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Hoppiness and Unhoppiness – Winds of Change Session 5

I had a blast with this session. Go ahead, give it a listen . In this session, the group hightales it after Sister Regina and ends up meeting up with one of my favorite races: the grippli. I first encountered the grippli in Ross Peyton’s New World setting . I loved Ross’ voicing of the little frog guys in his Actual Play sessions and I decided to run a few…

The Ashcroft House: Card Stock Model and AD&D 2E Module

The Ashcroft House by Buddy Epling of Rook Stone is an elaborate card stock haunted house at 1/64th scale for 25 mm minis. The delivery is print-and-play instructions on CD, including the house, outbuildings, fence, over 100 pieces of furniture, and 40 figures. The CD also includes a walk-through and a 60 page 2nd edition AD&D module set in Ravenloft, “A Night in the Ashcroft House”. Buddy also carves a…

Preview: Parahuman

LIVING WITH PARAHUMANS By: Ross Green Reporter for the New York Daily Times Parahumans have always been with us, though we haven’t always noticed them.  In the ancient times we revered them as gods or demigods.  In more recent times, we view them as celebrities. Parascientists classify parahumans into several rough groups.  The exact cause or mechanism by which one becomes a parahuman is unknown, with a …

The 4e Problem – Reconciliation

For quite a while, I had a large problem with 4e. To explain this well, I need to give you all some history of myself and gaming. If I’ve shared this here before and you’ve read it, bear with me. I’ve been a fantasy fiction geek since around 1st grade. As I was growing up, I was exposed to D&D via the original Red Box…

Fantasy Craft Monster: Giant Scorpion

In case you are unfamiliar with it, Fantasy Craft is another OGL-based game.  If you are interested in checking out more info on the game, it can be found here. Giant Scorpion (Huge Animal Walker–71 XP) Str 18, Dex 10, Con 15, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 6; SZ H (6

24 Hour RPG Movie Mashup Competition

Two movies. 24 Hours. 1 new RPG. Think you can do that? The 2011 24 Hour RPG Movie Mashup Competition , hosted by 1KM1KT , is challenging anyone to pick 2 movies from their list of 40 movies of multiple genres, and write a new RPG based on them within 24 hours. Oh, it also must have an NPC named Keeton in it too. The RPG that is judged with the best proximity to the …

Old-School Unboxing: Two Ravenloft Boxes

I had a lot of fun working on the last Old-School Unboxing that I did, so I thought I’d break out a few of the boxes that I’ve acquired recently. I managed to pick up two supplemental boxed sets for the D&D 2nd Edition Ravenloft setting: Forbidden Lore and Masque of the Red Death, and Other Tales . Like last time, …

iCharacter Sheet – D&D 4E for the iPad

Digital Adventures has just launched their first product for their iCharacter Sheet series which allows players to finally utilize their iPads for the gaming table. Made to comply with the GSL, their first product is a character sheet for D&D 4th Edition which has multiple tabs for character stats, abilities, skills, powers, equipment, notes and campaign history. The iCharacter Sheet – 4E…

Paper Figurines

Paper Protagonists from TFC Gaming are not your standard paper standups. These are 3-dimensional, poseable, print-and-assemble, paper miniatures. I’m skeptical about their durability and the publisher’s claims that they’re easy to assemble, but they are gorgeous.

Gamer Community Auction Following the Loss of Jack Vasel

There is about a day and a half left to bid on items offered up by gamers for an auction in support of Tom and Laura Vasel following the loss of their two-month old baby Jack. Tom Vasel is well known in the gamer community for his hundreds of game reviews and for his podcast The Dice Tower . Tom is …

Community: The Dungeons and Dragons Episode

In the NBC show Community , a group gathers to play Dungeons and Dragons in order to make one of the kids feel less alone. It’s a pretty good depiction of the game, with only a little sneering and some sound effects. Worth watching (you’ll only be able to see the embedded episode in North America).

Adventurer’s Toolbox – Bags of Holding

Image by: SoulRider.222 I have written a couple of article in this series already covering Immovable Rods and Feather Tokens . The next item up for bid is the Bag of Holding. Now, before I’m downed out in the chorus of “Yeah, that’s obvious,” let’s take a look at the stat block from the Pathfinder SRD: Bag…

Purple Pawn’s 2010 Game Industry Survey

Purple Pawn has conducted a survey of over 7,000 companies around the world who made money from analog, tabletop games. You can download the 14 page report for free here [PDF]. Summary Of the companies surveyed, those that did not close reported good results, with 85% reporting that they had done at least as well or better in 2010 than they had done in 2009. Single-game game companies (sggc’s) make …

Wierd Savage

Two new options are available for strange adventure using Savage Worlds. Island of Dreams from Pinnacle Entertainment describes a Weird War II pacific island setting with enemy soldiers and other horrors. And Darwin’s World from RPG Objects is an adaptation of the post-apocalyptic d20 game filled with radioactive mutants.

KantCon 2011 – Enter the Jabbergluck

Any of you that have been around the site for a while will know that I had a great time starting my convention-going career last year. One of the high points was my attendance of KantCon 2010 in Overland Park, Kansas. You can find my coverage of it here . Well, it’s time for KantCon again (as well as a bevy of other gaming conventions )…

Discoveries – Winds of Change Episode 4

Link to the audio for the session . I was really happy to start this session. The group had gotten a base of operations, and we finally, finally , had a chance to explore the personal plotlines of the characters. It felt like it had been a long time coming to get to this point. We’re only talking about the fourth session of the campaign, but we’ve …

Gaming in the Digital Age: Living in the Cloud

Gamers in the digital age need never worry about lost character sheets again, thanks in part to could based storage services.  For those not in the know, “could based storage services” are services that allow you to store items, like documents and .pdfs, online where they can be accessed by pretty much any computer with access to the internet. I’ve found Dropbox to be excellent for …

On Preference

Image by: Chrstopher I’ve been giving some thought to the idea of preference. Specifically, the preferences of people when it comes to the games they play. I saw a post by Greywulf that got me thinking about it. Very often, we as gamers, get into discussions about our favorite game versus another popular game and the discussions can become more than heated. What I am starting …

Old School But No Retro Clone

Old School Hack is a tribute to the original Red Box version of Basic Dungeons & Dragons, but is by no means a retro-clone of that game. Instead, for game mechanics Old School Hack is clearly inspired by the 4th Edition of D&D, as well as other modern games. Similar to the earlier version, character classes include fighter, magic-user, cleric, thief, elf, dwarf, and…

Gumshoe Tidbit

Simon Rogers of Pelgrane Press revealed today that the company is working on hybrid Gumshoe RPGs, with the first planned release a Gumshoe Pathfinder game . Could this be the King’s Marshalls adaptation that Simon mentioned in June? In any case, I’m looking forward to this and any others in the series. I like Gumshoe’s approach to investigative roleplaying but think it would be particularly great to …