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Book Review: How We Came to Live Here

Image by: Stryfe589 I had the pleasure of talking to Brennan Taylor when I went to GenCon this summer. One of the results of that conversation was a copy of How We Came to Live Here for me to put my eyes on and review for the lovely readers of TC. I was able to take the time to do that recently and these are the results. How We Came…

Old School RPG – Playing Palladium Fantasy RPG (1st edition) again and loving it!

Roll vs Boredom: Mentally Challenged

Roll vs Boredom is an ongoing project to fight off boredom from behind the game master’s screen.  My challenge to myself, to create one signature mechanic for every “adventure” I run in my current campaign, whether that be one night of play or a whole month to complete.   In the first article of this series, I discuss the…

Five Underrated RPGs

There are always games that are cool, but aren’t as well-known as the “big guys.”  I present to you five of my favorite, most underrated RPGs, in no particular order. 1.  Palladium Fantasy RPG Yes, the Palladium house system has issues; it’s in serious need of an upgrade for one.  Yes, some of the Palladium worlds are very unbalanced and suffer from bloat …

Aruneus update – Mirkmoot is almost fully illustrated and new works on the way!

It looks like I’ll have all of the artwork for Mirkmoot in hand by the end of this weekend. Then it’s off to the layout artists and up on to DriveThruRPG (and over to those of you who are getting the PDFs of course)! I’ve included an exclusive preview of our Mirkmoot artist Tim Reardon’s work in here. He is really an amazing…

International Dragon Dice contest winners

We have our winners in the International Dragon Dice contest! Three lucky people will be slapped back to 1995 when TSR was THE gaming company and Dragon Dice were almost THE next big thing. Sascha Jarman and Greg a.k.a. Shinobicow are our USA winners! Francois B from Canada is our international winner! Still sealed in original, slightly dusty plastic Congrats to…

Why Do We Game?

Image by: Ann Douglas I have been asking myself this question on a not-infrequent basis over the last few weeks. You see, there are these things happening in the American calendar that we like to call Holidays. Largely, they consist of over-indulgences of various kinds and massive schedule interruptions. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen these Holidays spread out …

Troll’s Guide to Gifting Geeks for under $20

I get it.  Like nights in Arabia of old, there are 1001 shopping guides out there this holiday season that focus on squeezing the last dollar bill out of your pocket in the name of saving a buck to purchase that thing you never thought you needed until now.  This list is a little different.  There will be no iPods….

Review: Grimm

Grimm, from Fantasy Flight Games ,  is a game with a somewhat interesting premise:  you are a normal modern-day kid that gets stuck in a fairy tale. No, Grimm isn’t a “big name” like the World of Darkness or D&D, and that’s kind of a shame. The Product The .pdf is a 238 page product and is also available in hardcover, dead-tree edition.  Part of the book is in …

Reminder – 2 days left to enter the International Dragon Dice contest!

It’s been a few weeks since our last contest sent four new Dungeons & Dragons Essentials products off to a lucky winner. That means it’s time to give some more stuff away. So I invite you to come on a journey with us. Travel back to 1995 when CCGs were new, TSR was old and Dragon Dice were the next thing that never was. Win yourself some Dragon…

Black Friday

Image by: Cinzia A. Rizzo / fataetoile/away for a while Since my usual posting day was swallowed like so many spoonsful of stuffing, turkey and gravy, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Gnome Stew has an excellent post up about gamer deal for Black Friday, so go and check it out . I know that’s kind of a cop-out, posting a link to another …

Zen and the Art of the Fireball

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself. – Sun Tz u A party lives and dies by teamwork. Too often, …

Gaming in the Digital Age: iTabletop

I wanted to like iTabletop .  I tried to like iTabletop; it seemed to be exactly what I needed in a virtual table top.  Unfortunately, it has failed which is sad because it has a lot of potential. What is iTabletop?  It’s a virtual table top program that allows you to play RPGs online.  It has a bunch of really cool features, which I’ll…

Troll in the Corner’s Guide to the Pathfinder Combat Round

Have you ever felt left behind as your gaming buddies breeze through their combat rounds?  Stuck calculating just how many attacks of opportunities an awakened, 14 armed centipede who is a 15th level barbarian with 23 combat feats will actually have?  Well suffer at the gaming table no more my friend, for we here at Troll in the Corner have a solution for …

Overreacting and Following Up

Image by:  mnpix Many of you may have seen my post last week about a professor of mine that bagged on RPGs and D&D specifically . This happened during class and seemed like it was aimed at me, as it’s known in the class that I game. I figured that since I’ve had another class with the guy since then (we only meet once a week) that …

GASP-Con XI – The Wrap-up

As with every convention I have attended this year, I learned a lot at GASP-Con. And, as I have done with every convention I have attended this year, I am about to regale you all with the things I learned. Strap yourselves in and get ready for the ride. I did not have as good of a time at GASP…

Good Little Children Never Grow Up

I’ll freely admit that I’m biased against 3rd party adventure modules for 4th edition.  Wizards hasn’t exactly made it easy to modify the character builder, especially since the web relaunch, so any new power, item, or feat presented is much more difficult to use. At the same time, the soul of a good adventure is the story, not the mechanics within, so with that …

Your Highness – Restricted Trailer

This movie looks like any number of fantasy RPG campaigns I was involved in, mostly around the age of 10 through 16. It also looks awesome. Warning: NSFW Language and stuff. Technorati Tags: your highness , video , trailer , rpg , movies Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: New Watchmen trailer up, now with more bits in it District 9 – the film I hold the most hope for yet this…

Recapturing the Magic – a serious argument for gaming like you’re 12 years old

One of my earliest clear memories of role playing in any form is of running a few friends through an AD&D adventure.  We were 12 years old and having the time of our lives. I know that one of our characters was a 44th level Dwarven Wizard.  I also know that we had access to the most powerful spell we&#…

International Dragon Dice Contest – Win 3+ boxes of TSR’s Dragon Dice from 1995

It’s been a few weeks since our last contest sent four new Dungeons & Dragons Essentials products off to a lucky winner.  That means it’s time to give some more stuff away.  So I invite you to come on a journey with us.  Travel back to 1995 when CCGs were new, TSR was old and Dragon Dice were the next thing that never was. …