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The stars are right… For a winner! The results of the Realms of Cthulhu Giveaway Contest

Following the post for the Realms of Cthulhu giveaway, many of our loyal readers sent in their submissions and once the contest closed we sat down to give each one good read. After much consideration and difficult deliberation, Michael and I have agreed on a winner. All entries were excellent, making the deliberation process an arduous one. We thank each and everyone who …

What about SORD? A (short) review…

Some days ago I wrote about game master screens and readers correctly pointed out that even if I don’t use a traditional screen, when I use my laptop in the game the computer serves the same purpose as the screen. Think of it as my electronic game master screen! Behind this screen I keep my campaign notes on Excel, PDF copies of several documents…

Traveller and other games

I’ve got this sudden desire to run some Traveller. This desire is particularly odd since the last time I played Traveller was back when I was about 13, and that was only for one session in any case. Then I’ve occasionally looked at the rulebooks, but the last time was over a decade ago. In fact, it’s getting closer to two…

Character Journals

I know I’m not the first/only DM/player to like/use these (I’ll stop with the / now, promise), but I’ve suddenly felt the urge to write about them. When I was running one of my very first ever D&D campaigns I had set up a small, free forum which I used with my players to schedule games, post game recounts, link pictures, tell jokes, …

My GenCon Schedule

Recently Zachary Houghton posted his GenCon schedule . I think this is a great idea, because so you a) know where you find him, if you want to meet him and b) other GenCon attendees can see what events other people are attending. This year I will attend GenCon for the first time and I picked a couple of seminars to attend to. But like Zach’s schedule, mine …

Video Review: Fantasy Craft

On the weekend I finally sat down and tried to record a video review of Fantasy Craft . I am using the word “try” because the result is probably not the best review possible but it works as a proof of concept.  The text I am spoken was pretty much improvised on the spot, there has been some glaring editing errors and after watching the video …

Video Review: Fantasy Craft

On the weekend I finally sat down and tried to record a video review of Fantasy Craft . I am using the word “try” because the result is probably not the best review possible but it works as a proof of concept.  The text I am spoken was pretty much improvised on the spot, there has been some glaring editing errors…

Planning for IndieCon 2010

I’m all set to go to IndieCon 2010 which will be taking place November 4-7th in Dorset, UK. I had a blast at last year’s convention and am really looking forward to this year as well. I’m already planning on what games I’ll be running – I definitely will run a demo session (maybe two) of my soon-to-be-released …

InSpectres movie teaser

I’m really curious to see what the final film will be like. In case you’ve never heard of InSpectres , you can read my review .

Hypothetical: Buying A Custom Campaign

This came up in the discussion from earlier this week about how much players should know about a given game session, be it the adventure, the stats for monsters, the layout of the dungeon, etc. With how accessible game information is to players, be it online or in soucebooks that a given player is likely to own, the theoretical was raised about having a…

Trion Adding Insult to Injury?

Trion is now just trying to mess with Palladium’s collective head. I just read over at mmorpg.com about the new character class for Rift: Planes of Telera, the upcoming MMO game that has resulted in legal battles with Palladium Books. What’s this new class? The Rift Walker. Of course, to fans of Palladium’s Rifts RPG, this invokes the imagery of the iconic Ley …

A Palladium Fan Boycott Of Trion? Not So Fast

For weeks now, we’ve been following the legal struggle between traditional RPG publisher, Palladium Books, and the up-and-coming MMO developer, Trion Worlds. The issue at hand? The rights to the title, “Rift” for a video game. I won’t relive the whole saga here and now, but if you want to catch up, you can view all of the relevant posts about it here . …

What about the ICONS Character Folio? A review…

I am a confessed ICONS fan, you can see my review and various character write ups ( here , here and here ), so when new products came up for sale in RPGNow I was thrilled. The new products are ICONS: The Skeleton Key , an adventure, and the ICONS Character Folio , an electronic tool to help create characters, randomly or point based. The blurb for the Character …

Free Stuff Friday: Risus

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This weeks Free Stuff is : Risus Looking for a quick and easy rules light RPG to play? Look no further than Risus. On the Risus Website they wrote this stuff up : Risus is a complete Role Playing Game (RPG) designed to provide an “RPG Lite” for those nights when the brain is too tired for…

Should Wizards of The Coast introduce public playtesting?

Given the outcry (is that too strong a word? I dunno) about the new D&D Essentials line and the ongoing changes to the system made by the Errata and Updates, my question is a simple one: Should Wizards of The Coast introduce public playtesting for key changes to D&D before making them official? After all, it’s far easier to fix…

List of nominees for the 2009 Indie RPG Awards

The list for the 2009 (as in these games were released in 2009) Indie RPG awards has been made public – wow, there are a lot of great games on the list. You can check it out here .

Is the OSR mainly driven by nostalgia?

I am not sure what got me thinking but recently I asked myself why all the retro clones have to look like they were produced back in the day? In most cases, the layout, the artwork is reminiscent of the RPG products of the 80s or even the mid to late 70s. I don’t know a single new old-school …

Soapbox Games Reviews

Moritz Mehlem, a German old-school advocate who is pretty well known for his blog “ Von der Seifenkiste herab ” and his involvement in the Labyrinth Lord community, has recently started releasing his works on DriveThruRPG / RPGNow under the “ Soapbox Games ” name. I’ve had the chance to review some of his works. Let’s start with The Adventurer , a new class for Labyrinth…

It’s not what you say, but how we read it

Ah Mr Mearls. You sure do have a way with letting your well meaning and well written words cause controversy, don’t you? The Commencing Countdown article which serves to officially introduce the D&D Essentials line and begin the big push to launch took off on the intertubes like a backfiring rocket with all and sundry bemoaning that…. well, I’m getting ahead of myself. …

Review: End Time

Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere’s End Time is a dark vision of the future, a world where the stars where right and humanity had to abandon Earth. The book itself also had a quite tumultuous past. The basic idea came from LaBossiere’s own adventure Blood Moon which has been published in Chaosium’s Strange Aeons. Then “End Time” was meant to be published by Pagan Publishing but…