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RPGNow/DriveThruRPG discounts for July

Like last months readers of blogs participating in One Book Shelf ’s blog support program get a 20% discount on a large number of PDF products! This time the coupon is good for the products of the  following publishers: 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming Action RPG Counters ComStar Crafty Games DragonWing Games Erisian Entertainment Generic Universe Publishing Holistic Design Kallisti Press Louis Porter Jr…

How Much Should Players Know?

I was musing to myself while mowing the yard yesterday, in addition to how much of a pain home ownership can be, about how role-playing sourcebooks are put together, to whom they are targeted, and how I, as a game designer, can create the most utility in my products for the widest possible scope of gamers. So, here I am bringing these thoughts to you, instead …

4e errata update: Wizards and Rogues do happy dance

Wizards of the Coast have posted the a fresh batch of errata …. I mean Updates,  to Fourth Edition D&D and the big winners this time around are the Wizards and Rogues in your team. There’s other changes including a bunch for the Cleric, but frankly they don’t interest me. Clerics. Bah! For the Rogues, the Tumble second level Utility now lets the Rogue Shift up…

Review: Cthulhu Rising

Usually Call of Cthulhu games are set into the 1920s, the Victorian age or modern times. But there are some exceptions. This week I want to have a look at two books that help Keepers running Call of Cthulhu games in the future. Cthulhu Rising starts off as a classic SF setting. Humanity has reached the stars, FTL travel, extrasolar colonies, androids and artificial intelligence …

Other sources of inspiration for RPGs: Comics

It’s easy to list off the inspiration and influences from literature and movies on role playing games. Historically there are lists and appendixes dedicated just to this. The newly released (and excellent by the way) Pathfinder Game Mastery Guide has an updated version of a similar Appendix in the AD&D 1 st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. While I can certainly find my influences on…

Review: Hounds of G.O.D.

Hounds of G.O.D. by Adam J. Weber Games is a

Character du Jour: Ratman

When nerdy insular Drew Duayne saw his wealthy socialite parents gunned down by a laughing criminal, he ran. After several months the search was called off and he was declared missing, presumed dead. Ten years later, he returned. Drew had fled into the sewers, hiding in the comforting darkness. Silence enveloped him as he considered his fate and the evil he had faced that day. That was when they…

The Price of Superheroes

Anyone else notice there’s a Superhero Price War going on at RPGNow? It all started when ICONS hit the scene. That came in at a discounted price of just $14.95. Mutants & Masterminds Second Edition promptly dropped to a mere $9.99 (probably also spurred by the imminent release of Third Edition) and now we have Villains & Vigilantes released for just $7.50! Seriously, there’s no better time…

Free Stuff Friday – Firefly RPG

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This weeks Free Stuff is : Firefly RPG Here’s How It Is… The Earth got used up, and we found a new solar system and used terraforming technology to create hundreds of new Earths. The central planets formed the Alliance and decided that all worlds should unite under their rule. There was some disagreement on…

Complete Characters #19: Jake Avery, Haunted Police Officer

We’re starting off July with some strong and scary Complete Characters action! Not only is this exciting because I like the character, but because it was made with new and fancy software, which I would like to go on about for a while, singing praises and raising cheers. Before that, let me tell you a little bit about the character. I started out writing a “cop who has seen it…

My Orcus & Me!

Today I got my Orcus, Prince of Undeath Gargantuan Figure. I was so excited to get the news that my FLGS had received it that I spent all day daydreaming about it. To the points where I remembered an old toy commercial from the late 80s for a doll for boys, My Buddy, and spent the whole day singing my version of it on my head. My …

Characters du Jour: Brickbat and Gunfire

Brickbat was born and raised in a nowhere town in a nowhere state so far in the Deep South they still talk about the Civil War like it was yesterday’s news. His momma told him there was only two ways out: sport, or in a box. Johnny Noxx chose sport. He earned his baseball scholarship easily, and life looked …

Realms of Cthulhu Giveaway Contest

I promised you another giveaway contest and here it is! I still have one PDF copy of Reality Blurs’ excellent “ Realms of Cthulhu ” to give away. Realms of Cthulhu is a game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and uses the Savage World rules. Please note that you need a copy of the Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition to play this game. For…

Palladium Fires Back At Trion Over Rifts Trademark

News, news, and more news out of the battle over the rights to the name “Rifts” in the video game world. Trask at livingdice.com continues to rule over this story, posting legal goodness and keeping everyone up to date, so I’ll refer you to him for the broad stroke. He presents it far better than I would, and I’d hate to step on his …

Combat Tiers Review

Recently I ran into an issue with my weekly D&D game. My players where trying to attack a dragon while it was flying away. It became increasingly difficult to track how high up and how far away the dragon was as it flew away. Because this was such a pain in my game I started investigating solutions. Enter Combat Tiers by Tinkered Tactics . A set …

Review – The Dresden Files RPG, Volume 1: Your Story

The Dresden Files RPG is the latest offering from Evil Hat Productions . Based on their popular, award-winning  FATE system , it represents a culmination of many years of effort – the game has been five years in development, and the extremely popular Spirit of the Century was something of a dry run for this game. It is obviously based on the popular Dresden Files line of novels by Jim Butcher…

It’s the end of the world as we know it

….. and I feel fine. Just five short sessions to go in our Endday Campaign, and it will all be over. Literally over, because that’s when the world ends. Sorry about that. Slightly more importantly, that’s when the campaign ends too meaning it’s time to think about what to do next. Time to shift gears. The Endday Campaign has been a …

Build A Better RPG

Innovation is key I’m not much of an expert when it comes to game design. I’ve never published a role-playing mechanics set that stands on its own. I haven’t even played that many different systems. I am a gamer, however, and I have sat behind a screen with my head in my hands from time to time thinking, “Isn’t there a better way?”…

Your daily dose of ICONS!

Some time ago, when I was just getting on this superhero bandwagon I wrote a post about supers, including a tool to illustrate characters called Hero Factory (Fábrica de Heroís). On that post I included some samples of characters I had illustrated using that program. Shortly after doing that I purchased the ICONS rpg and had the idea to write up these characters using the ICONS rules…

Assassins, and Necromancers, and Hexblades! Oh My!

I was quite excited when I recently read the Critical Hits post titled, “ D&D 4e: The New Player’s Option. ” In the post written by Bartoneus it was discovered that Wizards of the Coast will be putting out a new Dungeons & Dragons book called Player’s Option: Heroes of Shadow that will allow players to play as the Assassin, Necromancer, …