Tag Archives: rpgs

Returners FFRPG: A Short Review

Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post.  New job, new home, new love life, and new lack thereof have taken most of my time.  Now that I’ve started writing again, I figured I’d start out with a post detailing my thoughts on a system I had the misfortune of playing recently.  Now that my cards are…

Free Dresden Files RPG Adventure

And no measly one page summary, either. Evil Hat is giving away a 25 page mystery adventure for the Dresden Files RPG, complete with seven premade but customizable characters and top-notch art and layout. Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds sees the characters investigating a coffee-house murder involving ghouls and a poser vampire.

How Do We Sleep While Our Beds Are Burning? – Book Review of Misspent Youth

Sometimes, enough is just fucking enough. You’ve been kicked, beaten down, repressed, controlled and it’s time to do something about it. You’re young, you’re a little idealistic and you’re mad as hell. It’s time to pull out the stops and give The Man a big, fat middle finger. Sound like a good time? Then you’ll want…

Gamemastering—A Free Book for GMs of All Sorts

How would you like to read a book about being a GM? How would you like it if the book where free, and released under Creative Commons? Then Gamemastering is for you! Brian Jamison, a long time roleplayer and GM, has written this book with all sorts of information for other GMs out there. The book is systemless, so there’s tips in there for you…

Wizards of the Coast Ends Miniatures Line

Wizards of the Coast has announced that it will discontinue its semi-random and collectible miniatures line with Lords of Madness being the last of its kind to be released under that distribution model. In the January Ampersand article posted at the Wizards’ website, Bill Slavicsek said that Wizards has decided to ‘depart from prepainted plastic miniatures sets’ but would still continue to produce them for special sets …

The Future Will Not Save Us – Book Review of Maschine Zeit

There comes a time in every review’s life when they look out over the landscape of the products they review and they ask themselves: “What need is there for another product in genre X?” In RPGs, there are obviously the heavy-hitters in every genre and there are groups of indie darlings that have bright flashes that may or may not last. After…

The Future Will Not Save Us – Book Review of Maschine Zeit

There comes a time in every review’s life when they look out over the landscape of the products they review and they ask themselves: “What need is there for another product in genre X?” In RPGs, there are obviously the heavy-hitters in every genre and there are groups of indie darlings that have bright flashes that may or may not…

Hide Yo’ Brains, Hide Yo’ Brainpans! – Book Review of Outbreak: Undead

In June of last year, my players asked me to run a zombie game for them. I adapted the Pathfinder rules to accomodate that kind if game and I was rewarded with three really good sessions of gaming. However, I felt like the game wasn’t sustainable, which is why it only lasted three sessions. What should have happened, had we wanted to continue with a zombie-themed game…

Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

Goodman Games has announced that they will be releasing a Dungeon Crawl Classics Roleplaying Game (DCC RPG) to take players back to the ‘glory days of fantasy’ with modern rules. Designed and written by Joseph Goodman with additional writing by Harley Stroh, DCC RPG will be an OGL game that ‘cross-breeds Appendix N with a streamlined version of 3E’ to create a modern system that is grounded…

Game Bandit—Mystery Edition

Amazon is bundling the base Dominion game with two of the expansions, Alchemy and Prosperity , for $79.76 (a 36% discount). Also included are the two promo card sets, Envoy and Black Market, that were previously BoardGameGeek exclusives. Also at Amazon, Qwirkle is on sale for $16.95 , a 52% discount. Many Osprey military history books are available at 50% off through the …

Game Bandit—Mystery Edition

Amazon is bundling the base Dominion game with two of the expansions, Alchemy and Prosperity , for $79.76 (a 36% discount). Also included are the two promo card sets, Envoy and Black Market, that were previously BoardGameGeek exclusives. Also at Amazon, Qwirkle is on sale for $16.95 , a 52% discount. Many Osprey military history books are available at 50% off through the end…

D&D Fortune Cards

Wizards of the Coasts is launching a new set of randomized, collectible cards to give a new edge for your player characters during an encounter. The D&D Fortune Cards: Shadows Over Nentir Vale comes in 8-card booster packs with each card giving a small-time benefit to characters which players draw at the start of an encounter. The cards are also divided based on rarity (common, uncommon and rare) with…

Book Review: Pathfinder Bestiary 2

No matter what kind of GM you are, chances are that, at some point in time, you’ve needed something… more. The usual round of orcs, goblins and dragons. But, by now, you’ve likely taken your players through most of the usual suspects. You’ve added templates, class levels and you’ve used all of the monsters that you’ve …

Designing a Solitaire Tabletop RPG is Not Just Talking to Yourself

At least that’s the premise of the RPG Solitaire Challenge , a contest to create one-player roleplaying games. Elements that the judges will be looking for in a game are: world, events, character, and experience. Designers can choose from among several challenge categories for their game, including “Build a  Better Choose-Your-Adventure,” “The Stuff in Your Domicile,” and “Unlonely Your Fun.”

All Adamant for $1.99

Taking a lesson from the success of the smartphone market, Adamant Entertainment has instituted what it’s calling “app pricing,” $1.99 on all its ebook products . Actually, for less than a day it was 99¢, but transaction fees meant that the distribution agent, OneBookshelf, was losing money on every purchase at that level.

Game Bandit—Toy Edition

Send Hasbro your receipt for the purchase of $20 or more in Hasbro toys or games and they’ll send you a toy of your choosing worth $10. HasbroToyShop.com is also running a significant sale on Cuponk , CirKis , Candy Land , and Sorry . All Triple Ace Games’ products are 20% off at DriveThruRPG through January 9th. Dungeon Trader has a 45% off clearance sale on Warmachine and Hordes . Lock &#…

$1,000 Game Design Prize

Daniel Solis, someone we’ve mentioned here before for his story-telling game, Happy Birthday Robot , can’t seem to get game design off his mind. In his own words: I love designing all sorts of games, from storytelling games to abstract strategy board games to physical playground games. I do it because I like the process of getting inspired, experimenting, testing and revising. I like…

Roleplaying Game Database Syndicate

There’s a ton of user-created content for RPGs available on the internet. But some of it can be difficult to find (like individual websites), is available irregularly (fanzines), or requires a certain amount of technical expertise or dedication to contribute (wikis). The Roleplaying Game Database Syndicate was formed to provide fans with the website infrastructure to host community…

New Year Grants +1 Vigor to Two RPG Companies

According to ICv2 , Palladium Books has settled its lawsuit with Trion Worlds over the use of the name Rifts in Trion’s upcoming MMOG. That game will now be called “Rift: Planes of Telera,” leaving off the “s.” With that resolved, Palladium can focus more attention on its books, and plans to bring several Rifts and Palladium Fantasy RPG products back in to print in January…

New Year Grants +1 Vigor to Two RPG Companies

According to ICv2 , Palladium Books has settled its lawsuit with Trion Worlds over the use of the name Rifts in Trion’s upcoming MMOG. That game will now be called “Rift: Planes of Telera,” leaving off the “s.” With that resolved, Palladium can focus more attention on its books, and plans to bring several Rifts and Palladium Fantasy RPG…