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Paizo’s Ultimate Magic Playtest round one – Magus. Get yours today!

Paizo’s next book in the Pathfinder RPG series will be title Ultimate Magic and it will have lots of stuff to do with, well with magic and the magical classes.  The first document released for play testing is the Magus.  A new base class which is something of a combination between wizard and fighter.  Built in are the abilities to cast spells, wield…

The Orcs of Aruneus – Revised!

The last of the already extent Aruneus PDFs due for a revision has been completed!  The Orcs of Aruneus arrived in all of their revised splendor at DriveThruRPG last evening.  This revised document features everything you will need to insert the Aruneus Orc Player Character into any Pathfinder campaign.  Whether you’re basing your campaign on the world of Aruneus or simply…

Gaming Online

Many of us no longer have time or opportunity to get together for a regular face to face game.  People move away to remote locations, work schedules conflict, family or other personal matters get in the way but the modern gamer has, through the magic of the internet, options. PBEM/PBP: Games can be played by email (pbem) or played by post (pbp)…

Dark Sun Campaign Prep – the Challenges of Starting a New Game

The opportunity to start a new campaign is usually both a challenge and joy for most GMs. In the planning of my new Dark Sun campaign, the challenges appeared first. I had been wanting to start a new game for quite some time, and I had intended to run Star Wars Saga Edition. To that end, I purchased nearly the entire set of …

Walking the Line

Image by: alborzshawn No, this isn’t some reference to Johnny Cash. What I’m talking about is the line between planning your session and improvising. Both sides of GMing are vital to the long-term success of a campaign, but if you go too far one way or the other, then you’re likely going to end up with unhappy players and a derailed campaign. There …

Friday Flash Contest! Win yourself an official World of Aruneus T-shirt and the Aruneus PDFs!

How would you like a free, zombie themed T-shirt featuring original artwork?  Who wouldn’t, right?  Now’s your chance to compete for one in a cut-throat battle!  I’m giving away one official World of Aruneus T-shirt to one official winner.   Because it’s Friday and we all deserve some fun, and because Mondays often come far too soon after…

Quick Review: The Secrets of Divine Channeling

With Rite Publishing’s The Secret of Divine Channeling we have a completely new divine class, which is similar to a cleric in many ways, but divergent enough to justify a great publication.  The Divine Channeler class is focused more on channeling divine energy than they are on casting divine spells, and as such they’ve received a host of new channeling abilities to go along with the Clerical…

4E Flavor – Powers Overwhelming?

As a DM in my high school years, I was often expected to be the one to provide an unlimited source of flavorful descriptives when it came to combat. This was never an issue for me, because I always had a passion for describing the gruesome actions of a bunch of hardened warriors tearing through a slough of rampaging monsters. By contrast, I found that when…

Mass Combat with D&D 4e – Formations as Swarms

D&D is primarily a skirmish game, as far as combat is concerned, well suited to about five combatants per side.  That said, giant armies clashing is a staple of fantasy.  Unfortunately, playing out giant army battles in a skirmish game, will quickly go from high paced action into tedium on par with filing taxes, and the emotional enthusiasm of a soulless bingo parlor filled with…

D&D 4th Edition Essentials…Essential?

Having recently picked up the Rules Compendium and Heroes of the Fallen Lands for D&D, a part of their Essentials line, the question of course begs to be asked:  How Essential is it?  The answer, dear readers, lies in this article. What is the Rules Compendium?  It’s one of the 10 D&D “Essentials” products for the 4th edition of Dungeons …

The World of Athas

The task of creating a campaign for players is the ultimate challenge for many GMs. World building must be weaved with a plot that will excite and challenge your players. Fortunately for those who want to run 4th Edition D&D, Wizards of the Coast has provided a number of campaign settings that make running a campaign easier. Dark Sun is the newest campaign …

Doctor Who RPG – Aliens and Creatures Review

Analysis of Cubicle 7’s Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Space continues with the first supplement released in PDF format and soon to be in print, Aliens and Creatures .  The first review can be seen by clicking HERE , I recommend it as a start to get a baseline of how I feel about the system before you dig into this…

Wicked Tinkers: Perfect music for your even vaguely Celtic themed game night

I literally stumbled into the Wicked Tinkers last night when an Amazon search gone horribly wrong brought me to them.  They bill themselves as “pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995.”.  How had I not heard about them in …

Adventurer’s Toolbox – Feather Tokens

Image by: SoulRider.222 In my first article in the Adventurer’s Toolbox series , I talked about the Immovable Rod, and how it ranked amongst the most useful items in the game. Next up in this series is a group of items, collectively known as Feather Tokens. These oft-overlooked items can be both a lot of fun and super-useful. First, let’s take a look at their entry …

Quick Review: Advanced Feats – Secrets of the Alchemist – 30 new feats & a few character builds for Pathfinder’s Alchemist class

Advanced Feats: Secrets of the Alchemist by Sigfried Trent offers an in depth look at the Alchemist class as it’s available in the Advanced Player’s guide.  Trent introduces 30 new feats designed with Alchemists PCs in mind, as well as a discussion on what the Alchemist can do as a class, and several suggested builds. I’ve often toyed with the idea of…

Like Zombies? Heard about Aruneus? The official Aruneus shop is open with T-shirts and a $5 off coupon

Zombies rise. Heroes die. You are what remains. The world was a large place. The four races, Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs coexisted with an uneasy peace, but at the least, they were able to share the land and survive. Empires were formed, lives created and destroyed, magic flourished and for a brief time, Humanity strove to master the globe. Then the undead scourge broke the world…

We have two winners in the Splicers and Fantasy Craft RPG contest

Congratulations to Jason Locher and Ogmios (who, like Madonna, only goes by one name, presumably not their own).  Jason picked up a copy of the Splicers RPG and Odmios will be settling down to read Fantasy Craft tonight. We’ll have more contests coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled! Technorati Tags: rpg , contest Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: …

Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away?

Image by Kaibab National Forest I’ve been thinking a lot about gaming burn-out recently. You see, every 3-4 months, I go through a phase where I am just not into gaming. It’s usually characterized by a lack of motivation to do anything game-related, negative thinking about the gaming situation that I find myself in, and a gnawing sense that I should be doing…

Fantasy Flight’s Talisman 4th Edition Massive Review – Base Game, Reaper, Frostmarch, Dungeon, and the Highland

What started in 1983 as an interesting idea in board games has become one of my all time favorite games to play in that or this century.  I love Talisman (well, all but the 3rd edition).   I’ve played the 1st edition once or twice, owned everything for the 2nd edition and logged hours upon hours of play, but passed on the 3rd edition to keep…

Win a PDF copy of Fantasy Craft RPG or the Splicers RPG – enter quick!

Since we just wrapped up our Savage Worlds contest, it’s time to launch a new contest!  Here’s a quickie – you’ve got two days to enter to win either a copy of Fantasy Craft 2nd Printing or Palladium Book’s Splicers RPG !  Over $45 in total value – two winners, one product each. How do you win?  It’s…