Tag Archives: rpgs

Chainsaw Ninjas of the SS

It’s been a long time and many unmentionable products since we last reported on Hot Chicks: The Roleplaying Game . So it is that with this latest and relatively tame release, I call to your attention The Chainsaw Ninjas of the SS . As the publisher puts it: See how they can fit into any situation in your Hot Chicks campaign,

Well, I’m back

Dear readers, I am gratified to see that some of you are sticking around.  The last few weeks have been rough.  First my site was borked when I tried to upgrade to WordPress 3.0.  Luckily, Dreamhost’s web panel contained the solution but this here site was down for an entire week.  In the future, my archives are backed up at my Posterous for public …

Careful, the Dice May Eat You

These Maow Miniatures dice are already a year or so old, but rowwwrrrrr.

Deniath, Hobby Discount Site from a Former WizKids Manager

Deniath will be a new “private-sale” website for the hobby game and comic market, selling items at “up to 70%” off for a limited time window, which makes the site sound a lot like Tanga and its ilk. Also, the site is “invitation only”, but invitations are available freely and un-exclusively. Update: Wade adds: “The Invitations are only widely available …

Chaosium PDFs

In other older RPG news, Chaosium has recently added quite a number of previously released game books to the DriveThruRPG PDF marketplace, particularly Basic Roleplaying and Miskatonic University Library Association Monographs . And in an interesting turn of events (where usually every other company is licensing Call of Cthulhu for Lovecraft inspired games), Chaosium has made arrangements with Mongoose Publishing for …

Castle of the Mad Archmage

If you’re itching for some old-school dungeon crawling, the Greyhawk Grognard’s got you covered. His recently completed and released-for-free megdungeon, Castle of the Mad Archmage , covers 12 levels, includes hundreds of rooms and encounters, as well as pages of aqua-toned maps with numbered rooms, and is compatible with a variety of D&D-style roleplaying systems.

Purple Parlay—A Breadth of RPGs

There’s a TON of RPGs out there, yet many peoples’ experience doesn’t go much farther than Dungeons and Dragons . Of course many of you are well versed in different systems, and may even play more than one! Not all of us have the time, or the group to try multiple systems, though. Sadly, I barely even have time to play the system…

Interview: Steve Long

If you saw me on the Friday of Origins, you almost certainly heard me utter the words, “I got to interview Steve friggin’ Long!” You’ll have to forgive me, I was pretty excited. So what is the man who churns out 1,000s of pages of game material every year (and I’m not exaggerating – even other game designers mention…

The 2010 Origins Awards

And the winners are: Wings of War – Best historical miniature figure or line Flames of War: North Africa – Best miniature games rules or supplement Wings of War: WW2 Deluxe – Best miniature game rules of the year Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel – Best historical board game Battletech 25 Years of Art & Fiction – Best game related book Knights of the Dinner Table …

One-Shot Fantasy RPGs over IRC

OMG! Do you want to get your RPG on over IRC? Great! Remove your AFK status and sign up for a game of The Book of Names, Wednesdays from 6-10pm CDT. Games will be character driven using a simple homebrew system. The games cover a range of different subjects, and can accomodate players of any experience level. Sounds like an interesting concept.  I’ve always like the idea…

ICONS Characters and Adventure

Adamant Entertainment’s first two supplementary products for ICONS: Superpowered Roleplaying are an adventure module and character generation application. In The Skeletron Key , the demonstration of an armored military battlesuit goes horribly wrong and the heroes find themselves mixed up with mercenaries, top secret research projects, and a lot more. The ICONS Character Folio is a JAVA application (functions on Windows and…

Two New from Miskatonic U

Available now through Chaosium’s Miskatonic University Library Association imprint are Children of the Storm and Mysteries of the Raj. Children of the Storm provides background information on the Great Depression for Call of Cthulhu roleplaying games. Mysteries of the Raj does the same for 1890s (British Imperial) India.

Villains and Vigilantes

Villains and Vigilantes , the late 70s/early 80s superhero RPG, has been reacquired by its creators Jeff Dee and Jack Herman and is being rereleased through the pair’s newly formed publishing company, Monkey House Games . Available now in PDF, the new version of Villains and Vigilantes sticks pretty close to the rules from the last edition in 1982, maintaining even

Some Time Well Spent with AEG

Most of us at the Pawn are pretty in the know when it comes to who’s doing what, but I discovered something today: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is probably one of the busiest hobby gaming companies out there. Why is that? Legend of the Five Rings RPG: I got some hands on time with the new rulebook and I’ll tell …

Next Steps with WildFire Games

I got a chance to talk with David Stansel-Garner, the head man behind WildFire today (and creator of one of my favorite RPGs, Cthulhutech). We didn’t have a lot of time together (the booth was really hopping), but we did cover a number of things that will probably get people’s interest! First, the Cthulhutech goodness – now that Wildfire has …

A Game I Never Want to Play But Do Anyway—Every Day

Props go to Ed Grabianowski, the Robot Viking , for alerting us to this so-sad-it’s-funny, modern-setting RPG. Synergon (“where dreams come to die”) is a parody of office culture in the form of a tabletop roleplaying game. Among the character attributes is Education (“Does absolutely nothing.”), while among the attack abilities are Belittle, Blame, and Call a…

Origins 2010 Day Two

Day two is crunch day for the hard core Origins crowd. The weekend warriors haven’t arrived, but the con itself opens up in full swing: the exhibition hall opens, nearly every track of the con has a full schedule, competitions start in earnest and the effects of late night gaming from Wednesday begin to manifest. So what did you miss if you weren’t…

Pathfinder GameMastery Guide

GameMastery Guide is the third core rulebook for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game . In addition to the expected rules (for such things as chases, gambling, and insanity) and catalog-type information (like sample NPCs and charts for generating treasures), the book offers extensive advice on developing setting and background material and running successful campaigns.

Living Glorantha and Living Traveller

On Monday, Mongoose also announced details for its upcoming Living Glorantha and Living Traveller shared campaigns. Launch events will take place July 2nd-4th at the Continuum convention in the UK. Living Glorantha will use the Runequest II rules system and is designed to accommodate without disadvantage players who might not be able to attend every session. Living Traveller will involve…

d∞

One of the products handed out at Free RPG Day was d∞ , a new game magazine jointly published by Armorcast, Dark Threads, Flying Buffalo, Mindgame Productions, Offworld Designs, Skirmisher Publishing, and United States Space Marine Corps. d∞ will be a 64 page quarterly covering a variety of RPG systems, including 4 th Edition D&D , Pathfinder , OGL v.3.5 , “Basic” system, Labyrinth Lord , Mutant Future , Tunnels and Trolls , and Cthulhu …