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Old School Podcast: Geek Chat Episode 2 with Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Quinn Murphy, Tracy Hurley, Logan Bonner and Phil Menard

At PAX East, Tracy was able to sit down and record a series of talks about the state of the RPG industry today, GMing, gaming in general and all things geek. In this episode, Tracy chats with RPG luminaries Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Quinn Murphy, Tracy Hurley, Logan Bonner and Phil Menard Rob Donoghue and Fred Hicks you may know from Evil Hat Productions , who…

Teacher Effectively Uses an RPG to Teach World Issues

In what apparently originated in my city, John Hunter has developed an incredible role playing game experience he calls The World Peace Game, for his 10 year old gifted students. The video below will no doubt give the best description of his game, so I won’t try to tell it better than the man himself: For more information on this …

The creative process in game design or sandpaper golem sex and letting go of ideas

Yesterday I came up with a brand new game.  In fact, I came up with a new board game and a new creature to add to my slowly growing list of Pathfinder oddities, both based on the same idea. While doing the creative lifting that goes in to making something like this I was also conversing with a friend who suggested that I document this process in writing. …

I’m on the RedPhoneZone movie podcast, talking about epic/historical movies

Ethan and Aaron over at RedPhoneZone invited me on to their podcast to discuss historical epics, film, focusing on the Ethnographical, psuedo-biographical and antidisestablishmentarianism position that all film is actuality as reflected by societal mores.  Nah, just kidding, we jabber on about our favorite six flicks and swear a bunch. I’ve had dealings with Ethan before, as he’s the guy who…

Scratching That Itch – Winds of Change Session 7

WARNING: This session features a particularly raunchy joke within the first 5 minutes of the recording. It’s not just NSFW content, it’s kind of Not Safe for Life. That said, here’s the link to that audio ! =) In this session, the party ventured back into Freeport to begin their search for the Cultists of Haagenti that had cursed the Hall of …

Old School Podcast: WoD Mortals at RavenCon

Yet another game session audio post from Richmond, Virginia’s RavenCon 20111 !  This week’s actual play is an almost two hour, role playing “get to know you”, with a nice dramatic battle to cap it off, all within the New World of Darkness rules set.  Although it was run as a con game, it seems to be more suited to a longer campaign.  You don’…

TAG! You’re it!

Sometimes, creating an dynamic and interesting environment can be difficult.  I have found an interesting way to help organize my thoughts to so that I can say “yes” more often when a player decides they want to try thinking outside of the box a little bit.  Tags. This is something that I’ve borrowed from the FATE system.  In that system, every scene has certain aspects that…

Old School Podcast: Geek Chat Episode 1 with Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks and Bill White

At PAX East, Tracy was able to sit down and record a series of talks about the state of the RPG industry today, GMing, gaming in general and all things geek. In this episode, Tracy chats with RPG luminaries Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks and Bill White. Rob Donoghue and Fred Hicks you may know from Evil Hat Productions , who have a few little titles out, like the freaking…

Old School Podcast: Amaranthine Interview with David Hill

Last week, I heard about a new project on Kickstarter called Amaranthine . I checked it out and was intrigued. Imagine a group of immortals that are continually reborn into new bodies. As they live their lives, flashes of the previous lives are unlocked when they bump into others of their kind. Think Highlander but with a hefty dose of memory loss (also, without…

More Savage Worlds Deluxe Info

Pinnacle Entertainment group released their official website announcement for the upcoming Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition this morning, but readers of their forums know that is really where the action is.  Since their Savage Worlds Deluxe thread started last Thursday, the forums have been filled with questions.  Core Rules Manager Clint Black (who previously did an interview with us here on this site), Pinnacle Company VP …

How do I add more to 4d8+18?

Despite Wizards of the Coast not showing up on my doorstep with a giant novelty check and a offer to move to Renton, I’ve decided to complete what I set out to accomplish. And that was of course to publish two articles so mind numbingly boring that ICANN shuts down the internet. The first was “How do I add 25% to 4d8+…

Old School Podcast: Rippers at RavenCon Actual Play

If there was one game that I knew I wanted to get in at RavenCon , it had to be a game run by Paul Charran.  I met Paul at one of his games last year and I learned from him one of the major elements missing from my own games at the time, bringing energy to the table.  Paul is filled with laughter, movie …

Parahuman Designer’s Diary: Secret Origins

I wanted to take the opportunity this week to discuss the secret origins of the Parahuman world; where it came from, how it evolved and why it seems to have a pretty rich history despite there being no comic series or previous sourcebooks published for it. Simply put, the world of Parahuman is much older than you might think and has evolved over about 30 years into something far…

Old School Actual PlayPodcast Episode 3 – We open doors

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG !  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs and Ogres using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode, we get jumped by a pig.  With a stinger! Then we talk a bunch of highly trained, heavily armed troops in to letting us scout…

And You Thought Your School Was Bad – Book Review of Curriculum of Conspiracy

It’s no secret that I fell in love with Monsters and Other Childish Things when I reviewed it some months back. It’s a game that offers you the opportunity to relive childhood, except this time you’ve got a slavering Horror From Beyond as your best friend. When the opportunity came to review an adventure/setting for the game, I was more than pleased to do so…

Need to give your fantasy campaign a boost? Arthurian Mythology to the rescue

It happens to the best of us.  Whether it is the start of a new campaign or two years in to an ongoing, persistent world, sometimes coming up with a great adventure hook is tough.  The same old fantasy tropes we’re used to in our games can get boring.  One more orc, one more dragon, one more litch. When this happens to me, I do what…

Old School Podcast: Posthumous Z at RavenCon

Nathan Little of This is a Cow , his gaming company, was a major hit at RavenCon 2011 and kept a constant crowd gathered around his new zombie-based team board game, Posthumous Z . I truly wish I could tell our readers more about this game, but I haven’t had a chance to play it myself yet.  What I can say …

Folk Lore: Remedies and Healing

Many RPG campaigns take place in medieval-like settings and, as a result, it’s pretty easy to spice things up with a few folk remedies.  And where better to turn for these remedies than history itself? Whether these remedies actually work or whether they are just quackery, of course, will depend on your campaign.  As an example, in my Europa campaign…

I make games – Pathfinder expansions, a whole undead world, board games about cats and fire – check it out!

I don’t just write about games, and have a number of talented Editors and Authors who also write about games, but I create them as well. At this very moment I have 40 PDFs available at DriveThruRPG – many of the costing you absolutely nothing, that is… FREE ! Those that aren’t free range in price between $0.50 and $1.99. You can find…

The Mindripper, or, You Want Me to do What With my Adventure?

In the time that I have been writing for TC, I have tried to push myself as a gamer. I enjoy many different facets of the hobby so if I have had a good opportunity to make myself a better GM or a better player, I have tried to take it. One part of the hobby that has gotten my attention recently has been the writing side of things, …