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InSpectres movie teaser 0

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 .

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Hypothetical: Buying A Custom Campaign 0

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…

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Trion Adding Insult to Injury? 0

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 …

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A Palladium Fan Boycott Of Trion? Not So Fast 0

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 . …

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What about the ICONS Character Folio? A review… 0

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 …

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Free Stuff Friday: Risus 0

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…

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Should Wizards of The Coast introduce public playtesting? 0

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…

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List of nominees for the 2009 Indie RPG Awards 0

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 .

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Is the OSR mainly driven by nostalgia? 0

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 …

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Soapbox Games Reviews 0

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…

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It’s not what you say, but how we read it 0

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. …

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Review: End Time 0

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…

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RPGNow/DriveThruRPG discounts for July 0

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…

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How Much Should Players Know? 0

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 …

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4e errata update: Wizards and Rogues do happy dance 0

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…

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Review: Cthulhu Rising 0

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 …

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Other sources of inspiration for RPGs: Comics 0

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…

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Review: Hounds of G.O.D. 0

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

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Character du Jour: Ratman 0

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…

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The Price of Superheroes 0

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…

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