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Review: Dangerous Games Trilogy, by Matt Forbeck

About a year ago, I joined a role-playing game film club. The unofficial club’s stated goal is to watch every movie, every documentary, every episode of a television series, every reality show, every damn television advert and fan production that somehow references role-playing games or larps. This is part sociological research into how gaming is presented in media and part turkey film

We’ve watched a lot of spectacular turds, but that is a topic either for a later post or a teary-eyed rant at a convention bar sometime not too long before last call. For a taste of what we’re up [...]

Westeros

Not related to Elyden though still to do with a fictional world and mapping: 


A commission I recently finished for a friend of mine, detailing George R.R Martin's world of Westeros. I have to say this was good fun to make, and I'm quite happy with the colours and the border though the bevel/emboss on the corners is a bit heavy-handed.  

Easthalen #10 -- Artefacts Part 2

Artefacts of Power in Easthalen – Part 2 – Artefacts

Last week the location where the most dangerous artefacts of Easthalen are stored was detailed, known to the outside world as the Archive, one of its many names.
This week I’ll be listing a few of the items contained in this deadly location. Only a small amount of information has been released by those who reside within the Archive, so as to protect the secrets
within and the population outside. (Or to put it in OOC talk – To allow for more details to be added later or even changed)

Glove of [...]

Hellyfish... What More Needs Be Said?

Hellyfish - Official Trailer by dreadcentral Thanks to Al Bruno III for drawing this to my attention.

The Pathfinder Chronicles is Closing Down...

While the title of this is true it does not mean that I am leaving the blogging world.  Instead I am simply moving to my own space.  

I have a plan to continue the growth of my blog and for it to be a reliable source of information for a multitude of games.  I one day hope to be offering more than a simple blog, such things as programs I have made for use like character generators and other similar material.  
We've laughed, cried and killed zombies but it is time to move on!This idea is somewhat [...]

011 Mapping my gameworld pt 2

Last time, I showed you my Illustrator layers method of building up my game-world map. That gave me a broad idea of the game-world, and didn't need any more detail before starting play. This time, I have zoomed in to a small settlement right in the middle of the game-world, shown as sitting in the meander of a river.

In drawing the map, all I have to remember is the river meander. It's a [...]

Video Response - Encouraging Players (video)

Suggestions for GMs on how to maximise their sources of inspiration.

Player Tips - Making Descriptions more Interesting (video)

Some advice on making your descriptions of character actions more interesting and engaging.

RDD - Planning Dungeon World Session (video)


Video showing some of the process I went through to prepare for this evening's Dungeon World game (if you are one of my players please don't watch this).
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The 7.5 Hit Point Orcish Standard?


A minor kafuffle went on in the RPG blogging community recently over the concept of the 7.5 hit point orcish standard. I don't think that's what anyone else called it. That just seems like a good name to me. The original premise is this: If you're an orc, or some other common low level fodder one hit die wonder, and you roll a one for hit points, you're screwed. At some point you're going to trip and hit your head on a rock, get into a brawl over whose mother did what with a goat or some such and [...]

Gaming with You as the character, part 2

Game night was not unusual except for the fact that I was going t be playing a character that is essentially me. Character generation went quickly and left me feeling quite inadequate. My attributes are average with the one exception, my awareness stat was a little higher than average. Then we got into skills and I wanted to say, "I know how to do this and that" but the game only takes into account skills that you really know. This means all of my trivia and knowledges have little impact. Next was our vanity picks. For me I chose not to have suffered cancer. This means my character won't suffer from the need for medicine every fraking day. I also chose to be a little better with a couple of skills that may come in handy down the road. Now we were all done and ready to begin.

First of all I want to make it clear, I really don't like the idea of my home being invaded by anyone or anything. Having the aliens from the game HALO invade my planet was not a happy day. Washington was gone, Baltimore gone, York gone. We luckily were in a rural area as the bombs started falling and energy blasts rained down from the sky. As the ex-military guy, I took charge and got our band of misfits to run. We ran deeper into the country and faced a running battle with aliens. People died all around us but we survived and my tactics kept us alive. That and a little bit of luck. What will we do next week? Who the hell knows. I am terrified of the prospect of facing another fight with three geeks watching my back.

You can read my character log if you want more details. Hopefully my [...]

Review and Commentary On the Pay What You'd Like Lamentations Of The Flame Princess Adventure - The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children On The Dark Corner Blog


 Strap on your sword, your pistol, and grab your armor we're off to look deep into the Doom  Cave Of  The Crystal Children for the Lamentations of The Flame Princess Retroclone
 Right Over
HERE
The adventure is on 'Pay What You'd Like' at the moment. So we take a quick view into it on the Dark Corner Blog. 

Free Mars Resource For Your Old School Science Fantasy Campaign - Barsoom! From Heavy Metal Magazine By Richard A Lupoff


  This is not the article's artwork but its a favorite classic Amazing stories cover featuring one of my
favorite Burroughs stories

Grab It Over
HERE

With the Warriors of the Red Planet retroclone due any day now I need a fast way to reintroduce Barsoom to a few jaded old school friends. Some of these folks had never read the Edgar Rice Burroughs classics of Barsoom!  I didn't want to get into a whole lot of hassle but how to give the highlights and put my players in the spirit of the books?
Heavy Metal [...]

Hackmaster Combat Preview

HackMaster combat is a little different from standard AD&D combat, but the more familiar I get with it, the more I like it. Having a few pointers as you go about creating your first PC and prepping for your first hack might prove helpful. So with that in mind:

Generally speaking ...

Base Combat NumbersA Character's Base Attack = Intelligence Attack Modifier + Dexterity Attack Modifier + Class Attack Bonus

A Character's Base Defense = Wisdom Defense Modifier + Dexterity Defense Modifier + Armor Defense Adjustment + Shield Defense Adjustment

A Character's Base Initiative = Wisdom Initiative Modifier + Dexterity Initiative Modifier + [...]

Quirks & Flaws Resource

QUIRKS & FLAWSNote this is information for players in my new Hackmaster 5e game. For details see Hackmaster 5e PHB from KenzerCo.

So, Quirks and Flaws. Fun ways to make your PC more interesting, colorful or memorably obnoxious. This is how it works:
Rolling Randomly gives you full BP Award value for the first quirk or flaw.
Cherry Picking a Quirk or Flaw gives you half the listed BP Award value.
Rolling Randomly for a second Quirk or Flaw gives you the Full BP Award MINUS FIVE.Cherry Picking for a second Quirk or Flaw give you half, MINUS FIVE of the listed BP Award value.

First Introduction to Tellene

Welcome to Tellene!Note that this is a character's introduction to Tellene. What most character's would know about their world or can easily find out by talking to a variety of people is presented here. 

There is more thorough information presented about the region of the City State of P'Bapar, for that is the are in which our campaign begins. Most of your first characters will be from P'Bapar of geographic regions very close by. In later sessions you can begin to create characters from farther afield.

More specific information for your individual characters will be provided based on [...]

PC Creation Guidelines

This PC creation paper is assuming you have the Advanced Hackmaster PHB. It will work with the Basic book as well, but there are references to the Advanced material as well. Page numbers for both are, however, included. Basic pages are prefixed with a b, as in b34. Advanced pages are given first and without a prefix, as in 112. So a single reference might read (101 b42), meaning page 101 in the Advanced HM PHB, or page 42 in the Basic HM book.

The following tutorial is for characters in my Virtual Knights Campaign set in the City [...]

Review and Commentary On Beneath the Ruins (Psychedelic Fantasies #1) From Geoffrey McKinney For Your Old School Science Fantasy Campaigns


Grab It Right Over
HERE
This is the first in the line of Psychadellic Fantasies adventures and its sort of like Robert Howard's Red Nails on crack in a good old school sort of way. The ten page adventure really shows the direction that Geoffrey McKinney  wanted to take with this line of adventures. There's a single level and two sub levels to this one. The encounters are very old school and might work well with an Arduin style of OD&D game play but any retroclone rules set should work well with this one. The play here is [...]

Monday Gunday Product Reviews: the Snake Eyes Dead Ringer Sight

This is going to be a long review, so hold onto your hats folks...

Early in the year, I received a set of Snake Eyes sights from Dead Ringer for test & evaluation. This review has been a long time in coming, for various reasons:
  1. The sights are not easily mounted on a pistol. (More on this later.)
  2. I wanted to see if the ghost ring on the back of the slide would interfere with concealed carry and/or drawing from concealment. In order to test the concealed carry portion, I perforce had to carry it for an extended period of time. [...]

Non-Player Cards Kickstarter: An Interview with Potato Salad's Andreas Walters by Richard Litzkow

What makes a kickstarter successful, is it the idea being pitched, the person or team behind the idea, or some combination of both?
I got to wondering about this as I watched the Potato Salad kickstarter reach 11 days left having raised $61k. It seemed remarkable that this kickstarter; created as a joke, could raise so much money. But other kickstarters like Non-Player Cards with much longer term use only just having reached 60% of it's target goal.
I stumbled onto the Non-Player Cards kickstarter by accident while searching the RPG section of kickstarter. As a game master by [...]

Kick The Box July 21st 2014 Edition

Kick The Box July 21st Edition

After a pleasant week of camping and sight seeing some of Western Montana’sfamous ghost towns and National Parks, including Glacier National Park, it was time to return back to civilization. Upon my return, I have finished up this week’sKick The Box, which features Meeples, Wanted Outlaws with a dash ofHostage Negotiator while Isle Surfing for a well rounded evening of fun and delight.

Kickstarter News: Core Worlds Digital is closing in on their pledge level of $20,000. You still have a little over two weeks left to jump in. Spells of Doom is fully funded with a [...]

Video Games can make your RPG better!

...or how to get source material for your RPGs from AAA games.Let's talk about video games for a while. While tabletop gaming has stayed more or less a niche hobby, video games have gone trough quite a journey since their humble beginnings. There is no denying that video games' popularity sky-rocketed in the past decade or so. Thanks to that, AAA video game companies nowadays have budgets comparable to blockbuster movies. They spend a lot of money on writers, designers and artists. Not to mention paying for focus groups and playtesters to make sure the game is accessible and satisfying. There [...]

A Little Behind

I know, I was doing so well, too.

I'm running behind on blog stuff, because of stuff with my newborn, and crazy work-related junk.

I even had a review calendar set up and everything. I'm going to try to beef up my schedule until I get caught up, just bear with me, please.

Up next are:
Sertorius by Bedrock Games
Sovereign Stone by Timeout Diversions
Cold Steel Wardens by Blackfall Press
Rapture by Storyweaver
Lowell Was Right! by Flying Mice
Spooks! by Nightingale Publishing

Hope you're still reading and as eager for these reviews as I [...]

Naiads of Salmagundi

A new D&D 5e PC race.

Naiads are spirits of the waters. In their natural form they actually appear made of water, though they feel like flesh to the touch. They are fully capable of operating normally on land, though few choose to do so; they are at a Disadvantage when making survival rolls in Desert conditions.

Stats:+2 DexSize:Medium

Speed:30 swim/30 walkAge:Naiads reach maturity at age 14 and can live many centuries. The oldest may be as old as the world itself.

Alignment:Chaotic Good.Languages:speak Naiad, Fish, and Common.

Weapon Training: proficient with spear,trident, and net.

Low-light Vision: Naiads cansee normally underwater and in low-light conditions with [...]

Ants Webcomic for the Week of 7/21


It's Christmas in July!

From now through July 28th, DriveThruRPG / RPGNow is holding their annual Christmas in July sale, and everything in the Accessible Games catalog is included. Throughout this week, you can get any of our PDFs for 25% off the original price.

Now is a great time to pick up Psi-punk for just $14.99 or grab any of our Alliterative Amusements for $1.87. You’ll also find Fire Starters, Game Publishing Lessons, and Conservation of Ninjutsu available at the same discounted rate.

Visit our publisher page at DriveThruRPG to start saving today.

The Savage AfterWorld's Christmas In July Sales!


With the release of the Deviant Database 2.0, I thought I'd make both it and the original Deviant Database available in hardcopy format at a special low price. For a limited time, the original Deviant Database is 20% off at Lulu. The new Deviant Database 2.0 is under $10, so you can score both Mutant Future supplements -- that's over 128 pages of mutants -- for less than $20 (plus shipping)! And if you don't play Mutant Future, the creatures of the Deviant Database 1.0 and 2.0 are compatible with Labyrinth Lord and other First Edition RPGs!
As if [...]

Xmas in July Sale at RPGNow - 25% Off Selected Items


Christmas in July Sale
See that banner above? Yep, look up. That one.

RPGNow / OneBookShelf is running a Christmas in July Sale with a crapton of PDFs (and possibly Print on Demand - I need to look closer) on sale for a limited time. How much is a crapton? A lot.

I'l try and highlight some OSR choices over the next few days - assuming I survive the next two at work. Covering my unit, another unit and assigned to two days of training - I really need some clones.

Oh, and for those wondering - Urgent Care cut the ring off my wife's swollen finger earlier this evening and put her on 10 days of antibiotics. I think we're [...]

Geeks and the Objectification of Women

Back in November (2012), Cameron Diaz told the British newspaper, The Sunday Times, it's healthy for women to want to be objectified.

“I think every woman does want to be objectified. There's a little part of you at all times that hopes to be somewhat objectified, and I think it's healthy," she said, adding that she finds revealing photo shoots to be "empowering.”

She went onto say,

“I'm not some young girl with the photographer going, 'Will you take your clothes off?' I'm like [mimes stripping], 'How does this look?' They're like, 'Today we're not going to put anything other than bras and heels on you,' and I'm like, 'These heels are not high enough.'”

Diaz is comfortable objectifying herself but many women say such objectification is a bad thing for women everywhere. Now I am a guy and as such I can't say that the objectifying women is a good thing or a bad thing. Only a woman can decide if it is good for her self esteem. What I can say is that after attending hundreds of conventions in my life, I have seen thousands of woman and young ladies who appear to enjoy being objectified.

At a typical convention in the eighties we were lucky if we saw any women at a convention. Today, sci-fi, horror, and gaming conventions are overwhelmed with women. Last year at GenCon I would hazard to say that nearly half of the attendees were women. Now lets look at the women attending these conventions. They dress is skimpy costumes, accentuate their femininity, draw attention to their assets in every way, shape, and form. As you move through the halls the cosplay girls flock around you practically begging you to take photos with them. The costume contests overflow with women who are trying to gain the attention of [...]

It's DriveThruRPG's 2014 Christmas in July Sale!

Hey everyone, apologies for not being able to post as often. My home PC decided to die on me a few days back, but that won’t stop me from posting about one of my favorite annual sales from DriveThruRPG!

Their Christmas in July Sale is a great way to save 25% while picking up some of the best titles the industry has to offer.

Here are some of my favorite titles on sale now:

  • Alderac’s Legend of the Five Rings
  • Monte Cook’s Numenera
  • Modiphius’ Mindjammer and Achtung! Cthulhu
  • Crafty Games’ Fantasy Craft
  • Vigilance Press’ Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade

 

 


Update

Domains at War hard copies arrived on my doorstep today.  Neat!

Moving back to college in a week and a half for new job (startup that came out of a research project I worked on as an undergrad).  As a result, much cleaning, packing, juggling of utilities, parking permit acquisition, bike acquisition, uhaul acquisition and return, and other non-recreational hilarity is in my present, recent past, and near future.

Hope to resume posting regularly when I am back in the company of gamers, free time from work permitting.

The Procrastination Chronicles - of sorts

For the past two weeks, my house was invaded by family: namely, my mother-in-law and my nephew. Also, my work schedule has made it quite insane. Long hours, family, activities, summer time, GMing. All those things conspire to kill my time. And with 3 adventures to write for Gencon... well something has got to give. That something, unfortunately is my work on this blog.

Like most bloggers, I agonize over a "I should be writing something for the blog". And so I take a few moments to do so now.

When we moved to our Facebook Group, I [...]

WUXIA INSPIRATION: THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN

Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate (WHOG) draws on a number of sources for inspiration. I watch a lot of wuxia movies and TV shows, and these have had a big influence not only on Ogre Gate, but on Sertorius and many of my d20 campaigns. I am hoping to share some of my favorite movies and shows in the genre here as we work on WHOG.

The One-Armed Swordsman was released in 1967 by Shaw Brothers and directed by Cheh Chang (Five Venoms and Golden Swallow). It stars Jimmy Wang as Fang Kang, Lisa Chiao Chiao as Xiao Man, Tien Fang as [...]

Behind the Scenes: TFPC and Friends



 By Richard Litzkow
What makes a kickstarter successful, is it the idea being pitched, the person or team behind the idea, or some combination of both?
I got to wondering about this as I watched the Potato Salad kickstarter reach 11 days left having raised $61k. It seemed remarkable that this kickstarter; created as a joke, could raise so much money. But other kickstarters like Non-Player Cards with much longer term use only just having reached 60% of it's target goal.
I stumbled onto the Non-Player Cards kickstarter by accident while searching the RPG section of kickstarter. [...]

Role Playing with YOU as the character Part 1

I was play testing some thoughts and ideas about a future campaign. A campaign in which the players' characters will be versions of themselves in the modern world. I have experimented with this style of play in the past with games like BTRC's Timelords and the adventures were quite fun.

The future game will deal with an alien invasion that will begin during on of our weekly game sessions. The paths of the story will be interesting. All but one of the players has a family and kids. What will the characters do when fire falls from the skies and they now have to worry about survival, their family's survival, and the survival of the group?

I look forward to seeing this campaign idea develop as I can see great Emotional battles that he players will have to face. Will they turn on each other? Will they sacrifice a member of one family to save another? Will they split up and surely die?

Our new game will be run in BTRC's EABA system. EABA is a universal game system that offers a cinematic style of play. Greg Porter won me over years ago with Timelords and CORPS and EABA is the next logical step in the development of a universal game system. One of the great things about EABA is that, no matter the setting, EABA works the exact same way. (Good news: a second edition is soon to be released) I would love to hear of any great campaigns you have played in or heard of that involved people playing themselves. Maybe I can learn from your experience.

Here is what BTRC says about EABA;

EABA is our foray into open source, or in this case, open supplement gaming. We sell the game and some supplements, you do whatever the hell you want with [...]

Another TMNT Movie?!?!

I was a teen when I discovered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) at my local comic-book shop. It was issue number one with it’s odd format and ultra-violent content. I fell in love. Every month as I went to see my comic-book guy I would pick up a copy of TMNT along with Cerebus the Aardvark and Savage Sword of Conan. I was in nerd heaven.

Some of the best moments of early TMNT history were found in issues like Donatello: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle,Fugitoid, and of course Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8 where we got to see Cerebus the Aardvark team up with the turtles. The stories slowly petered out over the years but that first two years of TMNT was awesome beyond belief.

Some years later I heard there was a TMNT cartoon and my sister was raving about it like it was the greatest thing on Earth. I had to see it. When I did I was so disgusted that I must have screamed at her for an hour.

Eventually they made a movie and it was nearly as crappy as the cartoon. I gave up on TMNT except as a passing fancy from time to time when I would play the TMNT RPG by Palladium Games. As you can see I am very skeptical about the latest installment into the TNMT franchise. I am hopeful that it will remain true to the classic comic-book but I suspect that it will be another rehashing of the horrifying cartoon series. Here is the trailer, you decide.

The Day My Laptop Became a Desktop

My simple little setup, circa fall 2012.

Just shy of two years ago, I bought myself a new laptop, centered around quality gaming. Sure, I do plenty of other things with it, like use it for work, but gaming was the main thrust of this purchase. I had a few critical requirements: it had to have a large screen, a fast processor, lots of RAM, a good GPU, and Windows 7. And wouldn’t you know it, I nailed all of them in an ASUS VX75. And bam, it was a powerhouse. Worked like a dream. I had my gaming graphics set [...]

5E Player's Handbook Art Preview

Art by Daren BaderBoing Boing has posted a preview of some of the art from the upcoming 5th Edition version of the Player's Handbook. While some people might be put off by the fact that one or two of the pictures still feature the "Dungeon Punk" aesthetic that was popular during 3E and 4E (I personally like the style, but to each their own), most of the pieces have a more classic feel to them, especially the above piece by Daren Bader. Check out the preview and see for yourself!

Citizens of Earth

Being the Vice President of the World means asking not what you can do for your countrymen, but what your countrymen can do for you! And specifically in the case of Citizens of Earth, it means making them fight your battles for you – and we’re talking literal battles here, since Citizens of Earth is a role-playing game from indie developer Eden Industries and published by Atlus U.S.A., Inc. The game will be released later in 2014 as a download-only title for PC, PlayStation4 computer entertainment system, PlayStationVita handheld entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.

The retro-inspired Citizens of Earth pits players as the second-highest-paid bureaucrat in the land. The game begins just after winning a long, drawn-out candidacy, and the VP returns to his hometown for some taxpayer-funded rest and relaxation. But after just one night passes, the VP awakens to find the world gone berserk! As elected official he has two responsibilities: investigate what’s caused people to go crazy… and delegate as much of the dirty work as possible. Citizens of Earth has 40 wacky citizens to recruit and send into battle.

So what does the game have to offer?

Gotta Recruit ‘em All- Every vote counts, and sometimes you have to do some pretty shameful things to get them… Citizens of Earth has 40 citizens to collect to fight in your party, each with their own unique play-style and out-of-combat world abilities. Everyone in town will lend a hand, from the way-too-jittery Barista and the ever-optimistic Weatherlady to the notoriously skeezy car salesman and the ridiculously shy (and totally real) Sasquatch!

Occupy Earth! - It’s time to take back Earth from the opposition. There are no random encounters in Citizens of Earth; you’ll see every enemy on the field before you fight them. So go ahead and maneuver around those [...]

The New Castles & Crusades Printing Arrived Today

Convention season also means review season. Between here at the blog and my writing for Bleeding Cool, that can mean a lot of stuff filtering through the Dorkland!offices this time of year. I already have a considerable slush pile of games to review and so much more good stuff keeps coming out from publishers. With the craziness of Comic Con Internationalgoing on over at Bleeding Cool, that

Seeking a 2015 Ennies Nomination

Ennies 2015 Logo

This year, I am seeking your vote! To bean Ennies’ Judge.

I would appreciate it if you would take a bit of your time to go vote for the 2105 Ennie Judeges.Read up on the 2015 nominees.

The Ennies are “an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming.”

One challenge that I believe faces the Ennies is the issue of 800 pound gorillas.The games and companies that are the gateway into our hobby.

I acknowledge that many gamers stay in the entry way, playing only their gateway game.That is awesome and works for them.

But I would like to also celebrate [...]

What Should You Include in a Running Sheet

A couple of weeks ago I talked about something that I have recently started to use, a running sheet if you will.  The idea is designed to help me run the game a little smoother and to make sure that I don't miss anything that could alter the path of the game that I have planned.

At the time that I wrote that I had used a sheet that I had designed for an upcoming game and so I did not let the full amount of detail on that sheet be shown so my players got no inside information. [...]

Ninja Pizza Girl gets new stretch goal

Disparity Games, creators of upcoming food-on-the-run game Ninja Pizza Girl, have today announced a new "Includification" stretch goal for their Kickstarter to celebrate reaching 50% funding in six days.

"Includification", Disparity Games' Jason Stark said today, "is a word we totally grabbed from includification.com, and is about making Ninja Pizza Girl as accessible to as many people as possible. This includes people who have lost usage of their limbs and those with cognitive disabilities. Includification is a goal we're incredibly passionate about, and we hope our supporters feel the same way!"

Ninja Pizza Girl already includes support for color-blind players and subtitles for the hearing impaired. Extra accessibility options will include, if the Kickstarter campaign reaches $45,000 in the next 23 days, the ability to slow the game down, remap controller configurations to support one-handed controllers and support specialized head mouse peripherals for those who can’t use their limbs to play games.

"It’s your game. You decide how you want to play it." added Stark.

The stretch goals come as the team celebrates, with a great degree of anxiousness it must be added, their Kickstarter campaign reaching 50% of its $35,000 initial funding target in six days.

Ghosts of Detroit ep01: Dresden Files

06/15/2014
Ghosts of DetroitEpisode One: "Seeking"

Dresden Files
Adrian, Gia and Rocky considered playing a new game.   After hearing that they wanted to try something that had a touch of modern fantasy and strange things, I realized it was a good time to get them to try EvilHat Productions' The Dresden Files role-playing game.
Gia plays Paprika
High concept:  Business (family), Middle child of business, Has a restaurant that caters to the supernatural.
Trouble Aspect:  Bored and ImpulsiveBackground: Well-connected family clan.  Serve the supernatural community.  Street smart.  Human education.  [Used to the supernatural]What Shaped You: Moved out of family.  Parents understood.  [Let [...]

Having Fun With Shadowrun: Creating a Character

This is going to be good...Last Saturday, another customer at Haflings' Hideaway (my local FLGS) approached my friend David and I, asking if we'd like to join a bi-weekly Shadowrun 5th Edition game that he was starting up. Since both of us have been rather eager to play the game (especially David after he played it on Free RPG Day), we both gave an outstanding "Yes."

Because I'm usually the one sitting behind the screen, taking on the role of the GM, I very rarely get to be just a player. Because of that, I try to make the [...]

The Oldest Holothom Work

The content of the previous post about the Barbarian Migrations was the last RPG writing I did before my gaming Dark Age.

I have scanned my original “Holothom – The World Base” I wrote in either late 1988 or early 1989 to show what my original vision of the setting was. (Also to compare my handwriting over the years; this earlier work appears a lot more legible to me, and hopefully to my readers also. Eventually I will probably type up the whole thing for another series of posts.)

Here’s a scan of the first page:


Filed under: campaign world, D&D, Gaming, [...]

Getting In Touch With My "Feelies"


Way back in 1980 (showing a bit of age here) a computer game company named Infocom published what I would consider one of the first Computer RPGs---Zork. And I, being a young geek in the 80's, spent many hours typing my way through the "Great Underground Empire." Throughout the 80's Infocom continued to publish 35 other interactive fiction titles such as Zork II, Zork IIIWishbringer, and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy to name a few. One of my favorite parts of these games were the "feelies," the extra content included with the boxed versions of their games. For  example, Wishbringer came with a "Magick [...]

The Oldest Holothom Work

The content of the previous post about the Barbarian Migrations was the last RPG writing I did before my gaming Dark Age.

I have scanned my original “Holothom – The World Base” I wrote in either late 1988 or early 1989 to show what my original vision of the setting was. (Also to compare my handwriting over the years; this earlier work appears a lot more legible to me, and hopefully to my readers also. Eventually I will probably type up the whole thing for another series of posts.)

Here’s a scan of the first page:


Filed under: campaign world, D&D, Gaming, [...]

AdventureAWeek.com and the ENnies!

We are enormously excited about AdventureAWeek.com’snominations fortwoENnies this year! It is a huge honor to be up for even one of these prestigious awards, and we are humbled to be counted alongsidegreats of the RPG industry like Paizo, Green Ronin, and Kobold Press. Rise of the Drow is nominated forBest Adventureand theAaWBlog is up forBestBlog; […]

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