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Dawn of a New Age, Part 3

Tweet This is the part three of the fiction I wrote for my new supers campaign. Over the previous two days I’ve published the first two installments. This is something new for me; I’m sharing this with the readership of the blog at the same time I’m showing it to my players. I figured it would be a great way …

Dawn of a New Age, Part 2

Tweet This is the second part of the fiction I wrote as an introduction to my upcoming superhero campaign. The first part is posted here . You dear readers are getting to experience this for the same time along with my players. I hope you like it! I f you have any feedback, positive or negative, I’d love to hear it…

Gaming finds!

Tweet For quite some time I could not understand the appeal of antiquing and the TV shows about it. Likewise some of you may find the idea of shopping for bargains at discount stores unpalatable and would do anything to avoid being dragged by your significant other to either of the aforementioned activities. But what role player worth his weight in gold pieces would refuse the opportunity to hunt…

Strands of Fate

Tweet Strands of Fate is a heavily modified version  of the FATE rules written by Mike McConnell. The idea behind Strands of Fate was to create a streamlined version of FATE which can be used to run games in any genre. The 471-paged PDF is now available directly from the author for $10 right now, but it should appear on DriveThruRPG soon. Here’s a …

Dawn of a New Age, Part 1

Tweet This is the first installment of my experiment at sharing with you, our dear reader, some of the fiction I have written for my upcoming supers game. You, along with my players, will be discovering details about the upcoming campaign. My hope is that it generates some discussion, and I can get some feedback from my players and the readers of Stargazer’s …

Gaming fiction weal or woe?

Tweet Role playing games are so entrenched in their literary roots, from Beowulf to El Cantar del Mio Cid , from Howard’s Conan , to Tolkien’s Middle Earth that it is sometimes hard to separate one from the other. Inevitably role playing games in turn spawned fiction based on the games, their character’s and the campaigns. For me the Dragonlance Chronicles were a formative experience in my development as…

Games I was sad to see go away…

Tweet I guess we’ve all had them. The system you love; the one you can’t wait for the next supplement to come out for. And then all of a sudden, BOOM, cancelled! Thankfully in the age we live in most systems with a modicum of popularity live on in the internet. Some even thrive. Still it’s not easy seeing the one you love go away. If you’ve…

“A rose by any other name…” Poetry and Role Playing Games

Tweet The much quoted line in this post’s title is from a play you might have heard about, Romeo and Juliet, written by a Billy Shakespeare. This guy was old school, so much so that when he got to be a Bard he had already gotten levels as a Fighter, Thief and Druid! (If you did not get that AD&D 1 st edition joke just read this .) I love poetry…

RPG books on the iPad

Tweet One of the reasons I was interested in getting an iPad was to be able to use it as a PDF viewer since I own a lot of RPG-related PDFs. Initially I thought about using an ebook reader like Kindle for that purpose, but alas these devices are currently not fast enough to display complex PDFs adequately. It usually takes to long to switch from…

Gears is not dead yet

Tweet Some of you may still remember that I was working on another RPG project earlier this year, called Gears . In June I decided to put Gears on a backburner and focused more on Warrior, Rogue & Mage. I had put too much pressure on myself and Gears wasn’t really turning out the way I wanted to. Some days ago, I looked …

Review: Kingdom Builder Generator Pack II

Tweet In February I previewed Chaotic Shiny Productions ’ Kingdom Builder Generator Pack I which I helped to beta test back then. Some time ago Hannah Lipsky finished the new Kingdom Generator Pack II which contains a plethora of cool and useful generators for GMs who need some randomly generated content for their games. This time it can generate random Kingdoms & Hooks…

The IT Crowd – Series 1-4 Special Edition Box Set

Tweet The IT Crowd is one of the favorite shows of geeks all around the world.  A couple of days ago a special edition DVD box set including all four series has been released. But this box set not only contains some DVDs, there’s also an IT Crowd RPG/boardgame included! Aside from the four IT Crowd DVDs, you get…

Fallout: Indianapolis – From SPECIAL to Atomic Highway

Tweet When I started converting the Fallout world to the Atomic Highway rules I encountered a few problems. No Vehicles? Aside from the Chryslus Motors Highwayman in Fallout 2 and the Enclave Vertibirds there are no working vehicles in the whole series (I am ignoring Fallout: Tactics here). But almost every Rearing and Pursuit grants the character one or more vehicle related skills…

Free Stuff Friday: A Death Certificate

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : A Death Certificate I think we can all agree that when a player characters dies in an RPG it is sad. It’s sad for the game master and it’s sad for the player. So why not give them a little something for their …

Stargazer’s World Book Club: And the winner is…

Tweet Sometime ago I proposed the idea of starting a virtual book club here in the blog. The original post received a lot of feedback and interest but sadly real life kept me away from the blog for a while and my follow up post did not get as much feedback (thanks to those of you that did respond). Still I believe that if we get this going …

Love the setting, hate the game!

Tweet I think we’ve all gone through it. We hear about it and we are intrigued… We finally get it to it and we love the concept… But, when we get to actually doing it, we hate it! What? I’m talking about games; get your mind out of the gutter! All kidding aside, who hasn’t purchased a game, thrilled by the concept, loved the “fluff” and hated the …

From The Imperial Library

Tweet Today I uploaded the latest WR&M supplement to DriveThruRPG . From The Imperial Library , written by Brian Brousseau is the official WR&M magic supplement. It not only contains several alternate magic systems, but also a plethora of new spells, new talents for magic users and a couple of flavorful spell books. It’s the perfect supplement for every player or GM who wants more out of WR&M’s magic. I…

What about the Magus? A new Pathfinder RPG playtest…

Tweet I don’t know how I missed this… As the resident Pathfinder guy I should have been all over this, work be dammed! How did I miss the new Pathfinder RPG playtest? Well let me correct this oversight. In a post at the Paizo blog Jason Bulmahn announced their latest playtest, a gish (I hate the term, but it is useful shorthand) that tries to…

Book Club Reminder!

Tweet Just a quick reminder, after probably waiting too long, I finally made a post about starting the Stargazer’s World Book Club. I’m waiting for feedback on the possible books or games we could read. If you are still interested make sure you click your way to the post ( CLICK HERE ) and express your opinion. You still have time to express your…

Telling the story my way…

Tweet As a long time Game Master I like to try different ways of telling a story. My latest session serves as an example. The previous adventure had ended as the players set forth on a sea journey to a place they had heard of since the beginning of the campaign, a voyage that should take about a month, but they began their travel …