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Other sources of inspiration for RPGs: Comics

It’s easy to list off the inspiration and influences from literature and movies on role playing games. Historically there are lists and appendixes dedicated just to this. The newly released (and excellent by the way) Pathfinder Game Mastery Guide has an updated version of a similar Appendix in the AD&D 1 st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. While I can certainly find my influences on…

Review: Hounds of G.O.D.

Hounds of G.O.D. by Adam J. Weber Games is a

Ulisses Spiele GmbH now owns TORG

According to a post on the West End Game fan forums , WEG’s Eric Gibson sold the rights to TORG to the German company Ulisses Spiele GmbH , which is known as the publisher of “Das Schwarze Auge” (aka The Dark Eye). This is definitely great news. Markus Plötz, the chief executive of Ulisses Spiele is a great fan of the game (he even uses TORG as his …

Open Game Table now available at Sphärenmeisters Spiele

This will probably interest my German readers: The Open Game Table Vol. 1 is now available for 19.95€ at Sphärenmeisters Spiele , my favorite online game shop. According to fellow blogger Moritz Mehlem , Roland Bahr, the owner of Sphärenmeisters Spiele told him that he will offer the second volume, too, as soon as it’s available. If you are living in Germany you definitely should check out this online …

Free Stuff Friday – Firefly RPG

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This weeks Free Stuff is : Firefly RPG Here’s How It Is… The Earth got used up, and we found a new solar system and used terraforming technology to create hundreds of new Earths. The central planets formed the Alliance and decided that all worlds should unite under their rule. There was some disagreement on…

My Orcus & Me!

Today I got my Orcus, Prince of Undeath Gargantuan Figure. I was so excited to get the news that my FLGS had received it that I spent all day daydreaming about it. To the points where I remembered an old toy commercial from the late 80s for a doll for boys, My Buddy, and spent the whole day singing my version of it on my head. My …

Realms of Cthulhu Giveaway Contest

I promised you another giveaway contest and here it is! I still have one PDF copy of Reality Blurs’ excellent “ Realms of Cthulhu ” to give away. Realms of Cthulhu is a game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and uses the Savage World rules. Please note that you need a copy of the Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition to play this game. For…

Combat Tiers Review

Recently I ran into an issue with my weekly D&D game. My players where trying to attack a dragon while it was flying away. It became increasingly difficult to track how high up and how far away the dragon was as it flew away. Because this was such a pain in my game I started investigating solutions. Enter Combat Tiers by Tinkered Tactics . A set …

Your daily dose of ICONS!

Some time ago, when I was just getting on this superhero bandwagon I wrote a post about supers, including a tool to illustrate characters called Hero Factory (Fábrica de Heroís). On that post I included some samples of characters I had illustrated using that program. Shortly after doing that I purchased the ICONS rpg and had the idea to write up these characters using the ICONS rules…

Assassins, and Necromancers, and Hexblades! Oh My!

I was quite excited when I recently read the Critical Hits post titled, “ D&D 4e: The New Player’s Option. ” In the post written by Bartoneus it was discovered that Wizards of the Coast will be putting out a new Dungeons & Dragons book called Player’s Option: Heroes of Shadow that will allow players to play as the Assassin, Necromancer, …

June Solstice Giveaway: The lucky winners

On Saturday morning I created a list of the 29 valid contest entries and then used the random number service provided by random.org to generate three random numbers. The lucky winners of the June Solstice Giveaway contest are as follows: Wachynayn has won the Karma Roleplaying System Core Rules Book from Bards and Sages! Walter is the now the lucky owner of…

Free Stuff Friday: Swords & Wizardry

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This weeks Free Stuff is : Swords & Wizardry Want to see what all this Role Playing Game stuff is all about and don’t want to spend a dime to do it? Then your in luck pal because there is a pretty good game based on some of the…

Does the GM Screen deserve to go the way of the Dodo?

I always tell myself I’m not going to buy it. But I always do and I’m consistently underwhelmed or outright disappointed! There was a time when I had a use for Game Master Screens. They offered cardboard-based defense technology from the prying eyes of my players as well as tactical displays of essential information. When I played AD&D and AD&D 2 nd edition …

Deathwatch: In-Depth Preview Video

This game sounds more intriguing every time I learn something new about it. And the new concept of “Squad Mode” vs. “Solo Mode” that’s explained in the video sounds like a very cool idea for such a game. I can’t wait to play it sometime.

Review: The Kobold Guide to Game Design Volume I

Recently a lot of RPG blogs have posted reviews of the third volume of the Kobold Guide, so it seems I am a bit late to the party. In the long run I plan to post reviews of the second and third volume, too, but today I want to start with the 1st book in the series. Wolfgang Baur’s The Kobold Guide to Game Design Volume I: …

Let’s got to the frontier… The Star Frontier that is!

Dane of War’s excellent post , 10 RPGs every gamer should play before they fail their saving throw vs. death got me thinking of my favorite sci-fi game, Star Frontiers . This old school sci-fi game published by TSR in 1982 was my first game of that genre and the system under which I ran my second longest campaign, all the way from high school to college. If you have never …

Deconstructing Metaplots

I have a confession to make (another one you say)! As a Game Master I really don’t like pre-published adventures. Don’t get me wrong I know WHY they exist, and I’ve read my share and enjoyed them, but I rarely play them. The reason? Because I enjoy creating the story as much as I do playing it. The same applies to published …

Deathwatch: Final Sanction

Fantasy Flight Games ’ preview adventure to the upcoming Deathwatch roleplaying game is finally available for download at RPGNow . Deatchwatch is another RPG set into the Warhammer 40,000 universe. This time players adopt the roles of mighty Space Marines, member of a Deathwatch Kill-Team. These teams consists of Space Marines from different chapters who work together to fight as the forefront of Mankind’s …

June Solstice Giveaway contest

To celebrate the first day of summer (or winter if you are living on the southern hemisphere) we’re giving away more RPG PDFs in collaboration with the nice guys at RPGNow / DriveThruRPG ! This time you can win the following: Karma Roleplaying System Core Rules Book from Bards and Sages Control your character’s destiny in ways you never thought possible! The Karma…

June Solstice Giveaway contest

To celebrate the first day of summer (or winter if you are living on the southern hemisphere) we’re giving away more RPG PDFs in collaboration with the nice guys at RPGNow / DriveThruRPG ! This time you can win the following: Karma Roleplaying System Core Rules Book from Bards and Sages Control your character’s destiny in ways you never thought possible! The Karma Roleplaying …