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    Yesterday, 11:30 AM
    Part 2. Continuing to describe the “All About Me” style, and asking why it’s popular. It has to do with player (not character) backgrounds, certainly. Is it generational in some way? Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash Last time I talked about the “All About Me” RPG style, and how it differed so drastically from the semi-military style I’ve always been accustomed to. I’ve...
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Ten guilds made up of diverse beings rule Ravnica. Although the Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica doesn’t release until November, details on some of those races are available now and can be used in any Dungeons & Dragons world. Elves and humans (Player’s Handbook) are common in Ravnica. Elves tend to live and work near natural areas tucked away in the city. Humans join all ten guilds but...
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Hello my friends and welcome to the PAIZO NEWS ROUNDUP! In fact the very last Paizo News Roundup! Don’t worry, your friendly and cheerful Paizo news isn’t going anywhere - due a shift in demand, we’re going to be firing off our flavor-blasted updates as soon as we get them, rather than collecting them all into a regular column. Probably going to need a name change, too; I’m thinking the PAIZO...
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    For my second Storytellers Vault Roundup, I'm doing a Vampire: The Masquerade review and looking at a Humble Bundle that offers a Storytellers Vault discount. The Humble RPG Book Bundle: Vampire The Masquerade by White Wolf Entertainment not only includes a variety of core and flavorful Vampire: The Masquerade books such as Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition (the 3e core rules)...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 12:25 PM
    In Mythological Figures today we’re going after Droṇa, guru of princes and wielder of the world’s first, greatest weapon! This one is a bit of a doozy so strap in. Droṇa’s name means “vessel made of leaf” because that’s what he was born from! An overexcited sage named Bharadwaja saw a beautiful apsara (female spirit of the clouds and waters) in the Ganga River, catching his...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    A running gag in the game industry is that adding Cthulhu makes everything better (much like bacon) but adding it to heroic fantasy isn't easy. That calls for not just an expert but a specialist, and Sandy Petersen, creator of Call of Cthulhu, is the perfect person for the job. Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos for Pathfinder is far more than just translating otherworldly evil creatures...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 06:00 AM
    Join us this October as we look into the horrifying meme-beasts that haunt the Internet and trace their roots back to literature and role-playing games. In this installment we meet Zalgo, a being who infects everything it touches with insanity and death. Have You Heard the Good Word of Zalgo? Zalgo is an Internet meme that, like most memes, evolved as a one-off joke. It debuted in 2004...
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    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 12:00 PM
    Do you want to build a new civilization as a mutant in a ruined world, travel the space lanes in an Arabian Night system of stars, unravel mysteries as a young 80s kid and 90s teen, and battle monsters in fantasy worlds? Free League Publishing has you covered. In Forbidden Lands, the PCs are raiders and rogues marking their mark on a cursed world. They raid lost tombs, fight terrible...
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    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 06:00 AM
    As a long-time Dungeons & Dragons player, I sometimes take for granted just how much tabletop role-playing games elevated fantasy artwork. Whether it was on the cover of D&D boxed sets or in the pages of Dragon Magazine, fantastically-detailed art seemed par for the course. But art tells stories: it shares the outlook of its creators, it expresses thematic differences in editions, and it tells...
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    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    The Dragon Issue 14 was published in May 1978. It is 36 pages long, with a cover price of $1.50. In this issue, Gary Gygax explains Basic vs. Advanced D&D, we have an interview with a rust monster, and we meet the famous Monty Haul for the first time! It is another triumphant editorial, with Tim Kask declaring: "This issue represents yet another milestone: it closes out the second...
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    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 03:58 AM
    Hello again, Paizo fans, it’s time for the PAIZO NEWS ROUNDUP! We’ve got quite a few choicey tidbits to check out this edition, so let’s get cracking! We’ll hit the big points first, then scoop up all the dangling threads later if need be. Let’s start with what you’re probably most interested in, the latest updates for the Pathfinder Playtest. Part 5 of the Playtest update has been...
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    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    I’ve played and GMed FRPGs since 1975, yet I’m sure I’ll never see all the different styles of play that are possible. I describe an immersion-breaking but popular style, “All About Me”, that differs greatly from the cooperative semi-military style. Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash I’ve played and GMed FRPGs since 1975, yet I’m sure I’ll never see all the different styles of play that...
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    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    In our continuing coverage of the Second Edition of Lex Arcana that is currently on Kickstarter, I spoke with Andrea Angiolino, the Creative Director at Quality Games. Andrea was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us at EN World! Sean Hillman (SH): Andrea, could you tell folks a little bit about yourself and your position at Quality Games? Andrea Angiolino (AA): I am an...
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    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Ten guilds rule Ravnica. Although the Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica doesn’t release until November, details on some of those guilds along with class options are available now. The Golgari Swarm embraces the idea that death is an essential part of the life cycle. They encourage feeding the soil with the dead and spreading plague in order to foster regrowth. These dedicated cultivators...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    We are speaking with Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios. Chris was gracious enough to let us ask him a few questions about Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios, and other projects Chris is working on. Sean Hillman (SH): Could you tell folks about your earliest role play experiences? Were there games other than Call of Cthulhu that caught your eye or had an influence on you as a designer? ...
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    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    After H.P. Lovecraft – of course – the person most associated with the Cthulhu Mythos is Sandy Petersen. When the rest of the still-new role-playing game industry was making variants of Dungeons & Dragons and related types of epic fantasy, Petersen created Call of Cthulhu, his first game inspired by Lovecraft's work, for Chaosium. Whereas other RPGs focused on combat and assumed, to...
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Want to roleplay in the ancient world of the Eastern Mediterranean using Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition? Karen Swan and Brett Peterson have a game up on Kickstarter, Age of Myth: Ancient World Supplement for 5th Edition, which lets you “Roleplay with the Gods of Olympus!” I was intrigued and pleased when Karen and Brett took some time to talk to me about the book they’re producing and share an...
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 11:22 AM
    More Mythological Figures! Slithering scales and serpentine forms, make sure to keep your game table warm for today’s Epic Monster: Yig, Father of Serpents! As far as I can tell--Lovecraft experts I SUMMON THEE!--this is one of the gods in the Cthulu mythos created by somebody else (Zealia Bishop) in a story that got a lot of rewriting from H.P. before publication (The Curse of Yig)....
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 06:00 AM
    Join us this October as we look into the horrifying meme-beasts that haunt the Internet and trace their roots back to literature and role-playing games. In this installment we meet Momo, a creepy bird-monster who encourages people to commit suicide. (In the interest of not terrifying any kids who visit the site, I changed the picture to something a little more abstract. You can view the...
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    Sunday, 7th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    In preparation for our review of Odd Soot, the wonderful new gaming experience from Frost Byte books, we sat down with game creator Clarence Redd to discuss the creation process and inspiration behind the game. His answers were detailed and thoughtful, shedding some light on RPG design and research. When we received our review copy, the game wasn’t quite finished, but had been thoroughly...
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    Saturday, 6th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Using one game engine experience a ruined world as a mutant, fly through Arabian Night influenced space trading and exploring, unravel mysteries as a young 80s teen, and hex crawl through a fantasy world filled with monsters and treasure. Year Zero is a d6 dice pool system created by Free League, an RPG publisher in Sweden. Free League, Fria Ligan in Swedish, publishes Mutant Year...
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    Friday, 5th October, 2018, 11:00 AM
    Although I design board and card games as a business, if I want to play a game for pleasure I play tabletop RPGs. They are naturally co-operative games but with human opposition, more or less unique, because computer RPG “GMs” cannot begin to provide the flexibility and freedom of action that a good human GM offers. Image courtesy of Pixabay. Although I design board and card games as a...
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    Thursday, 4th October, 2018, 11:51 AM
    Do you want to explore the undercity of Ravnica as guest or enemy of the Golgari Swarm? What challenge does the leader of the Selesnya Conclave face? Do you want a large d10 with a guild symbol on each face? Here is an update on what we know about D&D Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica. On Sept 27, the Dragon Talk Podcast with Ari Levitch and Greg Tito provided a new preview about...
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    Thursday, 4th October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Get ready for a month of scary gaming in October, beginning with Odd Soot, the latest game from designer Clarence Redd of Frostbyte Books. Against the black & white backdrop of an alternate 1920s, players will dive headlong into the the mystery of a strange disease known only as “the Soot.” Per the core book, The Soot is a “parasitic disease affecting the body and mind of the...
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    Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    When Umut Comak of the Dream Realm Storytellers first contacted me it was to offer a press release about Svilland, their Norse 5e setting. The second time, a sneak peek of it. The third was to discuss an interview. With the Kickstarter for Svilland ending tomorrow*, we were able to talk with Umut about the project and the gaming scene in Turkey. EGG EMBRY (EGG): Let’s talk about your...
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    Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Hello and welcome to another edition of Burning Questions. Today’s query: "In Dungeons and Dragons, how do you deal with players who constantly find ways of wrecking all of your planning as a DM with ludicrous actions no sane character would take?" Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash The Short Answer Regularly communicate with your players and attempt to resolve issues...
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    Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    In 2017, I reviewed the core Hero Kids ruleset and found a game that wins the kids’ gaming table and works for all those that are young at heart. Justin Halliday, Hero Kids’ creator, released a long adventure (at least for the target audience), Hero Kids - Fantasy Premium Adventure - Reign of the Dragon. What does this 57-page book include? Eleven encounters that will take two to three...
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    Monday, 1st October, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Hot on the heels of TMNT and Other Strangeness and it’s supplement, After the Bomb, Palladium released the first true adventure source book for the nascent RPG, TMNT Adventures. Arriving in 1986, the rather thin book contains new (at the time) adventures, optional player character rules and some exceptional artwork by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. While specifically intended for the TMNT game,...
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    Monday, 1st October, 2018, 10:14 AM
    We’re back in Britain for this week’s Mythological Figure although this time we’re going way, way back to just a few decades after Year 0 with Lady Boudica! As a product of the American education system I had no idea who Queen Boudica was and wow was I missing out! When her husband (King Pasutagus) passed away he left the kingdom to both the Roman emperor and his daughters but the...
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    Monday, 1st October, 2018, 06:00 AM
    Dungeons & Dragons has many influences, including European and American authors. Of the American influences, one genre is sometimes overlooked but just as critical: the Western. D&D and the Wild WestOne of TSR's earliest founders was co-creator of D&D Gary Gygax's good friend Don Kaye. In addition to helping fund TSR in its early days, Kaye was one of the first players of D&D, even hosting...
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    Sunday, 30th September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Ravnica’s history twists and changes through conflicts, war, guild upheaval, and growth. The greatest catalyst for change in Ravnica is the ten guilds. Although the Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica doesn’t release until November, details on each guild are available now. On the official website for Ravnica the description of the ten guilds includes a link to all the guilds’ related...
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    Sunday, 30th September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    It's no surprise that in superhero RPGs , the villain books are the equivalent to the monster manual. But like any foe book, eventually you can end up spoiled for choice. So with the release of Rogues Gallery by Green Ronin marking the fifth Mutants & Masterminds book to feature over twenty villains since the release of third edition of the game, do we have anything new to offer to jaded...
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    Friday, 28th September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    RPG campaigns are social as well as gaming events. Sometimes the GM’s social desires interfere with setting up a campaign. But at the other extreme, people can meet their future spouses via RPGs. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. This column stems from a conversation I had with a couple college students about a potential D&D campaign. We’ll call the major participant “Bob”. (While I’m not an...
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    Friday, 28th September, 2018, 02:47 AM
    Hello Paizo faithfuls and welcome to the new and improved PAIZO NEWS ROUNDUP! What’s different, you ask? Very little! You’re still coming here to catch up on all the news and updates coming from your favorite OGL publisher, and of course for the completely unsolicited opinions of the author. Now, let’s see what’s in store! The big news today is the continuing update of the Pathfinder...
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    Thursday, 27th September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Welcome everyone, Jason here with a quick summary of several recent releases from some notable Patreon Creators. In this Patreon release roundup you will find new maps showing unexplored areas, new battlemats to enrich combat, new backgrounds for your players to use and new locations for your game. Elven Tower has recently released has released several products. First up is Altar of the...
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    Wednesday, 26th September, 2018, 08:40 PM
    “When we approached Darren Pearce to write on the core rulebook, he exploded with excitement,” says Russ Morrisey, designer of Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD and founder of EN World. “I mean literally. It was messy.” While he’s possibly exaggerating just a little bit, it’s fair to say that the reaction to Judge Dredd hitting Kickstarter has been fiery. The game sailed past its modest...
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    Wednesday, 26th September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    The Storytellers Vault Roundup passed from David Larkins (sirlarkins’) capable hands to mine and I’ll do my best to fill-in starting with some Storytellers Vault news then crafting a review of Bloodlinebook: Limonae. In the news, Mage: The Ascension is officially available for third party content on the Vault just as Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse are. As already...
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    Tuesday, 25th September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Digging through the ruins of an ancient keep is dangerous and thirsty work. As all the fall ales start to come into fashion, we sat down to look at a few of the tomes retrieved from our latest adventure! Read on to see some of the gems we uncovered. And drink up, those ales aren’t cheap. Unseen Waterdeep Designer: James Introcaso Guild Adept One of the latest Guild Adept creations,...
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    Monday, 24th September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    At first glance it would be easy to dismiss Runequest: Glorantha as just another addition to the pile of fantasy RPGs clogging up the shelves of your local store, but if you delve beneath the surface you’ll find a fascinating blend of wild heroism and ruthless simulation that goes to create a game that offers something utterly unique – so long as the players are willing to put in the effort, that...
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    Monday, 24th September, 2018, 11:02 AM
    Today in Mythological Figures we’ve got the master of the bow, leader of the Merry Men, and maybe the world’s first famous and most beloved outlaw: Robin Hood! Robin Hood is about as mythological as it gets (with ballads that go back more than 600 years and a 543 year old play) so from the start let’s be clear that this design is intended for the earliest iterations of the character that...
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    Monday, 24th September, 2018, 06:30 AM
    The animated television series Adventure Time concluded last month after an eight year run and ten seasons. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including Dungeons & Dragons, creator Pendleton Ward later returned the favor as a story consultant for Tomb of Annihilation. Here's why it matters. The First AdventureAdventure Time is the story of a young human boy named Finn...
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 09:28 PM
    Hello again friends and welcome to the newest edition of the PAIZO NEWS ROUNDUP! The Golem marches on and so do we! Even as we move forward to Pathfinder 2nd edition, Paizo isn’t about to leave us first edition diehards hanging in the breeze, so there are plenty of things to look forward to in the coming weeks. Let’s get started! First and foremost, Pocket Editions! As has been discussed...
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Sometimes the mists part in the City and you see monsters behind the mundane. Then mythic power infuses your normal reality, striving to turn you from your normal life into a mythic legend. Can you walk a path between the two extremes while trying to see what is hiding in a City of Mist? Kickstarted in 2016 by Son of Oak Game Studio City of Mist offers 512 full-color pages of superhero...
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 11:00 AM
    The Dungeons & Dragons Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica debuts in November. But you don’t have to wait until then to gain inspiration for your D&D game. The art and text from Magic the Gathering cards for Ravnica are filled with ideas to untap. A trailer from YouTube from 2012 depicts many buildings in Ravnica and describes the guilds. Watching it immerses a DM in the setting. Jace, keeper...
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 05:56 AM
    In Mythological Figures today we’re going after Droṇa, guru of princes and wielder of the world’s first, greatest weapon! This one is a bit of a doozy so strap in. Droṇa’s name means “vessel made of leaf” because that’s what he was born from! An overexcited sage named Bharadwaja saw a beautiful apsara (female spirit of the clouds and waters) in the Ganga River, catching his...
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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 11:37 PM
    We’re back in Britain for this week’s Mythological Figure although this time we’re going way, way back to just a few decades after Year 0 with Lady Boudica! As a product of the American education system I had no idea who Queen Boudica was and wow was I missing out! When her husband (King Pasutagus) passed away he left the kingdom to both the Roman emperor and his daughters but the...
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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    The Dragon Issue 12 was published in February 1978. It is 32 pages long, with a cover price of $1.50. This issue saw the appearance of great Cthulhu! Editor Tim Kask proudly points to the magazine's first statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, printed in compliance with US postal law. It shows that the Dragon has a circulation of 7500 as of the most recent issue. Kask says: ...
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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 04:20 AM
    Today in Mythological Figures we’ve got the master of the bow, leader of the Merry Men, and maybe the world’s first famous and most beloved outlaw: Robin Hood! Robin Hood is about as mythological as it gets (with ballads that go back more than 600 years and a 543 year old play) so from the start let’s be clear that this design is intended for the earliest iterations of the character that...
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 03:39 PM
    Slithering scales and serpentine forms, make sure to keep your game table warm for today’s Epic Monster: Yig, Father of Serpents! As far as I can tell--Lovecraft experts I SUMMON THEE!--this is one of the gods in the Cthulu mythos created by somebody else (Zealia Bishop) in a story that got a lot of rewriting from H.P. before publication (The Curse of Yig). He’s thought to be the same...
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Morale is vitally important in real battles. Units didn’t become hors de combat because most of the unit was dead or wounded, instead their morale broke when there was still a majority able to fight, and they fled. Morale has fallen out of use in RPGs – why? Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash "Two armies are two bodies which meet and try to frighten each other." "An army's effectiveness...
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Everything goes through cycles of being large to small to large again, like cellphones. So after a long trend of “megadungeons” Tiny Dungeon 2E is a refreshing change of pace. The “tiny” is less about size than simplicity, and it's a full game system, not just a setting. In fact, it comes with 20 micro settings that can be fleshed out as much as you want, making Tiny Dungeons more...
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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.

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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.

Tuesday, 24th October, 2017

  • 10:53 PM - Fauchard1520 quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Players of EN World: Tell us about your biggest in-game screw up.
    One of my players remarked, "this sounds an awful lot like The Fifth Element." Other players agreed. I hadn't seen the film at the time. A buddy of mine ran a Firefly game in Savage Worlds. He wound up recreating the riverboat scene from Maverick verbatim, "Turn in your guns" and all. He'd never seen the movie either. Dude still gets red-faced whenever we mention it.

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