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Dicebook

In March I posted about Apple’s iPad and what it could mean for us gamers. Even back then there were several apps that make a gamer’s life easier. But recently I learned about Dicebook . Dicebook is not just another PDF viewer but allows you to roll the dice while viewing PDFs. Since the iPad’s multitasking abilities are pretty limited, this could be quite handy. Alas I don’t …

Character Death, woe or wow?

Last night I played a particularly long session of my weekly Pathfinder RPG game. During this game I killed a player character. Well that’s not quiet accurate. I wasn’t gunning out for him; it was a mixture of chance and strategy.  Scar, the half-orc dragon blooded sorcerer rolled a 1 on his saving throw and died from the maximized Acid Ball (the enemy wizard’s version of Fireball). This …

Sci-Fi Setting, looking for some feedback…

Unlike some of my fellow writers here in Stargazer’s World I haven’t tried my hand at designing an RPG for some years now. I must admit that meeting so many great and creative people in this community has gotten my creative juices flowing and I may just try my hand at game design in the near future. One thing I do a…

It’s hard to be a reviewer

Sometimes it’s not easy to be a reviewer of RPG products. If you’ve followed my blog for some time now, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve written quite a few of those in my time. The category “ Reviews & First Looks ” lists 94 posts. This is quite a lot and in most cases these have been based on a read …

Warrior, Rogue & Mage Revised Edition finally available at DriveThruRPG

Just a few minutes ago I uploaded the revised Edition of WR&M to DriveThruRPG . There you can download it for free! I will make it available on other sites as well when I come back from GenCon. I will definitely be looking into releasing a print-on-demand version on Lulu. So if everything works as planned, you’ll be able to order …

Remembering A Legend

Gary Gygax, was a writer and game designer. In the 1960s Gygax founded Gen Con . In 1971 he help develop the war game Chainmail. He co-founded the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR) , and in 1974 Gary Gygax along with Dave Arneson created the legendary Role Playing Game, Dungeons & Dragons . As players of the role playing games we all owe a great debt to Gary…

Preview: Warrior, Rogue & Mage Revised Edition Part 2

Today I want to tease you a bit more with updates from the upcoming revised edition of the Warrior, Rogue & Mage roleplaying game . Initially I wanted to use a cover featuring artwork created by fellow RPG blogger Greywulf , but when I started adding the interior artwork, it didn’t really fit anymore. I want to use this opportunity again to thank him for providing me with some great…

Dungeon Master Burnout… My cure!

Some context… I read a post by Chatty DM on twitter this past Sunday about him possibly taking a D&D sabbatical and ended up briefly tweeting with Greywulf about D20 burnout and how despite having been a D20 game master continuously for over 17 years I’ve avoided it. Greywulf suggested this may be a good blog post, so here it is! I’ve been a DM most of my…

Preview: Warrior, Rogue & Mage Revised Edition Part 1

For the last weeks I have been working hard to get the revised edition of WR&M done. The revised edition is currently 38-pages long, contains a lot of small fixes and clarifications and a couple of optional rules that gamemasters can use to personalize your game further. Non-human races are now supported and there are now rules for mounted combat and …

Free Stuff Friday – Monster Slayers

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Monster Slayers: The Heroes of Hesiod Do you have kids? Do you want to roll play with them? As a parent do you feel you can get your children on the right RPG footing and all you need are the tools? Well my dear friends, look no further. …

Writing Influences

I’ve written several articles in the past regarding finding inspiration to start writing, but I thought that for today’s post I’d write about how you can keep writing and what drives development of your ideas by looking at what influences have driven the development of the lands in which I am setting my work. Although there is a long list of purely fantasy …

Mystara, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

A recent post by fellow blogger and friend Daniel Pérez about his love for the Forgotten Realms got me thinking about my favorite campaign setting. The D&D Known World, better known as Mystara . I first discovered this wonderful world in the D&D Expert Set with paragraph long descriptions of the town of Threshold, Karameikos and the Black Eagle Barony used as examples of what…

Christmas in July Sale at DriveThruRPG!

I just got word that RPGNow / DriveThruRPG ’s biggest sale starts tomorrow, the Christmas in July Sale , where hundreds of RPG products are 25% off! The sale starts on July 23th and runs until July 26th. This is a great opportunity to get some of the RPGs you’ve wanted for so long at a reduced price! DriveThruComics is also participating, so you …

DM Rewards: Tomb of Horrors Review

I got something very unexpected in the mail last Friday when I went to check my PO box. Wizards of the Coast sent me my second DM Rewards package of the year.  I was standing in the post office holding a large white envelope from Wizards of the Coast that had DO NOT BEND printed in large bold letters…

What about Creepy Creatures? A review!

Creepy Creatures is a monster book for the Pathfinder RPG by Alluria Publishing . This is the first product by Alluria I have read and I’m glad I did! I am a sucker for monster books; you can never have enough monsters! And this is an eclectic collection of interesting, quirky and silly monsters. The buffet is served, select and antagonist and go torture your players! Want to learn more? Read on… Creepy Creatures is…

Growing the Hobby: The Horticulturist Way!

Mad Brew Labs is hosting this month’s RPG Blog Carnival and the topic is an interesting one, how to help the growth of the hobby? This is a topic I’m very interested in since over the last year I’ve tried to take an active role in the gaming community where I live. I think the best thing we as individuals can do to help the…

Atomic Highway

Recently I learned about the awesome post-apocalyptic roleplaying game Atomic Highway by reading Berin Kinsman’s review . While he’s not really into the genre, he really like the games’ mechanics and toolbox approach. I wanted to run a post-apocalyptic game for a long time, so I decided to get a copy of the game. And I haven’t regretted this decision once, not even for a second! Instead…

I Voted!

Please don’t forget to cast your vote for the 2010 ENnie Awards! I just submitted my vote. The voting polls are still open till midnight, July 25th (no idea, which timezone we’re talking about here), but voting a few days earlier than that is probably a good idea. Especially because this year the nominations have been kinda weird. Some products who IMHO should have been nominated were ignored by…

Dark Sun Light… Microlite that is!

Andrew Mordo, also known as Corvus, fellow contributor to this blog and all around nice guy put together a little gem called Dark Sun Microlite . He’s our resident Microlite expert but I’ll take a stab at doing a review of his work. Corvus is not alone in his love for Microlite, a rules light version of the D20 system that retains many of the familiar elements…

Salmon and D&D

Last Saturday I ran my weekly Dungeons & Dragons adventure. This weeks adventure was one I called “ The Royal Sword of the Elvish Plains People ” which addressed the back story of one the player characters in particular. In planning this adventure I did things a little differently then I normally do. I picked up a copy of Sly Flourish’s Dungeon Master Tips book and used the game planning…