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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…

Rokugan, By The People

In planning for their next Legend of the Five Rings book, AEG is turning to the game’s fans for ideas. Through the end of October, the company will accept proposals for an era or setting to be incorporated as a chapter in The Imperial Histories . One concept will be chosen and used as the basis for fiction, a timeline, prominent heroes, and mechanics.

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…

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…

Gaming: The Social Contract

Gaming is a social endeavor, we all know that, but sometimes we lose sight of what it means to respect one another.    It may help to hash out a “social contract” between members of the group, be it something that’s written down or something that’s just understood by everyone in the group.  This can serve to ease…

“You Seem Trustworthy!” – Bringing the Party Together

Image by chinogypsie This is one of those topics that every GM has run into at one point in time or another. You’re stating a new campaign, your players have their characters all drawn up, you’ve got the opening adventure planned, and this phrase comes blithely tumbling out of your mouth: “You all find yourselves in a Tavern called…

The Sundered Eagle: The Theban Tribunal

Byzantium for Ars Magica! The historical detail for this game always draws me in. The Sundered Eagle includes a history of the Eastern Empire, a guide to the Theban Tribunal for the Order of Hermes, and background information on Greece, Constantinople, and Anatolia, as well as local magic, faerie, and demons.

Game Bandit—Three Giveaways Edition

An Island Life blog is giving away the Mastermind and Animal Mastermind Towers board games. Follow and plug them for contest entries. Troll In The Corner blog is giving away D&D Essentials stuff. Various ways to get extra entries. My Four Monkeys blog is giving away ThinkFun’s FlipOver! and Hoppers games , with 13 different ways to enter!

Dark Sun Campaign – PDF of the first adventure here for you to download

As promised and delivered early – Part one of my Dark Sun Campaign is available for download. This is intended for informational purposes only. I have made every effort to make it a coherent document from which a game can be completely run. All possible disclaimers apply to this adventure, including bodily harm. Not included are any tactical battle maps, mostly because I use a vinyl battle …

Con on the Cob – Next Week!

We’ve not had a chance to talk about this one yet, but there is still time to get in on some awesome Fall Gaming Action! If you live in the North-Central Ohio area, then you need to take some time between October 14-17 and come check out Con on the Cob in Hudson, OH. As your friendly, local convention-coverer, I will be taking some time and heading there…

The IT Crowd Fantasy Game

The new box set of The IT Crowd , seasons 1-4, comes complete with a fantasy game. The game includes a double sided board, double sided character cards, player markers, a cardboard d20, and rules. I can’t tell for certain, but I’m pretty sure it’s a board game as opposed to an RPG, but I could be wrong. ( source )

Review: Enemies of the Empire

I have a philosophy about RPGs, and that philosophy is, for a game to feel “right,” it needs three things:  a set of core rules, at least one book devoted to antagonists and at least one book devoted to “toys;” additional character options, tools, spells and so on. Enemies of the Empire is the antagonist book for Legend of the Five Rings…

Archetyping without stereotyping

A lot of what we do in roleplaying games is archetype.  Classes are based on archetypes, and even classless games often offer archetypes or similar basic concepts.  Archetypes, like stereotypes, are a quick tool (called a heuristic) that we use to make fast, cognitively inexpensive judgments.  They’re helpful for exactly that reason, and it makes it a lot easier to…

Game Projects on Kickstarter

See last episode for details and for more projects. Project Description Company $ Needed $ Pledged Days left Reign of Ardwin RPG: Reign Tabletop fantasy setting PDF Greg Stolze 2500 725 22 Destiny of the Force Virtual Set Cards for the Star Wars mini game dropped by WotC SWM Gamers 1800 1250 62 Powerchords RPG sourcebook of magic, music, and urban fantasy Silver Satyr Studio 4200 4275 22 hrs Scoops Children’s card …

Game Bandit—Giving Away Already Free Stuff Edition

Nevermet Press is giving away five copies of Open Game Table Volume 2 , the print publication of roleplaying blog articles. Enter to win at Goodreads.com . The Giant Fire Breathing Robot blog is giving away Monsterpocalypse booster packs . Comment to win. Vampire The Masquerade ebook products are on sale at DriveThruRPG for more than 50% off. Lumpley Games is lumping all their…

Cosmographer 3: Sci-fi Mapmaking Tool

ProFantasy Software’s Cosmographer add-on to Campaign Cartographer is finally out in version 3! Cosmographer 3 adds new galaxy and solar system map types, including 3-D perspective maps, and deckplan drawing features, including new bitmapped symbols and automated design functions. Cosmographer can be used for a wide range of sci-fi board game, miniature game, or RPG projects, but it has a number of features especially designed…

It’s Read an RPG in Public Week Again

Sept 26th – Oct 2nd is the last Read an RPG in Public week of the year. You basically do exactly that. Take the time to read a new, or your favorite, RPG in a public place. If you missed either of the other 2 weeks, get out there and participate this week!

Getting Your Ducks In a Row – Making Sure Expectations are Met

Image by: John Linwood I’m getting into the deep planning stages for my next campaign, and I’m finding myself running into a potential problem: it’s very possible that I want for this game is different from what my players want. I’ve had this issue rolling around in my head for the last few days, and I feel like it’s one that is…

Finding Gamers

Having trouble finding gamers for roleplaying? $7 will buy you Filling the Empty Chair , an e-book of Johnn Four’s advice on how to recruit the best players. What are you waiting for?

Today, I met Marina Sirtis.

Image via Wikipedia In case you don’t know who she is, she played Deanna Troi on Star Trek TNG . She was standing outside our music building on campus and asked if we were going to the Star Trek thing. Took me a little while to be sure it was her, but eventually I determined that she was giving a talk…