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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    In the early 1980s I wrote a column in Dragon Magazine called “The Role of Books.” I described nonfiction books so that Dragon readers could decide whether to read them as a source of ideas. But people have changed how they their ideas and inspiration. Keep in mind this was only a decade after the invention of fantasy role-playing games. The expectation was that players and GMs would come...
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    In 2017, Eric Bloat launched his first kickstarter Dark Places & Demogorgons (review) via his company Bloat Games. He expanded on his Survive This!! ruleset from Survive This!! Zombies to introduce an 80s town overrun by monsters. He also releases RPGs and supplements on DriveThruRPG.com. Eric fulfilled three kickstarters in 2018 and has three so far through April 2019. He started...
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    May 31st to June 6th sees the end of nearly 30 RPG crowdfunding projects including the newly extended Kingmaker project. Projects from Steve Jackson Games, Paizo, Kobold Press, and many more end end during those seven days. From among that distinguished crowd, I look at eleven of them. Empire of the Ghouls: A 5th Edition Campaign vs. the Undead by Kobold Press END DATE: Fri, May 31 2019...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Ghosts of Saltmarsh brings seafaring adventure to D&D 5E. While it updates ten adventures, there are many more settings and adventures to explore via ship and beneath the waves. Here are additional settings and adventures for maritime D&D adventures. Basic D&D and Dungeon Crawl Classics explore fantasy seafaring and the Sea of Dread is well detailed above the waves and below. An entire...
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 07:07 PM
    Planar adventures focus on cosmic entities and divine beings but there are tiny creatures too—the kind that go unnoticed until it's too late! Today on EN5ider considers dimensional afflictions, sicknesses that go beyond the Material Plane. Lately on EN5ider: #272. Planar Diseases. By the time adventurers are hopping between dimensions they are largely beyond fearing virulence,...
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 05:17 PM
    On today’s Epic Monsters post we’re going after the Devil of Leeds or as it is more commonly known: the Jersey Devil! If you know about this creature at all you probably know it as the Jersey Devil, a winged bestial demon picking of people in the state of New Jersey. What you might not know is the ridiculous complexity of how it got its original name: the Leeds Devil. First though let’s...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    With the announcement of Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus taking place in the Nine Hells, it's worth looking back on how we got here. And for that, we can blame Dante Alighieri, whose apocalyptic vision of hell greatly influenced D&D. Dante shown holding a copy of the Divine Comedy, next to the entrance to Hell, the seven terraces of Mount Purgatory and the city of Florence, with the...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    There are a lot of role-playing games out there, and almost all of them have something none of the others have. But a few stand out for offering such a new idea that it can change the way we play, or inspire other designers with new ideas. This list is really a fraction of ‘games that changed the industry’. You can probably add plenty more. But as a place to start in looking at some of the most...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    The Dragon Issue 21 was published in December 1978. It is 30 pages long, with a cover price of $2.00. In this issue, we have lots of board game reviews and the return of Monty Haul! Editor Tim Kask acknowledges that this issue will be controversial due to the substantial article about the Rail Baron board game. To the fantasy purists, he responds that it is "no less a fantasy to become a...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 12:01 PM
    Wizards of the Coast is promoting Ghosts of Saltmarsh as an adventure book with a setting and rule supplements so since I already did a spoiler-free review of the book overall, let's take a closer look at the adventures it contains. While I avoid significant spoilers, be aware that broad information about each adventure is mentioned. Saltmarsh itself is a fishing village in the Kingdom...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    The following 11 RPG-related crowdfundings end between May 24th and 30th (Paizo’s Kingmaker is an exception since I missed it last week). Looking at RPGs, an RPG-related comic, and an RPG convention, there are options for every type of gamer this week. Kingmaker 10th Anniversary by Paizo Inc. END DATE: This campaign has been extended from 05/22/2019 02:00 (GMT-4) on GameOnTabletop....
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    I get messages and emails from RPG creators daily. Occasionally one stands out for a unique reason. The email from Gleb “Crazy Sage” Igumnov sharing the press release for his IndieGoGo for The City of the Steam Sun for Savage Worlds stood out because Crazy Sage is from Russia. My knowledge of Russia would probably cover two Tweets as I know nothing about the nation. So, I asked Crazy Sage about...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:39 PM
    EN5ider inserts itself into a royal intrigue today with this thrilling mini-adventure—can the party survive the deadly wilderness enclosing the Tree of Truth and obtain the provenance needed to save a kingdom from bloodshed? Lately on EN5ider: #271. Mini-Adventure: Tree of Truth. For centuries the Tree of Truth has answered vexing questions of genealogy and paternity, but usurpers...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:39 PM
    EN5ider inserts itself into a royal intrigue today with this thrilling mini-adventure—can the party survive the deadly wilderness enclosing the Tree of Truth and obtain the provenance needed to save a kingdom from bloodshed? Lately on EN5ider: #271. Mini-Adventure: Tree of Truth. For centuries the Tree of Truth has answered vexing questions of genealogy and paternity, but usurpers...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:11 PM
    Mythological Figures takes to the high seas once again, this time in pursuit of the pirate that may be Ireland’s fiercest, most notorious buccaneer: the one and only Anne Bonny! Born as the illegitimate child of William McCormac and one of his servant girls (Mary Brennan) sometime around 1700, Anne mostly grew up in London while disguised as a boy. Eventually her father’s charade failed,...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    This article is the latest in a series of workshops I ran for 20+ BSA Scouts for the Game Design Merit Badge. In this installment, we jump ahead in time a bit to cover some other aspects of the workshop, including intellectual property. Photo courtesy of Pixabay. One of the key parts of the Game Design Merit Badge is understanding how games work. Over the next three weeks, we ran simple floor...
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 11:39 AM
    Ghosts of Saltmarsh will make Greyhawk fans happy without losing newer D&D 5th Edition players. Billed as a supplement for nautical adventures, it's a mix of new rules for ships and sea travel, adventures and supplemental material for any coastal campaign. Saltmarsh is a fishing village in the Kingdom of Keoland in the Greyhawk setting from D&D's earliest days. Once it was clear that...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    How much detail do you need to know to run a particular setting in FRPG? Some settings have about the detail level of comic books, some are more detailed such as Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom novels or Lord of the Rings (LOTR), some have settings as detailed as the Game of Thrones show. Can you explain your RPG setting in just six words? Picture courtesy of Pixabay Many D&D...
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    What happens when a popular Dungeons & Dragons actual play podcast decides to Kickstart their campaign setting into a book for the fans? To get a sense of what that would be like, I ask Jason Massey of the Dungeons and Randomness podcast about their upcoming setting book for for Theria, The Adventurer’s Guide To Theria Volume One: Ellara, as well as their annual 12-hour live stream, “TheriaThon”,...
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Between May 17th and 23rd, there are at least 20 RPG related-crowdfunding projects ending. From that list, I look at 12 RPGs and accessories. Fate of Cthulhu by Evil Hat Productions END DATE: Tue, May 21 2019 3:30 PM EDT. SYSTEM(S): Fate Core PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $35 + $7 US shipping for the PDF and hardcover of the rulebook plus PDFs of all unlocked...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Sequels can be a tricky thing to handle, especially when they promise a darker, edgier tone. Despite its much gloomier tone, however, Things from the Flood manages to avoid difficult-second-album syndrome with a game that neatly blends weird sci-fi mysteries and teenage drama, though sometimes it’s hard to tell which aspect is the most dangerous and unsettling. A follow-up to the wildly...
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 04:49 PM
    Today on EN5ider we're heading into the Abyss after a fallen angel—and coming back with a chain-wielding bane of all that is good, the villainous Skanafel the Devourer! Lately on EN5ider: #270. Villain Spotlight: Skanafel the Devourer. Once a mighty and noble planetar warrior, the monster that is now Skanafel was captured during a raid into the Abyss by the forces of a powerful...
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    After several weeks of demonstrating the different types of games to our Boy Scout troop, it was time to play the most challenging game of all: dungeon mastering a 25-person Dungeons & Dragons group. DMing for a CrowdDungeons & Dragons was popular with the Scouts, as indicated by the results of the first survey we conducted to determine their interests. It tied with a video game (1-2-Switch)...
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 11:15 AM
    Epic Monsters has the firstborn of Cthulhu for today, a being so mind-bendingly hideous that even gazing upon its true form can mummify: Ghatanathoa! It's been a while since the last one of these Cthulhu-related posts, but to illustrate the kind of washboard lore we’re dealing with in the realm of Lovecraft I’m sharing a short excerpt from the Wikipedia page for Ghatanothoa:Ghatanothoa is...
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Gangs kill and terrorize Victory City overwhelming law and order. Super villains run amok. Become a vigilante and strike back using violence to fight violence in the dark setting nicknamed Vigilante City. Taken together, the Vigilante Core Rules and the Vigilante Villains Guide provide rules for character creation, game play, city building, and adventure writing. They create a gritty...
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 08:30 PM
    Hello my lovelies and good fortune to you all! It’s a fresh new month which means there’s a fresh new batch of Paizo-related updates coming your way – that’s right, it’s time for the PAIZO NEWS UPDATE! Let’s get down to business! First up to bat is another entry in Paizo’s little gems for GMs line of products. Who needs to worry about lugging tackle boxes full of miniatures around when you can...
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 11:30 AM
    There are over 20 RPG and RPG-related crowdfunding projects ending between May 10th and 16th. Spotlighted below are 11 of those including 3 that raised six-figures worth of pledges (as of this writing). Lancer by Massif Press END DATE: Sat, May 11 2019 2:59 AM EDT. SYSTEM(S): An original system PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Altered Carbon is both an award winning novel and a popular Netflix original series. With several notable IPs being grabbed up by RPG designers, it was only a matter of time before someone took the step to snag the rights to Altered Carbon. Ivan Van Norman of Hunters Entertainment took some time to chat with EN World about some details of the Altered Carbon RPG. SM Hillman: Ivan,...
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 06:30 PM
    EN5ider's sixth ZEITGEIST adventure brings the current arc to a close today with part 3 of Revelations from the Mouth of a Madman! If you aren't continuing this epic adventure path no worries—the exciting naval battle, dungeon delve, and steampowered enemies within are amazing material for a one-off or as something to include in another campaign. Definitely a must read! Lately on...
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    I embarked on a seven-week long journey to teach 20 Boy Scouts about game design, and learned a lot along the way. Our third game was a combination of party game and video game: 1-2-Switch, which is basically a bunch of mini-games you play with the Nintendo Switch. Here’s how 1-2-Switch works: Setup: Most games in 1-2-Switch have you looking directly at the other player and not at...
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 10:21 AM
    Today’s entry in Mythological Figures is the dragon-slaying martyr and patron Saint of England: Saint George! Saint George here is like a super myth with serious fans all over the western world and even a little beyond. There’s argument over where and when he originates, and on top of that there are multiple cultures with different interpretations of him--is he a protective saint or a...
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Friday, 12th April, 2019

  • 03:15 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Nostalgia Ward in post White Dwarf Revisited — Issue #3 Oct/Nov 1977
    I could spend a year making a dungeon, and I don't think I'd ever come anywhere close to the compact complexity of Tegel Manor! Judges Guild also brings usTegel Manor (a haunted house scenario) and City State of the Invincible Overlord (a campaign centered around a city state and some spelunking) this month. Reviewer Don Turnbull criticizes this as well, stating “No DM worth his salt needs someone else to draw dungeons for him, though he would buy fully populated and stocked dungeons in order to gain fresh ideas for his own creation.”

Friday, 18th January, 2019

  • 02:35 PM - Mark Hope quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Ulisses Update: Torg is Back; Dark Tides for Wrath & Glory 30 Percent Off!
    Happy to oblige. We have some detailed insight into the Torg version of Egypt straight from the source, along with some in depth discussion of Torg behind the scenes, a bit about why Torg minis haven't happened yet and more. I'm hoping to have it ready for the last week of the month and I'm not yet certain what form it will take, but it's exciting for anyone who enjoys Torg and other Ulisses NA games. Super cool. Thank you :)

Thursday, 17th January, 2019


Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

  • 08:43 PM - Jer quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Ulisses Update: Torg is Back; Dark Tides for Wrath & Glory 30 Percent Off!
    I recently spoke with the project lead for Torg Eternity. He says it's doing quite well and that players are liking it. Previously, I had little experience with Torg, but I've been getting heavily into it lately. It's an amazing game, with some fantastic upcoming material. I'm glad that it's doing well for them - my group is enjoying it (when we aren't playing 13th Age). I'm the only one who played (well, ran actually) original flavor Torg for any length of time though (4 years of a single long running campaign in the 90s) - for most of them it's a completely new game. I'm very happy with the new system - it has that right mix of nostalgia for the original system and simplification of the rules so that may old man brain can handle the game now. I think if I tried to run OG Torg these days I'd run into rules fatigue...

Monday, 24th December, 2018

  • 08:33 PM - Koloth quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Last Minute Gifts: A Miniature Guide
    I love Miniature Market! A gift card for them would be a great gift as well. Great suggestion. Filled up several plastic storage bins with out of the box collectable D&D minis when WOTC was supporting the Miniature Combat game. A lot of the commons were 10 cents each. Painted numbers on the tops of the bases to aid in tracking HP and other items of note when there were a bunch of the same fig in play. Got several of the larger figures for $3~5. IIRC the red T-Rex thing and Frost Giants were common figs.

Saturday, 22nd December, 2018

  • 11:57 AM - Kor quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Last Minute Gifts: A Miniature Guide
    If you're looking for a random grab bag of pre-painted minis to throw into your game, Wizkids offers several lines of D&D and Pathfinder minis. These can be found easily at your FLGS or on Amazon. Or buy pre-painted miniatures as singles. Here's a listing of some good and reputable sellers (and ones that also likely offer gift certificates): https://www.minisgallery.com/forum/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=17

Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

  • 01:23 PM - Rya.Reisender quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Burning Questions: What's the Worst Thing a DM Can Do?
    A major emphasis or strict adherence to specific rules. I love the mechanics of D & D as much as the next guy, but an over emphasis on rules can render an otherwise fun adventure tedious. I'm the opposite. I need a DM that absolutely strict with the rules and doesn't add any house rules (and rulings only when he can provide a source e.g. a tweet by Jeremy Crawford). I want to play the game as it was intended by the creators and not what the DM likes it to be. The DM insists upon railroading the players and not accounting for their ingenuity. Yeah, it sucks that on occasion, the players will completely bypass that insane dragon encounter you spent all afternoon building, but you have the ability as a DM to improvise right along with them and figure out a way to work that encounter back into a new path. As a DM, always has a contingency plan for unexpected player action. It doesn’t always work, but at least we have fun. Depends for me. I think a DM doesn't need to accept everything. Like if the play...

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

  • 05:38 PM - Annie Bulloch quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Filled with Dice Envy
    I used to subscribe to this box. While I loved my metal dice, I kept receiving the exact same set for 3 months, so I cancelled. It was a great value when it was more varied. Nice review! Yikes, that’s not great.
  • 03:20 AM - Zardnaar quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Choose Your Own D&D Adventure!
    They resurrected Endless Quest. Fantastic! I still have (and occasionally play) my old Endless Quest and Fighting Fantasy game books. Have not played Fighting Fantasy for years but I liked the Lone Wolf ones better as you carried over the story from book to book.

Saturday, 25th August, 2018


Thursday, 29th March, 2018

  • 04:25 PM - Morrus quoted Nostalgia Ward in post D&D In Ready Player One? (SPOILERS)
    FWIW, Cline rewrote the gates for the film version and states in a recent Wired interview that Tomb of Horrors is not one of the challenges. Instead, there's a car race with sci fi and movie cars and something involving an 80s horror film. My money is on Nightmare on Elm Street. Can confirm. Saw it last night. Car race instead of Tomb of Horrors. Wrong guess on the horror film which is the second key though.

Monday, 19th March, 2018

  • 05:16 PM - Celebrim quoted Nostalgia Ward in post D&D In Ready Player One? (SPOILERS)
    The scene in the book is long and detailed. I deducted a star from the book because the scene wasn't detailed enough for my geek self. In particular, there are several rooms in the Tomb which would require an extremely imaginative solution to do solo without even so much as a potion even if you had full knowledge of the trap. One example is the room of green and brown curtains. For the life of me, I can't think of an obvious solution for a single low level PC to get by the room by themselves without using magic, and unlike the author's assertion that the tomb contains everything you need to get through it, that's only partially true. For example, it does have the magic ring you need to sacrifice and it does have a trueseeing item that lets you find the well hidden secret door, and the gems you need to get them, and in many cases you imagine a plan to get them as a low level character, there are still moments where a potion of flying is really welcome and you just don't have one to use....

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Sunday, 18th February, 2018

  • 12:01 PM - Malovech quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Looking At Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated
    This sounds cool. I've always wondered about using an LED TV or a projector for games, but always find myself going back to mats, tiles and theatre of the mind. What's your set up like for this? A tv (actually a 27" monitor) with a piece of clear plexiglass on the top. I use some styrofoam blocks to keep it off the table a bit and connect a laptop to it and run MapTool on it and my DMing laptop. Then I just fog of war the whole deal as we play. If I did it again, I would get a 4k 40" TV so we'd have even more room, but this is working out just fine.

Saturday, 13th January, 2018

  • 07:27 PM - Slit518 quoted Nostalgia Ward in post How do they make those good books? And how do I do something with OpenOffice?
    Adobe Creative Suite. I use InDesign and Photoshop mostly. There's a great website for monster/adventure templates in the 5e style here: http://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/ As an alternative, GIMP would probably work in lace of Photshop and Scribus as a substitute for InDesign. Thanks for the answers! I will look into Scribus, as I've been using OpenOffice for a while now. P.S. The link you set up doesn't seem to link up to what you wanted it to.

Sunday, 31st December, 2017

  • 12:31 AM - Charles Dunwoody quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Face The Brutality Of The Dark Sun Campaign Setting
    I loved Dark Sun during my AD & D days. It never captured my interest quite like Spelljammer or Dragonlance, but certainly holds a special place in my heart. The Thri-Kreen are bad ass. I spent far too many all-nighters playing the computer game. We have two thri-kreen in the party. The ranger struggles with his hunger when he promises a defeated enemy he won't eat them. He hasn't reneged on a promise yet.

Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

  • 01:22 AM - LordNightwinter quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Who You Gonna Call? Looking At West End Games' Ghostbusters RPG
    Let's talk. I would be interested in acquiring a new copy. Mine is pretty torn up. As I mentioned in the piece, I had to improvise for the ghost die. I could always use new ID cards and Equipment cards. PM me if you decide to part with it. Unfortunately for me the copy I picked up was used and it wasn't treated with collector's care. There is dishing on the cover and one side of the box is torn. The cards aren't in the greatest shape but they all seem to be there. Plus I have the GM screen and adventure and Hot Rod of the Gods and the Pumpkin Panic one for GB International. EDIT but I do have the Dice for it, including the Ghost Die.


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