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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Commercial RPGs have existed for some 45 years. Where RPG ideas are concerned, there's not much new under the sun. Then why do people keep writing new RPGs? It's a LOT of work, even if you don't do it well. I think of composer Sir William Walton's remark after writing his only opera: "don't write an opera. Too many notes." Change that to "RPG" and "words" and you have my point of view. We're...
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    Thursday, 18th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    The Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set was pretty much inevitable. From the moment we saw Mike DM D&D for his friends early in the first session of the Netflix series, the clock started ticking when some crossover product would be released. Announced at Toy Fair earlier this year, Hasbro is heavily gearing this product to the mass market, not just hobby game stores. Modeled on...
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    Wednesday, 17th April, 2019, 08:19 PM
    Replace "King Arthur" with "Skipper" and "Patsy" with "Gilligan"?
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  • talien's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    This list opens with two RPG Kickstarters that are education-based. Critical Core focuses on children along the spectrum, something important to me, and STEAM Hack hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists. Beyond these two great projects, The Grande Temple of Jing boasts one of the strongest lineups of creators I’ve seen including Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, Jim Ward,...
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    Tuesday, 16th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    I’ve created this guide to help RPG creators understand the current market rates for freelancers across a range of activities. I recall how hard it was to find this information when I was starting out, so I think there is clearly a need for this sort of a guide. In this installment, I include rate information for layout, illustration, and cartography. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. Where...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Monday, 15th April, 2019, 05:51 PM
    EN5ider is getting into broken criticals today—broken weapons that is! Whether you're keen for a more realistic game or to bring a little destructive excitement to the table today's entry will fit the bill. Lately on EN5ider: #267. Weapon Degradation. In most D&D games blades never break and bowstrings don't snap but this article changes all that! GMs that want more realism or players...
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    Monday, 15th April, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Today Mythological Figures considers one of history’s most wide-reaching rulers, the founder of the Mongol Empire and brilliant tactician: Genghis Khan! Born as Temüjin (“blacksmith”) Khan, he was renamed Genghis Khan after founding the Mongol Empire which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death at 65) by uniting nomadic tribes in northeast Asia. They launched...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Monday, 15th 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 first of four games we studied was Jenga, and it was about as chaotic as you might expect. Of the four games the Boys voted highest (D&D, 1-2-Switch, Jenga, and Star Wars Family Feud), Jenga got the least votes but still more than several other games. Jenga is a surprisingly...
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    Friday, 12th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Amid the backdrop of a dank cave, two adventurers prepare for battle with a man in the process of transforming into a werewolf. A lone treasure chest sits at the foot of the warrior as a spider looms above. Below, this issue promises to teach readers how to paint Conan and do some solo dungeon mapping. Within the Pages of the Old Tome One of my favorite things about these older issues of...
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    Thursday, 11th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    When the owner of an ENnie Award-nominated site like Tribality reached out to share a nautical-themed D&D 5e project they have on Kickstarter, I had questions. To hear that a publisher like Tribality is on the same wavelength as Wizards of the Coast and planning a book dedicated to 5e and the sea, I wanted to know more. What started as curiosity became an interview about Seas of Vodair, a 5e...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Between April 19th and 25th, there are at least 18 RPG and RPG-related Kickstarters ending. Of those, I look at ten including the largest animation/RPG project ever on Kickstarter, Critical Role, as well as five third-party products for Dungeons & Dragons, two original systems, some odds and ends, and a Storyteller game. Let’s kick it off with: Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina...
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    Tuesday, 9th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Most companies design an RPG and use the same rule set, with or without new editions, for everything. With NerdBurger Games, Craig Campbell created three RPGs using three very different sets of original mechanics. Murders & Acquisitions was Campbell's first original RPG, and it toys with the concept of "cut throat" business. "The game’s built from mundane, typical things you might...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Monday, 8th April, 2019, 07:46 PM
    Adventurers out in the wilderness and making Investigation, Perception, or Survival checks? EN5ider has some fun things for them to find and use! Lately on EN5ider: #266. Herbalist’s Knapsack. This article details nine unique plant extracts, clippings, and materials that GMs can include whenever the adventurers are out wandering in the wilderness to bring a little something special...
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    Monday, 8th April, 2019, 10:37 AM
    This entry in Epic Monsters is one I am definitely fond of—a big black dog hailing from the easternmost bit of England, the one and only (or many, as you like) Black Shuck! Black Shuck is an interesting dog if nothing else. Legends about this canine go back to 1127 and range from it being Satan to a poor fellow’s lonely companion haunting the spot of his death to a terrifying monster...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Sunday, 7th April, 2019, 07:05 PM
    Commercial RPGs have existed for some 45 years. Where RPG ideas are concerned, there's not much new under the sun. Then why do people keep writing new RPGs? It's a LOT of work, even if you don't do it well. I think of composer Sir William Walton's remark after writing his only opera: "don't write an opera. Too many notes." Change that to "RPG" and "words" and you have my point of view. ...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Friday, 5th April, 2019, 07:37 PM
    We’re back, my wonderful friends! A single update wasn’t enough to contain everything Paizo, so here we are with another edition of the PAIZO NEWS UPDATE! There’s plenty of goodness to be had here in the twilight of Pathfinder 1E for both GMs and players, so let’s dig in to the juicy details! First and foremost, a product near and dear to my heart as both a GM and a cartographer....
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  • talien's Avatar
    Friday, 5th April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    I’ve created this guide to help RPG creators understand the current market rates for freelancers across a range of activities. I recall how hard it was to find this information when I was starting out, so I think there is clearly a need for this sort of a guide. In this installment, I include rate information for writing and editing. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. Where available, I’ve...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Thursday, 4th April, 2019, 10:24 PM
    We’ve got a double dose of adventure this week at EN5ider! In addition to the usual dose of the ZEITGEIST Adventure Path there’s a new type of article with Tiger Eyes—a supplemental mini-adventure built for inclusion into an already on-going campaign! What’s been happening at EN5ider: #265. ZEITGEIST #6 - Revelations from the Mouth of a Mad Man: Part 2. In this module for the...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Thursday, 4th April, 2019, 11:41 AM
    Hello again my lovelies and welcome once more to your favorite compilation of all things from the Golem – that’s right, it’s time for the PAIZO NEWS UPDATE! How spoiled are we that once again the new month brings such bounty it cannot be contained to a single update? Keep your eyes peeled for the next Update when it drops. But now, on to the news! Fans of Pathfinder Adventure Paths and...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    The number of Kickstarters have decreased from the highs of February and March. Between April 12th and the 18th, there are 9 RPG Kickstarters and 1 RPG zine ending, all covered below. 5e sees products for the seas, Numenera, and more, there’s original systems, one of the largest Pathfinder 1e products in some time, and a convention for you to back. Arcana of the Ancients, a 5E...
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    Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    In January, our contacts over at Ulisses North America arranged an interview with EN World. Ostensibly about the Torg Eternity: the Nile Empire (the massively successful Kickstarter had just finished), the interview eventually expanded into more about role-playing, the world of Torg, the challenges of game design and adaptation, and a few bits about other Ulisses North America products. So,...
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    Monday, 1st April, 2019, 11:30 AM
    With April fool’s day upon us, it may be time to take a break from anything grim and perilous or gothically dark and try something a little sillier. There are a lot of comedy games out there, and while not all of them play well as a campaign they can offer memorable one off adventures. Playing something a little silly can also be a good way to clean the palate. They are usually very simple to...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Monday, 1st April, 2019, 10:00 AM
    Mythological Figures is headed back to Ancient Greece today with a huntress by the name of Atalanta! This is one of Ancient Greece’s righteous ladies—both because she was a devout follower of Artemis and because she was a badass. This woman survived in the wilds as a baby after her father (Iasus the King of Argos) angrily abandoned her for not being a boy, she was the first to bleed the...
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    Monday, 1st April, 2019, 09:54 AM
    EN5ider is traveling across time today with the Stone Path! For a comparatively small sum you too can travel to the distant future—as long as you don’t mind making the trip as a statue! Lately on EN5ider: #263. Intriguing Organizations: The Stone Path. The Stone Path are a group shrouded in secrecy. Its members and adherents travel across time through the use of petrification,...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Friday, 29th March, 2019, 11:30 AM
    February and March have brought us some great new titles to explore! This includes a new Guild Adept title and a couple of small press Guild products to enhance your campaigns. From the Guild Adepts! Technically, Dragon Heist: Forgotten Tales came out in later January, but who's counting? For fans of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist this supplement is designed to increase the replay value of the...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th March, 2019, 11:30 AM
    It's been a few weeks since the last Ulisses North America update, but there’s a very good reason why. We have some exciting news today. In January, our contacts over at Ulisses North America arranged an interview with EN World. Ostensibly about the Torg Eternity: the Nile Empire (the massively successful Kickstarter had just finished), the interview eventually expanded into more about...
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    Wednesday, 27th March, 2019, 11:30 AM
    With the end (more or less) of Zine Quest, it’s time to shine the spotlight on the RPG Kickstarters ending between April 5th and the 11th. I’m covering 11 RPG Kickstarters, 1 gaming convention, and 4 RPG zines, and yet, that’s not all of them that are available. That said, it’s a large percentage so let’s dive in. Witch+Craft, a 5e Supplemental by Astrologo Press END DATE: Fri,...
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    Tuesday, 26th March, 2019, 11:30 AM
    If you have been following along, then you will be glad to know that we have been busy covering Zine Quest. In this article, we talk to some of the creators who are launching zines through Kickstarter’s Zine Quest initiative. Let’s talk to these creative people to discover what prompted them to create their zine. By way of quick introductions, let’s go ahead and list all the folks,...
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    Tuesday, 26th March, 2019, 01:36 AM
    Thank you! Vital strike costs an action so yes, it's either or (not both). :)
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    Monday, 25th March, 2019, 05:41 PM
    EN5ider is traveling across time today with the Stone Path! For a comparatively small sum you too can travel to the distant future—as long as you don’t mind making the trip as a statue! Lately on EN5ider: #263. Intriguing Organizations: The Stone Path. The Stone Path are a group shrouded in secrecy. Its members and adherents travel across time through the use of petrification,...
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    Monday, 25th March, 2019, 11:45 AM
    Are you ready for a valkyrie? Let’s hope so because today in Mythological Figures we’re getting into one of Norse mythology’s premier shield-maidens: Brünnhilde! There’s an enormous amount of information about Brünnhilde (see her her Wikipedia page) and I’ll try to summarize it here. First off there are two versions of this valkyrie: one germanic and the other norse. Whichever one you’re...
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    Monday, 25th March, 2019, 11:00 AM
    Dungeons & Dragons set up many of the tropes that have since influenced computer and video role-playing games, but one of the more interesting offsets of this is how D&D handles food. Which is to say, it doesn't have particularly sophisticated mechanics to manage hunger in a stark departure from the electronic games that followed. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. The Original RulesThe...
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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 11:30 AM
    If you're new to the game industry, you've probably heard a lot of myths about publishing. The truth is more complicated -- and, if you're planning to publish your new game, perhaps more encouraging. Picture sourced from Pixabay. “PDFs should be free!”It costs nothing to copy a PDF, everyone knows that. Digital books are no more complicated to produce than it is to move a mouse. So, games...
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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.

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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.


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