Tag Archives: rpgs

Game Bandit—Miniature Giveaways Edition

Catalyst Game Labs will be giving away Leviathans miniatures before the game is released. The contest has three categories: best web presentation, best real-life presentation, and best game component. Fantasy Flight Games is running a miniatures painting contest, using Battles of Westeros figures. The winner will receive one copy of every Battles of Westeros game and expansion. For 25% …

Forbes References D&D

Forbes is well-known for publishing annual lists of the world’s wealthiest individuals. But the publication also produces The Forbes Fictional 15 , a list of the wealthiest fictional characters. This year, Smaug, the dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit , ranks number seven with an estimated worth of $8.6 billion . How Forbes go to that number is a fascinating read, and includes a reference to Dungeons…

Rapture: Roleplaying the End of Days

A finely crafted blend of hard science fiction and authentic theological mysticism made real. Not the simple religious RPG you might assume from the name. The premise of Rapture , the roleplaying game, is that 600 years in the future, after humanity has colonized other solar systems, God finally fulfills his promise and collects the faithful off of Earth—but only Earth. Among the far-flung …

Starmada: Fleet Ops

Starmada is a set of spaceship combat rules that can be used on its own as a miniatures battle game or as a specialized subsystem for an RPG or other game. The core rules can be found in Starmada: The Admiralty Edition . The new Starmada: Fleet Ops book contains streamlined rules for constructing and engaging large fleets. Among the new concepts introduced

The Mindripper, or, You Want Me to do What With my Adventure?

In the time that I have been writing for TC, I have tried to push myself as a gamer. I enjoy many different facets of the hobby so if I have had a good opportunity to make myself a better GM or a better player, I have tried to take it. One part of the hobby that has gotten my attention recently has been the writing side of things, …

Print OSRIC

OSRIC , the game that clones first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, is now available from Black Blade Publishing in hardback format. The 400 page book is priced at $26 and includes corrections to previous errata, as well as new illustrations and an expanded index.

Feelin’ Froggy? Jump! – Winds of Change Session 6

Right off the bat, here’s the link to the audio for this session . The idea for this session spawned from a conversation I had on Twitter a few months ago. I wanted the party to fight some type of were-creature, but I wanted it to be something other than the standard fare. The result of my questioning led me to the following creature: The Werefrog Pirate. My…

Game Bandit—Memories of Play Edition

The Strong National Museum of Play is collecting video recollections of playing with friends. The top videos, as chosen by a panel of experts and by public voting, will win Flip video cameras and Amazon gift certificates. Starlit Citadel of Canada , and a Purple Pawn advertiser, is running a 4th Anniversary Sale with discounts of up to 70%. For 20% off at…

Adamant Drops App Pricing

Adamant Entertainment announced today that it is dropping the app-pricing model ($1.99 for all ebook products) that it launched just a few months ago. The reason, basically there was no appreciable increase in sales.

Superpowerful Bonanza, a Superhero Combat Board Game

Azikwe Games is back ( also here ) with Superpowerful Bonanza , a new game based on superheroes, unique superheroes created by the designer and publisher Luanga Nuwame. The game comes with a comic book illustrating the characters. How does it play? I can’t really tell. It looks to be some kind of card based combat game. An additional game…

Parahuman: Zaibatsu Corporation Bio-Organic Technology

Zaibatsu Corporation Bio-Organic Technology Bio-organic technology was pioneered by Zaibatsu Corporation and has become all the rage in Japan.  These devices are made of specialized symbiotic cells, vat grown and manipulated to for the devices below.   There are two grades of bio-organic technology.  Common bio-organic technology can be purchased on the open market, though it’s not cheap, and is considered …

Penn’s Year of Games

As millions of students eagerly await word on their college applications, those hoping for acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania now have an extra reason for excitement. Penn (my alma mater) has declared the 2011-2012 school year to be the Year of Games: Body and Mind . As part of the Penn Reading Project, all incoming freshmen will be sent a copy of Jane McGonigal’s book, Reality is Broken , and …

It Didn’t Go the Way Your Ancestors Said – Book Review of Colonial Gothic

What if history as we knew it had holes in it? What if the things that we hold true about the French and Indian Wars or American Revolution were only partially true? What if all of those kooks as Salem were really right? That there were witches and magic and all manner of unspeakable things lurking around in the dark, just out of your field of vision? That’s …

Rêve: the Dream Ouroboros One Page Dungeon Contest

Malcontent Games is hosting a one-page dungeon competition for their RPG, Rêve: the Dream Ouroboros . Submissions are due April 15th, and the winner will receive a printed copy of Rêve: the Dream Ouroboros or Seven Leagues (Winnters choice) . For those unfamiliar with Rêve, it’s a French RPG where players are part of dragons’ ellaborate dreams.  Written by Denis Gerfaud…

April Kickstarter Game Projects

Not including those projects which continue from March ( see here ). Project Description Required Raised Ends BattleCON Fighting Card Game Level 99 Games Card combat game with card combination mechanics $6,000 $5,306 20 days Roller Derby: The Boardgame Chaz Hall As titled $4,000 $320 67 days Versatile Dice OdysseyDyse Dice with square pips $2,500 $258 8 days Drag Show the Drinking Game Cheeky Dingo Games Trash talking party game $…

LPJ Design Apologizes for April Fool’s Joke

Louis Porter Jr. from LPJ Design has apologized for his April Fool’s joke which had seemed to be taken less humorously than intended by the customers of Sinister Adventures who had pre-ordered a product that has not seen the light of day for 3 years. It started when LPJ Design posted up an announcement on their website on Wednesday (March 30), stating that LPJ Design would …

Paizo Japan Relief Auction

Paizo Publishing is having a major auction to aid relief efforts in Japan. They are auctioning off the original artwork of their iconic samurai, Nakayama Hayato, by Wayne Reynolds and special edition copies of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook and the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary, autographed by the entire staff of Paizo. They are also selling autographed first print copies of the…

Munchkin LARP

Did you ever play Munchkin and wish it were a LARP? If so, you’re in luck; I know some fine doctors who can help you. While you’re waiting for their call, if you’re in the vicinity of Birmingham at the beginning of June, head on down to the UK Games Expo 2011 and play “ Living Munchkin “. Let us consider, for a moment, the full…

WotC and SarahDarkmagic Stole from Me!

When I opened up my RSS feed this morning, I could not have been more dismayed. It seems that WotC ( Weems of the Coast ) has been working on a new version of D&D! That, in and of itself, is not terribly surprising or shocking. What stole my breath and made my blood boil was the new setting they announced on sarahdarkmagic.com . …

Old School Podcast – Interview with WotC

I had a great time at Pax East, as I said in my post on the matter . What I have been remiss in doing, since then, is getting the audio content that I captured out to you, our readers and listeners. Well, I am rectifying that immediately. The first bit of audio that I am putting up is my interview with Kieran Clark and Chris Perkins of…