to fill. Oh, and when I say long-running, I mean long-running. This campaign kicked off while…

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 2: Rivers Run Red

The second installment of Paizo ’s Kingmaker adventure path gets to the heart of the campaign: kingdom-building. The PCs found their fledgling nation and begin to build it up; at the same time, they continue to explore the Stolen Lands and confront its many obstacles. This review is really two in one: a look at the adventure (and supplementary material) and a look at the kingdom…

Lazy Friday Video Post: “John Madden: Dungeon Master”

Tweet I am probably not as familiar with the exploits of John Madden as some of my American readers, but I found this video funny nevertheless. Please enjoy! By the way, have you ever had to deal with a “replacement dungeon master” and things got wrong? If so, please tell us about it in the comments below!

There is no spoon … eh … OSR

Tweet Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to prove that there’s no renewed interest in older editions of D&D and other games, but I want to share my thoughts on the perception of that phenomenon. Recently there was some more discussion about the OSR on Twitter and on various blogs. The whole drama was started when someone discovered a quite…

D&D Essentials “Red Box” Unboxing

Tweet Youseph got his review copy of the new D&D Red Box today and recorded a short unboxing video.

Get your free copy of Retrospect RPG

My entry for RPG Geek’s 24-Hour RPG contest is now available for free download . In case you’re not familiar with the idea, the contest required participants to write a complete RPG from concept to final product in 24 hours or less. I spent about 18 hours on Retrospect , including several hours taking public domain photographs and turning them in to art for the final PDF.

The one RPG I wholeheartedly recommend to any gamer is …

In my case it’s Savage Worlds . Savage Worlds is a generic roleplaying game that allows you to run games in any genre, the rules are easy to learn but have a certain complexity that will not disappoint more tactically-minded players. In fact Savage Worlds can easily be used as miniature strategy game, or you can play it without any miniatures at all. The latest…

What’s in a name?

I’ll admit it, naming non-player characters and places in role playing game is HARD! If you are not careful you’ll end up with names your players will make fun of for years to come. The noble and serious NPCs that will be the key to the plot will not be remembered for his generosity or secret knowledge, but for being called…

Eureka!

Some time ago, Martin Ralya of GnomeStew.com and Engine Publishing asked me if I was interested in reviewing Eureka. I’ve read about Eureka before and since I am chronically under-prepared for my games, it looked like the perfect book for me. So he send me a copy and I was immediately blown away! So what’s Eureka about? Eureka is a 314-paged…

Trying something new…

I’ve never been particularly handy. I’ll write, talk in public, and I can tell a pretty good yarn (or so I’ve been told), but I’m not great with cars or home repair. I’ll hook up your computer or your home theater, but don’t ask me to fix the plumbing; I just don’t have the skill ranks! Likewise my relation with the more “arts and crafts” aspects of our hobby …

The Hit Point Gauge: A nifty alternative for tracking hit points

A recent post on RPG Geek , along with playing some basic D&D with my eight-year-old son this weekend, got me thinking about different ways of tracking hit points and in a stroke of inspiration I came up with this alternative method that I thought I’d share. I’ve tried the method at my table (for both basic D&D and 4th ed) and so…

Old-School Unboxing: Dark Sun

I’m pretty active on Twitter , and I see a lot of interesting things. Most of the people I follow write about, create, or play a lot of RPGs. One of those fine folks is the Newbie DM . This guy does a lot for the game industry through his blog and his podcast (which have been nominated for ENnies). Well, a few days…

Gaming with Kids: Mouse Guard Session #8 (The Lost Session)

A reader pointed out that I suggested in session #7 that session #8 would wrap up the campaign, but session report was missing. The reason? I had forgotten completely about posting the session’s events!  Hence, we have the “lost session” from the Mouse Guard campaign I ran in the fall & winter of 2009. I’ve gone back through my notes although a …

Quick Review: Green Ronin’s Freeport Companion for Pathfinder. Pirates, guns and madness!

Green Ronin has produced a superb Pathfinder expansion with the Freeport Companion , an expansion to their system agnostic A Pirate’s Guide to Freeport . For a decade now Freeport has stood as one of fantasy gaming’s most distinctive cities. Home to pirates, foul cults, terrifying monsters, vicious gangs, crime lords, and corrupt politicians, Freeport is a dynamic setting that offers a unique blend of high adventure …

Play Review of Warrior, Rogue and Mage

This weekend I had an opportunity to sit down and play a new game you might not have heard of yet, but it is definitely something to put on your radar. Background Warrior, Rogue and Mage is written by Michael Wolf of the Stargazer’s World Blog for Stargazer Games .  About a month ago he released it as a 100% free …