Tag Archives: rpgs

You may notice a button…

A big red button that should never ever, under any circumstances, be pushed.  In other words, I’ve added a reddit button to the sidebar, underneath the Search box.  I don’t generally like to do shameless self-promotion on social sites like reddit, but the /r/rpg community is both active and awesome.  This way, it’s easy for you to submit my …

Game Bandit—Game Design Edition

Game designer/consultancy/blog MetaGames will be giving away a new game from the Essen Spiel game fair . Prize drawing entries for following on Twitter and answering a survey. Neoncon has made arrangements with several game publishers to offer hotel room upgrades and $20 registration discounts. Neoncon is a November game convention in Las Vegas with a strong track of game design and publishing seminars. For…

Cleric Token Set Review

Last March, the table-top gaming world was pleased to learn that Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine were teaming up to release a new line of accessories for the Dungeons and Dragons game. I’ve used Gale Force Nine products in the past, particularly during my miniature painting and kit-bashing phase. I’ve always found the quality of their tools be great and I was eager when …

Deathwatch and Death Angel

Fantasy Flight continues its strong release schedule of Warhammer 40,000 games with two new in the last week. Space Hulk: Death Angel is a cooperative card game—well, there’s no board, but it does also have tokens and custom dice. In it, each player controls a pair of Blood Angel Space Marines and must choose the best action cards for fighting the Genestealer infestation…

Two-Fisted Cards

Precis Intermedia has a new deck of cards to go with the company’s Two-Fisted Tales pulp RPG . True, you probably already have a deck of cards around the house. Sometimes, though, those extra accessories can add a lot to the game.

How Would You Like to Help Test Paragon?

A little shameless self-promotion here. As some of our readers know, I’m the co-founder of Tremorworks. We’re gearing up the 2nd edition of our HDL: Universal Tactical Role Playing System , renamed Paragon. The new basic rules have been finished, and we’re looking for experiences roleplayers to run the system through its paces. If you’re interested, head over to the sign up form …

How Would You Like to Help Test Paragon?

A little shameless self-promotion here. As some of our readers know, I’m the co-founder of Tremorworks. We’re gearing up the 2nd edition of our HDL: Universal Tactical Role Playing System , renamed Paragon. The new basic rules have been finished, and we’re looking for experiences roleplayers to run the system through its paces. If you’re interested, head over …

Gaming Online

Many of us no longer have time or opportunity to get together for a regular face to face game.  People move away to remote locations, work schedules conflict, family or other personal matters get in the way but the modern gamer has, through the magic of the internet, options. PBEM/PBP: Games can be played by email (pbem) or played by post (pbp)…

Walking the Line

Image by: alborzshawn No, this isn’t some reference to Johnny Cash. What I’m talking about is the line between planning your session and improvising. Both sides of GMing are vital to the long-term success of a campaign, but if you go too far one way or the other, then you’re likely going to end up with unhappy players and a derailed campaign. There …

Hexographer

Hexographer is software for creating game maps based on hexagons. With the default icons, it produces maps with an old-school feel—like the original Greyhawk maps—but it can also be used to make space maps, large-hex battle-maps, and a variety of other styles. Newly added features include railroad lines, additional terrain types (such as lava, ruined cities, and ice flows), modern …

Traveller Fan Film

Just a trailer so far.

Gamer Media, Parody and Negative Stereotypes

Tweet For at least the past year now, a close friend and gaming partner of mine has been trying to get me to watch The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising . I refused because of what I initially thought was lack of time, but as she kept asking and I kept refusing I began to realize that something else was pushing me to reject it. I finally realized…

Game Bandit—Pirate Edition

The online Bakugan Dimensions game is running an open tournament where the top prize will be a Dragonoid Colossus Bakugan , as well as a Clear Chance Dragonoid in-game. Pelgrane Press PDFs at Paizo are 15% off. Osprey , publisher of military history books beloved by wargamers, is having a 50% off summer sale. For the next 5 weeks, Wendy’s is including a …

rpgKids

rpgKids is another entry in the popular field these days of roleplaying games specifically designed for children. Still relatively simple and abstract, this one is meant to be more of a traditional adventure game than the story-game approach we last saw with Happy Birthday Robot. rpgKids uses d12s to resolve actions in the game. The ebook includes character class descriptions, lists of combat…

D&D 4th Edition Essentials…Essential?

Having recently picked up the Rules Compendium and Heroes of the Fallen Lands for D&D, a part of their Essentials line, the question of course begs to be asked:  How Essential is it?  The answer, dear readers, lies in this article. What is the Rules Compendium?  It’s one of the 10 D&D “Essentials” products for the 4th edition of Dungeons …

Adventurer’s Toolbox – Feather Tokens

Image by: SoulRider.222 In my first article in the Adventurer’s Toolbox series , I talked about the Immovable Rod, and how it ranked amongst the most useful items in the game. Next up in this series is a group of items, collectively known as Feather Tokens. These oft-overlooked items can be both a lot of fun and super-useful. First, let’s take a look at their entry …

News Blogs Shakeups: Dane of War, GameSalute

Dane of War , a seminal and active game news blogger is closing his blog and joining Geekcentricity . ( source ) His previous 6000+ posts go with him. GameSalut e is a fantastic new game news site launched by Dan Yarrington of Myriad Games with apparently a lot of backing. The general idea of Game Salute is to provide an online destination, referral service, and …

Anglo Saxon World Building

I recently read Beowulf for the fourth or fifth time in my senior English majors colloquium, and several aspects of the narrative provoked some thoughts in my tired grey cells.  Specifically, what my professor, Craig Williamson, called the “sense that things are winding down.”  If you’ve read Beowulf, and if you’ve read anything by Tolkien (a rather important…

Game Bandit—Just a Coupla’ RPGs Edition

RPGshop.com is discounting prices, 15% off items originally $10 or more, 20% off items $20, 25% off items $45, and 30% off items $70. Also, every order over $25 in September gets free plush dice. Over $75, giant plush dice. The Imperium Chronicles RPG is celebrating its second anniversary with a bundled deal for 75% off .

Hamlet’s Hit Points

Hamlet’s Hit Points is a game-mastering advice book for the seriously-minded story-teller. Actually, it’s not what you would normally think of as game-mastering advice. Rather, in it Robin Laws presents a system for analyzing the emotional ups and downs of a story, and then applies that method to Hamlet, Casablanca, and Dr. No. The…